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This Urban Micro Home Is the Perfect Basecamp for an Adventurous Couple

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 20:17

Wind River Tiny Homes creates a tiny house that caters to its owners’ outdoorsy lifestyle in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

When a young, Chattanooga-based triathlete couple approached Wind River Tiny Homes to build a new house, they sought to keep the new build around 600 square feet—but with plenty of outdoor entertaining space. To meet their request, Wind River designed a 650-square-foot house within code, with just the right dimensions for passageways, clearances, a stairwell, and a bathroom under the stairs.

The tiny home's exterior features eastern cedar siding, painted Hardie Board, corrugated metal accents, casement windows, and a charcoal grey standing seam metal roof.

The tiny home's exterior features eastern cedar siding, painted Hardie Board, corrugated metal accents, casement windows, and a charcoal grey standing seam metal roof.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

An aluminum-clad, double-pane glass garage door by Chattanooga Garage Doors.

An aluminum-clad, double-pane glass garage door by Chattanooga Garage Doors.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

To accommodate guests, the designers incorporated a garage door that opens to provide 150 square feet of deck space. There's also a 300-square-foot outdoor area with a fire pit defined by pea gravel. 

Trex decking material.

Trex decking material.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

A small vertical green wall brings nature indoors.

A small vertical green wall brings nature indoors.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

Keeping the owners’ hobbies in mind, Wind River created space for paddle board storage, a carport with a pulley system for lifting kayaks off the couple’s Subaru, and a battery charger for their training bike. 

Behind the Shou Sugi Ban barn door is tongue-and-groove wainscoting reclaimed from an old elk lodge building in Chattanooga.

Behind the Shou Sugi Ban barn door is tongue-and-groove wainscoting reclaimed from an old elk lodge building in Chattanooga.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

An Edison bulb chandelier made from steel pipe.

An Edison bulb chandelier made from steel pipe.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

As homage to the couple’s love of cycling, the Wind River team inlaid bike gears on the bar counter of the rustic modern kitchen. 

A "Big Ass Fan" smart fan with motion detector.

A "Big Ass Fan" smart fan with motion detector.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

Custom concrete counter top by Set in Stone.

A custom concrete counter top by Set in Stone.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

The interior finishings are made from locally sourced and reclaimed materials. Integrated speakers, ceiling fans, smoke detectors, and a smart thermostat create a compact, yet efficient home. 

Wind River Tiny Home custom polygon storage stairs on casters made to fit the angle of the staircase

Wind River Tiny Home made custom polygon storage stairs on casters to fit the angle of the staircase

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

The cabinets under the stairs are ideal for shoe racks.

The cabinets under the stairs are ideal for shoe racks.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

The kitchen features grey shaker cabinets, engineered hickory floors, and two-foot ponderosa pine brackets custom made by Wind River Tiny Homes. 

A cozy bedroom.

A cozy bedroom.

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

The section under the kitchen bar counter features wainscoting reclaimed from an elk lodge building in Chattanooga, with a herringbone middle section. Three bike crank cogs are inlaid into the concrete bar table, creating a unique design. 

Brush-nickel industrial spray-head faucet

A brushed nickel industrial faucet

Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes

Project Credits: 

 Architect of Record: Josh Bone 

Builder, Interior Design: Wind River Tiny Homes / @windrivertinyhomes 

Concrete Counters and Inlays: Set in Stone

Garage door: Chattanooga Garage Doors 


A Spectacular Lakeside Retreat in New Hampshire

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 19:51

Seamless indoor/outdoor living allows a family to relax and unplug in this contemporary New Hampshire lake house.

A family of four was looking for a retreat where they could disconnect from their busy city life back in Boston and embrace the great outdoors. They tapped Concord, Massachusetts–based Murdough Design, an architecture firm whose specialty is creating contemporary residences that engage with nature.

Cedar siding is stained in dark brown to camouflage the cabin with the surrounding forest. "It was important that this house appears modern and blends in," says Murdough.

Cedar siding is stained in dark brown to camouflage the cabin with the surrounding forest. "It was important that this house appears modern and blends in," says Murdough. 

Chuck Choi

The exterior palette consists of dark cedar siding, mahogany decks, and exposed gray steel beams.

The exterior palette consists of dark cedar siding, mahogany decks, and exposed gray steel beams. 

Chuck Choi

Located on a wooded lot bordering Squam Lake in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, Tom Murdough, principal in charge, and Rob Potish, project manager, designed a three-story, 4,200-square-foot, modern cabin, which was the recipient of 2018 AIA New Hampshire Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture Design.

To maximize lake views, a back deck is cantilevered out 12 feet from the house.

To maximize lake views, a back deck is cantilevered out 12 feet from the house. 

Chuck Choi

When designing the house, the architects had to deal with a handful of constraints, like an existing foundation. The previous structure, a 1960s-era cabin, was taken down to the foundation, and the contemporary cabin built in its existing footprint.

"Utilizing the existing foundation was a way of being advantageous, but also created limitations in some ways," says Murdough. "We were able to crate a unique building in a conventional footprint." 

To bring the client’s idea of "experiential delight" to life, the architects created different visual experiences as you move throughout the house. "As you move through the house you feel different experiences," says Murdough.

To bring the client’s idea of "experiential delight" to life, the architects created different visual experiences as you move throughout the house. "As you move through the house you feel different experiences," says Murdough.  

Chuck Choi

Embracing the simplistic design of cabins, the getaway took on a basic rectangular form, but it was modified in ways to make it look more dynamic and contemporary with a dark cedar and metal exterior, sloped roofline, and strategically placed windows.

To help the family unplug from city life, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath lake house was designed to engage with nature. "A big part of a retreat is outdoor living," says Murdough. To create seamless indoor/outdoor spaces, the architects integrated the design of the home with the terrain and surrounding views.

In the kitchen, custom walnut cabinets are paired with stainless-steel countertops and backsplash to help reflect the natural setting. "It captures the coloration of the landscape and the light, which makes it feel larger than it is," says Murdough. "Also, stainless steel is good for kitchens and work environments."

In the kitchen, custom walnut cabinets are paired with stainless-steel countertops and backsplash to help reflect the natural setting. "It captures the coloration of the landscape and the light, which makes it feel larger than it is," says Murdough. "Also, stainless steel is good for kitchens and work environments." 

Chuck Choi

Murdough and Potish did this by positioning decks to take advantage of lake views and sunsets. All primary living spaces—such as the family room, dining area, and kitchen—are placed strategically next to exterior living spaces, with large sliding doors that lead to the great outdoors. "Moving indoors and outdoors is very easy," says Murdough.

In the lofted study, a Rakks modular shelf system was recessed into the drywall and topped with laminate boards. A white oak ceiling and flooring are found throughout the home, adding warmth to the minimalist palette.

In the lofted study, a Rakks modular shelf system was recessed into the drywall and topped with laminate boards. A white oak ceiling and flooring are found throughout the home, adding warmth to the minimalist palette.  

Chuck Choi

In the study, corner windows give the space a tree house feel with views of the lush surrounding canopy and lake.

In the study, corner windows give the space a tree house feel with views of the lush surrounding canopy and lake. 

Chuck Choi

While public living spaces are exposed to nature with expansive glass windows and doors, as a counterpoint, private spaces—like bedrooms and bathrooms—are cloistered for privacy. "Those feel more cocoon-like and intimate," says Murdough.

Custom, built-in bunk beds were constructed out of Baltic birch plywood, which stand out against the dark cork floors. Each bed includes a sconce for reading, along with built-in storage. In the bunk room, a sliding partition that opens to the adjacent catwalk adds a sense of whimsy.

Custom, built-in bunk beds were constructed out of Baltic birch plywood, which stand out against the dark cork floors. Each bed includes a sconce for reading, along with built-in storage. In the bunk room, a sliding partition that opens to the adjacent catwalk adds a sense of whimsy. 

Chuck Choi

Above the bed, a custom wood valence acts as an indirect source of light that washes the wall in an ambient glow.

Above the bed, a custom wood valence acts as an indirect source of light that washes the wall in an ambient glow. 

Chuck Choi

In private rooms, window openings are smaller with more selective views. "In some ways, [they’re] more precise in how they frame the view of the outdoors," adds Murdough.

A clean, minimalist, spa-like bathroom is warmed up with a white oak ceiling and complementary lighting valence.

A clean, minimalist, spa-like bathroom is warmed up with a white oak ceiling and complementary lighting valence.  

Chuck Choi

The two types of environments—exposed and intimate—were linked through a series of intentional passages. "Movement through the building is very important—how you arrive and what you see as you circulate between the spaces," says Murdough.

To create different experiences throughout the home, windows were strategically positioned. In passageways, windows connect the viewer with the exterior of the cabin.

To create different experiences throughout the home, windows were strategically positioned. In passageways, windows connect the viewer with the exterior of the cabin.  

Chuck Choi

The exterior’s dark cedar siding was extended into the stairwell to connect the indoors and outdoors.

The exterior’s dark cedar siding was extended into the stairwell to connect the indoors and outdoors.  

Chuck Choi

For instance, moving up the stairs, you feel as if you are outside, with the dark cedar exterior siding carried into the stairwell from the outdoors. "When you move through the building, there is a choreography where you understand the site more clearly because of the views you see through the different windows," says Murdough. 

Project Credits:

Architect: Murdough Design

Builder/General Contractor: Denali Construction

Structural Engineer: RSE Associates Inc. 

Civil Engineer: David M. Dolan Associates, P.C. 

Landscape Design: Richardson & Associates


Oikos at Breakneck Gorge

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 19:47

Named Oikos, a moniker derived from the ancient Greek word for home, this Cor-Ten steel vacation home resides in Hepburn Springs, Australia—a resort town about 90 minutes from Melbourne often referred to as "the spa center of Australia." Architectural firm Robert Nichol & Sons were tasked with constructing a holiday rental that would complement the already existing structures on their client’s sprawling property, called Breakneck Gorge, which include a homestead, another short-term rental, and some agricultural buildings. The architects also sought to take advantage of the site’s spectacular scenery. "We knew our design had to respect and connect with this stunning location," they explain. "This region has a plethora of available short-term stays, but given the unique potential this site offered, connection to the landscape was critical."

In order to maintain privacy for both guests and homeowners, Oikos was designed with the strongest viewpoints in mind, capturing the best vistas while sheltering views back to the homestead.
One of two rental properties on Breakneck Gorge in Victoria, Australia, Oikos boasts a generous viewing deck to take in the sweeping vista.
Cor-Ten steel was selected both for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to integrate into the landscape, evolving over time and with the seasons. It also met the client's request for a building that didn't require ongoing external maintenance.
The 753-square-foot layout presents a series of interesting volumes that are discovered as one moves through the space.
The open-plan living space provides a front-row seat to the spectacular scenery, which is framed by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that further integrate the outdoors.


The M apartment

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 19:27

My love for the minimalistic design style and my desire to plan and live in such a residential environment has made me, the designer of this apartment, and my family, face a debilitating question: What do we really need in our living environment? And so A 120 square meter garden apartment in the center of Israel caused our family change the culture of our consumption habits and adopt minimalism as a way of living. As the owner of the house, and as an interior design studio based in Israel, I decided to examine whether it is possible to maintain a dynamic family life in a meticulous and minimal space. The complex process, long and not simple, combines the analysis of living habits while emphasizing the smallest details. but above all the importance of willingness to be honest with yourself and free from social influences. Once we understood what each family member's living habits are, what we really needed (and not one thing beyond) and what we can separate from, I was able to start working on the design concept, planning and distribution of the new space. As an enthusiastic admirer of the minimalism trends I examined the Japanese and Scandinavian design culture. Both are known for their fine and meticulous minimalism, but I also took into account that the consumption habits in Israel are very different from the consumption habits in these countries. While Israelis enthusiastically embraced the excessive consumption habits of the West, in Denmark minimalism is a way of life for all intents and purposes. Still, both in Denmark and in Japan, families are living and maintaining a dynamic life just as in Israel. If so, the need for a functional living environment does not necessarily contradict such meticulous design as minimalism. With the understanding that there is no room for mistakes I was required to create a storage solution for each and every item the family needed. Thus, every cabinet, niche or shelf plays a precise and clear role and Every detail knows its place, therefore there is no spare room for anything else - this forces us to examine our shopping habits again and again, knowing any new purchase will come at the expense of something else. At first it sounded a bit impossible for us to maintain, but we were surprised to find that living in a neat and orderly space creates a sense of satisfaction and fullness. The design concept is also influenced by the culture of minimalism, the idea was to create an airy space that simulates levitation - in order to let go of the distraction and move freely with clear mind and new thought. The characteristics of the Scandinavian color palette in monochromatic shades are expressed in the form of the gray concrete floor and thin white iron windows - these were designed with minimal partitions, thus allowing the central space to be flooded with natural light. In order to avoid a feeling of too sterile a space, we took care of a recurring theme in a variety of oak-shaped elements that create a gentle warmth. The slim library in the living room is influenced by both the Scandinavian and Japanese streams and combines storage and a small work area. The idea of ​​not placing a living room table I got from Japanese culture, although most of them have an element that simulates a living room table but is low and their seating culture is on the floor. This made space feels even more airy and hovering and in our daily lives we felt it was more useful to us. The bedroom doors were designed with integrated iron and glass, and thus enabling the natural light from the living room penetrate and illuminate the northern and darker side of the apartment.

