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 Visually-Striking Interior Design Exhibited by Residence in Glyfada, Greece

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Residence in Glyfada is a modern two-level private home designed by Dolihos Architects in Athens, Greece. The architects opted for a simple shape, with the southwest façade emphasizing on horizontality, “resulting in a seemingly austere, almost monumental design with two major gates. The southwest gate leads to the house’s main entrance. The surrounding area lies 1m (3.28ft) higher than the street level, which, along with the tall planting, provides privacy to the residents.” Featuring a large courtyard with swimming pool, the retreat offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor entertainment and relaxation.Modern luxury defines the inner spaces, which exude a visually-striking array of materials and textures: “The living areas on the ground floor were designed as an open space, oriented to the south, with views over the garden, whereas a playroom and a guesthouse are situated on the back, along to the backyard. The upper floor accommodates the family’s bedrooms and an open space office, all with direct access to outdoor space. Storage rooms, gym, garage and living area for the domestic worker, can be found on the basement.” Let us know what you think after taking the virtual tour! [Photos courtesy of Dolihos Architects]

 Virginia Farmhouse Renovation Gives Family Back Their Health

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Reader & Swartz Architects imagined a 1970’s farmhouse rekindled to its old flame with a twist of modern design. transformed from plain and boring into a contemporary example of modern design capabilities, the Virginia Farmhouse renovation literally brought back life and health to its inhabiting family. Architects inform us that “the house had mold problems, and, consequently, its inhabitants had respiratory issues. ”Imagine an old farmhouse, dressed in baby blue vinyl siding being replaced with a modern replica. How would it change?This 1970’s farmhouse in Frederick County, Virginia, was surrounded by fully-grown trees. This was its main feature that convinced everyone the old farmhouse was worth saving. Architects say that “because of its siting, and because the owners were concerned about conserving natural resources, a decision was made not to tear down and relocate the house. Instead, the design parti was to keep the box of the original house as the central core, add two wings which help make outdoor spaces and optimize the sun path, and rethink the building massing.”Oriented for passive solar gain and using locally sourced materials, this home has a whole list of environmentally-friendly strategies used in its design and construction.The owners’ environmentally-conscious way of living was infused in the farmhouse renovation. Boulders found in different places were used as decor indoors and outside. This creates a strong bond between natural and man-made and this was mirrored in the whole design.“The core of the existing house was used for the kitchen, service spaces, and children’s bedrooms. Because the existing house had typical eight foot high ceilings, we opened up the second floor above the kitchen. This new opening connects the centrally located kitchen to the children’s areas above, and drops daylight into the center of the house. One new wing is an open living room, connected to the kitchen and outdoors. The other new wing is dedicated to more private rooms, including the master suite, yoga room, and library.”Photographed by Hoachlander Davis Photography, the renovated farmhouse re-imagined as being an inspiring version of its old self, saving time and money in the process: “Cedar tree trunks were used structurally in the kitchen and yoga room. The building is skinned in cedar siding, arranged in horizontal and vertical patterns and punctuated by art panels.” A re-imagined family home where everything has its place, right?

 Avenue Residence in California Integrating Traditional Coastal Design

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The Avenue Residence by Christian Rice Architects is an example of maximizing space on a relatively narrow property through the integration of exterior living areas. Located in Coronado, California, USA, the house features a covered front porch and covered rear patio that engage the open-plan great room at the front and rear through pocketing glass doors. The array of open and enclosed spaces create plenty of opportunities for family gatherings and outdoor relaxation.Exuding a rustic-contemporary vibe, this narrow dwelling is highly welcoming: “A two-story outdoor stone fireplace is constructed on the detached rear guest house, providing a visual focal point throughout the home. The stone fireplace is further accented at night as recessed lights embedded into the hearth provide illumination. The aesthetics of the home take inspiration from contemporary ‘barn’ design seen in the Northern California wine country, and integrates these concepts with more traditional coastal design to create a unique blend of coastal and contemporary architecture.” Enjoy the virtual gallery below and feel free to share your thoughts regarding the overall design of this project. What are the elements you find most inspiring and why? [Photos and information provided by Christian Rice Architects]

