Open space living in lofts, studios or homes with high ceilings and few walls are very popular. The open architectural look may be gorgeous, but not always practical. Being able to have a private bedroom or a way to divide the living space from the dining room would create a more functional feel to a home.

So how can you add a little intimacy or privacy to a room without closing up your space permanently? By getting creative and adding a room divider that can open and close as needed, or moved to another spot. Check out these awesome room divider ideas that can work in nearly any space, large or small.

Room divider ideas using bookcases

There’s no better way to multitask than to use a room divider that features storage, too. A bookcase may be the perfect solution. For the ultimate flexibility, add locking wheels to the bookcase so you can roll it to where you need. Or if you’re sure you won’t be moving it, consider adding a built-in cabinet to divide a space.

A sleek wood bookcase with no backing divides the open living area without blocking sunlight. Image: Musa Design

As soon as stores swipe the tinsel off the shelves, it’s replaced by heart-shaped boxes and all things bright red and pink. When it comes to Saint Valentine’s Day, there are people who love it, others who passionately hate it, and those who remain indifferent to the romance and expectations of the day.

Admittedly, I have dabbled in the indifference category for several years now. I normally love any excuse to celebrate. But Valentine’s Day plans often come with too much pressure to be over-the-top extravagant.

This year I’m taking a new route and looking at the occasion through a new set of rose-colored glasses. The day of love shouldn’t be limited to romantic relationships — why not take a day to celebrate the women in your life by hosting a Galentine’s Day brunch? We’ve got ideas on how to host an elegant brunch that your group won’t soon forget.

Muted pinks and greys add a laid back and sweet ambiance to the room. Image: House of Five Take a muted path to your color scheme

Millennial pink is the perfect color to build the details of your décor and color scape around. Taking a turn away from the...

Vector Architects rehabilitated a fortress-like residence on the southeast end of the Huangqi Peninsula, Fujian Province, China. Named Captain’s House, the project is dramatically embedded into a rocky landscape and offers panoramic sea views.

“The damp and erosive nature of the land caused large-area water leakage during over 20 years of use, which become the main design issue to be addressed,” the architects said. Furthermore, the owners wanted to add a third floor to the existing structure in order to answer the living needs of the family.

“Our design work started with the study of structural reinforcement,” the architects explained. “After a series of careful comparisons, we decided to add a concrete layer to the original brick masonry walls. The intervention of the new concrete wall allowed us to re-manipulate the layout to some extent.”

The living room, dining room and master bedroom were oriented towards the views. The upper level comes with an original vaulted ceiling and accommodates a multi-functional living space. Additionally, since the captain’s family is Christian, this space is also intended to be a family chapel.

The new concrete window frames protrude from the outside wall, which prevents excessive rainwater from entering the house....

How cool would it be to have Rihanna knocking on your door on the first of every month to collect rent? Well, maybe that’s not so likely, but according to the Observer, she’s looking for someone to rent her West Hollywood home.

Rihanna has been trying to sell the property for $2,850,000 since last Fall and has recently decided to rent it out instead.

Here’s What $16,500 per Month Gets You:The property is a two-story 2,886 square foot 1920 Spanish Modern.The main house, shown from the rear, is landscaped with tall hedges for privacy and features four bedrooms and four bathrooms.An open floor plan connects the kitchen to living...
Every room needs a dose of personality. Image: Steele Street Studios

Usually, when we talk about design choices, we come at them from the perspective of how to make the rooms in your home appeal to the masses. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t admit that, at the end of the day, your home really only needs to appeal to you. It should feel distinctly yours.

That’s why we’re focusing on how to infuse personality into your interiors. We’ve got four tips on how to ensure your home feels like it fits you, no matter what your unique interests may be. Read them over and consider incorporating one or two of them into your next design. After all, there’s no reason not to celebrate who you are.

