Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazinehttps://freshome.comFreshome is a website dedicated to show you the latest trends in modern architecture, modern interior design and modern furniture design.Sat, 21 Jul 2018 05:00:22 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7http://freshome.com/http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/logo.pngFreshomeFreshInspirationForYourHomehttps://feedburner.google.comPatterned Tile: What the Portuguese Can Teach Us About Stylehttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/vGCG7juLefo/https://freshome.com/patterned-tile-portugal/#respondFri, 20 Jul 2018 17:00:11 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=283683We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  During any renovation or new build, the designer – or design-minded property owner – is tasked with balancing functionality and style. Choices present themselves at every turn. Will you […]

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Look to the Portuguese for patterned tile that transforms a room. Image: CTI Kitchens

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During any renovation or new build, the designer – or design-minded property owner – is tasked with balancing functionality and style. Choices present themselves at every turn. Will you prioritize form or function? Blending your vision with the realities of a space is a major undertaking. If you’re in the thick of this process and feel overwhelmed, we’ve got good news. Patterned tile can deliver both high impact and high function. Your days of deliberating are over!

The patterned tile revival in the US leans into Mediterranean culture. If you’re looking for inspiration to turn a simple stretch of tile into a permanent art piece, go straight to the source. Portugal has been famous for its patterned tile – called azulejo – for centuries. That’s right, centuries. Did you know that Lisbon is older than Rome, Paris or London? Rich with history and endowed with natural beauty, this historical city uses stunning patterned tile to enchant its visitors at every turn. Bring the romance of Europe’s coastline and the significance of centuries-old design into your home for a style slam dunk. Here are a few examples of rooms that use patterned tile to make a splash em estilo português.

Patterned tile in the kitchen

Every kitchen needs a backsplash. Excessive use of subway tile and shiplap may have you poring over style guides and design magazines for a fresher option. Tile with interesting shapes and patterns delivers exactly that.

Maintain an airy feel in the kitchen while adding visual interest. Image: Kat Nelson Designs

Like we said, designing a room requires a careful balance of form and function. You want to choose pieces that are visually interesting. You also want the space to feel livable and comfortable. Too much design can overwhelm a room. Painted tiles grab the eye even as they invite it to take in the full space.

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Minimal kitchens are trending. Adding tile can keep them from feeling too spartan. Image: The Stephen Neall Group

Do you love the clean, minimal lines of modern kitchens? If you want to give your kitchen a streamlined look but are worried it will feel austere, add a playful element through tile.

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Blend timeless and trendy with a patterned tile backsplash. Image: Savvy Interiors

Choosing a backsplash often feels daunting. There are so many options available. How do you choose one you’ll love long-term that still has a wow factor? Painted tile marries a classic, timeless look with a style that will elicit rave reviews from your guests.

If you want more help picking the perfect kitchen tile, we have six tips for you.

Patterned tile in the bathroom

Looking to make a big mark in a small space? Look no further.

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A patterned floor can help you take a compact bathroom from blah to beautiful. Image: Designs by Human

Unless you’re one of the lucky few with a spacious master bath, you’re probably working with some square footage constraints in your bathroom. Laying interesting tile for your floor allows you to add a design element that doesn’t take up any room.

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Tile doesn’t have to stop at the floor. Image: Joinery Group

Continue your pattern up the wall for a look that’s simultaneously clean and engaging. Tile walls are ideal for the high-humidity bathroom environment. Plus, they’re stylish enough that you don’t need to do much else to make your bathroom look finished.

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Even a small amount of tile can make a big impact. Image: Ardesia Design

If you like the Portuguese tile trend but aren’t fully ready to commit, look for smaller spaces in which to incorporate it. The small insets in the photo above get a makeover with painted tile and provide just enough pop.

You can find more bathroom tile inspiration here.

