Sacramento Modern Residence: Inspired By The Classic Eichler Charm!

Replacing an existing ranch home in Orangevale, the Sacramento Modern Residence borrows of midcentury aesthetics while embracing modern ergonomics and a smart indoor-outdoor interplay. Designed for a couple with grown kids, the open living area of the house holds the kitchen with twin islands and a dashing dining area; all of which are visually connected with the landscape outside. Designed by Klopf Architecture, the modern family residence has a sloped roof that gives the street façade a low, modest look even as the rear structure brings the outdoors inside with its wall of glass! Read More

Tour Around An Araptment With New Smart Home Technologies

Today’s tour around an interesting apartment interior is not quite ordinary – this time we’d rather focus on “smart” technologies used within the major rooms, than on their decorative details. We’ll use this flat to demonstrate the most important innovations in the sphere of Smart Home systems and how they can be controlled from a smartphone. Read More

Juliet Balconies: Terrifying History & Today’s Beauty (45 Ideas)

A balconet, balconette and a Juliet balcony are three terms used to describe the same architectural form – a type of a false balcony, which doesn’t have a platform.  A metal barrier is arranged right in front of a high window-opening at the outer plane of the building. Also, there are options with platforms available, but they’re so extremely narrow that one can hardly put a foot on it (“go to the balcony”). So, a balconette is merely a decorative element of the exterior and a kind of a high window designed to let in much daylight into a room, as opposed to genuine balconies serving as storage spots and lounge areas. Read More

Bravos House: Encased In Moving Wooden Panels And Slats

Draped ever so elegantly in a wood made of Cumaru, a Brazilian tree species, the Bravos House in the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil cleverly brings together privacy, solar shading and lovely views. The 937-sqaure-meter contemporary residence was designed by Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos keeping in mind the specific needs of the homeowners which included an open social zone and a dashing deck outside. To ensure that the living room, dining area and kitchen flow seamlessly into the outdoor pool deck, a basement level parking was designed along with space for utility rooms. Read More

“Copenhagen”: Scandinavian House Built Within Just 118 Days

The architect who designed this house was tasked with creating a contemporary-style building that would harmonically communicate with a pretty narrow, elongated plot of land with tremendous altitudinal variation. Beyond that it was supposed to be functional, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly. To crown it all it had to be constructed extremely fast, at a reasonable cost and with frame architecture. And 118 days later a land plot in the suburbs of Minsk, Belarus, already featured an original object dubbed “Copenhagen”. Read More

30 Glass Coffee Tables That Bring Transparency To Your Living Room

One of the key components of any living room is the coffee table. It is set right in the center of all happening, usually standing right next to the sofa, holding a tray of baked goods, books or other decor pieces. It is an element that has a big functional purpose, but how it looks plays a very big role. It can be a piece that completely matches the rest of the interior or the one piece that stands out. A glass coffee table is incredibly flexible with its ability to blend in and stand out at the same time. It brings elegance and transparency to the room, sending the message of purity and simplicity. Read More


Mid Century Modern By Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner (AIA) built this mid century masterpiece in 1962 on a quiet Cul-De-Sac in coveted Trousdale Estates. Looking through these images, all I could think of was “the perfect home”. The main living area is massive with the ceiling bypassing the second story creating a glass volume that make a definite statement. I love all of the tropical flora and fauna around the house. I think the updates are nicely done. The kitchen is a bit of a surprise but I think I like it. Everything else including the bathrooms were done in very good taste and not overly contemporary. At thirteen million I better start playing the lotto but one can dream. Read More

The Rising Chair By Robert Van Embricqs

More and more often we hear that the most amazing, fancifully-shaped and sometimes even futuristic designer pieces of furniture have been inspired by the most logical, trivial and natural things. The same is true for the Rising Chair created by a young Dutch designer Robert van Embricqs. Read More


Interiors By Tristan Auer

Tristan Auer has an amazing portfolio of not just interiors but lighting and furniture design. I like the restraint used, I would say border line minimalist. All of these interiors have a “star” that stands out. The sparseness of the spaces let you see all angle of the decor. There were a couple of pieces that were custom designed that I really liked. The ceiling lighting fixture has to be my favorite. I also really like the asymmetrical fireplace in pictures, three and eleven. Read More

Cultured Minimalism: Margraf Marbles Define Polished Sicilian Villa

If you love marble and natural stone, then you will instantly fall in love with Villa Rivesto in Marsala, Italy. The gorgeous contemporary home in Sicily uses a wide variety of marbles in different finishes to give its interior and exterior a refined, yet luxurious ambiance. Utilizing the uniqueness and exquisite charm of Margraf marbles, architect Maurizio Giammarinaro does a stunning job of crafting a home that is both understated and dashing at the same time. From the façade clad ever so carefully in diagonally-cut Grigio Ducale marble to a bathroom backdrop covered in Onice Verde, this is a home that exudes marble magic! Read More