Saturday, May 26, 2018

Experience the chic interior design of the Regent Hotel in Singapore

Classic style and exceptional drinking and dining options in the heart of Singapore’s commercial district


Soaring style

With interiors by neofuturistic architect John Portman, the Regent Singapore offers classic glamour close to the western end of Orchard Road, the city-state’s famed shopping strip. The lobby is based around four Art Deco ‘bubble’ lifts that ferry guests from the first floor to the 12th. And then there’s the centrepiece, the giant “Singapore Shower” by Japanese sculptor Michio Ihara, which hangs from the ninth floor to the second and comes to life in mid-afternoon when the sun streams in to illuminate the work, casting a golden shimmer across the property’s interior. The hotel itself is a towering atrium arranged in tiers with an almost pyramid-like effect, while each floor’s corridors are left open to provide views from on high of the water features and swirling staircases below.

Friday, May 25, 2018

New Southern Interiors: Patterns & Textures Abound in This European-Style Home

Sometimes the best starting point for a room is a beautiful piece of art. For this Atlanta abode, the wife’s favorite painting – an abstract she’d had for years, artist unknown — inspired the whole house. “The art is located in the foyer, which can be seen throughout each room on the main level,” says interior designer Kit Castaldo. Her thinking? Keep the nearby rooms clean and neutral with furnishings, while adding accessories and textures in different color combinations found within the art.
This Atlanta house near Chastain Park offered a change of lifestyle for the young homeowners, who moved from a high-rise to this European-style house so they could have more room for entertaining and a yard for a dog.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

CELEBRITY HOMES: Heart Evangelista's elegant house in QC

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Actress and soon-to-be mom Heart Evangelista gave Metro.Style a tour of her 530-square-meter home in Quezon City.
The predominantly white house includes a living room, a dining room, a family room, bedrooms, and an attic with a boudoir, walk-in closet, and work area.

The actress and her husband, Senator Francis Escudero, tapped Hurray Interior Design Group – the new mother brand of Heima and Heim Interiors – to design their home.
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All-black tiny house features stylish airy interior

True to its name, this mobile tiny home from Lank Ark RV looks like a ship on wheels. The top of the home’s frame slants slightly upwards like a mast jutting into the sky. In actuality, the house has nothing to do with the sea—it’s all about traversing land on wheels.

Four of the Most Spectacular Properties in India

Given an unlimited budget and the best architects money can buy, many of us might opt to include the very latest in materials and technology when building our dream home. 
But for one family of four generations who have chosen to live under the same roof, using recycled building materials, windows and even furniture to create their palatial Mumbai pad was the best way to honour their past.   
The result - dubbed the Collage House - appeared on the BBC show The World's Most Extraordinary Homes, which this week saw presenters Caroline Quentin and Piers Taylor visit four of the most spectacular properties in India.     
The duo also dropped into an ultra-minimalist countryside home with a metal roof, beneath which lies living quarters exposed to the elements - and with panoramic views of the lush surroundings.   
All four homes featured on the episode had been masterminded with India's climate in mind - but with soaring summer temperatures and a torrential monsoon season to contend with, it wasn't always an easy task.  
Here, FEMAIL offers a sneak peek inside each of the homes... 
The Collage House is in the city of Mumbai is made of entirely recycled materials which are up to 125 years old

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

When Your Pool Has Its Own Living Room

More homeowners are building resort-style pools with sunken living rooms and platforms surrounded with water; take a dip without getting wet
Originally published on May 17, 2018|The Wall Street Journal|

