Freshome Finds, Edition 3

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.  It’s hard to believe but another October week is coming to a close.  That means we are 1 week closer to all the end of the year holidays.  We are so excited to bring you some great decorating, gift guide and inspiration photos but before we get to those, we want to share what is inspiring us this week.

Can you imagine having this open of a space to make your own? We love how West Elm’s blog Front + Main really took inspiration from the tenants’ lifestyle.

Freshome Finds: Inspiration

You are likely not thinking about landscaping at this time, but we thought this article from Decorology offered some great advice! We found a great hashtag to find some legit
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Everything You Need to Know About Buying the Perfect Rug for Your Home

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perfect rug

A throw rug can make or break a room’s design. Image: Thomas Towne Reavey Inc.

Shop a similar look: Rug | Throw Pillows | Coffee Table | Throw Blanket The right throw rug can absolutely pull together a room’s design. But limited sizing options and high price tags have a tendency to make homeowners shy away from committing to a purchase. It doesn’t need to be that way. With a little forethought and research, you can pick the perfect rug every time. If you’re in the market for a great area rug, read on. We’ve compiled a list of our best tips and tricks for how to figure out which rug works best for you. Keep this post in your back pocket — you
choose color first
think about function
rug size
furniture placement
perfect rug
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Modern Residence in Poland Highlights Floor-to-Ceiling Bookcase

Metaforma Architects completed the design of a modern residence in Poland that displays an interesting geometry. The body of the building consists of two intersecting cubes. The living area is located in the larger one, while the garage and the gym occupy the smaller section of the house. The facades have been covered with black plaster and cool pigments, and with protection against biological corrosion. “The wood-like composite we chose, unlike natural materials, does not require additional impregnation,” the architects explained. “Dark details in the form of metal window casings and balustrades consistently complete the concept. All these create an interesting three-dimensional effect.”

The layout of this modern residence was planned in tune with the active lifestyle of the owners: the day zone is located on the ground floor, together with the sports room and guest area. The bedrooms are placed on the upper level and offer a high
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Interior Designers Share Their Favorite Tips For A Successful Kitchen Remodel

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Kitchen remodel tips

Use remodeling tips from interior designers to transform your kitchen. Image: Pickell Architecture

Shop a similar look: Stools | Pendants | Cake Stand It’s not hard to see why undertaking a kitchen remodel is one of the most discussed topics in interior design. These projects—while worth it in the end—can get to be a little costly and time-consuming. It goes without saying that, if you’re going to do it, you want to do it the right way. With that in mind, we decided to take this topic to the experts. We asked interior designers to share their favorite kitchen remodel tips. Read on to see their no-holds-barred answers. With any luck, their experiences can help you redo your kitchen with ease.

Modern Home Designed with Outdoor Views in Mind

Cymon Allfrey Architects completed the design and development of Mt. Pleasant Home, a modern home with extensive outdoor views in Christchurch, New Zealand. The 3,230 square-foot (300 square-meter) villa cascades down a hill allowing most interior rooms direct access to the gardens and sheltered courtyards. “Our brief was to create a modern family home that considered the harsh, wind-swept environment,” the architects said. “We were to capture the dramatic vast views and provide the diversity of planning to create sheltered courtyards for outdoor living in most conditions.” Therefore, the home’s exterior is clad in cedar boards which aims to anchor the house in its idyllic setting.
“Formal and informal living spaces are grouped to allow a strong connection between family members,” the architects added. “Interconnecting doors allow a degree of separation to be achieved where necessary. Sleeping spaces are placed in the higher living pavilion providing for acoustic separation to
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The Importance of Contrast in Interior Design (Plus, How to Make It Work for You)

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Contrast is an essential component of any interior design project. Image: Ann Lowengart Interiors

Interior design buffs know how important a room’s first impression can be. There are some spaces that, upon first glance, make your breath catch because its elements are so visually striking, yet still fit together. Other rooms seem to fall flat, almost like something is missing. Contrast is the secret ingredient that gives those memorable spaces their impact. When used correctly, this foundational design principle can add a huge dose of visual interest to your interiors while simultaneously pulling it together. Many consider it an essential component to any successful interior. However, if you’re new to this idea, don’t worry, this post is for you. Read on to learn more about the importance of contrast,
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Contrast monochromatic colors.
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Defining a Style Series: What is Nordic Design? A Blend of Form and Function

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Embrace Nordic simplicity.

