Hottest 2018 Home Trends, According to Pinterest

Pinterest recently released a report about the top 100 trends based on Pinning activity. And the home and interior design category is blowing up. There’s currently more than 14 billion home looks on Pinterest and the category continues to grow, with a 75% increase in Pins compared to last year.

Why hear what 2018’s trends will be from one company when you can get the lowdown from an entire cultural collective? Here are the hottest 2018 home trends, according to Pinterest.

Spa style

The ultimate staycation starts in your spa bathroom. Image: Bloc Architecture

Exotic resort living and spa-inspired bathrooms are big. According to Pinterest, the keyword “spa bathrooms” is up 269%. Looks like a zen, relaxing home environment that’s inspired by your favorite vacation will be one of the biggest 2018 home trends.

Wall art

A big wall art statement is a must for 2018. Image: Studio Mills Design

Pinners are obsessed with wall art, especially gallery walls and collages. On a search for most repinned Pins in the home category, at least several gallery wall Pins and large-format art pieces were in the top 15. Pinterest confirms my findings by reporting that the search term “big wall art” is up 637%.

Mixed metallics

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Mixing golds, stainless and copper tones continues to be fresh and interesting. Image: Schanstra Design Group

Metallics are popular already, but they’re still rising in popularity. Mixed metals seem to be the favorite, with Pins for “mixed metallics” up 423%.


Terrazzo floors are eco-friendly and low-maintenance. Image: Mina Brinkey

Pinterest may have uncovered an upcoming trend. Saves for the word “terrazzo” are up 316%. Terrazzo floors are what normally come to people’s minds, but you’ll see terrazzo surfaces, walls, countertops and more in 2018.

Farmhouse style

This farmhouse kitchen remodel by Joanna Gaines features sage colored cabinetry. Image: HGTV

We may not need Pinterest to tell us that farmhouse design will probably be the hottest design look for 2018. But keywords related to the look, such as the color “sage” (up 170%) and “herringbone wood patterns” (up 131%), confirm it.

Do you use Pinterest? What do you think are the hottest 2018 home trends?

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Modern Addition to Family Residence Also Doubles as a Standalone Home

As with most growing families, the owners of Studio House in Melbourne were struggling to find space and privacy with time. Finding additional space to meet your new needs is often a difficult and challenging task that forces you to think creatively. This is precisely what happens at this exquisite Aussie home as Zen Architects designed an efficient and multi-purpose studio that now sits next to the older residence. The new structure presents a multitude of possibilities and while it is being currently used as an extension of the main house, it can also function as a standalone home with complete ease.

New addition to the Melbourne home can function as a individual home

This makes the Studio House truly special with a flexible floor plan that gives the homeowners an endless array of possibilities. The latest addition combines metal and wood to fashion an ingenious interior that is filled with plenty of natural light. An open plan living on the lower level can also accommodate a dining space and dedicated kitchen down the line while the bedrooms on the top floor combine privacy with controlled ventilation and smart city views.

Metal and wood addition to family home in Melbourne
Metallic exterior of the new addition in Melbourne
Classic Melbourne home with a modern addition
Custom wooden shelving and cabinets for the modern interior in white
Comfortable and modern home work space with a desk that folds away

The building has its own little garden space, which is shared with the original home, a private entrance that is not connected with the main entryway and can be turned into a completely independent home down the line. A neutral color palette, wooden accents and a splash of green turn this adaptable addition into a modern delight. [Photography: Jack Lovel]

White and wood along with the green of the flooring creates a refreshing living environment
Ground floor plan of new addition to suburban home in Melbourne
Revamped design of the Studio House with individual unit
First floor plan of the Studio House

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Trendy Color Upgrade: Stylish Kitchens in Shades of Violet and Purple

There are plenty of new things to look forward to as you step into the New Year and 2018 is no different with early trends and hot hues already setting the pace in the design and fashion world. As is the norm each year, we keep our eye out for Pantone Color of the Year announcement this time of the season and this time around that honor has been bestowed upon bright, beautiful and versatile Ultra Violet. More than a singular color, this mystic and magical hue at its rich best offers an opportunity to try out different shades of both purple and violet. It is all about combining its overall appeal with a color that you love best!

Purple rain tribute kitchen perfectly embraces Pantone Color of the Year [From: Nar Design Group]

There are many shades of violet that range from mellow pastels to vivacious and bright hues at their incandescent best. Sure some of them veer into purple and it is often mere semantics that separates them. With that in mind, we take a look today at the best 11 kitchens that embrace this violet-purple charm even while staying distinctly modern and even sophisticated on a few occasions! It is a bold color explosion that you will absolutely adore –

Lighter Shades of Violet

The bluish-purple goodness that Ultra Violet brings might not be perfect for every kitchen, but you can explore its other shades as well to ensure that it suits with the specific theme, style and ambiance of your kitchen. We always love trying out lighters shades of a color before we delve into its darker depths and it is no different when it comes to violet or purple. Try out pastel violet hues along with white and pops of black to create a balance between light and dark elements. Pastel violet looks good in a wide range of kitchens that vary from shabby chic and vintage to traditional and rustic.

RELATED: Ultra Violet: Decorating with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018

Shabby chic kitchen with light violet glint and black and white floor tiles [From: David Giles Photography]
Gorgeous Old America Kitchen from Snaidero
Lighter shades of violet are perfect for the modern kitchen in white

A Colorful Kitchen Island

Do not view the kitchen island as just a functional addition and use it to create a stunning focal point along by adding a dash of purple or violet. A colorful kitchen island is neither a revolutionary idea nor one that will seem out of place in the contemporary kitchen. With most modern kitchens embracing a neutral color scheme that is largely anchored in white, a kitchen island with pops of Ultra Violet looks absolutely eye-catching. Of course, you can take this a step further by introducing pattern that is as simply and chic as stripes and chevron or something more expansive that uses flowery prints.

