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Playful Apartment in Ukraine Features a Slide Inside

Defined by the owners as “calm and sweet,” this playful apartment in Kharkov, Ukraine, features several interesting details. The client asked the creative team at Ki Design to create a “wow” effect in the 2,282-square-foot home, one that guests would admire and fall in love with. And the team delivered.

The highlight of the recently renovated apartment, located on the top floors of a turn-of-the-century building, is undoubtedly the slide linking the two levels. Other eye-catching details include a living wall, a hammock and a reading nook with a long wooden bench.

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The first level accommodates the living room, kitchen and dining area, as well as spaces for future children’s rooms. Upstairs is the master bedroom with adjoining dressing room, a guest bedroom, a private bathroom and an office. The utility rooms also are located here.

“Since the apartment is located on the top floor, it has many skylights that provide natural light,” the designers said. “By increasing the number and height of the vertical window openings, we made the living space more spacious and bright.” [Photography by Sergiy Savchenko]playful apartment - Ki Design - Freshomeplayful apartment - Ki Design - Freshomeplayful apartment - Ki Design - Freshomeplayful apartment - Ki Design - Freshomeplayful apartment - Ki Design - Freshomeplayful apartment - Ki Design - Freshomeplayful apartment - Ki Design - Freshome

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10 Modern Barn Door Ideas That Make a Bold Statement

Barn doors traditionally have been reserved for rustic or country-style decor. But the latest barn door hardware has greatly improved in design aesthetic, function and affordability. A sliding barn door is now a decidedly modern option.

Given these enhancements, as well as the variety of hardware available to complement nearly any home decor, barn doors are a stylish and accessible design feature when you need a door that makes a grand statement.

If you’re considering the use of barn doors in your home, think outside the box. They’re a beautiful and practical alternative to a room divider or curtain when you need to create privacy or divide open spaces. A barn door is also useful where there is plenty of wall space but a swinging door could affect the flow of the room.

We’ve rounded up some modern barn door ideas for a little inspiration. Here are 10 ways you can use them to freshen up a space.

1. Rustic Barn Doors

Take rustic wood and create barn doors with a nod to their origins. The look is most effective in minimalist, contemporary spaces where the color white and concrete materials dominate. Rustic barn doors add texture and warm up the space, as in the art studio above.

2. Chalkboard Barn Doors

Add function and a bit of whimsy to your barn door by painting the surface with chalkboard paint. The multitasking door will hide what’s behind it beautifully while serving as a communications center.

3. Colorful Barn Doors

To give barn doors a modern look, consider painting them in a bright, bold color. Go with high-sheen paints or lacquers that add gloss and richness to the color you choose. Try orange, lime green, turquoise or bright red.

4. Contemporary Barn Doors

Bring your barn doors into the 21st century by selecting materials with a luxe, contemporary edge. The mirrored black surface of this barn door is the opposite of what comes to mind when most people think about barn doors.

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5. Barn Doors as Art

A door does not have to be purely utilitarian. Why not mount barn doors that have an artistic quality to them? They will hide or divide what you need them to, in a beautiful, wall-art sort of way.

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6. Recycled Barn Doors

Get creative with the materials for your barn doors. The chic one above may look like it cost a pretty penny, but it’s actually a salvaged old door. New hardware and a fresh coat of stain brought it back to life.

7. Repurposed Mirror Barn Doors

This homeowner went with the multifunctional aspect of a barn door by using a large mirror as the door itself. Mirrors have several advantages: They can reflect light and good views, serve as part of the dressing process and hide whatever is behind them.

8. Modern Classic Barn Doors

For those who love the cross wood and paneling effect of classic barn doors, mount a pair and simply update them by painting them a modern yet classic color such as gray, white or black. The effect is understated but elegant.

9. Alcove or Cabinet Barn Doors

Give a pre-fab home a custom look by adding barn doors to hide an alcove, media wall or built-in shelving. Select barn door materials that update the wall; some good examples are acrylic, glass, mirror or exotic wood.

