Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.
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.
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!
We recently received photos and sketches of the Reception Desk – a piece of furniture both innovative and functional, that looks more like a sculpture than a desk. Designed as part of the showroom renovation for the Prestige Group furniture brand in Nicosia, North Cyprus, this desk was created to be the focal point of the new reception area and it reflects the brand’s identity (they produce kitchen, bathroom and bedroom furniture, along with individual products). According to designers Erhanand Mustafa Afsaroglu, this design encompasses the main features of the Prestige Group brand: “Inspired by the Besparmak Mountains in North Cyprus, with their enduring and historic qualities, the reception desk sits in the heart of the lobby, welcoming visitors in.
The feature wall behind the desk portrays an abstract explosion of boxes which fade away and form the company’s logo; a matrix of squares. Constructed using a natural acrylic stone, the wall panel boasts a seamless external surface where the boxes become apparent only when the lights within are turned on. The reception desk itself is made up of 92 individual pieces of MDF, fixed by tubes to assemble a single structure. In harmony with its surroundings, the reception desk becomes a sculpture; a center of attention, inspiring the visitors whilst reflecting the values of the company.” We featured another one of Erhan Afsaroglu’s designs a while back – a futuristic TV unit, so you might want to remember his name in the future because you will see more interesting creations…
Lovers of nature and architecture enthusiasts will be elated by the combination offered by this villa located in the Sunny South of Switzerland. With fantastic views on Lake Lugano and on the majestic Alps, this elegant and spacious villa is perfect for a family to settle in: located in the sought after neighborhood of Montagnola, the villa is only steps away from the international school TASIS. This project, designed in 1960 by architect Bruno Klauser, sets the stage for the ultimate indoor-outdoor lifestyle: outdoor entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the exterior with a large swimming pool, a covered dining patio and a smart barbecue and seating area, and different covered terraces and a lovely timber sun deck.
Rumors have it that the architect who designed this house attended a seminar with the legendary star architect Richard Neutra, in Zurich and, that, inspired by this seminar, he then designed this house. What do you think? The style definitely does reflect Neutra’s principle of respect for nature in his designs and he also incorporates a “spider leg” which Neutra’s architecture is known for. All living areas and terraces offer views on the lush green setting and inspire complete peace of mind. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Wetag Consulting]
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.
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.
Patane Residence was designed by the architects at bureau^proberts and is located in Newmarket, Queensland, Australia. According to the official project description we were sent, “the home was designed for a young family and occupies the crest of a hill facing south towards the Brisbane city skyline and Mount Coot-tha. A series of connected pavilions perched on solid concrete platforms encourage exploration and interaction whilst portraying a sense of permanency and refuge. The concrete construction enhances a sensation of intransience the client desired, while timber elements re-interpret the craftsmanship of Queensland home construction, responding to the suburban context of Newmarket’s 19th and 20th century dwellings. The home is intended to conjure summer memories of time spend in the cool, shaded spaces found under the homes of our childhood. Visitors are welcomed onto the middle level of the home. This transparent platform encourages family activity through connection between living space, play space and the street. Private spaces of the home are separated between the basement and upper level”.[Photography by Jon Linkins]
The interesting contemporary Whiting Way Residence located in the Hutchinson Hills neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, displays a new face after the renovations underwent on this 1970 home. A refreshing 2,385 square foot open floor plan spreads over three levels including three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Light filled interiors were obtained through the use of large windows and glass doors and many of the pure white walls were used to display art. Crisp white walls are complemented by the hardwood floors and detailed finishes. As described by the realtor, the garden and surroundings of this beautiful residence are masterpieces: “The landscape can take on the Botanic Gardens! Seriously! The maturity, placement and drama of the ornamental grasses, trees and perennials are inspiring. The hardscape complements and embraces the setting organically.” Details like the Philippe Starck shower head in the master bedroom, the exposed beams on the ground floor or the built-in-wardrobe in the master bedroom make the home not only comfortable, but also high-end. You can buy this residence from Mile Hi Modern for $390,000…
Just over a week ago, part of the our site Team decamped to Cologne in Germany to visit the International Furnishing Fair known as imm cologne. Our CEO Mihai was speaking as a guest panelist at the We Are Social Bloggers Summit organised by Holly Becker of decor8 and I was there too, as part of BlogTour Cologne. Several times a year, a select group of carefully chosen design bloggers are invited to international destinations where they are able to immerse themselves in trade shows, showrooms, design events and local culture. Thirteen top design bloggers from the US and the UK descended on Cologne to find out what new products, trends and innovations were being exhibited at imm cologne and LivingKitchen. We asked them to let us in on their top picks from the show and this is what they all had to say…
Stacey Sheppard: “One of the best innovations that I saw at imm cologne was the Hidden Kitchen by Warendorf. Named ‘Interior Innovation Award – Winner 2013? by the German Design Council in the first jury session, this concept kitchen was one of the highlights of LivingKitchen for me. This impressive kitchen reveals itself at the touch of a button as the five-metre-long central section of the wall units opens up to reveal the work surface, shelving, extractor fan and integrated lighting inside.
