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Monday, March 26, 2012

Three amazing homes and some cool ideas in modern contemporary living...

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Three amazing homes and some cool ideas in modern contemporary living...

Today I am sharing with all of you these three spectacular hems and a couple off the norm ideas into the world of modern contemporary living..

Enjoy the pics and post..

3 spectacular homes that don’t actually exist

Some of the most creative modern design today is still in its planning stages. We’ve come across countless blueprints, mock-ups and models of homes that look impossibly beautiful, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Here are three homes that don’t exist yet, but we’re hoping that their designers make them a reality one day soon!
This pre-fab home is nearly 900-square feet of living space on a pencil-thin narrow lot. It is a design concept from Logical Homes, and it is currently on sale starting at $230,000. We love its light, airy feel and its ultra-small footprint.
Image courtesy of Logical Homes
This home design is part of Brad Pitt’s “Make it Right” campaign to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck. He challenged architects to design eco-friendly, flexible, and fashionable homes for families, and they delivered. Some of these homes are being built as we speak, but we’d love to see the above home by KieranTimberlake Associates made soon.
Image courtesy of Make it Right
Can you spot the home among the astro-turf? These “invisible” homes were designed in 2007 to blend in with a golf course, and to allow for the golf course to function while families went about their business inside. We love the idea of being partially underground – unless this golf course has any gopher problems, of course!

flower power?

Funky, contemporary, retro AND vintage all rolled into one? Is that even a possible or logical combination? Apparently so! One of Padstyle’s readers was kind enough to recommend the Plush Deco site in the comments section of our Top 25 Interior Design and Furniture Blogs entry. Well, if you can’t tell by the flower-inspired chair in the picture, this is definitely a furniture line worthy to be labeled as Friday fun!
The upholstered Flower Blossom Chair is not only incredibly unique and a definite showstopper, it’s surprisingly comfortable. It comes in green, purple and black, covered with a shiny microfiber fabric and it has a gorgeous swiveling chrome base. If you have a room that’s just lacking something, this may be that one focal point piece that you desperately need. This is a chair that would look great in an office too, it certainly is a conversation starter and a fabulous way to break the ice.
Who says furniture has to be either stylish or comfortable? Why can’t you have the best of both worlds? For more information on the Flower Blossom Chair or to view the rest of the incredibly fun and oh-so-stylish furniture, visit the Plush Deco website.

painting a mural on a wall

While you may assume that painting a mural on a wall is only practical for nurseries or a child’s room, this is not true. Depending on how creative and artistic you are, they are perfect for walls in your bathroom, kitchen, hallways, etc. Even your primary living space that maybe has a short wall would be the perfect place for a life-sized piece of art. If you’re ready to tackle a wall, don’t go into it blindly. The last thing you want to do is eye-ball a mural, unless of course you’re just that good!

  • Create a Graph – The easiest way to paint a mural on a wall is to create a graph first. Measures out specific distances across the wall vertically and horizontally and then either thumbtack yarn to create a grid or use a pencil. If you plan on using a pencil, you should be either painting the entire wall or you better have the best quality eraser available to not smudge unpainted parts of the grid when you erase the lines.
  • Draw Your Design – Grab a piece of paper or poster board and create the exact same grid on it so there is the same number of squares with a pen and draw your mural on this. You will have a lot more freedom to make errors and start over this way and since you created the lines in pen, you can erase as many times as you need to.
  • Transfer to the Wall – Using the squares on the paper as a guide to the squares on the wall, recreate your mural on the wall. You can either just make really light outlines if you’re pretty comfortable with a paint brush or you can go ahead and draw yourself a detailed picture to paint.
  • Paint – The last step in creating a mural is to paint. Acrylic paint works best and don’t forget to seal it when it is completely dry. When working with a lot of colors in an area, you may have to let one color dry so your arm or hand doesn’t smudge it.
Murals can either be a quick and simple project that you do over the course of a day or they can be detailed masterpieces that you continuously return to over a long period of time. Either way, they create a really spectacular focal point in any room!

Some cool ideas and three amazing homes

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