 Holiday Villa Within Medieval City Walls: House Sperone in Croatia

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Recently designed and implemented by Studio Metrocubo, House Sperone is a private residence located in Novigrad, Croatia, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Integrated within the medieval city walls, this place previously functioned as a wine cellar and a discotheque. Today, it is a 5 star holiday house with four bedrooms, living area, wellness and indoor swimming pool. The new design of the building “is put in the background of the existing architectural heritage, further highlighted in all its parts. This creates a symbiosis of past and present, stone walls with striking crenelations at the top mixed with contemporary residential functions inside the house”, explained the project developers.Aiming to create a visual experience with the sea and medieval stone walls, the architects oriented all the major facilities of the residence towards these elements: “The ground floor has a spacious spa area with indoor pool, sauna and gym. Sliding floor to ceiling glass windows can be completely open for access to the lower terrace with summer kitchen and sun deck. Upper level, for the most part, contains daily spaces – living room, kitchen and dining area incorporated in a whole. In front of the living area there is a large terrace directly connected to the interior with sliding glass walls”. On the rooftop of the building, another lovely outdoor space welcomes guests to contemplate the old town of Novigrad and the magic places where it comes in contact with the sea…

 Bedroom Decorating Ideas That You Will Love

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Your bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind. And while your master bedroom’s design can have a major effect on resale value, it’s also a space that is primarily for you so it’s important that you create a space that you’ll love.It’s easy to change the look of a bedroom on any budget, whether that means bringing in new furniture pieces, adding a few splashes of color or altering the lighting to be more soothing. There are many different styles and aesthetics that you can emulate in order to produce a space that works for you. If you’re wondering where to start, here are some bedroom decorating ideas to help you turn your bedroom into one of your favorite rooms in the house. Bedrooms are a retreat from the world that should be a place where you can feel at ease after a long day. Outfitting your room in soothing colors is a good way to help your bedroom become a tranquil sleeping space. Start by focusing on high impact areas, like the walls and floor space. Using calming greens, beiges or misty blues works well in areas like these because they create a peaceful, serene feeling that will help you feel more relaxed. Keep your bedding colors simple and avoid any bright colors or patterns that might hamper your sleep. Instead, add in tactile luxuries, like fur throws or sumptuous woolen blankets to add texture to the room. Sometimes choosing a theme for a room can be the best inspiration for getting it to feel exactly how you’d like it. For bedrooms, one great theme is going with a country vibe that will make you forget the bustle of life outside the bedroom door. Keep the walls sunny and bright by choosing a pale yellow paint color and decorate with landscape photographs and light wooden furniture. Use antique touches, like a delicate chandelier and curvy nightstands to make sure the room doesn’t feel too old-fashioned or frumpy.Back in the Victorian age, bold patterns were all the rage (in the bedroom and everywhere else in the home). If you’re craving a more dramatic aesthetic, look for bold wallpapers as either an accent wall or an all-around covering. Find a duvet cover that has patterns in the similar colors to complement the look. When using bold patterns, go with vivid colors like bright reds, yellows, blues or oranges; this helps make the patterns pop and gives your bedroom a distinctive look and feel.There’s a reason why people associate the sea with tranquility and relaxation: the colors of the seaside-pale blues and beige-are naturally soothing for your body and mind. You will be able to relax more easily when you feel like you’re in a natural setting that reflects the essence of the oceans. Paint your walls a soft blue and layer natural textures on your bed in order to recreate the look and feel of the seaside. Keep your floors raw and simple, and use weathered pieces of furniture to give your bedroom a timeless feel.For some people, a bedroom is not simply some place to sleep, it’s also a place where they can celebrate their own personality and style. A bedroom is an oasis for personal style and favorite items that you wouldn’t necessarily display in your living room. That makes it a great space for big, bold splashy art or other design elements that inspire you, but might not blend into other areas of your home. 

