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36 Unique Desk & Wall Calendars To Help You Get Ready For The New Year

2017 is coming – and so is the need for a new calendar. Gone is this year’s calendar, covered with scribbles; gone are the big dates, counted down by preceding days. Get ready for the New Year and its new promise with our selection of the top fifty 2017 calendars. Available in watercolour, geometrics, architectural sketches or black-and-white cartoons, they add not only a new year but a new feel to your office or home environment. Tailor your calendar to your own style – by the month, by the day, as a one-page overview or in a whole new format – and see what new achievements your calendar can be filled with in the coming year.

Buy It: $12  

Paper Mountain Calendar: Spend the next 12 months doing origami with this interesting calendar. The end of each month peels away a layer of the mountain.

Buy It: $20  

Minimalist Landscape Calendar: Combine a love for travelling with a love for minimalist painting, with this calendar of many watercolours.

Buy It: $28  

Europe Through The Eyes Of An Architect Calendar: Handmade from the States, this calendar shows all your favourite sights through the eyes of the architects who build them.

Buy It: $22  

Italian Architecture Calendar: Rome’s architecture is one of the world’s most historic. Learn from the ancients with this calendar for the coming year.

Buy It: $11  

London Landmarks Calendar: Enjoy the sights of London from your desk, with this muted-tone calendar. Hang it on a clipboard for a hipster look.

Buy It: $25  

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Calendar: Architecture is not all bells and whistles. A great gift for an architect, treat this 50’s-style calendar as a Christmas gift.

Buy It: $26  

Travel Landmarks-Themed Calendar: Have a bucket list you want to fulfil? Remind yourself of your goals with this black-and-white sketched calendar, an artsy find for the home office.

Buy It: $16  

Mini Doodle Desk Calendar With Wooden Easel: Find a cute gift for that special someone with this gorgeous kitsch calendar on a wooden easel.

Buy It: $22  

Art Deco-Style Calendar: Follow the pursuits of a woman in style, with these art-deco illustrations in black and white.

Buy It: $21  

Minimalist-Style Calendar: Numbers need not always be in sans serif. Interpret creatively, with this one-page calendar on your wall.

Buy It: $16  

Multilayer Die-Cut Calendar: Die-cut in the middle, this calendar’s months peel to reveal a black-and-white design. Shuffle the months around to create your own centre.

Buy It: $16  

Topography Calendar: With each page adding a new layer to the topography, this gem of a design is just awesome on so many levels!

Buy It: $24  

Vintage Camera Calendar: Know someone that loves photography? Let them see it every month of the year, with this calendar beside their home camera decor.

Buy It: $22  

Animal-Themed Calendar: Animals never looked more hipster. These beautiful illustrations let an animalistic face peek out every month.

Buy It: $12  

Blue-Toned Animal Calendar: Not big on colour? Create a more vintage, blue-toned feel with these inquisitive creatures.

Buy It: $21  

Cat Calendar: A cat lover is not uncommon. Gift the one in your life with calendared cat illustrations.

Buy It: $36  

Yet Another Cute Cat Calendar: Can’t get enough of your miaowing moggy? Hang this bad boy beside some stylish cat furniture to turn up the ante.

Buy It: $14  

Bird Calendar: Symbolising freedom, birds inspire us all to travel more. Count down the days to your next holiday with these feather-plumed friends.

Buy It: $25  

Pattern Calendar: A designer would love these patterns, a crafted mixture of black-and-white and coloured finds.

Buy It: $42  

Mandala Calendars: A representation of the Indian universe, these hand-drawn mandalas serve as pretty prints after the month is through.

Buy It: $13  

Black & White Floral Calendar: Flowers more your thing? Bring your garden inside with these months in black and white.

Buy It: $25  

Kids Fairy Tales-Themed Calendar: Teach your kids fairytale lessons with these beautifully-illustrated, didactic tales.

Buy It: From $10  

Personalized Calendars With Your Own Photos: Find the biggest inspiration in your own life? Sit your family around your work desk with a calendar photo of your choosing.

Buy It: $47  

MoMA Perpetual Calendar: Tired of buying new calendars year after year? This innovative calendar by Gideon Dagan lets you pinpoint your own time and date, from a desk or wall location.

Buy It: $20  

MoMA Cubes Calendar: Scrabble comes to mind in this MoMA-commissioned design. Using generic figures and dates, it’ll be up to date for all eternity.

Buy It: $33  

Snoopy Calendar: Snoopy watches the year roll by, atop his month and date-laden kennel.