10. Frosted Glass Barn Doors

If the section that you’re considering mounting a barn door to has a special feature — such as a bright, sunny area on the other side — or you simply want to divide the area without blocking it off with something large and heavy-looking, frosted glass may be the perfect solution for your barn doors. The frost effect conceals what’s on the other side just enough while letting light in, and the overall effect is open and airy.

Inspired by these barn door ideas? Pick up barn door hardware online or at your local home improvement center and get creative when deciding what to use as a door in your space.

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Off-the-Grid Retreat Beckons in Australian Rainforest

This off-the-grid retreat was designed by M3 Architecture in the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland, Australia. A picturesque wooden pathway connects the Cape Tribulation House with the main road and the beach.

“The exterior of the house is camouflaged with black plastic cladding and mirrored glass, allowing it to recede into the shadow of the rainforest,” the architects said. “The design accentuates the qualities of the rainforest coupled with attributes of holiday life at the beach.”
off-the-grid retreat - M3 architecture - FreshomeAs you follow the rope along the wooden pathway, you reach a long, covered deck. This unconventional veranda, creatively integrated into the “S”-shaped building, offers alluring furnishings for outdoor relaxation. Solar panels on the roof make the project energy efficient.

“On approach, the interior of the house becomes apparent: a light space clad with plywood, a counterpoint to the otherwise cool, dark green surrounding forest,” the architects said. “Tall, south-facing windows and a dark blue ceiling is used to draw in the rainforest canopy.”

Enjoy the photos and let us know which features of this off-the-grid retreat you find most captivating. [Photography by Peter Bennetts]

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Contemporary Singapore Home Features Long Lines, Slatted Screens

The Gallop House in Singapore was designed by architecture studio Formwerkz for a developer and his extended family. The three-story building resembles a narrow rectangular box, with a perpendicular lap pool extending toward a treehouse.

“We like the idea that, from the main street, the massing recalls the old black-and-white colonial bungalows, often sited on the higher plateau and served by a long driveway,” the designers said. “Visitors enter the residence through the rectangular archway and ascend an external staircase to arrive at the veranda along the west-facing facade.”
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The main level contains the main living space, dining room and kitchen. It’s partially embedded in the hillside and opens directly onto the veranda. Travertine stone, teak and local timber are used throughout the interiors for an elegant feel.

“A layer of timber slats shields the bedroom balconies on the upper volume,” the designers said. “The slats extend to envelop the mono-pitched metal roof, creating a ventilation system. Internally, staggered double-volume spaces connect all three floors, allowing the house to be ventilated effectively.”

These slatted screens add not only ventilation, but also protection from the sun. What do you think of this contemporary Singapore home? [Photography by Albert Lim]

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Semi-Detached House in Australia Is Business in Front, Party in Back

This semi-detached house just outside Melbourne, Australia, recently received a contemporary extension to meet the needs of the owners. Despite planning restraints (which don’t allow two-level buildings), the architects at Jost Architects were able to deliver the clients’ requests.

The Malvern House addition includes a master bedroom with en-suite bath and walk-in closet, second bedroom, office, bathroom, laundry room, kitchen with walk-in pantry, and a spacious open-plan living and dining area. Principal Patrick Jost described it as “business at the front and party at the back.”

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“One item that was imperative was the view to the back garden,” Jost said. “The plan is traditional, with rooms accessible from a central corridor leading into the rear dining and living area, where the ceiling rakes up to a substantial height.”

Sliding doors achieve an optimum connection with the wooden deck and internal courtyard. The minimalist design approach is softened by colorful accents and graphic artwork. A variety of finishes and textures also draws attention.

The home’s sustainable features include engineered wood flooring, thermally modified wood siding, zoned hydronic heating, and double-glazed steel windows and sliding doors. [Photography courtesy of Patrick Jost]

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Contemporary Home in France Angles for Attention

Architects Marc Fornes & Theverymany completed the design of MaHouse, a contemporary single-family home in Strasbourg, France. The modern building features three stacked, irregularly shaped volumes, which decrease in size from bottom to top.

