Ultra-modern glass home in Minneapolis offers inside-out living

Larry and Cynthia Holtz are native Minnesotans who have never lived in California. But the modern glass house they built in south Minneapolis could easily be at home in Laurel Canyon, the desert in Palm Springs or on the beach by the Pacific Ocean.

Our cold northern climate can’t rival that of balmy California, but the Holtz residence, designed by Peterssen/Keller Architecture, effortlessly flows between indoor and outdoor living from its perch on a skinny sloped lot in the city.

The flat-roofed boxy dwelling is an amalgam of stark white stucco, dark stained cedar and black metal accents.

After stepping inside, you still feel like you’re outside. That’s because walls of glass — some that slide open — maximize views of the lush green landscape, punctuated by the cool blue swimming pool. And from their second-floor bedroom, Larry and Cynthia can see Lake Calhoun, filtered through the treetops.

The couple’s friends often point out that the home’s design is more West Coast than Twin Cities.

“It does feel like a California house,” said Larry. “But ironically, it’s the most beautiful outside in the winter when it’s snowing.”

Going modern was a dramatic departure for Larry and Cynthia. The couple had always lived in traditional homes, most recently in Edina’s Country Club neighborhood, where they raised their four children.

Once they became empty-nesters, they yearned to live in a walkable Minneapolis neighborhood where they could jog and walk their dog Leo around one of the urban lakes.

After quickly selling their Edina home, they decided that Calhoun was the lake where they would downsize and build new, rather than renovate an older house.

“We liked the openness of Lake Calhoun and all the activity around it,” said Larry.

But a piece of land for sale by Calhoun is a rare occurrence. Larry drove around neighborhoods for two years until he spied a white flag on a lot; by the end of the day, it held a “For Sale” sign.

Narrow lot

The narrow L-shaped lot in Linden Hills was on the south side of Lake Calhoun and backed up to a condominium complex with lots of privacy trees.

A rundown 1970s duplex on the lot would be torn down before a new house went up. The Holtzes closed on the property, and their builder, Nate Wissink of Elevation Homes, referred them to Peterssen/Keller, known for architecture with a clean contemporary aesthetic.

“Modern design has a simplicity to it and a certain calmness that appeals to us,” said Cynthia.

The couple had seen other infill modernist architecture in Linden Hills and knew a thoughtfully designed home could blend with older traditional housing stock. In fact, Jim and Donna Pohlad’s ultramodern abode is just two doors down.

But Ted Martin, the project manager, knew the Holtzes’ lot posed challenges. “How do we design an indoor-outdoor house that works for the odd-shaped site, captures the views — and yet has privacy?” he said.

The solution was an innovative structure composed of three pavilions linked by glass-enclosed sunken gardens.

Pavilions 1 and 2 contain the side-entry garage and the main-floor public living spaces. Pavilion 3 holds the second-story master suite, which is positioned perpendicularly so it projects out toward the lake.

The design team used 3-D computer modeling to determine the best window placement for the best views — including the vista of the downtown Minneapolis skyline from the second story. “You can place yourself inside the model to see the views,” said Martin.

Inside, the wide-open interior is a composition of warm walnut, white-streaked Aster stone on the fireplace and birch-tree leaves from the indoor garden.

[Source”timesofindia”]

Living in a Loft

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A loft is usually a light, airy and spacious living solution, generally located in a disused industrial or commercial space. Its trademark features are high ceilings, large windows and virtually no dividing walls. Even if a loft is usually huge, it is a single open space and includes all the house’s living spaces in one single room. To live well and feel at ease in a loft, we have to take care of the design and interior furniture.

Table Twice, design Mauro Lipparini
Chair Alanda, design Gino Carollo
A strong personality, a styling project capable of interpreting interior design in a creative and essential manner, for a versatile style which in every expression refers to design, to balance and to a sense of measure. The Twice table is a timeless piece of furniture. Its legs are available in a broad range of finishes. The table top is available in painted black or acid-treated black glass, painted extra-light white or acid treated white glass, in dark brown colored oak, in walnut wood, or in mat white lacquered wood. In the extending version, thanks to the side movement of the legs, the latter are positioned at the end of the table, without getting in the way of the seated guests; the extension makes it possible to increase the length of the table top.

