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Creating the Ultimate Guest Room: How to Make Guests Feel Right at Home

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Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.

Leave some fresh towels.

Leave a basket of fresh towels for your guests to use during their stay. Image: Dreamy Whites

Include fresh towels

At some point in the visit, your guests will need to freshen up. Rather than make visitors ask for clean towels or carefully raid your linen closet, purchase a separate set of towels and leave them in the room when guests arrive.

There are ways to make your linens work double duty. In addition to their intended purpose, you can incorporate them as part of your overall design. Be sure to choose a set of towels similar in color or pattern to the other accents in the room.

Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.

Make sure there’s plenty of lighting on the bedside table. Image: Accouter Group

Add bedside lighting

We’ve all experienced a moment where we’ve tripped over friends’ furniture in the dark. Instead of making your guests navigate unfamiliar surroundings after turning the light out, include bedside lighting in your guest room.

As for how to pick the right fixture, consider both style and size. Obviously, you want to choose an option that matches your desired aesthetic, but it’s also important to make sure that the lighting is proportionate to the area. Abbe Fenimore, the designer at Studio Ten 25, says this interior design mistake is all too common. She recommends taking measurements of the area where your lamps will be before heading to the store.

If you have a little extra money to spare, you could also consider purchasing lighting that comes with extra features. Think about choosing dimmable lamps so guests can choose their own lighting level. Lamps with outlets in their base are also a good choice because they allow guests to easily charge their electronics.




Include some entertainment.

Provide entertainment in case your guests wake up early. Image: Bee’s Knees Design LLC

Provide some entertainment

This is one of those features that will set your guest room apart from others. It’s difficult to get a good night’s sleep in unfamiliar territory. Most of us are prone to either lying awake at night or waking up at the crack of dawn. Rather than having your friends twiddle their thumbs while they wait for an acceptable time to get out of bed, the ultimate guest room will provide guests with entertainment.

Instead of automatically adding a TV, consider choosing forms of entertainment that can add to the décor. For example, something like the coffee table books in the picture above. Magazines are another good option.

Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.

Review our tips for a great guest room.

Use these tips to create a guest room your visitors will love. Image: Blue Ocean Design

Putting together a guest room comes with a little extra pressure, doesn’t it? In addition to wanting your guests to feel welcome, there’s something satisfying about knowing you’ve created an impressive setup. If you’re looking for ways to wow your friends and family, check out our guide to creating the ultimate guest room. Follow our suggestions and we’re sure that extra bedroom will be so nice your visitors won’t want to leave.

Which features do you think are important in a guest room? What tips do you have for making guests feel at home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Bouncy Safety Net Installation Encourages Museum Fun in Singapore

How do you interact with children inside a museum to increase their cultural appetite? Atelier YokYok installed a giant safety net under the main dome of the National Museum of Singapore that allows visitors to witness the art works from a different perspective.

Named Soft Dome, the temporary art installation is 36 ft (11m) wide and 22 ft (7m) high and was put together off-site before being delivered to the museum. The polypropylene net was especially created for the Children’s Season, which lasts until the end of July 2017, and underlines the main theme of the events — Connections.

“Soft Dome is a kind of bouncy hemispheric net that you can experience in the museum’s main rotunda,” the designers explained. “Visitors to the museum are confronted with this majestic black net structure that invades the space.” The concept of an inverted dome is inspired by the interior of the building.

The interaction with the suspended safety net is meant to trigger amusement for both children and adults. “Awe soon gives way to curiosity as you work out how to climb inside the Soft Dome,” Atelier YokYok said.

“Once you venture inside, the visual connection with the museum architecture becomes obvious, as does the link with the building, and you can dive, swing, climb inside the inverted dome, enjoying this playful and exciting interpretation of the museum space.” Photography: Atelier YokYok

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Family Home in Georgia Inspired by the English Countryside

We love how this family home in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, revives rustic details and delivers sophistication throughout. Swann Wynd Bridge Residence was completed by Washington-based National Association of Home Builders and has a total area of 2,475 square feet.

This lovely house design was inspired by the English countryside but crafted with local materials. Its location? In a dense forest setting, neighboring a peaceful water stream. “An attached footbridge crosses the creek and, together with the house, anchors a pedestrian, cobblestone road lined with houses that is inspired by the character of English hamlets in the Cotswolds,” the project developers said.

As you step inside, you’re greeted by an impressive living room area with vaulted ceilings and numerous large windows. The designers played with eye-catching decorating details, subtly blended in the classical, charming background.

The stairs take you to the bedrooms, which are naturally illuminated thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. One of the highlights of the property is a welcoming backyard, perfect for friendly gatherings, as well as for moments of solitude. Photography by Emily Jenkins Followill

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Rules to Pull Off a Successful Eclectic Design (Without it Feeling Overwhelming)

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Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.

Coordinate with color.

Use color as a common thread. Image: Pamela Hope Designs

Coordinate with color

Keep in mind eclectic design is not about getting rid of coordination altogether. Rather, it’s about making coordination a background note. To achieve a successful design, it’s critical to maintain a common thread throughout the space and, in eclectic spaces, color is the way to make it happen.