Patterned tile outdoors

Life al fresco is synonymous with Mediterranean living. You don’t have to limit your use of patterned tile to the indoors. Use it in your outdoor spaces to give them a summery feel.

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A patterned patio invites you for shared meals and long twilight chats. Image: Studio Hus

Fun, colorful tile makes any patio feel party-ready. Pay homage to warm Portuguese evenings sipping porto and listening to Fado music with a patterned patio you won’t want to leave.

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Give your home’s entry a Mediterranean makeover. Image: Rollins Andrew Interiors

If you’ve been hunting for a way to amp up your curb appeal, patterned tile is perfect. Nestle some underneath the steps leading up to your home for a stylish way to greet your guests before they even reach your front door.

With so many ways to incorporate Portuguese patterned tile in and out of your home, you’re sure to find one that gives you that perfect blend of style and function. Did any of the images above inspire you?

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Here Are 6 Surprising Home Improvements That Will Get You the Most Bang for Your Buck When You Sellhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/SXTVWK9oi6g/https://freshome.com/add-value-before-selling-your-home/#respondFri, 20 Jul 2018 12:00:56 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=283911Zillow, the website that values home properties according to local area sales, just released a report on how to add value before selling your home. Their research team looked at the 100 most common terms found in home listings from the last couple of years to identify the trends of what people are looking for in […]

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Zillow, the website that values home properties according to local area sales, just released a report on how to add value before selling your home. Their research team looked at the 100 most common terms found in home listings from the last couple of years to identify the trends of what people are looking for in a new home. They looked deeper to find which of these wish list items return the most money for the investment.

If you’re thinking granite countertops, wood floors or a new outdoor deck top the list, you might be surprised to read that none of those three are mentioned. In fact, most of the top six home improvements driving profitable sales today are unexpected. And some don’t cost a ton of money to add.

1. A wine refrigerator

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Even a small under-the-counter wine fridge could add thousands of dollars to your home’s sale price. Image: Harvey Jones

Sellers who had a wine fridge in their home listing sold their home for 22 percent more than similar listings. The trend was especially big on the west coast, with Los Angeles at the top of the list.

The numbers: You can add a wine refrigerator to your home for as little as $150. Many styles can be freestanding and just need to be plugged in. For a seamless look, replace a kitchen cabinet with a wine fridge. Considering that you may get tens of thousands of dollars back on a small investment, this upgrade is one you shouldn’t skip.

2. A steam shower

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Add value before selling your home by installing a simple steam shower. Image: Four Square Builders

Having a glass-enclosed steam shower is like adding a wellness spa to your home. And buyers are on the hunt for one, especially in colder places like Chicago. Of all six upgrades on this list, steam showers are the item that offers the biggest sales price increase. Homes advertising steam showers sold for 29 percent more than listings that didn’t mention one.

The numbers: The cost to install typically includes upgrading to a glass shower enclosure, updating the tile, adding a steam generating system or an exhaust fan and plumbing. According to Zillow, the cost can range from $2,500 to $10,000, depending on whether you’re starting from scratch or updating an existing shower.

3. A pizza oven

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This garden oasis features an outdoor fireplace and a wood-burning pizza oven. Image: Paradise Restored

Notice a trend here? Looks like buyers who are willing to spend more on a home are big on food and wellness. Pizza ovens are usually an outdoor feature and are much easier and less expensive to install outside, although you can add a pizza oven indoors, too.

The numbers: Home sellers who had a pizza oven received 26 percent more for their house than those who skipped the simple upgrade. You don’t need a lot of space to add a pizza oven in your backyard or terrace, which makes it a great way to add value before selling your home. A pre-made pizza oven can be picked up at a home improvement store for as little as $350.

4. Professional kitchen appliances

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A professional chef’s kitchen features everything a serious cook needs to create gourmet meals. Elements include a multi-burner gas stove, large refrigerator, one or two ovens, heavy-duty dishwasher and industrial exhaust system. Image: Boston Magazine

The search term of “professional appliances” rates high with buyers. A pro kitchen is more than just stainless steel appliances; appliances are often commercial grade, designed for those who are passionate about cooking.

