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Vintage-Edwardian Building Tastefully Upgraded Into Modern Home

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Known as a popular tourist destination, Toronto’s Beaches neighborhood exhibits an almost artistic streetscape, due to its Victorian and Edwardian architectural legacy. A couple with a taste for contemporary architecture bought a dilapidated vintage-Edwardian, 1,250-sqf Beaches home and decided to make it livable. The residence was initially built in 1930 and required a lot of cosmetic work, along with the introduction of modern elements in the existing architecture. The design team at Johnson Chou Inc. worked their magic and developed a modern interior scheme, without compromising the historic legacy of the building.
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The $700,000 renovation preserved the features that visually anchor the front of the building in its environment, such as the pitched roof, or the large triangular gable at the attic level. But as you step inside, a contemporary design scheme abruptly unveils itself. The “clutter of shadowy rooms” was given a powerful makeover. An open plan living room sets the tone for a spacious and airy residence. The steel staircase ends in the attic, which has been converted into the couple’s bedroom suite and outfitted with a deck overlooking the garden. Enjoy the photos!
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Historic Church in London Transformed Into Contemporary Home by Gianna Camilotti Interiors

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Architectural bureau Gianna Camilotti Interiors converted a historic church into a massive contemporary home in London, UK. The architecture team kept the original heritage features of the Victorian-style building with red brick facade. Inside, the residence is distinguished by imposing white walls, arched windows, columns and massive wooden beams. The 236 square meter-house accommodates an open plan living room, kitchen, dining room, bathroom and two bedrooms. A cozy backyard with dining area adds up to the excitement of this transformation.
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As you step inside, you are overwhelmed by the scale of this unconventional modern home, which seems to hold within remains of spiritual enlightenment. The color palette in black&white contribute to the majestic feel. Modern furniture units in every room complement the historic architecture details of the project. The contemporary vibe is enhanced by a black poster depicting a skyscraper (one of the focal points in the living area) and the zebra-pattern rug. Strangely enough, all these elements fit together harmoniously in an opulent design scheme. We would love to know your thoughts on this conversion project!
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Why Everyone Needs Mood Enhancing Lighting

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Natural light is an essential part of our lives. Image Via: Luis Jauregui

Ready or not, winter is coming. While most of us love the beauty of the first snow of the season or the tradition of spending holidays surrounded by family and friends, we don’t relish the idea of waking up in the dark and returning home in much the same state.

If you’ve ever wondered why you feel that way, we have the answer. Prolonged exposure to darkness actually has a psychological effect on all of us.

Fortunately, there is something you can do to bring summertime into your home all year round. Take a look at the benefits of mood enhancing lights below and decide for yourself. Why not incorporate one into the undoubtedly fabulous lighting scheme in your home? After all, who doesn’t want their interiors to do double duty?

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The amount of light during the day we see determines how we perceive the world. Image Via: James Patrick Walters

How Does Mood Enhancing Lighting Work?

We’ve talked before about the benefits of natural light. However, what can you do if you live in a climate where long walks in the sun aren’t always feasible? Mood enhancing lights may be able to bring all the goodness the bright sunlight indoors.

As simple as it sounds, mood enhancing lights work by imitating the sun’s bright rays. On beautiful summer days, the sun’s brightness can measure at nearly 100,000 lux. However, indoor lights – which most of us are subjected to during long winters – only clock in around at about 100 lux. While not quite able to replicate the real thing, these lights can provide you with an intense 10,000 lux boost.

Best of all, they are super simple to use. All you need to do is set up the light nearby where you’re seated – two feet is the recommended distance – and go about your business. Doctors suggest that you limit your time spent in the light though because overexposure can lead to mild side effects such as eye irritation.

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Whenever possible, sunlight works best. Image Via: Louise de Miranda

They Help Fight Depression

Have you ever noticed how everyone seems happier in the summer time? For whatever reason, everyone seems lighter and more carefree as the temperatures get warmer. It turns out that some of those relaxed attitudes could be attributed to the amount of sun exposure that we get and mood enhancing could help you cheat the calendar.

