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Zoe is a proud mom of one baby girl and a miniature schnauzer. When not obsessing about designing perfect homes, Zoe is spending time with her family. She enjoys writing, cooking, travelling and loads of chocolate.

Since teak is a dense and oily wood, the natural oil that is present within the wood protects it from termites. This oil keeps the wood from absorbing the water, ensuring significantly durability of your outdoor teak furniture.

This type of furniture is capable of lasting for many generations if it is skillfully crafted. When teak wood furniture is new, it has a golden honey color. But with time, it naturally fades into a light gray patina. The good news is this change in color does not affect the strength of the wood.

If you want to stick to the original golden color of your teak wood outdoor furniture, there are a couple of precautions you can take to slow down its aging. A regular cleaning routine is necessary to keep your teak wood furniture looking aesthetically beautiful for a long time. Teak is durable, long lasting wood and only requires some basic cleaning to prevent external mold growth and to remove dirt.

Here are some proven cleaning tips:

  • It is better to clean your teak wood outdoor furniture on a sunny day. This is important as it help your furniture to dry quickly. Soapy water is generally used for basic cleaning.
  • You can also use a professionally recommended teak cleaner product, which will brighten the wood and clean it at the same time.
  • When you are cleaning, make sure you use a non-metallic brush and scrub in the same direction as the grain. Do not use much force and rinse off your outdoor furniture with a water hose.
  • After you are done with your cleaning, pat the furniture dry using a towel and let the sun dry up any leftover moisture. Allow sufficient time for the wood to dry completely, in case you wish to clean it with a teak sealer application.
  • Stains are never a problem for teak wood furniture, if you keep cleaning up spills quickly and stick to regular cleaning routine. Make sure you are always using a soft-bristled scrub brush and soapy water for removing stains and dirt.
  • In case there are a few tough coffee and red wine stains that might get into the wood, rely on a commercial product to get the job done. When that doesn’t help, you can sand the surface of the wood for removing the stain completely. Start with coarser sandpaper followed by finer grain sandpaper for a smooth finish.

Your teak wood outdoor furniture, such as your patio furniture, can be left outdoors all year round. It is tough to handle extreme weather conditions. But if you live in an area with a seasonal climate, it helps to bring your patio furniture indoors or cover it during the winters. Make sure the cover you are using does not trap moisture. This is important because you do not want to provide favorable conditions for mold to grow on the exterior of teak wood. Tyvek is ideally used for making covers for protecting outdoor furniture.

Maria, from Distinct Homes recommends that if you are leaving your teak wood furniture outside in the cold season, give it a good cleaning in the spring season before using it. You can enjoy your teak wood outdoor furniture for years as it remains as good as new throughout the year. Since it lasts a long time, it is the most popular choice for patio furniture items. Clean it often for your children to enjoy it with you for the rest of your life.

Remodeling a kitchen is one of the most challenging home improvement tasks. Being one of the focal points of your home, the kitchen deserves your full attention and maximum effort. Moreover, kitchens are usually packed with tons of things and include more appliances and utensils than other rooms, so you must make sure your newly redecorated kitchen has enough space for all these items. The best way to conduct a successful remodeling job is by making a detailed list of all the things that need to be taken care of – from the choice of materials and colors to the overall look you’re trying to achieve. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind.

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Define the purpose

Not all families use their kitchens the same way – some just cook there, others use it for a quick snack as well, while there are also those who organize a complete meal right next to their fridge! Because of this, not all kitchens can look the same. So, before you start remodeling, define what you’ll be using your kitchen for.

For instance, kitchens used only for cooking and not serving food are much easier to remodel – they only need some maneuvering space between the sink and the stove and can therefore accommodate more appliances and cupboards. However, with big kitchens that include an island as well, you need to think about circulation paths and how you’ll get from the stove to the island or the dining table.

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Keep the heat up

Even though kitchens are usually small spaces packed with appliances that warm up the space, that’s not enough; therefore, choose and design your heating first. Whether you prefer radiators or underfloor heating, ensure you know how to incorporate them into the final design. Think about the position of your fridge, freezer, stove, cupboards or cabinets, and decide which areas of the kitchen need heating and which don’t.