The numbers: Homes with professional appliances earned a 29 percent higher sale price over similar listings that didn’t mention them. Some brands, like “Sub-Zero fridge,” earned sellers an impressive 38 percent increase. Professional appliances start at about $1,200 for dishwashers and $5,000+ for top-of-the-line gas ranges and refrigerators.

5. Heated floors

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Underneath the stone of this beautiful bedroom with a view, radiant floor heating pipes move hot water throughout the flooring to heat the floors and the entire room. Image: McClellan Architects

Under-floor heating is a luxurious amenity to have. Imagine waking up on a chilly morning and stepping barefoot onto warm floors. Well, home buyers are looking for this upgrade in their next home, with buyers paying 24 percent more over the home’s expected value for it.

The numbers: Installing heated floors requires construction. The system must go underneath the flooring, requiring owners to rip out the existing floor and replace it. According to Zillow, homeowners should expect “to pay between $5 and $10 per square foot” – not including the flooring – to install a system.

6. Solar panels

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Solar panels are a big investment initially but pay off over time in electric bill savings. Image: Zero Energy Design

This eco-friendly upgrade is profitable, especially in the lowest-priced, entry-level home tier. Home listings advertising “solar panels” profited an average of 21 percent above the expected home’s value. When looking specifically at the lowest priced, entry-level homes, sellers pocketed a whopping 40 percent more if solar panels were included.

The numbers: Solar panels are priced according to the “per watt of energy” they generate. Zillow reports that “the average US home with solar power has a 6 kW system, paying between $2.71 and $3.57 per watt.” That adds up to somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000 for a solar panel system, after federal tax credits.

How to add value before selling your home

When considering how to add value before selling your home, think about what makes the most sense in your region. A steam shower or underfloor heating may be more popular in colder climates. Solar panels or an outdoor pizza oven are best in areas with more sunny days.

Start with the easier, more affordable projects that add a gourmet effect to your kitchen and a spa feel to your bathroom and watch your home rise above the competition.

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Take a Look Inside Ben Affleck’s Plantation House Full of Southern Charm Before It Sellshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/x3-tKdE9pnE/https://freshome.com/ben-affleck-house/#respondThu, 19 Jul 2018 17:00:56 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=284391Ben Affleck is selling his gorgeous southern antebellum Greek-revival Georgia plantation for $8.9 million through Engel & Volkers. It’s nicknamed “The Big House” and here’s why: It’s situated on 87 acres on Hampton Island. The main “Big House” is 6,000 square feet and has several stately fireplaces and 15-foot ceilings. There’s also a 10,000-square-foot guest […]

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Ben Affleck is selling his gorgeous southern antebellum Greek-revival Georgia plantation for $8.9 million through Engel & Volkers. It’s nicknamed “The Big House” and here’s why:

  • It’s situated on 87 acres on Hampton Island.
  • The main “Big House” is 6,000 square feet and has several stately fireplaces and 15-foot ceilings.
  • There’s also a 10,000-square-foot guest house for 20 featuring five bedrooms and three master suites.
  • The property includes a cottage.
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The antebellum-style main house has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.

Located just 35 miles from Savannah, the historic-looking home is perfectly polished. Here’s a look inside:

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The living room is elegant yet relaxed and inviting, thanks to the slipcovered sofas. The grand fireplace has a mirror hung over it that reflects the centerpiece of the room: the chandelier.

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Reclaimed brick adds a historical feel to the home.

The open, airy kitchen has a relaxed feel. Large armoires and an island provide storage for pots, pans and china.

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Large 25-foot columns and plenty of veranda area leads out to scenic views of the North Newport River.

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A proper southern antebellum home isn’t complete without a collection of rocking chairs on the porch.

