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pay attention to small details

The importance of details in interior decoration

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When designing or decorating a home it’s always important to pay attention to small details. Of course, the other elements like the color theme or the big furniture are also important but it’s often the little details that make the difference between a bright and fun home and a beautiful but boring one.

When I say small or little details I don’t necessarily refer to the actual size. Such detail can also consist in the texture or color of the floors for example or in the way the pattern from the wallpaper matches the furniture. When you usually find yourself in the spot when you’ve done everything you had to, you’ve furnished and redecorated the house but there’s still something missing, that means it’s time to add some more details.

This means you can add some colorful pillows on the sofa for example. This would add some color and would also make the room seem more inviting. Also, you could choose some pictures of artwork to display on the walls. Flowers are also a common choice when it comes to decorations.In the end, the most important thing when decorating a home is to be careful at the way the materials combine and the way the colors and textures work together. Make sure they don’t clash and always try to see beyond the obvious.  {found on Alhvem}

(Ganea)

Ganea, Simona. “The importance of details in interior decoration.” Homedit. N.p., 25 Nov 2011. Web. 26 Nov. 2011. http://www.homedit.com/the-importance-of-details-in-interior-decoration/.

 


Haifa House by Pitsou Kedem Architects

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A private residence built in the center of a historic avenue and at the very heart of Haifa’s French Carmel neighborhood.

The avenue is studded with a number of residences designed in the Bauhaus style. The Bauhaus style gained its hold in Israel in the wake of international styling trends and is a ornament free design style, both simple and down to earth. The style celebrated the aesthetics of the machine and was characterized by uniformity of color and by unassuming and simple finishes and facades. The style faithfully represented the spirit of the age and the location. This project, designed decades later, creates a line that connects contemporary styling with the spirit of that bygone era.

The project emphasizes and sharpens the differences between apparently similar design styles of contemporary minimalism influenced by Japan and the austere moderation of the modernism that characterized the end of the 1950?s. Both of these paradigms translate into a way of life, to the Israeli environment and climate. The sophistication and the minimalism that existed at the heyday of the Bauhaus period have been translated, in this latest reincarnation, into a spacial purity and prestigious restraint.

In his design, the architect has expressed his own, localized interpretation for free planning in which there is a spacial continuity achieved through light, appearance and movement and the placement of secondary spaces around one, large and open central space. The architect has succeeded in creating the experience of continuous, intimate and defined spaces with different levels of symbiotic, mutual interaction with the central space and yet without detracting from the overall understanding of the structure. Despite the intensification of the residences central space which finds expression in a double sized open space reaching the entire height of the building with one completely transparent façade facing the direction of the courtyard, through the use of controlled and restrained formality and the use of materials with no external facings, the designer has succeeded in showing his belief that it is possible to create a residential space of quality and timelessness.

In an attempt to connect with the historic avenue and the houses that have inhabited it since the 1950?s, the architect has paid great attention to homes front facing façade. The front of the building is almost anonymous, for the most part, a closed element, free of unnecessary ornamentation and one that combines a monochromatic color scheme based on the grays and whites that characterized that same era. Only the floating upper roof hints at a harmony with contemporary design. There is a sense of acceptance of the avenues importance and an attempt to assimilate into its, fragile and gentle structure and in no way try to force contemporary architecture on the surrounding environment. Only the floating mass of the roof hints that, despite the desire to be part of the avenues context and the spirit of that historical period, it is clear to the observer that here we have a bold attempt to create an architectural language that leaves a clear signature and the fingerprint of the designer.

The home was, as said, designed around a wide, high public space that constitutes the connecting point and provides a view of all of the homes different wings as well as to the central courtyard and the pool. In order to further strengthen the impact of the central space it has been coated with exposed concrete panels and a large library on the wall as a central motif. A large, ribbon window allows light to enter deep into the space, creating movement and dynamism on the central wall. The architect has covered all of the structures spaces with an expansive roof which appears to be suspended, weightless in the air and floating effortlessly with no apparent means of support. The roof frames and consolidates the various parts of the structure with the apparent dissociation between the roof and the building creating an impressive, formal dialogue.

Movement within the house is accompanied by different views of the outside environment; exposed and open areas and other areas that are framed and focused on a specific view that was designed specifically for that area. The underlying concept of the homes design is one of quiet and formal restraint; the home is a place of tranquility and calm where the minimalistic details, the clean language and the meaning, separate the residents from the world outside. The architecture and the interior design combine a climatic relationship with light and air, an expression of the homes functionality and the uniform design lines both internal and external.

The materials and the colors used for both the interior and the exterior range from white to gray combined with wooden strips. The simple, clean shapes and the light play a central role in the interior design. Shade and light create ever changing performances of shapes and movement, “playing” on the walls, the ceilings and the floors of the building throughout the day. The combination of the geometric light shows against the horizontal and vertical surfaces, made from many different materials, creates a unique atmosphere in the internal spaces and the house’s exterior that make a powerful statement of uniformity and calmness. During the day, natural light entering the residence and its movement creates absorbing light shows. At night, when darkness falls, artificial light, and especially the light seeping out from the pool, create within the structures spaces a totally different atmosphere, one that is almost mystical and magical.

The design of the courtyard is characterized by the same restraint of form with the choice of trees and their placement also communicates with the avenue and the surrounding environment. And so, despite the fact that different worlds and different eras exist in the space between the historical Bauhaus of the avenue and that of this modern and minimalistic home, there still exists a relationship between them, a feeling that one is not strange to the other.

