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May 30, 2015

Constructed in 2012 and measuring in at 1200 square meters, this property designed by Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados captures the unique sense of feeling infinite.

The house was designed to evoke a feeling of continuous and permanent breadth.

As the designer of both the architecture & interiors, Marques brought a contemporary feel to this three-story structure, which is now the home to a young couple and their children.

It measures in at three floors, with ample terraces throughout the top floor. The landscape surrounding the property is stunning and it’s positioned in a hill, giving a gorgeous view of the residential district on the fringe of São Paulo.

On the inside, everything is broad and continuous, with a stunning open floor plan.

The ground floor houses the most commonly used spaces, which include a living room, fireplace room, dining room, media room and breakfast room, the kitchen, and study. There’s also a cloakroom, guest toilet and servants’ quarters. Just outside the ground floor, you’ll find a large swimming pool on the front terrace.

The pool area, in keeping with the theme, takes on an infinity feel with breathtaking views. The use of sharp angles and clean lines in the exterior stonework is tempered by the soft curves of the surrounding mountains and lush vegetation. This is an area perfect for family entertaining.
The pool area, in keeping with the theme, takes on an infinity feel with breathtaking views. The use of sharp angles and clean lines in the exterior stonework is tempered by the soft curves of the surrounding mountains and lush vegetation. This is an area perfect for family entertaining.

On the inside, whimsical plays with contemporary as multiple styles layer throughout the space to create a pleasing ambiance.
On the inside, whimsical plays with contemporary as multiple styles layer throughout the space to create a pleasing ambiance.

“I tried to create a sort of internal topography, with the furniture laid out continuously, with small variations in height, almost at floor level”, explains the architect in ArchDaily.
“I tried to create a sort of internal topography, with the furniture laid out continuously, with small variations in height, almost at floor level”, explains the architect in ArchDaily.

When coupled with soaring ceilings, the furniture topography (as the designer artfully calls it) makes the space feel even larger, more open, and full of imagination.  The living area, in particular, has its ceiling doubled with height.
When coupled with soaring ceilings, the furniture topography (as the designer artfully calls it) makes the space feel even larger, more open, and full of imagination. The living area, in particular, has its ceiling doubled with height.

Warm woods blend together with pops of color and sleek neutrals, making this living area feel lively but still serene. After all, this is a family home.
Warm woods blend together with pops of color and sleek neutrals, making this living area feel lively but still serene. After all, this is a family home.

The tiered coffee tables in the center of the room are particularly striking. They showcase artifacts and precious treasures in primary colors.
The tiered coffee tables in the center of the room are particularly striking. They showcase artifacts and precious treasures in primary colors.

Throughout the space Marques incorporated furnishings of her own creation, including stainless steel stools. International design labels are brought together to add a distinct flair. Every item in this interior's design has been carefully curated and it shows - beautifully.
Throughout the space Marques incorporated furnishings of her own creation, including stainless steel stools. International design labels are brought together to add a distinct flair. Every item in this interior’s design has been carefully curated and it shows – beautifully.

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While the office is a smaller space, it is well organized with plenty of open shelving and ambient lighting without being harsh. It's set away from the living areas as to lend a sense of solitude for concentration, but it's still easily accessible and flows seamlessly through the rest of the ground floor design.
While the office is a smaller space, it is well organized with plenty of open shelving and ambient lighting without being harsh. It’s set away from the living areas as to lend a sense of solitude for concentration, but it’s still easily accessible and flows seamlessly through the rest of the ground floor design.

The upper floor reaches to the heavens, with family space for 3 bedroom suites and their balconies. A family room completes the third level. It's a cozy and simple space with plenty of room for game playing, movie watching, and relaxing.
The upper floor reaches to the heavens, with family space for 3 bedroom suites and their balconies. A family room completes the third level. It’s a cozy and simple space with plenty of room for game playing, movie watching, and relaxing.

The stairs leading from the ground level to the upper level appear to float, lending an airy feel that keeps with the house's overall openness. The hallway loft allows for views of both the surrounding landscape as well as the living areas below. Large windows, white walls and ceilings, and plenty of light make this space feel bright without being harsh.
The stairs leading from the ground level to the upper level appear to float, lending an airy feel that keeps with the house’s overall openness. The hallway loft allows for views of both the surrounding landscape as well as the living areas below. Large windows, white walls and ceilings, and plenty of light make this space feel bright without being harsh.

“In this project natural daylight is present everywhere but never directly. There are very specific lighting situations, derived from the construction shape and project solutions”, Fernanda notes to ArchDaily. For example, to highlight the building façade, it's outfitted with aluminium brise soleil in a continuous line.
“In this project natural daylight is present everywhere but never directly. There are very specific lighting situations, derived from the construction shape and project solutions”, Fernanda notes to ArchDaily. For example, to highlight the building façade, it’s outfitted with aluminium brise soleil in a continuous line.

Ample windows continue throughout the home, giving a feeling of seamless continuity between indoors and out, without sacrificing any comforts or style
Ample windows continue throughout the home, giving a feeling of seamless continuity between indoors and out, without sacrificing any comforts or style

In the bath, luxurious fixtures and plenty of vanity space ensures that it is both practical and beautiful. Recessed lighting, strategically placed mirrors and large windows make it feel even larger and more open, even though it's traditionally a more private room. Privacy, too, is not compromised with lush greenery just outside the windows.
In the bath, luxurious fixtures and plenty of vanity space ensures that it is both practical and beautiful. Recessed lighting, strategically placed mirrors and large windows make it feel even larger and more open, even though it’s traditionally a more private room. Privacy, too, is not compromised with lush greenery just outside the windows.

