This stunning vintage Airstream is a Scandinavian design dream come true

June 1, 2017 by  
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We always love a great Airstream conversion , and this Scandinavian-inspired renovation is making us green with design envy. Natasha Lawyer and Brett Bashaw renovated the vintage 1971 Airstream Sovereign by implementing simple, but gorgeous design principles inspired by Scandinavian functionality. Using white walls and semi-minimalistic decor, the tiny 200-square-feet space is now a beautiful home the couple affectionately calls their “ Tin Can Homestead .” The adventurous couple are no strangers to breathing life into vintage vehicles. Before buying the old airstream, they converted a 1978 Volkswagen van into a livable camper to travel around the country. Once that trip was over, they had been permanently bitten by the tiny home living bug and decided to buy the 1971 Airstream, which gave them more living space. After one year of renovations and restorations, they now have a beautiful 200-square-foot home with an amazing interior. Related: 7 retro-chic Airstream renovations The Tin Can Homestead is a stunning example of Airstream conversion done right. The renovation process as well as the interior design was inspired by Scandinavian design, meaning that the process focused on custom-made furniture and a clean, clutter-free design. The result is a living space that is light and airy, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. All-white walls and ceilings open up the interior, which is enhanced with fun hints of colors, warm wood tones, and personal knick-knacks from the couple’s travels. The couple’s most prized possession – besides their two little dogs – is a patterned daybed mattress that adds a hint of “bohemian eclectic glam” to the interior design . The kitchen design is an enviable space thanks to its clutter-free layout and simple black-and-white tiled backsplash. The bedroom is also a warm space, with a king-size bed that is big enough for 6-foot tall Bashaw. The camper is equipped with plenty of storage and various hanging plants around the home also enhance the healthy, airy atmosphere. Although the transformation resulted in a beautifully mellow space, the conversion process was anything but uncomplicated. When asked about the hardest part of the process, Lawyer said that building furniture to fit around the airstream’s curves presented quite the challenge, “Never again will I build furniture to fit inside what is basically a Twinkie.” Such a dreamy day in Seattle today so I threw open all the windows and did a little planting. A post shared by tin can homestead (@tincanhomestead) on May 3, 2017 at 4:30pm PDT The couple recently sold the home to a new family, but you can check out tons of dreamy photos of the Tin Can Homestead on their Instagram page. + Tin Can Homestead Via Apartment Therapy

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Glowing see-through garden house lets plants soak up the sun

May 31, 2017 by  
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Sometimes less really is more. This beautiful glowing home by H.a Architects was inspired by just one thing – lush greenery. Located in Ho Chi Minh City , the Less Home is clad in perforated white metal that lets in optimal natural light for the abundant vegetation that weaves throughout the interior. The home’s two-story tower design had to be strategic to make the most out of the small plot of land where the building stands. The compact space, which currently houses a family of seven, led the architects to create a flexible interior layout. Composed of various moveable partition s, the system allows the family to customize different layouts throughout the lifetime of the home. Related: Renovated Vietnamese home ‘sewn’ together with intricate steel threads On the interior, the design is minimalist in terms of furniture and decoration, instead using lush vegetation as the foremost design feature. Inspired by the surrounding tropical environment, the designers wanted to pull the exterior inside as much as possible. As a result, various trees and garden pockets are distributed throughout the home, creating a healthy, vibrant greenhouse feel. The home’s perforated white cladding helps feed the vegetation, which in return, provides clean breathing environment for the family, something especially important in a city known for its urban pollution . Via Archdaily Photography by Quang Dam  

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Breath-taking courtyard hidden inside recently renovated colonial home in Merida

January 12, 2017 by  
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Secluded behind a quiet turquoise wall in the historic center of Merida is the recently renovated Casa Remate. Local design firm AS Arquitectura began work on the home years ago, slowly transforming the once-decaying building into a sophisticated minimalist design centered around a breath-taking courtyard. Considering that the building is located in a historic part of Merida, the architects had to work with the existing structure. Working within those building restrictions , the design called for focusing on creating a soothing interior space that leads to the heart of the home: the central courtyard. Related: Subtle hacienda renovation in Mexico marries contemporary and vernacular design Like many traditional colonial constructions in Mexico, the living quarters revolve around a central patio, which, in return, brings in optimal natural light and ventilation to the home. Taking into account the historic character of the project, the design team chose to convert this central space into a welcoming, open-air living area, respectfully reconfigured to “maintain the sense of serenity, silence, intimacy and surprise that has characterized the colonial homes of our city.” The renovation process also called for adding a new wing to the design, which now houses the kitchen, bathroom and extra bedroom. The master bedroom and a studio are on the top floor, reached by the large exterior staircase. On the very top of the building is also a large rooftop terrace , which serves as a private refuge with incredible views of the historic center. For building materials , the architects once again went with tradition, choosing a polished white cement for the exterior stairs and terraces, which contrasts nicely with the textured exterior walls. This polished cement was also used in the kitchen, bathroom and even some furniture to bring a cohesive feel to interior and exterior space. + AS Arquitectura Via Platforma Arquitectura Photographs by Rolando Córdoba

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YOD Studio adds gorgeous new cabins to Ukraine’s forested Relax Park Verholy

