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 A Story of Love and Modern Architecture: Unconventional Casa Redux Tour [Video]

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Instead of opting for a conventional house-tour video, the architects at Studio MK27 chose an intriguing story as a proper way to “describe” Casa Redux in Brazil. Produced by Pedro Kok and Gabriel Kogan, the video below is entitled “That was not my dream” and strangely enough, it narrates the “disadvantages” of living in an ultramodern home: ”Who would want that kind of house – cold, dull, lifeless? I was in search for what I had always imagined, a beautiful neoclassical project, the symbol of permanence, something with history. A home how we always dreamt… with pediments, ornamental columns… it will be impressive, beautiful, classical, a home as it should be.” Have a look at the movie and  feel the irony in every sentence.Casa Redux is a massive single-floor holiday residence in the exclusive Quinta da Baroneza neighborhood, north of São Paulo.  As you can probably imagine, the story behind this movie is entirely fictional, yet we considered it an interesting approach to presenting a modern residence. “The idea was to intersect architecture with a narrative, making the space itself the central character. The human relationships here take place according to the architecture – they are transformed by it and they transform it,” architect Gabriel Kogan explained. We would love to know your thoughts on this artistic short film and the house it unconventionally depicts!

 Brick Termitary House Shaped by the Extreme Climate of Da Nang, Vietnam

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Built in an extreme climate in Da Nang, Vietnam, the Termitary House by Tropical Space exhibits an intriguing architecture. Brick was used extensively in the overall design, inspired by the termites’ special ability to build their nests in this region. The residence also pays tribute to the remains of Champa baked-brick Towers, constructed here from the 4th century to the late 15th century. Concrete ceilings and terazzo flooring in dark colors contribute to an overall sober look and feel.According to the architects, the house was planned to have “a large sharing space in the center where a cooking counter, a dining table, and an entertaining corner are found. This lobby then leads to different functional areas in the house such as the rest room, the living room, and the bedrooms. All are connected artistically and comfortably. The mezzanine is where another bedroom, an altar room, and a small library are found. The attic is an open relaxing area with curtains of vines.” All furniture was made from the timber rescued from the roof of the old house on the site. Enjoy the photos and tell us what you think! 

 “Passage of Landscape” Residence in Japan Honoring Interconnected Spaces

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Passage of Landscape in Toyota, Japan is a private home designed by Achitect ihrmk near a terraced paddy field. The clients wanted a home that would allow them to wake up to the peaceful sounds of nature. Functionally, the brief required plenty of storage space to fulfill their daily needs: “I did not want to design unsociable utopia nor a symbol of the scenery; I wanted to create the house which can participate to the flow of natural its environment. Accordingly, I decided to make passages from south to north on the first floor and from east to west on the second floor“, explained architect Ihara Masaki Kayo.The bottom level accommodates a front room and living area extended by wooden deck and garden. Three gate-shaped frames which compose wall, floor and ceiling are layered in tiers by 650mm (2.13ft) for each direction: “I feel that this house becomes a passage of landscape which can feel difference of light, wind, sound and width of the sky depending on each space”, concluded the architect. A connection to the dining room and the reading zone on the second floor is achieved through the gap of the south side frame. [Photos by: Hiroshi Ueda]

 Californian-Style Home Playing With Color and Transparency: The Flagship Project

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The Flagship Project is a generously-sized residence developed by Dupuis Design in San Clemente, California, USA. The very modern Californian-style home plays with transparency, as it features customized bay windows that offer views of the ocean, the islands and the magnificent Californian sunset. Its interior is curved and rounded, contrasting with the quite geometrical exterior. The decoration and furnishings are simple, blending white, anthracite grey and black, with a touch of light-colored wood.The play between light and transparency cen be observed everywhere thanks to the materials employed. These pave the way for a Zen garden and a saltwater swimming pool with a grey bottom. Bordered in red brick, the swimming pool is reflected onto the many façades of the building. One of the focal points of this house is a high load-bearing wall painted red with a sandstorm effect, which is visible from the entryway. A clever set of window openings, glass doors and skylights provide natural air conditioning, circulating throughout the rooms.The house was designed for maximum security in the event of an earthquake or other land movements thanks to a concrete and metal foundation, implanted very deeply into the ground.  Outstandingly sensitive to ecological constraints, Peggy Dupuis designed the whole home based on a model of very low-energy consumption. Have a look at the video below for an insight on the creative process behind this project and let us know what you think!  [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Dupuis Design]

