Where Sophistication Meets Sweeping Old Arches: Optic Shop Renovation

A trip to the optic shop might not come with great deal in terms of design expectations, but when you want your business to shine though and have an identity of its own, then it pays to be different! Set within the confines a lovely, classic building in Girona, Spain the Optic Shop Renovation is a project completed by Arnau Vergés Tejero and it delicately and diligently combines old world ham with modern sophistication and new-age minimalism. Apart from the gorgeous arches just outside the atrium, the shop also utilized that already-present wooden window frames, to give the all-white interior a warmer ambiance. Read More


Modern 1960 Renovation By Gláma•Kím

This modern 1960 renovation by Gláma•Kím is picturesque, a place I could retire and just relax. The house was designed by Guðmundur Kr. Kristinsson and needed desperate repair. The roof design and material was the first thing I noticed. I assume with that green patina, the roof is copper? The roof is a nice architectural element that shines on this home. The simplicity of construction and what is going on in the interiors is in perfect harmony. The wood slatted ceilings add a nice warmth and lengthen the size of each room.The furnishings and art are perfect and compliment the architecture very nicely. Read More

Complex Winery Design Features Green Roof, Sliding Screens

California-based Signum Architecture completed the design of Odette Estate Winery, a modern structure aimed at mirroring the refinement of the wines produced in the famous Napa Valley. The project is said to express the owner’s commitment to sustainable farming and wine production. Read More

Garú Apartment: Modern São Paulo Home In Wood And Concrete

Creating a relaxing and energizing living environment for a retired couple in Guarujá, Brazil, Estúdio BRA use both color and texture to transform a previously uninspiring apartment. With an area of just 96 square meters, the apartment does not really overwhelm you with sweeping spaces. It is for this reason that the architects opted for an open plan living that contains the new kitchen, dining and living area placed in a linear and uncomplicated manner. Different colors have been used for different rooms of the home to delineate space without putting in physical barriers. Read More

An Organized Welcome: DIY Entryway Benches With Space-Savvy Brilliance

First impressions are often the best and it is no different in case of your home. The entryway, no matter how small it is, can set the mood and the design palette for the rest of your house. It can create a space that is versatile, elegant and gives you ample room for shoes, coats and a comfy seat. Making all this and a whole lot more possible is the modern entryway bench. Benches in the entry come in a wide range of shapes and finishes and it is often the style of the room and the available space that define your choice. Giving you more design flexibility in this regards are DIY entryway benches that are both affordable and eco-friendly. Read More

This Semi-Detached Edwardian Terrace House Gets A Brilliant Modern Makeover

Finding old homes in and around the city of Melbourne that are in need of quick and nifty makeover is nothing new. This semi-detached and single-fronted Edwardian terrace house in Brunswick, Australia found itself in a similar predicament before its homeowners turned to Chan Architecture for a modern and energizing facelift. The existing house was more than 100 years old and that meant that much of the revamp needed to happen in the rear, living the street facade largely untouched. Then there are the constraints of space with most of these Aussie homes having a long, narrow silhouette. Read More

Concrete Planes And Glass Walls Steal The Spotlight At Miravent House

There is beauty in simplicity. This is especially true in case of home design and decorating. Instead of spending endless hours on complicated form and flowery overtones, one can achieve an equally impressive result by sticking to the basics. Do not believe us? Then check out the Miravent House in Spain designed by Perretta Arquitectura. It has an undeniably elegant form and achieves this by putting together horizontal concrete planes and unobstructed glass walls. It feels all too simple and yet wows you instantly; the blend of textures the intersecting planes and the simple straight lines! Read More

What Makes A Perfect Room For A Primary School Age Girl?

When it comes to baby’s room design, it’s 100% predetermined by the taste of parents or a designer they hire. But a room for a primary school age girl is a completely different story. Firstly, such a kid’s room should please and inspire its little hostess. Secondly, it should be equally fit for night rest, games and studies. Moreover, such zoning should be based on the principle of ultimate rationality, rather than on the “who-cares-as-long-as-all-the-zones-are-fit” principle, which means that a kid should equally enjoy studying here, the room should be comfortable for playing and nothing would disturb a girl from having nice dreams. We have decided to show you all the must-haves of a primary school age girl’s room in context. So, let’s begin! Read More