We ran across a lovely collection of eclectic interiors spiced up with vintage elements by designer Timothy Oulton and thought of sharing them further.Boasting sophistication and creativity, each of the 20 interiors below was developed according to a certain theme. As the designer explains, some of them were inspired by the “Beat” culture of 1950s America, where writers and creative-types championed non-conformity.As you will look through the photos, you will also discover “a nostalgic tribute to the romantic era of luxurious sea voyages“, in various decorative objects. such as vintage trunks, classic upholstery pieces, and travel memorabilia. The interior below is dedicated to old English sports such as tennis, rugby and sailing and is said to exude “the class and refinement that once defined the world of sports”. We are charmed by the array of great details in this remarkable design portfolio and are looking forward to see which elements caught your attention…
Nature and the environment have proven to be a big source of inspiration in interior design and architecture over the past few years, particularly where material choice is concerned. We have seen a rise in popularity of natural materials such as wood, stone and slate as people are seeking to reduce their impact on the environment by choosing products that will last longer and that are readily available.Particularly when it comes to flooring, wood, stone and slate are very popular choices. However, not everybody sees the attraction of using these materials in their homes, preferring the comfort, warmth, noise reduction and improved insulation offered by carpet. Picking up the trend for nature in interior design and wanting to cater to carpet lovers, Danish carpet producer Ege came up with the Out of Nature collection.The innovative carpet collection emerged from a desire to bring the rustic beauty of nature inside as part of a building’s interior design. The collection’s expressive, photographic designs adds character to a room, as well as providing good acoustics and comfort underfoot.These carpets look unbelievably realistic and allow you to get the look without compromising on comfort. They definitely have my vote! What about you?
The creative team Geometrix Design recently completed the design of a challenging room, serving as a parlour (special living room area) for a family of musicians. Here is the press release we were sent from the architects: “Our main tasks were: to think out a storage system for musical equipment, books, and other belongings without making the room even more narrow, to provide a place to sleep, and some room for rehearsals and giving lessons.We decided to break the geometry of the room, thus getting rid of the habitual dead-end planning. The wall with a TV was decorated with felt-lined panels (felt is a very good soundproof material); between the panels mild local lighting was built-in and the wall itself was designed in such a way that it makes impression of lightness. The central part protrudes with regard to the basic wall, and mirrors are attached to the lower and upper parts of the wall, which makes you feel like the wall suspends. The color continuity can be changed with the help of a LED strip, so the warm, restrained colors of the room can be altered any time” [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Geometrix Design]
One word to describe the stunning and stylish Breust Residence in Australia: transparency. The house, flooded by light, is a gorgeous mix of sophisticated details, guarded by an infinity pool (also with a transparent structure) on a side and a marvelous garden on the other. The people responsible for accomplishing such a mesmerizing final result are the ones behind JUO, an Australian, Perth-based design studio. The living room is structured as a long (and transparent) corridor. The high ceilings and the glass walls create this perfect breezy atmosphere that enhances the feeling of freedom.The Breust Residence is playful: striking shapes, contrasting materials were used in defining it. The two-story residence is spacious and luminous with incredible high ceilings, exhaling elegance (just take a look at the gorgeous copper-like circular bulbs hanging from the ceiling) but also piece of mind, due to the uncluttered décor. “The full height glazing not only maintains this main living area as an extension of the outdoors – with gardens and water on either side – but also allows for natural cross ventilation to cool the space efficiently and naturally without mechanical intervention or air conditioning. The view of water has been created through the use of glass to the side of the above ground lap pool, mimicking the extent of the volume between the two pavilions.”
Designed by Spanish architect and product designer Patricia Urquiola for Gan Rugs, the Mangas Collection features rugs, runners and pouffs made from 100% wool and hand made in India. The products are made from a patchwork of different design wool knits which create unique textured designs in different complementary colour ways and sizes.We recently wrote about the trend for knitting in interior design and these products would fit in with this trend perfectly. The big chunky knits are perfect for lazing about in front of the fire on a cozy winter evening. Don’t you think?
Studio ALBUS Design took our breath away with a project inspired by Brazilian culture. Gathered around 150 pounds of bananas celebrating artist Carmen Miranda’s influence on cultural diversity, a collection of carefully chosen decorative elements create a Latin-inspired home comfort. Encouraging this radical aesthetic innovation started by Carmen Miranda, the design created by architect Henrique Steyer and designer Felipe Rijo, of ALBUS Design was imagined to encompass the owners’ significant artwork and antiques collection – “the drawings by Djanira in the wall over the sofa share the space with a painting by Di Cavalcanti and the cocoon-shaped sculpture by Siron Franco” – as well as an interesting collection of feather art displayed throughout. Baroque saints and silver torches next to an antique mirror steal the spotlight once you got used to the bananas: “Yes, we have bananas!” That is how we sum up this project in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. Inspired in the Brazilian culture and its many influences, this living room is an example of Brazil’s cultural diversity. Just as the Brazilian people is a result of miscegenation, the creation of this living was a search for the perfect mix. Henrique traveled with the home owner to New York, Miami and Rio de Janeiro, looking for an essentially latin harmony.”
