Large and elite apartments in tokyo

These apartments are located on the 13th floor, in Tokyo.apartments is designed with a large and luxurious with views panorama.apartments has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and most have a special bar that can be used to spend time with friends and there are also TV large screens that can be used to watch together favorite sporting events. This apartment has a bathroom mirror from both sides, while the lighting of this apartment apart from the existing ceiling indirect lighting that are customized for every need.

Warm and Cozy Rooms Rendered

We came across the gorgeous work of designer Yim Lee on Flickr. It is fascinating to watch the way he plays with textures and colors to liven up the room. For example, he combines dark wood furniture, hardwood or marble floor with a fluffy carpet and sheer curtains that let the space fill up with natural light. Harsh straight lines of the sleek furniture are softened by textures of the wooden elements, or different patterns on amazing feature walls, and the warmth of the colors in the majority of the space is often broken with a pop of color here and there. It looks wonderful when it all comes together like this.

Airbnb’s Beautiful Offices

Office Snapshots has the scoop on holiday home rental company, Airbnb’s move to new premises. The new space means the team can spread their wings over 25,000 square feet, in airy surroundings designed by Michael Garcia and Farid Tamjidi of Garcia-Tamjidi.

The impressive headquarters can be found in Potrero Hill, San Francisco, with light flowing throughout the white open space, maximised by glass dividing walls. The industrial ceilings are offset by gentle elements, flowers and wall art, reminding you that “Life is lovely”. Pops of color bring warmth; work stations are defined by vibrant dividers, and a large kitchen houses a cheerful rainbow of SMEG fridge freezers. Injections of humour are made throughout, and there is a firm nod to the travel links of the company, with map murals and airport reminiscent signage.

Sleek Vitra furniture contrasts against traditional pieces to create a home away from home feel, much like the Airbnb ethos. In fact, they have brought several of their listings into the work place, with loving recreations of accommodation from Hong Kong, Berlin and more. These cozy meeting rooms punctuate the professional space with domestic lamps, rugs, cushions, and even a faux window with floor length curtains. With their clients houses sitting right inside their doorstep, no wonder they are one of the web’s fastest growing companies.

Creative and Wonderful Decoration Ideas to Celebrate Thanksgiving

 Here the creative and wonderful decoration ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving. Welcome thanksgiving by presenting a warm and beautiful home decor it has become a habit every year. But there is no harm in this time you tried some creative tips below to make a nice decoration dining room or corner of the room in your home. If you are accustomed to using a small flower arrangement or dried leaves to decorate candles, try to replace it by putting candles in larger glass cups, and fill half the glass with grains such as corn kernels. Yellow corn kernels will give warm and cheerful impression. Or you can replace it with other grains according to taste. Besides using corn kernels, you can decorate candles with stones or ceramic with Thanksgiving nuances. You can choose the stones that have been polished smooth or wet given effect so that it looks cool and calm. Other tips, you can decorate a pear with star ornament on top, good fruit into a single group to attract attention or spread in every corner of the dining table to enhance your dining table display. Another idea that is no less beautiful is to gather the stalks of wheat and put it in high vase and tie with ribbon. Golden-brown color of wheat which gives the impression of a natural and classic. Now, you can choose according to taste thanksgiving decorations, make sure your home decor looked beautiful and charming.

Cool Apartment Design Inspiration for Super Small Space

 Here are cool apartment design inspiration for super small space. If you want to have a comfortable and functional apartments, but you have a problem with a very limited area of ​​the room, the apartment is the work of Eric Schneider will probably be helpful for you. These apartments are specifically designed for small apartment. Because of very limited extent, the use of versatile storage cabinets are very influential in servicing the needs of the owner. Use of space can be maximized with the procurement of a cot, a desk slide, and versatile dining table. It’s modern and cool design when in the closed and not used are making this equipment and furniture looks very attractive. So, even if you have an apartment with super small or limited space, you can still move freely and comfortable for inviting friends to your residence. If you are interested in the concept of this apartment, you need of $ 305,000 for renovation costs. And then, be ready to meet a super nice little apartment on your own.

An Elegant Solution

 In the living room Santalla designed a custom rug and a new marble fireplace surround.

Some of the best designs are borne out of necessity. Such was the case when homeowners with two children called on Ernesto Santalla, an architect who specializes in interiors, to renovate three second-floor bathrooms—all of which were plagued by leaks. Santalla updated them in a clean-lined, modern style, enlarging the cramped master bath by “borrowing” space from an existing closet. His clients were so pleased with the outcome that they asked Santalla to refurbish their master bedroom and remodel their basement.

