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A love of surfing, proximity to the coast, and major life changes inspire a relaxing and thoughtful design. This stunning island, custom designed by Bubnowski, is the heart of this kitchen.

A love of surfing, proximity to the coast, and major life changes inspire a relaxing and thoughtful design

Crafted from cherry wood and topped with a honed Andes Black granite, it creates a visual boundary between the kitchen and the dining spaces within an open floor plan. The tapered legs are distinctly Arts-and-Crafts inspired; the curved countertop softens the edge between the two spaces. In addition to being beautiful, the island is very hardworking. It contains drawers, trash and recycling bins and electric outlets. More important, it serves as a social hub, as there's room for four stools under the curved edge (they were removed for this picture to give you a good look at the island).

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Beautiful Warehouse Conversion in Melbourne. By Eric • Feb 14, 2011 • Selected Work Spotted on MBP, here is a completely renovated apartment located in a historic building in Melbourne, Australia.

Beautiful Warehouse Conversion in Melbourne

This three bedroom, two bathroom residence is on sale and according to the agent, “this superlative warehouse conversion in “Leicester House”, an historic 1880′s building, provides privacy and vast spaces. It features soaring warehouse ceilings, huge original arched timber windows, exposed red brick walls, imposing brick archways of 65 cm depth and high gloss timber floors. By day it is imposing and by night dramatic.” The exposed brick walls and the high concrete ceilings make this apartment feel like a loft. Sold! Photos courtesy of MDP Click any photo to see a larger image - Use buttons or j/k/arrow keys to navigate through the articles. The Portabello Residence in Corona Del Mar. By Eric • Jul 14, 2011 • Selected Work Located on Brighton Rod in Corona Del Mar, an exclusive neighborhood in the heart of Newport Beach, California, the sprawling Portabello Estate was eventually sold in late 2010 for $34.1 million, less than half the original $75 million asking price!

The Portabello Residence in Corona Del Mar

This spectacular 22,000 square-foot oceanfront residence features eight bedrooms (2,000 square foot master bedroom), ten bathrooms (plus five half-baths), and two saltwater pools surrounded by 3-storey high grotto cliffs! For the price, you also get a 2-lane bowling alley with shoe and ball “rental” area, a state-of-the-art movie theater with marquee, powder rooms, stage and ticket booth, Jewelry “store” ideal for the display of family heirlooms and an automotive museum including climate/pressure control and lighting to display up to 12 collectible cars!

Would you feel at home in this house? Amenities Highlights: Kaweah Falls House, a River Runs Through it! By Eric • Mar 28, 2011 • Selected Work Located in Three Rivers, a rustic yet stylish community which serves as the gateway to the Sequoia National Park in California, this home was built in 1942 by architect Frank Robert, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Kaweah Falls House, a River Runs Through it!

This single-family residence is unique for its design which actually spans the rushing flume waters, and yet is absolute riverfront to the main river adjacent. There are four private living spaces for a total of 3,000+ sq/ft with 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 kitchens plus several private decks and porches all with amazing river views. In case you are interested in this inspiring retreat, it is offered at $1,950,000 at the time of writing. The gated entry reveals a verdant paradise nestled amid mature trees and lush vegetation. Summer House Vestfold 2 by JVA. By Eric • Nov 10, 2011 • Selected Work Norvegian studio Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects (JVA) has completed the Summer House Vestfold 2 project in 2009.

Summer House Vestfold 2 by JVA

This single level contemporary summer house is located in Vestfold, a county in Norway. Summer House Vestfold 2 by JVA: “The Summer house is located on the coast of Vestfold in the southern part of Norway. The house replaces an older building at the site. The house and terraces are partly built upon existing stone walls, the parts of the walls which are new are made of stones from the blasting at the site. The low elongated volume is cut into to allow for wind shielded outdoor areas, embraced by the house itself. On the outer perimeter of terraces and pool, a glass fence also protects against wind, but allows for maximum view.

Photos by: Nils Petter Dale Source: ArchDaily Click any photo to see a larger image - Use buttons or j/k/arrow keys to navigate through the articles. Abandoned Houses by Kevin Bauman 100 Abandoned Houses by Kevin Bauman – HomeDSGN, a daily source for inspiration and fresh ideas on interior design and home decoration. Stairway of the crying walls by Sven Fennema. Steampunk office interior design and fabrication. Stairway of the crying walls by Sven Fennema. Before & after: trolley depot renovation. It’s always been my dream to live in a home with airy, open rooms and lots of exposed bricks, so when this renovation project from Amy came across my desk, I was instantly smitten.

before & after: trolley depot renovation

Located in Atlanta, this building is about 100 years old and originally served as a trolley depot. Thankfully, Amy and her husband did a wonderful job preserving many of the original details while adding some modern touches that complement the overall aesthetic beautifully. Wonderful job, Amy! — Kate Have a Before & After you’d like to share? Read more about Amy’s renovation after the jump! Time: 1 year Cost: $500k.