It’s all about melatonin, a brain chemical that is produced naturally when we’re exposed to darkness and is responsible for the regulation of circadian rhythms, or any physical and mental bodily changes that occur in roughly a 24-hour cycle.  . However, too much of it can be attributed to feelings of depression and melancholy. Light therapy works by tricking the brains pineal gland to reduce the production of melatonin.

How much light exposure is needed to counteract seasonal depression will depend on your individual case. It’s recommended that you go over your treatment plan with your doctor as factors such as biological sex, age, and preexisting conditions could factor into the severity of your seasonal depression.

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Focused light exposure may help fight the winter blues. Image Via: Amy Weiss, Interior Designer

They Can Cut Down Cravings

Interestingly, the amount of natural light we receive could also have an effect on how we eat. Think about it: How do we start to eat as the weather gets cooler? Refreshing produce starts to give way to heavier comfort food dishes and warm stick-to-your-ribs meals to get us through the day.

This shift in eating habits is, again, thanks to the influx of melatonin. Some of the symptoms of an overproduction of melatonin include: craving carbohydrates and sugars, a tendency to overeat and a reluctance to exercise. All of which can add up to some unexpected weight gain.

However, by slowing the production of melatonin and allowing regular serotonin levels to return, you should feel those intense cravings start to subside. Not only that, but you’ll start to feel increased energy levels, which will make it easier to actually stick to your gym routine.

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Light even effects how much we eat. Image Via: Borghese Luce Arte

You’ll Get A Better Night’s Rest

We’ve all had those days: You wake up when it’s dark only to feel like you haven’t slept at all. Then, you spend the whole day working in an office space and, by the time you’re ready to go home, it’s dark again. On those days, it can feel impossible to shake the sleep from your eyes and go about your day.

Can you guess the culprit? Again, it’s melatonin. That same little chemical is also responsible for regulating our sleep cycles and circadian rhythms.

By spending essentially your entire day either under harsh florescent lighting or in darkness, your bodily clocks never have chance to reset for the new day. Instead, the melatonin that floods your brain insists that it is always nearly time to settle down for a long nights rest. Using the light in the morning can help your reset your internal clocks and get ready for the busy day ahead.

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Not being exposed to enough light during the day can throw off your sleep cycle. Image Via: Domæn Ltd.

Interior design is about so much more than aesthetics. At the end of the day, the objects that you choose to fill the rooms of your home with have a profound psychological impact. While there’s not much you can do about the amount of sunlight you receive during the winter months, you can use lighting to help stave off the harsher effects of too little sunlight. Mood enhancing lights can help you bring a little summer home all year round. Give them a try. You may just find yourself happier this winter.

Do you use mood enhancing lights? If so, do you believe in their effects? If you haven’t used them yet, have you been convinced? Tell us in the comments.

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New Home Design in Australia Mirrors Neighboring Architecture

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When you plan on enjoying a comforting lifestyle alongside your wife, parents and newborns, you want to make the best of your new home design. Alta Architecture and R.Z. Owens Construction were asked to turn a north-facing 705 square meter rectangular lot into a dream home and they did an amazing job considering the tight budget and strict owner’s requests.

Their client wanted a spacious home in Melbourne, Australia, one that would incorporate 5 bedrooms, large open spaces both inside and outdoors and northern sunlight to his discretion. Also, he imagined his family living in a stylishly designed and decorated home connected to the outdoors.

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Connected to the street via beautifully simple corner windows, the entry lounge overlooks the street and front yard. Privacy in the upstairs bedroom can be reached by using curtains designed not to interfere with the design clarity showcased by the street facade. According to the architects, “each façade element had its own articulation, whether it is the cantilevering of the upper floor balcony, the transparency of the large glass pane beneath it, or the small walk-in robe window with extruded frame, the timber division lines of the master bed window, and the panelling of the timber garage door; all these elements were tied together under a unified colour scheme, and a loose geometric relationship which allowed one to read the underlying principles of such compositional structure, and yet not to be overwhelmed by its rigidity.”

