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Swim Spa Back Yard Designs

Swim spas are a great compromise for people who want the feeling of swimming laps in a pool, but who don’t have the space and/or budget to accommodate a full-size pool. A swim spa is also much easier to plan backyard designs around. You can create privacy, serenity and beauty with your swim spa using some of the following techniques. 1. Strategically place potted plants of varying heights around the swim spa. This will create a sense of privacy while also giving you something beautiful to view while you’re in the pool or in the yard. You can alternate … Read More

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Authentic and Aesthetic Patio Designs

Sometimes you may get the feeling that life is getting to you, and you are missing out on some of the things that count as the spice of life. Perhaps take a vacation? This can also be slightly problematic, especially if you have a tight schedule and cannot afford to walk away from some serious business issues so easily. Instead, you can bring your holiday home. Read More

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Living in Style Even When the Outdoor Space Is Small

Design catalogs and other home decorating magazines often feature huge backyards. But the truth is most people do not have so much space in their home. But if you plan strategically, you can still make the most out of your small space. Here are few tips on furnishing, decorating, and planting that will help you make the most out of a small backyard. Read More

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Outdoor Furniture Trends in 2013

One of the factors that determine how your outdoor living space will look is the outdoor furniture. The first impressions about your home will often stem from the décor of the outdoor space. So, it is important to choose your outdoor furniture carefully. Here are a few outdoor furniture trends that are expected to make a splash in 2013. Read More

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Great Ways to Make Your Pool More Exciting

You may use your indoor or backyard pool for daily laps, exercise or recreation. But it doesn’t have to be dreary with no personality. There are several ways to make your pool exciting and unique. Be the envy of your neighborhood with these great ideas. Waterfall A waterfall will transform your still and boring pool into a lively hub. Your pool will get an instant personality. Children are sure to have more fun in a pool with a waterfall. The sight of the water cascading down in rushes will also soothe you. Infinity pool An infinity pool has very … Read More

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A Look at 3 Contemporary Beach Cottages

Living on an island is typically associated with either primitive Caribbean huts or shacky shingled cottages. Although cozy cottages sound extremely welcoming, some of the contemporary beach houses featuring expansive doors and windows, clean lines and minimal detailing to emphasize the outside views can have you rethinking the best way to take advantage of an island setting. 1. Long Island, New York Waterfront properties in Beacon Hill Colony up the Atlantic coast are in high demand among New Yorkers. Many of the modern houses feature clean contemporary lines. To overcome the size and height limitation, one of the architects … Read More

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Unique and Inspirational Architectural Features

If you have lived in or been to Venice Beach, California, you’ll know that homes here typically stand on narrow lots. While it may appear that this will pose space problems and lessen design flexibility, smart architectural features can bypass these issues to result in an eye-catching home. This was the subject of discussion in a more recent article that featured a Venice Beach home with a modern design and multi-cultural elements. The home is a big one, comprising a main house and a guest house on a lot measuring 132 feet by 43 feet. The architect’s aim was … Read More

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Transform Your Home into a Rustic Modern Cottage

Fairy tales capture the imaginations of the young and the old and a great way to make it come to life is to turn your home into one! While creating palaces of gold may not always be in your budget, you can always recreate the rustic cottage like feel in your own home. Commonly associated with fairy tales, cottages boast an old world charm with its nature oriented themes and minimalist design. Here’s how you can turn your ordinary home into a rustic wonderland with a touch of modern design. One of the easiest ways to turn your simple … Read More

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Tour of an Amazing Long Island Waterfront Home

Many New Yorkers are opting for houses beyond the 5 boroughs. Long Island is a popular option. The Noyack Creek house is such a home. It has been designed by a local Island firm for a New York City based actor. The most unique thing about this waterfront house is that its design hints towards the owner’s profession. Overall height limitations because of zoning restrictions, siting constraints due to wetland setbacks on the west and privacy concerns because of the presence of neighbors on the north and the south were some of the issues faced while designing the house. … Read More

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Designers Who Stood Out at This Year’s ICFF

Every year ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) brings together a large number of talented and innovative designers. This year’s event was no different. While many designers displayed stunning pieces, there were a few who stood out. Humanscale Primarily known for contemporary office furniture, Humanscale presented its playful side this year. Innovative wireless lighting system highlighted the technological sophistication of its products. The stylish rings lit up when hung from wall hooks made of brass and turned off when removed. Eastvold furniture This year’s ICFF offered abundant options for those interested in homemade custom pieces. The Minnesota based company allowed … Read More

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