Buy It: $156  

Hello Kitty Calendar: Roll over the day and month with this iconic character on your office desk.

Buy It: $17  

Cardinal Calendar: A cardinal bird sits above this monochrome design, easy to use and rotate with painted cubes.

Buy It: $10  

Rustic-Style Wooden Blocks Calendar: An all-wooden box holds these rustic blocks. A wooden desktop would be the perfect setting.

Buy It: $25  

Minimalist-Style Wooden Block Calendar: Thrill the minimalist you know with this last-minute present for the office Christmas party.

Buy It: $22  

Wooden Perpetual Calendar: This unusual calendar uses grooves and balls to set the date. Place it on your office desk for a groovy conversation starter.

Buy It: $13  

Build Your Own Calendar: A Lego set doubles as a nifty calendar, in this self-created block design.

Buy It: $17  

Block Perpetual Calendar: Let colours designate the time and date with this everlasting calendar.

Buy It: $17 for set of 2  

Perpetual Sliding Calendar: Need to see the whole month? This nifty purple frame outlines your next 30 days.

Buy It: $11  

50 Year Calendar Paperweight: Be more precise with the date – for the next 50 years – with this calendar and paperweight.

Buy It: $40  

Digital Calendar Clock: Show the time and date with this unique clock on your bedside table or wall.

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Greek Apartment Proves it’s Hip to be Square

Living Space

This Greek apartment by Normless Architecture Studio and Workspace borrows trends from Scandinavian design in its low-key modernism.  For instance, black geometric patterns pop up in a collection of hip furniture and artwork throughout the 500-square-foot apartment.

On one side, a sectional sofa and muted artwork naturally delineate a living room in the open apartment.  This comfy space has modern touches, like matching geometric coffee tables and a smooth stone wall with cut outs for shelving, a TV, and a fireplace.


The light wood dining has a simple design, drawing attention instead to its paper lantern chandeliers.  The light pink and white cylinders give the space an ethereal feel.  The black square-paneled window behind the table also grabs your attention.  It opens up to the apartment’s minimalist kitchen and breakfast nook.

Simple dining space

Minimalist Kitchen

The design team echoed this style in the sliding door separating the master bedroom from its modern bathroom.  In addition, this space has effortlessly cool geometric light fixtures.

Across the hall, the design team completed a nursery that stands out with soft pastels and a playful mural painted by a Greek artist.  (Photography by George Sfakianakis and courtesy of Normless Architecture Studio and Workspace)


Geometry in the Nursery


Greek Apartment


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How to Modernize Your Outdated Kitchen

Whether your kitchen is a true fixer-upper from decades ago or your once-trendy laminate countertop and linoleum flooring fell out of style fast, it may be time to modernize your outdated kitchen. With new design trends showcasing creative uses of colors, modern appliances, and functional design, there are endless ways to bring your kitchen into the present day.

Whether you are trying to sell your home, or if you plan on staying in your space for generations to come – these ideas can help you transform your kitchen into the cooking space of your dreams.

Here are 10 creative ways to make your dull, outdated kitchen feel new and inviting once again.

1. Upgrade your metals

Outdated kitchens were made with materials that were popular decades ago, including metals used for kitchen hardware. With manufacturer’s releasing innovative materials and design trends following suit, it may be time to rethink your drawer pulls and lighting fixtures.

Metals going modern in kitchen design include matte aluminum, stainless steel, brushed gold, and copper – try these materials out in your cabinetry hardware, pendant lighting, and range hood options.

2. Swap out your flooring

Flooring is an area of your kitchen that is often forgotten, and yet plays a major role your entire kitchen. If your flooring is keeping you in the past, try switching from your traditional rolled vinyl or linoleum flooring to a more resilient, timeless material — we’re talking wood, tile, or stone.

These materials will last longer as well as boost the value of your home. In recent years, ceramic tile that mimics the look of hardwood has become popular, as well as travertine and slate.

3. Consider removing your upper cabinetry

Many outdated kitchens were built to include walls and walls of upper cabinetry to house dishes and cookware. Often times, these cabinets consume the eye and make the kitchen feel crowded. If you’re looking to open up the space of your kitchen and don’t have and room to grow outwards, consider removing the upper cabinets. This frees up the wall, allowing for modern open shelving with a few decorative items and dishware.


Image: Kimball Starr

4.  Modernize your countertops

Your countertops also get a large portion of real estate in your kitchen. While outdated kitchens may have the inconvenient tile-and-grout or cheap vinyl for workspace, the variety of countertop surfaces options out there today are endless. Foom solid surfacing varieties that consist of resin and polymers to natural stone varieties such as marble and granite, there’s an option for everyone’s style and budget.

