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Fantastic Reimagination Of Iconic Russian Landmarks By Carioca Studio

Carioca Studio takes the creative liberty to visualize how some of Russia’s most famous buildings might look if they were part of a much grander vision. These images depict the current facades as just the tip of an iceberg in an imaginary world where more colossal structures lie hidden beneath the surface. Great art almost always makes us question our reality and this one is no different. Take a look:

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

State University, Moscow

Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

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Modern Perfection in Kyiv Apartment

This apartment in Kyiv delivers modern sophistication and personality. From the whimsical art and wall hangings to the unique lighting fixtures found throughout, thought was put into every detail. Though each room is a separate space, visitors can look through from the living room into the kitchen and the dining room beyond. The designers kept this in mind and created a simple theme that turned into a beautify design. Luxury and utility were the goals in the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Architect: Alena Makagon  
Photographer: Artem Zavarzin  

A magnificent wall system fills the wall of the living area. Shelving for accessories and books surround the television which is mounted on a high gloss background.

A fun piece of canvas monkey art adds whimsy and a blast of red. Two rows of canned lighting was used above the seating area.

A great place for a comfortable reading chair is near the bookshelf and next to the window. The modern cobalt blue chair is ergonomically designed and looks great too.

The seating took on the shape of the room and echoes the straight lines in the entertainment center. From the sectional you get a great view of the window overlooking the city. This window provides great natural lighting. The panel can be drawn to block the light or provide privacy.

Perfect for an open plan, the sectional has a low back. The piece provides ample seating and because it was upholstered in a light beige fabric, it doesn’t weigh down the space.

A chase at the end of the recliner provides the perfect spot to lounge. The open shelving units continue into the dining room, giving a space for storage and display without the bulk of door cabinets.

This home office with circle wood paneling on the wall was furnished with a writing desk at the window and a sofa. For extra room for visitors, consider a sleeper sofa in your office space.

This home office has a great lighting for working. The light wood floor is covered with a taupe rug.

The palm house plant is seen throughout this house, creating a theme of sorts. Plants, whether artificial or live, offer a way to make a house cozy. Against this wall, it provides contrast to the circle pattern.

Storage is available at two levels. The higher can be used for media and the bottom platform is a drawer unit. Accessories are kept at a minimum throughout the apartment, but using only a few select pieces worked perfectly to keep the design clean and crisp.

The master bedroom uses a masterful mix of materials. The wood paneling on the back wall in a pine finish pairs well with the light maple flooring. Breaking up the wood look a bit is a low platform unit that serves as the nightstand next to the fully upholstered platform bed.

The spacious master bedroom boasts a great window to create a seating area. The lighting in the room comes from the natural light, wall lamps, and lighting wall behind the bed. The wall behind the television is in all black, making a great backdrop for movie watching.

This wardrobes has essential pieces – the puff ottoman for easy dressing, shelves for folded jeans and tees, and a full mirror for a quick check once you’ve put that perfect outfit together.

This fabulous kids room is fun without going over the top with wooden panels as clouds on the wall, circle pendant lights on the ceiling, and fun floating shelves in the corner. A great platform toy box in blue sits beside the bed. The comfy bed for resting and play table for building block castles complete the room.

This room takes on a lighter hue than most of the home. Keeping it bright for the little ones is always a good idea.

These amusing oval cage lights hanging from the ceiling add a little fun to a little tykes room.

The rug adds an air of femininity to this cozy room. A comfortable chair for reading and a workspace makes this a great room for a teen or college student.

A small multi-surface desk, bookshelves and contemporary desk chair complete this corner of the room.

The seating area was completed with a 2 round porthole style mirrors, and fun big bulb lighting fixture against a wall in ocean blue. Open shelves are used for accessories and books. A comfy chair sits in front of the window, great setting for a good read.

A block bookshelf stands behind the bed that has a low upholstered headboard.

Straight lines and whimsical lighting features greet you in the kitchen. A black bar table extends from the dark mint island.

Seating for four or five can be extended with barstools around the island. The white surface on the island seems to pop up out of the top. The glossy finish around the kitchen bounces light and opens the kitchen up. The refrigerator seamlessly blends into the wall.

All white dishware keeps the look fresh and crisp. A simple sprig of greenery brings the botanical theme into the kitchen. Lighting placed under the cabinets help while cooking and create a fabulous ambiance.

While they seem to be accessories just floating, these are pendant lights. A great twist on lighting in this otherwise linear room.

