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April 24, 2014

These two modern apartments, designed by Home Designing readers Chih Wei & Vicky, from Taiwan, feature crisp furniture selections, deluxe marbled bathrooms, and streamlined entertainment walls that would look great in all different kinds of home styles and sizes.

The first living room we come to is decorated in subtle shades of gray, a gentle yet modern neutral that would be a sympathetic décor choice for a home built in any period. This particular example is a contemporary scheme with crisp L shaped sofa design, low-line coffee table and an entertainment wall that offers a recess for a flatscreen television.
The first living room we come to is decorated in subtle shades of gray, a gentle yet modern neutral that would be a sympathetic décor choice for a home built in any period. This particular example is a contemporary scheme with crisp L shaped sofa design, low-line coffee table and an entertainment wall that offers a recess for a flatscreen television.

Black footstool

A long hearth decorates the foot of the feature wall, which has a soft lighting arrangement that illuminates a letterbox recess where ordinarily a fireplace might be situated. The adjacent alcove too is illuminated, drawing attention to the warm wood cladding and featured sculpture art.
A long hearth decorates the foot of the feature wall, which has a soft lighting arrangement that illuminates a letterbox recess where ordinarily a fireplace might be situated. The adjacent alcove too is illuminated, drawing attention to the warm wood cladding and featured sculpture art.

Entertainment wall

In the bathroom, The toilet cistern has been concealed in a small false wall to give a streamlined look, and the furniture is all suspended off the floor. These uncluttered options are great for smaller bathroom designs, as more visible wall and floor space tricks the eye into believing the area is larger than its actual modest dimensions.
In the bathroom, The toilet cistern has been concealed in a small false wall to give a streamlined look, and the furniture is all suspended off the floor. These uncluttered options are great for smaller bathroom designs, as more visible wall and floor space tricks the eye into believing the area is larger than its actual modest dimensions.

Home office

This home office layout incorporates a daybed/chaise lounge where ideas can be hatched in comfort. It's a nice idea to have a place to kickback in a home workspace–just don't make the area too comfortable or you might find yourself not getting much work done. Though, this resting place may have been reserved for a certain bone loving furry friend, judging from the novelty cushion and canvas picture beyond!
This home office layout incorporates a daybed/chaise lounge where ideas can be hatched in comfort. It’s a nice idea to have a place to kickback in a home workspace–just don’t make the area too comfortable or you might find yourself not getting much work done. Though, this resting place may have been reserved for a certain bone loving furry friend, judging from the novelty cushion and canvas picture beyond!

Modern chaise

Low bookcase

A padded headboard feature wall has been created using simple upholstered rectangles.
A padded headboard feature wall has been created using simple upholstered rectangles.

Gray sofa

Marble bathroom

Gray marbled bathroom

Twin bedroom

Large wall decals are quick but effective.
Large wall decals are quick but effective.

Kids bathroom

Floating vanity unit

Twin bedroom suite

Fitted closets

Modern shower room

Another beautiful apartment with a flush lighting scheme, and a feature wall that does not demand a fireplace.
Another beautiful apartment with a flush lighting scheme, and a feature wall that does not demand a fireplace.

Neutral living room

Black coffee table

This type of focal wall provides a great solution for homes that are not equipped with the necessary setup for installing a working fireplace, and this design ingeniously incorporates concealed storage that's perfect for hiding away DVDs and games too.
This type of focal wall provides a great solution for homes that are not equipped with the necessary setup for installing a working fireplace, and this design ingeniously incorporates concealed storage that’s perfect for hiding away DVDs and games too.

Taupe decor

Feature wall

Kitchen diner

Streamlined cabinets form not only storage, but a gorgeous wall treatment.
Streamlined cabinets form not only storage, but a gorgeous wall treatment.

Floral wallpaper

Dining room for two

Another bathroom is clad from top to toe in marble for a seamless look of luxury, and a sunken bathtub allows the eye-line to continue across the room to the window without obstruction, which increases the feeling of space.
Another bathroom is clad from top to toe in marble for a seamless look of luxury, and a sunken bathtub allows the eye-line to continue across the room to the window without obstruction, which increases the feeling of space.

Contemporary dining room

Chic console table

Bathroom vanity

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April 24, 2014

Perched on the cliff top peninsula between Milford and Castor Bay, on the North island of New Zealand, is the stylish Casa Del Mar, ‘The Home by the Sea’. With 180 degrees of stunning views, this modern home has a positively enviable location that resides in utter peace, away from the hubbub of the busy city that decorates part of the panorama. Within the grounds of the house itself, which was designed by architect Richard Priest, a gorgeous infinity pool is surrounded by extensive sun patios, and bridged by an elegant glass walled stairwell that joins the two sides of the building.

A large outdoor living area, complete with three long sofas, adorns the poolside patio to allow the glorious weather to be enjoyed in absolute comfort.
A large outdoor living area, complete with three long sofas, adorns the poolside patio to allow the glorious weather to be enjoyed in absolute comfort.

