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Joyous Layered Decor Ideas For Small Homes

Four Spaces, visualised by Hung Le, serve as great inspiration as to how a blank white canvas can be layered upon to create a joyous homey living space. Using isolated sections of breezy colour, modern artwork and clever furniture layout, the modest scale of these four homes become irrelevant. Small wall spaces are dominated by bold typographical displays that feature quirky mindful quotes. Furniture fits flush to its location but does not overbear. Accessories are patterned and plentiful but surfaces do not appear overly cluttered. It’s a balance that’s not easily achieved, but these four home tours will guide you through it, one intricately styled room at a time.

The accent colour in our first home tour has been lifted straight from the house plant, with scatter cushions on the sofa matching its green waxy leaves. A subtle thread of blue runs through accessories here too.

Boiserie decorates the white walls, giving the place an air of sophistication. A polyptych nestles within one of the panels with a dreamy swirling fish design. The furniture in this space is also predominantly white with just a few wooden accents pushing through, like the base of this contemporary sofa.

In front of the sofa, a small round coffee table is finished in a darker hue, but is brightened by a white serving tray holding a clear glass pitcher. Beneath the table a monochrome rug brings interest to a white floor. The patterned rug is complemented by a geometric art print on the far wall by the indoor plant, which is a Fiddle Leaf fig.

The wall art and dining room pendant work to anchor the eating area in place within an open plan scheme.

One black Eames armchair has been selected in offbeat contrast to three white ones.

A slim console table in the living room is crowned with a large round mirror and two wall sconces.

By the home entryway we find a small shoe bench adorned with a couple of cheerful scatter cushions. A quote decorates the wall above, dramatically lit by a spotlight. Built in cupboards with louvre doors provide a neat storage spot, and feature a small recessed shelf for stowing keys.

The second space follows a muted green scheme too but this time with a pop of cheerful yellow. Picture frames, overhead light and swing arm wall lamp create a network of black lines over a plain white wall. The Serge Mouille style double swing arm wall lamp makes the sofa into a practical reading spot for two bookworms, without cluttering up space with an additional floor lamp.

Despite limited proportions, this lounge doubles as a music room. To define the dual use of the area, wood tongue and groove planks have been installed behind a television, console unit and an in-line bookshelf. A picture and house plant sit above the keyboard to give it a standalone look.

To separate the dining spot and lounge in this small open plan living space, two entirely different styles of pendant lights have been used. In addition, one side of the dining table is actually a storage and display unit, which works to divide the area by creating a visual stop point.

The wooden unit gives the white dining table a cool asymmetric look. Two of the four Scandinavian style chairs at the table, these being the Salt Chair by Tom Kelley, have a ‘dipped’ paintwork effect that marries well with its quirkiness. Behind the dining area a sitting nook has been created within a bank of storage units. It’s clad in wood that matches with the table feature, and harbours a positive message in decorative wall letters.

The solid sides of the dining table help the room to appear simplified.

Base units in the kitchen have been given a lick of green paint to tie in with the colour story.

A black refrigerator adds weight to the light scheme.

Our third home interior has a dominant black and white design with just a hint of pale blue.

This is a slightly more minimalist look as the large black base notes need more space to ‘breathe’.

The dining table is ebony black with four white dining chairs, which are an About A Chair by Hay Replica.

The herringbone wood floor emanates a visual warmth over the room.

A mirrored panel increases the look of light and space.

Wooden bedroom pendant lights lift the look of monochrome decor.

The geometric look of the pendant shades is very sculptural, demanding as much attention as the wall prints.

The bedroom looks out over the living room through an interior glazed wall and door.

A second double bedroom is decked out with teal bed sheets, charcoal display unit and a set of white nesting tables that hold a bedside table lamp.

The doors of the wardrobe look like decorative wall panels.

The same wood runs through into the bathroom.

Lastly, this home blasts you with a cool splash of turquoise, like seaspray from a tropical ocean. Sandy hues are here too via a plentiful selection of light wood elements.

Geometric prints are a strong feature of this interior. Angular shapes are juxtaposed by large circles applied here and there over the walls.

A duo of coffee tables in a mid century modern triangular design nestle together to create a larger surface area.

