9 Ways to Make Your Home Office Fabulous

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There’s no rule that says your home office has to be a fun-free, functional space kitted out with a standard desk and run-of-the-mill swivel chair, and that’s your lot. In fact, how thoroughly rewarding would it be to head to work and step into a color-packed, glamorous room bursting with personality and pizzazz? There would still be a place for your computer, printer and files, natch, but the room itself could be just as much a part of the decorating jigsaw as the rest of your interior. Who knows? Your daily 9-to-5 might suddenly look very inviting…

Rio House Will Blow Your Mind

al-house-studio-arthur-casas-10This spectacular residence was designed by Brazilian Architectural studio Arthur Casas. Located in Rio de Janeiro, the 5,200-square-foot dream house is set around lush vegetation and over the iconic landscape clinging to a slope of the Pedra da Gavea dome. The house features floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels that open onto an amazing infinity pool with breathtaking views of the dramatic scenery. 

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13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.47.02 AMKick back on your patio or deck with a grill that focuses on fun as much as function

When the weather cooperates, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard. The fresh air and hot grill have a way of conjuring a vacation mood — even if you are only grilling up a quick weeknight dinner. Get inspired to make over your grilling zone for luxurious outdoor dining with these 13 ideas.

Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting

Emmanuel Fonte AntiquesComplete a vintage scene or create contrast with lamps, sconces and chandeliers that have traveled through time

I majored in theater arts for my first two years of college. It’s a bit in my blood. My dad was in show business — mostly as a director and producer — and when I was a baby, Rock Hudson was my babysitter. Honest! He lived in the apartment next door to us, near Warner Brothers Studio.

Given that background, I’ve always believed interior decoration and design are largely about theater. That is, they’re not just about the nuts and bolts of utilitarian objects under a roof. Rather, they’re about creating a place in which to live out life’s drama — making a beautiful environment that evokes something soul-nourishing. And in decorating, as in theater, lighting is an often-underrated but vitally important element in the creation of that environment.

If you’re like me and you love to include antiques in the “set design” of your home, then antique lighting (which can be a bit of a challenge) is something you should definitely consider.

Something Old, Something New: Stone Barn Gets a New Heart


This conversion in the Irish village of Broughshane started out with something that was already truly an object of beauty: a crumbling old stone barn. With some clever manipulation, they turned the old barn into a light-filled, contemporary living space.

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Read more: http://dornob.com/something-old-something-new-stone-barn-gets-a-new-heart/#ixzz35l41S7ic

How to Choose a Front Door Color

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 8.45.10 AMIf choosing a door paint isn’t an open-and-shut case for you, here’s help

Don’t let your home blend into the background — even if you’re not in the market for changing your exterior color scheme, a new coat of paint on your front door could be just the makeover your home needs.

Use our color guides to each color to learn which hue, from unexpected purple to bright yellow to elegant black, will work well on your exterior door.

Modular Room Design Transforms Interior Spaces


Starting as a compact cubic room-within-a-room, this unique modular furniture system opens up in a variety of ways to transform the space from a living room to an office to a bedroom for one or two. Three mobile modules, each with a bench of cushions and open ‘walls,’ can be hooked together or separated and rolled around a given space. Modular-Cube-Room-2 Modular-Cube-Room-3 Modular-Cube-Room-4

The Cube was created by Russian architecture firm Ruetemple to make a small space more functional for a brother and sister. Each of the three sections has built-in storage beneath the benches and an overhang that creates a roof when they’re pushed together.

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Read more: http://dornob.com/rolling-modular-room-design-transforms-interior-spaces/#ixzz35DV01p6E

20 Creative Kitchen Islands

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 3.06.38 PMNixing ready made for readily imaginative, these homeowners fashioned kitchen islands after their own hearts

For the My Houzz series, we visit and photograph creative, personality-filled homes and the people who live there. Sometimes working with professionals but most of the time going strictly the DIY route, these residents take clever and unexpected approaches to home design.

The heart of many of these homes is the kitchen, of course. And the heart of the kitchen is often the island. Whether using reclaimed materials from their own construction sites, refashioning vintage furniture or discovering clever Ikea hacks, the My Houzz homeowners we’ve featured have built their islands to suit very individual lifestyles and tastes. Here are 20 great examples.

The Ark in the Park: Peaceful Green-Roofed Floating Home


There is a certain type of mental connection that we tend to make when we hear the word “houseboat.” Some think of the lovely but necessarily narrow canal boats you find in the UK; others think of the rough-but-romantic behemoths of the west coast of the US. The ParkArk in Utrecht, Netherlands – from Rotterdam-based BYTR Architects – is an entirely different species of floating homes. dak_groen_glasdak_woonboot_modern_Utrecht_architect_BYTR
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