RELATED: Contemporary Apartment in Ukraine With Stylish Furniture & Purple Hues by Eno Getiashvili

Different shades of violet and purple blend in seamlessly [From: Treske Ltd]
Fun way to bring violet and purple to the kitchen and dining space
Colorful kitchen island stands proudly in the neutral setting

Creating a Vivacious Backdrop

From light violets and kitchen islands in purple we move on to kitchens that embrace the violet glint in a more obvious fashion. Walls in violet might feel a bit garish when you have a dark and small kitchen, but they look absolutely majestic in a larger, more light-filled kitchen. If walls in violet do not really tickle your fancy, then shelves and cabinets in violet are the next best option. As we always harp on, it is bets to repeat the color in different parts of the kitchen to give it a more curated and refined visual appeal.

RELATED: Accentuate With Majesty: Purple Passion for Contemporary Interiors

Traditional kitchen in white and lighter tones of purple [From: AM Home Design Ltd]
Violet cabinetry in the kitchen along with wine rack steals the spotlight here [From: Stephen Graver Ltd]
Contemporary kitchen in wood and dark purple is a showstopper [From: Artstyle-spb]
Finding shades of violet that venture into purple for the contemporary kitchen [From: Maria Stepanova]

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Trapeze Pendant by Jette Scheib for Oblure

Trapeze Pendant by Jette Scheib for Oblure

German designer Jette Scheib found inspiration from childhood visits to the circus when it came time to design her recently launched Trapeze pendant for Swedish brand Oblure. Trapeze was her favorite act to watch as they swung their bodies around interacting with other performers as well as the audience. The flexible pendant has the same idea allowing you to move the components around for endless lighting possibilities. If a single Trapeze isn’t enough, they’ve designed a system that allows you to connect multiple pendents for a larger fixture.

The half domed fixture allows each side to rotate 360 degrees around giving the option of only uplight, only downlight, half up and half down, and everything in between. Not only does it change how the light is cast, it changes the look of the fixture.

Art Quarterly No.3.1 from Society6

Art Quarterly No.3.1 from Society6

We’ve shared lots of great art from Society6 here on Design Milk but did you know that it also publishes an art magazine? The latest issue of the Art Quarterly No.3.1 just arrived and it’s jam packed with 230 original works from 25 Society6 artists. With this quarterly, you also get the first ever issue of Flipside, a themed art zine just by flipping the magazine over! It features 25 new original works curated from a community collaboration call of 25 different artists. There’s only a limited edition print run of 100 copies so get your copy today!

Nick Misani is the featured cover artist for this quarterly edition. Check out how he created this “fauxsaics” here – it’s pretty impressive.

Get your copy of the Society6 Art Quarterly / No.3.1 here.

In an ongoing effort to support independent artists from around the world, Design Milk is proud to partner with Society6 to offer The Design Milk Dairy, a special collection of Society6 artists’ work curated by Design Milk and our readers. Proceeds from The Design Milk Dairy help us bring Design Milk to you every day.

A Brutalist-Inspired Collection by SAVVY Studio and Pablo Limón Design Office

A Brutalist-Inspired Collection by SAVVY Studio and Pablo Limón Design Office

Debuted at Mexico Design Week 2017, the PL+VV collection is a collaboration between SAVVY Studio and Pablo Limón Design Office that consists of a series of experimental furniture, objects and lighting. It’s a collection created from years of inter-studio collaborations with partners like Candela, an illumination studio, and Más, a design studio specializing in concrete products. By revisiting these past collections, the team is able to reexamine and refine the design process as well as incorporate new elements. The collection is inspired by Brutalist architecture and incorporates a wide variety of materials including fiberglass, colored resin, stainless steel, basalt stone, reinforced concrete, borosilicate glass, vinyl, leather, velvet, oak wood, steel, tezontle stone and molder polyurethane.

To learn more about each piece, visit PLDO.

Williamsburg Combination by General Assembly

Williamsburg Combination by General Assembly

Williamsburg Combination is a renovation project located in Brooklyn, New York, designed by General Assembly. A young family wanted the designers to help combine two apartments into one, and create a space that would feel more like a home than a New York City apartment.

Through the combination of apartments, the designers were able to think through how to maximize natural light while creating an airy and comfortable space. The programs were re-arranged, and the living room was opened up toward the rear patio while the designers drastically enlarged the kitchen area on the ground floor.

Throughout the renovation, the designers were conscientious in bringing in local designers to fill the space. As a result, light fixtures, wallpaper, and tiles were all made by local designers. As described by General Assembly, the final result was a clean, open space dotted with moments of design that are particular to this family and their neighborhood.

Photography by Dora Somosi.

Dark Grey Home Decor With Warm LED Lighting

After a hectic day of being out and about in the big bad world, it’s nice to have a cosy nest in which to hide away and snuggle up. Cosiness can be achieved through home decor in many different ways. Warming decor colours, sumptuous textures and luxurious furniture are just a few of them. Here, we have two shining examples of how warm LED lighting can make a dark grey home decor scheme appear welcoming and warm. The mood lighting gives each of the interiors a feeling of safe seclusion and warm hazy harmony. Crisp modern features and furniture give a simple minimalist vibe, adding to the feeling of uninterrupted relaxation.

Visualizer: Z.Design architecture  

The first warm ambient apartment tour begins in an open plan living room, where a lounge and kitchen-diner space is combined. A selection of recessed spotlights are situated around the perimeter of the open room but its the under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen that really sets the lighting scene. Sandwiched beneath a row of wall cabinets and above the kitchen countertop, the glow from the concealed strip of LEDs creates a large letterbox of light.

A contemporary dining table light beams puddles of illumination over the eating surface, from an arrangement of long thin aluminium tubes.

The minimalist kitchen has a cool dish-draining feature that is set back from the kitchen counter, existing as a separate entity that runs the entire length of the work area. Numerous dish and food draining options are situated along a frame, allowing the countertop to stay dry and free from water stains.

LED lighting makes solid grey walls and kitchen units appear warm and glowing.

Beyond the dining room and into the lounge, a little natural daylight diffuses through window blinds onto a tall indoor plant.

Glazed walls surround a walk-in closet that doubles as a laundry room, thanks to a conveniently situated clothes washer and separate dryer.

Each hanging rail is lit from above by an LED strip.

The golden illumination makes the clothing garments look as though they are hanging inside an exclusive boutique. The stripes of bright light are practical as well as attractive too, as they allow clothing to be seen clearly for quick and easy selection.