A view to the living room


Rolling Huts

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 18:46

The Rolling Huts are low-tech and low-impact in their design. The huts sit lightly on their forty-acre site, a floodplain meadow in an alpine river valley. The owner purchased this former RV campground with the aim of building several guest huts for friends and allowing the landscape to return to its natural state. Zoning restrictions did not permit permanent structures to be built on the site. Kundig’s witty, delightful solution was to put the huts on wheels, which lift the structures above the meadow, providing space for native grasses to grow while yielding unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. The construction of each hut is simple. It is, in essence, an offset, steel-clad box on a steel and wood platform. Walls are topped by clerestory windows, over which a SIPs panel roof floats in an inverted, lopsided V. At the north end, a double-paned sliding glass door opens to the outside and a covered deck. Interior finishes—cork and plywood—are unassuming, inexpensive, and left as raw as possible. Exteriors are durable, no-maintenance materials: steel, plywood, and tongue-and-groove car decking. The rustic character of the materials responds to the natural setting. The six huts are grouped as a herd: while each is sited toward a view of the mountains (and away from the other structures), their proximity unites them. Showers and a parking area are located in and near the centrally located barn, a short distance from the herd. Rain and snowmelt from each hut are allowed to run off into the ground. The huts evoke Thoreau’s simple cabin in the woods—structures that take second place to nature. "Here, you can hear the silence; here, there exists a great escape from daily life." - Tom Kundig. Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal; Jerry Garcia, Project Manager. General Contractor: Tim Tanner Consultants: MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering)

Rolling Huts | Olson Kundig
Rolling Huts | Olson Kundig
Rolling Huts | Olson Kundig
Rolling Huts | Olson Kundig
Rolling Huts | Olson Kundig


Head to This Cor-Ten Steel Cabin Perched on an Australian Gorge

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 18:32

Oikos is a sculptural hideaway set on a private homestead in Hepburn Springs, where guests can bask in sprawling views while enjoying luxe amenities.

In order to maintain privacy for both guests and homeowners, Oikos was designed with the strongest viewpoints in mind, capturing the best vistas while sheltering views back to the homestead.

Named Oikos, a moniker derived from the ancient Greek word for home, this Cor-Ten steel vacation home resides in Hepburn Springs, Australia—a resort town about 90 minutes from Melbourne often referred to as "the spa center of Australia." Architectural firm Robert Nichol & Sons were tasked with constructing a holiday rental that would complement the already existing structures on their client’s sprawling property, called Breakneck Gorge, which include a homestead, another short-term rental, and some agricultural buildings.

One of two rental properties on Breakneck Gorge in Victoria, Australia, Oikos boasts a generous viewing deck to take in the sweeping vista.

One of two rental properties on Breakneck Gorge in Victoria, Australia, Oikos boasts a generous viewing deck to take in the sweeping vista.

Jack Lovel

The architects also sought to take advantage of the site’s spectacular scenery. "We knew our design had to respect and connect with this stunning location," they explain. "This region has a plethora of available short-term stays, but given the unique potential this site offered, connection to the landscape was critical."  

In order to maintain privacy for both guests and homeowners, Oikos was designed with the strongest viewpoints in mind, capturing the best vistas while sheltering views back to the homestead.

In order to maintain privacy for both guests and homeowners, Oikos was designed with the strongest viewpoints in mind, capturing the best vistas while sheltering views back to the homestead.   

Jack Lovel

The final outcome ensured that the design would "work with the land, not against it." Because a single material forms the exterior of the entire structure, as opposed to separate wall and roof finishes, the dwelling appears folded in upon itself, taking on a sculptural quality.

Cor-Ten steel was selected both for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to integrate into the landscape, evolving over time and with the seasons. It also met the client's request for a building that didn't require ongoing external maintenance.

Cor-Ten steel was selected both for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to integrate into the landscape, evolving over time and with the seasons. It also met the client's request for a building that didn't require ongoing external maintenance. 

Jack Lovel

The 753-square-foot layout presents a series of interesting volumes that are discovered as one moves through the space.

The 753-square-foot layout presents a series of interesting volumes that are discovered as one moves through the space. 

Jack Lovel

The open-plan living space provides a front-row seat to the spectacular scenery, which is framed by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that further integrate the outdoors.

The open-plan living space provides a front-row seat to the spectacular scenery, which is framed by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that further integrate the outdoors.

Jack Lovel

The minimalist interiors frame the spectacular surroundings, ceding to the scenery rather than competing with it. The layout is correspondingly simple: "The decision was made very early on to remove any dedicated circulation space, instead adopting a simple sequence of arrival into the open plan living, transitioning through the dressing and bathing zone, and finally into the bedroom."

The bedroom also boasts a wall of sliding glass doors that open the home to its surroundings.

The bedroom also boasts a wall of sliding glass doors that open the home to its surroundings. 

Jack Lovel

The minimalist material palette incorporates light and shadows into a tonal, textural mix. The dark flooring and paneling are both Nero Oak Volcano from Mafi.

The minimalist material palette incorporates light and shadows into a tonal, textural mix. The dark flooring and paneling are both Nero Oak Volcano from Mafi.  

Jack Lovel

The bathroom wall tiles are a Japanese product from Inax, called Sekhia. The sink vanity is made from Black Marquina marble, and the aged bronze faucets were sourced from Brodware.

The bathroom wall tiles are a Japanese product from Inax, called Sekhia. The sink vanity is made from Black Marquina marble, and the aged bronze faucets were sourced from Brodware.

Jack Lovel

The minimalist bathroom provides a calm, introspective experience.

The minimalist bathroom provides a calm, introspective experience.

Jack Lovel

The dramatic, handmade, black concrete soaking tub is from Boyd Alternatives, a local Victorian company that produces handmade baths. The color is an addition to the concrete mix.

The dramatic, handmade, black concrete soaking tub is from Boyd Alternatives, a local Victorian company that produces handmade baths. The color is an addition to the concrete mix. 

Jack Lovel

The home steeps in dramatic views of the gorge.

The home steeps in dramatic views of the gorge.

Jack Lovel

Oikos floor plan
Oikos site plan

Oikos can now be booked directly for short-term stays. 

Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: Robert Nichol & Sons / @robert_nichol_and_sons
Builder/General Contractor: Nick Andrew Construction
Structural Engineer: Meyer Consulting
Lighting Design: Robert Nichol & Sons
Interior Design: Robert Nichol & Sons


A Midcentury-Inspired Post-and-Beam Home Hits the Market in Connecticut For $595K

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 18:24

A lovely, light-filled midcentury-meets-California-contemporary home in Middle Haddam, Connecticut, seeks a new owner.

Located in historic Middle Haddam along the Connecticut River, this pristine post-and-beam home was built in 1987 and has received multiple updates—all in keeping with the elegance of the original design. 

Set on 1.9 acres, the 3,235-square-foot property features four bedrooms and three baths. The home opens to a bright and airy, open-plan living space with soaring cedar-paneled, tongue-and-groove cathedral ceilings. Extensive glazing—including clerestory windows and skylights—is inserted throughout, flooding the home with natural light.

The home's low-slung profile has a Zen-like Japanese feel. The building is an early example of structural insulated panel (SIP) construction.

The home's low-slung profile has a Zen-like Japanese feel. The building is an early example of structural insulated panel (SIP) construction. 

Dennis Carbo

The approach to the front door.

The approach to the front door. 

Dennis Carbo

A tiled entryway sets the stage for the property's warm, light-filled interiors. The entrance leads directly to the living space.

A tiled entryway sets the stage for the property's warm, light-filled interiors. The entrance leads directly to the living space. 

Dennis Carbo

The cedar-paneled cathedral ceilings give the interiors an airy sense of space.

The cedar-paneled cathedral ceilings give the interiors an airy sense of space.

Dennis Carbo

The central fireplace anchors the open-plan living space and serves as a divider between the rooms. Mahogany-framed sliding doors lead out to the deck. The living space features oak floors throughout.

The central fireplace anchors the open-plan living space and serves as a divider between the rooms. Mahogany-framed sliding doors lead out to the deck. The living space features oak floors throughout.

Dennis Carbo

The central hearth includes space for firewood storage. The kitchen is off to the left, and the dining room is to the right.

The central hearth includes space for firewood storage. The kitchen is off to the left, and the dining room is to the right. 

Dennis Carbo

The dining room.

The dining room. 

Dennis Carbo

The stainless steel kitchen has been updated with modern top-of-the-line appliances.

The stainless steel kitchen has been updated with modern top-of-the-line appliances. 

Dennis Carbo

The spacious eat-in kitchen has room for an island.

The spacious eat-in kitchen has room for an island. 

Dennis Carbo

The master bedroom features the same lofty atmosphere as the main living area, and it provides views of the home's sylvan surroundings.

The master bedroom features the same lofty atmosphere as the main living area, and it provides views of the home's sylvan surroundings. 

Dennis Carbo

Clerestory windows and skylights flood the bedroom with natural light, and mahogany-framed sliding doors lead to the balcony.

Clerestory windows and skylights flood the room with natural light, and mahogany-framed sliding doors lead to the balcony. 

Dennis Carbo

The master bath has two sections—one with a toilet and shower stall, and one with a soaking tub.

The master bath has two sections—one with a toilet and shower stall, and one with a soaking tub.

Dennis Carbo

One of the two bedrooms on the lower level.

One of the two bedrooms on the lower level. 

Dennis Carbo

A sunroom with its own ipe deck connects the dining room/kitchen to the garage.

A sunroom with its own ipe deck connects the dining room/kitchen to the garage.

Dennis Carbo

The winter sun provides some passive solar heating to the south-facing back of the home.

The winter sun provides some passive solar heating to the south-facing back of the home.

Dennis Carbo

7 High Point Drive, Middle Haddam, Connecticut is now being listed for $595,000 by Elke Martin of Coldwell Banker.

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Top 5 Homes of the Week With Cozy Nooks

Permalink - Posted on 2018-12-14 17:13

Snuggle up in these creative corners with a newspaper and a cup of coffee—and relax. Take a peek at our editor's favorite homes from the Dwell community that carved out stylish spaces.

Schiller Projects designed and built many of the Chilmark House's freestanding furniture pieces. In the living area, the family dog reclines on an upholstered bench.

Featured homes were submitted by members of the Dwell community through our Add a Home feature. Add your home to Dwell.com/homes today.

1. McClendon Residence

Two office spaces serve as private think tanks for the residents of McClendon Residence. For her, StudioMET Architects designed a nook near the kitchen with a sliding panel that subtly closes the space when necessary. His is a more traditional room-sized study, and an adjacent full bathroom allows it to be used as an overflow bedroom.

Two office spaces serve as private think tanks for the residents of McClendon Residence. For her, StudioMET Architects designed a nook near the kitchen with a sliding panel that subtly closes the space when necessary. His is a more traditional room-sized study, and an adjacent full bathroom allows it to be used as an overflow bedroom.

Photo: Luis Ayala

Architect: StudioMET Architects, Location: Houston, Texas

From the architect: "This modern home is situated on a corner lot in the heart of the city close to the Texas Medical Center. The simple geometric forms and strong horizontal lines are classic modern elements. Inside the home, an open floor plan utilizes screens and planes along with floor and ceiling level changes to delineate room divisions. Brick, natural woods, and warm colors were utilized to underscore the homeowners’ connection with nature. The couple who live here have no children, and he is a doctor in the medical center, so the location is super convenient. Before they moved into this home, they lived in a midcentury modern home that was flooded, so they wanted their new home to have some midcentury character."

2. Country Garden House

Country Garden House | Olson Kundig

Olson Kundig's Country Garden House ekes out as much window space as possible. Gardens designed in collaboration with notable plantsman Dan Hinkley are visible from every room, and window walls in the living area allow the gardens to become a part of the home.

Photo: Jeremy Bitterman

Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: Portland, Oregon

From the architect: "Situated to be in harmony with its lush landscape, this home built for a master gardener takes every opportunity to draw in views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills, while also creating a warm and comfortable space suitable for a multi-generational family. The form of the reclaimed barnwood-clad house is reminiscent of a farm structure or even a greenhouse with its gridded glazing and pitched roof, and high windows at each end of the main volume flood the home with light. A green roof continues the home’s emphasis on integrating into its natural surroundings."

3. Clover Residence

A look at the colorfully-decorated living room of the Clover Residence, featuring a sunny window seat. The project by OFFICIAL Design was featured on the 2016 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

A look at the colorfully-decorated living room of the Clover Residence, featuring a sunny window seat. The project by OFFICIAL Design was featured on the 2016 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes.

Photo: Mark Leveno

Architect: OFFICIAL Design, Location: Dallas, Texas

From the architect: "The Clover Residence is a renovation and addition to an existing house in the Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. The owners requested a design that would bring light into an otherwise dark home. Our design shifts the kitchen and living space to open onto the backyard and adds a series of clerestory windows to bring light into the center of the house. The yard contains a long pool ideal for volleyball and lap swimming, as well as a small pool house."

4. Chilmark House

Schiller Projects designed and built many of the Chilmark House's freestanding furniture pieces. In the living area, the family dog reclines on an upholstered bench.

Schiller Projects designed and built many of the Chilmark House's freestanding furniture pieces. In the living area, the family dog reclines on an upholstered bench.

Photo: David Sundberg/ESTO

Design firm: Schiller Projects, Location: Chilmark, Massachusetts

From the design firm: "The Chilmark House project covers almost five acres of previously unbuilt land in the heart of the farming and artistic community that is ‘Up-Island’ Martha’s Vineyard. Architectural work was done in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architects out of New Haven, Connecticut. Based on a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, we sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them, which provides the approach to the house’s entrance. The ceilings in the public rooms lift to the high ridges, with dropped areas to create a sleeping loft high in the roof. The lower level consists of a series of bedrooms with shared spaces between that look into light wells, landscaped with local rocks and moss."


5. The House in Harutzim

Ravit Dvir Architecture and Design

Ravit Dvir Architecture and Design installed windows and kept furnishings scarce to open up The House in Harutzim. This cobalt blue bench offers a sweeping view of the inner courtyard.