Gallery walls give you the opportunity to curate your surroundings. Image: Nathalie Priem PhotographyCreate a gallery...
Ready to set up your guest bathroom like a pro? Keep reading. Image: EURO Design Build

Usually, when you read about bathroom design ideas, the master bath is the focus. While your ensuite can serve as your own personal escape, it’s not the only washroom that deserves consideration. A well-thought-out guest bathroom, for example, can be both a gift to your family and friends and a source of never-ending compliments.

If you’re ready to take your guest bathroom design to the next level, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of our best tips to help inspire your redesign. With just a few small tweaks, you may just find that you have a new favorite room in the house.

Keep it neutral. Image: Wellbuilt CompanyKeep it fairly neutral

When dealing with a master suite, personal style reigns supreme. Are you someone who prefers a claw-foot tub for...

This captivating A-frame cabin located in the woodlands of St Adolfe d’Howard, in Canada, was rehabilitated by Jean Verville Architecte to meet the living needs of their clients, a family with a passion for the outdoors.

“The cottage was built in the 1960s on an enchanting site of the Laurentians,” the architects said. “Once the interior demolished and the structure completely cleared from the inside, the design team exploited the triangular structural form to develop a new layout that provides a relaxing feeling for this family retreat away from urban frenzy.”

Rhythmic and playful, the layout of the 64 square-meter (690 square-foot) hut encourages family interaction. The double-height open living space adjoins a compact kitchen area and floor-to-ceiling windows ensure unobstructed forest views.

The girls’ den upstairs offers a huge storage platform under the beds, always ready to welcome entertainment. This room all dressed in wood reveals a fascinating place entirely dedicated to childish games away from the living spaces on the ground floor.

A window positioned on the floor of the master bedroom enhances the brightness of the kitchen area below while offering a view of the lake from the bed.

Information provided by Jean Verville Architecte; photography courtesy of Maxime...

No home is perfect, no matter how big or new it is. You may find issues with the layout, or storage or lighting. It can be a bigger challenge when you rent, since you usually can’t do much about the space you’re living in. But luckily, many home decorating problems have easy fixes you can tackle in just a few hours or a weekend.

Here are five of the most common home decorating problems and how you can easily fix them.

1. My space feels small and crampedSkip the giant coffee table and add a small side table instead to reclaim space. And check out the cool mirror wall treatment. Image: Toronto Interior Design Group

If you feel like one of your biggest decorating problems is a small, cramped space, you can do a few things to improve it. Here’s a three-step action plan:

1: Start by decluttering the area. Too many items, pictures and even furniture pieces make a room feel smaller. Clean out what’s unnecessary and donate, throw out or store it in a box or bin somewhere out of sight. Keep bookshelves and surfaces clutter-free and use only essential furniture pieces in the room.

2: Paint the walls....

Try out some of these 2018 interior design resolutions in your home. Image: Peter Eskuche, AIA

“New year, new you” doesn’t only have to pertain to gym memberships and budgeting resolutions. It can also extend to your interiors. Why not use the turn of the calendar year as an opportunity to look at the rooms of your home in an entirely new light?

With this sentiment in mind, we’ve come up with four easy-to-follow 2018 interior design resolutions. You don’t have to tackle them all at once, but we suggest reading them over and choosing one or two to help give your home a fresh look for the new year without breaking the bank.

Consider giving the layout a fresh twist. Image: Butler Armsden ArchitectsRefresh your layout

We love this tip because it doesn’t have to cost you a thing! If a room...

Many people think modern and contemporary design are the same. But there’s a world of difference. They may be synonyms when describing many things, but in design, modern vs. contemporary are quite different.

Modern design refers to an era that has passed, while contemporary design is all about the now and the future.

The most popular modern design era is the mid-century modern era of the 1950s and 1960s. But Art Deco design of the 1920s or anything from then to the vintage look of the 1970s can also be considered modern.

Here are the most popular elements and looks of modern vs. contemporary design.

