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June 22, 2018

Scandinavian style interior design is best known for its simplistic nature and monochrome look, but it’s high time for a little colour and shape. New muted colour mixes add a sense of sophistication and warmth to the minimalistic Scandi aesthetic we’ve all come to recognise and appreciate. Think russet tones, dusky coral, mellow light ochre, inky blues and sage green and you’ll be headed down the right track. This selection of three inspirational home interiors use muted moderns and bold shapes to set crisp yet cosy living scenes. Surrounding white spaces and wood tone bring balance, light and a sense of calm.

Designer: Elena Kisenko & Sergey Semkin   Visualizer: Sergey Semkin  

Inspirational interior number one benefits from an abundance of natural light through dual aspect windows. Interior light comes from a recessed ceiling design and a black swing arm wall lamp in the lounge, plus plain white pendant lights above the dining area. The room is primarily a pale neutral scheme but receives a punch of colour via an area rug with solid geometric sections of dusky coral, yellow ochre and navy blue.

Behind the sofa, a sweeping semi-circular mirror is fixed against the edge of a dividing wall. The mirror position combined with the reflection within it creates an optical illusion of a cut away–almost like a giant bite has been taken out of the wall. The mirror is backlit with white LEDs to add more emphasis.

Kitchen bar stools have an almost burgundy sheen beside a basic black u-shaped kitchen arrangement. A selection of white wall cabinets and white marble floor tiles contrast with the dark base units. A black kitchen faucet stands out against a white tile splashback. Wooden ceiling slats bring visual warmth and neatly disguise lighting beams.

The kids room is like an early spring day, with a cloudy grey sky and a little sunshine breaking through.

A Mr Fox rug adds a little whimsy to the floor area.

Shapes are introduced into this room scheme as a set of three little wall shelves. Swiss cross drawer handles in yellow decorate white closets. Two yellow accent drawers and shelves mark out the child’s desk area, which has a punchy cobalt blue kid’s chair.

Wall hooks are provided in the shape of tree wall decor.

The master bedroom is a less colourful affair, where a large amount of wood tone is used to complement a quietly rich brown and deep blue scheme. Pleasing shape has been added as an asymmetrical headboard here, which overlaps a wide floor to ceiling mirror. A slender floor lamp provides reading light at one side of the bed.

A yellow bathroom faucet breaks a monochrome colour scheme.

A recessed shower shelf has been finished in yellow to match the vanity faucet.

The home entryway stands separately in a colour all of its own.

Designer: Zrobym  

A blast of blue cuts through our second shapely interior, across a marshmallow-like cushioned couch. Traditional wainscott has been interrupted with a recessed section of blue to add modern flair.

An elliptical side table has a dual section tray top.

Another ellipse makes up the handles of the TV console unit.

Mirrors are used to increase the sense of space and light.

A modern settee provides seating on the other side of the room.

The rich brown shade of an upright piano plays harmoniously with the blue upholstery of the nearby sofa. The hues are echoed in a classic carpet.

This split concept shows the possibilities of matching the kitchen to the hue of the blue sofa, or swapping out the sofa for a grey version and installing a brown kitchen to match the piano.

This double workspace area sees the return of the ellipse shape present in the lounge. This time ellipses and circles create a floating piece of art that connects wall shelves together. Two dark swivel chairs add base notes to the light wooden setup.

A circular lighting feature hovers above the centre of two built-in kids’ beds. A russet brown storage unit stands on the walkway of the bespoke bedroom furniture, with more storage space created within the unique bed base itself.

Deeply curvaceous coving crowns the walls.

White door handles camouflage against white interior doors.

Designer: Zrobym  

Our last home is located in Minsk, Belarus, with contrasting colours and shape set over a floor area of 92.6 square metres. We’re immediately met with a sage green kitchen and a solid yellow ochre sofa in an open plan living room.

An ottoman coffee table stands in matching mellow ochre, and a TV console unit in green.

Circular artwork decorates the dining room wall with a pop of coral.

Geometric tile makes the kitchen backsplash.

Yellow ochre seating has been set into the hallway.

A floating shelf extrudes from an enormous hallway mirror.

Humorous artwork adorns the walls.

A kid’s room has the yellow and green palette carried through it.

In this home the rugs are kept completely neutral in order to blend with a wooden herringbone floor.

This slate grey bedroom is made cosy with plump cushions and a chunky cable-knit throw.

Bedside shelves are built right into the sides of the surrounding closets.

Two brown chairs sit at a window shelf that can be utilised for study or as a vanity.

A dusky vanity unit brings muted colour to a monochrome bathroom.

Diamond set tiles create an unusual zigzagged edge beneath a round bathroom mirror.

A peachy cloakroom concludes the muted colour tour.

Recommended Reading: Three Inspirational Scandinavian Interiors Achieving Pastel Perfection

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June 22, 2018

The new Cosenza Bridge in Calabria, Italy connects two sides of the city, an important project that unifies areas once detached on the banks of the Crati river.

santiago calatrava's cosenza bridge connects two sides of a calabrian city

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the structure serves more than just a useful purpose but also enhances the beauty of the city resembling a towering musical harp.

santiago calatrava cosenza bridge

The bridge extends 459 feet in length and 269 feet in height above the road. It’s most striking feature are the inclined pylon ropes rising up and above the urban landscape below.

santiago calatrava cosenza bridge

Made from steel, concrete, and natural stone, Calatrava adds a touch of his personal style to the design with the materials used while paying tribute to deceased Danish designer and visual artist Jorgen Hovelskov who created the “Viking Chair,” later titled the “Harp Chair,” in the early 60’s.
Jorgen Hovelskov Harp Chair

The ascending pylon is made of slender steel and draws the gaze upward.

santiago calatrava cosenza bridgeThe lighting complements the design by creating a “carpet of light,” illuminating the bridge 24 hours a day.  Lighting designers, Zumtobel Group, used energy saving LED technology for visual comfort and aesthetics.  Additionally, LED lights were placed into the lower part of the railings.

santiago calatrava cosenza bridge

Future plans for the Cosenza bridge design include a steel and glass-covered shelter for pedestrians on the riverbank closest to the pylon.


June 22, 2018

You’ve got just one wall on which to set a run of kitchen cabinets… doesn’t really set the creative juices flowing – or does it? One wall kitchen designs often require us to get even more creative with our space to ensure that every culinary need is met in an arrangement that suits our personal style. The one wall kitchens in this collection each bring a unique flavour to the table and explore different layouts. Yes we did say layouts, because even though these kitchen ideas follow a straight run, there are multiple ways in which to situate appliances and accessories, plus accompanying kitchen islands and dining areas.

Designer: Kant-architecten   Photographer: Stijn Vereeken  

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest kitchen of all? Two mirror fronted cooking appliances are wall mounted above the counter in this single wall kitchen. Their reflective surface helps the large items to blend with a white wall. A single wall shelf runs the remaining length of the kitchen, with a track on its underside on which to hook a kitchen roll holder, a knife block and other kitchen accessories. The shelf itself is dressed with a considered collection of decorative items and cook books. A kitchen extractor unit is set flush into the ceiling above the stove to keep the look open and airy.

Source: Ikea  

Chalk it up to experience. A previous bad choice of wall cabinets can be given an easy fix with a lick of chalkboard paint or some chalkboard vinyl sheets. Doubling up the use of the cabinets like this is a particularly great idea for a small one wall kitchen layout since wall space is limited. Draw up the weekly menu, the kids after school class schedule, or just get creative with some temporary artwork.