 Bright Orange Staircase as Focal Point for Casa Blanca Residence in Peru

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A massive white block excavated to make room for living spaces is seemingly the concept for Casa Blanca Residence in Lima, Peru. Envisioned and implemented by Architect Martin Dulanto Sangalli, the modern home offers an optimized indoor-outdoor connection and plenty of opportunities for socializing and leisure. The “chief actor” of the interior design scheme (also visible from the outside) is a bright orange staircase that sets the tone for a dynamic ambiance.Casa Blanca Residence is structured on three levels: the basement, first floor and the upper terrace: “The basement is connected with the exterior by tall windows, which allow plenty of sunlight and cross ventilation for every bedroom. The social area on the interior is located in the first floor. It is incorporated by a glass closing, which allows a total integration of the living room, the dining area, and the kitchen. A central patio integrates the house, and allows a full connection on its three levels, while providing plenty of natural light and ventilation.” The upper terrace has been imagined as an open and integrated space, overlooking the park in front of the residence. [Photography by Juan Solano]

 Bold Display Home Unleashing the Power of Traditional Design

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The Rural Building Company designed and built a captivating family home in Darlington, Australia. A home built for the enjoyment of its inhabitants is exemplified in the panoramic Marri View Residence as gathering vistas from all angles. This beautiful display home in Australia opens the road to creating customized homes where you feel like a piece of the puzzle added to the whole.Past inviting double French doors, the welcoming living space opens to views of the street. Bold and transparent, the traditional single family residence unfolds under raked timber lined ceilings as to gather all family under the same roof. Supported by a 300 mm diameter natural bush pole in the middle of the room, the roof shelters a collection of spaces built with a deep respect for individuality. Within an open floor plan rounded to the street, inviting and well illuminated social areas ease the way into social cooking and flirting with the idea of hosting more dinner parties.“From first impressions the elevation offers all the romance of a traditional Rural Building Company home, with featured bush pole supports, an extensive wrap around split pitch verandah and with exposed timber rafters. Detailed elements such as feature brickwork accented with render, and weatherboard panels contribute to the Australian feel of the home.” Architects of Rural Building Company continue with their description, delving deeper into the inspiring traditional design:“Within the spacious freeform living and dining areas is the stunning kitchen. It features an expansive window splash back with double French doors at either side which provide direct access to the well sized raking alfresco area. This allows for ease of interaction between guests and the chef when entertaining. Highlight raking windows situated above the kitchen allows for access of natural light during the day and further contribute to the openness of the design. The kitchen also features a separate fully appointed scullery with additional sink and walk in pantry, perfect for hiding kitchen appliances and the initial preparations of family meals. The scullery offers convenient access to a the laundry.”The private bedroom wing accommodates the master bedroom, private office space and a home theatre, while the remaining three bedrooms with bathrooms were designed to occupy the opposite side of the home. Photos by Joel Barbitta show the harmonious architectural language contributing to a relaxing atmosphere…

 Adding Space and Elegance to Outdated 1920s House in Montreal 

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Rising on a spacious piece of land on Montreal’s south shore, this 1920’s house was modernly adorned with an extension. Providing the family with more space and having this additional space organized into two  intertwining volumes, the home imagined by NatureHumaine surprises with stunning details. Known as the Dulwich Residence, it appears like a balanced mixture of textures and materials.“A brick volume makes up the base and becomes the support for a steel clad volume that projects out into the backyard. The ‘sleeping basket’ is found at this projection where a large window frames the foliage. This becomes a space to relax and gaze out towards the garden as well as an area for the children to play while maintaining contact with the kitchen and dining spaces below.”According to the architects, their clients wanted “a contemporary extension that would harmonize with their existing house and highlight and expose the structural brick. The existing house and the extension were separated by a glazed volume where the vertical circulation of the house is located. The existing house was re-organized to better suit the needs of the clients, where the entry and living room make up the ground floor and the children’s quarters on the second floor.” Photos by Adrien Williams show how the house spreading over 2845 square feet was re-organized to fit requirements and give off a relaxing, welcoming vibe. “Three double height spaces link the communal areas of the ground floor with the more private spaces of the second floor while maintaining a warm atmosphere in the house.”The creative studio NatureHumaine worked on several stunning projects. We can mention this neat minimalist home in bright green and yellow and the black and white Connaught Residence in Montréal, as opposing projects. But in order to get a closer look into their astounding modern home design portfolio, you should also check out the layers and colours defining the Stacked House in Montreal, Canada and the 1920?s duplex in Montréal which underwent an unbelievable transformation under the attentive supervision of NatureHumaine…

