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How to divide an open-plan space: 9 ideas

Homes lower on dimensions benefit immensely from the absence of walls. Small apartments with an open-plan space layout help the owners have different …

12 clever decorating tricks to create a sense of space

1 Sunny Spot<p>Loaf<p>Less weighty than curtains, blinds can make a room feel light and airy and accentuate attractive details such as sash windows or …

Dubai Is Building Beautiful Underwater Homes with Exceptional Aquatic Views

In the last few years, underwater hotels have taken the travel industry by storm. Offering spectacular views of life below the surface, these under-the-sea abodes are a lavish and luxurious way to get away from it all. But what if instead of simply <i>staying</i> in one of these lodgings, you could <i>live</i> in …

Travel Industry

Open thread: Which Chicago buildings have the most beautiful interiors?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder<p>One thing Chicago has always done well and (hopefully) will continue to lead in is the world of architecture. While the architectural merit of newer buildings is often debated in the comments section of this blog, Chicago has an incredible collection of …

Skyscrapers

i29 transforms this amsterdam apartment into a spacious loft using natural daylight

<b>dutch firm i29 interior architects transform a former rental apartment into a fresh and spacious loft in de pijp, amsterdam.</b> originally, the …

N.Y.C. Is Spending $106 Million To Make Itself Cooler

Temperature-wise, that is.<p>It’s summer, the mercury is rising, and it’s only getting hotter from here on out. In response to the imminent risks of warmer temperatures, New York City is on a mission to combat climate change through architecture. Its latest initiative? Tackling extreme heat by …

Home improvement: 8 steps to your own wooden deck

Building your own wooden deck is certainly not an easy task, but this guide might help you to get an understanding of exactly how to get started and …

Pluspuu Log Cabins

Using the latest innovations in Finnish woodworking, the Pluspuu Log Cabins give the traditional mountain home a modern revise. The collection …

Panoramic Photography

The Gentrifier’s Aesthetic: 23 Totally Over-The-Top Industrial Lofts

From sweatshop to $25 million loft<p>Exposed brick walls, pipes covering the ceiling, polished concrete floors, exhaust cones transformed into light fixtures–these are staples of the industrial warehouse aesthetic, ripped right from the 20th century’s factories and transformed into the 21st century’s …

Tribeca Loft

New York, New York<p>In Manhattan’s landmarked Tribeca North, the top floor and roof of an 1884 warehouse are reconceived as a warm and welcoming residence with a fluid connection to the outdoor environment. A relocated mezzanine features a sunken court yard with a retractable glass roof and connects …

Wrap House

London, England, United Kingdom<p>A contemporary homes rises on a narrow lot just south of London.<p>Where once there was a timeworn 1950s bungalow in the Metropolitan Green Belt south of London, there now stands a dynamic house whose two volumes are joined by a glass atrium. The project was designed by …

How Green is Your Alley?

Citizen-driven urbanism projects turn gray zones into community space<p>Like many alleys in Detroit, one back route in Midtown was long studded with …

Modern home in London works magic on an awkward lot

A little architectural ingenuity went a long way in replacing an old garage with this sunny abode<p>The site was unconventional: a long, skinny lot wedged between back gardens and a 16-car garage in West London. Zoning prevented anything taller than a single story, and it wouldn’t be possible to have …

Architecture

An Untouched Frank Lloyd Wright Home From 1960 Is on the Market

The noted architect designed the house and all the furniture and accessories inside it.<p>Paul and Helen Olfelt asked Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for them in St. Louis Park, Minnesota nearly 60 years ago. Now in their 90s, the Olfelts have put the house on the market for the first time ever, …

Frank Lloyd Wright

This ready-made tiny home can be shipped to any destination

There are those who work for months or even years to create a beautiful tiny home out of nothing, but if you don’t have time for all that, now you …

Etsy furniture shops: 7 best stores to check out now

Let the hunt begin<p>Handmade and vintage goods marketplace Etsy can be a boon for furniture shoppers, especially those who define their home decor aesthetic with words like "midcentury," "reclaimed," or "rustic-industrial." Below, we highlight 7 fabulous Etsy furniture shops based around the U.S., …

Why every hangout-worthy apartment needs a statement wall

You don’t need a soak tub or meditation room to get an at-home mood boost—in fact, this design trend works even in the smallest, studio-sized …

Stylish Bed-Stuy loft with soaring ceilings wants $850K

The airy digs offers plenty of layout possibilities<p>This breezy industrial-chic loft on the border of Bed-Stuy and Clinton Hill used to be a two bedroom—and could easily be converted back, if one were so inclined. Barring the potential desire for privacy, though, the bright white abode is pretty …

Covering These Apartments In “Parasitic” Additions Saves Energy And Makes Extra Space

The wooden cubes cut the building’s energy use by 76%.<p>In an outdated 1970s apartment building in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, the rooms are cramped, dark, and inefficient. But by covering the building in wooden attachments, a new design will add extra space, light, and cut energy use 76%.<p>“It’s a …

Frank Gehry-designed luxury hotel brings avant-garde design to historic Spain winery

The bucolic hills of Spain’s wine country may be one of the last places you’d expect to see a Frank Gehry-designed building, but the starchitect’s …

Architecture

Design Lessons: How To Spot (& Fix!) an Off Balance Room

(Image credit: Nate Berkus Interiors)<p>Balance is a tricky beast when it comes to interior design. Some people love perfectly symmetrical spaces, and …

A Smart, Clear, Dead Simple Self-Watering Planter

No app needed, thank god.<p>Bless their hearts, Boskke makes super smart planting options without leaning on needless tech for their innovation. The …

Shape-Shifting Table Moves So Elegantly

Coffee table, breakfast nook, what's the difference?<p>Modular furniture that can do more than one job tends to be associated with utilitarianism and space-saving. French company Boulon Blanc aims to change that with its Table Archimède, available on Kickstarter, a gorgeous and clever changeable table.<p>…

Noomi Swivel Chair

Whether developing furniture, textiles, lamps or toys, Danish designer Susanne Grønlund starts with a list of what she doesn’t want to create. This discipline has made her studio a go-to for innovative, thoughtful design that’s rooted in Scandinavian traditions. In creating her Noomi Swivel Chair …

Amazon Has a Sister Site That's Dedicated Entirely to Home Décor

Dreams really do come true.<p>By now, you know all about our obsession with Amazon. It just makes shopping and organizing so easy — especially with the help of Amazon Prime. But even though the sheer number of items to choose from is part of the website's appeal, it can also be quite overwhelming. …

Shopping

Depth Basin

Add a touch of profundity to your bathroom with the Depth Basin, a stylish sink with a hypnotic glass bottom. The Italian design incorporates a …

Modern-Shed Ellensburg Farm Shed Complex

Modern-Shed, Inc uploaded Modern-Shed Ellensburg Farm Shed Complex through Add A Home.<br>Add your own project for the chance to be featured in Editor's Picks.

'Floating' timber modern house in the woods offers mod take on rustic

Yes please!<p>“Rustic” can mean log cabins and taxidermy, but it absolutely doesn’t have to. Case in point: This 3,600-square-foot, timber-glass-and-steel dwelling in St-Adolphe D’Howard, Quebec, Canada, courtesy of Montreal firm MU Architecture.<p>Designed for clients who insisted the house embrace its …

Architecture

Swiss Simplicity / Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> If you like homes that are designed for close family lifestyle, then you'll find that "Swiss Simplicity" …