 Two-Level Courtyard and Garden Dream Home in Mexico City

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Spreading over 650 square meters, this imposing dream home rises in Mexico City, promises this bustling urban community a modern take on possible lifestyles. Known as Casa Sierra Leona, the home in the colonia Lomas de Chapultepec, just outside Mexico City, has risen is the shape of a modern juxtaposition of volumes. Greenery rising up the walls in the garden creates an ever uplifting feeling of freedom. Floor-to-ceiling windows opening the interiors to the outdoors bomb the eye with inspiring green surroundings that help protect privacy.A brainchild of José Juan Rivera Río, this wonderful dream home in Mexico City is raised 2,5 meters above street level, encouraging architects to come up with a creative solution to increase space and functionality inside and out. This is how the home was given a courtyard in front and a garden behind. Those who want a dream home in Mexico City will be thrilled to see the interiors unfolding in photos by Nasser Malek Hernández. Seeing Casa Sierra Leona under both natural light during the day and carefully artificial, we can imagine how it would feel like to live there.Concrete, glass and steel were used to build the frame in which quality materials take central stage. Blurred lines between the interior and exterior create a natural flow through the spaces, up, down and side to side. The flat roof and this wonderful volumetric architecture was inspired by the 1960s modernism. Including a basement accessed from the front facade and leading to the parking lot, this home seems like the perfect solution for urban living in Mexico City. Or maybe you prefer something like this 1960s beach home turned into a spectacular A-Frame residence?

 Bar Raval Brings Tapas and Sculptural Design to Toronto

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What makes a social space attractive? The atmosphere, details and sounds, aromas and laughs? These are all to be found at Bar Raval in Toronto, Canada. Designed by Canadian architects Partisans, the modern social space greets guests with a unique display of undulating mahogany lines. Imagined to have people enjoy each other’s company while sitting, the ambitious project is defined by smooth lines that invite to touch. It’s easy to lean against soft edges and feel your way along the textured walls and bar edge.“Bar Raval is a 21st-century reinterpretation of Spanish Art Nouveau. The brainchild of celebrated Canadian chef Grant van Gameren and wunderkind mixologists Mike Webster and Robin Goodfellow, Raval introduces Toronto to the pintxo bar, a cornerstone of social and gastronomic culture in Basque Country.”Spreading over 1,980 square feet, the sculptural Bar Raval encourages social interaction: “Raval’s molten quality fosters fluid circulation and close encounters, honoring the spirit of its Spanish pintxo counterparts.”Nooks and crannies become part of the sinuous design. Mahogany stretches from the walls up to the ceilings, where cut-outs showcase the complex ceiling design and bottles found their perfect decor place. The dark color palette alongside gold infusions help create a sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for socialization. Specializing in tapas but revealing a mix of modern and Nouveau design, Bar Raval brings a unique perspective on fun on Toronto’s bar scene.A customized project, Bar Raval is infused with its owners’ personalities: “The bar’s design pays direct homage to the physicality of its three owners. The result: A series of three-dimensional tattooed “limbs” that enfold patrons in a warm mahogany embrace. Passers-by can also admire the artistry—the handcrafted steel latticework we designed to clad the front and side windows. But like van Gameren’s mouth-watering pinxtos, the filigree only offers a tantalizing taste of what lies within.”We recently featured a fascinating bar area that was designed to become the focal point for the bartender’s intriguing cocktails, maybe you’d like to see how that design looks like and compare it to what you know…

