This Painting Studio in Coquimbo Region, Chile is an example of modern architecture in the service of neighboring art. Architects Felipe Assadiand Francisca Pulido were challenged to develop an oasis of creativity well integrated in its surroundings. The new building can be visually perceived in a variety of ways: “The painter’s studio has been erected to one side of a house in Bahía Azul. A small space, it appears to be a prolongation of the terrain when seen from the entrance, but from the slope it stands out as a piece embedded in the hillside”, explained the architects.The space, ultimately conceived as the extension of its own window frame is said to “mediate between the sea and an interior garden located at the entrance. Reached by a narrow staircase, excavated out of the rock, it leaves the user in complete isolation. It is a sort of retreat from the surrounding constructions, basically just a wall with indirect sunlight entering from above to witness the process of painting.” Extensive use of wood for the ceilings and floors leads to a warm and friendly working environment, while glass doors allow inspiration to flow freely from the surrounding natural elements. [Photography: Fernando Alda]
Located in an old harbor canteen on Amsterdam’s artificial island KNSM, this interesting House Like Village is a loft conversion designed by Marc Koehler Architects. It is an exemplary home for those who love re-imagined spaces. An eye-catching bookcase staircase leads up to a mezzanine level that allows this double-height space to be utilized at its full potential. Dealing with an old space that needed a serious re-configuration, architects imagined a home that would contain “a group of small houses inside the house”.This also explains the name of the home and helps owners enjoy their unusually planned inspiring home that looks like a small village.We’ve seen historic churches turned into homes or even cement factories re-imagined as residences and now it’s time to see an old canteen turned into a modern home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A space that seemed too high was partitioned to shape a contemporary loft in a very peculiar manner. Volumes inside shape private spaces underneath an open eating, cooking and working space. Beyond large windows, the city reveals itself and natural light is invited inside.Spreading over 160 square meters, the House Like Village is a loft conversion that can later on be “colonized” by building new volumes as the family expands. Highly functional ans well-planned, this loft conversion is perfect for the family living here. The couple expecting their first child wanted a multi-functional space that you can play with. Working close with the architects, they got maybe more then they bargained for.Photos by Marcel van der Burg showcase how the spaces were arranged and you can also see the floor plans as you scroll down. The House Like Village is also on our list of 31 Inspiring Mezzanines to Uplift Your Spirit and Increase Square Footage. See another inspiring and unusual home in Marc Koehler Architects portfolio: the Dune House, half-sunk into a harsh landscape overlooking the North Sea and enjoy the inspiring details!
A barn-like house can help connect you to the rural dimension of life, especially when living in a secluded area. If you love modern Canadian home design, you will definitely love the Malbaie VIII Residence. Imagined by MU Architecture, the contemporary home reinterprets the traditional barn in a subtle manner.Details like the shape and height of the house are reminiscent of big old barns that used to be scattered around the land. An inverted floor plan spreading over 3,500 square feet makes this barn-like house is located in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada.Dark grey metal dresses up the home’s exterior, making it look sleek and eye-catching. Geometric architecture found an ally in this dark gray solution covering the sides of the house and shaping the roof. Contrasting white cedar wood creates an inspiring connection to the green surroundings. Even more, the carefully manicured garden seems to make it all come together in a dreamy home.Protecting the interiors from forces of nature through architecture, the studio imagined three cutouts in the house’s volumetric architecture. This allows for the appearance of spaces tucked under and spaces that reach for the sky. With an inverted floor plan that encourages seeing panoramas of the surroundings beyond floor-to-ceiling windows, Malbaie VIII Residence frames tree trunks in all directions.According to the architects, “the experience of the house takes root in the basement, within its wood cladded and concrete formed walls, where a large playroom and children’s dormitory cohabit. At the ground level, the main lobby, entirely covered in wood, welcomes you in a cozy spa-like atmosphere. From the main entrance you can access four large en-suite bedrooms and the main staircase. In contrast to the white cedar walls, the railing of the staircase is made entirely of raw hot rolled steel. With surprising lightness it acts as a backbone connecting the different levels of the house.”Upstairs, the living space and spaces connecting these modern areas all capture glimpses of the surroundings via dark framed windows. Where the open-floor kitchen, dining, lounge and living space are, the panoramas behind large windows bring inside an almost still landscape under an ever-changing sky. Cedar walls enhance coziness while a fireplace under cathedral ceilings make the living space seem like an enchanted forest.“At night, low light levels slip the ceilings into shadow creating a warm but mysterious atmosphere that evokes the traditional Québécois evenings of yesteryear.” Photographs by Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard of YUL Photo showcase the way white cedar planks mark the entrance and upstairs terraces. Every detail inside seems to mirror a minimalist version of the outdoors, with large, open, tall spaces.It’s fun comparing different homes, especially when they’re named in an ascending manner. This elegant and energy efficient home is known as the Malbaie V Residence. And there is one more here on our site: this luxury hillside residence taking advantage of the surroundings is also known as Malbaie VI Marée Basse. Do you have a favorite Malbaie yet?