The Alanda chair has a steel structure and polyurethane padding. Fully covered in leather or skay (eco-leather). Elegant, comfortable upholstered chair. Frame: steel. Padding: cold-foamed polyurethane. Completely covered in skay or leather. The cover cannot be removed. Suitable for both home furnishing and the contract sector.

Pebble occasional table, design Matthias Demacker
The Pebble occasional table features soft shapes like those of stones washed smooth by the sea found on a beach, which gave Matthias Demacker the inspiration for this project. The opening in the table structure, on one hand, highlights its rounded lines and, on the other, has a practical function, because the body of the table can contain books, magazines or other objects for daily use. Pebble is produced in plastic through the rotational molding technique. It is available in a single color and bicolour, with internal and external surfaces in different colors.

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

Living in a Loft

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Table Twice, design Mauro Lipparini
Chair Alanda, design Gino Carollo
A strong personality, a styling project capable of interpreting interior design in a creative and essential manner, for a versatile style which in every expression refers to design, to balance and to a sense of measure. The Twice table is a timeless piece of furniture. Its legs are available in a broad range of finishes. The table top is available in painted black or acid-treated black glass, painted extra-light white or acid treated white glass, in dark brown colored oak, in walnut wood, or in mat white lacquered wood. In the extending version, thanks to the side movement of the legs, the latter are positioned at the end of the table, without getting in the way of the seated guests; the extension makes it possible to increase the length of the table top.

The Alanda chair has a steel structure and polyurethane padding. Fully covered in leather or skay (eco-leather). Elegant, comfortable upholstered chair. Frame: steel. Padding: cold-foamed polyurethane. Completely covered in skay or leather. The cover cannot be removed. Suitable for both home furnishing and the contract sector.

Pebble occasional table, design Matthias Demacker
The Pebble occasional table features soft shapes like those of stones washed smooth by the sea found on a beach, which gave Matthias Demacker the inspiration for this project. The opening in the table structure, on one hand, highlights its rounded lines and, on the other, has a practical function, because the body of the table can contain books, magazines or other objects for daily use. Pebble is produced in plastic through the rotational molding technique. It is available in a single color and bicolour, with internal and external surfaces in different colors.

Vita Sofa, design Mauro Lipparini
Geometric shapes and volumes that express sociability distinguished by a pleasant, comfortable and carefree elegance. The Vita sofa has down padding, and it is fitted with a manual mechanism designed to adjust the backrest to several positions with a simple movement. The fully removable upholstery covers are available in fabric or leather. The feet are made of metal: painted or chromed.

Squaring Bed, design Giuseppe Viganò
This version of Giuseppe Viganò’s bed transforms Squaring into an original centerpiece which becomes a unique furnishing element with multiple uses. Thanks to the covering on each side of the bed, Squaring can be placed in the middle of the room, thus perfectly reflecting the current trend in which domestic spaces blend into one another. The covering, which is entirely removable, is made of fabric, leather, and eco-leather. There are many matching accessories in this collection, such as pouf, bedside tables, and benches.

Basket Air Bed, design Mauro Lipparini
Basket Air perfectly showcases the great attention to detail which sets Bonaldo products apart. “Air” is the third version of this model which year after year features new details, added under the guidance of designer Mauro Lipparini. This latest release stands out for its new structure with visible feet and headboard embellished with pleats, a refined sartorial detail taken from the Basket’s “Plus” version. The metal legs are available in lacquered white, anthracite-grey, dove-grey, amaranth. The upholstery, which is entirely removable, is available in fabric or leather.

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

Living in a Loft

bonaldo-6

A loft is usually a light, airy and spacious living solution, generally located in a disused industrial or commercial space. Its trademark features are high ceilings, large windows and virtually no dividing walls. Even if a loft is usually huge, it is a single open space and includes all the house’s living spaces in one single room. To live well and feel at ease in a loft, we have to take care of the design and interior furniture.