September 26, 2016 by  
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Clad in vertical strips of different-shades, the cabins blend with the pine forest without disrupting its beauty. Each cabin was prefabricated using lightweight materials and stands on stilts to protect the forest’s existing root system. Related: YOD Design Lab’s modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine An open-plan design , natural materials and minimalist palette ensure peaceful interiors that invite guests to relax. Large glazed doors frame the forest, and when open, welcoming woodland scents indoors. The bathroom area is enclosed with a two-way, floor-to-ceiling glass wall that is dark on the inside for privacy, and frosted on the outside to allow natural light to permeate the interiors. + YOD Studio Via Architizer Photos by Andre Avdeenko

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Inhabitat spends the night in a Harvard-designed tiny cabin in the woods

August 22, 2016 by  
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For our first Getaway excursion we spent a night in the Maisie , a 160-square-foot mobile cabin built for two to three dwellers. Prior to our visit were told that the cabin would be in the general vicinity of New York’s Catskills, but were purposefully not given the exact address until the day of our arrival for extra adventurous appeal. The cabin was easily discoverable by GPS and we shared a campsite with two other Getaway cabins, though each was set apart with enough room to still feel quite secluded. We were immediately impressed by the cabin’s minimalist and functional design. Its light timber interior was complimented by cozy bean bag chairs, a bed with fresh white linens, a fully stocked kitchen, ample lighting, and large tree-filled windows. We were especially surprised by the fact that the kitchen was filled with all the sundries one might need; pots, pans, cooking utensils, a hot plate, olive oil, a provisions box with snacks for purchase, and a delightful assortment of books and games. We made dinner on a pint-sized grill by the campfire, basked under a starry sky, and finished the night with a rousing game of Shut the Box . It was everything we’d hope it would be – a comfortable and magical summer night’s escape. RELATED: Harvard student startup lets you test-drive tiny house living for just $99 a night A Getaway experience is one level above glamping with a hot shower, electric toilet and a mini fridge. While these luxurious amenities are available, guests should remain mindful of their water and electric usage and note to conserve flushes of the electric toilet — 15 flushes were allotted. As in any tent or house, you’ll also want to keep the doors and windows closed and the bugs out (even so, we did wake up with a few bites). So, would we stay in a Getaway cabin again? We’re still big fans of the old fashioned tent, but having a little taste of off-grid living made us feel right at home. If you’ve ever wanted to live in a tiny home, this is a great way to test it out without taking the plunge. Getaway currently offers four different-sized models in New York and three in Boston . + Getaway Images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat and by Getaway

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Stylish Shanghai eatery promotes the goodness of their food with a greenhouse-like design

July 25, 2016 by  
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Located on the Tongji University campus, the chic ???BAOBAO restaurant places the open kitchen within a greenhouse -like structure, giving patrons a full view of the baozi-making process through glazed windows. The 62-square-meter space is filled with natural light and brings the campus’ leafy surroundings indoors through full-height windows and the addition of indoor plants and green tiles. Hanging bulb lights illuminate the interior and complement the minimalist vibe of the timber house-like frameworks. Related: T.Bar: enormous living green walls of lichen and moss line refreshing Panama Fusion restaurant The combination of timber elements and greenery gives the interior a fresh and nature-infused character. Seating is also extended to the outdoors with a patio lined with bluestone cobbles and shielded with angled solar shades decorated with ???BAOBAO graphics. “Linehouse created a spatial narrative that married with the brand’s ethos: from garden to plate, using the freshest vegetables in handcrafted baozi,” write the designers. “In doing so they played with the concept of inserting a glass greenhouse building for the exhibition and growth of plants.” + Linehouse Via ArchDaily Images via Linehouse © Dirk Weiblen

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Sublime Nook Residence blends seamlessly into the snowy Canadian landscape

June 1, 2016 by  
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The home’s sharp angles and stark white facade mimic the steep terrain and snowy landscape that lead up to the lot. The structure is comprised of two asymmetrical volumes “twisted” onto each other in an origami-like style. The top level is strategically placed on the smaller lower level, providing solar shading for the large, south-facing terrace. Related: MU Architecture unveils tiny copper and glass huts for Canada’s Bigwin Island Large, floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the adjacent Lake Memphremagog permit residents to enjoy the breathtaking natural surroundings from the living space. Polished concrete radiant flooring and walnut furniture further bring a nature-inspired elegance to the minimalistic interior design . An interior balcony and light Cedar-planked ceilings extend to the outside terrace, guiding the eye towards the breathtaking lake view . + MU Architecture

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U-shaped weekend home in Belgium boasts a bare-bones Japanese aesthetic

April 8, 2016 by  
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Nondescript VW van hides a gorgeous and chic mobile home

March 29, 2016 by  
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The sleek Pen Uno is one of the most minimal writing instruments in the world

December 9, 2015 by  
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Pen Uno is an extremely minimal pen designed to be both a pleasure to write with and beautiful to look at. At only 5.3mm (7/32in) in wide, it is one of the slimmest pens ever manufactured, yet it is very comfortable to use because its holding barrel is slightly wider. This barrel also serves as a twisting cap that protects the pen tip when not in use. Pen Uno is precision-machined out of space-grade aluminum and anodized in four distinct colors: space grey, silver, gold, and rose gold. Pen Uno uses the widely available Hi-Tec-C Coleto gel ink cartridge. This cartridge writes exactly the same as the regular Hi-Tec-C cartridge but it is much slimmer in diameter because it was designed for a multi-color pen system. Taking advantage of this super slim cartridge, the designers were able to construct what is one of the most minimal pens ever designed. + Pen Uno on Kickstarter

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