 Window Treatment Ideas for Every Room in the House

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Having great windows is a major plus in any home–they add character and provide much coveted natural light. Without window treatments, however, the space will look unfinished.Whether you choose blinds, cornices or curtains, windows are a good place to anchor the room’s overall design and inject your own personal style. Before deciding on a treatment, determine what function the window covering needs to serve and the aesthetic you want it to reflect. Is it for a home office? Blinds that block out glare from the sun are a good choice. Looking for an elegant touch to a dining room window? A cornice is a stylish option. Do you need privacy? Opt for an opaque material.Custom curtains can be expensive, so think about both utility and style before making your decision. There’s many options for great window treatment ideas that work for every budget and skill level. Below are our five favorite trends.Wood cornices are one of the most classic window treatment ideas, but they are often overlooked as an option in contemporary homes because of their traditional nature. Used alone, however, cornices can create a sleek, modern look. Though they can be paired with curtains, stained or painted, wood boxes are perfect for the kitchen and bath, where fabric can succumb to water damage. These are best built by a skilled carpenter for a custom fit, so they can be expensive if you aren’t handy. Cornices hide curtain hardware and blend well with luxurious detailing, like crown molding, to give your home a gracious, regal look.If you love the look of clean edges but lack the funds for custom cornices, you can still have a beautiful window without any soft goods at all by painting the window’s mullions, frame and sill instead of dressing it with curtains. Any DIYer with a steady hand and some masking tape can paint a window, and the color possibilities are endless. Try a bold pop of color to highlight the view, but for best resale value, choose a dark brown or black color for a chic look.Swing arm curtains are one of the more unique window treatment ideas, and they haven’t seen much use in the United States in recent years. They require a special hinged curtain rod that allows you to move the curtain to stand out at a 90-degree angle from the window. Swing arm curtains are a brilliant and surprisingly inexpensive solution for bedrooms where you want to be able to block light easily without having to worry about ruining a carefully pleated or artfully scrunched curtain fabric with daily adjustments.No list of window treatment ideas would be complete without the ultra-rich look of opaque panels. Classic velvet is great for blocking light, and it can give your bedroom the feel of a sumptuous palace. Velvet’s beautiful drape allows it to look its best when tied back and allowed to cascade to the floor. Other great choices for opaque panels include sueded fabrics, chenille weaves and silk damask. Choose an unusual color for high impact in both traditional and modern spaces.Sheers are a bestseller for a reason: they look great in every room without costing a fortune. Sheer panels offer privacy while still allowing for plenty of light in your room, so they’re a great choice for north-facing windows or high-traffic areas. White sheers create a beautiful, breezy feel and are at their best when hung from floor to ceiling. Sheer panels are also available in a variety of colors. Match the walls for an interesting textural variation, or add a touch of color to a neutral room by choosing sheers in a pastel shade that works with the overall palette of the room…

