Soundscape is often overlooked in house plans.

Contemporary Passivhaus in the countryside

Magazines and websites are full of home interior design inspiration
There is a reason for all the avid “Pinners” on Pinterest — people crave an amazing home interior. As most of us have already discovered, decor websites can spark a flame of creativity that we never knew we had.

If you have not already begun to create inspiration boards for your home’s decor, then begin now — this is the first step to creating the home you desire.

Go onto Pinterest to search for home styles that appeal to you, or go onto MYMOVE and use the “Collect This Idea” button to gather design images that excite you, or simply grab some design magazines and cut out pictures that speak to you.

After hunting and gathering for creative DIY interior design images that inspire you, step back and look at all that you have collected — this should tell the story of your design style. You may be surprised at the style you crave to create.


Working tightly with the clients, who expertly handled the interior finishing

Axboe House by Klima Architecture

Aesthetically, the Axboe house is perceived as a looking box to the mountain ranges beyond, tapering down its massing to allow for ample outdoor decks and patios that transition to the adjacent spaces. In tune with our firm’s ethos, the home’s energy performance is helped with double stud wall construction, triple pane European windows, orientation and massing per passive solar methods, and an airtight barrier.

Super Insulated
Minimal Thermal Bridging
Airtight Construction
Triple Pane Windows
Fresh Air Heat Recovery
Minimal Heating and Cooling
Low Flow Fixtures
Efficient Appliances
Passive Heating and Cooling
Low VOC Materials



Best Free Home and Interior Design Tools

Floorplanner lets you design and decorate your space in 2D and 3D, which can be done online and without having to download any software. While its interior decorating function is an excellent feature, the strength of this tool lies in its functionality as a floor planner. Then, once the floor plan is completed, you can switch view and decorate the space in 3D mode.

It’s simple to use and easy to get the hang of, so if you’re after something that doesn’t require a steep learning curve, Floorplanner is a good choice.


Best Closet Design Companies

Woman clearing

Closet design is the practice of maximizing the functionality of storage space with the addition of organizational components such as hanging rods, drawers, and shoe racks. The best closet design companies help buyers create a closet that will serve all of their organizational needs.

While some companies design and install the product for the customer, others take a more do-it-yourself approach by allowing the customer to both lay out and install the components. These are the best closet design companies that cover every budget and need and that are available nationwide.


Extra Attention on Light

living room with double rows

It’s not just “volume rooms” that make a space seem larger, brighter, and dramatic. There is something to be said for large windows when it comes to aesthetics, ambiance, and functionality. House designers are embracing large windows for that extra attention on light. Just visualize an open floor home with wall-to-wall glass windows and that perfect warm glow of sunshine streaming in. Called “daylighting,” the design concept uses architectural elements – such as large windows and skylights – to allow natural light into living spaces.

Even if not primarily facing south, when the large windows are arranged strategically in the open floor areas, they can provide light to the entire space. What a great way to connect with the natural surroundings and add more natural light to the home.


“Ask lots of questions,” says Irving about house

1. Not asking enough questions home
“Ask lots of questions,” says Irving. “There’s no such thing as a dumb one, and besides, it’s your money you’re spending. You should know why and on what.”

2. Making too many changes along the way
Changes that seem simple to you may require a lot of work on the back end, so be sure you check with your designer or builder on even slight adjustments. “Even moving a light switch a few feet can cost $1,500,” reminds Irving.

3. Not setting up a timeline
Work with your contractor to put together a list of items that need to be purchased and deadlines for making decisions. “The last thing you want is to feel under the gun to make an important fixture selection you’ll later regret,” says Chiappone.

4. Not thinking outside the box, literally
Gutters, grading, and roofs may sound boring when there are chandeliers to obsess over, but you’ve got to build a solid envelope if you want your house to hold up. “If you’re faced with a choice of working on the outside or the inside, start on the outside,” says Irving. “No point in putting in a new floor if the roof is getting set to leak.”

5. Sweeping interiors under the rug
On the other hand, too many times, interiors are an afterthought. Newbies often think they can do finish work themselves or throw their old couch into a new room. But if you want to love your space—and increase its value—make sure you leave room in the budget for working on interior design and décor.

6. Underestimating psychological stressors
“Any building project in your own home is fraught with power dynamics,” says Irving, who suggests that couples take on a smaller project—building a birdhouse, say—first. Seriously. You might be surprised how different your styles, ideas, and approaches are. “It’s happening in your nest, with your dough,” adds Irving, “in large amounts. If you can’t do a smaller project first, you should at least know that it would be better if you did.”

7. Skimping on quality
“Spend good money on things you touch every day,” offers Chiappone, “like door hardware, doors, faucets, appliances, kitchen cabinets. The tactile experience sends a daily reminder to you and your guests about the solidity and quality of your home.”

8. Splurging where you should save
On the flip side, she says, “Don’t get locked into the idea that the biggest items should cost the most.” Nice throw pillows can dress up a mid-range sofa. Or mix a low-end dining table with a statement light fixture. Reglazing tile will be far more cost-effective than a total overhaul. “And sisal rugs are economical and always look chic!” she says.