 Box-Shaped Japanese Home With Spectacular Views of Omura Bay: Y7-House

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Displaying a highly minimalist architecture approach, Y7-House by Architect Show is located in a scenic landscape in Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The rectangular box-shaped residence takes advantage of a hillside position, ensuring extensive views over Omura Bay. Elevated on a concrete base, the structure is intended to have a minimum impact on the environment. This way, a cantilever is created on the north and west sides, which gives passers-by the feeling of a floating home.Moreover, the architect gave the street facade a 3D effect, by protruding and recessing portions of the main volume, while visually emphasizing the differences through color. The interior design is minimalist, with wood employed extensively for a welcoming effect. Efforts were made to hide lighting equipment and air-conditioning, in order to achieve a high level of simplicity, with focus on peaceful living. Generously-sized windows, a terrace and a deck offer good means for contemplating the neighboring bay. How do you personally appreciate the overall design of this residence? [Photography: Toshihisa Ishii]

 Bright Riverview Home Punctuated by Natural Panoramas 

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A riverview home is perfect for those who imagine living in harmony with their surrounding environment. This particular Riverview House by Studio Dwell Architects is located in Wayne, Illinois, and its location allows owners to enjoy panoramic views of the sloping terrain down to the Fox River throughout the home. A site-responsive home like this one is designed to take in as much as the outdoors as possible without loosing the cozyness we all long for. Bright, elegant and inviting, the Riverview home spreads over 4,000 square feet.Framing green panoramas seen all around, the riverview home presents an inverted floor-plan. Unlike traditional arrangement of public and private spaces, the rooms in this home were inverted. This means fuller and more spectacular views seen from the upper level, from the spaces used for day-to-day living. “The upper level has an expansive cantilevered terrace and roof suspended over the lower level providing sun protection from the south and west exposures, helping to cool the house in the summer while providing wind protection in the winter.” With the lower level nestled in the sloping site, the riverview home can provide comfort and privacy, as well as a seamless connection to the surroundings.According to the architects, the riverview home was carefully designed to filter all unnecessary details in order to make room for simplicity and grace: “To minimize the footprint on the site, the house and garage are separated but connected by a suspended Ipe enclosed tube element. This enclosed tube becomes the only structure on the upper level and houses the fireplace, pantry and kitchen components. Adjacent to this enclosed tube is an accompanying open glass lined Ipe bridge suspending visitors over the landscaped hill to the front door. The exterior consists of a simple palette of sustainable and highly durable materials. The base is exposed concrete, the upper level clad in charcoal anodized aluminum panels and both accented with Ipe wood for balance. The interior finishes include stained walnut flooring, Ipe, glass railings and an exposed steel stairs that transcends into a 2-story light filled art gallery.”After seeing all the photos, we’d love to know how you imagine your life if you lived here, so share your thoughts in the comments below…

 Bungalow Makeover in Québec With Large Openings: Lausanne House Project

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Lausanne House project is the architectural equivalent of bungalow renovation in Québec, Canada. Opting for a sober and elegant exterior, Hatem+D Architecture installed a cover of pale grey wood at the level of the main block and a mixture of fibrocement and black bricks. A second floor was added, which accommodates three large bedrooms. According to the architects, landscaping was thought to preserve most of the existing elements. Rocks discovered during the works were moved in various places on the site. Additionally, three mature trees were preserved, their foliage allowing a play of shadow and light on the facades.Aside from requesting a face-lift for the bungalow, the owners wanted a place filled with natural light, as well as large openings to enjoy their landscaped terrain. Therefore, the living and dining room both open to the terrace through generously-sized glass doors. Moreover, “a passageway was added in front of the residence and makes the link between this volume and the new garage. The hallway, generous and open, throws a great deal of light at the heart of the project.” Enjoy the virtual tour! [Photographs: Alexandre Guilbeault]