A few years later, the homeowners called him again, this time for a more ambitious project: to renovate the main floor of their Colonial-style home. Its typical 1970s layout consisted of a center hall leading to a living room and library on one side and a dining room, kitchen, den and laundry area on the other. The homeowners wanted more space and better flow for entertaining, but had no idea how to achieve these goals.

The seating is Donghia and floor lamps are Philippe Starck for Flos.


“The second project came about because we showed them the possibilities,” says Santalla. “They realized that we could get the house to be much more open. And that we could make the space much more meaningful.”

From the original foyer, guests could see through the dining room and the kitchen all the way to the door to the garage—a less than optimal view. Beyond the dining room, a corridor led to a den that was “out of sight, out of mind,” as Santalla recalls. Another corridor separated the den from a small laundry room.

The architect’s solution opened up the small rooms and created a sleek, polished look throughout. His first move was to widen the corridor leading from the foyer to the kitchen and construct columns on both sides. This “loggia” opens to a new family room, which was created by removing the walls separating the original den and utility room. The loggia also leads to the kitchen, allowing Santalla to eliminate the passage from the dining room to the kitchen and in its place create a focal wall for artwork.

 One side of the family room houses a large custom table (top) that the owners use for casual dining and work.

The spacious family room now houses a comfortable seating area, a custom-designed table in espresso-stained oak that serves as a casual dining spot and workspace and a “dressed up” laundry area concealed by cabinetry. A large flat-screen TV hung on a matching oak panel covers the room’s original fireplace at the request of the owners, who are in the advertising business and wanted a comfortable room for screening media. New French doors bathe the room in natural light and provide views to the backyard. “We designed larger openings to create a stronger connection to the outdoors,” Santalla explains. “We put in the French doors, which help create a much better flow from the front of the house all the way to the back.”

One side of the family room houses a large custom table (top) that the owners use for casual dining and work.


A subtle color palette of golden tones creates a cohesive transition from room to room. Santalla helped his clients select furniture with clean, simple lines, blending timeless, modern pieces from Donghia and Holly Hunt with the couple’s own antiques and art. The “soup to nuts” upgrade also included a new lighting plan for all of the main-floor spaces.

In the living room, a slightly more feminine look prevails. The Tibetan carpet of Santalla’s design is based on a motif he sketched of magnolia leaves. “We were very conscious about mixing traditional and modern elements in this particular room,” he says. He designed contemporary cabinets to store his clients’ silver collection and paired them with traditional paintings, while hanging abstract art above antique chests.                  

 The other side of the family room houses a comfortable seating and media area.

The living room opens to the wife’s home office, where she displays rare china inherited from her mother. In lieu of “old lady curio cabinets,” Santalla chose modern shelving from BoConcept and an armoire to offset the collection. He reupholstered a pair of Barbara Barry chairs so they would complement the new look.

By simply repurposing dysfunctional rooms, Santalla created more space for enjoying the home and entertaining without changing its footprint. “We often come across the issue of under-utilized space,” he explains. “There is a tendency to say, ‘It doesn’t work so let’s add an addition.’ But there was no need for more space. This house was great for four people and occasional guests.”

With the new floor plan, he continues, “All of these rooms work in tandem and it’s visually more elegant. I’ve been here for parties and it just really flows nicely.”

 The master bedroom displays the owner’s Asian antique screen in lieu of a headboard.

The project all started when Santalla was hired to renovate the couple’s master bath.

Portfolio: A Playful Wink

As designed by Karen Bengel, the main living space features a comfy Lissoni sofa and a leather Kyle Bunting rug.

With DC’s plethora of historic districts and period homes, sometimes the move toward Modernism comes from the bottom up. Such was the case with the basement makeover in a Logan Circle townhouse that designer Karen Bengel of Design Milieu recently re-imagined for a family of four.

“I had a conversation with the clients early on and their taste was tending to transitional and modern, but the house was so Victorian—with a lot of moldings,” Bengel recalls. “They kept asking me if it was okay to do this modern space in the basement. My answer, of course, was yes.”

 A spare front entry leads to the finished basement.

With the green light to take the basement into the 21st century, Bengel set about transforming it from its rudimentary, close-to-unfinished roots to a clean-lined, well-lit, comfortable space where the homeowners and their two young sons could relax together and entertain friends. The space now boasts a kitchen, an expansive family room, play space, built-in desks for each boy and an exercise area.