Modern design often features wood and earthier elementsWood elements and nature-inspired decor play an important part in modern design. Image: Square Root ArchitectureContemporary design features state-of-the-art materials, glass and metalsGlass, steel, porcelain and concrete are popular contemporary design materials. Image:
Get ready to see saturated colors popping up everywhere. Image: Kati Curtis Design

If you’ve been following our reporting on 2018 interior design trends, you know that stark, minimalist spaces are a thing of the past. We’ve been seeing more and more saturated colors recently — and, boy, do they look good!

One thing’s for sure, though — when you’re dealing with bold hues, you need a deft hand. So, if you’re thinking of jumping on the bandwagon, let us guide the way. Below is a list of some of the most common applications for how to use saturated colors in your interiors and tips on how to pull them off like a pro. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this one.

Consider an accent wall. Image: Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.Tackling the walls

When thinking about adding color to a room,...

Moloney Architects completed the design of a contemporary residence in Australia. Named for its split monolithic architectural form, Two Halves House is distinguished by two pavilions that appear to stand alone, but in fact live hand-in-hand.

The 240 square meter (2,583 square foot) home was specifically envisioned for a family who needed both privacy and social connection. This requirement was achieved by dividing the “public” open-plan living zone from its neighboring sleeping and bathing quarters.

“The two pavilions essentially distinguish the functions of the house, splitting the public and private zones to give the main living spaces the best views and natural light access,” the architects said.

The kitchen and dining area were designed in an open plan, with interaction in mind. Welcoming and friendly, this family room features original elements such as a low-set bench seat that faces the kitchen island and various stools for casual conversation.

In the neighboring pavilion, the bedrooms and bathrooms were imagined like a series of cellular spaces that are “minimal in nature, yet intimate and cosy.” Information provided by Moloney Architects; photography courtesy of Christine Francis.

A new year means a new Pantone Color of the Year. Image: Nexus Designs

Every year, Pantone shakes up the design world with its choice for the color of the year. 2018 is no exception. This year, the winner is a striking shade called Ultra Violet and this bold color has already begun shaking up the design world for the better.

If you’re curious about how this shade came to steal the spotlight, keep reading. We’ve got the scoop on how this color came to be and the tips you need to make it work in your own interiors. Consider this your definitive guide to tackling Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year.

And, the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is…Ultra Violet. Image: PantoneWhy Ultra Violet?

To some, Ultra Violet may seem like a bold choice, especially...

ATELIER GÉNÉRAL architecture completed the design of The Rock House, a minimalist residence located in Shefford, Canada. Built on the slope of Quebec’s Mount Shefford, the retreat bridges an aerial view on one side and an ascending, rugged topography, populated by rocks and maples, on the other.

Entering the site from below, visitors see a black volume that seems to emerge from the slope and detach itself from the surrounding vegetation. The living areas, located upstairs, offer an intimate relationship to the site and connect to a large terrace.

The kitchen, finished in white pine veneer, is framed by two parallel white blocks that form an indirect link with the adjoining dining room. This space opens onto the ascending slope and boulder located nearby, integrated into the terrace.

Nested between the bathroom and the living room, a triangular-shaped veranda opens onto a leafy cover, a nest perched in the hollow of the landscape. Like the house as a whole, this is a refuge both anchored and aerial.

Be sure to have a look at the house plans below for a better understanding of the project. Information provided by ATELIER GÉNÉRAL architecture; photography courtesy of Adrien...

These are a few home improvements that will give you the biggest bang for your buck in 2018. Image: My House Design Build Team

Every homeowner wants to get the biggest impact possible out of their home improvements. Whether you’re looking to make a move in the near future or are planning on staying put for years to come, it’s comforting to know that your investment of time and money is worth the effort, that the work you’re doing will add value to your home.

With that in mind, we decided to take the issue to the experts. We asked the leading minds in real estate to tell us which home improvement projects are set to have the best return on investment (ROI) in 2018. Read on below to see what they had to say and to learn where in your home your sweat equity will ultimately have the biggest impact.

Architecture Studio Snorre Stinessen completed the design of Malangen Retreat, a cluster of accommodation units located in Tromsø, Norway. The cabins are located on a ridge rising from the fjord below and neighbor a lush forest.

