July 29th, 2014

At Home With: Architect Arthur Casas

House in Iporanga by Arthur Casas

It’s always fun to see the homes that architects design for themselves. Brazilian architect Arthur Casas did just that with his home in São Paulo, Brazil. Stretching out on an impressive 4,300 square feet, with the stunning landscape right at the doorstep, the home is decked out with cumaru wood paneling that runs from floor to ceiling where it stands out against the stark white walls - offering warmth, and blends in with the beautiful surroundings.

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July 28th, 2014
DIY: Gold Moon Wall Decal

I came across this lovely DIY by Abeautifulmess and couldn’t resist sharing with you all.

Created by printing a image of a moon onto transparency film sheet and projecting onto her desired wall, the girls over at Abeautifulmess were able to determine scale and proportion as well as the design of the moon. After outlining the area with gold craft paint and filling the solid space, VOILA! A great wall decal design where the options are infinite!

July 27th, 2014

Enormous Vertical Garden

Icon Hotel Hong Kong by Patrick Blanc

The Vertical Garden can be used as an impressive outdoor system, or can be used indoors, with the help of artificial lighting. The natural benefits of vertical gardens are many: improved air quality, lower energy consumption, providing a natural shield between weather and inhabitants. No matter where you live, urban or suburban, cold or hot, indoors or out, a vertical garden brings a little bit of green to all.


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July 26th, 2014

At Home With: Designer Maxwell MacDonald

SoHo Apartment by OCHRE

Using a calm moody colour scheme, the owner and designer, Harriet Maxwell MacDonald, has achieved a smooth and sophisticated ambiance to his classic SoHo loft. While the original walls and the pressed tin ceiling were retained, keeping a connection to the apartment’s history, vintage pieces where integrated with contemporary furniture to bring the space up to date. A match made in heaven.

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July 25th, 2014

Fresh Family Home In Singapore

Terrace House by Architology

Homes that integrat the indoors and outdoors seamlessly are some of my absolute favourites, and this Singapore home has got that edge. Combining textures, clean lines and organic elements, like the green wall ― a great way of incorporating the outdoors when you don’t have a backyard, the beautiful wooden surfaces of the dining room, with contemporary features, creates a cohesive and serene vibe to a beautiful space.

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July 24th, 2014

Floating Ripple Vase

An expensive, ornate vase can be as much of a centrepiece as the flowers that are in it. These floating vases take things in the opposite direction by making them look like water ripples.

Shaped like ripples in water, the floating vases by Oodesign
 from japan allow users to place flowers into a PET formed resin void – floating nonchalantly on the water. fill your favorite container or transparent bowl or a glass with water and float the vase according to the movement of the air, the plants change their position within the container.

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July 23rd, 2014

Realistic Rendering Of Parisian Apartment

Parisian Apartment visualised by Talcik Demonicova

Imagine how much stress and bad design designs would be avoided if we all had the talent to depict our dream home to a tee like Talcik Demonicova has in this ultra realistic rendering of a exclusive apartment in Paris. Designed by Jessica Vedel, the chic home features a modern marble kitchen island, contemporary furniture, intricate ceiling details and a stunning free standing bath tub perched on a marble “stage”. Vedel’s nordic background has complimented parisian chick in such a beautiful way here.

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July 23rd, 2014
DIY leather Pulls

I love coming across inexpensive DIY’s that look a million bucks! Take these leather dresser pulls by Sugar And Cloth

 - nothing more than a rectangle of leather folded in half and held fast with a roofing nail, creating instant edge to a rather boring dresser that better as they age and wear. You’re not limited to the material you choose either, leather scraps, heavy fabric, belting, as long as it’s sturdy you name it.

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July 22nd, 2014

Modern German Loft For Future Generations

Modern Loft in Germany

I love the idea of passing down through generations be it jewellery, a business, or in this case a stunning Art Nouveau building! Built by the owners great-grandfather, this light and spacious loft is located in the centre of Freiburg, a city in the south-west of Germany. After an impressive restoration, the interior has been given a new lease of life with minimalist modern fittings, while continuing to pay homage to its construction materials - its history - with open worn beans and black iron pillars.

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July 21st, 2014

Realistic Pancake Floor Pillows by Todd von Bastiaans

These stackable pancake floor pillows look good enough to eat and comfortable enough to sit on. At $600-$750 a pop they’re not cheap but if you’re hungry enough, they could be an impulse buy. Unfortunately syrup not included.

July 21st, 2014
DFL Insider Issue 3

Colour can be your most powerful design weapon if you learn to use it effectively. Don’t miss out on the third issue of the DFL Insider (sent directly to you this afternoon) where we will cover five major colour schemes, and how to incorporate them into your home using examples to give you a better understanding.

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July 21st, 2014

Energy-Efficient Industrial Loft With French Flair

Chic Industrial Loft in Portland

Combing two styles can be a hit and miss but in this “New York loft living style” home in Portland, Oregon, the blend of raw industrial and the elegance of French chic have blended seamlessly to create a home jam pack full of character and class. On top of looking great it is a net zero-energy loft meaning it generates the energy it consumes — making the world better one beautiful home at a time.

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July 20th, 2014

Eerie Cherry Blossom Art

Okurie by Yosuke Tan

The concept behind this chilling creation by Yosuke Tan sees past students from Iwaki Sogo High School (Japan), using 27 litters of paint, leave their handprints on the windows and walls of the building to create a striking mural of cherry blossom trees.

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July 18th, 2014

Monditalia Glowing Gateway ‘Luminaire’ by Rem Koolhaas

Lighting up the entrance to the Monditalia Exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale is the glowing gateway ‘Luminaire’, designed by Rem Koolhaas in collaboration with Swarovski. Thousands of vibrant glass bulbs and 15kg Swarovski crystal rocks are set on a wooden framework, evoking the elaborate renaissance façades of venetian palazzos. dramatically towering over visitors to the architectural exhibit, the structure stands at 6 meters in height and spans 20 meters down the length of the room, symbolically referencing the grand-scale urban lighting installations that are an integral part of italian culture.

Photo by © Gilbert Mccarragher

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July 17th, 2014

Modern Tropical Bungalow in Singapore

Tropical Bungalow Inspired By Fallingwater | Guz Architects

Designed by Guz Architects, this two-storey home in Singapore is nothing short of a dream location for a tropical getaway, in style of course. Inspired by her visit to Fallingwater (by Frank Lloyd Wright) the owner requested a home that seamlessly integrates nature. While its bright open spaces encourage natural ventilation, its floor to ceiling windows allow unobstructed views of the sea and city.

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"People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It's not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn't know it was missing."

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