You’ll want to choose a color that can be repeated throughout multiple areas in the room. Think about using it in your textiles, wall art and other accessories. If possible, try to find the color in a variety of prints and patterns. This will help you stay true to your eclectic mix while subtly pulling the room together.

For an added layer of behind-the-scenes structure, try to coordinate multiple colors within the room. Just remember your color theory basics and choose one shade as the dominant while the others serve as accents.

Eclectic decor to consider:

Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.

Pick a statement piece.

Choose one statement piece to be the room’s focal point. Image: Vintage Renewal

Add a statement piece

A statement piece — whether it’s a furniture item or work of art — is really where your eclectic design is meant to shine. Make it big, make it bold. In this case, no coordination is necessary. This is the piece you want to really pop.

To use the statement piece correctly, make it the focal point of the room. (And, in case it bears repeating, make sure there’s only one.) Then, adjust the other items in the room so they subtly point to your signature item.

For example, if you’re highlighting a one-of-a-kind mantle, you could angle the furniture in the room so it points to the fireplace or, if you’d rather draw attention to a painting, make sure it’s large enough in scale to anchor the wall.

Statement piece art to consider:

Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.

Eclectic design can tie together.

There are ways to successfully tie together an eclectic design. Image: Corynne Pless

To some, an eclectic design style can feel conflicting. While the ability to break away from traditional interior design do’s and don’ts is more than enough to peak curiosity, at the same time the style can feel too unwieldy to attempt — until now. We have the tips and tricks you need to pull off an eclectic design. Use this post as a reference as you plan out your next project and we’re sure your final product will feel stylishly eccentric.

What do you think of eclectic styles? Will you be including this look in your interiors? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Porto Fira Suites in Greece: Organic Shapes, Endless Blue

The Greek island of Santorini is often associated with fulfilling escapes. Cycladic architecture, whitewashed walls, endless views of the sea and beautiful sunsets make this land surreal. Porto Fira Suites is a tantalizing retreat that reflects the personality of the island.

The resort (envisioned by Interior Design Laboratorium) features 13 cave-like apartments, built with local materials and displaying organic shapes. A whole new universe seems to unveil when faced with these smooth curves and beautiful arched windows overlooking the caldera.

All the rooms’ interiors are spacious and comfortable, each with its own private veranda. Wooden beams and traditional carpets make for subtle elements of design. Only the essential furniture was added: a chair here, a small desk there. This minimalist approach emphasizes the natural shape of the rooms and shifts attention toward the magical outdoors.

When staying here, guests have access to open-air dining, on the rooftop restaurant and terrace facing the Aegean Sea. An indoor spa and a refreshing infinity pool complete the image of a promising stay. Photography by Giorgos Sfakianakis

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Tree House in Cape Town Makes for Peaceful Hideaway

The creative team at Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design was challenged to design a nature hideaway in Cape Town, South Africa. This modern tree house with glass and western red cedar finishes has an iconic shape that maximizes views of the site.

Its vertical layout leaves enough room for a living space on the first level, with a dining alcove and large windows. The second floor accommodates the bedroom, while the third features a rooftop terrace with built-in seating units. “The building lightly touches the ground, and entry is by means of a suspended timber and Corten steel ramp,” the architects said.

Corten steel columns, arms and rings support the floors and heavy windows. All materials are said to be left untreated to change hues with the passing of time.

“The organizational diagram of the structure explores the pure geometry of a square, with each side divided into three modules,” the architects explained. “Two of these modules determine the diameter of a circle on each of the four sides of the square — resulting in a pinwheel plan layout.” As you go through the architecture plans at the end of the post, this seemingly intricate design will unravel into a logical, yet fascinating configuration. Photography: Adam Letch and Mickey Hoyle

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Awesome Vintage Campers and Camper Van Decor for Your Next Road Trip

Why not camp out or road trip this summer in one of the coolest vintage campers around? Airstream camper vans are hot and can still be found for a good bargain if you’re willing to put in a little work — and even add some stylish camper van decor.

An Airstream looks like a silver bullet and was first introduced in 1936. But it took a good 20 to 30 years before it reached its peak of popularity in the late ’50s and ’60s.

Vintage Airstream photo. Image: Airstream

Enthusiasts have been collecting these vintage campers for some time now and refurbishing the interiors to function for the 21st century. Nowadays, camper vans are used for “glamping,” as mobile offices, a guest house in the backyard or even an Airbnb rental. Those who love the tiny house movement will appreciate the vibe of these tiny homes on wheels.

Here are some of the coolest camper van interior remodels that transform vintage campers into the ultimate contemporary road trip trailer.

