Friday, February 15, 2013

Spacious Modern Home Providing Freedom of Movement

The outstanding attachment towards nature, made a Canadian family decide to move their permanent home…into the woods. Gestion René Desjardins, the Canadian studio that completed the interior of this particular house, had to “investigate” what their clients wanted. Located in the rural Quebec, Maison du Boisé is a contemporary home in the middle of the woods. The clients requested a home that is modern, without being “minimalistic”. Moreover, they wanted a space that provides freedom of movement for their three children.
After gathering ideas and suggestions, the designers managed to create a fun place,  offering “fluid circulation for joyful fun of all kinds”.  The theatrical high ceilings remind us of the classical architecture where grand means gorgeous. The designers explain: “Reinterpreted from a modern perspective, the coffered ceilings, theatrical openings in the passages and wide matt-white mouldings running along the base of the silk-grey walls combine to create a sense of elegance and harmony, but, surprisingly they bring comfort, too.”  Wide windows complete the décor, showcasing the beautiful green site, inviting you to relax, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and explore the surroundings. Gorgeous spherical chandeliers adorn the living and the dining room and playful tones of purple add some fun to the ambiance.



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Creative and Inspiring Eclectic-Vintage Room Designs by Timothy Oulton

We ran across a lovely collection of eclectic interiors spiced up with vintage elements by designer Timothy Oulton and thought of sharing them further.Boasting sophistication and creativity, each of the 20 interiors below was developed according to a certain theme. As the designer explains, some of them were inspired by the “Beat” culture of 1950s America, where writers and creative-types championed non-conformity.
As you will look through the photos, you will also discover “a nostalgic tribute to the romantic era of luxurious sea voyages“, in various decorative objects. such as vintage trunks, classic upholstery pieces, and travel memorabilia. The interior below is dedicated to old English sports such as tennis, rugby and sailing and is said to exude “the class and refinement that once defined the world of sports”. We are charmed by the array of great details in this remarkable design portfolio and are looking forward to see which elements caught your attention.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013


What’s Hot in The Kitchen? Design in 2013 
What’s trending in the kitchen right now?
“Kitchen design is looking very exciting for 2013 as several design philosophies are converging and mixing, resulting in kitchens that are highly personal.” Serra adds “With the economy still trudging along without a spring in its step,homeowners want to buy smart for longevity which translates to neutral finishes for big ticket items such as cabinetry, countertops  >>>>>

 Using subway tiles in your kitchen may add a traditional feel to a place, but their look certainly never gets old. First off, let’s start with some quality kitchen design inspiration that you might want to read before starting a decorating project. A while back, we featured these striking modern kitchen designs, a gallery of Scandinavian kitchens, a lineup of 30 contemporary kitchen islands and  >>>>>

10 Design Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Your Kitchen
 A lot of life happens in the kitchen. No matter how different our lifestyles may be, a lot of activity revolves around the kitchen: Cooking , preparing a quick snack, eating breakfast or a 3-course dinner with family or friends. >>>>>

Especially designed for a family in Moscow with a passion for extravagant modern design, the futuristic Parametrix Kitchen by Geometrix is quite an unusual interior to behold. All the furniture elements present a highly modern appearance, clear lines, unusual twists and striking color contrasts, their overall effect being out of this world…literally. Even the walls contrast each other, the room featuring part brick, part wooden strips, which can also be seen adorning the hood and  >>>>
There are so many options for kitchen countertops that are available to you when updating your space it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine what style is the best fit for your families’ needs. Home decor is not unlike fashion. There are classics with looks that will last a lifetime and there are trends that come and go. >>>>>

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Hottest Kitchen Counter Top Materials Currently Trending

There are so many options for kitchen countertops that are available to you when updating your space it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine what style is the best fit for your families’ needs. Home decor is not unlike fashion. There are classics with looks that will last a lifetime and there are trends that come and go. Generally, life lifetime of kitchen decor last less than 10 years, so when creating your dream kitchen you want to consider a look that will last the course of its time. So now you’re ready for an upgrade and you’ve given careful consideration to your appliances and the overall look, but how much have you thought about your counters? How much do you know about the options available to you? There’s more to a counter than granite or marble these days. Though they are still wildly popular I’d like to offer some other suggestions that are trending in kitchen design.
1. Poured concrete
Poured concrete counters offer strength, style and are seemingly timeless in appearance. They offer a natural, organic look for those who are wanting such in their kitchens. These counters need to be sealed well, perhaps more than once, to prevent staining. Poured concrete can be tinted to be any color you wish. If sealed it is stain resistant and can be cast and poured into any shape you desire. Its appearance improved with age, as opposed to many others that start to look weathered and dingy after just a few short years. While concrete is heat resistant the sealer is not and hot pots and pans should not be placed directly on top of the concrete. Likewise, cutting boards should be used as well as chopping directly on to the concrete could damage the sealant. Concrete, requires just a little bit of maintenance and is a very desirable option at a very desirable price.

