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Seaside Retreat in Norway Displaying a Charming Wooden Exterior

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Overlooking Holmestrand and the fjords, this seaside retreat in suburban Oslo comes with a charming appeal. Designed by Schjelderup Trondahl Architects, and photographed by Jonas Adolfsen, the single-family residence in the photos below is dramatically situated on the edge of a cliff and offers 180 degree views toward the sea to the east and a […]

Color for Modern Bathrooms: Pop Limited Edition Accademia Bathtub [Video]

Winner of the Red Dot Best of the Best 2014 product design award, Teuco‘s Pop Accademia Bathtub is an instant eye-catcher. Discovered on Trendir, the project is meant to bring color into the bathroom in an original manner: “With the Pop Limited Edition Accademia bathtub, we have combined classic with post-modern, creating a unique piece: a […]

Top Five Interior Design Styles: Which One Describes Yours? [Infographic]

Ever wondered what the top five interior design styles are? Infographic fans and design fans alike will find this descriptive style synopsis not only helpful but also fun. This cool infographic explains the difference between a “modern” and a “contemporary” design style before moving on to traditional, industrial and classic. Do you prefer clean lines or rather live in […]

10 Things Nobody Tells You about Buying an Older Home

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Buying a ‘fixer-upper’ for a house seems like a romantic proposition. Anyone who appreciates a good antique can understand the nostalgic appeal of an ancient home whose walls are filled with history. Older homes have amazing character traits and historical features that most new homes simply do not have. Oh! Those huge wood burning fireplaces, […]

Famed Blues Artist Inspires Success Against All Odds: Memphis Slim Collaboratory

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  • Memphis Slim Collaboratory by brg3s Architects (4)

Famed American pianist, blues singer and composer Memphis Slim’s lifelong work and personality was celebrated by re-imagining his boyhood home as a music collaboratory, a place for musicians to come together and work in collaboration. Rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and a computer lab ensure the spaces are prepared for any ideas, while workshops and career training […]

Avant-Garde Cupiditas Table Controllable by Smartphone or Tablet

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 […]

Imposing White Silhouette Visually Contrasted by Green Courtyards: Casa Kopche

The contemporary Casa Kopche in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico was designed by Grupo Arquidecture as a private family residence. The 434 square meeter house displays a clean geometry and an imposing white silhouette, visually contrasted by green courtyards. Aiming towards a perfect indoor-outdoor connection, the design team managed to create wide living spaces, filled with natural […]

30 Floor-to-Ceiling Windows Flooding Interiors with Natural Light

We can experience the sky’s exclusive colors, the gradual change in tones of the leaves, roaring waves crushing on the boulders nearby, the bustling city life, sparkling harbor lights, every corner this earth has to offer – and we can experience all this with respect, gratitude and love. Art, science, and nature offer solutions for […]

Spanish Casa Juncal Opening Towards Hypnotizing Mediterranean Views

Built on a plot of land on the Begur massif in one of the most sublime settings of Costa Brava, Spain, Casa Juncal by Pepe Gascon Arquitectura displays an intriguing modern architecture and offers spectacular views. According to the architects, the residence “clings to a long continuous wall running parallel with the access road and […]

Charming Modern Home Extension Re-Shaping Socializing Opportunities

Extending a home to fit current needs is not to be taken easily. A modern home extension requires planning for future use and using what already exists to support that. An exemplary proof is Casa ATT by Dionne Arquitectos, a home in Puebla, Mexico, that was re-designed by the architects as a fuller, more nurturing collection of spaces. In […]

Ingeniously Planned Two-Family Residence in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan

This family residence planned and implemented by I.R.A. is composed of a one-story house accommodating an elder family and a two-story house for a younger family. In between, the architects built a Japanese style room with a terrace. The roofs of both dwellings are smoothly connected, despite their different heights. We love this example of […]

Visually Appealing Lake Shore Weekend Home Engaging Breezy Surroundings

A lake shore weekend home provides a powerful dose of “spectacular” and since we need that once in a while, we yearn weekend retreats where everything is naturally dynamic. Finding new ways to express love for the future while maintaining the teachings of the past elevates the architectural scene around us. The Ski Shores Lakehouse stands as proof: a lakeshore home […]

Coogee House in Sydney Featuring a Lovely Glass-Roofed Pergola

Coogee House in Sydney, Australia is an example of how modern design can be mixed and matched with healthy living. Tanner Kibble Denton Architects is structured around a water feature and exudes an optimum indoor-outdoor connection. The inhabitants can enjoy time outdoors, despite the relatively small portion of land which remained unbuilt. A lovely glass […]

10 Things to Consider Before Buying a New Home in 2014

Home ownership can be a bittersweet experience.  All at once you enter into the sweet, exhilarating adult world of independence— you finally own your own home to do with what you please, but then the bitter side of bills and unexpected repairs arrive at your newly decorated doorstep. Whether you are a first-time home buyer […]

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