Contemporary home

Bridged walkway

Glass balustrades

Modern home

As well as a beautiful location, the 1,000 square meter floor plan of the home gives the owner an immense area for living, though the interior has been designed in such a way that the building still feels like a family home rather than appearing cavernous and cold.
As well as a beautiful location, the 1,000 square meter floor plan of the home gives the owner an immense area for living, though the interior has been designed in such a way that the building still feels like a family home rather than appearing cavernous and cold.

Open plan dining room

The home benefits from ultimate privacy and security within a three quarter acre site.
The home benefits from ultimate privacy and security within a three quarter acre site.

The very grand master bedroom suite includes its own living room with fireplace, loungers under a starry ceiling, and a luxurious bathroom complete with twin vanity and a freestanding bathtub that gazes out over the view via interior and exterior sliding glass doors.
The very grand master bedroom suite includes its own living room with fireplace, loungers under a starry ceiling, and a luxurious bathroom complete with twin vanity and a freestanding bathtub that gazes out over the view via interior and exterior sliding glass doors.

Outdoor lounge

Freestanding bathtub

The tiled hallways are wide and airy, and lit by LED lighting along the border underfoot.
The tiled hallways are wide and airy, and lit by LED lighting along the border underfoot.

Glass stairwell

Thanks to the large proportions of the property–and an extensive home bar–this is a great place for entertaining on any scale. With two wings available, separating off guest rooms to welcome family members that are planning on a longer stay would be a breeze too.
Thanks to the large proportions of the property–and an extensive home bar–this is a great place for entertaining on any scale. With two wings available, separating off guest rooms to welcome family members that are planning on a longer stay would be a breeze too.

Rangitoto Island forms the dreamy centerpiece of a sweeping view.
Rangitoto Island forms the dreamy centerpiece of a sweeping view.

Mature trees

City view

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April 24, 2014

There are several different approaches in creating an ingenious space saving bed for a home of modest proportions. The most straight-forward designs involve clever positioning of the bed, creating a slumber spot in a space that you would not normally consider using for this purpose–or otherwise.

One example of simple space repurposing would be to utilize the unused area under a staircase, like this cozy double bed set up. The custom made platform bed fits snugly into the under-stair alcove, and the design also incorporates under-bed and over-bed storage that runs straight into the side of the stairs too.
One example of simple space repurposing would be to utilize the unused area under a staircase, like this cozy double bed set up. The custom made platform bed fits snugly into the under-stair alcove, and the design also incorporates under-bed and over-bed storage that runs straight into the side of the stairs too.

The under-stair area also works great for hideaway day beds/reading nooks like this one.
The under-stair area also works great for hideaway day beds/reading nooks like this one.

Bunks under a sloping roof, like in this loft space, are a great solution where precious floor space is eaten by a central stairwell. This particular example also incorporates a set of space saving storage shelves in each bunk cubby.
Bunks under a sloping roof, like in this loft space, are a great solution where precious floor space is eaten by a central stairwell. This particular example also incorporates a set of space saving storage shelves in each bunk cubby.

Bunk beds make full use a rooms vertical space, and make better use of the floor space than a set of twin beds. This elegant set takes on the characteristics of a four poster bed complete with canopy, and transforms into a double decker of day beds during the daylight hours.
Bunk beds make full use a rooms vertical space, and make better use of the floor space than a set of twin beds. This elegant set takes on the characteristics of a four poster bed complete with canopy, and transforms into a double decker of day beds during the daylight hours.

Bunk beds are a great layout hack for getting more sleeping space out of a lesser floor area, but these bunk beds take up the least space of all: a shallow wall panel acts as the holding dock in which the beds can be folded away with ease when not in use.
Bunk beds are a great layout hack for getting more sleeping space out of a lesser floor area, but these bunk beds take up the least space of all: a shallow wall panel acts as the holding dock in which the beds can be folded away with ease when not in use.

This bedroom harbors four beds but still looks to have masses of floor space. The centrally placed ladder becomes a design feature rather than a hindrance, and the clean crisp lines of the bunks almost become moment of contemporary architecture.
This bedroom harbors four beds but still looks to have masses of floor space. The centrally placed ladder becomes a design feature rather than a hindrance, and the clean crisp lines of the bunks almost become moment of contemporary architecture.

Generally, when you move the bedding space up, you are be able to find room for a lot more things. Storage shelves, a clothes rail and even a wash basin find a home under this high shelf-bed; the arrangement here also makes nice use of the high placed windows.
Generally, when you move the bedding space up, you are be able to find room for a lot more things. Storage shelves, a clothes rail and even a wash basin find a home under this high shelf-bed; the arrangement here also makes nice use of the high placed windows.

This adult cabin bed makes room for a home library and media cabinet, which allows the extra gained floor space to become a lounge and entertainment area. A dual use makes a small bedroom feel like a much more luxurious suite.
This adult cabin bed makes room for a home library and media cabinet, which allows the extra gained floor space to become a lounge and entertainment area. A dual use makes a small bedroom feel like a much more luxurious suite.

