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7 Patios That Will Make You Love the Outdoors 

7 Patios That Will Make You Love the Outdoors 

7 Patios That Will Make You Love the Outdoors

The space outside your home is every bit as important to furnish and decorate as the space inside your humble abode. The seven patios featured here give you plenty of reason to go outdoors and stay there long after the sun has gone down. Offering comfortable seating, a place to prepare meals, and plenty of entertainment options, the patio may very well become your favorite space quickly. Here are some examples of homeowners who have done it right.

  1. Well-Lit and Open  

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Entertain at night with a patio equipped with adequate lighting. This spacious patio design includes a kitchen perfect for grilling and entertaining friends. You don’t have to go inside when the sun goes down, either, making it the perfect space for dinner parties and family celebrations.

2) A Fireplace Opposed to a Fire Pit 

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A fireplace trumps a fire pit any day of the year. Especially when it is as elegant as this one is. Cozy up for an evening of drinks with good friends. You’ve got the space and created a relaxing atmosphere for them to enjoy.

3) Keeping It Cool with a Ceiling Fan 

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Enjoy your patio no matter what the weather is doing. This semi-closed patio space provides protection from rain and also has a ceiling fan for days when the temperature skyrockets. With comfort in mind at all times, this is the type of space you want to consider if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

4) You Don’t Have to Compromise Color 

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A little color transforms an outdoor space making it chic and fun to be in. By choosing to strategically place colored tiles throughout this patio, the owner of this backyard oasis invites a sense of playfulness into the area. People enjoy the feelings they get when they see bright colors which is all the more reason to use them outdoors as well as indoors.

5) Cool Colors and Warm Feelings of Comfort 

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You don’t have to give up color just because you’re decorating a space outside your home. In fact, inviting a cool color palette into an outdoor space helps liven it up and encourages you to spend more time on your patio. See how the blues and greens make you instantly feel happy when you look at them? Coincidence? We think not!

6) Ravishing Red and Outrageous Orange 

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Take your favorite colors and allow them to transform an otherwise neutral patio space. Reds and oranges are bright and expressive. They bring energy into a space quickly as you can see here.

7) Wide Open Spaces 

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There are great reasons to be outdoors. One is the view. See it from all angles of your patio with this unique set-up. Make the most of wide open spaces by making sure there is plenty of seating for everyone!

8 Astonishing Bathroom Makeovers

8 Astonishing Bathroom Makeovers

8 Astonishing Bathroom Makeovers

In interior design, it’s often the bathrooms that get overlooked, with homeowners focusing more on easier to access areas like the living room and bedroom. A complete bathroom makeover takes time, effort and money, so for many people, it doesn’t happen too often. When it does, though, it’s safe to say that the result is so worth it. Here are 8 astonishing bathroom makeovers that you absolutely will not believe.

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It’s definitely safe to say that this bathroom makeover in particular was quite overdue. The bland, beige bathroom was transformed into a modern and contemporary paradise. With a new shower, fresh flooring, a modern towel rack and a cool mixture of colors, this bathroom highlights everything good about the interior design styles of today.

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After – Photos on diynetwork.com 

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The bathroom below was, quite clearly, in need of a makeover. This dated bathroom was transformed into a luxurious and sophisticated paradise, in every possible way. With the addition of fancy sconce lighting fixtures, a lick of paint, and an up-to-date shower and sink, we’re sure the homeowners were thrilled with the transformation.

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After – photos on diynetwork.com

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This bland and old-fashioned bathroom was transformed into a cool and modern bathroom, complete with a spacious shower, pretty pendant lights, and matching décor. The shower tiles go perfectly with the sink, storage unit and mirror, and the transformation is, quite simply, unbelievable.

Before & After – photo on oneweekbath.com

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Before, it’s clear that this bathroom had seen a couple of decades without an update – even the décor is old-fashioned and dated. After, the bathroom appears completely different. The floating vanity is effortlessly luxurious, and subtle touches like the fluffy rug and floral décor just show that you don’t always need to go too far to give your bathroom the makeover it needs.

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After – photos on hgtv.com

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Before, the bathroom was dark, dingy and depressing, with an odd mixture of turquoise and black tiles and wooden cupboards. After, the bathroom appears sleek, sophisticated and modern. The black and white wooden storage unit looks awesome with the subtle blue hue, and the vanity lights really bring the new bathroom to life.

