Book Tour: Contemporary New York City Architecture

In the ever-changing skyline of New York, it is difficult to keep track of the most notable structure, and the city has undergone a surge in new construction in the past ten years. It was an era that brought us projects in the New Museum’s revitalization of the Bowery to The High Line’s lifting of park space to new levels.

John Hill, contributor and creator of Archidose, has closely chronicled the design of this decade, choosing buildings that have a point of perspective, and creating walking tours organized by neighborhood to make it easy to take your own guided tour. His new novel, Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture, lets you read up on the buildings and organize your tour — and it will not add much weight to your luggage when you take it to the streets.

John Hill

While Hill recommends the AIA Guide and admires it as a company full of buildings in the prior centuries, he sees it is not the simplest tome to bag on a city walk.

His guide is compact and portable, with a strong cover and binding that may stand up to numerous urban explorations. The guide covers all five boroughs and all types of buildings (from glass high rises to townhouses; from Prada to firehouses) and public spaces.

John Hill

This guidebook lets you in on secret details you may miss if you are not looking out for them. “A closer look at the three casting windows reveals some unusual particulars: diamond tread sills and projecting handles on the jambs. The bay windows are in fact the rear frames of truck bodies,” he writes.

Design by LOT-EK 2007

John Hill

This facade close to the High Line carries a piece of Cor-ten steel so large they had to close a level of the George Washington bridge to transfer it in New Jersey to Manhattan.

It provides a big notice to the rhythm of the block, making a transition between the steel beams onto the building on the left and also the more traditional brick building on the right.

Believing this home may be a bit dark inside? Count on Hill’s guide to put you straight. “Most of the normal light in the home arrives through the completely glazed rear facade and throughout skylights,” he explains.

John Hill

Though the steel is one large-scale, 1.25-inch-thick piece, Hill notes that the rust variation adds its own layout.

Because the layout passed the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Hill asserts “its acceptance is evidence of a taste for contemporary buildings that differentiate themselves from older neighbors.”

Design by Matthew Baird Architects, 2005

John Hill

One trend that has marked the decade is utilizing materials in fresh and surprising ways. This facade is made from polypropylene panels that are generally used inside of trucks to keep things cool. “Up close, this skin. . .evidences a texture that arises from screen printing the panels with black ink. It’s one of the most densely populated facades in this book,” Hill writes.

Design by Adjaye Associates with David Hotson Architect, 2005

John Hill

The book also clarifies materials and architectural conditions throughout its guided tours. By way of example, for this home Hill educates us that “baguettes may be bread, but in the area of architecture, they are ceramic pipes, generally at square cross-section, in most cases integrated into larger rain screen facades.”

Due to the small scale of those “baguettes,” Hill says, “it is a good example of a building that’s trying to be contemporary while relating to the older brick neighbors through the scale of the pipes.”

John Hill

When you have the building close up, you can observe the way the sticks offer privacy while letting in the light and perspectives. Hill calls this “a great alternative for those who reside in glass houses.”

Layout by Workshop/apd, 2010

John Hill

In this block full of standard buildings, this one certainly stands out. “The perforated metallic rain screen of the facade incorporates random openings about the size and scale of a normal brick, providing the brand new townhouse a relationship to its neighbors although it seems at odds with these,” Hill writes.

John Hill

Here’s a closer look at the layout. Hill describes that “the zigzag pattern at the perforations follows a stairs all the way up the front of the building.”

Layout by Peter Gluck and Partners, 2009

John Hill

“This building is modest but substantial,” Hill says. He also makes note of those flipped steel rings that give various peeks into the lower storage space based upon the angle. Locating these architectural gems one of the skyscrapers that he also writes about is a very fun part of this guided treasure hunt.

Layout by Christoff: Finio Architecture, 2006

John Hill

A tree keeps growing in Brooklyn. This home “is intended around the tall windows framing the maple tree that commands the space in front of the home,” he writes. “It is impossible to consider the home without the tree, and it’s not difficult to see why the architects made it a driver of the inside design.”

Design by noroof Architects, 2005

John Hill

This unique Brooklyn townhouse facade relates to other buildings with wood siding on precisely the exact same street. “The diverse size and spacing of the boards lends the home a contemporary twist that is not alienating,” Hill writes.