If you choose underfloor heating, you’ll need to come up with a detailed layout as soon as possible because this part of the remodeling job is done before everything else. Remember that you don’t need to install underfloor heating beneath the fridge or the dishwasher since this might negatively affect their efficiency.

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A harmonious design

Once you take care of bigger issues, you can move onto the smaller and more interesting ones – which materials to choose, which colors to pick, how to find the perfect pattern, etc. It’s also quite important to match the kitchen with the rest of your home. For example, modern apartments can’t have an old-school kitchen from the 1930s and adding a high-tech kitchen to a mid-twentieth century house is a big no-no. Just consider the whole picture and don’t go overboard.

If you decide to remodel on your own, you’ll be the one making all of these choices, which gives you full control over the design. Even if you make a mistake or two, don’t worry – as long as you’re handy and equipped with a set of trustworthy woodworking tools, you’ll be able to fix any problem. If you have any problems or just need some advice, you can always contact an interior designer for help.

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Choose colors and materials

Picking the color of your walls and cabinets might be the hardest part of kitchen remodeling, but it’s also quite vital. Pick the wall color according to the type of your kitchen, the amount of direct sunlight and the color of the cabinets. Combining earthy tones with darker wood will produce a nice contrast and make your kitchen more exciting.

When it comes to the materials you can use, it’s essential to find a perfect countertop – this will definitely be the most noticeable part of your new kitchen. More importantly, you’ll be using it day after day, so it has to be up to the highest standards.Some of the materials you can use are quartz, polished granite, marble, wood and laminate, but check their prices and quality before deciding which one to purchase.

Other considerations

Other things you have to keep in mind are lighting, appliances, space for all your utensils and, of course, your budget – spending a small fortune on a kitchen is easy, but it’s also completely unnecessary.

Buying a property is a big step, and prior to making such a step, you need to do extensive amount of research in order to avoid possible risks. Since foreign investors are bound by a government policy prescribing that they can purchase only new properties, those properties are usually of great interest, and, therefore, at a high price, which means that you can end up paying a sizeable amount of money. You can avoid this by opting for purchasing an existing property, however, in either case, you need to research the market thoroughly in order to make an informed decision.

Forming the Image

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Prior to starting your research, you need to know exactly what you want, which means that you should try to form an image of the property in your mind. This can help you be more efficient in your research, because you can immediately focus on the real estate that is of interest to you, rather than wasting your time or energy on something irrelevant. You can do this by asking yourself some questions that will help you form a clearer picture; for example, “do I need a house or a flat?”, “how many bedrooms do I need?”, and “in which part of the city would I like to buy a property?

Setting the Budget

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When determining what you can afford, you need to be as realistic and objective as possible. You can consider taking out a loan, but make sure to consider every factor there is, including the interest rate, the mortgage, etc. Consulting a realtor, mortgage broker or a bank can be helpful, but keep in mind that it’s in their interest to have you get the biggest mortgage or the most expensive house. The higher the price of your house, the greater percentage they are paid. Therefore, be honest with yourself and try to figure out how much you can spend on a monthly basis for your new house.

Determining the Area

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Another important aspect to be considered is the area where you want to purchase a property. Start by making a list of suburbs and then try to get as much useful information as possible that might affect your decision. You should look up the taxes for each suburb you are interested in, find out what the taxes cover or when they are due, and make sure to pay attention to school taxes, since they can be quite expensive. Additionally, check out the local statistics, including demographics and crime estimates, consider whether the community is growing, and talk to the neighbours, since they can give you valuable information about the area. Finally, don’t forget to research the schools in each area. If you have children, you need to know about the program, the distance from your home, the graduation rate, etc. On the other hand, if you don’t have children, this is an important aspect to be considered, since it affects the value of your property.

Where to Look?

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Traditionally, you would look up properties in the real estate sections of newspapers and magazines, and this is still a viable option. However, the technological advances have made it possible for you to obtain even more data via the Internet, that is, by checking numerous real estate websites. Additionally, online real estate applications have lately had an important role in researching the market, enabling you to find your dream house while you’re on the move. You can read the full article to find out more about real estate apps that best suite your needs. Remember, it’s important to cover as much ground as possible, so using all resources available is of utmost importance.