Table Twice, design Mauro Lipparini
Chair Alanda, design Gino Carollo
A strong personality, a styling project capable of interpreting interior design in a creative and essential manner, for a versatile style which in every expression refers to design, to balance and to a sense of measure. The Twice table is a timeless piece of furniture. Its legs are available in a broad range of finishes. The table top is available in painted black or acid-treated black glass, painted extra-light white or acid treated white glass, in dark brown colored oak, in walnut wood, or in mat white lacquered wood. In the extending version, thanks to the side movement of the legs, the latter are positioned at the end of the table, without getting in the way of the seated guests; the extension makes it possible to increase the length of the table top.

 

The Alanda chair has a steel structure and polyurethane padding. Fully covered in leather or skay (eco-leather). Elegant, comfortable upholstered chair. Frame: steel. Padding: cold-foamed polyurethane. Completely covered in skay or leather. The cover cannot be removed. Suitable for both home furnishing and the contract sector.

 

Pebble occasional table, design Matthias Demacker
The Pebble occasional table features soft shapes like those of stones washed smooth by the sea found on a beach, which gave Matthias Demacker the inspiration for this project. The opening in the table structure, on one hand, highlights its rounded lines and, on the other, has a practical function, because the body of the table can contain books, magazines or other objects for daily use. Pebble is produced in plastic through the rotational molding technique. It is available in a single color and bicolour, with internal and external surfaces in different colors.

 

Vita Sofa, design Mauro Lipparini
Geometric shapes and volumes that express sociability distinguished by a pleasant, comfortable and carefree elegance. The Vita sofa has down padding, and it is fitted with a manual mechanism designed to adjust the backrest to several positions with a simple movement. The fully removable upholstery covers are available in fabric or leather. The feet are made of metal: painted or chromed.

 

Squaring Bed, design Giuseppe Viganò
This version of Giuseppe Viganò’s bed transforms Squaring into an original centerpiece which becomes a unique furnishing element with multiple uses. Thanks to the covering on each side of the bed, Squaring can be placed in the middle of the room, thus perfectly reflecting the current trend in which domestic spaces blend into one another. The covering, which is entirely removable, is made of fabric, leather, and eco-leather. There are many matching accessories in this collection, such as pouf, bedside tables, and benches.

 

Basket Air Bed, design Mauro Lipparini
Basket Air perfectly showcases the great attention to detail which sets Bonaldo products apart. “Air” is the third version of this model which year after year features new details, added under the guidance of designer Mauro Lipparini. This latest release stands out for its new structure with visible feet and headboard embellished with pleats, a refined sartorial detail taken from the Basket’s “Plus” version. The metal legs are available in lacquered white, anthracite-grey, dove-grey, amaranth. The upholstery, which is entirely removable, is available in fabric or leather.

 

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

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​Panasonic provides the key ingredient for efficient living with innovation across laundry and refrigeration

Panasonic provides the key ingredient for efficient living with innovation across laundry and refrigeration The Japanese are known for their precision technology and healthy way of life, and these attributes have always been at the forefront of Panasonic’s decades of appliances design and development.

Alongside an unwavering commitment to innovation, these principles also explain why the Japanese company remains one of the largest producers of a full range of household appliances anywhere in the world.

With all this firmly in mind, this spring sees Panasonic UK introduce an innovative new line up of food storage and laundry products.

Flatter your food with the latest tech

Panasonic’s brand new A+++ Fridge-Freezer, the NR-BN34EX1, is equipped with BreatheTech which automatically regulates humidity levels at an ideal 85-90%.

Panasonic’s energy efficient refrigerators also retain the nutritional value of your fruit and vegetables for longer. Panasonic’s VitaminSafe technology – with green, blue and white LED lights – simulates natural sunlight hues, retaining important vitamins by activating their natural defences and stimulating the natural ripening process.

