It’s the ultimate dream – a beautiful home with all the gadgets needed to make life just that little bit easier and a sports court to help keep the body tightly honed to face the stresses of the workplace.
When that workplace happens to be the seat of government, a royal palace or the domain of a billionaire, then the sky’s the limit in terms of what can be included in a sports court. Many famous residencies have these features and they can be opened up to people who do not live or work there, giving a public face to what would otherwise be considered as private.
So who has these amazing sports courts? Scroll down to discover a few answers.
The White House
America’s iconic seat of power, the President’s home, and one which seems to have been destroyed unimaginable times at the movies. With all the politics and problems that have to be dealt with, it seems sensible for there to be easy access to a sports court there.
That’s what The White House has, a court that was adapted when President Obama took office; it was converted from a tennis court to one that could be used both for tennis and basketball. The adaptation means that there is enough space now for a game of basketball on a full court. The court has been opened to many from outside The White House, including players from the Wounded Warrior project that aims to help those who have been injured in the country’s service, to top college basketball teams.
High quality surfaces and facilities can be found through outdoor courts at Versacourt, so the facilities available at famous residences can be recreated at home.
Built at the beginning of the 18th century, Buckingham Palace is known the world over as the official residence of the Queen of England. It is one of the most popular places for vacationers to visit, and parts of it are open to the public at certain times of the year. The Queen hosts Garden Parties for honored guests, but many may be unaware that in the palace gardens is a tennis court, a nod to the long tradition of this sport in the UK that reaches its apogee every year at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship.
Shaquille O’Neal’s Miami mansion
As one of America’s former great basketball players, Shaquille O’Neill has an amazing home that hosts a full tennis court as well as a gym and, as might be expected, a basketball court. Sporting celebrities don’t come much bigger than Shaq so it stands to reason that his sports court facilities are as big as they come!
David and Victoria Beckham’s former English pad isn’t really called Beckingham Palace, but the tabloid soubriquet has stuck. As one of the most famous soccer players in the world teamed with a former Spice Girl and now major fashion designer, one might expect some sports related activity, and the property has a gym and swimming pool for the new owners to enjoy.
This court may be in Beverly Hills, California but it once belonged to Mark Wahlberg so you know it has to have a Celtics logo at midcourt. The property also has a swimming pool, putting green and indoor gym with a roll up door that looks out over this awesome outdoor sports court.
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Stone wall bathrooms add texture, color and pattern with a modern rustic appeal that is very natural and eco-friendly yet luxurious at the same time. Stone is a great material for to design your bathroom with, it is long-lasting and easy to find. There are a variety of finishes that can be applied to dimension stone to achieve diverse architectural and aesthetic effects. These finishes include, but are not limited to polished and honed finishes, and more textured finishes such as bush-hammered, sandblasted, and thermal. There are many ideas on how to apply stone into your bathroom design scheme, such as a floor to ceiling accent wall, stone flooring, stone countertops, stone showers, a stone wall above a built-in bathtub, the options are limitless. Stone bathtubs look amazing and warm, and so do the washbasins. Rough stone creates a rustic atmosphere with a natural twist and sleek stone adds luxury and elegance.
We have put together a collection of striking bathrooms below that feature natural stone walls that will help you get started on a new bathroom or renovating an existing one. If you are looking for further inspiration, be sure to check out some of our other bathroom collections, such as 51 Mesmerizing master bathrooms with fireplaces and 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms.
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Your home is your castle. You love it. But, it needs more – more light. What do you do? How do you kick things up a notch? Well, fortunately, there’s more than one solution to this problem, but it requires that you first make a plan.
Whip out your pen and a pad of paper. Go around the house and start taking notes. The first thing you want to start jotting down is how the space will be used. Think about all of the possible uses for every room in the home. Your lounge, for example, might double up as a study or an office. Your kids might need to do their homework or practise musical instruments in this room.
If you have a spare bedroom, can it also be used as an arts and crafts room – for sewing and knitting? Write down what’s on display in every room. Do you have any specific picture or plant that you want to highlight in any of these rooms? Write all of this down as it’s going to determine the type of accent lighting you’ll use. Also, who uses the rooms in your house?
That makes a difference in lighting too. A 70-year-old requires more than 15 times as much light for reading as a 10-year-old.
How To make Your Plan
Now for the fun part. Get out a piece of graph paper, it’s time to draw your plan. Mark immovable fixtures, like fireplaces, alcoves, and doors and windows. These will have to remain where they are unless you plan on doing some serious remodelling. Then, everything is on the table.
