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Month: January 2016

Japanese modern house tour – Spatial awareness

Japanese modern house tour – Spatial awareness

  How do you create the illusion of spaciousness in an interior? Take inspiration from the clever design tricks used in this Japanese home.    The Hazukashi family\’s custom – built home stands on a sliver of land in Kyoto, Japan. The area is densely populated and the narrow plot, which is squeezed between the neighbours’ properties, presented a challenge in terms of howto maximise space and light. The hub of this slender, two-storey open-plan home is a double-height living area. The…

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Office space idea

Office space idea

  No space for a home office? This ingenious study nook proves that there’s always potential for expansion. Alberto Rosso decided to utilise the \”dead\” space above head height. \”You might think of deploying the overhead area as storage, he says. \” But why just put up a shelf for books, when you can cantilever a desk for people?’ How was it made? A local blacksmith created the bespoke cuboid-shaped steel grid that forms the skeleton of the desk and…

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Wood texture wallpaper design

Wood texture wallpaper design

  Trompe-l\’oeil wallpapers are one of the ultimate easy updates. In a single afternoon, you can transform the look of a tired wall completely, giving it the appearance of exposed brick, marble or even metal. And, if you tire of the new design, it’s far less hassle to tear down wallpaper than it is to take apart riad-inspired tiling or wooden panelling.

Open shelving kitchen idea

Open shelving kitchen idea

For a great way to get the most storage out of a slim space, try open-fronted cubby holes. Take inspiration from this bespoke shelving at the We hostel in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where kitchen alia has been used to create a feature wall. Build your own by stacking modular units on top of one another.

Two tone wood and ceramic floors

Two tone wood and ceramic floors

Why limit your floor to one material? Here, we investigate how to blend ceramic tiles with wood to create subtly contrasting zones. Plus, discover an easy way to get the loo. This clever design mixes ceramic and wood tiles in a herringbone pattern to divide the bedroom and bathroom in a compact Parisian home without the need for chunky partitions. Ceramic tiles are used for the spaces that are likely to be exposed to water, and warm wood for the…

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Kitchen flooring trend – colored porcelain tiles

Kitchen flooring trend – colored porcelain tiles

Love the mix of wood and colour but don’t want too much hassle? There’s an easy way to get the effect, courtesy of Italian brand, which produces cold-glazed \”U-Color\” porcelain tiles in more than 60 colours and several wood effects. They’re designed to wear in much the same way as natural timber. Or, if you already have a parquet floor, you could achieve a similar look by adding colour to selected panels with floor paint.

Hand painted wallpaper – Budding art

Hand painted wallpaper – Budding art

If off-the-peg wallpapers aren’t for you – and the idea of a little DIY decoration sparks your creative energies – why not try this simple wall art idea, which is based on the humble cross stitch? It’s surprisingly easy to achieve. You’ll need a long ruler and a soft pencil to sketch a grid on to the wall, a spirit level to ensure that the lines are straight, a small paintbrush and some paints in your chosen shades. Work out…

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3d printed chair

3d printed chair

Design that reflects the growing harmony between the natural and the high-tech. At first, nature and technology may appear to be opposing forces. But the design world seems to be offering us a different prospect. Organic materials, from marble and wood to cork, bamboo and terracotta, are everywhere we look; at the same time, developments such as 3D printing and the growing popularity of wearable technology are making futuristic forms of design an everyday reality. Recently, we’ve seen nature united…

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Beach themed bedroom

Beach themed bedroom

Design inspiration has taken from California’s arid but beautiful desert landscapes. The results include tooled leather, geometric patterns, rough weaves and a rugged yet warm palette of dusty corals and sandy browns.

Rough metal texture wallpaper design

Rough metal texture wallpaper design

Ella Doran is the queen of photo-print homewares, and she has impressed us with her new \”Rekki\” collection, inspired by a recent trip to Reykjavik. Cushions, tea towels, place mats, coasters and wallpaper show the metal façades and bright paintwork that are typical of Icelandic houses.