Another variation of moving the bed ‘up’ is to completely conceal it within the ceiling, where you might not even notice, or recognise it. This suspended bed designs appears almost as an architectural feature, whilst the solid staircase leading up to it gives the sleep space a permanent and sturdy appeal. The skylight would make this a very bright place to wake up in the mornings, but if those window panes are made of clear glass then the view of the stars would be mesmerizing. Sleeping up in a nest like this may feel a little strange to some, but as there is a bath tub in the dining room of this home, we don't suppose the homeowner minds a little touch of the extraordinary!
Another variation of moving the bed ‘up’ is to completely conceal it within the ceiling, where you might not even notice, or recognise it. This suspended bed designs appears almost as an architectural feature, whilst the solid staircase leading up to it gives the sleep space a permanent and sturdy appeal. The skylight would make this a very bright place to wake up in the mornings, but if those window panes are made of clear glass then the view of the stars would be mesmerizing. Sleeping up in a nest like this may feel a little strange to some, but as there is a bath tub in the dining room of this home, we don’t suppose the homeowner minds a little touch of the extraordinary!

A mezzanine level is a winner in double height homes for all sorts of uses, but a bedroom hidden in the rafters is one of the best.
A mezzanine level is a winner in double height homes for all sorts of uses, but a bedroom hidden in the rafters is one of the best.

Even a half mezzanine can be more than big enough for two.
Even a half mezzanine can be more than big enough for two.

This one is like a room within a room.
This one is like a room within a room.

Who moved the ladders!
Who moved the ladders!

The ultimate in luxury hideaway beds has got to be this elevating design...
The ultimate in luxury hideaway beds has got to be this elevating design…

...or this one.
…or this one.

Another alternative to hiding beds in the ceiling is to put them under the floor, like this roll away trundle.
Another alternative to hiding beds in the ceiling is to put them under the floor, like this roll away trundle.

With a roll-away bed, a teenager would have to find somewhere else to hide their dirty dishes and laundry!
With a roll-away bed, a teenager would have to find somewhere else to hide their dirty dishes and laundry!

Now you see it, now you don't.
Now you see it, now you don’t.

Raising the room above the bed, rather than the bed above the room.
Raising the room above the bed, rather than the bed above the room.

A very different take on the sofa bed.
A very different take on the sofa bed.

We have explored hiding beds under the floor and up the ceiling. What is left now? The walls, of course! One big name that keeps popping up when looking for murphy beds, or space saving multi-purpose furniture, is Resource Furniture.
We have explored hiding beds under the floor and up the ceiling. What is left now? The walls, of course! One big name that keeps popping up when looking for murphy beds, or space saving multi-purpose furniture, is Resource Furniture.

Though the concept of Murphy beds has been around for a while the newer designs are sturdier, sleeker and pack in multiple features.
Though the concept of Murphy beds has been around for a while the newer designs are sturdier, sleeker and pack in multiple features.

They can pop out of anywhere!
They can pop out of anywhere!

Who needs a guest bedroom when any wall will do?
Who needs a guest bedroom when any wall will do?

Even the most slender of spaces offer a solution.
Even the most slender of spaces offer a solution.

These twin doubles are disguised as attractive closets with faux door and drawer fronts.
These twin doubles are disguised as attractive closets with faux door and drawer fronts.

Here’s another quick alternative, featuring a concertina design, which you can hide into other pieces of furniture like wall units.
Here’s another quick alternative, featuring a concertina design, which you can hide into other pieces of furniture like wall units.

Single to double.
Single to double.

Sofa bunk beds

Flipping the mattress takes on a whole new meaning with this Work Bed that turns over to reveal a desk.
Flipping the mattress takes on a whole new meaning with this Work Bed that turns over to reveal a desk.

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April 24, 2014

This imposing piece of top notch architecture, designed & built by renowned London-based Quinn Architects and Estate Four in 2014, sits on a lush green hill amongst mature trees in Bel Air, California, United States. Its high position in Holmby Hills gives the hugely proportioned property a great panorama of the nearby Hollywood Hills,

Naturally framed by greenery, the three-level, glass-encased home feels completely private and peacefully secluded in park-like surrounds.
Naturally framed by greenery, the three-level, glass-encased home feels completely private and peacefully secluded in park-like surrounds.

Contemporary home

Filling the 16,000 square foot home are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, luxurious living rooms, and a spacious contemporary kitchen diner. Outdoor lounges and dining areas extend the practical living space, and with a relaxed indoor-outdoor flow the homeowners can move freely between the two.
Filling the 16,000 square foot home are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, luxurious living rooms, and a spacious contemporary kitchen diner. Outdoor lounges and dining areas extend the practical living space, and with a relaxed indoor-outdoor flow the homeowners can move freely between the two.

Private swimming pool

The homes private infinity pool offers a spot of outdoor luxury, where one can take exercise or indulge in relaxation. Alternatively, a bank of sun loungers fill the large poolside deck, where days can be spent basking in the sunshine.
The homes private infinity pool offers a spot of outdoor luxury, where one can take exercise or indulge in relaxation. Alternatively, a bank of sun loungers fill the large poolside deck, where days can be spent basking in the sunshine.

