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Renovated Budapest Apartment Borrows From Scandinavian Design

Renovated apartments hold a unique detail that new ones lack: the original story reimagined over the years. Andras Hunfalvi, industrial designer and owner of Hungarian design studio Flying Objects, sent us the story of his renovated Budapest apartment. He says that although the studio typically doesn’t do interiors, “the work methods and design philosophies we use daily worked for rebuilding my home as well.”

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Renovating his own apartment gave the product designer a chance to explore interior design. “When I tried to find a home three years ago, I was looking for a place with amazing possibilities,” Hunfalvi says. “As a designer, I’m lucky to have the ability to see the best in every room.

“When I first saw this apartment it was damaged, the walls were painted odd colors and the previous owner built arches in weird places, but I instantly fell in love with the picture of what the place could become.

“This district of Budapest is a very old, interesting part of town, with narrow streets and a certain Eastern European charm. The house itself is under historical preservation that limited my possibilities a bit, but the parts that need to be protected add up to the end results.”

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The 1,033-square-foot apartment in the Palace district of Budapest welcomes visitors with bright spaces inspired by the owner’s style and preferences: “In my work, even in the way I dress, I love well-designed, clean, lovable, fun and practical pieces,” Hunfalvi says. “I’m heavily inspired by Scandinavian design, but I did not want to just create a Scandinavian interior in the middle of Budapest; I used a lot from the rich heritage of the city and the country.

“The basis was a clean, relaxed, warm look with mid-century-modern furniture. I filled it up with objects I love: rare porcelains from old Hungarian manufacturers, paintings from my friends, vintage Braun kitchen appliances and lot of books complete the whole vibe. I used some simple lamps and learned a lot about lighting during the process.

“I love the tall ceilings and large windows that make the whole place bright. I can’t choose a favorite nook or place, because it depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s the century-old Thonet rocking chair in the living room; on hotter days, I love to read or work on the loveseat in the dining room. The historic atmosphere of the hall and the stairway is enchanting and unique, with its stained glass by art nouveau artist Miksa Roth.”

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Visibly enchanted by both his home and his work, Hunfalvi shares his love for duality: “What I love the most is the mixture of historical and modern. It’s spacious, but it has cozy corners; it’s stylish yet comfortable; it has everything I’ m looking for in a home. Now, after the renovation and styling, it’s completely the way I imagined it when I first stepped in.”

The featured paintings were created by Patrícia Jagicza; the photographs of this renovated apartment were taken by Judit Huszár.

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Romanian Pub Showcases Creative Custom Details

The Coco Pub in Bucharest, Romania, designed by the young team at Pavoni Studio, displays a mix of inspiring industrial design warmed with wood and flaunting a British twist. The Romanian pub showcases custom details that shape a cozy environment for having a drink with friends.

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The Coco Pub has a warm and masculine vibe. Framed sports memorabilia line the walls, and mirrors help to visually enlarge the space. “Mirrors are seen as typical elements often found in British pubs, which in this case mark a game of duality and give the impression of an augmented space,” the designers say.

The Coco Pub is naturally appealing to sports fans. But don’t let the final result fool you; the design process required some creative problem-solving, the designers say: “Given that we had to make the best of every inch of the space, which is rather cozy, the major interventions are based on creativity, excellent space organization and furniture design, all sprinkled with decorative items, textures and materials used in unconventional ways.”

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“The use of wood as one of the starting points of the design aims to offer a reinterpretation of the classic pub concept, meeting the requirements of the contemporary urban context of Bucharest,” they say. “Defined by warm shades and atypical diagonal cladding, the wooden texture renders coherence and dynamism to the whole space.

“The configuration of the floor finishes, consisting of natural stone and wooden ‘carpets,’ draws the fine lines for the interior organization, circulation and seating areas. Colors span a monochrome palette, from light gray to anthracite and even black, while yellow accents together with wooden and copper elements offer a strong vibration to the space.”

And where to go after a night out? Nothing beats the comfort of a great bedroom, so be sure to check out our inspiring list of 30 Masculine Bedroom Ideas Evoking Style.

