From time to time, we like to integrate a relaxation-inducing post on our site, to help you remember to unwind. Designed by Chaffee Graham of 4th Period Woodshop, the Para Hammock is a highly welcoming, tension-relieving furniture piece. The unconventional swing is made using over 700 pieces of Walnut that are all connected in an integrated and flexible grid via a Para cord. Flexing walnut tiles provide ultimate comfort and relaxation. Each piece is handcrafted one by one, providing value and diversity.The hammock is especially treated and finished to be outdoors and resist all types of weather. Place it between two powerful trees and enjoy a state of relief. Dreaming of a mesmerizing escape? Let this swinging hammock slowly take you away in one gentle, lazy afternoon. Aside from being the perfect place to take a nap or read a book, the Para Hammock is also a beautiful addition to any home or backyard. How would you comment on the overall design of this outdoor hammock? [Photos and information provided via e-mail by 4th Period Woodshop]
This former Communist home was renovated by interior designer Judit Koczoh in collaboration with Beck Real Estate Kft to create a beautiful, practical, and energy efficient apartment. There were virtually no original features to be saved due to neglect and destruction during the Communist era. So the designers created this crib from scratch using talented workmen and carpenters and by moving 100 year old ceramic kitchen tiles from another apartment in the same building. The style is classical eclectic, reflecting the belief that renovated apartments in 19th century buildings should respect the aesthetic spirit of that era, while being updating with stronger doses of color in the furniture and accessories.Design was driven by a desire for old world elegance with a dose of color in furniture and accessories to protest against the monochrome sterility of so much modern design. The apartment includes one bedroom, two bathrooms, a very large kitchen and the hallway. Special features include small doses of elegant wall paper in the kitchen next to the entrance and also in the study alcove that is part of the living room. In addition, the designers restored three 1940s armchairs with bold color, two in the living room and one in the bedroom. There is a “green angle” to the apartment. A special emphasis was placed on energy efficiency to minimize CO2 emissions and the cost of living in the flat. Workmen installed triple-glazed PassivHaus certified windows. These windows keep the apartment warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Since the apartment is air tight to minimize heating costs, the designers installed a PassivHaus ventilation system that brings fresh air into the house 24/7/365, monitors air quality, purifies the air, and maintains humidity at an appropriate level. The power cost is only 7 USD a month. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Roderick Beck]
Lausanne House project is the architectural equivalent of bungalow renovation in Québec, Canada. Opting for a sober and elegant exterior, Hatem+D Architecture installed a cover of pale grey wood at the level of the main block and a mixture of fibrocement and black bricks. A second floor was added, which accommodates three large bedrooms. According to the architects, landscaping was thought to preserve most of the existing elements. Rocks discovered during the works were moved in various places on the site. Additionally, three mature trees were preserved, their foliage allowing a play of shadow and light on the facades.Aside from requesting a face-lift for the bungalow, the owners wanted a place filled with natural light, as well as large openings to enjoy their landscaped terrain. Therefore, the living and dining room both open to the terrace through generously-sized glass doors. Moreover, “a passageway was added in front of the residence and makes the link between this volume and the new garage. The hallway, generous and open, throws a great deal of light at the heart of the project.” Enjoy the virtual tour! [Photographs: Alexandre Guilbeault]
Use balance to help bring a balanced look to your interiors. Image Via: Culligan Abraham ArchitectureWe all know an example of good interior design when we see it. In fact, most of us can make that judgment almost instantly. Have you ever wondered why that ability seems to come to us so instinctually, even though we may not be professional interior designers?It all has to do with symmetry, or a sense of balance, that has been achieved within a space. Symmetrical design cues effect our subconscious, even when they are too subtle to be consciously acknowledged with our first glance. All of us are drawn to balanced images and tend to think them more aesthetically pleasing than their off-kilter counterparts.As for why we love symmetrical spaces so much, you’ll have to read on to find out. Plus, you’ll discover how to bring a harmonious feel into your own interiors, regardless of your personal style. Check it out.Keep your spaces even to make them aesthetically pleasing. Image Via: Frank de Biasi InteriorsThe answer is simple: We love balance because it is right in front of us. The next time you look at your body in the mirror, imagine drawing a line directly down the middle, splitting yourself in half at the navel. Odds are, you’ll find your right and left halves to be fairly symmetrical.However, we aren’t the only creatures who are inherently balanced. Scientists have found that a closely mirroring ratio – often dubbed The Golden Mean – of 1:1.61 that occurs over and over again in nature. Not only do our bodies meet these proportions, but so