Visualizer: Tharik Mohammed  

If your one available kitchen wall just isn’t long enough, look up. Make use of high ceilings by installing a double run of wall units to increase your storage space. The highest, less accessible units can be used for storing seasonal and occasional items. If you like the look of this space then check out these other industrial style kitchens.

Visualizer: aTng 糖 & Dunqiang Chen  

A plus point for a single wall of kitchen units is that the plumbing job is made much simpler with one straight run of pipework. This apartment has the kitchen and bathroom vanity as one continuous arrangement for this reason.

Visualizer: Ollii Mi  

Open kitchen shelving can make a narrow space feel wider. Check out the way the kitchen shelves in this room create a unique divide in the backsplash.

Visualizer: Natalia Okolus  

The shelves in this kitchen hold a hundred different items, from indoor herb planters and crates to storage boxes, crockery and mixing bowls. There is a lot on display here, but a cohesive look is achieved by only selecting items of a peach, mint, wood or white colourway.

Visualizer: Grits Creative Group  

Break up a flat line of units with changing cabinet facias. These wooden sections add bags of visual interest to slab fronted cabinets.

Visualizer: Dina Kuzmenko  

Add a wow factor backsplash. A plain run of cabinets can take on an entirely new personality when teamed with a highly patterned colourful backsplash.

Visualizer: Ilkin Gurbanov  

Compose a clash of colours with bold cabinets and appliances, like this combo of green units, red oven and yellow refrigerator.

Visualizer: PLASTERLINA  

Fashion one solid colour block in the middle of your one wall kitchen to break the line.

Designer: Oksana Dolgopiatova  

Add a border of matching colour. The wall behind this green kitchen is painted the same dark shade, and the paintwork extends along the side wall to line up with the depth of the units.

Designer: Danny Broe Architect  

Find inspiration for a mixed colour scheme in nature. Muted green and blue cabinets meet an unexpected flash of vibrant yellow in this scheme – a colour palette surely inspired by a vista of frosty grass, wispy sky and morning sunshine.

Visualizer: Nikola Kungulovski  

Use large areas of stark contrast to create high impact decor. This solid yellow kitchen sits at the back of an entirely black dining room.

Visualizer: WISP Architects  

If you can’t have an L-shaped kitchen, create an L-shaped design. Knock back the look of wall units by selecting them in a dark colour, whilst arranging a tower of larder units and a horizon of base cabinets in a light finish.

Visualizer: Ihor Bednarchyk  

Unique kitchen pendant lights add glamour and curve to a straight design. This one wall kitchen with island has the pendants suspended in the centre of the room, but you could use them in a similar way over a kitchen sink and prep area. A breakfast bar can be created at the end of a single run of cabinets too, in lieu of a peninsula, by extending the countertop and adding a couple of kitchen bar stools.

Designer: Yael Perry  

Add a little life. A white kitchen always looks clean and fresh but can be a little sterile. If jarring colour and pattern isn’t your thing, then how about a few indoor plants to liven things up.

Designer: Piotr Matuszek & Gosia Czarny  

This minimalist kitchen disappears into the backdrop of an open plan living room.

Visualizer: Juanca Lagares  

Camouflaging a kitchen with the decor can be beneficial in a very small space.

Visualizer: Dmitriy Kurganov  

An outer framework holds a kitchen as a separate entity from the rest of the room.

Visualizer: Lera Brumina  

Use your kitchen to create a frame for your dining spot, like this symmetrical black and white kitchen design.

Visualizer: Leman A  

Another beautiful example of cabinet symmetry, this time in black and wood.

Visualizer: A&L Interior Design  

Although technically not a one wall kitchen, this subsequent black and wood kitchen design illustrates how the glow of a single strip light can crisply highlight a straight run.

Visualizer: Kyde Architects  

Shh, it’s a secret! If it wasn’t for the integrated oven, you could pass this row of cabinets and not know there was a kitchen there at all. Bifold doors retract to reveal a concealed grey kitchen complete with sink and hob.

Visualizer: Room Design Buro  

Lighting isn’t just for underneath cabinets, it can be used to create a welcoming glow along the top of units too.

Designer: Nicolaj Bo  

Hot zone your backsplashes. If you’re neat with your prep – ie. you don’t make a habit of splattering cake mix or smoothie juice up the wall – you could get away with just a couple of dedicated tiled areas around the stove and the sink. A smaller area of tiles means that you could opt for those high end, high price tag beauties you’ve had your eye on.

Visualizer: Timothy Vishnjakov  

Trolleys aren’t just for supermarkets. Increase your worktop area and storage by getting yourself a kitchen cart. Since they’re on wheels, you can easily move them around the room whenever and wherever needed.

Designer: Ace Of Space  

If you’re worktop is situated under the eaves like in this grey and white kitchen, don’t stop wall cabinets short of the slope. Consider having bespoke cabinets fitted right into the waning wall to maximise your storage space.

Designer: Unicum Buro   Visualizer: Yurii Hrytsenko  

Downsize appliances in small kitchens. This tiny one wall kitchen has a half-size hob to free up more prep space on the countertop.

Visualizer: Andriy Maheha  

Another kitchen with a half-size stove.

Visualizer: Filip Sapojnicov  

Peekaboo! The cabinets in this modern kitchen have tiny windows cut into the doors – handy as a neat little reminder of the contents without putting the whole messy lot on show.

Visualizer: Stanislav Borozdinskiy  

Less is more. If you’ve fallen in love with a huge piece of statement lighting to hang over an accompanying dining area, then a plain wall cabinets could be the way to go.

Visualizer: Thao Nguyen  

Louvre doors can add subtle interest to a plain white kitchen. A contrasting black extractor hood makes a nice finishing touch too.

Visualizer: Andriushchenko Alina  

If taking wall cupboards and shelves up to lofty heights like in this towering black kitchen, you might want to keep a ladder at hand.

Visualizer: Alex Dorokin  

This bright and breezy Scandinavian style kitchen plays up to the copious amounts of natural light from a generous window.

Visualizer: Ilkin Gurbanov  

Add rustic charm with a Belfast sink.

Source: Socooc  

An integrated microwave saves bench space.

Visualizer: Mikael Saikkonen  

A wood dining set warms the look of this single wall blue kitchen.

Designer: Atelier Daaa  

Wooden base cabinets make a calming combination with blue wall cabinets, even with an edgy tile addition. Use wood tone accessories to bridge the gap between, like wood cutting boards or a wooden fruit bowl.

Visualizer: Zrobym  

Install a unique kitchen backsplash to strike a stripe of colour across a straight layout.

Designer: Helen Baranova   Visualizer: Vitaliy Bozhenov  

If you’re lucky enough to have a deep set window by your kitchen, then transforming the depth of the sill into a window seat can give a straight and narrow kitchen a more L-shaped appearance. Use the same material to create the bench as is used for the kitchen cabinets to make them link. The window seat can even become a banquette bench to increase the amount of seating at a small dining suite.

Visualizer: Nenad Jovanic  

A vertical stripe feature draws attention to an impressive ceiling height.

Visualizer: Afina Portobello  

Use an accent colour to paint the inside of a box shelf, or the space above the wall cabinets.

Visualizer: Michał Bartecki  

Use tiles to colour things happy.

Visualizer: MKCA  

Fashion a display case like this unusual little gallery box.

Visualizer: Patricia Bagienski  

Be playful with a two-tone arrangement. This elevated single wall kitchen with island uses horizontal volumes of wood and white to paint a pattern of stripes.

Visualizer: Phil Ryan  

Shine it up with a stainless steel backsplash.

Designer: Elena Ivanova  

Go glamorous with gold on grey.