The transparent lightbox closet flanks a hallway, where a long uplighter subtly blends in with the length of the wall.

In the bathroom we find the mirror above a vanity unit is backlit, emitting warm illumination from above and below the glass.

Recessed spotlights light the rest of the grey and white space.

Behind a screen lies a wet room area complete with a Japanese style soaking bath and a separate shower zone.

Soft pools of light make this a relaxing space.

A kids room adds a little fun Lego texture over grey decor.

Orange has been added into the mix to make the palette more kid friendly. Two chunky knit bean bags in orange and white make a great place to read, hang out or game beneath a small
floor reading lamp.

Shared kids’ rooms often present a problem when it comes to deciding a layout for beds that doesn’t entirely eat up precious play and study space. In this layout, a cool bespoke bunk bed design has been built right into the end of the room. It incorporates a seat, kids’ night lights and more zesty orange.

Bedroom pendant lights don’t have to be large flashy designs. This subtle design quietly does its job over the bedside whilst incorporating an interesting wire feature up one wall.

Visualizer: Igor Sirotov  

Our second dark grey home interior is warmly lit in the lounge area by a minimalist floor lamp.

White flatware sings out on a dark table arrangement.

Above the television the ceiling border drops golden light over the feature wall.

The generous dining area is illuminated by a chic black dining pendant light with a shallow profile.

A small amount of natural light weaves through voiles at a heavily curtained window.

The grey kitchen has a textured effect.

At the end of the dining room a glass fronted storage cupboard has been lit invitingly from within.

The home entryway holds a huge backlit mirror and a side lit staircase, giving the hallway a nightclub vibe.

The hard marble stair treads reflect the light, giving them a wet look.

The golden perimeter of the bedroom shines like the first beam of sunshine on a horizon…

…or the last stripe of sunlight at night.

A unique floor lamp lights the bedside.

In the bathroom a circular mirror is lit like an eclipse.

The whole of the small bathroom is decorated in dark grey, including the floor, the vanity unit and an anthracite vertical radiator.

The children’s room clears the grey air with a much lighter and brighter look. The walls are still grey, but this time in a softer pale putty hue. Many elements of furniture and accessories have been selected in a solid white colourway to lift the scheme, including a novelty rack, desk chair and a swing arm wall lamp.

The stylish ergonomic chair is pushed up to a desk that fits perfectly into a window recess.

A small sofa provides a comfortable place to sit with friends.

We find another stylish ergonomic chair at a study area in a second kid’s room, along with two bean bags creating a chill out space.

This time we find purple and blue-green accent colours in a woven circular rug.

The kids bed is tucked away from the play area.

Like cracking open a treasure chest, shimmering golden light spills out over this bathroom.

Bold monochrome tiling dominates the scheme.

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Upgraded 1950s Ranch Takes in Sweeping Creek Vistas

New York based BFDO Architects completed Deep Point Road House, a renovation and extension of a 1950s ranch located in Montross, Virginia, USA.

According to the architects, the updated house needed to take advantage of its beautiful surroundings, defined mainly by two converging creeks. The owners wanted to enlarge the house while capitalizing on the sweeping vistas and light that is reflected off the water.

A den extension was added to the north side of the house, in order to capture views and counterbalance the original, south-facing volume of the site. The social core of the house is the living room, which is “wrapped” in floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The open plan of the kitchen, living and dining rooms is punctuated by a two-sided fireplace, which separates dining and living areas,” the architects explained. “Skylights on either side allow light to bounce off the surface of the chimney volume. The L-shaped kitchen has a 12-foot-long island, topped in Namibian white marble.”

The master bedrooms are linked to scenic wooden decks. A stairway leads the way up to the rooftop garden, where lounge furniture and planted rows of herbs make for a relaxing refuge. Information provided by BFDO Architects; photography courtesy of Francis Dzikowski/OTTO.

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Monochromatic and Minimalist: The Hotel Mono in Singapore

Monochromatic and Minimalist: The Hotel Mono in Singapore

Have you ever seen a hotel more on brand with the Design Milk aesthetic than the Hotel Mono in Singapore? 😉 Designed by studio Spacedge, this 46-room boutique hotel is almost entirely black and white, with very few colors in nude tones to accent the space.

Situated in the Chinatown neighborhood in Singapore, Hotel Mono used to be a series of six 1900s conservation shophouses that Spacedge refurbished and redesigned into the boutique hotel it is today. By using only black and white, Spacedge is able to create contrast using graphic elements and structures in the same color way.

Spacedge incorporated some low cost design decisions that still kept to the minimalist aesthetic of the hotel, such as the old-school mosaic in the bathrooms and the 38mm-thick hollow black metal bars that function as clothing racks and light casings.

Spacedge made sure to keep the some of the original details of the building, like the 1900s Rococo windows. Besides some nude wood and pink accent colors, you can see that the hotel is pretty much completely black and white.

What: Hotel Mono
Where: 18 Mosque St, Singapore 059498
How much? Rooms start at approximately $101 per night.
Highlights: This monochromatic boutique hotel is a minimalist design lover’s dream. Situated inside historic 1900s buildings that have been refurbished by design studio Spacedge, the hotel is a perfect mix of old and new.
Design draw: The black and white color scheme gives way to highlight all the custom furniture, accents and structures inside each room, from the mosaic tiling to the graphic but functional black steel bars.
Book it: Visit the Hotel Mono

How Ivy Ross Helped Change Google’s Culture of Design

How Ivy Ross Helped Change Google’s Culture of Design

Ivy Ross doesn’t enjoy the same name recognition or cachet as Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jonathan Ive. But one could strongly argue Ross – not her Cupertino counterpart – is more likely to be remembered as the more influential figure in shaping human interaction with cloud-enhanced technologies as the digital landscape veers toward voice-activated interactivity. As Head of Design for Google Hardware, Ross spearheads the tech giant’s charge into consumer products, injecting the world’s most powerful information technology company with a shot of tactility and emotion identifiably warmer and more human than ever before, yet still undeniably “Googley”.

This past autumn Google announced a cohesive collection of 8 home and mobile devices: the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the AI-enhanced Google Clips camera, a new Daydream VR headset, the stone-shaped Home Mini and its larger wireless speaker sibling the Max, wireless Google Assistant connected Pixel Buds headphones, and the Pixelbook laptop.

