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Interior: Black kitchen, Brown sofa

This is by far one of my favorite spaces. The black/brown/grey color scheme is classic and I love how simple and eclectic it feels.

To see more: APARTMENT FH

Ty DIY Shower Curtain

Need a bathroom makeover? Customize it with some style, YOUR style.The Ty Shower Curtain is blank, white shower curtain / marker set that allows you to simply draw your own custom designs.

Dimensions: Height: 72 in / 183 cm, Width: 60 in / 152 cm
Color: White with your choice of blue, green or black permanent marker.
Material: 100% High-Density Polyethylene (Recyclable) and nickel plated metal grommets.

[via Design Milk]

Purchase Information:

Price: $33.00
Availability: Buy Ty DIY Shower Curtain here

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Eastvold Custom Cabinets

If you’re in the market for a new kitchen or bath, check out the custom cabinetry by Eastvold located in Minnesota. They’re a full service design firm and design and install the cabinets and are there from beginning to end of the process.

PaperBoy wallpaper & fabric

Have you ever found wallpaper choices lacking for a boy’s room? Well, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a new line specifically tailored for boys, but cool enough to put elsewhere. I personally like the paper called ‘Animal Magic’ (right) where the skeleton is slightly shinier than the silhouette, giving an xray feel to an otherwise innocent design.

Prices per 10metre roll start at £ 78.

Purchase Information:

Price: £78.00
Availability: Buy PaperBoy wallpaper & fabric here

Teeny Tiles

You might have seen these before, but considering they usually ship out in 48 hours, they might be a good gift idea if you’re still running around trying to find stuff. Whether intended as tilework in a kitchen or bathroom or as a magnet, it’d be a great way to memorialize favorite images (good or bad) of your friends or family.

2? 2? .25? ceramic tiles printed with your images.
Each Teeny Tile comes with an adhesive magnet that you can apply to the back of the tile.

Holiday sale price is $3.99 (normal cost is $5.00).

[via Incredible Things]

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.99
Availability: Buy Teeny Tiles here

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Galley House, Donald Chong Studio

Check out this slim-fit house in Toronto. Making use of a super tight lot, the home is a smart example of how space and light can be used to the best advantage. Dwell has some good shots of the interior and exterior, and check out the architect’s site (Donald Chong Studio) for floor plans and extra photos. I especially love the landscaping in the outdoor areas.

[via Dwell]

Waterproof Wide Sink

Wow, if you’re planning a bath remodel or working on one currently, have I got a deal for you. This awesome sink is 50% off at DWR. I love this sink and it hurts me that it would be perfect for my dream house but not so much my current house or else I’d snap this up in a second.

This sink is intended for wall mounted faucets, and it includes counterspace to the right of the sink. Oh man. I love it. I may just get one.

Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00
Availability: Buy Waterproof Wide Sink here

Glass and Timber Houses (Hampson Williams Ltd)

A Grand Designs episode was on the other night featuring two eco houses squeezed into a rather narrow plot in South London. The plan was to build two identical homes, selling one to finance the other in hopes of living mortgage free. Even though the owners ended up way over the original budget (as most builds do on the show), the outcome was spectacular. Despite the small footprint, the use of oblique windows and skylights opened up the space and maximized light, all while maintaining a keen sense of privacy. Plus, seeing as the home owner was also the owner of a joinery/carpentry firm, he was able to construct the houses himself alongside his team, and, as a result, the craftsmanship was impeccable. It was altogether inspiring. If you’re planning on building on a small plot of land, you might want to check it out.

other bullet points: grass covered roof, constructed using sustainable materials and high performance glass and insulation, low impact piling foundation system, rain-harvesting system

list of materials and sources used here

architect: hampson williams, architecture
homeowner’s site: Talisman Manufacturing

Amsterdam Sugar Warehouse

Not that original sugar warehouses are a dime a dozen, but this open plan space might be easy to replicate given a few splurges. The owners of this particular loft have used beige (or natural?) linen curtains throughout to separate areas and, surprisingly, it seems to work well with the original beams and floors. Curtains can look a little fussy at times, but given that the fabric and color is consistent in this case, they look functional and appropriate to the decor.

