Friday, June 8, 2012 Interior Design & Architecture Inspiration Newsletter Interior Design & Architecture Inspiration Newsletter

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The minimalist Light! Board

Posted: 08 Jun 2012 08:08 AM PDT

Minimalist creations are very popular these days. They often say more about an item than all the decorations and accessories combined. It's also the case for this intriguing lamp. It's called Light! Board and it's basically nothing but a wooden board with a light bulb hanging from it. The wooden pieces is actually a shelf that is partly fixed on the wall. The cable for the lamp actually goes through the wooden board and exits on the other side, thus hanging down.

This interesting lamp is a very ingenious creation. It has a minimalist design that ignores all the details and elements that would only redirect the attention from the actual design. In this case, what you see is exactly what you get. The lamp is a combination of a small shelf and a light bulb. The shelf is made of timber wood so it's strong and durable. The Light! Board lamp is perfect for the bedroom. It's simple, small and functional and it's the perfect item to be used in combination with any type of bed.

Not only that this is a visually challenging element, but it's also very practical and functional. The shelf and lamp take absolutely no floor space. They provide you with subtle light in case you need it to read a book or anything else and it also provides a small shelf, maybe for a glass of water, for the alarm clock or for the phone. It's very easy to find the space for this item. The textile cord for the lamp is integrated into the shelf and becomes visible on the surface. What curious about this piece is that the lamp doesn't seem to have a switch.Maybe it's hidden in order to preserve the minimalist look.

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Unbelievable transformation from a traditional house to a modern residence

Posted: 08 Jun 2012 06:41 AM PDT

This is a modern and impressive residence that was designed by SUE Architects and photographed by Katharina Reckendorfer. Katharina usually works with portraits and fashion so photographing a house is not something she does on a regular basis. Nevertheless, she managed to capture the charm and character of this residence and to make it the star of her photos.

The residence is a modern building with a compact design and a rather misleading exterior. Before it was renovated by SUE Architects, the house used to look like a typical traditional structure. It was, in fact, quite boring. Its owners decided to make a change and asked this talented team of architects for help. A lot of changes had to be made in order to achieve the final results that you see in the pictures. The internal structure of the house had to be rearranged. Some of the walls were demolished and the rooms were opened up in order to create a more modern design.

The results of the renovation are very beautiful. Who would have known that the original house had such great potential? Of course, the photographer deserves some admiration as well. Katharina managed to capture the whole transformation process and to show us the road from old to new, from traditional to modern. The before pictures are very important and help us see the difference between the two designs and thus appreciate more the final results.What do you think about this huge renovation?

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Brighten your kitchen beginning with your utensils

Posted: 08 Jun 2012 05:33 AM PDT

While shopping for kitchen supplies, many people see black and white as their only options for their utensils. There are those cheap plastic rainbow colored measuring sets that you can buy, but some say those look tacky or less mature than black. I agree with this statement, and if you're looking for a sophisticated kitchen or look than bright colors aren't for you.

However, there are other ways to add hints of color to your utensils and appliances without looking tacky or too vibrant. Recently, I've seen a lot of difference people adding color to their wooden kitchen items. Any color or pattern works depending on what you'd like to do within your space.

As shown in this photo, she wanted a variety of colors to go in her kitchen. She used this project as a stress reliever and with such an easy task she created beautiful utensils. Her next mission is to find a place to present the utensils with an artistic feel.

This photo shows how someone took the painted utensils and matched them up with their dining pieces. A nice turquoise color on their utensils accentuates their bowls. They probably also used them with the rest of their dining ware.

You can use these two examples to do your own kitchenware or create your own spin on the project. Lines, patterns, colors, paint splotches, and many other ways to add color to your kitchen. But don't be afraid to make the step. Wooden utensils are cheaper at the store and you could probably find some at the Dollar Store to experiment on before you make the leap.{Photo sources: ahalife, Little Bit Funky}.

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Spacious apartment in New York with a sustainable design

Posted: 08 Jun 2012 04:44 AM PDT

This apartment is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY and it belongs to Evelyn Lee who has been living in it for two years. It's a 1,185 square feet apartment with a lovely and modern interior design. The thing about this place is that it's not only very beautiful and stylish but it's also sustainable. Evelyn has been sharing this apartment with her cat called Sam and they are both very happy here.

This sustainable apartment is still a work in progress. However, the path chosen by its owner is very clear. Decorating the apartment was quite difficult given its size. The most challenging area was the great room. Here the owner decided not to use rugs since they were difficult to keep clean and the cat would have made things even more difficult. This space was turned into a very serene room with a simple décor complemented by bold decorations that add color and dynamism.