The dining chairs are a selection of light turquoise and dipped wood and white finishes.

Patterned floor tiles make a feature of the home entryway.

Soft turquoise wall cabinets make a stunning addition in the kitchen.

Although different, the dining room pendant lights and the geometric living room light make a beautiful grouping thanks to a common wooden theme.

A window seat cushion carries the turquoise accent through into the master bedroom.

The home office uses a painted panelled wall to bring in colour.

Driftwood adds an easy breezy look to a bookcase.

A small plant pot brings the geometric theme into the room.

Hexagonal mosaic tiles cover the shower area.

Potted plants complete the look.

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How To Make A Cat Happy: Cat Friendly Home Design

If you loved our other cat owners apartment then you’re going to lap this up like a fresh saucer of milk. This cat friendly apartment, thoughtfully designed by Talispace, has obvious consideration for a feline companion in just about every aspect. In this photography by Hey!Cheese, we can see an open space glowing with warm afternoon sunlight, where furniture and shelving are mapped out like an agile furry friend’s playground. This peaceful little world reveals many secrets known only to the whiskered one and her owners – including a secret litter tray, a cat ladder in disguise, and a high up sleeping platform overlooking the master bedroom itself.

To quote TV’s cat expert Jackson Galaxy, cats are either ‘tree dwellers’ or ‘bush dwellers’, and tree dwellers like the one in this home need plenty of vertical space. This isn’t always easy to achieve in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, so it can be difficult to strike a balance of happiness for both feline and human inhabitants of the home. This house design strikes such a balance perfectly thanks to subtly placed shelves that provide paws with opportune climbing platforms, like the two small ones mounted between the large windows – did you spot them?

Over on the wood clad TV wall we can find a trendy arrangement of staggered shelving but it’s not all about the visual. This staggered arrangement allows a cat to comfortably leap and climb from the base console all the way up to the top of a run of storage cupboards, then onto another platform that is spanning a soffit. Alternatively, Tiddles can stop and nestle for a while (as we know cats love to do) in a cosy cabinet cut out.

Shelf accessories are kept to a minimum so as not to hinder kitty’s ascent (and to minimise unfortunate breakages!) The dual material finish and thickness of shelf confuses the human eye so that the layout doesn’t read like an obvious or cumbersome cat ladder.

The open end of a low level console reveals a small round entryway into a neighboring cabinet. This presents an opportune placement for a concealed litter tray. A covered litter tray provides a cat with a feeling of security, plus has the bonus of screening litter from the general population.

All wires are hidden away from reach, teeth and temptation.

The wooden shelves are warm and wide enough to lounge on for a cat nap.

On view items in the console are kept clean, fur free and untampered with behind clear glass doors.

A floor fan is on hand to cool down a hot furry friend from the afternoon sun.

The soft round area rug is a particularly cosy spot to curl up…

… Or flick-up with claws – which is a why a loop free pile is most suitable for a cat populated household.

The footstool of the modern sofa forms the first step in the ascent to a ceiling track…

… The next part of the journey is over a side unit and up the two shelves that climb the space between the two windows…

… A quick pit stop on the ledge over the window and a nimble return up onto a platform that runs the entire length of the open plan room. A tree dweller’s paradise.

Lots of interesting nooks and crannies await a cat’s curiosity in the storage unit that backs a home office area.

The wooden desks in the home office are pushed together to allow a little journey along the top here too.

It can be nice to have a little friendly distraction from the daily grind.

A feline friend isn’t the only animal in the room, check out the fun designer table lamp. This is the Rabbit Table Lamp by Moooi – not sure if kitty is impressed though!

The colours in this home are all very natural, creating smooth soothing surroundings. It’s a common misconception that cat’s see only in shades of grey, they are in fact thought to be trichromats (meaning they can see red, green, and blue) though not in the same way as humans.

Of course it doesn’t matter how many cat ladders, sleeping shelves, platforms and hiding places you give a cat, they will still go where they are not supposed to be; ie. the kitchen bench. Keep that antibac spray to hand people! The litter tray is literally opposite.

The home storage unit extends all the way to the ceiling, and no doubt kitty will find a way of climbing each and every part of it too.

Glass panels protect the more delicate collections and possessions from being batted off the shelves by mischievous paws.