do the curvature of seashells, the formation of clouds, and even the circular pattern of our universe.Since this type of balance is so familiar in our lives, it is easier for our brains to process. Symmetrical interiors are often viewed as more restful and peaceful than their artistically asymmetrical counterparts because we don’t have to work as hard to figure out the use and flow of the space.When you are designing your interiors, consider the mood that you are trying to achieve in your space. If you want your home to feel like an oasis away from the outside world, balance is key.Balance is especially important in spaces where you want a restful feel. Image Via: Terrat Elms Interior DesignOf course, when it comes to interior design, balance doesn’t just have to refer to a line that’s been drawn directly down the middle. No, that would get boring pretty fast. Instead, interior designers have come up with a few ways to achieve a symmetrical feel in a space while still maintaining the visual interest. Check them out:When trying to decide what type of balance to employ in your spaces, first consider the how much room you have to work with. Rotational and transitional do well in large, open areas like foyers and expansive dining rooms, but can feel overwhelming if there is too much repetition crammed into a small area. In tight spaces, reflection symmetry and asymmetry are your best bets since they often feature simpler designs.Rotational symmetry will lend an intimate feel to your dining table. Image Via: Moeski Design AgencyLuckily, you don’t need to be a professional to create balance within your interiors. Anyone can bring a harmonious feel to their space by taking these three things into account:When all else fails, take a step back – literally. As you are designing your interiors, remember to occasionally step outside of the current detail you are working on and view the space as a whole. When you view the room from an outsider’s prospective, you should instantly be able to get a sense of its balance. If things aren’t symmetrical enough for you, keep tweaking the positioning of your design elements until you achieve a flow that feels right.Don’t be afraid to tweak your furniture placement to make them appear more harmonious. Image Via: Fanny Zigdon InteriorsUsually when it comes to interior design, personal style is a big point of contention. Some people love the lavish feel of ornate interiors while others consistently find themselves drawn to a more modern aesthetic. It may seem like these two camps will never find common ground, however when it comes to a fundamental design principle like balance, necessity begets personal preference.Here’s the deal: No room would be complete without a certain amount of symmetrical concentration. Could you image a room where a cabinet was placed dead center in the room with a sofa pushed off into one corner an a painting skewed on the opposite wall? What a mess!Think of balance as a useful tool in creating the framework of your interior design. Then imagine your personal style elements as the filling that fleshes the room out and makes it uniquely your own. That pair of lamps to decorate your bedside tables will look just as even weather they sport Asian influence or a classical marble flair.Whether your style is more modern or traditional, use symmetry to make your design pop. Image Via: Streeter & Associates, Inc.As far as the world of interior design is concerned, balance is key. Our brains find it pleasing and, as a result, we tend to rank symmetrical spaces as more attractive. Follow the tips above as you work on the rooms in your own home. By incorporating balance into the framework of your design, you can create a space that everyone will find pleasing, regardless of their favorite style. Your friends and family will be asking for your secret weapon. We won’t tell, if you don’t!How do you feel about symmetrical designs? Do you actively try to bring balance to the rooms in your home? How? Share your tips with us in the comments…
A well-maintained roof is the capping feature of any home. Image Via: Red Leaf Interiors, LLCThe knowledge that you get to come home to a roof over your head is one of the most rewarding parts of being a homeowner. The knowledge that you’ll eventually have to replace that roof, however, is often one of the most daunting. With roof replacement costs averaging nearly $34,500, according to the 2014 Cost VS Value Report, it’s no surprise that most people want their current roof to last as long as possible.Getting a roof to last is easy. All it takes is proper care. By following the right maintenance routine, anyone can keep a roof in great shape. Even if your unsure when it comes to roof care, don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it.We’ve compiled a guide that will help you get your roof in to great shape. Read the post below and work the tips into your home care routine. With just a little extra effort you can make sure that your roof will last for many years to come.No ,matter what type of roof you have, these tips will help you in good shape. Image Via: Abramson Teiger ArchitectsLike any sizable investment, the best way to keep your roof in tip-top shape is by developing an active maintenance routine – and actually following it. While, home maintenance may be the last thing you want to think about on a lazy Saturday, a little TLC will go a long way towards making your roof last for the long haul.The good news is, it doesn’t have to happen every day. Roof care should take place at least twice a year. Make an effort to take a look at your roof once at the beginning of fall and again at the beginning of