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.
Meet the Odessa restaurant, located in Kiev’s city centre. Opened back in 1962, it has recently suffered some transformations, in order to fit the modern times. The restaurant has kept some of its old fascinating flair, such as the coziness, but it became brighter and more vivid. Where the “Odessa” name came from, anyway? YOD Design Lab, the studio in charge with the renewal, explains: “Odessa is a rather original city, with its inexpressible ethnic flavour and centuries-old history, which is located at the seaside of the Black Sea in the South of Ukraine. You can truly understand and come to love Odessa only once you have visited it.
This is why we didn’t aim at simply reproducing the spirit of this unique city. Instead, we were trying to identify invisible associative links through which the bright image of the place would be formed.” The entire place is decorated with ropes. A very important role is played by the special lighting system, which creates a special cozy ambience especially in the evenings. The light, the ropes, the wooden furniture, the floor-to-ceiling glass panels – these are the details that define the freshly renewed space and attract the visitors inside…
Charles Jouffre – A little ‘Je ne sais quoi’
Let’s be real; when regal isn’t done right, it looks tacky. How many times have we seen regal looking designs which give the impression that the owner is trying too hard. Regal can’t be pulled off easily, but regal can be done right, so let’s have a look at some examples of where regal has been done right in our 10 Palace Inspired Home Inspirations.
Cream textile upholstery with golden (painted) fittings. Italian bedroom manufacturer Vittoria Orlandi has created this classic set, which boasts the wonderful fact that every piece is hand crafted. The set includes a double bed, two dressers, a bedside table, chair and pouf. As each set is handmade, there is also the choice of finishes to the bed headboard, chair and pouf upholstery.
Vittoria Orlandi Design
Purple’s, gold’s and cream’s, this really is the essence of what a regal room is meant to be. The blend of these colors is a tried and tested color palette.
Vittoria Orlandi Designs – Bedside Table
Vittoria Orlandi Designs – Foot of Bed
Vittoria Orlandi’s brings you an elegant and ornate gold bed, matched by opulent period lampstands. The combination of the bed’s artistic framework and the beautiful eye catching tapestry and design of the bed cover provides us with a breathtaking beautiful and desirable furniture piece which would be the choice of any Lord or Lady’s master bedroom.
Vittoria Orlandi Gold Design
Vittoria Orlandi Gold Foot of Bed
Gold Theme Continues with Gold Lampshade
Interior designer Charles Jouffre has encapsulated what this post is all about; taking an ordinary room and turning it into something extraordinary, something regal: Something special. Charles Jouffre’s design portfolio is broad, creating fresh designs in hotels, boutiques, residential and more. The designs below are some of his ideas that have come to life.
Charles Jouffre Suite
Charles Jouffre Living Room
Charles Jouffre Bedroom
The palace inspired focus here are the curtains. The way these soft cream curtains are tied back may be a little too much for the minimalist, but for those who like a bit of extra pizzazz and flare; this is definitely one to experiment with. The rich antique mauve colored walls help create the striking contrast that sets off these full length flowing cream curtains.
This bed looks like something pulled straight out of the Spartacus set, and even on a palace inspired scale it’s rather extravagant. The use of drapes around the bed is certainly eye catching, but this opulence could only be pulled off if you have the personality to match it.
The rooms design uses a mixture of gold and bronze colors with extravagant shapes and flowing curves as a feature in both the bed and side cabinet.
Guess who this bed belongs to: None other than Jennifer Lopez.
Source: View the making of this masterpiece in this video (sorry it’s not in English!)
Custom Made Bed for Lopez
Bedding drapes and chandeliers, with a traditional headboard; it screams royalty. The pastel yellow baroque wall paper and adjacent pastel yellow wall gives this room a very soft, soothing, traditional feel. A splash of lilac across the bed gives an immediate contrast to the heavy use of cream colors while tying the design together well with the curtains.
Rest in Regal Beautiful Bed
Classy Fainting Couch for When One Feels Faint
With a Beautiful Ornate Fireplace… and a Flat Screen Television of Course
Who would have known that Celine Dion had a taste for Palace like opulence, but take a look at her house and you’ll see she hasn’t been conservative with what may well have been her childhood dream house. The house was up for sale last year in Quebec. So those of you who have a few extra pennies lying around, this is what you can get for $30 million Canadian dollars.