Photographed by Media Design Studio, the residence and surroundings give off an elegant vibe. Imposing its self with a powerful character, the shape of the house mimics the neighboring pitched and gabled roofs with a triangular mass – a modern version of the beloved roof shape. Welcoming and customized to the owner’s request in a contemporary manner, this home compliments the owner’s lifestyle, as well as its neighborhood.

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Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno

design modern conversion Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier ModernoA designer, his two sons, and their tireless terrier Winston share a small 1950’s building that stands rather unnoticed among its neighbors in the Mile-Ex district in Montreal, Canada. The robust walls of this former workshop, however, hide a jewel conversion within. If the recomposed facade is surprisingly private, its large windows and full-height steel door, slightly recessed, announce the minimalist mastery of the interior plan designed by Atelier Moderno: a wide corridor extends along the north-south axis, adjacent an existing party wall of exposed masonry accentuated by a thin line of light, serving well-defined living spaces, bright and convivial, where everyone can go about their activities without affecting those of others, all the while fostering a certain air of intimacy and affection.interior modern conversion Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier ModernoThe interior opens onto a common area that includes a cozy living room with a corner desk, a dining room, and a streamlined kitchen where each element asserts its modernity with absolute conviction: a stainless steel cooking unit, a preparation island in white Corian®, and a large storage module and table in solid white oak. A single stringer staircase provides direct access to a green roof terrace, offering both privacy and urban presence. Beyond the common area follows, in sequence, the boys’ rooms and the master bedroom, with a private bath, distinguished by the marriage of painted concrete, ipe wood, porcelain, stainless steel, glass, water and the occasional fire of a small brazier. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Atelier Moderno]  architecture modern conversion Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Modernomodern conversion 16 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Modernomodern conversion 17 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Modernomodern conversion 18 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 2 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 5 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 6 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 7 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 8 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 9 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 10 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 11 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 12 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 13 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 14 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 15 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno  modern conversion 19 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno modern conversion 20 Small 1950’s Building Hiding a Jewel Conversion Within: Le 205 by Atelier Moderno

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Enchanting Newly Built Edwardian-Style Home in California, USA [Video]

architecture Lindsay Chambers Professorville Enchanting Newly Built Edwardian Style Home in California, USA [Video]Lindsay Chambers commissioned Palo Alto based architect Andrew Young of Yound and Borlik Architects to design a turn of the 20th century Queen Anne Victorian.  She wanted the new residence to have a dialogue with the 1906 Edwardian Victorian situated nextdoor to the property, as well as to create an ideal historic-feeling home where the new owner would not have to worry about fixing anything. Even though her property is not subject to national historic register guidelines, out of respect for the neighborhood, Lindsay opted to build a home whose exterior architecture could have easily been original to the area 100 years ago.
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The exterior of the home is a straightforward interpretation of Queen Anne architecture, but on the inside, Chambers wanted to loosen up some of the formality of the architecture and introduce transitional style elements. She completed the home with off-beat but inviting vintage-inspired and current furniture.

Behind the home’s enchanting but unassuming facade, there are understated, elegant living quarters updated for Silicon Valley living in the 21st century. The 6 bedroom, 7 ½ bath, 4,400 square foot home is adorned with a chef’s kitchen, Sub Zero and Viking appliances, Calacatta marble counters, Ann Sacks tile, light fixtures by Circa, Urban Electric and Rejuvenation, quarter sawn white oak floors, custom woodwork and cabinetry throughout, and a grand spiral staircase. Have a look at the video below to see the different phases of the construction and let us know what you think about this project. Does the idea of building a century-old-style house from scratch appeal to you?


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Why Green Design Companies are Overhauling the Home Industry

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Green designers are ready to show you what they can do. Image Via: Niche Interiors

For years, the idea of building and designing green spaces only held popularity within certain niche interest groups – agriculturalists, tourism-driven communities, etc. Outside of those areas, environmental impact wasn’t a huge concern. It wasn’t really a concern at all. After all, how much of an effect could something like a home’s interior design have on the environment anyway?

However, as our effect on the environment has become steadily more clear, small, green design companies began to pop up. They offer services that, while keeping with current trends, also focus on the sustainability of their products.

