See how rainbow bunting for VE Day is giving these residents a reason to smile

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First we embraced rainbow paintings in windows, and now it appears the multicolour arc is inspiring a new trend. As we see the nation’s streets dressed with joyous rainbow bunting.

In the sunny seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, almost every street is a glow with colourful bunting. And it really does help to raise the spirits as you walk by. You gain a warming sense of community spirit and togetherness, as some are meeting their neighbours properly for the first time.

As if that wasn’t a good enough feel-good factor, it of course looks radiant – especially in the sunshine.

Hanging this feel-good bunting is perfect timing, too, for the VE celebrations taking place across the country this Bank Holiday Friday.

An idea: How to make bunting – a fun and playful way to brighten up your space

Rainbow bunting spreading joy

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Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Here’s a top tip, from one household embracing the bunting trend. ‘For dressing your street at a social distance and without ladders, drop a piece of string out of the top windows. Have a neighbour below tie the bunting to the string – hands washed of course.’

‘Hoist the string up, untie the bunting then simply attach securely, say to a window handle. And repeat, from one side of the street to the other.’

This rainbow bunting was ordered from Amazon.

Buy now: Walolo Bunting, £13.99, Amazon

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This glorious shot shows the bunting tied from one side of the street to the other, with the sea beyond.

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A Leigh resident sums it up perfectly by posting, ‘‘The final touch after decorating our trees was erecting the bunting today. So lovely to meet neighbours old and new for a socially distanced chat 🌈’.

 

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Another street in the town embracing this colourful decorating trend.

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A mini garland will ensure your windows are dressed to impress. You don’t have to hang across the street if you don’t have the access. Showing any sign of colourful bunting makes a welcome sight for passersby.

Buy now: Mini Rainbow Bunting, £8.50. Etsy

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Dress your own backyard with bunting too. Bright bunting is ideal to welcome a cheery touch to any outdoor space.

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For those really looking to make a real heartfelt effort, there’s this stunning design at Etsy. The two garlands comprise 10 rainbow hearts on each – plenty to enter into the spirit of things.

Buy now: Rainbow Hearts Garland, £28.30, Etsy

Related: We’re going on a bear hunt! Have you seen the latest adorable craze sweeping the nation?

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Step inside a glamorous end of terrace in south London, transformed with deep colours

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Searching for a home with more space than their small flat, these owners viewed a seemingly endless selection of rather dreary properties in their quest for a place to renovate.

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‘We looked at lots of flats, then the estate agent showed us this – a house! Albeit a small one with a very strange staircase, but still, it had more space than anything we’d looked at previously,’ says this owner, who is co-founder and creative director of award-winning studio Angel O’Donnell.

Hallway

Image credit: Taran Wilkhu

The dark interior, cramped by a staircase which cut right across the main living area to the bay window, may have put off other potential buyers. But these owners were not to be deterred.

Together they began to plan a new layout for the two-bedroom house, resolving the staircase conundrum by ripping out the old one and replacing it with a contemporary folded steel design, tucked to one corner of the sitting room so that it was much less obtrusive.

‘I was inspired by a loft. Our aim was to make a narrow, dark house feel brighter, taller and bigger,’ the owner explains. ‘In the end, we gutted the entire house so that nothing remained apart from the walls, then refurbished it completely.’

Kitchen

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In addition to removing a door between the sitting room and kitchen to create an open ground floor layout, they also replaced two small windows and a back door with a set of fully-glazed bi-folding doors to introduce more natural light into the kitchen, and create an indoor-outdoor feel on warm days.

The galley-style kitchen allows room for a showpiece dining table, made from dye-injected concrete finished with a glossy resin. The sweep of cabinets was inspired by the look of a deli, with marble counter tops and open shelving made from planks of waney (live) edge English oak supported by warehouse-style black metal brackets.

‘The contrast of natural marble and oak against the black industrial-style elements and the blue of the cabinets is striking and creates character.’

Living room

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Bold use of colour continues into the sitting room, its walls painted in a smoky blue. ‘Don’t be afraid of dark colour even in a small room. It makes a room feel sumptuous and luxurious, and larger because the walls seem pushed back, especially if you paint the woodwork a similar or even darker colour.’

Subtle lighting and richly coloured upholstery add to the glamorous mood, while personality comes from the couple’s art collection.

Bathroom

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Upstairs, the bathroom was moved from one side of the house to the other, in order to gain a window and introduce natural light into the room. Standard internal doors were replaced with ones that slide into pockets, so saving space.