Visualizer: Alvaro Cappa  

Make a colour cluster. A grouping of yellow cabinets and shelves float an eye-catching cluster of colour over shadowy black wenge wood units.

Visualizer: ArchiCGI  

Like Russian nesting dolls? How about nesting cupboards? This arrangement of kitchen cabinets is set within a bigger installation of home storage units. Keep colours completely contrasting to properly separate the layers.

Visualizer: The Render  

Revel in all that is rustic. This modern rustic kitchen uses a combination of wood tones to achieve an interesting layered look. Raw wood grain peeps out from open fronted cabinets and around side panels, whilst grey wood tone spans all of the doors. Grey veined marble tiles follow suit along the backsplash, and raw concrete washes over the floor.

1. Kitchen canister set 2. Fruit kitchen wall clock 3. Kitchen trash can with step lid 4. Kyocera ceramic white knife set 5. Delta faucet with magnetic docking spray 6. Kitchen pendants 7. Nesting bowl set 8. Modway kitchen stool 9. Swan ladle

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June 22, 2018

A new contemporary art museum, Taizhou, is nearing completion in the Zhejiang province of China. The large concrete building was restructured by Shanghai-based firm Atelier Deshaus. In addition to the exterior makeover of the building, the interiors were renovated and redesigned featuring 8 exhibition rooms.

taizhou contemporary art museum by atelier deshaus nears completion in china

The museum will serve as part of a cultural destination project in collaboration with other converted factories and warehouses.

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum

Taizhou  occupies a total area of 26,371 square feet. The brutalist architectural design is massive and made of concrete while maintaining its natural color and raw appearance.


Cut-out shapes and protruding ridges in a wavy formation add to the designs aesthetic, breaking up the monotony of the rigid and rectangular fortress-like tower.

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum

Inside, the barrel vault ceilings are to be integrated with lighting and the floors are adjacent and staggered creating a unique spatial sequence.

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum

Through the main entrance, museum guests enter a lobby which connects to an external communal space. The spacious lobby is created to host public events and includes both a café and an art store.

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum


Access to the exhibition rooms is designed so that guests will follow a spiral pattern until finally reaching the main exhibition room.  Once reaching the top, there is a scenic and clear view of the nearby mountain range.

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum

atelier deshaus taizhou contemporary art museum

As the centerpiece of the destination, the Taizhou contemporary art museum aims to bring the community together and to attract visitors from near and far.

June 22, 2018

Neutral Scandinavian style makes for a crisp and clean looking interior, but how about injecting a cool Scandi decor scheme with playful flashes of bright blue and pastel pink? This private home, designed by Bo/Sko, introduces unexpected pops of pink and blue to add warmth and depth to a predominantly white and woodtone scheme. The modern open plan living room, kids rooms, master suite, bathrooms, kitchen and double workspace all use a mix of blue or pink with white and black backdrops to achieve very different effects. The same colours used in changing amounts evoke an interesting change in atmosphere as we enter each part of the home.

Photographer: Kroniki  

The wall behind a mid century style sofa, and the ceiling above it, have been made into a one smooth wooden feature. The wooden surround helps to visually separate the lounge from the rest of the open plan living space. The indoor plant is potted in a hessian bag which matches the natural tone of the wood clad wall and ceiling.

A single black swing arm wall lamp decorates the light wood slab feature wall, providing task lighting over the grey upholstered sofa. An assortment of scatter cushion covers gives the seating a more casual look. One of the pillows is covered with a bale of hay photographic print, which ties in with the natural tones in the room.

A duo of round coffee tables stand on a black and white animal hide rug. Their tray tops are filled with a selection of coffee table books, a decorative vase and a scented candle that gives us the first tiny hint of pink in the room.

Opposite the sofa, the TV wall is situated right under the staircase. Bespoke under stair storage units have been built to fit flush inside the triangular area so that not an inch of space is wasted. To the left of the flat screen television, a narrow chimney breast has been painted a rosy shade of pink. A modern wood burning stove is recessed into the chimney breast for a simple flat finish.

Beside the fireplace a tall cubby acts as firewood storage space, behind the fronds of a large potted house plant.

Unique staircase spindles stretch all the wall from the base of the stair treads up to living room ceiling height. The wooden spindles are randomly spaced with a scattered white block design peppering the gaps. A plain concrete floor fills the entire downstairs area of the home.

The home entryway has been clad in the same wood as used behind the sofa, with the largest panel transformed into a huge pegboard. The pegs in it are utilised as shelf brackets and hallway wall hooks for bags and coat hangers. A modern stool sits by it to provide a place to sit whilst putting on shoes. A casually propped work of modern art brings the pink and blue colour story right to the front door.

The narrow shelves of the pegboard wall are just substantial enough to hold a set of keys, or a couple of small decorative knick-knacks like this wooden mannequin and ceramic pot.

A contemporary wood and white dining table chair combination fills the dining area of the home. Two Scandinavian style vases make a simple table centrepiece.

A fox art wall decal snuggles within a house shaped bed frame. String lights are wrapped around the pitched roof, making a soft twinkly night light for bedtime.

House shaped wall shelves line up in a row along one bedroom wall, beneath a leaping fox wall decal.

Placed in one corner, a modern outdoor chair and Scandinavian style tray table have been paired to create a casual reading nook. The Acapulco chair has been made more cosy with the addition of a faux fur mat and cushion. The criss-cross cushion cover complements the subtle pattern of the wallpaper behind.

The master bedroom suite is a far darker affair than the rest of the home interior. The black bedroom has a brown-black wood headboard wall where a black padded headboard is strung up on hooks.

A small modern wall sconce is located at each side of the cushioned headboard, leaving the bedside shelving surfaces free to hold other things. The interiors of the bedside units are bright blue to cut through the darkness of the bedroom feature wall. A haze of blue also washes over the starscape duvet cover on the bed.

A slice of blue surrounds the doorway to an ensuite master bathroom, marking the end of the dark bedroom decor.

Another hessian planter brings back some natural tone in the bathroom. The rest of the bathroom scheme is a bold combination of black wood and white tile.

A second bathroom holds a pink vanity unit in a monochrome scheme.

Double workspaces are becoming the norm in modern households. This space has been given a little personality by swapping a drawer from each desk cabinet to create a checkerboard pattern.

The home office bookcase has a number of concealed storage spaces mixed in with the stack to house less attractive office supplies. A black step ladder is on hand to reach the higher volumes.

Fox wall art returns in this kids’ space, with a furry friend scurrying up some kids’ storage cubes.

A kids’ climbing wall leads to a hideout bunk.

Bright blue kitchen decor perfectly matches the double banked wall units. Black kitchen bar stools add a base note to the airy blue and white scheme.

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June 22, 2018

Based in Round Top, Texas and made from repurposed shipping containers, Flophouze created a hotel for guests to stay in 1 of the 6 alternative living homes to experience before they decide to buy or create one for themselves.

eco-chic shipping container hotel lets you try before you buy your own

Potential buyers have the opportunity to choose from one of the models they reside in for the night or the can take advantage of the turn-key service offered which allows potential buyers to create their own model working within the size and dimensions of the shipping containers accessible.

Like the comfort of any home or hotel, the models feature a living room, kitchen, bedroom and a bathroom. It’s a clever use of upcycling and interior designing within a small space. The interior of each container uses sustainable wood harvested from the company’s farm in upstate New York.

The windows are reclaimed from a school in Philadelphia that was contracted for demolition. The kitchen cabinets are salvaged from a laboratory in Brooklyn.  In combination with the sustainable materials used, the design motif is rustic with a touch of boho-chic and western-inspired aesthetic.