A close up on the bar table shows the grey granite. Just below, the wood floors are a light grey finish. Upholstered chairs in a blue gray have a light welt and mini arm for comfort.

The china is kept in an open curio that allows the eye to flow through to the next room.

This dining room screams board room meets high class. The simple black table was paired with unique contemporary bright blue dining chairs. A full wall was dedicated to the botanical theme of the home. The lone accessory in the room, a brass vase takes your eye to the center of the table and up to the brass and white lighting.

Why use tons of accessories to establish a theme? Simply use a wall of tropical greenery and bamboo inspired wall paneling.

These large countertop basins and tall neck faucets sit atop the bathroom counter.

In the shower, the theme has been extended. A rainfall shower head and wand gives the ultimate shower experience.

A small water conservation commode is used, with controls on the wall.

The master bathroom is designed using marble, glass, and track lighting.

This soaking tub the place to be after a long day. Complete with a serving table it is placed on a marble platform that extends from the wall.

The foyer uses cream, blue, and grey for doors and walls.

A settee sits in the entrance of the home right below a full length mirror.

Track lighting that can be self directed illuminates this galley hallway as you enter the living area.

The walls hold storage areas to the left.

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Charming Townhouse for a Young Couple

Do you remember your first home with your significant other? No doubt that cosy start-up place holds a special place in your heart. But it probably didn’t look like this. This two-storey townhouse boasts stunning design and luxurious furnishings, the home is as stunning is it as enviable. Enjoy wonderful features and unique design, all thanks to the expertise of designer Elena Lapshina. The townhouse is a sensational mix of class and sophistication. When taking a look through this gallery, you’ll no doubt feel the faint strains of nostalgia while making several notes for your own home. Take the tour and feel inspired, and bookmark your favorite ideas!

We start our tour on the bottom floor of this timeless townhouse. The bottom floor boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen-dining area that leads onto a terrace, a stylish living area and grand entrance.

The living room is tastefully decorated with modish art works and patterns. The different patterns add a subtle level of depth to the room. A large ornamental horse makes a most interesting lamp.

The living area is incredibly luxurious thanks to the designer furniture. The room is delightfully light and fresh due to the large uncovered windows and double height living room.

Stacked wood under the T.V screen adds a unique twist on an organic element. A geometric lamp is a fashionable element that ties into the stately decor.

Ordinary houseplants would never fit into this sumptuous house. The designer decided to plant delicate bonsai trees instead, and we must say- it works!

The stairs are an architectural masterpiece, and placing them so close to the kitchen was a stroke of genius. The matching color palettes unify the area and complements the state-of-the-art appliances.

The opulent dining area reflects the design of the rest of the house. The table and chairs contrast in colors, but their design is stylishly similar.

The house’s architecture is a work of art in itself. The lines and structure a design feature all on their own.

The lush greenery of the bonsai trees and bright yellow of the lemons brighten up the whole room and add a necessary splash of color. The lemons can be exchanged according to the season, ensuring an ever changing ornament.

We now make our way up the stairs. On our way to the second floor, we’re treated with a unique stair railing that makes you feel safe, and is fashionably unique.

On the second floor, we find a second living area that is a diverse relaxing area. You can retire with your favorite book, play the piano or just enjoy the luxurious surroundings.

What luxury townhouse is complete without a grand piano? This house posses a dazzling white piano.

A carefully crafted accent wall doubles as a design feature for the upstairs living room and for the stairs. It also serves as a cosy reading spot for the homeowner.

This living room focuses more on comfort, with the soft carpets, snug designer couches and comforting throw blankets. It doesn’t cut back on the style though, intricate ornaments adorn the room, making for a lavish space.

Glass panels add dimension to the room and indicate that the top floor is for the exclusive use of the homeowners.

While playing the piano, you’re treated to the glorious view of the manicured forest type garden outside… what could be better?

The sublime master bedroom is the epitome of comfort and opulence. The trendy monochromatic color scheme is utilized to perfection while the bed is the picture of warmth and contentment.

The fashionable young couple can enjoy the entire top floor as their master bedroom, they can even enjoy the view from the comfort of their own bed!

Arguably the most luxurious room in the townhouse, the bathroom sports LED lighting, his-and-hers amenities and glass panels.

The shower is large and spacious, a lovely place to relax and spoil oneself.