Only easily replaceable items are placed on open shelving.

Above the closets in the master bedroom we find a platform for play by day and sleep by night – or the other way around if we know our nocturnal friends well enough!

The floor to ceiling windows provide plenty of sunlit spots for indoor sunbathing/grooming/purring.

But let’s face it. You can give your cat the whole world and they will still be at their happiest crouched in a random little box!

Recommended reading for cat connoisseurs:

Super Stylish Cat Houses, Furniture & Home Essentials For The Discerning Cat Lover
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Check Out Trends and Products from 2018 Kitchen and Bath International Show

The Kitchen and Bath International Show (KBIS) is the biggest show of the year for kitchen and bath designers and manufacturers. It took place in Orlando last month and the product offerings were pretty hot — especially if you’re into modern and contemporary design. Here’s a round up of the best kitchen and bath trends and products from KBIS 2018.

Show winner: Grid faucet by Kallista

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The striking design and black finish, which was a big show trend, earned this faucet the KBIS Best in Show prize. Image: Kallista

Walker Zanger Liquid Forms Tile

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The tile manufacturer hosted the inaugural Kaza Design Competition in search of the best and most innovative new tile design and the winner was this Liquid Forms, by architect Aybars Asci, now available as part of the Kaza design collection.

V-Zag Glass Shower Door by Vanessa Deleon for Coastal Shower Doors

Part of the Coastal Shower Doors Insider Series, the V-Zag features a chevron pattern with gold on the glass panels.

WineSteward Wine Dispensing System by Vinotemp

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The WineSteward, a wine cooling and dispensing system that keeps wine fresh for 45 days, can be integrated into kitchen cabinetry.

Verdera by Kohler Voice Activated Mirror

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The Verdera has built-in Amazon Alexa technology so you can voice activate the lighting, send it commands and stream music much like you could in any other Alexa device.

Electric Marble by SICIS

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SICIS has figured out how to take ordinary marble and insert bold colors like fuchsia, turquoise, gold and silver into the material.

Expanding Table Mechanism by Richelieu

A brilliant idea for those with limited space and counter area. Richelieu created this sturdy and elegant-looking stowable counter surface.

NikolaTesla All-In-One Cooktop by Elica

A cooktop designed for the true minimalist, this surface by Elica not only cooks but also extracts smoke, eliminating the need to have an overhead hood.

Essence Interchangeable Color Faucet by Grohe

If your mood and style change often, you’ll like the new addition of color to the Essence faucet collection by Grohe. It’s easy to swap out the color to update the look of your sink on a whim.

DXV Modulus Bath Suite

The items in the Modulus Collection by DX are all contemporary, interchangeable, floating in design and modular so homeowners can create the bath suite of their choice.

 Professional Series Range by Bertazzoni

The Professional Series features old-school chronograph dials and the most vibrant yellow, orange or red finish you’ll ever see.

Vale Hardware by Belwith Keeler

Belwith Keeler has been making hardware for 125 years. The Vale knob was first introduced in its 1953 Modern Hardware catalog. New finishes were introduced at KBIS to update the classic design.

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Office Design Envy: Awesome Office Spaces at 10 Brands You Love

There are certain brands we can’t live without – they’re part of our every day lives in so many ways! Do you ever wonder where all the magic happens? Well, we can tell you that amazing things happen in amazing office spaces – and we’ve got proof. Here are some well-known brands and their cool office design, bound to enduce some office envy.

1. Etsy Corporate Headquarters, Brooklyn

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The Etsy reception features a living wall of plants and large, dramatic pendant lights. Image: Etsy

If you’re an entrepreneurial crafter, you probably owe Etsy a muffin basket. We thought Etsy’s offices would be one giant yarn-bomb experiment, but we’re impressed with their elegan, collab-friendly office spaces. Here’s more:

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There are plenty of areas throughout Etsy’s office spaces to get your craft on. Image: Etsy

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The Green Library may be he coolest hangout in the Etsy Corporate Headquarters, featuring a wall of plants and a hanging basket chair. Image: Etsy

2. Nike NYC Offices

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Nike’s NYC offices are sleek and industrial. Image: Nike

Yes, there’s a big “swoosh” – it’s on the rooftop. But besides the signature swoosh, there are little nods to their sports origins, like the mosaic of Michael Jordan in their cafeteria (below).

