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August 28, 2015

The first space certainly adheres to the philosophy that more is more. On every surface is an image, a texture, or a color that could be a potential source of inspiration. The open loft is characterized by building materials that are far from the perfectly polished surfaces we are used to seing. Planks of wood dangle precariously from the ceiling and unpainted brick peeks out from behind reclaimed advertising signs. Even the tapestries look as though they had former lives that left them worn and dirty. But the result is a space that looks carefully undone. Clearly artistic and definitely on purpose.
The first space certainly adheres to the philosophy that more is more. On every surface is an image, a texture, or a color that could be a potential source of inspiration. The open loft is characterized by building materials that are far from the perfectly polished surfaces we are used to seing. Planks of wood dangle precariously from the ceiling and unpainted brick peeks out from behind reclaimed advertising signs. Even the tapestries look as though they had former lives that left them worn and dirty. But the result is a space that looks carefully undone. Clearly artistic and definitely on purpose.

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One of the more notable elements of this wild and free artist loft is the creation of the ceiling storage space. A woven metal panel creates an overhead space for storage, but allows the stored items to be visible, letting even what amounts to a glorified closet become part of the apartment's personality.
One of the more notable elements of this wild and free artist loft is the creation of the ceiling storage space. A woven metal panel creates an overhead space for storage, but allows the stored items to be visible, letting even what amounts to a glorified closet become part of the apartment’s personality.

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While the second space certainly has its own artist feel, it is much cleaner in terms of its textures, materials, and even its colors. White, wood, and brick dominate the space. Even where things looks a little aged - as with the exposed ceiling beams - it lends a rustic charm rather than a dirty eyesore. The furniture is also cleaner, with low lying sofas, oversized floor lamps and a few items that could be sourced from Ikea. Is that the most creative place to find a coffee table? Perhaps not. But it is a place for a creative mind to go wild.
While the second space certainly has its own artist feel, it is much cleaner in terms of its textures, materials, and even its colors. White, wood, and brick dominate the space. Even where things looks a little aged – as with the exposed ceiling beams – it lends a rustic charm rather than a dirty eyesore. The furniture is also cleaner, with low lying sofas, oversized floor lamps and a few items that could be sourced from Ikea. Is that the most creative place to find a coffee table? Perhaps not. But it is a place for a creative mind to go wild.

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August 28, 2015

Most people want their home to feel at least somewhat inviting and certainly comfortable. But there is the idea of plenty of seating and warm light – and then there is this home. This space, from the architects at PLASTERLINA and visualizer Jan Wadim that does more than welcome: it seduces. With plush textures and rich jewel tones, this space invites visitors to lay back and have a glass of wine – or even get especially cozy in one of the double baths. Combined with the sensuous choices in art and soft lighting, the home is definitely a place the invites you to use all your senses.

The open living room with its vaulted ceilings is in itself quite seductive. An open fireplace protects against the chill while what seems like miles of sofa just begs for lounging and laughter. Plush fabrics cover the furniture and the floors, making it nearly a crime not to sink in and doze off. Lighting is soft and simple, easily accomplished by creative overhead bulbs or dipped down to a few candles and a floor lamp.
The open living room with its vaulted ceilings is in itself quite seductive. An open fireplace protects against the chill while what seems like miles of sofa just begs for lounging and laughter. Plush fabrics cover the furniture and the floors, making it nearly a crime not to sink in and doze off. Lighting is soft and simple, easily accomplished by creative overhead bulbs or dipped down to a few candles and a floor lamp.

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The large dining room area is home not only to a spacious dining table and bare brick walls but also an extensive wine - and music - storage area. A few oversized prints of Erykah Badu bring that chanteuse's special brand of sultriness to bear. Clearly the owner of this house has a love of indulgence, from the ears down to the toes.
The large dining room area is home not only to a spacious dining table and bare brick walls but also an extensive wine – and music – storage area. A few oversized prints of Erykah Badu bring that chanteuse’s special brand of sultriness to bear. Clearly the owner of this house has a love of indulgence, from the ears down to the toes.

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The kitchen is a bit plain compared to the rest of the home's creative color and texture, opting instead for a simple, retro-inspired mustard and brown palette. A breakfast bar and double oven make it easy enough to whip up a bowl of strawberries and a bottle of champagne at any moment.
The kitchen is a bit plain compared to the rest of the home’s creative color and texture, opting instead for a simple, retro-inspired mustard and brown palette. A breakfast bar and double oven make it easy enough to whip up a bowl of strawberries and a bottle of champagne at any moment.

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In the oversized bathroom is where the magic of this home really takes flight. Double sinks are commonplace, but not many homeowners are able to indulge in double baths. This pair of twin soaking tubs is the ultimate in luxury seduction. Lightbulbs hang from rid wiring and another portrait looks on.
In the oversized bathroom is where the magic of this home really takes flight. Double sinks are commonplace, but not many homeowners are able to indulge in double baths. This pair of twin soaking tubs is the ultimate in luxury seduction. Lightbulbs hang from rid wiring and another portrait looks on.

