Archive for May 2011

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Stunning Mid Century Bungalow Conversion by SHED [Before & After]


SHED completed Montlake Remodel, an impressive architecture project. Here is the description we received: “Working with a limited budget and a tight construction schedule, the Montlake remodel re-imagined the interior space of a 1949 bungalow to meet the needs of a family of three. The owner’s project brief called for a unified Living/Kitchen/Dining room, a master bathroom, and the addition of a shower to the powder room. In addition, the clients wanted the floor plan opened up to the greatest extent possible. Several decisions were made to restrain the construction budget: 1) no changes would be made to the exterior building envelope; 2) no major changes would be made to existing plumbing locations and 3) the clients would act as the general contractor with the help of a detail oriented architecture school grad who was a skilled and an experienced carpenter.


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Roller-Coaster-like Chaise-Longue: Loopita Bonita by Victor M. Aleman

Roller-Coaster-like Chaise-Longue: Loopita Bonita by Victor M. Aleman


Loopita Bonita 5 Roller Coaster like Chaise Longue: Loopita Bonita by Victor M. AlemanSummer days are here. Take a deep breath and a look at this amazing chaise-longue that will probably make this summer one of the most relaxing ones so far. The Loopita Bonita was designed by Mexican industrial designer Victor M. Aleman. Inspired by the daily life in Mexico City, the artist created a relaxing escape in the form of this incredibly luscious piece of furniture. Prepared to offer comfort and relaxation for two people at the same time, Loopita Bonita can be placed in any yard or by any pool to ensure a harmonious design and a resort-like feeling. Looking like a piece of a roller coaster, the comfortable outdoor piece of furniture will bright up all your summer days and put a smile on your face as soon as you lay down. Its beautiful sun-kissed colour and a pair of comfortable cushions will let you rest, read or sunbathe under the sun or in the shadow, protected by its unique shape, depending on the position in relation to the sun. Take your loved one outside to enjoy the summer of 2011 in style.

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James Bond Movie Stage: The Elrod House by John Lautner

Take a look at this fascinating looking home that seems sprung out of a Sci-Fi movie. The correlation is not far away from the truth, since this residence designed by John Lautner was in fact the stage for the famous Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever” produced in 1971. Located in the Southridge enclave, Palm Springs, California, the house amazes due to its unworldly architecture. A conical dome is the main recognizable structure that most Bond fans are sure to remember, even if this iconic building was built in the 60′s. The rocks in the site were incorporated into the interior design of the Elrod House with stunning effects. This way an inciting atmosphere was created, making one inevitably think of great adventures. This impressive and unusual looking crib has no less than five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, a master suite, a roof top entertainment deck and many, many more. The residence is currently up for sale here for $13,890,000. Seems like a fair price for a James Bond movie stage?




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How to Warm up your Dark Hallway Interiors

There is nothing less appealing than walking down a dark hallway in a home and feeling like you are walking down a dark hole. By using color and light, a dark hallway can be inviting, and even serve as an experience as your guests and family members travel down the corridor. If you are trying to solve a dark hallway dilemma, look at these tips. Often times, adding a window with natural light, or even adding wall sconce lighting fixtures can help. See if these tips can help your dark hallway feel brighter.


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Rainbow Tiles for Vivid & Unconventional Bathrooms



This unusual bathroom renovation found on Instructables emanates only good vibes, which is why we decided to share it with you. The project was achieved by a couple (an artist and an engineer), as part of their basement remodel. Using hand painted tiles, they managed to create an unconventional looking bathroom: For our basement bathroom renovation, my wife and I decided to go all-out with our colour palette, and the result is gloriously bright, fun, and happy. When the sun comes through the window just right, the bathroom lights up with bright, bold colours that scream, “DRAW A BATH AND PLUNGE INTO THE RAINBOW!” Our design was inspired by a smattering of bathroom tiling ideas I found throughout the web, though none of those designs had gone to the extent of custom painting 34 different shades onto their tiles. When we first saw this, we though that it would be a great idea for a children’s bathroom. Would you consider initiating a similar DIY project for your home?



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How to Prepare your Home for a DIY Weekend

Are you excited about the do it yourself (DIY) project you’re going to embark on for the weekend? Well believe it or not, if you wait until the weekend before you start preparing, you will spend much of the weekend getting ready and not actually working. Preparing your home for a DIY weekend during the week can help you pick your project, buy your supplies and prep the area you will be working in. Here are tips to prepare your home for a DIY weekend, to help you use the weekend to achieve your DIY goals.