John Hill

Here’s a closer look at the spin Hill said: Variated overlap generates unique rhythms, taking the traditional material and utilizing it in a fresh manner. Hill contrasts this rhythm to that of a washboard.

Layout by Tina Manis Associates, 2005

John Hill

This home in the Bronx brings up another fad from the centuries; the vast improvements upon the design, affordability and sustainability of the home. “The home really stands out in its locality,” Hill says.

Layout by Resolution: 4 Architecture, 2008

John Hill

Moving on to a larger scale project, this row of townhouses in Brooklyn provides a transitional part of the cube that’s in between low-rise houses and mid-rise buildings. “The buildings are pared down but capture their personality from various bricks, punched-out windows and roof terrace openings. They have got an A-B-A-A rhythm down the block,” Hill says.

Designed by Rogers Marvel Architects, 2006

John Hill

On a far larger scale, this is the largest affordable housing project in the history of New York City. The pieces of the job were prefabricated in the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard foundry. The facades are comprised of inexpensive fiber cement cladding. “Using the cladding in vivid colors gives individuality to the cookie components,” Hill explains.

Layout by Alexander Gorlin Architect, 2008

It was only a small taste of what Hill’s new guide offers, focusing on the residential. The full guide also includes much-anticipated projects in the works for the next decade.

Book info: Find out more about the book and order from the publisher here

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Fantastic Compositions: The L-Shaped House Plan

How can homes connect to their websites? It’s less to do with fashion and a whole lot to do with the plan. An L-shaped house program is inherently a fragment of something larger — an incomplete enclosure around the outdoor”room.” The inner corner of the outside walls creates an edge that extends like open arms in two instructions preparing to adopt. The landscape could be included and amplified from the supporting background of the family home, serving the reciprocal relationship of interior and exterior space, one setting off another.

Stuart Sampley Architect

This straightforward and efficient vernacular type opens into the private yard with a framed view of an old growth tree. A large suspended sliding”barn” door opens the entire wall and living space up into the view and connects to the adjacent porch supplying a covered place to sit down. This house accomplishes quite big ideas on a budget.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Two traditional wood shingle clad national forms are connected by a contemporary glassy L-shaped loggia defining a stepped lawn and patio. The use of contrast because the linking element here with a lighter color extends the light of the sky to the ground and allows the”two homes” to stay deferentially scaled into the outdoor room.

Now imagine for a moment if a linear representing pool has been inserted on axis at the center of the lower yard merging the earth and sky at the connecting loggia.

Large windows and openings permit an immediate connection between indoor and outdoor terrace living room with a mix of hardscape, planting beds, pools, and trees. As the previous example, the 2 wings in this house are each scaled appropriately for the outdoor space they function, and material contrast is used to differentiate living room from sleeping space.

Bud Dietrich, AIA

Smaller single story programs are also ideal to define an outdoor space. The size of the outdoor space is a function of the elevation of the house. A lower roof here works nicely with the intimate ratio of this dining room. The soft plantings and translucent shining patio chairs are a wonderful glow to the hardness and mass of stucco walls.

Think. Design Office

And, it will not get much better than this! Who doesn’t dream of a sunken fire pit? There’s not anything to add or take away from this composition. Each significant space in the house has an opinion to this personal sanctum made possible by the L-shaped plan tucked to the site.

The L-shaped plan is a superb way to create a statement of concerning entrance. The garage is easy to access and links to the main house which is put back in the site and aligned on axis with birth. This house conveys a clear sense of purpose and direction in a traditional style.

Darwin Webb Landscape Architects, P.S.

Here, the house occupies the edge of a hill which seems to slope down to a lake. A courtyard is made possible by the form of the plan, which, like the former example, has a connected garage to the side of the main entry. An alteration in elevation and roof shape mark the”hinge” connection at the inner corner.

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Pools are frequently the reason for using the L-shape concept. Living and sleeping spaces are allowed direct access and views, and the swimming pool is guarded and made personal by the configuration of the house. Many towns need a pool to be fenced and split, however, the configuation of the house can achieve this need and at the exact same time, create the pool a focal point of landscape reflection and design for the structure.

Notice here how the link between the two wings is the lowest roof line of the L-shaped plan. This really is the masterstroke because it allows more of the sky to be reflected from the swimming pool, and every element is scaled, as in an earlier example, to the outdoor space it serves.