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Fleur De Lis Home Decor

A touch of the French countryside makes a home feel like home. Synonymous with lavender sprigs, lilies and French royalty, the fleur de lis adorns its home country’s walls and so many of our home fixtures – napkins, bedding sets, and the odd bathroom fixture or two. Add a splash of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your abode with our featured range of fleur de lis home décor finds. Welcome visitors to your home, with a fleur de lis wall hook to hang their coat. Offer them a cheese platter, with a matching fleur de lis-themed board and knife. Inhale French quintessential culture with the feel of fleur de lis.


Ornate Fleur De Lis Decorative Wall Hanging: Create an entrance for your home, with this metal fleur de lis hanging beside your porch or front doorway. Its elegant metal sits astride indoor or outdoor walls, for an understated touch of French culture.


Metal Fleur De Lis Wall Decor: Made of iron, this fleur de lis is in full bloom. Use the hanger on its back to easily accessorize your home or garden.


Fleur De Lis Mirrored Wall Sconce: Made for an entrance or dark hallway, this fleur de lis – originally a stylized lily – lights up your place with welcome. Add a candle afront its mirror to reflect French ambience across the room.


Fleur De Lis-Style Dual Wall Sconce: Have a larger space to fill? This set of two wall sconces ditch the mirror in favour of ornate iron hangings boasting two candles.


Fleur De Lis Wall Sconce For Four Candles: Also made of iron, this four-candle wall sconce goes for the whole garden. Create a romantic outdoor setting with these candles on your wall and a picnic basket on the floor.


Fleur De Lis-Style Wall Mirror: This gold-painted mirror heroes the iconic fleur de lis, by placing it atop a bed of decorative scrolls. Perfect for the bedroom or living room, a spot beside bronze fittings would complete this floral dream.

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Fleur De Lis Table Fan: Enjoy French style in a cool, air-conditioned room. This cast metal fan with ornate stand comes with three in-built speeds and a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.


Fleur De Lis Curtain Rod: These metal rods with cast aluminium brackets are powder coated for taste and durability. Hang your paisley or taffeta curtains upon their steely frames, for a household staple with an edge.


Fleur De Lis Curtain Hooks (12 pieces): These American-made hooks make the modern shower curtain look contemporary. Attach each one of their 12 fleur de lis above your bath, for a French twist at shower time.


Cast Iron Fleur De Lis Door Stop: Keep your indoor-outdoor flow flowing, with an iron door stop in the shape of a fleur de lis. This fifteen-inch gem is a perfect example of decorative door stops for the antique-feel home.


Fleur De Lis Door Knocker: Let guests knock your door in a time-honoured tradition, with this stylish door knocker. Made of nickel with a bronzed patina façade, your doorway emblem looks the same as the French royalty’s.


Fleur De Lis Bookends: Leather-bound books make a grand scene, surrounded as they are by these sterling fleur de lis. Felt-bottomed and polished to perfection, these unique bookends protect your bookcase from stains, and your books from falling over.


Antique Fleur De Lis Box: Lightweight resin pairs with a gold finish to hold your jewellery, trinkets or house keys. This ornate box could even act the sugar cube jar for those desiring a royal finish.


Fleur De Lis Framed Doormat: Make the fleur de lis the literal centre of your doorway. These framed, unique doormats use coil fibres to scrape away dirt, and rubber backing to avoid rectangular deck stains.

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Fleur De Lis Rug: The fleur de lis can protect your carpet against visiting children. Incorporating black, brown and beige tones, this Scotch-guarded rug repels stains whilst remaining scandalously easy to clean.

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Vintage Fleur De Lis Pattern Rug: Want a French carpet made in Turkey? This fade-resistant design was loomed with local materials, before ending up afront the couch.

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Fleur De Lis Bedding Set: Act the queen with this bedding design in your monochrome bedroom. Simply patterned, this bedding set allows your choice of two types of finishes, for a comfortable night’s sleep reminiscent of France.


Fleur De Lis Window Curtains: Complete the look with matching voile and framing curtains in your choice of colour. This six-piece set, which boasts a voile curtain and two drapes for each window, ensures your bedroom’s enclosed from light and sound.


Fleur De Lis Bath Shower Curtain: Extend the look to the ensuite, with these grey and white shower curtains of similar style. Mould-resistant and with their own set of hooks, they fit neatly in the washing machine after bath time’s end.


Fleur De Lis Measuring Spoons: Zinc alloy manufactured this sturdy and stylish set of Ganz measuring spoons. Engraved with a fleur de lis in each centre, they’d make a perfect housewarming, wedding or baby shower gift.