Photo: Oded Smadar

Architect: Ravit Dvir Architecture, Location: Harutzim, Israel 

From the stylist: "In the township of Harutzim, on a long rectangular plot, Ravit Dvir Architecture planned and designed a house with a double central space with a green patio area at its heart. The owners sought to build a new and modernist house, including a slate roof. [The architect] designed the building using clean, clear, and simple lines, integrating materials such as wood, iron, light-colored plaster, and dark windows. These combined with the slate roof frame the exterior as if it was a picture looking inward to the house."


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Dwell’s 20 Most Popular Products of 2018

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Still have some last-minute gifts to cross off your list? Don't panic—here are this year’s most popular products from the Dwell Shop, guaranteed to please.

’Tis the season to shop ’til you drop, and we’ve got a hunch you can cover all your bases—even the impossible-to-shop-for crowd—via the Dwell Shop. With an expertly curated selection of finely crafted home, office, travel, and lifestyle products, it won’t take long to see why our online store has quickly become a one-stop shop for the design obsessed. Whether you’re still searching for gift ideas or eager to add to your own wish list, scroll ahead to see which 20 items gained the most attention this year. 

Avocado Green Mattress

At last, a luxury, eco-friendly and affordable mattress made with natural & organic materials. Avocado Green Mattresses are handmade to order in sunny California with 100% natural latex (eco-INSTITUT® certified) from tree-tapped and sustainable sources, OEKO-TEX® certified natural Joma® New Zealand Wool, and GOTS® certified organic cotton. They also feature an internal support coil system (made from recycled steel) with 3 zones of support for proper hips, shoulder and back alignment. No chemical adhesives or toxic fire retardants are used. GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment to be meet the most rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and phthalates. Highest rated mattress on CR, across every category, brand and price. Best of all, every mattress features free shipping, free returns, a 100-night sleep trial, a 25-year warranty and financing as low as 0% APR.

Rains Backpack in Moon

Danish outerwear label RAINS keep all your essentials protected in the unpredictable weather, for when the sunny mornings suddenly shift to rain-filled afternoons. Helping you beat the between-season showers, this water-repellent Backpack boasts a 14.3L main compartment that features an inside laptop pocket and is closed with one hook function. The two adjustable straps ensure a comfortable wear, complete with a hidden phone pocket that allows for easy access when on the move. Photo courtesy of END.

Thule Lithos Backpack

Padded sleeves dedicated for both your laptop and tablet are built inside the main compartment of this durably made ripstop backpack for easy organization and protection. Breathable mesh-padded back and straps enhance the comfort of carrying a heavy load. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Fisher & Paykel 4 Series Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

Fisher & Paykel bottom-freezer refrigerator features a counter-depth design that saves spaceActiveSmart™ system monitors and maintains a controlled environment, so your food stays fresher longerGlass shelves contain drips and spills, and humidity-controlled crispers help keep produce fresh. Photo courtesy of Lowe's

Zeitraum Fusion Bed

Fusion bed has an aerodynamic and futuristic structure, exceptionally contemporary. An original project of the duo designers Formstelle for brand Zeitraum, which appears to be suspended on the floor. The Fusion bed seems to throw over the bed space, structure slightly inclined and comfortable upholstered headboard in removable fabric. High quality in the design and ergonomic shape The unique structure has a central support that guarantees total stability of the bed. Made of solid beech, ash, oak, knotty oak, maple, American cherry, American walnut, European walnut or MDF lacquered white.

Casara Modern Horizon Daybed Sofa

Our amazing, handcrafted mid-century modern style daybed/sofa incorporates both style and function. The extended floating side tables are perfect for a home, apartment, den or office that needs a sleek statement piece. Pair with our Classic Chair or Ottoman for a larger coordinated seating arrangement. Handmade from solid alder wood stained in rich walnut, this handsomely tailored sofa will match almost any decor. Photo courtesy of Casara Modern

Fjällräven Kånken Backpack

Meaning arctic fox in Swedish, Fjallraven began 50 years ago in Sweden making a framed backpack design that carried loads comfortably. This innovation helped make the outdoors accessible to a whole new generation of people and launched a movement to protect wild places. Photo courtesy of REVOLVE

Terrain Low Cross Leg Fire Pit

Crafted from durable iron that ages beautifully over time, this fire pit makes a practical, modern addition to the backyard. Photo Courtesy of Terrain

Miele 30" Counter Depth Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

Optimum and maintenance-free led lighting in compartment. Offers easy and effortless opening of refrigerators thanks to EasyOpen and fresh water connection. Miele is a German manufacturer of high quality domestic appliances and machines for commercial applications. The company was founded more than 108 years ago in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann and has always been a family-owned, family-run company. Photo courtesy of AJ Madison

Muji Toaster Oven

MoMA MUJI Toaster Oven Vertical Type MJ-OTL10A is an amazing toaster oven with a black window on the black box. You should know that two-stage vertical type oven doesn’t need much space to be installed. It comes with 4 level of heater and you can toast 2 slices simultaneously. Using the dial, you are able to choose one slice or two slices. Photo courtesy of Muji

KitchenAid 36" Wide 20 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator with Interior Water Dispenser

This 20 cubic foot refrigerator has a counter-depth design that gives it a built-in look. But the beauty of this French door refrigerator goes beyond the exterior. The ExtendFresh™ Temperature Management System and Produce Preserver help keep food fresh. LED lighting throughout the refrigerator makes food easy to find on every level. Photo courtesy of Build.com

Muji Pop-Up Toaster

This shape of the toaster is square round. Toast two bread. It works perfect on frozen toast. Attention Buyers: The voltage for this electronic device is 100V and made for Japan usage ONLY. In order for you to use this device outside Japan where the voltage is higher than 100V such as 200V-240V, you are required to use a transformer to adjust the voltage to your local country. Without using a transformer, this device will be broken. We are not responsible for the damage of this device if you use it without a proper transformer. Please purchase it in your local store. Photo courtesy of Muji

CB2 Gradient Rug

An homage to vintage Peruvian rug makers, CB2's handwoven wool flatweave stripes an earthy palette into a graphic masterpiece underfoot. Woven on a traditional pit loom for authenticity and quality—they took one modern liberty: black fringe. Rug brings global/well-traveled vibe to any home. Photo courtesy of CB2

Dash & Albert Herringbone Rug

A classic herringbone weave lends rich, subtle texture to a lightweight area rug. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Topo Designs Y-Pack

Topo’s twist on the classic flap pack. With a wide flap and single latch closure, the Y-Pack fuses classic style and modern functionality: its wide, zippered hood provides ample storage but retains a low profile to keep your load well balanced. The inner drawstring closure and laptop sleeve makes stashing and organizing gear quick and easy. All stored safe in its military-grade nylon exterior.

Smeg Full Size Refrigerator

Make a bold retro statement with the iconic SMEG refrigerator. Blending midcentury cool with modern innovation, this one-door refrigerator offers generous storage with adjustable shelves, racks and bins plus a convenient icebox. Italian-based SMEG is known for '50s-inspired appliances designed in collaboration with top architects. Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Away The Bigger Carry-On

The perfect carry-on, sized up. Unbreakable, thoughtfully designed, and guaranteed for life. Made to fit the sizers of major US airlines, ideal for those flying on big planes or with extra outfits. Photo courtesy of Away

Usefulness in Small Things

Everyday, low-cost, and mass-produced items gathered from around the world showcasing innovative design. This book presents a delightful collection of mass-produced objects that provide insight into the things that surround us. Common items such as nails, plugs, toothbrushes, soap, gloves, and sweets have their own function and differ in design from country to country and region to region. Some are examples of good and practical design, while others fail to fulfill their function. The collection shows an appreciation to detail by revealing how things are made and a sensitivity to the tasks people carry out, all the while keeping in mind the basic utilitarian design of these inexpensive everyday objects. The items come from a range of countries, including the United States, Japan, France, and Thailand, and were purchased from small local shops. More than design souvenirs that celebrate local culture, they all involve an idea about function—and in most cases the "designer" is unknown. The book is designed by Graphic Thought Facility and illustrated with over 150 newly commissioned photographs by Angela Moore. The objects are organized thematically, with concise captions that clarify the individual function of each item, exposing what is not always apparent from looking. Publisher: Rizzoli Photo courtesy of Rizzoli

Modernica Case Study Large Cylinder With Stand

Modernica’s Case Study Large Cylinder w/ Stand is clean and elegant in form. The stoneware planter is high fired and comes in 4 matte colors: charcoal, pebble, mustard, and white. The stand is available in Brazilian walnut wood and powder-coated steel and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Ash stands intended for indoor use only.

Jens Risom Bench

Running into legendary designer Jens Risom in the halls at DWR headquarters was one of the many pleasures of working here. Over the years, we collaborated with Risom on a number of product launches. The Jens Bench (2008) came about when we worked with him to re-launch his Chair and Ottoman, originally designed in 1949 for the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico. Decades had passed since this collection was in production, and Risom worked closely with us on every step of its return, from reviewing prototypes, to adjusting tiny details, to advocating cost-effective changes in the manufacturing process. Like all the furniture by this iconic designer, this collection has a subtle Scandinavian sensibility that works with modern and traditional settings. Or, as Risom put it, “Good design means that anything good will go well with other equally good things.” Made in U.S.A.


A Handsome Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Kansas City Asks $1.7M

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The Sondern-Adler House exhibits the tenets of Usonian design.

The home is elegantly set into its surroundings and overlooks a serene garden patio with a koi pond.

A classic, Usonian home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at 3600 Belleview Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri—one of two Wright homes in the city—is now being offered at $1,650,000.

The residence was built for Clarence Sondern in 1940. Originally only 900 square feet, the home was expanded to 2,965 square feet in 1948 at the request of the second owner, Arnold Adler. The Adlers reached out to Wright and commissioned an addition to the original structure. The work included a new entry, a carport, an extra bedroom, bathrooms, and additional living space. The house is set on a small hill, so the expanded living room was built a few steps down from the rest of the structure and features a higher ceiling as a result.

The L-shaped home is a classic example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian style.

The L-shaped home is a classic example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian style. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

The Sondern-Adler House, as the home is known, features a flat roof with a cantilevered overhang, clerestory windows, and is constructed from red tidewater cypress and brick—adding an organic element to the L-shaped, Usonian design. Set on a 1.4-acre private lot and surrounded by greenery, the home is a simple and beautifully executed example of Wright’s work.  

The flat roof cantilevers out over a stone walkway.

The flat roof cantilevers out over a stone walkway. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

A grand glass door serves as the entrance to the home.

A grand glass door serves as the entrance to the home. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

Large windows, a rich wood paneled ceiling, and brick make up this cozy living room.

Large windows, a rich wood paneled ceiling, and brick make up this cozy living room. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

Clerestory windows line the top edge of the room.

Clerestory windows line the top edge of the room. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

The floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the stone terrace and provide a strong connection with the outdoors.

The floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the stone terrace and provide a strong connection with the outdoors. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

The home features large windows and doors that open out onto three stone terraces, providing a perfect spot for entertaining.

 The home features large windows and doors that open out onto three stone terraces, providing a perfect spot for entertaining.

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

A slightly more formal great room is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows.  Note how the sofa is built into the steps.

A slightly more formal great room is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows.  Note how the sofa is built into the steps.

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

The elegant space is anchored by a brick, wood-burning fireplace.

The elegant space is anchored by a brick, wood-burning fireplace. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

A few steps lead up to the dining room area.

A few steps lead up to the dining room area. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

The dining area, which is just off the kitchen, features a built-in banquette.

The dining area which is just off the kitchen, which features a built-in banquette.

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

The original midcentury kitchen is in good condition, but could benefit from updates.

The original midcentury kitchen is in good condition, but could benefit from updates. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

The kitchen offers plenty of storage.

The kitchen offers plenty of storage. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

A cozy office space boasts a corner fireplace.

A cozy office space boasts a corner fireplace. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

A sitting room.

A sitting room.

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

The home is elegantly set into its surroundings and overlooks a serene garden patio with a koi pond.

The home is elegantly set into its surroundings and overlooks a serene garden patio with a koi pond. 

Cory Finley with SEVEN IMAGES, 2018

3600 Belleview Avenue is being listed for $1,650,000 by Tom Suther and Heidi Peter with the LOCATE Team at Reece Nichols.

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Before & After: A Bill Mack Midcentury Gem Gets a Gorgeous Remodel in Three Months Flat

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A creative California couple turn a Bill Mack-designed midcentury residence into a beautiful and practical modern home.

Air Force atomic vintage dining chairs, and a custom dining table made from oak and safety glass.

Interior designer and artist Christa Martin and her husband, TV executive and creative director Geoff Katz, were looking for a house with open ceilings, natural light, privacy, views, and a commute within 30 minutes for Katz. After seeing more a dozen properties, they finally found their dream house on the edge of Bel Air—a 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, post-and-beam, midcentury house designed by well-known architect Bill Mack.

Christa began working on the redesign while the property was in escrow. The structure and foundation were sound, but the house had been neglected for 40 years—and the kitchen and baths were no longer functioning. They kept the property's original footprint, but improved the flow and function by relocating the closets and some of the doors. 

Before: Entrance Door

The couple sanded, repaired, and sealed the wood ceilings, exterior overhangs, wood beams, posts, and window trim inside and out.

The couple sanded, repaired, and sealed the wood ceilings, exterior overhangs, wood beams, posts, and window trim inside and out. 

Courtesy of Christa Martin

After: Entrance Door

The interior doors were replaced with flush, solid core doors painted Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue.

The interior doors were replaced with flush, solid core doors painted Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

The old kitchen and baths were stripped down to the studs and reworked to create larger, more contemporary spaces. 

