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  • Before & After – A Mid Century Modern House Renovation In Arizona
    by Erin on July 9, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Architecture firm The Ranch Mine has renovated a mid-century modern house in Scottsdale, Arizona, for their clients who wanted an updated space for their growing family. Originally built in 1961 by Allied Builders, the home had some issues – a failing plumbing system, poor grading and drainage that led to some rot in the structure,

  • A Mosaic Of Broken Marble Gives This Flooring A Unique Design
    by Erin on July 9, 2020 at 9:04 PM

    When creating the interiors of a townhouse in Moscow, Russia, Maxim Kashin Architects designed a space with a mosaic floor. The smooth polished flooring is made up of marble pieces that have been installed in a mosaic pattern with contrasting dark grey concrete that complements the custom-designed furniture. By using recycled white and light grey

  • Did You Know Terry Crews Designs Furniture?
    by Erin on July 9, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    You may be surprised to learn that actor and former NFL player, Terry Crews, is also an artist and designer. Originally studying graphic design, Terry Crews started out sketching his teammates before leaving the football field and pursuing acting in both movies and television. While acting, Terry Crews has also been busy designing again, and

  • This Backyard Home Office Covered In Ivy Was Designed For A Creative Writer
    by Erin on July 8, 2020 at 9:08 PM

    Matt Gibson Architecture + Design completed a small backyard office for a creative writer in Melbourne, Australia. The Boston ivy-covered “Writer’s Cabin” blends in with the lush surroundings of the yard, and has a large picture window as well as a skylight to let natural light filter in. The door of the 107 square foot

  • A Covered Outdoor Conversation Pit Makes Room For A Lounge, Fire Table, Planters, And A Dining Area
    by Erin on July 8, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    As part of the landscape design for a home in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, Weber Arquitectos created this outdoor sunken conversation pit and dining area. Covered by a pergola, the conversation pit includes a U-shaped lounge that wraps around the interior edge and looks out towards the dining area. On a sunny day, the pergola

  • Open Wood Shelving Helps Fill Out This TV Wall
    by Erin on July 7, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Weber Arquitectos has designed a cabin in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, that features a large wall of open wood shelving in the living room. The light wood shelving, which surrounds the TV and is the focal point of the living room, has a pair of cabinets and wood surfaces that are held in place by

  • A Fire Pole Hidden Behind A Door Creates A Unique Way To Travel Between Floors
    by Erin on July 6, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Aurora Arquitectos designed a house in Lisbon, Portugal, where they included a fire pole that creates a fun and unique way of traveling between floors. In the children’s bedroom, there are two white doors on one of the walls. The first door opens to a bathroom with green walls, whereas the other door opens to

  • Overflowing Wall Planters Are An Effective Way To Add Interest To An Otherwise Blank Wall
    by Erin on July 6, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    Landscape design firm Fair Studio has transformed a side-yard at this home in Los Angeles, creating an outdoor space for a family with three children to relax. The space features a wood wall with planters, as well as a deck. Both constructed of the same material. In the corner, there’s an L-shape bench with stools,

  • A Conversation Pit With A Central Fireplace Creates A Relaxing Place To Chat
    by Erin on July 3, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    ONE-CU Interior Design Lab has designed a sunken conversation pit as part of the Guanhu Sales Center in Guiyang, China. The lobby of the sales center features a beige interior, however the sunken circular seating with its black border and fireplace create a contrast to the light color and complement the adjacent dark shelving. The

  • Here’s A Close Look At A Bright Bathroom With A Material Palette Of Wood, Granite, And Black Accents
    by Erin on July 3, 2020 at 9:01 PM

    Included as part of an overall apartment renovation in Brazil, BLOCO Arquitetos has created a bright and modern bathroom featuring wood, granite, and black accents. Let’s take a closer look… The natural wood vanity is topped with a Brazilian grey and white granite in a matte finish, however, it’s the dual sinks that have an


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