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Amsterdam Sugar Refinery Gets a Sweet Modern Makeover

Collect this ideaThe Bloemgracht Loft was designed by Amsterdam-based Standard Studio as a place to relax and unwind. The once-industrial space, a former sugar refinery, was transformed into a sleek and modern home on a charming Amsterdam canal to suit a young stockbroker’s living preferences.The architects, Wouter Slot and Jurjen van Hulzen, imagined a ...

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‘Black Box’ in Portugal Remodel Hides Some Surprises

Collect this ideaInês Brandão Architecture completed the design of Casa Celeiro, a stylish remodel in Monte Real, Portugal. The young family living here wanted to pay tribute to the 50-year-old building that was once half barn, half housing.Original elements of the construction were carefully preserved, while the additions contribute to a fresh, contemporary vibe. ...

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Shop: Gift Guide for the Traveler

The traveler, on-the-go, or generally busy person, will appreciate a gift with function or one that provides simple joys for a quiet moment during transit or rest in their room.  Overall though, I find these gift ideas nifty and potentially enjoyed by most anyone.  Some really cool and useful stuff ...

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Open Floor Plans: A Trend for Modern Living

Collect this ideaA modern open floor plan. Image source: Webb & Brown-NeavesTurn on any home-design TV show and you’ll repeatedly hear the words “open concept.” Tearing down walls to create open floor plans for the living, dining and kitchen area is what open-concept design is all about.For some, separate rooms ...

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Minimalist Vacation Home Shines in Medieval Italian City

Collect this ideaThe team at Studiòvo completed the design of Canticle, a stylish vacation home in Lucca, a walled city in Italy’s Tuscany region. The 1,291-square-foot apartment features a minimalist living area, two bedrooms, two baths, a Turkish-inspired hammam and a terrace with panoramic views.“Despite its location inside the perimeter of the Renaissance walls, the residence is ...

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DIY Star Garland Gift Wrap

It seems that I’m really into stars this season, which started with my clay star ornaments and I haven’t stepped a foot off that train since.  With much inspo from Scandi Christmas designs plus keeping to a monochrome palette, the stars feel a lot more modern while still being cute and whimsical for that holiday ...

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Dutch Museum Renovation Features Living Roof

Collect this ideaWe love it when museums take a step forward in creativity, highlighting the design trends of the moment. The bold look of the Biesbosch Museum in Werkendam, The Netherlands, is the result of an eight-month renovation project led by Studio Marco Vermeulen.A new wing that accommodates a restaurant and a display area for ...

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Transitional Design: What It Is and How To Pull It Off

Collect this ideaTransitional design refers to a room’s meshing of modern and traditional elements. Image Source: ClarumWe all know that transition means moving from one place or thing to another. But what does it mean in reference to interior design? The term “transitional design” is often used by interior designers to reflect a ...

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Shop: Gift Guide for the Home

We’ve already reached my favorite gift category.  Gifting for the home can be tricky.  My general criteria is to not gift something that’s a huge commitment or statement on decor, or to keep it to something functional and useful.  Got a few hostess gifts sprinkled in here and a few things ...

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