Contemporary interior design is the opposite of classic — it is bold and trendy and emphasizes popular design. In contemporary homes, shapes and textures take the spotlight. Natural materials, such as linen and jute, are often paired with curvy, geometric furniture and mix-and-match metal and wood. Contemporary-Modern design is characterized by clean, simple lines, a minimum of decoration, lots of glass, and flat or shed rooflines. Many feature unusual open floor plans and Indoor/outdoor living spaces. Unlike stark modern or […]

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Hillam Architects were asked by their client to design an update for their 1980’s home in Perth, Australia. This new home with contemporary updates was realized by a series of dramatic alterations and additions. The house is mostly glass, steel and concrete, and features a central swimming pool that thrusts forward, enjoying views of the surrounding valley. A new concrete canopy across the front elevation enhances the street presence of the residence while the reflection pool and stone tile path guide visitors […]

This year the idea of keeping it simple sounds pretty appealing to me when it comes to decorating for the season. Pulling out bins upon bins of holiday decor and filling every nook and cranny can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming. With a little creative thinking there are many ways to instantly add holiday style to your home without spending a great deal of time. This week, Christmas Inspiration and Ideas is around up of some simple and easy holiday […]

Nine in 10 respondents in a sleep survey cited their mattress as an important factor in getting that coveted good night’s rest. Americans love their beds so much, in fact, that they’re willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a single mattress. Getting a good night’s sleep depends on a lot of different factors – comfort, stress level, room temperature – but to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first […]

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It’s not easy deciding how much space to designate for a foyer. On the hand, the space isn’t very function like a kitchen or living room. On the other hand, the front entrance of your home is the first impression your home offers to visitors. Too often a home’s entrance is ignored, and while I don’t suggest dedicating too much of your budget to your foyer, you can’t go wrong in making your front entrance a good design representative for the […]

The island of Pico, Portugal gained a new attraction with the stunning Cella Bar, a structure that is part abandoned building and part curvy, modern wooden addition. FCC Arquitectura, together with interior designer Paulo Lobo, have designed the Cella Bar, in Madalena, Portugal. The juxtaposition of the two buildings pays homage to the city of Madalena’s past, and elegantly mimics the contours of the island. The new extension is a contemporary creation, exposed to a completely different language. Restoration on the walls, roofs, […]

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Live an environmentally-friendly semi-submerged experience in style, elegance and exclusivity. Now it’s possible with the Trilobis 65, the first eco-yacht with underwater view, motorized with electric engines powered by hydrogen fuel cells and photovoltaic panels, it’s also 80% recyclable. With this futurtistic project designed by the architect Giancarlo Zema for the SemiSubGeneration firm, will forever change the naval eco-tourism sector. Until now the shipbuilding and hospitality industry has always proposed floating or submerged projects but the partially submerged dimension is […]

Improving your home is something that you need to do on a regular basis and decorating a new home for the first time is an exciting prospect – you have a completely blank canvas to work with. However, decorating can be costly and homeowners generally need to find ways to transform their home on a budget. There are a few things that you can do to improve your home without spending a fortune for both the exterior and the interior, […]

This old school converted into a contemporary apartment was designed by Standard Studio. A 100 year old school-building in the center of Amsterdam is transformed into 10 spacious and sustainable apartments directly for the group Ons Dorp Amsterdam (Our Village Amsterdam) of 10 young families. Each apartment has a different floor plan and different materials based on the individual wishes of the participants. Sustainable technologies like solar technology, ground source heat pumps, insulation, green roofs etc. have been used to obtain a […]

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Architect Standard Studio designed the new supermarket concept store, Marqt store that just opened at the Gelderlandplein in Amsterdam. With a number of new services Marqt focuses on more convenience and quality for the customer. For example, fresh made pasta, various cuts of meat and fish, fried or marinated. Even chickens are grilled on a spit and fresh mussels shovelled in the desired quantity. There is a ‘Shack’ for coffee, snacks, salads and sandwiches designed in an old shipping container and […]

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Malaysian architect Eleena Jamil has built a bamboo pavilion in Kuala Lumpur’s botanical gardens, featuring tree-like columns and a floor made up of 31 elevated platforms. Eleena Jamil – whose past projects include a house a with horse shoe-shaped courtyard – designed The Bamboo Playhouse for the Perdana Botanical Gardens, a 92-hectare park in the centre of the city. The Bamboo fiber is stronger and cheaper than steel. The structure is based on traditional Malaysian pavilions and is primarily used as a […]

Would you like make your Christmas tree really unique and decorate it with LEGO ornaments? Or how about just a little LEGO Santa above the fireplace or hiding in someone’s stocking?  I don’t know how it is in your house, but around here those awesome LEGO sets they absolutely beg for get built, and then destroyed. Build your own LEGO Christmas Ornaments and impress your friends! Almost instantly. Making these LEGO Christmas ornaments can be more than just decorating your tree; it […]

Cambridge’s King’s College Chapel unites the old and the new, the spiritual and scientific – literally so with the “Dear World… Yours, Cambridge” projection. This is the first time that the university of cambridge has invited an artist to make a work of art in the chapel. King’s College Chapel is a splendid example of late Gothic (Perpendicular) architecture. It was started in 1446 by Henry VI (1421-71) and took over a century to build. This project by Miguel Chevalier set […]

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‘Tis the season to be jolly. Well, you know what season this is. Everyone loves Christmas trees, however, a tree can take up a lot of space! Everywhere you go there are Christmas jingles and chimes in shopping malls, on the radio or online.  Are you space-challenged? Bored of the same green plastic tree you unpack and assemble every Christmas? Sounds like it’s time for some new Christmas tree ideas for your home. The tree is the most important piece of decor for the […]

An orangery is a traditional adaptation to the home and is very different in both design and construction to that of a conservatory. An orangery is seen as the ultimate luxury home extension which comes with a glazed lantern as the centre feature of the structure with a flat roof surround featuring down lights in the ceiling and a stylish external orangery fascia.  An orangery is more substantial than a conservatory. It is usually made of brick or masonry to […]

Within the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, Nando’s restaurant occupies over 7,500 square feet in a prominent 2nd floor corner position within the mall boulevard. Harrison is a leading design consultancy, specializing in restaurant and bar branding, design and development. Over the course of the past decade, Harrison has worked on over 100 sites for Nando’s the Portuguese chicken restaurant chain, with each venue giving rise to individual design challenges. One of Harrison’s largest designs is Nando’s Westfield Stratford City, which […]