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August 28, 2015

It was fun compiling these cool magazine racks in putting together today’s article.  In my house catalogs build up and seem to arrive in the mail each day.  So where do these get placed after they are read?  That can be a huge problem with trying to organize a home.  There has to be foundational pieces to help be successful in removing clutter and keeping a tidy look.  That is why these pieces are so great.  They are arty, clever and fun and yet serve such a valuable purpose.

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Now a wall mounted example like this one can work great near an entry way or an office.  This could also be used for books or even manuals in the event that references need to be kept handy.

V Shaped home catalog storage in beige

This sturdy model features a neutral beige color.  You can see that the V-shape can hold lots of paper and do so in an efficient manner.

modern sofa with matching accent table

This combination accent table is a wonderful piece and pairs nicely next to the modern sofa.  What great style in the slender wood legs and abstract like shape.  This is certainly a departure from normal right angles and is a breath of fresh air in the room.

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How clever is this that you can cover this up with the table top!  When you think about organization not seeing things is important so that a room has the right balance in furnishings.

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This looks a lot like a DIY constructed example.  It strikes me as having an industrial theme to it with the metal hardware being very obvious in the design.

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In this picture I like the coffee cup and glass as it gives me an idea of size and portrays a realistic use.  Remote controls would fit nicely in there as well and now in this age, there are often two to three of them to control various devices.

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August 28, 2015

No matter who we are, the place we live reflects our deepest thoughts, dreams, and preferences. But when we are creative people, that is perhaps even more true. The two home featured here both belong to musicians. It is clear that their love of creativity and music in particular inform their design choices. When you are able to surround yourself with art in this way, it can provide a welcome inspiration in those times you need it the most.

The first space is home to a musician, his wife who is a photographer, and their two children. The space measures 135 square meters (1453 square feet). The living areas are communal for the entire family, but the space also includes a photo lab, a music studio, and a gallery.
The first space is home to a musician, his wife who is a photographer, and their two children. The space measures 135 square meters (1453 square feet). The living areas are communal for the entire family, but the space also includes a photo lab, a music studio, and a gallery.

The main living area, with its electric teal sofa and guitars on display is reminiscent of the rock and roll days of yore. The frosted glass in particular makes you feel as though you are about to bump into a music luminary on your way to a meeting with an important A&R man.
The main living area, with its electric teal sofa and guitars on display is reminiscent of the rock and roll days of yore. The frosted glass in particular makes you feel as though you are about to bump into a music luminary on your way to a meeting with an important A&R man.

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The kitchen and dining area are exuberant if not entirely spacious. The teal color carries through into the kitchen cabinetry while unique photography watches over the small but cozy dining table.
The kitchen and dining area are exuberant if not entirely spacious. The teal color carries through into the kitchen cabinetry while unique photography watches over the small but cozy dining table.

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Bedrooms for the parents and older child, plus a nursery for the baby, offer not only privacy but also personality. Each has its own colors and graphic elements while still working to form a cohesive design throughout the house.
Bedrooms for the parents and older child, plus a nursery for the baby, offer not only privacy but also personality. Each has its own colors and graphic elements while still working to form a cohesive design throughout the house.

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The second space is just the living room of an apartment what was designed for a young couple. It is not difficult to guess that John Lennon is a major inspiration for the occupants of this particular flat. The living room is divided into a small work area and a larger guest area. Custom shelving, comfortable seating and a large graphic portrait of John Lennon mean the space is certainly inspirational, but also welcoming for friends and family.
The second space is just the living room of an apartment what was designed for a young couple. It is not difficult to guess that John Lennon is a major inspiration for the occupants of this particular flat. The living room is divided into a small work area and a larger guest area. Custom shelving, comfortable seating and a large graphic portrait of John Lennon mean the space is certainly inspirational, but also welcoming for friends and family.

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August 28, 2015

A clean and stylish kitchen can be more than a status symbol. When you have a beautiful space like the kitchens featured here, it can provide that extra encouragement you need to prepare a beautiful meal for family and friends. The more you cook and create, the happier and healthier you are. These black, white and wood kitchens could be just the inspiration you need to make a change in your life, too.

The are rug and wall pattern in this kitchen give its sleek design just enough texture to warm it up.
The are rug and wall pattern in this kitchen give its sleek design just enough texture to warm it up.

This similar design features open shelving and lots of natural light.
This similar design features open shelving and lots of natural light.

A chevron stripe pattern in the hardwood and vaulted ceilings turn this simple kitchen into something quite luxurious.
A chevron stripe pattern in the hardwood and vaulted ceilings turn this simple kitchen into something quite luxurious.

This kitchen makes it clear that you don't need a ton of space to create something stylish and welcoming.
This kitchen makes it clear that you don’t need a ton of space to create something stylish and welcoming.

Copper wall paneling gives this kitchen a bit of a design edge.
Copper wall paneling gives this kitchen a bit of a design edge.

Yellow Eames-inspired chairs are the ultimate pop of color in this otherwise neutral design.
Yellow Eames-inspired chairs are the ultimate pop of color in this otherwise neutral design.

Stainless steel fixtures are all the shine this kitchen needs for its luxurious aura.
Stainless steel fixtures are all the shine this kitchen needs for its luxurious aura.

Black and wood as used here are entirely minimalist, with every kitchen item hidden carefully away in recessed cabinets.
Black and wood as used here are entirely minimalist, with every kitchen item hidden carefully away in recessed cabinets.

