A Concrete Transformation

It seems every family is faced with the dilemma at some point – people grow, stuff collects, closets spill over. Do you move into a larger home – or simply add on to create more space? In the case of the SH House, adding on not only created more room to grow, but changed the entire look and feel of the house – for the better, of course.

By adding a concrete base to an existing brick home, BaksvanWengerden Architects created a show-stopping building that perfects the balance of old (brick) and new (concrete).

The interior partitions were removed to create an open floor plan inside, simultaneously bathing the home in natural light.

And isn’t the interior design perfectly suited for such a remarkable space? That fireplace!

I’m endlessly inspired by architects and creatives that take an existing problem and find a solution that not only solves the original dilemma, but creates something even more amazing along the way. Hat tip, BaksvanWengerden!

Images via ArchDaily

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A Convex House

Sure, it looks tiny, but Torsten Ottesjo’s latest creation of the Hus-1 is meant to be tiny. It’s also meant to be thoughtfully designed, seemingly unconstructed and utterly nature-inspired. (I’d say mission accomplished.)

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A Beach Hut in Uruguay

As the weather turns cooler here in the states, I find my eye wandering to more… tropical locations. Naturally, this beach hut in Uruguay is making my heart yearn for seaside air, starry nights and endless solitude.

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A Finnish Find

You may have noticed a particularly delightful room in my recent post about the Gnome lamp:

I was so inspired by this children’s space, that I had to see the rest of the home and it truly is spectacular.   A black and white palette with pops of color and a playful nod to conservative transformed an old log house into a truly sophisticated yet down-to-earth home.  My favorite feature in the entire space are the raw wood walls.  Whether stained a moody dark, dark brown…

 

…or whitewashed to reveal their beautiful texture…

… the definition the walls provide to every room is magnificent.

Not to be outshone, the kitchen even sports a delightfully untampered brick wall that stands alone as both an interesting focal point and a reference to the history of the house.

You can find more photos of this beautiful home on the Finnish Interior Blog, Mrs Jones.  All photos credited to Krista Keltanen.

House Tour: Low Profile Getaway

You might recognize this house from our recent FLOR catalog. This home away from home is about 100 miles west of Chicago, nestled into a community that still holds nature high on its list when it comes to its surroundings; which is fine by its occupants.

Richie and Diane Pascal were eager to find that perfect getaway where they could integrate themselves into their rural environment. But true to their nature, they brought with them a little bit of that urban feel that they just couldn’t leave behind.

Take a tour, and you’ll quickly see why we couldn’t wait to adorn the pages of our catalog with this beautiful, unique home.

Notice the single red tile; that’s a staple of our scouting photography – a practice our photographer uses when first visiting a home so we can determine the size and scope of the rug that will eventually accompany the photo. And he notes that without fail this tile becomes the resting place for any cats or dogs in the home immediately upon it being set down.

So that’s how the process begins, a simple walk through and some photos. That’s also when the fun begins, as our designers start salivating over what rugs they can create for which rooms, taking into account color, textures in the room and overall ambiance. And then… the final reveal – the images from our Fall 2012 catalog.