 Why Millennials Are Moving Home Design Trends

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Millennials (who are the up-and-coming home buyers) are beginning to drastically shape home design. Image Source: Gunlock HomesHome design trends are like fashion— constantly in flux. What’s hot one minute is not so hot the next, leaving you with an outdated home. Let’s try and forecast what’s coming by catching a trend in its infancy, allowing you to be ahead of the bandwagon and have an on-trend home, or perhaps a home that sets and solidifies an upcoming trend.Here we will look at how millennials  (who are the up-and-coming home buyers) are beginning to drastically shape home design trends. Millennials have a unique perspective on life and how it should be lived, and this outlook is shaping how homes are being designed and built. Let’s delve deeper into the mega-impact millennials are having on home design:Millennials have a unique perspective on life and how it should be lived, and this outlook is shaping how homes are being designed and built. Image Source: CR MartinBefore we explain how millennials are redefining design, we better first explain who exactly these millennials are.Millennials are often referred to as Generation Y, following Generation X. Most think this demographic ranges in birth years that span from 1980 to the early 2000’s. Imagine for a moment what this generation has witnessed so far in their lives, and perhaps what their parents have witnessed and how that has shaped their upbringing.Author, Eldwood Carlson, who penned The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom, refers to this demographic as Generation 9/11, noting the upswing in births after 1983 that abruptly ended once 9/11 hit. According to many theories, this generation has specific traits due to its timing of birth. The main traits resulting in a civic-minded generation who have a strong sense of duty, and local and global community awareness. Imagine how that way of thinking could affect home design….Millennials are often referred to as Generation Y, following Generation X, and range in birth years from 1980 to the early 2000’s. Image Source: Western Window SystemsWhen researching this topic, one main theme kept reappearing in terms of a millennial lifestyle and what this generation holds high and values: Money & Success.A Monitoring the Future study by University of Michigan, showed a dramatic increase resulting in 75% of millennials noting that wealth was a very important life attribute. This study also noted dramatic decreases in the desire for lifestyles that:These statistics don’t seem to align with the earlier-mentioned traits of millennials being civic-minded and having a strong sense of duty, locally and globally. But with this dichotomy in mind, let’s look at some recurring home designs that builders and home designers are noting popular among millennials.This ‘Generation Y’ holds high and values: Money & Success. Image Source: Wick DesignPresident of the Southern California Edition of Tri Pointe Homes, Tom Grable, believes it’s the urbanized environments that are attracting the young, cosmopolitan people. He notes: “These people with high-tech or engineering jobs like things that look and feel techy and have practical applications.”He further notes how this urban or millennial trend will filter and spread to the majority: “…a lot of those urbane buyers are thought leaders, and over time their [housing preferences] will filter down to a greater marketplace. So, over time, we’ll start to see contemporary aspects introduced into the more suburbanized or outer edges of our markets.”Since millennials seem to value money and success, it only seems natural for them to flock to high-tech jobs that lead to wealth and success.  This lifestyle requires a home that suitably reflects their values. Read below to see what this type of home may really look like.It’s the urbanized environments that are attracting the young, cosmopolitan people. Image Source: Ellerman HomesEssentially, millennials don’t strive to live like their parents’. Realtor Magazine notes the following attributes that top the list of a what a millennial wants in a home:Realtors, builders, architects, interior designers— are you listening? This is the new, up-and-coming generation of home buyers.Essentially, millennials don’t strive to live like their parents’. They value originality. Image Source: Nathan GoodAre you a millennial? If you are, are we correct with our above characteristics? Obviously no two people are alike, but is their some truth in our generalizations of this generation?

 Modern LA Home Boasting Remarkable Outdoor Living

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Located in the increasingly trendy Mar Vista neighborhood in Los Angeles, this refreshingly modern LA home boasts exquisite details that shape an unforgettable space. Floor-to-ceiling windows and multi-slider doors ensure the owners are met with vibrancy every morning. Natural light makes art flourish on walls and invites outdoors in the beautiful garden.Privacy is protected from the curious eye by windows placed high up that allowing natural light to caress private spaces. Privacy continues in the garden, where the extensive use of glass between indoor and outdoor is protected by green fences all around.The volumetric white and gray facade is interrupted by framed windows and punctuated with wood to mark the entrances to a warm and inviting home. A beautiful corner window hides one of the bedrooms upstairs. Walking past the sleek wood entrance door, the home welcomes you with a large open space leading out to a green garden. A tree planted outdoors is clearly seen through the glass enclosure designed for it, making the space feel both indoors and outdoors.Blue and orange work wonders on creating a vibrant atmosphere inside. Large dark framed windows frame exhilarating green views of the surroundings, also flooding the interior with bright light.The brand new, meticulously designed modern LA home boasts fine details that animate the space: “The kitchen is equipped with Italian cabinetry, and luxury appliances. Limestone walls permeate interior and exterior. Dramatic lighting outside and in, enhances the artfulness of the design. The master bedroom has “his” and “hers” closets with sleek, customizable Italian shelving systems. The house is technologically cutting-edge with operating solar panels, security cameras and the Control 4 Home Automation System which allows the owner to operate systems and view the home from remote locations.”See more details of this modern LA home here and enjoy the inspiring photos! And if you loved this garden, maybe you’d like to see this surprising urban garden exhibited by contemporary home in Bratislava, it’s something to dream about at night…

 wall shelf floating

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Apaiser is a great source for luxury round stone tubs, such as the Eclipse Stone Bathtub shown below. In fact, Apaiser tubs are perfect for spaces that showcase building materials such as stone and tile. Soft edges are a highlight of this piece, and it’s also available in a range of hues and materials. Keep in mind that when it comes to the modern powder room, a round tub has the power to soften the bold lines of the space. Yet you don’t have to play it safe with the bathtub, as shown below by a bold selection in black, a Caroma product purchased from Reece.