Master bedroom

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A small first-floor extension created a dressing area as part of the master bedroom. But probably the most significant improvement was to open up the roof space to create a lofty feel, and to make space for a study and new sleeping platform at the front of the house.

Study area

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‘That extra height has made a dramatic difference,’ says the owner, ‘and removed any remaining sense that the house was once so cramped and awkward.’

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Gorgeous Minimalist Interiors That Bask In The Purity Of White & Wood

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These pure white and wood interiors belong to an unique apartment, designed by Echo Design + Architecture. Light decor, combined with minimalist furniture and layout create a peaceful retreat from New York’s busy city streets, and the owner’s entrepreneurial lifestyle. Utilitarian ideals and a peaceful aesthetic connect as one ‘cube’ in the centre of the interior. Each face of the cube serves amenities and storage to the three defined spaces of the home: The lounge & dining room, a bedroom with office, and the kitchen. Twelve foot high ceilings and original 1846 crown molding have been preserved, which bring wonderful old New York moments to Scandinavian inspired minimalism and Japanese interconnectedness.

The renovated space expands the original single bedroom apartment from a half floor to the entire third floor of the building. The client desired a place to wind down after a long and taxing day, so the cornerstones to the home design became wellness and efficiency. The living room is a fresh space with a pared back furniture layout. An Eames wood lounge chair, a grey modern sofa and an additional lounge chair edge a plain rug. A wooden dining set gently melds with natural plank floors. The high pile rug and window curtains reduce the infiltrating hum from the Flatiron District.

An oval coffee table pairs up with the modern sofa. A teapot has been carried over from the adjacent kitchen that’s set just around the corner of the ‘cube’.

The home entryway is marked by a simple bench seat and an oval wall mirror.

The minimalist dining room design is devoid of wall art or family photography, but an elegant orchid adds just a touch of decoration.

Novelty cushions dress the entryway bench, extending its height to close the gap between the wall mirror.

We get our first 3D glimpse of the centralised cube design here, and some of the storage solutions it offers.

The cube’s flat white panels, along with the Douglas Fir plank floors, provide a continuity throughout each space in the home.

The simple look promotes calm and tranquility, building a sanctuary within a tourist hotspot of New York.

Minimalist design foundations are combined with an understated focal point in each room. In the kitchen, grey backsplash panels are recessed into a flat white wall to create a modest moment of interest.

Uncomplicated furnishings allow the original decorative crown molding to really shine, which dates all the way back to 1846.

Warm oak and walnut pieces were introduced into the scheme to contrast with the white washed wood floors, without adding undue distraction.

Efficiently organised space avoids unwanted distraction, and allows peaceful recovery from a working day’s challenges.

The doors that conceal storage areas on the cube run flush to the floor, avoiding added lines from baseboards.

Interior doors sit flat within the white walls.

Recessed handles streamline the installation.

In the minimalist bedroom, the wardrobes are designed in the exact same aesthetic as the flat fronted white cube. For the first time in the apartment, a piece of art is used to add interest to one of the white walls. Its wooden frame brings an element of added warmth.

Each room consists of a loose collection of furniture but commonality makes links between them. The bedroom chair is a repeat of the lounge chair, and the end of bed bench is the same as the entryway. You can find a cheaper alternative here.

Within the basic palette of white, wood and grey, key elements are highlighted without causing over-embellishment.

A small bedside table, with a mini decorative vase and a candle holder, is just enough to make the spot look homey.

An understated throw softens the wooden bench and tones with grey accent pillows on the bed.

Stark windows let in maximum daylight, though a sheer screen obscures the pane of glass closest to the bed.

Books simply rest on the floor by the comfortable reading chair, avoiding any unnecessary over-crowding from an extra table or bookshelf.

Two shower rooms are concealed within the central cube. One is accessed close to the entry door of the apartment, whilst this one is located just off the hallway by the bedroom. Contrasting graphite and stone coloured tiles line the walls and floor of the room to play with its modest proportions. A small floating vanity unit has a towel shelf underneath, which is currently being utilised as a nook for spare toilet rolls.

Next door to the bedroom there is a dedicated workspace. A white and wood modern home office desk is paired up with a black desk chair in the light of the window. A pale grey contemporary couch takes up the other half of the room. A small floor lamp and a side table makes the sofa into a comfy spot for reading through paperwork or just taking a well deserved break.

Infinite white walls rush up to meet more of the beautiful classic coving. A monochrome pouf adds tribal inspired spice to the plain minimalist decor.