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Simon Benjamin Crafts Custom English Kitchens

Simon Benjamin Furniture, a rapidly growing company based in Sussex, England, creates bespoke English kitchens in two versions: classic or modern. The family-owned business designs and hand-makes each of its kitchens to order in its Sussex mill. “Our creative team pride ourselves on our traditional techniques, attention to detail and responsibly sourced materials,” the company says.

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The company’s classic kitchens have doors and panels in solid tulipwood. Long-lasting plywood shapes the rest, and solid timber dovetailed drawers create a traditional link. Its modern kitchens embed stylish mid-century design with clean lines. Cabinet interiors are made of plywood with American walnut veneer.

An ergonomically designed kitchen helps to optimize the actions that take place in the heart of your home. Finished and painted by hand, each Simon Benjamin kitchen is made to order. “Our award-winning service ensures that you have your say in each and every element of your new furniture from beginning to end,” the company says.

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Storage, workspace, material and finish: all come together in this collection, sure to inspire your next kitchen makeover. Thinking about taking it a step further? Be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Flooring Ideas and Materials.
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Barnwood Adds Warmth to Modern Glass Retreat in Belgium

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects shared photos and information about the Graafjansdijk House, a modern project they envisioned in Knokke, Belgium. The building, near the Netherlands border, was constructed in a rural area overlooking a meadow.

From afar, one can make out a contemporary silhouette, developed mostly horizontally. The upper volume is wrapped in glass, and is smaller than the main level, defined by barnwood. “The ground level of the villa fully occupies the narrow terrain, apart from a small inner garden on the north side,” the architects say.
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“The lower volume is wrapped in barnwood alongside the road, hiding the garage and creating a private atmosphere for the bedrooms. The north side opens up completely on both levels, allowing views over the meadow from the living room and kitchen on the upper level, as well as from the bedrooms downstairs.”

The same materials used for the exterior also can be found inside. Bespoke barnwood furniture and kitchen cabinets add a sense of warmth. All interiors feature a minimalist design, opening to the environment through floor-to-ceiling windows. A spacious wooden deck provides outdoor space for the inhabitants. [Photography by Govaert & Vanhoutte]
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Brooklyn Townhouse Replaces Walls With Windows

Homey and inspiring, the Cumberland Townhouse by Ensemble Architecture is the result of a complex transformation. The townhouse in Fort Greene, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., “was in a dilapidated state when the owners purchased it; the rear wall was falling down, and water had been entering the building for several years,” the architects say.

They gave the residence a new rear wall as well as a two-story addition at the back of the house. This extension is open to the living room above. Glass and steel windows connect the spaces and echo the two-story exterior windows.
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The exterior windows open up to create a seamless connection between the dining room and the garden. Vines are planted in recessed planters along the walls in the dining area, strengthening this connection. “The vines will cover the dividing walls and add an organic quality to all of the spaces that the dining room connects,” the architects say.

Defined by an eclectic collection of furniture and finishes, this Brooklyn townhouse displays an original personality. We love the fresh mix of traditional and contemporary. [Photos courtesy of Ensemble Architecture]
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4-Bedroom Flat Dominates London Warehouse Conversion

Have a look at this impressive four-bedroom flat, located in the Talisman Building, an iconic warehouse conversion in West London. Discovered by Freshome on real estate broker Domus Nova’s website, the project has a living area of 4,979 square feet. It boasts an expansive double-height, open-plan living space, with vaulted ceilings and a contemporary kitchen.

Gumuchdjian Architects are the creative minds behind the spectacular warehouse conversion. The team is known throughout the world for creating design projects that are powerfully rooted in their environment and social context.
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A master bedroom suite, three additional bedrooms and four en-suite bathrooms make up this vast apartment, available for short-term rental. Exhibiting a rich variety of materials and finishes, the guests here will constantly have something new to discover. Graphic art and paintings are scattered throughout the flat, contributing a heavy dose of character.