Celine Dion’s Château
Her ‘Living Quarters’
Classic dining room
As Charles hits the nails on his head with his designs it would be silly not to show more of what this delicious designer has to offer.
A perfect blend of creams folding back into each other, complemented by perfectly crafted regal chairs and curtains.
See those shoes under the chair… dressing down any less than that in this room is an insult.
Stunning purple color scheme among the chairs, curtains, vase, flowers, table top and lamp stand gives this room a rich vibrant atmosphere without going over the top and trying too hard. The purple marble table, topped with almost matching purple calla lilies is a wonderful touch.
Vittoria shows us how regal is done again with her crisp white ideas transformed into reality in this gorgeous clean design with a hint of gold. Not every cloud has a silver lining but Vittoria nailed it as hers is lined with gold! This is a great example of how regal can look contemporary.
Crisp and glistening: A design with a golden lining.
Delightful delicate white rose petals on pillow attract the eye to something which is usually quite boring; There’s even a white (ceramic?) cacti on the bedside.
Vittoria Orlandi’s White Inspired Design
Heart shaped mirror, straight edged lamp shade, crisp and clean. One major drawback is maintaining this clean look for the years to come as grubby fingers and dust can taint a look like this fast. However, if you have this design yourself, you can probably afford a maid: Problem solved.
Uglyanitsa Alexander has done a superb job capturing the essence of opulence in these regal designs. This house excels in its use of striking trims around each room whether through the use of strong gold colors or eye-catching textures and patterns. In fact, the use of such unique ceiling trims can bring continuity to the diverse design ideas throughout the different rooms.
Where Old Meet’s New: Orignial Design, New Products
Uglyanitsa Alexander’s Fresh Design
The glossy marble or stone flooring helps to reflect the light which is a nice touch, bringing vitality and a freshness to the regal room. This is a refreshing contrast to the usual dim lighting and earthy tones which the palace inspired designs of Western Europe are dominated by. The blue drapes may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but they really do add the finishing touched to the room.
Michelangelo’s Hand of God Mural
Michelangelo’s hand of God mural gives this living room a distinct Mediterranean feel. This room is just packed with detail upon detail in the gorgeous furniture, wall art and roofing decorations.
Vittoria demonstrates how ornate and regal can come in many colors and styles. I love the black murial on the wall which gives the illusion that a long extravagant hallway is just on the other side of the… bedside table!?!?! Maybe the illusion would have worked better if it weren’t obstructed by furniture, but who am I to take away from this delectable design.
This design is encompassing both silver and gold. Some think classy, some think tacky. You decide.
Upon closer view, we can see the floral designs in the headboard tapestry.
Some will love it, some will loathe…
Sometimes soft works, and this is one instance of it. Nothing harsh, nothing brazen; just soothing. Earth tones throughout the room lends for a homely regal feeling. The arched window is a real feature in this room. This color scheme is timeless.
Earth tones in curtains, floor and bed.
It’s all about the detail
A fresh touch to an old design
There’s nothing quite like an old weathered wooden bench to add some character to almost any bathroom, even if the rest of the room isn’t exactly rustic at all. The State of Things shows a semi-rustic style in this farmhouse bathroom, which obviously works quite well, followed by this more modern and minimalist bathroom featured on Atelierul Decor.
Inaugure Hospitality, a Senegalese company, opened its’ office in Barcelona at Paseo de Gracia. YLAB Arquitectos have been appointed as the designers to an elegant, finely crafted African style headquarters for them. At the epicentre of the office have been placed the neutrality of colours and pure white shapes. Blended with warm accents, to point out the openness and warmth of African culture, enriched with astounding visuals and complex shroudings, it points out the vision of the company.
Highlight of the office is brought up by the gush conference room, very old at heart but equipped with flashy lighting and an unique table. Future joins hands with history as this company looks forward to the new. An abstract representation of Dakar, capital city of Senegal, is wonderfully displayed on the walls, with the wonderful installation admired best from afar. The entire setting unfolds as a story, beginning from an organic evolution of the distribution in functional areas. Both corridors and open spaces blend as one continuous, zigzagging, softly curved unit, thus, the illusion of movement all through the spaces, has been achieved. All rooms gained their own identity through distinct colored refined wool padded furniture…
Entering this modern home in North of Montana is like accessing a world of private bliss. Imagine pulling up the driveway and getting out of the car walking up the two stairs to the door and stepping inside a home with an open floor plan that wraps around the kitchen island and opens to the garden in the back. These light-flooded spaces are the result of the extensive design imagined by Eric Rosen Architects.