Next, mark which way people are likely to be facing in the room – use arrows. For example, if you’re marking up the T.V. room, use arrows to indicate where people will likely be sitting and which way they will be facing (i.e. towards the T.V. set).
Mark the existing sockets. In most homes, there aren’t enough of these. That can result in dangerously overloaded plugs. Now, work out where the light switches should be. Think logically about this. When you walk into a dark room, where do you want the switch to be, if there isn’t one there already? It’s really frustrating to walk into a room without a switch – feeling around in the dark for a switch that’s not there.
Mark down where you’ll place large furniture sections, like sofas and beds. Now, think about how you’re going to change a bulb. If you live in a house with really high ceilings, or you live in a loft-style apartment, how will you get to that light that’s 20 ft in the air?
You might have to shop around for devices that can help you reach bulbs in odd locations – or you might have to set up auxiliary lighting. Companies, such as John Lewis, sell all manner of lighting fixtures, so you can complement a hard-to-reach light if it ever goes out.
What About Circuits?
Do you want to be able to turn out all of the lights in a room with a single switch? This is pretty handy, but it also requires special circuits and electrical outlets. What about dimmer switches? Would you like to dim the lights in the evening without shutting them all the way off? Ideally, you should fit several circuits in each room. Each one should have a dimmer and no more than two lights in each one. Finally, avoid putting more than three switches on a panel or you might forget what all of them are used for.
The opinions and views expressed in this story are not our own but that of the guest contributor to this post — Ruby Richards is a self-admitted home improvement fanatic of many years. When she’s not renovating and decorating, she’s writing all about it on a variety of websites.
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Many modern homes and apartments are designed and laid out almost exactly like the neighbor on either side. Giving your living space a personalized and luxurious appeal is often a daunting and expensive undertaking. Its even more difficult and financially straining when you’re a college student, recent grad, or just on a tight budget. No one aspires to have a mattress on the floor with bare walls, standard features, and dim lighting. Most people want the insides of their homes to be inviting, comfortable, and stylish, but few have the funds or vision to achieve it. Fortunately, a space that looks and feels luxurious without breaking the bank can be easily attained; you just have to shop in the right places and know when and what to do yourself.
Get to Painting
Painting is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to spruce up any room, though deciding on a color can be tough. Keep in mind what sort of environment you’ll want to create to complement your activities. For example, your bedroom walls will benefit from the peaceful, calming nature of blues and greens, while your office may profit from yellow’s energy and pensiveness. Opt for a neutral tone or a shade of off-white for the most versatility, and offset by accent furniture and decoration pieces.
Add Crown Molding to Corners
Many homes and apartments lack any detailing that tie together the points where the walls meet the ceiling, leaving the rooms with an unfinished look. Crown molding is a great way to give any space an elegant touch; the wider the trim, the fancier the area will look. The materials can be purchased at any home-repair store and installed yourself in less than a weekend.
Buy Refurbished/Renovated Vintage Furniture
Expensive furniture can be thought of as an investment since it will probably be following you from home to home over the years. Unfortunately, when you buy cheap, your room will look cheap. Buying replacements for particle boarded dressers will end up costing you more in the long run. High-end looking, well-constructed pieces can be found at affordable prices at flea markets and secondhand stores. Even beat-up and unfinished pieces with dents and chipped paint can be sanded and repainted or stained and finished with new hardware at a relatively low cost. Before spending your whole paycheck on a new bedframe or taking a trip to Ikea, shop around at local consignment shops or Salvation Army.
Keep Fresh, Clean Bedding and Upholstery
One of the simplest ways to make your living spaces look, feel, and smell luxurious is by maintaining the cleanliness and organization of your bedding and upholstery. Neatly made beds and sofas with properly fluffed and placed pillows make a room look more inviting and appealing. Look for sales for high quality and comfortable products that won’t break the bank. Always have at least one extra pair of sheets and linens—even if you need to spend like a college student and buy dorm bedding (here).
Don’t Forget the Throw Pillows and Blankets
Matching pillows and blankets are must-have accessories for any sofa, loveseat or lounge chair. Look for department store sales on high quality materials that will provide comfort for years to come. Mix and match sizes (overstuffed are better) and colors to match your furniture, walls, and carpeting to tie the room together and give your space a cozy draw. Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns to provide a new dynamism.
Swap out Hardware Finishes
Most homes and apartments come with standard hardware finishes, meaning cabinet knobs, door handles and sink fixtures. Instead of simply settling for what was originally provided, opt for unique fixtures to add bold statements to the blandness of cabinets and doors. Look for vintage and artisan knobs and hinges for cabinets and door. Additionally, consider switching out your kitchen and bathroom faucets for something to match your personality and budget.
