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Beach Bungalow (Brown/Saide Residence)

The main thing that struck me about this particular residence was the front facade. Lush landscaping almost completely obscures the structure while natural grasses and gravel disguise what seems to be the edge of the drive. I love how the landscaping comes across as very natural and easy to maintain, and (don’t shoot me) but I also really like how the architecture is sort of hidden because of it.

Residence was designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz in collaboration with architect Brian E. Boyle

View it here.

[via loftlife]

Cottam Hargrave: Ranch House

I remember seeing this on one of Fine Living’s Dwell series (do you remember them?) a few years ago. Located in central Texas, this ranch is miles and miles away from its nearest neighbor which allows for huge glass walls and uninterrupted views of the landscape (I think I remember the owner saying he sometimes wakes up to a cow looking into his bedroom wall/window). The large overhang roof provides much needed shade during hot summers, and as I remember, there’s a central brick structure that anchors the home and retains temperature*.

visit Cottam Hargrave’s site for more.

[via 2Modern Design Talk]

*please correct me if I’m wrong on any of this

Casa Blair Road by Ong & Ong

I’m currently in the planning stages of working on the landscape on my home, and since I’m in Southern California, I’m lucky enough to have nice weather almost year round, so one thing I’m striving for is a way to have indoor spaces which can easily transition to outdoor. I’m loving the Casa Blair Road house by Ong & Ong, which is simply stunning. The outdoor space feels like an extension of the home, and conversely, the transitional room feels like it’s outside.

[posted by kris]

Viola Park

Rejoice all you soon-to-remodel-your-kitchen people, rejoice, for the new Henrybuilt venture that is Viola Park has now officially opened its doors and is ready to take your order. Priced at around $15,000, it’s still not beating any IKEA pricing, but it sure looks snazzier. It’s way less than Henrybuilt’s custom-made/fit kitchen, but features the same soft close mechanism and is made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood.


Viola Park is an innovative new company, owned and operated by the Henrybuilt Corporation, offering well designed kitchen systems at an accessible price. Created as a collection of interchangeable components, Viola Park can be configured to meet a wide range of architectural styles.

Full component guides and pricelists are available upon request.
Current leadtime is 10 weeks from date of order to ready-to-ship.

More information:

View Viola Park here

Penny Floor

I’m sure I’ve seen or heard of this before, but these pictures are worth a look. Notcot did a post on The Standard Grill’s (left) floor with some commentary (including a how-to and legal tender issues) that led to a link of Paul Smith’s boutique (right) in Paris with the same idea on the walls.

[via materialicious via notcot]

Cinco Camp, Roger Black’s Texas retreat

NYTimes.com recently ran an article entitled Self-Contained in Texas which shows Roger Black’s Texas retreat. Made of five 8-by-20-foot containers, each one houses its own particular function and is joined by a walkway with a small deck and integrated grill.

“The opening on each compartment is fitted with sliding glass doors and screens to keep out stinging, biting and otherwise menacing creatures, and the rooms all face west so Mr. Black and any guests can watch the spectacular sunsets as well as distant locomotives toting the same kinds of shipping containers used in the home’s construction.” -By Kate Murphy

See NYTimes article for more.
All photos by James H. Evans for The New York Times

Matsudo Mansion by Bakoko Design and Development

The owners of Bakoko Design and Development recently undertook remodeling their post-war Japanese apartment down to painstaking detail. Walls were removed to create more of an open living plan and little gems of usability are hidden throughout the apartment. My favorite is the shock of pink on the walls hidden in the work compartment. I also really like the small vanity seen here.

[posted by kris]

Ceiling Medallions

I’m a big fan of the juxtaposition between old and new, and as such I’ve been considering a ceiling medallion for my home. I was thinking I could go with an old medallion with a new lighting fixture as seen on the left, or go with an entirely modern medallion, as seen on the right.

What I really like about the photo on the left is that the light fixture is exactly the same size as the medallion so they really create a nice effect. This photo was taken from a house I used to live in–the medallion came with the house, and the lighting fixture was about $20 from Target (no longer available). You can find a nice selection of medallions online, such as at Lamps Plus or CeilingMedallions.com.

The modern medallion is available here for $69.

More information:

View Ceiling Medallions here

Bocci 22 Outlets

I’m a little amazed I haven’t posted these before, as it was one the best things at the 2007 ICFF. What’s incredibly frustrating is I remember finding a direct retailer some time ago, but now I can’t remember where…if you know, please include link in comments or email me.

The 22 is a complete suite of electrical wall accessories that challenges the traditional, tired and ubiquitous cover plate concept. Power receptacles, lighting control dimmer switches, on/off switches, telephone and data connections, cable and speaker outlets, etc. may now be mounted flush into drywall or millwork with a new CSA approved utility system that eliminates the need for a cover plate. Switches and power receptacles can now be flush with the surface of the wall and be significantly more visually subtle than ever before.

visit Bocci website.
See Creede’s (from Grassroots Modern) pics of installation here.
[via Unplggd.com]

approximately $16.00 each single outlet, $40.00 removal tool, Buy it here.