“Haifa House by Pitsou Kedem Architects.” Contemporist. N.p., 22 Nov 2011. Web. 24 Nov. 2011. http://www.contemporist.com/2011/11/22/haifa-house-by-pitsou-kedem-architects/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed: contemporist (CONTEMPORIST).

 


A mix of mid century modern and bohemian.

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  Images: Bethany Nauert

House Tour – Lindsay’s Modern Bohemian in Silver Lake

Name: Lindsay Marcus
Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months — rent

Lindsay’s lovely bright apartment sits on a hill in Silver Lake and serves as a home and music studio. New to Los Angeles, she was lucky enough to find a bright airy space to hold all her vintage finds and East Coast memories.

Lindsay wanted to move into a home that embraced the Los Angeles sunshine and offered a sprawling view. She explained she was thorough in her search and needed enough room to work from home. As a musician and composer she has set up camp with all her equipment right in the living room. Lucky for her, the built in shelves and desk offer alternate ways to save space and in return gain more storage. “Most of what I have in my apartment I brought from Brooklyn. That said, the interaction with the outdoors is much more pronounced here, and the arid climate inspires you to open your home more to the outdoors and incorporate natural elements in one’s designs.”

When starting all over in a brand new home, there are many ways to approach your design. For Lindsay the most essential part in designing a home is “being aware of how the pieces and colors in your home work together as a whole.” I believe that what she has created is a home that honors the memories she’s carried along the way. Even some of her treasured art pieces are tiny notes or mementos. Mixing vintage, flea market scores and modern decor — she has a cozy, warm space to dwell in.

My Style: A mix of mid century modern and bohemian.

Inspiration: Brooklyn, old treasures, the hills where I live.

Favorite Element: The items in my home that were given to me by friends, and the various items that remind me of different stories and periods of my life.

Biggest Challenge: Creating a space with style and finding pieces that resonate with me and work within the overall scheme while remaining within a smaller budget. That said, I love the challenge and excitement of finding great pieces and accents on a dime.

What Friends Say: I love your place!

Biggest Embarrassment: My love seat. I brought it with me when I moved to LA from NY because I thought it better to have something than nothing… but I still haven’t replaced it. Hope to soon.

Proudest DIY: I designed my dining table with a wonderful craftsman who lives in the east village in NY. We worked together on all of the specs and dimensions, and I love how it came out.

Biggest Indulgence: Fresh flowers.

Best Advice: Take your time collecting pieces you love.

Dream Sources: My dream sources are my current sources – basement finds, thrift stores/vintage furniture boutiques, flea markets, and local artisans.

(Nauert)

Nauert, . “Lindsa’ys Modern Bohemian in Silver Lake .” Apartment Therapy . N.p., 21 Nov 2011. Web. 22 Nov. 2011. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/tours/lindsays-modern-bohemian-silver-lake-home-house-tour-161349.

 


Lucy Chadwick · A Selby film for ZARA

Simple and cozy … from loft to the barn, from city to country living.

 


Practical Outdoor Table Upgrade

After a hard and tiring working day you begin to think of a nice way of ending your day. You may have plenty of options and one of them is to call your friends and invite them at your home. These moments of relaxation are always welcome.

You may surprise your friends in a nice manner by presenting them an interesting idea that can be put into practice really easily .For our moments of relaxation become complete we invite our friends to sit at a practical outdoor table with a nice upgrade design. Around this table we can sit chatting; playing some cards or we can just simply relax. We may also have a nice dinner and for a delicious meal a nice glass of wine is always a great company. As a perfect hostess we should be prepared with all sorts of good quality bottles of wine for our guests. We should also bare in mind the fact that wine must be always cold.

So a simple solution seems to help us create this practical outside table upgrade where the central part of it was replaced by a metal gutter in order to create a built-in drink chiller. Here you can put some ice and your bottles of wine and thus you will get the certitude that besides a high quality wine you will have a cold one too. {found on tumblr

(Strachinaru)

Strachinaru, Simona . “Practical Outdoor Table Upgrade.” Homedit. N.p., 19 Nov 2011. Web. 20 Nov. 2011. http://www.homedit.com/practical-outdoor-table-upgrade/.

 
 
 

De Tafelwip Will Make Your Relationships Stronger

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If you are bored of the conventional dining tables and you are looking for a playful and fun furniture piece then you will definitely like the one we present today.

De Tafelwip is a strange and unusual concept from Marleen Jansen: a wooden see-saw attached to a simple table. By bringing a playground classic to your dining room you can enjoy some nostalgic moments. On the other hand, the Dutch designer wanted to emphasize the basic principles of eating etiquette and sharing meals together. Eating at this table will force you and your partner to stay seated until the end of the meal. You need to avoid any sudden moves otherwise the other person could end up on the floor along with the food. There is no doubt about it that De Tafelwip will put your relationships to the test and might even make them stronger.  (LASER)

LASER, . “De Tafelwip Will Make Your Relationships Stronger.” Tevami. N.p., 19 Nov 2011. Web. 19 Nov. 2011. <http://tevami.com/2011/11/19/de-tafelwip-will-make-your-relationships-stronger/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed: tevamisite (Tevami – Modern Furniture, Home Furnishings, Contemporary Furniture)>.

 


IKEA Small Spaces – Small ideas

Small ideas are about finding and using hidden spaces and choosing furniture that does more than one thing. It’s about being creative, a little rebellious and doing what you dream about no matter how much or how little space you have. And we think that is a pretty big idea.