Switch Up Lighting
Lighting is much like hardware finishes, as they are often quite bland and standard among homes or apartments of the same build. To give your space a more luxurious feel, swap out your boring chandeliers and ceiling fans for a unique, designer piece. Flea markets, consignment shops, and online wholesalers are good places to look for expensive-looking lighting for wallet-friendly prices.
Get Creative with Mirrors
Strategically placing the right shaped and sized mirrors throughout your home is an easy way to make a room look bigger, brighter, and more sophisticated. Giving old mirrors new life with a few DIY techniques will put your creativeness to the test and keep more bills in your wallet! Grab a glasscutter here and start shaping your new room. Framing mirrors instead of pictures is also a great way to give an artsy and room-widening look to a small room or apartment.
Make Your Home Blossom with Plants and Flowers
Fresh flowers, houseplants, cacti, and succulents are an easy and eco-conscious way to add a luxurious feel to a room. Not only do they give a degree of freshness and brightness to the room, but they also increase oxygen levels and improve your breathing. Bamboo is a low-maintenance and inexpensive plant that can grow directly in water to evoke a spa-like atmosphere. Fresh flowers not only look elegant, but also give a room a garden-fresh aroma.
With these tips, a small budget, and grand vision, you can turn any room–big or small–into a sophisticated space fit for a queen, regardless of how your home looks from the outside. After shopping for deals, buying secondhand, and putting your DIY skills to the test, you’ll be on your way to creating the luxurious space you deserve.
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Designing secret doorways that leads into hidden rooms and passageways in your home can be an exciting new design concept to introduce into your home. These doors can look like clean walls but they lead to hidden rooms such as a vault, reading nook, children’s playroom, home library, home office, gun vault, etc. These hidden doors can also turn into secret corridors or halls that connect the house’s interior with the backyard. But these corridors have another history being as old as the architecture is.
We have gathered together for you a large collection of hidden door ideas in order to help you create the perfect design for your home. In short, hidden passageways and secret rooms in your house are cool. Here is a gallery of 57 awesome secret doorways that leads into hidden rooms built into various spaces throughout the home. Don’t be surprised if you see behind a classic mirror a vault or behind the bookshelves a secret passageway.
The first bookcase on the lower level adjacent to the circular staircase is a hidden door that leads to the master suite, allowing the client to stay close to his books. “This room is all new,” states the designer, “but the materials selected gave it an aged appearance,” and the furniture doesn’t compete with architecture.”
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A coastal chic bedroom style can be created wherever you live with the help of our collection of inspiring beach bedroom design ideas and tips on how to achieve the look. Bunk rooms, island-style suites, gorgeous guest quarters, each of these beach-inspired sleeping spaces has a look worthy of imitation. A beach inspired room design should create a calm and peaceful feel in the space. Be careful not to go too crazy with the theme and keep your accessories low-key. Muted colors and light fabrics are perfect in coastal style rooms. If you have dark furniture, consider using a lighter neutral color on the wall to warm up the space. Consider using a painting as a focal point in your bedroom and pull your colors from it for a theme, carrying it out throughout the room. Be sure to add texture to your room with pillows or rugs. Bedding for your beach themed room should be inspired by the colors at the beach, but you do not have to have seashells or surfers on it. If you are looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out 46 Casual beach chic rooms to inspire for some more design ideas!
In kid-friendly spaces such as the image above, there’s no such thing as pattern overload. Combine stripes, polka dots, and prints with chenilles and cottons for a lighthearted look. Pick a two-tone palette, such as green and blue, and use several shades of each hue.
A piece of salvaged crown molding serves as a shelf and holds a collection of sea coral above an understated metal bed.
Boost character in a beach bedroom with simple board walls. Mix up the look by placing some boards vertically and some horizontally, as though they were installed on a whim.
Every well-stocked guest room should have extra pillows and blankets, books and magazines, bottles of water, and cut flowers. Little touches go a long way to make guests feel welcome.
Enlarge a small space by coating every surface in white. The absence of color opens up areas that have limited natural light, making them feel airier. Add texture with building materials and textiles to keep a pale scheme from falling flat.
Typically reserved for the porch, hanging beds command attention when installed indoors. Teak platforms suspended from heavy-gauge rope play up a nautical look and create sleeping quarters your guests will fight over. You’ll need to attach the ropes to sturdy beams or studs, so be sure you have the support before you buy the materials. Engineered hardwood flooring echoes the rich graining of the bed platforms, and offers tropical-wood appeal at a fraction of the cost. It’s environmentally friendly, too!