Conducting thorough research is a prerequisite for making an informed decision when buying a property. Such a big step comes with a lot of risks, so make sure to do everything you can to minimise them and maximise the benefits.

Designing a nursery or a kids’ room requires all sorts of considerations – from safety issues and coziness to visual interest and trends. And since this is a room for young minds that are yet to grow and explore, it  is also important to be creative and design a space that encourages playfulness and imagination. Here is a short guide that should help you create the dream-like room for your child.

Ditch the “Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls” Approach

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Choosing a color scheme for kids’ room is far more difficult than going with the usual gender stereotypes. The colors must be kid-friendly but also trendy. Follow the guidelines of the leading authority on colors, Pantone, and opt for gentle hues, such as soft terracotta, beige, light grey, pale turquoise and muted olive. While the prevailing colors should be soft, the accent should pop and create a fun contrast.

Materials Make a Huge Difference

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Materials you use in a nursery will impact not only the aesthetic appeal of the room, but also the wellbeing of your child. Because of this you have to make sure you use natural materials, such as timber, bamboo, cork, wool and organic cotton.

Furniture Style and Layout

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Modular furniture pieces will work the best for kids’ room especially when it comes to bed. One furniture piece should always make a strong statement – that can be a vintage crib in the nursery or a boat shaped bed in a small pirate’s room. The furniture should be arranged in a way that leaves space for playing in the center of the room and allows uninterrupted movement.

Organize to Maximize Space and Stylishness

Kids’ rooms are a fertile ground for clutter. Prevent that from happening by having their things perfectly organized. Bins, boxes and repurposed wine crates can serve as toy storage, shelves are perfect for books and figurines, and clothes should be placed in a dresser or (if you’re in luck) a walk-in closet. When arranging clothes, separate according function (special occasion, playtime, sleeping, bathing, etc.).

Add a Something Extra

This “something extra” will depend on the age of the child and other factors. If, for instance, you’re designing a nursery a rocking chair would be that perfect piece that makes the image complete. For toddlers and school kids, that can be a reading nook, an arts and crafts area, shelves with superhero figurines, etc.
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Let There Be Light

Sunlight is the healthiest light source for kids, so make sure your little one’s room has access to a large window which is not blocked with heavy drapes (use sheer or no curtains instead). As for the artificial light, kids’ room should include task lights for reading or playing. Also, you should have the option of dimming the lights, for the situations when it is too bright or too dark.

Personalize It

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Personalization has two different meanings here. For nursery rooms that is hanging photos of your baby or signs and prints with her name, date of birth, etc. For toddler’s and school kids’ rooms, that means adapting the room to their interests, hobbies and preferences. An adventurist will enjoy naturalistic and animal prints on wallpaper, a little superhero will want a wall adorned with superheroes’ masks, a ballerina will love a bed with canopy resembling her tutu skirt – the possibilities are endless.

This was our short guide on creating the perfect kids’ room, and if you are interested in more décor tips and ideas, you can find tonnes of  inspiration at Kids Interiors.

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June 7th 2016 – the launching date of the new Big Brother season in the UK brought a lot of new sensational details. Whether you approve of it or not, the fact is that this attention-grabbing show makes thousands of people sit in front of their screens with their mouth wide open. All that while following the hectic lives of the housemates and – for the first time in BB history – The Other.

Big Brother’s Attention Grabbing Interiors

Conspiracy that the game brings is not the only thing that makes this season breathtaking. Its unique and amazing interior grabbed attention of the public even before the show actually started. This year’s been a real hunt – an action full of thrills for interior designers ready to produce the extravagant pieces of furniture that would suit the Big Brother one-of-a-kind lifestyle. Neon lights, flashes of hot pink and yellow combined with the 70s themed bedrooms – this year’s winner, Zespoke, made an atmosphere that’s without saying funky, retro and glamorous.

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Backyard with a Jacuzzi – Extravagant!

Let’s check out some of the features of the main house. There’s the newly overhauled backyard with a Jacuzzi, a hot tub and stylish lounge areas. It’s, by all means, the most enjoyable area at the moment.

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Marble-ous Bathroom

You’ve surely noticed the glamorous marble in the bathroom that looks incredibly luxurious.