Mid-Century and Retro Camper Van Interiors

Wood paneling and a classic breakfast set update this home on wheels while keeping vintage style. Image: Andrew Hinman Architecture

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Colorful textiles give this renovated camper van interior a cheerful and retro feel. Image: McMullin Design Group

A refreshed camper van interior featuring classic navy blue cabinetry. Image: Closet Crafters

Vintage Trailer Rental in Palm Springs

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A 1972 Airstream Argosy in Palm Springs is available for rent. Image: Silver Trailer

The interior has been updated, but still keeps its seventies design inspiration. Image: Silver Trailer

Retro Colors for a Vintage Look

Sage green and orange accents create a bright, uplifting interior. Image: Amy Carman Design

A multi-functional camper dining and work table area. Image: Amy Carman Design

Airstream Vintage Campers as Mobile Offices and Work Spaces

1964 Sovereign Mobile Office

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A mobile office based in Santa Barbara, California. Image: Hoffman Architecture

The workspace interior is bright, white and invigorating. Image: Hoffman Architecture

1985 Airstream Office on Wheels

A 35-foot Airstream with plenty of space for several to work in style. Image: Hoffman Architecture

The interior features reclaimed wood and an open floor plan. Image: Hoffman Architecture

Skylights were added to bring in extra light. Image: Hoffman Architecture

1971 Sovereign Workspace

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Inspired by Scandinavian design featuring light wood surfaces and plenty of white. Image: Hoffman Architecture

Well chosen camper decor and warm finishes create an at-home feeling. Image: Hoffman Architecture

San Francisco Real Estate Office on Wheels

An eye-catching open house is possible anywhere thanks to stylish Airstream trailers. Image: Climb San Francisco

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The interior features highly polished aluminum that reflects the colorful camper van decor. Image: Climb San Francisco

The bedroom area was converted into an inviting conference room with wrap-around seating. Image: Climb San Francisco

Mobile Hair Salon

Cleverly named Hairstream, the hair salon on wheels travels through New York City and the Hamptons. Image: Hairstream NYC

Copper rear walls offset the highly polished aluminum throughout. Image: Hairstream NYC

Luxe Camper Van Interiors for Glamping

Modern Moroccan Nomad Style

Interior designer Rachel Horn renovated a 1969 Airstream International to showcase her work and accommodate her weekend road trips. Image: Rachel Horn

Rachel’s Airstream renovation is titled Moroccan Modern Nomad. Image: Rachel Horn

Lush interiors and rich wall colors elevate the camper van decor to create a luxurious interior. Image: Rachel Horn

Contemporary Camper Van Interior

A generously sized Airstream International gets a contemporary look featuring exotic wood paneling and lime green textiles. Image: <a class="colorbox" href="https://www.cdeam.com/airstream-1" target="_blank" …read more      

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Just Moved? Here’s How to Incorporate Existing Furniture Into a New Space

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Reusing your design elements after a move is possible. Image:
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Pull the look together with accents.

Use accents and accessories to pull everything together. Image: Katie Martinez Design

Pull the room together with accents

Keep in mind that furniture isn’t the only thing that matters in interior design. There are plenty of other components that affect how a room looks. Even if your furniture doesn’t come together as perfectly as you’d imagined, you can use matching accents as a unifying element.

Take, for example, the picture above. Though the woods and fixtures aren’t an exact match, there is enough brass in the drawer pulls, shelving brackets and light fixtures to make the kitchen look cohesive. Whichever room you’re working on, consider using coordinating elements such as textiles, wall art and décor items to anchor your design.

Even if you need to spend money to purchase new accents, this is one area worth the splurge, especially when you consider that the total cost will probably be far less than buying new furniture. In the end, a few complementary accents will have a huge visual impact on the space.

Easy accents to pull together your room:

Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.
Pull the look together with accents.

Consider an eclectic style

Consider adopting an eclectic style. Image: Studio JP

Embrace eclectic design

If you’re willing to explore a less-traditional area of interior design, an eclectic style is a great way to bring different looks together within the same four walls. There are only a few things you need to keep in mind to put a room like this together in a way that works.

In eclectic design, a good layout is essential. Since none of the pieces match, their purpose as a unit needs to be immediately identifiable. In this case, less is more. Focus on only including items that serve a specific function. Then, use balance and symmetry to ensure their configuration is pleasing to the eye.

The other defining feature of a successful eclectic design is a coordinating color. Again, this is where accents come into play. Choose accent pieces and accessories that are similar in their shade and hue so your furniture becomes a focal point rather than another distraction.

Eclectic furniture finds for your space:

Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style
Consider an eclectic style

Use your imagination to rethink design

Moving existing furniture into a new place just takes imagination. Image: Rikki Snyder

Moving doesn’t have to mean sinking a lot of money into designing new interiors. It’s absolutely possible to incorporate existing furniture into a new home. All it takes is a little imagination and forethought. If you’re struggling with how to blend your old and new spaces together, use this guide as a jumping off point. These tips will give you the framework you need to create a fresh look at a fraction of the cost.

Have you ever had to bring your furniture into a new space? What questions do you have for us about navigating interior design after a move? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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30 Back-to-School Homework Spaces and Study Room Ideas You’ll Love

If you’re having trouble getting your kids to do homework, check out these cool study room ideas. Maybe all you need to kick-start your kid’s study habits is a change of scenery! A back-to-school homework space that’s quiet for focus, colorful for inspiration and organized to reduce distractions would make homework time a pleasure for most kids.

Regardless of the size of the space or room, you can create an awesome and affordable kids’ homework space. Best of all,


Desks and Desk Chairs




Lighting




Wall Units & Bookshelves




Other Decor




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