Outdoor dining set

Sun loungers

Outdoor lounge

Pool deck

Exterior steps

Exterior staircase

A long exterior staircase meanders down the side of the grassy hillside, leading to a full-sized astro-turf tennis court with floodlights.
A long exterior staircase meanders down the side of the grassy hillside, leading to a full-sized astro-turf tennis court with floodlights.

Outside, the contemporary architecture is bold and crisp.
Outside, the contemporary architecture is bold and crisp.

Modern entryway

Chic hallway

A chic main entrance sets the tone for the interior of the home, which leads through to an earth-toned main living room, with 20 ft high ceilings. Glazed walls tower from top to bottom of the lofty proportions, letting bright natural flood in.
A chic main entrance sets the tone for the interior of the home, which leads through to an earth-toned main living room, with 20 ft high ceilings. Glazed walls tower from top to bottom of the lofty proportions, letting bright natural flood in.

Modern lounge

In the kitchen diner, cheerful sunshine yellow dining chairs bring some color to an otherwise white décor scheme. The large array of ice white kitchen cabinets surround a generous central island, which subtly breaks the cooking and dining areas apart. A chandelier over the cooking zone adds a special sparkle to the dual use room.
In the kitchen diner, cheerful sunshine yellow dining chairs bring some color to an otherwise white décor scheme. The large array of ice white kitchen cabinets surround a generous central island, which subtly breaks the cooking and dining areas apart. A chandelier over the cooking zone adds a special sparkle to the dual use room.

A gorgeous master bedroom suite, furnished with a modern four poster bed, incorporates a lounge area with neat armchairs and glass coffee tables. Rich-toned wood paneling creates an eye-catching feature of the headboard wall, a shade that is carried through into the bed throws and the dressing table.
A gorgeous master bedroom suite, furnished with a modern four poster bed, incorporates a lounge area with neat armchairs and glass coffee tables. Rich-toned wood paneling creates an eye-catching feature of the headboard wall, a shade that is carried through into the bed throws and the dressing table.

Contemporary bedroom suite

Home gym

Modern landscaping

Poolside lounge

Source: The Agency

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April 24, 2014

When accessorizing a home office, library or a stylish coffee table, nothing says sophistication quite like a home chess set. A basic chess set is easy to come by, but what about something a bit more special, something that is as unique as you and your home? This collection of unique chess boards and glamorous pieces offers up some great conversation starters-and some real bank-breakers!

A minimalistic home would be well served by these wooden Bauhaus chess pieces.
A minimalistic home would be well served by these wooden Bauhaus chess pieces.

This Wobble chess set offers up a novel and animated approach to the classically reserved game. Each square of the board is curved to contain the jiggling pieces.
This Wobble chess set offers up a novel and animated approach to the classically reserved game. Each square of the board is curved to contain the jiggling pieces.

The Man Ray chess set is another option for complimenting a striking minimalistic interior style.
The Man Ray chess set is another option for complimenting a striking minimalistic interior style.

Minimalistic our fourth set may be, but certainly not the least expensive of the bunch.
Minimalistic our fourth set may be, but certainly not the least expensive of the bunch.

The chic $1995.00 Hammond chess set, from the Ralph Lauren Home collection, could possibly be mistaken for a set of rather expensive pen caps in a smart home office.
The chic $1995.00 Hammond chess set, from the Ralph Lauren Home collection, could possibly be mistaken for a set of rather expensive pen caps in a smart home office.

The Philippe chess game set is of an ultra modern design, made from tubular pieces of brushed matte stainless steel.
The Philippe chess game set is of an ultra modern design, made from tubular pieces of brushed matte stainless steel.

Ceramic chess pieces, set out on this intriguing board of black burnt plywood, will bring a mystical stone age appeal to any space–perfect for a traditional library.
Ceramic chess pieces, set out on this intriguing board of black burnt plywood, will bring a mystical stone age appeal to any space–perfect for a traditional library.

This hefty handcrafted, powder-coated Tool Chess set is presented in a tool chest carrying case, in either black or red, a fun accessory for a masculine decor.
This hefty handcrafted, powder-coated Tool Chess set is presented in a tool chest carrying case, in either black or red, a fun accessory for a masculine decor.

A typographic chess set would please graphic designers and the like in their home studios.
A typographic chess set would please graphic designers and the like in their home studios.

Another typographic chess set, this time focusing on individual letter-forms.
Another typographic chess set, this time focusing on individual letter-forms.

Fantasy fans will love this dragon chess set–another good option for home libraries, or even a computer games room.
Fantasy fans will love this dragon chess set–another good option for home libraries, or even a computer games room.