“I am fascinated with Modernism, but my take on it is warm and cozy, with lots of textures and finishes,” says Bengel, who worked on the project in concert with architect Donald Lococo and Cornerstone Renovation Management.

 A full kitchen equipped with a stove, microwave and dishwasher caters to adults and kids alike.

 

To achieve that aesthetic, Bengel opted for engineered ash flooring in a matte finish that’s slightly whitewashed, which allows the grain to shine through. An electric radiant heat mat was installed under the floor so the residents would always be cozy. She also chose to restore, rather than replace, the room’s exposed brick walls, which she then had painted a warm neutral color. 

The patterned Kyle Bunting leather rug layers additional inviting texture in the main family room. A Lissoni sofa—“one of my favorite pieces in modern furniture,” says Bengel—is covered in soft, durable Ultrasuede and beckons all comers. “In addition to the kids, they also have two dogs who love to lie on the furniture, so it was important to get something stain-resistant and easy to clean,” says the designer. The sofa faces a large flat-screen TV mounted on the wall; to the right, a low table on a round, orange-rimmed rug is a perfect spot for games.

 The client’s favorite shade of bright orange contrasts to the pale painted-brick walls.

In a nod to her client’s favorite color, orange, Bengel accented each room with pops of the bright hue. Orange accents spread joy in the form of wall décor, an eye-catching wall clock, pillows adorning the sofa and even a highly structured chair. “We talked about how to make the orange sophisticated and warm, punching up the generally neutral palette,” Bengel says. The egg chair in the family room is a popular spot for the kids but also has an edgy air that makes it perfectly at home in an adult gathering.

At the top of the family’s wish list of amenities was ample storage for the kids’ growing gaggle of toys. “They had more Legos than I’ve ever seen in my life, and all kinds of toys that needed to be stored,” Bengel says. Her answer? A series of storage closets running down a long hall whose paneled doors resemble a simple wall. 

 A low table makes the perfect spot for games played under a pendant from Y Lighting.

“All of the panels are doors,” she says. “One is a door to the bathroom, some conceal mechanical units and several are big closets with floor-to-ceiling shelving and toy bins.”

Although the basement clearly has a personality of its own, Bengel says one of the nicest aspects of the design is that it winks playfully at the rest of the house. “There are definitely some things we did that were a nod to the traditional space upstairs,” she says. Transitional elements include the wall paneling and crown molding that, even with its flatter reveal, ties in with the traditional décor.

“Even though it’s very clean down there and we did not use the more ornate pieces you’d find upstairs, they can speak to each other,” Bengel says. “They go together.” 

A bathroom is concealed behind paneled doors.

Creates a Serene, Art-filled Sanctuary With Contemporary Flair

 Architect Jim Rill added new bay windows at the front of the house to fill the living room with daylight.

Architect Jim Rill’s vision for renovating a modest rancher in Potomac, Maryland, came to fruition only after the house was sold. Rill had reconfigured the back of the home for a couple before they moved away; the new owners hired him back to undertake the remaining work. 

The husband and wife who purchased the home are entrepreneurs who collect art and vintage cars, and frequently entertain out-of-town guests. The two initially viewed Rill’s redesign of the Potomac house as an opportunity to create a retreat where they could host their visitors.

 Rill revamped the front of the house with gabled bays and a portico.

“They asked us to create a sophisticated setting with lots of light and a connection to the outdoors,” says Rill. The Bethesda architect fulfilled the expectation by adding bays and dormers to the front of the house and opening the rooms at the rear to stone-paved terraces and a swimming pool surrounded by mature-growth woods. On approach, the house presents what he calls “European country style” with dark trim, overhanging shake roofs and a graceful portico.

 Velvet-covered sofas are arranged in front of the stone fireplace in the family room.

Inside the house, Rill worked with Chevy Chase interior designer Jodi Macklin to create a calm setting through tailored furnishings and subdued colors. The quiet, mostly neutral décor serves as a backdrop for the owners’ collection of colorful paintings and sculptures. “The owners were coming out of a much darker, more traditional house,” says Macklin. “They wanted a change to a more contemporary design, but one that was livable—not cold.”  

Throughout the renovated home, the architect’s attention to detail is evident in graceful moldings, wainscoting and trim, and rhythmic changes in ceiling heights. “Having such great bones,” says Macklin of the architectural detail, “helped me design the rooms.” 

 For the living room, designer Jodi Macklin selected Dunbar seating and a glass table from Salvations Architectural Furnishings.