Ivy Ross/Photo: Google

The perpetual exploration of online technologies and cloud services continues to percolate from Mountain View, but it’s under Ross’s guidance the company’s hardware has finally calcified a family of products with a cohesive aesthetic and tactile style. Warm(er) and friendly(ier), this new Google wants a literal place in your home, with designs representing this intention. Just as the company’s search page presents users with a minimalistic point of entry, embellished only by the company’s multicolored logo (or Google Doodles), the latest family of consumer products represents a similar physical manifestation of a friendly entrypoint – products delivering the same interactive simplicity with an undercurrent of playfulness that has defined Google’s search identity.

Credit the multi-dimensional Ross for bringing an ebullient and passionate perspective serving an optimistic belief in design, one formed zig-zagging across various industries and companies, including, Gap, Disney Stores North America, Mattel, Calvin Klein, Coach, Liz Claiborne, Swatch Watch and Avon. It seems almost ironic someone with a career so varied turns out to be the deliverer of a cohesive design message – a second generation of consumer hardware products all merging toward a point of commonality previously unseen in previous iterations of Google products.

Ross spoke to us about what exactly makes this generation of Google consumer product still identifiably Google, but ever more accessible.

Google has established itself as an data technologies and app driven company, but it finally seems Google is focused on establishing its own  identity in hardware. How would you characterize this newfound identity?

Human, optimistic, and bold. Google now has a fun element to it. Our optimism shows through with touches of colored buttons and little details we’ve added throughout to surprise. I think “bold” is also very much part of Google’s culture. We’re permitted moonshots, trying things and going for it.

Design explorations of the Panda Pixel 2 XL flagship smartphone.

What’s most noticeable now is a continuity that wasn’t apparent before, a visual and material language connecting the gap between technology and object.

I think as a design line we want to keep things simple, but tried to incorporate more than one material within every product. For example, the Pixel 2 phone can be partnered with some beautiful fabric cases.

The fabric covered cases definitely deliver a confident grip. But the Pixel 2 XL is also very pleasurable to hold sans case; the exterior isn’t so slick that it’s slippery like some phones.

My boss Rick and I both have the Panda, the black and white version of the Pixel 2 XL. One day during a meeting we both took our phones out and I made a remark about his phone without a case.

“You can’t cover it. It’s too beautiful.”

Feel overcame fear.

I love that. Well, if mine breaks, I know where I can get a new one [laughing].

Much attention was given to the new Pixel 2’s polyester and nylon knit phone cases, two paired with contrasting buttons and interiors.

Could you give an example of “trying things and going for it”?

I don’t know if you have the Google Home Max? It can be oriented horizontally or vertically. Usually you have to put these ugly little feet and commit to its primary location in one way versus another. But instead we’ve designed this beautiful silicone, rubber magnetic tab that you can just slap on either the bottom for both vertical or horizontal orientation.

The Google Home Max multi-room speaker is draped in acoustically transparent fabric designed to complement sound and interior decor. It can be positioned both horizontally or vertically, and two can be paired for stereo playback.

So the user chooses according to their needs, rather than the speaker dictating its placement…

Yes, we’re very much about making sure the technology fits into your life and doesn’t stand out. Technology is here to stay, so it needs to disappear or fit in with your environment. The days of the big black boom box are gone, so that’s why we used soft knit and picked specific colors.

I read the fabric for the Home Mini wasn’t chosen just as an expression of aesthetics, but in service of acoustics. But I noticed while the Daydream View headset is covered in similarly hued fabric, it was not exactly the same. Can you elaborate about the purpose of these differences?

We will never sacrifice function for aesthetics. And I don’t believe we have to be matchy-matchy. The designs are united by color, but also separated subtly by different criteria reflective of use. For example, comparing the Daydream to the Home Mini: the wearable has to be durable and keep light out, while the speaker has to permit light to show through the fabric and be acoustically appropriate. We picked fabrics accordingly. This is an example where we were challenged to serve function through form, serving each individual product while finding a way to unite them.

The fabric covering the new Google Daydream View offers wearers a soft VR headset experience intended to work with Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

My team and I believe in the tension of opposites. Because it’s not “either/or”. It’s “and/both”.

I’ve been reading Janine Benyus’s book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature and I was left wondering whether the colors chosen by you and your team – Chalk, Fog, Coral, Charcoal – were the conclusion of trend research, or formulated using data connecting objects with our biological and evolutionary connection to certain natural objects? Does that seem too far out or a reach?

No, no…that’s a really great question. My team and I believe in the tension of opposites. Because it’s not “either/or”. It’s “and/both”.

We may have tried 98 different shades of white. And as a technology company, at first Google was like, “What? Why do you have to try making 98 color samples or 127 samples of gray?” But those subtle details make all the difference. It may not register consciously if someone isn’t naturally attuned to the details of design, and they may not be able to articulate those feelings – but colors have different vibrations in combination. We really spend a lot of time on that.

One of the most enjoyable details was small and hidden: the splash of coral [orange] gracing the underside of the otherwise gray Home Mini. It reminded me of turning a fallen leaf over to find a colorful fungus growing on its underside or the inside of a seashell. It didn’t seem necessary, but it was certainly a delightful detail.

You’re my model poster child! Because everything you’re saying is what we literally had to spend so much time defending. “Well, why does it matter if it’s underneath?” Oh. My. God.

The objective was to surprise and delight. It’s surprising turning over a gray or white speaker over and finding a pop of color. We didn’t want to expose the orange on the surface, but keep it as an optimistic opportunity for discovery.

Google has priced these products rather affordably, making smart home and even the VR experience, available to all. A lot of emerging technology is priced out of reach, and only the mobile phone seems to have reached that ubiquitous state where everyone, everywhere seems to use one. What’s Google strategy for serving people beyond the traditional affluent demographic and inviting everyone through the door?

Give us some time. We’ve just begun. All I can say is that if any brand has their eyes on accomplishing this goal, and can do it, I think it’s Google. But this is a huge step for us to just be in the hardware business across this range of products and categories.

