Eclectic Homes

Wood for Great Modern Layout

Natural forests have been a popular topic in interior design within the past few years because they work wonders when coupled with all the clean and modern lines of minimalist design. When compared to shiny metal, stone surfaces and sharp white details, wood is fully capable of taking center stage in any home. Below are some creative ideas for integrating this splendid natural material on your area. 1. Opening statement. Natural wood is an excellent way to show off your home from the beginning: the hallway. Within this straightforward and elegant hallway, the wood perfectly balances the sharp walls and rough feel of the stone. Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.. 2. The accent wall. Should you look closely at this inside, you’ll notice that the designer used various finishes and sizes of scrap wood. The result is a mesmerizing installation that retains your sense of sight. Watch the rest of…

Tropical Style

Southern California Gardener's October Checklist

Fall is prime planting time in Southern California. The nicely organized one of us are supposed to program all year long so they’re prepared to spring into action the instant the hot weather subsides (typically by mid-October). The shorter days, cooler nights and low-angle sunlight of autumn add up to lower water stress on new plants, while the still-warm soil enables roots to thrive. Prime planting season continues through January or so, when much-welcome rains (fingers crossed) give young plants an extra leg up. Keep an eye out for hot, dry Santa Ana winds early in the summer, however, and be prepared to apply extra irrigation to garden newcomers to prevent them from turning into shoe leather. See a sampling of fall planting selections below. Note: Considering that bare-root season is coming with the new calendar year, you can find a good healthy start for all these varieties and save…

Eclectic Homes

Metal Works Wonders With Home Exteriors

Following on the heels of ideabooks that looked in exteriors covered in glass and wood, this one introduces a couple of projects that use metal in some intriguing ways. In architecture, metal can refer to a wide selection of substances with similar attributes — metallic glint, hardness, elasticity, magnetism, conduction and so on — but that nevertheless have special looks. These include zinc, copper, steel and aluminum. These metals, usually alloyed with other components, can be left fairly normal, oxidized to put in a layer of coated or rust to take on other characteristics. The subsequent jobs show a wide variety of uses of metal in architecture. The construction zone, ltd.. The Logan residence by Jones Studio features walls of metal (this picture and next) as well as glass and concrete. Nevertheless, the gold “aspen leaves” overhead steal the show. They provide a memorable transition and shade between inside and…

Coastal Style

Vintage Treasure Trove in Chicago

A self-proclaimed thrifting enthusiast, Dean Fisher picked up 90% of the bits in her house from thrift shops or antique shops, or found or inherited them. “I love owning items using a background,” Fisher says,”and can frequently linger when I pick up something from Craigslist, pressing the seller for any backstory they can give me.” Fisher, that chronicles her apartment decorating experiences on her blog, My Small Apartment, has a flair for an eclectic combination of 1970s and mid-century modern style. in a Glance: Who lives here: Dean Fisher and her corgi-beagle combination, BunnyLocation: Logan Square, ChicagoSize: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom That’s interesting: The mirror in the living area is constructed in and was original to the apartment — it’s what ended up completely selling Fisher on the area. Fisher moved to Chicago from Los Angeles, and a lot of her style reflects the laid-back desert vibe of her prior…

Coastal Style

Modern High-Rise Singleton in Austin

Towering 323 feet into the skies, the Monarch building is one of the tallest residential buildings in downtown Austin, Texas. Its prime location only blocks away from beautiful Town Lake makes it among the most coveted places to live in the city, so it is not surprising that it brings young professionals such as 23-year-old Zac Goldman. “I love Austin because of its hip, young and active lifestyle,” Goldman says. The Monarch’s design is modern and modern, and fits right in with Goldman’s personal style. “Everyone in my family has a very clean, modern style. I like things to be very neat,” he states. Goldman embraced the all-white walls of this bare apartment and transformed the area into a minimalist’s dream. in a GlanceWho lives here: Zac GoldmanLocation: Austin, TexasSize: 914 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom That’s intriguing: Not merely is your sofa curved, but its three seats recline…