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The Makeover…It’s Personal – The Master Bedroom with Walk-in Closet and Ensuite Bath

The demolition and construction started in our service kitchen that will house our future Master’s Bedroom.

Since the whole house will apparently be uncomfortable to live,  we decided to prioritize the bedroom as originally planned and suggested to the architect.  This will be the Phase 1.  The room will accommodate my whole family during the renovation period.

We wanted the same requirements as in our previous one, but we wanted it to have a high ceiling, bigger space with the open shelves walk-in closet and ensuite T&B as usual.  The architect suggested making a customized king size bed frame with headboard, including the side tables.

This room has been our common bedroom, our refuge from all dust and mess from outside and temporary storage.  It was definitely an unwelcoming idea for my wife, but does she have any choice?  Even if it was not yet ready for the installation of the air-conditioning unit, it was immediately installed.


5 Clever Small Loft Ideas

Crunched for space, the residents of these homes—mostly under 1,000 square feet—have the same ideas: look upward and compartmentalize. Lofted sleeping areas, closets, and reading nooks are among the smart space-saving solutions.

“7 Clever Small Loft Ideas – Interior Design Inspirations.” N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2016.

Super Tiny Home Design Under 30 Square Meters (Includes Floor Plans)

This beautiful apartment may be on the smaller side, but the layouts are super smart! This clocks in at less than 40 square meters of floor space, yet it make the most of the compact layouts by striking the perfect balance between openness and functionality. And get ready to redefine your loft goals: this apartment features lofted bedroom and office, clearing out plenty of space for other lifestyle necessities.

“2 Super Tiny Home Designs Under 30 Square Meters (Includes Floor Plans).” Interior Design Ideas. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2016.

 

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Simple tiles and simple fixtures allow the bathroom to feel open and comfortable, while at the same time, carefully curated decoration avoids an overly utilitarian aesthetic.

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Occupying the space below the mezzanine level, the bathroom is surprisingly bright and spacious with plenty of natural sunlight throughout – with a large vanity mirror to maximize its effect.

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Guests and residents enter the apartment through the kitchen, the bathroom conveniently through the door to the right hand side. This sensible layout maximizes the amount of sunlight in a space that would be fairly dark otherwise.

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Open wood shelving allows for display of attractive coordinated utensils and tableware while deep cabinets hide everything else above and below.

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Appliances take a conservative approach by remaining mostly below the countertops. The washer and dryer used to reside in the bathroom but once you see the bathroom’s fresh new style, you’ll see why the designer moved them.

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Limited in terms of vertical space and natural lighting, the kitchen makes the best of its circumstance with bright white surfaces and smooth concrete floors.

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The ceilings aren’t especially high so the loft keeps furniture very low to the floor. Pillows make it easier to sit cross-legged at the desk for longer stretches of time.

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From the bedroom, it’s easy to catch a glimpse of the neighboring apartment building or admire the living space below. A half-wall offers just enough privacy to help the resident feel secure.

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Compact stairs lead to the bedroom loft with kitchen and bathroom beneath. Note that the designer didn’t pass up a chance to integrate more storage space under the first few steps. Smart!

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Split construction gives the dining table more functionality for its footprint. This configuration maintains a streamlined form against the wall, appropriate for working on a laptop or sitting down to write a letter.

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Because of the resident’s frequent travel, the books don’t require constant access. The sliding ladder makes them easily available when needed with several shelves within easy access of the loft.

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Furniture remains as simple as can be. Each piece scales to its specific niche without flaw, the tatami sofa tucked into the window alcove and the dining table matching the width of the alcove’s edge.

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Located in Taipei, Taiwan, this apartment simplifies its interior to the most basic elements in order to stretch its 22 square meter layout. The ceilings reach 3.3 meters in height – somewhat low compared to other interiors with mezzanine levels but more than enough for this designer to work with. The resident (a frequent traveler) required ample storage for clothes and books along with wide-open space for exercise, which the designers accommodated without sacrificing any of the essential amenities of home.