Short section drawing.

Long section drawing, illustrating the lounge on the left and the home office to the right.

On the apartment floor plan we’re able to get a better grasp on how the cube houses the two bathrooms, and how it is used as a divide between the social and private areas of the home.

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Gorgeous Minimalist Interiors That Bask In The Purity Of White & Wood

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These pure white and wood interiors belong to an unique apartment, designed by Echo Design + Architecture. Light decor, combined with minimalist furniture and layout create a peaceful retreat from New York’s busy city streets, and the owner’s entrepreneurial lifestyle. Utilitarian ideals and a peaceful aesthetic connect as one ‘cube’ in the centre of the interior. Each face of the cube serves amenities and storage to the three defined spaces of the home: The lounge & dining room, a bedroom with office, and the kitchen. Twelve foot high ceilings and original 1846 crown molding have been preserved, which bring wonderful old New York moments to Scandinavian inspired minimalism and Japanese interconnectedness.

The renovated space expands the original single bedroom apartment from a half floor to the entire third floor of the building. The client desired a place to wind down after a long and taxing day, so the cornerstones to the home design became wellness and efficiency. The living room is a fresh space with a pared back furniture layout. An Eames wood lounge chair, a grey modern sofa and an additional lounge chair edge a plain rug. A wooden dining set gently melds with natural plank floors. The high pile rug and window curtains reduce the infiltrating hum from the Flatiron District.

An oval coffee table pairs up with the modern sofa. A teapot has been carried over from the adjacent kitchen that’s set just around the corner of the ‘cube’.

The home entryway is marked by a simple bench seat and an oval wall mirror.

The minimalist dining room design is devoid of wall art or family photography, but an elegant orchid adds just a touch of decoration.

Novelty cushions dress the entryway bench, extending its height to close the gap between the wall mirror.

We get our first 3D glimpse of the centralised cube design here, and some of the storage solutions it offers.

The cube’s flat white panels, along with the Douglas Fir plank floors, provide a continuity throughout each space in the home.

The simple look promotes calm and tranquility, building a sanctuary within a tourist hotspot of New York.

Minimalist design foundations are combined with an understated focal point in each room. In the kitchen, grey backsplash panels are recessed into a flat white wall to create a modest moment of interest.

Uncomplicated furnishings allow the original decorative crown molding to really shine, which dates all the way back to 1846.

Warm oak and walnut pieces were introduced into the scheme to contrast with the white washed wood floors, without adding undue distraction.

Efficiently organised space avoids unwanted distraction, and allows peaceful recovery from a working day’s challenges.

The doors that conceal storage areas on the cube run flush to the floor, avoiding added lines from baseboards.

Interior doors sit flat within the white walls.

Recessed handles streamline the installation.

In the minimalist bedroom, the wardrobes are designed in the exact same aesthetic as the flat fronted white cube. For the first time in the apartment, a piece of art is used to add interest to one of the white walls. Its wooden frame brings an element of added warmth.

Each room consists of a loose collection of furniture but commonality makes links between them. The bedroom chair is a repeat of the lounge chair, and the end of bed bench is the same as the entryway. You can find a cheaper alternative here.

Within the basic palette of white, wood and grey, key elements are highlighted without causing over-embellishment.

A small bedside table, with a mini decorative vase and a candle holder, is just enough to make the spot look homey.

An understated throw softens the wooden bench and tones with grey accent pillows on the bed.

Stark windows let in maximum daylight, though a sheer screen obscures the pane of glass closest to the bed.

Books simply rest on the floor by the comfortable reading chair, avoiding any unnecessary over-crowding from an extra table or bookshelf.

Two shower rooms are concealed within the central cube. One is accessed close to the entry door of the apartment, whilst this one is located just off the hallway by the bedroom. Contrasting graphite and stone coloured tiles line the walls and floor of the room to play with its modest proportions. A small floating vanity unit has a towel shelf underneath, which is currently being utilised as a nook for spare toilet rolls.

Next door to the bedroom there is a dedicated workspace. A white and wood modern home office desk is paired up with a black desk chair in the light of the window. A pale grey contemporary couch takes up the other half of the room. A small floor lamp and a side table makes the sofa into a comfy spot for reading through paperwork or just taking a well deserved break.

Infinite white walls rush up to meet more of the beautiful classic coving. A monochrome pouf adds tribal inspired spice to the plain minimalist decor.

Short section drawing.

