Tuscan Sun of the Indoors

Tuscan Sun of the Indoors

 

When I think of Italy, I think about being in the warm Tuscan countryside. Everything is open and homey. Cooking is not just an everyday necessity, it is a happy ritual. It is no secret how Italians are passionate about food. They often associate this to family, love and joy. The kitchen should always be prepared to accommodate groups of people who work together to both prepare and consume the food.
This kitchen reminds me of that. The windows and doors let in that beautiful sun. They give this very light and airy atmosphere and comforting warmth. I adore the arch framed doors. They always make entrances softer and more welcoming. I also love how the windows can accommodate little pieces on it. I would love to use them for fresh spices and flowers which go particularly well with this Italian, country style kitchen.

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Old is Gold - way to decorated

Old is Gold

 

Oh, the chipped off paint on the walls, the cracks, the cement clearly visible, the outline of the water which has seeped in from the roof after the monsoon! Disaster has struck! How can one hide such a wall? The question lingers…
 Lo and behold! It isn’t what you think it is. This is just wallpaper made to look like all the faults a wall can have! Old is definitely gold, you see. The style of this room is “old is gold” which is obvious from the way the room is decorated. The wall gives a textured look with the help of the wallpaper which has a plastic backing so that it doesn’t peel off, even if there is water seepage from the ceiling or the bathroom made on the other side of the wall. This actually is what we call art! The wall draws attention to itself, thus hiding any architectural flaws which are definitely there in every building in the world!

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Beauty and the Beam

Beauty-and-the-Beam

 

I am posting this image to point out yet one more time the contribution of no-nonsense ceiling to the overall appearance of interior space. Tin ceiling, decorative painted ceiling, bean ceiling, .... anything but flat white sheetrock does for the space as much as the eyebrows for the face.

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Contemporary Fortress

 Contemporary fortress

 

This located in Londrina, Brazil home is a great example of minimalist architecture, achieved while respecting the exigency of modern design. The compact exterior resembles a "contemporary fortress", charming due to its simplicity. There are only simple, natural materials used for this project; plaster, bricks, cement, wood.

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Modern with a rustic touch

 Modern-with-a-rustic-touch

 

White paint is extremely versatile, and is a perfect wall color for a large living space with a dark or vibrant color wood floor. To create more drama it's worth to use the same type of wood on some of the walls. Great idea, keep in mind while creating modern open spaces.

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Coastal Cave House by Alexandre de Betak

 Modern Cave House by Alexandre de Betak

French Designer,  Located in a small village in the Tramuntana territory from Majorca, with a great view of the Mediterranean Sea, is home of French fashion and furniture designers Alexandre de Betak. Inspired by cave dwelling, by taking the interior in the original form, even a shelf apparently pushed out from natural stone to cradle of the family possessions. Rural wooden beams, doors and furniture warm the stone surroundings of this eco-friendly construction, and ceilings are cut away in seemingly random patterns of abat-jours in the hallway.

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Rustic Meets Industrial

 Concrete staircase

 

I went across this amazing staircase looking over the internet for interesting spaces where rustic meets industrial. Dyed concrete opens the whole new chapter on today's interior design field.

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Designing the perfect staircase

 Spiral staircase

 

The most important aspect of choose a stair shape is space. The space available for stairs is going to determine the types of stairs that can fit for the house. A skilled architect knows while considering comfort, that stairs that are wide and have a less steep climb are more inviting.

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Rustic meets modern

 Rustic meets modern

 

Rustic meets modern in an extraordinary place - this unique bathroom design, is built in what seems like a worn out attic or barn. The four-piece bathroom set by Duravit stands center of this weathered but beautiful room, immersed in a haze of natural sunlight beaming in through the knotty walls under exposed beamed ceilings. The fireplace adds warmth and a sense of authenticity.

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La Cucina Alessi Poetic Kitchen

 La Cucina Alessi Poetic Kitchen

 

IDA believes in rhythm and balance of all elements being used by an interior designer. For example here; a new fabulous rhythmical kitchen design emerges. This kitchen is certainly easy to wax poetic about... smooth, curved shapes bring a sense of grace and balance.

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Bulthaup b2 kitchen

 Bulthaup b2 kitchen

 

The most important key to the success in designing bathrooms and kitchens is functionality. With the Bulthaup B2 kitchen workshop, they are radically rethinking the concept of the kitchen and cooking. All the key functions are determined in three elements:

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Transparent Concrete Litracon

 Transparent Concrete Litracon

 

Interior Design Arts admires the world's first commercially available transparent concrete Litracon® is a combination of optical fibers and fine concrete. It can be produced as prefabricated building blocks. Due to the small size of the fibers, they blend into concrete becoming a component of the material like small pieces of aggregate.

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Comfortable Minimalism

 Comfortable Minimalism

 

This is an example of a comfortable minimalism nestled in the average size master bath. The modern, clean design was composed of two types of carefully chosen tiles stretched from the bottom to the top of the walls and the main decorative element is the light bouncing between the walls on the surface of a glass tile.

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Connection to the natural world

 Connection to the natural world

 

"People need water, not mixers" Jean-Marie Massaud stated when describing the approach he took during his first bathroom design project. This highlights his design credo. Inspired by nature, his designs seem to work without any technology. The bathroom collection from the French architect and designer also evokes images from nature and focuses on a connection to the natural world.

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Period Architecture Ltd. designs a gourmet kitchen with revolutionary flair.

 Overview

 

Period Architecture Ltd. designs a gourmet kitchen with revolutionary flair. By Mary Grauerholz, Photos by Eric Roth

When the 18th-century woman of the house prepared dinner at Cold Spring Farm, she would have turned to the stone fireplace. There, she may have cooked a stew in the cauldron or baked the meal in the hearth below.
Rough-hewn beams and muted, colonial-inspired green create a classic kitchen feel in this Pennsylvania farmhouse.

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Blend of Rustic and Refined

Blend of Rustic and Refined

 

A simply built room can have architectural interest and look artistic at the same time if the elements of interior design are aesthetically used. Decorating small places to make them look larger is an exceptional art few people have command on. This living room in a rustic design easily grips the muted, brown shades with a few plants to add life. Walls are in lighter colors to make the room seem larger than it actually is, thus giving an idea of space. The neutral palette is enhanced by the beige cushions and sofas, and the rough look of the floor gives you the idea that it is a part of the “outside world”, which is definitely your garden or pavement. The stony floor work and creamy upholstered furniture complement the wooden ledges on the off-white walls.

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