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Modern Family Home in Denmark Brings the Forest Inside

Backing to a forest in Aarhus, Denmark, this modern family home designed by architectural firm C.F. Møller opens up to the views. Villa R consists of two rectangular-shaped floors encompassing a total of 3,230 square feet.

Dark patinated zinc cladding was used for the exterior walls, while the north- and south-facing facades have floor-to-ceiling windows. The landscaping was planned by Kragh & Berglund.

“Inspired by the unique relation to the woods, the objective was to create a house that brings the forest inside through large glass panels and creates an ever-changing seasonal backdrop for the interior living spaces,” the architects said.
architecture modern residenceLocal regulations limited the building height to one story, so the architects created a partially below-ground lower level, where the children’s bedrooms and playrooms are located. The main level accommodates the living room, kitchen and dining area in an open plan.

White cabinets run the length of the space, providing storage. A tall gray volume houses the fireplace and breaks up the horizontal lines. The master en-suite bedroom in the northeast corner displays a minimalist style. [Photography by Julian Weyer]
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Steel Facade Gives Way to Glass in Modern Toronto Home

TACT Architecture and Design shared photos and information about Heathdale Residence, a 3,200-square-foot family home in Toronto, Ontario. Located on the edge of Cedarvale Park, the house displays very different facades front and back.

The project developers chose weathered steel to face the street; on the other side, floor-to-ceiling windows open up to the ravine. “The dichotomy of the design responds to the contrasting public and private sides of the site,” the architects said.

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“The inner core is grounded by the sculpted wooden stair, which culminates at the third-floor study and wraparound terrace,” they said. “Expansive windows allow the owners to dwell among the ravine’s tree canopy, while the lower family area spills into the shaded rear yard.”

A variety of lounge spaces make this modern Toronto home ideal for entertaining guests. The interiors display a contemporary style, with design elements that ensure originality. [Photos and information provided by TACT]

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Top International Design Week Events of 2016

Image: Stockholm Design Week

There are certain times during the year when home-design trendsetters convene to display (or buy) the latest products and styles. Known collectively as international design week, these events host visitors from around the world who are interested in the very latest items.

International design week events are usually exclusive “to the trade.” Attendees are likely to run into buyers for West Elm or CB2 selecting textiles or home accents to order for their stores; top interior designers such as Thom Filicia or Kelly Wearstler buying items for their clients or promoting their latest collections; and companies like Jonathan Adler or Zuo selling their wares.

Many of the visitors simply take inspiration from what’s new, interesting or just plain weird and translate them into what you, the consumer, will see and buy in your favorite home furnishings store in the next few months.

Although most of the events are not open to the public, you can visit the websites to catch a glimpse of the latest trends that exhibitors are showing. Hundreds of international design week events take place worldwide throughout the year; here are our picks for the top shows in 2016.

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Paris, France; January 22-26

This show features an extensive collection of the best in design, ranging from throw pillows and vases to furniture. Paris Design Week runs at the same time as Maison&Objet, giving the 100,000 visitors that come to this international design week event plenty of things to check out throughout the city.

Image: Las Vegas Market

Image: Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas, Nevada; January 24-28

Located in three massive buildings in the World Market Center, this event represents nearly every major furniture, home accent and lighting manufacturer. Like Las Vegas itself, the market is over the top, featuring guest talks and appearances by major industry players and celebrities.

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Image: Stockholm Design Week

Stockholm Design Week

Stockholm, Sweden; February 8-13

The Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair is the main design week event in this cool city, the perfect place to showcase the latest in Scandinavian contemporary design. Design events and installations take place throughout the city and present the latest in both furniture and lighting.

Image: Ambiente

Image: Ambiente

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Frankfurt, Germany; February 12-16

This is the largest of the international design shows, featuring thousands of exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. Whatever you see at your favorite home furnishings or design store was probably shown at Ambiente first.

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Image: International Furniture Fair Singapore

International Furniture Fair Singapore/ASEAN Furniture Show

Singapore; March 10-13

This design event is the most important in Asia. All Asian nations are represented at this show, making it a one-stop destination for a dose of Asian contemporary design. The event is not only a major international design show, it’s the place to meet suppliers and manufacturers while getting an introduction to which Asian country to visit next.

