Room air conditioners that keep their cool
The latest batch of room air conditioners in Consumer Reports’ tests meet tougher energy requirements so in addition to keeping you cool they help you keep your cool over rising utility bills. Small window air conditioners are the biggest sellers and we found five to recommend that cost in the $ 200 range. We also tested more than a dozen portable air conditioners but unfortunately, most struggled to cool a room. Here are the details.
Window air conditioners
Small. … (read more)
When Sylvia Beez of M.A.P. Interiors redesigned this 1970s ranch house, she combined a rustic-chic look with the California appeal of the area hosting this warm, welcoming, personality-filled home. The living room screams “rustic refined,” whereby each element that would typically be classified as “county” boasts a modern edge – the vaulted wood ceiling, painted white; the concrete floor, polished to a sleek sheen; and the stone fireplace, which takes shape a contemporary shape and becomes a modern focal point. A wall of windows floods … (read more)
For 25 years, different artists and designers have created the Ice Hotel. The hotel is located in Jukkasjarvi, a small town in northeastern Norway with 1,000 people and 1,100 dogs. It is constructed in November and part of December and open between December and mid-April, when the ice begins melting back into the Torne River. Although the room count varies from year to year, it is generally in the neighborhood of 65 rooms and suites and between 50,000 and 60,000 people visit each year. And each year, 100 … (read more)
The Chez Valentin Apartment in Montrouge, France is pretty small at only 50 m2 but the condo owner still wanted to have an impendent bedroom somewhere in the space. Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec Architects met the challenge by suspending a white cube from the ceiling to create a completely separate and independent bedroom within the open space below. Centrally located, the bedroom acts as a room divider between the dining area and the living area. Made of a metallic structure, covered with wooden panels, the cube as … (read more)
This gorgeous Swedish apartment is a great example of how to transform an urban basement into a beautiful and original living space. This space of more than 200 square meters is set in the basement of a beginning of the 20th century building. The designers did an outstanding job in transforming it into a big apartment with great design and functional layout. The apartment has two entrances, the main one and a secondary one from the small garden that comes with it. The circulation into … (read more)
What’s new in home decor? Ironically, it’s Old News Parquet Flooring by Baurwerk Parquet. This funky, fun flooring product is part of the Vintage Bauwerk collection created by Swiss designer Virginia Maissen. It has the lax look of newspapers scattered across a cutting room floor, faded, overlapping, in the midst of an inspired explosion! Each board is made of natural oak strips and features a different print which can be combined to create as many as 2,047 unique designs. The faded newsprint pattern boasts a cool retro style … (read more)
Looking Good! Wait… are we talking about the mirror, or the reflection in it? Both! The Looking Good mirror from Thabto is a funky, playful piece inspired by the classic sunglasses design. A little vanity has never looked so cool! The two “lenses” feature mirrors that are great for a quick glace as you run out the door for the day or night. This unusual wall-mounted mirror measures one meter across and boasts the popular thick black frame that we see gracing the coolest catwalks and the trendiest eyewear shops. Plus, black goes … (read more)
This really cool sofa is a barrel of laughs! What could have taken its inspiration from a Donkey Kong video game, the Fardos sofa from Brazilian furniture maker Etel Interiors was designed by Ricardo Fasanello and will quickly become the most popular seat in the house. Covered in soft, high-quality and supple leather, the Fardos isn’t just a piece of furniture – it’s a conversation piece! For details, visit Etel Interiors.
See more images at DesignConnected.
Ultra Modern Decor
… (read more)