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The Nike cafeteria. Image: Nike

3. Airbnb Headquarters, San Francisco

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A living wall of green plants is both stunning and helpful for interior air quality. Image: Gensler

Airbnb has revolutionized how we travel, and make it possible to stay somewhere other than a hotel – and their workspace reflects this. The meeting rooms look more like camping tents than office cubicles.

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Camping-style workspaces and meeting rooms. Image: Gensler

4. Apple Park Headquarters, Cupertino

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A contemplative space with a view in the new Apple Park headquarters. Image: Apple

The spherical building has been top secret for some time now. It’s finally complete — and the views and office design are breathtakingly minimalist. Rumor has it some employees are uncomfortable with the sparse and open office spaces. But the lack of visual clutter is probably incredible for unleashing your creative side, distraction-free.

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The organic yet minimalist furniture was created by Naoto Fugasawa. Image: Apple

5. Beats by Dr. Dre, Los Angeles

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A giant wall mural of Los Angeles is the focal point of the main work space area. Image: Bestor Architecture

They may be owned by Apple, but they definitely don’t look like it. Gold stairwells and lacquer red meeting areas are just a few of the tricked out office design features in this cool office space. Two industrial buildings were renovated to create the space where audiophiles and hipsters come together.

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Whiteboard walls allow creatives to scribble ideas on the wall on the fly. Image: Bestor Architecture

6. Google Offices, New York City

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The ceiling panel in the meeting area projects images and video overhead. Image: Interior Architects

Google has offices around the world, and they’re all pretty creative. In fact, Google’s Zurich, Switzerland location took real ski gondolas and converted them into hanging cubicles. But the NYC location might feature the coolest office design, complete with hammocks for “hanging” out.

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Tech companies are famous for their perks. This bright and sunny space with hammocks is a unique one. Image: Interior Architects

7. Amazon Corporate Headquarters, Seattle

Designed to be part of the community, the Amazon offices in Seattle feature indoor and outdoor spaces. Image: NBBJ

A recent renovation updated Amazon’s Seattle offices to offer more work and lounge areas. An open floor plan optimizes flow and allows for workers to drift throughout the day while working.

Industrial cool tones and steel are offset by vibrant reds and oranges. Image: NBBJ

8. YouTube Work Space, Los Angeles

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The main lobby area of the YouTube workspace located just south of Los Angeles in Playa Vista. Image: YouTube

Most of the office spaces in this article are off limits. But if you have at least 10,000 YouTube followers, you can access their workspace for your production needs. According to their website, “YouTube Space LA contains large production stages, green screens, cameras, lights, sound gear, electrical and grip equipment. We also offer post-production resources ranging from private editing suites to voice-over recording booths. It’s all available at no charge if your channel has at least 10,000 subscribers.”

YouTube creators have access to 41,000 square feet of work and office space. Image: YouTube

9. Pandora Radio, Oakland

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The Oakland headquarters feature a DJ booth and plenty of spaces to work, meet and hang out, like the “RADIO” themed booths above.

Pandora Radio Oakland offices reception. Image: Studios Architecture

10. LinkedIn, San Francisco

Bright, airy and vibrant in white with bold color accents. Image: Interior Architects

The San Francisco office designed by Interior Architects was such a hit that LinkedIn asked them to execute their NYC offices, too. Allegedly there’s a hidden speakeasy somewhere in the office spaces, but they’re not telling.

Polished concrete floors add an industrial and low-maintenance vibe to the NYC office space. Image: Interior Architects

Which of these office spaces is your favorite?


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Modest Size Modern Interiors That Flirt With Feature Walls

You don’t need to have bags of space to live comfortably in style. This collection of four apartment tours has interiors that are all of modest proportions but that each have their own fabulous attributes. A large dose of their design boosts come from a scattering of small feature walls that either stand alone or butt up against each other for contrasting effect. Some are bespoke partial dividing walls that separate and conquer. By picking out small sections and dividing up wall space, a limited area is broken in a way that makes it appear larger, and rooms that were once devoid of architectural features become packed with interest.