I love the idea that you can close up the kitchen entirely hiding away clutter that you might not want in plain sight. But that isn’t the only reason that this kitchen caught my eye. I was also attracted by the surface finish, which I discovered is actually a natural rust finish that is made from a special mixture of rust particles that are sprayed on to the surface by hand in the same way as a lacquer coating.”
Stacey Sheppard (that’s me!) is a freelance design Writer and Blogger and I am also one of the Editors of our site. I write my own design blog over at The Design Sheppard as well as writing for a number of other sites. You can follow me on Twitter @StaceyJSheppard
Lisa Smith: “One of my top picks from the show is the Miele Generation 6000 series PureLine appliances. I chose these revolutionary appliances because they come in white and not just the same old black or stainless steel. As we move more towards open plan kitchens, fully integrated appliances offer the most cohesive appearance. What excites me is the fact that they offer this wonderful Brilliant White finish, which blends seamlessly with classic white kitchen cabinets.
While we might love our appliances, they don’t need to stand there screaming for attention. The ability to have an appliance on the same visual plane and in the same color as the cabinetry is a big step towards a kitchen designed for daily living in the modern home.”
Lisa Smith is an Interior Designer and the founder of The Interior Design Factory. She is also the author of the blog Decor Girl. Follow her on Twitter @TheDecorGirl
Alexandra Williams: “Sleep is one of the pillars of good health, and what could be more healthful than sleeping on a mattress made with cashmere and olive oil? Candia Strom from Greece had a bed at the show that is 100% handmade. Eschewing glue and chemicals, the company uses the olive oil as an antibacterial treatment, emphasizing that the acidity in the olive oil is compatible with that of our skin, offering a decidedly Greek medicinal and cosmetic link. Some of the other components that caught my attention were bamboo, camel hair, cotton wool and coconut fibers. I lay down on one of the beds and immediately wanted to fall asleep to a vision of Hercules bringing me a pillow.”
Alexandra Williams has been teaching, mentoring, presenting, emceeing, editing and writing about fitness for over 25 years. You can read her blog over at Fun & Fit. Follow her on Twitter @Alexandrafunfit
Courtney Price: “My pick of the show was the Liebherr SBSes 7165 side-by-side combination that utilizes wine storage in half of the freezer space. The efficiency is appealing, and it makes perfect sense for small spaces or kitchen areas that are not intended for cooking, such as offices or guest spaces.”
Courtney Price is an Interior Designer and the founder of Courtney Price Design. She also writes a blog over at CourtneyPrice.com. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneymPrice
Carmen Christensen: “The product that really stood out for me at imm cologne was this range of glass countertops by Lechner. Although they may not be available or sold in the United States yet, it is a product range that is similar to some already sold in the U.S. But what I found to be most interesting is the unusual colors, finishes and patterns on offer. That is essentially what drew me into their booth at imm. Their glass countertops are for me what sets them apart from other countertop manufacturing companies.”
Carmen Christensen is a registered Interior designer and author of the blog Time2Design. Follow Carmen on Twitter @Time2Design
Tina Ramchandani: “It’s hard to pick my favorite because there were so many innovative ideas at this year’s imm and LivingKitchen. One thing that caught my eye was the retractable Blancoeloscope-F II faucet by Blanco. Many people opt for a minimalistic kitchen design and many are in favor of de-cluttering their space. This faucet is clean lined, and after use it can be tucked away into the sink. The retracted faucet results in a countertop free from distractions. The Blanco retractable faucet is ideal for islands and open kitchen plans.”
Tina Ramchandani is an Interior Designer living & working in New York and she writes the popular blog Life in Sketch. Follow her on Twitter @LifeinSketch
Todd Vendituoli: “Now if you know me at all you know I love coffee in every size shape and form. I’ve seen this Miele Generation 6000 coffee system and would love to be able to have one someday. I particularly like the “CupSensor” technology that allows the spout to automatically move up and down until it reaches the optimum distance between the spout and the cup or glass eliminating the problem of spluttering and splashes. I could do a whole write up about its great features, stylish look and how it would beautify any kitchen but I keep getting stuck on the images of me going downstairs and saying- ‘I think I’ll have an espresso now!’ – staring at it while my perfect espresso is made right there at home.”
Todd Vendituoli has been a builder for almost 30 years and now works in the field of social media. He is the founder and author of HomeCentrl. Follow Todd on Twitter @TALV58
Brandon Smith: “We here in California embrace wood like a bunch of hippies. But parking a giant slab of walnut next to our Benz’es has always been the dilemma. Others have done it but Riva 1920 has perfected the art blending the raw attributes of a slab of Mother Nature’s finest with the contemporary “look at me I’m shiny” aesthetics we’ve come to love in our McMansions. The base, a delight in chrome, evokes the rock like formations of a US state park whilst the resin enhanced top surface ensures a comfortable setting for all of your guests – not just those you like.”