Guests of the hotel can enjoy amenities such as charging stations for electric vehicles and communal areas such as outdoor fire pits and hammocks.

A stay in one of the six models starts at $175 per night, the cost of the buying and the cost of designing your own varies.

The shipping container hotel is an innovative idea in encouraging the creation of alternative homes and living spaces. The use of repurposed shipping container homes built with reclaimed and upcycled materials is brilliant for the purpose of conservation. For the buyer, adding one of these eco-friendly homes to a plot of land will keep costs down providing more time for travel and a simpler way of living.

June 22, 2018

Creating a beautiful home with an array of color is hard enough, but what about working with a neutral color palette? Suddenly the right hues become imperative and the shape of furniture and accessories has extreme impact. Yes, all these things are important when designing multi-colored rooms too, but they take on extra responsibility in the world of neutrals. Don’t fret though, the challenge is worth the reward. Execute your design correctly and you will create elegant haven that will have everyone in awe. Kind of like these two contemporary homes by Dezest and Khani Design. We certainly couldn’t get enough!

Visualizer: Dezest  

This cozy home with it’s neutral color palette has been labelled “The House of Light” and we can definitely see why. In this open-concept design we can spot at least 6 different light sources and that doesn’t even include the dreamy floor to ceiling picture window! The large gray sectional offset by the extra long end table makes the perfect place to lounge after a long day.

A charmingly chaotic chandelier makes sure there is nothing bland about this breakfast bar. The white marble flooring paired with the natural wood counter top is a match made in heaven.

The white sculptural chandelier is a true show stopper in this sleek, minimalist dining room. A modern chandelier can take a room’s design to the next level, so if you are looking for a little extra something, be sure to checkout our article 45 Beautiful Modern Chandeliers.

Small details like the illuminated, built in bookcase are what take “The House of Light” to a whole new level. The mid-century modern Gubi Beetle chairs are particularly stunning in this room, adding a much needed subtle contrast.

The soft curve of the trio of bar stools throw in shape variance to an otherwise straight edged room. A simple addition, yet highly poignant.

Glass covered built-ins harbor a luxurious aura that instantly creates visual interest in the far corner of the living room.

More fabulous built-ins with integrated lighting are featured within this elegant bedroom. The decorative rug and plush headboard give the room an extra touch of comfort and modern charm.

The sleek pendant lights are an ambient gem hanging in front of the oversized headboard. Not only do they provide a soft luminosity to the entire bedroom, but they are also a great way to keep the bedside table clutter free.

A white color scheme has been expertly executed in this contemporary bathroom. The round mirror with the textured surrounding give the space a modern flare.

The simple desk highlighted by the arctic white, Scandinavian style chair is the definition of minimalist elegance in this playful bedroom. The designer table lamp you see in this modern workspace is the Seletti Mouse Lamp.

Perched on the contrasting birch tree wall paper, we couldn’t help but notice the unique owl lamp. Love these majestic birds as much as we do? Don’t miss our article featuring the best owl decor.

String lights aren’t just for Christmas anymore! We think these lights are an ingeniously fun and simple way to illuminate a bedroom. We adore the way they highlight the modern white kids’ beds.

I think we found storage heaven. The floor to ceiling built ins add tons of wardrobe space and look amazingly sleek while doing it.

Twinkle twinkle little star, modern and playful is what you are. The gold star wallpaper, simple wall art, and herringbone carpet make this kid’s room absolute perfection.

As sheer curtains create a feminine feel around the reading nook, the balloon lamps weave in a bit of whimsy and imagination above the desk. A great mix of elements that create this cozy haven.

An illuminated light strip, floor lamp, and lots of throw pillows beg for someone to use this cozy reading nook. Mr. Bear and little bear sure look ready for storytime.

A full view of this minimalist kid’s room shows that this is a small room with a powerful design. Every inch has been thoughtfully utilized.

The marble floors that you saw earlier in the kitchen carry on to this side of the house to knit the whole floor plan together. We noticed that trees and other potted plants were strung throughout this home’s design, which we think beautifully enhanced the fresh and youthful design aesthetic.

Visualizer: Khani Design  

From the quirky monkey lamps to the oversized gray sectional, design elements both big and small have clearly been well thought out throughout this chic home. It is no wonder that this contemporary showpiece is said to have had the working title, “Perfectionist House”.

Much like the “House of Light”, houseplants have also been integrated in to this design. We like that they offer up a smidge of color, without overwhelming the neutral color scheme.

Modern track lighting, oversized floor to ceiling windows, and a cozy fireplace create multiple light sources in the living room. The partial wall is a great add-in as it provides a space for both the fireplace and flat screen without inhibiting the open-concept layout.

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, let’s light up those candlesticks! Candles are an inexpensive way to add ambient lighting to a room. Candlesticks specifically provide a luxurious touch.

A clear view of the elegance and beauty of the oversized windows. They make the living room feel more expansive by providing not only a view of the outdoors, but also a flush of natural light.

The asymmetric coffee table adds both ample table space and an edgy charm to this living room. For more modern and unique coffee tables, be sure to checkout our expertly curated list of 50 Modern Coffee Tables.

Finally! A great view of those Seletti Monkey Lamps. We love their quirky charm as they contrast against the rocky accent wall.

On the other side of the fireplace wall, we find the dining room. The silver chairs paired with the minimalist black dining room table contribute to the room’s slight industrial vibe. We adore the small touches in this home and the terrarium-like centerpiece is no exception.

If a chair can be simple, yet intricate, the Platner style chair perfectly fits the bill! The sleek curves are especially scrumptious on this classic mid-century chair. The original is available here.

The black track lighting over the kitchen table is understated and modern. The perfect combination for a contemporary dining room.

The dramatic dark island contrasting against the clean white cupboards is a dynamic treat in this simple kitchen.

Flush to the wall cupboards create the ultimate minimalist kitchen. Where the use of a unique stainless steel hood range produces a much needed, unexpected visual element to the room.

This serene piece of nature brought indoors creates the perfect place to sip a glass of wine and read a good book. The intricate garden chair and globe lights only enhance the cozy utopian vibe of this indoor greenspace.

An unexpected staircase design highlighted by built-in wall lighting. The way that the light dances off the high shine stairs is practically mesmerizing.

Another view of the unique staircase design. A low-maintenance house plant has been thoughtfully nestled in to this otherwise unused space.

With a different view, we can see the built-in lighting tucked underneath each stair. This not only adds a level of luxury to the staircase, but it also doubles as stylish safety feature.

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June 22, 2018

Breakfast can be just as savory as any other meal of the day. Turn your standard egg omelette into a delectable entree by adding a few gourmet ingredients to the mix.


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What You’ll Need: 

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of goat cheese
  • 2 1/2 tbsps fig spread
  • 2 – 3 cups of kale
  • 1 – 2 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 -2 tsps canola oil
  • Spoon (preferably wooden)
  • Spatula
  • Spices (himalayan pink salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic powder)

Thinly slice or mince 1-2 garlic cloves. On medium heat, place a skillet on your stove and add 1 tsp of canola oil. Allow the oil to heat for less than 1 minute. Add garlic cloves. Allow to saute until slightly golden. Add kale to the skillet. Pour red wine vinegar and balsamic vinaigrette into the skillet. Mix with a spoon (preferably wooden).


Next, add water to the skillet. Season to your taste with pink salt, pepper and garlic powder. I recommend only a few pinches of salt because the vinegar will add to the flavor. Mix gently. Also be light on the pepper and garlic powder as you don’t want the taste to be overpowering and you want the flavor of the kale. Place a lid over the skillet.