Allow a fabric you love to play a starring role in the room. Select a graphic print with a large repeat and spread it around. Show it off on bedding, a headboard, accent pillows, and seat cushions. Paint walls, furniture, floors, and accessories the same color as the fabric’s background to help the look hang together.
Make slumber parties a cinch with a summer camp–style setup―no sleeping bag required. Place some type of storage close to the beds to hold spare towels, sheet or blankets. Creates nooks for children to have easy access to their toys. Canvas cots provide extra sleeping spaces in a pinch and are easy to fold up and store when not needed.
This beach-inspired bunk room is also home to this black cabinet, which houses nautical artifacts and aquatic-themed artwork. Old tennis rackets hang above art, reinforcing the room’s sporty theme.
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When it comes to designing a fully functional and organized kitchen, kitchen islands will help to fulfill all of your cooking and entertaining needs. A kitchen island should be your focal point in the kitchen and you want to make it unique and interesting. You can stylize it with texture, color or pattern that is different from the rest of the furnishings around it, making the space unique and original. Having an island in your kitchen not only enhances the appeal of the kitchen, it also enables you to have more space for preparing your meals, dining and entertaining.
There are a variety of unusual shapes, materials, and colors to select from, when designing kitchen islands, but the most popular are contemporary, traditional and eclectic style. These kitchen islands are characterized by elegance and refinement. Usually they are positioned in the middle of the kitchen, some are not built in so they can be positioned anywhere you need them to be. We have put together a variety of different styles for you to gather inspiration from, to help you select a unique kitchen island that reflects your personal tastes and lifestyle. So make the center of your kitchen stand out with these functional, eye-catching island ideas!
If you are still seeking further kitchen design inspiration, have a look at some of our past articles that are currently trending, such as 43 Extremely creative small kitchen design ideas and 51 Gorgeous and inspirational kitchens.
What is the function of your kitchen island?
Before you start thinking about smart storage solutions and what range you want, decide what your island’s main function is going to be. Most islands have a side devoted to cooking and a side devoted to eating, but what will your emphasis be? Prep work, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining? Or will you use it for everything, including homework and house projects?
If you want appliances and sinks in your island, you’ll need more space. If it will be used just for casual meals, seating should be your priority.
What appliances do you need in your kitchen island?
If you’ve decided you want to integrate appliances into your kitchen island, you need to plan for function as well as spacing. If the main sink is in your island, then you will have to plan to have a dishwasher adjacent to it. How big is your kitchen? If you have a large kitchen and your refrigerator isn’t near the island, you may want a smaller undercounter refrigerator nearby. If you’re installing a cooktop, take the space needed for an exhaust vent or hood into account. Make a list of everything you want in your kitchen island, in order of priority. You may not be able to get everything in your island, but try to get at least your top five features.
How high should the counter be?
First things first: Determine your seating height. If you want to have bar stools at your island, you’ll need to decide if it’s 36 or 42 inches high. A 42-inch-high bar stool and bar tend to have a bit more flexibility — the island can be designed in two levels, with the working side set lower for prep work and the dining side higher to accommodate bar stools. The step in between is a handy place for electrical outlets, too.
How will it fit into your kitchen layout?
Make sure that the working side of your island can function with the opposite kitchen counter. Will it make sense with the rest of your kitchen? Can it complete the work triangle of the sink, range and refrigerator? Or do you need another working area with a prep sink? There should be 3 feet of floor space on the ends of the island. The working sides of an island should have 42 inches of space as a minimum, but more than 5 feet usually isn’t necessary. The entertaining and eating side of the island is usually determined by the adjacent space — a dining room or living room — if there is one.
How much storage do you need?
A lot of this depends on your kitchen layout. If you have space for a lot of cabinetry in the kitchen, island storage may not be a priority. If this is to be your main prep area, the sink and other appliances may have to come first, but try to make room for prep utensils and cutting boards near the sink. The length of your island can be as few as 4 feet, but you should plan for at least 7 feet if you need to accommodate a sink, a dishwasher and a cooktop.
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The size and layout of the house you choose to reside in will vary depending on important factors such as your lifestyle and needs and most certainly be dictated by budget as far as most people are concerned. The structural layout of a property is basically down to the skills of the architect but the impact of that design is felt in the home’s interior. The question that many people who are considering building their dream home ask is should you build a single or double level home?
House design trends have a tendency to change but there are two dominant forms that remain constant throughout the ages and that is the single storey and double storey home.
Both styles have their respective pros and cons to consider and there are certainly trends developing in the Australian housing market which are not just being influenced by design choices but also by environmental aspects such as the need to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible.
