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.Thu, 24 May 2018 17:00:28 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6http://freshome.com/http://cdn.freshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/logo.pngFreshomeFreshInspirationForYourHomehttps://feedburner.google.comThe Best Contemporary Furniture and Objects from Milan Design Week 2018http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/APdHFBxzRV8/https://freshome.com/milan-design-week-2018/#respondThu, 24 May 2018 17:00:28 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=279977Milan, Italy’s Design Week is the destination for those who want to be first to see the newest contemporary design trends. Architects, designers and retailers all converge with the latest furniture pieces and avant-garde home objects. Soft edges, pastels and lots of Art Deco inspiration dominated the show this year. Here’s a roundup of the […]

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Milan, Italy’s Design Week is the destination for those who want to be first to see the newest contemporary design trends. Architects, designers and retailers all converge with the latest furniture pieces and avant-garde home objects. Soft edges, pastels and lots of Art Deco inspiration dominated the show this year. Here’s a roundup of the coolest (and most out-there) creations from Milan Design Week 2018.

The entrance to Missoni’s showroom for Milan Design Week 2018 featured oversized textiles printed in the fashion house’s signature patterns and colors. Image: Missoni Home

Patricia Urquiola’s Milan Design Week 2018 work

Designer and art director Patricia Urquiola created some of the most memorable pieces of the show. Her color selection and fluid lines were on-trend with the soft tones and Art-Deco-inspired vibe. Her collaboration of leather goods with Louis Vuitton for their Objets Nomades show were especially striking. Photography by Patricia Urquiola.

Urquiola’s leather Swing Chair for Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection.

Contemporary chairs and sofas

Modular pieces and color were popular among the best contemporary sofa and chair designs in Milan Design Week 2018, adding fun and personality back into the formal living room space.

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Tape by Benjamin Hubert for Moroso is a collection of modular pieces that mix and match to the configuration of your choice. Polyurethane tape in a contrasting color, which is used for sportswear, joins the seams of the collection. Image: Moroso 

Gerrit Rietveld’s Beugel Chair was produced in 1930 but got a refresh with modern materials. The design of chair remains unchanged; it looks as contemporary today as it did nearly 90 years ago. Chair and image: Cassina

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Arper’s Kiik Collection, designed by Iwasaki Studios, is inspired by Japanese minimalism. Image: Arper

This outdoor stool is shaped like a donut, created by Mikiya Kabayashi for Diabla. Image: Diabla

Lighting

Wisse Trooster’s Cardboard and LED lights for Cartoni are lightweight and earth-friendly. Image: Cartoni

Oversized orbs of pleated fabric create these dramatic hanging pendant lamps. Product and image: PaulinePlusLuis

Designer Federica Biasi was inspired by antique Art Deco lamps when creating this updated Deco pendant. Image: Federica Biasi

Everyday objects

Sonos has finally broken from its signature black and white wireless speaker design. In collaboration with the Danish design brand HAY, the speakers come in yellow, red and emerald green. Image: Sonos

Simone Crestani reimagined the ordinary carafe and made it rock-and-roll sexy. Image: Simone Crestani

Avant-garde objects

Some objects and furniture pieces were odd, yet beautifully fascinating. The following had visitors doing double takes as they passed.

Erez Nevi Pana designed a line of “vegetarian” furniture like this Salts Stool with earthy elements like salt and soil. Check out the fascinating process of how he made this stool here. Image: Erez Nevi Pana

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“Puddle” is a blown glass orb that appears to be melting off the table. Object and image: Elinor Portnoy

This whimsical lamp would be perfect in a baby’s nursery. Chandelier and image: Marcantonio Raymond Malerba

 

The Justine Cabinet in presented in an unusual kidney shape. Cabinet design and image: Matteo Cibic

Textile and texture

Cristina Celestine found inspiration in Renaissance-era garden grottos for these new tiles. Image: Fornace Brioni

Spanish fashion house Loewe’s new line of home textile went global with Japanese silk, African weaves and Indian textiles. Image: Loewe

Bottega Veneta’s new table line features patterned Travertine tops. No two are alike. Image: Bottega Veneta

What’s your favorite contemporary item from this year’s Milan Design Week? We’d love to hear in the comments.

 

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Buying a Rental Property for the First Time? Here Are Your 4 Most Important Considerationshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/n8TVobhqChE/https://freshome.com/buying-a-rental-property/#respondThu, 24 May 2018 12:00:25 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=279031Are you thinking about buying a rental property? Congratulations! That’s a huge step toward financial growth. However, be aware that buying a rental property isn’t the same as buying your own home. In fact, the two have a widely different set of considerations to bear in mind. Luckily, we’re here to help you sort it […]

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Ready to buy a rental property? Here’s what to look out for. Image: Rawpixel

Are you thinking about buying a rental property? Congratulations! That’s a huge step toward financial growth. However, be aware that buying a rental property isn’t the same as buying your own home. In fact, the two have a widely different set of considerations to bear in mind.

