This incredible loft space has been designed by Daleet Spector Design in Marina Del Rey, California. With an eclectic, industrial, modern design style, the home features charming details with high ceilings and a bold color palette. The flooring throughout the main living spaces is polished concrete.
The rolling island has been custom designed to fit the space. The unique light fixture hanging from above is from Restoration Hardware.
The unique wallpaper featured in this bathroom is refreshing and playful, its hand silkscreened using water based inks on recycled paper by artist Geoff McFetridge for Pottock.
Situated on a lot with nine mature post oak trees, Under Tree House has been designed by architecture studio Loop Design in Austin, Texas. The architect designed the home for clients that are good friends, which is a big part of why they were hired for the project. They wanted the house to grow from this bond, to be a place that feels particular when you walk through it, because it was conceived with people who know them and love them. They wanted it to feel like home before they even moved in. The home features a modern exterior and a streamlined, brightly-colored interior, which is comprised of only 1,900 square feet, but feels quite spacious due to its outdoor areas like the breezeway, decks, second floor terrace, and courtyard.
The lot had never been developed and was covered with mature post oak trees; nearly every buildable square foot was in a root zone. The architect protected the trees by designing around them—they are as integral to the house as its walls and windows. To minimize root zone compaction, the driveway is short, with the carport set to the front of the lot. The house floats behind on concrete piers with cedar decks that terrace down to the ground. The screened breezeway is a front porch, an entry foyer, and a pleasant place to play cards even on a hot summer night.
The house is thin and uses a pier and beam foundation so as not to disturb the trees—light, air and views of tree and sky reach in from all sides. The approach to sustainability is largely low–tech: build in an existing neighborhood where you plan to stay, keep conditioned spaces small through good connection to outdoor spaces, make the sun and shade work for you, collect the rain, plant a garden. On this shady lot, the garden had to move upstairs, where it is the railing of the roof terrace. It is here, up in the only spot of open sky, your perspective of the site and the house changes—no longer under the tree canopy, you’re up in it.
Photos: Whit Preston
Even though white kitchens are still the mainstream because they are clean-lined and safe for anyone who is afraid of using color, bold and colorful cooking spaces seem to have made a major comeback. Most of us are used to decorating our favorite social space with a neutral color palette, but adding a splash of color can make the heart of the home feel bright and cheery. The kitchen sets the stage for the quality of life enjoyed in the home, as not only a place to gather together for a meal but for before and after. It should harmoniously connect with the entire home, reflecting the style and personality of the inhabitants. It is in the details that create that personal statement of style, with the basic ingredients being the appliances and cabinets, which should specifically be selected to fit the design style of the home.
Hues such as red, bright green and yellow may not be what you would expect to see in the food-prep areas, but that’s exactly why they can elevate a kitchen beyond the ordinary. Whether they are applied to the entire room, or limited to a vibrant backsplash, they can also help personalize your cooking space. If you are wishing to infuse your kitchen with color but don’t know where to start, take a look at this inspiring collection of colorful kitchens that we have gathered for you with their neon countertops, brightly colored cabinetry, and incredible backsplashes and you might just get the motivation you need to start experimenting with color in your own home.
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This bright and colorful beachfront property is situated in Vero Beach, Florida, designed by John David Edison Interior Design. This stunning 7,200 square foot vacation retreat was built for a couple from Toronto, Canada, located on the waterfront near John’s Island. The interior derives from the home’s strong architectural elements and sports a vibrant blend of colors – fuchsias, turquoises, and kiwis to reflect the bright, natural beauty of that part of the state.
Photos: Kim Sargent, Sargent Architectural Photography
La Casa Del Tempo (The House of Time) is situated in Venice, Italy on the Grand Canal. This colorful apartment interior was designed in 2010 by Claudia Pelizzari Interior Design for a couple of collectors of contemporary art, which has been installed by a unique picture hanging system. With high ceilings, exposed beams and a wonderful open plan design, this light-filled home features spectacular views over the canal.
Photos: Giorgio Baroni
This New Jersey home was designed for a couple, Megan and Jonathan that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Ellen DeGeneres and Brunelleschi Construction, who has a show on HGTV called “Cousins on Call”, surprised this couple with a completely renovated new home. As volunteer first responders, the couple was out risking their lives for others and their home was completely destroyed. The construction team went to work, wanting to give back to this couple who sacrifice their own well-being for that of others. Decorating the home in a beach-bungalow style, the environment was injected with a fun and youthful atmosphere. The stylish space was perfect for entertaining family and friends. By mixing a beachy feel with contemporary design, the construction crew was able to capture this youthful, energetic couple’s personality in a home they could enjoy for a lifetime.
Photos: Chris Amaral
This ultra-funky apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil is chalk full of color which helps to make everything seem so much larger. Spotted on Casa, this small living space is only 700 square feet (65 square meters) but with an abundance of light and color, the home feels spacious and cozy. This combination is the big hit of this interior project, which was carried out by the architect and designer Adriana Yazbek. The apartment was originally compartmentalized, which made the rooms dark and unlivable. Adriana opened one of the two rooms and joined to the living room, organizing the office. The door was taken out of the bedroom and exchanged with a curtain to add privacy and separate the space. The flooring was replaced with wood in the dry areas and blue cement in the kitchen and colorful tiling in the bathroom.
Photos: Marco Antonio
Spotted on Nuevo Estilo, this beautiful house in Barcelona, Spain is that of architect and jewelry expert Eva Palao. The first impression that one gets upon entrance to this unique home is a burst of color, light and a wink of humor, constant references to a calming mix of styles and a great example of how to pair different concepts into a coherent and harmonious whole. The home was originally built in the early 1900′s, with the characteristic hydraulic floors and high ceilings with ornate moldings. A gem which offered great possibilities of becoming the highly personal house that it is today.
The structure was in good condition, but a reform was necessary to adapt to new needs. The objective was that each room has its own character, achieved through the use of color and pieces chosen little by little. Hydraulic tiles have been kept in the living room and kitchen, but not in the bathrooms and bedroom. These rooms instead feature black slate and wood. Paint on the walls plays a very important role in the differentiation of spaces. From the modern and powerful glossy black finish in the bedroom, running through to the hallway to the warmth of the Moroccan stucco in a sand tone in the living and dining room. Decoration was done slowly, adding objects as needed, wishing to preserve the aura of the original architecture.
In a beautiful turn of the century brick building built in 1890 we discovered on Alvhem, is this fabulous newly renovated apartment in Vasastan, Sweden. The 753 square foot (70 square meters) home is decorated in a stylish contemporary design, featuring a spacious balcony, living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The bright and airy living room is separated from the cozy bedroom by a beautiful pair of doors. The white walls and light oak flooring gives way to bold splashes of color throughout. The stylish and functional kitchen offers plenty of storage with a large dining area with a built-in sofa that can accommodate cozy dinners with guests and smart extra storage.
A fresh and simple concept, this stunning vacation home spotted on Nuevo Estilo is situated near the Bay of Biscay, Spain was designed by studio Rebuelta Architects in conjunction with interior designer Maria Llado. To create a comfortable environment, a mix of antique and vintage furnishings were infused into the home, designs were repeated to show continuity, a soft color palette with bold punches of color throughout. Textiles provide a valuable design feature with their intense colors such as the rugs. An interesting and eclectic collection of artwork of the owners is displayed, mostly of contemporary photography. Some of the furnishings have been customized, full of vitality, a reflection of the encounter between color and warmth that brings a bright and optimistic character to this house that displays exquisite detail.