spring. Think of it this way: the main goal of roof maintenance is to prevent damage by ensuring that moisture can easily travel away from the roof. By doing work in the fall and spring, you’ll know that your roof is prepared for winter storms and heavy summer rains.While you’re up there, you should concentrate on these three tasks, sweeping the roof’s surface free of any debris, clearing any buildup out the gutters and downspouts, and power washing areas that are showing signs of moss growth. Also, keep an eye out for any signs of water penetration or disrepair, as you’ll want to get those things taken care of as soon as possible.Do roof maintenance twice a year to keep it in good shape. Image Via: LeBoeuf Homes, IncYou know the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? While those words are good advice for life in general, they hold doubly true when it comes to roof care. Investing a little bit of money in preventative care now will go a long way toward keeping you from having to replace the entire structure later on.First, tackle the attic. You want to make sure that your attic has suitable insulation. A properly laid layer of insulation will help keep your home’s interior temperature more stable, which will prevent water vapor from pooling on the underside of the roof – and help save on heating/cooling costs! Consider adding a layer of vapor retarder underneath the insulation for extra protection.After taking care of the insulation, work on ventilation. Good ventilation will also help prevent water vapor buildup and keep moisture from damaging the roof’s sheathing and rafters. Take a look at your attic’s vents to the outside. Make sure they are completely free of debris and, if necessary, install screens to prevent animals from nesting inside. If your vents seem to be a bit small, think about buying a ventilation fan to guarantee dryness.The last prevention tip is a bit of a no-brainer: Cut away any overhanging tree limbs. No one wants to live with the worry of a branch crashing in the middle of the night, right? Take away the possibility entirely by removing any neighboring branches that look like they could break with a strong gust of wind.Investing in preventative maintenance can help you save big on roof fixes. Image Via: Fluidesign StudioThe best preventive maintenance tip that we can offer luckily costs no money at all. You just need to look at your roof and ceilings! By making an effort to look at your roof regularly you’ll have a better sense of what it looks like when it’s properly maintained and in good shape versus when something is wrong. That sense will help you catch onto problems early and leave you doing small fixes rather than large renovations.Here are a few things you should try and keep an eye out for:Training yourself to pay attention to your roof is easy. Simply make a conscious effort to glance at your roof every day when you get home from work. After few weeks, this action will become habit and you won’t even have to think about it. However, in addition to this, you should also look carefully at your roof after every big rainstorm. Just take a quick walk through all the rooms in your home and around its parameter. Watch out for any signs of external damage or internal leakage. Make a habit of checking your roof so that you’ll be aware of problems earlier. Image Via: Creative ArchitectsWe know that the internet is full of handy DIY guides to get you through any project. We love them. But, your roof is one the few areas where you should really put them aside and hire a professional. Not only is working on a roof a safety risk, but if you’re unsure of what you are doing, you could end up doing more harm than good, structurally speaking.If you don’t already have a roofer in mind, ask friends for recommendations or read online reviews. Take the time to interview a few. You’ll want to focus on a contractor that is insured, can offer you estimates in regards to the price and timeframe for your current job, and will put them in written contract. As always, you should also trust your gut and hire an individual whom you trust.Once you hire someone that you’re happy with, do your best to foster a good working relationship. Pay your bills on time and even consider bringing them out to do a quick inspection on your roof once a year. They can offer you an experienced set of eyes that can pick up potential problems and your continual business will ensure that they’ll want to come out quickly when you do need assistance.It’s always a good idea hire a professional to do your work. Image Via: Kirsten Robertson and Frank PietromonacoNo one wants to be faced with the prospect of putting a new roof on his or her home. While it is, unfortunately, a fate that every homeowner must face, there is a simple solution to buy yourself more time. All you need to do is take care of the roof you already have. Be active when it comes to roof maintenance and make an effort to fix small issues before they grow into big problems. Follow the tips above to help your roof last for decades.Does your family follow a roof maintenance routine? If so, do you have any roof care tips that you love? Share them with us in the comments…
