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Nature Inspired House of Stones in Taiwan


Ospace Architects built this four story building in Changua, Taiwain, in 2014. The site is an irregular triangle shape, and so it was not efficient or realistic to go with a standard floor plan for this 360 square meter building. The architects came up with two design concepts to complement the unusual location.

The initial inspiration comes from the rock in Zhangjiajie, and so the architects chose to view the site as a stone full of shapes. All of the openings of the buildings follow the idea of carving from stone, where windows and roof are excavated rather than added.


Visually the first step was separating the ground floor from the upper floors, with the exposed concrete base providing a visual barrier from the white painted upper floors. This creates the appearance of a white stone resting on an irregular rock column.


Taiwan experiences subtropical weather, which was accounted for in the next concept. A pool on the south side of the building and an open space in the center helps generate a stack effect of wind, creating a flow of cooler air around the building in the warmer months. This creates natural lighting and ventilation in the central void for the surrounding rooms.














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17 Christmas Living Rooms We’re Loving

An unforgettable Christmas is built from love, compassion, and giving. Of course, we also love Christmas time for the twinkling lights, fresh trees, and familiar carols that make us feel warm year after year. Christmas is just around the corner, so here’s a little holiday decor inspiration to get you in the spirit wherever you are this holiday season.

From monochromatic Christmas decor to vividly colored holiday decorations, we found a few of our favorite places we’d love to call home for the holidays this time of year. Enjoy!

17 of our favorite modern Christmas decorations:

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Shining silver

I’m dreaming of a gray Christmas. Really! White and gray guarantees the vivid Christmas tree gets all the attention, while fur textures add depth and warmth, balancing the austere color palette.

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Gone coastal

Feeling the winter blues? Try the ocean blues instead – we love the seafoam and bright blues present in this space. This nautical home rocked the look by adding starfish and jellyfish to their tree decorations, and hanging coastal-inspired stockings on the fireplace mantel.

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Luxurious prints and textures

This year, neutral design inspiration continued deeper into color, texture, and aromas. This home made earth tones look fabulous by mixing and matching existing prints into their holiday decor. Want to achieve this look in your own home? See our guide to monochrome homes.

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Dreaming of a white (and Gold) Christmas

There is something so soothing and warm about white decor paired with glowing, gold twinkle lights. This elegant living room seen in a snowy-white home in Norway has just that. We love how the room has been adorned with some vintage pieces that tie the decor to the past. Using delicate tulle to decorate the Christmas tree, stars, and candle light, this space embraces its Nordic inspiration.

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Scandinavian Minimalism and Christmas

A Scandinavian-inspired Christmas is our minimalist choice this year. Inspired by Nordic design, this house, which overlooks an Oslo fjord shows how wood, fire, and light mix in an inspiring Christmas setting. Scandinavian design is all about reducing the amount of color and induce coziness —this Christmas decorating is no exception.

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A new spot for Christmas oranges

One of the biggest Christmas traditions is receiving an orange in your stocking. Placed in the toe of a gift stocking, it symbolized gold and good prosperity. Perhaps that is what lead this family to display lemons and oranges in lieu of stockings. Tropical fruit comes in season in the wintertime, another reason it’s a wonderful choice for holiday decorating.

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Classic tartan plaid

There are few patterns that are classic Americana like tartan plaid. This home plays up the green theme — mossy walls, bold plaid accents, and a vibrant tree. Ralph Lauren would be proud.

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Fairytale mantel

A crackling fireplace makes all the difference during cold winter evenings. Twinkle lights, lush garland, and feather accents give this fireplace a wild, fairy-tale-like vibe. For more mantel decorating ideas, see this article.

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Sun-Bathed Modern Christmas

This family home perfectly suits two parents and their three children, gathering silver, gold and amber tones in a decor that feels both modern and timeless. We also love how easy the furniture can be moved and rearranged for different entertaining throughout the season.

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Christmas tree under arched ceilings

But it’s not just the rounded ceilings that make this living room space so cozy. Warm neutrals and decor pair with traditional wooden accent furniture for a space that feels like a secret garden cottage. Furthering that point? The Christmas tree is dotted with birdhouses.

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Balancing masculine and feminine

This ornate space beautifully unravels with flowers in both natural form on the mantel, and flower-shaped snowflakes punctuating the Christmas tree. Mosaic floors and wooden walls impose a masculine atmosphere. Flowers and a metallic gold and silver mix ensure the feminine side balances the welcoming space.

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A casual Christmas home

The living room with a well-equipped classic library and a fireplace is the perfect place to enjoy Christmas with family and friends. A cozy rug, warm beams, and bright lights help create a magical atmosphere by decorating the fireplace mantel, Christmas wreath and beautiful wooden beams in this traditional living room.

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A modern holiday

This industrial, modern living space guides natural light through mirrors and reflective windows. Furthering the modern style, geometric ornaments adorn the tree.

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Knitted in

A comfortable, plush Christmas aesthetic can be achieved by choosing crocheted or knitted furnishings. Then, further warm up the space with candlelight and fireplace flames. Fluffy and cozy, this monochromatic living room dressed in wood is a cloud-like setting for any Christmas story.

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A very vintage Christmas

Vintage furniture pieces and Christmas decor go together like marshmallows and hot chocolate. This home is no exception. Knit stockings soften the stair’s modern railing, while winter greenery remains a wonderful way to bring the outdoors in this Christmas. As long as you know these 10 color basics everyone should know, you will have an amazing time decorating your home this Christmas.