Before: Living Room

The house is located in the Santa Monica mountains. It was built in 1958, along with a carport and a boomerang-shaped pool.

The house is located in the Santa Monica mountains. It was built in 1958, along with a carport and a boomerang-shaped pool.

Courtesy of Christa Martin

The design team polished and sealed the original concrete slabs and removed the old carpeting and tiles.

The design team polished and sealed the original concrete slabs and removed the old carpeting and tiles.

Courtesy of Christa Martin

After: Living Room

Rows of globe lights featured throughout the rooms cast light in all directions—including up at the ceiling.

Rows of globe lights featured throughout the rooms cast light in all directions—including up at the ceiling.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

A RH Fulham leather sofa, a Garza Marfa striped blanket and HD Buttercup cushions.

A RH Fulham leather sofa, a Garza Marfa striped blanket and HD Buttercup cushions.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

Martin and Katz plastered over the stucco finish of the fireplace wall with soft gray Venetian plaster.

Martin and Katz plastered over the stucco finish of the fireplace wall with soft gray Venetian plaster.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

A custom reclaimed wood and car jack coffee table and an Eames LCW chair.

A custom reclaimed wood and car jack coffee table and an Eames LCW chair.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

"I always start with the architecture, the landscape, and the character of the house. I wanted to enhance what was already in existence – it’s more sustainable, and I think a little age and patina makes a house feel homey. For this house, I wanted a casual, lived-in, and comfortable space that would be easy to maintain. Nothing too precious or complicated. We were determined to be living in the house within three months, so we needed to select stock fixtures and finishes. My mantra became ‘do the simple thing’—if I thought of a solution that worked, we did it and moved on," says Martin. 

A Blu Dot Clad credenza.

A Blu Dot Clad credenza.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

An Eames lounge and a rug from HD Buttercup.

A CB2 "Lawndale" daybed, and carpet from Serena and Lily.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

Air Force atomic vintage dining chairs, and a custom dining table made from oak and safety glass.

Air Force atomic vintage dining chairs, and a custom dining table made from oak and safety glass.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

They left the building’s envelope intact, preserved most of the existing windows (including the reeded glass along the entry atrium), and retained the open ceilings and the wood-burning fireplace.

The couple also sanded and sealed the wood ceilings, removed posts and window frames, relocated the closets and cabinets for better circulation, modernized the kitchen and bathrooms, and gave the exterior and interior walls a fresh coat of white paint.

Before: Kitchen

The original L-shaped kitchen was closed off and lacked storage, so Martin opened it up by taking out the doorway to the hall and extending the space to the ceiling.

The original L-shaped kitchen was closed off and lacked storage, so Martin opened it up by taking out the doorway to the hall and extending the space to the ceiling.

Courtesy of Christa Martin

After: Kitchen

A Bosch 800 series dual fuel range and Caesarstone Raw Concrete countertop from IKEA.

A Bosch 800 series dual fuel range and Caesarstone Raw Concrete countertop from IKEA.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

The contractor installed the walnut trim, shelving, and cabinets sides and backing on site.

The contractor installed the walnut trim, shelving, and cabinets sides and backing on site.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

A Fisher & Paykel refrigerator.

A Fisher & Paykel refrigerator. 

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

The couple replaced the old aluminum windows with wood-framed fixed glass, and they swapped the old water heater with an on-demand unit. They removed the washer and dryer from the second bedroom and installed a stacked set behind flush walnut panels in the hallway. The site where the washer and dryer used to sit now features large windows that look out upon the patio. 

Before: Bedroom

The old master bedroom.

The old master bedroom.

Courtesy of Christa Martin

After: Bedroom

A Duxiana king-sized platform bed and a Mañana lamp in the master bedroom.

A Duxiana king-sized platform bed and a Mañana lamp in the master bedroom.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

"My goal was to bring this house back to life and make it a home. I wanted to strip away the damage that had happened over the years and make the architecture sing again. I created a palette of natural wood, soft white walls, and concrete floors with accents of blue. The finished house is open, light-filled, and private, with patio doors coaxing everyone out into the sunny backyard," says Martin. 

A West Elm rug in the bedroom.

A West Elm rug in the bedroom.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

Before: Bathroom

“The master bath was the biggest challenge. It was a divided space with a vanity area that was open to the bedroom. A small separate (carpeted!) room held a shower-over-tub with a rotted window over it, and the toilet. We removed the dividing wall and put a freestanding tub and put beautiful Heath tile behind it as a focal point,” says Martin.

"The master was the biggest challenge. It was a divided space with a vanity area that was open to the bedroom. A small separate (carpeted!) room held a shower-over-tub with a rotted window over it, and the toilet. We removed the dividing wall and put a freestanding tub and put beautiful Heath tile behind it as a focal point," says Martin.

Courtesy of Christa Martin

After: Bathrooms

SomerTile silk penny round mosaic floor tiles.

SomerTile silk penny round mosaic floor tiles of the guest bathroom. 

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

Heath Ceramics Heron Blue wall tiles.

Heath Ceramics Heron Blue wall tiles.

Courtesy of Alison Bernier

Project credits: 

Architect of Record: Bill Mack 

Interior design: Christa Martin Studio / @christamartinstudio

Photography: Alison Bernier

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A Modern L.A. Home Mixes California Mediterranean With Art Deco Vibes

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This new two-story home in Los Angeles blends Art Deco with a modern, minimalist edge.

The home is surrounded by a modern wooden fence that matches the cedar plank siding found on the second floor of the home.

In the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, architecture firm Hsu McCullough designed a new home for a young family after a planned renovation of their existing 1925 home revealed an unworkable structure. The totally new Moore Residence is designed to meet the family's every need while fitting in with the 1920s and 1930s homes found throughout the neighborhood. 

The building's crisp, white facade nods to the neighboring white stucco homes that were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. The elongated arched windows give the exterior a 1920s Art Deco feel.

The building's crisp, white facade nods to the neighboring white stucco homes that were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. The elongated arched windows give the exterior a 1920s Art Deco feel.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The family sought a design that suggested California Mediterranean in terms of materials and colors. They also wanted several gathering spaces throughout the home—both indoors and out—that would accommodate the family of four. 

The multiple planes of the facade create a complex form, allowing part of the second floor to hide behind the white plaster cement mass at the front of the home.

The multiple planes of the facade create a complex form, allowing part of the second floor to hide behind the white plaster cement mass in front.

Photo by Dan Arnold

At the rear, a large open patio with wood planks and an outdoor eating space allow for indoor-outdoor living.

At the rear, a large open patio with wood planks and an outdoor eating space allow for indoor-outdoor living.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The architects interpreted these requests and developed a white exterior with punched and horizontal windows, wood siding, wood decking, and black window frames. The material palette is simple, and natural light fills every room. In order to carve out enough room for the shared spaces requested by the client, the architects sized down some of the bedrooms and condensed closet and bathroom space.

A custom steel and Douglas fir wood trellis provides some relief from the strong California sun, which bounces off the white walls. The trellis is stained with a custom color.

A custom steel and Douglas fir wood trellis provides some relief from the strong California sun, which bounces off the white walls. The trellis is stained with a custom color.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The result is a very open first floor. The den and music room sit near the kitchen, which opens out onto the dining room and an exterior dining deck. The dining room has a particularly strong connection to the outdoors, with a floor-to-ceiling expanse of glass looking onto the driveway, which is paved in textured concrete. 

The staircase is made from wood and metal, tying together other simple materials found throughout the home. The white oak is echoed by the flooring of the ground floor, while the black oxide finish reflects the dark bronze finish of the doors and windows.

The staircase is made from wood and metal, tying together other simple materials found throughout the home. The white oak is echoed by the flooring of the ground floor, while the black oxide finish reflects the dark bronze finish of the doors and windows.

Photo by Dan Arnold

A central staircase leads to the second floor, which contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a sizable outdoor deck outfitted with a movie screen and fire pit. The deck allows for evening ocean breezes while providing privacy and some shade from the sun. 

The kitchen is open, with a large island and white countertop.

The kitchen is open, with a large island and white countertop.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The main living space on the ground floor is located directly off the front door. It has a long horizontal window on two sides. The custom wood door is painted in Farrow & Ball “Pitch Black” with Emtek “Davos Tubular Marmont" mortise hardware and a US Black finish.

The main living space on the ground floor is located directly off the front door. It has a long horizontal window on two sides. The custom wood door is painted in Farrow & Ball "Pitch Black" with Emtek "Davos Tubular Marmont" mortise hardware and a US Black finish.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The dining area, stair, and living area are all open, allowing for strong sightlines across the ground floor.

The dining area, stair, and living area are all open, allowing for strong sightlines across the ground floor.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The kitchen is kept light and bright by multiple windows and a sliding glass door, as well as white countertops and a white tile backsplash. The gray cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore “Kendall Charcoal” paint in semi-gloss finish; the cabinet pulls are “Bowman” hardware by Rejuvenation in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish; and the wood shelves are solid live-edge oak with concealed brackets.

The kitchen is kept light and bright by multiple windows and a sliding glass door, as well as white countertops and a white tile backsplash. The gray cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore "Kendall Charcoal" paint in semi-gloss finish; the cabinet pulls are "Bowman" hardware by Rejuvenation in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish; and the wood shelves are solid live-edge oak with concealed brackets. 

Photo by Dan Arnold

Wide-planked white oak wood flooring is echoed in both the wooden dining table and the floating wood treads of the stairs leading to the second floor.

Wide-planked white oak wood flooring is echoed in both the wooden dining table and the floating wood treads of the stairs leading to the second floor.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The second floor is flooded with light; windows line the common corridor spaces.

The second floor is flooded with light; windows line the common corridor spaces.

Photo by Dan Arnold

A white and wood bathroom is complemented by patterned geometric tile and a simple metal mirror.

A white and wood bathroom is complemented by patterned geometric tile and a simple metal mirror.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The master bedroom faces the street. Three dramatic arched windows at the front of the house fill the interior with light.

The master bedroom faces the street. Three dramatic arched windows at the front of the house fill the interior with light.

Photo by Dan Arnold

One of the bathrooms on the second floor contrasts crisp white tile on the walls with geometric blue tile on the floor.

One of the bathrooms on the second floor contrasts crisp white tile on the walls with geometric blue tile on the floor.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The family often spends evenings in front of the fire pit on the outdoor patio on the second floor.

The family often spends evenings in front of the fire pit on the outdoor patio on the second floor.

Photo by Dan Arnold

At night, the windows and second floor patio make the building glow.

At night, the windows and second floor patio make the building glow.

Photo by Dan Arnold

The home is surrounded by a modern wooden fence that matches the cedar plank siding found on the second floor of the home.

The home is surrounded by a modern wooden fence that matches the cedar plank siding found on the second floor of the home.

Photo by Dan Arnold

Project Details:

Architect of Record: Hsu McCullough / @hsumccullough

Contractor: Gramajo's Custom Homes, Inc.

Structural Engineer: Parker Resnick Structural Engineering

Landscape Design: Jay Griffith Landscape

Appliances: Fisher & Paykel


An Energy-Efficient Home Allows Graceful Aging-in-Place

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Constructed for $700,000 AUD, a forever home on the Australian coast offers an adventurous couple a comfortable and worry-free home to age in place.

A south elevation view of the front entry reveals its angular composition. The roofing is Spandeck by LYSAGHT in the Monument finish.

When an older couple approached Prahran–based Coy Yiontis Architects to design a home to age in, they asked that the new house be almost everything that their existing residence was not—contemporary, low-maintenance, and brimming with smart home technology.

A south elevation view of the front entry reveals its angular composition. The roofing is Spandeck by LYSAGHT in the Monument finish.

A south elevation view of the front entry reveals its angular composition. The roofing is Spandeck by LYSAGHT in the Monument finish.

Tatjana Plitt

The home is clad in sustainably sourced spotted gum. A natural material palette is used throughout.

The home is clad in sustainably sourced spotted gum. A natural material palette is used throughout.

Tatjana Plitt

At the time, the clients had been living in a grand, heritage, country homestead and wanted to downsize to a smaller home along the coast of Barwon Heads in Victoria, Australia.

The main living space opens up via full-height, glazed sliding doors to outdoor courtyards on the northern and southern sides.

The main living space opens up via full-height, glazed sliding doors to outdoor courtyards on the northern and southern sides.

Tatjana Plitt

"Comfort, ease of maintenance, and facilitation of established daily rituals were primary elements of the clients’ brief," explains the firm of the highly customized and "consciously contemporary" home.

Constructed in just nine months for $700,000 AUD, the design of the timber-clad building—dubbed the Humble House—was informed not only by universal design principles for comfortable aging in place, but also by existing site conditions that shaped the resulting dynamic facade.

The master bedroom faces the east to capture the morning sun.

The master bedroom faces the east to capture the morning sun.

Tatjana Plitt

The north elevation in the rear of home has few windows for privacy. The volume to the left houses the master bedroom while the rightmost volume contains the walk-in closet.

The north elevation in the rear of home has few windows for privacy. The volume to the left houses the master bedroom while the rightmost volume contains the walk-in closet.

Tatjana Plitt

Stretched across a single story on a sloped site, the 2,206-square-foot home features a long and elevated profile along the west boundary to protect against views from its two-story neighbor.

On the northeast side of the home, the master bedroom and the living spaces are set on a single, continuous level with the outdoor gardens.

On the northeast side of the home, the master bedroom and the living spaces are set on a single, continuous level with the outdoor gardens.

Tatjana Plitt

Meanwhile, the living spaces are carefully oriented to optimize natural ventilation and lighting, a site-specific strategy that—in addition to energy-saving systems like hydronic heating and electric blinds—has helped the project earn a 6-star energy rating (BERS).

