Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Project: Villa Slow
Architects: Laura Alvarez Architecture
Location: Valle del Miera, Cantabria, Spain
Area: 1,722 sqft
Photographs by: David Montero

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Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture

Villa Slow is a contemporary holiday rental retreat in Spain’s Cantabria community. It was designed by Laura Alvarez Architecture with its design typology based on the traditional construction of the ‘peasant cabin’ in the area.
Unlike the traditional cabins, Villa Slow has a contemporary twist and is placed on top of a little south-facing hill that grants its inhabitants with impressive views towards the valley and mountain.

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

“I grew up in the North of Spain not so far away from Villa Slow. I have really good memories of me and my family enjoying nature. This region of Spain has many of the things I always look for when I go on holidays: Mountains, sea, natural parks, hiking, quietness, culture and rich gastronomy. But I always felt I missed here a nice place to stay… a place where you can be warm when it is cold outside and be fully connected to the outside when the sun shines. So I thought: If I cannot find it, there will also be many people not able to find it too….Let’s design and build a beautiful place and share it with more people!… Being myself an architect, it was an opportunity I could just not let go…And this is how it all started.”
– Laura Alvarez

Villa Slow is designed and built with extreme mindfulness and care for detail. The house is very respectful with the environment. Its design is based on the traditional typology of a Pasiego House (Cabana Pasiega) but with a contemporary twist. The rough exterior stone walls and roofs contrast with the delicate interior wooden structure and details. Two big panoramic windows in the living room facing opposite directions create a beautiful scenography of mountains, clouds, and trees. The two rooms with their generous height are designed to allow different arrangements: just a couple, couple with children, friends, etc. Each room has its own bathroom fully equipped, barrier-free.

THE WATER

Villa Slow is situated in a very special natural area well known for its spring water formation. The water of Villa Slow comes from its own spring.

A PASSIVE HOME

Villa Slow pays extreme attention to sustainability. Villa Slow is a passive house. It is provided with a heat pump, under floor heating and high quality insulation and windows for a minimum heat loss. All electronic appliances are A+++ and all lightning based on LED technology. The high performance glass warms up the interior in the winter and the big wooden shutters protect the summer from heat gain. All materials used to build Villa Slow are reused from the old stone shed or come from the area of Cantabria.

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Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

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Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

Villa Slow by Laura Alvarez Architecture in Cantabria, Spain

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17 DIY Decor Ideas For St Patrick’s Day That Will Bring You Luck

Are you celebrating St Patrick’s Day this year? Welcome the luck of the Irish in your home by spicing up your decor with the holiday theme – green, shamrocks, leprechauns. But there is absolutely no reason to go on a spending spree and overpay for store-bought decorations that aren’t even that original. Instead, as usual, we are going to show you plenty of DIY decor ideas that you can craft for this year’s St Patrick’s Day holiday.

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Welcome to a new collection of DIY projects in which we have featured 17 DIY Decor Ideas For St Patrick’s Day That Will Bring You Luck. Take a look at the projects that we’ve chosen for this collection and you’ll easily see why you should craft them. First of all, they are extremely easy and quick to make, but that is not even the best thing about them. They are way too awesome to ignore and all of them come together with step by step instructions that you can easily follow. Enjoy!

1. Clay Pot Leprechaun Hats

2. Boxwood Topiaries Garland St Patricks Day Mantle

3. DIY St. Patrick’s Day Sign

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4. St. Patrick’s Day Clover Button Art

5. Shamrock Mason Jars

6. Shamrock Door Decor

7. Paper Shamrock And Gold Coin Garland

8. Dollar Store Decor To St. Patrick’s Day Pillow

9. St. Patrick’s Day Chalkboard Countdown Wreath

10. St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Tree

11. DIY Giant Honeycomb Garland

12. St. Patrick’s Day Luck Marquee Sign

13. Glitter Shamrock Banner

14. Glittery Lucky Shamrock Wall Hanging

15. No- Sew Shamrock Table Runner

16. DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

17. Mini St. Patrick’s Banner

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Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Project: Casa Almare
Architects: Elias Rizo Arquitectos
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Area: 9,296 sqft
Photographs by: Marcos García

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Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos

Elias Rizo Arquitectos have designed the Casa Almare that we are going to be featuring today, but they have also appeared on our site with their GG House and Casa RO projects.
Casa Almare is placed on a cliff in Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico. Its location overlooks Bahia de Banderas and it is this extraordinary view that the plot has access to that inspired the architects for the design of the home. Its contemporary architecture makes the most out of the location and the views that it provides.

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Located in one of the most beautiful beaches in Jalisco, this residence is designed in a contemporary mexican style. The house perches over a cliff next to the ocean, which influences the particular shape allowing for amazing views to Bahía de Banderas.

The house has 4 and a half floors which contain all the bedrooms and public areas. All areas in the house have visual contact with the ocean, giving it a unique and sophisticated style.