We love how the natural light flows through the flat, emphasizing the array of wooden screens and other decorative elements. Offering several social spaces, this place is perfect for a family or group of friends visiting London. What do you think about the design of this flat? [Photos courtesy of Domus Nova]

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A Tiny Home Like You’ve Never Seen Before

When you think of a tiny house, the first image to pop into your head might be one of a small, rectangular home on wheels. However, we know that tiny homes can take on some of the most unique designs — such as the shabby-chic cottage home we recently featured on Freshome.

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Tucked into the rural hillside just outside of Turin, Italy, this creative tiny home built by Studioata is anything but ordinary. Its gray stone facade gives it a permanent and stately look, which is balanced by modern architectural details including the home’s crisp lines and all-glass front.

The primary living space opens up to a large porch area that nearly doubles the interior space. It’s the perfect combination of nature and craft.

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Speaking of that combination, what’s even more unique is that this home was actually built into the hill. The interior of the home consists of large steps that allow for the grade of the hill underneath.

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These steps conceal built-in storage for both large and small items; even the kitchen is stored away within this design. This allows the home, which is just 377 square feet, to maximize its multi-functional use, as well as its views of the water.

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The large bathroom has all of the modern amenities: shower, sink and toilet. Even without much window space, this bathroom brings the outdoors in with an earth-toned palette and materials, including a stone shower and hardwood flooring.

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A Murphy bed makes the upper space into an instant bedroom, offering stunning views of the water.

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Though this space is ultra-modern, its minimalistic design and breathtaking location create a fluid indoor-outdoor relationship. By keeping the layout wide open and designing the large glass opening in the front of the home, this tiny house feels as open and calm as the surrounding hillside.

Images via Beppe Giardino

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Eclectic Stockholm Apartment Boasts Charm, Character

Welcome to a renovated century-old apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. Discovered by Freshome on the real estate brokerage website of Skeppsholmen, this five-room Scandinavian home inspires functionality and comfort. Many of the historic building’s original elements have been preserved, one reason why it exudes so much charm.

High ceilings, chest panels, pine floors and generously sized windows define this 1,900-square-foot apartment, located in Stockholm’s lovely Vasastan district.

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From the welcoming hall, you reach the kitchen and dining area, which features a cooking island, a tiled stove and a table for eight. The next three rooms, each with its own distinct personality, face the street. An old pharmacy cabinet in one was creatively transformed into a work table thanks to a stainless steel countertop.

A delightful mix of furnishings defines the living room, a gathering space filled with muted colors and natural light. The fireplace’s ceramic finish adds a familiar tone to the mix. A kitchen staircase leads up to a sunroom with a roof terrace, offering residents the chance to take in the pulse of the city. What do you think of this eclectic Stockholm apartment?

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29 Creative Kitchen Color Ideas to Make Your Space Shine

When thinking of renovating the kitchen, most of us are presented with tried-and-true design choices: wood or white cabinets, granite or quartz countertops, basic or stainless steel finishes.

But when you start exploring your options and thinking outside of the box, you’ll find the most droolworthy kitchens are colorful, unexpected and designed with a range of materials and hues.

Whether your style is minimalist modern or rustic chic, kitchen color ideas for your cabinets, backsplashes and accessories can range from understated grays to bold, glossy red. Even your hardware can be blinged out, as brass is making a huge comeback.

Here are a few of our favorite kitchen color ideas:

Sunny Yellow

Like a ray of sunshine, yellow is the color of optimism and cheerfulness; it is even known to stimulate appetites. It’s a fantastic color to brighten any kitchen, especially dark or small spaces.

When choosing a yellow tone, be mindful of its intensity. Vibrant yellows are best used as accent colors throughout the kitchen; think bar stools, an accent wall or a backsplash. Pale or buttery yellows nicely take the place of white cabinets or surfaces. They also pair well with existing brown and wood tones.

Regardless of what shade of yellow you choose, embrace your new happy vibe by accessorizing with a fresh bowl of lemons or a beautiful bouquet of daffodils. Positively golden!

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Sophisticated Navy

Always sophisticated and serene, navy is an unexpected trend in today’s kitchen color ideas. Like a sleek, dark suit with a crisp white shirt and brown shoes, navy cabinets are gorgeous with white and wood finishes. Accents of gray or gold add another layer of drama in the form of hardware and lighting fixtures.

