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It may not seem like it upon first glance, but building this gorgeous vacation home in the Belgian countryside was a complicated endeavor. The house looks entirely appropriate among the rustic surroundings and nearby historical homes, but it’s also modern and minimal. Respecting the history of the area was of utmost importance to the architects overseeing the project (Dehullu Architecten). They sourced local materials and matched the roofline and other key architectural features of home style typical to the area. The result is a gorgeous home full of natural light that feels open to the beautiful surroundings, and looks fresh and new, yet also completely classic. Who could ask for more?

Source: Freshome

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An Italian company called CoeLux just created an LED skylight that produces artificial sunlight so real it can trick the human brain and even a camera into thinking it’s real.

Artificial light has gotten a bad wrap over the years, mostly due to just not feeling, well, natural, but this nanoparticle-based technology could mean a breakthrough for bringing natural-seeming artificial light to windowless homes and commercial spaces. Could it also be a cure for bad indoor photos? A help for those suffering from seasonal depression? The possibilities are endless! We look forward to seeing much more from CoeLux in the future.

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If your home or apartment has an uncovered laundry closet (an unsightly alcove with a stacked washer and dryer inside) we may have just found the solution to your problems.

The always wise Remodelista recommends this quick and “dirty” DIY hack featuring affordable Home Depot parts to create a vintage yet oh-so-fresh look for your laundry nook in an afternoon. , even a renter could tackle this project. Take a look at the pictures below, and click through for the how-to.

 

Source: Remodelista

 

 

A New York City architect got a special request from a client when he was asked to construct a custom modern chicken coop for their home in the Hamptons. It was a unique challenge, but he was up for it, and started pouring over DIY manuals on building, as he called them in The New York Times, “hippie how-to chicken coops.”

His goal was to translate high-design ideas in a way that they wouldn’t look out of place in the context of a farm, and we think he struck the perfect balance of rustic and glamorous, or “chicken chic.”

Source: The New York Times

When we came across these dreamy pictures on Better Living Through Design, they sent us on an instant and much-needed mental vacation.

We were transported to a far away place, and now we’re planning and scheming. Our thoughts are full of warm nights spent looking across a lake, of barbecues and bonfires and friends’ faces illuminated by firelight.

The Prism Steel Chiminea from Terrain makes us think of all these things, and we want it. Winter is long, we’ve got to fill the time somehow. So until the warmer weather arrives, we’ll be here dreaming.

Source: Terrain

Whether you’re snowed in or not, this time of year it’s only normal to develop a serious case of cabin fever after logging several month’s worth of major “inside time.”

One of the best fixes for this? Spruce up your living space! But that doesn’t have to mean a trip to Ikea or splurging on expensive designer-made home goods. You can do this room refresh for free, with things you already have lying around. But you’ll need a little creativity, and some expert styling advice from Refinery 29. We gave one of their suggestions a try, and created a “color story” shelf using items we had around the Househappy office in shades of turquoise and brown (image above). Did we pull it off?

See more tips below, and click through for a slideshow of simple yet brilliant ideas.

Move furniture away from walls to create intimate seating areas that look intentional.

Frame an old letter or a page from a magazine, and arrange it artfully with other items from your home, and from outdoors.

Use twine to give an old chair a new look. You can wrap the arms, legs, and even weave it to create a new back.

Pull pages from a damaged book to create a no-cost wall hanging.

When in doubt, slap on a coat of bright paint to give you and your old furniture a new lease on life!

Here’s their take on a color story shelf featuring metalics and black.

Source: Refinery 29