As featured in the Harry Potter movie, the fascinating Isle of Lewis set dates all the way back to the 12th century. The original set was discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland by a local shepherd in 1831. It is regarded as one of the most astonishing collections of ancient chess men in existence–but you can grab yourself a copy of the pieces without going on an archeological dig, and without it costing the earth either.
As featured in the Harry Potter movie, the fascinating Isle of Lewis set dates all the way back to the 12th century. The original set was discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland by a local shepherd in 1831. It is regarded as one of the most astonishing collections of ancient chess men in existence–but you can grab yourself a copy of the pieces without going on an archeological dig, and without it costing the earth either.

A Lord Of The Rings set would be another hit with serious movie fans...
A Lord Of The Rings set would be another hit with serious movie fans…

...As would this Star Wars chess set.
…As would this Star Wars chess set.

This Star Trek Tri Dimensional Chess Set made a 'Big Bang' with Sheldon Cooper!
This Star Trek Tri Dimensional Chess Set made a ‘Big Bang’ with Sheldon Cooper!

Medieval chess set crafted in exquisite detail.
Medieval chess set crafted in exquisite detail.

Chinese style chess pieces.
Chinese style chess pieces.

Roman style chess pieces.
Roman style chess pieces.

A round three-player chess set adds a new twist to the original game.
A round three-player chess set adds a new twist to the original game.

Another interesting approach to three-player chess.
Another interesting approach to three-player chess.

Then again, why restrict to three when you can have four players?
Then again, why restrict to three when you can have four players?

Multilevel chess, by Ji Lee.
Multilevel chess, by Ji Lee.

An adorable 3D printed chess set that acts as tiny herb planters.
An adorable 3D printed chess set that acts as tiny herb planters.

Straight up, wall mounted–and framed–chess.
Straight up, wall mounted–and framed–chess.

Unique LED chess set, with pieces that glow when placed upon the board.
Unique LED chess set, with pieces that glow when placed upon the board.

Frank Gehry designed chess set, made of fine bone-china. Available from Tiffany & Co for a cool $25,000.
Frank Gehry designed chess set, made of fine bone-china. Available from Tiffany & Co for a cool $25,000.

The Renault F1 Chess Set, created from parts of a real Renault F1 automobile, will set you back $41000.
The Renault F1 Chess Set, created from parts of a real Renault F1 automobile, will set you back $41000.

The $500,000 Charles Hollander Royal Diamond Chess Set is made entirely out of 14 carat white gold and 9900 black and white diamonds. The set took over 4500 hours of intricate hand-work, completed by thirty craftsmen, under the direction of Maquin.
The $500,000 Charles Hollander Royal Diamond Chess Set is made entirely out of 14 carat white gold and 9900 black and white diamonds. The set took over 4500 hours of intricate hand-work, completed by thirty craftsmen, under the direction of Maquin.

This more recent chess set design by Charles Hollander has been valued at 5 million dollars. It is made out of gold and diamonds, and features king and queen cameos moulded into the precious metal.
This more recent chess set design by Charles Hollander has been valued at 5 million dollars. It is made out of gold and diamonds, and features king and queen cameos moulded into the precious metal.

$9.8 million Jewel Royale Chess Set from British jewelry company Boodles. Made of gold and platinum and decorated with 73 rubies, 146 sapphires and 748 diamonds.
$9.8 million Jewel Royale Chess Set from British jewelry company Boodles. Made of gold and platinum and decorated with 73 rubies, 146 sapphires and 748 diamonds.

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April 24, 2014

Down at ground level, a large open plan living and dining area spills out onto a sweeping pool deck and lawns, where sun loungers are placed to further the relaxation space. Exterior uplighting creates a cozy glow around the entire property, making it possible to enjoy the exterior spaces into the late evening.
Down at ground level, a large open plan living and dining area spills out onto a sweeping pool deck and lawns, where sun loungers are placed to further the relaxation space. Exterior uplighting creates a cozy glow around the entire property, making it possible to enjoy the exterior spaces into the late evening.

Mature trees surround the home.
Mature trees surround the home.

An outdoor lounge is also available for relaxing in the fresh air with guests.
An outdoor lounge is also available for relaxing in the fresh air with guests.

The view of the main garden and pool can be enjoyed when looking out from the bedrooms up on the first floor, as well as the elevated garden that is spread over the roof of the living volume below. The sleep spaces run perpendicular to lower and uppermost living floors, which creates a shelter over the entrance to the home, and shade over another deck.
The view of the main garden and pool can be enjoyed when looking out from the bedrooms up on the first floor, as well as the elevated garden that is spread over the roof of the living volume below. The sleep spaces run perpendicular to lower and uppermost living floors, which creates a shelter over the entrance to the home, and shade over another deck.

At the top of the concrete stack, a penthouse family room has views towards the city lights through glass walls.
At the top of the concrete stack, a penthouse family room has views towards the city lights through glass walls.

When open-sided, the first two volumes of the concrete home take advantage of through breezes and doorstep gardens, when closed by the porous wooden freijó wall, the hot midday sun can be screened off whilst cool cross ventilation continues.
When open-sided, the first two volumes of the concrete home take advantage of through breezes and doorstep gardens, when closed by the porous wooden freijó wall, the hot midday sun can be screened off whilst cool cross ventilation continues.