Luckily, we’re here to help you sort it all out. Below we’ve listed four of the most important factors to look out for when investing in real estate. Read them over and keep them in mind as you start looking at potential properties.

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Pick a location that suits your ideal renter. Image: Weston Owen

Location, location, location

You may have heard that location is the most important factor when buying a home — and that’s true. However, when choosing a location for your rental property, there’s no single hard-and-fast rule to follow. The ideal location for you depends on the type of renter you’re hoping to attract.

Those hoping to attract a younger crowd should look in the heart of the action. Young renters who aren’t ready to buy on their own like to be close to amenities like shops, restaurants and public transportation. Typically, these renters are willing to pay higher rents for convenience. But beware: They also come with a higher turnover rate.

The other option is renting to families. Obviously, this type of renter will require a larger space, but they’ll also be looking in a totally different locale. For these renters, focus more on properties in established neighborhoods and decent school districts. While you should expect slightly lower rents, it’s often made up for in the stability afforded by those looking for a long-term rental.

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Check cash flow to ensure your new rental is a good investment. Image: Rawpixel

Positive cash flow

Often, great rental properties come with an existing rental history. This is great for you, because it affords you the chance to see how well a potential investment will pay off. If the previous investor was astute, they will probably have some sort of cash flow analysis, or record of how much money was brought in versus spent, on hand.

As a potential buyer, you can always have your agent ask the seller for a copy of these documents. The seller is not obligated to share these with you, though most will be willing to at least open up about past rental values and average utility costs.

If you can’t access this information directly, you can estimate your own. Here’s how:

  • Use a mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly payment
  • Search public records to see how much you’ll owe in property taxes
  • Add in a 10% cushion for upfront costs like repairs
  • Subtract that number from an average rental income, based on similar properties in your area

If the number comes out positive, you may have a smart investment on your hands.

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First-timers should stick to turn-key homes. Image: Black & Milk

Decent condition

This may sound counterintuitive, but you don’t want your first rental property to be a fixer-upper. Purely from a financial standpoint, it doesn’t make sense. Often, properties in need of lots of TLC end up having larger problems than first anticipated. This racks up costs quickly, especially if you’re hiring out the labor.

In this case, it makes more sense to pay a little more for a turn-key home, where the extra expenditure can be rolled out through the life of the loan. Have an agent work up closing costs for you; in all likelihood, you’ll end up paying only a few dollars more each month for a much nicer property overall.

As for what to look for, functionality is key. When buying a rental property, you don’t need to spring for the fanciest house on the block, but aim to find a home in your target location with all of its pieces in working order. That said, keep in mind that having a few nice extras like stainless steel appliances or an open concept floorplan may entice future renters to pay a bit more each month.

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Make sure you’re ready to take on the home’s upkeep. Image: Rawpixel

Estimated upkeep

The last piece to look into when buying a rental property is how much ongoing upkeep it may need. Obviously, every rental will require regular maintenance, but you can hedge your bets by looking at the property’s unique factors. Is there a lush backyard that needs regular upkeep? Is the home and its systems older or more updated?

Once you’ve collected that information to the best of your ability, it’s time to be honest with yourself about how much work you can do on your own. Are you capable of handling small, handyman-type fixes around the home? Are you willing to stop by every few weeks to cut the grass? There’s no right answer here. You can always hire a property manager to do the dirty work for you, but that’s also another cost to consider.

Do you have any experience buying a rental property? What other tips do you have for prospective buyers? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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Color Knockout: 20 Accent Chairs That Will Rock Your Worldhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/HP73FTdjge0/https://freshome.com/accent-chairs/#respondWed, 23 May 2018 17:00:19 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=278569Colorful accent chairs are making waves in decor, and it’s not hard to see why: They’re an easy way to update and invigorate your space. If you find yourself boxed into a too-neutral color palette but you’re not ready to make a huge change to the room, add an accent chair for color or focus. […]

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Colorful accent chairs are making waves in decor, and it’s not hard to see why: They’re an easy way to update and invigorate your space. If you find yourself boxed into a too-neutral color palette but you’re not ready to make a huge change to the room, add an accent chair for color or focus. One or two new accent pieces can turn your color palette around instantly. With your new accent chair color in place, adding a few decorative accessories in the same color will give your space that elusive put-together look.

Accent chairs are available in every decorating style and color, making it easy to find the perfect match for your home. Here are some of our favorites in the top decorating styles.

Contemporary accent chairs

Contemporary style is clean and unfussy, and contemporary accent chairs are great for rooms where you need a simple addition without clutter. The legs and hardware are often imaginative and unique. Look for simple lines and unexpected colors.