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Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

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Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Almare by Elias Rizo Arquitectos in Jalisco, Mexico

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17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs You’ll Want To Have

Is your front door still decorated with a winter wreath or have you already replaced it with a fresh spring wreath in anticipation for the upcoming season? If you haven’t already, you should consider hanging an Easter wreath for a while and then you can replace it with a spring wreath. Doing so will not only show that you are excited about this holiday, but will also lift up the holiday spirit in your home, especially if you compliment it with other Easter-themed decorations.

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Welcome to a new collection of DIY projects in which we’ve featured 17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs You’ll Want To Have. We have chosen to feature some of the most creative and whimsical Easter wreath designs that we could find. They can serve you as a massive source of inspiration and ideas and hopefully will inspire you to create one for your front door. They are all handmade and none of them are too complicated. All you’ll need is a couple of minutes of careful inspection and you will know how to make them. Enjoy!

1. Bunny Trail – Whimsical Carrot and Egg Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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2. Easter Egg Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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3. Spring heart wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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4. Easter Bunny Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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5. Handmade Unique Easter Spring Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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6. Easter bunny booty wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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7. Calico Bunny Easter Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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8. Easter Carrot Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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9. Easter Burlap and Ribbon Wreath with Bunny

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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10. Easter Wreath With Bunny

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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11. bunny wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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12. Easter Bunny Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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13. Deco Mesh Easter Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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14. Easter Burlap Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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15. Rabbit Easter Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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16. Primitive Easter Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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17. Bunny Wreath

17 Fantastic Handmade Easter Wreath Designs Youll Want To Have

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15 Magnificent Green Bedroom Designs That Look So Inviting

When you consider it better, color selection is one of the most important things in the decoration of any room. It does not affect only the look of the entire room, but it also affects the way a people feel. The colors really affect our mood, and some of them can help us relax in the bedroom more easily!

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Choosing the color to decorate the walls of our home is not an easy task, given the impact they have on our minds. The effect that certain colors have on our mood can be an extremely useful tool that can help us to relax faster and easier, and wake up full with energy for the next day. The relaxing power of colors like gray, blue or green makes them an excellent choice for the bedroom, because we all want to feel comfortable in this room and rest our minds and bodies. We all know that green is the color of the nature, and there is no other color that can make us feel so relaxed and calmed. Green in the bedroom is such a good idea, if you want to change the monotonous ambience. Today, the choice of green is popular almost as the choice of white, and the designers have created the perfect harmony of colors that will suit everyone’s taste. There are many nuances of green available in the market, and the choice depends the most on the furniture. Here we present you some inspirational green bedroom designs that might help you in your choice!

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16 Comfortable Transitional Entry Hall Designs That Will Welcome You Inside

The entry hall plays a huge role in how the interior of your home is perceived when somebody first enters it. That is because it is the first taste that anyone will get of your home’s interior design. The transitional entry hall should create a lasting first impression that will be carried through the rest of your house. But it is the first one and that gives some meaning to it.
If you want your home to create a positive first impression for your interior design, then you need to make sure that the entry hall is well-taken care of and that its design can connect to the rest of your home.

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Welcome to a new collection of interior designs in which we have featured 16 Comfortable Transitional Entry Hall Designs That Will Welcome You Inside. Take a look at the photos that this collection consists of and always keep in mind that the transitional entry hall must be relevant to the rest of the interior design in your home. That is why we suggest you also take a look at the rest of the collections of the transitional style showcase, featuring designs of the kitchenbathroombedroomliving roomdining roomkids’ room, home officehome bar, staircase, and hallway. Enjoy!

1. 1915 Southern Colonial Full Remodel

2. Transitional Entry Hall

3. Danville Project

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4. The Heather

5. Moscow Loft

6. Deerwood home

7. Transitional Entry Hall

8. Lake House Living

9. Transitional Interior

10. Hopedale main floor

11. Sophisticated Row House

12. The Statement House

13. Lincoln Park Co-op

14. Empty Nest Makeover on the Upper West Side

15. Transitional Entry

16. Mill Valley Renovation

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Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Project: Bicton Home
Architects: Residential Attitudes
Location: Bicton, Perth, Australia
Area: 5,995 sqft (lot)
Photographs by: Courtesy of Residential Attitudes

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Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes

The Australian practice Residential Attitudes have designed the Bicton Home in Bicton, Perth, Australia.
This contemporary single family home is placed on a narrow, 5,995 square feet plot where it takes advantage of the location by opening a stunning view through its two-floor layout.
The design features a functional layout with a beautiful, bright interior designed in open plan.

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

This custom designed home is on a 557sqm narrow block measuring just 11.8m across and with a slope of 2.5m from front to rear. Yet again, our team has exceeded expectations with a design that is not only refined for the individual, but makes the most of its setting, resulting in a distinctively unique home that capitalises on views whilst accomplishing that vital blend of flair and functionality.

On entering the expansive foyer, you’ll immediately be impressed by the volume of space, light and luxury, featuring full height windows surrounding a central zen court with water feature. Upstairs are expansive river views from the open plan living area. A beautifully appointed kitchen includes stone waterfall edge island bench and white gloss soft closing cabinetry and glass splashback.