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After – photos on hgtv.com 

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Nautical themed bathrooms were definitely a thing in the past, and although some interior designers still enjoy incorporating it into bathrooms, it’s safe to say that ‘this ship has sailed’. This dark and dingy bathroom was transformed into a light, airy and tranquil paradise. The blues and whites work great together.

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After – photos on diynetwork.com

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This stunning bathroom makeover only goes to show that it doesn’t always have to be hard work to transform your bathroom. This light, airy and beach themed bathroom wasn’t all bad – just a little outdated. The new modern and contemporary wallpaper works well with the floating vanity counter, but it’s the change in flooring that has done it the most favors.

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After – photos on hgtv.com

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This disaster of a bathroom featured ghastly pink tiles and dark brown accessories, two shades that clearly work terribly together. But, with a bit of TLC, it was transformed into a modern and quirky bathroom with its own unique character. The luminescent shower tiles look absolutely fantastic, and the blues, golds and blacks go perfectly together.

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After – photos on hgtv.com

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8 Must-See Global Offices

8 Must-See Global Offices

8 Must-See Global Offices

In recent years, interior designers have expanded their attention and now not only focus on the home, but on offices spaces and business premises, too. More and more people have begun to realize that a well-decorated working environment is, in fact, a healthy working environment. So, whether you’re looking for a little office inspiration yourself, or if you’re just curious to see how the style of offices differ in various parts of the world, here are the 8 must-see global offices.

Contemporary Home Office – Ottawa, Canada

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Nowadays, more and more people are beginning to realize the benefits of having their own office in their home. This modern and contemporary home office is situated in Ottawa, and is an awesome idea for small homes and compact apartments. The minimalistic desk and chair look fantastic together, and the owner has clearly made it their own by turning the far wall into a super-cool chalkboard, dotted with a few personal photographs here and there. The cute indoor plants look great, too.

Photo by Houzz

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12 Rules of Scandinavian Design

 

Skype Headquarters – Palo Alto, California

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Many major offices these days are decorated in sleek, minimalistic furniture and neutral shades, but the folks who designed the Skype headquarters obviously had something a little different in mind. The green and red shades work amazingly well together, and the glass partitions as walls create a modern twist. Plus, who wouldn’t want a pool table in their work office? A dream come true for many.

Photo by Pinterest

Decom Office – Venray, The Netherlands

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Those folks who love nothing more than modern, minimalistic and stylish interior design in neutral block shades will adore this office for Decom, based in Venray, The Netherlands. The long white table provides a close-knit working environment, but not one that’s too close for comfort or stuffy. The huge area rug looks fantastic over the all-white floor, and the green ceiling hangings provide the perfect accent piece.

Photo by Pinterest

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Study Room – London, England

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This superbly pretty study room is located in London, and the contrast between the all-white pieces and pastel shades works beautifully. This type of home office is ideal for those who love nothing more than to be comfortable – the chair looks super comfy, and the sofa provides the perfect spot to relax and take a break. The shelves are filled with books and items that reflect the owner’s personality, but aren’t full to the brim, making the office even more minimalistic. A vase of flowers always looks fantastic in an office space, too.

Photo by Houzz

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Studio O&A – San Francisco, California

5This bright and bold office space is different to many others due to its extensive use of eye-catching colors. Most office spaces these days are extremely minimalistic, so it’s certainly refreshing to see that many folks still love a good splash of color. The wooden paneled walls go with the patterned floor perfectly, and the seating area is perfectly modern and contemporary. Whether it’s in your office, kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, you should never be afraid of a pop of color.

Photo by Pinterest

Media Agency Office – Houston, Texas

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This Houston office space only highlights the fact that blue is an awesome color option for offices. A calming and tranquil shade, blue is ideal for working environments that tend to get a little stressful at times. Plus, good lighting is essential in offices, and these huge lighting pieces provide lots of light for each and every desk.

Photo by Pinterest

Studio 11 Office – Kiama, Australia

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This quirky and edgy office in Kiama, Australia, is bound to be an awesome environment for those lucky enough to work there. The minimalistic desks and shelves go together perfectly with the indoor plants, as does the top-of-the-range computers. Tidy and organized, this office is guaranteed to be loved by those who hate clutter and mess.

Photo by Houzz

Muuto Meeting Space – Copenhagen, Denmark

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Muuto is a well-known Scandinavian interior design company, so it’s no doubt that its office space in Copenhagen, Denmark, will reflect just that. The huge ‘Meeting’ piece scrawled across the glass partition looks amazing, as does the quirky pendant lights hanging from the ceiling, drawing just the right amount of light onto the meeting table. The black and red furniture combined with the Scandinavian chic, minimalistic wooden floor, looks out of this world.