Allow to simmer for a few minutes, You can mix as it simmers. Usually when cooking kale you don’t want it to be too soggy. The consistency should have a light crunch to it but not undercooked to where it is leafy but not overcooked to where it is chewy. The same goes for this dish similar to the the consistency of a broccoli rabe.  Trust me, it sounds more complicated than it is. It’s simmering, so you can do a taste test throughout the process.

Note: You will be adding the kale to the eggs in a bit so it a little less time in the simmering phase than if you were eating it as is.

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When your kale is ready. Take the lid off and place to the side. Because it was already on a very low heat and the lid is off, it won’t continue to cook for much longer on the skillet.

Place another skillet on the stove at medium heat. Add a tbsp of canola oil. Allow to heat briefly. Add eggs to the skillet and mix to scramble them with a wooden spoon. While they are still runny, add your kale to the skillet. Season a little more with spices but very lightly as you already seasoned your kale. Use the wooden spoon to mix the ingredients together.

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Just before your eggs are ready to come off the skillet. Add fig spread and mix.

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Then add goat cheese. Goat cheese is soft and sticky.  You don’t have to use the full 1/2 cup. Add 1 – 2 tbsps then work your way from there. You still have to do this quickly as cheese melts fast but you will get the idea once you begin. You can choose to thoroughly mix the goat cheese in with the ingredients or you can slightly mix leaving a nice layer on the top.

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The goat cheese will melt quickly, this is why it’s best to put on last – immediately before removing from the skillet to serve!

Bon Appetit! 




June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018

If you love to embrace the life-affirming beauty of plants and warmth of natural wood in your home, and you dig the cool laid back vibe of the boho style, then these nature loving Boho interiors could be right up your style street. Find wicker based furniture, rattan home accessories and natural rugs, cane covered ceilings, lush plants and green accents. We bring you a cool concrete based take on the style from rustic Romania, and a more sumptuous situation from Israel. Whichever end of the spectrum you draw your alternative interior inspiration from, there is a boho bag of tricks here to inspire you.

Designer: Bogdan Ciocodeica Studio   Visualizer: Vizline Studio  

The first of our two modern boho chic homes is an apartment in Romania. The living area is a modern vision of raw concrete walls and floors, and bespoke concrete furniture designs. Wicker pendant lights, rattan home accessories and a round natural woven area rug warm the look of the cool grey surrounds.

A large round wall mirror echoes the shape of the black wicker coffee table set and the natural circular rug.

The open flames of a modern rustic fireplace disappear up an industrial style chimney. A store of chopped logs inhabit a shelf in the purpose built concrete hearth.

A simple fruit bowl is set at one side of the open weave modern coffee tables.

More rattan enters the home in the shape of modern accent chairs and lidded storage baskets.

Indoor plants bring in a breath of fresh greenery, like this natural beauty flourishing in a unique plant stand.

More sprigs of greenery pop up in the dining area and along the open kitchen shelving.

A pale wicker dining pendant light is suspended low over a chunky concrete round dining table.

SIx pale wood chairs complete the unusual dining set combination.

Copper bedroom pendant lights bring heat to a concrete and light wood bedroom decor scheme.

The bed is raised up on a bespoke concrete platform base. Grey bed linen ties in with the stony scheme.

A unique pitcher stands tall and elegant on a solid wood rustic nightstand.

Designer: Anova Interior Design   Visualizer: Stanislav Ananev & Tanya Vorobyeva  

Our second bohemian beauty is a villa in Israel. This one is a more vibrant affair, both in colour and accessorising, although we still witness raw concrete decor making an appearance. Many rattan pieces grace the space, though there is also an uptake of solid wooden pieces, like this low rectangular coffee table and the unique ceiling fan.

The wooden ceiling fan is suspended from a cane ceiling, where lengths of cane have been arranged in alternating diagonal line within solid wood framework.

Golden wicker art is arranged over a textured red feature wall behind the sofa. Green scatter cushions on the white sofa contrast vibrantly with the rouge hue.

Indoor plants match with the green soft furnishings in the room. Solid wooden flooring inherits the deep reddish tone from the wall behind the sofa.

A large white area rug keeps the look uplifting and fresh. The sculptural chair that you see is the Hans Wegner Circle Chair replica.

Chevron pattern tile backs a built-in bar area in the living room.

Rich golden accents stand out against the airy blue-green and white backdrop.

A sophisticated scheme awaits inside the bedroom.

A dark teak console table holds a menagerie of treasured objects beneath a decorative mirror.

One of the items on top of the console table is the mischievous looking Seletti Monkey Lamp.

The red toned Mahogany floors continue in from the main living area, and a rich wood tower climbs the headboard feature wall too. The lantern-like bedroom pendant lights that flank the headboard feature seem to be the Ikea Sinnerlig.

Two different species of bushy indoor plant stand at the bedside windows.

The feature wall holds a surprise. The wood panels slide open to reveal a beautiful ceramic decorative piece. The panels cover the windows for some added privacy as well.

A deep green bed runner and bedroom rug.

The bedside tables are kept simple so as not to overwork the lavish scheme.

The bed and bedclothes are light to create a lift at the centre of the dark decor.

The cane ceiling makes a comeback over the sleepspace too.

A rustic media console unit stands at the base of the bedroom TV wall.

The bedroom TV wall decor adopts the same red from the sofa wall in the living room.

Living walls of vivid greenery flank the sides of a double sink bathroom vanity. A floor of pebbles links the natural frame around the dual wash area.

A luxurious modern waterfall shower is confined to a cubicle, but the rest of the bathroom is open to the beauty of the elements. Rustic wooden beams cross the room at ceiling height with no solid rooftop overhead. Blue skies and sunlight shine through.

A bathtub is situated for a bather to bask in the sun’s rays, surrounded by natural fronds, on a bed of white pebbles. A set of two side tables hold a selection of exotic toiletries in the luxury bathroom.

Aerated water jets in the tub bring the spa experience.

Natural sunlight overhead, tropical plant fronds all around, and pebbles on the ground give the experience of bathing or showering in the great outdoors. High walls provide the privacy needed to relax and unwind.

Retractable glass doors give view to a modern home exterior.

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June 22, 2018

Dutch architecture studio, UNStudio by Ben van Berkel designed a mobile pavilion for rest, retreat and relaxation.

The concept is part of the Revolution Precrafted Pavilion Series. The collection features a variety of structures designed to accommodate different purposes and to complement existing spaces.  The pavilions are constructed using strands of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The entire project was developed digitally beforehand until it was handwoven by expert craftsmen.

The featured pavilion, Ellipsicoon, is a detached, secluded space for solitary moments of rest, reading, contemplation. The structure resembles a giant seed or cocoon-like theater with wrap around seating for conversation and communication. The rounded edges taper inwards as they rise and blend the external world with the interior space. The digital prototype looks similar to a wooden roller coaster.  Once inside, the fluid contouring of the seating areas are both separate and together contained in one space.

“I have long been interested in exploring spaces which extend function to replace the reality of the everyday with the potential for more nuanced, reflective experiences,” explains Ben van Berkel, founder and principal architect of UNStudio.

“The Ellipsicoon offers a place of temporary disengagement, where the practicalities, duties and interruptions of daily life can momentarily fade and the imagination can take over.”


June 22, 2018

Not only is this Scandinavian style apartment layered with elements of gorgeous green home decor, but living greenery thrives here too. The apartment has no actual garden to speak of, and instead looks out high above city views of St.Petersburg. Lack of outdoor space is common at inner city homes, but it doesn’t stop a homeowner hankering for all that is natural and life-affirming. A few indoor plants can make a flourish but visualiser Nikolay Limansky has also brought in an illuminated living wall that gives the illusion of a garden window, patterned green tile that hints at grassy pastures underfoot and graphic green horizons.