Image: Design Days Dubai

Image: Design Days Dubai

Design Days Dubai

Dubai, U.A.E.; March 14-18

The top show in the region is home to the best in contemporary design, with a focus on luxury items and unique, bespoke works of art for the home.

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Image: Architectural Digest Design Show

Architectural Digest Design Show

New York; March 17-20

The city’s Piers 92 and 94 are converted into a combination of galleries, rooms furnished and styled by top designers, a book and gift shop, and other events throughout the city. Open to the public, this show is a great place to get inspiration for your dream home.

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Image: Milan Furniture Fair

Milan Furniture Fair

Milan, Italy; April 12-17

This show is a must-visit for any design lover. Various events happen throughout the city, including the International Furniture Exhibition (Salone de Mobile). The top contemporary furniture and design trends are born at this event.

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Image: International Contemporary Furniture Fair

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

New York; May 14-17

This show is the United States’ top presentation of the best in contemporary design. Besides a beautifully curated collection from both young and established contemporary designers, there are plenty of events and exhibits to enjoy on site.

Image: Dwell on Design

Image: Dwell on Design

Dwell on Design

Los Angeles; June 24-26

For a look at the latest design and architecture trends and products in the modern and mid-century market, this show is the place to be. One of the few international design week events that’s open to the public, the show is curated by the editors of Dwell magazine. More than 30,000 visitors attended last year. (If you’re on the East Coast, Dwell on Design holds a show in New York on May 13-15.)

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Image: China International Furniture Expo

China International Furniture Expo

Shanghai, China; September 8-11

The city of Shanghai alone is worth a visit for its vibrant nightlife and up-and-coming design scene. The combination of East meets West living is present on the city streets and at the aisles of product at the furniture expo. Chinese manufacturers show their best to thousands of international buyers, designers and other industry insiders.

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Paris Apartment Combines Rustic Charm, Modern Style

Located in Le Marais, a historic district in Paris, this charming attic apartment was reimagined to combine its original character with fresh, contemporary style. The balance of rustic and modern was accomplished by incorporating raw materials and a neutral color palette.

Architect Margaux Beja centered Apartment Saint Paul around the unfinished beams that span the apartment. She created contrast by using modern elements such as a steel and glass wall, which separates the living areas from the bright bedroom.

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Another focal point in this Paris apartment is its “Technical Wall,” which conceals the bathroom and laundry areas. Constructed of solid walnut panels, it adds both warmth and an industrial vibe to the main living space.

Contemporary furnishings in black, wood and neutral tones add a minimalistic appeal. The result is a comfortable space that gives equal attention to the architecture of the historic building and the modernism of the furnishings. [Photography by Alexis Cottin and Julien Fernandez]

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To Use This Table, You Sit On – Not In – the Kitchen

Bach Architects completed the redesign of a 753-square-foot apartment in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Spain. The project is located in a traditional early-20th-century building, and offers a surprising suspended table; more on that later.

“The apartment originally had two rooms facing the façade, while the rest of the rooms were lit and ventilated via a wide inner patio,” the architects said. “This arrangement generated a series of corridors and dark spaces that had little other function than connecting spaces.”
modern apartment (3)“The new configuration was conditioned by the customers’ wish to keep the two rooms at the façade as bedrooms, while a new living room, dining room, kitchen and study space would be organized in the rest of the house,” they said. “The generous height of the residence allowed us to design the kitchen, almost like a piece of furniture, in the back of the open space.”

Exposed beams and wooden additions make the interiors of this small apartment warm and welcoming. The focal point of the living area is a table suspended from the ceiling high off the floor. This surprising element can be used as a dining table or a desk by sitting on top of the kitchen volume. [Photography by Eugeni Bach]
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Contemporary Lake House in Minnesota Encourages Family Fun

Rehkamp Larson Architects collaborated with Brooke Voss Interior Design to complete this contemporary lake house in Excelsior, Minnesota. Developed for a young, active family, the residence features plenty of spaces for interaction and entertainment.

“The home is a combination of practical materials such as exposed concrete and steel, but with a playful expression focused on family lake living,” the architects said. “A bridge leads to the front door and the moat below allows the steep grade to transition around the house.”

architecture modern residence“The house has an open floor plan, with a large wood-burning fireplace anchoring one end and a bright kitchen on the other,” the architects said. “Sliding glass doors open up to a screen porch. Confetti windows on the fireplace wall and a family-size reading nook hint at the dynamic personalities living here.”