 Compact Family Home in Madison Inspiring Warmth and Sophistication

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This elegant compact home occupying a historic residential district in Madison, US was especially developed in order to serve the needs of a family of four. Johnsen Schmaling Architects explains their architecture approach: “Successfully contesting the local preservation ordinance whose strict guidelines advocated stylistic mimicry while failing to recognize the neighborhood’s rich architectural diversity, we designed a quiet but unapologetically contemporary building, its formally restrained volume discreetly placed in the back of the trapezoidal site, where it avoids direct visual competition with its two dignified neighbors, a hundred-year old Spanish Colonial home and the Ely House from 1896, a cherished landmark on the National Register of Historic Places”. Composed of two main building blocks, the residence accommodates the private spaces (bedrooms, bathrooms, reading room) in the cedar volume, while the public functions (garage, open living space) are located within the brick base. The modern interiors offer expansive neighborhood views and inspire a healthy lifestyle…

 bedroom design for teenage girls

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Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.

 brown and blue color schemes

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Curves or angles? This may be the very question you’re asking yourself as you shop for the perfect bathtub. And if you’re a modern design enthusiast, the choice becomes even more difficult, as there are clean-lined advantages to both approaches. Today we shine the spotlight on round bathtubs, both oval and circular. We’ll take a look at the different styles that can be evoked by round tubs, and we’ll even point you in the direction of some fabulous bathtub sources should you be ready to make a purchase!

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These are the sleekest of the electric fireplaces on the market. Some have a backlit LED feature to outline the frame in light. Fairly easy to mount, they add a contemporary look to any room. If space is an issue, a multifunctional fireplace with media storage may be the perfect solution to not only warm up your space but also organize your entertainment system and components. The Delray model fits in a corner. If you want a small and simple free-standing electric fireplace, these selections are for you. Bonus category! Bioethanol fireplaces don’t run on electricity, but they still give your home or apartment an instant fire without the need for a flue. Also known as ventless, these fireplaces use a special gel or ethanol that’s smoke-free. Bio fireplaces are available in every price point. We’ve selected some splurge-worthy contenders that add a contemporary design element to your room.

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Companies such as West Elm and CB2 have developed a whole range of apartment-size sofas and seating for small-space dwellers, and for good reason: The sofa is usually the most space-consuming furniture piece in a home. Opt for sofas that have a shallower depth, 37 inches or less. Skip oversized, rolled arms — which can waste a foot or more of floor space — and pick a modern, streamlined style with thinner arms. Less arm space also means more seating; in fact, an armless sofa or a one-armed chaise is the ultimate space-saving seating solution.

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As we alluded to earlier, green and white is a smart combination that works well in a modern bedroom and balances energetic overtones with a serene backdrop. The amount of green you use here depends on the size of the room and the amount of natural light that floods into your bedroom. Smaller bedrooms with too much green might seem both overwhelming and visually cluttered.

 What’s Hot in New Home Trends for 2013?