The vertical chimney acts as a punctuation mark terminating the axis of the terrace stair, whereas the horizontal linear window is mirrored in the duration of the pool. There’s a clear sense of purpose behind every element of the house and landscape.

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Space of the Week: The Ultimate Breakfast Patio

Doesn’t this picture just make you sigh with envy? This gorgeous Italian villa is located on the island of Capri, just off the coast from Naples, Italy. An island known for the sapphire blue skies and endless ocean views, it is hard to think of a perfect setting for spending a summer.

Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

The villa was designed by Italian designer Fabrizia Frezza. While the entire space is stunning, the gorgeous view this breakfast nook affords is that which really made my jaw drop. White archways provide a little bit of shelter and shade, but apart from that the table is available to the atmosphere on this cement tile patio. Low landscaping and walls allow for a clear view of the ocean whilst sitting at the table. The built-in seat makes for the best place to sit in the sun with a fantastic book after having a big breakfast.

Watch more of this stunning villa and tell us: Where could you spend most of your time?

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Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

Fabrizia Frezza Interiors & Architecture

Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors

I’ll let myself another sigh of envy… Someone take me today, please?

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Guest Groups: 18 Unusual Home Decorating Finds

I feel that your home should be your refuge; it ought to make you happy. Therefore it follows that I really like this quote from William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you don’t understand to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

I tend to search for things that are unusual or unique, not just for the sake of being unusual or unique, but because I believe there is more space for interpretation — my very own and yours. I hope you enjoy! — Melissa out of Melissa Loves


Tall Barnacle Vase – $562.59

This is an announcement piece if there ever was one! I like its size and sophistication (even though I do not love the price tag). It would be gorgeous with or without blooms inside. It has so much visual attention, and it is never a bad thing in my book.


TAL-Y-LLYN Wool Rug – GBP 185

A gorgeous rug is always a good place to begin, and this odd color combo has me dreaming of warm fires, a good novel and a glow in the air.


Antique Drawing Drafting Table from Karen C. Kramer – $950

Any classic piece is possibly unique, since it’s a good bet there are not a whole lot of these around. This classic easel are a gorgeous spot to display a treasured novel.


Porcelain Wall Pillow by Stepanka

Stepanka’s ceramic pieces possess a completely one-of-a-kind fashion that she lovingly creates by hand. Her wall “cushions,” cups, cups and amazing metallic porcelain clouds have so much warmth and soul.


Circa 1940 Vintage Industrial Laundry Cart by Go Seek – $225

“A thousand and one” is exactly what I think when I look at this awesome classic laundry cart — that is, a thousand and one ways to utilize it and add this type of cool, distinctive piece to your home.


Crystal Poster from Debbie Carlos – $47

Within her larger-than-life posters, Debbie Carlos takes everyday minutes or things and frees them to an artistic standing. This is my favorite, and I lately sent it to my brother for his birthday.

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Wooden Storage Cubes – $270

These boxes are just wonderful. I really like that they are art all on their own, but may be used to emphasize something special as well.


Vespertine Hand-Dyed Vintage Doily by Enhabiten

Liane includes a understated manner of producing a room welcoming and warm. She hand-dyes these gorgeous doilies and provides them a completely new lease on life. A bunch of these sewn on the bottom of a linen curtain could be beautiful.

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“IT’S OK” Affirmation Banner by Ashley Anna Brown – $45

Ashley Anna Brown has my favorite means of looking at life into a simple and powerful message. I love its simplicity.


Sweet Simple Vintage Persian Area Rug by Old New House – $1,325

This classic Persian carpet is so beautiful. The colors make it easy but additionally give it so much heat.

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Bee Skep Doorstop – $39

Bee skeps are so intriguing, and using one as a doorstop — or anyplace else, for that matter — is entertaining.

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Einstein Art Print by Tracie Andrews – $15

I really like this quotation and believe in it wholeheartedly. We all have something to give, also this is a superb reminder for almost any dwelling.


Merchant Nails – $28

I feel like I’m always searching for an affordable means to put up art without having to get it framed or purchasing a frame (or something else). I love the idea of just tacking things up with these retailer nails. They have an old fashioned quality that appears to stand on its own.


Quotable Canvas Wall Art by Vermont Studio – $89

It is always a good idea to add words onto your wall that inspire one, in my humble view. It is not a new idea, but if it’s a phrase that adds something to your day or your life and leaves you happy, then it deserves to be in your property.


