Pyramid House Features Glazed Observatory and Lake Views


VOID Architecture completed the development of Pyramid House, a charming residence exhibiting clean, contemporary lines. The project is located in Sysmä, Finland, and comes with a total surface of 125 square meters (1,345 square feet). “The house, built on a steep plot facing the shore of a Finnish lake, takes advantage of the outstanding beauty of its surroundings by creating special connections that are suitable for different seasons and activities,” the architects said.
The living area is split into two levels to better adapt to the existing steep terrain and clearly define its internal functions. A spiral metal staircase adjoins the stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows capture the magical views. “A pyramidal roof culminating in a fully glazed nature observatory defines this wooden house set on a square footprint,” the architects added. “Looking down from the observatory, the many levels of the house appear stacked against each other, while the
Continue reading "Pyramid House Features Glazed Observatory and Lake Views"

Decorating with Metallics for a Shiny and Bright Christmas

Christmas is a time of gatherings, celebration and nesting because, “Baby, it’s cold outside.” So it’s more important than ever to create a warm, inviting and festive space with light, bright touches to get you through the winter. And nothing is better for glamming up a room than decorating with metallics.
decorating with metallics for the holidays - freshome.com

A collection of bronze, silver and gold accent pieces and Christmas ornaments add a festive look to this contemporary living room. Image: Style at Home

There are plenty of ways to add this look to your home. You can add silver, platinum, gold, bronze, copper or a mix. And a little goes a long way; an accent table and a throw pillow may be all you need. Here are some decorating with metallics ideas — and products in stores now to get the look.

Decorating with silver and platinum

silver holiday decorating - freshome.com

Silver accents works well with cool whites, greys and

silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
silver holiday decorating - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
decorating with metallics and bronze for Christmas - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
gold holiday decorating - freshome.com
Continue reading "Decorating with Metallics for a Shiny and Bright Christmas"

Ultimate Lighting Guide: Pick the Right Fixtures for Every Room in Your Home

ultimate lighting guide

Lighting makes all the difference in how we experience a room. Image: Terracotta Design Build

For so many of us, lighting is an afterthought in our interiors. This happens when you think of it as a utilitarian detail of the room, rather than something that adds aesthetic value. When it’s done right, lighting is the unsung element that brings your design to the next level. Our ultimate lighting guide gives you all the info you need to effortlessly light every room in your home. Read our tips and keep them close at hand. You never know when you may need to tweak the existing lighting in your home or to build a new layout from scratch.
types of lighting

There’s more than one type of lighting out there. Image: Nina Farmer Interiors

Know your options

One of the most common lighting mistakes people make is assuming that one type of lighting — especially
lighting layout
lighting size
ultimate lighting guide
Continue reading "Ultimate Lighting Guide: Pick the Right Fixtures for Every Room in Your Home"

Discover the Revamped Cocktail and Underground Bar in Vienna


Architecture firm Büro KLK completed the design of the Krypt Bar, an underground social gathering spot in Austria. During the renovation on an ancient heritage building from the late 18th century on Vienna’s traditional Berggasse Street, a bricked-up staircase was found. The staircase led to a 12 meters (39 feet) deep, second cellar with approximately 250 square meters (2,690 square feet). Located between Votivkirche and Sigmund Freud’s apartment, this cocktail and underground bar is an architectural gem. Historical investigations showed that it was a semi-legal establishment in the 1950s and ’60s during Vienna’s flourishing jazz scene.