Do your research during the week: Believe it or not, there are millions of do it yourself projects out there, and if you don’t research how much time it takes to perform the project, supplies, etc… you will be disappointed at your progress over the weekend. When choosing projects, use websites that outline how difficult the project is, how many people are needed, an approximate budget, and how long it will take. This will help you choose projects within your expectation level.


* Ask for help before the weekend: Many DIY projects are one-person jobs, while many are not, or could be made easier with more than one person. Once you’ve decided on a project, determine how many people will help you make the project easier to perform. Ask friends, family, and neighbors in ample time before the weekend for them to check their schedules. Always ask more people than you need, to account for “no-shows”, sickness, etc.. You will have a piece of mind performing your project with help. Also research their expertise level for the project you will perform.
* Buy supplies before the weekend: There is no doubt you will visit your local hardware or home improvement store several times during your DIY project. To prevent having to spend half of your weekend going back and forth, purchase supplies during the week. You will most likely get in and out of the store faster than the weekend, and you won’t feel pressured to run back home because you’re in the middle of your project.




Prepare the area in your home in advance: Painting jobs, remodeling and do it yourself projects that require moving furniture, removing light switch receptacles, etc… can be done throughout the week. Empty out bookshelves, declutter and organize rooms that will later be worked on. Many a homeowner spends much of their weekend preparing their space and are dismayed when Sunday night comes and they have just began their project! Even if you have to put off your project for another weekend, arm yourself with the gift of time. Your project will come out nicer and with less mistakes and derailments.


Your do it yourself project just became easier with the help of these tips. Before you decide on a project, walk it through from beginning to end on paper and in your mind, as well as with the people that will assist you. Communication and planning are the success tools for pulling off a good DIY project. These tools will also help you prevent going over time and over budget, because you would of planned out many of the necessary roadblocks far in advance. Get ready to tackle your DIY project this week, and your weekend will be something to look forward to.

Freshome readers, what tricks do you have for preparing for your DIY weekend, before the fact?

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Photography Studio Combined with an Alluring Living Space in Milano



This delightful and original looking house was designed by Francesco Peveri and houses a photography studio, a large living area, unconventional sleeping units and a lovely terrace. Spread over an area of ​​about 280 square meters and located in the heart of Milano, Italy, this unique home found on AtCasa seems especially created for peace and meditation. Among the main features of this place, there is a spectacular spiral staircase that rises from the ground floor and continues until the terrace. A cozy and secluded bedroom is located at the second floor and accessible through the stairs. The furniture arrangements are minimalist; there is a successful mix of modern and vintage furniture elements that give life and personality to this place while making the most of its impressive 8 meter height. Do you have any suggestions that our readers could use when designing a really tall apartment?

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Photography Studio Combined with an Alluring Living Space in Milano

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Secluded Residence in Brazil Set Amidst Luscious Palm Trees Secluded Residence in Brazil Set Amidst Luscious Palm Trees


Two rectangular reinforced concrete blocks sitting atop of each other make up the primary architecture of the Paraty House. Located between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, on one of the islands near Paraty City, the residence cantilevers 8 meters outwards from the mountainside. Reaching towards the Brazilian coast, the residence is an exceptional secluded home where the inhabitants arrive after by boat. The topography found here sustains the architecture of the house in a successful attempt to offer the inhabitants a modern residence that penetrates nature to make room for comfortable living. The luscious corridor that runs along the coastline offers the Paraty House extensive views of the beach and water. Designed by Marcio Kogan, the two floor residence features the living room, kitchen and service area on the lower floor and bedrooms on the second volume. The roof acts like a mixture of outside places that offer the best of nature: an observation deck, green terraces and gardens for herbs, medicinal plants and sculptures. Art can also be found indoors, where the inhabitants have gathered a collection of works by well-known artists. Every detail of the extraordinary residence comes as a modern addition to nature: from the textured exterior walls to the extensive use of glass. Enjoy the pictures and explore the connection between humans and wild nature.



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How your Backsplash can Change your Space

Backsplashes have come a long way from their usual simple tile, or turn up return piece from the countertop. Today backsplashes command attention in the kitchen or bathroom, and are becoming more of a feature than a subtle backdrop. Depending on your décor style you can use a variety of materials, finishes and colors for your backsplash to coordinate with your space. Here are suggestions on how to choose a backsplash that will change your space before your eyes.

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* Don’t just go for the usual: While ceramic or porcelain tile still remain the most common materials chosen for backsplashes there are several other options to choose from. Mosaic tiles that incorporate glass, ceramic and stones give an artisan feel, and custom mosaics are one of a kind. Glass tile is a beautiful addition to dark kitchens. The reflections of light off of backsplashes keep your kitchen bright and fun to be in.
* Go bold: Ever wondered how bathrooms and kitchens can be transformed with a simple addition of a great backsplash? Metal backsplashes that use tin or metal ‘looking’ mosaics can add sparkle and a modern appeal. If you enjoy bold colors, opt for sharp contrasting color to the cabinetry or to the countertops. For added drama, use darker grout with metal backsplashes. For a more subtle look, use lighter grout to blend aesthetically.