In the living room Evelyn chose to include a sofa made from recycled materials, a coffee table made from reclaimed wood, a side chair and some colorful decorations. The dining area is quite small and only includes a table and some simple chairs as well a colorful painting on the wall. The bedroom is large and spacious. It has a double bed, custom nightstands from reclaimed wood, a dresser, a comfy rocking chair and some chic decorations. The apartment also has an office with simple furniture and a décor matching the rest of the rooms.{found on apartmenttherapy}.

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White and Orange Modern Kitchen by Morris Sato Studio

Posted: 08 Jun 2012 03:55 AM PDT

New York is a very diverse city. There you can find anything you want and the houses and apartments come in all shapes and sizes. This particular residence is a typical modern home with a simple interior and a colorful décor. It's located in New York, United States and it was designed by Morris Sato Studio. The project was completed in 2011 and the result was a very beautiful and chic single family residence.

The whole house is very interesting and alluring but is the kitchen that presents the most interest. The kitchen is very large compared to most typical houses. It has an irregular shape with white walls and spotlights in the ceiling. The presence of spotlights makes the pendant lamp unnecessary and it introduces a very simple décor. If you look closely you'll see that there are no decorations or accessories, not even artwork on the walls.

The décor is minimalist and modern. The kitchen features a very nice combination of white and orange. All the walls are white and all the furniture is orange. It's a very interesting contrast. It's almost as if all the action is in one part of the room, where all the color is. One wall is partially covered by a large wall unit with integrated counters and sink. It includes plenty of storage space. There's also a matching orange kitchen island sitting not far from the rest of the furniture. It has a wooden base with round edges and a matter glass top. And just to add some contrast, there's also a dining area with blue chairs.

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Modern apartment with a mix of mosaic flooring and exposed wooden ceiling beams

Posted: 08 Jun 2012 12:22 AM PDT

Casa Roc is a modern apartment located in Barcelona which wa designed by Nook Architects. It has a striking interior, mostly because of the size and décor. The kitchen is very large and has a modern design with an industrial feel. It's an impression given by the fact that the furniture is made of steel and has a metallic look and there are also exposed beams in the ceilings that have painted white. The walls are white the floor features the original mosaic that really adds pattern and color to the whole décor.

The internal structure of the apartment wasn't exactly what its owners wanted. However, despite their efforts, the wall from the center of the residence couldn't be removed so, instead, the architects decided to just wrap the kitchen and bathrooms around it and use as a central axis. The kitchen is part of a large open plan living area that also includes the dining room. The private areas such as the bedrooms are located on the other side of the apartment.

The master bedroom has sliding doors that hide the washroom and the toilet and allows only one of them to be enclosed at a time. The rest of the apartment is simple and has a rather eclectic décor. Even after it has been renovated, it still boosts some of the original elements such as the mosaic floors or the beams from the ceiling. The restoration was a project by nook architects and they managed to bring this apartment back to life and turn it into a modern home.

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Top 12 DIY Clothespins

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 10:00 PM PDT

Simple tools make our everyday life easier, because any difficult problem has an easy answer, believe it or not! Clothes pins help keeping our laundry in place while it dries, and being a simple tool this means that it can be very versatile. Don't take my word for granted and let's take a look at some marvelous DIY projects, possible only with simple clothes pins.

1.Magnet clothespin.

Refrigerator magnets are great because they can hold things at sight. Your favorite recipe, to do list or pictures with your family. But what do you do when you don't have those kinds of magnets? It's simple; make your own.  If you like the idea and decide to put it into practice you will need some clothes pins, spray paint (if you don't like their original color), Mod Podge, some scrap fabric and self sticking magnets.

The process is pretty basic, all you have to do is paint the clothes pins, apply the fabric on one side and the magnet on the other. Stick them to your fridge and they can hold everything you want, decorating your fridge in the most unique style.{found on momtastic}.

2.Clothespin herb planters.

Proving once again the versatility of these simple items let's take a look at some "clothes pin herb planters". The simplicity of the design is obvious and this is what makes it great. Greens takes our minds closer to nature and to have some in your own apartment can be tricky. To make it simpler take an old metallic can and rap around it several clothes pins.

The effect can be immediately spotted and the new planter gets a certain traditional look. You can also get a different effect simply by painting the pins with anything you like. It doesn't cost much and is very easy to do. What a cool idea, isn't it?  Make the pins sparkle and you've got yourself nice, beautifully colored spring flower pot.{found on 7thhouseontheleft and thisheartofmineblog}.

 3.Clothespin Wedding Cake Toppers.