The molding on the walls in this design marries the classic with the contemporary.
The molding on the walls in this design marries the classic with the contemporary.

This new kitchen is given a rustic feel with whitewashed wood and mismatched floor panels.
This new kitchen is given a rustic feel with whitewashed wood and mismatched floor panels.

This design uses an uneven ceiling to its advantage, creating interest with handing light fixtures and angular skylights.
This design uses an uneven ceiling to its advantage, creating interest with handing light fixtures and angular skylights.

Look no further than this kitchen for some inspired overhead lighting ideas.
Look no further than this kitchen for some inspired overhead lighting ideas.

Fitting a modern kitchen into the warm industrial loft style can be a challenge, but this design rises to it and succeeds.
Fitting a modern kitchen into the warm industrial loft style can be a challenge, but this design rises to it and succeeds.

It's hard to go wrong with white granite countertops and simple wooden barstools.
It’s hard to go wrong with white granite countertops and simple wooden barstools.

The counters here would be enough space to make chopped salads for an army.
The counters here would be enough space to make chopped salads for an army.

The wood paneling is the star in this warm modern kitchen.
The wood paneling is the star in this warm modern kitchen.

When the dining room opens up to the kitchen, it's important that they complement each other as they clearly do here.
When the dining room opens up to the kitchen, it’s important that they complement each other as they clearly do here.

Black and white is warmed up with a soft chocolate area rug in this design.
Black and white is warmed up with a soft chocolate area rug in this design.

This spacious kitchen has the feel of a French bistro with its patterned tile floor and hanging lights.
This spacious kitchen has the feel of a French bistro with its patterned tile floor and hanging lights.

Brainstorm for that big meeting at this open and serious breakfast bar.
Brainstorm for that big meeting at this open and serious breakfast bar.

Wire barstools and simple cabinetry create a gourmet kitchen in a small space.
Wire barstools and simple cabinetry create a gourmet kitchen in a small space.

The varying levels in this kitchen give it a lot of visual interest and provides practical storage.
The varying levels in this kitchen give it a lot of visual interest and provides practical storage.

This open kitchen is neat enough to be out in the open in this loft home.
This open kitchen is neat enough to be out in the open in this loft home.

Lots of wood and sunlight give this small kitchen a cozy warmth.
Lots of wood and sunlight give this small kitchen a cozy warmth.

Long black countertops are certainly sleek if a bit overpowering.
Long black countertops are certainly sleek if a bit overpowering.

The white range hood and white island almost manage to turn this kitchen on its head.
The white range hood and white island almost manage to turn this kitchen on its head.

Of course, a small sink and stove are all some people need to find culinary inspiration.
Of course, a small sink and stove are all some people need to find culinary inspiration.

A long narrow kitchen provides plenty of space to be just enough.
A long narrow kitchen provides plenty of space to be just enough.

This kitchen is allowed an entire room, which means pot racks galore and plenty of counters.
This kitchen is allowed an entire room, which means pot racks galore and plenty of counters.

Finally a modern kitchen with a hanging herb garden is every urban chef's dream.
Finally a modern kitchen with a hanging herb garden is every urban chef’s dream.

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August 28, 2015

It was fun assembling these ten Mid Century modern home interiors that we loved and wanted to share with our readers. I am a huge fan of that design era and think so many of the products were innovative, and based on that energy, started a whole new wave of decorative trends and thinking. Perhaps, this was the first time bulkier furniture was streamlined removing excess material that did not add to the functionality of the piece. The challenge presented by these designers was wonderful and to see how it has transformed the world of architecture has been an amazing journey. The houses we selected feature an image from a key room of its floor plan. Our focus and intent, is that by seeing what others have done, you too can get inspired about your own living space. Shopping for older pieces can be very rewarding and fun when you purchase a piece of history.

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Decorated Room with Vintage Modern Furnishings

Open Home Plan Featuring Lots of Windows

Notice in this very clean and open floor space, that a Knoll dining set was worked into the decor.  This could have easily been a very contemporary model, but in this case a piece of history helps the old meet the new.

Cozy Living Room Featuring Old and New Furniture

I remember green chairs just like this in my aunt and uncle’s home.  They are long since gone, but had they been saved saved they would be great examples of the design era.

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Restored Vintage Modern Home with Furniture

This lovely living room is totally filled with Mid Century modern furniture jewels.  One might think that with older pieces a house could look dated or dirty.  On the contrary, this is so refreshing and up to date with current trends.

Mid Century Modern Home Interiors We Love

The Petal Lounge Chair is such a classic and striking piece.  I am always drawn to it when I see it in a living room.  The Noguchi table is very cool too and blends great with the sofa.

Norman Cherner armchair with sideboard and sofa

The famous Norman Cherner chair sits right on top of a nice choice in floor rugs.  The rounded arms are such a classic.