Swaying Stalks Floor Lamp – $498

This lamp is so beautiful — a piece of sculpture in addition to a light source.


Decorate: 1,000 Style Ideas for Every Room in Your House – $23.79

Holly Becker’s interior design book is full of incredible inspiration and homes. It’s my favorite book to go to when I need motivation and assist with something in my property. It is definitely a resource for creating.


Dreamscape Mural – $298

I’m always a fan of larger-than-life bits for your own walls. Sometimes they are precisely what you need to infuse your home with atmosphere. I love this dreamscape piece from Anthropologie.


Paper House Mobile by Creator B – $100

I really like phones; I seriously never tire of them. They tempt me to appear more, and that I enjoy a multi-leveled existence! This house cellphone is handmade and totally original.

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Wall Art to Catch Your Eye

Many of us use framed or art portraits to decorate the walls inside our homes. Though these conventional techniques work well, they can lack the visual punch we’re looking for. Next time a blank wall in your space is asking for attention, think from the box and go for a more eye-catching strategy.

chadbourne + doss architects

Rather than framing a piece of art, why not make some art on the wall itself? It’s possible to hire a mural artist, or produce your own geometric design employing a customized stencil or painters tape and metallic paint.

Leslie Goodwin Photography

People are using plates as wall art for a very long time. It is the placement of those plates that’s so appealing — it carries your attention across the whole wall.

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Croma Design Inc

Straightforward text when framed on such a huge scale makes a major announcement.

Kati Curtis Design

This collage of trays, platters and plates add so much color and dimension to a space where most folks would hang a towel rack and call it a day.

Life in the Fun Lane

Straightforward tree branches not only add interest to this area, but they are readily available and affordable. I love that every one is unique, yet they align well.


If you’re going to stick with frames and portraits, think about including a few unexpected items. The antlers and contemporary art in this gallery wall keep things interesting.

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Old shutters are beautiful enough on their own but, by incorporating vintage ephemera, you can’t help but want a good look.

The Locker

Fabric remnants in simple embroidery hoops add just the right quantity of color and charm to this little corner.

Prove us: What imaginative setup do you have in your wall?

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Let Your Headboard Inspire the Whole Bedroom

A great headboard is a work of art that grounds a bedroom. Often, a show-stopping headboard creates enough of an effect that an area will feel full with hardly any additional decoration. But there are some basic components each room should have, irrespective of whether the headboard is a statement piece or a quiet partner encouraging other high-octane elements. The challenge is styling them to achieve a finished product that’s both beautiful and balanced.

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Elizabeth Dinkel

Background and headboards. The headboard inside this layout makes a bold statement, as does the wallpaper behind it. However, how the headboard is upholstered in a neutral good cloth makes the intricate silhouette leap off the wall. The night table, lamp and lampshade all signify a female softness, while the wallpaper introduces an adventurous note.


In case you have busy wallpaper you do not wish to hide, let it sing! A loud wallpaper will not always work nicely with an intricate headboard, but both absolutely coordinate within this composition. Along with the simple black lampshades inject a little edginess.

Alexander Johnson Photography

Colour, texture, pattern — a complete composition. While the wallpaper in this room isn’t especially loud, it is inarguably a design, but the designer didn’t shy away from bringing in additional patterns and bold colours (from the bed ), texture (from the deep tufted headboard), materials (burled wood nighttime table/vanity, high-gloss lamp base) in addition to artwork. There’s a lot to check at, but it’s all presented in such a way that you want to linger in the room a while to catch all the subtleties in the plan.

Dufner Heighes Inc

A standalone headboard. Once the headboard is a work of art, little to no embellishment is required. In fact, additional visuals may detract from the particular attractiveness of such a statement piece.

J. Hirsch Interior Design, LLC

After the headboard is a wall, the other elements in the room become exceedingly important. This room may seem dull, but the soft blue curtains, chandelier instead of a traditional bedside lamp and total lightness give this room a soft, airy texture.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

Above the board. What do you do with the space over the headboard? As we watched, a few folks leave it bare to great effect. However, if your wall and headboard are subdued, adding decorative or art things will make the room come alive.

A series of drawings, paintings and etchings provide walls measurement. Designers like to operate in odd amounts; one, three and five are favorites. In this composition, the patterned bedding is the thing that makes this makeup pop, breaking up the solid colours on the walls, headboard and doors.

