If we won the lottery today, we'd be on a plane to this home tomorrow. Located in Val D'Isere, France (aka: a picturesque town in the Alps), this chalet makes for the ideal holiday setting. Putting the $38,000 per week price tag aside, Chalet La Tene does not lend itself to just any stay. For starters, it has every amenity one could imagine: wine cave, steam room, hot tub, and a very necessary ski room. But what really caught our eye is the home's perfect balance of a cozy, cabin-like appeal and modern design aesthetic. Designed by Oliver Thornton Architects of Stockholm, every inch of this Scandinavian-inspired interior reflects contemporary comfort. Whether it be the minimalist finishes softened with textures like cowhides or the grand dining room graced with an open fireplace, this home has us favoring the cold.
If your sofa has seen better days, there might be life in it yet. We have three chic solutions that will whip it into stylish shape. The best part? Each of these looks can be achieved by creatively styling just one item, a throw blanket. Check out three layering ideas we're tempted to try this Winter!
Anna Burke, a designer for Kemble Interiors, covered the white cushions on her rattan sofa with a massive furry throw. Aside from adding tons of texture, we're sure it makes for extrasoft seating.
Oh Joy! blogger Joy Cho gave her white sofa a two-toned look by tucking a pretty indigo blue throw around the bottom cushions. To finish the look, she topped it off with a matching blue pillow and a tiny metallic one for an unexpected pop.
In this beach-inspired living room, a folded throw tucked into the center cushion acts as its own bold graphic. We love how it gives the sofa a stripe motif — very nautical!
While we're curious to see how 2014's version of The Real World San Francisco compares to the iconic 1994 season, one thing is for sure — the expectation for designing a fantasy living situation is much higher in this millennium. For January's 29th edition premiere (which involves a shocking new twist!), the show recruited production designer Katherine de Luca (best known for her work on Project Runway) to transform a 10,000-square-foot space that was originally built as a ballroom in 1910. Paying homage to San Francisco's rich history, the sprawling space packs in plenty of playful kitsch, like a Chinatown-themed confessional space. Still, it's the bold but clever design moments like the removable Flor carpet tiles and dynamic color combinations that really grab our attention. Click through for a virtual tour of 2014's San Francisco Real World pad!
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Over the last few years, Instagram has become yet another outlet for discovering and sharing decorating inspiration. In 2013, we turned to some of the most stylish Instagram feeds to help us with everything from creating the perfect tablescape to choosing the right paint color. We even got to share your decor with fellow design enthusiasts when you tagged your pictures with our #CasaSnap hashtag. With all this Insta-inspiration, it wasn't easy to play favorites. Check out our top Instagram decor shots of 2013!
When it comes to outfitting a guest bedroom, balancing necessity with welcoming luxury is essential. Get you spare room ready for the upcoming holiday season by making sure these items are on your list. Whether it's creative storage or just something thoughtful to make your guests feel at home, these pieces will have you ready to host in no time!
Tissue box: While tissue boxes may not be on everyone's list of nightstand necessities, you don't realize how crucial they are until you desperately need one. Save your guests a trip to the bathroom by investing in a beautiful tissue box that adds to the room's decor.
Tray: Since your guests won't have the luxury of putting all of their belongings in their proper places, vanity trays will help them feel less scattered.
Alarm clock: Using a cell phone alarm can be a bit of a pain if there isn't an electrical outlet by the bed. Help your guests stay stress-free by having a cute clock at the ready.
Storage: If a dresser feels too bulky for your guest room, get creative with other storage options. This console offers plenty of places to stash pieces your guests will need easy access to, thanks to the drawer and woven baskets.
Candle: Pamper your guests by placing a scented candle in the room. Consider fragrance notes they're fond of or choose a candle that feels seasonally appropriate.
Notebooks: Put a pretty notebook and pen on the nightstand for your guests. Aside from being handy, it also serves as a thoughtful gift that they can enjoy long after they leave.
Carafe: Keep guests hydrated with a water-filled carafe while adding a pop of color to the room. We're especially crazy about these hand-blown beauties.
When it comes to decorating the space above your bed, avoid getting sucked into the standard framed art or mirror rut. Instead, opt for a more creative concept that will make your bed the fabulous focal point it deserves to be. Keep reading for above-the-bed stylings that range from easy DIY to downright lavish decor.