Lovely Furnished Older Contemporary House

Orange and Yellow Vintage Interior Design Colors

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August 28, 2015

Many designers look for Japanese furniture ideas and see how they can be integrated into a house plan. Even if the entire theme is not of that style, some of the principles behind the look, along with the history, warrant consideration in any home.   My mother-in-law has a very traditional home that features everything from antiques to Southern America styles.   In her look she has integrated several art prints and a decorative screen and loves these pieces. That’s a great example of why consideration should be given to Zen touches in any floor plan. For those that subscribe to the whole theme, these ten pictures should be enjoyed. The intent of this article is that inspiration will be taken from the furnishings and room designs showcasing such wonderful examples.

Zen inspired Dining Room Furniture Set

How about this traditional dining table and chair set.  A great thing about these chairs  are the cushions.  Thus, guests can sit for some time and be comfortable.  It has a reclined back so a person can sit that way or hold their back upright.

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The typical platform bed is low to the ground as it is in this picture.  The extra railings at the head and foot of the frame provide extra space for stacking things such as books, reading glasses or smart phones.

Chocolate Color Dining Table Set with Bench

Isn’t it nice how the bench was integrated with four dining chairs?  That is such a smart idea as that bench can be moved anywhere in the home for extra seating as needed.  Then the table can be just set for four people such as two couples enjoying a meal.  The overhead light is traditional to the country and works well with the dark wood.

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Traditional Japanese Living Room with Privacy Screens

Notice the prevalence of privacy screens.  This is a common design method in these types of homes.  I do like how the one has a blue background color.  That adds and extra element to the room.  The flooring design is great in this picture.  It looks so natural and blends great with the other elements.

Clean Modern Living Room with Zen Furnishings

Japanese Furniture Ideas for Home Inspiration

Home With Custom Asian Wood Lattice Design

Privacy Wall Behind Round Table and Chairs

Platform Bed in Room With Large Tiles

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August 28, 2015

A lot of things come to mind when you think about the countries of Scandinavia. Whether it’s a flaky cheese Danish, a a cozy Norwegian sweater, the view of the Aurora Borealis from Helsinki or, you know, Ikea – the region is as diverse as it is beautiful and somewhat mysterious.

Scandinavian design was born out of the generally quiet lifestyles of these countries. Though it was first identified as a movement in the 1950s, obviously design has been taking place in the region for much longer than that.

Today, when we talk about Scandinavian design, we mean simplicity and function and this apartment in Prague, from visualizer Denis Krasikov, is no different. Style serves a purpose and simplicity does not take the place of beauty, but instead augments it.

The living room space with its vaulted ceilings may feel a bit sparse to those who would look for an overstuffed sectional or formal dining room. In an apartment suited for a young couple, a simple grey loveseat does the trick. It is also the introduction the color palette that threads its way through the rest of the apartment: stark white walls, dark wood floors, and the occasional splash of yellow or teal. It's very modern and trendy without feeling overdone.
The living room space with its vaulted ceilings may feel a bit sparse to those who would look for an overstuffed sectional or formal dining room. In an apartment suited for a young couple, a simple grey loveseat does the trick. It is also the introduction the color palette that threads its way through the rest of the apartment: stark white walls, dark wood floors, and the occasional splash of yellow or teal. It’s very modern and trendy without feeling overdone.

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A central brick pillar is painted white, allowing it to act as a room divider but still almost disappear. Placing the television against this pillar on one side while the dining table butts up against it on the other is the perfect way to ensure that diners can focus on one another rather than the blaring screen.
A central brick pillar is painted white, allowing it to act as a room divider but still almost disappear. Placing the television against this pillar on one side while the dining table butts up against it on the other is the perfect way to ensure that diners can focus on one another rather than the blaring screen.

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The lofted bed area is ultra cozy and certainly simple. The bed itself is actually made from wooden pallets while a chevron stripe duvet brings some design elements from downstairs up into the bedroom for a unifying feel. The loft is also placed far enough below the pitched ceiling that it doesn't feel cramped, which is often an issues for spaces like this.
The lofted bed area is ultra cozy and certainly simple. The bed itself is actually made from wooden pallets while a chevron stripe duvet brings some design elements from downstairs up into the bedroom for a unifying feel. The loft is also placed far enough below the pitched ceiling that it doesn’t feel cramped, which is often an issues for spaces like this.

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Finally the bathroom with its chic white tile walls and checked floor has a sparkling simplicity and retro appeal to die for.
Finally the bathroom with its chic white tile walls and checked floor has a sparkling simplicity and retro appeal to die for.

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August 28, 2015

Even people who love the idea of loft living might consider it great for themselves but wouldn’t deign to bring a child into that kind of concrete and metal atmosphere. However, as this brilliant space from the architects at Rules Architekti shows, with the right elements and design sensibility, a loft can be totally appropriate and comfortable for a family.

The loft is divided into two distinct area: one for day and one for night. The open flow of the home, including vaulted ceilings and a ladder for reaching lofted bookshelves, is warm and welcoming. Part of this is due to the layout while part is due to the carefully selected materials. Natural pine makes up the wall and floor paneling and its warmth is immediately apparent. The rest of the space is bedecked mainly in black and white, keeping things neutral and a bit cheerful.
The loft is divided into two distinct area: one for day and one for night. The open flow of the home, including vaulted ceilings and a ladder for reaching lofted bookshelves, is warm and welcoming. Part of this is due to the layout while part is due to the carefully selected materials. Natural pine makes up the wall and floor paneling and its warmth is immediately apparent. The rest of the space is bedecked mainly in black and white, keeping things neutral and a bit cheerful.

