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    Home design ideas: A home office by way of the lounges of London

    Lauren Walsh designs a lot of coastal-style rooms with shades of blue. This space, however, was inspired by her clients’ trip to England. “We call it the London Lounge,” Walsh says. “They use it as an office and a place to unwind with a fancy cocktail.” To conjure the luxe vibe, Walsh combined rich colors, playful motifs, and reflective finishes. “People always ask where she is during Zoom calls because it looks like she’s in a bar or hotel lounge,” Walsh says. 1 Walsh plucked the Cotton & Quill plum velvet sofa and the pineapple print slipper chairs opposite it from the showroom during a trade show, knowing they would…

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    How severe weather is shaping home design

    The pandemic gave literal meaning to the idea that our homes are a refuge, a place to seek shelter during uncertain and unsafe times. It’s a concept that designers and architects worldwide are taking more seriously than ever—not just in the event of another pandemic, but also because of climate change. On a global scale, severe weather is becoming more of an issue. Wildfires, floods, hurricanes and winter storms are getting more frequent and more devastating. Sea levels continue to rise, posing threats to coastal properties around the world. A report released by the United Nations in August found that even if countries were to drastically reduce their emissions tomorrow,…

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    Modsy shares results of survey on how home design can affect wellness

    SAN FRANCISCO – Modsy, an online interior design service, partnered with a research firm and a social psychologist to learn how home design can affect wellness. The company looked at four design styles: contemporary, country, transitional and maximalist. For people who said their homes had good design, more than 55% said their home made them feel calm, and 53% said the home design made them feel more organized. People with country style in their homes are the most likely of all design styles to feel calm in a well-designed space, followed by those with coastal style. And, 70% of people with rustic elements in their space chose cozy as the…

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    Home design ideas: Creating a dreamy guest bedroom in the attic

    Having dismantled the guest bedroom in the basement for a pandemic-era home gym, Michelle Freibaum created a more appealing place to put up friends and family: under the eaves of her Newton Colonial. A serial reuser and crafter, the Embellish Design principal chose a favorite color palette — pink, yellow, and black — then gathered items she had previously cast aside. The new aerie is adored by all, especially her 10-year-old daughter. “She and her girlfriends love having sleepovers up there,” the designer says. “I make a big deal out of it so it feels special.” 1 Before she relocated the nightstands from the basement guest room, Freibaum painted the…

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    Home design inspiration: Lightening the look of oak millwork in an old home

    It was the original oak millwork that attracted Cait Louise Gury’s clients to their condo in a 19th-century Colonial Revival in Dorchester. However, they also felt intimidated by it. “They struggled with making the family room feel light and relaxed, yet harmonious with the heavy architecture,” Gury says. The first thing she did was paint the sage-colored walls a bright white—Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. The new, crisp backdrop immediately made the space feel airy. “The dusky color offered no contrast so the wood disappeared,” Gury says. “Now that it pops, it’s an eye-catching moment.” 1 This blush and charcoal tones of the vintage style rug by Magnolia Home for Loloi…

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    This week Bjarke Ingels launched a home design company

    This week on Dezeen, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels co-founded a residential design company that aims to create a range of modular homes. Named Nabr, the company intends to create a large variety of affordable houses using modular elements. “Our homes have only gotten more and more expensive, and arguably at a lower and lower quality,” explained Ingels. “There’s very little choice. Ninety-nine per cent of all homes are the same, but all people are actually different. There’s a huge potential to reimagine this entire process, from end to end.” Amager Bakke operator has “no plans to close down” ski slope on roof of BIG power plant Bjarke Ingels’ studio BIG was also in the news…

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