Designed by Felipe Bueno & Alexandre Bueno in Uberlândia, Brazil, RMJ Residence is a contemporary family home boasting a living surface of 550 square meters. The project showcases an array of open and enclosed areas and offers the inhabitants various opportunities to interacting with the surrounding natural elements: “The entrance to the social area is through large frames that integrate interior and exterior spaces, such integration is repeated for the internal garden, opening to the living room, dining room and kitchen to the leisure area of the house.” One of the highlights of the design is a vertical garden that expands form the main courtyard inside.The presence of a beautiful tree on the site dictated the division of the residence in two volumes, one hosting the social areas and the other, the bedrooms: “Without dramatically changing the natural contour of the land, we divided the program into two floors: on the street level are all the technical units (garage, laundry, cellar), while the rest of the program (social, private, and leisure areas) are organized in a single upper floor, which is in a way a house on high ground, explained the architects. Have a look at the photos below and let us know what you think! [Photography by Cae Oliveira]
Spreading over 233 square meters, the surprising Nozomi Sushi Bar in Valencia, Spain, was imagined by Spanish creative consultancy Masquespacio as a place where tradition and modernity clash in a fusion of colors, patterns, shapes and aromas. The founders of this inspiring project, José Miguel Herrera and Nuria Morell, are both fascinated with Japanese culture and love authentic traditional sushi so much, they named their restaurant Nozomi, meaning “Japanese high speed bullet train“.Working on branding and interior design for the new sushi restaurant in Valencia meant taking into account aspects of the complex Japanese culture. Masquespacio told us that “during the whole 2014 we’ve been studying Japanese culture and the origen of sushi. As a result we created Nozomi Sushi Bar, inspired by both traditional and contemporary Japan, reinterpreting a Japanese village street, origami and the authentic mobile sushi stall; represented in this project continuously as a duality between ´Emotional classic’ and ‘Rational contemporary’.” This duality can be seen in the logo and brand identity, while the space oozes a combination of concrete and wood. “On one hand being ‘Rational contemporary’ through the pure state of concrete and grays, mainly present in the most structural parts such as walls, ceilings and floors. On the other hand the ‘Emotional classic’ aspect makes its introduction thanks to the carpentry, its hand finishes and the warmth of natural wood.”We received this creative project by email and were surprised to see how it all came together. From photographs by David Rodríguez and Carlos Huecas of Cualiti Photo Studio we gather that the space flows naturally from one into another.If you want to see more inspiring restaurant design ideas from Masquespacio , check out the Fresh Design for Kessalao Mediterranean Take Away Restaurant in Bonn and the Eye-Catching Language School Design in Valencia to see how school runs creatively these days. Enjoy, share and let us know what you think about modern Spanish creativity in the comments section below…
Once inside your front door, the first room your guests and family members are likely to encounter is your living room. You host gatherings in your living room, snack on the couch while watching TV, listen to children practice musical instruments, and just generally hang out in this multifunctional space. The way you design your living room can set the design feel for your entire home. You may also change your living room décor at various times of the year for different holidays and seasons.Because you spend so much time in your living spaces, physical and visual comfort is important. You don’t have to compromise on style and décor in favor of comfort, however. In fact, you can fill your living room with furniture that is as functional as it is beautiful. Similarly, you can choose accent pieces and floor coverings that also boast comfort and usability.Another important aspect to consider when designing your living space is durability. Due to the high traffic your living room will likely experience, it is worth spending a bit more on higher-quality furniture and floor furnishings to realize extended use and not necessitate constant repair, refurbishing or cleaning. Choose fabrics that are both pleasing and durable. In addition, choose colors that transition well when you set out new décor items each season.More extensive living room remodeling projects may include structural changes. These can include changing windows and doors, replacing walls with ceiling beams