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Permeable House in Costa Rica Built Around Majestic Trees

QBO3 Arquitectos completed the design of a modern residence in Puerto Carrillo, Costa Rica. The “Tree House” comes with a total living surface of 280 square meters (3,010 square feet) and offers a nature escape from the hectic city life. Conserving the largest number of trees on the property was the starting point for the design. Another brief requirement was to create an optimum indoor-outdoor connection.

“The house needed to be safe since it remains uninhabited for many weeks a year and resistant to the climatic conditions that affect the area, such as heavy rains, sea breeze and hot temperatures,” the architects said. “From these limitations, we come up with the idea of a concrete refuge armed with permeable membranes that adapt to the climate.”
The house is composed of three areas for various social functions. An existing tree that crossed the living area was creatively integrated into the design. As you step inside, you find the kitchen island, dining room and the sofa, which surrounds the tree.

The enclosure in exposed steel is perforated with an abstract pattern designed from the art made by the client. A large percentage of the windows are protected by these perforated steel structures that generate an interaction with the movement of the sun. Information courtesy of QBO3 Arquitectos; photography by Carlos Vásquez.

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How to Decorate with Orange to Stylishly Warm Up Any Room

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Mandarin, pumpkin spice, sunset, warm persimmon … these are all paint color names for orange. Orange is a contemporary, fun and warm color, but it can be tricky to decorate with — until now. Here are some orange decorating ideas to inspire you! You’ll be an expert on how to decorate with orange to add some contemporary flair and warmth to a room.

So, how to get started decorating with orange? First off, you don’t have to spend a fortune or redo your house to add orange. The color works beautifully with earth tones and neutrals such as taupes, beiges and greys. It’s such a vibrant and eye-catching tone that a little can go a long way. You don’t have to commit to a fully orange room. Choose a few elements instead, like the images below.

Decorating with pumpkin spice in the bedroom

One of the easiest ways to add a little (pumpkin) spice into your life is by adding some orange to the bedroom. Start with some throw pillows and a blanket, or a bench or orange foot stool. Decorating with orange by adding these small elements isn’t expensive. You can warm up your bedroom on a budget.

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An exotic, Moroccan-inspired bedroom features orange spice accents. Image: Dorothee Junkin Design Studio

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Modern and lively orange accents create a happy-chic style. Image: Zoe Wighton

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Here’s how to decorate with orange wallpaper

Since spice or orange can be such a strong statement, wallpaper only one wall in the orange pattern. Doing so will create an intimate focal point for the room that you can then work with to sprinkle more touches of orange throughout the space.

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A single accent wall of a bold orange wallpaper works with navy, tan and white patterns. Image: Waris

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A wall of muted spice grasscloth wallpaper adds a sophisticated and exotic feel to this luxurious bedroom. Image: Niche Interiors

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Orange decorating ideas featuring an area rug

Anchor a space with a sumptuous, earthy orange or spice color by adding an area rug. As shown in the images below, the tone works well with both light neutrals and rich charcoal greys and blacks.

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An understated, transitional den is transformed into a rich, exotic lounge area thanks to the beautiful orange area rug. Image: Sean Litchfield

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A modern white and orange patterned area rug adds light and life into this masculine living room. Image: Maven Interiors

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Change a room’s personality with window treatments

One of the quickest ways to change the look of a room quickly is by switching out or adding curtains. Perhaps you like the windows bare in the summer or to display white gauze curtains. Why not add heavier-weight orange spice curtains for the fall and winter? They’ll not only warm up the space physically but the room will also look warmer and more inviting, too.

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The orange curtain panels draw the eye to the beautiful alcove they line. Image: Elgin and Ellis

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The color combination of orange, creams, beiges and taupe create a warm and modern color palette. Image: Budget Blinds

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How to choose the right orange paint color

There are many orange shades and tones available. How do you choose the right orange paint color? Choose a deeply saturated orange that is either bright and vibrant or rich and earthy. Avoid lighter, less saturated tones, which may look chalky.

When painting with orange, a matte or eggshell paint sheen works better for an interior. Paint only one wall or an alcove in the bold color and repeat the orange color in the room via home accents, furniture pieces or accessories.

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The spice-color wall is repeated in the throw pillows on the sofa. Image: Stedila Design

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Paint the interior of an alcove in a bold, vibrant orange for a fresh, modern look. Image: Patterson Construction

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A rich pumpkin spice is painted on two living room walls to create an intimate nook. The color is repeated in the two striking chairs across from the wall, as well as in smaller home accents and accessories. Image: House Beautiful

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A light and contemporary room in a trio of colors: orange, grey and white. Image: Colin and Justin

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How to decorate with orange home accents

There are many affordable and interesting orange home accents you can work with. Mix and match a few for a completed space. Home accent options include:

Throw pillows

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Ottomans and benches

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Vivid orange throw pillows create striking contrast to the cool greys of this rustic contemporary living room. Image: Concept Saltin

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Orange pendant lamps add a cheerful vibe to a transitional open kitchen space. Image: Katie Rosenfeld Design

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A well-balanced variety of orange home accents include wall art, throw pillows, an area rug and porcelain vases. Image: Masterpiece Interiors

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A small number of orange home accents makes a big impact. Image: Stephenson Collective

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The color orange works well with a variety of neutrals as well as yellows, greens and blues. Image: Tobi Fairley

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Orange decorating ideas featuring accent furniture

Choosing a modern, orange lounge chair or cool, contemporary bar stools makes decorating with orange a no-brainer. You can’t go wrong with orange seating; orange works with nearly any other color.

