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Delicious Symmetry in Mirrored Pair of Australian Townhouses

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The Australian architecture studio Martin Friedrich Architects has designed a pair of very chic urban townhouses.

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The mirrored floorplans results in an intriguing and symmetrical facade.

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Each has a fully glazed floating effect living room that flows out to a pool.

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Connecting the floors, from the basement garage to the bedrooms is a spiral stair.

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Each has an underground cinema at the bottom of the circular stairwell, next to the drive-under garage which can house five cars each.

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And each have identical mirrored upper floors that could house either 3 couples or a family with 2 to 4 children.

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The street-facing wall is also curved white, suggesting the curved spiral stair to be found within.

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The stairwell is a truly sculptural form, perfectly presented in its pristine white gallery-like setting.

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This free standing sculptural circular staircase connects all three levels with a huge circular skylight above.

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The long central expanse of white wall offers the perfect setting for art.
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The two townhouses are designed for hip urban professionals with a desire for a maintenance-free garden.

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Both are designed for an easy, low upkeep indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

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The pure clean white render throughout makes the perfect foil for an art collection.

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A deep grey European oak flooring adds depth and warmth and richness to the gallery-like setting.
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The bold white sculptural shape of the ‘shutter’ defines the minimalist and contemporary exterior.

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Because these bedrooms are recessed quite far back behind the shutters, passersby can only see in from directly in front.

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The very striking pair of brilliant white townhouses is in the affluent Bayside suburb of Melbourne.

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A Villa in Merida that Embraces Old and New

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Casa CP 78 was designed by Taller Estilo Arquitectura in the old colonial city of Merida, on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

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The house brings just the right amount of the old world charm of Merida’s colonial Spanish architecture to a modern home.

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A pool sits within the typical small site of urban Merida, but we find that it’s exactly sufficient.

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Contrasting strongly against the white stucco are floor to ceiling black framed windows – departing decisively from the old world.

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These black accents against white stucco define the exterior as  well.

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A marble floor cools the sultry tropical air as it enters the kitchen.

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A zigzag archway and traditional tiled floor salute the traditions of the old city architecture.

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Tropical plantings are beautifully presented and framed by a white stucco wall.
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Black marble for the kitchen counter is both feminine and luxurious while also being practical and enduring.

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Bathrooms too feature the sophisticated clean lines of sculpted marble basins.

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Even here, marble floors cool the bathroom.

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The shiny black accents impart a sophisticated urban edge to the residence.

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The little Mexican outdoor kitchen makes an intimate gathering spot day or night.

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Altogether a small and charming city dwelling that gently references the traditional architecture of the region while embracing a sophisticated new architecture.

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The Tiny and Clever Casa Quebrada

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What you see is what you get in the charming little Casa Quebrada by UNarquitectura by a creek in the forest near Curacavi, Chile.

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The tiny cabin supplies very livable sleeping and eating in a tiny space.

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The tiny space doubles up on the views so the raised bedroom and the living room share the same long views out.

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Accessed through the living room, the house is raised up above the forest floor.

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Holes were left in the walkway to allow trees to continue their growth.

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The posts holding the walkway are set at odd angles, echoing the random angles of nature.

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The siding and the deck were painted black, allowing it to recede into the forest shadows.

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Despite the tiny space, the cabin feels open and airy inside. The deep steps up to the bed double as seating with the tread being the seat and the riser being the backrest.

It’s a clever and efficient use of space.

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An Open Central Pavilion for the Sultry Brazilian Climate

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We’ve seen clerestories before but what an extraordinary soaring space!

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The secret is that this is not a glazed window at all, but an open pavilion space under a separate suspended roof.

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The house by Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados is located on a vast stretch of land in Avaré, 250 kilometers from São Paulo, Brazil.

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Overlooking the shoreline of the Avaré reservoir, 250 km from Sao Paulo, the house frames its views in various ways.

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The central pavilion space is the focal center of the home.
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The architects, Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados say that the vastness of the landscape, characterized by scarce vegetation, suggested a discreet structure.
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The long and low building is barely visible from a distance.
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The central open pavilion space provides both the entrance and the social space of the house in the tropical climate.
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A covered walkway along the front connects the sleeping rooms set up as a series of separate spaces, while collecting rainwater.
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The unusually long structure houses four adults and eight children.
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And each of the bedrooms along this walkway are accessed from the covered porch extending the length of the dwelling, allowing all to extend a goodnight to each in turn.

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Design Dilemma: Alternatives to the Headboard

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Who says a bed has to have a “headboard”? Or, at least, who says it has to be the traditional headboard?  It’s true, bedframes with headboards serve a utilitarian purpose. They give you a place to prop your head while sitting in bed, thus protecting walls and providing a measure of comfort. But just because the traditional way has been the standard bed frame with headboard doesn’t mean you can’t think of more creative ways to provide some interest in your bedroom while protecting the walls. Let’s take a look:

Painted Headboards

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to provide the visual interest of a headboard without the bulk is to paint one on. This idea works especially well in really tight spaces where any other sort of real headboard might feel like too much. So, for instance, in this cottage-style bedroom, a faux headboard outline has been painted as a perfect graphic complement to the patterned pillows.

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Below, chalkboard paint provides a quirky offbeat headboard. A shelf has been built over the painted area that can stand also provide for more storage.

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And below, a decal has been used in place of a headboard — a clever way to save on money and space.

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Reclaimed architectural features.

Do you love an old door but you’ve got no place to use it? Why not turn it into a headboard? Maybe something like this…

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Or maybe this…

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Or even this…

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An old window can also suffice…

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Or here…

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Or even an old mantel…

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You can do a collage of fabric samples:

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Or you might opt to use a rug:

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The more graphic and/or colorful, the better:

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So actually, anything that you love and cherish could make a perfect headboard, where it be driftwood you collected at a vacation retreat:

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Or your favorite skateboards:

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When it comes to headboards, you are only limited by your own imagination! Here’s what to remember:

  • Make sure that any interesting treatments — doors, old windows, hanging skateboards, are securely mounted to the wall so there is no risk of falling if they are tapped or jarred.
  • Go for color or a strong line to create impact and drama.
  • Consider simple solutions such as hanging a high-impact painting or a strip of graphic wallpaper behind your bed.
  • Be inventive, playful and have fun! The bedroom is your personal space, so feel free to let loose and get quirky.