 Blown-Glass Clear Band Pendant Collection of Organic Origins

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Contributing to the elegance of a room, lighting fixtures with a certain degree of transparency can create not only light, but also the desired atmosphere. This practical lighting size and placement guide infographic will guide you to choosing the right lighting fixture for the right space.
Imagine your dining space adorned with these organic hand-blown Clear Band Pendant lights, a space where family and friends gather to enjoy home cooked meals and a homey atmosphere. Designed by John Pomp Studios, the Clear Band Pendant collection gathers three different shapes blown with the same technique that sum up to a myriad of possible configurations.
Any space, from sleek contemporary design to rustically influenced, can benefit from the raw, organic nature of these pendant lights. Their design is customizable in size, quantities and configurations, making it easy to choose the best piece or grouping for your home. Various canopy and density options are also available, but you must note that glass dimensions may slightly vary due to hand made process.
John Pomp, the founder of John Pomp Studios, was influenced by his father’s carpentry craftsmanship while growing up. In the years to come, his mentor introduced him to glassblowing just in time to realize this was an artistic calling. Dedicating himself to learning about old-world glass-making and crafting a modern approach into his nature-inspired shapes, the glassblowing artist describes his work as exemplifying “the purity of natural materials while embracing their inherent historical and elemental qualities – yielding a simple, organic modern aesthetic. John Pomp’s 20 years of undying passion and devotion to his craft is reflected in each piece of his collection which is meticulously crafted by hand in his multi-disciplinary studios in Philadelphia.”
See the artist at work and dive into the the fascinating glass-blowing process on John Pump Studio’s Facebook page to keep up with his creativity…