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Living Room and Dramatic Furniture

The psychedelic living-room contains the furniture that adds dramatic effects to the whole atmosphere. Bright yellow sofas, lots of zig-zags, curved side tables, console tables and hoop coffee tables, bright pink Ottomans and black and pink graphics on the walls – the list of shiny, fun features seems endless. The tables come in different colours, and Zespoke made different custom-made options, such as glass shelves or metal legs.

Big Brother furniture by Zespoke

Colourful Bar

Having the bedroom with 70s décor brings a new vibe into the house. There’s a multicoloured bar in the center of this room and fluorescent light on the ceiling. It all looks simply refreshing, vivacious and rousing.  The colours in the dining-room fit this festive atmosphere, as well.

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Extensions!

The second house, built as an extension that measures 700sqm, contains quite a similar décor to the main building. The colours of the lounge area here are green, pink and blue, while the bedroom is green, grey and black and has four beds shared between six housemates.

Big Brother bedroom and living room

Whether it is cozy or crampy inside, it’s up to the inhabitants to decide. So far, they’ve grabbed all the attention of the public, that’s for sure.

 

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Who would have thought that some of the brightest stars of the celebrity heaven sometimes need an additional income? It is not like they need a side hustle to pay the bills. As it turns out, these celebrities are quite handy businessmen, earning money not just for need but for having some side savings. Some of the successful celebrity flippers can make more money for one house sale than for a leading role in a major blockbuster, for instance. So, let us see who those wise money makers are and how that second career is working for them.

Courteney Cox

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Turns out that Monica from “Friends” is very proficient in making her earnings from buying and then reselling houses. We can even call her one of the most successful celebrity real estate flippers. Cox is not only buying plane houses and then selling to the best bitter. She is purchasing serious pieces of architecture and investing in their renovation without destroying the present historic qualities. For instance, back in 2004 she purchased a house in the Trousdale Estates for $5.45 million, added a few features and sold it for almost five times larger sum.

Jeremy Renner

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When he is not busy saving the world as Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner is flipping houses. Joining forces with his friend Kristoffer Winters, he is flipping everything from a Nichols Canyon home to a Hollywood located house formerly owned by legendary filmmaker Preston Sturges. Renner himself claims that he has actually earned more money from flipping real estate than from acting.

Jennifer Aniston

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Another member of the “Friends” team finds her extra income in flipping real estate. One could say that as always she is following the footsteps of her more responsible friend, Monica (Courtney Cox). In fact, the actress’s house flipping career is equally as bright as her on-screen one – if we might add. Back in 2011, Jen sold her Beverly Hills mansion for $38 million and a year after she purchased a $21 million Bel Air mansion.

Diane Keaton

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The Oscar winner and Hollywood royalty has a very lucrative side gig purchasing, fixing up and selling properties. She has undertaken several renovations of historic houses in California and flipped some of them with great gains. Her latest project is listed for listed for $6.995 million was purchased in 2012 for $5.6 million. Therefore, the actress stands to profit $1.395 million. Not bad at all, right?

Meryl Streep
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“Here, hold my Oscar, let me sell this house” – Meryl Streep. No, the famous lady did not actually pronounced these words, but we wonder how does she find time to buy, renovate and sell houses, when she is constantly being busy getting herself showered in Oscars. To be honest, her flipping career is not as bright as her acting, but it works. She and her husband might have hoped for larger profit when they listed their house for $6.75 million, but they did still earned $300, 000. Better luck next time Meryl.

Michael C. Hall

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The star is surely not as cold hearted as his alter ego Dexter, but he does know how to think straight and use his head to earn some money on the side. And it seems that just as with his movies and TV career, Michael has a killer career on the horizon – no pun intended. The “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under” star has sold a Los Angeles house in 2013 after owning it for just one month. True, the profit was not large, but it is a start. Now, he has listed his California home for $4.85 million, and it is expected to profit almost $700, 000.

These celebrities are a clear proof that everyone needs a side gig sometimes and an extra cash influx has never been a bad thing.

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At first glance, one-room apartments do not seem like a perfect stage for design ideas. On the contrary, these cramped spaces give decorators many headaches. However, one Swedish small haven is about to change this notion. The irresistible charm of the Scandinavian decor was used to pull together a striking home, which responds to obstacles with stylish ingenuity and interior design prowess. It demonstrates the art of making every inch count, and deploys smart design tactics: This is a master class in how to engage in decorating a small space.