The clients wanted to enjoy a high level of privacy, while also being able to receive guests during the weekend. The main residence and the annex are each composed of two boxes. The main part accommodates the entrance, children’s room and a small secondary living room in the first box, while the bathroom and master bedroom were placed in the second unit.

The “annex” hosts guest rooms, utility rooms and a relaxation area with a sauna directly exposed to the view outside.

“We planned the main entrance, the living room and an annex separated by the central courtyard,” the architects said. “From here the retreat opens up to the natural clearing in the forest and you can enter into either the main building or the annex. A dedicated exit from the kitchen leads to the south-facing outdoor area where the family enjoy their dinners on warm summer days.”

All the individual boxes are clad in cedar panels and treated with...

ASP Arquitectura completed a spectacular rehabilitation of an apartment on the lower level of a building in Mexico City. The design aimed to create a seamless connection with the surrounding landscape.

According to the architects, three indoor-outdoor transition elements were built with reinforced concrete, each with a distinctive personality. The first is a pool of water that greets visitors with movement and sound. The second consists of a garden of energy stones, while the third is a vegetable garden, designed to blend the gully’s natural vegetation with the terraces.

The indoor layout has a linear axis that links the common, semi-private and private areas. The northeast section has two terraces joined by a pergola; the first houses a living and dining area with a vertical garden built of wooden boxes reclaimed from the shoring system used in the construction. The second terrace rests on a lower overhang, suggesting a closer relationship with the landscape.

The southwest part houses a more private garden that connects to the bedrooms, TV room and kitchen, culminating in a contemplative space known as the Garden Box. This open module is designed for an intimate interaction between the spectator...

Modern takes on vintage interior design can be done. Image: Suk Design Group LLP

Vintage interior design is tricky. On the one hand, it’s easy to see why some would long to re-create the feel of elegance that is synonymous with homes of the past. On the other, it’s all too easy for a design to come off looking like it belongs in Grandma’s house. This is one occasion where striking the right balance is crucial.

We’re here to help you find that balance. We’ve compiled our best advice for pulling together vintage interiors that still feel appropriate for today. Read over these tips and incorporate them into your own design. We have no doubt you’ll be able to reach the perfect equilibrium between modern and traditional.

Stick to well-made antique pieces. Image: InUnison Design Inc.Choose well-made antiques

Antiques are the backbone of any...

Millennial pink was introduced to the world slowly, and then all at once. This dusty, muted version of a classic hue has taken the world by storm  that is, the fashion and interior decorating world. No longer just reserved for a little girl’s room or play area, this new “it” color is being treated as a neutral tone thanks to its effortless versatility. Adding this pink shade to any space in your home will provide a quick update, as well as a refreshing look and feel.

With its understated tone, millennial pink can be subtle, yet eye-catching at the same time. This quality makes it easy to add the color to an existing design layout or act as the centerpiece of your entire decorative ensemble. It’s relaxed, fresh, dreamy, and perhaps the color scheme you never knew you needed. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate millennial pink into your home.

Pink textiles give this space a dreamy quality. Image: HomepolishDining and living room accents

Your dining and living area is a space where you want people to feel welcomed. Adorning these rooms with millennial pink touches is a contemporary way to add some warmth and softness to...

Small bathrooms don’t have to be a problem with our tips for making good use of limited space. Image: Four Point Design Build Inc.

Small bathrooms are a plight to many. At times, it can seem like there is nothing you can do to make the space more usable. That’s simply not true. There’s always a way to make your space work better for you. We promise.

If you’re ready to throw in the towel on your bathroom, don’t give up just yet. Our small bathroom guide contains the tips you need to make that room a favorite. Read on below to find out our secrets for making the most of tight spaces.

Think outside the box when it comes to configuring your layout. Image: Caroline McCredieGet creative with the layout

When you’re dealing with tight space, it’s important to squeeze every last bit...