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Nothing beats the sun shining through the windows and the breeze blowing within the place you call home – the one place you’ll spend most of your time. The central parts of homes tend to be the darkest, least enjoyable spaces. To let the daylight, fresh air, and nature in, think about including an interior courtyard or garden to help brighten things up. Here, we rounded up 10 residences with dreamy bits of nature inside. The Hanging Rock House, by Melbourne-ba

Lushna designs and builds these tent-like shelters to put on your property to house guests, start a campground, a glamping hotel, etc. They will come in and create an environment on your land to attract tourists or guests so you can turn it into a ecotourism location. Their eco resort concept features their sustainably designed modern structures made from eco-friendly materials. The villas are built on top of a concrete-free Ground Screw Foundation with their smartly designed constru

A 1,300-square-foot pre-war apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was recently renovated by Kane A|UD (Kane Architecture and Urban Design) who gutted the dated interior before beginning. It had been 50 years since the apartment had been renovated so it was in need of major upgrades in the two bathrooms, the kitchen, and in the utilities. They kept the historic shell of the apartment while modernizing the kitchen and bathrooms, making sure to retain the original charm. Dividi

The Frame House looked drastically different when it fell into the hands of Atelier M+A. It began as a 50-year old, rundown terrance house in Upper Thomson, Singapore with very little natural light and natural ventilation, typical of heavily developed housing projects in the area. To remedy the problem, they designed an internal courtyard that was open to the sky to bring the daylight and ventilation to the deep interior, both musts in the tropical environment. The varying sizes of

When you think of sushi, you think of the colorful rolls we all eagerly put in our mouths, so naturally, those same rolls make the perfect inspiration for a sushi restaurant, right? Mode:lina architekci chose the color scheme based on the food Tokyo Tey, a newly opened sushi store in Poznań, Poland, would be serving. The store’s design is relatively minimalist with black and white being the key colors, along with the sushi-inspired colors that pop up in the stripe of triangles

We’ve shared a lot on Design Milk Instagram over the past few years. From trade show floor photos and videos, to daily posts, to some of our favorite Instagram accounts and discoveries. We are proud to say that we’ve hit a bit milestone: 1 million followers! In celebration, we’re revisiting some of our most talked about and most hearted ‘grams, from stairs and collapsible chairs to glass sculptures and installations. (pssst…. we’re also giving awa

Xangri-lá’s coastal location in southern Brazil makes it a hotspot for vacationers. A young couple looking to get in on the vacation action hired Arquitetura Nacional to design Casa Enseada for them to rest on the weekends and holidays. The design stacks two volumes off-center, each made of different materials – wood and concrete – which provides overhangs to shade the ground level’s outdoor spaces. The top volume provides shade making it possible to exte

Indrė Sunklodienė, of Interjero Architektė (InArch), is an interior architect from Vilnius, Lithuania who completed this 85 square meter (approx. 915 square foot) loft with a Scandinavian feel. The space, named Loft Town, was designed for a young couple longing for a cozy, modern interior and the finished product delivered that and then some. The double-height living room with windows on two sides brings in maximum daylight into the modest interior. The ground floor houses the kitch

Merrydown is a minimalist house located in London, England, designed by McLaren Excell. The house was originally a single story home occupied by the client’s mother. The original layout placed the various programs in a cell-like formation having bedrooms and bathrooms on one side of the single corridor. In order to increase the square footage of the space, the architects were briefed to gut renovate the entire space and to try and take advantage of the building’s unique f

In Sydney’s beachside suburb of Maroubra, a home that was once owned by the client’s grandmother was in need of a major renovation. At 70 years old, the Maroubra House didn’t fit the lifestyle of the young family, so they hired THOSE Architects to re-design the semi-detached home made up of small room, one bathroom, and separate public spaces. Another important request from the family was to have a connection to the outdoors. They designed a new addition that brough

A family wanting a home just large enough to make them comfortable reached out to Bates Masi + Architects to design a house for them within an 1950’s neighborhood of modest cottages in Amagansett, New York. Set just a few hundred feet from the ocean and backing up to a preserve, the Amagansett Dunes residence sits on a small lot full of dunes that show just how intense the coastal winds can be. The surrounding landscape is at the mercy of the wind, which drags the sand into cre

The Heathdale Residence, located in Toronto, puts forth a tough exterior on its front facade as it’s clad in Corten steel, but around back, the home opens up towards the ravine. Designed by TACT Design, the 3,200 square foot, custom single family home has striking curb appeal, while offering the owners more privacy from passersby. On the flip side, the three story design is outfitted with expansive windows that give uninterrupted views of the ravine. The ground floor easily str

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