The ETR holiday villa in the Caribbean lays on thick creamy slabs of clean contemporary design in an exotic locale.
Inside and out, there is a consistent design esthetic, that’s easy, clean and fresh.
The chic holiday villa is set high in the hills on the lovely island of St. Barts.
In the crisp morning air, a serene al fresco breakfast table hosts ten under a canopy in pared-down elegance.
Bedrooms are open to the Caribbean’s fresh, clean breezes.
Crisp modern design in the bathrooms combines classic white and brown. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s something weird about coffee tables. While they remain one of the most prominent and utilitarian pieces in a home, holding TV and stereo remotes, books, and even standing in occasionally as extra seating or a dining table, we somehow never spend too much time choosing them. We opt for something rectangular, or maybe something round or square, and call it a day. But life is a lot more exciting than that!
Sure, a coffee table serves a practical purpose, but why miss out on a real opportunity to flaunt your style? Choose a unique coffee table and make a stand-out statement. In the living room above, for example, who would have ever imagined that a cast bronze tree trunk could work so perfectly, walking a line between fun and glam while standing up to the other strong elements in the room, such as the patterned wallpaper and curtains? It’s totally unexpected, but it works, and it says a lot about the personality of the home owners as well.
You might say the same about the table below, more restrained and utterly in keeping with the mid-century mod look of the room. It’s simple and modernist, and yet utterly individual and unique. The owners couldn’t have made a better choice.
And if you’re in a mood for a striking coffee table that does not take up a lot of visual space, you might opt for something like this lucite stunner, below:
It’s the best of both worlds — open space and an actual piece of furniture at the same time.
So what should you ask yourself when shopping for a coffee table?
First consider the context. The shape of the room itself, whether it is square, long and narrow, large or small should inform your choice. Do you want your table to take a starring role or to fade into the background? Does it need to have storage space in addition to table space? Do you have kids who like to put hot drinks on the table? Do you need to move your table around to let out the couch when guests arrive for overnight stays?
Whatever you do, open your mind to the possibilities. Just because you need a coffee table doesn’t mean you have to buy a coffee table. For example, the homeowner below chose four stools to provide a sculptural lift in her living room:
These stools can easily be rearranged or moved as the owner sees fit. In fact, stools of any sort can make a great coffee table. Below, see Chinese garden stools used as a coffee table:
Another alternative to the traditional coffee table is an upholstered ottoman table that can serve as a place to rest weary feet, as well as a place to put drinks or books. If you want to go this option, you might invest in a tray to provide a sturdy space for beverages. Keep in mind that upholstered ottomans used as coffee tables will appear bigger and bulkier than your average table, simply because there is usually no visible floor underneath. You can solve this problem to some degree by choosing a piece where the legs are visible.
Remember that coffee table height can be very flexible. While most people prefer tables that rise to the height of the seat of the couch, in recent years, very low coffee tables have come into vogue. Seek out a height that works well with the scale of your existing furniture.
Another take on the traditional coffee table is to go cafe table height. A taller coffee table can work very well in traditional settings. Take a look:
If you’re looking for a “star” coffee table, think any table with sculptural elements. Tree trunks, organic wood shapes, tables with sculpted bases, are all going to instantly catch the eye. Two more examples below:
And what about a suspended coffee table?
So you see, your options are endless! There’s no reason to end up with a dull wood table when there are so many cool coffee table choices out there. Enjoy the hunT!
Centro AMADIP, designed by Juan Alba and Ester Morro, is a cooking school and cafe in Calvià, run by a foundation dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities.
The Palmanova center arose from the idea of giving such people training in cooking and running the cafe, working together in a professional occupation.
The light-filled, tranquil setting is conducive to a peaceful life for its clients.
Its generous and simple clean lines create an atmosphere of reliability and consistency, where they can live together in harmony over an extended period of time.
You can almost smell the calming lavender peacefully growing in the well tended beds.
Sited in Spain’s sunbaked Mallorca region, the site gets abundant sunshine.
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Seeley Architects designed this beach house overlooking the rugged coastline of Australia’s Anglesea.
A gigantic viewing frame extends out in front of a deck that juts from its second floor.
This captures the sea view from the deck outside.
The Dame of Melba is a residence for a retired couple designed to also house family members on vacation.
A comfortable second floor houses the kitchen, living room and dining, and behind the viewer, the retired couple’s bedroom and bathroom that also overlooks the sea.
An angled deck on the back of the house offers an entry into the living room and a view of the framed deck. Read the rest of this entry »
If there’s any time of year to start thinking of luxurious bed linens, it’s now. In November, the days are getting shorter, the nights a whole lot longer, and the temperatures are dropping fast. What better place to be than in bed, wrapped in soft, silky sheets!
Indeed, many of us spend the darkest, coldest nights of winter (and plenty of days, too!) nestled in bed, where we can read mystery novels, watch movies, catch up on email, and snuggle with children and spouses.
But if we’re spending this much time in bed, maybe we should also be giving serious thought to the bedding we’re using. After all, bedding can have quite an effect on our sleeping comfort and health. Choose the wrong bedding — scratchy synthetic sheets for example — and suddenly bed becomes a much less comfortable place to spend time.
If you’re looking to “up” your game this winter, you might consider splurging on a fabric you may have never really considered before. If you’re thinking of luxury bedding, consider opting for silk.
Silk is naturally porous and absorbent, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s resistant to mildew, moths and dust mites and is naturally hypoallergenic. It’s also a natural skin and hair preserver. Due to its high protein count, silk doesn’t absorb moisture, allowing your skin and hair to retain their smoothness and luster. It’s hard to beat the health and beauty advantages in this luxury bedding material.
Silk as stuffing.
And here’s something else you may never have considered: Not only is silk great for sheets and duvet covers (and of course, great for pajamas!) but it’s also great as a comforter filler. Silk floss filling adjusts to an individual’s body and the ambient temperature of a room. By trapping air next to your skin, silk duvets keep you warm in winter while drawing heat away from the body in summer. It’s also a great alternative for those allergic to duck or goose down. Similarly to down, however, silk floss is light and thin and will envelop your body without weighing it down. You can find silk-filled duvets in summer, winter and all-season weights.
Silk as a new aesthetic experience.
Silk’s got one more thing going for it: It has an elegance that’s missing with plain old cotton sheets, or with too-shiny satin sheets. The silk sheen is a subtle one — Old World Elegance, think a French Chateau, not Las Vegas. Of course, silk bed linens don’t come cheaply, a set can set you back several hundred dollars, but if you’re looking for a luxurious experience for yourself, or for a gift, you can’t do better than this. If you need more evidence as for the beauty of silk linens, take a look at a few examples:
Below, fresh white silk sheets offer a lustrous glow that speaks of all the comfort and refinement of a five-star hotel.
Below a dimpled taupe silk bedspread is a sophisticated take in a masculine setting.
And we especially love the slate gray silk bed linen pictured here:
Okay, so we know what you’re thinking. What about cleaning? You may be surprised to learn that washing silk sheets is not much different than washing cotton. The sheets available at the London-based company Gingerlily.co.uk, for example, are washable at 30°c (or about 86 F) using mild silk detergent. So if you’re ready for a big splurge to get you through the darkest days of winter, consider silk!