A Sophisticated Apartment Renovation in Kiev That Preserves Original Details

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-sophisticated-apartment-renovation-in-kiev-that-preserves-original-details/pushka-apartment-2b-group-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/PUSHKA-apartment-2b-group-1-810x614.jpg" alt="A Sophisticated Apartment Renovation in Kiev That Preserves Original Details" /></a>
                                Tasked with designing a sophisticated apartment for a single professional, <a href="http://www.2bua.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">2B.group</a> did just that while also preserving and restoring original details. The <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/68549079/pushka"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">PUSHKA apartment</a> is located in a historic building in Kiev, Ukraine, and spans 180-square meters over two floors. The architects incorporated modern elements that perfectly balance the historic features, like original brickwork, wood ceiling joists, and sloped walls in the attic.
A monochromatic color palette was chosen as it worked well with the architectural details throughout. The brickwork was painstakingly restored and it offers a warm and textured backdrop to the main level living space. The corner fireplace was given new life as the focal point of the sitting room. White panels help brighten the interior while creating a feeling of continuity on the first floor. A hand-assembled metal staircase connects the ground floor with the attic space. Upstairs, the layout is divided into three areas –
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Y Home Minimalist Apartment by Office ZHU

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/y-home-office-zhu/yhome_officezhu_5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/yhome_officezhu_5-810x579.jpg" alt="Y Home Minimalist Apartment by Office ZHU" /></a>
                                <a href="http://o-zhu.com/cn/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Y Home</a> is a minimalist apartment interior designed by Rotterdam and Shanghai-based architects <a href="http://o-zhu.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Office ZHU</a> that enjoys abundant natural light and open living areas. The design team proposed to remove the kitchen wall to enlarge the living room area, but after consulting with the owners, chose to retain all existing walls.
To create a coherent and durable space, the architects chose select paintings by Ellsworth Kelly and Josef Albers. Their works, although created in the 1970s, still look beautifully restrained. Assaf Hinden’s photography was in the living room, his reinterpretation of abandoned objects is quite relevant to the concept of the space. The walls are kept bare white so that the furniture would be visually prominent. The architects chose pieces that had similar outlines. Air conditioners were hidden in the cabinets or installed on secondary walls to maintain the flat and uniform environment of the space. Photography by Zhu Siyu and Che
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Tria Arquitetura Revitalize a 90s Apartment in São Paulo, Brazil

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/tria-arquitetura-revitalize-a-90s-apartment-in-sao-paulo-brazil/sao-paulo-apt-tria-arquitetura-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/Sao-Paulo-Apt-TRIA-Arquitetura-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Tria Arquitetura Revitalize a 90s Apartment in São Paulo, Brazil" /></a>
                                Seemingly stuck in the 90s, this <a href="http://www.triaarquitetura.com.br/projetos/apartamento-salvador-cardoso"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">apartment</a> in São Paulo, Brazil was in need of a major makeover. Enter Brazilian architecture firm <a href="http://www.triaarquitetura.com.br/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Tria Arquitetura</a> (whose work we&#8217;ve <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/Tria-Arquitetura/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">featured before</a>), who was asked to update the interior by way of replacing dated details, increasing natural light, and adding innovative technology throughout. A new staircase was installed using two different materials – white Dekton on the lower part and then open wood treads above the fourth step.
The apartment spans 260-square-meters and was given a new open layout, as well as a fresh color palette of neutrals to make it feel cozy while also keeping it bright. A vertical plant wall was installed just inside from the patio area where it receives plenty of natural light. The master bathroom was integrated into the closet for added convenience and greenery was incorporated to give it a more spa-like feel. An office was
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10 Modern Staircases You Won’t Complain About Running Up and Down

