Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Zealand Lake House

This New Zealand residence is a great example of what a lake house should be. It takes full advantage of the wonderful views, opening itself to the outdoors as often as possible. The color palette has been drawn from the surrounding nature, helping it to blend from outdoors to indoors seamlessly.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Bootstrap Project

While browsing the web a few days ago, I came across an amazing organization called The Bootstrap Project. Their goal is to preserve ancient crafts created by artisans in poverty stricken communities by providing them with a sustainable platform to promote their work. The profit from the sales goes back to the artists and their communities to provide them with education, help them end their own poverty, and preserve their beautiful crafts. Check out some of the amazing handmade pieces they have available below, and on their website.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stairway to Heaven

Whether straight or curved, traditional or modern, utilitarian or for show, a staircase is a huge design feature in your home…let it make a statement that speaks to your style.

Monday, June 27, 2011

From Horse to Home

I am always impressed by a good conversion. These former stables have been transformed into a magnificent home with large windows that allow light to pour through the space. Although its purpose has completely changed, the rustic feel of the property has remained intact.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Design Lust

Today I just cannot get enough of these unique striated marble countertops!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Gray Sort of Day

Gray is not usually a color that comes to mind when we think of making a statement, but these designs by Luisa Olazábal pull it off with a high level of sophistication. The muted color palette creates a soothing environment that is kept lively with the pops of purple.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

An Added Touch

These lotus pendant chandeliers are the perfect delicate addition to this casual yet glamorous dining room, proving the importance of lighting when completing a space.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kid Chic

A child’s room should always be fun and youthful, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to lack in design appeal. Here are some great examples of kid's rooms that incorporate playful patterns and elements while keeping a stylish edge for users of all ages to enjoy.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Quirky Kitchen

Kitchens are often a place that people prefer to play is safe, which is why I love seeing the occasional unexpectedly quirky kitchen design.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bachelor Pad

The phrase "bachelor pad" has a tendency to conjugate a mental image of empty pizza boxes, dirty clothes sprawled across a dirty floor, and old sports equipment doubling as decorative elements. This Tribeca penthouse on the other hand, is a picture perfect embodiment of what a real bachelor pad should be. It is streamlined, strong, and sophisticated; a masculine masterpiece. The airplane painting in the first image adds innocent charm while the hanging bed backed by the glass enclosed tub is very flirtatious; the combination makes this a quintessential prototype for bachelor homes worldwide.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lindsey Adelman Lighting

New York based industrial designer Lindsey Adelman has made a name for herself with these amazing raw yet defined lighting fixtures. It is fixtures like this that reminds us what an important effect lighting can have on a room. In Adelman’s own words, “I like the idea of transforming a space in a dramatic way through lighting,” she said, noting that much of her work is “about creating a mood and beauty, and people looking great at your dinner party”, and what could be more important than that!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

London's Latest

For those lucky enough to travel to England in the near future, here is the hotel for you. The Corinthia London is an extremely sophisticated hotel with an even more desirable location. On top of its views of the River Thames it is also within a few minutes of landmarks such as the Royal Opera House, Big Ben, and the London Eye. With such spectacular views both inside and out, it is hard to imagine why you would ever leave.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Detailed Designing

Attention to detail is one of the key factors in making a house a home. It is no surprise that this detail orientated abode belongs to a successful graphic designer who has meticulously ornamented every nook and cranny with the same attention to detail that she puts into her business each day.

Great Scale

The grand scale of this living room provides the perfect amount of sophistication to an otherwise casual and rustic space.