Long section drawing, illustrating the lounge on the left and the home office to the right.

On the apartment floor plan we’re able to get a better grasp on how the cube houses the two bathrooms, and how it is used as a divide between the social and private areas of the home.

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Black and White Outdoor Rugs That Fit Any Space And Style

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Having rugs outdoors may seem a bit unusual but wait until you see how big of an impact they have on the decor and ambiance of spaces such as decks, patios, balconies and terraces. Outdoor rugs allow us to extend the warmth and coziness of our home into the outside areas. They’re designed to withstand the humidity and sun exposure and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. If you’re unsure which color to choose, go with a black and white outdoor rug.

Because black and white are neutral colors, this combination is very versatile and suits every style. Geometric patterns are usually very versatile as well so it makes a lot of sense to put these two together. This outdoor rug comes in four different sizes and both in a rectangular and a round shape. The main color is black, complemented by ivory details.

Black and white are the perfect colors for geometric designs and patterns that are either busy, very detailed or eye-catching in other ways. The Sabrina Soto outdoor rug is a good example. It’s both simple and complex and can potentially look amazing in a lot of different settings, including outdoor areas.

This design is inspired by classic stripes but has its own unique pattern. It comes in five different sizes and it’s a wonderful fit for modern decks and patios. The simple design and the neutral color palette fo really well together. The rug is stain-resistant and also comes in a few other colors in case you prefer something a bit different.

This is a botanical design which looks beautiful in black and white as well as in color. You can get it in several different sizes including the 9′ x 12′ model featured here. Put it outside on your patio or deck and continue the botanical theme by also adding some planters, greenery or a few floral accents on cushions, accent pillows and so on.

The black and white stripes in combination with the round shape give this outdoor rug a really cool and eye-catching look. Since it’s such a bold accent piece, it would be best to keep the rest of the decor simple, without adding other crazy patterns. The rug makes for a stylish focal point and a bit of natural wood and warm neutrals would look lovely around it.

Lots of designs and patterns look great when combined with black and white. Take this trellis design for example. It’s not very bold but it does add lots of character to this outdoor rug and it’s a nice fit for it. The same pattern becomes a bit more eye-catching on a more colorful background. With that in mind, this particular model would make a great addition to a small deck.

It’s not just the pure white and black that look great when put together but also variations such as certain shades of gray or beige, cream and ivory. This right here is a black and cream combo and it looks very elegant on this outdoor rug. The lattice-inspired pattern gives it a bold look without being overpowering.

If you want an outdoor rug that stands out but you don’t want any particular color on it, consider a black and white palette combined with an interesting and eye-catching pattern. This for example is a detailed design and it’s part of the Outdoor Lattice Collection. You can get it in several different sizes including the 9′ x 12′ that you see here and other colors are also available in case you’re feeling bold and adventurous.

The soft and flowing design of this rug is quite soothing. It’s an abstract pattern which leaves lots of room for interpretation. When paired with blue, it’s reminiscent of the waves and ripples in the water. The black and white version is not as suggestive. The biggest size available is 9′ x 12′ and you can get this outdoor rug in four color options.

You can use this black and white rug both in indoor and outdoor spaces. It’s a black and white transitional rug, machine woven of polypropylene and stain-resistant. It has a rectangular shape and measures 6′ x 9′ (183 x 274 cm) and has a floral design, with a black background and a contrasting beige pattern.

Stripes. as we mentioned before, are very versatile and their timeless beauty can be expressed in lots of different ways. On this rug the black and white stripes are offset arranged in several rows and their number different based on the size of the rug. There are also six other colors to choose from in case you want to match the rug to your decor.

This is the runner rug version of the striped design we mentioned just now. It’s a lovely choice if you have a narrow deck or patio or if you want to mark your entryway with an outdoor rug. The black and white combo suits any style so the rug would look stylish in pretty much any outdoor setting, whether it’s a modern setup or a rustic and cozy nook.

In case you’d rather not have any pattern at all on your outdoor rug,  there are plenty of simple designs to choose from as well. The Outdoor Solid Collection is a perfect example. This design maintains a minimalist look even though it’s not actually a single flat color. Black and beige are intertwined and look beautiful together, resulting in a very versatile design.

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Wickes announces it will trial re-opening stores this week

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Wickes has announced that it will be re-opening six of its stores to the public this week.

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The home improvement retailer has decided to re-open six of its stores in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham. The stores will be implementing new social distancing measures to keep colleagues and customers safe.