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Orange contemporary bar stools tie in perfectly with the warm wood kitchen. Image: Axis Mundi

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A pair of orange lounge chairs are unexpected but perfect in this bright, modern living room. Image: Green Couch

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Orange leather dining chairs are carried forward into the large vertical art canvas that adds height to the dining room. Image: Diego Alejandro Design

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What’s your favorite way to decorate with orange?

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Cork: Add Personality to Your Space With the Material of the Moment

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There always seems to be a point in the year where, while we enjoy our furniture and decor for the most part, it’s missing a little extra “something.” Now and then you need to try out a new material, pattern or color to give your space the pop and update it deserves. This year cork has sneakily made its way into our homes and hearts; we are swooning over the understated texture it adds to any space. A chameleon in any decor, cork eases its way into almost any style of room or color scheme.

The soft consistency of cork makes it a virtually worry-free furniture material for parents, as there are no sharp edges for little ones to to run into. It’s also easy to clean in the event of any spills or crumbs. The soft look of it adds a feeling of ease and effortlessness to any space you adorn it with.

The texture of the cork mixed in with the textures of the rug and couch is a great example of the modern way to mix patterns and textures. Image: Design Within Reach

Ottoman or footstool

Adding a cork ottoman or footstool to your family room or TV room is something you’ll thank yourself for later. It provides a comfortable place to rest your feet or a glass of wine while you lounge. It also adds a subtle but unconventional piece to the room that both draws the eye and ties the room together. Try additional accents to play off the color, such as a beige throw or rug.

Cork lighting fixtures are a sustainable way to indulge in the material. Image: Luiz Pendants

Lighting fixtures

Perhaps one of our favorite ways to indulge in the material of the moment, cork lighting fixtures are your home’s subtle statement pieces that can withstand time and decoration changes. We love this idea because it’s a welcome change from the usual path of metal light fixtures. Cork adds a softness to the light and the appearance of the bulb, and it all comes together to be extremely flattering.

A cork-top desk blends right in with minimalist and industrial styles. Image: Design Attractor

Desk area

This use of cork as a desk top has us reaching for our toolboxes. Not only does a cork desktop provide a semi-cushioned area for your wrists to rest while you type, but it also offers the utility of a standard cork board to post reminders and photos. Utilizing cork in your office area is especially suited for those with industrial or minimalist style overtones in their homes.

An interest piece perfect for an office, dorm room or children’s room, this cork board is equally classic and modern. Image: Urban Outfitters

A fresh take on the traditional cork board

Channeling traditional methods with new tweaks, this cork map wall art from Urban Outfitters hits all of the marks. Getting a cut-out cork board for your plain walls eliminates the need for art and doubles as a cork board. This provides room for your photos, memos or magazine cutouts to help showcase your self expression. For a cork board like this, try adding small or simple items to avoid covering up the entire cork map.

IKEA’s collaboration with Ilse Crawford produced pieces like this table and stools set that make us want to swoon and splurge. Image: IKEA

Cork table and stools

Choosing to take a risk with one of the main pieces of any room is always a bit nerve wracking. However, if you invest in quality, well-made pieces then it will be a decision you will not soon regret. Given that cork is such an understated-but-interesting material, using it as such a focal point of your room runs a low risk but high reward. Not to mention that cork is sustainable, soft, easy to clean and fun to look at. It’ll feel right at home whether you’re slicing watermelon in the summer months or setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner.

Cork place mats with gold flecks are an easy way to change your style with less commitment. Image: Spicer Bags on Etsy

Place mats

Not ready to take the full plunge and commit to a full-sized cork table? Change your style frequently? We hear you. If you want to subtly add cork to your dining area or kitchen, try place mats. They are every bit as chic and cleaning-efficient as a dining table would be without the price tag and permanence of a dining table.

A material that has the interest and texture of a statement piece as well as the simplicity of a staple, cork is 2017’s interior decorating material of the moment that will easily carry over into next year. Try using cork as an accent piece in the form of wall or table pieces for just a touch of simplistic chic. Or if you are as gaga over this trend as we are and want to go all in, try larger furniture pieces to transform entire rooms.

Cork is such a versatile material and we just love how it enhances everyday products.  Here are some of our favorite cork products to add to your own home.

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Eclectic Apartment in Italy Highlights Old Fresco-Style Paintings

Italian firm Studioata completed the design of an original apartment in Turin, Italy. The home is located inside a heritage building and cleverly combines classical details with contemporary arrangements.

