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Fitzroy Loft Breathes Life into Warehouse

In a former life, this residence was once a 250 square meter brick warehouse. In 2015, it was transformed into the Fitzroy Loft.

The designers focused on creating corresponding intimate spaces and voids: the bed rooms and study are intimate and smaller in scale, while the areas for entertaining are plunging and dramatic, utilizing the full height of the warehouse walls. Two sections of the house in particular utilize this feature, creating “lungs” for the home to breathe. These “lungs” provide light and sky views into the more private residential quarters.

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The whole space evokes the feeling of a country cottage, intertwined with industrial tones: clapboard is placed parallel to the original steel support beams. A windowed wall opens up to a greenhouse space, making it a private garden within the home. This space, with a verdant floor and walled with windows, is more like a private lawn for entertaining than an interior room.

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This compelling use of private and public space made this home the winner of 2016 Australian Interior Design Award for Residential Design.

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Luxury Penthouse in Dublin with Bespoke Details

Michael Ó Mara Interior Design worked with architects John O’Neil and Associates to completely remove the original penthouse that sat atop this four-story apartment building in Dublin. The light-filled, luxury penthouse that they then created uses refined materials in a contemporary and classic design.

The tall windows that line the living room and bedroom open to a view of rooftops and the Dublin Bay. The view is particularly wonderful from the bedroom, where you can easily imagine enjoying coffee on a lazy weekend morning.

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The residents of this penthouse can also enjoy its bay views from a patio lined with potted trees. The classic look of these topiaries contrasts with a modern railing to create a natural transition between the penthouse’s glazed walls and the building’s older exterior.

Inside, the design team added interesting details throughout, including a bespoke walnut door and shadow gap door framing. Clean lines and light colors draw your attention to the fine detailing. [Photography and information courtesy of Michael Ó Mara Interior Design and John O’Neil and Associates]

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9 Habits of Highly Organized People

We all want to be a little bit more organized.

What causes you stress on the outside – whether a long list of errands or a cluttered home, is what causes frustration and uneasiness on the inside.

Research shows that it takes 21 days to form a habit. By following some of these easy ideas for streamlining your life, you could be three weeks away from a brand new, organized you.

9 Habits of Organized People:

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They have less

The less there is, the less there is to organize.

It’s that simple. Organized homes aren’t filled with excess towels and sheets, or plates and dishes. They just have washing machines and dishwashers. If you can narrow down to just the necessities, you’re bound to be left only with the items you use regularly and love.

Having less of anything – whether wardrobe, board games, or pantry items, makes for easier choices.

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They know when to say, “good enough”

They’re not perfectionists, and don’t try to be.

Organization is so often associated with detail-orientation, but the two are not mutually exclusive. Organized people are the ones who are OK with putting slightly wrinkly sheets on the bed. They don’t have a five-star meal on the table each night. They get things done as efficiently as possible, allowing themselves to cut some corners to get to the next task at hand.

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They put things away

Right away.

Author Gretchen Rubin wrote about her experiences trying to clear clutter and become more organized. Her two biggest successes: the one minute rule, and ten minute tidy-up.

The one minute rule declares any task that can be done in under a minute should be done immediately, from filing a record to hanging up a coat or umbrella. Then, every night before bed, she suggests taking ten minutes to tidy up visual clutter in your home. Can’t commit to ten? Start with five.

Staying on top of things little by little is much easier and rewarding than having to tackle your mess once it’s hit the point of no return.

They reevaluate

Often.

Lifestyles (and design styles) change, and the organized person is constantly combing through their belongings and deciding what isn’t needed anymore. In a world where we’re almost always accumulating things, we also have to consciously curate our items.

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They say no

And don’t think twice.

The invitation to a last minute happy hour, the extra task at work, the lamp from their mother-in-law. Organized people are OK with saying no to things that risk overloading them, whether physically or emotionally. Because the straw that broke the camel’s back shouldn’t be a lamp you didn’t even want in the first place.

They don’t hide their belongings

Out of sight isn’t out of mind.