While the green and blue LEDs specifically activate vitamin C, the white LED helps to retain vitamin D. At the same time the HygieneAir Filter removes 99.99% of harmful bacteria, helping to keep your fridge cleaner.

With a fully flat exterior surface that has been finished to the very highest standards, the NR-BN34EX1 also creates an aesthetic feature by complimenting a modern kitchen interior.

This spring also sees this full flat exterior design expanded to Panasonic’s A++ fridge range (NR-BN34AX2, NR-BN34AW2, NR-BN31AX2 and NR-BN31AW2).

Autocare lightens the load

Panasonic has also increased its laundry line-up with three new Autocare washing machine models, the NA-140ZS1, NA-168ZS1 and NA-168XR1.

The industry’s most advanced automatic wash programme, AutoCare uses intelligent sensors to continually monitor and adjust the wash cycle. Minimising energy and water usage whilst delivering consistently incredible wash results in the fastest time possible, the four sensors work hard by…

Adjusting the volume of water and calculating the washing time required for the cycle depending on the size of the load, the Load Sensor efficiently manages water consumption and energy use.

Monitoring the actual temperature of the supplied water and reducing the energy inputted to heat the water accordingly, the Temperature Sensor automatically adjusts the length of the wash cycle.

In addition to detecting the type of detergent, the Optical Sensor determines the level of dirt within the load using infrared ray technology, adjusting the washing time, temperature setting, water levels and rinse cycle.

As synthetic materials require a shorter spin time than cottons, the Material Sensor selects the optimum spin time by detecting the water weight held within the fabric.

The two new washing machine models have been awarded an A+++rating, so you can be sure of outstanding energy efficiency and lower household bills too.


*Tested by VDE Testing and Certification Institute

***The gentleness of AutoCare on the clothes has been tested by VDE Testing and Certification Institute. VDE testing conditions: 8kg laundry load washed with Cotton programme at 40°C compared to 8kg using AutoCare programme.

 

[Source:- Panasonic]

A stunning artwork inspired this neutral and blue living room

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Melanie Alsford, her husband Richard and their sons Luca and Leo, live in a four-bedroom Victorian house in Hampton, Middlesex. They created an elegant scheme in their neutral and blue living room.

What was the house like when you moved in?

It was mostly in good condition, but we were excited about giving it our own style. One of the first projects we tackled was the living room.

How did the work start?

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The old fireplace and built-in shelves made the room seem smaller, so we had them removed. The walls were replastered and painted grey with white above the picture rail. Then we had bespoke cupboards and shelving built either side of the chimney breast. New windows warmed things up as the room had been cold and damp before. We splashed out on a luxury grey and white wool carpet that makes the room feel sumptuous and cosy. As we already had the neutral sofa and tan leather armchair it was then about adding the accessories to pull the neutral and blue living room together.

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Tell us about your inspiration for the scheme

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As a wedding gift we were given a beautiful artwork painted by my husband’s cousin, Patricia Cordoba. She used aqua and gold leaf to create a large dramatic piece. It was a brilliant starting point for the entire scheme as I adore its turquoise, midnight blues and metallic shades. A painted decorative mirror over the fireplace reflects the colours across the room.

Was there anything else you had to buy?

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Rather than having a coffee table, we opted for a large footstool to create an impact, and added a couple of trays for drinks and ornaments – and there’s still plenty of room for us to put our feet up! We decided on a stove and chose a gas, woodburning-effect version that comes with a remote control for instant warmth, making this the perfect room to snuggle up at the end of a busy day!

 

 

[Source:- Housebeautiful]

Ideas for living rooms

 

  • A Warm Reception
  • Egyptian Grey
  • Blue Comfort
  • Modern Luxury
  • La Renaissance
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

 

Need a little living room inspiration? From colour ideas to living room design, we have hundreds of stylish living room pictures to inspire. Do remember that living room decorating doesn’t have to be grand (we’re talking to you,  small living room owners). A simple feature wall, new living room lighting or even rugs can transform your space completely. So get inspired and dive into all our living room design ideas below. Your perfect living room could be just a picture away.