The interior consists of a succession of environments outlined by different heights. As you step inside, you discover the spacious living area which, overlooks the terrace and inner courtyard. The social zone is filled with light and ruled by a charming eclectic vibe. An old fireplace was restored and acts as the focal point of the entire space.

In the kitchen, the designers opted for a contemporary design in a neutral color palette. We particularly like the wooden table (with bright green legs) which prompts a nice visual contrast.

The blue steps in the living room leading up to the mezzanine add a dynamic touch to the overall design scheme. The upper floor of the apartment accommodates the bedroom, TV room and study. It’s here you find the true highlight of this home: a perfectly conserved ceiling covered by old fresco-style paintings. Find this interior as fascinating as we do? Photography by Barbara Corsico.

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3 Homes with a Modern Botanical Vibe

When designing contemporary homes, the result can sometimes come off as a little synthetic-a million miles away from our natural roots. Modern interior design focuses on clean lines, edging toward a minimalistic aesthetic, so our dear old house plants get left out in the cold. Health benefits from spending time in nature are obvious. We’re more grounded and peaceful, finding clarity in our thoughts, and in the air that we breath. We can’t always escape our city lives to reconnect with nature but we can bring a little bit of it into our home. These three contemporary homes show us how it’s done-the modern way.

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Our first modern botanical themed home not only brings the house plants back into the home but takes its colour palette from them too. A luscious leafy hue has been selected for the settee, knitted footstool and chevron rug.

Two throw cushions have a bold frond print too.

Out on the balcony limited space is no obstacle; a climbing plant adds a spray of greenery over the wall. Another leaf adorned pillow decorates a chair. The fresh green looks effective against contemporary geometric black and white prints.

Every opportunity has been fulfilled in adding planting over in the dining area of the home. Two interior hanging baskets descend from the ceiling; a tall plant is seated on the floor; greenery adorns the table and a multitude of potted plants decorate the shelving unit on all different levels. Watering this indoor garden must be quite a task, trotting up and down the step ladders!

The foliage that peppers the shelves breathes colour and life into the room. A woven wicker light shade and baskets tie in with the natural theme, as does the wooden tabletop and flooring.

An entire jungle awaits in the kitchen. An unusual mural of tropical plants spans the wall, fronted by a couple of real living plants, with leaves reaching down from the highest shelf. The tile flooring is of a modern geometric style but ties in with the colours from the scene. A set of natural wooden wall hooks are dotted nearby.

In the bedroom we find swathes of sunshine yellow.

Natural sunlight washes in too, through the large windows that run the entire width of the room.

There is a continuation in the use of wood tone in this room.

The overall look is not quite as botanical as the rest of the home, but a scattering of potted plants can still be found decorating the headboard, footboard and the shelves that run around the desk area.

A second bedroom bounces back to the green theme.

Real plants must not be enough because even a picture of a potted plant is part of the decoration here!

Leaf prints are displayed alongside hanging planters.

A deep green feature wall is balanced out with plenty of white.

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Our second home for nature lovers begins with a more pared back amount of indoor plants, with just a couple visible; one on the desk and one over on the unique coffee tables. However, a large set of glass sliding doors reveal a luscious collection in the courtyard beyond, where every bit of vertical space has been utilised for prolific planting.

More potted plants decorate the entertainment unit below the television.

The plants provide the strongest colour in the room. The healthy greenery stands out brilliantly against the cold concrete slab walls, subdued woodtone and slate grey furniture.

The vivid leaves add interest to even the smallest nook.

A simple Scandinavian workspace looks fresh and welcoming with presence of plants and a warm sheepskin rug.

The grey kitchen is teamed with warm wooden accents–as well as a few casually placed plants of course.

The bedroom too is a grey and wooden affair, with pit stops of yellow geometric pattern on the bedclothes and more glorious green foliage. The plants here are situated right by the bed, in direct line of sight by the TV and keeping company with the books in a narrow shelving unit.

The bedroom pendant light highlights one of the pots under industrial style lighting. A standing lamp provides a nighttime reading lamp.

The bedroom balcony creates a blurred indoor-outdoor environment.

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Botanical home number three utilises a greater amount of warming woodtone than the previous two designs.

The wood in the floor, backsplash, shelving and furniture has been paired with expanses of brilliant gallery white to maintain a crisp contemporary look.

The planting here can be found dotted around many levels of the home, from floor to ceiling.

The most unusual spot for the indoor house plants can be found up on top of a partially dividing wall. A bespoke planting trough is fashioned directly into the structure.

On the other side of the dividing wall, we see that the planter can be accessed from a mezzanine bedroom. A roof lantern bathes the bed in sunlight–a great and natural way to wake up in the morning. It would also be an awesome way to stargaze as you fall asleep at night, under the cozy comfort of your duvet.

In the bathroom, white strip lighting attached to a wall of wooden shelving puts a bright glow across the collections of home accessories and pot plants. The eye-catching effect is reminiscent of a high-end department store or perfumery.

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