The energy-efficient home includes water tanks plumbed into sanitary units and double glazing throughout.

The energy-efficient home includes water tanks plumbed into sanitary units and double glazing throughout.

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The light-filled ensuite bathroom includes a Nickles showerhead and MIZU taps.

The light-filled ensuite bathroom includes a Nickles showerhead and MIZU taps.

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"The clients revel in the ‘touch button technology’ throughout the home," note the architects. 

Shop the Look

Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Fragrance

The sweetness of a winter evening by the fireplace. Brightness, freshness and the purity of newly fallen snow through the frozen window. Day breaks. Outside it's snowing on a frosty, cold landscape. Inside the flames of a comforting fire crackle in the fireplace. By the Fireplace is the Replica collection's first feminine and masculine fragrance, evoking a morning by the fireplace in Chamonix in the 1970s. The silhouette of each Replica bottle is inspired by classic apothecary jars, allowing the collection to be instantly identifiable. Each bottle features a 100% cotton label, which is printed using black ink text and resembles the tags used on clothes and accessories found in the Replica couture collection, in addition to a unique pump wrapped with rope to symbolize the authentic reproduction of the original couture line. The same label concept is carried onto the packaging of each fragrance. Each carton label is associated with a Polaroid photograph—a fleeting moment captured in muted colors and soft light that is a poetic allusion to the story behind each fragrance. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom

Homes for Our Time: Contemporary Houses around the World

There’s No Place Like Home Step into the world’s most beautiful private abodes Across small cottages and lavish villas, beach houses and forest refuges, discover the world’s finest crop of new homes. This cutting-edge global digest features such talents as Shigeru Ban, MVRDV, and Marcio Kogan alongside up-and-coming names like Aires Mateus, Xu Fu-Min, Vo Trong Nghia, Desai Chia, and Shunri Nishizawa. Here, there are homes in Australia and New Zealand, from China and Vietnam, in the United States and Mexico, and on to less expected places like Ecuador and Costa Rica. The result is a sweeping survey of the contemporary house, and a reminder that we all have a lot more in common than might be expected. Surely because of the rise of the Internet as the most accessible form of information, talented and cosmopolitan architects are coming forward and building innovative, spectacular houses around the globe. Especially where houses are concerned, there is no longer a deep divide between developed and developing countries: great homes are being built everywhere by talented architects. Publisher: TASCHEN Photo Courtesy of TASCHEN

Turn Stool

A practical and modern seating solution for a modern interior. The Turn Stool designed by Line Depping for Skagerak gives a nod to Scandinavian minimalism and to the beauty of nature. Creative and distinctive, the stool boasts rounded edges that complement its elegant lines. A testament of the Nordic obsession with function, the stool also doubles as a table. Depending on the user’s needs, it can be used as extra seating, side table in a bedroom, or as a compact coffee table in a living room. The stool is crafted from untreated ash wood. It not only displays the beauty of nature via grain patterns, but also showcases the expert craftsmanship of the design.

Royal Oak engineered boards with hydronic heating were installed throughout. There are no steps in the home to facilitate ease of living as the homeowners grow older.

Royal Oak engineered boards with hydronic heating were installed throughout. There are no steps in the home to facilitate ease of living as the homeowners grow older.

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"Also important are the small touches that aid day-to-day living," say the architects, "a bench seat at the front door for removing dirty boots, the outdoor shower for rinsing sandy feet after a beach visit, the secret hatch in the garage that accesses the internal kitchen pantry directly so that the heavy grocery bags don’t have to be lugged."

The white kitchen is equipped with NEFF appliances as well as Caesarstone Snow and stainless-steel countertops.

The white kitchen is equipped with NEFF appliances as well as Caesarstone Snow and stainless-steel countertops.

Tatjana Plitt

The operable glazing that provides seamless connection with the outdoors are of the AGS 900 Series by CAPRAL with retractable flyscreens by CENTOR.

The operable glazing that provides seamless connection with the outdoors are of the AGS 900 Series by CAPRAL with retractable flyscreens by CENTOR.

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A glimpse inside the entry hallway anchored by a grandfather clock.

A glimpse inside the entry hallway anchored by a grandfather clock.

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All the joinery is custom-made by SCLK Moolap, Geelong.

All the joinery is custom-made by SCLK Moolap, Geelong.

Tatjana Plitt

The flexible floor plan caters to the clients’ love of entertaining. This private study, for instance, can be easily converted into a bedroom.

The flexible floor plan caters to the clients’ love of entertaining. This private study, for instance, can be easily converted into a bedroom.

Tatjana Plitt

Humble House floor plan

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Coy Yiontis Architects / @coyyiontis

Builder/ General Contractor: J&S Trickey Builders

Structural Engineer: Greer Consulting Engineers

Landscape Design Company: Bellarine Landscapes

Interior Design: Coy Yiontis Architects


Budget Breakdown: A Design Duo Give Their San Francisco Loft a Modern Makeover For $70K

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The homeowners tackled much of the work themselves to refashion a dated home into the ultimate, 700-square-foot city loft.

Now, the kitchen's workspace has been considerably expanded, which makes it multi-functional. During the day, it's Kevin's design studio; at night, it's ready for relaxing. Black IKEA cabinetry is a streamlined backdrop for the warm wood accents and geometric wall tile, the latter from Wayfair. The stools are from Blu Dot.

When they first stepped foot into their Mission District loft in 2015, Kathryn Heller and Kevin Short knew they’d found what they were looking for, though surface impressions were deceiving. "The interiors were ugly, stained, and completely outdated," the couple tell Dwell. "The previous tenant had smoked cigarettes inside for nearly a decade, so it was particularly dreary and felt like a time capsule from the ’90s."

$300
Demolition
$400
Wall Framing
$1,300
Doors
$3,500
Metal Guardrails
$1,500
Built-In Bedroom Closets
$5,300
Drywall & Plaster
$8,600
Tile
$2,200
Flooring
$4,500
Painting
$600
Kitchen & Bath Accessories
$2,100
Kitchen Appliances
$2,500
Kitchen & Bath Cabinetry
$500
Miscellaneous Carpentry
$2,200
Wood Countertop
$600
Black Quartz Countertop
$9,500
Furniture
$2,400
Mechanical Work
$7,200
Plumbing Work
$5,400
Electrical Work
$1,300
Lighting
$2,500
Curtains
$2,600
Miscellaneous
$1,400
Permits
$1,600
Patio Landscaping
Grand Total: $70,000

Even so, with such a great location and no structural or exterior problems, the couple—she’s a designer and he’s an architect, both at Tiny Monster Design—knew that they had found the perfect blank canvas in the loft. "We both had had that urban loft fantasy, and this space was our opportunity to not only live it, but also design it," say the couple.

Scroll ahead for a look at the transformation.

Before

Drab carpeting, a boring stair railing, and nondescript kitchen cabinets all added up to a "blah" 700-square-foot space. Despite its lackluster appearance, however, "it was also the perfect size for our first construction project together," say the couple. "We ended taking on a lot of construction items ourselves in order to build for our budget." They outsourced electrical, plumbing, and paint, but did the demolition, framing, and much of the finish work themselves.

Drab carpeting, a boring stair railing, and nondescript kitchen cabinets all added up to a "blah" 700-square-foot space. Despite its lackluster appearance, however, "it was also the perfect size for our first construction project together," say the couple. "We ended taking on a lot of construction items ourselves in order to build for our budget." They outsourced electrical, plumbing, and paint, but did the demolition, framing, and much of the finish work themselves.

Courtesy of Tiny Monster Design

After

Now, crisp white walls and the refinished concrete floor conjure the loft's urban roots. Sleek black kitchen cabinets sync up nicely with the new metal railing.

Now, crisp white walls and the refinished concrete floor conjure the loft's urban roots. Sleek black kitchen cabinets sync up nicely with the new metal railing.

Kevin Short

Before: The Kitchen

The biggest design challenge was getting the kitchen layout just right and expanding this crammed work triangle. "We love cooking and entertaining, but we knew we wouldn't have the space for a formal dining room, so we needed to maximize every last inch and make it flexible to suit cooking, dining, and even work needs," say the couple.

The biggest design challenge was getting the kitchen layout just right and expanding this crammed work triangle. "We love cooking and entertaining, but we knew we wouldn't have the space for a formal dining room, so we needed to maximize every last inch and make it flexible to suit cooking, dining, and even work needs," say the couple.

Courtesy of Tiny Monster Design

After: The Kitchen

Now, the kitchen's workspace has been considerably expanded, which makes it multi-functional. During the day, it's Kevin's design studio; at night, it's ready for relaxing. Black IKEA cabinetry is a streamlined backdrop for the warm wood accents and geometric wall tile, the latter from Wayfair. The stools are from Blu Dot.

Now, the kitchen's workspace has been considerably expanded, which makes it multi-functional. During the day, it's Kevin's design studio; at night, it's ready for relaxing. Black IKEA cabinetry is a streamlined backdrop for the warm wood accents and geometric wall tile, the latter from Wayfair. The stools are from Blu Dot.

Kevin Short

The kitchen backsplash features geometric wall tiles from Wayfair, while floating, open shelves create a pleasing display of mini succulents.

The kitchen backsplash features geometric wall tiles from Wayfair, while floating, open shelves create a pleasing display of mini succulents.

Kevin Short

Inset shelves made of oak keep supplies close at hand.

Inset shelves made of oak keep supplies close at hand.

Kevin Short

The peninsula counter was crafted by a local woodworker that the couple met at a craft fair. "It's a mix of basically every wood under the sun: white oak, mahogany, birch, ash, maple, cherry, walnut, and more," say the couple. "We love the result thanks to its unique (and practical) style."

The peninsula counter was crafted by a local woodworker that the couple met at a craft fair. "It's a mix of basically every wood under the sun: white oak, mahogany, birch, ash, maple, cherry, walnut, and more," say the couple. "We love the result thanks to its unique (and practical) style."

Kevin Short

Kevin uses the desk as a work station, with room to spread over the centralized peninsula. Well-planned storage conceals office supplies when the work day is over.

Kevin uses the desk as a work station, with room to spread over the centralized peninsula. Well-planned storage conceals office supplies when the work day is over.

Kevin Short

Before: The Living Room

Looking down into the living room, the window wall overlooking the street is 16 feet tall, and provided the couple with a design opportunity.

Looking down into the living room, the window wall overlooking the street is 16 feet tall, and provided the couple with a design opportunity.

Courtesy of Tiny Monster Design

After: The Living Room

They created a striking focal point in the space with custom curtains fabricated from 65 yards of block-printed fabric sourced from India. "Making such a big statement with the curtains was both an aesthetic and practical choice," say the couple. "We spent a week in Jaipur touring textile markets to find the right fabric." The curtains are motor-operated, and a black-out liner ensures good sleep in the bedroom upstairs. An additional sheer liner facilitates daytime light and privacy.

They created a striking focal point in the space with custom curtains fabricated from 65 yards of block-printed fabric sourced from India. "Making such a big statement with the curtains was both an aesthetic and practical choice," say the couple. "We spent a week in Jaipur touring textile markets to find the right fabric." The curtains are motor-operated, and a black-out liner ensures good sleep in the bedroom upstairs. An additional sheer liner facilitates daytime light and privacy.

Kevin Short

A drawer unit from IKEA provides lots of storage.

A drawer unit from IKEA provides lots of storage.

Kevin Short

The console is from Room and Board. Kevin designed the metal stair railing to feel good under the hand, and local outlet Mission Iron Works did the fabrication. "First, they waxed the cold rolled steel, and then mixed a few metal patina colors (blue, brown, black) to rub in by hand," the couple say. "It’s a labor-intensive process, but the result gives a finish with subtle variation that changes depending on the light. It would have been easier to paint, but we would never have had the same effect."

The console is from Room and Board. Kevin designed the metal stair railing to feel good under the hand, and local outlet Mission Iron Works did the fabrication. "First, they waxed the cold rolled steel, and then mixed a few metal patina colors (blue, brown, black) to rub in by hand," the couple say. "It’s a labor-intensive process, but the result gives a finish with subtle variation that changes depending on the light. It would have been easier to paint, but we would never have had the same effect."

Kevin Short

Before: The Bedroom

The bedroom had no visual interest before.

The bedroom had no visual interest before.

Courtesy of Tiny Monster Design

After: The Bedroom

Now, the new railing enables sight lines from the bed and a dark-hued wall is filled with the couple's art and mementos from their travels.

Now, the new railing enables sight lines from the bed, and a dark-hued wall is filled with the couple's art and mementos from their travels.

Kevin Short

An IKEA bedframe with custom art above it.

An IKEA frame with custom art above it create a stylish, but understated bed.

Kevin Short

Sleek closets meet open inset shelves that echo the kitchen shelving.

Sleek closets meet open inset shelves that echo the kitchen shelving.

Kevin Short

A small alcove supports a desk made by the couple from metal legs found on Etsy.

A small alcove supports a desk made by the couple from metal legs found on Etsy.

Kevin Short

Before: The Bathroom

Standard issue finishes in the bathroom.

Standard-issue finishes ruled in the bathroom.

Courtesy of Tiny Monster Design

After: The Bathroom

In the new bathroom, the couple chose black floor tile from Wayfair, in a shape similar to the kitchen tile for consistency. The marble shower tile was a Home Depot find, as was the Toto toilet.

In the new bathroom, the couple chose black floor tile from Wayfair, selecting a shape similar to the kitchen tile for consistency. The marble shower tile was a Home Depot find, as was the Toto toilet.