Turning a cramped, high-rise condo into a cat-friendly oasis (on a budget) isn't a job for everyone, but for interior designer Courtney Lake, it's a dream gig. Armed with an arsenal of impressive painting techniques and a skill for bargain shopping, Courtney transformed this downtown San Francisco space into something his client (and cat) could happily call home. Keep reading for the design tips that made us do a double take!
Entryway POPSUGAR Home: What were your goals for the space? Caitlin + Caitlin Interior Design: Our goal was to totally gut and rework Caitlin's loft to turn it into something sophisticated and chic. You should see the before photos – the kitchen and bathroom had been done in total bargain-basement cabinetry, tile, and appliances. The brown thin-set concrete concealed beautiful 100-year-old original tile beneath. We could go on and on about how much we needed to revamp this space, but the ultimate plan was to create a beautiful, functional flow and evoke a refined, cosmopolitan aesthetic.
Living room PS: What was the biggest challenge that you faced? C+C: The layout of the space was tricky because the unit actually wraps around the building's stairwell, so the floor plan is shaped like a U. One of the benefits, though, is that this creates separate areas in the loft even without having doors between "rooms." You walk into a proper entry because we extended the kitchen wall and also created an alcove to the right of the front door for dropping bags, hats, and keys. The living room and bedroom are separated by the narrow kitchen and dining room, which almost double as a long hallway. By making each part of the loft multifunctional, we were able to really maximize space.
Kitchen PS: Despite some of the loft's industrial characteristics, the space still feels chic and inviting. What are some of your favorite ways to soften these types of buildings? C+C: We're all about mixing and balancing each of our designs, so this was no exception. Because we exposed the brick and original tile (which packs that industrial punch!), we added a lot of luxe elements to pump up the glamour and warmth. Infusing the space with hues of mint green, teal, and navy created a soothing effect while textures like linen, leather, and wool softened the space both in a visual and tactile sense.
Living room bar PS: The black doors in the bedroom are so beautiful! Are they original? Is that a Murphy bed? C+C: The charcoal gray doors are indeed concealing a Murphy bed! They're not original — we built the recessed alcove for the Murphy bed by relocating ducting and adding drywall. The doors are actually Ikea cabinetry painted in a high gloss and embellished with lacquered brass knockers from Restoration Hardware. We think the contrast of dark gray and gold is really striking.
Murphy bed in living room PS: The kitchen and dining space might stump the average person because of the narrow dimensions. Do you have any tips for decorating in tight spaces? C+C:When it comes to tight living quarters, you have to be strategic with each square foot. There are hundreds of ways to do this effectively, depending on the room, but some of the general tips would be this:
- Keep clear of clutter — only have things out and visible if they are beautiful and add to the design.
- Leave three feet of space between pieces of furniture and the wall whenever possible. You can have a few inches of wiggle room with this, but it's a great general rule for making sure spaces don't feel cramped.
- Choose furniture and patterns that are scaled appropriately to the space. Small calls for small!
Although 2013 had a lot of design highlights, it's time to play favorites. Starting with the heart of the home, here are the seven kitchens we loved over the last 12 months. From an unbelievable reno to a perfectly styled celebrity space, these rooms hold the recipe to success. Click through to see the best kitchens of 2013 and how they can inspire you heading into the new year!
When we caught wind that Domaine Home recruited Jessica Biel to decorate her version of a holiday dream room, we were all ears. After all, she does live with a famous design hound (ahem, HomeMint cofounder Justin Timberlake)!
With the home's fashion-forward accessories, handsome furnishings, and thoughtful styling, we honed in on five design philosophies from the space that can be applied year-round.
- Channel Coco Chanel: From the graphic striped sofa to the gallery-style wall of framed black-and-white photos, nothing beats the classic color combo. Try accenting it with pops of your favorite brights or layering in neutrals for a cozy, sophisticated vibe.
- Rethink Rugs: Rugs aren't only for floors — create a tapestry feel by hanging a gorgeous kilim or antique find. The best part? Even smaller sizes can create a huge impact for less!
- Embrace Leather Furniture: For instant warmth and an ounce of rugged masculinity, try grounding a room with a vintage chair or sofa. If trolling flea markets for the right piece isn't your deal, then score the look with one of these vintage-inspired chairs that feel just as soulful.
- Decorate With Books: Stacking your most beloved books — from old hardbacks to coffee-table tomes — not only keeps them handy, but also creates visual interest. Try topping them off with your favorite decorative objects for a polished and curated effect.
- Layer Patterns: If you're a pattern-lover, then don't be afraid to mix and match! The secret? Stick to a limited color palette, and combine a variety of small- and large-scale prints.