to create an open concept, and refacing or replacing fireplaces. If your project includes these in-depth changes, you’ll need to research local building codes and permitting requirements. Changes that include electrical or plumbing work may require working with a licensed professional under special permits. If your interior changes impact your exterior design, also check with your homeowners association to ensure you are staying within regulations.No matter how many ways you use your space or how many times each year you change out your tchotchkes, you can find living room ideas in the collection of inspiration pieces we’ve gathered and shared below. From ultra-formal to ultra-comfortable, your living room can become the blank slate upon which you introduce your home’s design.As with all the uniquely designed rooms in your home, you’ll want to have a focal point for your living room. This focal point is where your eyes are instantly drawn when you enter the room. Without a focal point, your room can feel like an overwhelming mix of decorating themes, each competing with the next for attention.A centerpiece is a great way to create a focal point in your living room. Living room centerpiece ideas can include floral designs, an elaborate design piece like a monogram or a stunning fireplace. Your own furniture can be a great way to create your living room centerpiece. Classic designs usually place sofas or seats along walls, creating empty space in the middle of a room. Instead, you can center your seating furniture to create both a great visual and a cozy conversational area. Don’t be afraid of angles, either, when you arrange your furniture. Often, placing facing pieces on the diagonal can change the entire feel of your living room.Maximize your living space with minimalist designs, clever pieces of décor that make a small space feel bigger or pieces that serve multiple purposes. When it comes to small living room ideas, the common theme is that less is more, both in the colors you choose for your walls and the furniture that fills the space. Oversized furniture can make an already small room feel even more cramped, and change a space with a lot of potential to a space you can’t wait to exit. Likewise, overly vibrant paint colors can make your walls look like they are closing in on your room.Instead, aim for a light and airy feel, with smaller or more delicate-looking furniture, and emphasize light and bright through neutral hues, lots of natural light and mirrors to create the illusion of extra space. Wicker or Victorian-era wooden furniture can instantly open a small space. Light blues and yellows can make a cramped space seem larger, and less bric-a-brac on your tables and walls can create an uncluttered and hospitable design.A geometric rug in vibrant colors can add interest to the living room.You can choose between one of two schools of thought for living room decorating ideas — a variety of pieces that all reflect one unified theme or a simple design that can be the backdrop for décor pieces representing many styles. To begin designing your living room remodel, literally begin from the ground up. If your living room is part of a much larger open concept space within your home, you can choose a different type of flooring, like an area rug, to set off the living area. On the flip side of that design, if you have a small living room, unifying the flooring with surrounding areas can lead to the feel of a much larger space.In addition to flooring type, you can change up the style and color of your flooring to create different feels. A vivid geometric design is a great addition to a modernist space, while refinished hardwood floors can harken back to a historic home’s past. You can use complementary hues between your floors and walls to create the overall color palette.A can of paint is one of the easiest, fastest and least expensive ways to completely change the look of your living room. Two great living room paint ideas include adding an accent wall and adding texture to your walls. If your living room lacks a focal point, or if you want to further emphasize a focal point, an accent wall can emphasize a particular shade, or you could use a complementary design like stripes or two hues separated by a chair rail. In a small room that a bright tone may overwhelm, you can still incorporate your favorite shade on one wall while the others boast a more neutral color. If your décor pieces can best be described as eclectic, an accent wall can pick up on a common hue and make each item pop.Textured walls are also a great way to change the feel of your living room. You can use either visual or physical texture to fulfill this idea. With visual texturing, your wall may feature a feather design with contrasting paint to the main wall color. This type