Choose a backsplash that uses a flat surface: In many kitchens, granite slabs, concrete and glass backsplashes are a common substitute to segmented tiles. Flat backsplashes give your eye an uninterrupted view and work well for high ceiling kitchens that have expansive space. When using stone on vertical surfaces, ensure they are installed correctly by a general contractor or stone contractor.



* Natural stone: For a more rustic look, natural stone can have a more chiseled and uneven feel. This is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens that want an organic and natural aesthetic. Corbelled tile looks more like stone or rock, and doesn’t have any specific pattern. Pair natural stone with travertine, concrete, or slate countertops for a gorgeous and rustic space.
* Opt for new shapes: A great way your backsplash can change a space is by choosing backsplash patterns that aren’t just rectilinear. Ceramic and glass tile come in random, polygonal, and shapes that have curves instead of 90 degree angles. Consider using these types of backsplashes where you want to add creative energy and conversation in the room. Kitchens usually gather people in conversation naturally and powder room bathrooms are a place to add dazzle in your home. These spaces are ideal for adding backsplashes that will be unforgettable and talked about long after your guests leave your home!



Backsplashes are a nice way to make a space come alive with color, or get subdued with soft tones. Choose your style and be creative. For under cabinet counters, use lighting to brighten the work surface as well as bring your backsplash alive. The most common mistake in putting up a show stopper backsplash is not providing ample light to showcase it!

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How to Make your Kitchen More Multifunctional

If you think your kitchen is only for cooking, think again. In most households the kitchen has become the center attraction of the home. Whether it is because cooking tends to bring people together, or because the kitchen area serves as a meeting, dining, task and multifunctional area on most days. Depending on your entertaining lifestyle the kitchen may be where you meet with friends over cooking Friday night appetizers or help your teenagers with homework. Here are tips for making your kitchen more multifunctional for you and all of the 100 others functions you’d like to do.


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25 Room Design Ideas for Teenage Girls


Looking for fresh design ideas for pretentious and stylish teenage girls? In this post we will try to give a hand. For today we’ve gathered together a set of 25 pictures which represent young girls’ rooms. We tried to do a various selection: we went with some serious and sober interiors, but we also gave a shot to the familiar and very popular pink, orange and red arrangements. All of the rooms are practical, featuring working spaces, small bookcases or shelving systems for books and Cds and beautiful cabinets especially designed for teenage girls. Last but not least, we consider the mirror to be a mandatory item in any girl’s bedroom, so in some of the photos below you will notice they have a special status. Even though not all the room design ideas have a particular theme, the decorating elements are very well interconnected creating interiors that are both functional and aesthetic. Have a look!

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Organic Bed with a High Level of Comfort: SLEEPY


It has been a while since we posted a comfortable sleeping unit on Freshome. SLEEPY, designed by the Italian architect Angelo Tomaiuolo and produced by Tonin CASA, is an aesthetically pleasing bed, ideal for contemporary houses. According to the producers, the wide base is upholstered with fabric or eco-leather in different finishes. The wrapping sculptural headboard contribute to its extremely original and unique shape. Production processes studied in order to guarantee each product with the right “dress” and to exalt the organic feel that Sleepy transmits. Its dimensions are quite impressive, which is why this king-sized bed is suited for large bedrooms. In the photos below you will also notice the BESIDE table, a minimalist glass addition that seems to harmonize perfectly with the design of the bed. Looks alluring?

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Exquisite Details Covering the Magistral Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz


Displaying an exceptional design with exquisite details, the Magistral Cabinet offers a glamorous feeling to any interior. Created by New York based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz, the majestic cabinet design is covered in over 80,000 bamboo skewers. The patterned design creates a fantastic dynamic effect. Featuring many drawers and openings hidden at first sight, the Magistral Cabinet protects your belongings with style. The drawers slide open to reveal the functioning mechanism of this amazing piece of furniture. When closed, the cabinet looks like it was taken out of a modern fantasy. In 6 weeks, 12 skilled woodworkers created what the designer dreamed: a perfectly balanced, glamorous cabinet. Each bamboo skewer was individually hammered into the previously carved wooden structure, creating an extremely elaborate design. Currently on display at the Cristina Grajales Gallery, the Magistral Cabinet can be admired by anyone interested in the design and the artist’s work.

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30 Scandinavian Living Room Designs With a Mesmerizing Effect

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