This creative approach allows the inhabitants to maximize their living space in a neighborhood with strict building requirements. Each white “box,” only partially separated from the rest of the house, features a green roof. These outdoor spaces are great playgrounds for the kids. A swimming pool also adds to the appeal.

contemporary home in France - Marc Fornes & Theverymany - FreshomeBased on a simple color palette of white and wood accents, the interiors are minimalist, yet homey. Floor-to-ceiling windows on every level allow natural light to flow freely indoors. The asymmetric, angular lines throughout the house ensure a playful and dynamic feel.

“A staircase lined by glass profiles slips through the house’s three levels, providing a continuous spatial experience and light without direct views inside,” the architects said.

The ground floor houses the family’s living spaces, the parents’ penthouse is on the top floor, and the children’s area is in the middle. What do you think of this contemporary home in France? [Photography by Brice Pelleschi]
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Innovative Treehouse Takes Glamping to a Higher Level

If you like to connect with nature without sacrificing the luxuries of a relaxing weekend retreat, you can now have the best of both worlds, thanks to this sustainable project from Belgian company Trees and People.

Dom’Up is an octagonal structure that is suspended between two trees. The innovative treehouse creates an outdoors experience similar to glamping but has no effect on the environment, leaving no trace on the trees or the ground once the unit is deconstructed.

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The unit can be constructed in two days. The treehouse is composed of a steel frame, composite wood floors and canvas walls, which can be tied up to let in light or pulled down for privacy. The 172-square-foot structure has a waterproof double roof and is even equipped with a safety net.

The aesthetic of the treehouse is simple and natural, yet still designed with attention to detail. The upscale structure is perfect for a backyard staycation, giving you the chance to recharge in nature while relaxing in the comforts of home.

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Modern Nightstands for a Polished and Functional Bedroom

The star of your bedroom may be the bed, but don’t count out nightstands as an essential part of the room. A bedroom without a bedside table means that things like your clock, smartphone, books and lamps are without a home.

When choosing nightstands, be mindful of the space available. Smaller spaces may not be able to handle more than one bedside table. Mix it up, if you are so inclined; the matching nightstand rule was made to be broken.

Don’t be afraid to get creative; consider side tables or end tables as options. A Moroccan pouf or cube ottoman with a tray on top also are alternatives to traditional nightstands. Finally, keep in mind your mattress height; you’ll want to make sure your table isn’t too high or low.

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CB2 SAIC Sling Nightstand/Side Table

If you are a non-conformist, the SAIC Sling Nightstand/Side Table is for you. The sophisticated piece ($249) was designed for CB2 in collaboration with students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s on-trend in a hand-finished brass tone and features a leather sling for magazines, books or other items.

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West Elm Penelope Nightstand

Break up the hard edges and angles in a bedroom with a pair of Penelopes ($349-$399), available in two sizes (18″ or 24″ round) designed to fit any space. One drawer is the perfect catch-all for all the clutter you’d rather not leave out. The striking look of marble with a warm wood stain, antique brass detailing and tapered legs add a mid-century touch.

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Land of Nod Campaign Nightstand

If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your bedroom, give the Campaign nightstand ($299) a look. Available in bright fuchsia, kelly green or white, with brass-finished brackets and pulls, it’s bound to add life to the room.

Urban Outfitters Metal Accordion Side Table

We all need a little industrial chic in our lives, and the Accordion Side Table ($79) by Urban Outfitters delivers. The tray top is removable for when you crave breakfast in bed. The table, available in an antique bronze or brass finish, works well as a nightstand for a small space because it can be folded up and stored when not needed.

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Gus Modern Wilson End Table

The two-tone look in walnut and white lacquer make this simple, modern table ($399) a fresh nightstand option. The boxy design may appear no-frills, but the walnut woodgrain and glossy white lacquer offer rich detailing, and the self-closing drawer adds a nice touch.

