Most people have closets in their homes these days, but sometimes there’s always that need for the stuff that just doesn’t fit or belong in there. Check out this great use of an armoire to hang coats, store outerwear, and even provide a little bench area! Perfect for any entryway or mudroom. If you have a bathroom that fits one, an armoire is a beautiful way to add more storage — especially for towels. Like some of the others on this list, this armoire from Enchanted Home does away with the glass and replaces it with netting instead.
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.
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.
The Bella Vita Villa by Prototype Design Lab is located in the picturesque Turks & Caicos Islands, which are part of the Antiles island grouping. Its original appearance is said to honor the natural oceanfront site. Celebrating lightness and soft breezes, the beach facade is open in order to maximize views, while the street side is relatively shut: “Wrapped on the top and bottom by solid concrete bands which extend along the sides of the house to become the solid entrance facade. The entrance evokes a fortress-like grandeur, into which a masterfully crafted, poured-in place concrete frame successively recedes toward a door of a more intimate human scale.”
As you step inside, you are greeted by an overwhelming scale: “At the heart of the house, an expansive great room is an entertainer’s dream, featuring 30-foot ceilings, a large chef’s kitchen and a two sided indoor-outdoor fireplace above which sunlight is filtered through the custom laser-cut chimney pattern. The secluded white beach is a focal point with which almost every room in the villa enjoys a connection.” An original, hand-carved wooden door, reclaimed and imported from India is the main focal point of this massive social area. [Photography by Eugen Sakhnenko / A-Frame]
We just received some photos of a fresh and chic collation of chairs. The Xalcharo Chair Collection encompasses a selection of unique armchairs, patterned and displaying a vibrant and elegant color palette. As described by KMP Furniture, the chairs appear to be fresh and unique: “Great attention to detail along with unparalleled craftsmanship is combined to create these electric patterns. Carefully fitted and hand stitched to perfection : an application performed by experience upholsters to transform these pieces to works of art. The exquisite needlework by threads of silk of vintage fabrics that are dating over 100 years old, carefully integrated with solids to transcend a story. It is a new way to see furniture sculptural pieces that are alive, colorful, transcending emotions of happiness , sadness, celebrating embroidery and craftsmanship with a nostalgic dwell on the past… No two pieces are alike.” Now it’s time for you to choose your favorite chair in this collection. Share your favorites in the Facebook comment section below…
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.
There’s a dash of tropical style in this bathroom, thanks to deck-like flooring, a view of palms, and a tub that mirrors the round shape of a porthole-style window in the distance. This luxe bathroom is filled with glamorous details, such as a plush rug and Mirror Ball pendant lighting. A round tub and two round basins complete the look.
Nestled in a fantastic natural location, overlooking the bay of Sant Vicenç in Pollença, Spain, this modern residence developed by architect Miquel Lacomba seems almost surreal. The topography of the site came with architecture challenges, creatively met: “The problems posed by the land were solved by stone walls containing land which provide a platform for the housing. The idea of journey as architectural experience, almost cinematographic, generates a sequence of spaces, finding a range of areas that link the interior with the exterior in an intense way, involving the rocky surroundings and panoramic views”, stated the architects.
From afar, the imposing residence seems to dominate the entire landscape. Cascading down the hill, Casa 115 frames mesmerizing views in each of its interiors. The open plan living and dining space is connected through a wooden deck with the swimming pool. Some of the sustainable features employed by the architects for this project were cross ventilation, passive solar energy collection and a roof cover designed with a floating floor that prevents overheating during summer. [Photography: Miquel Lacomba and Mauricio Fuertes]
Home to a couple with grown children and grandchildren, the Chilmark House proudly displays its single story wooden shell immersed in the inspiring landscape of Martha’s Vineyard. The program is composed of three distinct parts – a central cluster of social spaces, bordered by the master bedroom and guest wings. Occupying 2,700 square meters, the house includes a roof deck capturing panoramas of the forested sloping surroundings. Charles Rose Architects teamed up witht he clients to figure out their needs and wishes and transpose them into a beautiful modern residence: “We were guided in the earliest phase of the project by the couple’s wish for distinct public and private spaces and the site’s topography. The central public space—the living and dining areas—plus a sitting room in the guest wing, are oriented toward a kind of natural sun-filled well on the house’s south side. Interior load-bearing elliptical columns allow sliding doors and windows to make large openings to the south in the exterior walls. Opposite, on the north side, sliding windows create large gaps in the exterior, connecting the living room and kitchen directly to the woods and waters of the sound. Bedrooms are on the wooded edges, on the east and west sides. A roof deck, terrace and side decks create outdoor living spaces.”
We ran across this unusual, yet highly elegant design, envisioned by Jack Frost, an upcoming industrial designer from Perth, Western Australia. The Terranos Cabinet presents an original undulating exterior and five drawers for storage. Believe it or not, the exterior of the cabinet is inspired by the beautiful natural contours of Australian topography. According to the designer, these were further manipulated into a geometric form and the front drawer cut-outs are overlaid aerial photographs taken from satellite imagery.
Furthermore, “the name Terranos is an amalgamation of the Latin terms Terra and Novus that translate into Modern Land”. The special shape of the cabinet (discovered on Plastolux) does not allow objects to be placed on top, which is not necessarily a downside, especially when dealing with spacious interiors. We are curious to read your reactions concerning the design of this furniture piece in terms of aesthetics and functionality. Would you be interested in having this cabinet in your home? Where would you place it?
Rising next to a forest’s edge, this child-friendly family home in Aarhus, Denmark, invites the green surroundings inside throguh a series of openings, skylights and mesmerizing floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by C.F. Møller Architects, the home simply known as Villa R occupies a generous lot near a forest. Within this easily breathable environment, the family can relax and live modernly while enjoying a home built for their particular needs. Local building regulations imposed such things as the one-storey high structure or reinforce the idea that the new family home “had to occupy less than 20 percent of the site area.”
Spreading over 300 square meters, the sleek and child-friendly family home meets guests with a sculptural gate and covered parking space volume before it unravels the beauty of its sleek contemporary shape one space at a time. Dedicated play areas were interconnected with the surroundings via large glass panels. Social and private spaces look out to the street and also neighboring forest, creating a sense of belonging to the natural worldas much as belonging to the man-made world.
Photographed by Julian Weyer, the house and its inspiring modern landscape imagined by Kragh & Berglund showcase a powerful connection to the nearby forest, the blue sky. This child-friendly forest home also acknowledges and supports the needs of a modern life.
The architects had to create a child-friendly environment where the spaces were open, bright and inviting that adhered correctly to the local building code. This is the solution they came up with:
“The solution was a partially underground parterre floor which acts as the building’s base, with children’s rooms, playrooms and access to an outdoor patio. The upper part, covered with dark patinated zinc, is seemingly hovering above this base. It contains living rooms with multiple aspects, facing the forest and treetops on one side, and receiving plenty of daylight from the other – and with access to a raised south- facing wooden terrace with sitting-steps.”
What would you have done differently?