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A bit of playfulness is incorporated throughout the home's interior, with touches and pops of color and texture that keep the space from feeling sterile or cold. While breezy, it's also anchored with natural warm woods, lush textiles, a blend of simple and ornate decor, and shocks of color that bring the world back into focus. It's easy to feel like you're floating here.
A bit of playfulness is incorporated throughout the home’s interior, with touches and pops of color and texture that keep the space from feeling sterile or cold. While breezy, it’s also anchored with natural warm woods, lush textiles, a blend of simple and ornate decor, and shocks of color that bring the world back into focus. It’s easy to feel like you’re floating here.

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Even at night, the house is bright and airy, appearing to almost glow. One can easily imagine evenings spent drinking wine on the terrace while the lights of city twinkle in the distance.
Even at night, the house is bright and airy, appearing to almost glow. One can easily imagine evenings spent drinking wine on the terrace while the lights of city twinkle in the distance.

Beyond its beauty, this space is also practical and ideal for family living. The lowest level includes a spacious garage, storage room, and a small workshop area.
Beyond its beauty, this space is also practical and ideal for family living. The lowest level includes a spacious garage, storage room, and a small workshop area.

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Below, the floor plans clearly show the continuous and clean lines used throughout the interior and exterior. It's quite the feat, creating a sense of limitless possibility and complete openness in a space like this. Marques does it beautifully.
Below, the floor plans clearly show the continuous and clean lines used throughout the interior and exterior. It’s quite the feat, creating a sense of limitless possibility and complete openness in a space like this. Marques does it beautifully.

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May 30, 2015

For most people, spending a weekend in Las Vegas means pushing their way through the throngs seated at slot machines to get to an elevator and walk miles of hallway just to get to a poorly decorated room and go right back down to a casino. But for those visitors who are lucky enough to truly indulge in the old style Las Vegas experience of pretty poolsides and plenty of privacy, there is CAVU. This 13,000 square foot house, from award-winning architect Eric Strain, is all kinds of luxurious. And though it’s just a stone’s throw from the decadence of the Las Vegas strip, it feels like it’s on another planet. Let’s take a glimpse inside.

The home's exterior is made from custom stainless steel and includes a fully enclosed dog run so that the whole family can enjoy the vacation. The exterior walls are constructed with three foot thick rammed earth adobe, which serves to keep the house insulated naturally and drought resistant landscaping make this desert oasis sustainable without detracting from its modern beauty. Clearly sustainability was on the mind of this architect.
The home’s exterior is made from custom stainless steel and includes a fully enclosed dog run so that the whole family can enjoy the vacation. The exterior walls are constructed with three foot thick rammed earth adobe, which serves to keep the house insulated naturally and drought resistant landscaping make this desert oasis sustainable without detracting from its modern beauty. Clearly sustainability was on the mind of this architect.

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The top floor of the home is termed a "master retreat" and has everything a couple would need to escape from the hedonism downstairs. The winged roof that extends over the house is another natural cooling feature and includes built in solar panels.
The top floor of the home is termed a “master retreat” and has everything a couple would need to escape from the hedonism downstairs. The winged roof that extends over the house is another natural cooling feature and includes built in solar panels.

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The basement bowling alley has all the trappings of a teenage retreat, but with a modern pool table and custom neon lighting from designer David Singer, it can easily take a more adult turn. To reach the bowling alley, guests can take the hidden interior elevator, labeled with buttons "Sleep," "Eat," and "Play." Also downstairs is a private screening room and fully stocked bar.
The basement bowling alley has all the trappings of a teenage retreat, but with a modern pool table and custom neon lighting from designer David Singer, it can easily take a more adult turn. To reach the bowling alley, guests can take the hidden interior elevator, labeled with buttons “Sleep,” “Eat,” and “Play.” Also downstairs is a private screening room and fully stocked bar.

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Of course, no Las Vegas experience would be complete without a pool party. CAVU features a private outdoor infinity pool as well as a spa. Who gets invited is up to the guests.
Of course, no Las Vegas experience would be complete without a pool party. CAVU features a private outdoor infinity pool as well as a spa. Who gets invited is up to the guests.

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Outdoor entertaining on a hot night is easy with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, and wood burning pizza oven. Even when temperatures dip on a desert night, seven fire features around the exterior of the home should certainly keep everyone warm.
Outdoor entertaining on a hot night is easy with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, and wood burning pizza oven. Even when temperatures dip on a desert night, seven fire features around the exterior of the home should certainly keep everyone warm.

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Resort-style baths include heated floors, multiple shower heads, and sumptuous teak sinks. Other bath amenities include a steam room, Japanese soaking tub, and massage table.
Resort-style baths include heated floors, multiple shower heads, and sumptuous teak sinks. Other bath amenities include a steam room, Japanese soaking tub, and massage table.

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May 30, 2015

Where and how you wake up can change the whole tone of your day. When your bedroom is a reflection of your own inner calmness and style, it can make all the difference. Take a glimpse inside these 30 gorgeous bedroom designs and get inspired to make your own design dreams come to life.

Not many bedrooms can boast a tree growing inside, but this one can.
Not many bedrooms can boast a tree growing inside, but this one can.

A headboard that becomes a canopy gives this bedroom a nautical feeling, letting whoever sleeps here drift out to the sea of their dreams.
A headboard that becomes a canopy gives this bedroom a nautical feeling, letting whoever sleeps here drift out to the sea of their dreams.

The textured walls in this bedroom give it an undone warmth.
The textured walls in this bedroom give it an undone warmth.

The use of a platform for this bed keeps the sleeping area separate from the lounging area.
The use of a platform for this bed keeps the sleeping area separate from the lounging area.

White a neutral grays always do well to limit distractions and keep things calm.
White a neutral grays always do well to limit distractions and keep things calm.

Slippers are highly recommended on these cool, slick bedroom floors.
Slippers are highly recommended on these cool, slick bedroom floors.

A bit of romance infiltrates this feminine bedroom with lots of sunlight.
A bit of romance infiltrates this feminine bedroom with lots of sunlight.

