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I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this trend not too long ago and have found myself noticing different backsplash designs in kitchens recently. It’s an area of the kitchen you can easily add excitement to. To add the element of color in a kitchen, the backsplash is the perfect solution. Look for interesting patterns as well as colorful hues. It’s best to keep the rest of the kitchen minimalistic in design.
The tile pattern and blue hues of this backsplash are a great focal point of the kitchen. The grey countertop is a great neutral accent to the playful tiles.
Subtle yet striking, the diamond pattern of these tiles shy away from the usual square and rectangle shapes.
Instead of geometric shaped tiles you could opt for something more artistic. Turn your backsplash into a work of art!
There are so many materials being used in this space that blend together so well it doesn’t distract you from the main focal element, the backsplash.
How do you feel about adding some color to your backsplash? My favorite was the green diamond pattern. The style is timeless and the color was subdued enough that it would never become overwhelming. What a beautiful kitchen!
Cinder Blocks are big design news! Until I started researching, I had no idea they were trending so hot particularly for outdoor spaces. Who knew?! Once I started to delve into these ideas, I thought, how could I not have thought of this before? I’ve been researching different ways to efficiently and creatively design a small outdoor space for those living in urban areas who lack large outdoor areas.
I love a good challenge when it comes to getting creative with space and materials. These ideas are sure to not disappoint!
Modular Painted Planters
This one might be my favorite. Functional and aesthetically pleasing, the industrious, raw, simplicity of the cinder block adds so much character to an outdoor space. Use as many or as little as you want!
Seating for 10 with lumber and cinderblocks
This Philly homeowner wanted to convert the small garden area into a space that could seat up to 10 comfortably for Summer BBQ’s. At first glance I wasn’t too hopeful for a successful seating plan for 10, but the ‘after’ picture proved me wrong!
The coffee table itself is so simple yet so innovative. Alongside the seating, this whole concept is brilliant. To see more of how this homeowner crafted this look, check out his blog at http://www.ispaci.com/erics-smart-pad/.
Bench for everyone
Create any size bench with cinder blocks, a cushion pad and some pillows.
Here’s a link to the blog for directions http://www.thedirtyloft.com/blog/i-built-a-fire-pit-and-you-can-too/
Well there you have it! 4 different ideas for a small urban backyard space! A lack of space should never mean a lack of creativity!
Whether you were lucky enough to have one of your own or at least a friend with one, I’m sure as a kid you spent a portion of playtime in a treehouse! If you think about it, without Architecture and Interior Design a treehouse wouldn’t exist. How would it be constructed? Decorated? Safe? There are so many vital components that are overlooked as a kid, and for obvious reasons. Looking at a tree house now from a different perspective is quite intriguing! Now the tree houses posted below are not your average tree houses (or maybe they are for some people) but they incorporate design and architecture to the highest degree and are extremely impressive!
Check out this Tree house with a secret sliding door to the balcony that sits atop the 1/2-octagon deck with hand-woven rope net railings. There is even a 50′ long zip line ride in case you want to quickly escape!
Although I did not have the pleasure of attending NeoCon in Chicago at the Merchandise Mart, I did live vicariously through pictures design friends posted via social media. With 700 exhibitors and showrooms, Neo Con is the largest commercial interiors show in North America. NeoCon is your best opportunity to showcase your new and innovative products to thousands of key decision makers.
Every year, 48 of the 700 exhibitors receive a Metropolis Likes award, which recognizes the favorite trade-show designs and displays and products. Here are a few of these award winners
Could you imagine living in a house smaller than 400 sq ft? Even 100 sq ft? Well for all the homeowners apart of the tiny house movement, they can imagine it everyday!
The tiny house movement is a social movement where people are downsizing the space they live in. An American home is typically around 2600 sq ft, while the typical tiny home is between 100 and 400 sq ft focused on smaller spaces and simplified living. The most popular reasons for this movement are environmental concerns, financial concerns and the interest in seeking more time and freedom. Time and freedom? If you think about it, between one third and one half of Americans income is dedicated to the roof over their head. If their mortgage was gone and home bills were cut down more than 70%, their might just be more time and freedom in your future. (more…)
As I was browsing through different design websites I came across this hanging bedside table I couldn’t take my eyes off of. Its simplicity mirrors its rustic beauty. It’s also perfect as a space saver in small areas. The stability of the table is greater than it may appear. The weight of the plank stabilizes the structure well enough for objects to be safely placed on it. (more…)