of design is still flat against the wall and often called faux painting. For physical texturing, your ultimate design may encompass the look of a plaster wall, a swirl effect, a Mediterranean or Spanish knife texture, or nearly any other texture your mind can imagine. Once you pick your room’s overall design, texturizing your walls is a great way to show it off.If you’re struggling to find the best living room ideas to update your home, use our vast library of design inspirations to get started. For eclectic collections, read about creating a unique vintage feel. When it’s time to redecorate for the holiday season, use our Christmas design ideas for inspiration. If you can’t figure out where the TV should be placed, we have advice on that too. And don’t forget to check our infographic that provides guidance on laying out your furniture to maximize results. When you spend extra time thoughtfully planning out your design, your living room will become the wonderfully welcoming space you want it to be…
A handmade desk is something you appreciate beyond its function. Skilled craftsmanship and quality materials can be spotted by connoisseurs a mile away. When you work hard, you want beautiful things to tell the story of your hard work. A unique handmade desk tells even more stories, like the one behind its fabrication.The Crawford Desk is one of those handmade desks designed to beautify a space. Created by self-taught design duo behind Hellman-Chang, 32 year-old designers Eric Chang and Daniel Hellman, the handmade desk speaks about the way it was imagined to act more than a piece of furniture and become a conversation-starter. It tells its own story.Imagine you have this contemporary office setting that needs an eye-candy focal point. This is where the uniqueness of a handmade desk comes in. The Crawford Desk steals the show with a combination of sophisticated desk design and handmade tenacity: “The sleek angles of the Crawford Desk meet with Hellman-Chang’s coved surfaces. The top and side panels float off each other for lighter presence while creating intersecting lines with their negative space. The Crawford Desk features low-profile beveled drawer faces, and can be paired with optional pull-out keyboard tray, top grommets, and a privacy panel as add-ons.”And if you feel like an executive desk is more your cup of tea, then the Xie Executive Desk is a sleek alternative for the office you have in mind. Scroll down to see the executive desk design and let us know which one you like best, we’d love to know.“The Xie Executive Desk creates a dramatic yet elegant statement for the office. Arching coved surfaces carry Hellman-Chang’s theme on the front drawers and on the back to allow for placement in the middle of the room. A floating oriental top provides lightened balance to the ample side storage units and pencil drawers. Additional options include inset leather top, pull-out computer tower storage, keyboard tray, grommets, and privacy panel.”(Information and photos received by email)
A multifunctional kitchen tool like this bowl and colander set can save you time and help you cook smoothly. Whether you’re making a salad or cooking pasta dishes, this modern bowl and colander set helps you easily spin and drain what later becomes your fuel.The cool-looking Spin & Drain kitchen aid from Guzzini is what takes cooking time down and enhances your intuitive work in the kitchen. Maximizing your work in the kitchen, the Spin & Drain bowl and colander set uses the force of gravity in a subtle way. This enhances and speeds up the cooking and serving process, making your life easier.The multifunctional kitchen aid has an innovative rotation system designed by Nilo Gioacchini and Criodesign. This ensures that gravity helps make everything easy and intuitive. The set consists of a container and a colander set that can be used together or individually.“The internal basket first collects the water from washing and then drains it, but it can also be used separately like the classic colander; for example, for draining pasta. The external container, on the other hand, is also a bowl that can be used at the table to serve pasta, salad, or to prepare dishes.”The innovative gravity spin system is made from sturdy food-safe SAN plastic and designed to help you out on numerous occasions. The bowl and colander set is also dishwasher safe and measures 12 by 10 by 5-Inches. With an intuitive design, the Spin & Drain kitchen accessory helps you easily wash, drain, serve, mix and even defrost food. When you have unexpected guests, this modern kitchen aid helps you put together something to serve fast and easy. The outer bowl becomes a reliant serving bowl that you can take to the dining table. What is the dish you surely could use the Spin & Drain bowl and colander set for?