The art of being organized isn’t the art of stowing away all of your items. In fact, keeping your belongings in plain sight or easily accessible makes them easier to find, use, and move on from. Keeping all of your possessions in boxes and drawers means more time and frustration spent digging.

Invest in some aesthetically-pleasing storage containers. For the kitchen, they’re great for storing cereals, nuts, and pastas (and making it easy to know when they’re running low). For elsewhere in the home, an assortment of sizes can contain kids toys, beauty accessories, even spare change.

They celebrate big and small achievements

A long list of big tasks is daunting to anyone.

Those who stay organized flourish by putting small, easy tasks on a to-do list. Mixing in simple tasks with difficult ones provides encouragement and shows progress as you make your way through the list.

And when tasks are overwhelmingly large, like doing your taxes or buying a new car, break it down into smaller, more digestible to-dos.

They aren’t easy side-tracked

Notifications off.

Often times, multitasking (or attempting to) leads to less productivity overall. This is especially relevant living in a world where we constantly have a buzzing cellphone in hand and a full email inbox.

Organized people don’t feel the need to answer every email as they receive it. Instead, they ignore or turn off notifications for such distractions, and finish the task they’re currently in the middle of.

A study by the University of British Columbia said the average person checks email 15 times a day. However, the study suggests three times is all we need to keep added stress away and stay on track with other tasks.

What secrets do you employ to stay organized? We’d love to hear from you on social media or in the comment section below!

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Contemporary Home in Brasília Values Daylight, Natural Ventilation

Patricia Almeida Arquitetura completed the design and implementation of a contemporary home in Brasília, the vibrant capital of Brazil. Despite its central location, the residence is said to have an optimum connection with nature.

“The project’s starting point was the couple’s desire to have a house that integrates the landscape, combined with functionality and aesthetics,” the architects stated. “The residence was designed from the outside in; through large openings and skylights, it values natural lighting and ventilation.”
modern home (2)The exterior of this contemporary residence in Brazil is characterized by a simple palette of concrete, glass, and wood. “The overlap of the two boxes leads to a unique architectural composition. The assembly is interconnected by a metal and wood ladder structure that functions as a central axis and ensures a good flow of moving through the house”.

Open towards the garden and closed to the access road, the lower box accommodates the garage and social areas. The upper box houses the intimate area, with wooden shutters providing a high level of privacy. These panels can open in a variety of ways, acting as light filters and contributing to a flowing natural ventilation. [Photography by Edgard César]
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Unconventional Artist’s Studio in Vietnam Allows Nature Inside

The Terra Cotta Studio, located next to Thu Bon river in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, has a particular architectural structure. Noted for being the working space of renowned artist Le Duc Ha (who creates beautiful sculptures and pottery), the studio is a stunning art structure itself to engage in.

This project is a cube-shaped building. Immediately surrounding the studio is a bamboo frame that is used for drying out terra cotta products. It is further designed with two big benches for resting, relaxing, and having tea. This raised platform also serves as a fence to divide the studio and the workshop.
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The bricks were built interleaved creating holes which allow the wind to provide a bit of natual air conditioning. At the same time, these unconventional “walls” allow the artist to interact with the surrounding environment: the sound of the rushing river and the crisp breeze.

“The studio was designed as a place for containing, contemplating and spreading the emotion of the artist with his both finished and unfinished artworks,” the developing architects at Tropical Space said.

The interior of the studio is a three-floor wood frame system, where cutout square modules act as shelves for displaying artwork. There is a staircase leading upstairs, to hallways and seating benches. As you walk through the hallways, you will observe the workshop, the river banks, and the expansive garden through the windows and brick perforations. [Information provided by Tropical Space Co.,Ltd; photography by Oki Hiroyuki]
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Unconventional Artist’s Studio in Vietnam Allows Nature Inside

The Terra Cotta Studio, located next to Thu Bon river in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, has a particular architectural structure. Noted for being the working space of renowned artist Le Duc Ha (who creates beautiful sculptures and pottery), the studio is a stunning art structure itself to engage in.