What bibliophile doesn't want to climb out of bed nad up into a private library?
What bibliophile doesn’t want to climb out of bed nad up into a private library?

There is something undoubtedly decadent about a round bed and this penthouse bedroom doesn't dispel anything about it.
There is something undoubtedly decadent about a round bed and this penthouse bedroom doesn’t dispel anything about it.

In another example of calming neutrals, this bedroom design also uses soft textures to add to its atmosphere.
In another example of calming neutrals, this bedroom design also uses soft textures to add to its atmosphere.

Just enough red in this bedroom give it a youthful spark without being too frenetic.
Just enough red in this bedroom give it a youthful spark without being too frenetic.

By the same token, the soft crimson additions in this bedroom give it just the right amount of romance.
By the same token, the soft crimson additions in this bedroom give it just the right amount of romance.

An exposed brick wall give this loft bedroom a trendy industrial look.
An exposed brick wall give this loft bedroom a trendy industrial look.

A bookshelf in this bachelor bedroom keeps the workspace apart from the sleep space.
A bookshelf in this bachelor bedroom keeps the workspace apart from the sleep space.

This bedroom certainly has a hipster personality with its dangling industrial lights and geometric area rug.
This bedroom certainly has a hipster personality with its dangling industrial lights and geometric area rug.

An attic bedroom that opens up into the forest is like a grown up treehouse in this design.
An attic bedroom that opens up into the forest is like a grown up treehouse in this design.

Simple and relaxing are keywords in this bedroom which includes an impressive brushtroke silhouette over the bed.
Simple and relaxing are keywords in this bedroom which includes an impressive brushtroke silhouette over the bed.

Gray is anything but dreary in this sunny bedroom.
Gray is anything but dreary in this sunny bedroom.

A turquoise bed and sidechair give this Victorian-inspired bedroom a modern twist.
A turquoise bed and sidechair give this Victorian-inspired bedroom a modern twist.

A bedroom with a chandelier is a bit precarious, but certainly elegant.
A bedroom with a chandelier is a bit precarious, but certainly elegant.

Rust colored accents are modern and lush in this spacious bedroom.
Rust colored accents are modern and lush in this spacious bedroom.

Clean lines throughout will ensure this bed never goes unmade.
Clean lines throughout will ensure this bed never goes unmade.

Yellow, white, and slate gray create a vibrant and cheerful backdrop for any dream.
Yellow, white, and slate gray create a vibrant and cheerful backdrop for any dream.

In another yellow option, a creative wall decal takes the place of hanging are and gives the room a bit more depth.
In another yellow option, a creative wall decal takes the place of hanging are and gives the room a bit more depth.

Sleeping in a jungle can be dangerous, but painting a tangle of trees over a luxurious (and indoor) bed is much safer.
Sleeping in a jungle can be dangerous, but painting a tangle of trees over a luxurious (and indoor) bed is much safer.

The wall design in this bedroom almost gives the impression of shattered glass.
The wall design in this bedroom almost gives the impression of shattered glass.

Grassy green linens are oh-so-sweet in this small bedroom.
Grassy green linens are oh-so-sweet in this small bedroom.

Mixing patterns can feel unsettling at first, but these two intricate designs against otherwise plain elements are just busy enough.
Mixing patterns can feel unsettling at first, but these two intricate designs against otherwise plain elements are just busy enough.

By letting the hardwood flooring creep up the wall, the bed becomes a welcoming nest in this room.
By letting the hardwood flooring creep up the wall, the bed becomes a welcoming nest in this room.

Finally, this stylish bedroom is just trendy enough for comfort but doesn't go overboard.
Finally, this stylish bedroom is just trendy enough for comfort but doesn’t go overboard.

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May 30, 2015

As we have seen time and time again on this site, a lofted design is a great way to use all the vertical space in a home. Lofts are not only modern, but inherently interesting and leave many options open for a creative designer. In this post, we’re featuring three different loft designs that latch onto the idea of luxury and do not let go. From creative light fixtures to supple textures and sleek, modern furniture, these lofts are truly the height of luxury.

The first space comes from the design team at Plasterlina. The dark, cool color story is a bit of a departure from many modern spaces with similar styles, which often focus instead on whites and muted grays. Here, deep chocolate and olive colors pack an autumnal punch. Lighter colors are used on the upper level, which serves as a way to divide the main living area from the upstairs loft as well.
The first space comes from the design team at Plasterlina. The dark, cool color story is a bit of a departure from many modern spaces with similar styles, which often focus instead on whites and muted grays. Here, deep chocolate and olive colors pack an autumnal punch. Lighter colors are used on the upper level, which serves as a way to divide the main living area from the upstairs loft as well.

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The main living area features a full range of clean lines, from the overhead lighting and mid-century inspired dining chairs to the Pacman style fireplace. The tile work is also particularly interesting, with geometric tiles arranged in a pattern that looks nearly random but is clearly meticulous.
The main living area features a full range of clean lines, from the overhead lighting and mid-century inspired dining chairs to the Pacman style fireplace. The tile work is also particularly interesting, with geometric tiles arranged in a pattern that looks nearly random but is clearly meticulous.

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Rather than have a bedroom overlook a downstairs living room, this particular design actually features a private wine cellar flipped on its head. The cellar is upstairs while the entertaining area is below.
Rather than have a bedroom overlook a downstairs living room, this particular design actually features a private wine cellar flipped on its head. The cellar is upstairs while the entertaining area is below.

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The second loft space, from design Ivan Guillen, is somewhat different from the first representation, reminding us much more of what a 'typical' loft style might be. Warm industrial elements pervade the space from steel and able railings to soft lighting fixtures that look suspiciously DIY.
The second loft space, from design Ivan Guillen, is somewhat different from the first representation, reminding us much more of what a ‘typical’ loft style might be. Warm industrial elements pervade the space from steel and able railings to soft lighting fixtures that look suspiciously DIY.