Rehabilitating one of Bucharest’s charmingly old buildings is no picnic at the park. Reviving what was once a stunning architectural masterpiece and modernizing it to fit a modern kitchen and bar was brilliantly executed by Romanian studio SYAA Architecture (Soare & Yokina Associated Architects) and Cella Cosimex construction and restoration. An amazingly intricate project inside-out, this new restaurant & bar in Bucharest is something worth visiting and admiring.Built in the early 20th century, the house that shelters the Simbio Kitchen & Bar was mostly adorned with custom furniture and a few key items found by the owners at flea markets, in warehouses and on the internet. The team of architects that made this project possible is made of architect Eliza Yokina, architect Irina Plopeanu, architect Cosmin Anghelache, and architect Simina Ignat. They saw with the mind’s eye how the old house could be transformed into a place where people meet to grab a bite together or come to work undisturbed on their projects. They collaborated with the owners to create a sense of freedom and coziness in the middle of Romania’s capital.According to SYAA Architecture, “the space had two roles to play: to be perfectly functional for the restaurant, but also to be representative for the house on 26 Negustorilor Street that existed for a century there.” The project comprises the rehabilitation and interior design for a new restaurant and bar opened by Dana Nica and Iulia Younis. Spreading over 360 square meters, spaces photographed by Catalin Georgescu look awfully inviting.“It was exciting the first contact with the house: quiet, beautiful, dark, with its green light filtered by the abundant garden, with smoked stoves, pale mirrors, and heavy furniture. The house had already well defined spaces: the lounge with skylight, the green stove room, the small room, the great room, the staircase, the basement with brick arches … It was obvious from the beginning that the bar will be at the basement, the restaurant with show kitchen on the ground floor and the working space in the attic. We just accommodated the functional scenario as efficiently as possible in the existing spaces, meaning in some cases gaps in the walls, non-structural walls changes, and generally minimal interventions.”After minimally intervening on the building’s spaces, the WOW factor was introduced through carefully selected alterations: “We have taken some measures that have impacted quite decisively on the house look like eliminating the eaves – nonspecific to the Venetian style in architecture, the Cartesian model introduced on the facade and the newly built roof terrace.”So you see how love for the old can beautifully blend in with the new, creating exceptional spaces? Romania has many historic buildings beautifully renovated, so come see the Alt Club, an Exclusive IT Club in Romania Occupying a Historic Building in Timisoara…
Located on the picturesque island of Mykonos, Greece, Scorpios by Michael Schickinger of Lambs&Lions is an exclusive getaway that celebrates beach culture. The project was developed in close collaboration with interior designer Annabell Kutucu to merge natural textures with functional contemporary amenities: “We tried to infuse Scorpios with the traditional materials and construction techniques found in Cycladic architecture to root it in its site and context. It was then peppered with collected objects found by Michael and Annabell on their travels”, the designers stated.Inspired by the contrasts revealed by the island of Mykonos (mainly its rocky, hot landscape juxtaposed by the invigorating the blue sea), the project tea envisioned a holistic retreat: “We wanted the place to be a stage that invites all aspects of Mykonos life but always with a focus on leisure. The design is inspired by natural materials that set a laid back, down to earth and comfortable back drop for all the different activities that will take place there. It is a place that simultaneously excites the senses and calms the soul.” See any details you find particularly inspiring? [Photos by Carolin Saage]
The architects at Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd. completed a modern residence in Saigon, Vietnam, for a thirty-years-old couple and their mother, in the shape of a tube, 4m wide and 20m high. Entitled “Stacking Green“, it stands out due to its original facades, featuring a large number of terraces, each adorned with flower pots. Here is more from the architects: “The front and back façades are entirely composed of layers of concrete planters cantilevered from two side walls. The house structure is a RC frame structure widely used in Vietnam. The partition walls are very few in order to keep interior fluency and view of green façades from every point of the house. Natural ventilation through the façades and 2 top-lights allow this house to save a big energy in a harsh climate in Saigon. Concerning these ecological approaches, we referred a lot to the bioclimatic principles of traditional Vietnamese courtyard house“”. The green façades and roof top garden shelter the family from polution, noise and sunlight, How do you appreciate this project? [Photography: Hiroyuki Oki]
There’s a dash of tropical style in this bathroom, thanks to deck-like flooring, a view of palms, and a tub that mirrors the round shape of a porthole-style window in the distance. This luxe bathroom is filled with glamorous details, such as a plush rug and Mirror Ball pendant lighting. A round tub and two round basins complete the look.