Over the last few years, designers are becoming increasingly creative and are using heavy-duty structural materials for countertops. So add concrete, brick, tile, to your list, too.

5. Give people a place to sit

Your kitchen is most likely the busiest area of your home, and the place people are most likely to congregate in. Modern kitchens embrace this by adding seating to the kitchen. Whether you choose countertop stools and seats at a breakfast bar, or you opt for a banquette or bench at a window side table, seating can make your kitchen have a whole new appeal. Busy families with children doing homework to parents entertaining friends while cooking make seating essential in your modern kitchen.

6. Get energy efficient with your appliances

We’re all trying to lessen our carbon footprint, and your outdated kitchen appliances are a great place to start. If an appliance upgrade is in your future, be sure to make it energy efficient! You’ll get a modern look while saving water and energy — good for the earth and your bills.

Consider replacing plumbing fixtures as well, as low-flow kitchen faucets save a lot of water. Updating your kitchen shouldn’t only be for aesthetics; it should also help save you money and the Earth’s resources.

7. Paint your existing cabinetry

New cabinets not in the cards for you? Painting and staining your kitchen’s existing cabinetry is a great option for homeowners on a budget. You could choose a vibrant and bold blue, or a dark, modern black finish to cover up outdated wood and dingy colored cabinets of yesteryear. From distressing doors to paint glazes and stains, you will be surprised how your elbow grease and some additional color will transform your old cabinetry into new.

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Image: Design Brainy

8.  Install new lighting options

Once you have modernized the major components of your kitchen, don’t forget the lighting! While kitchen lighting can sometimes be an afterthought, it is essential for safety, ambiance, and versatility of your kitchen. If your kitchen solely contains one overhead ambient lighting fixture, look into recessed lighting for a modern illumination source.

Consider installing a dimmer switch for versatility while entertaining, cooking, or just relaxing for a midnight snack! Pendant lighting over a kitchen island, under cabinet lighting to illuminate countertops, and chandeliers are all becoming great options for updated lighting sources.


9. Add decorative elements

While you may not think about it, your kitchen is a great place to add decorative elements that bring a sense of you and your lifestyle into your kitchen. For many homeowners, plant shelves on top of cabinets allow room for plants, artwork, and other decorative items.

Built-in display shelves below your kitchen island can showcase your prized kitchenware, your favorite cookbooks, or display an heirloom set of china passed down through generations. Add a vase of flowers, and a fresh bowl of lemons for a shot of color.


Image: James Dixon

10. Take down walls

The compartmentalized and boxed-in feeling of outdated kitchens built generations ago is very common. If you’re looking to open up your kitchen and share the view with an adjacent dining room or living room – consider knocking down some partitions! This method works well for non load-bearing walls that don’t carry any structural value. Your kitchen can grow in size or it can just get opened up to other areas of your home.

While your kitchen could look fabulous as-is, what would it look like without that bothersome wall? If you’re unsure if this is possible – consult a structural engineer or architect to see what possibilities there are for your kitchen.

From updating finishes and materials to bringing in color, illumination, and space – the options abound for your outdated kitchen. While you may not use all 10 of these ideas, see which ones are perfect for your lifestyle, budget, and family. We can’t wait to see what you’ll do with your space!

Any tips or tricks we missed? Reach out to us in the comments below, or on our social media pages!

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Edwardian Extension Gets a Bold Look


Poly Studio completed this home extension on an Edwardian weatherboard house in Melbourne, Australia. Located in the suburb of Balaclava, the house inhabits a corner lot, giving it multiple front angles and first impressions from the street.


The home is divided into three quarters: the original Edwardian structure houses the parents’ zone, completed with master bedroom, bathroom and study. The ground floor of the extension hosts a living and dining room, connected with kitchen and laundry, opening out into the garden. The second floor of the extension has the children’s bedrooms, and a balcony overlooking the garden.


The extension was intended to complement the original structure without overpowering it. The original home was finished in weatherboard cladding, which had been painted white. To complement this, the extension was clad in Silvertop Ash, a hardwood, then stained black to contrast the original building. The extension is pushed down on the southern side to avoid visually overcrowding the original building.

This 240-square-meter extension was built in 2016.


















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15 Home Design Trends That Rocked 2016

2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year, to say the least. Yet like any other, it brought new home trends that we saw go from the homes of prominent designers to our own abodes. From modern metals to quirky accent pieces, we gathered up a list of the things we saw the most in over the past 12 months on blogs, in stores, and all over our Pinterest boards.