Istanbul-based designer, Tanju Özelgin, completed the interior of T House, a gorgeous multi-level residence sited in Bosphorus district. With objects of décor displayed in a museum-like manner, he imagined a stylish dark-toned living space, making use of local forms and materials. The neutral palette of colours, ranging from white/ beige to different hues of grey and sheer black create an astounding visual effect. Space looks modern, yet a little bit gloomy. Despite the excessive use of obscure colours, the interior inspires calmness and elegance. High ceilings, dramatic chandeliers, long curtains and exquisite artwork adorn the living room.“In this project, Özelgin has used rough stone and raw concrete mixed with polished marble, wood and glass for the interior and sections of the exterior. Also the widespread use of stone surfaces on walls, floors and exterior areas can be considered as an example of the use of local elements. Besides, the use of stonewall panels in the primary living spaces is one of the most important features of the design.” From polished marble tables to futuristic-like sculptures – everything seems to fall into place visually. The overall design appears to be fascinating and intimidating, in the same time…
Eduard C?liman is an architectural visualizer based in Leeds, United Kingdom who recently completed an intriguing living room project. The luxurious interior was envisioned as having an open layout, with a generously-sized sofa located in the middle, visually separating the lounge area from the dining space. Large crystal chandeliers seem to spice up the room, adding a touch of royal elegance. The eclectic mix of furniture employed give the place its unique character.This project contains elements that belong to the Visionnaire Ipe Cavalli brand collection such as the feathery mirror (Bird) and the console (Gretel) while the sofa was designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia. The lamps and the ceiling lights come from Giovanni Sforza Home luxury Collection and were carefully chosen to further depict a more bright and luxurious lifestyle. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Eduard C?liman]
A bold signature style. Meet Greg Natale, one of Australia’s top designers and explore the universe he imagined for the Clarke Payne project. The designer achieved a stunning effect by mixing details of modern patterns with the artistic style of the 17th century. Overwhelming images filled with precious velvet populate the living space, giving birth to that perfect royal ambience, pictured in movies. As the interior is dominated by shades of grey blended with white details, a certain cool atmosphere is preserved. The baroque details, the high ceilings with the white detailing extending on the walls, the neutral colours, the chandelier and the expressive cold beauty gives us the feeling that this is a European aristocratic residence, updated to our contemporary tastes and standards.The living room is extremely beautiful and imposing. Probably the most important piece of décor, the chandelier dominates the already breathtaking design. The master bedroom is nothing but royal. With precious fabrics of velvet, combining majestic tones of blue, the bedroom could be reduced to a particular feature: sophisticated. Discovered by the Italians, but borrowed in the entire Europe, the baroque as an artistic style had one major purpose: exaggerate and transmit cathartic exuberance upon people. Back to our home, every single detail exhales grandeur. From fabrics, to motifs, Greg Natale is one of a kind. The edgy blending of classy and modern creates a unique line that characterises his work at Clarke Payne…
Do you find it difficult to choose a living room layout? This infographic put together by The FurnishedUp Blog makes it easy for anyone to decide on a practical decorating scheme. Developed around the user’s personal needs, the information below counts for quality advice when planning your house. For example, if you would like to direct attention to a particular focal point in your living room (be it a bookcase, fireplace, television set or a fantastic view), all furniture should be oriented towards that focal unit, with armchairs, pillows and ottomans creating an inviting conversation circle.If you plan on having a kids-friendly interior, setting up “areas” is considered the best way to go. Simple partitions can be used to create a distinction between the children’s space and the adults’ conversation zone. Three further options are illustrated below, feel free to “investigate” and choose what layout best suits your own living room. Be sure to also check out the kitchen layout guide, an infographic presented on our site in a previous post, helping you choose a kitchen design based on the fridge-oven-sink work triangle…
Located in the center of Gothenburg, Sweden, this small, tastefully renovated studio apartment makes for a delightful home. Discovered by our site on Alvhem, the one-room crib features plenty of charming features, such as a preserved tile stove, wooden flooring, renovated kitchen and a small balcony. Once you enter, you are greeted by a ceiling height of three meters, setting the tone for a spacious tiny home. The classic-profile Ikea kitchen is right on your left. With state-of-the-art appliances, a stylish mix of gray and white tones and dimmable spotlights for good work lighting, it offers a perfect area for experimenting.