Kevin Short

Project Credits:

Architect: Tiny Monster Design / Kevin Short(@tinymonster.design

Builder: DLiu Construction

Landscape Design: Stephen Stolte Designs

Lighting Design: Tiny Monster Design / Kevin Short

Interior Design: Tiny Monster Design / Kathryn Heller

Metal Railings: Mission Iron Works / Manny Lopez

Wood Counter: Mac Cutting Boards / Bart McHale

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Tatone Residence

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The Tatone Residence is a new-build project in Canby, Oregon


The Share Hotels Hatchi

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Most of us are past the hostel stage of our traveling lives. But reserve your judgment for a moment. The Share Hotels Hatchi offers both shared and private rooms, but it’s not like the rowdy hostels you stayed in that one summer when you had a Eurailpass. This is Japan, after all. And not the touristy epicenter of it, but Kanazawa, the elegant capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, a four-hour train ride northwest of Tokyo. (If you’d guess that a small hotel here, yes, even one with shared rooms, would be futuristic yet adorable, you’re right.) That’s not even to mention the fact that the hostel concept has always been a smart one. Why else have so many hip new hotels from New York to Paris borrowed the idea of open layouts, communal kitchens, and central lounge space for guests to socialize or write a few e-mails over coffee and cocktails? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Share Hotels Hatchi. Peer through the floor-to-ceiling glass panes at the hotel’s entrance and you’ll see baristas preparing flat whites, travelers poring over minimalist Japanese guidebooks or drinking sake under the glow of flattering lighting at the wood-paneled bar. The look mixes industrial chic with traditional Japanese details: plenty of smooth cement and wood, locally crafted modern cabinetry lined with traditional ceramics and exotic-looking Japanese candy. Guest rooms are small, cleverly designed to optimize the limited space. A standard room features a bed lofted high above a sofa, accessible by a wooden ladder, the layout similar to what you’d find in a sleeper train compartment. Or splash out on a private room with its own private terrace and en suite bathroom. Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels


The Annex Hotel

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In a century-old, brick-and-industrial steel building that originally housed horse stables, the Annex is a hybrid hospitality concept that is part Airbnb, part boutique hotel. Designed by Toronto–based architecture practice StudioAC in collaboration with the Gauley Brothers and Moss, the carefully curated hotel reflects the local community: all of the spaces feature the work of hand-picked local artists, musicians, and chefs.

In this corner unit, large windows fill the space with natural light.  A custom wood platform is a modern solution that minimizes the need for furnishings.
The Annex Hotel is a new form of modern hospitality, sure to excite locals and vacationers.
Artwork by local Canadian artists adorns the built-in bed.
The custom built-in furnishings and shelving provide the perfect place to display the curated collection of accessories.
Each nook contains a hidden surprise, locally sourced, to inspire guests to experience the city as a local.


MADE Hotel

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Here’s a hotel that plays against type in NoMad, a neighborhood that’s heavy with historical associations. While many Manhattan hotels are still aiming for a sort of upper-crust prewar atmosphere, MADE Hotel looks like something straight out of present-day Brooklyn. And with its minimalist décor, modernist design, modular fixtures, and unapologetically unfinished surfaces, its rooms look right up to date - like the Williamsburg loft apartment of your design-magazine dreams. It’s aimed at New York’s creative class, who have, almost by definition, more taste than money. As a result there’s no needless opulence, just some well-chosen materials — reclaimed walnut floors, Japanese ceramic tiles, textured concrete ceilings - and some well-curated furnishings and decorative elements by a who’s who of in-demand designers. The lobby lounge is a welcoming multi-purpose space, with both a coffee shop and a cocktail bar, and there’s a rooftop bar as well as a stylish New American restaurant headed by chef Greg Proechel. But as appealing as the social life is, it’s a touch more low-key than some rowdier boutique hotels - rather than nightly DJs, think book signings, cooking classes, and other cultural offerings. This is a hotel that doesn’t just look creative - it walks the walk. Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels


Old Horse Stables Now Host an Experimental Hotel in Toronto

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Named after a downtown Toronto neighborhood, the Annex is a fresh take on the boutique hotel experience that helps guests feel like locals.

In this corner unit, large windows fill the space with natural light.  A custom wood platform is a modern solution that minimizes the need for furnishings.

In a century-old, brick-and-industrial steel building that originally housed horse stables, the Annex is a hybrid hospitality concept that is part Airbnb, part boutique hotel.

The Annex Hotel is a new form of modern hospitality, sure to excite locals and vacationers.

The Annex Hotel is a new form of modern hospitality, sure to excite locals and vacationers.

Image courtesy of The Annex

Designed by Toronto–based architecture practice StudioAC in collaboration with the Gauley Brothers and Moss, the carefully curated hotel reflects the local community: all of the spaces feature the work of hand-picked local artists, musicians, and chefs. 

Artwork by local Canadian artists adorns the built-in bed.

Artwork by local Canadian artists adorns the built-in bed.

Image courtesy of The Annex

The custom built-in furnishings and shelving provide the perfect place to display the curated collection of accessories.

The custom, built-in furnishings and shelving provide the perfect place to display the curated collection of accessories.

Image courtesy of The Annex

Each nook contains a hidden surprise, locally sourced, to inspire guests to experience the city as a local.

Each nook contains a hidden surprise, locally sourced, to inspire guests to experience the city as a local.

Image courtesy of The Annex

Each unit is filled with unique objects from around some.  Some of them even introduce a little vintage flair.

Each unit is filled with unique objects; some of them even introduce a little vintage flair.

Image courtesy of The Annex

Exposed sprinkler pipes and conduit tied in with the industrial history of the building. By painting it all out white, walls & ceilings become a neutral backdrop to the eclectic art collection.

Exposed sprinkler pipes and conduit tie in with the industrial history of the building. Painted all white, walls and ceilings become a neutral backdrop to the eclectic art collection.

Image courtesy of The Annex

Unique in layout in response to the building’s street front site, the plan runs from side to side, allowing for daylight-filled spaces with multiple windows and inventive, built-in furniture solutions. Elements in the rooms were built mostly from plywood, including a long millwork piece that extends from one side of the suite to the other, changing from an end surface to a desk, and even a washroom vanity. The minimally designed interiors respect the industrial, historic nature of the space with a contemporary aesthetic that brings new life into the building. 

The Large Room sleeps up to four, large enough for family or friends. A built-in wood top extends from the bed frames to the opposite wall. It's not a bad place to work with views to the city right at your desktop.

The Large Room sleeps up to four, large enough for family or friends. A built-in wood top extends from the bed frames to the opposite wall. It's not a bad place to work with city views right at your desktop.

Image courtesy of The Annex

In most rooms, similar to European design styles, the sink is open to the living spaces, separate from the wet room which includes the toilet and shower.

In most rooms, similar to European design styles, the sink is open to the living spaces, separate from the wet room which includes the toilet and shower.

Image courtesy of The Annex

Minimalism and comfort blend to create a stylish modern oasis.  Painted white brick walls, plywood built-ins, and simple lighting reflect the industrial character of the space in a new way.

Minimalism and comfort blend to create a stylish, modern oasis. Painted white brick walls, plywood built-ins, and simple lighting reflect the industrial character of the space in a new way.

Image courtesy of The Annex

Extending from end to end, the wood components tie it all together.

Extending from end to end, the wood components tie it all together.

Image courtesy of The Annex

Design shines at this hotel, and so do the amenities. The home-away-from-home concept does away with formalities like a front desk (you check in online, get a code to unlock your room, and text the staff), TVs (you get a 13" iPad Pro to stream your favorite shows), or a gym (you get 24-hour access to a facility five minutes away)—in favor of tailored perks that engulf guests in the local culture. From a breakfast bar with delectable pastries to a wine bar with locally sourced shared plates, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with fellow travelers or local residents in a well-designed space.

The sleek lobby bar is a cafe by day and a wine bar by night.

The sleek lobby bar is a cafe by day and a wine bar by night.

Mat Derome

Classic pastries, warm coffee, and Canadian breakfast offerings delight guests in the morning.

Classic pastries, warm coffee, and Canadian breakfast offerings delight guests in the morning.

Mat Derome

At night, guests can find a dinner menu inspired by local ingredients, shareable plates, stylish cocktails, and an inventive wine list.

At night, guests can find a dinner menu inspired by local ingredients, shareable plates, stylish cocktails, and an inventive wine list.

Mat Derome

By focusing on local partnerships and local businesses, this boutique hotel has become a neighborhood gem and a home away from home.

By focusing on local partnerships and local businesses, this boutique hotel has become a neighborhood gem and a home away from home.

Mat Derome

Rooms range between $150 and $250.

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Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Studio AC / @studioac_architecture

Builder / General Contractor: Torcon

Structural Engineer: Blackwell

Interior Design: MOSS & Studio AC

Restaurant & Lobby Interior Design: Gauley Brothers

Creative Design & Brand Design: MOSS


Ett Hem

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In the Sixties Stockholm was the capital of the kind of modernism that’s synonymous with “Scandinavian” design. Nowadays that utopian, vaguely futuristic look is the last thing on anyone’s mind. In the Nordic countries, the best hotels — and their guests — are devoted to something much warmer, a luxe, stylish sort of coziness, and an eclectic approach which makes use of mid-century modernism as just one element among many historical references. And even if Ett Hem’s aesthetic isn’t strictly homegrown — designer Ilse Crawford is London-born, to a Danish mother — the fact is, it’s probably the finest example anywhere of the current tendency in Scandinavian boutique hotel design. More importantly, it’s simply one of the most impressive hotels in the region. Twelve rooms might just be the perfect size for a boutique hotel, especially one whose name means “home” — small enough that each room is an authentic original, and the staff has a chance to get to know every guest. The rooms are well-appointed, and with their blend of contemporary and vintage design, they’ve got more personality than any ordinary luxury hotel, and in certain departments, more comfort as well — some have rain showers, others luxurious freestanding tubs, not to mention fireplaces or stoves, handy for the long winter months. And like any house worthy of the name, there’s more to Ett Hem than just bedrooms. There’s a library and a couple of sitting rooms, all of them equally as stylish as any space in the house, and come mealtime you’ll have your choice of a walled garden, a sunny conservatory, or the kitchen, where guests gather at a long table for a bit of classic, old-style hospitality. We’re tempted to say it’s like being at home, but if we’re honest, most of us can only wish home was so good. Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels


eBay Roundup: Shop our Top Midcentury Furniture Finds

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Get your vintage on with these amazing midcentury furniture finds on eBay—but act quickly before they’re gone!

Midcentury lounge chairs in eye-popping red and orange by Jens Risom.

One of our favorite strategies for furnishing a home or updating our decor is to hunt for vintage pieces. Midcentury furnishings can add a sense of personality and flavor to a space, and they're often available at a lower price point than contemporary furniture for the same level of craftsmanship and quality. For our very first roundup, we’ve trawled eBay and selected our favorite finds—from well-known designers to names you might be less familiar with—that are currently on the market and ready to be scooped up!

Midcentury Chairs

Midcentury lounge chairs in eye-popping red and orange by Jens Risom.

Midcentury lounge chairs in eye-popping red and orange by Jens Risom.

Courtesy of ebay/ omasa_projects

The Lollipop Lamp, designed by Robert Sonneman, is a simple and classic midcentury table light.

The Lollipop Lamp, designed by Robert Sonneman, is a simple and classic midcentury table light.

Courtesy ebay/placesoutlet

This vintage credenza could also double as a sideboard. Designed and manufactured by the North Carolina furniture company Henredon, the piece features a solid wood body and doors and oversized recessed handles.

This vintage credenza could also double as a sideboard. Designed and manufactured by the North Carolina furniture company Henredon, the piece features a solid wood body and doors and oversized recessed handles.

Courtesy of ebay/verona-vintage

Made in the 1950s or 1960s, this iconic walnut and glass table was designed by Adrian Pearsall for Lane.

Made in the 1950s or 1960s, this iconic walnut and glass table was designed by Adrian Pearsall for Lane.

Courtesy of ebay/jusmidcenturymodern


University Arms

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University Arms, Cambridge, re-created in 2018 by architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki, offers 192 rooms and suites, with views over Parker’s Piece, historic Regent Street and the hotel’s inner courtyard. The style reflects classic Edwardian interiors with bespoke, leather-padded writing desks, low ottomans and rooms full of natural light. The result is ambitious, beautiful and full of life. Occupying ground floor of University Arms, Cambridge, Parker’s Tavern is a quintessentially English brasserie. Chef Director Tristan Welch has designed every dish to be a whimsical re-imagining of a British classic, sourced from field, fen and seas. This is where you will find plates piled high with Norfolk fruits de mer, or in winter, suckling pig with wild mushrooms and Tristan’s signature pie of the day. You can taste England on every plate. Text Courtesy of Marriott


The Calile Hotel

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Great hotels have stories that go beyond providing a bed for the night – they offer moments of discovery, unexpected adventures, encounters to be savoured and retold. Text Courtesy of The Calile Hotel


This Nova Scotia Summer Home Nails Indoor/Outdoor Living

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Encased in glass, this summer getaway melds luxe living with the great outdoors.

Teph Inlet by Omar Ghandi Architect

Tucked in the charming province of Nova Scotia is the coastal cottage town of Chester—a picturesque getaway right out of a children’s book. Home to puffins and seals, with an abundance of water sporting options, it’s the perfect summer getaway for a young couple with energetic children. Working with Canadian architect, Omar Gandhi—widely recognized for his bold designs as seen in the award-winning Rabbit Snare Gorge—they built a contemporary waterfront haven.

The mixed living/dining area opens up to the pool on one side and a field on the other.

The mixed living/dining area opens up to the pool on one side and a field on the other.

Ema Peter Photography

Embodying Gandhi’s minimalist modern style, the vacation home is a major departure from the traditional residences that dot the coastline. Formally composed of three rectilinear volumes on a plateau overlooking the ocean, the abode was designed to make the most of indoor/outdoor living. The varied sizing and orientation of the volumes offers privacy and protection, and the home is perched high enough to take in sweeping views.