                                You may recall that we have a thing for staircases, as evidenced <a href="https://design-milk.com/20-beautiful-modern-staircases/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">here</a> and <a href="https://design-milk.com/stairs-revisited-another-12-modern-staircases/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">here</a>. New ones are popping up all the time which made us continue the hunt for more. It didn&#8217;t take long before stumbling upon these 10 modern staircases that we&#8217;d love to run up and down all day. Take a look!
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/10-modern-staircases-you-wont-complain-about-running-up-and-down/roundup-stairs2018-1-casa-blanca-martin-dulanto/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Roundup-Stairs2018-1-casa-blanca-martin-dulanto-810x501.jpg" alt="10 Modern Staircases You Won&#8217;t Complain About Running Up and Down" /></a>
                                Located in Peru, <a href="http://martindulanto.com/proyecto/casa-blanca/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Casa Blanca</a> was designed by <a href="http://martindulanto.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Martín Dulanto</a> with not only floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels that disappear to turn the interior into an open air space, but with an eye-popping, spiral orange staircase that connects all the floors.

Photo by Tim Soar

The four-story Modern Mews house was renovated by Coffey Architects and includes this narrow turning oak staircase that comes to an end with a small set of concrete stairs at the bottom. The concrete structure also doubles as a fireplace on the ground floor.

Photo by Hiroyuki Oki

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The Holly Penthouse in Melbourne Combines Luxury and Comfort

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-holly-penthouse-in-melbourne-combines-luxury-and-comfort/holly-penthouse-tom-robertson-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Holly-Penthouse-Tom-Robertson-1-810x540.jpg" alt="The Holly Penthouse in Melbourne Combines Luxury and Comfort" /></a>
                                <a href="http://tomrobertson.com.au/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Tom Robertson Architects</a> created a modern home in the sky, named the <a href="http://tomrobertson.com.au/projects/holly-penthouse/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Holly Penthouse</a>, for a family of four living in the St Kilda Hill neighborhood of Melbourne. The 375-square-meter apartment rises high boasting sweeping views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the interior an open, more expansive feeling.
The kitchen features minimalist white cabinets and stone countertops with a matching backsplash, along with a massive island with dark cabinetry. A range of natural materials bring warmth to the contemporary home, like the timber batten ceilings and oak floors. Thoughtfully chosen colors are interspersed with the neutral color palette seen throughout. The apartment also includes a large outdoor patio space overlooking Melbourne. Architecture and Interior Design by Tom Robertson Architects.
Furniture, Art, objects and styling by Bec van der Sluys and Simone Haag.
Photography by Derek Swalwell.
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A Modern Flat in Prague Full of Natural and Black Stained Woods

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-modern-flat-in-prague-full-of-natural-and-black-stained-woods/apartment-zitna-prague-soa-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Apartment-Zitna-Prague-SOA-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Modern Flat in Prague Full of Natural and Black Stained Woods" /></a>
                                Designed by <a href="https://s-o-a.cz/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">SOA architekti</a>, <a href="https://s-o-a.cz/portfolio/byt-zitna/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Apartment Žitná</a> is a renovated flat on Žitná Street located in an old building in the center of Prague. The top floor apartment was gutted to make way for a new, more open layout that resulted in a larger living room and kitchen. Despite a darker color palette, the interior feels open and spacious with a balance of natural and ebony pickled oak veneer that create a cohesive feel throughout.
The project involved incorporating lots of storage through new floor-to-ceiling closets that create separation between the public spaces and the bedrooms. Custom built-ins were designed with the same natural and dark stains that will fall to the background when books and collectibles are added. Very subtle uses of color slide into the design, like this blue lounge chair. The kitchen partners a new material – brown marble countertops – with the two wood tones which adds
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Starburst House Is a Contemporary Home in Beijing by HAO Design