Scandinavian design embraces simplicity at its best. Image: Stefani Stein

We can’t say enough good things about Nordic design. Though this aesthetic has been around since the post-World War II era — and even longer in Northern Europe — it has recently experienced a sharp spike in popularity. Since the look is defined by clean lines, chic minimalism and an overall airy feel, it’s not hard to see why so many are intent on bringing a Scandinavian feel to their interiors. However, it’s not always easy to take design inspiration from a photo and bring it to life. In this case, you might wonder how to keep Scandinavian interiors from feeling too stark or what type of furniture works best with the look.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Don't forget negative space.
Try Nordic style.
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Contemporary Pavilion Adjoins Historic Farm in The Netherlands

This property in The Netherlands is home to Château St. Gerlach, a historic gem that currently runs as a five-star hotel. The complex, which includes the original estate farmhouse, convent and grain lofts, is located in a hilly countryside landscape in Limburg, a short drive from Maastricht city center. Mecanoo architecten recently added a contemporary 14,000 square-foot pavilion to this property, which acts as a meeting space for guests and is a cutting-edge landmark for the region. “The transparent, state-of-the-art pavilion has a cantilevered roof with a beautiful curve,” the architects explained. “From the pavilion, guests will have views over the château, the hills, the meadow and the manor farm. The materials used are inspired by the natural surrounding of Limburg: marlstone, bluestone and oak. The three large multifunctional meeting rooms can be used separately or combined, offering a unique location for a variety of meetings and events.” The architects also
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Contemporary Pavilion Adjoins Historic Farm in The Netherlands

This property in The Netherlands is home to Château St. Gerlach, a historic gem that currently runs as a five-star hotel. The complex, which includes the original estate farmhouse, convent and grain lofts, is located in a hilly countryside landscape in Limburg, a short drive from Maastricht city center. Mecanoo architecten recently added a contemporary 14,000 square-foot pavilion to this property, which acts as a meeting space for guests and is a cutting-edge landmark for the region. “The transparent, state-of-the-art pavilion has a cantilevered roof with a beautiful curve,” the architects explained. “From the pavilion, guests will have views over the château, the hills, the meadow and the manor farm. The materials used are inspired by the natural surrounding of Limburg: marlstone, bluestone and oak. The three large multifunctional meeting rooms can be used separately or combined, offering a unique location for a variety of meetings and events.” The architects also
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Contemporary Pavilion Adjoins Historic Farm in The Netherlands

This property in The Netherlands is home to Château St. Gerlach, a historic gem that currently runs as a five-star hotel. The complex, which includes the original estate farmhouse, convent and grain lofts, is located in a hilly countryside landscape in Limburg, a short drive from Maastricht city center. Mecanoo architecten recently added a contemporary 14,000 square-foot pavilion to this property, which acts as a meeting space for guests and is a cutting-edge landmark for the region. “The transparent, state-of-the-art pavilion has a cantilevered roof with a beautiful curve,” the architects explained. “From the pavilion, guests will have views over the château, the hills, the meadow and the manor farm. The materials used are inspired by the natural surrounding of Limburg: marlstone, bluestone and oak. The three large multifunctional meeting rooms can be used separately or combined, offering a unique location for a variety of meetings and events.” The architects also
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Here Are 5 Essential Design Questions to Ask Yourself Before Tackling Your Next Project

Ask questions before designing.

Ask yourself a few questions before jumping into your design. Image: Katie Leede & Company Studio

As fun as redoing the rooms in your home can be, it’s also a little intimidating. After all, it’s not easy to take an old space and have it come out like something that could be featured on HGTV. There are so many different factors to consider. How do you even know where to begin? In this case, preparation is key. Before you start on the design, you need to have a roadmap in place. By knowing how much you have to spend, what projects you’ll be working on and what the end product should look like, you’ll be able to get rid of all your doubts and guesswork. From there, bringing your vision to life will simply be a matter of checking tasks off your list. If you’re stuck on how to put
Consider function first.
Focus on what you like.
Consider what you don't like.
Pick a style.
Think about budget
Outdoor spaces count, too.
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Creating the Ultimate Guest Room: How to Make Guests Feel Right at Home

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Make your guests feel welcome.

The ultimate guest room helps your guests feel incredibly welcome. Image: LKW Design Associates

Figuring out how to design your own interiors is one thing, but for some reason, when it comes to putting together a guest room, decisions feel extra important. Every host wants their guests to feel comfortable. In addition, there’s a little bit of pride at stake. The ability to offer particularly plush guest quarters is a status symbol. That said, the question becomes: What does it take to create a great guest room? Which features will make your guests feel most at home and leave them talking about how much they’ve enjoyed their stay? We’re here to help figure that out. We’ve put together a guide to creating the ultimate
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Provide some blankets.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Leave some fresh towels.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Include some entertainment.
Review our tips for a great guest room.
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Bouncy Safety Net Installation Encourages Museum Fun in Singapore

How do you interact with children inside a museum to increase their cultural appetite? Atelier YokYok installed a giant safety net under the main dome of the National Museum of Singapore that allows visitors to witness the art works from a different perspective. Named Soft Dome, the temporary art installation is 36 ft (11m) wide and 22 ft (7m) high and was put together off-site before being delivered to the museum. The polypropylene net was especially created for the Children’s Season, which lasts until the end of July 2017, and underlines the main theme of the events — Connections. “Soft Dome is a kind of bouncy hemispheric net that you can experience in the museum’s main rotunda,” the designers explained. “Visitors to the museum are confronted with this majestic black net structure that invades the space.” The concept of an inverted dome is inspired by the interior of the building.
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Bouncy Safety Net Installation Encourages Museum Fun in Singapore