But you’re right. It’s important, and we believe that everybody who Googles…everybody should have access to radically helpful technology that’s beautiful, and it’s on our radar for sure.

Brick Walls and Spiral Staircase Steal the Show at Foster Road Retreat

Turning an 1850’s farmhouse into a modern home often means a careful compromise between the old and the new. But the Foster Road Retreat in Iowa City seems nothing like a revamped farmhouse when you look at it from a distance. A fabulous makeover by Neumann Monson Architects gives this old and dreary structure a light-filled and cheerful new lease of life where the classic elements are toned down and modern minimalism takes over. The central focal point of the new interior is the spiral staircase that connects the living area on the lower level with the new master suite above.

Lush garden and lovely trees shape the landscape around the Foster Road Retreat

It is not just the spiral metallic staircase that grabs your attention here as the exposed brick walls all around remind us gently of the home’s cherished past. The attic level with cleverly placed windows and skylights holds the new master bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet. Balancing wood and brick with steel and glass, there is plenty of textural contrast inside this elegant home while polished modern finishes make their presence felt both in the living area and the bedrooms.

RELATED: Spiral Staircase and Fun Accent Wall Steal the Show at Collector’s Apartment

Metallic spiral staircase and exposed brick walls steal the show on the lower level living room
Exposed brick walls and a spiral stairway shape the new interior
View of the new interior and the spiral stairway from the garden
Large windows bring ample light into the new attic level master suite
Sheltered walkways and a lovely garden create a wonderful outdoor escape

On the eco-friendly side of things, an 8.4 KW photovoltaic panel is used to provide electricity for the house even as top-notch insulation and passive heating techniques cut back on power consumption. Add to this LED lighting and EnergyStar appliances and you have a revitalized residence where life is both merry and green! [Photography: Integrated Studio]

RELATED: Custom Stepped Bookshelves Steal the Spotlight Inside This Posh Paris Home!

Revamped 1850’s rustic house with a modern appeal
View of the Foster Road Retreat from the retreat
Covered walkway connects the two units of the Foster Road Retreat
Look at the revitalized floor plan with new stairway
Floor plan of lower level of Foster Road Retreat

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The LYNEA Plug Lamp Doesn’t Require Hardwiring

The LYNEA Plug Lamp Doesn’t Require Hardwiring

Recently founded Human home is a Los Angeles based design studio that focuses on handcrafted, long-lasting lighting for everyday use. They’ve just unveiled the LYNEA Plug Lamp, a minimalist lamp that requires no hardwiring. That means no electrician is required – simply plug it right into an outlet.

The simple design merges a single, powder coated aluminum rod with a handblown opal glass globe, secured to the wall with a wooden brace. By plugging into the outlet and resting close to the wall, the lamp takes up no floor space or table surface making it a great option for smaller homes.

The LYNEA Plug Lamp comes in black and white and is available in two heights – 28″ and 40″.

Minimalist Villa in Beijing Envisioned as a Spatial Narrative

Wonder Architects Studio redesigned a traditional villa in Xicheng District, Beijing. The project features an unconventional layout, minimalist arrangements and a creative indoor-outdoor interplay.

“Beijing is a city that lacks architectural variety,” the architects said. “From modern apartment buildings to traditional villas, architects decorate this huge void city with limited building types. As a result, people living in Beijing developed numerous methods to expand their spatial experience by constructing gardens in their courtyards, building forts in vacant spaces and using wood panels to separate spaces.”

This villa is a manifest against “void” architecture. The designers aimed to create a “garden within gardens” and cross the limits of the typical Beijing house layout.

New materials adjoin the traditional frame of the house defined by wood and brick. Floor-to-ceiling glass additions open up the interiors to the valley.

“After the reconstruction of each space, we recombined the functional areas to form a new set of spatial narrative experiences,” the architects added. “We placed groups of rocks all over the courtyard, creating coincidental collisions between architecture and nature.” Landscape design by Li Ding; photography courtesy of Haiting Sun and Qipeng Zhu.

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How to Plan Your Next Remodel Like a Pro (Without Going Nuts in the Process)

plan your next remodel

Though a tremendous undertaking, you can get through your next remodel with our tips. Image: John Dancey Custom Designing/Remodeling/Building

Anyone who’s ever tried to manage a remodel can tell you that it’s a huge undertaking. Between trying to stay on time, on budget and on top of a thousand moving parts, it can feel like another full-time job. It’s far from impossible though. In fact, with a little prep work and organization, you can plan a home improvement project like a pro, even if you’ve never tackled one before.

If you’re just about ready to plan your next remodel, this post is for you. We outline the steps needed for every aspect of these projects. Keep reading to get the scoop on all the work that goes into planning a remodel — and how you can pull it off the right way.

design inspiration

Finding design inspiration is always the first step. Image: Walter E. Smithe Furniture Inc.

Develop your vision

First thing’s first: You can’t move forward on your remodel until you know what the final product will be. This is truly one situation where you need to work backward. Once you have an end point in mind, you can go about creating a step-by-step plan on how to get there.

Start by making a list of any must-have features. For example, you might want a kitchen remodel that includes an oversized island or a guest room/office combo. Then, use sites like Freshome to gather design inspiration. You know you’re ready to move on to the next step once you have a clear picture of what the completed project will look like. Jot down these details so you can refer to them later.


Every remodel needs a well thought-out budget. Image: TR Building & Remodeling Inc.

Set a budget

Next, it’s time to create a budget for the project. There are plenty of templates online you can use to keep the process organized, but your goal should be to go through each factor of your remodel, one at a time, and find a realistic estimate for it. Consider factors like getting permits, acquiring the necessary materials, expected labor costs and expenditures for aesthetic touches.

Odds are, if you’ve been dreaming about remodeling your home for a while, you probably have a figure in mind. Use these estimates to determine if that figure is realistic. If not, consider making some changes to your design plan or saving up for a little while longer.

hire pros

Hire professional help where needed. Image: Crescent Baths & Kitchens

Build your team

The next step is to figure out who exactly is going to work on the remodel. If you’re planning on bringing in the pros, now is the time to get your quotes. Research qualified contractors and pick two or three to interview and ask for project estimates. From there, you can narrow down which company seems like it best suits your needs and bring it on board.