Panoramas extend from all the windows.

Panoramas extend from all the windows. 

Ema Peter Photography

A cozy nook in one of the bedrooms opens up to a coastal breeze.

A cozy nook in one of the bedrooms opens up to a coastal breeze.  

Ema Peter Photography

A stacked, red cedar-clad box floats above the glass-encased ground level, serving as the main house. Transparent all the way around, the main level offers a seamless connection to a wooded grove on one side and the pool on the other, with the ocean just behind. Massive sliding panels open up the social areas of the home—the kitchen and living room—to the deck and pool, and the private guest quarters lie just beyond. A gorgeous, wood-paneled outdoor shower includes both a rain and detachable shower head for a quick rinse after kayaking or a swim. 

An outdoor shower offers a zen-like sanctuary to wash off the day.

An outdoor shower offers a zen-like sanctuary to wash off the day.

Ema Peter Photography

"The main level is transparent from front to back, creating the illusion and opportunity for total connection to the landscape," explains Gandhi.

Clean lines and textures add to the monochromatic palette.

Clean lines and textures add to the monochromatic palette.

Ema Peter Photography

Inside, lies an alabaster monochromatic dream—herringbone white oak floors, earth-toned stones and tiles, and white quartz counters. Floating stairs (also in white oak) merge the ground floor with a light-filled upper level with punched windows and skylights. A sprawling corridor window stretches nearly 30 feet, bathing the area in natural light and creating a serene space for reading, relaxing, and soaking up the landscape. 

The entire home is encased in glass and soaked in natural light.

The entire home is encased in glass and soaked in natural light.

Ema Peter Photography

Midcentury-themed furnishings compliment the modern interiors. Geometric chairs and a square marble coffee table add structure to a comfy sectional set alongside a cozy fireplace. Just behind lies an extra-long dining table for luxurious meals and entertaining. Juxtaposed against fun programmatic spaces like a movie room and a place to play ping pong, the summer getaway exudes a harmonious relationship between chic living and fun. 

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Marble Canister

A simple, chic way to store everything from cotton pads to keys. Available in two sizes. Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Cascada Throw

A contrasting mix of soft blues and cool neutrals, this alpaca throw is downright handsome. Thanks to its unique construction that features a different weaving technique in every stripe, this throw is incredibly soft and oh-so-cozy. Hand-loomed by master weavers in a quiet mountain village in the Peruvian Andes, each throw takes about a week to complete. Made exclusively in a fair trade environment. Note: Alpaca wool is hypoallergenic, so this throw is ideal for those with allergies or sensitive skin. Photo Courtesy of The Citizenry

&Tradition Little Petra Lounge Chair

Initially introduced back in 1938, Little Petra won instant praise at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition, subsequently winning awards at exhibits in New York and Berlin. Little Petra is indeed surprisingly petite, able to fit into all kinds of spaces, interiors and environments. Low to the ground, open and embracing, it embodies the essence of a lounge chair, allowing for all kinds of seating positions in any cozy setting imaginable. Extensive work has gone into ensuring the utmost comfort, from the seat to the upholstery. The result is an endearing lounge chair that beckons you to stay. Photo courtesy of Suite NY


The living area keeps it cozy with plush seating and a fireplace, while remaining connected to the outdoors.

The living area keeps it cozy with plush seating and a fireplace, while remaining connected to the outdoors.

Ema Peter Photography


Parallel to the sea, the pool adds to the resort-like ambiance of the home.

Parallel to the sea, the pool adds to the resort-like ambiance of the home. 

Ema Peter Photography

"The home provides the family the opportunity to come together during the warm weather months and [it serves as] a playground for recreation..." says Gandhi. "The adjacent aluminum-clad boxes (garage and pool house) run perpendicular to the main house, creating both an entry court, a swimming pool court, and a play zone between them." 

The back of the house is nearly a mirror image of the front—with just a few more windows to take in the views of the ocean.

The back of the house is nearly a mirror image of the front—with just a few more windows to take in the views of the ocean.

Ema Peter Photography

The summer abode by night.

The summer abode by night.

Ema Peter Photography

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Omar Ghandi / @og_architect

Builder: Redden Brothers Development 

Structural Engineer: Andrea Doncaster Engineering 

Cabinetry: Mill-Right 

Windows: Tiltco via Keel AP 

Appliances: Creative Appliance Gallery


16 Modern Christmas Decorating Ideas Sure to Spread Cheer

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Deck the halls this holiday season with these creative, modern Christmas decorations.

Christmas day!

’Tis the season to fill your abode with sparkle and cheer. Though it’s an age-old tradition, that doesn’t mean you can’t update classic looks with modern Christmas decor that reflects your style sensibilities—and your home’s aesthetic.

Minimalist Christmas decorations are no less festive than traditional decorations; in fact, this is a case where adage "Less is more" rings true. Your pared-back choices reflect a peaceful holiday vibe, while brightly colored, midcentury modern Christmas decorations bring nostalgia and merriment into the abode.

Here, we’ve got all the inspiration you’ll need to bring modern Christmas decor into your home this holiday season. 

1. Minimalist Design in Black and White

Who says Christmas decor has to be red and green? This minimalist Christmas decor makes use of black and white, one of the most on-trend color combinations this holiday season.

Who says Christmas decor has to be red and green? This minimalist Christmas decor makes use of black and white, one of the most on-trend color combinations this holiday season.

Courtesy of Meidân Harmoniaa

This simple, chic modern holiday decor makes for an easy DIY project. Gather your favorite greenery and a sturdy twig, and bind them together with a copper band for a metallic accent—or your favorite ribbon. For a more classic Christmas vibe, add a poinsettia into the mix.

This simple, chic modern holiday decor makes for an easy DIY project. Gather your favorite greenery and a sturdy twig, and bind them together with a copper band for a metallic accent—or your favorite ribbon. For a more classic Christmas vibe, add a poinsettia into the mix. 

Courtesy of Erika Rax

This modern Christmas wreath proclaims the joy of the season while keeping the greenery minimal by using eucalyptus instead of the more traditional pine or holly greens. The twine lends a rustic backdrop for the letters.

This modern Christmas wreath proclaims the joy of the season while keeping the greenery minimal by using eucalyptus instead of the more traditional pine or holly greens. The twine lends a rustic backdrop for the letters. 

Courtesy of Homemade Ginger

Capturing one of the trends in modern Christmas decor, this asymmetrical wreath is a balanced composition of white roses, ranunculus, and red berries that pop against olive branches—all wrapped around a copper frame. If you want to place a modern Christmas wreath above your mantle or on your front door, look for one that incorporates pared-down greenery with geometric designs.

Capturing one of the trends in modern Christmas decor, this asymmetrical wreath is a balanced composition of white roses, ranunculus, and red berries that pop against olive branches—all wrapped around a copper frame. If you want to place a modern Christmas wreath above your mantle or on your front door, look for one that incorporates pared-down greenery with geometric designs. 

Courtesy of Paper & Stitch

Natural wood makes a perfect choice for modern Christmas tree decorations, like the simple wooden garland seen here. Geometric shapes add a touch of visual interest to the strands of wooden beads. Pair this with your favorite modern Christmas ornaments, or let it adorn your tree by itself for the perfect minimalist look.

Natural wood makes a perfect choice for modern Christmas tree decorations, like the simple wooden garland seen here. Geometric shapes add a touch of visual interest to the strands of wooden beads. Pair this with your favorite modern Christmas ornaments, or let it adorn your tree by itself for the perfect minimalist look.

Courtesy of The House That Lars Built

There's no way Santa will miss this eye-catching modern Christmas stocking. With trendy, black-and-white stripes and gold details, it's sure to be a lovely addition to your modern Christmas decor.

There's no way Santa will miss this eye-catching modern Christmas stocking. With trendy, black-and-white stripes and gold details, it's sure to be a lovely addition to your modern Christmas decor.

Courtesy of Janey Mac

Simple details and a neutral color palette characterize these modern Christmas stockings that depart from the traditional red-and-white scheme. They're right at home and ready to be filled as they hang from the mantle by monogrammed stocking holders adorned with vintage knobs.

Simple details and a neutral color palette characterize these modern Christmas stockings that depart from the traditional red-and-white scheme. They're right at home and ready to be filled as they hang from the mantle by monogrammed stocking holders adorned with vintage knobs. 

Courtesy of Fynes Designs

Add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree with this adorable tree skirt. Embroidered with colorfully patterned ornaments that pop against a white background, it's one of our favorite midcentury modern Christmas decorations.

Add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree with this adorable tree skirt. Embroidered with colorfully patterned ornaments that pop against a white background, it's one of our favorite midcentury modern Christmas decorations. 

Courtesy of Jewels at Home

This festive wreath has all the elements of classic midcentury modern Christmas decorations. With a bevy of bright colors and lots of shiny tinsel, it's sure to be the focal point of your modern holiday decor. What's more, it makes for a simple DIY project, too.

This festive wreath has all the elements of classic midcentury modern Christmas decorations. With a bevy of bright colors and lots of shiny tinsel, it's sure to be the focal point of your modern holiday decor. What's more, it makes for a simple DIY project, too. 

Courtesy of Craft + Tell

Add a glimmer of gold to your Christmas tree with these modern, two-tone Christmas ornaments. Base colors of trendy black and white give way to timeless gold on these beautiful baubles.

Add a glimmer of gold to your Christmas tree with these modern, two-tone Christmas ornaments. Base colors of trendy black and white give way to timeless gold on these beautiful baubles.

Courtesy of Suburble

This gold-toned geometric tree topper makes a dashing statement when it rests atop your modern Christmas tree. It's simple and understated, yet elegant enough to be the right finishing touch.

This gold-toned geometric tree topper makes a dashing statement when it rests atop your modern Christmas tree. It's simple and understated, yet elegant enough to be the right finishing touch. 

Courtesy of Cute DIY Projects

We can't get enough of these modern Christmas ornaments by Czech designer NAJLETO. Handcrafted from white porcelain and shaped with clean lines, this monochromatic set lends a minimalist vibe to your modern Christmas decor.

We can't get enough of these modern Christmas ornaments by Czech designer NAJLETO. Handcrafted from white porcelain and shaped with clean lines, this monochromatic set lends a minimalist vibe to your modern Christmas decor. 

Courtesy of NAJLETO

These modern Christmas ornaments, crafted in light wood and dipped in white, would pair perfectly with the modern garland shown above. Or, create a stunning display by hanging them from a black Christmas tree for a dramatic aesthetic.

These modern Christmas ornaments, crafted in light wood and dipped in white, would pair perfectly with the modern garland shown above. Or, create a stunning display by hanging them from a black Christmas tree for a dramatic aesthetic. 

Courtesy of Life Is a Party

If you're looking to DIY your modern Christmas decor this year, look no further than these simple black and white orbs inscribed with holiday-inspired messages. All you need to create this look is the ornaments, a white paint pen, and a black Sharpie. These modern Christmas ornaments are a great way to stay on budget and on trend.

If you're looking to DIY your modern Christmas decor this year, look no further than these simple black and white orbs inscribed with holiday-inspired messages. All you need to create this look is the ornaments, a white paint pen, and a black Sharpie. These modern Christmas ornaments are a great way to stay on budget and on trend.

Courtesy of My Little Secrets

Adorn your rafters with these radiant bursts of light if you're looking for modern Christmas outdoor decor. Tiny twinkling lights are understated and elegant, making your space look elegant rather than overdone.

Adorn your rafters with these radiant bursts of light if you're looking for modern Christmas outdoor decor. Tiny twinkling lights are understated and elegant, making your space look elegant rather than overdone.

Courtesy of Family Holiday

Modern outdoor Christmas decorations add a hint of the holidays without being boastful and overdone. Here, just a touch of greenery is all that's needed to create this understated yet unforgettable scene.

Modern outdoor Christmas decorations add a hint of the holidays without being boastful and overdone. Here, just a touch of greenery is all that's needed to create this understated yet unforgettable scene. 

Courtesy of @helmick_hacienda


Like a Tetris Game, an Australian Extension Locks Old With New

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A rear extension makes this bungalow in a Melbourne suburb more suitable for a growing family.

Although the orientation of the site was not ideal as the extension faces south, the strategic location of the addition and high-level kitchen window draws sunlight deep into the space in winter, while the deep window reveals restricts sunlight penetration in the summer months.

In the suburb of Ascot Vale, northwest of Melbourne, architect and photographer Jaime Diaz-Berrio teamed up with architect Mark Allan of Crosshatch to create a 484-square-foot rear extension for a two-bedroom bungalow. The reconfiguration and expansion of the now 1,560-square-foot residence adds a third bedroom, bathroom, and central living lounge.

This is the second project that Crosshatch has designed for this client, a young family who love the character of their old Californian-style bungalow but realized they needed more space for their growing children. 

"We were tasked with extending the house in a sensitive way, respecting the existing building, and providing a modern kitchen /dining and laundry whilst reconfiguring the existing interiors to add another bedroom, " says Jaime Diaz-Berrio.

"We were tasked with extending the house in a sensitive way, respecting the existing building, and providing a modern kitchen /dining and laundry whilst reconfiguring the existing interiors to add another bedroom, " says Jaime Diaz-Berrio.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

The south-facing extension, which contains a new kitchen, dining area, and laundry, captures the northern light through the introduction of a central courtyard and strategically positioned windows.

The south-facing extension, which contains a new kitchen, dining area, and laundry, captures the northern light through the introduction of a central courtyard and strategically positioned windows.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Although the orientation of the site was not ideal as the extension faces south, the strategic location of the addition and high-level kitchen window draws sunlight deep into the space in winter, while the deep window reveals restricts sunlight penetration in the summer months.