Referencing the cult saga Star Wars, South Korean architectural bureau Moon Hoon Landdesigned and implemented Star Wars House, a futuristic building with a flashy character. Its name and design are driven from the the childhood dream of the owner- that of someday becoming an astronaut. The irregular-shaped dwelling is located in a calm suburb and answers the need for peaceful living, in a time when more and more families in South Korea tend to move away from the crowded and polluted metropolises. A small footprint leaves enough space for gardening and outdoor relaxation areas.An extravagant addition to its neighborhood, the project features concrete walls, large windows displayed both horizontally and vertically and beveled grooves in the facades, inspired by futuristic space ships. The Star Wars is composed of three levels, two of which are condensed below, while the upper story contains an open play room for the children. Architect Moon Hoon describes the top level as “a place high up that could be a control room for the future Darth Vader or a Jedi.” This special themed playground also comes with a secret room and a small slide…
House AND is the result of an inspiring home extension implemented by adn Architectures in Anderlues, Belgium. The residence is one of the many pavilion type homes widely produced in Belgium. According to the architects, the flip-side to the standardization of these houses is a reduction in quality, both in terms of both space and integration to the urban landscape. The 24 square-meter addition draws inspiration from the existing house and creates interesting contrasts: an inverted roof in opposition with the existing traditional one and a wooden structure clashing with the older masonry walls on the site.We love the welcoming feel this place exudes and appreciate the architectural effort in maintaining this serene atmosphere, despite adding a modern construction: “In the end, this extension creates a dialogue between old and new through opposition: a wooden cabin grafted onto the home, a traditional construction attached to the very image of standardized habitat”. The new interior offers a high level of seclusion and plenty of natural light from the side windows and clerestory. How would you comment on the design of this new building? [Photography by: Filip Dujardin ]
Conceived as a threshold between the city and the mountain park, the massive Syncline House developed by Arch11 near Boulder, Colorado is a modern living retreat. The residence was especially envisioned for an entrepreneurial and professional rock climbing couple who simply wanted a place where they could leave the city behind. Throughout the planning process, the architects had to overcome many challenges related to both the construction site and materials employed. To support an envelope comprised of 50% glazing for example, a structural steel frame was used in place of traditional stick framing throughout the home. An interplay between openness and privacy dictated the overall design strategy. “The house is a threshold between both the cultural and geologic creases: one between the domestic and the feral, the other between horizontal and vertical. As the entry opens to the living spaces the apertures transform in scale to reveal the expansive landscape in its entirety. At the southwest corner thirty feet of glass retracts into the walls, dissolving the boundary between the domestic and the wild; the living spaces are then bounded only by the uplifted cliffs beyond. Reciprocally, the native meadow to the west folds onto the garage roof providing easy outdoor access for visiting guests in the house’s guest suite”. The east wall remains closed, allowing only privileged, controlled views and light from the clerestory above. [Photography courtesy of Arch11]
The mere sight of this sculptural chair design by Italian product manufacturer Binome inspires cheerfulness and a loose approach to sober modern-life aspects. We love the colorful swing-ring look, as well as its chubby, almost humorous character. The Acari chair proudly displays a resin rubber base, fiberglass cloth cushions and oak-wood legs. Well rounded and smooth, the tactile base also acts as a powerful back support. Seemingly “skinny”, compared to Acari’s massive body, the four elegant-looking legs can support the weight of each respected family member. Removable cushions as well as back rest were added to the base for extra comfort. Cleaning is done easily: use a wet cloth for the rubbery support and remove the cushions for machine wash. Both the base and cushions come in a variety of colors, making the chair easily adaptable to many contemporary interiors. But the furniture piece was also designed for the outdoors. Spread around the garden, these flashy rounded chairs will add a vibrant atmosphere, suited for private gatherings, as well as large parties…
Open the door to this lovely Scandinavian one-room apartment in the center of Gothenburg and you will soon realize there is something special about how it feels. Despite a relatively small surface of 50 square meters, this is a dream home for anyone in search of a quiet and elegant place to live. Because of the impressive ceiling height, a studio-feel is induced; the open floor plan invites to both socializing and relaxation. Three generously-sized windows in a row ensure that enough natural lighting gets through. During long Swedish nights, original light fixtures make up for those gentle sun rays. From the living room, there is a ladder hinting the way towards a comfy suspended bed. The large, open kitchen makes the apartment perfect for those who love to cook. There is plenty of space for friends around the minimalist wooden table and the cabinets go all the way up to the ceiling, ensuring an optimum amount of storage. The bathroom is comfortable and nicely decorated with a shower, a wash-stand, wall cabinet and wall-hung toilet. Discovered by our site on Alvhem, this charming one-room Swedish crib is the result of a complete renovation that took place a few years back. Turn of the century details were preserved throughout the apartment, increasing its appeal.