Prepared for both large scale entertaining and private relaxation moments, this 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms modern home in North of Montana exudes warmth and a sense of freedom deeply embedded in the indoor-outdoor transition.
The modern home in North of Montana has both contemporary design and location as hard-to-beat qualities. Inside, spaces unfold naturally, flowing from one into the next and merging with the outdoors. This large social space includes a sleek modern kitchen with breakfast bar under 12 ft ceilings and connects to the upstairs via a floating stainless steel staircase starting on the polished concrete floors. Besides the living and dining areas, there is an additional space downstairs.
The new owner can play around and find a new purpose for this space, be it an office, an additional bedroom or a an art studio. As you might have already notice, the home has clean white walls perfect for showcasing art. What you don’t yet know is that is basement level shelters another convertible bedroom, a media room, and a bathroom.
Indoor-outdoor living is mimicked upstairs, where the focus is placed on the master suite with a spa-like bath and a deep soaking tub. Listed at $6,898,000 by Laura Brau, the modern home in North of Montana can boast with not only solar hot water, electricity and radiant heat, but also with its garage equipped to install 2 electric car chargers. Now that’s something you need if you have an environmentally-friendly electric car that you can charge with solar power…
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.
What is it that people want from an apartment? Space, comfort, style, a constant feeling of a welcoming space, a private retreat from the world? Let’s see how many of these features we can spot in this rendering of a 300 square meter apartment designed by Alexander Chervinskyi for Azovskiy & Pahomova Architects. Textures and colors shape an elegant collection of spaces and the floorplan is divided between the “active and quiet” zones – as the architects describe them. A large common room including the brightly lit living room and adjacent sundeck, open dining, inspiring office space and lounge zone shapes the public part of the apartments, while the kitchen, master bedroom, three kids bedrooms, guest suite and bathrooms were considered the private spaces and placed separately. The main living space has access to beautiful vistas through large windows that gently warm up the space. This Ukrainian apartment spotted on Home Designing is also functional, with plenty of storage spaces carefully designed to be integrated in the owners daily lives. Now, does this apartment have what is takes to be a dream home?
Five to One Apartment by MKCA is a project that takes micro-housing to a new, highly creative level. With a total surface of 36 square feet, this small home in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, New York City is an example of modern-day functionality. The main creative element of the design is a motorized sliding wall able to move from one side of the apartment to the other, creating various living areas. Working, sleeping, dressing, and entertaining, plus kitchen, dining, and bathing space are all available as the unit slides, switching from daytime and nighttime zones.
Flexibility is the key to living large in this small New York home: “As the moving volume pulls away from the wall, it reveals a dressing room zone with built-in dresser drawers and clothing storage. Fully extended, the space for a queen-sized fold-down bed is created. The sliding element is powered and cabled for television and audio, and houses all of the audiovisual and networking components of the apartment along with additional storage and display space. During the day, or when the bed is closed the bedroom space is returned to the living and working spaces of the apartment.” Other creative elements of the project include a dining table for four with foldable chairs, a pivoted enclosure for the TV allowing it to rotate and generous storage throughout. [Photos by: Alan Tansey]
Round bathtubs are often used to accentuate clean, crisp powder rooms. And when it’s a room with a view, a simple form is the preferred tub of choice, especially when the focus is on the scene on the other side of the glass windows. Bathrooms with round tubs often feature round sinks. Here’s one more modern powder room with a view. Round tubs are often used to mirror other round forms in the powder room, such as the skylight in the all-white bathroom below. Curved built-in wall shelving provides another focal point in this space, especially since it’s filled with coral and other natural wonders.
We now shine the spotlight on a series of modern powder rooms that are magnificent in their own right. Stone is the material of choice in the bathroom below, which makes the Haven Stone Bathtub with Base from Apaiser an ideal choice for the space! Note how details such as a sculptural pendant light add layers of eye-catching design to this interior. Sometimes less is more, and when the powder room is all about the tub, it’s not a bad idea to go bold. Next we see Apaiser’s Haven Stone Bathtub (this time without the base), and if black isn’t your tub color of choice, note that in true Apaiser tradition, the piece is available in a variety of finishes. Here’s another modern black bathtub in a grey bathroom, and this time the tub is available through Modern Bathroom Vanities.