Updating your backsplash is also a super-simple way to introduce navy. Try modern painted subway tile, or mosaic or patterned tiles. And don’t forget to accessorize. Navy chair cushions or bar stools would be a terrific addition to your gorgeous updated kitchen.

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Magnificent Metallics

Adding a little glitz to your kitchen is easier than you think. Since a little bling goes a long way, metallic accents in brass, silver or copper can be inexpensive and will definitely make a surprising and unique statement.

Brass has made a huge comeback as an accent throughout the entire home. In the kitchen, replacing chrome hardware with brass pieces can turn ordinary cabinets into extraordinary. Follow up with brass accessories, such as a teakettle or rimmed plates and drinkware.

Lighting is another terrific way to add a little shine to the kitchen. Copper pendants or hammered metal over a kitchen island create an exciting focal point in an otherwise plain space.

If you want to go a little further, metallic tile in gold and silver can turn any backsplash or kitchen island into a dazzling showpiece. It’s almost too glamorous to cook in!

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Bright, Bold Combos

Artfully pairing two or more vibrant colors can really make a statement in a kitchen. Vibrant color palettes such as turquoise and chartreuse, orange or yellow with gray, and red and white are seen in more and more creative combinations. It’s the perfect way to truly express the different sides of your personality, and ideal way to combine a few of your favorite kitchen color ideas.

Creating a standout feature is a terrific way to introduce a new hue while updating your kitchen. Select something in the kitchen to highlight; this can be a backsplash, center island, shelf wall or even a kitchen appliance.

Contrasting white cabinets with a bold color can easily transform a kitchen. Focus on replacing or repainting your lower white cabinets for a bolder color. The vibrant or dramatic lower portion will creatively anchor your space.

Accessorizing with colors is also an easy and inexpensive alternative to renew any room. Colorful bar stools, chairs, window treatments or accessories can really breathe new life to the kitchen while giving you the freedom to update with new colors every year.

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Shades of Gray

Sure, gray is the new beige — but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Gray is always elegant and clean, and it easily pairs with the wood and white finishes found in most kitchens.

In the kitchen, gray is best shown in larger features rather than small accessories. One of the best ways to infuse gray into the kitchen is to replace or paint your cabinets. For smaller spaces, try a medium to pale gray (sometime called a French gray).

Other ideas for bringing this new neutral into your kitchen include painting a feature wall; replacing your floor with ash-gray herringbone tile; or selecting gray stone for your backsplash or countertops. To complete your elegant kitchen, accent with contrasting finishes such as polished chrome, brass or textured wood.

We hope these kitchen color ideas will inspire you to take the leap into the color zone. What are your favorites?

Neila Deen is a Freshome contributor and NYC-based interior designer, writer and photographer. Passionate about beautiful functional spaces, she founded Urban Casa, an interior design and organizing studio.

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This Man Built An Amazing 3-Story Treehouse For His Grandchildren

Growing up, Jay Hewitt had a treehouse that was little more than a large piece of plywood. Fond memories of his playtime up high and a desire for his grandchildren to experience the same joy led him to create a treehouse they could also enjoy. Being trained as a professional carpenter, however, led to a much bigger end product.

This three-story treehouse in Attleboro, Mass., is more than 40 feet tall. In place of a traditional rope ladder, a full set of stairs allows everyone access to the treehouse. After entering through a mudroom, guests climb a set of stairs to enter a 16-by-20-foot great room for large get-togethers. The last level is a cozy loft for sleepovers.

There’s plenty of room to hang out on the decks. You’ll also find a spiral slide — just one fun aspect of this massive treehouse. Another is that the branches of the four trees supporting it span throughout the inside, reminding guests that they are high above the ground.

Inspired by the popular Animal Planet TV series “Treehouse Masters,” Hewitt created this treehouse in his backyard over the course of two years, and he plans to expand on it. What do you think of it?

Photos by Mike George of The (Attleboro) Sun Chronicle

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