Laura Burton Interiors

Pair a large work of art using a large headboard, particularly when the art is the dominant colour characteristic of the room. The bedside lamp within this layout is diminutive, allowing the art to take center stage.

Billinkoff Architecture PLLC

Among the greatest mistakes people make with art is hanging it too high. Sometimes, it’s not necessary to even hang it, ensuring it stays nice and reduced for optimal viewing. A headboard that doubles as a shelf affords a great art-leaning ledge. The scale of the art within this layout works especially well with the height of the headboard. In addition, I like the play of contours: The rectangular headboard pairs nicely with the unusual oval night table.

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Play scale. A small painting hung over a strong headboard provides a little unexpected whimsy within an otherwise tailored room.

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I especially like the drama of scale used in this room with twin beds. The verticality created by the striped bedding, tall headboards and central lamp brings the eye up to the small examples over the beds.

I love this very small collection of the 3 bold paintings over the large headboard. The gray and white colour story gives the vibrant art prominence despite its small stature.

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

The low headboard within this room is underlined by the smart DIY wall treatment. This is a particularly great idea to get a room with low ceilings; maintaining the headboard low and supplying a lot of living room between the mattress and the art will trick the eye into thinking the room is taller than it is.

Here’s something you do not find every day: art hung right ON the headboard for complete integration of art and sleep!

Aristea Rizakos

Low art. It isn’t a requirement to hang art above a mattress. Install it alongside the headboard to get a more approachable height.

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Consider maintaining things off balance. The asymmetrical position of the painting to the left of the mattress is balanced by the Gehry seat on the right, whereas the tailored headboard, bedding and matching night tables maintain the appearance from becoming out of control.

Caitlin Creer Interior Design

Fill out the wall. Don’t be fooled with the minimalist talk; if you are a maximalist, go on and fill those walls up. All the elements in this room — the bold headboard, bright bedding, sculptural lamps and art — create a playful makeup, thanks to beautifully coordinated colours.

Kathleen Burke Design

Employing mirrors. Traditionally, mirrors have been used to provide rooms the illusion of being big, in addition to reflecting light, which is a great solution to get a darker room. The light from a desk lamp in front of a mirror will bounce off the glass and fill other parts of the room.

Erika Bierman Photography

A small room gains from the same elements as a larger one. The round mirror over the mansard headboard is an enjoyable contrast, while all of the textures (mattress, headboard, floors, drapes ) provide the room sophistication and depth.

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New Social Characteristics on Houzz

Currently there’s a brand new method you love on Houzz. It starts with a whole new view of your profile page. Think about it your control centre, complete with a visual news feed of what is important to you.

Access your profile by clicking on your name on peak of any Houzz webpage — in my case, it is”Liza Hausman’s Houzz.”

The brand new profile site has several new features, including an updated ideabook view, and a visual feed of actions on Houzz which are significant to you, and suggestions of other photos you might like.

Should you ask or answer a question, replies will exhibit in the feed.

You might also choose to follow home improvement professionals, contributors and other users whose work you prefer.

Locate the Follow button on the left side of profile pages. Click the Follow button, and your feed will reveal when a professional whose work you like adds new photos or answers a question from the neighborhood.

Your activity. In this tab you are able to view your very own recent activity on Houzz — and the way in which your actions are displayed to people who have chosen to accompany you.

Manage privacy. To oversee your privacy settings, click”Edit Profile” in the top of your profile and then scroll to”Advanced Settings.”

Suggestions. Your new profile site also has a tips tab to assist you find more of everything you’re looking for. Check here for photos very similar to those on your ideabooks.

Join us! If you don’t yet have a profile Houzz, getting started is easy, just click the”sign up” link near the peak of the page. We would like to have you join our neighborhood.

We’re excited for you to explore these new attributes and find out more of everything you love on Houzz. Let’s know what you think!

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9 Dark Wall Colors to Suit Your Mood

I wish I had a buck for every time that I describe something as”airy and light.” I really like a light and airy space. A space is loved by Many people. They commission designers to create airy and light from plump and dark. A huge proportion of airy, light and this moment is your objective. But sometimes it is great to embrace the dark side. Dark and moody that’s. Darkness gets a bad rap; it doesn’t equal sad, dour or down in the dumps, like you may think. All these 9 dark-walled rooms every create a unique mood — test them out and determine if any of these suit you.

