Saturday, September 18, 2010
Designer Denis Santachiara certainly thought so! Funky, fun, cool, comfortable and colorful and also surprisingly practical!
These ball, bagel and egg seating options designed by the famous Italian designer may look like something to eat or play with, but they are just the sort of things to you want to chill with family and the conversation starter you may want in your home!
Or there is the adjustable steel sheet stool that you can get in two different heights. The seating surface of the stool along with the foot rest makes this an ideal choice for a bar stool. Choose from red, black and white to fit right into any color scheme.
The Hi-Pouff is a multipurpose option a?? for seating, as an ottoman, and comes in a variety of different upholstery options made from colored Cordura fabric. A handle in built into the design for easy moving and portability.
The I-lari is a concept in seating that can seat a single person on several change compositions, positions and shapes as required.
A totemic African design inspiration a?? this is a completely contemporary creation. This is a modular chair system in polyurethane resins cold foamed over a steel structure. It can be covered in leather or fabric as required.
Produced by Yoanndesign, this cool outdoor furniture brings together fun and function. This stylish folding furniture can be set into several models like chairs, loungers and sub beds. You only need to fold it and you will get the perfect relaxing spot that you want. Dubbed the Codex, this cool folding furniture is very flexible; you can even flip it upside down and voila! You get a cool coffee table. This multifunction furniture is the best solution to solve your space problem and it will serve the best position for you in the patio, deck or garden area. When you no longer need it, you can easily fold it up and store it in your storage area. This contemporary outdoor furniture comes in lots of colors selection.
Friday, September 17, 2010
This modern compact home is designed by UK-based design studio, In.it.studios. Located in London, this small home is very useful for many kind functions. It can be used as a garden house, meeting room, guest house or home office, depends on your need. This wooden home is not only beautiful in design but it is also an environmental friendly project. This prefab home is made of cedar and is installed on the site. Nestled among the trees, this cozy house features large glass windows that allow natural light to fill in the whole interior. Below you can find some images of this compact prefab home that is perfect for your garden space and for more designs, visit In.in.studios.
Children playhouse is sometimes a difficult issue to consider. The children getaway for games and relaxation is a matter of their own taste, so in case you want to purchase a children playhouse, do it as you consult with them. In case your children are little, just purchase them a different playhouse.
The designers of the playhouses often claim that the right playhouse is the house that teaches your children to discover the world in their own style. The first and the most important step to consider is the right design.
You can see many ideas at the stores, but you can create some personal elements. Make sure the house is fun and your children will love to spend their fun hours there.
Recently most of the playhouses are made with crayon drawings and fascinating fairytale patterns, in case your children are below 10 years of age, but if they are above that age, you should consider the simple wood as the best option.
By giving them a playhouse you are actually giving them something to feel responsible about. This is the main idea behind creating a space for games and fun. Recently the playhouses are made in a green way; most of the designers are using environmentally-friendly wood.
The right size of the playhouse depends on your childrena??s age, but you should consider the bigger, the better.
Many brands are offering fully equipped playhouses that can be easily settled in your backyard, but the specialists are advising you to choose a playhouse without any equipment and toys inside.
The color palette is also an issue to think about. Go for bright colors and give your child the right to choose.
It will actually be your childa??s first architectural venture, so make sure you are going to update the playhouse in a style that your child would eventually love.
The architecture of a common playhouse is usually the same as a typical house in a mini-variant, but in case you want something magical, go for playhouses with unusual shapes.
One of the most famous playhouses at the market is the well-known model a??Happy Flowersa? . It is made out of interesting flower patterns and the wooden surfaces of the house are painted in vibrant colors.
Another interesting playhouse is the a??Castlea? playhouse. It is very appropriate for homes with big backyard, for it is a bit larger and contains two small buildings. The a??Castlea? playhouse resembles a castle and it is good, in case you have two or more children.