This project is a cube-shaped building. Immediately surrounding the studio is a bamboo frame that is used for drying out terra cotta products. It is further designed with two big benches for resting, relaxing, and having tea. This raised platform also serves as a fence to divide the studio and the workshop.
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The bricks were built interleaved creating holes which allow the wind to provide a bit of natual air conditioning. At the same time, these unconventional “walls” allow the artist to interact with the surrounding environment: the sound of the rushing river and the crisp breeze.

“The studio was designed as a place for containing, contemplating and spreading the emotion of the artist with his both finished and unfinished artworks,” the developing architects at Tropical Space said.

The interior of the studio is a three-floor wood frame system, where cutout square modules act as shelves for displaying artwork. There is a staircase leading upstairs, to hallways and seating benches. As you walk through the hallways, you will observe the workshop, the river banks, and the expansive garden through the windows and brick perforations. [Information provided by Tropical Space Co.,Ltd; photography by Oki Hiroyuki]
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A Community-Centric Apartment Complex on the Staten Island Waterfront

With Ironstate Development Company’s Urby Staten Island project, “they had to go big or go home,” according to a local resident quoted in the New York Times. This community-centric apartment complex feels like part of a grand plan with its urban garden and communal kitchen. These unique amenities target modern urban dwellers by promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Ironstate worked with Concrete, a Dutch architecture firm, in conceptualizing the boxy, mid-rise buildings that currently advertise 571 studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. The first floor is primarily designed for retail space, a convenience that makes the complex feel like even more like a community.

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The interior features bright colors and fun shapes, like a five-sided house motif that reoccurs over things like the entrance and the bodega inside. Mismatched chairs and eclectic accessories around the space add to its quirky feel.

The apartments themselves focus on efficiency without losing the fun additions present in communal spaces. The floor numbers are done to look like graffiti and each unit has a collage of different pictures compiled from around the city to denote the apartment number. Most spaces are laid out so that the living rooms are outward facing and bedrooms are tucked into the interior, allowing residents to make the most of views. [Photography by Ewout Huibers and information courtesy of New York Times and Urby Staten Island]

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Two Rivers House a Western Retreat

This wild retreat, designed by Snake River Interiors, is located in Wyoming, United Sates.

Named for the two rivers that join on this beautiful and wild property, this house embodies a spirit of the West, from the rawhide wrapped dry bar to the stone flooring to the distressed woodwork. The historic rock structure was brought to the building site for this very purpose of creating a foundation for this gorgeous home.

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Mimicking the wild, open spaces of the West, this house minimizes the use of interior walls to create an open floor plan. Extensive windows also aid in erasing the barrier between the house and the outdoors.

Antique wide-plank pine floors and solid rock give a timelessness to this home, while subtle contemporary touches found throughout ensure that it stays modern. The beauty is in the detailed, custom work, from the intricately ribbed ceiling to the asymmetrical tear drop lights hanging over the wooden slab dining room table. Perfect for entertaining, it’s certainly a retreat from the wider world.

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Upgrade Your Bedroom Tonight With These Creative Headboard Ideas

A bedroom without a headboard is like the perfect outfit without the right shoes. If your bed is missing the all-important headboard element, take inspiration from our headboard ideas and add a big design statement your room tonight.

Headboards can sometimes be thought of as big and bulky, however, regardless of the size of the room, a headboard doesn’t need to take up much space at all. In fact, if your bedroom is small or crowded, getting rid of a bedroom frame and replacing it with a headboard is a great way to reclaim valuable space in your bedroom.

Adding a headboard to your bedroom is one of the simplest projects to do. Here are some headboard ideas that upgrade your room.

Recycled Object Headboards

If you’re on a budget, the recycled headboard is often the coolest and least expensive headboard style. Grab some inspiration and take a trip to your local thrift store for supplies. Some headboard ideas made from recycled objects include:

— A wall of books, shown above
— Salvaged wood slats
— Leftover wood flooring pieces
— Bamboo poles
— Old doors

When it comes to using wood, there are so many variations to try. To create a sleeker, contemporary headboard look, sand and slightly whitewash the wood slats so they don’t feel rough, look dirty or too rustic in appearance.

For extra design appeal, try offsetting your headboard for an asymmetric effect like the image below.

