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A Contemporary Stone House with a Green Lawn Roof

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What a wonderful crisp contrast. The white framing and the green roof; spliced by a white-framed peephole, spying a pool on the deck below.

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The house, set in in Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic, was designed by VASHO architects to house 18 people comfortably.

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The jiggered green roof allows for a clerestory, bringing the cool forest light in from all around.

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The roof evolves very softly and naturally out of the hillside slope.

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The eco-chic deck offers real immersion in the rainforest setting.

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The house is built into the hillside – which cools it to the temperature of the bedrock.

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Stones collected from the site itself make a sturdy and low impact building structure.

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This stone is not a mere facade, but actually forms both the finished interior and the exterior structural wall.

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Each bedroom has its own bathroom and study, while the living room-dining room-kitchen is a generous shared space.

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A modest pool at the end of the deck invites one or two guests to lazily idle away the summer afternoons.

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The house is designed as a second home for use intermittently through the summer.

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For the architects, the greatest challenge was to create a space that comfortably houses 18 people on such a steep section.

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The architects’ solution was burrowing the length of the two floors into the hillside – not only creating the maximum of horizontal space, but an ecological retreat that partakes sensibly of its rainforest environment.

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A Pleasant Family Home on the Mediterranean Coast of Croatia

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Set in the familiar confines of a traditional Croatian village on the northern Mediterranean coast is this modern home for a small family by Zagreb-based 3LHD.

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In direct contrast to the surrounding village, the home is unabashedly modern in its lines.

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Lozice, Dubrovnik is an old Croatian settlement with a star-struck view straight across the Mediterranean Sea towards Italy.

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The house takes advantage of this with glazing on several levels bringing the ancient fabled sea right into the space, to seem almost like part of the house.

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An astonishing closeup from the parents’ bed makes it seem almost like floating directly above the sea.

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A charming stairway is broader than normal for an interior, adding a relaxing horizontal line to a gracious space.

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The interiors are simple and modernist, tough enough for kids, but no frills.

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A spacious shower area is reflected in a full length mirror that seems to double the bathroom.

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Glass is employed on the balustrading inside and out, creating an easy flow from outside to inside.

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The living spaces directly connect to the outdoor decks in terraces that are connected by stairs and go down to the sea.

The architects have created an easy and pleasant home that takes full advantage of its stunning setting.

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Crisp Minimalist Luxury in Posh Palm Springs

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Gorgeous simple clean lines mark the luxurious El Portal Resort in the historic Mesa neighborhood of Palm Springs.

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Through a tall gated wall, the entry path leads to a pure white cube entered along the side of an inviting turquoise pool in the arid desert landscape.

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An impossibly green lawn makes a surrealistic contrast with the natural brown of the San Jacinto Mountains in the background.

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Once inside, two floors of soaring glass bring the bright blue desert sky indoors.

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An unusual pattern of three slim horizontal windows stacked in a column offer a glimpse of the distant mountains.

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The resort is the epitome of understated luxury.

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A series of huge glazed doors open out to the balmy desert air.

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Striking lighting makes the utmost of a lone group of desert palms.

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Warm California sunshine plays over an all blonde-on-blonde interior.

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A quiet sense of indulgence is accentuated by the use of clean design lines throughout.

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Bathroom mirrors are intriguingly set in to frames that suggest deeply inset windows.

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Another series of stacked horizontal windows offers a glimpse of the perfectly manicured landscaping.

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The elegant simplicity of its contemporary bathrooms complete the sense of relaxation and respite from the busy Southern California life.

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The villa boasts four double bedrooms each with their own bathroom and a spacious shared kitchen/dining room that seats eight.

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A home away from home where the discerning traveler can get away from it all – with their seven best friends.

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Design Dilemma: Of the Moment Bathrooms

Just like every other room of the house, the bathroom is subject to trends. And if you’ve ever walked into a pink and black-tiled bathroom or a powder room encrusted in silver lame` wallpaper, you’re well aware of that fact.

So what are the big trends happening this year?

Here’s a rundown.

Black, Black and more Black.

Now, we’re not just talking tiles, as in the uber-chic extra large subway tiles in the shower below. (By the way, unusual tile sizes, like 4 x 8 or 2 x 9 are very popular right now.)

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We’re talking black tubs!

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The bathroom above features a freestanding Caroma Noir bathtub. The black is picked up again in a Nero Tempest marble wall.

Here’s another example in a luxe traditional bathroom:

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And a third, simpler bathroom picking up on this trend:

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And finally, a very cool looking black stone tub:

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Will we all cringe at this trend in a few years time? Maybe. But what you will notice is that all black tubs are freestanding tubs — some modern, and some the traditional clawfoot tub. Unlike the last time black made it’s way into the bathroom, you rarely see fixed tubs set into the wall in black.

Floating Vanities.

They’re baaa…ck! You may have long dispensed with the notion of floating vanities as being too impractical for your cramped little bathroom where you could use drawer and cabinet space for shampoos and towels and hair dryers. But nevertheless, floating vanities, no matter how impractical, are making a come back. And for those who love the look, there are advantages to this style. A floating vanity can open up floor space, making a small bathroom feel larger. It’s also so much easier to clean. Here’s a particularly nifty look below:

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For those of us who can’t give up entirely on the notion of some storage, fortunately, more and more floating vanities also incorporate a little.

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Curbless Showers

We’ve mentioned this trend in earlier posts, and it’s still going strong. Today’s showers move seamlessly from bathroom floor to shower floor.  This can be a great look particularly in small bathrooms, where an uninterrupted floor appears more spacious.

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Neutral Matte Tiles in a Concrete Finish
Sure, shiny white subway tiles are a classic that will never go out of style, but this year, the rage seems to be in matte tiles in a neutral finish like concrete. Something like the tiles below:

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It’s a sophisticated look, a bit industrial and very modern. Here’s another take on the same trend below:

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Contemporary Bathroom by Irvine Kitchen & Bath Fixtures LeichtUSA

So what’s your take on this year’s bathroom trends? Will we all be knocking out these fixtures and tiles in a few years, or is there staying power here? From the looks of things, each of these trends is just restrained and classic enough that no one will be offended in 20 years time by your curbless shower. So enjoy!

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An Utterly Surreal Home on the Chilean Coast

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This amazing home is simultaneously dug in to and soaring over the cliffs on the long and lonely Pacific coast of Chile.

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The contradiction between the earthbound nature of its green roof and the lyrical inspiration of its soaring glass and concrete tower makes this an arresting architectural gem.

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The soaring expanse of glass in the resulting cliff top perch of a living room offers an intimate view over the crashing waves below.

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Two full stories of unbroken glazing supported on tall concrete pillars make its astonishing views possible.

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Entering the soaring space would be like plunging into the ocean, through dramatic interiors that are vast and airy, with limitless horizons.

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As if dislodged by the wave action, the window panes are jigged up and down.

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By contrast with the drama in the front, a quiet protected courtyard burrows into the hilltop away from the crashing waves.

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The kitchen oversees this peaceful protected courtyard scene.

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Another contradiction: a romantic lilting curved roof defies gravity – in heavy mundane pedestrian concrete.

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Yet the concrete is appropriate: no less enduring than the rocky outcropping of the cliff itself.

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Towering over the protected courtyard, the undulating concrete roof suggests the power and the motion of the vast ocean waves.

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In a lonely setting overlooking the vast reaches of the Pacific Ocean, architect Raimundo Anguita has created a true work of art.