This Floor Is Made Of Broken Shards Of Glass

Gisele Taranto Architecture has partnered with LZ Studio to create a laboratory of ideas – LAB LZ by GT. This partnership has resulted in a space that has been designed specifically for Casa Cor Rio.

Currently on show until October 4th at Villa Aymoré, Casa Cor Rio invites architects and designers to design their spaces, like a fashion show, using a lot of creativity and seeking to present to the public the biggest releases of materials, technologies and design concepts.

This year, LAB LZ by GT, have designed a space with a suspended glass floor, featuring mirror shards located in the empty space between the existing subfloor and finished floor.

The designers used the mirrors to highlight the concept of depth and reflection that they were aiming to achieve with this interior.

Collaborators: Maneco Quinderé (Lighting), Vanda Klabin (curating art) and Landscape (landscaping)
“This Floor Is Made Of Broken Shards Of Glass.” CONTEMPORIST. 17 Sept. 2015. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. <http://www.contemporist.com/2015/09/18/this-floor-is-made-of-broken-shards-of-glass/&gt;.

210 Square Foot MODERN Tiny House- WITH NO LOFT!


A Modern Loft with Character

Loft apartments always have a distinct feel. Their openness, combined with their usual amounts of streaming light, makes them instantly appealing for most urban dwellers. Who wouldn’t want more light and a sense of more space in what’s usually a more crowded area? But lofts can also feel a bit cookie cutter, especially when the original space has been mass-converted to support loft living. A dozen or more lofts with the same feel and layout can feel stifling. This loft, designed by Indot, takes the idea of a traditional loft and plays with it using geometry, color, and texture. Don’t think that lofts are just limited to red exposed brick and neutrally painted walls.

A Modern Loft with Character. (n.d.). Retrieved July 12, 2015, from http://www.home-designing.com/2015/07/a-modern-loft-with-character?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed: home-designing (Home Design Ideas)

Farmhouse by A.D.D. Concept + Design

Photography courtesy of A.D.D. Concept + Design

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https://homeadore.com/2015/05/12/farmhouse-add-concept-design/


Small-Space Living: 13 Radical Tiny Cottages

I spent the first 18 years of my life occupying Harry Potter–size quarters in an otherwise spacious house—and feeling as if I was the lucky one. And though I’ve since gained a bit more elbow room, I’ve been gratified to watch the tiny house movement mushroom in the past decade. (And yet frequently let down by the twee hippie-gnome lairs that await beyond so many downsized front doors.) More architects ought to join the downsizing crusade—but, fortunately, enough have that the seeds of first-rate minuscule design have been planted. Here are some standouts, many of them from Remodelista and Gardenista’s own greatest-hits archive.

N.B.: One man’s hut is another’s palace. We tend to be generous in our definition of tiny: Our selections here range in size but most are under 300 square feet.

Guralnick, M. (2015, May 20). Small-Space Living: 13 Radical Tiny Cottages. Retrieved May 21, 2015, from http://www.remodelista.com/posts/small-space-living-13-radical-tiny-cottages-designed-by-architects?utm_source=Remodelista/Gardenista Subscriber List&utm_campaign=d26f58a198-Remodelista Daily Mail Campaign&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_447a717cea-d26f58a1


Replacing a Burned Down House Surrounded By Experimental Vegetation: GK House

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Located in the historic district of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill town, the GK House sits on a 1.5 acre site sloping from east to west. Accessible via an easement through an adjoining property, this imposing structure gathers wood, stone and glass in a contemporary display of architecture. Originally part of the Coker Estate, where amateur botanist Dr Coker composed a distinctive collection of plants derived from his experiments, the house sits surrounded by woods and greenery that offer an original outdoor experience. Constructed after the sketches of Raleigh- based Kenneth Hobgood Architects, the residential structure replaces the original house that burned down to the ground and took part of the vegetation down with it. Collaborating with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburg, architects managed to revive the grounds and compose a bright, cheery and stylish set of interior and exterior spaces, as you can see in the photos.  (Teicu)

Teicu, Ada. “Replacing a Burned Down House Surrounded By Experimental Vegetation: GK House.” Freshome Design & Architecture. N.p., 12 Aug. 2012. Web. Web. 12 Aug. 2012.