Bare with me folks because the unique is yet to come. Those who are married remember the little bride and groom figurines holding hands or kissing from their wedding cake top; those who are not yet married and want to make somebody nervous, or not can make a little something to put on their cakes.

From a clothes pin, with a little paint and some basic painting skills you can make a superb little thing that features a bride and a groom kissing. Put it on your girlfriend's cake and it will definitely make her think. Take this game to another level by squeezing and releasing the clothes pin and the "couple" will kiss repeatedly.{found on inhabitat}.

4.Clothespin Chandelier.

As I was saying the true wonders of the clothes pins are coming out little by little. Here is a wonderful chandelier idea made with clothes pins.  Part decorative part functional these "hanging circles" look great in a traditional environment where wood surrounds the entire place. I wonder if the designer made the circles height adjustable allowing vertical movement of the circles.

I think I would make some of the threads that hold the pieces together movable allowing me to squeeze the rows and make something like a lamp that focuses the light downwards.{found on remodelista}.

5.Fancy clothespin.

DIY is all about making think almost out of nothing, with recycled materials and so on but this things doesn't mean that the final product is cheap-looking.; not at all. To support my theory here is shown a DIY project accomplished with very small amounts of money and looks very exquisite and tasteful.

These decorative wooden clothes pins can be used for a great variety of things, just make a "flower" from some scrap material, paint the wooden pieces accordingly to your original design, glue the everything on, let them dry and this is it; quick and easy. The most meticulous part could me making the flower but after one or two everything should go smoothly.{found on creaturecomfortsblog}.

6.Clothespin for kids.

Kids are mad about colors and they love to draw things at any given moment. That is why you should support them and encourage them to draw more and more because not only they have something to occupy their time, but their imagination is stimulated as well. Make them feel proud about their creations and put them on display.

Don't imagine an art gallery but something down to their level. Tie a piece of string from corner to corner in their bedroom and use these clothes pins designs to attach them. Glue on the back of each half of the clothes pin some bright colored, patterned paper so the pins would look great and then like clothes hang each drawing where it can be seen. You will be much more appreciated by your kids if they could contribute to the actual process of making the "art gallery".{found on babycenter}.

7.Clothespin mirror.

Another great decorative object for your hallway or wherever you need a mirror can be made using simple wooden clothes pins. This particular design features a circular design, very easy to make and with a consistent impact over the environment.  Since this piece over here wants to symbolize the sun and its warming rays, each clothes pin that was glued around the mirror was spray painted with a golden shade.


Simply by changing the color of the clothes pin you can change the mirror's destination. Pink for instance could go in your little girl's bedroom; any color you like will do the trick as long as you want a little bit of glam in your interior using mostly imagination.{found on designsponge}.

8.Photo vase.

As we could see so far clothes pins are more useful than most of us thought. Here for instance there is a wonderful photo vase that used the clothes pins to attach on a glass vase some family photos. The idea is indeed unique and opens a new ways for decorating vases. I would like to see this idea implemented in much more locations. I would love to see instead of pictures a little piece of laminated paper that holds a description or a little story about the content of that vase. A lot of things could be made starting from this simple but marvelous idea.{found on contryliving}.

9.Storage shelf.

Clever ideas never stop coming and since the apparently difficult tasks have unbelievable simple solutions clothes pins did it again. A storage shelf was made here but one that doesn't look anything like you would expect. Instead of the wooden board places horizontally so things could be place on it, the wooden board was attached vertically to the wall and o the other side 7 clothes pins were installed.

This particular design has each pin glued by the board, leaving only one part mobile, but I would dare to suggest another way:  put a nail through the little hole in the middle of the little spring and hammer it down on the board. In his way you have more mobility and the clothes pin can tilt if whatever you wish to hang there doesn't really fit.{found on contryliving}.

10.Tree from clothespins.

This next thing is great for office environments because it can hold all your business cards at hand. To do this you will need a small metal "frame" shaped like a tree. On that you can attach, after you have already decorated with nice colors and patterns, wooden clothes pins. After you complete this organizer tree you can put all your business cards in one place and when you need to call someone just take a quick look, pick something and dial. This is definitely going on my desk tomorrow!{found on contryliving}.

11.Kitchen cabinet magnets.

Speaking of making things easy in our everyday life, clothes pins can be used with success in your kitchen as well. The idea is derived from the clothes pins with magnets on their backs but this time they were used to hold things that you don't want to be seen all the time. Therefore, on the interior side of the cabinet door beneath your kitchen sink are glued on several clothes pins that hold your rubber glows, garbage bags, sponges and so on. Just open the cabinet door and you will have quick access to them; close it back and no one will know what's in there. Very useful, I like it!{found on countryliving}.