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The surface materials throughout stand out as particularly stunning, from the hardwood flooring upstairs to the marble tile downstairs and of course the paneled accent wall that spans the space of both levels.
The surface materials throughout stand out as particularly stunning, from the hardwood flooring upstairs to the marble tile downstairs and of course the paneled accent wall that spans the space of both levels.

The final loft is a visualization from Julian Sadokha and goes even further towards the industrial luxury style. As we pointed out earlier, this is a loft that takes the white and gray style to heart, with white walls and ceilings making the vaulted ceilings feel even taller. Wide open spaces have an artistic bent and encourage creativity and camaraderie.
The final loft is a visualization from Julian Sadokha and goes even further towards the industrial luxury style. As we pointed out earlier, this is a loft that takes the white and gray style to heart, with white walls and ceilings making the vaulted ceilings feel even taller. Wide open spaces have an artistic bent and encourage creativity and camaraderie.

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May 30, 2015

A great challenge is finding adequate room for clothes and accessories.  Shoes in particular can take up a great amount of space and not be easy to store efficiently.   Closets are not typically configured with that in mind.  Normally, there are hanging racks and scant else unless there are some built in drawers. Today we are featuring 12 shoe organization ideas with the hope that it provides inspiration about some sort of solution.  These designs run the gamut from custom designed under stairs storage to hanging racks to furniture solutions.    Some of these are not even in the closet, but found elsewhere in the home.  Enjoy the pictures and think about what might be possible to help your situation.

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May 30, 2015

Chinese design firm Love Design offers modern designs with a nostalgic twist. With plenty of clean lines, warm tones, and luxurious materials, there’s something both new and familiar about the way they approach interiors.

We’re taking a look inside three different apartments, each with its own style, but still the same vintage-inspired feel that runs throughout. Totally memorable, we couldn’t help but connect each of these three apartments to Mad Men.

Our first tour takes us into what we'd imagine as a suite fit for the ambitious and creative Peggy. This space, at first glance, may appear more masculine, but upon closer inspection, it's easy to see why one like Peggy might easily fall in love.  Open and bright, this apartment has a feel of length and continuity - there's infinite possibility as clean lines play with soft curves. What really sold us on this space for Peggy were the luxe quilted details on the dining and living area upholstery, as well as the brushed metallics.
Our first tour takes us into what we’d imagine as a suite fit for the ambitious and creative Peggy. This space, at first glance, may appear more masculine, but upon closer inspection, it’s easy to see why one like Peggy might easily fall in love. Open and bright, this apartment has a feel of length and continuity – there’s infinite possibility as clean lines play with soft curves. What really sold us on this space for Peggy were the luxe quilted details on the dining and living area upholstery, as well as the brushed metallics.

With a combined living and dining area, this space is ideal for entertaining. Luxurious marble along the wall and floor plays with open shelving of rich but natural woods. Like Peggy's copy ideas, her furnishings would be carefully curated and collected - each considered in detail for quality as well as beauty and function.
With a combined living and dining area, this space is ideal for entertaining. Luxurious marble along the wall and floor plays with open shelving of rich but natural woods. Like Peggy’s copy ideas, her furnishings would be carefully curated and collected – each considered in detail for quality as well as beauty and function.

While there isn't prominent artwork on the walls, the space still feels very cozy and warm. Strategic lighting and the use of ambient light from the windows keeps this space from feeling sleepy. There is, however, a very striking sense of calm.
While there isn’t prominent artwork on the walls, the space still feels very cozy and warm. Strategic lighting and the use of ambient light from the windows keeps this space from feeling sleepy. There is, however, a very striking sense of calm.

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Everything about the common living areas is straightforward and direct, like Peggy, but still with a sense of grace and softness.
Everything about the common living areas is straightforward and direct, like Peggy, but still with a sense of grace and softness.

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Distinctly feminine, the first bedroom is one we think Peggy would enjoy. Curved end tables sit on both sides of the upholstered bed. No doubt, exquisite textiles in a nice plum shade provide comfort. It's the textured wall behind the bed that is the real stunner, though.
Distinctly feminine, the first bedroom is one we think Peggy would enjoy. Curved end tables sit on both sides of the upholstered bed. No doubt, exquisite textiles in a nice plum shade provide comfort. It’s the textured wall behind the bed that is the real stunner, though.

The second bedroom reminds us of Peggy's desire for travel and exploration, as this room is all about utility. While beautiful and modern, it's kept to the essentials and looks similar to a luxe hotel suite. Ideal for guests, it offers ample comfort with a media center, comfortable bed, and writing desk.
The second bedroom reminds us of Peggy’s desire for travel and exploration, as this room is all about utility. While beautiful and modern, it’s kept to the essentials and looks similar to a luxe hotel suite. Ideal for guests, it offers ample comfort with a media center, comfortable bed, and writing desk.

The third bedroom is an unexpected departure from the rest of the house. It is sensual and exotic, with design elements pulled from multiple cultures and influences. It is a true escape and treat - and it captures perfectly Peggy's own desire for the new and the unexplored. A master suite we know she would adore.
The third bedroom is an unexpected departure from the rest of the house. It is sensual and exotic, with design elements pulled from multiple cultures and influences. It is a true escape and treat – and it captures perfectly Peggy’s own desire for the new and the unexplored. A master suite we know she would adore.

Finally, the fourth bedroom is light, airy, and modern with plenty of clean lines and brightness. We could see Peggy using this space for guests or as her own office or reading nook. Imagine copy drafts across the desk or storyboards laid across the bed. This is where Peggy could let her imagination run wild, but in comfort.
Finally, the fourth bedroom is light, airy, and modern with plenty of clean lines and brightness. We could see Peggy using this space for guests or as her own office or reading nook. Imagine copy drafts across the desk or storyboards laid across the bed. This is where Peggy could let her imagination run wild, but in comfort.

