Spanish design firm Intercom has converted a 400 square meter space in Barcelona to four separate apartments. I love the combination of modern clean lines and original features such as the ceiling ornaments. The bright apartment featured here is decorated in a Scandinavian style (the beautiful wishbone chair is designed by Hans Wegner). Tiles have been used on all flours which is common thing to do in warmer climates.
Finnish design company Iittala has added some beautiful new designs to their collection. The Kerros (layer or storey in Finnish) shelf by Matti Klenell is a clever member of the Iittala home range. It is designed to create extra levels of small display storage for anywhere in the home. You can use it as side table made of plywood but it can also function as a tray. Kerros is designed to move around the home and be versatile in any room. One of my favorite new products is the Nappula candelabra which works as a beautiful center piece at any table setting. It creates relaxing ambiance with either antique or tealight candles. At last I would like to highlight Leimu, a beautiful lighting piece designed by Norwegian-born Magnus Pettersen. In Leimu two completely different materials meet in a fascinating way. The strong concrete base and the the impressive glass lamp portion, inspired by traditional lampshades, make Leimu a brand new lighting fixture where sensitivity encounters strength.
Taking inspiration from shaping techniques of the acclaimed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, Swedish designer Monica Förster has created a series of pendant lights in sustainable materials that exude opalescence and lightness. The Lullaby pendants are made from stone paper with ash lamellae. The stone paper is fashioned into pentagonal, yet slightly organic-looking shapes using five slender ash lamellae. Stone paper is made from crushed limestone, which is robust and water-repellent, yet soft and sensory. In addition, stone paper has outstanding luminous qualities, which enable the Lullaby to emit a soft, muted light that communicates a cosy, natural atmosphere to the room.
Interior designer Katrina Phillips divides her time between Ibiza and London. She transformed a basic ‘casita’ in the country side of San Juan (Ibiza) into a cozy home. Inside the casita, Katrina’s personal style is clearly visible – earthy, natural and authentically bohemian. Objects such as ancient fossils and pressed flowers are mixed with furniture pieces made of natural materials. Tribal feather headpieces adorn the walls and function as works of art. This house feels like the home of a well-travelled collector with style!
Recently openend restaurant Story is located in The Old Market Hall on Helsinki’s waterfront. The large space, which was once used for loading horse carriages, has been designed by interior architect Joanna Laajisto. Story’s interior gives homage to the original feel and history of the market hall, but placing it in a new time with a modern yet relaxed twist. The main challenge was to get the high-ceilinged hall to feel intimate. Story’s tables are designed and handmade by Helsinki’s own wood artisan Tebian. Many custom made solutions had to be found such as the lighting installation as the lamps were not allowed to be hung from the ten meter high ceiling.
Is it time to ditch the tub? Bathroom trend study reveals tricks for top redesigns
When redecorating your bathroom there are numerous choices you’ll face. The size, shape, style and arrangement of your bathroom furniture is naturally your biggest concern and sometimes finding ways to fit everything in comfortably can seem impossible – so why not cut something out … like the bathtub perhaps?
While a large number of individuals are opting for showers over baths, research from Houzz has also shown that consumers are becoming more imaginative in their selection of baths when they decide to keep them as part of their bathroom design. Rather than just having a plain white metal tub, many older people invest in a spa type experience or a hydrovescent bath that helps to invigorate them as well as promote good hygiene.
It’s important to remember that not all baths are large and bulky units which prove difficult to fit in the bathroom and if you’re keen to keep this traditional feature part of the room then there are plenty of options to do so.
Firms like Premier Bathrooms offer a great range of hydrovescent bathtubs as well as walk-in baths and shower cubicles designed to help you get the most out of your bathroom; whatever its size. Hydrovescent tubs are also good for those with poor circulation or arthritis so having one installed could do as much good for your health as it does for the design of the room.
If you’re planning to design your bathroom anytime soon then we advise you consider the following trends and ideas when making your decisions:
Opt for walk-in baths and showers if those using the units suffer from mobility issues or disabilities and remember to leave enough room for doors to open outwards where needed
Install seats within showers and baths to help people lower themselves into the water but consider how these are arranged so as to create a stylish appearance
Use lighting carefully to transform the bathroom into an oasis of calm – the development of safe LED lighting systems means that showerheads and bathing areas can all be illuminated safely so it’s a good option to try
Add an en suite bathroom to the master bedroom if possible – this is a great way to add luxury and convenience to a home and according to Houzz’ research it is a trends that 85% of people are likely to follow
Pick a bath or shower unit to match the dimensions of the bathroom – remember that there are a vast amount of styles available so give them all equal consideration and remember to consider shape (square, round or corner baths) too
Install double sinks in bathrooms shared by couples to make morning routines more convenient and to elevate the appearance of the bathroom as a whole
Make sure flooring is safe and practical – lino, vinyl and tiles are all preferable over carpets but you’ll need to opt for something that is water resistant and which offers a non-slip surface. Underfloor heating is also an important consideration – especially for cold winter mornings
The bathroom is now a popular room
With improvements to walk in-baths and showers, many older homeowners are investing in this type of bathroom furniture in order to retain their independence. If you can have a therapeutic bath in the comfort of your own home, why not install one of these wonderful devices today?
Wet rooms are also growing in popularity so this is something you should consider too. They are easy to use and the shower attachments are at a convenient level for all which means practical showering every day of the week.
The original details, such as the ornamented ceilings, gives this beautiful apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, an elegant look. The various spaces feel light and spacious as the large arched windows let in plenty of light. White walls contrast beautifully with the dark wooden floors. The apartment is for sale, you can find more information here.
This lovely rustic chic home in Tulum at the Mayan Riviera in Mexico belongs to Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels. The setting is perfect: there is the tropical forest on one side and white sands with a turquoise ocean at the other. The four rustic cabins are built according to the principles of regional architecture and respecting the vegetation around the property. From furniture to accessories, every detail of the décor is handpicked by Claus’ wife Polina, who is a photographer. The furniture pieces were developed by local artisans and designers. Such a perfect spot to relax and unwind!
The owners of this apartment in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Carlton wanted a fresh look for their apartment. They asked interior designers Hecker Guthrie to inject some vibrancy into their decor. The result is a beautiful balance of color and lightness. The furniture pieces from Danish brand Hay give a Scandinavian vibe. I love the beautiful art work in the various spaces, which gives a lot of character to the apartment.
Pender Lea provides summer and winter ski holiday accommodation in the heart of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. Their barn, which is suitable for eleven people, is absolutely stunning. Here you can unplug, reconnect & revive and be close to nature. The barn is infused with the character of the Snowy Mountains, from the stone feature walls to rustic exposed beams, beautiful timber floors and the open fireplace. It is the perfect gathering place for extended family or groups of friends to take time out to relax, enjoy quality time together and create memories to treasure!