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Don’t forget to deck the halls

Details make the Christmas decor complete, so don’t forget to decorate stairs — they’re the perfect link to upstairs decorating. We love the look of Christmas balls sitting on the steps that guide weary guests upstairs. However, we can’t image it’s so safe. So, you may want to stick with sticking them on walls.

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The Christmas bedroom

Our final example of a beautifully decorated room for Christmas is one often forgotten: the bedroom. A cozy white bed with furry pillows and dotted with bright red pillow covers next to a small Christmas tree will have you dreaming about sugarplums all night. A great way to give a present to the child inside you.

Which one of these Christmas ideas is your favorite? We’d love to hear from you and find our how you decorated you home for the holidays.

Want more Christmas spirit? Take a look at our ideas for DIY minimalist decorations and let us know if you complete any of them!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Holiday Home with Stunning Lake View in Chile


The architect Cristian Hrdalo completed the renovation of this countryside holiday home in 2008. The clients had a large family, with 8 children and 12 grandchildren, and wished to renovate the central lodge, Maiten. Smaller cabins surround the lodge, giving each family some privacy with a central space to gather.


Located in southern Chile near the city of Puerto Octay, Maiten is 950 meters of beach front lake shore property. Bounded in between two streams, the lodge overlooks the Llanquihue Lake, with a view of two volcanoes, Osorno and Calbuco. The entire property is hemmed in by forests, providing privacy.


The most striking architectural detail is, of course, the long rust colored house set up perpendicular to the stone masonry foundation. It gives the impression of floating above, providing a shady spot to relax and converse with a view of the water. The back of the home is open with large bay windows, giving a sweeping view of the landscape, while the surrounding trees maintain a degree of privacy. Small stone details on the top building maintain consistency.


















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Attic Conversion Creates A Warm, Contemporary Home (With Floor Plans)

A family home doesn’t need to come in a standard format. A two-storey dream, this attic conversion has all the elements a great interior requires. Making the most of skylights, multi-levels, and sloping architectural features, this home designed by Ilya Eroshevich and Eugene Shilov holds a contemporary look in an unconventional location. Briefed to inject warmth and comfort into a 106sqm home complete with a large living space, two bedrooms and a bathroom, it was a challenge for the designers – but a challenge worth chasing. The result is a clean-lined, contemporary home showing off modern features the adults can enjoy and the kids can ravage. Take a peek at our house tour for yourself.

Designer: Eroshevich and Eugene Shilov  

The two-storey space opens to a slanting roof – a main feature of an attic conversion. Down from white walls and thick iron railings, the living room welcomes with a teardrop fireplace as an exclamation. Concrete walls and floors hark to the industrial, while a grey mottled rug and large block sofa make grey luxurious and comfortable.

As we peek down the hall, the lounge extends to a dining room, kitchen and library – an elongated space clad in concrete. The lounge offers us a view, as pops of mustard and patterns link through to a multi-compartmented wall of books. A TV grounds one of the iron structured panels, running in a long line through the kitchen and dining rooms.

As we look to the end, a wooden wall beckons. Through its small passage an entranceway exudes white and wooden features, on the same concrete floor. A yellow abstract artwork lengthens one pillar, while an LED light strip makes a feature of a mirrored cupboard. A beanbag offers a handy place for visitors to remove shoes.

Just around the corner, the ascent to the second level begins. Light wooden stairs with matching railings are interspersed by tinted glass. Reaching the top greets the eye with walls of white holding small features, nooks and crannies for family items. Iron railings frame the balcony, looking down to the main living area.

The path down the stairs affords a closer view of the dining room and kitchen. Using the same wooden tone as the entrance’s walls, the dining table shines in varnish, seating eight distressed chairs. Three windows open out to a view and exterior balcony, while iron structural beams background two grasshopper lights in black.

A 180-degree turn shows the kitchen, minimalist yet industrial in black and darker wood. Melting in with the wall, a sleek black benchtop is complemented by hidden appliances and striking streaks of LED lighting running along its ceiling and sides. A lit kitchen inlet draws in the eye, while three stools leave room for a view.

Leading back up the stairs, tinted glass panels segue into an enclave bedroom, resplendent with a monochromatic wall aflame with horses. Wall-to-floor light-wooden panelling makes the space bright, while bedding grounds the space in muted, darker colours. A spin across the room shows a white acrylic desk, baby blue chair, potted cacti and banquet-hung cable lighting. The look is simple, minimalistic; but with a dash of quirky character.

The bathroom carries through the minimalist theme. Marble-tiled walls hold chrome amenities in an LED-lit mirror and rainforest shower head. Simple wooden benching matches a feature wall holding a towel rail, while tinted glass from the stair railings adds privacy to the shower and toilet areas. A wicker cane laundry basket accentuates a beige space clad in a variety of natural materials.

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Historic Spanish Bar’s Return to Former Glory

The Bar Virgen Del Carmen in Santa Pola, Spain, dates all the way back to 1860. What started as a repair to the filtration system quickly turned into a full building rehabilitation by Estudio Arn Arquitectos.


When work began it was discovered that, over the decades, layers and layers of repairs, additions, modifications and removals had altered the building so completely as to be unrecognizable from the original condition. The external walls were covered by layers of mortar and different colors of paint. The interior brick walls were layered over with tiles, hiding the original brick masonry. Two levels of false ceilings blocked the original wooden beams of the ceiling from view.


Extensive cleaning was undertaken. Each layer of paint and mortar had to be carefully excavated, removing years from the building until the original masonry was visible. The original roof tiles were recovered and treated for waterproofing. Both false ceilings were knocked out, which provided enough room for a second floor right underneath the open wooden beams. The new second story is kept separate from the original structure, respecting the original architecture.


































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