Wickes to re-open six stores

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The measures will be similar to those currently used by other essential retailers such as supermarkets. Each store will limit the number of customers allowed in the shop at any one time. There will also be clear signs and floor markers to make sure customers keep two metres apart.

The stores have installed perspex screens at the tills and service stations. Staff on the shop floor will be using PPE. Customers will also be able to use sanitising stations in store.

As a further precaution, stores will only accept card and contactless payments. Opening hours have also been reduced.

The stores will operate between 7 am and 6 pm during weekdays and Saturdays. On Sunday they will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Despite being deemed an essential retailer, Wickes chose to close its stores in March following the Government’s social distancing guidelines.They continued to operate via its online platform.

However, the increase in demand for DIY supplies during lockdown has caused delayed delivery times. We’ve regularly waited for fifteen minutes in a virtual queue before being able to access the website.

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During the trial re-opening, The website will continue to remain open for customers who will be able to Click & Collect or receive home deliveries across the country.

While the six stores will largely function as normal, several services will not be available during this trial period. Services such as timber cutting and paint mixing have been put on hold. While showroom kitchen and bathroom design appointments will only be available to customers virtually.

The re-opening is currently just a trial run, and there hasn’t been an indication when other stores might be opened.

‘Safety is always at the heart of our business, and we are reviewing what is required for our stores to open safely, for both customers and colleagues. We will provide an update on any operational changes as soon as we are in a position to do so,’ says Wickes.

Related: This brilliant DIY garden tool storage is made using an old wooden pallet

Stores will reopen on Thursday 30th April.

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Enjoy this artful makeover of a North West London home, now full of colour and class

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When Clare Pater came across a dated, rundown 1950s property in North West London, she knew that two years of searching for a new home were over. This was her family’s perfect new home.

Clare her husband Jake had been searching for a suitable house for two years, and despite this property being in need of complete refurbishment, the couple spotted the potential of the detached four-bedroom property.

The couple wanted to move because of their family’s growing needs. However it was important to remain within the area so that their children Amelie, Asher and Ava could remain within close proximity to their school and friends.

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Desiring more space and tranquillity – particularly for Oscar, the family’s Labradoodle puppy – the couple were keen to embark on a new project, having done up their previous house as well.

Both Clare’s background as an interior designer for her own company Nova Nilla Design), and Jake’s position as a partner for a commercial property company, provided them with a strong platform for the family to embark on their new house journey.

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After purchaser’s costs, the Pater family had £50,000 for the house renovation, meaning any plans for an extension were out of the question. Due to the property being over 60 years old and in a dilapidated state, the place needed more than a small paint job including redecoration, a new kitchen and bathrooms.

The home was fully refurbished, with the only structural work being the addition of a doorway into the main living area. To create such a beautiful home brimming with character, Clare’s trick was considered spending on most aspects while selecting a few crucial items to splash out on, achieving a stunning living space.

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Although they were keen to bring the budget down by hunting for bargains, Clare also selected a handful of essential pieces worth spending money on. If only one roll of wallpaper was needed, for example, she would opt for a top-end product.

She also used cheaper materials to mimic the effect of the more expensive version such as using laminate flooring instead of real wood, as this can get damaged easily, especially with younger kids. Nobody can tell the difference and they managed to save a lot of money.

They added the cornicing which wasn’t cheap but it was a must have, as it adds so much character to the house. They also invested in good quality light switches and door handles as these are touched and used so much, and gives the illusion of luxury throughout.

Kitchen

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Clare was enamoured with the idea of having a blue kitchen ever since she saw a picture years ago which stuck with her. So when she finally brought this image to life in their house, everyone was surprised and thought they were crazy. It just so happens that now this is a very popular kitchen colour, so Clare was actually ahead of the curve!

‘It attracts people instantly as they come in the door and then go straight to the kitchen,’ says Clare.

A good quality kitchen was important to her, so she insisted on solid-wood cupboard doors. Not only will they will last for many years, they can be repainted in the future as well. Other indulgences in the kitchen were the quartz worktops, the brass boiling water tap and brass hardware.

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However, Clare did manage to save money in other ways. By using open shelving – which she loves – and using porcelain tiling for a splash back that mimics more expensive marble, Clare reduced her costs. 

Another bargain was the French antique chandelier, which offered her an opportunity to inject some extra glamour within the space. 

Dining area

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With the project costs needing to stay low, Clare shopped around mainly for second hand items. Finding good quality items at a low cost was no easy task; she hunted across a wide number of stores to find suitable items, to the point where she would spend her entire night shopping online.