Fleur De Lis Egg Serving Tray: Ever wondered how to elegantly serve boiled eggs? This aluminium tray holds twelve eggs and a sophisticated way to serve breakfast.


Fleur De Lis Brie Baker Set: Oven-safe white ceramic makes baked brie look good. This fleur de lis glazed dish comes with its own spreader.

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Fleur de Lis Canister (Set of 3): Store your tea, coffee and sugar in matching terracotta fleur de lis canisters. These silicon-sealed beauties feature beaded rims, turreted tops and a central French cameo.


Fleur de Lis Mini Cheese Board with Spreader: Want to present your cheese in the traditional French style? This bamboo two-tone board comes with a zinc alloy icon and matching spreader.


Fleur De Lis-Patterned Laser Engraved Rolling Pin: Want the professional look on a home-made budget? This beechwood roller imprints fleur de lis patterns on your cookies, pies and pastries. There are many more cool patterns besides the fleur de lis that you can have too. Take a look at their collection of patterns here.


Fleur De Lis Dinner Set: The colours of Tuscany meet the emblems of France in this sixteen piece dinner set. Dinner plates, saucers, bowls and mugs comprise this scintillating ceramic collection.


Fleur De Lis Wine Glass: Know a friend who has something to toast? Gift them these hand-painted unique wine glasses in a beautiful gift box that comes with the packaging.


Fleur De Lis Salt & Pepper Shakers: Cradle your condiments in a fleur de lis holder, with these unique salt and pepper shakers. A couple of rhinestones snake their way up the iconic symbol, as two classic designs rest behind.


Fleur De Lis Filigree Drink Coasters: Keep your beautiful coasters within easy reach, with this set of four in a carved holder. Their fleur de lis motifs upon a black surface are easy to clean and resistant to stains.


Fleur De Lis Wine Bottle Coaster: Everyone needs to wear a crown now and then, and your wine bottle is no exception. This elegant pewter is decorated with crystals, for a gorgeous fleur de lis design that protects your table.


Fleur De Lis Utensil Holder: Match the brie baker and the canisters, with this white ceramic utensil holder from the same designer. Their waved edge and fleur de lis imprints create a country vibe in the middle of the city.


Fleur De Lis Towels: Have a few fleur de lis bathroom accessories you’d like to complement? This range of towels offers a few options for a French-style bathroom well done.


Fleur De Lis Cast Iron Wall Hooks: Four cast iron decorative wall hooks prove a sturdy place for coats. This rustic wall hanger invites your guests in, while their coats hang on a fleur de lis.


Fleur De Lis Towel Holder: Hang your towels in style, with this polyresin and iron towel ring. A nifty fleur de lis pattern affixes to your wall, for a bathroom accessory with a functional usage.


Fleur De Lis Toilet Paper Holder: These unique toilet paper holders offer comfort with a bas de relief. Affix their recycled cast iron forms to your bathroom wall for the perfect finish to a fleur de lis bathroom.

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3 Modern Minimalist Apartments For Young Families

In any family, there are a lot of different personalities gathered under one roof. This means that family homes need to be versatile and functional for a variety of different reasons. Especially if it it’s an apartment, which tends to be smaller and a whole lot closer to other families. Family apartments need to be specially designed and well thought out. Those of us with families can understand this testament. But that doesn’t mean that a family home or apartment should be spartan, dull or even ugly. There are many different ways to create a family apartment that is stylish and functional, in fact- here are three examples.

Visualizer: Olia Paliychuk   

The first apartment showcases the ideal minimalistic style, that is sleek, stylish and neat. The open plan living area is perfect for busy children, with no sharp corners or edges to hurt them. The space is utilized to perfection thanks to the minimal furniture, ensuring that the family isn’t hemmed in by fashionable clutter/ornaments.

Although the walls are bare, the room is not boring at all. The different colors and elements turn the walls themselves into decorative pieces that are aesthetically pleasing.

The dining room is a prime example of how well designed the apartment is. Everything is neat and has a place. It is easy to tidy up and difficult to mess up, perfect for children.

Circular light fixtures add a level of depth to the room, providing a design element that fits into the minimalistic decor without looking clunky or out of place.

To make up for the lack of a garden, the terrace is a delightful place to get some fresh air and enjoy the view. Carefully maintained plants create a little garden in an urban apartment.

The dual study area is the perfect place for the homeowner to work, or help their child with homework.