 

 
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The top 6 living room design ideas

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1. FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES

Begin with a checklist of the room’s strong points, perhaps the fireplace, French windows or simply a sunny aspect. Plan your scheme to highlight these key features. Then think about the elements you don’t like and work on removing them, or changing them to minimise their impact on the space.

2. REMOVE ANY OBSTACLES

Increase your layout options by making change to the fixtures and fittings. Could you rehang a door or remove it to open up an unused corner? And have TV sockets and power points moved if needed, so you’re not tied to an awkward layout. Consider moving a radiator to free up part, or all, of a wall, or swap a standard panelled one for a vertical model that takes up less floor space.

3. MAKE STORAGE A PRIORITY

For a contemporary look, keep everything in one place rather than having lots of separate pieces of furniture. It’s a good idea to have furniture made-to-measure to fit one wall and incorporate everything, including your TV and media equipment. Alternatively, modular furniture can be adapted to suit you and the room. Ikea has an easy-to-use online planner that you can use to create an arrangement that works. If you have space, you might want to include a little desk with some drawer files to create a study area.

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4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAYOUT

  • Rectangular If two rooms have been knocked into one, there are two focus points and the most common pitfall is to arrange furniture so the room feels like a corridor. Minimise the look of a long room by putting seating across it. Try two sofas opposite each other or, more casually, a sofa and two chairs. Interior designer Louise McCarthy’s rule is to create symmetry: ‘Try to get a balance between the different number and size of the pieces of furniture and always attempt to position them away from the walls.’
  • L-shape An L-shape can feel like two separate rooms. Use the main area shape for seating, following the same rule as for a rectangular room. If the room is large enough, think about different functions for the two sections. For example, a formal seating area in the main part and a relaxation and TV-watching zone in the smaller part. To integrate the two areas, introduce rounded furniture, such as a circular table or small chair at the corner. Wallpaper a wall, add greenery or a mirror to bring the corner forward.
  • Square If there’s no obvious focal point, square rooms can feel boxy and featureless. In larger square rooms, having two, or even three armchairs with a sofa breaks up the symmetry and is a versatile mix. Alternatively, position sofas at right angles to each other towards the television in the opposite corner, or the fireplace.
  • Small rooms If space is tight, try two sofas or a sofa and single chair in a loose L-shaped configuration. Choose styles with narrow arms and slim backs that take up less room. A corner sofa would sit right against the wall but measure up carefully as corner units can be quite big. Swap a coffee table for occasional tables or storage at either end of seating to keep the central space open. Put the television on the wall or on low-level furniture that extends across a wall and will give you extra storage.

5. TRY NOT TO LET A TELEVISION DOMINATE THE ROOM

Don’t be tempted by that big 70 inch screen if you can barely fit a sofa in. If you have a fireplace, keep that as the focal point by positioning the television in an alcove or recess. In a small room, you may want to mount the TV on a wall to minimise its impact. It should be at eye level when seated, but no lower than 120cm from the floor. Position so there’s minimal reflection off the screen from the window or lights, but have a light nearby to prevent eye strain.

6. ADJUST THE LIGHTING

Dimmer switches are the easiest way to adjust the mood of the room, while wall lights give a gentle, diffused glow – ideal for relaxed evenings. Otherwise, add an extra power point or two so you can have table lamps to provide atmospheric lighting that you can also read by.

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IDEAS FOR LIVING ROOMS

Need a little living room inspiration? From colour ideas to living room design, we have hundreds of stylish living room pictures to inspire. Do remember that living room decorating doesn’t have to be grand (we’re talking to you,  small living room owners). A simple feature wall, new living room lighting or even rugs can transform your space completely. So get inspired and dive into all our living room design ideas below. Your perfect living room could be just a picture away…

  • City Mapping
  • Mix it Up
  • Damask Sofa
  • Brick Wall
  • Having a Giraffe

[Source:- Houseandgarden]