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Designing a home is about recreating a feeling. Today I want to bring home the beach by recreating the calm, beachy feeling--like the kind of feeling that you get when your toes are in the warm sand, you are lying under the shade of gently swaying leaves, your fingers are brushing through the cool, clear sea waters.
To get the look and feeling of the beach in your home bring in objects, art, furniture and lighting that is made from natural materials like a mirror made of driftwood, pendant lights made of shells that sway in the breeze, shades made of seagrass, elements in granite, raffia and cotton. Natural materials give a home an earthy and rustic feel.
By keeping a beachy color palette of natural whites, creams with hints of soft blues and sea greens, the home maintains a clean and cool feeling. The elements of brass, gold and crystal in the mix are like the glimmers in the ocean, the shiny abalone and glistening shells. The juxtaposition of the rustic elements with the shiny elements brings the same balance of relaxation and excitement of the beach into the home.
Add the right greenery (there's nothing like a pony-tail palm to make a space feel beachy-keen) and you're ready to turn even the most urban dwelling into a beach bungalow.
Get the look above:
White Faux Nautilus Shell with Tan Shade Table Lamp, Dolce Capiz Shell 11 1/2-Inch-H Mini Pendant Light , Charlotte Square 18-Inch-W Accent Table, Regatta Cupertino Modern Currey and Company Pendant Light, Crystorama Palla 12" Wide Antique Silver Wall Sconce, Currey And Company Beachhead 21" Square Driftwood Mirror,Bachelor 1-Drawer Driftwood 24-Inch-W TV Table, Brushed Nickel Seagrass Giclee 5 1/2-Inch-H Pendant, Fluted Ball Sea Glass Jamie Young Table Lamp, Laguna Sahara Dark Wood 38-Inch-H Club Chair, Global Bazaar Artista Blue and Grey Modern Throw Pillow, Brass Desk Arc Lamp, Morocco Blue Square 18-Inch Designer Pillow
Images: Desire to Inspire
Wall & Deco introduces an incredible new collection of of outdoor wallpaper called OUT-Outdoor Unconventional Texture. The visual solutions for exterior decoration will blow your mind. Graffiti and street art have greatly influenced the design culture in the last few years and now Wall & Deco has taken this concept to the next level and combined it with innovative technology to create something completely unexpected.
There are so many expressive possibilities which make these bold and graphic outdoor wallpapers an architects dream! Adding color and graphic wall murals into urban settings makes for happy places and it actually brings inspiration to communities. Goodbye outdoor tile, hello outdoor wallpaper! Just take a look at some of the amazing exterior applications.
BauHaus: This colorful graphic pattern creates such a bold contrast with the natural environment. Imagine how this could light up at night with the use of modern up lighting.
Kefia: The Houndstooth pattern adds sophistication to this modern architecture. Pair it with colorful outdoor chairs and let the fun begin!
Tokio Stripes: Black and white patterns are a bold, yet classic statement. Modern outdoor furniture in neutral tones helps maintain balance and doesn't compete with this bold pattern.
Pop Pop Pop: No repeat on this pop wall mural. Just look at how the image seems transparent and you can still see the "wall" behind it. Such amazing innovation.
Loren Ipsum: Combing the old with the new. How can that not be ancient text carved into a concete wall?
Camooo: Camouflage your building or create a bold graphic statement. Imagine using this on a government building in your downtown!
Wall & Deco has just proven to us that architecture is about to get more fun!
Images: Wall & Deco
Sidney based architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects took this old Victorian home with tall surrounding walls and turned it into a super cool modern home. We approve.
Simple forms, minimal furnishing and mixed materials all work together to create the home's modern look. When your minimal furnishings include cool, modern accent chairs go ahead and consider yourself on-trend.
Cool appliances, simple modern lighting and dark colored furniture make this place stylish for both male and female inhabitants.
Images: Andrew Maynard Architects
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Responding to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces.
The Mima House is a 387 square foot prefabricated house in Portugal. Designed by Mima Architects, it has a modular structure and can be divided into rooms with a grid of removable partitions. Each side of internal and external walls can have a different color/finishing, which allows a dramatic change through a simple wall rotation.
It costs about the same price to manufacture as a family car. Mima architects researched for years to be able to put together a single home that was fast to produce, flexible, light and inexpensive, yet was a good quality product wrapped up with a pleasant clean design. Fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.
Plywood panels transform the windows into walls to create privacy where necessary.
Despite its standardized construction methods, these houses can be customized in so many parameters, that you’ll hardly see two equal houses.
Fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.
The restrained order of its standardized building parts appealed to MIMA architects as the hallmark of a deeply rooted culture, confirmed over centuries and easily adaptable to any new development.
Images: Jose Campos
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