 

At the front of the house, Rill expanded the original living room to create a sunny, double-height space. Macklin did her part to maintain the airy feeling by choosing tête-à-tête seating instead of conventional sofas, and a glass-topped coffee table. A balcony off the upstairs hallway overlooks the room, providing a visual connection between the two stories. Pendant lights made from glass orbs hang from the ceiling to allow the view from the balcony to carry through the living space.

Rill enlarged the archway between the living and dining rooms so the two seamlessly flow together for entertaining. During social gatherings, drinks and hors d’oeuvres are served from a low, lacquered table set near the dining space. Within the heart of the dining room, armchairs covered in geometric-patterned upholstery are some of the more exuberant pieces in the house. They are pulled up to a round walnut table to create a compact setting that can be easily moved to accommodate larger social events.
 In the breakfast room, chairs from McGuire are grouped under a Circa Lighting fixture.

Behind the dining space, the expanded kitchen adjoins a new breakfast room set into its own copper-roofed pavilion at the rear of the house. Steps lead down a half level from the kitchen to the spacious family room where velvet sofas offer a relaxing perch to view the television—hidden in an armoire—or soak up the heat from the massive stone fireplace. Rill designed the breakfast and family rooms for the previous owners, who had the ceilings faux-painted to resemble wood grain. “Having a well-used space on this level helps to sequence into the pool area and allows the living room to have more formality,” he explains. 

Down the hall, the architect turned the former family room into a cozy library. He also added a new bathroom onto the master suite. “Jodi made the spaces more appealing for the new owners with a design that is tranquil and elegant,” says Rill.

 Rill remodeled the kitchen around a large island.

On the second level, Macklin varied the guest rooms with different styles of furnishings, including a contemporary canopy bed. One of the bedrooms serves as the wife’s office, where the recess of a front dormer provides a place to curl up with a book. The husband’s office is housed over the garage, now used to store his collection of European sports cars.

Downstairs, the once-dingy walkout basement has been transformed into a sanctuary. A sitting area accessible from the lower pool terrace leads to a fir-paneled spa with a sauna, a steam shower, double sinks and plenty of towel storage. The centerpiece of the room is  a sculptural soaking tub filled with water from a fixture in the ceiling. 

 One bedroom centers on a canopy bed from Charles P. Rogers.

While the reserved homeowners were initially hesitant to express a strong design direction, Rill and Macklin say their attitude began to change as the renovation progressed. “They grew to value our opinions and express their own,” says Macklin. “We found after a while that we were able to push the design a little bit. The owners weren’t afraid to be edgy.” She points to the unusual lattice-style wallpaper, handmade from pressed mulberry and bark fibers, that hangs in a hallway. “Only a handful of people would have gone with this design,” she notes. 

By the time Rill and Macklin had completed the project, the homeowners decided to hire the duo to renovate a second home in Washington. Another fruitful collaboration is now underway. 

 The second-floor hallway is lined with rugs from Timothy Paul Carpets + Textiles.


 

 From the pavilion housing the breakfast room, a staircase leads behind the house.

 The pool overlooks a landscaped property offering plenty of privacy.


 

The fir-paneled spa centers on a Duravit bathtub that is filled via a fixture in the ceiling.

A Wide Perspective

 Purple Cherry gutted a 100-year-old house and created a kitchen that would accommodate a family of five.

I’ve always had a general sense that there is no project too big or too small,” says Catherine Purple Cherry, reflecting on a philosophy that she’s espoused since 1994 when she started her Annapolis firm. “I love the practice of architecture no matter what the size—solving challenges, communicating with clients.”

 The main staircase of a center hall Colonial was paneled.

The architect, who grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to the Annapolis area when she married an Anne Arundel County native, discovered in her adopted city a great place to practice her craft. Her first niche: waterfront residential design—always plentiful in the Annapolis area. In time, her business grew out into other states, and today she and her staff work on projects of all shapes and sizes. “It’s the best of both worlds,” Purple Cherry says. “Annapolis has a nice small-town community feel so it’s easy to make business connections, but it’s close to Baltimore and DC, which allows for bigger projects.”

 The architect designed a 14,000-square-foot waterfront home on the South River.

Purple Cherry Architects handles a wide range of commercial, non-profit and custom residential work. However, over the years its founder has carved another niche for herself in an unexpected direction: special needs consulting. Inspired by her oldest son who himself has special needs, Purple Cherry “became a kind of advocate for him”—an interest which she then incorporated into her career. Now, she travels nationally, consulting with local architects about residential communities for special needs kids. “We’ve done six different facilities in the state and also schools all over the country,” Purple Cherry says.