Even if you’re planning on the DIY route, if you’re working with multiple people, you want to go through each task — from laying flooring to painting walls — and delegate who is responsible. Nothing slows down a remodel more than confusion over who’s in charge.

realistic schedule

Map out a realistic schedule. Image: Lecy Bros. Homes & Remodeling

Create a schedule

By now, you should have a firm idea of all the steps required to bring your project to fruition. At this point, all you really need to do is put them in the order that makes the most sense. Once you have an ideal start date in mind, go to each of your team members, in turn, and ask for an estimate of how long the project should take. Then, lay out these time frames, accordingly.

If you’ve never planned a remodel before, don’t be afraid to rely on professional advice. Ask how remodels like yours have gone in the past and which order of tasks makes the most sense. For example, if you’re remodeling a bathroom, is it better to work on plumbing or lay tile first? You never know what you may learn in the process.

expect changes

Be prepared to make changes. Image: Case Design/Remodeling Inc.

Prepare for the unexpected

Let’s be honest, despite our best efforts, no remodel is ever going to go perfectly to plan. The best thing you can do for yourself — and your stress levels — is to assume a few setbacks will happen and plan for them. Be sure to pad both your budget and schedule for unforeseen expenditures and timing snafus.

Honestly, even though we know you’re probably invested in getting the project done as soon as possible, the more breathing room you leave, the better you will feel.

plan your next remodel

Use these tips when you’re about to plan your next remodel. Image: Ross Design Inc.

Preparing for a remodel is tricky. Sometimes it seems like there are too many moving parts to keep track of. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done. All it takes is a little forethought and organization. When you’re ready to plan your next remodel, keep these tips in mind. They’ll help you create a framework to bring your vision to life.

Have you ever planned a remodel of your own? Do you have any tips you can share on how to best tackle the process? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Brick Bungalow in Canada Becomes Modern ‘Flipped House’

Flipped House is a two-story residence with a modern, turnkey design located in a neighborhood dominated by more traditional architecture. The team at Atelier RZLBD renovated an existing brick bungalow in Ontario, Canada, and added a second level to the structure.

The project gets its name from its unconventional “flipped” layout. While a typical dwelling keeps all public-facing spaces confined to its main floor, with private areas like bedrooms sequestered upstairs, Flipped House divides its public and private zones on either side of a vertical plane.

As a result, the home’s den, kitchen, dining and living rooms are all located on its street-facing northeast side, while the house’s three bedrooms span both levels of the building’s more secluded southwestern end.

Inside, knotty cedar slats surround the linked kitchen and dining room, wrapping up the side walls and the ceiling above to create a sense of warmth and grandeur. The linked first-floor kitchen and dining room are double-height spaces, which produce a dramatic effect when entering the house.

Upstairs, a flexible family room carries on to a small wooden patio built atop the existing garage. At the other end there is an airy home office providing desk space for two. Information provided by Atelier RZLBD; architectural photography courtesy of Borzu Talaie.

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10 DIY Tiny Planters that Bring Green Goodness to Your Office

So the festive season is behind you and all the holiday fun seems like a distant memory. Life is back to normal once again with Monday morning blues once again here to greet us! Getting back into the thick of things at the workplace can take a bit of time and even the ardent workaholic is bound to feel the pinch the first few days. It helps to have an office that is fun, colorful and provides a vibrant work environment that drives away some of those blues. But for the less fortunate stuck in the cubicle, the search is on for ways to improve their boring workspace. And tiny DIY planters and pots offer the perfect solution!

Gold foil letters on the planter should give you all the inspiration you need

In the concrete jungle with boring monotones and artificial finishes, a touch of natural greenery can make a big difference. And the DIY planters and pots that we have lined up for your today showcase how even the tiniest bit of green fills an interior with freshness and inviting charm. No longer is your cubicle, home workspace or corner office a lifeless, cold and impersonal place. You have a new living, breathing companion that demands very little in terms of care and always brings a smile on to your face. Embrace some green in 2018 –

An Infusion of Color

Small DIY planters take absolutely no time to craft and you will need just a few succulents or small herbs to fill the air with freshness. There are plenty of ideas around, but the funky and smart DIY planters crafted using empty La Croix Cans steal the show instantly. Dip dyed cups turned into planters also look chic and they add loads of color to a workspace in white, gray or beige. You can pick a variety of colors and try out different pastel shades while creating these vivacious planters. As the hottest colors change with changing seasons, you can switch effortlessly between these lovely planters.

RELATED: 10 DIY Planters that Usher in Metallic Dazzle Along with Greenery!

Empty La Croix Cans turned into funky planters
Dip dyed cups turned into fabulous planters

The DIY Mini Spring Succulent planters work in every season and much like the dashing planters in pastel hues above, they can be created in a variety of colors with ease. They also make great gifts and do not take up too much of your desk space and the gold ring also brings a dash of metallic glitter to the office.

DIY Mini Spring Succulent Planters

Creative, Upcycled and Green Planters

Pretty much anything and everything can be turned into a tiny planter, if you really put your mind to it. We love the idea of a wooden log being transformed into a planter as it adds natural warmth in more ways than one. With wooden décor and accessories once again finding space in contemporary homes, these uber-cool planters fit in snugly everywhere. Shell-Potted Succulents appear even more special and they are bound to steal the spotlight even while ushering in coastal charm.

RELATED: Patio Style: Unusual Planters Made from Unique Materials

Natural wood log planters DIY
Shell-Potted Succulents for a unique and mini garden on the table

The bibliophiles among our readers will surely jump up at the sight of the unique book planters filled with succulents. For the office space, they feel even more appropriate and seem completely at ease in a formal setting. You need not spend too much time creating one and is certainly a great conversation starter.

Book Planters for Succulents DIY

Understated DIY Planters

A small planter on your office desk is understated in itself. But a minimal planter that is even smaller or blends into the backdrop feels even more minimal in style. The hanging brass planters combine metallic glint with modern refinement and a bit of mid-century style to pack quite a punch even while quietly remaining in the backdrop. The mini lava rock planter is something you can buy off the shelf or draw inspiration from and create your own replica. With the Mini Pinch Pot Planters you get a bit more rustic allure and maybe even some geo style; if you get the pattern right.