A large balcony with alfresco kitchen is accessed via bi-fold doors. Double doors lead off the living room into a cosy home theatre, while to the front of the home is the luxurious master suite and beautifully appointed hotel style ensuite, both boasting direct access to a private balcony.

Downstairs, you’ll discover the home office, luxuriously appointed laundry and entertaining room or home gymnasium. Sliding doors lead to the lower level cedar-lined alfresco area, overlooking the impossibly perfect pool. Two double size bedrooms, one with pool views, share another luxury ensuite, completing the home’s perfect mix of grandeur, flair and impressive functionality.

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Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

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Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

Bicton Home by Residential Attitudes in Perth, Australia

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

Project: North Vancouver House
Architects: Scott & Scott Architects
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Area: 1,614 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects

The North Vancouver House is a complete refurbishment of a mid-century modern house located just below Grouse Mountain in northern Vancouver, Canada. The renovation was carried out by the Canadian studio Scott & Scott Architects who agreed with the owners’ interest in respecting the original details of the house, while at the same time, complementing it with traditional features and materials.

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

Working with the architects to locate a suitable property for a new home the clients purchased a 1950s post and beam house located near the base of Grouse Mountain. The house, while extensively renovated over the years, had a modest scale, well proportioned rooms and a strong connection to the wooded and mature yard.

The project consists of the design and construction of the restoration and renovation of the 150 sq. m house. The living space was stripped of embellishments, services rationalized and the enclosed stair was replaced with a new open stair of steel and fir which allows for the light from the second floor hall window to connect with the ground floor.

The project draws from the architects and clients (two history professors) shared interest in traditional materials and respect for the original details of the house.

To brighten the spaces the douglas fir beams were lye washed and the structural decking was finished with a cloth applied pigmented oil. The living spaces were reduced to the structural shell, the walls were repaired and finished in a natural lime based whitewash and the floors ground and troweled.

The materials used were selected for their contrasting strengths and minimally finished using traditional methods that are maintainable and acquire visible signs of use over time. The steel stair and fireplace frame were finished with wood stove paste and bowling alley wax and the cabinetry was lye washed and sealed with soap.

With minimal change to the configuration of the spaces, the functional storage was consolidated into two douglas fir plywood cabinet blocks to maximize the open spaces while providing concealed storage for the living, entry and kitchen.

The kitchen was crafted of solid ash and designed for the open storage of the owners collection of studio pottery. While open and light in section, the joinery was detailed to structurally bear the weight of the 800kg marble counter monolith which was milled from a block the architects selected from the Hisnet Inlet quarry located on Vancouver Island near their own alpine cabin.

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

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North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

North Vancouver House by Scott & Scott Architects in Vancouver, Canada

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17 Perfect DIY Placemats and Napkins For Your Table Decor

The tablescape is an important part of the formal dinner or family dinner. Sure, the food is the main actor but if you are a perfectionist, then you’ll understand the importance of table decor. Now, when it comes to table decor, there are countless items that you can buy from the store but they cost more than they are worth and they are not so unique after all. Why not be a little bit more original? For example, use DIY placemats to mark the seating layout for your guests and place decorative DIY napkins on top of it. How? See below!

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Welcome to a new collection of DIY projects in which we are going to show you 17 Perfect DIY Placemats and Napkins For Your Table Decor. We invite you to explore the creative ideas that we have featured below and encourage you to try all of them. All you need to do is dedicate some spare time to it and just follow the instructions that you will receive on the tutorial links below each project. They are simple and will guide you every step of the way. Enjoy!

1. DIY Dip Dye Placemats

2. DIY Speckled Placemats

3. DIY Rope Placemats

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4. DIY Moss Covered Placemats

5. Thrifted Chalkboard Placemats

6. Burlap Placemats

7. Pom Pom DIY Placemats

8. DIY Pom Pom Cocktail Napkins

9. DIY Mud Cloth Napkins

10. Stamped Napkins

11. DIY 5 Minute Cloth Napkin

12. DIY Pom Pom Napkins

13. DIY Watercolor Stripe Napkins

14. DIY Watercolor Cloth Napkins

15. DIY No Sew Linen Napkins

16. DIY Color Block Pattern Napkins

17. DIY Linen Napkins

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17 Perfect Ideas To Decorate Functional Space For Lounging In The Living Room

Although the kitchen has been taking over this role in recent years, the living room is the central part of every home. This central room we usually decorate to rest, enjoy, work, etc… When we think of home decoration, we create a picture of the living room, and in our minds we choose a seating set, armchairs, and after that- ornaments.

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To the interior decoration should always be approached individually, even when it comes to large living spaces, that require more furniture and other elements in small space. Minimalism is certainly a variant that we tend to, but we also need to respect the needs of the people who prefer more filled space, or want more things and furniture. Tastes should be adapted and adjusted to the owner’s needs, to get simpler functioning and a better appearance of space. Here we present you some attractive ideas that will help you to decorate properly a lounge area in the living room. There are so many fascinating solutions, and it is up to you to decide which one will fit your needs and desires!

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