The L-shaped layout of this home embraces the long swimming pool.
The L-shaped layout of this home embraces the long swimming pool.

Private pool

Pool deck

More items of outdoor furniture make useful rooms out of the roof decks.
More items of outdoor furniture make useful rooms out of the roof decks.

Roof terrace

Roof deck

Inside the home, the concrete that forms the building remains exposed across ceilings and selected walls.
Inside the home, the concrete that forms the building remains exposed across ceilings and selected walls.

Wood flooring

Glass balustrade

Contemporary roof gardens

Interior furniture and floors have been selected in warm wood tones to contrast against the cold concrete.
Interior furniture and floors have been selected in warm wood tones to contrast against the cold concrete.

Wood dining table

Open fireplace

Table centrepiece

Modern dining suite

Contemporary dining room

Modern lounge

Contemporary sofas

Wooden table

Gray sofas

Contemporary lounge

Modern dining room

Girls bedroom

A huge white garage sprawls out in the basement, along with utility rooms and a gym.
A huge white garage sprawls out in the basement, along with utility rooms and a gym.

Home level design

Home design

Home design layout

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April 24, 2014

This collection of minimalist Asian interior inspiration, which comes to us courtesy of Fertility Design, features rooms from four separate home designs that whilst not overly complicated, all exhibit eye-catching flair. Each incorporates small pops of inviting color and art collections that make every one of them feel like a welcoming home.

Glass balustrade

Our first modern Asian home looks out onto a courtyard that features a complimenting minimalist design, encased in pale walls that similar to the those of the adjacent interior.
Our first modern Asian home looks out onto a courtyard that features a complimenting minimalist design, encased in pale walls that similar to the those of the adjacent interior.

Inside, tiny orange accents have been added throughout the swathe of light neutrals, in the form of scatter cushions and decorative ornaments. A cleverly designed double sided sofa allows the inhabitants of the home to look either out onto the serene courtyard, or to sociably face into the living room itself, without the need for additional space-eating seating arrangements.
Inside, tiny orange accents have been added throughout the swathe of light neutrals, in the form of scatter cushions and decorative ornaments. A cleverly designed double sided sofa allows the inhabitants of the home to look either out onto the serene courtyard, or to sociably face into the living room itself, without the need for additional space-eating seating arrangements.

Low level lighting creates a cozy glow along the length of the room, in absence of a fireplace. Simple black shelving, in a distinctly oriental style, provides plenty of room for display pieces–though the collection is well spaced to prevent the area from appearing at all cluttered.
Low level lighting creates a cozy glow along the length of the room, in absence of a fireplace. Simple black shelving, in a distinctly oriental style, provides plenty of room for display pieces–though the collection is well spaced to prevent the area from appearing at all cluttered.

The shelving in this dining room has been decorated with delicate teapots and china, which act as little gems of color against sombre gray alcoves.
The shelving in this dining room has been decorated with delicate teapots and china, which act as little gems of color against sombre gray alcoves.

Two toned chairs of the same style bring different elements of the room together, as well as adding interest to the simple suite in an understated way.
Two toned chairs of the same style bring different elements of the room together, as well as adding interest to the simple suite in an understated way.

Modern Asian dining room

Low back dining chairs

In our second home design, a slate courtyard wall becomes a feature wall to this living room, and is a brilliant backdrop for some bright red accent furniture and artwork.
In our second home design, a slate courtyard wall becomes a feature wall to this living room, and is a brilliant backdrop for some bright red accent furniture and artwork.

Red coffee table

Cream sofa

Red tables

Two different shapes of small red table have been paired together to form one larger more interesting piece. A couple of yellow toned accent cushions introduce another layer to the color story.
Two different shapes of small red table have been paired together to form one larger more interesting piece. A couple of yellow toned accent cushions introduce another layer to the color story.

Handle-free kitchen units provide a streamlined look in this kitchen diner, where the smooth white countertops over the work areas and central island are echoed by a neighboring glossy white dining table. A trio of vibrant light shades provide all the color that this chic space needs, and draws the eye to the staging area for the meal.
Handle-free kitchen units provide a streamlined look in this kitchen diner, where the smooth white countertops over the work areas and central island are echoed by a neighboring glossy white dining table. A trio of vibrant light shades provide all the color that this chic space needs, and draws the eye to the staging area for the meal.

Minimalistic bedroom

Home number three features a blue chair and footstool combo that has been teamed with a large piece of blue art to bring character to a pale lounge, and accent cushions pull the hue through.
Home number three features a blue chair and footstool combo that has been teamed with a large piece of blue art to bring character to a pale lounge, and accent cushions pull the hue through.

L shaped sofa

Blue chair footstool

Modern living room

Cream blue living room

Blue chair

Quirky coffee table

Modern dining room

Wood clad wall

Open plan apartment

Modern bedroom

A home workspace fits snugly into this narrow area.
A home workspace fits snugly into this narrow area.