9. Replacing windows
“Think long and hard before you replace your windows. If they’re original to the house and are in half-decent shape, they can and should be resuscitated,” advises Irving. Adding storm windows can do the trick where it comes to energy-efficiency. “Anyone claiming that you will earn your money back in energy savings by installing replacement windows is either misinformed or looking for your money himself.”

10. Not knowing measurements
Once you know what size couches, tables, and sconces you need, write them down and carry that list with you always. You never know when the perfect item will jump into your path. “Don’t fall in love with a 94-inch sofa when you can only fit an 84,” warns Chiappone.

Buying giant furniture
While you’re at it, jot down your door widths, too. “Make sure your new purchases can fit through the front door,” says Chiappone. “You won’t believe how often this gets overlooked.”


Volumes and spaces of a contemporary house

Originating from an new vision or a reinterpretation of traditional architecture, a contemporary house is characterized above all by beautiful volumes and the opening of large spaces in simple but ambitious geometries. Indoor spaces are connected to the outside through an original relationship with the land and the natural environment: gardens, terraces, swimming pools, patios, flat roofs, cantilevered elements, covered outdoor spaces.

Wooden house in cubes

The use of large openings, zenith lighting, large windows, sometimes with unusual shapes, giving onto large living rooms with great heights in connection traditional architecture with the outside, creates a particular luminosity and new perspectives on a transfigured environment.

The definition of different “blocks” according to their arrangement or their levels and their articulations through the contrast of volumes, purified lines and minimalist forms, modifies the perceptions of everyday life. Contemporary architectural design strongly influences life in a new form of living in linked to the home, and occasionally also integrated with professional activities



Dream House Plan

This contemporary plan with Mediterranean styling combines openness and formality in a wide design that makes it ideal for rear views. With bayed windows, French doors and zero corner sliding glass doors the rear veranda is easily accessed, bringing the outside in. The inviting covered entry leads to the stunning, columned living room, which is flanked by the dining room and study. A modern and sophisticated see through fireplace separates the living room and study. Off the dream kitchen with nook, the large leisure room with fireplace flows easily to the rear veranda through sliding doors. On the right side, the master suite has a spectacular bath, as well as, his and her closets. A private master garden is accessed through the master bath. On the left side of the plan, you will find three separate guest suites each with a private bath and contemporary plan.



Dining room

Beautiful lighting fixtures can turn a typical dining room into an extraordinary one. Interior designer Paula Grace Halewski believes that lighting brings this room together. “The dramatic chandeliers, with geometric glass pendants that echo the shape of the room, complete the desired feeling of the space—awe,” she says. Everything comes together in the space—the shimmering wallcovering, the large artwork, and the eye-catching chandeliers.

“Lighting is hugely important,” adds Eberlein. Avoid downlights whenever possible, especially directly over chairs, to eliminate dark shadows on guests’ faces. Hang chandeliers low—28 to 34 inches above the table. Create a glow on the perimeter wall by using wall washers to highlight art and interesting surfaces. Introduce as many eye-level light sources as possible like sconces.


Hollywood Movies That Will Inspire You To Never Give Up

They make us laugh, they make us cry, they even make us cheer! When we see underdogs take on extraordinary goals, despite all adversities and difficulties, we can relate to them. We all need inspiration. Dealing with neck to neck competition in the modern era, sometimes we get tired of trying and want to give up. But movies these make us look inside ourselves and, often, can be used as inspiration themselves. So to that end, here’s a list that is not just any casual evening watch. These 20 movies are sure to motivate us, inspire us and stick with us long after the ending scenes.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption tells the tale of banker Andy Dufresne’s 19-year term in prison. The film gives a strong message of friendship and perseverance and lets us have an insight of the lives at Shawshank. The film just doesn’t end with innocent Andy’s escape but also his mate, Red’s redemption making it an inspiring story of hope, faith and bonding.

2. Rocky (1976)
The story of Rocky Balboa is not just of boxing, but of struggle and hard work. The difficulties of daily life that he struggles to earn for, his relationship with his best friend’s sister and the formation of his career are all well-knit parts of the plot, and this overall view of his life is what makes the movie so special. This story of a man, who from a ‘nobody’ becomes a ‘somebody’ is truly an all-time inspiring watch.

3. 127 Hours (2010)
What if you were asked to choose between amputating your hand and death? That’s the decision Aron Ralson had to make in 127 Hours. The five days in the life of this lone trekker being trapped and his miraculous return to civilization is a story of survival. This film not only inspires us but makes us grateful for something we all take for granted – life.

4. Into The Wild (2007)
As the name aptly reveals, Into The Wild is a story of breaking free. ‘I don’t believe in careers Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th century invention,’ is a dialogue that well reflects this sentiment. Christopher McCandless, leaving his profitable career as an athlete behind, chooses to give his possessions for charity and embarks on a journey to Alaskan wilderness. An inspiring story of choosing an alternate life path in today’s competitive world makes Into The Wild an unconventional treat.

5. Schindler’s List (1993)
At a time of genocide, this film tells the story of a true hero. Oskar Schindler’s arrangement to keep his Jewish workers protected to ensure his factory is still in operation did not only work for his benefit, but saved many innocent lives too. The plot of the story is a masterpiece, bringing out humanity warped in business in a time of war. The movie ends with the tragic fate of Schlinder despite the endeavors of the ones on his ‘list’ – a truly inspiring conclusion that will leave you in tears.


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