Once inside, you begin your journey through a narrow entrance door that leads to a first-level basement, containing the cloak room and a mirrored vestibule. Take the staircase directly to the impressive 7 meter (23 feet) long main bar. Several alcoves, a hidden booth, the smallest art gallery in Vienna and secret hallways surround
Continue reading "Discover the Revamped Cocktail and Underground Bar in Vienna"

Decorating with Black and White for the Holidays

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. As part of our color series, we’re talking about giving the holiday season a fresh, new look by using unexpected colors. Black and white is one of the most modern yet classic color combinations around. Here are some ideas on how to have a black and white Christmas — and the home accents in stores now that can make it happen.
black and white christmas

Paint clear Christmas balls in black and white and favorite sayings to them. Image: Craftgawker

Cool and contemporary in black, white (and grey)

a black and white christmas - fershome.com

A monochromatic living room features bright white, cool greys and black to add contrast. Image: The Every Girl

Black and white Christmas wall decor

When space is an issue, consider adding a wall gallery of holiday decor. Image: Taryn Whiteaker

decorating with black and white
decorating with black and white
Continue reading "Decorating with Black and White for the Holidays"

Bring the Stunning Soho House Private Club Look Home Through Anthropologie

Soho House, the famed London private club for artists, creatives and celebrities, has expanded in the past 20 years to offer lodging, restaurants and a stylish place to hang out in cities around the world like New York, Barcelona, Istanbul, Berlin, Chicago, Toronto and more. The secret to their success is the signature Soho House interiors, which are a combo of farmhouse, mid-century modern design and polished English style. It may be hard to get an exclusive membership, but you can now bring a little bit of the Soho House look home. The exclusive hand-crafted collection Soho Home, available at Anthropologie, is on sale now.
soho house collection soho home available at anthropologie

The new Soho House line of home accents, Soho Home, is available at Anthropologie.

Much like Soho House, the select collection will not be massed produced. Instead, Soho Home will be produced by the same local artisans that provide the club with their wares, including
The Soho House Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, inspiration for the Soho Home Collection at Anthropologie.
The Soho House Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, inspiration for the Soho Home Collection at Anthropologie.
The Soho House Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, inspiration for the Soho Home Collection at Anthropologie.
The Soho House Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, inspiration for the Soho Home Collection at Anthropologie.
The Soho House Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, inspiration for the Soho Home Collection at Anthropologie.
The Soho House Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, inspiration for the Soho Home Collection at Anthropologie.
The Soho House Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, inspiration for the Soho Home Collection at Anthropologie.
The Soho House Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, inspiration for the Soho Home Collection at Anthropologie.
Continue reading "Bring the Stunning Soho House Private Club Look Home Through Anthropologie"

The Freshome Gift Guide: Mid-Century Modern Gifts for the Design Purist

Mid-century modern design is a hot trend. And a mod design lover has a special eye for retro, minimal and functional features. So what type of gift do you give this type of design purist? Here are the best mid-century modern gifts in stores now for the modern design fan.

Iconic mid-century modern clocks

george nelson wall clock - freshome.com

One of the most iconic mid-century modern design pieces is the George Nelson Wall Clock, available at Design Within Reach for $395

More mid-century modern clocks in stores now:

 

Mid-century modern gifts for the coffee lover

mid century modern design gifts

The Francis Francis Espresso machine by Illy blends state of the art with mid-century modern design. Available at Amazon for $235

More mod coffee gifts in stores now:

 

Mid-century modern hostess gifts

scandinavian modern gifts - freshome.com

Brightly colored geometric trays in many shapes, colors and sizes mix and match to create beautiful designs.

mid century modern speakers - freshome.com
mid century modern barware and gifts - freshome.com
mid century modern tech - freshome.com
Continue reading "The Freshome Gift Guide: Mid-Century Modern Gifts for the Design Purist"

The Freshome Gift Guide: Farmhouse Gifts for Country Design Lovers

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Who says purists of different design styles can’t be friends? You may be into contemporary, but know someone who needs a little extra tradition and frill in their life. For those who love farmhouse design, we’ve created a roundup of lovely farmhouse gifts in stores now from country-chic design stars like Joanna Gaines, Martha Stewart and more.

Farmhouse gifts featuring textiles

Soft and reversible, the Whitaker throw blankets from Pottery Barn are affordably priced at under $30.

Linens, plaids, stripes and classic florals are all signature farmhouse design looks. Some good textile ideas a farmhouse design lover might enjoy include a table runner, tea towels or a warm and cozy blanket.

