Located in Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Italy, the Monteverdi retreat is the kind of countryside nook that makes you want to sell all your earthly possessions and build a life out of sunbathing and maybe some occasional wine-making. Grab a glass of wine, scroll through these pictures, and pretend you're Diane Lane in Under The Tuscan Sun.

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Liking what you see above? Well, you'll never get your hands on one because the point of Loose Joints furniture is that each piece is different. Like a Lego kit for adults, Loose Joints allows you to construct anything you own into a one-of-a-kind creation for your home. The idea was designed by Joscha Weiand to be a fun activity with a modular result. Create something that you can proudly (or embarrassingly) claim as your own.

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Inspired by Spain of the 1960s, the Chic & Basic Ramblas Hotel is located in the heart of Spain, and welcomes you on a brief time traveling vacation. Designed by Lagranja Design, the hotel boasts 97 rooms spread over 6 floors of vintage and sunny comfort. Pack a lunch of cheese and wine, grab your passport and go.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 05:04

Eiko Ojala Cuts a Neat Figure


Eiko Ojala, master of the construction paper cut-out, is back with a vertical landscape of incredible detail. From the tops of snowy peaks, all the way down the mountainside to the warmth of a log cabin, Ojala crafts a sweet story.

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The Villa F residence in Rhodes, Greece is a beautiful testament to angular architecture. From Hornung and Jacobi Architecture, the single-family home is a massive, multi-faceted prism which turns simple geometry into a house of beautiful light and shadow, and superbly sleek design. P.S., it's located along the Mediterranean coast, so there are stunning views of the sea to go along with the lovely villa. 

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:14

Lake House 2, From McClellan Architects


This is Lake House 2, by McClellan Architects, and I don't know how many times we all need to pin these pictures to a visionboard in order to get here, but we should try it. The space is sunny, simple, and looks great in a sunset. Think of summer, and drool away.

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If you need a little cardio to get going, Clocky will run around and taunt you until you catch him and turn off the alarm.

If you're like me, you never totally grasped the whole "sleep schedule" part of being a human being, and the permamently slightly-purple hue under your eyes is proof of that. If you're still in a position where you need to wake up and show up to things (like jobs or school, and other stuff) at a certain time, you need a trusty alarm clock to nudge, sing, or jolt you out of sleep. Here are a few that seem interesting, or terrifying, or both. Sometimes there's food involved, like coffee or bacon, which is nice. 

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"I believe the inspiration for a building should be in the accumulation of history. Architecture...should be timeless and convey by its very fiber the assurance of permanence..."


Happy birthday Edward Durell Stone!

Edward Durell Stone (March 9, 1902 – August 6, 1978) was a 20th century American architect whose modern architectural designs can be seen in a number of important American structures. Stone's staple contributions to American architecture include the main lobby and grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Standard Oil Building in Chicago, and others.

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Designed by Gestion René Desjardins, the Iron Lace home in Montreal is a study of mixing textures to create an atmosphere that is both chic and inviting. Different elements of design come together to create unique passageways throughout the home, and show that industrial materials can be made soft and comforting in the right home.

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Technically speaking, you might not need an awesome underground trapdoor wine cellar, but will it make you happy? Yeah, probably. Not only will you have a much cooler wine storage system than your friends, but you'll have a trap door in your house. Think of all the secrets you can keep in there! I won't say any more because what you do with your trapdoor wine cellar is up to you. Though the universal firs step of bragging is probably to throw a glamorous dinner party. See? It's already doing wonders for your social life. All these cellars are from Spiral Cellars, whom you should contact if you want one of your own.

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