Every kid will enjoy having a special writing or drawing table for exploring their imagination. Below is a very cool small table that is suitable for toddler who begins learning how to draw a thing. Produced by Domodinamica this original drawing table is fit for two kids and made of ecological solid wood, so it is safe for your beloved son and daughter. This wooden table features two piles of paper in A2 format, which become the part of the table. Dubbed the Foglio, it is also completed with useful metal varnished box that can be functioned as storage. This small table sure is every kid's dream and they will love to draw more. Find the Foglio at Domodinamica.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Create an elegant enclosure with this thin porcelain tile from Italian company Caesar. The new E.motions tile collection brings out the beauty of natural stone in a contemporary tile for indoor and outdoor applications. This tile is just 4.8mm thick, and comes in three finishes: "natural" which is smooth, simple and easy to maintain; "honed" boasting a soft, glossy look; and "textured" which is visually and touchably chic. This thin porcelain tile comes in five natural and delicate colors: Sandy White, Warm Beige, Urban Grey, Deep Brown and Trendy Black. Choose from sizes 12 by 24 inches, 24 by 24 inches and 24 by 48 inches. Use one dimension or mix and match these large-scale tiles to create a dramatic pattern. These tiles offer an easy home update, allowing you to refinish almost any surface without demolishing the existing floors or walls. Indoors or out, this contemporary porcelain tile is a natural beauty. For details visit Caesar.
The last two years have produced the most turbulent home market statistics in the past 30 years.A From banks not lending as much to homeowners not able to sell their homes as quickly as they used to, the real estate market can look dismal for some.A Although, there is always a bright side to every negative statistic and there is promise for many home buyers. Therea??s a lot of inventory in the housing market so if you are a new home buyer or ready to start owning instead of rentinga? now is the time!A Here 4 of the top tips to know if you plan on jumping into the real estate market in 2010.
1.) Buyera??s market means lots of opportunities: The term a??Ita??s a buyera??s marketa?? is still valid and truer than ever.A There is a surplus of homes from bank owned; foreclosed, new construction and pre-owned homes, that buyers literally have their pick of the masses.A This news is great for those who thought they would never own a home, as the opportunities may look more promising with lower prices to entice them.A This news is not great for sellers, because there is more competition, especially with foreclosed and bank owned properties that are selling for dirt cheap prices.A Remember, everyone has an opportunity in this market, but sellers need to make their homes the best they can be for resale if they want to get to be the a??buyera?? in the near future.
2.) Getting a bank loan is stricter than in past years: In past years, the requirements for qualifying for a home loan were relatively lenient and the average individual could find terms to meet their financial situation.A After the fall of several bank and lending institutions in 2009, banks have stricter rules, require more documentation and will require your credit to be higher than in past years.A This shouldna??t discourage you if you dona??t have all items in perfect condition.A It should be a red flag to you to start getting these items in order and visit a home mortgage loan specialist that can guide you to getting on the right track for the future.
3.) Home values are still stabilizing: Your home used to be the one purchase in your life that you could guarantee on appreciating over the years.A Unfortunately with the home market crisis this is no longer true for some. As the market becomes flooded with more inventory homes, especially ones that are trying to get a quick sale or are bank owned, the value of homes may not be what you expect. If selling your home be certain to get a professional home appraisal before setting the asking price on your home. If you are buying a home an appraisal will most likely be done if you are seeking bank loan assistance, as they will not loan more than the home is appraised for.A In many areas homes that are located in desirable areas are getting back their value quicker, while in some areas the stabilization rate is much slower.A Check with a Realtor to get information for the area you wish to buy or sell a home.
4.) New construction has its pros and cons: Just like the rest of the housing market, housing developers and construction companies took a big hit with the reduction of sales.A With the banka??s lending less money and competing with previously owned homes, new construction has its pros and cons.A On the upside, many builders have decided to go ahead and finish building their home inventory if they dona??t have contracts on them. This helps them have finished, move-in ready homes for buyers who are ready to sign on the dotted line now.A This is great for home buyers that want to move quickly.A The cons of buying new construction are the prices may not be competitive with pre owned sales, foreclosed or bank homes.A Depending on your area this will vary, so check with local builders and developers in your area, they may surprise you and offer great incentives to move in!
Buying or selling a home has always been a process that many enjoy, but many despise. A If you arena??t home market savvy, consider hiring a Realtor to help you through the process either way.A They can help you with understand the ever changing market, and also help you narrow down homes in the vast inventory that is out there.A With these 4 tips you should be able to make more informed decision as to whether now maybe the right time for you and your family to consider moving.
Freshome readera??s are you in the market to buy or sell your home? What concerns do you have? Have you been able to overcome many concerns on your own? Let us know.
Produced by an Italian company, Effepimarmi, these beautiful floor covering ideas will bring a little bit of nature look to your interior design. Dubbed the Riverstone floor, it took an inspiration from beauty of natural material and brought to you as exotic tiles collection. The tile features organic appeal with a sophisticated surface that will bring a new style statement to your space. These modern tiles collection come with pebble patterns range from organic waves. The Riverstone is smooth to the touch and very attractive to the eyes that will appear as a new focal point to your home. These tiles are available in a full palette of hues that look perfect for complementing your bathroom, living room or any other space in your home. Visit Effepimarmi for details.
