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Explore architectural styles and innovative home conversions. Learn ways to enhance your home with architectural details.

Beautiful Light-filled Rooms

Windows fill this room with beautiful light
One of the most requested features by house hunters is lots of windows.  Beautiful light-filled rooms capture the hearts of many future home owners and often are the reason a particular house is chosen over others.  Large windows that span across a wall open up a room and showcase a home’s character and light.  Take a tour of these...

Taking Modern to the Victorian Age: Mixing Modern Style with Classic Architecture

A seamless melding of styles
If you live in or are considering buying a Victorian home and want to blend your modern taste with classic architecture, here is some inspiration to set you on your way.  Don’t let your home’s architecture dictate how it should be furnished.  In fact, decorating a Victorian or otherwise older home in a modern style sets the stage for...

Give an endless charm to your home with an aquarium

awesome bedroom built under the water in an aquarium
An aquarium is a real chic, luxurious and exclusive element of design that can transform your home decor. The modern design trends and the new stylistic tendencies, associated with the new technologies and the new materials, have completely revolutioned the concept and the function of the traditional aquariums: from simple and additional elements to the interior decor, the contemporary...

Amazing Modern Kloff Road House in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa

This amazing Kloff Road House in South Africa, is a modern house with a very specific and attractive look. The chief designers responsible for this house are Nico van der Meulen Architects and M Square Lifestyle Design. The home owners asked them for a unique house plan for a big and spacious home that can accommodate their big family. Therefore the architects...

Indoor Doors that Separate Your Spaces

Although the open concept, where the kitchen, dining room an living room are continuous, is the "in" style for most houses, some home owners still want privacy. There are also other rooms in the house the necessitate doors, like bedrooms and bathrooms. Rather than picking a dreary, plain wood door, try finding a door that can further the ambiance...

Biophilic Design: A Marriage of Functional Design and Nature

Biophilic Design is a trend that's a marriage of functional design with nature. Of course, you have seen this design. You may have marveled at the beauty. However, you may not have considered the thought process of the design. This design is common in public places. In fact, you'll find this in hospitals, office buildings, and universities. Of course, humans long...

The Classic Charm and Versatility of Window Shutters

Shutters let in filtered light
Used alone or with other window treatments, shutters are a classically charming addition to any window.  They are also an extremely functional and versatile option, providing filtered light, privacy or the ability to open fully.  Shutters can be custom-made to your particular window measurements and can be painted or stained to fit within your decorating style. Depending on your preference,...

Turn Your Loft into a Home

When you think of a loft you no doubt imagine an open industrial space with high ceilings and large windows that look out over the city.  For many, this is the perfect place to call home.  The challenge is in decorating the space.  Decorating a loft is all about space management.           When faced with a blank loft space, decide...

Convert Your Basement into a Bright and Comfortable Space

Do you dream of turning your dreary unused basement into a bright and comfortable space?  Your basement can be transformed into a family room, an apartment, a game room, theatre or many other useful spaces.  Here are some inspiring ideas to help you achieve your dream. If your basement is unfinished, you’ll want to install insulation and finish the walls...

Design Ideas for Under the Stairs

Have you ever wondered what other uses there were for that empty space underneath the stairs?  Depending on where your staircase is located there are a number of unique ways to use this space.  The area under your stairs can be transformed into extra storage, a cozy nook, shelving units or many other useful spaces. One of the best uses...

Sunken Seating is a Fun Alternative in the Modern Home

Try something completely different in your home with sunken seating.  If you like to entertain and enjoy cozy gatherings with friends and family, creating a sunken seating area is a sure way to get the ultimate in stylish and comfortable entertainment space. In the modern home, sunken seating takes rooms to a whole new level of seating ease and comfort. ...

Entryways with Unique Architectural Elements

It's not always the layout, color, or theme of a room that brings life to it. In fact, the personality of a room is often seen through the smaller details, such as the finish on the wall, material of the furniture, crown molding, borders, etc. One such example that is even more engrained within the house itself is the...

Creative Homes Built Around Trees

Home built around trees
These homes bring a whole new meaning to bringing the outdoors in.  Trees grow inside and patios are built around trees to create a special home that exists side by side with nature.  These creative homes built around trees preserve their surroundings and create a nature-nurturing environment that is beautiful and unique. An opening was created for this tree and then enclosed...

A Treehouse Castle

  Everyone has dreamed of a treehouse when they were little children. We all loved to have our very own treehouse where we could spend the majority of the day. You may have also drawn a rudimentary blueprint and planned out that which tree limbs would support the beams. You may have also inspected the plywood when your father would...

5 Atlanta Apartments where Industrial Style Feels Right at Home

There’s one design trend that never seems to go out of style – on the contrary, in a world abounding in innovative solutions for home decoration and improvement, the industrial look is only getting more traction among design enthusiasts. If you’re a homeowner, making your home unique with exposed brick and pipes, sealed concrete floors, and steel-frame, 13-foot windows is...

Experience the real Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set

On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit is the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Matamata, home of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, is a small agricultural town in the heart of the Waikato region, nestled at the base of the beautiful Kaimai ranges. The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will...

Sculptural Elements in Interior Design

A blend of actual sculpture and sculptured furnishings bring interest to this room
Sculptural elements are everywhere in interior design.  They are in the gentle sloping curve of the sofa, in the sharp lines of the coffee table, or along the edge of a doorway.  In some homes, however, sculptural elements are more pronounced and they give a space character, drama and interest.  Let's explore the various sculptural elements in interior design and how they impact...

The Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia – Early American Architecture

Visitors flock to the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia every year. This building is a grand example of Early American Architecture.  Usually, this style is called Colonial. Also, you may hear the term Colonial Revival. The King of England had the palace built in 1703. In fact, the Governor both lived and worked here. Indeed, it was where he entertained...