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Furniture-as-Headboard Ideas

Take furniture and home accents and give them new life as a headboard. Some furniture-as-headboard ideas include:

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Floating Furniture as a Headboard

If you have the space, float a dresser, cabinet or desk in the room with enough space to open the drawers on one side and with the back of the furniture piece as your headboard. The best part is that you can sit lamps or other objects on the dresser to shine over you when reading in bed. If your dresser back is unfinished, paint it or line it with wallpaper.

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Area Rug as a Headboard

Add a soft touch of texture to your bedroom by hanging a rug on the wall as a headboard alternative. A standard 5×8 rug is wide enough to match a queen size, 60” wide mattress. An Indian dhurrie-style rug (shown above) is the easiest type of rug to work with, since it’s lightweight and thin.

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Converted Room Divider as a Headboard

Find a unique wall panel or room screen and hang it as a headboard. Geometrically-patterned screens or room dividers create the most contemporary impact. For extra contrast, remove the screen’s boring paper backing and paint the screen’s frame in a color that ties into your bedroom’s decor.

Fabric Headboards

There are many types of headboards you can create using fabric. To give your headboard a finished look there are several ways to create an easy, simple one:

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Fabric Panel Headboard

Cut a thin wood panel in the size you’d like for your headboard, spray glue some foam batting to pad the wood a bit and wrap your fabric nicely in the front while stapling in the back. Headboard ideas that are contemporary include creating a long headboard panel that not only frames your bed, but your nightstand, too, like the room in the image above.

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Narrow Vertical Panel Fabric Headboard

Another non-traditional way to create a cool, modern headboard is by using the panels unconventionally. Hang the panel vertically instead of horizontally. Group two narrow, vertical panels with a gap in-between.

The headboard design above is not only different but changes with the bedding. The homeowners remove the coordinating striped runners and replace them with new ones that go with the fresh, new bedding.

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Fabric Mosaic Headboard

Buy foam board that is somewhere between 2-5” thick. Have the shop cut it for you on squares or rectangles of your choice. Wrap each panel with fabric and mount on the wall with easily removable Command hanging strips. For a unique look, use different sized shapes and varying color fabrics to create a custom mosaic-effect headboard.

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Three Dimensional Fabric Headboard

Take cardboard boxes and panels of all sizes, “gift wrap” them in your favorite fabric(s) and hang them with Command hanging strips to create a three-dimensional headboard wall, like the headboard wall wrapped in Indian silk above.

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Corner Fabric Headboard

If your bed is up against a corner, add a low-profile headboard to two walls creating a corner headboard. For an elegant, finished look like the room above, add a modern, tailored bed skirt in the same headboard fabric to your bed.

Artistic Headboards

Create a headboard that is bold and artistic with the following headboard ideas. If you want to give your room a contemporary look, go with a big scale. That means building your headboard up to the ceiling or using oversized art.

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A Work of Art as Headboard

A wall mural or painting can be a great headboard. If you’re wanting a softer more padded effect, paint or print your art on a large canvas, mount it to a frame and pad the backside for a custom, upholstered art headboard.

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An Artsy Collage Headboard

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Wooden Brick House Matches Tradition with Innovation

Built by Jaro Krobot, this project was an exciting exploration in material innovation. By using new building technology to recreate a traditional home, the atmosphere of the surrounding area was preserved.

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This house in Lučatín, a small village in central part of Slovakia, was completed in 2014. It sits on the site of an older home that had become dilapidated beyond repair. The current wooden house reproduces the footprint of the former house, following the traditional floor plan of the area.

There were set limitations with the construction: care was taken to maintain an existing stone wall and the surrounding coniferous trees to preserve the landscape. Demolishing a barn in the back of the property opened up new views of the road and hills without changing the general layout of the home.

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All efforts were made to reuse materials from old buildings and barns in the village. While not everything could be created from recycled materials, all the suppliers were sourced from the surrounding area.

One major innovation was a Swiss process called STEKO, developed with ETH Zurich. These are bricks made of solid spruce wood, which can be filled with different kinds of insulation. All wooden sections of the home were built in five days.

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