Modern Teal Chair

The low-backed Mcgrane Armchair from Joss & Main is a subtle addition to any room. Image: Joss & Main

Green Modern Accent Chair

This whimsical Canyon Vista accent chair from Langley Street for Wayfair adds a pop of color. Image: Wayfair

Contemporary White Chair

A white accent chair, like Instant Home’s Isabel chair from Wayfair, can calm a bright color scheme. Image: Wayfair 

Contemporary Teal Chair

Wayfair’s Coral Springs accent chair in dark teal works well in a cool color palette. Image: Wayfair

Glam accent chairs

Velvet texture and luxurious patterns are the must-have fabrics for your glam accent chair. We love the growing trend of gold metals, like satin brass, as an extra-glamorous touch in glam decor. This style is all about being a little over-the-top in decorating, meaning accent chairs that make a bold statement.

Lilly Pulitzer glam chair

Lilly Pulitzer’s Madison upholstered accent chair features a fun and glamorous print. Image: Pottery Barn

Royal Blue Chair

The Highbury accent chair is regal in royal blue. Image: Joss & Main

Teal Accent Chair

Rich peacock blue sets the Huntingdon accent chair apart. Image: Joss & Main 

Green Glam Chair

Gold metal accents rev up the glam of the Lakeview Barrel Chair. Image: Joss & Main

Boho accent chairs

We love boho style for its vibrant colors and Bohemian patterns. Look for saturated color palettes and lush fabrics for your boho accent chair. Don’t forget to add accent pillows and a throw in similar colors — the boho style is all about comfort.

Colorful Boho Accent Chair

Get the best of boho style with the Bungalow Rose Crown Slipper Chair in a colorful print. Image: Wayfair

Fuchsia Boho Chair

Add vibrancy to your dining room or office with the Bungalow Rose Latta accent chair. Image: Wayfair

Gray Print Boho Chair

A gray print accent chair adds pops of color to your boho room without overwhelming it. Image: Wayfair

Pink boho chair

A cheerful boho chair (or two) can brighten up your bedroom. Image: Wayfair

Rustic and modern farmhouse accent chairs

Rustic and modern farmhouse decor also invites stylish accent chairs. Even if your accent colors are neutral, you can add style through texture and design. We love these rustic accent chairs for their unique design and fabric.

Modern Farmhouse chair

Try a traditional chair with unexpected ikat fabric for your rustic home. Image: Wayfair

Rustic Modern Plaid Chair

The Bryant Armchair pairs plaid with a rustic silhouette for a fun take on modern farmhouse style. Image: Wayfair

Modern rustic accent chair

The Phillip armchair’s whimsical print makes your modern farmhouse living room come alive with rustic style. Image: Wayfair

Rustic modern accent chair

Modern lines and rustic fabrics create the simplicity of this Wovenwood accent chair. Image: Wayfair

Mid-century modern accent chairs

Mid-century modern style is fun to play with in any room. The exaggerated lines and saturated colors of the 1950s provides many options for accent chairs. We love the whimsical shapes and cheerful colors of these chairs.

Blue mid-century chair

Bright pastel colors and whimsical lines make the Bouck Wingback a effortless accent piece for your mid-century home. Image: All Modern

White mid-century modern chair

White faux fur gives the Hillingdon armchair a playful retro look. Image: All Modern

Wood mid-century modern chair

Indulge in minimalism with Langley Street’s mid-century modern Corsica Curvo accent chair. Image: Wayfair

Mid-century cow pattern chair

Have some fun with mid-century modern with the Liam Barrel Chair’s cowhide pattern. Image: All Modern

Accent chairs give color and character to any room, whether you prefer loud patterns or more subtle rustic design. Which style of accent chair have you used in your home? We’d love to hear in the comments.

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Steel-Framed Café Becomes Hanging Garden in Vietnamhttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/afR7eEbJv4k/https://freshome.com/cafe-design/#respondWed, 23 May 2018 12:00:46 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=276655Studio Le House recently completed An’garden Café, an original spot for daily gatherings located in Hà Đông, Hà Nội, Vietnam. This steel-framed café has a total surface area of 8,072.9 square feet (750 square meters) and features a playful layout. Plants and flowers add character throughout the space, inspiring a sense of freshness and seclusion. “While a house full […]

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Studio Le House recently completed An’garden Café, an original spot for daily gatherings located in Hà Đông, Hà Nội, Vietnam. This steel-framed café has a total surface area of 8,072.9 square feet (750 square meters) and features a playful layout. Plants and flowers add character throughout the space, inspiring a sense of freshness and seclusion.