A zen message sets the tone in the living room from Inhale-Exhale art prints over the sofa. The sofa is upholstered in an energised shade of green, and accessorised with geometric scatter cushions. A copper floor lamp, which is the Adesso lamp, complements the green decor in the room. The lush living wall is lit from within a wooden frame that’s crossed by slats; the combination gives the effect of a courtyard window. The modern coffee table is a Live edge one, which adds to the garden feel.

Large armchairs would eat up to much of the floor space in this apartment, and block out too much daylight from the windows. Instead, a modern accent chair has been placed at each end. The modern chandelier has a copper stem to match the reading lamp.

A marbled rug looks organic at floor level.

Corner shelving has been layered with an abundance of cascading hanging plants and cacti.

A table lamp sheds light over a pretty tray of indoor plants and decorative candles. An interior window lets light flow freely from one space to the next.

On the other side of the interior window, a breakfast bar faces the glass. Four small white pendant lights are suspended at different lengths over the wooden countertop to add interest. A grey and wood dining table chair combination stands in an elegant set of four at the centre of the same room, matching a raw grey concrete feature wall.

The central formal dining spot is crowned with a cluster of three dining pendant lights. A block of succulent planters fill each window sill, adding a row of greenery to a grey urban rooftop view.

Sprigs of greenery and a simple fruit bowl decorate the rustic live-edge breakfast bar. An L-shaped kitchen runs around the two solid walls of the room. At one end of the units, a bank of shelving contains a selection of spices and dry foods in uniform glass jars, lit by the dedicated glow of LED strip lighting.

A bright green kitchen backsplash cuts between white kitchen cabinets.

Natural light spills through a large window onto floor tiles that have delicate green and white pattern, like a daisy sprinkled lawn. Window frames and a bench seat are of a soft green colourway too. Scatter cushions are a deep water blue, and wooden wall decor represents the trees.

A set of simple wall shelves make the room into a reading nook.

On a covered-in balcony, hanging planters drape greenery above a modern outdoor chair, their tendrils tumbling down a full length white window curtain. A selection of textured planters and tealight holders make another pretty display.

Mirrored closet doors reflect a walk-in wardrobe on the opposite side of the entrance to the bedroom.

An L-shaped closet system neatly divides garments and accessories into hanging rail sections, garment shelves, concealed drawers and accessory cubbies.

The walk-in closet is divided from the main sleeping area by a wooden slatted wall; the remaining bedroom space fits a double bed cosily. Two slimline copper bedroom pendant lights are suspended over small bedside shelves.

A tree mural creates a sense of space and freshness from the great outdoors over the headboard feature wall. From behind the wooden headboard, LED strip lights cast a glow at the base of the pictured tree trunks, like the setting sun on the horizon.

The open slatted design of the closet wall allows natural light from the windows to flow through.

A long makeup vanity offers two mirrored spots to sit at, though one side is being put to use as a computer desk. A flat screen TV occupies the space inbetween.

We find another double workspace inside the kids’ bedroom. Two desktop computers occupy the worktop, which leads directly into a shelving unit. Other shelves, two chests of drawers and several cupboards complete a bespoke storage wall all set to tame a double haul of toys, books and belongings. For more ideas, check out these shared kids’ rooms.

Matching desk chairs sit at the wooden worktop.

A striking kids’ chalkboard wall has been fashioned by mounting a zigzag of wooden beading from floor to ceiling, then filling one side of the divided wall with blackboard paint.

The storage units are finished in mint green, with a wood clad television nook.

A kids’ gym is fixed by unique bunk beds.

Stairs to the top bunk double as storage; a wooden map on the side makes fun and educational kid’s decor.

A boat mural brings the kids’ wall decor to life.

Calming neutrals surround a bathroom vanity.

A horizon of green hills and grey mountains climb behind the tub.

Decorative vases add a flourish of blossom and leaves.

This second shower room follows the same green, white and grey palette.

Copper accents add a luxurious sheen.

A green interior door blends with the scheme.

The shower doors have stand-out framing, like the interior windows in the living area.

Rather than camouflaging with the light wall, rich wood doors become a design feature.

An adjacent feature wall adds eye-catching chevron pattern in wood tones.

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June 22, 2018

MINI LIVING – Built by All is an art installation and architectural display demonstrating the use of space in a creative way showcased at Milan Design Week 2018.

The installation is a medley of colors and shapes with various functions. The design is a collaboration between MINI LIVING and Studiomama.

The Built by All installation is reminiscent of Polly Pocket or a Barbie fold out home, where living space addresses all the necessities and personal interest of the individual contained with a micro-neighborhood. It addressed the importance of the individual and the neighborhood simultaneously.

The installation was created in a formerly empty warehouse showing full size versions of the models showcased at design week. It reaffirmed the concept of close collaboration.

The translucent living unit come in four colors, which both contrast and complement one another. The living units are only 15 to 20 sqm made using a variety of geometric shapes, bright colors and materials. Each living unit shows a different personality designed and built relative to the individual inhabiting them.  Residents could enjoy private and personalized spaces in a collective atmosphere. The neighborhood had common areas such as a kitchen, atrium, garden and outdoor gym where individuals could come together in a communal environment.

A creative room, adjacent to the living units, called “Factory of Ideas,” emphasized the need for close collaboration between residents, architects and designers.

This exploratory area was designed to engage the public to create their own visions of a micro-living space.  They were giving even smaller versions, conceptual models, which could be built using pieces of wood, metal and even marble.

Once completed, each were given their own shelf to showcase their creations. A conceptual model micro-living unit contained within a Symbolizing a constantly expanding micro-neighborhood itself.




June 22, 2018

When imagining the dream kitchen, that dream for many will include a central kitchen island. The image of a independent block of units, standing bold as brass out in the middle of your floor just has a good old dose of drama about it. The grand notion could be conjured because a larger space is typically required to accommodate such a piece, or maybe it’s the show-off chef in you that would like an audience gathered round. Whatever makes them magic for you, this collection has modern kitchen island designs with colourful cut-throughs, table extensions, open shelving, futuristic geometric carving and plenty of punchy pendant lighting.

Visualizer: Kayan Design Studio & Identity Code  

Give your show-stopper a stripe of honour. The work surface of this white kitchen island is elevated away from the base units by a stripe of shelving. It’s at this midsection that a flash of bright yellow emerges to form a low table at one end. The yellow accent is picked out in other areas of the kitchen too, such as a single slender unit front, a section of backsplash and on the window frame.

Visualizer: Delta Tracing  

Look sharp. The cantilevered dining table extension on this white kitchen island cuts through the air like a knife’s edge.

Visualizer: Vladislav Barabakh  

Building your dream design could be child’s play. Chunky building blocks spring to mind when looking at the modules that make up this unique piece. The dining bench clicks into place around a shelving unit that has only a minor amount of prep space on its narrow top – a surface perhaps more suitable for decorative items or floral displays like the one seen here.

Designer: Sergey Makhno   Visualizer: Julia Siriak  

Don’t let obstacles get in your way. Structural pillars can be worked around and/or incorporated into your kitchen island design. A built-in planter distracts the eye from this solid immovable piece, and even makes it look like it was all part of the master plan. Dark rectangular seated bar stools help pull the entire ensemble together.

Designer: BIG Design   Source: Vancouver House  

Stray from the straight and narrow like this sleek black kitchen island with seductive curves.