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1. Well rested and cheerful. “The blues” provides the color blue a bad reputation. In this inviting bedroom sitting area, blue creates a wonderful environment in which to transition out of sleep mode to being prepared to fit with the day. Conversely, it is a fantastic location for enjoying the last embers from the fireplace and getting tired with a fantastic book at nighttime.

Wall paint: Van Deusen Blue, Benjamin Moore

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2. Businesslike. You will settle in like a boss as soon as your room is ensconced in crisp navy. Dark blue represents knowledge, power and ethics, everything you will want to bring to your work.

Wall paint: Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore

Eche Martinez

3. Spectacular. Dark paint round the fireplace provides it a serious presence in this San Francisco living room. The fireplace is the main focal point and the bay window complements rather than competes. This chamber inspires settling in for dialog with a newly swizzled cocktail from the well-placed pub.

Wall paint: Blackberry, Benjamin Moore (discontinued; the designer, Eche Martinez, recommends Old Navy since the closest available match)

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4. Dreamy. This deep bluish-green-gray color is not just calm and inspirational, but it mitigates the complications of all of the angles in the room. The bedroom arouses a fantastic night’s rest and pleasant dreams.

Wall paint: Crisp Romaine, Benjamin Moore (eggshell finish)

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Design Line Construction, Inc..

5. Pensive. Books, collections and just a bust of a particular person who was certainly erudite inspire learning and contemplation, even though a playful zebra print and array of textures stop the space from being a snooze. Just thinking about studying in this room makes me feel smarter.

Wall and bookcase finish: custom black blot with brownish tones blended in

Godrich Interiors

6. Commanding. Showstopping antique pedestal sinks stand out from this bathroom’s deep blue walls. This setup arouses a close and clean shave, impeccable makeup and confidence-building affirmations while looking in the mirror.

Wall paint: Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball

CM Glover

7. Beautiful, calm and collected. Dark partitions, pleasing symmetry and soft light place the focus on the stunning marble fireplace surround in this living room. It looks like a wonderful place for unwinding after work and settling into life at home.

Wall paint: Dark 2132-10, Benjamin Moore

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8. Glamorous. This chamber is all about luxe, dark textures and turning the lights for some film viewing. All that is missing: some Zsa Zsa Gabor–style feathered kitten-heel slippers.

Wall covering: Luxe Flannel LF961 in Navy, Innovations

McCroskey Interiors

9. Romantic. Dark walls maintain that the nighttime ambience inside this bedroom, setting the scene for a red-wine nightcap with someone who you love.

Wall paint: Beluga, Behr

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Your Own Bed: Complete the Appearance With Artwork

Whether you have a headboard or not, a bit of art will include color, drama and character to your bedroom. It adds height to your mattress and balances the scale of the overall look. If you feel as though your bed could use a little additional pizzazz, have a peek at the following photos to view how other designers have pinpointed the look. A stunning piece of art might be precisely what you are missing.

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To make a statement with art over the mattress, select something that contrasts with your wall color. The gold and red of those pieces jump against the blue walls, giving much more of an emphasis than many headboards.

Alpha Design Group

A general neutral bedroom is relaxing and tranquil, but it never hurts to have a few bold pops of color. This piece of art over the mattress gives the vibrancy the room craved, while also providing the mattress a sense of place.

Tara Seawright Interior Design

The most significant factor when searching for art is buying what you love. However, it can help to keep in mind where you are likely to put it, so color and size will probably be appropriate. This bit over the mattress ties in the brown, orange and cream color scheme, making cohesion.

Klang & Associates

Nevertheless, if you find a piece you love and also the dimensions is not quite right, there are ways to balance it. Against a white wall, the scale of this piece may have appeared too small above this mattress. However, a painted color block marginally smaller than the bed’s width functions as a perfect framework, balancing the scale.


Within this area, formations made from driftwood equilibrium a smaller piece whilst also adding texture.

Get creative! The addition of this branch brings a pure touch and gives the art a sense of more width.

Joel Kelly Design

Even if you have a headboard, art will benefit the overall look of your space. This room has high ceilings, and the perpendicular art works to create balance between ceiling and headboard.

Economy Interiors

The framework of this abstract painting pairs a rectangular shape with a scalloped headboard — a compelling complement.