Brandon Smith is the founder of d.coop, a boutique spatial design and development firm in San Diego, California. His blog D.Scoop is home to his witty musing about all things design and interiors. Follow Brandon on Twitter @dcoopsd.
Michele Alfano: “My top pick from the imm cologne show is Clouds, an innovative, beautiful and sculptural tile solution for your home, designed by brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec. I was drawn to its dynamic capabilities. You can infinitely dream up different free-form shapes and functions: they can hang from the ceiling, grow from the floor up to the ceiling, become spatial dividers, act as soundproofing, cover windows and walls, create pods or hideouts, etc……the ideas for your home are limitless.
You can keep adding and adding new elements so it’s constantly evolving. I love that tinge of surprise!! The tiles are made out of durable Kvadrat fabric and connect by rubber bands making it easy to install. Clouds are available in 2 Kvadrat fabrics and 11 color combinations.”
Michele Alfano is an architect and designer with over 18 years’ experience in the industry and is the creative founder of Mod Design Guru. She also writes the popular blog of the same name
Sarah Sarna: “One of my favorite pieces from imm cologne was Küppersbusch‘s Floating Island Hood. The hood’s design is so sleek and compact that at first glance I thought it was a glossy white glass chandelier. It’s that beautiful. In lieu of a hood that raises and lowers with a button, this almost invisibly suspended hood provides an architectural, illuminating element above an island cooktop. I find it so streamlined and chic.”
Sarah Sarna is an Interior Designer in New York with over a decade of experience designing residential interiors. She’s the founder of Sarah Sarna Interior Design and author of the blog Live The Life You Dream About. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahSarna
Kathy Sandler: “Rima is a LED desk lamp that is controlled by sliding four rings along a tubular light bar. This allows the user to choose the type of lighting that’s right for the task. A representative from Dreipuls demonstrated how to operate the lamp by focusing one spot of light on a wine glass and another to create a larger beam spread. After setting up a test shot, she moved one of the rings less than half an inch. Notice how the light in the two sections never cross or touch.
Lighting lighting can be tricky, and the difference between the test and the final photo of the glass was a marked one. Rima offers exceptional clarity using minimal electricity and is adjusted with just the slip of a finger. It couldn’t be easier to operate.”
Kathy Sandler is the founder of the Nashville-based Sandler Design Group and she authors the blog Live The Fine Life. You can follow Kathy on Twitter @livethefinelife.
Katie Treggiden: “My favourite part of imm cologne, was definitely the [D3] Design Talents exhibition, showcasing award-winning work from students and graduates from all over the world. One of the stand-out pieces there was Dear Disaster by Jenny Ekdahl. Inspired by recent global disasters, she wanted to create something that would help people to recover after natural disasters, to help them regain their trust in nature. The moving tiles let people start to process their emotions. Jenny investigated which shapes, textures and patterns, and ideas such as rhythm, complexity and playfulness, comfort and intrigue us as human beings.
The cabinet features more than 2000 wooden parts, each of which can be individually flipped. One side of each scale is painted blue, white or grey, while the other side has been left plain – representing the sea and the sand. The cabinet itself provides a space for small keepsakes from the past to be placed safely behind a closed door, and the high legs prevent the water from reaching them. A thoughtful and beautiful piece of design.”
Katie Treggiden is a freelance design writer and author of the book Interviews. She also writes the award-winning design blog confessions of a design geek. You can follow Katie on Twitter @coadg
Were any of you at imm cologne? If you were we’d love to know what your top pick of the show was so please leave us a comment. If you didn’t make it there please tell us which of the bloggers’ picks is your favorite. And don’t forget to follow these guys on Twitter and stop by their blogs if you haven’t already. They know their stuff too!
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.
The Cupiditas Table by Amarist is a lush furniture piece created to awake emotions and define unique atmospheres through its exclusive materiality and avant-garde design. Cupiditas, meaning “desire” in Latin, is the result of a perfect equilibrium between craftsmanship and contemporary art. With its pure lines and minimalist design, it perfectly blends art and functionality, sculpture and furniture.
Made out of Alabaster, a unique translucent stone, the Cupiditas Table can be illuminated from its core with LED RGB Wi-Fi technology and controlled through your Smartphone and Tablet device. This technology allows you to change the light color and intensity in order to create the desired atmosphere for your social events or your emotional status. Each piece is individually made and handed in with a gold platted badge with the client’s name engraved. Check out the impressive photo gallery below and let us in on your ideas regarding this cutting-edge design! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Amarist]