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The main living area is large and airy, with plenty of seating in both the dining and living areas. Instead of mounting the flat panel television to a wall (which would certainly ruin the openness of the space to some extent), it's placed on a swivel that's attached to a support column. This way, the screen can pivot to play to the living room or to the dining area, for maximum versatility. Of course, the rest of the unsightly electronics like a computer and stereo are also cleverly placed - in kitchen cabinets and hidden inside the sofa. This lets the feel clean and comfortable rather than cluttered.
The main living area is large and airy, with plenty of seating in both the dining and living areas. Instead of mounting the flat panel television to a wall (which would certainly ruin the openness of the space to some extent), it’s placed on a swivel that’s attached to a support column. This way, the screen can pivot to play to the living room or to the dining area, for maximum versatility. Of course, the rest of the unsightly electronics like a computer and stereo are also cleverly placed – in kitchen cabinets and hidden inside the sofa. This lets the feel clean and comfortable rather than cluttered.

The mezzanine with bookshelves takes advantage of the tall ceilings and even includes a reading area. While some spaces might tuck a bed in this area, that wouldn't exactly be family friendly.
The mezzanine with bookshelves takes advantage of the tall ceilings and even includes a reading area. While some spaces might tuck a bed in this area, that wouldn’t exactly be family friendly.

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The private area of the house includes two bedrooms and one and a half baths. The master bedroom features a large closet space that covers an entire wall for plenty of room. Dangling lights in front of each door offer an aesthetic element as well as a practical one.
The private area of the house includes two bedrooms and one and a half baths. The master bedroom features a large closet space that covers an entire wall for plenty of room. Dangling lights in front of each door offer an aesthetic element as well as a practical one.

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For its part, the kitchen is quite spacious. Pots and pans are easily tucked away in lower cabinets while a gorgeously colorful backsplash draws focus above the sleek cooking surface. The countertop looks out over the city for a particularly lovely way to spend a while preparing a meal for the whole family.
For its part, the kitchen is quite spacious. Pots and pans are easily tucked away in lower cabinets while a gorgeously colorful backsplash draws focus above the sleek cooking surface. The countertop looks out over the city for a particularly lovely way to spend a while preparing a meal for the whole family.

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It’s one thing to extol the virtues of small, simple living for an artist or a young couple, but it is an entirely different challenge to make a minimalist space work for a family with a teenager. Still, architect Piotr Matuszek has done a tremendous job of taking a space that measures just 50 square meters (538 square feet) and creating a home that is both stylish and comfortable for a three-person family – and even offers plenty of storage. Let’s see how it was done.

Storage was a key concern for this family as they have a tendency to acquire things and need a simple place to put them. They were also insistent on closed storage areas to hide clutter away from guests and keep the aesthetics of the space clean and orderly. The majority of the storage is hidden along one wall in the main living area, which both makes it easy to access and does not create any conflict between the mostly open spaces.
Storage was a key concern for this family as they have a tendency to acquire things and need a simple place to put them. They were also insistent on closed storage areas to hide clutter away from guests and keep the aesthetics of the space clean and orderly. The majority of the storage is hidden along one wall in the main living area, which both makes it easy to access and does not create any conflict between the mostly open spaces.

A large sofa in the living room exists atop a platform, underneath which is hidden a double bed that slides out at night. The living room also includes a workspace, nestled amid the storage areas in the walls.
A large sofa in the living room exists atop a platform, underneath which is hidden a double bed that slides out at night. The living room also includes a workspace, nestled amid the storage areas in the walls.

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A cozy dining area and kitchen complete the main living area, with plenty of preparation and eating space for a family of three. The yellow accents in the kitchen - in the form of a bright yellow sink and decorative fruit bowl - are carried throughout the otherwise black and white house. The result is a space that feels bigger than it is, but still has an edge of playfulness.
A cozy dining area and kitchen complete the main living area, with plenty of preparation and eating space for a family of three. The yellow accents in the kitchen – in the form of a bright yellow sink and decorative fruit bowl – are carried throughout the otherwise black and white house. The result is a space that feels bigger than it is, but still has an edge of playfulness.

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The teenage daughter does indeed get to have her own room with its own comfortable spaces, including a sofa that easily converts into a bed at night and a desk for her studies. The colors of the home carry into the teenager's room with an emphasis on white and a few pops of bright yellow.
The teenage daughter does indeed get to have her own room with its own comfortable spaces, including a sofa that easily converts into a bed at night and a desk for her studies. The colors of the home carry into the teenager’s room with an emphasis on white and a few pops of bright yellow.