More farmhouse gift ideas in stores now:

You Can Stay at This Vernacular-Style Beach House in Sri Lanka


This unusual looking guesthouse in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, was recently completed by Chinthaka Wickramage Associates. Issana Beach House is located 200 kilometers (125 miles) away from the bustling capital of Colombo and is a comfortable stopover for those looking to explore the country’s South Coast beaches. According to the architects, the design of this house drew inspiration from the vernacular buildings of the nearby small towns and villages. The low-rise structures were developed to merge with the surrounding landscape. Local materials such as brick (for the masonry walls) and timber (for the roof and terraces) were integrated in the construction.
Before heading to the reception, visitors walk through an inviting forecourt. After checking-in, they are “squeezed” through a tall and narrow cathedral-like corridor that leads to the bedrooms. This narrow pathway continues with a triple-height lounge area, which visually communicates with the garden, beach and the Indian Ocean beyond. The kitchen, storage
Continue reading "You Can Stay at This Vernacular-Style Beach House in Sri Lanka"

Home Sellers: These 7 Outdated Design Trends Could Hurt Your Chances of Finding a Buyer

outdated home trends

Outdated home trends often cause buyers to pass on your home. Image: Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home

We hate to say it, but trends do come and go. What was hot a few years ago may not be popular now and some long-scorned fads are making their way back into the public consciousness. (We’re looking at you, wallpaper!) For sellers, this cycle can leave some sellers stuck with outdated design trends when they put their home on the market. Worst of all, they might not even know it. If you’re getting ready to sell, you don’t want to miss this post. We asked the pros which out-of-date looks are most likely to send buyers running. In most cases, all it takes is a few small changes to open your home to a much wider pool of buyers.

Home Sellers: These 7 Outdated Design Trends Could Hurt Your Chances of Finding a Buyer

outdated home trends

Outdated home trends often cause buyers to pass on your home. Image: Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home

We hate to say it, but trends do come and go. What was hot a few years ago may not be popular now and some long-scorned fads are making their way back into the public consciousness. (We’re looking at you, wallpaper!) For sellers, this cycle can leave some sellers stuck with outdated design trends when they put their home on the market. Worst of all, they might not even know it. If you’re getting ready to sell, you don’t want to miss this post. We asked the pros which out-of-date looks are most likely to send buyers running. In most cases, all it takes is a few small changes to open your home to a much wider pool of buyers.

Try This Year’s Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas and Trends

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Everything comes in and out of style, it seems. Even Christmas decorating. And what can be more quintessential than the Christmas tree? It’s often the focal point in the home during the holidays, so it should fit your personality and your home’s style.
contemporary christmas trees - freshome.com

A floating LED and glass tree is hung from the ceiling for a contemporary effect. It’s like a modern, glowing chandelier and available at modernchristmastrees.com for $799.

Here’s a look at this year’s Christmas tree decorating ideas and trends. Some of the trends are made for small spaces and all the Christmas tree decoration ideas are perfect for a modern or contemporary home.

Ombre Christmas trees

modern christmas tree decorating ideas - freshome.com

Ombre has been a big design trend in fashion and home decor recently. These

christmas tree decorating ideas - freshome.com
small space christmas trees - freshome.com
DIY christmas trees - freshome.com
christmas tree decorating ideas - freshome.com
christmas tree decoration ideas - freshome.com
christmas tree ideas - freshome.com
DIY Christmas tree ideas - freshome.com
Continue reading "Try This Year’s Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas and Trends"

The Importance Of Depth in Interior Design and Why It’s Your Secret Weapon

depth in interior design

Depth makes a difference in interior design. Image: Niche Modern

Sometimes the rooms in our home aren’t quite the perfect fit that we’re hoping for. They might just be a little too small or too oddly-shaped for comfort, and a remodel just isn’t in the cards. In these cases, it’s important to rely on a few tried-and-true interior design tricks to help alter the perception of a space. One of our favorites is incorporating depth in interior design. If you’re looking to change the perception of your interiors, you’re in luck. This post will give you all the tools you need to understand how depth can improve your interiors  and how to pull it off the right way. Use these tips as a guide and we’re sure that you’ll notice a difference.
consistent color

Depth adds complexity to a space. Image: Pickell Architecture

Why Use Depth in Interi0r Design?