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Green, cutting edge, technological, luxurious, and entertaining are adjectives that best describe where housing trends are heading. While the word trends suggest a fleeting fancy, the forecast suggests that we are on the cutting edge of some fantastic innovations that are not only here to stay, but will continue to grow and evolve, influencing potential future home trends.
Building trends are showing scaled down, smaller homes. Gone are the days of superfluous, excessive and opulent. Newer homes, as well as designs within are much more streamlined. Even the furniture industry is showing simpler, more scaled-down models. The oversized, “fluffy” couches are being replaced by models that are more minimal in style and feel, with a very mid century influence.  As a result of these smaller-scaled homes people are making much more efficient use of their space.
Large home offices are no longer sought after. Pocket offices are one of the top trends in home design, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The rising popularity of several generations living together under one roof may have helped to fuel the trend. Unused spare bedrooms were turned into home offices. These home offices are being converted back into bedrooms to accommodate grown children that are returning to the nest, or elderly parents needing to be looked after.
This certainly is not a trend. Green is most definitely mainstream. It’s not going anywhere as it’s here to stay and we will see a rise in all things green, environmentally friendly and sustainable from building materials, paints, windows, floorings, windows, countertops,  plumbing and electrical. There is an increasing demand for eco-friendly paint and adhesives. Home furnishings and accessories are following this path.
Luxury
Despite the downsizing of the family home there are certain luxury items that are in demand. Saunas are once again becoming popular and are being added to master bathrooms and pool areas. Media rooms have been on rise for some time. With more families staying home, vacationing less and spending less on entertainment venues, these homeowners are investing their money in rooms designed for specifically for multimedia entertainment devices, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Consumer Reports states that home elevators are on the rise, especially in well to do and multi-generational homes where elderly relatives may have a harder time with the stairs. Multi-generational living is also driving force behind basement conversions. Basements, once a place for the young to hang out and entertain, are now being reconfigured to create separate living spaces for in-laws complete with kitchens, bedrooms and a separate living space.
Homeowners are moving outdoors, especially those who are spending more time at home. Porches, patios, decks, terraces and verandas are no longer just outdoor spaces; they have become outdoor living areas where homeowners go to relax, spend time with their families, dine or entertain guests. We are also seeing an increase in outdoor kitchens for cooking and dining. These kitchens are equipped with built-in grills, sinks, storage, refrigeration, countertops and beer taps.
These outdoor cooking areas are being designed to resemble the indoor kitchens. High end appliances, movie screens, outdoor furnishings, fireplaces and fire pits, as well as television and audio systems are rising in popularity. Reflective of our interest in the environment and our health, outdoor vegetable gardens are also in soaring in popularity.
Following hot on the heels of outdoor dining and entertaining is the outdoor shower. Outdoor showers, and outdoor bathrooms in general are quickly gaining popularity. With creative landscaping a sense of total privacy can be achieved. 50 years ago it was uncommon for a single-family, 3 bedroom home to have more than one bathroom, now it is the norm. The outdoor bathroom too will become commonplace one day. These outdoor bathing areas are far from rustic, to the contrary, they are eco-friendly luxuries.
Technology is becoming more and more affordable and more and more commonplace. A new type of generator, created by General Electric, can be monitored and activated from a smart phone, giving an out of town homeowner peace of mind. Touchscreen deadbolts, and thermostats that can be programmed remotely will one day be commonplace. The rise of smart appliances that are focused on energy savings will eventually make way for more affordable models thus being more readily available. At this point they are still quite cost prohibitive.
No matter the size of the house, stylish kitchens and bathrooms remain at the top of many wish lists. Many homeowners are remodeling their homes instead of building on to them. The latest trend in kitchen design is the transitional look which is a combination of both traditional and contemporary design.
Because so much time is spent living, not just eating, in the kitchen, these rooms are being redesigned to accommodate the events that take place in the kitchen, from homework, to socializing to cooking and eating. Kitchens are designed for larger crowds, even putting its chef on display with plenty of seating for the viewers. The rise in popularity of gourmet kitchens with upscale appliances, top notch lighting show no sign of slowing down…

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The examples of modular shelving systems in this article are carefully chosen with a focus on their utility, aesthetic and universality. Individuals purchasing any of these shelving options are likely to have made a conscientious and considered decision, assessing the possibilities for placement and their necessity. This writer postulates that the shelving systems featured below are designed with the intelligent user in mind. Such people typically value good design and think about its quality, usefulness, longevity, clarity and detail.

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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.

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