More information:

View Bocci 22 Outlets here

London Urchin’s Fold-Out Jewel Box

300 square feet seems incredibly small, but the way this tiny studio is arranged it seems three times as big. The kitchen is especially notable, as doors unfold to reveal hidden compartments and storage space, as well as a sliding counter that extends for food preparation. The bright blue on the interior kitchen area is an incredibly smart touch, as it adds to the whole jewelry box concept.

My studio has been transformed into a flexible living space which allows me to work, sleep, eat, and relax within the confines of 300 square feet…The concept of a jewelry box has been expanded so that the space can be transformed through pushing, pulling, sliding, opening and closing of individual elements of the cabinetry. The rubber floor creates a seamless look that leads one’s gaze through the windows into the garden square below. I have a hidden stairway and secret compartment. I think it rocks. I am now broke. -Mia, the London Urchin via AT

architect: Jennifer Beningfield of Open Studio Architects (more photos and project description shown here.)

for more photos and the complete posting go here.
[via AT]

Cutler Townhouse Bathroom

In the Cutler Townhouse by Murdock Young Architects there seems to be a rug on the wall. At first, I had a distinct ‘ew’ response, but after looking at it for a little while, it seems to be growing on me. Maybe the green texture has more of a living wall look? Whether you like rug-on-a-wall idea or not, the application of such a distinct texture on a smaller area certainly adds a lot of interest, so it’s something to think about if you want to kick up your space a notch.

See it here.

Taylor & Wood Frames Wallpaper

Just the thing to inspire creativity, this wallpaper encourages you to write, paint, or tape things directly to it, giving you an altogether customized look.

Artists Taylor and Wood, designed Frames — a completely interactive wallpaper. You decide what you want it to be: whether you want to put up your child’s art, paint directly into a frame, or put up family photos. Make your room unique!

Materials: Approx 50% of this wallpaper is sourced from recycled material or from FSC-certified (Forestry Stewardship Council) managed forests.
In Black/white : 20.5 W 396 L

$40.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Taylor & Wood Frames Wallpaper here

Popham Design Tiles

Handmade tiles usually aren’t the sort of thing I like, but these by Popham Design are so graphically strong I can’t help but like them.

popham design brings a modern design sensibility to the tradition of Moroccan cement tiles. Our tiles are made by hand by skilled artisans in our Marrakech factory. The designs take their aesthetic cue from our life in Morocco and the things that inspire us…Grouped into four collections – scribbles + loops, classics + twists, flora + fauna, and plain + shapely – the patterns within each are designed to be flexible so that the same tiles can be arranged in numerous layouts. In conjunction with our color palette, popham design tiles encourage creativity. “Have fun and show us what you can do,” they seem to say. popham design tiles are suitable as wall and floor coverings for residential and commercial environments – and appropriate for both interior and exterior applications.

Buy it here.

[via dwell]

More information:

View Popham Design Tiles here

Shoreditch Prototype House

If you are building or remodeling a house, you might consider incorporating vertical planting to provide shade in the warmer months. As this project by Cox Bulleid Architects shows, you don’t need a lot of land to have a good amount of greenery, though it should be said to take care in making sure there are structural supports for any weight of large screens/mesh with plantings and soil.

The project has been developed as a prototype low energy house for dense urban sites and seeks to green the city through the use of vertical planting as screen, filter, sunshade and oxygenator to create a new ‘garden city’ in an urban context…Bolted on steel decks provide balconies and privacy screens while planting grown over the mesh gives shade in summer and allows direct solar heating in winter. – Cox Bulleid Architects

See it here.

[via Grand Designs]

Paris Loft (plywood)

More plywood? Yes, please. This loft is an excellent example of utilizing plywood as a finishing element. Also, Remodelista posted this kitchen a while back and linked to a video showing how the islands can be rearranged to fit the homeowner’s needs. It’s a great idea for making the most out of a smaller space. To see the video, go here.

Renovated by architects Karine Chartier and Thomas Corbasson (who trained in the studio of Jean Nouvel–last year’s Pritzker Award winner), the old industrial laboratory (check out the building’s original freight elevator below) is transformed by adding a heavy textual and uncanny element–plywood.
Plywood, a moisture-proof, marine-grade, very low formaldehyde-content pine, certified by the European sustainable forest practices agreement, becomes a strong, almost abnormal complement to what would normally be simply a white, industrial space. It’s hard to see but the plywood kitchen islands are mostly on locking wheels, which creates a flexible space that can mutate from a small cooking area to a larger gathering area. Combined with the other moveable furniture, plywood has stopped looking cheap, and starts looking high-end (or high-grade, maybe?) whether it just sits pretty or on wheels. – LoftLife Magazine

To see more pics, visit LoftLife Magazine.