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The creative use of individual, colorful stacking trays give this Ikea nightstand ($69) its function and beauty. Each plastic tray serves as a storage spot, and you can stack them however you like. If you’re partial to understated elegance, an all-white version is available.

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Casabianca Furniture Bari 1-Drawer Nightstand

Add a contemporary edge to your bedroom with this barely-there nightstand by Casabianca ($450). The combination of glass, stainless steel hardware and a floating glossy black, red or white drawer hold your bedside necessities stylishly and architecturally.

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South Shore Gravity 2-Drawer Nightstand

This simple nightstand may be classic in styling, but the gray-wash tone is modern. And for $100, there’s no excuse for having a nightstand-free bedroom any longer. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a piece that offers more storage.

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Room & Board Hudson C-Table/Nightstand

If you’re ready for a quality investment, the Hudson nightstand ($599) is waiting. Made in the USA and available in a selection of stains, the single ash or maple drawer sits atop a steel base. Leave the clever C-shaped base open, or use the space underneath for books, a basket or an ottoman.

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Vig Furniture Modrest 2-Drawer Nightstand

The clean-lined Modrest nightstand ($450) features an interesting asymmetrical detail. White painted glass gives it a fresh, modern look regardless of how long you’ve owned it. The two large drawers will hold nearly anything you keep around your bed.

Whichever style you choose, make the look your own; just remember to consider function as well as style when selecting a modern nightstand for your bedroom. We hope these ideas have inspired you!

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High Tech Meets High Style in This Unique Home in Germany

“Life in a high-tech format” was the concept behind this unique home in Germany, built by an engineer in the fields where he once played as a child. Convinced by architect Harald Eppler of Eppler + Bühler, the owner opted for a timeless, modern design in tune with his personality.

Some of the client’s requirements — space for his collection of cars and motorbikes, a pitched flat roof and a metal facade — helped shape the design of Haus Stahl. The building is made up of two offset volumes, which accommodate four levels total.
high-tech - Eppler + Bühler - Freshome“The structure of the facade, with hand-finished and pre-weathered titanium-zinc panels, makes optimum use of the sun’s daily transit,” Eppler said. The facade is closed to the northeast, where it faces neighboring homes, but is open to the south and west.

The base concrete volume, connected to a swimming pool, hosts the spacious garages, a wine cellar and a fitness area. Upon entering the house, you can see the rally motorbike, one of the owner’s favorite collection pieces.

Organized in an open space, the living room and kitchen are distinguished by slightly different heights. The bedrooms and a light-flooded bathroom are located on the top floor.
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The home’s high-tech features include individual lighting scenarios, an underfloor heating system and complex audio integration, all controllable via iPhone or iPad.

“The building technology is visualized, operated and monitored via a large touch panel that has been installed centrally in the house,” said the engineers at Gira, which designed the home’s electrical and technical components. [Photography by Ulrich Beuttenmüller]

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Modern Penthouse Addition Tops San Francisco Flat

This creative, 1,620-square-foot home was completed by Mork Ulnes Architects in San Francisco. Constrained by zoning requirements and a tight budget, the architects needed to think outside the box when planning the renovation.

The project, 20th Street, stands out in the neighborhood thanks to its matte black siding, typically used on skateboarding ramps. A penthouse addition was built atop the previously two-level home; the new space now hosts the residents’ social functions.
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This upper level provides extensive city views from the terrace. “A hand-drilled, operable steel screen doubles as an awning and diffuses light to imbue the penthouse with a playful atmosphere,” the architects said.

An optimum relationship with the outdoors is ensured by an inner courtyard as well as the home’s large windows. There is an overall feeling of space inside the penthouse. Against the white walls and light wood throughout, colorful accents create a cheerful ambiance.

A steel catwalk provides a connection directly from the third floor to the back garden, thanks to the plot’s steep terrain. What elements of this home do you find most captivating? [Photography by Bruce Damonte]

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