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Most of the artwork was purchased from either Ebay or charity shops. A marble dining table this size would have been way out of budget, so she had this made from a slab selected from a local marble supplier.

Bedroom

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A white backdrop, toile fabric and traditional grey and blue shades give this bedroom a classic and restful feel.

Bathroom

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In the bathroom, the couple followed their builder’s advice and only tiled the areas which needed to be watertight. They used beautiful green marble tiles on one wall in the en suite and the remaining areas were tiled with a cheaper porcelain or ceramic.

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Clare’s eye for design and savvy bargain-hunting equipped her with the tools to revive this once derelict property into a vibrant living space which oozes high-end quality for the whole family to enjoy and flourish.

To see more of Clare’s home and her work, follow her on Instagram @nova_nilla_design

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4 Easy Upgrades Leanne Ford Made to Her Just-Listed L.A. Home

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Leanne Ford is making moves. The designer and her husband, Buck Mason founder Erik Allen Ford, recently decided to sell their Los Angeles home in order to live a slower-paced life closer to loved ones. Rather than make massive renovations to their Pacific Palisades cabin, Ford saw the beauty in what was already there and focused on easy fixes with high visual impact—we learned more about those upgrades during our Instagram Live session with her on April 23. 

In addition to taking us on a mini tour of the enchanting property and sharing a few of her favorite vintage shops (she loves Amsterdam Modern in Los Angeles), Ford revealed the small paint projects, lighting swaps, and other low-lift upgrades she’s been making. The breezy updates aren’t just surface level—a crisp black-and-white palette is the ideal backdrop for potential buyers to picture their future life in the space. Her motto: Don’t take anything too seriously. “Design is fun. It’s art; it’s not too precious,” Ford told Domino’s editor in chief, Jessica Romm Perez, during the conversation. Whether you’re thinking of selling or set on staying put, here are a few easy ways to refresh your space. 

Turn the Floors Into Art

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“Paint is always worth it,” says Ford. After ripping up the dingy carpet in one of the guest rooms, she painted a graphic checkerboard design straight onto the floor. The funky pattern is arguably more of a showstopper than fancy hardwood planks.

Disguise Sad Tile

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The master bathroom wasn’t in dire need of a huge makeover, but for a fresh look, Ford went over the old tile with a concrete skim coat called Sher-Crete by Sherwin-Williams. “It’s an easy, lovely, temporary solution that’s waterproof,” explains the designer. 

Lean Into a Space’s Character

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The base for Ford’s second kitchen sink is essentially a piece of custom furniture. She had her friend Matthew Deters of Deter Fabrik cut apart her favorite table and turn it into a cabinet front. Now the makeshift platform lends an extra dose of charm to the original tile and rustic beams.

Swap Out the Light Fixtures

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You can elevate the mood of a room just by changing out the overhead lighting (and even the switches and wall plates). In the living room, Ford opted for two airy round pendants that don’t skew too modern and help fill the large space. Switching things up in the bathroom was another game changer: “I was stuck,” says Ford. “All I did was add contemporary lights and it felt so much better.” The best part is you don’t necessarily have to call in an electrician (Ford and Hart Tools made a handy how-to video). 

“As a designer, I count on the plumber and the contractor and my brother…the list goes on and on. It’s not easy, it’s hard,” Ford says of transforming her home. “But then I get to live in it—it’s like performance art. We get to wake up and be here.”

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What We’re Loving From Etsy’s First-Ever Designer Collection

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“I love exploring Etsy in the same way I browse Tumblr or Pinterest,” says Joseph Altuzarra. “I start with a keyword—leather braiding, for example—and let the search take on a life of its own. I’ll find something really interesting and then follow that shop and see who they are following, and go from shop to shop until I find what I am looking for.” In quarantine especially, the allure of a good rabbit hole is irresistible—and even more so now that Etsy has released its first-ever designer collaboration with Altuzarra himself.

When it came time to plan his collection, he tapped eight of his favorite makers, sent them a mood board, and worked with them step-by-step to create products that feel true to his brand and their craft. A focus on sustainable materials—like leftover fabric from Altuzarra’s spring 2016 line and grasses for woven baskets—also gives the collection an earth-friendly edge.

Not to mention, a few of our favorite trends make appearances throughout, including splashy tie-dyed notebooks and pillows and architectural ceramics. And with prices that range from $18 for a placemat to $60 for a dog bed to $1,400 for a large, one-of-a-kind vase, you can find something special that fits your budget. Shop our favorites, below.

