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  • Blog Post: Urban Style Living: Concrete Products

    Concrete is the trendy product for home building if you want that modern urban-style aesthetic. It's a very raw material that provides clean lines and an open canvas for any home decor and furniture you decide to pair it with. Would you be surprised to learn that this living room wall (above) is...
  • Blog Post: Urban Gardens: Designed for the City

    Spring has sprung and for some of you so has your green thumb! For many urban planners, rooftop gardens are a high priority. Not only for their decorative impact, but for their environmental impact as well. Roof gardens can reduce the overall heat absorption of the builiding drastically which in turn...
  • Blog Post: Palihotel Interior Design Has Creative Appeal

    The Palihotel in Los Angeles is an ideally located urban hotel designed especially to appeal to creative travelers of all ages. Located in the heart of the Melrose Ave. Shopping District in Los Angeles making this the perfect place for the urban traveler to stay. It is also the first boutique hotel to...
  • Blog Post: Spectacular Architecture and Design via Venice Beach, California

    Regardless of which coast or state, beach towns are most notable for their laid-back character and the rejuvenating time we spend there. It's somewhere we like to escape for an hour, a day or a weekend while we calmly listen to the ocean, maybe do some boutique shopping or have a casual picnic. Venice...
  • Blog Post: Portland, You're so 1890's.

    As I'm walking around Portland this past weekend I'm asking myself..."Are you really so 1890's?" Whether the 1890's are a fad or lifestyle, I think there are some amazing things that going back to your roots can bring to this modern world. And that's about when I saw the...
  • Blog Post: Stunning Modern Designs From Emerging Architects

    SsD Architecture / Braver House in Newton, Massachusetts Jinhee Park and John Hong of SsD Architecture develop their designs by exploring aspects of architecture, landscape, history, and social systems taking an interdisciplinary approach to design. One of their completed projects is Braver house...
  • Blog Post: Container Architecture: Popping Up in Your Neighborhood Soon

    So many goods are transported via container daily and these containers have shelf life just like everything else. After about 10 uses they can no longer be used and they end up piling up at ports all over. The use of shipping containers for construction is a brilliant idea. Although it is not the newest...
  • Blog Post: Concrete Living In An Urban World

    Using concrete in your home will not only add aesthetic interest, but will also slash heating and cooling costs plus help preserve the environment. Concrete homes are durable, cost effective and super stylish. This concrete living room above balances both colors and materials well. The concrete provides...
  • Blog Post: Exposed Brick Walls Have the Best Personality!

    Exposed brick walls are something everyone loves to have in their lives. Just think about how warm and cozy they make you feel, the stories they tell, and how naturally beautiful they are in their raw form. They really do have the best personality and I've got proof. I would love to cook up...
  • Blog Post: Beverly West Residences: Contemporary Urban Living At Its Best

    Perched above the Los Angeles Country Club at a prime location along the Wilshire corridor, Beverly West Residences is contemporary urban living at its best! A new twenty-one-story contemporary condo tower finished with elegant materials, detailing and modern forms, Beverly West Residences is ideal for...
  • Blog Post: Modern Sustainable Living in Echo Park by Sunia Homes

    This gorgeous work of art stiuated in Echo Park is a modern model house built by Sunia Homes , a new company focused on building sustainable and affordable residencies in California. The architectural design, building materials and the furnishings create a sophisticated yet relaxed environment. What...
  • Blog Post: Urban Design: Look at Des Moines, Iowa Grow

    Urban design is a key to making places that are successful both socially and economically, good to live in, and attractive to visit. Urban design is essential in creating community identity. It is effective planning in the widest sense, and it can help to deliver better public services. It also helps...
  • Blog Post: Villa Armanzi In Phuket, Thailand Is Living In Harmony

    Villa Amanzi in Phuket, Thailand, takes the term "bringing the outdoors in" to an entirely different level! This home, nestled in a ravine with a dramatic slab of rock on the northern edge, overlooking the Andaman Sea on the South is at one with nature. This exciting challenge for Original...
  • Blog Post: Modern Manhattan Beach Residence Opens Up and Let's Nature In

    When building a modern home in Manhattan Beach, Michael Lee Architects are the ones to make your vision a reality. They did just that for the Kim Family as they maximized the square footage on this small corner lot and captured views from every angle imaginable! This 4-story home opens up on every level...
  • Blog Post: Contemporary Coastal Architecture With Nautical Nostalgia

    Designer Steve Lazar entered the world of residential design as he believes anyone should - as a ditch digger - learning and perfecting the many facets of home building, including the marriage between designing and building. He now runs the successful Lazar design/build firm which focuses on innovation...
  • Blog Post: Abbot Kinney: Where Art & Culture Meet Beach Town

    Known as the "Coney Island of the Pacific" in the early 1900's, the area we now know as Venice used to be called Ocean Park until Abbot Kinney took charge of city politics and changed the name in 1911. After traveling the world, Kinney settled along the coast of Southern California in 1880...
  • Blog Post: Modern Island Retreat Integrates Seamlessly with Landscape

    What isn't there to love about this beautiful island retreat located on the New Zealand Island of Waiheke? This home designed by Fearon Hay Architects with interiors by Penny Hay takes my breath and my words away. New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places in the world, so being able to capture...
  • Blog Post: The Malibu Colony: Where Beautiful Design Meets the Pacific

    This colorful illustration depicts the most exclusive community in Malibu, California - The Malibu Colony. Centrally located, near shops and restaurants, The Colony is a gated community in Malibu which is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives. It was one of the first areas inhabited after...
  • Blog Post: Schindler Houses in Inglewood - Seeing Double

    A pair of Rudolph M. Schindler houses in the Inglewood suburb of Los Angeles have been remodeled and brought into the 21st century. Schindler, of course, is one of the icons of California Mid-Century Modernism, with well-documented homes such as the Kings Road House in West Hollywood. These gems...
  • Blog Post: Dream Location for Contemporary Architecture and Design

    One of the most sought after locations to live is along the picturesque Pacific Coast of Southern California. Residences on either side of the Los Angeles Pacific Coast Highway easily qualify as "dream" homes and feature award winning architecture. The interiors deserve just as much praise...
  • Blog Post: Andrew Geller, American Architect, Photo Gallery

    Andrew Geller , the innovative architect behind many a modernist Hampton beach house, including iconic A-Frame designs, recently passed away . Ever hear of the Bra, the Box Kite, the Cat, the Milk Carton, or the Reclining Picasso? These were all nicknames given to his visually striking and remarkable...
  • Blog Post: A Modern Cabin in Northern California

    With winter coming on in full force, we thought you would enjoy a little greenery. This modern cabin seamlessly blends in with its Northern California forest setting. Upright wood siding echoes the surrounding redwood and pine tree trunks. Planted roofs evoke the forest canopy and help to protect...
  • Blog Post: 387 Square Foot Prefab Home in Portugal

    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...

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