If you’ve
contrasting colors
visual weight
mirror
depth in interior design
Continue reading "The Importance Of Depth in Interior Design and Why It’s Your Secret Weapon"

The Freshome Gift Guide: Contemporary Kids Decor and Modern Toys for Kids

Kids can also have a good eye for design and architecture. If you know a child who appreciates modern design (or parents who prefer to see a modernist kid’s clutter), we’ve got a great selection of contemporary kids decor and modern toys for kids of all ages.

Modern kids decor gifts

modern toys for kids - freshome.com

This small replica of the famous Jeff Koons balloon dog is a piggy bank. Available at AllModern.

More modern kids decor in stores now:

1.| 2. | 3. | 4.| 5.| 6.    

Modern games for kids

modern kids toys and games

Backgammon with a twist: mod colors make this classic game fresh and modern. Available at MoMA Store.

More modern games for kids in stores now:

1.| 2. | 3. | 4. | 5. | 6. 

Modern baby gifts

modern baby decor - freshome.com

The Arteknika Themis Mobile is a geometric thing of beauty. Available at AllModern.

More modern baby decor and
midcentury modern toys and gifts for kids
Continue reading "The Freshome Gift Guide: Contemporary Kids Decor and Modern Toys for Kids"

Options Abound: Purchasing Art in the Modern World

Displaying art in a grouping gives it major impact. Image: Regionviii.com

Purchasing art for your home or work environment can be overwhelming. It can also take up plenty of time, something many consumers don’t have much of any more. Today, there are several other options available to help buyers find the pieces that speak to them. Online galleries, art websites, daily auctions and listings of regional art shows are a few of the choices consumers have now to find and buy art.

Minted.com: Carefully curated art

Contemporary art online

There is help for curating your walls. Image: Minted

A favorite among young and rising designers and stylists, it’s hard not to find references to Minted.com pieces in decorating magazines such as HGTV and Domino. Known for offering affordable, innovative and contemporary art, Minted offers pages of stylish inspiration. You can also see examples of its art in popular retailers the
Contemporary art online
Continue reading "Options Abound: Purchasing Art in the Modern World"

4 Elegant Christmas Tablescape Ideas That Will Warm Up Your Home this Holiday Season

Christmas tablescape ideas

Try one of these Christmas tablescape ideas to spice up your holiday entertaining. Image: Rikki Snyder

Now that winter has finally arrived, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. If you’re anything like us, the holiday season means plenty of entertaining for family and friends. As design addicts, the aesthetics of our holiday decorations are just as important as our décor. With that in mind, here are four elegant Christmas tablescape ideas that will warm up your home this holiday season. Read them over and give them your own spin to allow your own sense of personal style to shine.
winter textiles

Include a variety of winter textiles to create a cozy look. Image: STACIE FLINNER

Include Cozy Textiles

We love, love, love this cozy, sweater-inspired tablescape. There’s something so different about it, yet it unquestionably radiates classic holiday spirit. This table setting just makes us want to curl up with
metal tablescape
pine tablescape
geometric patterns
Christmas tablescape ideas
Continue reading "4 Elegant Christmas Tablescape Ideas That Will Warm Up Your Home this Holiday Season"

