A Parade Of Spring Green

A Parade Of Spring Green

Hints or vibrant displays of color on an exterior or inside of a room can bring it to life. Green is a perfect color choice for adding cues from nature and energy in a space. The following are a lineup of homes and rooms that feature colorful green hues. This glass wall in a master suite accents the outdoor landscape, which nests 2 huge oak trees that have resided on the property long before the home. The energy efficient build was actually constructed around the natural monuments, which provide great shading indoors and out. Selecting a few items to paint a cheerful green… read more

A Concept Design Committed To Nature And The Senses

A Concept Design Committed To Nature And The Senses

Concept designs can be innovative, fun and visually inviting. One over the top idea for a home by the sea is from Martin Ferrero Architecture. Called Xálima, this model for a multilevel mansion is pretty amazing. According to the design team, this is architecture that is committed to the senses and nature. Hugging into the side of a hefty cliff and enveloped in living greenery, the idea for the home’s foundation is a bit out of the ordinary, to say the least. The cliff backdrop and adjacent waters are important as they complement the surrounding area of the residence. Trying… read more

A Shipping Container Home That Isn’t Boring

A Shipping Container Home That Isn’t Boring

Shipping container homes can often resemble, well, shipping containers. The rectangular form can sometimes get a little tedious, but one interesting take on this type of salvaged living space is designed by Todd Miller from Ziegler Build. This upcycled Australian home has many impressive features. Constructed from 31 shipping containers, it took just over 5 months to complete. The front appearance takes what would be a lackluster façade if left as a container and upgrades it with the different surfaces. Some have been given a glossy cleaning of their original look and some units have been covered in various textures of… read more

The ABC’s Of Things

The ABC’s Of Things

Decorating a children’s room doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Using flash cards as pictures, accents and even traveling games are a fun way to liven up a child’s space while also providing an opportunity for a learning adventure. Vintage, contemporary or fairy tale ABC cards make for an endless stockpile of crafty inspiration and hours of on hand, educational fun. The following printables and interior design ideas are motivation to find a set of letters to play with that will bring the primary student in you back to life, but you can do it in the name of learning. Mr…. read more

Designs With 8 Sections Form Completely Cool Pieces

Designs With 8 Sections Form Completely Cool Pieces

Furniture that offers different looks in addition to performing various functions are great pieces to incorporate in a home. A versatile piece in the textile family from designers Vyacheslav Chupakhin and Gennady Martynov is the Mandarin. This eye-catching ottoman can also be turned into an 8 piece pillow set. The sections are soft and covered in colorful fabrics that are connected by zippers. They can be put together into various shapes and forms, from a pillow for one to a sofa sectional. A crafty sewer could come up with a wedge shaped pattern of any size and seal the edges… read more

Ecofriendly Home Décor (That’s A Little Strange)

Ecofriendly Home Decor (That's A Little Strange)

Artists and designers can come up with interesting pieces that are inspired from unordinary places. This neat chair was produced to replicate the form of a traditional toy in Mexico called the Trompo. The spinning motion of the toy was reproduced in the chair, as whoever is seated in the Totoyo can rotate on the wooden axis a full 360° for a view that never gets boring. Made from a basic but genius concept by Victor Aléman Studio, this chair is no doubt sturdy, original and probably fun. After the interior base is made the designers work with artisan crafters to… read more

Multilevel And Sustainable Family Homes

Multilevel And Sustainable Family Homes

By taking development upward and focusing on extending the living areas to the outdoors in locations where the temperature is normally nice, more time outside is just a few steps away. This also reduces building costs as the interior space is condensed as compared to many other newly constructed residential homes. The Californian Hover House is one of a series of homes from Glen Irani Architects that focuses on creating an optimal outdoor environment by not using up an entire lot with a sprawling floor plan. This is the 3rd design of this type of home from the architectural team, and… read more

Home Heating by a Robot

Warm Up Robot

Heating our homes in winter consumes vast amounts of energy and costs households a great deal. But imagine if there were a robot that could store heat and then moved around the house to warm cold areas? Drum roll please for…..Hagent, the mobile heater robot. This small robot shaped like a black box is amde up of movable wheels, sensors and Phase change materials (PCM). PCM  absorb heat from a hot body and change their phase (from solid to liquid or vice versa) and then release the heat by again changing their phase. Designed by Andreas Meinhardt and Daniel Abendrith… read more

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space saving and micro living designs are helpful in areas where having enough room is a factor. The following are a few ideas that offer creative and flexible storage options. From Nook Architects, their renovation of a narrow apartment in Barcelona, Spain includes a clever floor based storage option. An inlay of traditionally placed floor tiles and gorgeous wooden flooring leads to a step up window seat that faces the terrace. The terrace is raised, and before the redesign the doorway was narrow and not an ideal entrance to the outdoor space. The design team had the idea to install the raised… read more

Energy Leaks at Home

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It is widely said that the most expensive part of a building construction is its interior design and architecture. But there is one more important thing to check and that is “energy wastage”. In the US, it’s estimated that billions of dollars are wasted each year because of air seal leaks in doors, walls and windows. Nearly 40% of energy spent on cooling or heating a building is wasted because of this invisible problem. Any small improvements in each building can save the total power of the nation. Leaks in buildings are usually detected by a  “blower door test” which… read more