“While a house full of steel frame may sound dry and heavy, the impression of An’garden Café comes from impromptu hanging plant pots, conjuring up a vision of a dreamlike hanging garden,” the architects say. “This building aimed for an exclusive place that brings guests enjoyment from both coffee fragrance and picturesque surroundings. ”

Despite clear industrial influences, this original steel-framed café in Vietnam feels welcoming. Dim lighting and plenty of wood finishes help achieve a friendly atmosphere.

“The facade of this shop intermingles large pieces of glass with steel frames,” the architects add. “Simple cement walls separate the pavement from indoor space. In order to minimize heavy feelings of cement, plants are considered an optimal solution that synchronizes with the indoor environment.”

Because the tables are organized in a variety of configurations, the space invites both large gatherings and intimate talks. A small pond with aquatic plants under the staircase adds to the charm. Photography by Hiroyuki Oki.

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5 Gallery Wall Hacks for a Fresh Spin on an Old Classichttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/9nIFKp4p-zw/https://freshome.com/gallery-wall-hacks/#respondTue, 22 May 2018 17:00:10 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=278339The gallery wall. When done right, it’s impressive. When done poorly, it can be a mess. Art must be spaced correctly and hung straight. (We’ve already explored some of the core tips and tricks for hanging a gallery wall.) Even so, those aren’t always the biggest problems you face when hanging a gallery wall. How do you […]

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These five gallery wall hacks will help you add visual interest to any space. Image: Domus Nova

The gallery wall. When done right, it’s impressive. When done poorly, it can be a mess. Art must be spaced correctly and hung straight. (We’ve already explored some of the core tips and tricks for hanging a gallery wall.) Even so, those aren’t always the biggest problems you face when hanging a gallery wall. How do you differentiate your wall and make sure the end result of all that effort is something you truly love? These five gallery wall hacks will help you nail it.

Ultimately, you want your gallery wall to add visual interest to your home. It turns an entire wall into a canvas with which you can play. Above all, hanging a gallery wall should be fun! Using these five tips will help you build a gallery wall you, your friends and your family will admire for years to come.

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Don’t be daunted by gallery walls. Just a few pictures grouped together is a starting point. Image: Shanade McAllister-Fisher

1. Start small

Building the perfect gallery wall is like most things: It takes time. While we’d love to give you the tools to build a massive, flawless display tomorrow, a little practice makes perfect. Instead of pulling out your hair trying to nail a large-scale wall on the first go, start simple. A few smaller pictures are a great (and oftentimes more cost-effective) substitute for large artwork. Choose an area where you had planned to hang a single, larger piece and try your hand at a small gallery wall.

Once you get your feet under you with spacing and straightening a few pictures, expanding to a larger area will feel less stressful. The more fun you can have with it, the better your results!

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Follow the natural lines of your house when spacing your gallery wall. Image: Heidi Caillier Design

2. Work with what you’ve got 

A gallery wall is a perfect opportunity to highlight your home’s natural flow. Build your wall around the existing fireplace or the line of your stairs. Interweaving your home’s art and architecture marries the two. It also helps your gallery wall look like it belongs, making it an interesting part of your decor rather than a random group of pictures on your wall.

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Matting adds space to your gallery wall and keeps it from looking too heavy. Image: Home Polish

3. Mind your matting

One of the biggest challenges facing gallery wall hangers is balance. How do you hang a number of pictures on your wall without it feeling clunky or heavy? Oftentimes, the answer lies in matting. Matting your pictures is one of the best gallery wall hacks because it’s like adding white space to design: It creates a natural pause, adding a feeling of lightness and breath. When you’re hanging an eclectic group of art, matting photos and prints helps fill in the gaps and keep things balanced.

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Playing with different types of frames adds depth to your gallery wall. Image: Studio Wok

4. Have fun with framing

The art itself isn’t the only thing you can play with when hanging a gallery wall. If you’ve ever seen a gallery wall that looked a little bland, the frames may be to blame. In most gallery walls, frame size changes. You don’t have to stop there, though. Add different colors or textures when hanging unframed prints and canvases. Changing up the edging of your artwork gives the eye interesting lines to follow, adding dynamism to your wall.

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A monochromatic gallery wall keeps things looking polished. Image: Stafford Bensen

5. Go monochromatic

Are you feeling overwhelmed when picking art for your gallery wall? Choose a color that you love and work from there. Having a core color – or even going monochromatic altogether – ensures that every item on your gallery wall works with the whole. When you go monochromatic, you get more freedom to play with spacing and alignment, because your wall will look cohesive regardless.

Hanging a gallery wall takes time. It requires you to map things out and think through your vision, but all that work is worth it for a stunning end result. Armed with these gallery wall hacks, you’re ready to create a full wall of art that will wow your friends.

How will you use these gallery wall hacks to enhance your home? Let us know in the comments.

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