[via LoftLife Magazine]

More information:

View Amsterdam Sugar Warehouse here

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Concrete Bathtubs

Over at Plastolux they covered a conversion from a contractor’s shop into a single-family residence. It’s an impressive project, and I do recommend taking a look. Instead of showing you the same pics, I’m going to just highlight the thing that jumped out at me: this concrete bathtub. Mainly, how would one would replicate that particular design, and is it a feasible DIY job?

Now, usually the internet is ever so helpful, but I didn’t really find a solid reference out there. There’s an example of how someone made a concrete soaking tub, which is sort of helpful, and a seemingly oversimplification of the suggested process here, but nothing that really inspires confidence in making the sort of nice curve that’s shown above. I suppose it’s a project for only brave folks. If you know of additional resources, please comment or email.

(And, yes, buying a bathtub would be way easier, but concrete looks so much more bespoke in that lovely modern industrial way.)

More information:

View Concrete Bathtubs here

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BEHR Paint Contest

Submit a photo of your dullest room and say why it needs a makeover and you could win 3 gallons of BEHR paint. Why do you care? Because it could mean free paint. Now if they only offered to paint the room for you…

See Vidafine’s post for more details.

More information:

View BEHR Paint Contest here

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Home of Sara Camre, Architect

Hellooo lovely white floors and walls, so nice to meet you. And, may I say your truck-mural-in-the-hallway has me tongue tied? It knocked me over the head… in a good way, of course.

This home of Sara Camre is a perfect example of how using white on floors and walls can really make furniture and art ‘pop’, even when the colors are softer shades/hues. I wish I had the guts to do a white floor somewhere, but each place I’ve lived has had really pretty wood floors, so there’s been no real need other than my curiosity to see how it might look.

Update: found more pics at Boligmagasinet.dk.

[via heyhome]

More information:

View Home of Sara Camre, Architect here

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3D Home Kit and Home Quick Planner

If you are dreaming about your dream house, yet aren’t quite sure how it will fit together spatially, you might want to try out this inexpensive kit. Seeing your design properly in 3d might help iron out any kinks and get it closer to becoming a feasible project.

3D Home Kit (left): $39.95, Buy it here.

Also shown (right), Home Quick Planner: $29.95, Buy it here.
(kit includes 700 precut, reusable peel-and-stick furniture and architectural symbols for every room in the house including the kitchen, study, bedrooms and bathrooms.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.95
Availability: Buy 3D Home Kit and Home Quick Planner here

Annie Residence (Bercy Chen Studio)

This two family home in Austin uses so many large glass walls that it seems like an open air living space. Inspired by Asian architecture, the architects used large glass sheets to ensure spatial continuity between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Incorporating a body of water that perfectly matches the floor height further extends the space by reflecting light and, with a cluster of water plants carefully positioned so that they can be seen from various viewpoints, it adds a natural element that balances out all the steel and glass. Plus, take a look at that glowing garage and the sail used on the upper level to create a shady outdoor living space.

A few details/quotes from Dwell on the project:

The exterior walls of the Bercy house are constructed with Thermasteel, panels made from galvanized steel and a unique resin that provide structural framing, insulation, and vapor barrier with an R-29 rating twice the required amount. We have so much glass that we have to offset it by having very efficient ceiling and wall systems, says Bercy. We wanted movable glass walls instead of tiny little sliding glass doors that pop off their tracks all the time, says Bercy. So he and Chen tracked down the double-glazed, insulated, six-by-nine-foot doors rom a company called Fleetwood. Theyre a little more expensive, but when you slide the heavy doors open, youre making a profound gesture to leave the house and step outside, says Bercy. -Dwell

Viking Counter-depth refrigerator

I’ve long been on a hunt for a counter-depth refrigerator so I can finish my kitchen. It seems that the only counter-depth refrigerators are always about $5000 or higher–which is cost-prohibitive to say the least. Somehow I managed to find one for just under $2000.

Width: 35-5/8″
Width with Side Panels: 35-7/8″
Height from Bottom: 70 -1/8″
Height from Bottom with Tops/Grilles: 71-7/8″
Depth to Front of Door: 26-3/4″
Energy Star Rated

Purchase Information:

Price: $1999.00
Availability: Buy Viking Counter-depth refrigerator here