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Every so often an email lands in my inbox from perhaps the cruelest man I know. Chris from Welcome Beyond dangles dream designs in front of me and it is all I can do to stop myself from hocking everything I own, jumping a plane and escaping to the hand picked boutique vacation properties that litter the pages of their website. Chris has cruelly tempted me again with a Spanish beauty and oh the temptation! Alemanys 5 ...

Kouichi Kimura Architects Stun With Black-White Contrast The wicked folks from Kouichi Kimura Architects have done it again. This time they managed to impress us with a house that featurers a black exterior and a contrasting white courtyard that gets the eye. Highly modern, with some rooms dark and other rooms light, the house features the minimalist theme like a lot of Japanese architecture these days. Beautiful French Country House Presumably the workplace of an artist and the home of a creative soul, this beautiful French country house is a treat for those with a keen eye. Or those who enjoy the revitalizing mix of nature and the human mind. Cocooned in natural surroundings, this house has a rustic, pristine and a raw feel to it. With the option of working indoors and outdoors, the house inspires vision. If you come across stunning villas like these which you think need to be featured here at Home-Designing, please mention them in the comments. [Via]

Japanese Interior Decorating - A Simple, Sophisticated Style Japanese interior decorating. If you are looking for Asian decorating, or an Oriental interior design style, why not concentrate on a Japanese theme? Japanese interior design is a super look for a modern home - sleek, sophisticated and beautiful... Oh, and don't forget - very calming and practical too... why not check it out today... I help you through the essentials, to get the look in your own home... Understanding the Look Japanese-influenced interior design is a wonderful look for any home. Japanese interior design is certainly a very specific look... And you may need to spend a little time and trouble, tracking down suitable or authentic furnishings, to get the look. But the results will definitely be worth it. A Japanese interior decorating style is very modern and sophisticated – but very relaxing, and easy to live with. There are really some very beautiful Japanese objects and art works that you will love to bring into your home - and make it feel unusual... Walls and Color Windows

Less is the New More: Making the Most of Small Spaces Good Design For Living in Small ApartmentsAs people migrate to smaller spaces, good design helps a lot. This is something they figured out in Europe long ago, that if you don't have a lot of horizontal room you can go vertical. Tumidei in Italy makes some of the nicest stuff, like this unit with lots of storage under the bed. This unit just raises the floor high enough for beds to slide under. This one looks a bit clinical, but has two single beds plus a pull-out double bed in between. None of this stuff is cheap, nor, as far as I can tell is it available in North America, but there are ideas here that demonstrate how people can share a space and still get a little privacy, a good place to work and a lot of storage in a very small envelope. Like this?

7 Principles Of Japanese Interior Design - Spacious Planet Japanese interior design is not easy to define. It encompasses both traditional Japanese design and modern. Japanese interior design also incorporates countless styles and design elements that are not easy to draw into a single definition. However, there are several principles that are common features of Japanese interior design: 1. FlexibilityEfficient use of resources is a fundamental part of Japanese culture. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Fusuma(襖) Fusuma are Japanese sliding panels that are typically made of wood and paper or cloth. ShojiShoji are Japanese screens made with a wood frame and panes of translucent paper. Tatami(畳) Tatami are traditional Japanese floors made of rice straw mats. Tokonoma (床の間)A Tokonoma is a alcove that is used in reception rooms such as tea ceremony rooms. For more information check out: TatamiShoji ScreensJapanese Interior DesignInterior Design digg If you enjoyed this article please link it.

Make Room! Cool Color-Changing Walls for Your Home « Dornob This may be the best room-changing design idea since interior house paint: forget your white living room walls, green bedroom or brown kitchen and bring your favorite rooms to life with these incredible, changeable and colorful do-it-yourself pixelated wall displays. Feeling dark? Switch from colorful rainbow patterns to a pitch black surface in seconds. Want a bit of a flavorful accent? Spin the wheels again to display words or patterns of your choice. This ingenious pixel-perfect wall design renders paint redundant. Amirkhan Abdurakhmanov (better known as Amirko) has come up with this simple but dynamic wall decor idea for transforming an ordinary surface into a do-it-yourself design canvas that lets you set the tone (or tones) depending on your mood.

Design Style: Japanese Inspired Interiors If you’ve ever been attracted to the clean lines of modern and minimalistic qualities of decor and interiors, most likely that inspiration stemmed from traditional Japanese interiors. The Zen-like qualities of space, open floor plans, natural materials, and nature inspired neutral color palettes are Eastern civilization qualities of Japanese interiors in which we love our interiors to be infused with these same aesthetics. If you’re trying to bring Japanese inspiration into your home, here are tips to bring details into your home, which reflect this influential decor style. Open spaced floor plans: In Western civilization, the tendency to place furniture closer together and in abundance is the opposite in Eastern civilization. Open spaced floor plans that keep walls to a minimum and embrace views to the exterior are a quality to bring into your home. Less is more, is the motto for Japanese inspired interiors, and minimalism and natural colors and materials fits your home seamlessly.

Naked Bedrooms: Interior Designs Dressed Down [Photos] You will not find these rough, rugged and raw interiors in any posh modern interior design magazines. Photographer by Andrew Moore captures these spaces without fancy dress or updated decoration; our simple, most private, as-is sleeping quarters in the nude – so to speak. Dressers are left open, accessories are strewn about, furniture sets sit in their existing configuration and decorating is left alone for each image. Shot everywhere from Russia and Cuba to Bosnia and Vietnam, some of these are hardly recognizable as made-for-sleeping spaces. Chipped and faded wall, floor and ceiling surface paint shuffles slowly toward gray, black and white. Sometimes he shoots a bedroom space directly, while in other cases he takes photos from across another room peaking in.