Here’s a look back at all of the trends we saw influencing our own homes and design styles in 2016.

Fish Scale Tiles

So many of the eclectic bathrooms we saw this year featured fish scale tiles. This Moroccan-based, scalloped pattern is often found in a brilliant shade of turquoise. It’s about as far from the minimalist subway tile look as you can get, and offers a welcome opportunity to make any bathroom feel just a bit closer to the sea. Perfect for interior design lovers and mermaids alike.

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Image: Rikki Snyder

Artisan Pieces

It’s not just about what the decor piece is anymore – it’s also about where it’s from. In 2016, we’ve seen artisan pieces and “maker” products go mainstream, with companies like West Elm collaborating with small design shops and furniture makers. Think of it as a follow-up to farm-to-table cuisine in restaurants.

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Image: LEX Furniture

Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns have been popular for decades, but this year’s popular prints took on a modern, Scandinavian-inspired look. Black and white checks and tessellated designs showed up on artwork, textiles, even walls. And you know everyone had that IKEA pillow.


TLC’s Fixer Upper featured a storybook southern couple, Chip and Joanna, whose jaw-dropping renovations had everyone feeling the farmhouse-chic vibes this year. And so interior design saw a huge uptick in the popularity of Joanna’s favorite feature: Shiplap. Although many argue about what it actually is, there’s no doubt that this horizontal, white-washed paneling became the home design buzzword in 2016.

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Image: Natalie Myers

Tech-free Living Spaces

Prominent interior designers and home influencers took a step back from technology this year, and we began to see living and bedrooms sans televisions. Even on Freshome, you noticed — commenting “where’s the TV?” in rooms without a dedicated spot for the tube.

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Image: Callwey


Or faux fur, mostly. Taking a note from nordic design, we saw small throws of the fuzzy stuff tossed over the back of chairs or made into chic pillowcases. Regardless of how you feel about it from an ethics standpoint, it does add texture to those minimally-style rooms that can err on the colder side.

Bulky, Low Furniture

Channeling the laid-back, relaxed furniture styles of the ‘70s, we saw a rise in bulky furniture over the past year. When adapting it to your own home, splurge for high-quality fabrics and square arms. Because bean bag chairs still aren’t back in style yet.

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Image: Pottery Barn


Following the modern bohemian trend, shibori showed up on just about every textile imaginable. This Japanese tie-dye style features indigo and white and is a more muted version of the technicolor madness we’re used to with classic tie-dye. Check out our own list of DIY shibori projects for your own home.

Two-Toned Cabinetry

The modern kitchen is changing. This year, a lot of that change came with the popularity of two-toned kitchen cabinetry. Sounds loud, but can actually be much easier on the eye than single-toned cabinets when done right — think black lower cabinets with white uppers. Varying grays or bold and neutral are also favorites.

Mid-Century Lighting

We’re pretty convinced that mid-century design will never go out of style. So the permanence and investment in a brass, eclectic lighting fixture shouldn’t be as scary as it seems. We’re seeing these spindly chandeliers pop up everywhere in homes: kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms — even entryways.


There’s no denying that there’s something magical about geodes. These mesmerizing rocks split open to showcase brilliant crystals at their core. In home design, they make stunning bookends, coasters, even lamps. Rock on.

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Image: Blakes London

Matte Finishes

On the opposite end of the sparkle spectrum, matte finishes saw a rise in popularity this past year. The understated beauty and sophistication of this flat finish brought it to walls, countertops, and appliances. We think this is just the beginning of homeowners opting for smoothness instead of shine.

Marble Accessories

It was a big year for marble. Jumping out of its usual role on countertops and flooring, marble, and specifically, Carrera marble, found it’s way into every decor piece imaginable. Accent tables, serve ware, even the phone case of the girl sitting next to me as I type this.

Warm Metals

Gold and brass used to signify gaudy ‘90s fixtures, but warm metals have certainly made a comeback in the past year. Copper and rose gold also made their mainstream debuts. To avoid looking tacky, designers are opting for brushed and matte versions of warm metals.

Mixed Metals

Feeling nervous about going all gold everything? Luckily, this past year was the year to mix metals of all hues and finishes in the same space. To pull this off, start small, and get creative with which accents that are metal. So if your wallpaper has a touch of silver, try a brass lamp.

What was your favorite home design trend of 2016? Are there any we missed? We’d love to hear from you, so reach out to us over social media or in the comment section below!

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