The interior is enhanced by a fusion of textures, which make for a colorful and diverse retreat. Large windows open up the home toward the lake. Enjoy the laid-back vibe of this Minnesota lake house. [Photography by Andrea Rugg]
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Small Hotel in Spain Combines Rustic and Contemporary Details

This small hotel, designed by Lucas and Hernández-Gil Architects, was developed in two old houses. Located in a charming medieval village in Segovia, Spain, Hotel Ayllón features a combination of rustic and contemporary elements. The project developers sought to preserve the original details of these dwellings.

“The main idea was to create a simple and sober effect,” the designers said. “The site itself provides calmness, with shades of color that give freshness just like the poppies in the Castilian wheat fields. The route to the hotel is a great experience for guests because it unveils the complexity of the surrounding medieval architecture.”

charming hotel (2)The hotel has 18 rooms and three common dining areas. A courtyard unites the two remodeled houses. Wood was used extensively throughout the interiors, creating a warm and comfortable feel.

Contemporary furniture and splashes of color add personality. The attic rooms are particularly welcoming, with their cottage-like ambiance and windows overlooking the medieval village. [Photos by Jara Varela]
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The Best of Freshome: Top 10 Posts of 2015

Is it any wonder that the story on this amazing loft was our No. 1 post of the year?

What a year 2015 has been! Amid all the terrorist attacks, natural disasters and political posturing, it’s tempting to want to hunker down in our homes. After all, they’re our safe havens, our shelters from the storm — the places that house our families, pets and belongings.

It makes sense, then, that we put a lot of time and effort into our homes, creating spaces to relax, unwind, play, sleep, eat and entertain. It’s where we get away from it all. So why not make it the place we love the most?

This is what we strive to do at Freshome: Provide you with the ideas and inspiration you need to make the most of your home. 2015 was our biggest year of growth since our founder, Micle Mihai-Cristian, started his humble blog in 2007. Not only have we posted hundreds of new articles this year, we also launched the really captured your attention. Owner/builder/web designer Alek Lisefski recently relocated his 160-square-foot modern home from Northern California to Austin, Texas, towing the tiny house 1,900 miles.

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9. If you’re married to an interior designer, you’ll no doubt recognize your spouse in this story. Designers tend to take “bringing their work home with them” to a whole new level. But if your closet is arranged by color and you have more pillows than sheets on your bed, you already knew that.

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8. OK, so it’s obvious that you love beautiful homes. Are you smart? Hard-working? A creative thinker? If so, you might consider a career in architecture. See if you have what it takes; read 10 signs that you should become an architect.

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7. This semi-detached house in Singapore had you swooning over its unconventional split volume. The architects separated and pulled the main building away from the party wall, aesthetically liberating the house from its neighbor and adding light to the interiors.

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6. The family in this joyful attic apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, lives large despite its relatively small footprint (915 square feet). It’s a great example of how to use every nook and cranny wisely — and a reminder that style is by no means relative to living space.

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5. When was the last time that chair acted like a chair rather than a coat rack? Does your home always seem to be cluttered and messy? In case you missed it, our 50 creative home organization ideas will show you all kinds of storage spaces you never even knew existed.

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4. This modern two-room apartment is also in Gothenburg. The surprisingly spacious home in a turn-of-the-century building preserves several original elements yet feels contemporary, thanks to its bright, open kitchen and creative lighting and storage.

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3. We seem to have a collective fascination with shipping containers — specifically, those that have been repurposed into incredible dwellings. These well-designed shipping container homes from around the globe will have you thinking inside the box.

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2. Although it’s only 1,120 square feet, this duplex in Gothenburg offers acres of Scandinavian charm. The old building’s quirky angles and arched windows combined with harbor views and modern finishes make it among the most inspiring homes we’ve featured.

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1. And now, our most popular story of 2015: Did you happen to catch the spectacular conversion of a former caviar warehouse in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood? The architect turned the 3,000-square-foot top floor and roof of an 1884 building into a loft space that you have to see to believe (hint: it has a retractable glass roof).

