Charming Shabby Chic Style Home Renovated From an Old Mill

shabby chic home designThis beautiful shabby chic style home is actually a former old mill. Seen on Delikatessen, stone and wood give this place an attractive traditional feel. The interior design also features some contemporary furniture pieces which are nicely combined with vintage details, creating very charming shabby chic decor. All public areas are decorated in soft tones of white and beige, creating warmth and an overall friendly feel. The living room is very cozy and it’s hard not to notice the pillows on the floor as well as the soothing wooden chair shaped like a traditional bird cage.

We particularly like the strong character of the bedroom, due to the sober brick walls and color palette.

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Unique Peaceful House Displaying Great Taste and Warmth

house partially recycled partsThe exquisite Distort House is located south of Jakarta, Indonesia. Designed by TWS & Partners with principal in charge Tonny W Suriadjaja and structural engineers Purwa, this home is a remarkable display of taste and warmth.

Why is it called Distort House? Here is a short concept details from the architects: “Twisting out something from the usual line is taken in order to create different perception or to enhance some more quality. This happens to a house that we name it the Distort House. It is located south of Jakarta which is still dominated by lush, tropical village forest in the neighborhood. In front of the site itself lays a public park with some old large tropical trees. “. Aside from having a wonderful appearance, the residence also has some sustainable features. The materials used are partially recycled (reused steel bars, recycled wood plank for the wooden ceilings).

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Elegant Masculine Industrial-Style Bachelor Pad in Sao Paulo

elegant masculine bachelor padThis elegant bachelor pad in Sao Paulo, Brazil is an industrial-style loft designed by Diego Revollo. The Brazilian designer was asked by the young single lawyer to represent the his personality by providing an open, elegant and modern Industrial Loft. The design is based on a non-traditional masculine style, where classy dark hues meet comfy displays of subtle luxury.

The 100 square meters loft has a sense of space achieved by using burned cement bricks to compose a space that climbs up to the ceiling and continues to be shaped along the mezzanine walls. This cement display was coated with a special waterproof resin.

Living spaces downstairs are composed of a high-ceiling living space shined with light from a glass wall to the kitchen and the open dining space. The stairs lead to the mezzanine, where this semi-private space displays a forthright combination of bedroom, bathroom and closet. This was the ideal solution to enlarging the area and suggest a completion of the downstairs living space.

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Beautiful Transparent Glass House in Bruges Surrounded by a Lush Forest

transparent glass houseThis beautiful modern home located in Bruges, Belgium exhibits a high degree of transparency while dealing with the small amount of natural lighting that comes from living in an area surrounded by forest trees. Designed by Govaert & Vanhoutte Architecten, a single rectangular volume resembling a large transparent box was skillfully designed inside and out, in order to meet the living atmosphere that is expected. A 50m long wall functions as a backdrop for the transparent volume ensures a good level of privacy.

The use of split levels makes clear of the overall low height of the residence, with the objective of minimizing its effect on the environment. The kitchen, dining and living room are located on the full-height bottom level. Positioned one above the other, the bedroom section of the children area and the master bedroom inspire coziness and tranquillity. [Photography by Tim Van De Velde]

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Minimalist Style Penthouse in Stockholm with Outstanding City Views

minimalist penthouse stockholmCharacterized by the abundance of space, natural light and six rooms, this penthouse found on Skeppsholmen is filled with exciting modern details. With a total surface of 175 square meters (including the two terraces), the apartment features an open living and dining room, with inclined walls toting up a special artistic effect. A very modern fireplace, seating units and a large dining table set the mood for socializing.

The color palette suits the minimalist style very well: white, black and hints of gray gracefully blend with the subtle hue of the floors. All the four bedrooms have large windows, with outstanding city views and are characterized by an overall cozy ambiance.

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What To Do When Mold Grows In Your Home

Mold growth is quite common and can take place almost anywhere in a home. Mold spores, which are tiny and invisible to the naked eye, can end up inside if they become airborne and then land on a wet surface. Water or moisture is necessary for sustaining mold growth, so this is the first issue that must be addressed if you notice a mold problem. Once you notice mold growth in your home, it is vital to act swiftly to avoid any possible health problems related with mold. Moisture is the main cause of sustained mold growth, so always be sure to dry water leaks or spills straight away, as in most cases this will thwart the start of mold growth altogether. There are several common problem areas in your home that you should monitor to keep water–and mold–issues at bay. According to most experts, if the size of the mold problem is less than about ten square feet, you can likely take care of the mold cleanup on your own.

A professional can send a mold specialist to identify and assess the problem and suggest a course of action for the removal of mold, complete the mold cleanup, and implement corrective action to prevent the problem from recurring in the future. Since mold growth does imply potential health hazards, be sure that the mold cleanup company is fully professional and very experienced in this field. Your mold remediation company should be able to assist you in remedying this.

A recent report on housing safety found that mold was one of the most common health hazards in American homes. This national study revealed that about twenty percent of abodes have exterior and interior water leaks that result in mold growth. Normally innocuous, mold spores are all around us.

