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If you drove by this house in Bedford, NY renovated by Alisberg Parker Architects you’d probably expect the interior to be chock full of traditional classics, right? I really do enjoy a home that has a traditional architectural exterior (and interior- notice all thought molding and trim painted over glossy white) paired with really modern furniture. It’s so unexpected. And that pool house? I die. But I alos love that this design team is capable of doing funky traditional decor as well.

Hide Cords in Plain Sight: Clever DIY Phone-Line Cable Art « Dornob Despite our increasingly wired world, not everything has gone wireless – and old houses will still have TV cables, phone lines and electrical cords snaking through them for decades to come. Why not forget about how to hide these completely and instead celebrate their function in a fun and unique way … maybe even plug a lamp in the process? Made to mount on the wall anyway, this simple home decor idea from designer Maisie Maud Broadhead uses simple do-it-yourself materials – standard electrical cable and conventional hardware-store hammer tacks – but to create a recognizable pattern of a very different type. This same technique could, of course, be used with television, phone and other coils of cord as well. Looking for an alternative way to keep cords hidden in plain view while doing double-duty and decorating your bare walls?

All-in-One Modular Fold Out Living Room Furniture Set This incredible all-in-one furniture set from Matroshka is still looking for funding – so if you want to have one you might need to become an investor. Named after Russian nesting dolls, this remarkable furniture collection packs down to just 13 square feet but includes: bookshelves, a double bed, corner couch, dinner table, four stools, working space, drawers, a wardrobe and additional storage. Whether or not these are ever mass-produced this great step-by-step furniture photo shoot should at least inspire do-it-yourselfers to think about how you can create your own highly portable and yet remarkably simple modular furniture sets to suit your own spatial needs:

Inspiration for artists from Wildfox Couture - I LOVE WILDFOX - Gwyneth Paltrows Apt, Tribeca (Dont&cry) AHEM* can I be a movie star? Reader requests - bathrooms with colour This request comes from Becky: "I need some help revamping my bathroom. Right now its a soft gray and I'm kind of tired of it, kind of blah. So I'm wondering if you have any inspiration for color in a bathroom? My bathroom is a medium size with a claw foot tub and white subway tile in the shower, dark stained vanity with Carrera Marble top, so a bit old fashioned however I am a lover of vintage modern so if you have any bathrooms that might meld the 2 styles I would be eternally grateful!" Now I have quite a few bathroom photos stashed away but to find some that were colourful, with traditional and vintage modern styles mized together etc etc was not bloody likely. Todd Alexander Romano Elle Decor Lucy Berridge Living Etc. Living Etc.

Wall Decals inspired by Mother Nature - Wall Decals have been creating quite the buzz lately and more and more people are using them to decorate and transform everything from living rooms, kids rooms and nurseries, even bathrooms and glass. The designs are fun and installation is a breeze. However, as you are searching for your perfect design it is important to note that not all wall decals are created equal. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing wall decals online Size of Wall Decal: this seems like an obvious one but be sure to review the dimensions of your product with the picture shown. For example a site may show an image spanning an entire sofa but the dimensions prove to be much smaller.

Vitor Penha What is it about Brazillian design that makes it so hot?! It's bold and brash, brave and beautiful. It's never precious but always fun. This is the portfolio of São Paulo architect Vitor Penha. Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Jessica Helgerson Interior Design | I love Jessica Helgerson’s Interior Design. Her interiors are typically clean and uncluttered. For any project, her goal is to ensure that the fundamental design and the materials are classic, long lasting, and appropriate to the building and its period. This little house is where Jessica and her family have been living for the last several years. It sits on a five-acre property on Sauvie Island, an agricultural island on the Columbia River 15 minutes north of Portland. The house is an interesting experiment in reduction and reuse not only because it is only 540 square feet or because it was remodeled using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials, but because the building itself is now being recycled for the fourth time. When Jessica and Yianni bought the property in late 2008, they decided to remodel it without adding to the existing footprint. I love Jessica Helgerson’s interior design. Their first step was to redesign the interior for maximum space efficiency. — Melina Divani

Decorating by Color We scoured the spectrum to find 18 hues that offer you a neutral look that's enhanced by a hint of color -- making them more complex and sophisticated than the usual beige or off-white. Even if you've never been brave with color, you can use one of these paints. They will enliven what's already in your rooms, whether your style is modern or traditional, vibrant or restrained. And a little goes a long way. 1.