A house in the Sherwood Forest community with a porch overlooking the lake.

 Not surprisingly, the firm is big on what Purple Cherry calls, “giving back to the community. The biggest portion of our commercial effort is non-profit. We just finished a pro bono project for Habitat for Humanity.” Despite the changes in her practice over the years, Purple Cherry’s love of being an architect has never altered. “Meeting and communicating with clients is my favorite thing,” she says. “My second favorite is the evolution of design.”

Creates a Cutting-edge Modern Home, Preserving Its Original, Century-old Facade

The finished rear of the home reflects its modern transformation, with spare stucco walls and an expansive deck.

 

The crisply detailed Victorian, with its wraparound porch, bay windows and cedar-shake exterior, looks as true to its century-old roots as the other homes lining its peaceful Chevy Chase street. But beyond the prim façade, tradition gives way to the 21st century and a thoroughly modern interior unfolds. 

Initially, the owners had no intention of embarking on a large-scale project; they simply wanted to finish their basement so that their three sons would have an indoor play space. The existing basement, according to builder Laurence Cafritz, was a wet, leaky mess with low, six-foot ceilings. “It was pretty grungy down there,” he says. 

 The original cedar-shake facade and front porch were completely restored in period style

Creating usable space in the basement would involve major excavation. As the owners weighed their options, they decided to expand the scope of the work and renovate the entire house, which had other pitfalls including an antiquated kitchen and an awkward 1980s rear addition. 

Tearing down the house would be faster, easier—and far less expensive—than retaining part of the original. But the owners were concerned about preserving the historical integrity of their street. “They wanted a modern home,” says Cafritz. “But they didn’t want to disrupt the whole streetscape. They wanted to save the front and certain elements that are really appealing.”

An awkward, octagonal addition was demolished along with the entire rear portion of the house

The owners approached architect Andreas Charalambous to execute their vision, preserving the façade and front rooms of the original house, then transitioning to a modern, open program. Charalambous drew up the conceptual plan and then architects Steven Spurlock and J. Garrett Pressick of Wnuk Spurlock took over, completing the working drawings and finish details. About 1,000 square feet of the original house remain intact, with 7,000 square feet of the new or remodeled space making up the rest in the first and second floors and new, fully finished basement. 

 The gallery entry introduces a modern sensibility but features a restored mantel from the original home (on right).

Beyond the foyer and front living room on the main floor and front bedrooms above, the existing house was demolished. Cafritz and his team had to design and build support systems to preserve the old structure and its roof during the excavation and new construction. “We had to put our heads together and build temporary frames, columns and beams,” he recalls. “Then we had to figure out how to build the new and remove the temporary without compromising anything. When it’s done, you have no idea that we had to go through that process.”  

 Steel cable rail separates the dining room and renovated great room.

Today, visitors enter what Spurlock and Pressick call a “portal” where the now-restored stair rail, moldings and double-sided fireplace mantels convey the home’s architectural heritage. The traditional detail gives way to modern in the gallery, with its recessed flush baseboards and halogen lighting. On the right, the gallery leads to the dining and family rooms, where the octagonal 1980s addition once stood. 

A breakfast area is centered in the new space where architects designed a second staircase leading to the bedrooms.

To the left, the gallery opens onto a completely refurbished kitchen with Poggenpohl cabinetry, a custom raised breakfast bar and TurboChef ovens. A former screened porch has been converted into a keeping room with a built-in desk for homework. Abutting the kitchen, a new entrance leads to a mudroom where lockers for each family member keep clutter at bay. It contains a family powder room, while a more formal powder room is located off the gallery. Both gallery and kitchen offer access to a terrace in the backyard, where the clean-lined rear façade reflects the home’s new modern aesthetic. 

The spacious new kitchen features Poggenpohl cabinetry and a raised bar on the island topped with Fantasy White granite

Second-floor updates include an airy landing with skylights, a master suite with a spa-like bath complete with a steam shower, and new bedrooms and bathrooms for the boys. The sons now enjoy a full basement with a home gym and a large play area where “abuse-resistant” walls can withstand incoming hockey pucks. There is also a drum room for budding musicians, a full kitchen, a guest room and a full bath with a large, tiered steam room. 

The transition between the new and old sections of the home are seamless, both indoors and out—no easy feat to accomplish. “It’s really hard to explain to clients how incredibly difficult it is to make something look simple and clean,” says Spurlock. “It’s a lot easier to make it look fussy.”