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One of the bathrooms of the main house features a clawfoot tub and antique lighting.

Oyster House, the 10,000-square-foot guesthouse

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The open floor plan guest house can sleep at least 20 guests. There are three master bedrooms and five bedrooms furnished with bunk beds.

Around the property

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The boat dock on the property is next to the cottage.

The property sits on 87 acres for the ultimate private nature experience.

The lucky buyer also has a billiards room, library, horse stable and golf privileges on the island golf club.

Ben Affleck is known to be a no-frills, down-to-earth guy. What do you think of his statesmanly southern property? Photography by Engel and Volkers.

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Floor Your Guests With These 2018 Rug Trendshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/neAf04sB5Hw/https://freshome.com/2018-rug-trends/#respondThu, 19 Jul 2018 12:00:25 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=280943Perhaps it was the Dude who said it best: A rug can really tie a room together. Laying down a single piece of fabric has the potential to completely transform a space. Rugs can take a room from cavernous to cozy, from disconnected to designed. Every decorator knows just how important a rug can be. Think of it as a huge piece of art.

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These 2018 rug trends can help you pick the perfect addition to your floor. Image: Allison Lind Interiors

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Perhaps it was the Dude who said it best: A rug can really tie a room together. Laying down a single piece of fabric has the potential to completely transform a space. Rugs can take a room from cavernous to cozy, from disconnected to designed. Every decorator knows just how important a rug can be. Think of it as a huge piece of art.

That being said, it’s also something you’re going to walk on – and have to look at – every day. You want a rug that is visually interesting but won’t overwhelm a room. Picking the perfect rug can be quite the challenge. Fortunately, this year’s most popular rugs can serve as inspiration and guidance. Here are some 2018 rug trends that will help you choose a rug to suit your space and floor your guests.

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Liven up your rug’s edges – and your space – with tassels. Image: Blissful Abode Interiors

1. Tassels and tufts

Tassels are everywhere, from party banners to key rings. The tassel has made its comeback and it’s here to stay. The only problem with the tassel trend is that it toes a very fine line between playful and childish. That is, until it comes to rugs. Because rugs have a long history of being tasseled, some additional texture on the edging of a rug looks decidedly in style. That gives you the freedom to explore differently textured tassels, interesting lengths, tufts and more.

In short, playing with tassels and tufts allows us to color outside the lines  – or even blur those lines altogether. If you’re looking to add some fun to your living spaces, this should be your favorite of the 2018 rug trends. A rug with an interesting edge will deliver.

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Multi-textured rugs add interest to the room and to your feet. Image: Jay Jeffers

2. Multi-texture

2018 is all about texture. We’re bringing chunky blankets, rich fabric wall hangings and live edge furniture into our spaces. We want to give our eyes and hands something to latch onto, and texture delivers. Why not expand that to your feet? A multi-textured rug doesn’t just add intriguing design to your space, it also makes it more interesting to walk around.

A multi-textured rug can also come to the rescue when you’re torn between a plush rug and one that looks more refined. The different lengths of pile give the rug a sculptured look, so you don’t have to choose between something soft and something sleek.

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Geometric shapes guide bohemian vibes for a trendy rug. Image: Kim Pearson

3. Geometric bohemian

Geometric bohemian is one of the biggest 2018 rug trends. Boho isn’t new to the rug scene by any means. But when it comes to flooring, the loose, flowy feel of bohemian decor needs to be reigned in. Geometric patterns provide the perfect opportunity to lean into the boho feel without putting down an overly complicated visual. This isn’t new, either. Kilim rugs embody this trend, and they date back to the fifth century.

Even if you don’t traditionally choose bohemian decor for your home, you shouldn’t overlook this trend. The geo-boho mashup lends any room an air of softness and invitation. It works well in a nursery, where you want everything to feel warm and gentle, but it’s also perfect in a guest room, where you want people to feel relaxed and comfortable. It even blends beautifully into office spaces.