Although the orientation of the site was not ideal as the extension faces south, the strategic location of the addition and high-level kitchen window draws sunlight deep into the space in winter, while the deep window reveals restricts sunlight penetration in the summer months.  

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

The duo named the project Tetris Extension because the forms of the new addition are arranged in a Tetris-like configuration that’s expressed in the plan, elevation, and section. 

One side of the exterior is clad in spotted gum timber battens.

One side of the exterior is clad in spotted gum timber battens.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Recycled red bricks are used for sections of the exterior walls.

Recycled red bricks are used for sections of the exterior walls.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

"The interlocking volumes unite the form and function of the old and new," says Allan. "The Tetris concept is further iterated through the interior detailing, including bespoke cabinetry and custom kitchen door handles."

Interior walls and ceilings are plasterboard with a paint finish.

Interior walls and ceilings are plasterboard with a paint finish.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Existing timber floorboards in the old house were sanded and re-polished.

Existing timber floorboards in the old house were sanded and re-polished.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

The house’s original Californian bungalow facade was retained, so the modern extension is not visible from the street, and only reveals itself as the user walks through the old house.

The floors in the extension are hydronic-heated, polished concrete.

The floors in the extension are hydronic-heated, polished concrete.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

A polished concrete island top contrasts with oak timber cabinetry in the kitchen.

A polished concrete island bench contrasts with oak timber cabinetry in the kitchen.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

The additional 484 square feet allowed the architects to reconfigure the floor plan to accommodate three generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a sun-drenched, central courtyard that can be accessed from the kitchen/dining area, living room, and the kids’ play room. 

Custom-designed timber handles reinforce the Tetris concept.

 Custom-designed timber handles reinforce the Tetris concept. 

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

A built-in bench wraps around a corner as seats for the dining table. The artwork is by watercolorist Stefan Gevers.

A built-in bench wraps around a corner as seats for the dining table.  The artwork is by watercolorist Stefan Gevers.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

The backyard, which was previously completely disconnected from the house, is now integrated into the design with large window openings that enable the interior spaces to flow out beyond their physical boundaries.

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Sheepskin Throw (Large)

This natural, ethically sourced sheepskin comes from the Northwest coast of Ireland, a region known for incredibly soft and dense sheep’s wool. Thanks to a complex two-month tanning process, this sheepskin has a silky soft feel - the perfect layering piece for your chair or bed. Often used to style as a small floor rug, this size can also be draped over your favorite armchair or sofa to add a layer of warmth and texture. Each one is ethically-sourced as a by-product of the meat industry. From start-to-finish, this sheepskin throw is made in a fair-trade environment. Photo Courtesy of The Citizenry

Libeco Napoli Pillow, Navy

Heath Ceramics, long-time fans of Libeco's linens, now carries their new favorite line: Napoli Vintage. Soft, smooth, and available in rich colors, these pillows are made with 100% pure Belgian linen, elevating the everyday. Photo courtesy of Heath Ceramics

Hawkins New York Copper and Brass Louise Trays

Bring out the brass, carry the copper. Giving the table—any table—a festive gleam has never been easier. Spun aluminum makes these trays lightweight, an interior coating of enamel makes them food-safe, and copper or brass plating on the trays' exterior makes them look like holiday baubles. We’re reaching for them in every size: Bring out a couple mugs, a creamer, and sugar bowl on the large tray and leave it on your breakfast table; set a medium-sized one out on a table near the door to catch keys and other doodads or in the wash room with pretty bottles arranged on top; and keep the smallest on your dresser to house jewelry. Made in: India Made of: Aluminum with copper or brass plating and an enamel interior. Size: Small is 8" in diameter x 1" HMedium is 11.125" in diameter x 1" HLarge is 15.175" in diameter x 1.25" H Maker: Hawkins New York Photography by Ty Mecham.

Oak timber recessed ‘boxes’ are used as bookshelves, wine storage, and display cabinets.

Oak timber recessed ‘boxes’ are used as bookshelves, wine storage, and display cabinets.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

A simple material palette of polished concrete, white surfaces, and timber details create a light, warm, neutral space that’s enhanced by colorful artwork and homeware—and plenty of natural light.

A simple material palette of polished concrete, white surfaces, and timber details create a light, warm, neutral space that’s enhanced by colorful artwork and homeware—and plenty of natural light.  

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

The 15-foot window in the extension is the focal point of the project, as it marks the connection with the existing house, creates a substantial volume in the kitchen, and frames views out to the beautiful gum tree on the rear property. 

The stucco ceiling in the bedroom was restored.

The stucco ceiling in the bedroom was restored.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

The aluminum window frames are by Windows by Design.

The aluminum window frames are by Windows by Design.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

"Working with an old building always poses a few challenges, as you never know what you might find once construction starts," says Diaz-Berrio. With this in mind, he and Allan ensured that their intervention only "gently" touched the existing building with minimal structural alterations. 

The shower is by Astra Walker.

The shower is by Astra Walker.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

The Inspira Round Vessel bathroom basin is by Roca.

The Inspira Round Vessel bathroom basin is by Roca.

Courtesy of Jaime Diaz-Berrio

"Our self-imposed challenge was to resolve the family’s functional requirements in the most efficient way whilst creating a memorable living environment," he says.

Existing floor plan

Tetris Extension old floor plan

Courtesy of Crosshatch

Proposed floor plan

Tetris Extension proposed floor plan

Courtesy of Crosshatch

Existing roof plan

Tetris Extension existing roof plan

Courtesy of Crosshatch

Proposed floor plan

Tetris Extension proposed roof plan

Courtesy of Crosshatch

Project Credits:

Architecture and interior design: Crosshatch / @crosshat.ch

Builder: Loft Property

Structural and civil engineering: WGA

Stylist: Style Warrior Interiors, and Ally Batties

Artwork: Stefan Gevers  


An Iconic Estate in Spain Inspired by a Utopian Sci-Fi Novel

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Step inside the wonderful world of Barcelona’s Walden 7.

Walden 7's unsystematic layout offers an alternative to conventional apartment blocks.

Ricardo Bofill’s avant-garde approach has been influenced by everything from baroque to Islamic architecture during his five-decade-spanning career. A prolific Spanish architect, he continues to push boundaries with his philosophies on large-scale design, leading what’s now a three-generation family business at his Taller de Arquitectura, which is based in a converted cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Walden 7 features five interior courtyards and 446 residences.

Walden 7 features five interior courtyards and 446 residences.

Photo Salva López, from Petite Places, Copyright gestalten 2018

One of his most pioneering projects, Walden 7 was built in 1975 and aimed to tackle the problems of modern city living, such as a perceived lack of both community and privacy. A stone’s throw from his firm’s headquarters in Sant Just Desvern, the imposing 14-story structure consists of 18 towers and five courtyards arranged in a modular but unsystematic fashion—an architectural solution conceived to counteract the uniformity of conventional apartment blocks.

Walden 7's unsystematic layout offers an alternative to conventional apartment blocks.

Walden 7's unsystematic layout offers an alternative to conventional apartment blocks.

Photo Salva López, from Petite Places, Copyright gestalten 2018

The staggered, geometric configuration of the 400-plus apartments, combined with a complex labyrinth of internal bridges and balconies, creates a proliferation of unexpected views and intimate spaces. A bold, Moorish-inspired color palette was implemented to enhance the building’s striking silhouette, with a rich terracotta exterior and an interior resplendent in azure blue.

A dynamic walkway bridges a gap above terraced planters.

A dynamic walkway bridges a gap above terraced planters.

Photo Salva López, from Petite Places, Copyright gestalten 2018

The apartments themselves are based around the idea of a modular "cell," which normally comes with a kitchenette, a toilet, bath, table, and an assortment of cupboards. Units are designed to be connected together, allowing for a diverse range of housing typologies. The smallest apartments, measuring 30 m. (323 ft.), are made up of a single cell. The largest combine up to four cells in a duplex formation and can be joined or divided as changing lifestyles or family needs require. Whatever the configuration, most of the apartments benefit from a view of both an exterior and interior courtyard.

Walden 7 is a vertical labyrinth of connected courtyards, terraces, and apartments.

Walden 7 is a vertical labyrinth of connected courtyards, terraces, and apartments.

Photo Salva López, from Petite Places, Copyright gestalten 2018

An ambitious social housing experiment, the idea for Walden 7 came to Bofill in the early 1970s, when he pooled the various talents of a team of sociologists, philosophers, and mathematicians in a bid to design the housing estate of the future. The name came from the 1940s science fiction novel Walden Two, which explores utopian ideals for communal living. Hence, the roof of the building—rumored to have been used as a venue for extravagant parties back in the 1970s—features two swimming pools for residents, while extensive public gardens surround the base. While Bofill’s vision for Walden 7 hasn’t always panned out as planned over the years, the building does retain a strong sense of community spirit. Amenities and activities include a library in the lobby and art classes for children, while a residents committee—and a strong sense of shared pride—ensure the ongoing upkeep of this unconventional building and its surrounds.

Text by Tessa Pearson, from Petite Places, Copyright Gestalten 2018

Petite Places —Clever Interiors for Humble Homes

Great inspiration for small spaces! Petite Places presents clever solutions for compact living. From living rooms and kitchens to bedrooms and bathrooms, small spaces can offer immense possibilities, if only the interior is well considered.By showing a variety of projects in different styles – from reduced and pragmatic to cozy – Petite Places delves into how small homes are being designed today, delivering insights from interior designers and architects. Floor plans will allow you to translate inspirations from the book into your home. Living in small spaces is not a new phenomenon. By looking at pioneering projects from times gone by, one starts to understand where modern living concepts draw ideas from. Clever furniture and storage solutions create more room to cook, relax, read in a comfortable nook, or work from home. Explore how you can add striking changes to your modest home with only a few tweaks. Photo Copyright Gestalten 2018


Chilmark House

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Designed and built in Chilmark, Massachusetts, the Chilmark House project covers almost five acres of previously unbuilt land in the heart of the farming and artistic community that is “Up-Island” Martha’s Vineyard. Architectural work was done in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architects out of New Haven, Connecticut. Based on a shared love of the dense aggregation of New England’s farm complexes, we sited the studio and the house barns tightly together, creating a charged outdoor space between them, which provides the approach to the house’s entrance. The ceilings in the public rooms lift to the high ridges, with dropped areas to create a sleeping loft high in the roof. The lower level consists of a series of bedrooms with shared spaces between that look into light wells, landscaped with local rocks and moss. We designed and built many of the freestanding furniture pieces specifically for this project and enlisted great designers and long time collaborators.


Empire State Apartment

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An initial inspection of the raw space of our Empire State Apartment revealed rotted flooring, an open air toilet and a dilapidated Dark Room, reeking from years of stale chemicals. Located at the foot of the Empire State Building, the challenge to both re-envision and reclaim the space were gleefully accepted. The design’s anchor element is the centrally located kitchen around which the life and experience of space rotates. Dismantling and re-imagining the entire space within the confines of the building structure gave us a fresh canvas on which to test design ideas and create an organized, yet flowing, space for our clients’ and their growing family.


South Moravian Village House

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Architect ORA, Jan Hora, Barbora Hora, Jan Veisser Website o-r-a.cz Contact e-mail dohromady@o-r-a.cz Project location Božice, South Moravia, Czech Republic Client Private Project year 2013 Completion year 2018 Project size 191 m2 Usable area 169 m2 Photo credits Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice www.boysplaynice.com Description The task was clear: Design for us a contemporary country house. Concept We began by exploring the concept of a contemporary Moravian village. Today, the definition of a rural house in Czechia seems to be ambiguous. Within a village, nobody pays attention to the historical and settlement context anymore. We think that Czech and Moravian village experiences one of the largest urban planning crises in history. Our aim was to show that a country house should not act as an urban villa placed carelessly in the middle of the estate, a phenomenon common for most of today's projects. Rather than isolating the estate from its surroundings, it needs to open up and find its way back to the street. Instead of turning away from the street, we wanted to highlight its existence. Unlike a garage, a prominent window was to articulate the connection between the interior and the street. Nonetheless, maintaining privacy for the inhabitants formed an important consideration - a private courtyard located behind a wall is also a well-known feature of local country houses. Location The estate is situated on the edge of a village, where the traditional rural structure has been replaced by villas of a more urban character. It seems as if the house formed an imaginary boundary between the old and the new urbanism. The plot is narrow and sloped. Our design came out in an elongated, single-storey shape. The scale of the house corresponds to the scale of a local traditional homestead. The building border has returned as near to the street and neighbours as regulations and neighbourly relationships permit. If it were only for us, the building would have been pushed right to the edge of the estate as it was usual hundreds of years before. Construction As the building owner works in agriculture, we first considered using rammed earth as the material for the exterior walls. Using this method, we would have had plenty of cheap straw and dung at our disposal. But in the end, the investor opted for using conventional cellular concrete blocks. The roofing is bright red and the walls of white so pure it makes one’s eye narrow. The traditional porch provides a pleasant shadow. Opening A gable facade with a bay window forms the face of the house. The bay window gently breaks through the facade and the surface gradually seems to soften. This is one of the main features of the house. We strove to maximize the view and to form a relationship between the house and the street. At the same time, we wanted to articulate the representative gable wall of a country house in a contemporary language. We refused to settle for small windows and wished to avoid exaggerated romanticism. This house was our first commercial commission. That being so, the house owners expressed a great belief in ourselves. The construction lasted three (together with the initial design phase four) full years. During that time, we became friends with the investors. Until this day, we gladly and often keep coming back to Božice. Products and brands windows - Rand / Jánošík Table - Jutland / TON / dining room Chairs - Leaf / TON / dining room Blocks - Theta / YTONG Roof Tiles - roof tile / Tondach