2. Butcher Block
Butcher block offers a look that is elegant yet casual and environmentally friendly. Her soft surfaces mean that some maintenance is required, but nothing that will take up any significant amount of time. Cutting should be left to be done on cutting boards. A nice butcher block surface should be sealed and oiled about once a month. Cleanup is easy, requiring simply mild dish detergent and a light cloth or sponge. The only potential negative is that the surface, if not well maintained can dry or crack and excess water should always be wiped off. There are many kinds of woods with varying thicknesses available. Butcher block is another well priced option.

3. Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed wood is all the buzz lately. What is reclaimed wood? It’s simply wood that has been salvaged from older homes and barns that are about to be, or have been, slated for demolition. Reclaimed wood, simply put, is a smart and attractive option. Reclaimed offers a look  and feel that the newer butcher blocks simply can’t. Reclaimed wood that was used from older trees is much sturdier than the newer counterparts made from younger trees. When purchasing reclaimed wood for your kitchen you are, in effect, doing wonders for the environment. If you are concerned about the environment, want a “greener” feel to your kitchen and love the casual elegance that wood has to offer, you should see how you can obtain reclaimed wood products near you.

4. Cork
It’s not just for wine anymore! Cork is a material that is growing in popularity in our kitchens. It is dense, sturdy and lightweight. It is a sustainable product  (another good choice for those of you who want environmentally friendly alternatives) that has sound-cutting properties that may appeal to mothers of noisy children world-wide! The material is resistant to water and heat and has anti-bacterial properties. Cork, it seems, is a very versatile and sensible option.

5. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel has an elegant, classy, sexy feel to it. It invokes the feeling of an up to date, modern, trend-setting material. These counter tops are resilient to water, heat and germs. Over time they are susceptible to dings and scratches, and these surfaces show every little finger mark, but other than a regular polish and wash, these tops require very little maintenance, making it perhaps a very sexy and smart surface!

6. Soapstone
Soapstone is a natural stone that’s quarried like granite. It’s a softer surface composed mainly from mineral talc, but the varieties used for kitchen counter tops are generally sturdier as they contain more quartz.  This makes it a suitable option for a kitchen surface. The color is naturally gray which darkens with age. Like stainless, this material is not impervious to dents and scratches. Soapstone has a beautiful natural grey color, offers smooth, matte feel. Scratches can be sanded or oiled away.

7. Recycled Glass
With kitchen and design trends leaning towards more environmentally-friendly choices, as noted above with the use of the reclaimed wood and cork, another option to consider is the recycled glass counter top. They are not only beautiful with many colors and options available but they have a life expectancy of 50 years. They are easy to care for and clean but may require to be re-sealed every few years. While recycled glass does cost less than granite, it is probably not for the budget conscious.

8. Pewter Countertops
Pewter is actually an alloy made up of several metals. It is fairly soft and not as sturdy as say, stainless. It will show nicks and dents so one must take some care when working on this surface. It has a beautiful look and offers a more gentle look as in contrast to the more clinical look of  its stainless counterpart. Pewter’s dark silvery color is muted and is not brash like chrome. Because it is a softer material  it is easily shaped and stamped. A hammered antique look would mask some of the natural dents and dings that naturally occur on many kitchen surfaces. While the look of pewter is more of a traditional one, it could look right at home in a more modern or eclectic setting.

9. Slate Countertops
One tends to think of rooftops or walkways when one thinks of slate. A natural, fine-grained rock, slate is softer than granite but harder than marble. Slate has a naturally uneven surface that many find aesthetically appealing. Many find this particularly appealing as these natural occurring dents make it hard to detect nicks and scratches that inevitably happen on well-used kitchen surfaces. Slate has a dull matte finish and would not be the material of choice for those who prefer more of a high gloss look. Maintenance is easy – a simple wash with soap and water. Slate is not a material conducive to bacteria build-up. To prevent staining and uneven coloring or discoloration it is best to use trivets under hot pots and pans and coasters under glasses and other items containing liquid.
10. Quartz
Quartz is a plentiful, natural occurring mineral.  It is one of the most scratch resistant minerals available, because of this it is extremely easy to care for and clean. Wiping stains from its surface is easier than even granite, making it a very desirable choice for your kitchen counter top. Quartz needs not be sealed, has a long lifetime and is available in a wide variety of colors. For those wanting a natural mineral counter top in your kitchen, but wanting to stay away from granite for a slightly different, more unique look, quartz could be for you!
So now you know more about some of these popular materials, is there one that you like best? Are you classic or modern by design choice? Perhaps you like a bit of the old and the new as I do.
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