Photo by Pinterest

Related: Scandinavian Bedroom Trends 2017

The 10 Very Best AirBnB Rentals

The 10 Very Best AirBnB Rentals

The 10 Very Best AirBNB Rentals

Whether you’re planning your trip to a faraway place abroad, or if you’re just curious about the awesome places in which you can stay, AirBnB is an affordable and practical method of accommodation. And, of course, there are some beautiful apartments and houses which feature on AirBnB – something we’d like to call “an interior designer’s dream accommodation”. Take a look at the 10 best.

Williamsburg Studio Loft – New York, United States

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For those who love all things modern, abstract and quirky, this Williamsburg studio loft apartment will tick all their boxes. We love the rustic brick wall throughout the apartment combined with Scandinavian chic furniture like the playful coffee table, desk and chair. The wall art is pretty fantastic, too.

Chic Paris Apartment – Paris, France

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This spacious apartment is situated in the heart of Paris, and features the perfect combination of mid-century modern and rustic elegance. We love the wooden beams separating the living room from the bedroom, and the coffee table, sofa and small area rug go together amazingly. Loving the quirky floor lamp, too!

Related: Tips from the Expert – Organise Your Home in Seven Simple Steps

Sun Drenched Penthouse Apartment – Perth, Australia

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This stunning and spacious penthouse apartment is located in Perth, Australia, and has all the elegance and sophistication of a hotel, with a modern and cosy twist. The living room and kitchen area has white walls and a bright & airy feel, whereas the bedroom is more dark, modern and contemporary. There’s even a balcony with a stylish seating area.

Luxurious Berlin Apartment – Berlin, Germany

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Artsy and minimalistic, this huge apartment is situated in the center of the German capital, Berlin. We love the way the kitchen and living room are both in one huge room, and the pendant lighting only makes this unique home even more quirky. The long dining table and rustic wooden chairs make a fantastic combination, too.

Charming Converted Warehouse – London, England

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This shabby chic converted warehouse is modern, contemporary, and perfect for those who love to see people mixing things up when it comes to interior design. We love the dark brick wall combined with the colorful wall art and white walls, and those dining chairs are pretty awesome, too.

Related: Complete Your Space with a Scandinavian Sofa Loveseat Combo

Two Storey Townhouse – Melbourne, Australia

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This super cosy townhouse is situated close to lots of Melbourne’s attractions, and features stunning interior design across both floors. We love the one-of-a-kind ceiling and the brick wall painted grey, combined with the blue area rug. If you’re a fan of cosy and chic as opposed to a modern and contemporary apartment, you’ll love this AirBnB stay.

Spanish Style Apartment – Madrid, Spain

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After all, what’s better than that one-of-a-kind, bright and airy Spanish style interior design? We’re absolutely loving the red, white and blue combination in this cosy apartment, combined with the rustic area rug and indoor plant. Those double doors are something you’ll only find in Spanish and/or Parisian apartments and houses, and we love this aspect of the apartment.

Downtown Dubai Apartment – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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This apartment is so in touch with today’s interior design that it looks just like a hotel! The contemporary bed frame, marble floor and stunning area rug adds a unique and luxurious touch to this awesome apartment, located in downtown Dubai. The combination of dark grey and baby pink walls works amazingly together.

Stylish Brisbane Apartment – Brisbane, Australia

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With its one-in-a-million view, this gorgeous Brisbane apartment is an amazing AirBnB rental if you love the sleek cleanliness of a good hotel room. The apartment is dotted with green accents throughout, which works really well with the white. We love the balcony and the luxurious curtains!

Waterfront Dutch Getaway – Amsterdam, Netherlands

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If quirky and unique accommodation is completely your thing, you’ll fall in love with this waterfront home in Amsterdam. The décor is to die for, and the views are pretty amazing, too. We love the outdoor-style chairs and the ladder that connects to the upstairs of the property.

All photo credit goes to AirBnB.

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Jason Agustina Dining Table Update

Jason Agustina Dining Table Update

Conan Dining Table

Conan Round Dining Table

You voted, and we listened! After our last dining table blog post, we heard a lot of feedback that you would love to see the beautiful, modern Conan Round and Clarkson Dining Table added to our store. So we are doing just that!

These gorgeous wood tables truly won us over, and we are glad you love them too! Look for them on our online store soon. They are sure to add beauty and elegance to your home.

Clarkson Dining Table

Clarkson Dining Table

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