A hallway is the linking heart of your home. Therefore, decorating the hallway means you are decorating the entire home. There are many modern tendencies for renovating the old hallways, but most of the designers are advising you to decorate your hallway in the same style you are decorating the whole house.
The difference is that hallways are also an area for storage, but this doesna??t mean it can be left without any stylish accent.
In case your home is in typical country style, decorate the hallway in the same style. Choose plain white walls, for they will open the area and give more space to the dA cor. Use monochrome accessories and put bold furniture. That can be a black console table, where you can store umbrellas, gym kits, bills and etc.
A mirror is also a good idea to consider, but go for big mirror, in case your hallway is small. This gives the impression of a spacey area. The classic hallways are usually created in the centre stage, so it gives the first impression to your house. Create the domino effect as you update the hallway with relaxing seating in white and black furniture.
You can also use the black and white accents with carpet and curtains that are contrasting with each other. Some experts are advising you to choose the neutral palette, in case your home is made in an artistic design.
Neutral colors are smooth and they go well with any color, so go for them. Equestrian wallpaper, a painting in smooth colors and a pencil sketch can be the decorative elements in your hallway.
Choose colors like light brown and grey, for they are a good entrance to any home. Decorating a different hallway is also an option, especially for people with big families. In this case, just choose bold colors that are contrasting the entire home color scheme.
Vivid blue is one of those colors that give a fun touch to any area. Animal prints on the walls and relaxing sofas are also part of the fun look. In case you have children, you can place their first drawings as paintings on the walls. This will provide a witty display to the hallway.
Recently the wallpapers are very modern option for the hallway, so you can go for classy wallpaper. Drawings on the wall are also a good idea for an eccentric hallway dA cor.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
When Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior VP of Product Management at Google, walked the corridors of their London office, he was intrigued by a Google logo he saw on the wall. It was a beautiful 20 feet wide photo mosaic of UK which also included within it a giant representation of the company's logo.
It was designed by Googler Clay Bavor who used 884 individually printed 4A?6 photographs of people, places, and things around the U.K. (all of which were taken by Googlers).
He has also graciously posted a time lapse video of its making. (The camera shot a picture every 7 seconds so the 5.5 hours of work got compressed to 1 min 20 seconds in the video)
Well, our story doesn't end here. Jonathan was so impressed with the project that he decided to organize a 'Googley Art Wall' contest within the company and soon several teams from all over the world expressed interest to participate. In all 23 teams from 12 offices across eight countries submitted videos and photographs of their work. Here is what they came up with:
If you need a trendy addition for your interior design, especially the wall decor you'd better to see the collection from Ditte Maigaard Studio. The wallpaper is inspired by the patterns of vehicles. Dubbed the Offroad wallpaper, this cool wall covering can be installed in any of your room from bedroom, kids' room, living room or even dining room. This modern wallpaper is available in various attractive motifs and colors, which can be an ideal complementing for your contemporary home design. Below you could some images of this collection that is presented in different colors and unique patterns. This wallpaper is not only suitable for car lovers, but it will bring a fresh look to your interior too.
Below is an artistic inspiration for decorating your interior wall. Comes from Lea Ceramiche, this modern ceramic tiles are truly fashionable art. Dubbed the Pailettes, these beautiful tiles come in large-scale of 30 by 32cm and could transform your wall into a modern masterpiece. You can install this contemporary ceramic tile to create a striking full-wall application. The tile is available in white, gold and silver and it also come in choice of glazed colors and pattern and single-fired finish. This elegant tile can be installed in any of your room ranging from bathroom to living room. You can have a fashionable wall or deck design to add luxury flair to your home. Visit Lea Ceramiche for details.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here is another modern idea to provide you an inspiration of garden home. Designed by MGB Architecture, this small home is located in a residential neighborhood of the North Vancouver, Canada. The Accessory Building is used for a home office and there are also spaces for meetings and relaxing near the working area. The public area is designed in modest style with modern design that could let the house blend with the surrounding environment so well. The home office is located in a courtyard and is designed with large storage. The sliding door is opened to the garden court and allows the outside views to fill in as well as the natural light. The garden is constructed with vertical and horizontal planes, which could create shelters from the weather.