Visualizer: Alexandry Shunyaev  

If you can stand some heat, get red in the kitchen. Alluring red lighting washes down a black tile backsplash. Red kitchen bar stools, which are the Magis Stool One, look hot at the side of an Origami style central island.

Visualizer: Burak LAFCI  

Beam me up Scotty. Whack a futuristic kitchen island in the centre of the room, practice your vulcan salute and definitely don’t wear a red shirt – all fans of Star Trek know how that ends.

Visualizer: Orange Graphics  

Another futuristic design – though a gold faucet, matching planters and kitchen pendant lights give the decor scheme some classic finesse.

Visualizer: Ono  

Kitchen islands aren’t just for prep. Consider fitting your central island with a kitchen sink and/or cooking hob. You’ll be able to face your dinner guests or chat with family members whilst in the throws of cooking or soaping the dishes. Plus you get to pretend you’re a TV chef! Or maybe that’s just us…

Visualizer: Anton Li   

Like bread and butter, white and yellow accent kitchens work in tasty harmony.

Source: Poliform  

Harness the simple yet striking magic of monochrome with a black and white kitchen island.

Visualizer: Mitos  

Sloping silhouettes set the scene in this grey and white kitchen.

Source: Dwell  

This sloping floor has been bridged by a bespoke unit that strikes from the roofline like a bolt of lightning.

Visualizer: Denis Syrov  

There’s curvy, and then there’s curvy. This smooth shiny kitchen island looks kinda like a plastic toy boat, with cotton reel bar stools.

Source: Culimaat  

Cooking rings sit right in the countertop of this bizarre balancing act. Maybe consider how you might replace a faulty appliance in something so niche though.

Visualizer: Berezen Studio  

Complement the coolest features. Whether the round kitchen island or the round skylight came first, we’ll never know.

Visualizer: Giuseppe Burgio  

We’ll forgive you for thinking we’ve just thrown a round kitchen table into the mix under the pretence of it being an ‘island’. However, this is actually a fully-fledged prep surface set at comfortable standing height, complete with integrated white cooking rings.

Visualizer: HiMacs  

Hug your kitchen. No, not with your arms – there are hot things and sharp things in there! Hug the space with the shape of a softly curved cooking island.

Designer: Jones Britain  

This kitchen island with seating positively screams ‘family dinners’.

Visualizer: Charlotte Raynaud Studio  

A central island can be the perfect solution to a lack of wall space.

Visualizer: BURO 82  

Kitchen islands also create a clear divide in an open plan living room.

Visualizer: SCIC  

You don’t have to let it all hang out. The kitchen that is. Some concealed modern kitchen designs close up completely so that you’d barely know there was a kitchen there at all.

Visualizer: Xin Xiansen  

Cook up your favourite colour scheme with just two additions to a white kitchen: The backsplash around the border and the bar stools at the island.

Visualizer: Roy Vaes  

Gold means greatness, and this gold sided kitchen island under medallion shaped modern chandeliers sure does look great.

Visualizer: 3D World Renderings  

Stepping back into something more subtle, a white a wood ensemble creates a calming, minimalist effect.

Source: Kuchen  

Earthy tones add heat to white units.

Visualizer: Roman Kolyada  

If you like this look, check out these black and white kitchens.

Visualizer: Dark Room Studio  

More white and wood kitchens can be found here.

Visualizer: K-Band  

Sweeping away half of the base units makes more leg room for doubled up seating.

Source: Snaidero  

The Domitalia Bouchon Bar Stool looks at home in a rustic setting.

Visualizer: Serj Fedin, Serj Kondratskyi & Yevhen Zahorodnii  

A slender chimney extractor keeps the visual of this central island clean.

Visualizer: Nick Martin  

Create common ground. Open shelving facing the living area amalgamates the two zones. Plus, the wooden unit helps warm the plain white face of the island. We have covered white and wood kitchens like this in detail before.

Visualizer: Manege Render  

Extrude a marble kitchen island from a marble floor – or at least have it look that way by using the same grade of material. The gold bar stools and pendant lights in this kitchen also match with the floor treatment, creating one cohesive look of luxury.

Visualizer: Ihor Bednarchyk  

The marble kitchen in this example is part of a grey and white kitchen scheme with a matching marble backsplash. In this case the floor is natural wood to warm the overall look of the room.

Designer: Zero Energy Design  

Industrial style bar stools add the right decorative edge to a concrete, wood and white kitchen island.

Source: Kuchen  

The kitchen island doesn’t have to be the star of the show…gasp! It’s true. Just because you have the space for it doesn’t mean that the decor must revolve around it, so to speak. This unique wall of open kitchen shelving is so eye-catching that the central island has been best left simple.

Visualizer: Inuti  

This ultra simple cooking island takes second place to the base notes in the room, provided by plack pendant lighting, black faucet and hob, and Patricia Urquiola’s popular Last Minute stool design.

Visualizer: Svoya Studio  

Another open shelf kitchen design, this time working in cahoots with a kitchen island ceiling rack.

Visualizer: Nicolas JOUSLIN  

Serve both sides. Having kitchen island units that open up on each side of the installation means that you truly cash in on its central spot. Cupboards or drawers opening outward from the kitchen area could house tablecloths, placemats, candlesticks and cutlery for setting the dining table without getting in the way of the chef. Or, perhaps a stash of board games could be stacked ready for use in an adjacent family lounge.

Visualizer: Neiman  

Go for a lighter look. The slender legs on this design make it look like a movable kitchen island, but the wired-in electric hob and ceiling extractor tell us otherwise.

Visualizer: Polyviz Studio  

Play with light and shade by bringing pale wood tone to a black island. See these other black kitchens for more inspiration.

Visualizer: Iqosa  

Gotta love a loft. Exposed brick walls meet a concrete countertop in this loft style kitchen with central island.

Visualizer: Karwan Muhammed  

A pendant light adds elegance and shine over the dining end of this dual level countertop.

Designer: Mayan Zusman  

A change in flooring gives this kitchen island its very own island to stand on. If you like this, check out these grey kitchens.

Visualizer: Jonathan Coronado García  

Peachy bar stools make a juicy addition to a mint green kitchen island.

Visualizer: Marcin Mierzyński   

Use lighting strips to highlight and sharpen the edges of a simple design.

Visualizer: Jakub Čech  

Marble kitchens have their own drama.

Source: Paul.M  

Mimic surroundings. In this minimalist kitchen, a plain island falls in with the look of blocky white plastered walls.

Visualizer: Orange Graphics Creations  

Layer it up, like this stunning combo of wood grain, marble and stone.

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If you don’t have the space for a permanent kitchen island installation, a small rolling kitchen island can provide extra storage and prep space right where it’s needed in a busy kitchen. Then, when you’re all done it can be moved on its castors back to a resting spot out of the way of main footfall.

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June 22, 2018

The bathroom is one destination in your home that is simply unavoidable, so why not style it as the picture perfect haven that it deserves to be? The good news is that there are tons of ways to add some contemporary style or quirky humor to your walls that are easy and time efficient. Changing up your bathroom to meet your design goals doesn’t always mean expensive changes or labor intensive renovations (but don’t worry, we’ve included a few DIY tile reno ideas for you diehards!). Sometimes it really is as simple as a new piece of wall decor. When it comes to your bathroom, your walls are one thing that shouldn’t be naked!


Bathroom Rules Wall Plaque: This bathroom rules wall plaque is not only stylish, but great for kid’s learning about bathroom etiquette. And let’s be honest, I’m sure there are a few husbands that could use the reminder too.