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The living area offers ample seating for entertaining and it's easy to imagine Roger hosting cocktails here before taking a few steps over to the dining area, which showcases a stunning lighting fixture. Along the walls, there's plenty of space for housing treasured items. We know Roger would likely have a mix of past and present - and most assuredly, a few copies of his memoirs, "Sterling's Gold".
The living area offers ample seating for entertaining and it’s easy to imagine Roger hosting cocktails here before taking a few steps over to the dining area, which showcases a stunning lighting fixture. Along the walls, there’s plenty of space for housing treasured items. We know Roger would likely have a mix of past and present – and most assuredly, a few copies of his memoirs, “Sterling’s Gold”.

Light spills into the living and dining area from ample windows. And we all know how much Roger enjoys a good view.
Light spills into the living and dining area from ample windows. And we all know how much Roger enjoys a good view.

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The kitchen area is light and open, with clean white title and a minimalist design. The foyer showcases a stunning  set of double doors. Very bold and impressionable. It's easy to see why Roger might choose an apartment with an open floor plan, sumptuous details, and a bold - but elegant - first impression.
The kitchen area is light and open, with clean white title and a minimalist design. The foyer showcases a stunning set of double doors. Very bold and impressionable. It’s easy to see why Roger might choose an apartment with an open floor plan, sumptuous details, and a bold – but elegant – first impression.

The dining area is open, with a full view of the kitchen and living room. It's a great space for parties. One could imagine a bar station off the kitchen buffet, records playing, and laughs being shared.
The dining area is open, with a full view of the kitchen and living room. It’s a great space for parties. One could imagine a bar station off the kitchen buffet, records playing, and laughs being shared.

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The dining area is open, with a full view of the kitchen and living room. It's a great space for parties. One could imagine a bar station off the kitchen buffet, records playing, and laughs being shared.
The dining area is open, with a full view of the kitchen and living room. It’s a great space for parties. One could imagine a bar station off the kitchen buffet, records playing, and laughs being shared.

A private room for rest and relaxation is also included in the space, complete with massage table.
A private room for rest and relaxation is also included in the space, complete with massage table.

The first bedroom is ideal for guests, showcasing a large and comfortable bed, recessed lighting, large vanity and desk, and media station.
The first bedroom is ideal for guests, showcasing a large and comfortable bed, recessed lighting, large vanity and desk, and media station.

The second bedroom showcases a TV built into a textured wall opposite the bed, modern (but mid-century inspired) furnishings, and high ceilings - perfect for one's soaring aspirations, like Roger's.
The second bedroom showcases a TV built into a textured wall opposite the bed, modern (but mid-century inspired) furnishings, and high ceilings – perfect for one’s soaring aspirations, like Roger’s.

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The main living and dining area, while less spacious as the previous two apartments, is cozy and welcoming. One could imagine Don sitting on the sofa, looking over copy drafts. This isn't a space for parties and entertaining, but for relaxation and reflection. And we all know that Don isn't the most social of characters. 

The warm wood along the walls makes the space feel welcoming and serene. Over the dining table, a modern light fixture acts as a focal point in the room. The furnishings take on a mid-century feel with a bit of updating, like the natural wood lamp in the corner and the contemporary dining chairs.
The main living and dining area, while less spacious as the previous two apartments, is cozy and welcoming. One could imagine Don sitting on the sofa, looking over copy drafts. This isn’t a space for parties and entertaining, but for relaxation and reflection. And we all know that Don isn’t the most social of characters. The warm wood along the walls makes the space feel welcoming and serene. Over the dining table, a modern light fixture acts as a focal point in the room. The furnishings take on a mid-century feel with a bit of updating, like the natural wood lamp in the corner and the contemporary dining chairs.

From the kitchen, you can look out into the rest of the space and across to the large bank of windows. The kitchen is efficient and smartly designed. 

While it's a smaller dwelling, it never feels cramped. Instead, it feels carefully curated, each decorative item or furnishing placed precisely to ensure the maximum amount of utility. It's a perfect balance of form and function.
From the kitchen, you can look out into the rest of the space and across to the large bank of windows. The kitchen is efficient and smartly designed. While it’s a smaller dwelling, it never feels cramped. Instead, it feels carefully curated, each decorative item or furnishing placed precisely to ensure the maximum amount of utility. It’s a perfect balance of form and function.

Along the back wall of the living area, an open shelf houses a few treasures.
Along the back wall of the living area, an open shelf houses a few treasures.

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The similarly toned woods throughout the walls and floors make the space feel larger and more open. 

In the hall, a natural wood bench is built into the wall, perfect for resting pairs of shoes, or perhaps Don's briefcase.
The similarly toned woods throughout the walls and floors make the space feel larger and more open. In the hall, a natural wood bench is built into the wall, perfect for resting pairs of shoes, or perhaps Don’s briefcase.

An architecturally intriguing wall of wood panels and stone act as a separator between the main living areas and the rest of the house. Storage is ample yet one could imagine that Don would never use all of it. Instead, this place offers a bit of respite for his restlessness. It is welcoming. It feels like home, but also caters to Don's desire for solitude.
An architecturally intriguing wall of wood panels and stone act as a separator between the main living areas and the rest of the house. Storage is ample yet one could imagine that Don would never use all of it. Instead, this place offers a bit of respite for his restlessness. It is welcoming. It feels like home, but also caters to Don’s desire for solitude.

The floor plan clearly shows the smart usage of space between two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and common living space. Yes, we think Don would be a fan of this bachelor pad.
The floor plan clearly shows the smart usage of space between two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and common living space. Yes, we think Don would be a fan of this bachelor pad.