Visualizer: Z.Design architecture  

Our first home design, with an area of 66.3 square metres, is the most minimal of the four. Despite its minimalist aesthetic, the home still shows character through an installation of wood that extends from across the floor to cover an entire wall behind the television in the lounge. This feature wall brings a lot of warmth to the scheme, which is otherwise made up of large areas of white and scattered grey accents.

This transparent modern coffee table design keeps the area looking spacious, and shows off the wood tone beneath. Below the TV a concrete hearth brings a hint of industrial style to the scheme.

The sofa is of a modular design that allows for fluctuations in layout. It has deep seats but a low back and no armrests attached, which prevents the large piece of furniture from appearing too bulky for the small space. Behind it a section of concrete ties in with the hearth opposite.

In contrast to the wood covered lounge, the kitchen and dining area are decorated completely white. White floor and walls, white kitchen units and white table and chairs.

Behind the white table and modern dining chairs, a pillar of concrete breaks the stark white canvas.

A small dining table light creates an interesting feature as it ascends the wall beside the eating area.

Minimalist kitchens work well in an open plan layout as they always look clean and uncluttered. This plain white handle-free design benefits from some soft lighting located underneath the wall cabinets.

White panels make up the backsplash in the kitchen and extend all the way up to the ceiling. The effect of this treatment is that the matching white cabinets appear as though the are extruding from the wall.

The bedroom is of an incredibly unique and bespoke design, where a platform bed manifests almost like a drawer that has been pulled directly out of the wall. A huge spherical bedroom pendant light glows like a full moon above it.

At the head of the bed a glazed panel is installed as a transparent dividing wall. On the opposite side of this clear divide a study area has been created, where a computer desk and chair is pushed up to the glass. A generous built-in closet covers the back wall from floor to ceiling.

From above we can see how the extended side of the platform bed and the white linear desktop complement one another. The bedside table is of a contrasting circular design, which matches a nearby pouffe and the overhead orb pendant shade.

The minimalist bathroom has a pure white scheme.

Just a couple of wooden accents pepper the look.

Designer: Konzept Architekci  
Visualizer: Nika Buzko  

Modest size apartment design number 2, covering 42.4 square metres in Krakow, Poland, introduces a strong accent colour that is used liberally around the space.

Green inspiration has been taken from beyond the windowpane, and the black window frames inspire dark notes throughout the scheme too.

A black slatted wall and botanical artwork blends the indoors with the outdoor view.

The breakfast bar is backed with a green glass panel and the home entryway is an emerald hallway.

In the master bedroom suite a green headboard has been softly lit along its edge beneath a circular wall design.

Botanical art appears in this space too, continuing the theme.

Although not huge, the bathroom fits double bathroom vanity sinks and a walk-in shower.

An interesting lighting feature extends up one wall and across the ceiling.

Visualizer: Mottu  

Our third tour is a modern concoction of grey, white and beige.

Concrete elements add an edgy feel to a cosy palette.

Just a singular small accent wall painted in a warm colour transforms an icy space.

Sliding doors are a good idea for small spaces, so that they do not encroach on limited floor space upon opening.

Cool concrete over the bathroom floor is juxtaposed by a warm beige ceiling.

A white vanity unit extends to include a set of drawers at one side for storing cosmetics, toiletries and spare towels. A wide full-length mirror on the door visually doubles the space.

Visualizer: Mariya Alferova   

Our last home is a tiny studio apartment that has a strong monochrome theme running through, lifted by a good dose of rustic wood tone.

Beneath two industrial dining pendants, a wooden bar table runs directly into a wall decorated with chalkboard paint. The treated wall makes a handy place for scribbling grocery lists and meal plans.

The kitchen is just three grey units and two wood shelves that are matched by a wooden countertop. A console with a geometric patterned front provides extra interest and divides the cooking space from a desk area.

Four industrial bar stools provide a very sociable eating area in the tiny kitchen. Mirrors on the opposite side of the room reflect the kitchen to help the living space appear larger than its actual proportions.

A partial dividing wall has been created with a combination of vertical wood slats and horizontal shelves.. These let the natural light flow through from the lounge window into a second home office area. String lights provide ambient lighting over the lounge wall, which becomes a bedroom by night.

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