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/starburst-house-is-a-contemporary-home-in-beijing-by-hao-design/hao-design-starburst-house-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/HAO-Design-Starburst-House-1-810x503.jpg" alt="Starburst House Is a Contemporary Home in Beijing by HAO Design" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.haodesign.tw/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">HAO Design</a> designed the Starburst House for a young couple and their small child in the Haidian District of Beijing City, China. The 116-square-meter interior featured slanted ceilings which required creative thinking when it came to accommodating ample space for a growing son and two adults that work from home. They began with an unfinished space and reimagined it into a simple, contemporary home that embraced the tall ceilings and its slopes.
To enhance the open feeling throughout, they used a subdued color palette featuring white, natural woods, and soft pastels. Where the wall meets the sloped ceiling, windows were installed on both planes to fill the main living space with ample natural light. Sliding chalkboard doors open up to reveal the child’s room and to extend sight lines to both sides of the apartment. Pegboards cover the walls in the entryway allowing the residents to reconfigure pegs to hold
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How to Decorate Your Apartment Balcony (Plus, Some Design Inspiration to Get You Started)

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.  Designing an apartment balcony doesn’t have to be synonymous with simply putting out a table and a few chairs. With a little planning and forethought, this space can become your new favorite place to spend time. Read on to learn how to design an apartment balcony like a pro — and for some design inspiration to get you started on your own space. With a little creativity, you can create an outdoor oasis that feels equally functional and aesthetically pleasing.
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Designing an apartment balcony is about so much more than chairs. Image: Michael Muraz Photography

How to design your apartment balcony

Though designing an apartment balcony is largely a matter of catering to your own personal tastes, there are a few things you
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A Dated Greek Apartment Renovated to Make Room for a New Baby

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-dated-greek-apartment-renovated-to-make-room-for-a-new-baby/contemporary-greek-apartment-normless-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Contemporary-Greek-Apartment-Normless-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Dated Greek Apartment Renovated to Make Room for a New Baby" /></a>
                                A young couple in Serres, Greece hired <a href="http://www.normless.gr/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Normless</a> architecture studio to renovate their 115-square-meter <a href="http://www.normless.gr/portfolio/110sqm/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">apartment</a> to make room for their newborn baby. The apartment, in a 1970&#8217;s building in the city center, didn&#8217;t function the way the homeowners needed it to, leading the architects to design a new layout that gave more separation between the public living spaces and the private bedrooms. The resulting design merges the couple&#8217;s classic tastes with a minimalist aesthetic that offers them the utmost functionality.
Wood flooring in a classic chevron pattern provides warm texture that grounds the space. Contrasting colors in the furnishings and materials gives a more dramatic feel throughout. The guest bathroom features double sinks and white marble tiles, while the master en-suite bathroom has black marble tiles. Photography by George Sfakianakis.
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A Dated Greek Apartment Renovated to Make Room for a New Baby

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-dated-greek-apartment-renovated-to-make-room-for-a-new-baby/contemporary-greek-apartment-normless-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Contemporary-Greek-Apartment-Normless-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Dated Greek Apartment Renovated to Make Room for a New Baby" /></a>
                                A young couple in Serres, Greece hired <a href="http://www.normless.gr/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Normless</a> architecture studio to renovate their 115-square-meter <a href="http://www.normless.gr/portfolio/110sqm/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">apartment</a> to make room for their newborn baby. The apartment, in a 1970&#8217;s building in the city center, didn&#8217;t function the way the homeowners needed it to, leading the architects to design a new layout that gave more separation between the public living spaces and the private bedrooms. The resulting design merges the couple&#8217;s classic tastes with a minimalist aesthetic that offers them the utmost functionality.
Wood flooring in a classic chevron pattern provides warm texture that grounds the space. Contrasting colors in the furnishings and materials gives a more dramatic feel throughout. The guest bathroom features double sinks and white marble tiles, while the master en-suite bathroom has black marble tiles. Photography by George Sfakianakis.
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4 Apartment Hunting Red Flags That Should Have You Running the Other Way