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There are so many choices for construction when it comes to designing an outdoor space. Wood, stone and concrete make up the bulk of options that most families consider for flooring. Today, we are sharing 10 flagstone patio designs that moved our editorial team with their inspiration, artistry and overall visual appeal. Some of the photos feature layouts that utilize natural ground or grass in between each stone whereas others utilize grout to bring the overall look together. A great feature in flagstone is the ability to place it down on your own as a DIY project.   There are many instructional videos on this topic and the stone is widely available throughout the world.

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Many people would love to have more space for clothes, shoes and accessories. Most of the people we hear from struggle to organize their wardrobe into the amount of room they have to work with. These 12 closet storage ideas with photos cover a variety of contemporary themes and styles. There are some great designs featuring a variety of colors, wood finishes and visual presentations.   If considering a remodel or purchase of a new home, consider the amount of closet space and how it can be best used to suit your purpose. A great idea is to look at lots of images and study the construction elements and key features such as the number and size of drawers, the amount and length of hanging bars and the way in which the overall design flows. Enjoy these ideas and think about what is possible in your own living space.

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A living room needs to be a place where families can kick their feet up. Where they can convene, entertain, and enjoy each other. But for those people who pride themselves on design, it also needs to be able to tie a home together. In these 25 living rooms, modern concepts take precedence with sleek sofas and towering windows creating a heart for these homes.

A stunning view is an enviable feature in this sleek living room, where even the ceiling opens up into the sky.
A stunning view is an enviable feature in this sleek living room, where even the ceiling opens up into the sky.

With an open floor plan, the slightest color shift can mean everything. Here, a beige sofa distinguishes the living area from its stark, white surroundings.
With an open floor plan, the slightest color shift can mean everything. Here, a beige sofa distinguishes the living area from its stark, white surroundings.

WIth sunlight from multiple angles, this living room is a perfect space for basking in a warm glow - of sun and design -  at any time of year.
WIth sunlight from multiple angles, this living room is a perfect space for basking in a warm glow – of sun and design – at any time of year.

This ultra modern living room uses its clean lines to create an overwhelming atmosphere that is clean and serene.
This ultra modern living room uses its clean lines to create an overwhelming atmosphere that is clean and serene.

The round columns in this living room divide the room and give an otherwise industrial apartment a bit of a romantic spin.
The round columns in this living room divide the room and give an otherwise industrial apartment a bit of a romantic spin.

In this smaller living room, the white color scheme makes things feel more open.
In this smaller living room, the white color scheme makes things feel more open.

This French-style living room has an eclectic design that's familiar, but is unified with a color story that is springy and pretty.
This French-style living room has an eclectic design that’s familiar, but is unified with a color story that is springy and pretty.

The use of concrete and wood turn this modern living room into a testament to mid-century design.
The use of concrete and wood turn this modern living room into a testament to mid-century design.

This teak wood living room is perfect for a living room that doubles as an outdoor entertaining space.
This teak wood living room is perfect for a living room that doubles as an outdoor entertaining space.

A spacious living room dominated by a soft gray sectional is perfect for a family that wants to relax in style.
A spacious living room dominated by a soft gray sectional is perfect for a family that wants to relax in style.

The green color in this particular living room is a perfect match for springtime blooms, making the indoors feel a little brighter all year round.
The green color in this particular living room is a perfect match for springtime blooms, making the indoors feel a little brighter all year round.

Slate gray walls and a deep blue sofa give this living room a bit of a stormy feel.
Slate gray walls and a deep blue sofa give this living room a bit of a stormy feel.

Black walls and a stone accent give this living room the feeling of a particularly stylish dungeon.
Black walls and a stone accent give this living room the feeling of a particularly stylish dungeon.

The adobe and teal scheme here have a distinctly 1980s Miami Beach feel to them. Totally rad.
The adobe and teal scheme here have a distinctly 1980s Miami Beach feel to them. Totally rad.

A top floor living room lends itself to a gently sloping ceiling and stunning skylight.
A top floor living room lends itself to a gently sloping ceiling and stunning skylight.

This black and white living room has a sleek, artistic bent to it. A perfect setting for a martini or two.
This black and white living room has a sleek, artistic bent to it. A perfect setting for a martini or two.

It's impossible to ifnore the pops of purple in this artsy living room with exposed brick.
It’s impossible to ifnore the pops of purple in this artsy living room with exposed brick.

Wood, marble, and simply gray upholstery create a mid-century masterpiece in this living room.
Wood, marble, and simply gray upholstery create a mid-century masterpiece in this living room.

White, gray, and spindly tree branch painting take this space into a dreamy white simplicity.
White, gray, and spindly tree branch painting take this space into a dreamy white simplicity.

The curtains and soft rugs give this living room a romantic air.
The curtains and soft rugs give this living room a romantic air.

A twisted metal chandelier and dark walls give this living room an eerie gothic feel.
A twisted metal chandelier and dark walls give this living room an eerie gothic feel.

Sumptuous wood floors and walls have a decadent effect on this living room.
Sumptuous wood floors and walls have a decadent effect on this living room.

The stone walls in this living room, coupled with the exposed rafters, have the feel of an East Coast Retreat.
The stone walls in this living room, coupled with the exposed rafters, have the feel of an East Coast Retreat.

Lime green accents  add a non-so-subtle vibrance to this open floorplan home.
Lime green accents add a non-so-subtle vibrance to this open floorplan home.

A small space feels bigger with simple furniture and plenty of storage.
A small space feels bigger with simple furniture and plenty of storage.