Whether you choose to build a single or double storey property, you will still want to consider the environmental impact and maybe incorporate some current trends into your overall design brief such as including natural lighting and a greater sense of connection between the outdoor and indoor spaces.
When it comes to a single storey design you are more likely to be looking at a sprawling layout plan so that you can fit all your essential requirements into the interior design.
One of the most obvious drawbacks of creating a single storey property is the amount of land that you will need to accommodate the property you want without compromising on your garden space. The need for a larger plot can very quickly eat into your total budget and there are other important considerations besides the cost of land to consider.
The cost of building a single storey home could work out more expensive than a double storey as the increased roof size and larger block size will add to your build costs. Natural light is also quite hard to come by in comparison to a double storey property although natural climate control can be more efficient in a single storey property.
What you often get with 2 storey home builders is a relative plethora of interior design aspects and choices that you may otherwise have to forgo or compromise on with a single storey design.
A good example of this would be the ability to alter interior roof heights by use of double storey voids and installing multi-level windows, allowing the opportunity to draw in a significant amount of natural light and create a strong sense of openness within the property.
A double storey property will require a smaller land parcel which will help lessen the impact on your overall budget and is particularly relevant in high-density areas where restrictions may apply and where the cost of land to build a single storey property could therefore be cost-prohibitive too.
Taking up less plot space with a double storey property will give you a larger garden area and whilst ventilation and natural light are generally more efficient in a double storey home, it can be harder to ventilate compared with a single storey one, which brings the possibility of a cooling system into play, which can have an effect on your carbon footprint if it is installed.
Two storey homes can often have a larger carbon footprint than their single storey counterparts but this can be misleading as it can often be simply down to their overall size rather than a question of their efficiency.
The decision to build a single or double storey has to be made after weighing up a considerable number of factors and both styles have their respective pros and cons, so choose a good designer to make sure you get the most out of your building plot and get the chance to live in the house you really want.
The opinions and views expressed in this story are not our own but that of the guest contributor to this post — William Dawson likes to keep on top of housing trends. He also loves to write informative articles to post on a variety of blog sites.
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Needing some additional storage space in your bedroom? Maybe you’re starting to run a bit low or you’re just looking for something to fill in the empty space, so here’s a bit of inspiration to get you started on revamping your storage space.
If you’ve got plenty of room, plenty of stuff or you just like to keep things very organized, a proper walk-in wardrobe is your best bet. You’ll find that everything is that bit easier to find and the space will take on a boutique feel that’s personalized to you – it’s like having your own shop to pick from every day! It doesn’t need to be a huge amount of space, especially if you use verticals sensibly, stacking shoes and handbags visibly on shelves and hanging necklaces or ties from empty spaces on the walls. If the room already has alcoves within it, fill the space with mirrors for optimum lighting and to open up the space, or slot in a dressing table where you can keep your make up in order.
Storage can often be a big issue if you’re lacking in space in your home. If this is something you have a problem with, you may want to consider getting sliding doors with mirroring on your wardrobe like these. With outward opening doors, you often find yourself trying to work around the wardrobe so that you can get in to reach your clothes, but sliding doors will save hugely on space, allowing you to arrange your furniture much more easily. The mirroring will make the room seem larger and lighter, perfect for tiny bedrooms.
Home design trends this year are starting to head away from the antique and shabby chic look that we’ve seen in recent years. While they’ll still be seen in homes for a while yet, the focus is turning more towards creating a more minimalistic visual space in your home: look for pieces that are ultra-modern and contemporary. There is a movement towards acrylic furniture, as well as monochrome colors to keep the room looking up to date, so search out wardrobes that incorporate these features for an on trend design for your wardrobe.
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Designing your dream bathroom with a view is all about location, whether perched on the ocean, surrounded by mountains or in a dense forested landscape. With large expanses of windows in your bathroom, you can feel like you are taking a heavenly bubble bath immersed in nature. The bathroom is one of the most necessary spaces in the home, it is a great place to relax and release the pressure of a working day. The main object in any wonderful bathroom is a bathtub. There are plenty of unique designs to select from, so finding one that will fit your bathroom well should not be a problem. Besides the bathtub, any great bathroom is filled with light, whether it be natural or artificial. The incredible bathrooms that we are bringing to you today all are filled with plenty of windows and overflowing with natural light. Some of these bathrooms are world class resorts, other look out over woods, oceans, mountains, fields and city skylines. Be prepared to be inspired by these dream bathrooms with ideas to design your own sanctuary of relaxation! If you are still in need of more bathroom design inspiration, be sure to check out our past articles, 51 Mesmerizing master bathrooms with fireplaces and 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms.
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