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Small 32 Square Meter Minimalist Bachelor’s Loft

Any modern resident of a big city knows very well what lack of space means. Many of them have to live in small apartments or lofts so that space-saving solutions are very much appreciated. This loft is located in New York City, the owner is a bachelor. Thanks to high ceilings and big windows the space looks bigger than it is. The color scheme is right for a guy: white, black, red and grey. Every single piece is not only stylish but it fulfills several functions in order to save the space. There are big modern lofts in NYbut this one is very practical, has everything necessary and strikingly stylish despite of its size. The style is minimalist, the loft looks very comfortable and cozy. The owner chose very stylish and beautiful accessories, art works and plants to finish the design.

 


compact and multifunctional storage wall –

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Everyone wants a comfortable and modern apartment, but not anyone has enough money to buy a spacious one. Why a small apartment shouldn’t be fancy too? The lack of space is not necessarily a defect, because it determines you to become creative and more selective with what you buy, putt and want for your apartment. This way, your room is not in danger to become overcharged.

One efficient way to furnish one of your rooms is the storage wall with Pull-down Double bed.  This design is perfect for less spacious apartments or even for a one room apartment. The set in composed from a transformable system with front sofa and bookshelf. With only a easy movement, the sofa becomes a double bed. This mechanism is ideal for studios or for normal apartments. It can be used daily or in other situations, such as guest hosting.

The bed is based on an aluminum frame (CF97) so you can easily transform the sofa into a bed. Due to the high class materials, this transformable system is a long time lasting one. As it rests as a sofa, the system has also a storage space under the seat. The wall’s shelf has a mobile mechanism so you mustn’t discharge it when you extend the bed. This is an economic way to furnish your house without neglecting the esthetics. Compact and multifunctional, with a stylish design, this storage wall with Pull-down Double bed is the perfect solution for a modern house.   (Stavar)

 

Stavar, Monica. “Storage wall with Pull-Down Double Bed.” Homedit. N.p., 19 Mar 2012. Web. 19 Mar. 2012. <http://www.homedit.com/storage-wall-with-pull-down-double-bed/&gt;.

 

 


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/.

 


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.


Instant Bath Remodel

Contemplating a bathroom update but short on time, money, and energy? New York–based designer Magdalena Keck (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) and architect Urszula Bochinska founded Uniform Design to expedite the process and to make it more affordable. The duo provides designs, materials, and finishes for four styles of bathrooms: loft, minimalist, naturalist, and townhouse; they’ll even help you hire a contractor. The price for the design starts at $250 for the Basic Package. Go to Uniform Design for more information.  (Christine, 2011)

Photography by Jeff Cate.

Christine. (2011, November 11). Remodelista [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://remodelista.com/posts/architect-visit-instant-bath-remodel-by-uniform-design?utm_source=Remodelista Daily Subscriber List&utm_campaign=bf969b3153-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email


Do Be Discreet

via Yanko Design

I have always wanted to put my favorite books on display, hoping someone else would see and enjoy them, but I have struggled with finding a solution that doesn’t look too deliberate… until now.  The Piastra is a wall mounted book shelf that brings home the functional simplicity of the magazine rack to create an all-around dynamic interior object that allows quick and intuitive access to reading.

Designer: Flussocreativo

The satin stainless steel and hidden LED lighting make for a super clean way to show off your favs. 