12.Lamp shade!

I have saved one of the best items that used a lot of clothes pin to make for the end.  This piece features a nice lamp shade made out from materials you would never believe that could work together.  The base was made from a strip of wire fencing not very tall not very short, proportional with the overall environment.

That metal grid instantly became the play ground for a lot of wooden clothes pins. They didn't know exactly what pattern will work perfectly until they actually did it therefore there were a quite a few pattern-attempts to explore all the possibilities and to see what goes with what. Finally everything was in place and the light switched on; then the magic happened: the sculptural design lit the room in a wonderful yellowy-glow. On the ceiling you can see the shadow that looks exactly like the "sunshine in California".{found on yhl}.

This is it DIY lovers! I hope you liked everything shown here and if there are things that you didn't like very much, take the idea and improve it. There is one thing we can get enough of, and that is new cool designs. Take care!

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Metal table lamp with bronze finish

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 09:36 PM PDT

Table lamps are useful and people normally use them for reading or when then want to see something around the table, but not in the whole room. That is why table lamps are usually very simple in design, as you can’t see them properly in the dark, especially when they are the ones casting light. However, when they are not lit during the day you can admire them and you can use them to bring a special look to the room. That explains why this beautiful Metal table lamp with bronze finish is so nicely designed.

It has a tall metal leg that has a black finish and it ends with a round base that offers stability and style. But the best feature is the amazing combination between the Amber Iridescent Scavo Glass Shade and the metal “twigs” that climb on the lamp like vines on a plant. The contrast between amber and black metal is great and the visual impact is amazing. You can use this lamp as a beautiful accessory for your living room and I bet it will be the centerpiece. The lamp works with two 60 watt medium base (M) bulbs and the twigs can be removed if you want to. The item can be purchased for $149.40  on Humble Abode.

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The Yautepec Gallery in Mexico City

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 08:10 PM PDT

The Yautepec Gallery is one of the most fun places to see in Mexico City. It started as an abandoned house in the Condesa neighborhood when Brett and Daniela went to visit it. They found there a building that has been abandoned for 10 years. It had some offices and a food production facility for a taco chain. It wasn't really appealing but it had potential. The couple started doing shows right away and after a while they managed to renovate and fix the house a little until the point where it ended up looking like this.

The schedule was pretty chaotic at first and, at one point, the couple decided they had to slow down a little in order to be successful. At the beginning this wasn't a commercial gallery. It was something similar to an exhibition space where friends and acquaintances could showcase their work. The gallery slowly became more formal and it then became a commercial space. The Yautepec Gallery has been there for 4 years. At the beginning it was more of a social space and it hosted a lot of one-night events and it then became more formal, with a more organized program.

Currently, the gallery works almost exclusively with emerging artists. The fact that the owners of the gallery started up at the same level as many of the artists they now represent really helps them understand this business and it's the key to their success. The gallery is very large and full of all sorts of interesting elements. It's a very fun space and you can find something interesting everywhere you look. However, even though there are so many different little things to see there, the atmosphere manages to stay calm and airy as well as very well organized. It's a very unusual space, almost like a surreal place where you can go escape the chaos of everyday life.An interview and more pictures on Freunde von freunden.

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Colorful home in L.A. by Richard Neutra

Posted: 07 Jun 2012 06:22 PM PDT

This residence is located in L.A. It's a modern house with a simple design. It doesn't look very impressive from the outside. However, the interior comes with a big surprise. Inside this lovely home that was designed by Richard Neutra you can see an invasion of color and texture. Each room seems to have a different star color.

The house features glass walls that separate the social areas from the outdoors but, at the same time, connects these spaces and creates a seamless transition. The glass walls allow you to take a peek inside. There you can see that the décor is very dynamic and colorful. The living room features a series of orange armchairs and a matching sofa.

These elements, in combination with the wooden ceiling, create a very interesting image. The orange from the furniture seems to be reflected on the ceiling. The wooden elements add warmth to the décor while the furniture makes this space seem very casual.

The dining room is also very interesting. It's a space that's separated from another lounge area by a matte glass wall. There's also a large glass wall separating it from the outdoor area. The dining room chairs feature a semi-transparent design that looks very interesting in combination with the rug and its rich pattern. The lounge area is a little simpler. It features a series of storage compartments and shelves on one wall, a colorful painting on the other and a sofa with a matching armchair and a glass coffee table in between. The other rooms of the house are similar to these ones: they are modern, simple but with strong splashes of color and pattern.

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