Apartment hunting, especially online, is easy – maybe a little bit too easy. While the internet and print ads can be great sources for connecting people with housing that fits their needs, they can also be a breeding ground for scammers who are looking to take your hard-earned money. Read on to learn about some of the biggest apartment hunting red flags and how to keep yourself safe.
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Make sure you can get in touch with the property manager. Image: Tatiana Nicol

The property manager is nowhere to be found

One of the biggest apartment hunting red flags is an uncommunicative landlord. Let’s say, for instance, you’ve finally found a property you like. You’ve been calling and calling to try and set up a viewing, but you’ve only been getting the property manager’s voicemail. Worse yet, no call back and it’s been days. Unfortunately, if this scenario sounds all
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A Modern Apartment in St. Petersburg Inspired by a Luxury Hotel Suite

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-modern-apartment-in-st-petersburg-inspired-by-a-luxury-hotel-suite/st-peterburg-apartment-ms-a-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/St-Peterburg-Apartment-MS-A-1-810x488.jpg" alt="A Modern Apartment in St. Petersburg Inspired by a Luxury Hotel Suite" /></a>
                                A young couple in St. Petersburg, Russia requested <a href="http://ms-a.ru/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">MS-A</a> to design their apartment as if it was a high-end hotel suite with the main living area and bedroom separated only by glass. They devised a modern, minimalist design plan with Asian influences that resulted in the use of lots of wood, concrete, glass, natural stone, and brick, and a dark, moody color palette to complete the look.
Storage is hidden everywhere, like in this column attached to the dining table and behind wooden panels in the kitchen. A decorative wall was installed with different types of bricks to give it its jagged appearance. The minimalist kitchen appears to be the wall-mounted cabinet and sink, but more is hidden behind the wooden walls. Lighting is filtered down from the ceiling through wooden slats, which also disguise the heating and air system. The living room and the bedroom share six, floor-to-ceiling glass
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Two Apartments Merge into a Modern Apartment for a Family in Ukraine

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/two-apartments-merge-into-a-modern-apartment-for-a-family-in-ukraine/minimal-mine-apt-zooi-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Minimal-Mine-Apt-ZOOI-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Two Apartments Merge into a Modern Apartment for a Family in Ukraine" /></a>
                                Minimal Mine is a renovation project headed by Maxim Doschinsky and Pavel Voitov of Ukrainian interior design firm <a href="http://zooi.com.ua/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ZOOI</a>. The designers merged two apartments – a one-bedroom and a three-bedroom – to create a comfortable, yet modern home for a couple with children, who longed for a minimalist space that was packed with function.
The kitchen, dining room, and living room were combined to form a larger, open space but with an oversized sofa creating some delineation. A cozy palette of neutrals fills the public spaces with hints of color speckled throughout. The designers’ sketches were translated into these decorative wall panels that mimic rough stone. A bright blue armchair that was custom made for this project pops in front of the charcoal gray panels. The master bedroom is essentially four spaces in one – a bedroom, bathroom, closet, and office. A glass partition is used to provide separation between
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A Milanese Apartment Is Restored and Given a Contemporary Feel

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-milanese-apartment-is-restored-and-given-a-contemporary-feel/private-apartment-andearchitettura-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Private-apartment-ANDEarchitettura-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A Milanese Apartment Is Restored and Given a Contemporary Feel" /></a>
                                This 150-square-meter <a href="http://www.andearchitettura.com/vcn.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">apartment in Milan</a> is the result of a collaboration between architect Andrea Del Pedro Pera, of <a href="http://www.andearchitettura.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ANDEarchitettura</a>, and interior designer <a href="http://www.gianpaolovenier.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Gian Paolo Venier</a>, who took inspiration from the 20th century building&#8217;s original character and incorporated it into final design. The private apartment is owned by a young professional who was in need of a major renovation to transform the original layout. Instead of three bedrooms, a sitting room, and a studio, the new design offers a bedroom, large lounge area, and a studio/guest room that better suit the owner&#8217;s lifestyle.
Along with the layout change, many original details were restored, like the wood parquet floors in the main living space. The moldings and ceiling adornments were kept and given a fresh coat of white paint, which pops next to the peacock blue walls. Vintage lamps were used helping to connect the space to its original time
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A Former Equipment Room Is Converted into a Penthouse Apartment in Kiev