(Turner, 2011)


Kitchen: Open Shelf Storage Roundup

Heidi Lender’s San Francisco kitchen via Desire to Inspire

Sarah, . (2010, September 09). Kitchen: open shelf storage roundup [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://remodelista.com/posts/kitchen-open-shelf-storage-roundup


Freeing Up Space: How to Get Rid of Clutter

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Here are a few ways on how you can get rid of the mess and move towards gorgeous interiors:

  • Stuff you no longer use in one way or another
  • Do not buy anything that will be too large for your interiors
  • Create a separate and well-defined storage space
  • Decorate each room around a centerpiece
  • Switch to smart furniture and modern shelve spaces
  • Maximize the usage of storage space

(Ion)

 

Ion, A. (n.d.). Freeing up space: how to get rid of clutter. Freshome – Interior Design, Decorating & Architecture Magazine, Retrieved from http://freshome.com/2009/02/28/freeing-up-space-how-to-get-rid-of-clutter/


How to Layout an Efficient Laundry Room

  • Determine how much time you spend currently: Whether you have a large family and feel like you’re continuously doing laundry, or you’re a single athletic person who’s always doing laundry, asses your habits. Laundry rooms should reflect your lifestyle and are supposed to simplify your daily routines. Do you pick one day to do all the laundry? Do you lack area to sort, fold and organize clothes? Is your laundry room small and needs more organization?

  • Plan zones in your laundry room: For an efficient layout consider making zones or areas in your laundry room.  The 3 main zones are: 1.) Dirty area 2.) Clean area 3.) Work space. Each of these areas will differ in size and organization based on your home and space allocation. Regardless of these factors, the smallest and largest laundry rooms will be more efficient while incorporating these 3 areas.

  • Dirty area: If you have space, consider having laundry baskets or hampers adjacent to the washer/dryer area for family member to toss soiled clothes in throughout the week. If space is a challenge, consider sorting clothes in separate laundry bags and bringing in one by one to fill washer.  The ideal dirty area will have space for treating soiled clothes and room to store.

  • Clean area: In this zone will be clean clothes that come out of the dryer to be folded in the work zone or it can be a hanging area. Many clothes don’t need to be put in the dryer.  An area for hanging clothes is ideal, and a countertop or work surface should be adjacent to the dryer for efficiency. The less you have to walk from space to space, the better.

  • Workspace: This area can include ironing board, countertop work surfaces, and area to put cleaning supplies, solvents, etc… If you share your space with a mudroom or a garage. The workspace could double for other functions other than laundry to make it multifunctional.

  • Add storage for functionality: If there is one thing every laundry room can use is storage.  Don’t assume if your laundry area is small that you don’t have space for storage.  Smaller laundry room should take advantage of height with shelving, baskets, and labeled bins for storage on top.  For front load washer and dryers install a countertop surface above to maximize workspace. For larger laundry rooms, cabinetry and closet storage area works well for housing brooms, mops and cleaning supplies often found in laundry room areas.   (Ronique)

  • Ronique, G. How to layout an efficient laundry room [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://freshome.com/2010/12/29/how-to-layout-an-efficient-laundry-room/


    10 Clever Ways to Maximize Space

    Take a look at some designer tricks for making the most of your square footage. 

    Rethink the nightstand. Consider a small or medium stool or side table to perch your lamp and alarm clock and store your books. Here the small tulip side table can serve the person whether she is tucked in bed or lounging on the windowseat. Another fun solution is to create a bedside table out of a stack of books and put your lamp on top of it.  (by Niche Interiors)

    See more…Make More Room by Stacking Beds, Ditching Nightstands and Climbing Ladders  (Becky)

    Becky, . 10 clever ways to maximize space [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/209390?utm_campaign=updates&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery5&d=1&w=149345


    Mixed Wood Chest of Drawers

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    Do you know that there are so many wood colors out there that could be mixed? This chest of drawers is made of 6 kinds of different woods at once and looks really unique and beautiful. Its body is done in Maple while the drawers are made of cherry, wenge, maple, walnut, teak and padauk. The chest can easily become a centerpiece of any room’s interior and provide a lot of space for storage small things. By the way, the chest is made with Japanese high quality.   (Mike, 2010)

     

    Mike, . (2010, October 8). Mixed wood chest of drawers [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.digsdigs.com/mixed-wood-chest-of-drawers/