Many green companies are not so small anymore. With more consumers looking to embrace sustainable design, these businesses have been given the chance to prove their worth – and have succeeded. Take a look at why sustainable companies are overhauling the home design industry as we know it today.

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See how these green designers have changed the industry. Image Via: Hughes Umbanhowar Architects

They Raise Awareness of Questionable Practices:

You know how every once in a while a news story will pop up that exposes a big company’s questionable business habits?  The truth is, these questionable practices are more common than one might think. Major manufacturing companies count on the fact that their consumers care more about receiving affordable products than looking into the reasons why they’re so affordable.

That assumption may be hazardous to your family’s health. Few people realize that formaldehyde is a key ingredient in Urea–formaldehyde, the adhesive resin that holds composite woods like particleboard, plywood and medium-density fiberboard? Similarly, PentaBDE, a chemical most known for its use in pesticides also is commonly found as part of a flame-retardant coating for plush furniture.

A good green designer has been trained to look carefully at the furniture and décor items that they use to fill a space. They know which companies to avoid and will be more than happy to educate you. Before you hire a designer, ask them ask them which brands they support and why. In addition to getting a peek at their sense of style, you’ll get a feel for their grasp on sustainability.

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Green designers focus on utilizing natural ingredients. Image Via: Sabal Homes

They Work To Better Communities:

The biggest change that these companies are making is that they force us to look at design as more than just aesthetics. No doubt you’re familiar with the troupe that design, even though it’s nice to look at, is not all that important to our daily lives. Green design companies make no bones about the fact that the work they do has a larger impact than just the way a particular space looks.

On a residential level, a designer who focuses on sustainability will likely recommend small changes for your home that will help you conserve natural resources. As an added bonus, these changes will often save you money on your energy bills! (Who wouldn’t want that?)

For reference, according to the 2012 American Society of Interior Designers’s Facts & Figures Report, if every household replaced just one a water-efficient faucet, the U.S. could save 60 billion gallons of water annually. That savings would translate to around 34,500 gallons and $240 dollars in water bills for a family of five.  Think of the impact if similar measures were taken through your entire home.

Commercial buildings stand to make an even larger impact. More corporate structures are taking steps to generate their own power through alternative energy sources like solar panels. Some are also opening up their rooftops to urban farming structures, which provide affordable produce to the local community.

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They redesign spaces that innovate the community as a whole. Image Via: Maienza-Wilson Interior Design + Architecture

They Blend Form and Function:

When the concept of sustainable design started to burst onto the scene about twenty years ago, one of the biggest complaints was that the designs weren’t very, well, let’s just say aesthetically pleasing. Sustainable fixtures like solar panels and rain water filtration systems were bulky, not to mention expensive. Natural fabrics came in an extremely limited array of colors and biodegradable décor items were extremely difficult to find.

Today, however, is a much different story. Those previously bulky solar panels can be built into windows for seamless power generation. Energy-efficient appliances are among the top sellers in stores and companies practically jump at the chance to brag about their sustainably produced items.

It’s only going to get better from here. Sydney, Australia has plans for a 250,000 square meter development to be constructed by 2030 that aims to reduce the city’s emissions by up 60% through gas-powered co-generation electricity plant, a wastewater recycling plant, solar power energy and green rooftops.

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Sustainable designers know how to blend form and function. Image Via: Slifer Designs

Take Inspiration from Green Designers:

If you wart to learn more about sustainable design, feel free to start here. Designers share their best tips (and mistakes to avoid) on how to cultivate interior  design that is as stylish as it is environmentally friendly.

  1. Zem Joaquin: Don’t forget to embrace cross ventilation to make a huge impact on your heating and cooling bills for relatively little output.
  2. Sarah Susanka: Have an energy audit done before starting a remodeling project to help you identify the ways you can save.
  3. Blanche Garcia: Do your best to reuse items you already own. Spend money on a piece you may already have.
  4. W. Brent Swain: Take advantage of south-facing windows, since they will capture the most heat.
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Let green professionals share how to get the look in your home. Image Via: Historical Concepts

Sustainable, or green, design has gained popularity in recent years. Now, instead of being a niche interest, these companies have the power to make an impact. It’s a responsibility they haven’t taken lightly. Green designers are overhauling the industry as we know it. Read above to find out why and we’re sure you’ll be clamoring for an opportunity to be a part of the change.