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The first penthouse in this post is from the Ukraine. The modern two story space is steeped in cozy decadence. Overstuffed chairs and ottomans demand relaxation of the body while simple, clean design calms the mind as well. The lofted bedroom area is particularly comfortable, using its comparatively minimal area to create a nest that's ideal for sleeping or intimate conversation.
The first penthouse in this post is from the Ukraine. The modern two story space is steeped in cozy decadence. Overstuffed chairs and ottomans demand relaxation of the body while simple, clean design calms the mind as well. The lofted bedroom area is particularly comfortable, using its comparatively minimal area to create a nest that’s ideal for sleeping or intimate conversation.

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In the U.S. home, the modern penthouse design tends further towards minimalism as personified in the elegant spiral staircase that wraps around a concrete pole. Materials like concrete and metal give a nod to industrial aesthetics while marble and hardwood keep things warm.
In the U.S. home, the modern penthouse design tends further towards minimalism as personified in the elegant spiral staircase that wraps around a concrete pole. Materials like concrete and metal give a nod to industrial aesthetics while marble and hardwood keep things warm.

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The mishmash of styles in this French apartment should come as no surprise in a country well knows for their creative contrasts. Bright colors pair with cool neutrals and stripes with prints while sunshine is never ever forgotten.
The mishmash of styles in this French apartment should come as no surprise in a country well knows for their creative contrasts. Bright colors pair with cool neutrals and stripes with prints while sunshine is never ever forgotten.

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This Denmark home has a simple Scandinavian appeal. Lots of white stands in contrast to elegant dark wood beams and subtle black accents. The resulting design is clean and evokes a majorly upscale version of IKEA.
This Denmark home has a simple Scandinavian appeal. Lots of white stands in contrast to elegant dark wood beams and subtle black accents. The resulting design is clean and evokes a majorly upscale version of IKEA.

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The final apartment comes from Vietnam and the southeast Asian influence is unmistakable. Intricate light fixtures and carefully carved cabinetry play well with Vietnamese ceramics. The space opens up into an elegant outdoor area that truly takes advantage of the tropical surroundings.
The final apartment comes from Vietnam and the southeast Asian influence is unmistakable. Intricate light fixtures and carefully carved cabinetry play well with Vietnamese ceramics. The space opens up into an elegant outdoor area that truly takes advantage of the tropical surroundings.

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May 30, 2015

When you are able to live in beautiful surroundings, you want to be sure that your lifestyle is not diminishing those surroundings for generations to come. In the tropical, gorgeous area of Tulum, Mexico, the New York-based architects from Specht Harpman were able to create a home that celebrates its environment and works with – rather than against – the climate. The house, known as Casa Xixim, is truly a testament to the future of eco-friendly design (or ‘ecoluxe’ as the case may be). It uses natural air flow and architectural ingenuity to keep the home comfortable all year but does not sacrifice any of the modern, luxurious design elements.

The ground level of the house consists of a back pool deck with room for entertaining. The crystal clear pool has a view that is just as clear of the protected bay area behind the house, and the modern ground floor interiors. The living room, kitchen, and dining area are unsurprisingly a part of a lush open floorplan. Because the walls can, in effect, open up to the world, cooling breezes can constantly be filtering through the house, keeping the environment comfortable. This air flow, in addition to other features we will discuss, keeps the home net-neutral for energy and waste.
The ground level of the house consists of a back pool deck with room for entertaining. The crystal clear pool has a view that is just as clear of the protected bay area behind the house, and the modern ground floor interiors. The living room, kitchen, and dining area are unsurprisingly a part of a lush open floorplan. Because the walls can, in effect, open up to the world, cooling breezes can constantly be filtering through the house, keeping the environment comfortable. This air flow, in addition to other features we will discuss, keeps the home net-neutral for energy and waste.

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The second floor is home to most of the house's four bedrooms, which also open up to the outside (with privacy shutters easily snapping closed when necessary). Gauzy canopies hang over the beds while neutral oatmeal tones speak to the crunchy granola roots of this house.
The second floor is home to most of the house’s four bedrooms, which also open up to the outside (with privacy shutters easily snapping closed when necessary). Gauzy canopies hang over the beds while neutral oatmeal tones speak to the crunchy granola roots of this house.

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The rooftop terrace is more than just another entertaining space. A photovoltaic canopy collect solar power to use in the rest of the house. Native plants provide natural insulation and another area of the terrace collects rainwater.
The rooftop terrace is more than just another entertaining space. A photovoltaic canopy collect solar power to use in the rest of the house. Native plants provide natural insulation and another area of the terrace collects rainwater.

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The beauty of this house is that it looks and feel luxurious, but its decadence is in its comfortable design and stunning location. There is no overindulgence that is so common in luxury homes, making this eco-friendly house something that architects should look towards for the future of home and of our planet.
The beauty of this house is that it looks and feel luxurious, but its decadence is in its comfortable design and stunning location. There is no overindulgence that is so common in luxury homes, making this eco-friendly house something that architects should look towards for the future of home and of our planet.

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May 30, 2015

This is certainly not the first time we have explored the variety and creativity of loft living on this blog. The increased emphasis on urban spaces that are both practical and beautiful, with the added benefit of using lofts that have been repurposed from a former life, makes loft living that much more appealing. The three apartments in this post have that barely industrial loft style running through them, and each uses dark colors to create a space that is just a little bit brooding. Exposed brick is the final commonality that puts these lofts into that same creative, somewhat European, artistically aesthetic category.

The first home comes from designer Vladimir Bolotkin. Immediately, the slanted attic apartment ceilings stand out in this design. A cool spiral staircase connects multiple levels of the home while cool grey neutrals act as a blanket over the entire apartment. Soft sofas, a perfectly styled bistro kitchen and a smattering of white painted brick all serve to give this home a modern Parisian feel.
The first home comes from designer Vladimir Bolotkin. Immediately, the slanted attic apartment ceilings stand out in this design. A cool spiral staircase connects multiple levels of the home while cool grey neutrals act as a blanket over the entire apartment. Soft sofas, a perfectly styled bistro kitchen and a smattering of white painted brick all serve to give this home a modern Parisian feel.