The seating area is good place for the family to retreat and spend some time together or for someone to retire with a good book.

The master bedroom is acomfortable and well lit thanks to the modern bedroom lamps that make for a good place to read once all the daily duties have been taken care of.

A contemporary chaise lounge allows the homeowner to relax in style after a long day and just enjoy the urban view.

Despite the minimalistic style, this room is any little girl’s dream room. Large cartoonish toys and a pink accent wall turn this into a girl’s paradise.

Designer: Now Design  

Indoor, easy-to-maintain plants are a refreshing aspect in the second apartment. The minimalistic style and monochromatic color palette are softened by various organic elements.

The earthy brown couch and tree stump coffee table are a few of the organic elements that warm up the living room’s design. White flowers add a subtle vintage flair to an otherwise modernized apartment.

Designer chairs by the window provide a place for the homeowner to survey their remarkable home, or enjoy the stunning view provided by the uncovered french windows.

Unique kitchen pendants add a little understated whimsy to the kitchen and surrounding area.

Having siblings share a room can be a wonderful learning opportunity for them. And a way for the parents to conserve space.

These siblings have a fabulous space all to themselves. A large cartoonish bean bag chair is the best place for them to relax and watch a little T.V. The unique structure of the beds are more of a jungle gym than a traditional bed. This gives their active minds chance to explore from the confines of their bedroom. A double study desk prevents issues over space for homework, and a large bookshelf gives them chance to learn and expand their imaginations.

Low height bedrooms are a huge hit right now, and it’s not hard to see why. The bedroom is snug and stylish, the minimalist decor helping the room look bigger. A traditional wardrobe is given a unique twist thanks to the frosted glass door.

A series of colored beanbags are an innovative to add comfort and style to the room. Clay pots add an element of culture to the fashionable room.

The bed is the most important part of the bedroom- it’s in the name! A raised platform showcases the bed, making it the focal point of the room and highlights it’s comfort. A lovely pot plant graces the corner, lighting up the whole room.

The master bedroom is incredibly chic. Whit a monochromatic color scheme interspersed with warm wooden elements. The light fixture is a unique and interesting piece that draws the attention. The bathroom boasts his-and-hers-amenities and a sleek design.

The shower end of the bathroom is incredibly sumptuous, with modern fixtures and an engaging accent wall that leaves no doubt as to the organic theme.

Visualizer: Irina ArtPartner  

The third apartment is the smallest, but provides the most inspiration for minimalistic and space saving tips. It proves that small apartments are just as upscale as it’s larger counterparts.

Wooden panels work with the grey color scheme to create a light and airy space. The built in bookcase adds the necessary level of sophistication without taking up too much floor space.

A coffee table with a marble top is incredibly chic, while the thin legs give an unobstructed view of the floor, providing the illusion of more floor space. A modern kitchen island provides the necessary dining space without the room feeling as though it’s missing something.

A study area is nestled behind a corner, giving the homeowner space to work and essential privacy despite the limited space.

A raw white brick wall gives the illusion of space, while wooden beams on the ceiling warms up the entire hallway. A clever designer filled the space with a comfortable bench that doubles as a shoe rack. A mirror on the cupboard allows the homeowner one last look at their outfit before leaving, and maybe even reminds them to retrieve their coat from within the cupboard.

A rock climbing wall is an ingenious accent wall that any boy will love, while a mattress that’s included into the decor is designed to appease any anxious mother. A great way to save space is to build a wardrobe into a bunk bed, leaving the top bunk for the child’s bed, while the bottom half serves as their wardrobe.

A large grey couch is the ideal place for the tired youngster to relax, but the energetic graphic and wide variety of activities that the room offers ensures that he’ll be back on his feet in no time.

An ample study area makes sure that there is never an excuse for him to not do homework.

Simple is always stylish, and this master bedroom proves that. It is a masterful blend of minimalist style and pure comfort.

The bedroom boasts a state-of-the-art entertainment system, so that the homeowner can choose to have a lazy day without leaving their bed!

A bright blue chair hints at the existence of a private study area for when the homeowner has to bring work home and needs a quiet, private place.

The main bathroom uses the age old trick of saving space by using personal items as decor. And, as always, it works. The designer managed this trick without having to clutter the counter space. The snug bathrobe adding a level of comfort to the bathroom that works with the wooden panels.

The marbled tiles work well with the frosted glass and large mirror to create a clean and contemporary aesthetic, while the wooden counter and wedge softens the facade and prevents it from looking too harsh.

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