Home Design Find - Interior Design, Architecture, Modern Furniture - Part 3

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Stepped Greek Villa with an Arresting Zigzag Shape

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From ISV architects comes this bold geometric house overlooking the Aegean Sea from its steep perch on an Athens hilltop.

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The zigzag shape as seen from the street below is even more striking lit up at night.

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Because of the stepped structure, every room and every patio supplies a limitless vista out across the ancient Greek sea.

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The access from the street is at the site’s highest point. From here you’d descend to the lower living levels of the home.

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Next to a gloriously serene infinity pool, thick blocky geometric shapes extend through the glass into the house.

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Viewed from another angle, the living room actually appears to be just idly floating about on the pool.

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At night, swimmers are treated to a unique view through the living room.

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Spare and spartan, bathrooms have a brisk and clean-cut masculine flair.

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Uncompromisingly contemporary design marks the spacious kitchen.

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An unbroken view is achieved with floor to ceiling glazing that makes it possible to completely open the interior to the sweeping ocean view.

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A huge fireplace provides the focal point after the sun goes down.

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The design represents an original treatment of an almost impossibly steep site.

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Arizona Family Home under a Half-Dome Roof

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AA Studio designed this bold dome-roofed three-bedroom family home in Sedona, Arizona.

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The street side of the house is a symphony of curved adobe in varying rosy hues.

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On the other side of the home the half and quarter circles are extended perpendicularly to the pool, while the color palette switches to brilliant blue.

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The roof has the wonderful soft green patina of weathering copper.

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Inside the house, the domed roof is panelled in wood, softening the soaring ceiling.

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To the back of the house, the house is single storey, so the bedrooms get both a domed roof and their own small lawn outside.

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A stepped landscape allows for intimate lawn views from the bedrooms.

The land is terraced on the private side outside the bedrooms, breaking up the hillside into a series of flat lawns.

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On the other side, the land falls away naturally and the entrance, marked by a bright and generously proportioned red door, is from the top floor.

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Stairs lead down outside to allow access directly to the pool in the front of the house.

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So this would be one ‘welcome home’ view.

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In Arizona, where temperatures can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit, this is a welcome sight indeed!

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A truly memorable and warmly nurturing home.

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Watery Views Marry a Zen Sensibility in Contemporary Seattle Home

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There is a gentle charm to the easy zen aesthetic of Seattle’s Courtyard House by DeForest Architects.

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Set right on a lakefront and overlooking Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington, the house is fully open to its stunning maritime views.

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Cheery sun-drenched bedrooms are so close to the lake that they seem like they are on a houseboat moored at its edge.

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The house is quite narrow, sandwiched between the lake view in front and the street, and its floor-to-ceiling glazing can completely open both sides like a pavilion.

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Opaque turquoise glass obscures the view into the house from the street side…

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…while the view out is created to provide a private garden view with a zen sensibility.

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This wall of opaque turquoise glass creates privacy and ample daylight for large showers in identical bathrooms, with spa-like wood panelled ceilings.

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Their interiors have a much earthier vibe, with rammed earth walls and very contemporary cylindrical wash basins.

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The bathrooms are along the street side, while their bedrooms face the lake.

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Another zen touch is the seamless transition between indoors and out – note the wood floor to wood deck - along with the huge expanse of glazings that can be completely opened up.

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Industrial strength steel stairs contrast with the soft blonde wood kitchen with its spacious islands to each side.

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With its casual flavor of Japan in its use of wood ceilings and modular screens, the architects have created a gentle and charming lakeside home.

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Design Dilemma: Wood Cabinet Options

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It’s true that painted cabinets have been the fashion of the last few years. But let’s face it, wood cabinets are a keeper and will always remain a mainstay in kitchen cabinetry, even after the painted look has come and gone. There are a couple of reasons for that. For one, unpainted wood doesn’t show the chips and stains that painted wood can over time. And it’s amazing how adaptable unpainted wooden cabinets actually are, able to move from modern to rustic to traditional looks with ease.  Let’s take a look:



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In the kitchen above, homeowners achieved a very modern, casual and cheery look by pairing light pecan cabinets with a lime green wall and acqua kitchen island. Countertops are a gray Caesarstone. Wood has a way of pairing well with color, as it can prevent bright colors from overpowering. Light- to medium-tone wood cabinets work best with tropical colors like these, but if you’ve got dark wood cabinets and want to try this look, go a shade or two deeper with the wall color.


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Above, another take on the modern look. This homeowner has combined Mahogany wood cabinets with accent cabinets made of Imbuia, otherwise known as Brazilian Walnut. The look is sophisticated, sleek and utterly simple. Countertops are kept a basic off-white, as are walls. The two kitchens above show how unpainted wood doesn’t have to look “rustic.”


Unpainted wood can be a natural in industrial kitchens, as the wood is a  warm counterpoint to cold surfaces like stainless steel, which are usually prominent in an industrial kitchen.

The kitchen below has elements of different styles, including rustic, modern and industrial. Notice how the light wood brings all these elements together with great ease, combining well with stainless steel as well as the painted cabinetry with pulls that have more of a rustic feel.

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In the industrial kitchen below, dark wood holds it own when combined with exposed brick walls and industrial lighting built of pipes and exposed light bulbs. Again, wood has just enough gravitas to seem fitting in such a setting, but it always feels welcoming.
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And who says wood is only appropriate for cabinets in the kitchen? In the kitchen below,  warm wood shelving and countertops mix perfectly above stainless steel cabinetry.
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The industrial kitchen below, this time from Barcelona, Spain, uses salvaged wood on both the cabinetry and dining table. A small refrigerator is integrated into the cabinet at the end of the workspace. A cupboard behind the glass and bamboo partition holds another larger refrigerator and freezer combo.
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Here’s another view below.
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In the Maryland kitchen below, a clean modern vibe stays clean, but never veers too much away from the traditional. The dark wood works particularly well in this context.
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Contemporary Kitchen by Bethesda Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

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The Australian kitchen below looks like it came straight out of the set of The Brady Bunch. The only thing missing is housekeeper Alice! And yet, there’s something of a contemporary vibe going here too. The sleek unpainted wood looks fabulous.

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Did someone say beachy? Wood can do beachy! Below, unpainted light oak island combines wonderfully with wood cladding of the sort used on ships, which has been appropriated for the wall in back of the stove and countertop in this beach house.
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Have we convinced you yet? If you are considering a kitchen remodel but had discarded the idea of using unpainted wood in favor of lacquered or enameled painted cabinetry, think again! Wood is warm, versatile, easy-to-maintain, and likely to stay in style for far longer than other options.

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A Japanese Style Stone and Steel House Floats Atop a Cliff

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South African interior designers and architects GASS Architecture designed the Westcliff Pavilion project in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The house is raised above the ground.

Stone harvested on the site itself is used in the structure.

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In a mind-bending twist this stone wall also “floats.”

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The elegant, timeless aesthetic has a zen touch to it.

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A bath tucked right in the wide open window is like the garden-access bath room in a traditional Japanese home.

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The Japanese effect also comes from the modular proportions of the black steel framing.

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The cliff-top site offers a uniquely private, tranquil hiding place in the trees at the ridge.

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Steel framing was chosen to touch the ridge as lightly as possible.

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The result is a simple and elegant contemporary home that feels like it floats within its wooded tree canopy – while enjoying magnificent views over the city of Johannesburg.