White sensation

The first thing that stands out in the unique shelter is the monochrome visual appeal, as this enthralling all-white space embraces the Scandinavian color philosophy. Gorgeous white floor and walls are accompanied by pastel accents that make the room more captivating. Furthermore, the clutter is kept at bay, which provides enough room for daily activities and for people to move around freely. Finally, a large count of windows infuses an airy and spacious feel, which is paramount to Nordic flats.

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This shows in the open kitchen and dining area that emanate a sense of freedom. Differently-colored pastel chairs add drama and deliver a whimsical touch to the room, which is complemented by minimalistic wall art. An industrial pendant light draws the eye up, and reminds us of the importance of lighting in assembling a stunning environment. Wall shelving provides storage space in the kitchen, with effective lamps located above it. A small ’50-style, pastel green refrigerator is a spectacle in its own right, and it also acts as a room divider.

A photo of a small apartment in Scandinavian decor

Make room

A comfortable sitting area is the hub of domestic life. It serves as a convenient place for various household activities and social gatherings. There are many windows that let the natural light and fresh air in, summoning the sense of openness and calmness. A grey ARÖD floor lamp compliments the natural blessings, and with its adjustable arm and head, it is a highly-functional source of directional light.  The statement wall on the opposite side introduces some style with the wacky artwork, and shows us we should not shy away from daring focal points when decorating.

Small Apartment

A private sleeping nook is concealed behind the wall, offering sublime coziness. There is also a door that breaks the room and creates an illusion of more space. Behind it, an open wardrobe is located, which is a nice solution for the shortage of storage capacities. There was even space left even for a chill-out corner, which is located above the bedroom. This is a great way to maximize the horizontal space and take advantage of the high ceilings. Make an effort to nurture such strategic thinking whenever decorating and designing a spatially challenging home.

Scandinavian Inspired Apartment

More power to you

Sometimes less is more. Nothing proves this statement as superbly as a tiny, adorable Scandinavian-style home. It has everything one could need, and it is astounding indeed how much style and beauty were packed in 45 m2. This proves that by making the most out of small space, it is possible to transform it into a retreat that transcends the spatial limitations. Merging unparalleled functionality with minimalistic edge and appealing design, this is a small dream home come true.

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Architecture can amaze you in many ways. There are buildings which beauty leaves you breathless, as well as those that seem strange and sometimes even ridiculous. These structures cause you to look at them from different angles and are bound to leave anyone in awe.

The Dancing House – Prague, Czech Republic

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The Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger, was designed by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry. Its common nickname given by the citizens is ‘Drunken House’. It was built from 1994 to 1996 on the Vltava River, at the site of the building that was destroyed during the bombing of Prague in 1945. Its unusual appearance initially provoked controversial reactions and opinions of not only experts, but the local population as well. The former Czech President Vaclav Havel, who from childhood lived in a neighboring building, supported its construction, in the hope that it will become a center of cultural events, and he wasn’t wrong.

The Crooked House – Sopot, Poland

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Crooked House was built by the design studio ‘Sotinská and Zaleski’ in 2004 in Sopot. Zaleski found the inspiration for this unusual structure while flipping through children’s picture books. Some describe it as a ‘tired’ building, while others say it looks as if it is melting. This house is a must-see tourist destination, and therefore it is not surprising that it is the most photographed building in Poland. In this three-story house there are pubs, restaurants and a few shops.

The Corpus Museum – Netherlands

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Enormous human body – The Corpus museum is undoubtedly one of the strangest buildings in the Netherlands. It is located near the highway linking Amsterdam and The Hague, and was opened by Dutch Queen Beatrix in 2008. The building actually consists of 35-meter high transparent structure that represents a portrait of a man in a sitting position. Inside it was used fiberglass, in order to more realistically display the insides of the human body and its functions. Visit to this unusual museum is primarily the educational journey, during which, among other things, people can find out why we sleep and what happens when we sneeze.