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More and more buyers are thinking about the source of their rugs. Image: West Elm

4. Responsibly sourced

Part decor trend, part social movement, people have started thinking about where their rugs are coming from and the impact they’re having on the environment. West Elm even rolled out a line of Fair Trade rugs because it wanted to take the guesswork out of the ethical rug buying process.

Thinking about the supply chain that brought your rug to your home is multi-faceted. Beyond ensuring that every person involved in the creation of the rug was justly compensated, there are also environmental factors to consider. This eco-friendly rug buying guide can help. You’ll feel that much prouder when you find the perfect rug because you’ll know it was responsibly sourced.

In short, we want to help you find the perfect rug for your space. Armed with these 2018 rug trends, you’re ready to head out and start exploring options. Happy hunting!

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Palm Springs: Your Hot Spot for Mid-Century Modern Designhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/JIMJ9B0SRIw/https://freshome.com/palm-springs-mid-century-modern/#respondWed, 18 Jul 2018 21:00:52 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=285691Mid-century modern is a trend that’s here to stay. You can thank “Mad Men” or our parents’ hand-me-downs, but either way, this style has taken up residence in homes across America. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Palm Springs. In fact, in Palm Springs, mid-century modern styling isn’t a return to anything; it’s honoring a […]

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Mid-century modern is a trend that’s here to stay. You can thank “Mad Men” or our parents’ hand-me-downs, but either way, this style has taken up residence in homes across America. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Palm Springs. In fact, in Palm Springs, mid-century modern styling isn’t a return to anything; it’s honoring a style that never really left.

Palm Springs has historically attracted a huge range of stars, from Frank Sinatra to Liberace. And who can blame them for choosing this spot? The warm weather, palm-lined streets and myriad of pools make it quintessential Southern California. Although it’s been decades since the Rat Pack called it home, Palm Springs still embodies that nostalgic mid-century glamour.

Today, the area celebrates its fashionable heritage in a number of ways, from flat-roofed homes to Modernism Week in the fall. If you’re looking for some of the best mid-century architecture and decor in the country, look no further than this desert community.

Here are 11 stunning examples of mid-century modern design in Palm Springs:

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With a flat roof and colorful door, this Palm Springs home embraces its architectural roots. Even the house numbers fit the design. Image: ModShop

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Full-wall windows and colorful accents give this living room a sunny Southern California feel. Plus, there’s a great view of the pool, a key player in Palm Springs yards. Image: House & Homes Palm Springs

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Clean lines and low stools make this kitchen feel open and bright without sacrificing its vintage roots.  Image: Woodbridge Pacific Group

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This home blends a mid-century architectural silhouette with modern touches and the surrounding desert landscape. Image: Carré Designs

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Mid-century modern decor shines when bright white walls provide a canvas for pops of color. A quintessential mid-century coffee table and retro fireplace complete the look. Image: STRUKTR Studios

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This bathroom’s hexagonal wallpaper pays homage to the home’s mid-century heritage. Image: Corsini Stark Architects

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Palm Springs can play it cool, too, like in this more subdued living room. Not even the blush-hued chairs overwhelm the space with color. Image: Izumi Tanaka

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No mid-century dining room would be complete without Eames-style molded plastic chairs. Image: California Lustre

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A nearly-hovering fireplace is all this living room needs for an accent piece. The great view into the backyard doesn’t hurt, though. Just ask the dog. Image: Maison21

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This polished room gets a kitschy, fun feel from its astroturf-esque rug. And Don Draper would definitely approve of the bar cart stocked with martini glasses. Image: H3K Design

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There’s no better way to give a space a sense of old-school glamour than with a plush, snowy rug. Pair it with gold-accented chairs and tropical floor-to-ceiling drapes and you’ve got Palm Springs style nailed. Image: Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design

What do you think? Will you be heading to Modernism week in October to see more mid-century styling firsthand?

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