 10 Signs That You Should Become An Interior Decorator

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Do you have the unique mind of an interior designer; the mind that is capable of sheer artistry combined with ultimate logic? Image Source: Meredith Baer
If you hate your job, then you are among 70% of the populous. According to Gallup there are many more people unhappy with their career choice than those that are happy. That’s a staggering statistic!
If you are part of the 70% that are miserable at work, you might want to consider a career change. Not sure what career choice is right for you? Well, we have a little list of observations that will show you that a career in interior design might be right for you.
Interior designers/decorators are creative yet logical thinkers who understand what it takes to pull a room together into a cohesive, beautiful and most importantly, functional space. Do you have the unique mind of an interior designer; the mind that is capable of sheer artistry combined with ultimate logic?
If so, perhaps you should read our top ten signs that you should become an interior designer:
We have a little list of observations that will show you that a career in interior design might be right for you if… Image Source: Cgsdb
Most of the pins on your Pinterest boards have titles such as ‘bedroom ideas’,  ‘kitchen backsplash’ and ‘bathroom tiles’—sound familiar?
Do you find yourself looking at the rooms in your friends’ and family members’ homes, thinking, ‘why did they choose those knobs, they should have gone with gold accents as opposed to silver’? And then you say it out loud— Oops!
If you spend time fantasizing about room arrangements and new decor solutions, then perhaps the field of design is right for you.
If you spend time fantasizing about room arrangements and new decor solutions, then perhaps the field of interior design is right for you. Image Source: VI Photo Design
Do you constantly find yourself in need of a heating pad for your aching back because you shifted your master bedroom furniture around for the umpteenth time this month?
Are your kids constantly asking you where their stuff has gone? Or, is your spouse missing their favorite chair because you have decided in fits better in the basement?
If your loved ones walk into a room and think, “Did I walk into the wrong home?”, interior design might be the career choice for you. Furthermore, if after six months – or less – you are rearranging the living room yet again, you may seriously want to begin looking into interior design schools in your area.
If your loved ones walk into a room and think, “Did I walk into the wrong home?”, interior design might be the career choice for you. Image Source: Amanda Zorumski
If people ask for your decorating advice, then consider it the ultimate compliment— and the ultimate sign that you have the creative eye required for a job in interior design.
Are your friends coming to you each time they want to change something in their home’s interior? Do they ask your opinion on what color or material they should get for their next set of window treatments?
When your friends mention that they are remodeling or are building a new space, you tempted to send them design ideas, complete with fabric swatches, flooring samples, and paint swatches. If you are readily nodding your head, then we think you may have found your new career choice.
If people ask for your decorating advice, then consider it the ultimate compliment— and the ultimate sign that you have the creative eye required for a job in interior design. Image Source: Andrew J Howard
Every community has one—a local building that is a complete eye sore; It’s falling apart and everyone is petitioning to have it taken down—except you.
If you have the ability to see the potential in the most ramshackle looking house when everybody else thinks it’s a waste of time, then you may be headed down the right track to nurturing your own potential in interior design.
It’s possible that you not only ‘see’ the potential in a community eye sore, but you head straight to your community’s council to try and save the space. You may even find yourself bidding on auction houses just to flip them and turn them from beast to beauty.
Interior Designers have the insight to see beauty and potential in the bones of something old and dated. Image Source: Scinta Designs
Not only do you know what the primary colors on the color wheel are, you also know what colors are complementary, what colors are tertiary, and what colors are analogous.
You know what colors look best together, what colors should never be put together, and most importantly, you know how color can affect the mood of a space.
And of course, you are the only one who can give a full explanation of what the difference between greige and beige is, as well as which colors work best with each.
Designers know what colors look best together, what colors should never be put together, and most importantly, know how color can affect the mood of a space. Image Source: Decorum Home
We bet your shopping list is full of materials for your next do-it-yourself project (and not groceries). We also bet the staff at the local improvement stores know you by name.
Interior designers are creatures of creativity and it’s hard to stop them from dreaming of their next design creation.
So, if you catch yourself helping others choose paint in the paint aisle, then perhaps you need to get paid for your opinions.
Interior designers are creatures of creativity and it’s hard to stop them from dreaming of their next design creation. Image Source: Don Gardner
Male or female, an interior designer is a do-it-yourselfer at heart and they always have a trusty toolbox at the ready.
If your purse or briefcase is full of measuring tools and color swatches (and lacks the things a ‘normal’ person in your profession carries), you might want to think about how you can turn that briefcase into a design portfolio.
Find the career that allows you to carry a sketch pad proudly as you walk around with a tape measure draped around your neck, so that you are always prepared to measure windows, see what size couch will fit, and how the appliances will fit into the new kitchen layout you’ve designed.
Find the career that allows you to pursue your creative passions. Image Source: Oficinainglesa
Shopping for furniture is a pastime of yours. You love the lines, and the possibilities of turning an old relic into something new with a splash of paint or a few sandpaper scrapes.
You often pick up old, worn down furniture, such as benches, tables, and chairs, to bring them home and work on them in your spare time, even if it means the laundry piles up or supper comes from a drive-thru on a regular basis— you must see the finished product.
When you are done creating something new and spectacular out of something old, you rearrange the living room furniture – again – just so that it fits.
You love the lines, and the possibilities of turning an old relic into something new with a splash of paint or a few sandpaper scrapes. Image Source: Laura Miller
Many women and men go out shopping, and yes, some consider it a sport, but your idea of shopping is slightly different.
You are so committed (and perhaps obsessed) with finding the ‘next big piece’ that you often find yourself browsing furniture showrooms on lunch breaks, or suddenly pulling over to the side of the road when you see a flea market.
Scoring antique desks, unique shelving units, and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures gives you a thrill like no other.
you are so competitive when it comes to finding just the right piece, that you think you should be awarded an Olympic medal. Image Source: Lux Design
The rule of three, accordion fold, arabesque, chifferrobe….have any of these words been on your lips recently?
Designers also know their fabrics. Everybody has heard of the terms cotton, wool, linen, velvet and microfiber. However, an individual born to be a designer has a more in-depth knowledge into the world of fabric.  As opposed to being confused at the words lenpur and lyocell , you know exactly what they mean.
Furthermore, you know where and how these materials are best used when designing a home. Does any of this sound like someone you know?
Designers know where and how materials are best used when designing a home. Image Source: BFein Interiors
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, or can agree to any of these statements, then it is quite possible that you were born to be an interior designer, but until now, you have possibly chosen the incorrect career path. Don’t be that 70 % who regret their career choice.
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 Small Kitchen Island Ideas for Every Space and Budget