Rustic Bathroom Rules Wall Plaque: Rustic and quirky, this bathroom rules wall art would look ultra cute in a farmhouse styled bathroom. Available in 11″ x 14″ or 13″ x 20″.


Bathroom Rules Vinyl Wall Decal: Don’t want to deal with a hammer and nails? No problem! Vinyl wall decals are a simple way to add a bit of flare to a space. They are especially wonderful for renters that are worried about damaging the walls.


Funny Bathroom Quote: If you’re aiming to add a bit of humor to your bathroom decor, then this is a great piece. Anyone with a house full of boys can fully relate.


Bathroom Wall Art Set of 3: This rustic wall art trio is injected with both humor and a country chic vibe. The 3D vine decal make this set extra eye-catching.


Wooden Frame Bathroom Wall Signs: Bathroom humor presented in a wonderfully chic, modern manner. The wooden frame contrasting against the simple black and white designs are minimalist perfection.


Toilet Utility Patents: Who would of thought that a toilet design patent would make great decor!? These black and white beauties are available as a set of four.


Purple Floral Wall Art: If you are looking for unique, purple wall decor for your bathroom, these may be for you. Aesthetically stunning with their transparent layers, this floral wall art is extra special since it is based on actual x-rays of flowers before being embellished with additional detail. You can see more from the artist behind these magnificent florals here.


Sensual 3-Piece Waterproof Canvas Art Prints: Simple and playful, this 3-piece canvas art set is full of femininity and raw sensuality. Bonus, they are also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about any moisture damage.


Soak Relax Unwind Bathroom Wall Art: “Soak. Relax. Unwind.” Possibly some of the best advice we have heard all week. This rustic and modern wall art trio would be a welcome addition to any bathroom looking for a bit more serenity.

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Abstract Wooden Wall Art: This geometric, wooden wall art is both artistic and earthy with it’s rustic charm. Made from reclaimed wood, these handmade beauties are neutral enough to match almost any decor and are sure to help infuse your bathroom with envious, minimalist style.


Vintage Style Bathroom Wall Art: Old meets new with these vintage style bathroom prints. This black and white wall art is an affordable way to add a bit of old-style glam to your decor.


They See Me Rolling Bathroom Wall Art: If you get antsy waiting for mail to arrive like we do, then try some instant download bathroom art. A great example is this hilarious print. All you have to do is purchase and then from there the file will be sent to your email and you can either print it at home or your local print shop.


Funny Bathroom Box Sign: This primitive and funny bathroom sign is a small gem that would look great sitting on the counter or a shelf. We love the distressed finish that makes this simple sign subtly more intricate.


Funny Dog & Cat Reading Newspaper Wall Art: Reading a newspaper on the toilet is familiar to many, but this bathroom activity is apparently not just for humans anymore. This funny dog or cat wall art comes in a brown, rustic frame and arrives ready to hang.

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Superheroes On The Toilet Posters: Because even superheroes need a bathroom break. The perfect wall art for a superhero themed kid’s bathroom. Be sure to check out our article, Superhero Home Decor For Themed Rooms & Parties for more superhero ideas and inspiration.


Skeleton Bathroom Prints: Skeletons aren’t just for Halloween decor! I’m pretty sure we can all relate to these comical and quirky skeleton bathroom prints.


Funny Bathroom Sign: A funny and relatable bathroom sign because let’s face it, we’ve all been there. If you are looking for something humorous, without being over the top, this black and white sign is a no-brainer.

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Cloudy Shaped Toilet Paper Holder: This is a piece of wall art that will look stylish either rain or shine. A bathroom essential is taken to the next level with this ingenious cloud shaped toilet paper holder.


Dragon Toilet Paper Holder: Some dragons are destined to guard gold, this one is the almighty keeper of the toilet paper. If you love dragon home decor, then this medieval masterpiece is a must. After all, wall art doesn’t have to be limited to just paintings and prints.


Medieval Knight Toilet Paper Holder: If you don’t trust the Dragon with your toilet paper, what about a noble knight? If you want more toilet paper fun, be sure to check out our post on cool toilet paper holders.


Toilet Monster Decal: Alright, so we realize that this isn’t technically wall decor, but we couldn’t resist throwing him in. A quirky decal with quite the impact.


Mason Jar Wall Sconces: If spa-like ambiance is what you are after, then we highly recommend these mason jar wall sconces. Their soft illumination is perfect to pair with a warm, relaxing bath. A great alternative to candles for those who prefer to go flameless.


Flip Flop Shaped Wall Hooks: Beach themed wall art that makes us crave that summer sunshine. These ornate flip-flops are the perfect tie in for a beachy bathroom. They are pretty useless when it comes to you feet, but are great for hanging up towels and robes.


Beach Wall Decor For Bathroom: Be the captain of your bathroom with these fun, ship steering wheels. A piece of nautical home decor that is both affordable and unexpected.


Mountain Shaped Decorative Wall Hooks: Modern, simple, and purposeful. These mountain shaped wall hooks are an exciting find that will take your bathroom decor to new heights. Their color combo is completely customizable, so there is no worrying if they will match your color palette.


Decorative Jumbo Clothespin Hook: These may look like clothespins for giants, but they are actually rustic showpieces just waiting to be introduced to your home. These jumbo clothespin hooks are a unique and unexpected way to add a few more hanging options to your bathroom.


Industrial Style Bathroom Wall Hooks: These rustic, industrial hooks are wonderfully customizable. You can choose how many hooks you need and one of eight wood stain colors. Want more ideas and inspiration? Check out our article dedicated to decorative wall hooks.


Modern Style Bathroom Wall Clock: If you or your kids are always running late, it might be time to put a clock in the bathroom. This turquoise and white design is particularly fun with it being in the shape of a bubble bath.


Antique Style Bathtub Shaped Clock: Another bathtub shaped clock, but this time in a more elegant, antique finish. Detailed in gold and a durable polyresin.


Modern Style Bathroom Glass Shelf With Towel Bar and Rail: Don’t underestimate the power of a simple shelf to liven up a blank wall with just the right accessories. With so many possibilities, this is a fantastically versatile option.

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Industrial Style Shelving: If you are one to get bored with decor fast, consider shelving. You can theme the shelves with the seasons or change out the decor whenever you please. These industrial style shelves are especially chic with their unique pipe and wood design.


Mason Jar Organizer Set: Mason jar organizers are an asset to any bathroom. Mounted directly on the wall they are a fab solution to keep your counters clutter free. Or if you’re looking to set the mood, they also make amazing candle holders.

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Backlit Bathroom Mirrors: A simple accent piece that is brimming with contemporary elegance. This backlit bathroom mirror makes a big impact with it’s LED lighting system. It is available in multiple sizes.


Decorative Bathroom Mirrors: Changing out your bathroom mirror can take your bathroom from plain to radiant with minimal time and effort. This geometric beauty is a great example with its bold shape and design.


Interlocking Vinyl Bathroom Wall Tiles: These DIY friendly tiles are easy to install and come with a satisfaction guaranteed. If you are looking to take on your first tile project, these gray interlocking tiles are a brilliant option.


3D Patterned Floor & Wall Stickers: If a full-tilt tiling project seems daunting, then switch things up with these super simple floor and wall stickers. These hexagon peel and stick tiles are eco-friendly and a superb option for renters.

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Decorative Hexagonal Bathroom Tiles: Tiling can be quite the task, but these awe-inspiring results are well worth it. Hexagonal bathroom tiles are simple, yet slightly more ornate than your usual square or rectangular designs, making them a versatile and playful motif for a modern bathroom.

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