How To Hire A Water Damage & Mold Removal Service

A home infested by mold is not only dangerous; it can be terrifying to remove. If you have mold in your home and you are finding it increasingly difficult to casually deal with it, you better get yourself the services of a good mold removal service. Here are tips for doing just that:

Reputation is a major concern when choosing a mold removal company for you. A great place to check is the Better Business Bureau. This will give you an idea about whether the service you are contemplating hiring actually has any complaints against it, and if it does, how serious they are. Also, it is a good idea to listen to word of mouth suggestions about the local services before you appoint any one of them.

It is extremely important to ensure that the company you hire has the sufficient certification required to perform a good job. A company should also have experience in HEPA cleaning Miami. HEPA cleaning Miami is a particular certification that a company will get for attending specific training on the job.

References are also extremely important. No matter what kind of a mold removal company you want for your home, asking around for references from friends and family is always a good idea. When asking around, make sure that you ask for local services because they are always the ones to provide better service all the time. Anyone who has recently used the services of a water mold removal company will be able to point you out to a good company.

Cost Effective Flooring For Your Home

Laminate flooring can be matched to just about anything in your home. If you have a great wood trim throughout your home, you can find laminate flooring that is going to match that color. Laminate flooring colors and shades of colors are going to vary from store to store, and from brand to brand.

If you love the look and feel of wood, you should consider laminate flooring, which is cheaper than real wood flooring, and will endure many problems at home.

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4 Flooring Choices For Your Home

Here are four flooring choices for you to install at home. There are a lot more but here are a few of them:

Solid Hardwood Flooring is very durable. This makes it the perfect choice for open floor plans. It’s also warmer on your bare feet and easier on your back than tile flooring. It isn’t recommended for high-moisture areas like the kitchen or bathrooms unless the hardwood has been sealed.

Engineered Wood Flooring is a great alternative to using solid hardwoods. Constructed in a cross-grain fashion, this flooring is even stronger than solid pieces of wood. It’s a much better choice for kitchen remodeling and it’s more suitable for bathroom flooring, too. You can even consider this flooring option below grade (basement level). It can be installed directly on concrete without a sub-floor.

Bamboo Flooring is really popular in this Eco-friendly era. It costs more than hardwood flooring but it’s much more durable. It’s okay for kitchens and bathrooms when sealed. Laminate Flooring is the most economical option when you want a traditional look. It’s a good choice for high-moisture areas.

Marble Flooring gives unique results with variations in color and pattern. Marble can be polished to a high-gloss finish. Use floor mats for kitchens and bathrooms; marble is awfully slippery when wet.

Cowhide Rugs Make Striking and Unique Rugs for Your Floors

Cowhide RugYour home’s decor is a reflection of your unique style and taste. Selecting area rugs that capture the beauty of nature while offering impressive durability show that you are both classy and smart.

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Small Abstract-Style House in Tokyo That Breaks Design Rules

abstract tokyo houseThis house is a great example of how you can use a small piece of land to build a really fascinating piece of architecture. The project called “Reflection of Mineral”, belongs to a Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashi from Atelier Tekuto. Located not far from the heart of Tokyo, the contemporary 480 sq ft (44 sq m) residence arguably breaks architecture rules.

The astounding abstract shape was designed very efficiently, making use of the little space. Every angle of site brings with it a different view. The interior’s original shapes and dimensions are determined by the exterior and the planning had to be done accordingly. Just check out the pictures below yourself.

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Unusual Black Box-Shaped House in Tokyo with Reflective Exterior

unusual japanese houseHansha Reflection House is an architecture project in Tokyo, designed and implemented by Studio SKLIM. The residence is located at the entrance of a park and built with the intention of benefiting from the park’s healthy environment.

With an exterior that reflects the nearby landscape, the name of the house comes as no surprise. The outer form also reflects the inner structure: “The programmatic zones of Public, Service and Private spatially organized the house into three different zones with further punctuation of the main massing with the Landscape element; providing spaces for the courtyard and roof deck. This base form was further chiseled with structure, daylight/ventilation and perspective concerns”.

The interiors are minimalist, well-ventilated and spacious, paying tribute to functionality. Overlooking the park, the living room, kitchen and dining room are united into a single space which also acts as the heart of the project.

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Nature Inspired House in a Bali Village Overlooking Rice Paddy Fields

kayu aga house baliThe Kayu Aga House was designed by Indonesian architect Yoka Sara so that the owner can live and enjoy the tranquil Balinese life. Located in a village called Canggu, Bali, idyllic surroundings make the location of this outstanding home suitable in connecting to the basic life, but gives the inhabitants the comfort of living in a contemporary dwelling.

This house was designed for an Italian businessman named Alberto Agazzi. It is shaped as a four cornered structure, with three orthogonal sleeping pavilions – each with private garden courts and outdoor bathrooms – and a carport determining the floor plan. Living and dining spaces are secluded in the central two-story pavilion, above which an elevated studio and a roof garden seem to be hanging. A semi-circular terrace reached via a modern oval bamboo/metal staircase rests on top of the pond festooned with simple white columns.

Displaying an architecture in harmony with nature, the Kayu Aga House is formed out of a series of curved walls and positioned to the east of paddy fields and beautiful sunrises.

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