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A kitchen island is a useful and multifunctional component. No matter how small your space is, get inspiration from our small kitchen island ideas and tips to add more function to your kitchen.
Even the smallest kitchen island has the potential to offer many uses. When considering small kitchen island ideas, select an island that has the five following abilities:
1. Creates extra counter space2. Can be used as an eating counter or breakfast spot3. Has additional storage via drawers, shelves or hooks4. Is sized correctly to not interrupt your kitchen work flow
A practical eating counter island needs open shelving where knees can tuck or an overhang on at least one side for low-profile, backless bar stool to tuck in.
If you find a good kitchen counter that is missing an overhang or open side, you can always add a larger, new top to your find. Make sure the new top is large enough to allow at least a 6” ledge on one side and that the new top is durable enough to withstand kitchen use.
Small Kitchen Island Aisles and ClearancesOnce you’ve decided that you’d like to add a kitchen island, how large should your island be? According to the book The Architect’s Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design, allow an aisle of 36” wide or 42” wide if the island is facing an appliance door.
Good places for islands include the center of a kitchen or to enclose an open floor plan kitchen in an L shape formation.
While the standard aisle width guideline of 36” allows two people to pass, you could have a clearance as small as 32” if the spot is not high traffic. Take newspaper or painter’s tape and plan a floor outline of where you’d like your island to sit with proper clearance. Test your floor plan and adjust accordingly.
If you find that your kitchen doesn’t have the space for a permanent island, choose an island that can be rolled, tucked away or moved to another area as needed.
You don’t have to specifically go out and purchase or custom make a kitchen island. There are a variety of small kitchen island ideas that may work better in your small space than a permanent cabinet piece. Here’s our favorite small kitchen island ideas.
Visit a restaurant supply store and pick up an industrial, commercial stainless work table. They’re lightweight yet sturdy, durable in stainless steel, come in a variety of sizes as narrow as 16” and are fairly inexpensive.
For the most use, select one that has a towel bar for hooks and textiles and open shelving below. Locking wheels are helpful if you plan on moving your island often, although restaurant grade work tables are often lightweight enough to move without needing wheels.
A butcher block is a perfect island alternative. The surface is ready for kitchen use and you can usually add a couple of stools to create a snack counter.
A cheap and effective way to add an island to a small kitchen is by repurposing a furniture piece as an island. Some furniture as small kitchen island ideas include:
Sofa tables are designed to be narrow enough to sit behind a sofa or in an entry way. Available in a variety of sizes and styles and normally around 30” high, they make a good kitchen island option.
Recycle an old or vintage cabinet as an island. Look for ones that have plenty of shelving, drawers or other storage options. The one in the image above was once a clothing store display cabinet.
A tall dining table in the right proportion can be the perfect island for dining, prep and counter space. Add hooks to the side for extra storage.
A smart way to add extra counter space to a kitchen involves the drop leaf. Pop it up when needed and drop down for ease of movement in a small kitchen.
If adding an island is not possible, take inspiration from the drop leaf island and add a drop leaf at the end of a kitchen cabinet or kitchen wall. The extra counter space could serve as an eating nook or extra prep area that can be stored when not in use.
Find a space where a simple butcher block ledge can serve as a kitchen island. If a ledge isn’t possible, create an enclosure with a minimalist island design. Take inspiration from these two kitchens:
Is there an open spot where an island can store when not in use? Design a kitchen island that will fit in the dimensions of the opening. Better yet, if you’re designing a kitchen, include one cabinet piece that can roll out and be used as an island or extra counter space in a different spot.
Regardless of the island you use, if you need the island to be mobile, adding high quality wheels to one is an easy upgrade. Choose high density polyurethane wheels that have a locking mechanism that keeps the island from moving.
If you have a larger kitchen and more space to work with, be sure to check out these 60 beautiful kitchen island ideas…

 A Story of Love and Modern Architecture: Unconventional Casa Redux Tour [Video]

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Instead of opting for a conventional house-tour video, the architects at Studio MK27 chose an intriguing story as a proper way to “describe” Casa Redux in Brazil. Produced by Pedro Kok and Gabriel Kogan, the video below is entitled “That was not my dream” and strangely enough, it narrates the “disadvantages” of living in an ultramodern home: ”Who would want that kind of house – cold, dull, lifeless? I was in search for what I had always imagined, a beautiful neoclassical project, the symbol of permanence, something with history. A home how we always dreamt… with pediments, ornamental columns… it will be impressive, beautiful, classical, a home as it should be.” Have a look at the movie and  feel the irony in every sentence.Casa Redux is a massive single-floor holiday residence in the exclusive Quinta da Baroneza neighborhood, north of São Paulo.  As you can probably imagine, the story behind this movie is entirely fictional, yet we considered it an interesting approach to presenting a modern residence. “The idea was to intersect architecture with a narrative, making the space itself the central character. The human relationships here take place according to the architecture – they are transformed by it and they transform it,” architect Gabriel Kogan explained. We would love to know your thoughts on this artistic short film and the house it unconventionally depicts!