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The next apartment, from designer Kostya Entaltsev measures just 35 square meters (376 square feet) and is a bit brighter and somewhat more sleek than the first. Here, bare brick contrasts with perfectly polished wood paneling and floors, making the brick more a statement and less of a happenstance. A small kitchen and cozy bedroom give enough space for a bachelor or maybe a young couple. The white tiled bathroom is perhaps one of the more stunning achievements, with is deep modern tub and vintage-styled showerhead, marrying old and new looks.
The next apartment, from designer Kostya Entaltsev measures just 35 square meters (376 square feet) and is a bit brighter and somewhat more sleek than the first. Here, bare brick contrasts with perfectly polished wood paneling and floors, making the brick more a statement and less of a happenstance. A small kitchen and cozy bedroom give enough space for a bachelor or maybe a young couple. The white tiled bathroom is perhaps one of the more stunning achievements, with is deep modern tub and vintage-styled showerhead, marrying old and new looks.

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The final space is a condo unit in Bangkok with a decidedly masculine style. The space is fairly compact, but the design still manages to include plenty of big state furniture - from a polished leather chesterfield to towering custom shelf units. A brick wall in the bedroom gives the area an industrial oomph and a few natural wood accents soften anything that feels at first harsh.
The final space is a condo unit in Bangkok with a decidedly masculine style. The space is fairly compact, but the design still manages to include plenty of big state furniture – from a polished leather chesterfield to towering custom shelf units. A brick wall in the bedroom gives the area an industrial oomph and a few natural wood accents soften anything that feels at first harsh.

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These final images are photos that show just how close the designer was able to get when working off the above visualizations.
These final images are photos that show just how close the designer was able to get when working off the above visualizations.

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May 30, 2015

Wicker patio furniture sets are perhaps the most universal of all outdoor furnishings in the way that they fit in almost any design situation from outdoor balcony to pool.  The construction is durable and can stand up to weather keeping the product looking great for many years to come.  Another advantage is how you can dress up colors with cushions.  This is great way to update the look just by getting new cushions in a color or pattern choice that fits your decorative fancy.   If you are thinking about type and style, look no further.  We have put together 15 great examples that were picked by our editors as having style and class, and having the ability to dress up any outdoor space.

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There were so many great models in the above pictures.  It’s amazing how many different wicker patio furniture sets there are on the market and how the style can be some drastically different.

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There are so many different pieces that go into the creation of a film. From the first keystroke that starts to write a story, characters with all their inherent quirks, traits, and personality are spun from thin air. When a film actually starts to take shape on-screen, those traits have to be reflected not just in the actor chosen to portray the character, but in the scenery, design, and every image. In a movie like recent science fiction film Ex Machina, those necessities are heightened. A near future and a billionaire protagonist need to have a very specific setting (remember Tony Stark’s house?) that sometimes may not just physically exist. The filmmakers did not find a perfect setting and instead cobbled together two real life locations with visual effects and sets to create a stunning world for their artificial intelligence opus.

This image from the movie is a still from the film. Real exteriors meld with visual effects to create a technology billionaire's secluded home.
This image from the movie is a still from the film. Real exteriors meld with visual effects to create a technology billionaire’s secluded home.

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Much of the home used in the final film is actually a hotel. The Juvet Landscape Hotel, from the Norwegian team at Jensen & Skodvin Architects. Although the film takes place in Alaska, this stunning hotel is actually found in a remote area of Norway. The hotel, which has not been open long, is nestled among rocks, forests, and water. It plays the part of the billionaire's dining room but is also available for booking - if you can afford it.
Much of the home used in the final film is actually a hotel. The Juvet Landscape Hotel, from the Norwegian team at Jensen & Skodvin Architects. Although the film takes place in Alaska, this stunning hotel is actually found in a remote area of Norway. The hotel, which has not been open long, is nestled among rocks, forests, and water. It plays the part of the billionaire’s dining room but is also available for booking – if you can afford it.

There is something inherently luxurious about seclusion. Even if it were not for the stunning, modern design behind these gorgeous interiors, being far removed from society provides both safety as well as a bit of danger.
There is something inherently luxurious about seclusion. Even if it were not for the stunning, modern design behind these gorgeous interiors, being far removed from society provides both safety as well as a bit of danger.

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Some of the home interiors, such as these of the living room, were shot a separate location. A private summer house, also designed by Jensen & Skodvin, speaks to the themes of the movie. The home and its sleek modern aesthetic is actually carved into the side of a mountain. Cliffs and rocks come into the house and must be worked around, just as the film uncovers so many elements of the nature that man is up against when working with technology.
Some of the home interiors, such as these of the living room, were shot a separate location. A private summer house, also designed by Jensen & Skodvin, speaks to the themes of the movie. The home and its sleek modern aesthetic is actually carved into the side of a mountain. Cliffs and rocks come into the house and must be worked around, just as the film uncovers so many elements of the nature that man is up against when working with technology.

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Image Courtesy: A24 Films, The Juvet Hotel, Ty Pennington

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May 30, 2015

There is nothing like a pretty outdoor space to compliment a home.  When the weather is right you can enjoy it on your own or with family and friends.  For human beings, getting some fresh air is good for the soul and the mind.  With that thought, we want to share 12 amazing stone patio designs that moved us by their inspiration and decorative feel.  It’s great to look at pictures and see how others have created their special place and what type of patterns and style were used.  Another consideration is how you create the outdoor grounds and compliment it with furniture.  This can allow you to use your own decorative flair so that your personality can show through to friends and family.

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What a great circular pattern here to draw attention to the area.

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The lime green cushions go well with the gray stone work.

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All of these designs are great examples of how to use stone outdoors and create a look that works for you and your family.  Enjoy the ideas and see if you can find something that fits your own home.

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