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August 28, 2015

After a long day at work, relaxing soaking tubs are a wonderful way to rejuvenate the human spirit.  We all face so much stress in our daily lives that it makes perfect sense to build a home with the means to relieve those burdens.  For me, water therapy helps me forget about trials and tribulation freeing my mind to think more positive thoughts such as time with family, fond memories of the past or contemplating a new vacation.  Whatever reasons and challenges exist, a good soak can help snap a person into the moment while changing to a more positive outlook.  Cold climates can also benefit as well.  Hot or warm water relieves the deep chill in bones that come from extended exposure to cold.  Muscle ache and arthritis is treated with warm or cold water.  The medicinal benefits are numerous and apply to all sorts of people.   Let’s get inspired and look at ten therapeutic designs being showcased in this article.

wooden bathtub in white home bathroom

deep soaking tub in bronze copper metal

This bronze and copper example is particular striking.  Usually seen in faucets and shower heads, here it appears in its giant glory.  What a great central piece for a bathroom!

nickel plated Japanese Ofuro in modern home

This nickel example takes its inspiration from a Japanese Ofuro.  Though those are normally make of wood, this metal one looks amazing.

enamel finish tub on wooden base

circular granite bathing area in large home

This larger round one in the picture above could house a party of people.  It is like a small swimming pool that could easily accommodate two adults.  The granite is gorgeous on this piece featuring such nice marbling and a great rounded shape.

relaxing soaking tub with a window view

The copper model above has such great lines to it.  I like that it is narrow on the ends helping conserve the amount of water required for a good soak.  Notice how big the view is from windows providing natural light to the design.  I do like how the bathroom flooring features some wood along with the stone.  Combing those two materials helps it tie back to the other elements in the room.

natural rainfall in classic bathroom design

pretty bathroom design in cream and white

corner bath tub with fixture on wall

square bathing tub with deep walls

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Two bedrooms is just enough space to let you daydream about having more space. There are as many two bedroom floor plans as there are apartments and houses in the world. Take at look at these 40 options and get inspired for your next place.

The colors included in this layout really give you the sense of it being lived in and loved. Bunkbeds mean that the two bedroom can easily be a home for a growing family.
The colors included in this layout really give you the sense of it being lived in and loved. Bunkbeds mean that the two bedroom can easily be a home for a growing family.

Although this home is less than spacious, the organized layout means there is room for every necessity, including separate living and dining areas.
Although this home is less than spacious, the organized layout means there is room for every necessity, including separate living and dining areas.

The layout of this particular home gives both bedrooms and the living room big, bright windows which is certainly a nice feature.
The layout of this particular home gives both bedrooms and the living room big, bright windows which is certainly a nice feature.

Two separate balconies make this a great two bedroom floorplan for people who like to entertain.
Two separate balconies make this a great two bedroom floorplan for people who like to entertain.

Things can get a bit cramped in a two bedroom, but as long as everyone has good boundaries it can still be a good option for roommates or couples.
Things can get a bit cramped in a two bedroom, but as long as everyone has good boundaries it can still be a good option for roommates or couples.

Patterned area rugs are good options in smaller spaces because they add color and excitement without hemming in the room with dark walls.
Patterned area rugs are good options in smaller spaces because they add color and excitement without hemming in the room with dark walls.

This layout has the two bedrooms directly adjacent, which doesn't allow for a ton of privacy, but is great for a couple who wants a guest room.
This layout has the two bedrooms directly adjacent, which doesn’t allow for a ton of privacy, but is great for a couple who wants a guest room.

In this home, an eat-in kitchen offers an easy way to save space as well as some extra makeshift prep space for larger meals.
In this home, an eat-in kitchen offers an easy way to save space as well as some extra makeshift prep space for larger meals.

Although many modern spaces use an open floorplan, this particular one keeps things quite closed off.
Although many modern spaces use an open floorplan, this particular one keeps things quite closed off.

This layout clearly has a master bedroom that offers a lot more space than the second bedroom.
This layout clearly has a master bedroom that offers a lot more space than the second bedroom.

By giving children a smaller bed, they have some extra playing area in their own private room.
By giving children a smaller bed, they have some extra playing area in their own private room.

The wraparound balcony on this home adds a little extra square footage for entertaining and relaxation.
The wraparound balcony on this home adds a little extra square footage for entertaining and relaxation.

This spacious two bedroom house has a ton of space for entertaining, working, and enjoying your home.
This spacious two bedroom house has a ton of space for entertaining, working, and enjoying your home.

This layout puts the two bedrooms on opposite sides of the house  but with only one bathroom, that's not so convenient for one of the occupants.
This layout puts the two bedrooms on opposite sides of the house but with only one bathroom, that’s not so convenient for one of the occupants.

In this home, as in many featured here, the second bedroom is turned into a home office.
In this home, as in many featured here, the second bedroom is turned into a home office.

This spacious home office design has enough room that you could easily put a guest bed in the room as well.
This spacious home office design has enough room that you could easily put a guest bed in the room as well.

Putting the patio off of the living room makes it easier to share the space in this design.
Putting the patio off of the living room makes it easier to share the space in this design.

One narrow bedroom here is pretty small for roommates but might be ok for a young child or temporary guest.
One narrow bedroom here is pretty small for roommates but might be ok for a young child or temporary guest.

This is the perfect layout for a growing family since the smaller bedroom is directly adjacent to the master bedroom.
This is the perfect layout for a growing family since the smaller bedroom is directly adjacent to the master bedroom.

A central living room makes this space perfect for young roommates.
A central living room makes this space perfect for young roommates.

This two story layout puts the bedrooms and bath upstairs for maximum privacy.
This two story layout puts the bedrooms and bath upstairs for maximum privacy.