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51 Brutalist House Exteriors That Will Make You Love Concrete Architecture

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Brutalist architecture has come a long way since its original peak back in the late 1950s to 60s. Back then, institutional buildings and social housing projects projected a cold and austere nature that became associated with totalitarianism by the late 1970s, and so fell out of favour. Now we’re seeing an exciting comeback of reinforced concrete and steel exteriors, cast in modular volumes to build great hulking triumphs and unique private residences. Brutalism (coined from a play on the French ‘béton brut’, meaning ‘raw concrete’) is graphic, geometric, and toys with the negative space, all of which make it incredibly appealing to the minimalist mindset of today.


Architect: RP Arquitectos  

Frame the setting. The negative space created at the centre of this inspiring brutalist structure takes on the appearance of a serene blue skyscape, as though it were an art piece mounted on a raw concrete gallery wall.


Visualizer: Anna Życka  

Cut through with vivid colour. A stunning red support column and coordinating red window frames electrify this cold concrete mass with hot bolts of creativity.


Architect: Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura  

Utilise elements of natural landscape. A massive concrete volume weighs heavy on the upper floor of this brutalist home design, with one corner perfectly propped on natural rock. Exterior uplighters have been positioned around its base to exaggerate its effect.


Architect: Andramatin  

Concrete canopies. This Indonesian home design incorporates great concrete eaves that stretch as much as six metres wide. They have been designed in response to the high rain precipitation in Bandung, and as shelter from direct sunlight.


Architect: REIMS 502  

The majesty of monolithic slabs. Solid stone slabs stacked one atop the other build a sense of impressive immoveable scale.


Architect: RP Arquitectos  

Jenga! Perpendicular blocks build the rising stories of this mesmerizing home. skillfully toying with the weighty aesthetic.


Architect: Steimle Architekten  

Solid and succinct. This modern home exterior can’t easily be remodeled or changed, and so will remain the way the architect intended. The feeling of permanence that Brutalism brings is particularly attractive in our fast paced, quick changing and disposable modern culture.


Architect: Alter Studio  

Forge a fortress. The front entrance of this house looks like an impenetrable force. All windows are tucked around to the side elevations to maintain a solid face.


Visualizer: Luisö Ramos  

Carve out a cleft. A dominating tower has been sliced through from top to bottom to release a beam of warm light to the exterior. The cleft exaggerates the linear nature of the architecture, and creates a magnetising draw to the facade.


Visualizer: Luisö Ramos  

One for the art lover. Cutaways in this concrete facade create a sculptural effect. The entire piece reads like a series of giant art pieces, and even incorporates a huge plinth between the driveway and entry ramp.


Architect: Sanjay Puri Architects  

Break down the overall mass with smaller pieces. These modular elements disguise a modern mansion in built-up Lucknow city, Decorative screens based on traditional ‘chikan’ embroidery shade the interior from the sun, whilst allowing cross-ventilation. Read more about this design here.


Architect: Giuseppe Perugini  
Photographer: Oliver Astrologo  

Lofted geometrics. Cubes and spheres are elevated on a great concrete framework, like a hulking treehouse.


Architect: Robertson Design  

Regain natural balance. This brutalist home limits concrete to the lower floor of the exterior only. Up on top, walls are fully clad with natural timber to bring balance between cold and warmth, man-made and natural.


Architect: Robertson Design  

Can’t leave out cantilevered. There is something so very dangerously thrilling about seeing a gigantic block of concrete suspended over mid air.


Visualizer: Oscar Pastor  

Anyone for a dip? The linear nature of the brutalist house aesthetic lends itself perfectly to the accompaniment of a long sparkling swimming pool.


Architect: Ludwig Godefroy  

The perfect prop. A somewhat slender support leg props up one end of this home’s huge concrete mass. A rounded cutout makes the enduring strength of the piece seem even less likely, and even more wondrous.


Architect: Di Frenna Arquitectos  

Softened by nature. Despite the imposing scale of Casa Entreparotas, the two story concrete structure is effectively feathered around its edges by soft natural vegetation. Find more snaps here.


Architect: Querkopf Architekten  

The power of invisibility. The ground floor of this amazing building is made entirely of glass walls, which makes it disappear beneath its concrete crowning piece. See the interiors of this home here.