Contemporary ‘Black Box’ Home Extension in Montreal


Natalie Dionne Architecture completed BLACK BOX II, an architecture addition for a residence in Montreal, Canada. Conceived as a jewelry box, the extension is covered with large plates of black fiber cement, with a perforated motif for the loggia, assembled with matching rivets. In contrast, blond wood and light porcelain and ceramics illuminate the interior. Large windows fold open to incorporate the garden into the home. Inside, oak wood paneling covers the walls and ceiling, while western red cedar lines the exterior alcove. The kitchen island, made of solid oak, stands monumentally in the center and witnesses the daily rituals of the inhabitants. The slate slabs of the terrace adjoin the concrete-like porcelain floor of the kitchen.
This semi-detached townhouse, made of red clay brick, is typical of Westmount and the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood of Montreal. “Through the reconfiguration of outdated internal divisions and the grafting of two black volumes in
Continue reading "Contemporary ‘Black Box’ Home Extension in Montreal"

Wait Till You See These Modern Menorahs in Stores Now

Hanukkah traditions don’t mean you need a traditional menorah. Glam and modernize your holiday with one of these sleek, modern menorahs — in stores now.

Brass and gold modern menorahs

Gold and brass are hot. These menorahs feature warm golden tones that are on-trend, yet have a retro or mid-century vibe.

Brass Menorah at CB2, $30


Polished chrome or steel modern menorahs

Nothing is more modern than polished chrome. It adds a little bling to your festivities and works well with nearly any modern decor.
contemporary menorahs - freshome.com

Crate and Barrel Shiny Silver Menorah, $50

contemporary menorahs - freshome.com
contemporary menorahs - freshome.com
contemporary menorahs - freshome.com
contemporary menorahs - freshome.com

White and marble menorahs

Freshen up a space with some pure, crisp white. These menorahs may be understated color-wise, but they make up for it with their material choice or whimsy.
marble menorah - freshome.com

Ascalon Menorah at Design Within Reach, $275

marble menorah - freshome.com
marble menorah - freshome.com

Dark metal menorahs

If you love rich tones and blacks, these anodized steel and dark metal menorahs may be what
wood menorahs - freshome.com
wood menorahs - freshome.com
wood menorahs - freshome.com
rustic modern menorahs - freshome.com
rustic modern menorahs - freshome.com
rustic modern menorahs - freshome.com
rustic modern menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
colorful menorahs - freshome.com
Continue reading "Wait Till You See These Modern Menorahs in Stores Now"

Learn How to Hang Wall Art the Right Way Every Time

hang artwork

Correctly hung artwork is the finishing touch of any successful design. Image: Marie Flanigan Interiors

Figuring out how to hang wall art correctly is one of the age-old conundrums of interior design. Everyone knows that an improperly hung work of art sticks out like a sore thumb, but it’s tricky to get right. That is, until you know the unspoken rules you need to follow. We’re here to clear up this issue once and for all. Consider this your ultimate guide on how to hang wall art the right way. We’ve outlined every step you need to know to find the perfect place for your artwork every time.
correctly-sized artwork

Artwork needs to be the right size. Image: 2 Lovely Gays

Choose the right size artwork

First and foremost, you need to make sure the piece of wall art you choose is appropriately sized for the spot where it’s going to be
Consider placement
hang artwork
gallery wall
Consider placement
Continue reading "Learn How to Hang Wall Art the Right Way Every Time"

What to Expect When Working with an Interior Designer: A First-Timer’s Guide

working with an interior designer

You should ask several questions before working with an interior designer for the first time. Image: Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard

Working with an interior designer is a positive — and dare we say game-changing — experience for many. However, if you haven’t done it before, the idea of hiring someone to undertake this task can feel intimidating. That is, if you don’t know what to expect from the process. With that in mind, we’ve created a first-timer’s guide to hiring an interior designer. If you think you’re ready to take the plunge, please continue. We’ve outlined what you need to know to determine if going the professionally designed route is right for you.
realistic expectations

Set your expectations realistically. Image: Toronto Interior Design Group | Yanic Simard

Have realistic expectations

Most designers will tell you that, as much as we all love to watch home design shows, their prevalence has done
the right fit
billing practices
good communication
working with an interior designer
Continue reading "What to Expect When Working with an Interior Designer: A First-Timer’s Guide"