This large two bedroom has plenty of space for privacy, entertaining, relaxing, and retreating.
This large two bedroom has plenty of space for privacy, entertaining, relaxing, and retreating.

Two bathrooms are always a welcome addition in a two bedroom home.
Two bathrooms are always a welcome addition in a two bedroom home.

Simple and sleek is the name of the game for this small two bedroom house.
Simple and sleek is the name of the game for this small two bedroom house.

This narrow house offers a lot of seating for what it is - in the living, dining, kitchen, and patio.
This narrow house offers a lot of seating for what it is – in the living, dining, kitchen, and patio.

A big patio and small bedrooms is perfect for a warmer climate.
A big patio and small bedrooms is perfect for a warmer climate.

A central bathroom and closed off kitchen is a good option for people who like to have a lot of guests.
A central bathroom and closed off kitchen is a good option for people who like to have a lot of guests.

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This small house with small patio would be perfect for a young couple or even a single person who likes to have overnight guests.
This small house with small patio would be perfect for a young couple or even a single person who likes to have overnight guests.

An eat-in kitchen and balcony area are the most notable, if not unique,  features of this particular home layout.
An eat-in kitchen and balcony area are the most notable, if not unique, features of this particular home layout.

Walk in closets and multiple entertaining areas make this home quite comfortable for any number of configurations.
Walk in closets and multiple entertaining areas make this home quite comfortable for any number of configurations.

This compact house feels a bit closed off but is big enough for a young family.
This compact house feels a bit closed off but is big enough for a young family.

An odd shaped bathroom doesn't stop this two bedroom house from being completely functional.
An odd shaped bathroom doesn’t stop this two bedroom house from being completely functional.

One step inside this tiny two bedroom and you'll be looking for a breath of fresh air on that tiny balcony.
One step inside this tiny two bedroom and you’ll be looking for a breath of fresh air on that tiny balcony.

Like to entertain outside? Then you'll definitely need a big wide patio like this one.
Like to entertain outside? Then you’ll definitely need a big wide patio like this one.

A big living room looks perfect for an impromptu dance party in this sparse space.
A big living room looks perfect for an impromptu dance party in this sparse space.

A dining room and bit kitchen make this a good option for a couple who likes to cook.
A dining room and bit kitchen make this a good option for a couple who likes to cook.

A walk in closet is convenient when it's in the bedroom but not as much when it's in the front hall.
A walk in closet is convenient when it’s in the bedroom but not as much when it’s in the front hall.

Separate rooms and separate lives are the key to happy roommates in a place like this.
Separate rooms and separate lives are the key to happy roommates in a place like this.

A simple layout to round out the post with a cramped kitchen and no outdoor space.
A simple layout to round out the post with a cramped kitchen and no outdoor space.

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When you are lucky enough to be young, in love, and have the means to find and decorate a luxury apartment there is not much more that you can ask from life. The designs of these two apartments are at the same time youthful and indulgent. Both come complete with modern, playful rooms for children and calming, sumptuous bedrooms for the parents. While they may not have the square footage of more luxurious homes, they are certainly enough to enjoy.

The first space comes from designer Mario Stoica, who uses a range of colors and modern textures to create a comfortable, vibrant space. In the living room, light grays provide a neutral canvas for different shades of green, giving the space the feeling of new growth and new beginnings, which is perfect for a young and growing family. The open floor plan makes it easy to relax on one of the large sofas or sit for a few hours and refuse to eat your broccoli, if necessary.
The first space comes from designer Mario Stoica, who uses a range of colors and modern textures to create a comfortable, vibrant space. In the living room, light grays provide a neutral canvas for different shades of green, giving the space the feeling of new growth and new beginnings, which is perfect for a young and growing family. The open floor plan makes it easy to relax on one of the large sofas or sit for a few hours and refuse to eat your broccoli, if necessary.

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The child's bedroom is splashy, pretty pink with cleverly executed shelving and even a whimsical rug.
The child’s bedroom is splashy, pretty pink with cleverly executed shelving and even a whimsical rug.

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The parent's bedroom does not eschew color completely, but overall offers a much more calming effect with large swaths of neutral and just a few pops of brightness.
The parent’s bedroom does not eschew color completely, but overall offers a much more calming effect with large swaths of neutral and just a few pops of brightness.

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An eat-in kitchen is the perfect spot for family meals and breakfasts when the formal dining area is just too much. Its smooth surfaces and simple palette are certainly easy to clean and easier to enjoy.
An eat-in kitchen is the perfect spot for family meals and breakfasts when the formal dining area is just too much. Its smooth surfaces and simple palette are certainly easy to clean and easier to enjoy.

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The second space is not that dissimilar, although the colors are a bit more muted overall. The dining and living area is mostly wood and grey, for a trendy industrial feel without going so far as to incorporate a lot of corrugated metal and concrete. The dining chairs with pointed backs do enough towards that uncomfortable end.
The second space is not that dissimilar, although the colors are a bit more muted overall. The dining and living area is mostly wood and grey, for a trendy industrial feel without going so far as to incorporate a lot of corrugated metal and concrete. The dining chairs with pointed backs do enough towards that uncomfortable end.