The Hole House – Houston, USA

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Houston residents were stunned when in the summer of 2005 they saw the consequences of the strong tornado that swept through their town. The storm passed through a house, and a strong wind made the swirl hole that only apparently acts as a horizontal chimney. The hole, later decorated with graffiti, can be seen clearly on the front of the house. Dan Havel and Dean Ruck have made it public artwork. It is a unique architectural project ‘Inversion’, which unusual optical illusion attracted many visitors not only from the US but also from around the world.

Hotel ‘Marqués de Riscal’ – Elciego, Spain

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Hotel “Marqués de Riscal” was made by design of Frank Gehry, one of the most successful American architects of all time. It was built in the area where the wine growing is a tradition, with the aim of attracting tourists. Rather than fitting it into the existing environment, Gehry wanted an unusual appearance. The structure consists of elements made of steel covered with huge panels of titanium, gold and steel. Each room in this hotel is different and has a view of the vineyard, so staying in it is a unique pleasure.

The Blur Building – Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

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Located near Neuchâtel Lake in Yverdon-les-Ben, this hotel is built as an exhibition pavilion of the Swiss Fair in 2002. The modern meteorological system monitors the shift of climate changes in temperature, humidity, wind direction and speed, and sends the data to central computer that regulates the pressure of the water that creates the mist. Immediately upon entering, the ‘fog’ and all the visual and sound elements disappear, leaving the optical ‘white noise’ of pulsing nozzles.

Hotel Tianzi – Hebei, China

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Hotel Tianzi immediately after construction (2000-01) entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest image-building in the world. The building, 41.6 meters high, represents Fu Lu Shaw, a deity that brings good luck, prosperity and longevity. The official name of the hotel is Tianzi, but the locals call it the The Emperor Hotel and Son of Heaven Hotel.

Hospedería del Errante (Errante apartments) – Chile
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This unique structures apparently looks as a dilapidated building that will collapse in any moment. Most of the guests thought at first that it was shaped by a hurricane or an earthquake, and its sloping surfaces are a noticeable tourist attraction.

National Architects Union Headquarters – Bucharest, Romania

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The structure of this unusual building, situated in Bucharest, combines the old building, which is linked to the restored modern glass building. It was built in the second half of the 19th century for politicians, and it quickly became the center of the intellectual elite of the time. The building was destroyed in the fire during the anti-communist revolution in 1989. Although dilapidated, over the next ten years it was a symbol of the Democratic victory, later to be altered by the best Romanian architects.

The House Attack – Vienna, Austria

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The renowned Austrian artist Erwin Wurm made in 2008. ‘House attack’ – the installation of the house hanging upside down from the Museum of Modern Art. According to him, this work symbolizes the families that are faced with problems and challenges.

A few hundred years ago it was easy to list the most beautiful buildings in the world; there had to be the Parthenon, the Hagia Sophia, the Taj Mahal, etc. Now it’s much harder to find architectural universality – buildings that tourists will surely visit for years to come.

With the ménage of animals that our world provides us, there are great opportunities to using these precious creatures in our home design. Animal inspired design is eclectic, subtle and sometimes inspiring. Showcasing a love for a particular animal or a region of animals gives visitors a view into your personality. Here are four tips on how you can incorporate animals in your home’s design and décor.

 

1. Focus on a Particular Animal Type

Deciding on a particular animal that will suit your current home design is one way to get the process started. If you have warm tones in your home, maybe using ranch style animals like horses or cows can bring in a classic animal design to your room. Warm tones might also give a cabin a rustic feel with moose, wolves, elk, deer and other native animals to a specific region that creates a specific style. Or maybe your home is brighter in nature and you want to bring sea animals or exotic animals into the design. Something that will stand out and get noticed when people enter your home, something like a penguin, a tiger or giraffes. Another option is to choose your favorite animal or pet and design your space around this specific creature.

 

2. Determine Your Color Palette

Once you have decided on your which animal is best suited for your home, now it is time to focus on what color palette best suits your home, your style and your favorite critter. Neutrals tones can add an elegance to a room and bring in classic pieces to support your style. Animals with brown or gray tones like seals, whales, lions or gazelles can enhance a room yet create this style of elegance. While bold colors like red and black could suit a striking animal like a zebra or a specific type bird like a toucan. Even adding colorful prints of your own pets can bring a room to life. A color palette will also help you create a sense of how you are going to add animals to your design. Too many neutral tones like brown and gray may not work well with sea creatures of a similar color as these animals may get washed out due to the very neutral on neutral color palette.