There is room for a dining table with four seats next to the large window with views down across the yard and out onto the private balcony. The room is large enough to accommodate the sofa, bed, televisions, furniture and storage furniture. A large window and glazed balcony doors opening out onto the courtyard make this lovely social space bright and airy. The terrace is a treasure in itself. Small and welcoming, with iron railings, cast concrete decking and quietcourtyardlocationin the middle ofvibrantLinnaeus, it offers a wonderful spot for contemplation.
This lovely clean-lined house located in Nikaia, Larissa, Greece is an inspiration for the architects due to its flawless design. The L-shaped project designed by Potiropoulos D+L Architects boasts perfect volumes, enhancing the feeling of order. A certain design discipline dominates the structure. A brave mix of exposed concrete and wood define the exterior of the house. The house’s orientation favours light and warmth. The aim was to create a perfect cozy and luminous home environment, where the clients feel pampered, tranquil and safe. The architects also had in mind to keep a connection with the exterior through openings and cut outs.
Now, let’s get back to that design discipline we were talking about. The house’s L-shape makes possible the integration of the entire project (including the swimming pool) into a rectangle. It’s all about the power of geometry. The horizontal openings encourage a dialogue with the natural light, allowing the sun to sneak inside. The interior is characterised by high ceilings, transparence and spaciousness. A glass staircase dominates the core of the living room, making the vertical circulation possible.
Apartment Therapy shows a really interesting bathroom design where a bench on an outer wall extends right through the glass into the walk-in shower. Another great and simple example of a shower with a bench (again from Carla Aston) makes use of wood material for both the bench and flooring. You may not have a ton of room for a full-sized bench, so a corner built-in might work instead. This one featured on Angie’s List looks great in this smaller shower! Another from BHG highlights the top of the bench with white.
Dogi is a contemporary new bathroom collection by GD Cucine. Known for its sleek kitchen designs, the Italian company has branch out into bathrooms with this fantastic range designed by Enzo Berti. Marrying the natural elements of stone, water and wood, the collection presents a soothing aesthetic whilst bringing the spa experience into the home. Crafted from solid ash in light and dark tones, the Dogi collection includes wall-mounted and freestanding furniture, washbasins, vanities, storage columns, open shelving, mirrors, towel racks and wood clad bathing tubs. Counters tops and basins come in a selection of 8 different stones, including carrera marble, black Corian and solid lunar Quartz.
So what do you think of this bathroom collection? We’d love to hear your thoughts so be sure to leave us some feedback in the comments section below…
You’re pretty lucky if you have a large enough window in your bathroom that could use a seating area right beneath it. A bathroom reno featured on Beneath My Heart uses an upholstered loveseat bench with added accent pillows for the window area. How about a built-in? This vanity featured on Home Bunch has a bench area near the window, while this other example (also from Home Bunch) creates a window seat out of a bathroom storage unit. You could also try a bathroom storage unit on a much larger scale with a bench as well, like the third option below from BHG. Built-ins are great, but they’re not for everyone. You could try a simple wicker bench with an elegant cushion to place by your bathroom window, like the one below featured on House of Turquoise.
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.
The Stacked system was designed by Julien De Smedt for Muuto. Held together using small clips, Stacked comprises modules of varied sizes that are arranged to create many different storage solutions and set-ups. The 835 Infinito modular bookcase was designed by Franco Albini for Cassina. Comprised of vertical elements, containers with doors or flaps and shelves in two depths, Infinito is an expression of possibilities that are designed to bring order to a space. Randomito from MDF Italia is a single unit hanging bookcase (available in white, orange, sand and green) that can also be turned upside down. Combining units provides a larger configuration with a striking visual impact.
Natural materials such as stone and wood make the Kennedy Residence Boulder in Colorado a warm and welcoming crib. Designed by Semple Brown, the project consists of three major living zones, built around the mature trees on the site and connected to each other by public spaces and courtyards. According to the architects,”the first wing welcomes guests into the main hallway and acts as a connecting axis into Wings 2 and 3. The flowing and unobtrusive layout of this wing, allows the kitchen to function as the heart of the house. The second wing emerges from the family room off of the kitchen and bends back to create the children’s rooms and a secluded master suite at the end of a long stone hall. The entry court is framed by a stone wall that bends around the garage, play room, barn, and guest suite creating the third wing“. We invite to take a virtual tour of this modern home and tell us if you find its layout inspiring…
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.
You can never have enough storage in the kitchen. If you lack cabinet space but have just enough room along an area of a wall, an armoire can serve as a wonderful pantry. Check out this great example from Decoholic. Alternatively, you could use the same idea as above, but for coffee instead. Ever Evolving Life 4-5 shows the complete transformation this armoire went through to become a cute little coffee bar.