RELATED: Green Goodness: How to Add Indoor Plants to Your Sunroom

Mid Century DIY hanging brass planter
Mini lava rock planter idea
Cute DIY Mini Pinch Pot Planters

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Bohemian Retreat Surrounded by Green Valleys in India

The creative team at Spasm Design completed The House with the Gabion, a serene getaway surrounded by green valleys in Lonavala, India. The project makes the most of the scenic Pawna Lake while addressing the living needs of the owners.

“This country home is defined by an eight foot thick Gabion wall, which acts as a spine, from north to south,” the architects explained. “The break in the Gabion becomes the point of entry into a densely planted courtyard that frames a phenomenal view.”

The interiors are bright and spacious with charming rustic elements exuding their warmth. Open showers, high ceilings, terrazzo en-suites and brass lamps add to the overall breezy atmosphere.

“The infinity pool sort of drifts away from the veranda as a reflective mirror plane, pointing to the peak on the opposite shore,” the designers added.

This is a high precipitation area, so a full-length rain collector was installed. The system ensures that water shed by the roof is tamed and redirected away from the veranda. A perfectly manicured lawn surrounds the property and creates a seamless visual connection with the neighboring hills. Photos courtesy of Photographix – Sebastian & Ira

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50 Modern Living Rooms That Act As Your Home’s Centrepiece

The place where we all gather, laugh and play is undoubtedly the living room. The focal point of a home, its place between kitchen and bedroom acts as a natural centre, drawing guests from morning wake-ups to after-work nights in. These fifty modern living rooms show stretch in a variety of substrates and styles. Centre modern furniture around a cubic rug. Forge a concrete paradise with living walls astride couches. Go futuristic, with colourful clocks that shine metallic. Design your lounge creatively, using these fifty modern living rooms as examples.

Visualizer: Roman Kolyada  

Using pops of red and blue upon black and grey, this modern eclectic living room is coloured under baubles. Eastern pieces in a Turkish rug and wooden table cube give it character.

Visualizer: Svyatyuk Stanislav  

Settle into an oasis in orange and grey. This modern lounge keeps it interesting using different shades of grey, a metal coffee table and figure canvas.

Visualizer: Anjey Babych  

Scandinavian style can be ultra-minimalist. Block couches in grey play with light wooden stools, a swing chair and brighter lemon light in this relaxed scene.

Visualizer: Tero  

Centre your living room with a unique rug. This 3D-illustrated piece is met by other squares in three lounge sets and a fireplace. A wooden-panel partition and glass-barrier staircase frame the space.

Visualizer: Arturo Hermenegildo  

Make a splash in your lounge with a multi-colour rug. Paired with teal cushions and floor lamps, this retro-inspired look uses wood, cream furniture and an elephant drawing to evoke modern India.

Visualizer: Delightful  

Go pastel in your next lounge design. Upon a floor in lino and wall in light wood, pops of pastel green, pink, light terracotta and blue mingle amongst a swing arm wall lamp and laddered bookcase.

Visualizer: Erriadbey Kerimov  

Looking for living rooms for book-lovers? This relaxed grey design features a cosy marble fireplace, brown leather feature chair and most unusual bookcase, which writes ‘Read your bookcase’ using each cubby hole’s spaces.

Visualizer: Hatice Unsal  

Make concrete living rooms greener. This fusion of industry and nature is created with two living walls, grey linen furniture and a scattering of pot plants to tie it all together.

Visualizer: Roman Pravnik  

Don’t want a stark look? Make it cosier with white and wooden walls, a fluffy rug and monochrome abstract – and token living wall, naturally. A whiskey decanter or two invites us further in.

Visualizer: Yo Dezeen  

Make your living room breathe the industrial look. Replete with factory-inspired extractor fans, a one-wheeled coffee table, metal staircase and leather sofa, this lounge just screams bachelor pad. Check out our modern industrial-style living rooms post for more inspiration in this style.

Visualizer: Javier Wainstein  

A stunning artwork can be your lounge’s focal piece. Framed by large Japanese windows, an exposed brick wall and Scandinavian school chairs, this funky living room exemplifies great loft-style design.

Visualizer: Kò Ng  

Make your lounge sophisticated. Lit by a cacophony of circular hanging pendants and designer table lamps, such as the Flos IC T2 here, this living room uses white, brown and denim blue to make relaxing look easy.

Visualizer: Alena Bulataya  

Monochrome living rooms are timeless. This modern design joins black and white together in a row of low bookcases, a wood stack, exposed brick and L-sofa. Check out our post for more black and white living rooms.

Visualizer: Dzhemesyuk Design  

Have a heritage wall you’d like to use as a feature? Black living rooms can give old walls new life, as with this lounge seating a grey sofa, black and white sketch and round coffee tables.

Visualizer: Maks Marukhin  

A brick wall living room is the envy of many. Pair yours with sleek, smooth materials, like this lounge’s black wall, no-fuss rug and mushroom leather couch. Inset shelving and a framed abstract add interest.

Visualizer: Maksim MT3Dvis  

Don’t like the look of a plain black facade? Insert LEDs throughout its lifting edges, like this living room peopled with zig-zag cushions, a geometric rug and floral door art to the side.

Visualizer: Natalia Vergunova  

In love with a large wall clock, but not sure where to put it? Make it your lounge’s central feature. This room’s space-age vinyl couch, silver cushions and stunning acrylic centrepiece is accessorized with a mirrored door and semi-industrial metal fixtures.

Visualizer: Andrew Sokruta  

Sculpt your lounge. A cracked feature wall and sculptural chairs, here the Q1 lounge chairs, are provided space by high, grey-curtained windows and a bronzed floor and panel.

Visualizer: Alessandro Zecca  

Rather be up high? This living room’s ornamental ceiling feature and geometric staircase panel have set our dreams on fire. Check out our wall texture ideas for living room post for more inspiration.

Visualizer: Gaurav  

Think of shape and form when designing your living room. Peopled by a spot mural, patterned wallpaper and a range of rugs, cushions and vases, this eclectic living room uses muted colours to make the mis-matched work together.