We hope you’ve enjoyed this stroll down memory lane. Did we include your favorite articles from the past year? What kinds of stories would you like to see in 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Best of Freshome: Top 10 Posts of 2015

Is it any wonder that the story on this amazing loft was our No. 1 post of the year?

What a year 2015 has been! Amid all the terrorist attacks, natural disasters and political posturing, it’s tempting to want to hunker down in our homes. After all, they’re our safe havens, our shelters from the storm — the places that house our families, pets and belongings.

It makes sense, then, that we put a lot of time and effort into our homes, creating spaces to relax, unwind, play, sleep, eat and entertain. It’s where we get away from it all. So why not make it the place we love the most?

This is what we strive to do at Freshome: Provide you with the ideas and inspiration you need to make the most of your home. 2015 was our biggest year of growth since our founder, Micle Mihai-Cristian, started his humble blog in 2007. Not only have we posted hundreds of new articles this year, we also launched the really captured your attention. Owner/builder/web designer Alek Lisefski recently relocated his 160-square-foot modern home from Northern California to Austin, Texas, towing the tiny house 1,900 miles.

neutral-living-bold-green

9. If you’re married to an interior designer, you’ll no doubt recognize your spouse in this story. Designers tend to take “bringing their work home with them” to a whole new level. But if your closet is arranged by color and you have more pillows than sheets on your bed, you already knew that.

stone-and-wood-modern-home-roof

8. OK, so it’s obvious that you love beautiful homes. Are you smart? Hard-working? A creative thinker? If so, you might consider a career in architecture. See if you have what it takes; read 10 signs that you should become an architect.

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7. This semi-detached house in Singapore had you swooning over its unconventional split volume. The architects separated and pulled the main building away from the party wall, aesthetically liberating the house from its neighbor and adding light to the interiors.

architecture-modern-home

6. The family in this joyful attic apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, lives large despite its relatively small footprint (915 square feet). It’s a great example of how to use every nook and cranny wisely — and a reminder that style is by no means relative to living space.

large-drawers-under-bed-with-neutral-tones

5. When was the last time that chair acted like a chair rather than a coat rack? Does your home always seem to be cluttered and messy? In case you missed it, our 50 creative home organization ideas will show you all kinds of storage spaces you never even knew existed.

architecture-modern-apartment

4. This modern two-room apartment is also in Gothenburg. The surprisingly spacious home in a turn-of-the-century building preserves several original elements yet feels contemporary, thanks to its bright, open kitchen and creative lighting and storage.

shipping-container-cabin

3. We seem to have a collective fascination with shipping containers — specifically, those that have been repurposed into incredible dwellings. These well-designed shipping container homes from around the globe will have you thinking inside the box.

design-living-area

2. Although it’s only 1,120 square feet, this duplex in Gothenburg offers acres of Scandinavian charm. The old building’s quirky angles and arched windows combined with harbor views and modern finishes make it among the most inspiring homes we’ve featured.

architecture-modern-loft

1. And now, our most popular story of 2015: Did you happen to catch the spectacular conversion of a former caviar warehouse in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood? The architect turned the 3,000-square-foot top floor and roof of an 1884 building into a loft space that you have to see to believe (hint: it has a retractable glass roof).

We hope you’ve enjoyed this stroll down memory lane. Did we include your favorite articles from the past year? What kinds of stories would you like to see in 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

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Every Day Is a Staycation in This Minimalist Home in Belgium

Dutch firm JUMA Architects completed the conversion of a 1976 bungalow in Belgium into a modern villa with a peaceful ambiance. Entitled Project K, the residence features minimalist interiors, with bright finishes and a harmonious design scheme throughout.

“An L-shaped volume containing a covered terrace and the master bedroom was built around the swimming pool,” the architects said. “Both the bedroom and the adjoining bathroom enjoy a direct view of the pool. One experiences a blissful holiday feeling throughout the entire residence.”
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Simplicity was key to designing a continuous flow of spaces, with clever storage units to keep the residents’ belongings organized. The family spends time together in the open-plan living and dining area, which connects to the inner courtyard.

“The colors and materials were kept light and are accented with occasional black detailing in the window frames, door handles and light fittings,” the architects said. “The home exudes a sense of serenity, creating an atmosphere in which the residents can fully unwind.” [Photos courtesy of Juma Architects]
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