Home office

Our last home swaps out blue accents for green, giving a fresh feeling of nature when teamed with warm wood tones.
Our last home swaps out blue accents for green, giving a fresh feeling of nature when teamed with warm wood tones.

Minimalistic decor

Minimalist lounge

Green gray lounge

White closet doors

Open plan space

Dining bench

Wooden dining table

White bedside cabinets

Built in bedroom furniture

White bedroom scheme

If you enjoyed this style of design, you will definitely like more of Fertility Design’s work. Be sure to check out:
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Open Plan Home With Oomph
Comfortable Contemporary Decor

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Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White in the cult TV drama Breaking Bad–and Hal in the long running comedy series Malcolm in the Middle, has proudly directed the building of his family’s ‘green’ beach house that has been Platinum LEED certified. The Passive House design, the very first of its kind in Ventura County, California, is the result of a team of professionals in architecture, engineering, construction and design that were to fulfil their clients desire not only for superb eco-friendly function, but for beautiful form too. Photovoltaic and water heating solar panels, radiant heated floors, SIPs wall systems, rain water collection, recycled materials, LED lighting, no VOC paints and stains and Energy Star appliances, are just a few of the ecologically responsible elements that make up this amazing home.

Cranston is insistent that function without form is no fun at all, so he and his wife Robin set out to prove to the world that  sustainable living doesn't mean that the style and comforts of a modern lifestyle have to suffer. The exterior of the building commands attention with its contemporary facia, and the interior is a place of light bright décor and crisp furnishings.
Cranston is insistent that function without form is no fun at all, so he and his wife Robin set out to prove to the world that sustainable living doesn’t mean that the style and comforts of a modern lifestyle have to suffer. The exterior of the building commands attention with its contemporary facia, and the interior is a place of light bright décor and crisp furnishings.

Modern home

Hot orange accents bring vibrancy to a neutral gray and white backdrop in the open plan living area that features a lounge, kitchen and dining area.
Hot orange accents bring vibrancy to a neutral gray and white backdrop in the open plan living area that features a lounge, kitchen and dining area.

The home drinks in spectacular Pacific Ocean views.
The home drinks in spectacular Pacific Ocean views.

The kitchen of this eco-home offers all the mod-cons.
The kitchen of this eco-home offers all the mod-cons.

Contemporary kitchen diner

Gray worktop

Serene bedroom decor

More glorious views are enjoyed from the serenely decorated bedrooms.
More glorious views are enjoyed from the serenely decorated bedrooms.

Blue white bedroom

Guest bed

An ingenious drop down bed, which incorporates a wall display shelf, transforms a sofa space into a guest sleep space with ease.
An ingenious drop down bed, which incorporates a wall display shelf, transforms a sofa space into a guest sleep space with ease.

Guest bed design

White hallway

Freestanding bathtub

Mezzanine level

Silver light shade

Built in furniture

Sun terrace

Solar panels

The house was affectionately named the 3Palms in homage to the three long-standing mature Mexican Fan Palms that the couple wished to preserve on the property; unfortunately one of the trees had to be sacrificed in favor of essential support caissons, but a plan is in place to transplant a palm into another location on the lot, and make the place fit for its title once more.
The house was affectionately named the 3Palms in homage to the three long-standing mature Mexican Fan Palms that the couple wished to preserve on the property; unfortunately one of the trees had to be sacrificed in favor of essential support caissons, but a plan is in place to transplant a palm into another location on the lot, and make the place fit for its title once more.

Modern architecture

Car elevator

Contemporary architecture

Contemporary building

Home plan

Check out these videos as well:

Designer: Turturro Design Studio; Architect Of Record: Larry Graves; Builder: Allen Associates; Photographer: Art Streiber
References: 3 Palms Project, Dwell, Cambria

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We previously visited three spectacular Thai villas at the amazing luxury getaway on the island of Koh Samui, and we just can’t help going back for more. So, come with us once again to Thailand’s second-largest island after Phuket, as we visit yet another villa at Samujana.

Villa with pool

Situated on a serene corner plot of the luxury villa resort, the five bedroom, five bathroom holiday home is flooded with fresh contemporary luxury. An airy open plan living area spills out onto a generous sun deck where the views of natural beauty can soothe the soul. An outdoor lounge setup brings further opportunity for relaxing or entertaining in the fresh air, and a private saltwater infinity pool provides the perfect place to cool off or clock up a few laps as part of your exercise regime.
Situated on a serene corner plot of the luxury villa resort, the five bedroom, five bathroom holiday home is flooded with fresh contemporary luxury. An airy open plan living area spills out onto a generous sun deck where the views of natural beauty can soothe the soul. An outdoor lounge setup brings further opportunity for relaxing or entertaining in the fresh air, and a private saltwater infinity pool provides the perfect place to cool off or clock up a few laps as part of your exercise regime.

Stony walls soften the look of the contemporary architecture, and make the building appear more at one with the surrounding beaches and natural beauty.
Stony walls soften the look of the contemporary architecture, and make the building appear more at one with the surrounding beaches and natural beauty.