 Dynamic Redesign for Colonial Style House in Westchester, New York

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Fougeron Architecture completed the redesign of a colonial style house in Westchester, New York, United States. A face-lift was done by changing all the exterior materials and reimagining the position of the windows. The project also included a living room expansion which currently takes advantage of the surrounding landscape. Connected to the swimming pool and courtyard, this part of the house offers plenty of opportunities for family interaction. The canted roof allows for tall windows and an abundance of natural lighting inside.
Maximizing living areas was the main focus in developing a welcoming home that the entire family could enjoy: “The formal dining and living rooms are situated on two levels to help break up the size of the space. The kitchen includes glass-faced cabinets, modern amenities and an island with drawers below for a microwave and beverage cooler. A chalkboard wall in the back becomes a place for family messages and artistic expressions by friends. The second floor includes a new master bedroom with in suite bathroom and closet.” We appreciate the dynamics exhibited by the interiors of this Westchester residence. How do they look from your end? [Photography by Albert Vecerka]

 Open-Floor Family Home in San Francisco Instills Peacefulness 

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This family home in San Francisco was re-imagined by Jeff King & Co as a cozy home where children and parents can carelessly flow from one space to another, from indoor to outdoor. Jeff King & Co Fine Home Construction makes a bold statement with this modest house that was made to measure for the growing members of the inhabiting family.
Adding square footage on the ground floor allowed designers to keep the four upstairs bedrooms and build an additional ensuite master bathroom for the parents and a master bedroom deck. As they set out to do, they “honored the traditional Edwardian design while bringing an updated contemporary feel“.
Built for a family of four who enjoys living both indoors and outdoors, the newly reorganized 1907 house was re-imagined as having a strong bond between these two environments defining our life. Inside, the need to be connected to the children as the family cooks, eats and plays made it necessary to have an open floor plan, where these activities can be combined. Up a carpeted staircase, the private quarters present themselves as modern, functional and cozy. The master bedroom overlooking the deck and roof garden gives parents enough privacy and ease of mind, replenishing their energy for the day to come.
The link between indoor and outdoor is the back facade, lined with white cedar shingles. Generous windows and glazed doors make the connection between the inviting indoors and the healthy and private outdoors. The garden hides a tree house and will bless the children with a happy, creative and outdoorsy childhood, like they all deserve. Photographed by Brian Mahany, the family home in San Francisco is perfect for a relaxed lifestyle, one that encourages creativity and peace.
Find out more details about this family home’s design from the designer’s blog page and enjoy the virtual tour!

 Vintage Industrial Crank Table Designs Crank Up Your Decor

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Phoenix-based furniture manufacturer Vintage Industrial, the globally recognized designer of vintage-inspired furniture, has some eye-candy industrial table designs that we couldn’t wait to share with you. These industrial tables have the charm of vintage design while satisfying the need for functionality. They say that “each item is meticulously designed using a mix of old world craftsmanship & modern technology, with unique custom tailoring available to seamlessly harmonize with the personal needs of each individual owner.”
“Proudly designed & manufactured in the USA, using Made-in-America supplies and parts, such as recycled or reused steel scraps & hardware, Vintage Industrial is the globally recognized designer of industrial-grade, American-made furniture. Committed to reclaiming American quality through a sustainable manufacturing process, Vintage Industrial is dedicated to preserving both our American heritage and the environment, forging new paths through progressive & innovative designs, creating high quality, luxury tables, consoles, chairs and decor, that are true statement pieces, guaranteed to enhance the décor of any room.”
This can be proven and we should take as example Vintage Industrial’s flagship Bronx Crank Table, a meticulously designed extra heavy duty gauge steel table that imposes its crafted design in any room. More than 200 rivets and bolts make it a hardcore looking table with two massive 5-ton screw mechanisms and two 12” crank wheels that adjust the top from 30” dining height to 42” bar height.
The IndustriaLux Crank Table, on the other side, is as elegant as the Bronx Crank table is rugged. This table adjusts from 30? dining height to 42? bar height with just a turn of its 8? crank wheel. Brass details make the table look elegant and it can be ordered in a choice of steel or wood tops that can beautifully complements the interiors you chose for it. Hand crafted of steel and brass, the industrial table can have an aged finish or any high gloss color, so you can play around with details until you get the perfect match.
The Hure Crank Table is another type of industrial table design that caught our attention because of its story. This crank table design uses four 3-ton crank mechanisms to adjust from 30” dining to 42” bar height and it can so beautifully become part of interiors that will inspire. Imagine this table with crank handles on both sides was the result of Vintage industrial’s wish to re-purpose old machine bases into furniture and read the whole story here.
And then there are more designs that you will love. Check out the 42 Desk, an amazing industrial desk design that was inspired by an 1800s Paris marketplace. This vintage desk blends an industrial look with femininity and elegance. And there are more designs to be enjoyed over at Vintage Industrial, check them out and don’t forget to tell us all what you think about these industrial tables in the comments below. Enjoy!