Small Attic Loft Apartment In Prague The design of this modern loft conversion located in Prague, Czech Republic uses natural materials such as stone, brick and wood to enhance the flat and angular surfaces. Designed by architect Dalibor Hlavacek, the two-storey attic loft makes good use of limited floor space. The living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom are on the lower floor. The upper gallery, accessible via staircase and a steel footbridge, creates an intimate space for the study, which can also be used as a second bedroom. Via: ArchDaily Current Obsessions: From Icelandic Houses to DIY Planters Older Current Obsessions: From Icelandic Houses to DIY Planters by Remodelista Team Issue 45 · Materials · November 10, 2012 Newer Issue 45 · Materials · November 10, 2012 Here's a roundup of what's piquing our interest this week: • Checking out [N2X] Arquitectos' solar-powered project in Água d'Alto, Portugal. • Both Christine and Meredith have been looking at Brad Pitt's Furniture; finding it strangely compelling, especially the minimalist marble tub for two. Above: Izabella has been reading about this abandoned farmhouse in Kollafjørður, Iceland from Home & Delicious, Issue One. • Sarah is listening to Rodriguez's soundtrack from Searching for Sugar Man. • Margot's heading to New York vintner Passanella and Son for their post-Sandy flood sale; "Perfectly good wine. Above: Checking out Little Full's Pinboard, Craftsmen; featured above is printmaker Cameron Short. • Alexa has been painting her apartment all-white and referring to this simple painting guide. Meanwhile on Gardenista: By Justine Hand

PREFAB FRIDAY: European Influenced Hangar Prefabs We love covering prefab homes here on Inhabitat because we think prefab is an amazingly efficient, promising and innovative way of building houses, and we find this especially true with these Hangar Prefabs from Hangar Design Group. The streamlined and contemporary design makes us believe that our lives could be just that simple and organized, if only we lived in one of these prefabs. Designed by Juan and Sara Matiz, who now live in New York City, but are Colombian and Italian respectively, these three stylish prefab homes can fit just about anyone’s tastes. When it comes to designing a building the Matiz team is focused on flexibility, design, care, research materials and attention to ecology. Their three prefab designs are designed to fit in a variety of surroundings, from the mountains to the beach, suburb, or even an infill city lot. The Joshua Tree has a high pitched roof that can withstand snow loads in the mountains and has wood paneling for a slightly more rustic feel.

Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds (NSPs) Let nature clean the water... Chemical-free water garden and swimming pool. The plant portion, or regeneration zone, is separated from the swimming area by the wall seen a few inches below the water’s surface. The pools have skimmers and pumps that circulate the water through the regeneration zone and back into the swimming area. There are many options as to design. A gradual slope contains the plants, gravel and loamy sand, a wall keeps them separate from the swimming area. Vacuum but twice a year and tend to the plants as needed. The regeneration zone can be along the perimeter of a natural pool or a pond unto itself but connected to the swimming area. For a true natural pool with no help from ultraviolet light or other such technology, the requirement is half swimming area, half regeneration area. Plants steel the nutrients away from algae.

Moss Carpet by Nguyen La Chanh Immaculate Mini Lawn In Your Loo They say walking on fresh grass increases your blood circulation; I can’t vouch for that! Anyways, it is a reason to get going to the nearest park, remove your expensive Jimmy Choo’s and prance around. Designer: Nguyen La Chanh