 

3. How Much Animal to Add to Your Space

Now that you know which animal family you want to incorporate in your room and what your color palette is, how much of the animal do you want in the room? Are you looking for one print on a specific wall to highlight the animal? Or are you looking for prints, throw pillows, accessories and table pieces to bring the glory of the animal into the room so that everyone knows this room represents one of your favorite living creatures? The animal you choose may keep you limited to your approach of how much animal décor to incorporate. Using the dramatic coloring of a panda may encourage you to keep the use of the black and white to a minimum. But the gentler palettes of a snow owl or a rabbit may give you more flexibility on how much of these animals to add to a room. The other task you will encounter will be how can you find pieces that suit your home’s style and yet add these animals to your space.

 

4. Whimsical or Stylish

When adding animals to a room by all means, have fun! Some rooms can inspire whimsy like dressing a children’s room with animals. Adding animal themes can add excitement to a child’s room. Using contemporary representation of animals on walls like white ceramic animal heads or octopus vases throughout the space can also add a whimsical touch to the room. Using a stylish and elegant approach in a main room can add a touch of regality to a room. Like adding champion horse prints to walls or a subtle throw rug to highlight a favorite animal using a unique print can create a stylish look.

 

Animals are some of the most beautiful creatures we have on earth and incorporating them into your home’s design can be a treat for all the animal lovers out there. For more animal inspired décor visit us at the HomeZada Pinterest site.

 

About the author: Elizabeth Dodson is the co-founder of HomeZada, a cloud-based home improvement and organizational software tool. HomeZada strives to educate and provide resources for homeowners in all areas of home management, including home improvement and design, home maintenance, home inventory, and property information.

It is now possible to buy L’ Air de Panache perfume. That is the exact same perfume that Mister Gustave H from the Grand Budapest Hotel uses daily. That is one of the ways to pepper your life with details from the Anderson’s movies. If the perfume is not enough, you can use Anderson’s movies and decorate your entire home in the same style. Here are some useful tips on how to use décor from three major Anderson’s movies and implement it in your home.

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Choose the color pallet that includes pink and blue, red and purple and black and brown. There are many ways that you can use these color combinations in your home. For example, purple and red can be a color pattern on your carpets. Pink and blue can find their way into your kitchen. Black and brown are easy enough to implement anywhere.
Combine patterns. You can combine floral patterns with stripes, just like in Agatha’s room. Less is more in this case. Combined patterns will work better on details than on entire walls or floors.
Drapes and wallpapers are present throughout the movie. The drapes are heavy and the wallpapers have floral patterns. Besides wallpapers, some of the walls are decorated with animal trophies. Now you can find fake animal trophies or eco-leather animal masks.

Moonrise Kingdom

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Plaid pattern is all over the Moonrise Kingdom. While you don’t want it on your shirts, some plaid curtains for your kitchen can work perfectly.

Brown and ochre are the colors you should choose to make your home resemble Moonrise Kingdom. Dark red is also important in this movie. You can use it in the combination with white. It will work perfectly for linens, pillow cases and bed covers.

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Records and the record player, round crocheted rug and the sailboat pattern are movie décor details that you can use in your home. Also, anything related to the wilderness or scouts is essential for this look.

The Royal Tenenbaums

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The movie switches from warm tones: red, yellow and ochre brown, to cool tones: blue, teal and white. That is what you need to do if you want to mime The Royal Tenenbaums color pallet.

A vintage sofa with floral pattern in warm tones would be a nice touch. Also, lampshades in the corner of your room would make it seem like a place from this movie. Patchwork duvet covers are an inexpensive way to do this, as well.

Throughout the movie, there are many scenes that feature collections of different sorts: books, board games and vintage frames for kids’ drawings. This means that this is the perfect moment to display your collections. And basically – the 60’s and early 70’s inspiration is the way to go here and throughout most of Wes’s movies.

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It is fun to get inspired by movies when it comes to decorating your own home. This doesn’t mean that you need to copy the exact pieces of furniture, wallpapers or colors. Using similar color patterns, styles and ideas and tailoring them to suit your taste and your home will be just enough. You will get a dash of the atmosphere from the movie and still keep your personal touch to your home.