 Sliding Wall Maximizing Space in New York Micro-Home: The Five to One Apartment

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Five to One Apartment by MKCA is a project that takes micro-housing to a new, highly creative level. With a total surface of 36 square feet, this small home in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, New York City is an example of modern-day functionality. The main creative element of the design is a motorized sliding wall able to move from one side of the apartment to the other, creating various living areas. Working, sleeping, dressing, and entertaining, plus kitchen, dining, and bathing space are all available as the unit slides, switching from daytime and nighttime zones.
Flexibility is the key to living large in this small New York home: “As the moving volume pulls away from the wall, it reveals a dressing room zone with built-in dresser drawers and clothing storage. Fully extended, the space for a queen-sized fold-down bed is created. The sliding element is powered and cabled for television and audio, and houses all of the audiovisual and networking components of the apartment along with additional storage and display space.  During the day, or when the bed is closed the bedroom space is returned to the living and working spaces of the apartment.” Other creative elements of the project include a dining table for four with foldable chairs, a pivoted enclosure for the TV allowing it to rotate and generous storage throughout. [Photos by: Alan Tansey]

 Modern Cottage Design Flaunting an Inverted Floor-Plan

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Modern cottage design can make you rethink your perspective on solitude. This modern family cottage with dark framed windows captures expansive views of the forest around. Built on a steep cliff’s edge, the Val-des-Monts Cottage in the Gatineau hills of Canada captures arresting views of the nearby lake. Children will definitely learn to respect nature and enjoy its ever-changing beauty.
This modern lakeside family cottage imagined by Christopher Simmonds Architect stands on a stone platform that supports its smart inverted floor-plan.
Boasting cantilevered family spaces upstairs, the home gathers stunning views of the surroundings. Private spaces were neatly tucked away in the land, resting on the sinuous lines of the landscape. Entering from the forest side, you move along the pathway into the home only to discover arresting lake views beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows.
White oak boards were used on the floor and walls to create a warm and comfortable setting. On the outside, the modern cottage design showcases dark frames on the windows, while the interiors are bright and cheery with matching white frames on windows. Dressed in white cedar cladding, the modern cottage design impresses with every turn you take. Photos by Doublespace Photography showcase the abruptness of the land and glimpses of the warm interiors basked in sunlight.
We can see details like slabs of silver maple shaping the bathroom vanity or the way light filtered by the forest caresses the interiors and creates a close connection to the outdoors. Cool air rising from the lake naturally ventilates interiors, rising the physical comfort level to match the attractive visual appeal. If you liked this modern cottage design and want to see more, check out this modern cottage rising on old heirloom cottage grounds in Quebec, it boasts inspiring elements you will fall in love with.
 

 Elegant Small Home In Brazil Designed For A Ballerina: Água Verde Apartment

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Água Verde Apartment in Curitiba, Brazil is a charming redesign project by Leandro Garcia. The designer upgraded a 30 square meter (323 square foot) studio owned by an ex-ballet dancer, by expanding the social area and optimizing each space. As you can see in the photos below, the result is a small home that breathes, a stylish refuge that successfully accommodates modern living functions. The color palette is minimalist and helps create the feeling of a sizable home. White walls and furniture enlarge the rooms, while adding a glimpse of elegance.
Several tricks have been implemented in order to meet the owner’s brief: “The kitchen is restricted to just a counter-top and cabinets located inside a niche in the side of the social area, next to the wet areas (laundry and bathroom). An amber mirror over the counter generates a feeling of spaciousness, emphasized by the striped rug and also by the sofa without side arms, designed by the architect. One of the sides of the couch rests against the large white bookcase that surrounds much of the apartment and hides the access to the bedroom through a sliding door.” Style and flexibility seem to be the defining attributes for this apartment in Brazil, which we hope you will find as inspiring as we do. [Photos by Fran Parente]
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