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Tropical Traditions and Modern Minimalism in El Salvador

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Cincopatasalgato Architects gracefully combine traditional vernacular elements with modern minimalism for a family home in El Salvadore.

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The open-air concept suits the temperate climate perfectly.

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Concrete slab stairs are whimsically held by wooden struts.

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The design plays with amusing and cheerful juxtapositions like concrete and straw, railway tiles and taxicab yellow enamel.

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Spice up Your TV Wall With These Design Ideas

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A sleek, modern, wall-mounted TV is the center of attention in most American rumpus and family rooms. But, your brand-new flat-screen doesn’t need to be the only focus of your room. Whether you surround your TV with framed pictures to create your own gallery wall, perch it on that unique thrift-store find or set it off with accessories, here are some creative ways to turn your TV wall into a real conversation piece.

Build Your Own Art Gallery

Gallery walls are all the rage, and they make an easy and striking way to set off your TV wall. Go for a clean, polished, black-and-white look by painting around your gallery wall and using white frames for your pictures. Use the same size frames and mattes for a more streamlined appearance, and line your frames up carefully, like this blogger does.

Alternatively, you could go for a more eclectic look with frames of different sizes, colors and even shapes. Wondering how to create that tied-together look that takes your cluster of pictures from hectic to heavenly? Maintain even spacing between each piece (including the TV — remember, your TV is the centerpiece of this arrangement), and stick to a simple color palette for your frames. If you’re using different-sized frames, stick to the same matte size to give everything a unified appearance. Stagger your pieces and throw in a few framed photos for that splash of personality. Don’t be afraid to choose pieces with lots of color.

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The Outback Legacy of the Hinterland House in Queensland, Australia

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Shaun Lockyer Architects have designed a house in rural Queensland, Australia that feels as if it was part of the outback.

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The Hinterland House perfectly recreates the Australian colonial idyll.

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A deep porch extends the full length, past living, dining, bathing and sleeping rooms.

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Simultaneously fragile and monumental, the home truly captures the spirit of the place.

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The plan is as simple and clear as an isolated Australian railway station.

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At the far end is the master bedroom.

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At the center of the line of rooms, a serene bathroom juts out into the porch but is surrounded by plantings for privacy.

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The house is set on a slight slope with parking above.

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A two step stair extends the entire length of the porch and wraps around on both ends.

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The house also has suggestions of a farm shed in the outback.

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Its high roof of corrugated metal is exposed underneath like a utilitarian sheep shearing shed.

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The elegant contemporary reinterpretation is charmingly utilitarian.

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A lonely colonial outpost with a certain retro charm.