Your bench doesn’t necessarily have to be built right into your shower. If you have enough room, you can purchase a standalone bench that you can bring right in, and remove whenever you want! Here’s a wooden bench in a large walk-in from HGTV. What type of bathroom bench or stool is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
Paddington Penthouse was envisioned and implemented by SHH and stretches over a surface of 4700 square feet. The project is the result of a merger between two apartments located on the 14th and 15th floor of a new building in the Paddington Basin in London. According to the architects, the brief was to “create a contemporary but luxurious interior in cool grays and dark browns, with a series of flexible spaces, particularly in the main living area, where a feature island wall separates formal and informal lounge and dining spaces. Accommodation includes five bedrooms (four of which are en suite); two reception rooms; two kitchens; a guest bathroom and a cinema/media room. Space was maximized throughout with custom-designed furniture fitting the available spaces exactly“. The new duplex also features a roof terrace with a table for eight and complementing skyline views…
Adding green to the bedroom is easy if you already have a muted color scheme going in the room. It is a color that works beautifully with the likes of white, gray and even brown. While the yellowy-greens add warmth to the bedroom, the blue-tinged variants bring a touch of coolness along with a vibrant ambiance. Here is a pick of 25 gorgeous bedrooms that incorporate green in a gorgeous fashion.
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
Welcome to a family home where modern design still leaves room for coziness and warmth. Envisioned by Bower Architecture, a practice of young architects from Melbourne, Australia, the Caufield Residence displays a good sense of symmetry, elegance and cutting-edge amenities. Spotted on Desire to Inspire, the project accommodates multiple living zones, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a garage, plus a north-facing courtyard with swimming pool for relaxation.
It is fun to observe the contrast between the sober concrete fence and facade overlooking the street and the opposite side of the house, defined by openness. Wood is an element that can be found throughout, ensuring an elegant exterior and adding warmth in every room. The focal point of the residence is the social area, characterized by light and space. Floor to ceiling sliding doors connect it to a wooden terrace and to the backyard with the swimming pool. Enjoy the virtual tour below and tell us what you think!
Bet you never expected this! Another example featured on Giddy Upcycled shows an armoire transformed into a big, beautiful birdcage for live birds. Of course, the glass is replaced again with more appropriate cage-like netting. Neat idea if you want to show off your feathery friends in style.
When you walk through the door of your small apartment, do you feel that your space is as inspiring as the ones featured in our post 30 Best Small Apartment Design Ideas Ever Presented on Freshome? If not, this is the post for you. We’ve gathered dozens of examples of space-saving furniture for your small apartment to enhance your living space, organize your belongings and give your home the modern edge you’re after. We also have some ideas for color accents to make your space your own. Before you add any furniture to your small apartment, take a weekend to organize and clear your place. Go through your closets and cabinets, and donate or discard anything you don’t need or haven’t used for some time. Once you’ve sorted all your stuff, give your apartment a fresh paint job or a good wall and surface scrub to freshen it up. Starting with a blank canvas is liberating. Now it’s time to personalize!
There are a few specific styles and themes which come alive in the bedroom with the addition of a green tinge. The first that comes to mind is here is the exotic tropical style. Whether you wish to combine a hint of tropical charm with modern aesthetics or want to create a guest bedroom that is full of tropical flair, green is the color to turn to. A splash of bright or mossy green can turn your boring bedroom into a fun and playful space that reminds of your recent holiday trip to a stunning tropical getaway. Another look that revels in green is the beach style and you can replace the traditional white and blue blend with white, green and a hint of orange to create a unique and exquisite bedroom.