Visualizer: Oporski Architektura  

Love the minimalist look? This black and white lounge couldn’t be more simple, with its contoured stairway, walls and suite straight out of a magazine. Check out our 40 Gorgeously Minimalist Living Rooms post for more ideas in this style.

Source: Ligne Roset  

Want something with a bit more colour? This gorgeous living room uses Japanese influences to create a low-down look with futon couches. A row of white French windows and pops of mustard and light pink accent the style.

Designer: Lotta Agaton  
Photographer: Pia Ulin  

Missing that little bit of green outside? This Scandinavian living room livens up its interior with small trees peppering its black, white and wooden space. Check out these indoor plants for some low-maintenance choices.

Designer: Nordico  
Photographer: Hey!Cheese  

Want a lounge and office all in one? A partition doubling as a TV-holder keeps this living room light and bright, with wood and grey furniture bordering an office on lino. A modern accent chair in navy looks out to the view outside.

Visualizer: Catherine Manokhina  

Let marble form the backdrop. Lit by a bauble chandelier and floor reading lamp to one side, the greys in the wall, curtain and seating colour this lounge in shades of grey.

Visualizer: Naira Omar  

Build the living room of your dreams. This marble plinth bordering an indoor pool is the latest in stylish conversation pits. Cut in quilted seating, a central fireplace and a tree or two for a perfect place to socialise.

Visualizer: Yaroslav Serdyuk  

Looking for the latest in double-height living rooms? Bright, open and spacious, this white living room is afforded a fireplace by a middling copper plinth. Store ornaments in its inlets to showcase world treasures.

Visualizer: Cosmocube Studio  

Love the look of wood panelling? This living room takes its ceiling to its architectural limit, with an array of dangling bubble lights over a suite in grey.

Visualizer: Home D  

Draw an animal stencil in your lounge. Black, white and divided almost in two, its large-shaped elements are strung by two rows of camera lights.

Visualizer: wottan  

A splash of colour can make your living room come alive. Looking out to a flowering tree, two sunshine-coloured seats add pizzazz beside an abstract in grey.

Visualizer: Kaer Architects  

Those lucky enough to own a window corner lounge should add block sofas. This grey version cuts its seats into checkers, whilst a marbled kitchen bench offers similar patterning.

Visualizer: Vizline Studio  

Not brave enough to own an indoor living wall? Provide a view to one outside, like this grey-hued lounge bordering foliage and a bookcase.

Visualizer: 365 Design  

Outdoor living walls can come from top and bottom. A row of bridal creepers covers the roof, a hedge the lawn in this sophisticated living room lit by hollow circular pendants. A marble floor and taupe couch introduce more cool.

Visualizer: Nikita Borisenko  

Why not look to a tree instead? Set beside a marble fireplace, the large glass pane of this living room’s window has us thinking of Christmas.

Visualizer: Olga Podgornaja   

A yellow accent living room doesn’t have to be bold. The subtle lemons of this cosy space lie in a scattering of cushions, painting strokes and jars in the background kitchen.

Visualizer: Federico Cedrone  

Build yourself a mid-century modern living room. White walls, a pale blue rug and classic brown leather seating offer a look the discerning designer will admire.

Visualizer: Third Aesthetic  

Differentiate your pieces by a shift in texture. This living room offers a rug in suede, a couch in linen and an accent chair in quilted grey.

Visualizer: Ekaterina Domracheva  

Let your living room own a colour. This pea green set is complemented by a twig-and-berry chandelier, LED-lit wooden panelling and a stencilled glass table.

Visualizer: Polyviz  

A room segue could be your lounge’s feature. This lit hallway provides a warm background to this laid-back lounge in grey. A glowing wooden feature and origami art piece help tie the look in.

Visualizer: Mario Mimoso  

Love rectangles? Design in them, using this lounge’s framed prints, fireplace cavity, marble tables and upholstered sofa.

Visualizer: Rina Lovko  

A dash of pink can really pretty up the place. This lounge pairs it with soft grey, an indoor tree and a bevy of black magnetic lights.

Visualizer: Evgenia Aborina  

Looking for more variation? This pastel pink sofa is met with chairs in berry, ottomans in blue and a series of art pieces in complementary shades.

Visualizer: Imade Pastel  

Pastel room decor need not be childish. The Scandinavian themes in this compact space show in a wooden crockery stand, patterned couch cushions and geometric rug. A vintage photograph tells a story.

Visualizer: Darina Ivanova  

Looking for living rooms with large wall art? Look no further, with this grey and wooden room made tropical by its canvas.

Visualizer: Ace of Space  

Have only a small space to play with? Make like this living room, and frame your pastel art with grey couches, light wood and white-wall bookcases.

Visualizer: Ekaterina Docheva  

Hipsters can’t go past this living room. Decorated with cushions in pastel, a white brick wall and beautiful plant stand, the hanging bike on its wall is its central feature.

Visualizer: Bui Ni  

Looking for more natural art? Try wooden wall decor for size, like this grey and white living room with coloured wood at its centre. A pipe-inspired light and potted orchid finish the look.

Visualizer: Jenya Lykasova  

Get a taste for travel with this modern rustic living room. With its rattan chandeliers, driftwood framing and large potted ferns, how could you not feel away on vacation?

Designer: Giannetti Home  

Lovers of the countryside will favour this modern farmhouse living room. A caged chandelier, French windows, faded Turkish rug and traditional marble fireplace all add to the feel.

Visualizer: Maria Fadeeva  

The modernist has a place for this colourful living room. A series of oscillating bulbs, pop pastel hues and circular artwork offer signature elements.

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Matrix: A Light and Bench Built From a Grid Structure by OS & OOS

Matrix: A Light and Bench Built From a Grid Structure by OS & OOS

Eindhoven-based design studio OS ∆ OOS has designed a light and a bench made from a metal grid system. Matrix uses a three-dimensional grid structure made up of thin strips of steel that can be configured in many different ways to result in various types of structures. The concept behind the construction of the grid is based on brainstorming ways to create multipurpose “form meets function” types of designs.

As the Matrix grid is being constructed, the material can be shaped to form curves or flat surfaces that can come together to become any number of products or even architectural interiors. The nature of the open waffle design allows transparency when viewed straight on, but as you move to either side, a gradient of light begins to show as the openings shrink.