More homeowners want to get into their pools without getting wet.
New designs mimic sprawling resort-style pools with “islands” that are accessible via bridges and footpaths. Plush seating, dining tables, fire pits and sunbathing platforms are serenely surrounded by water.
“In some cases we’re designing pools where people don’t even swim in them,” says Kurt Kraisinger, founder of Lorax Design Group, a landscape architecture firm in Overland Park, Kan. “It’s more about engaging with the pool itself.”
Sunken living rooms with fire pits are a popular feature because homeowners can be at eye level with the water. Others are opting for large platforms in the middle of the pool with enough space for al fresco dining. “It’s a fun feature that becomes a destination” within the home, says Ryan Hughes, a Tampa-based outdoor living designer.
More: Designing a Rooftop Entertaining Space
A two-story ‘island’ is connected to an outdoor terrace in a Jamaica home.
A two-story ‘island’ is connected to an outdoor terrace in a Jamaica home.
Homeowners are interested in creating pool islands to get a “feel of multiple rooms in the backyard,” says Rick Chafey, a Mesa, Ariz.-based pool designer. Mr. Chafey recently built a deck that’s attached on one side and extends out over pool, so people can swim underneath. When designing larger pools, the goal is to encourage multiple gathering areas “by creating islands” that can make the area feel more spread out, he says. Increasingly that means freeform pool edges or lazy river type shapes rather than a paired down rectangular shape, says Mr. Chafey.
Others are using the island-type pool amenities to better integrate the pool’s design with that of the home. Last year, Michael Nantz, a Dallas-based pool and landscape designer, created a two-story island that’s connected by a walking path to the outdoor terrace in a Jamaica vacation home. The upstairs level is surrounded by glass, so visitors get a glimpse of both the pool and the ocean, he says. The two-story island is seen from throughout the home and “brings the pool more inline with the [overall] architecture,” he says.
From Penta: Aston Martin Unveils New Personal Submarine Design
Be prepared to pay for the amenity. A sunken living room feature can be especially costly to install and maintain because there are electrical hazards if high-voltage power is too close to the water’s edge. Others are prone to flooding and require drainage pump systems along with additional waterproofing. Built-in lighting is essential because there’s no way to hang lights overhead. Costs for installing areas in the pool start at about $25,000 for a simple platform, Mr. Hughes estimates.
An elevated pool path in a Los Angeles home listed for $38 million.
An elevated pool path in a Los Angeles home listed for $38 million.
In 2016 U.S. homeowners spent $2.7 billion on in-ground pools, up from $1.8 billion in 2011, according to market research firm Pkdata.
The effort can pay off. Pools with opulent island-style entertaining areas are increasingly a deciding factor for buyers, says Rayni Williams, Los Angeles-based real-estate agent. In Los Angeles, homes above $20 million can get a $5 million to $10 million premium based on the pool and lounging areas that speak to the “California lifestyle,” says Ms. Williams. Buyers prefer pool areas that are easily visible from the main indoor living areas rather than on a lower level or hidden from view. The “money shot” view of a resort-like pool from the home’s entryway can sell a home instantly, says Ms. Williams.
Earlier this year, Ms. Williams sold a luxury property with a 12,000-pound rock with a fire pit center that was placed in the water and allowed for additional seating inside the pool. Some Midcentury Modern homes often have booths within the pool for entertaining, she adds. Homes with sunken living areas and fire features can create buzz around the property; a “famous” pool draws in luxury buyers, she says.
“Even if you use that pool once a year, [an elaborate pool] gives you a feeling that you’re going to enjoy your life,” she says. Source.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Colour Trend Forecast 2019: Bold Bursts of Colour

Forecasting colour trends is somewhat unpredictable as fashion and interior design trends are moving faster than ever but expect to see bright and intense colours.
Interior design trends are heavily influenced by prevalent fashion trends. From colour to texture to the richness created by the layering of materials, the decision process behind selecting a material or colour palette for a design concept is an intentional play of how the final product will work as a resolved and enlightening space. These decisions formulate a changing landscape throughout the day and throughout the seasons of the year. Each material and colour will reflect light in an ever-changing way and in turn how the space is perceived and experienced. These somewhat subconscious details stimulate nostalgic responses and signify cultural and social ideologies behind contemporary design movements.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Living life in the lap of luxury

Living life in the lap of luxuryDouble chandeliers add an extra touch of luxury to the living and dining areas.
Homes are intimate spaces that reflect our personalities and aspirations. While some of us are comfortable with simple designs, others desire opulence and express it through their tastes and preferences in decor. Essentially, luxurious home decor is a combination of elegant and premium quality decor items and themes that add elements of extravagance and class. For instance, it is the use of statement pieces like expensive sofas, chandeliers, exotic flowers in grand vases, and quality fabrics like silk, satin or chiffon as decor elements in your home. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Inside the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

“The Moonlight Room” by Juan Montoya Design. Photography by Nickolas Sargent.
Each year, celebrated designers transform a luxury Manhattan residence into the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, an elaborate exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology. This year’s iteration, open May 1-31, is no different. Designers went all out: Juan Montoya Design evokes the cosmos via abstract silhouettes of the moon in both carpeting and wall covering, while Barbara Ostrom Associates transports guests to an avid art collector’s library, crowned by a ceiling inspired by Frank Stella paintings. This year’s pièce de résistance, however, is the grand staircase, Sasha Bikoff’s technicolor ode to past, present, and future. Memphis Milano designers Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini influenced Bikoff, who included colorful pieces by Chris Schanck and Misha Kahn. It’s a feast for the eyes—and Instagram. By Ryan Waddoups.

Modern Renaissance

Modern Renaissance

The historic Summerville neighborhood is home to some of Augusta’s oldest and most stunning architecture, from Southern style farmhouses with wrap-around porches to quaint bungalow cottages, columned plantation homes, and Spanish colonial estates. The neighborhood boasts history — each home embodies characteristics, secrets, and stories (some forgotten and others remembered) from decades past.
One such home on Walton Way stands apart from the rest: a nearly 100-year-old two story brick Italian Renaissance-style villa with clay roof tiles and white trim. Built in 1926, the home was constructed and designed by Willis Irvin, a Washington, Ga., native who built upscale homes in Georgia and South Carolina from 1910 through the 1940s.

Ethan Allen Unveils New Uptown Look

 Ethan Allen has introduced Uptown, a home furnishings line that reinterprets time-honored forms in fresh, exciting ways. It's a look that's filled with Hollywood Regency and art deco influences designed to deliver modern, affordable luxury.

Hollywood Regency elements were the inspiration behind the Evansview round dining table. Its glamorous starburst Indonesian mahogany tabletop and curved champagne brass-finished pedestal make it an elegant addition to any room.