Painting the walls might be the easiest way to add green to the bedroom along with bedding and accessories in matching hue, but think beyond the obvious if you want a truly captivating room. Painting the ceiling in green can be a fun alternative and by leaving the walls white, you will still have a neutral and versatile backdrop that will beautifully showcase wall art and sculptural décor additions. And for those who really want a personalized solution, mixing different shades to come with your own custom green hue is indeed an exciting and enjoyable alternative. This will assure that you are proud owner of a one-of-a-kind bedroom with a shade of green that you came up with.
The best modular shelving systems will encourage individual expression and personal style. An investment in both design and practicality, they are something that we choose to live with (design is arguably always a choice). Famed industrial designer Dieter Rams once remarked: “I am convinced that a well-thought-out design is decisive to the quality of a product. A poorly-designed product is not only uglier than a well-designed one but it is of less value and use. Worst of all it might be intrusive.” This quote, from a speech on ‘Design by Vitsœ’ presented by Rams in New York, 1976, remains pertinent today.
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.
No 210 is a fresh residential project defined by Buildall Homes Inc. in Toronto, Canada. Contemporary and eclectic, the interior encourages experimentation in terms of design. From extravagant light fixtures, to translucent plastic chairs, modern artwork and unpolished (shabby-chic) furniture items – this living space exudes a distinctive elegance. Social area includes the living room and kitchen divided by a dining table and a countertop with mint green mini seats. Despite the peculiar combination of styles, the interior looks fashionable and feels cozy.
A set of stairs leads you to the bedroom, located at the mezzanine. It’s interesting how the old fuses with the new. The pipes became part of the décor. As a matter of fact, metallic details play a significant role in decoration. Not only it’s used to bring industrial architectural elements into your kitchen, but also to highlight the character and sophistication of industrial chic present throughout the all house. There’s a thing with neutrals – soft earthy cues of colour encompass the entire living area. Do you think industrial details add a sense of refinement to your home?
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.
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.
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
Despite its country style and rustic aesthetics, Doria does not cut back on comfort and modern functionality. Instead features such as the refrigerator and cooking hood are elegantly concealed by painted cabinets to ensure that they do not disturb the wonderful narrative. Stone sinks, earthenware pots and other subtle touches such as the rod for hanging utensils ensure that your kitchen becomes a portal that takes you back in time to a colorful countryside somewhere in the Mediterranean.
If you believe that green does not work in a trendy and minimal contemporary bedroom, then think again! A green accent wall is easy to shape and it brings that much needed warmth to an otherwise cool and mundane interior. Just repeat the color in the room using vivacious bedding, accessories, nightstands or even a couple of lovely vases and you have an inviting bedroom that is both energetic and relaxing. Those who feel that an accent wall in green or décor are not your thing can still add the color by placing a couple of potted plants to fill up those empty corners. It is an easy, eco-friendly and healthy choice to turn to that will instantly alter the mood in the bedroom.
you’re a fan of the clawfoot look but you’re searching for a selection that’s a bit more modern, check out the Kado Classic, available through Reece. A contemporary form meets detailed feet in this modern tub find that takes a bit of the past and brings it into the present. When it comes to round bathtubs, which styles are your favorite? And in which types of powder room do you think they work best? Modern? Traditional? Rustic with a twist? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.