Green homes have become ultra sexy
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a globally recognized certification for green building that can be granted to any building that has received third party verification that it adheres to environmentally friendly building in an effort to improve energy and resource (water) consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, indoor environmental quality improvement, fewer toxic building materials and an overall sensitivity to the impact of resources used in building.
Burns and Beyerl Architects in Chicago designed a LEED Silver house, which is a step above LEED certified. The trend we are seeing in more recent years is that green homes are less modern and blend in with normal homes in given neighborhoods. They are no longer sterile concrete boxes once imagined as the standard in green building, no, they are amazingly beautiful works of architectural art. Burns and Beyerl prove as much with the home built below with the second highest green rating:
Interior design trend: multi-functional tables
Interior design trends are changing to accommodate a shift in the American lifestyle, favoring smaller spaces. Enter multi-functional tables to save the day!
Multi-functional tables: the perfect touch
Smaller, more well designed homes with space constraints are on the rise. Gone are the days of McMansions and 10,000 square foot homes. Couples with children who have flown the nest are looking for a more simplified and less cluttered lifestyle. We are coming into an age where our homes and the furniture that goes in these homes need to be convenient, compatible, and multi-functional.
Speaking of furniture, sometimes clients beat you to the punch and find the coolest furniture to use in their new and smaller home. Such was the the case when working on a new construction and furnishing project for a couple in the 78704 neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Before deciding to work with a designer, my clients had discovered the perfect dining room table for their new smaller home. We’ll get to that table in a second, but lets talk more about furniture.
Alongside the family room sectional, the second most important piece of furniture in a home are tables. It’s the piece where we kick up our feet, gather for family dinners, or finish our homework. But what if our tables did more than just coaster our evening glass of Pino? What if our tables performed the duty of storage, game time entertainment, or additional seating?
Now I bet you’re wondering what piece of furniture my clients found for their dining table. This is by far the coolest dining table I’ve ever seen. It is not ONLY a dining table but converts into a pool table. Hidden by its sleek design and contemporary lines, you would never know until you take its top off (see below).
The Fusion Dining Pool Table… ooooh, aaaah
Who says your books have to be vertical?
Can’t remember the components for water?
Go ahead and pretend you’re Mozart, I won’t tell:
For the NES fan boy/girls in all of us:
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And some more multi-functional tables for the road:
Graphic patterns: hot interior design trend
Interior design impacts how you feel and function in any room, and graphic patterns is one of the keys to quality design be it in a home or an office.
Graphic patterns make any room pop
Graphic patters, big or small are here to stay. As far back as ancient Greece, graphic patterning can be found in art, textiles, and on walls. Were the Greeks natural born interior designers or did they just understand the impact a graphic pattern could add to the room?
Think about it – have you ever heard of the ‘Greek Key‘ pattern? Derived in Greece, this decorative border is still found in every day design. Personally, I love it accented on a pillow as a trim or crown molding in a traditional living room. In my line of work, I use patterns every day, but graphic patterns can really make a room pop!
Using graphic patterns in a space can be seen as an art. When applying these graphics to a space, I take into account the size of the pattern, the color of the pattern, and it’s placement in a room. Fortunately, graphic pattern can been seen and used in endless interior design applications from wallpapers to rugs to pillows and everything in between.
Graphic patterns in themselves can be anything from a chevrons, to trellis, to simplified floral design. A mix between large graphic patterns and small graphic patterns creates a space that is visually appealing. More often than not, you like ‘that’ ad in the latest furniture catalog sitting on your coffee table because it is visually layered, and the key to layering your space is in the use of graphic patterns.
One way to begin adding graphic patterns to any space is to focus on a color. Select your main color and begin building the room.
Examples of graphic patterns
Secret to quickly adding graphic patterns
Mixing and matching pillows on your sofa is a inexpensive way to add a bold punch to your room. It may seem like an intimidating process but after you see these examples be brave and have fun!
10 creative outdoor lighting trends for fall: design trend spotting
Making the outdoors appealing as the temperatures drop is tricky, but with these 10 creative lighting ideas, you won’t be sitting in the cold in the dark!
Bundle up, it’s getting cold out there!
There’s something about soft outdoor lighting in the fall that makes you want to bundle up with a blanket and watch the colors turn. Now that it’s actually less than 100 degrees here in Texas – and normal temperatures everywhere else – the outdoors are actually tolerable, and homeowners are looking to spend some time outside. Other regions are already experiencing snow, but spending time outdoors is still appealing to so many Americans.
If you’re considering adding a seating area to your yard, you’re going to need a way to light it. Take a look at the following outdoor lighting options, ranging from the romantic flicker of a flame in a fire pit, to ingenious walkway lighting illuminating the path to your doorstep. Then, grab a glass of wine, go outside and get cozy. Click any image below to learn more.
Contemporary garden lighting
DIY: upside down terracotta pot
Year-round fire pit
Outdoor Japanese lamp
Beautiful porch lighting
Creative use of rope lights
Stairway lighting for front or back yards
Ventless outdoor fire bowl
Pure soft light
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