Cristi Holcombe Interiors

Can not find the ideal art to accompany your linens? Produce your own! Purchase a set of picture frames and put pieces of the identical fabric used on your linens at the middle. Affordable and totally unique.

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Art is not solely great for extra color; depending on the work, it may also bring to a space complementary texture. The color story of this piece is simple, however it infuses the space with visual interest.

Craig Denis

If perpendicular height is not what you need, art over the bed may also work to enlarge your space . Simply continue the bits beyond the width of the headboard, and your area will feel that far more spacious.

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Houzz Tour: A California Home Created by Nature

While many houses these days are designed with their surrounding setting in mind, most structures require knocking trees down or leveling out hillsides — to some extent. But for this woodland site from the Santa Cruz Mountains, maintaining the heritage oaks and winding creek has been an absolute must.

The clients hired David Wilson and his team at WA Design to create a house which was inspired by the site’s complicated building footprint. To preserve the dense oak canopies, Wilson and his group built the house for a set of smaller pavilions, connected by glassed-in walkways. Every one of these structures turn and wind through the intricate oak grove. Does the house preserve the integrity of the website, but numerous characteristics of the design additionally enhance the presence of the trees and the form of the creek into the home’s interior and exterior.

WA Design Architects

Wilson used a palette of natural stones, metals, and dark forests in the kitchen. This dramatic and earthy palette is echoed throughout the house. The kitchen countertops are made from soapstone, and the cabinetry is custom made from sapele, an African tree reminiscent of mahogany. Wilson and his crew installed a fall bronze soffit on the ceiling. Lighting and skylights make the metal shine throughout the day and night.

The dark blue curved wall to the left has been designed to separate the entrance hall from the rest of the space. Wilson allowed the curve to extend into the floor, allowing it to keep on separating the two spaces.

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This structure is one of five pavilions on the property — pool and guest house, kitchen and family area, living and dining area, and bedroom area. Each of those vaulted-roof constructions are linked through different flat roof volumes. This particular pavilion includes the family room and the kitchen. The pool is visible just outside of the family room’s sliding glass doors, beyond a set of dramatic custom lighting — a bold contrast with the warm bronze soffit.

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A living area and dining room are combined in another connected pavilion. A decorative chandelier hangs over a pure cut wood dining table. A small living area with a stone fireplace sits just around the corner.

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A little wine cellar is located just past the edge of the dining table. Another curved bronze hangs from this pavilion’s ceiling. The curved form and shaded effect is meant to echo the pine canopies outside. The bronze reflects the exterior gardens throughout the day and provides a warm glow at night.

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The master bedroom is located in the upstairs of some other pavilion. Large custom wood windows give the space a treehouse feel. Wilson and his group wanted the house to unite a intricate palette of details and materials, which is evident from the blend of this bronze fireplace, white walls, and timber windows in this area.

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The master bath continues the subject of striking curved forms at the home’s interior. This dark oval form houses the closet for the master suite.

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WA Design also made a unique freestanding staircase with glass treads, which sits within the middle of the home’s main pavilion. “We wanted to incorporate fluidity into as many elements of this home as possible,” says Wilson. “These clients were very engaged and really pushed us out of my comfort zone, which resulted in many unique elements.”

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White cement panel siding has been selected as a contrast to the deep shade beneath the dense walnut canopy. Zinc standing-seam roofing was installed on each of the pavilion’s curved roofs. “This house is very modern,” says Wilson,”But we also incorporated tasteful and refined detailing throughout the design.”

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The pool, pool house, and terrace are situated on a small slope. A set of stairs from the pool level flows down the incline and strikes the grass playing field. Multiple courtyards and outdoor spaces connect the home’s pavilions with the landscape. Among those glass walkways linking the kitchen pavilion along with also the dining pavilion is visible in this shot. Together, the home’s five pavilions provide 7,000 square feet of living area.

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Wilson and his team at WA Design also made the landscaping on this website. The main goal was to create a low-maintenance look with as many native Californian plants as possible. In the long run, the design evolved as a blend of many different grass types, which echoed the sense of this hillside site before construction.

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The grassy field from the prior shot is bordered by a curving granite walkway which mimics the border of the creek bed. This magnificent sculpture patio is located at the end of the path. Wilson made this sculpture himself, lining up steel sticks to echo the form of the creek. Since the creek isn’t very visible from the majority of the property, Wilson and his team really wanted to enhance its presence through the home’s landscape.

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