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The master bedroom here is all the more serene with deep blue, natural wood and grey making up the majority of the space.
The master bedroom here is all the more serene with deep blue, natural wood and grey making up the majority of the space.

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Even the kids room in this apartment is more subdued, using greens, blues, and greys to create a calm atmosphere that still has an edge of creativity and play.
Even the kids room in this apartment is more subdued, using greens, blues, and greys to create a calm atmosphere that still has an edge of creativity and play.

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August 28, 2015

Many people reach out to us for dining chair ideas to enhance an existing room or look to the future in changing out furniture.  The market is so massive with so many designs available to consumers.   There are many things to think about when contemplating such a purchase.  First off is how will the space be used?  For example, how often will family and friends sit down to share a meal?  Some people we speak too only use that room for holidays and special occasions.  Others have kids do homework or other school projects.  The use may lend itself to one style over another.  Think also how your home may change in the future if there may be more family moving in, a remodel is planned or young adults are setting off to college.  Lifestyle is an important factor when shopping.

contemporary dining chair idea with interesting backrest

What a fun chair back on this example!  It create a contemporary twist on what would otherwise be a pretty basic shape.  The color choice is bright and pops as well.  It would be fun to tie the upholstery color to place mats and napkins on the table.

black and white stacking chair near table

This picture shows a slim type model that can be stacked up or easily ported around for additional seating as needed.  Black and white create a great contrast and can easily be integrated into a decorative theme.

dining table set with six chairs

glass top table with black leather seating

pair of minimal chairs and table in room

It is a clever suggestion to pair these minimal chairs to a large table base.  This creates a sense of flow to the room and immediately draws the eye of any visitor to this grouping.  I am not a fan of the flooring though as it is too similar to the wall and the mantel and from my perspective, creates too much of a stone appearance.

round table and white upholstered seating

dining furniture with seating for ten people

room featuring green fabric covered chairs

This picture shows the most transitional of all ideas shown in the article.   That being said there is much flair created with the choice of green fabric.  If that color were changed to a more neutral one such as a cream, bone or white, the room would become washed out.

kitchen table and seating for seven

mid century modern table and chair set

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Concrete gets a bad rap. It describes a drab, matte color. An unfinished building. A cracked sidewalk. But as industrial design has taken over a good deal of the trendy element, concrete has become more and more stylish. The studio apartments featured here use concrete to to create a chic, urban, unfinished appeal without actually feeling unfinished at all.

Concrete works well in lofts, to be sure, but you don't have to have an artsy spot overlooking downtown to make it work. This space is super chic and uses a lot of disparate style elements to create a unified look. The exposed concrete in the living room definitely give the home a bit of an edge while interior glass walls separate the bedroom from the rest of the house. Glass blocks in the kitchen and both let in lots of natural light without compromising privacy.
Concrete works well in lofts, to be sure, but you don’t have to have an artsy spot overlooking downtown to make it work. This space is super chic and uses a lot of disparate style elements to create a unified look. The exposed concrete in the living room definitely give the home a bit of an edge while interior glass walls separate the bedroom from the rest of the house. Glass blocks in the kitchen and both let in lots of natural light without compromising privacy.

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In this next space, the studio feels incredibly spacious and interesting due to the sliding doors and concrete columns that separate the different living spaces. The open floor plan coupled with the concrete accents gives the apartment a stunning modern feel, perfect for a young urban woman.
In this next space, the studio feels incredibly spacious and interesting due to the sliding doors and concrete columns that separate the different living spaces. The open floor plan coupled with the concrete accents gives the apartment a stunning modern feel, perfect for a young urban woman.

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Measuring 86.7 square meters (933 square feet), this home may not be the smallest we have featured, but it still makes great use of the space it has. The neutral materials including microconcrete, granite, wood, and imitation slate make for a warm and natural feel. Low, simple furniture couples with tall ceilings lend the studio a lightness that is lacks from exterior windows.
Measuring 86.7 square meters (933 square feet), this home may not be the smallest we have featured, but it still makes great use of the space it has. The neutral materials including microconcrete, granite, wood, and imitation slate make for a warm and natural feel. Low, simple furniture couples with tall ceilings lend the studio a lightness that is lacks from exterior windows.

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This two story home and former industrial space has been turned into a warm and inviting home. Concrete floors contrast with deep colored finished wood. Exposed ceiling beams and white brick give the industrial space a homey feel while a basement screening room is the perfect amount of dark but still includes an amazing fireplace for atmosphere.
This two story home and former industrial space has been turned into a warm and inviting home. Concrete floors contrast with deep colored finished wood. Exposed ceiling beams and white brick give the industrial space a homey feel while a basement screening room is the perfect amount of dark but still includes an amazing fireplace for atmosphere.

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The final home has a newer feeling. Rather than look unfinished or refinished, this space uses concrete on purpose, not as a remnant. The central concrete fireplace is a focal point in the main living area while sleek, modern materials make up the rest of the fixtures from cabinetry to ceiling.
The final home has a newer feeling. Rather than look unfinished or refinished, this space uses concrete on purpose, not as a remnant. The central concrete fireplace is a focal point in the main living area while sleek, modern materials make up the rest of the fixtures from cabinetry to ceiling.

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