Would you use sustainable design in your home? Designers, what’s the best tip you can offer to someone who wants to make their home more sustainable?

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Unusual Zinc-Cladded Leaning House Disrupts Hillside Landscape 

Leaning House by PRAUD Unusual Zinc Cladded Leaning House Disrupts Hillside Landscape 

An unusual house rises in South Korea, occupying 127 square meters in a rural landscape.  Architects Dongwoo Yim and Rafael Luna of PRAUD imagined this strikingly modern home overlooking the Chungpyong Lake as leaning to shape an open floor-plan and offer more room than traditional architecture. The slanted shape showcased by this Korean home known as the Leaning House was imagined as a solution to have both southern sunlight as well as views towards the lake. This way, the family living space downstairs can be exposed to sunshine while the private spaces upstairs can grasp lake and hillside panoramas while flooded with light.

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In photographs by Kyungsub Shi, the house is presented as connected to its surroundings via vertical and horizontal windows punctuating the facade. Dressed in glass, the lower floor living room opens to the deck and surroundings, while the upstairs boasts an outdoor terrace. The client’s request was to have a bedroom, reading room and living room, yet the architects provided more than what was necessary and dressed it in an admirable shape. Zinc-wrapped and definitely eye-catching, the unusual Leaning House brings modern architecture to an almost wild landscape.

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Modern Japanese Residence Pierced by a Tree: TY House by Yo Yamagata

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TY House is a modern Japanese residence designed by Yo Yamagata Architects in collaboration with AND associates. The two-story dwelling located in Tokyo, Japan pays tribute to nature in an unconventional matter. A single tree preserved on the site pierces through the building and rises above the roof. The black and white exterior of the structure showcases a powerful geometry which visually stands out in its neighborhood. The main entrance is set back from the edge of the street, ensuring a good safety level.
design modern Hapanese home Modern Japanese Residence Pierced by a Tree: TY House by Yo YamagataAccording to the architects, the bedrooms are situated on the ground floor with living spaces on the level above. An entire corner of the roof is sectioned off as a unique approach for additional natural lighting. It is here that a generously-sized terrace was created, providing space for outdoor contemplation. The minimalist interiors are comprised of walnut wood floors and furniture, adding a touch of warmth to the otherwise sober design scheme. An array of textures dynamically contributes to the simple elegance displayed throughout. [Photos courtesy of  Yo Yamagata Architects and AND Associates]
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Original Handcrafted Gentleman’s Accessory: The Ultimate Valet by Karv Luxury

interior modern valet Original Handcrafted Gentlemans Accessory: The Ultimate Valet by Karv LuxuryAccording to the creative team at Karv Luxury, nothing says manliness like big and broad hand-sculpted Walnut shoulders. The designers of The Ultimate Valet wanted to bring some style and additional utility to the common valet, while simplifying its appearance. Another goal was to add an element of craftsmanship and sculpture that is absent in a lot of today’s mass produced furniture: “The way we see it, either we let automated manufacturing and homogeneous design take over, or we stand up (with chisels, rough hands, and an eye for detail) to create something that’s out of this world.” The project is designed by artist and master woodworker Jacob Sorenson and built by traditional craftsmen in New Hampshire.ideas ultimate valet Original Handcrafted Gentlemans Accessory: The Ultimate Valet by Karv LuxuryThe Ultimate Valet combines cutting edge design with traditional craftsmanship. Anatomically correct, life-sized shoulders carved by hand from solid Walnut set the tone for a masculine furniture piece. A surprising USB charging unit for smart phones and a shoe cabinet enhance the functionality of the design. You can back this project and find out more about the studio’s work via Kickstarter. Check out the presentation video at the end of the post and let us know what you think!

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