How do you interact with children inside a museum to increase their cultural appetite? Atelier YokYok installed a giant safety net under the main dome of the National Museum of Singapore that allows visitors to witness the art works from a different perspective. Named Soft Dome, the temporary art installation is 36 ft (11m) wide and 22 ft (7m) high and was put together off-site before being delivered to the museum. The polypropylene net was especially created for the Children’s Season, which lasts until the end of July 2017, and underlines the main theme of the events — Connections. “Soft Dome is a kind of bouncy hemispheric net that you can experience in the museum’s main rotunda,” the designers explained. “Visitors to the museum are confronted with this majestic black net structure that invades the space.” The concept of an inverted dome is inspired by the interior of the building.
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Beauty on a Budget: Above Ground Pool Ideas

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.  In an ideal world, we’d all have the proper space and budget to have one of the sublime swimming pools we featured recently. But the reality is, not all of us can. Some homes have soil issues that make digging and excavation impossible. Or perhaps the yard area is small. Quite often, however, an above ground swimming pool is the only solution to overcoming these limitations. We’ve created a list of above ground pool ideas that might be the perfect fit for your backyard.
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Above ground pools with decks are popular in coastal areas where sand makes an underground pool difficult to build. Image:

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Family Home in Georgia Inspired by the English Countryside


We love how this family home in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, revives rustic details and delivers sophistication throughout. Swann Wynd Bridge Residence was completed by Washington-based National Association of Home Builders and has a total area of 2,475 square feet. This lovely house design was inspired by the English countryside but crafted with local materials. Its location? In a dense forest setting, neighboring a peaceful water stream. “An attached footbridge crosses the creek and, together with the house, anchors a pedestrian, cobblestone road lined with houses that is inspired by the character of English hamlets in the Cotswolds,” the project developers said.

As you step inside, you’re greeted by an impressive living room area with vaulted ceilings and numerous large windows. The designers played with eye-catching decorating details, subtly blended in the classical, charming background. The stairs take you to the bedrooms, which are naturally illuminated thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. One of the highlights
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Rules to Pull Off a Successful Eclectic Design (Without it Feeling Overwhelming)

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Express yourself with eclectic design.

Eclectic design is all about limitless expression. Image: Rikki Snyder

Eclectic design is kind of hard to get a handle on, isn’t it? On the one hand, the amount of freedom in it is so intriguing. In a style that’s defined by mixing and matching, you literally have the ability to create any design you can dream up. The sky’s the limit. On the other hand, the lack of rules also seems a little intimidating. Understandably, it raises some questions. How can you ensure that your design flows together? Will the design elements seem overwhelming rather than intentional? How will you know if a décor item doesn’t fit? We’ve got a handle on the rules you need to know to pull off a successful eclectic design
Create a neutral background.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Balance and symmetry creates structure.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Coordinate with color.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Pick a statement piece.
Eclectic design can tie together.
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Porto Fira Suites in Greece: Organic Shapes, Endless Blue


The Greek island of Santorini is often associated with fulfilling escapes. Cycladic architecture, whitewashed walls, endless views of the sea and beautiful sunsets make this land surreal. Porto Fira Suites is a tantalizing retreat that reflects the personality of the island. The resort (envisioned by Interior Design Laboratorium) features 13 cave-like apartments, built with local materials and displaying organic shapes. A whole new universe seems to unveil when faced with these smooth curves and beautiful arched windows overlooking the caldera. All the rooms’ interiors are spacious and comfortable, each with its own private veranda. Wooden beams and traditional carpets make for subtle elements of design. Only the essential furniture was added: a chair here, a small desk there. This minimalist approach emphasizes the natural shape of the rooms and shifts attention toward the magical outdoors. When staying here, guests have access to open-air dining, on the rooftop restaurant and
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Tree House in Cape Town Makes for Peaceful Hideaway

The creative team at Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design was challenged to design a nature hideaway in Cape Town, South Africa. This modern tree house with glass and western red cedar finishes has an iconic shape that maximizes views of the site. Its vertical layout leaves enough room for a living space on the first level, with a dining alcove and large windows. The second floor accommodates the bedroom, while the third features a rooftop terrace with built-in seating units. “The building lightly touches the ground, and entry is by means of a suspended timber and Corten steel ramp,” the architects said. Corten steel columns, arms and rings support the floors and heavy windows. All materials are said to be left untreated to change hues with the passing of time. “The organizational diagram of the structure explores the pure geometry of a square, with each side divided into three modules,” the architects explained. “Two
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Tree House in Cape Town Makes for Peaceful Hideaway

The creative team at Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design was challenged to design a nature hideaway in Cape Town, South Africa. This modern tree house with glass and western red cedar finishes has an iconic shape that maximizes views of the site. Its vertical layout leaves enough room for a living space on the first level, with a dining alcove and large windows. The second floor accommodates the bedroom, while the third features a rooftop terrace with built-in seating units. “The building lightly touches the ground, and entry is by means of a suspended timber and Corten steel ramp,” the architects said. Corten steel columns, arms and rings support the floors and heavy windows. All materials are said to be left untreated to change hues with the passing of time. “The organizational diagram of the structure explores the pure geometry of a square, with each side divided into three modules,” the architects explained. “Two
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