The massive sun deck basks in the view of a glorious panorama.
The massive sun deck basks in the view of a glorious panorama.

Contemporary home

Contemporary garden


The furniture and d�cor has been kept white, bright and simple throughout the vacation villa, giving the place a clean and uncomplicated look.

Each of the five huge en-suite bathrooms offer rainfall showers and modern freestanding bathtubs, along with exquisite finishes and tropical landscaped garden views.
Each of the five huge en-suite bathrooms offer rainfall showers and modern freestanding bathtubs, along with exquisite finishes and tropical landscaped garden views.

King sized contemporary platform beds fill the bedrooms, providing plenty of sleep space to stretch out in. Retractable glass doors open up the slumber zones to the great outdoors and private terraces.
King sized contemporary platform beds fill the bedrooms, providing plenty of sleep space to stretch out in. Retractable glass doors open up the slumber zones to the great outdoors and private terraces.

Modern bedroom scheme

This double vanity unit holds twin sinks for tandem washing and preening.
This double vanity unit holds twin sinks for tandem washing and preening.

Tropical garden

Retractable doors

Sun deck

Contemporary home exterior

Sun terrace

Glass balustrades have been installed around the sprawling sun deck to ensure that absolutely not one bit of the splendid view is obscured from the daily sun worshippers.
Glass balustrades have been installed around the sprawling sun deck to ensure that absolutely not one bit of the splendid view is obscured from the daily sun worshippers.

Modern home exterior

Sun deck with view

Glazed walls

Modern home

Modern architecture

Modern bedroom

Contemporary bedroom decor

Modern bathroom

White bedroom decor

White bedroom

Contemporary architecture

Chrome tap

Retractable glass doors

Live-in staff at the villa make sure that the lucky guests have everything they need in the holiday hideaway.
Live-in staff at the villa make sure that the lucky guests have everything they need in the holiday hideaway.

Contemporary villa

Contemporary bathroom scheme

White bed

Infinity swimming pool

Modern villa exterior

Private swimming pool

White lounge

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April 24, 2014

We’re exploring the ideas behind some refreshingly handy transformable spaces, from BosaSPACE™ homes, where a whole host of slide-away and fold-away furniture solutions seem to secretly fill every nook and cranny. The collection of cunningly thought-out pieces allow small open plan spaces to be utilized in several different ways, to suit the ever-changing living and entertaining needs of modern life. In a home like this, apparently nothing is what it seems…

Kitchen lounge

A seemingly compact kitchen space can open up to provide a neat desk or cozy dining spot for two, thanks to a pullout dining table that extends from a practical kitchen island.
A seemingly compact kitchen space can open up to provide a neat desk or cozy dining spot for two, thanks to a pullout dining table that extends from a practical kitchen island.

Small open plan home

The same modest kitchen-diner can then expand vastly to comfortably accommodate a large dinner party, offering a very generous eight-seat setting.
The same modest kitchen-diner can then expand vastly to comfortably accommodate a large dinner party, offering a very generous eight-seat setting.

Intergrated dining table

Neatly stackable dining chairs mean that the whole thing can be hidden away just as quickly as it appeared–though the dirty dinner dishes from eight diners may not be so quick to vanish!
Neatly stackable dining chairs mean that the whole thing can be hidden away just as quickly as it appeared–though the dirty dinner dishes from eight diners may not be so quick to vanish!

Occassional dining table

In order to make room for such a large dining area, the freestanding lounge pieces need to make their way along to into a neighboring sleep space in this particular example, but this is no problem when the queen sized bed can be folded away.
In order to make room for such a large dining area, the freestanding lounge pieces need to make their way along to into a neighboring sleep space in this particular example, but this is no problem when the queen sized bed can be folded away.

Small home solutions

The large bed can even morph into a modern sofa as an extra seating opportunity. A set of slide-away privacy doors make the amalgamation of spaces all possible, and incredibly seamless.
The large bed can even morph into a modern sofa as an extra seating opportunity. A set of slide-away privacy doors make the amalgamation of spaces all possible, and incredibly seamless.

Occassional sofas

The TV panel too can shift its locale, making the screen more viewable from either the kitchen diner or lounge area, or indeed the bedroom area when the privacy doors are opened.
The TV panel too can shift its locale, making the screen more viewable from either the kitchen diner or lounge area, or indeed the bedroom area when the privacy doors are opened.

Built in sofa

The entertainment wall even conceals another modern sofa option.
The entertainment wall even conceals another modern sofa option.

Pullout sofa

Once the party is over and it's time to hit the hay, the neat fold-out sofa can be converted into a comfortable bed to accommodate an overnight guest.
Once the party is over and it’s time to hit the hay, the neat fold-out sofa can be converted into a comfortable bed to accommodate an overnight guest.

Pullout sofa bed

Space saving beds

Fold out bed

Built in sofa bed

Pull out bed

Modern pull down bed

Small home layout plans

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