Visualizer: Sergey Makhno Architects  

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This terraced Japanese garden house, located in the suburbs of Kyiv, Ukraine, looks toward a garden view through a giant eye cut into its facade.
More snaps in the original post: A Terraced Japanese Garden House Filled With Sculptural Art.


Visualizer: Amey Kandalgaonkar  

Reinterpret tradition. Traditional Chinese house characteristics, such as distinctive curved sloping rooflines, multiple courtyards, and an opaque wraparound wall were reimagined to form this unique modernist house.


Visualizer: Amey Kandalgaonkar  

On the rocks. This breathtaking architectural concept house on a rockface is the stuff brutalist architect dreams are built of.


Architect: FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects  

Step it up. The roofline of this formidable structure ascends on either side, like a giant’s imperial staircase.


Architect: Architectural Studio Chado  
Visualizer: Valentin Shkuro  

Bricks make a solid addition to brutalist architecture. In this design, grey brickwork builds chunky columns under an extended canopy / first floor terrace.


Photographer: Shoot2Sell  

Carry on with the curves. A love of Brutalist architecture doesn’t mean that you have to forgo curvaceous outlines. Rounded ‘turrets’ give this home a castle-like appearance. A winding pathway compliments the look.


Visualizer: New Millennium Design  

Clear balance. Glass volumes are set diagonally across from each other in the upper and lower stories here, creating a visual balance of negative space around a concrete core.


Architect: Spasm Design  

Ribbed wall panels and slatted room dividers are all the rage in interiors. In this design, a similar texture trend is translated to the exterior using Dhrangadhra sand stone.


Visualizer: Phạm Minh Quang  

Another textured concept, this time with matching boundary walls and garden fences.


Visualizer: Rafael Biasus  

Once thought to be undesirably utilitarian, Brutalism now transcends cool minimalism.


Architect: Pitsou Kedem  

Brutalism ahoy! Portholes are cut out along the elongated face of this unique house exterior, as though it were a beached boat.


Architect: IDMM Architects  

Got a penchant for pegboard walls? Well then this hole punched place might pique your interest. Massive perforations bore through dense concrete walls to lighten their look, as well as to let natural sunlight enter the volumes behind.

Straighten out the landscape. You almost don’t notice the severe slope of the natural landscape here, thanks to the unrelenting determination of the linear architectural design.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

This time, a design by Adam Spychała works along with the natural slope of the landscape rather than against it. Great sloping sides pull up from a dropped driveway to pause at the main floor, before continuing all the way into the roofline. Let’s take a look at some of the most whimsical of Spychała’s stunning concepts…


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

… Brutalism has landed, and it looks like a spaceship.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

This one could be alien life, or it could be the home of a steam punk fan.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

This build definitely smacks of interplanetary colonisation. Round windows look out upon the wild landscape.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

The lookout tower. Round windows gather around the top of this leggy structure, like a cubist meets Brutalist interpretation of a spiders head.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Geometric love. Circle cutouts and zigzagging V-beams form bold geo designs.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Lording over the landscape. This spectacular angular modern house appears to push straight out of the forest floor, growing toward the sun with the rest of the lush canopy.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Jagged rocks meets jagged architecture.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Concrete concertinas. These linked diamond supports portray the illusion that the house can rise and fall at will– with the imagined sound effect of a massive accordian!


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Blowing out the boundaries. The walls around this house design are blown outward, as though a gift box has burst open to reveal the gifts inside.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Another skillfully executed sloping concept, this time with added to greenery to meld even further with the environment.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Mysterious and immovable, this modern masterpiece is tailored with precision. Mirror image double layered walls mark a boundary at either end of the linear form, and support a sharp roof terrace design. A car port is richly lined with wood panels to contrast with the austere precast concrete.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Make easy transitions to outdoor staircases. Concrete is an easy choice when it comes to the fabrication of outdoor staircases. So, when your house is made of raw concrete as well, it’s smooth sailing to uniting the two.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

If we had a build site on an abandoned beach, then this blueprint would be high on our list.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Another seaside stunner.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

A cutaway terrace makes this a sun worshippers paradise…


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

… And this one too.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Like a beached mighty whale, the mouth of this building gapes open, with no windows to be seen.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Cool and cropped. Cold concrete draws low lines into this flat plot, with interest added via a geometric and sloping side silhouette.


Visualizer: Adam Spychała  

Car lovers Brutalist house exterior. When your concrete house looks like a futuristic car, complete with four hexagonal ‘wheels’ then you know you’ve hit top fan status. We would have added in a Tesla Cybertruck to complete the look.

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