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-former-equipment-room-is-converted-into-a-penthouse-apartment-in-kiev/p26-apartment-2b-group-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/P26-Apartment-2B.group-1-810x840.jpg" alt="A Former Equipment Room Is Converted into a Penthouse Apartment in Kiev" /></a>
                                Located in Kiev, Ukraine, the <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/53405287/P26-apartment"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">P.26 Apartment</a> was once an equipment room before the <a href="http://www.2bua.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">2B.group</a> saw its potential. The interior boasted high ceilings, some up to 6-meters (almost 20-feet) high and some sloped, which made for a visually stunning interior full of natural light.
The apartment is lucky to have 180-degree views through the windows, so the layout was carefully considered to maximize the views of the surrounding city. The public living spaces were placed along the exterior with its window-filled walls keeping these areas bright. The kitchen and dining room visually lead into the master bedroom through a sloped wall of framed windows. There’s even a DJ stand so I hope they’re having parties! The kitchen resides under lower ceilings but the space benefits from the stainless steel surfaces that reflect the light. The master bedroom carries right into the light-filled master bath, which is only separated
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ARTLAND IN SHANGHAI: An Eclectic Apartment That Goes Outside the Box

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/artland-in-shanghai-an-eclectic-apartment-that-goes-outside-the-box/topos-artland-in-shanghai-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Topos-ARTLAND-IN-SHANGHAI-1-810x540.jpg" alt="ARTLAND IN SHANGHAI: An Eclectic Apartment That Goes Outside the Box" /></a>
                                ARTLAND IN SHANGHAI is a project that came about through the Chinese renovation TV show, Change your life, which brought on <a href="http://www.topos-design.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">TOPOS DESIGN CLANS</a> to renovate this rental apartment for a family of four. The 80-square-meter (approx. 861-square-feet) apartment is located in a high-rise building in Shanghai and the designers wanted to create a space that reflected a &#8220;realistic utopia&#8221; to help encourage a new, creative lifestyle.
The occupants are a painter, his wife, and two shepherd dogs now living in a unique home that also doubles as an art studio for dad. In their previous rental, art supplies and artwork crept into every corner of unoccupied space creating chaos and disorganization with no real space for life or art to happen. Both adults got their wishes to have a cohesive living space with an open art studio to achieve ultimate family happiness. The open living room is now ready
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A 1970’s Apartment in Greece is Renovated with a Black and Grey Color Palette

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-1970s-apartment-in-greece-is-renovated-with-a-black-and-grey-color-palette/raw-apartment-makridis-associates-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Raw-Apartment-Makridis-Associates-1-810x494.jpg" alt="A 1970&#8217;s Apartment in Greece is Renovated with a Black and Grey Color Palette" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.makridisassociates.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Makridis Associates</a> were hired to transform <a href="http://www.makridisassociates.com/portfolio_page/therawapartment/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">The Raw Apartment</a> in Thessaloniki, Greece that had not been touched since the 1970s. The homeowners requested a layout that gave the apartment better flow, flexible spaces, a high-end look, and a focus on the city views, so it was gutted and replaced with a modern interior that features a black and grey color palette.
The new layout placed the rooms around the building’s communication core in the center with the circulation around it. The core volume was outfitted with walnut offering up a warm texture alongside the minimalist grey and black scheme. The oversized bookshelves in a corner of the living room house the owners’ books and collectibles. The living room and dining flow into the black kitchen and to keep it filled with daylight, floor-to-ceiling black framed doors were installed instead of solid walls. Walnut covers the ceiling to create a uniform
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