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Creepy and Actually Wonderful Abandoned Rooms

For unknown reasons, there’s really something scary about places that sit forgotten for a long time after their owners have died. Dilapidated walls, ruined floors, broken windows and cobwebs make the people, who step into these rooms, think that the rooms are haunted. But, there is something special about that… all of those rooms look wonderful and make us wondering who lived there and what kind of life they had. Definitely, it is a mystical, interesting and unusual experience but if you don’t have the opportunity to visit and discover some abandoned rooms, check out following photos and enjoy!

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Clayton Homes Sitting With Si Phil Kay Robertson News

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Clayton Homes, a professional home building business, is proud to be working with a famous A&E Network couple. Si and Christine Robertson, from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, joins Clayton Homes in finding the perfect home of their dreams. Clayton Homes Sitting With Si Phil Kay Robertson News. The couple has chosen Clayton Homes’ “Sequoia” model,  2,123 sq. foot home complete with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It comes with a magnificent foyer, large dining room, big master bedroom, and a gorgeous kitchen. The open floor plan includes a breakfast bar, large kitchen island with pendant lighting, and double sinks in the master bath. “I was just amazed at the different designs,”said Si Robertson. “Whatever you want, hey, they can make it happen. My wife is ready to move in today.”

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The homes of Clayton Homes are environmentally-friendly. It is of high quality and provides a life a family needs. Visit www.claytonhomes.com for home improvement ideas and interests in purchasing one of the homes.  Clayton Homes’ goal is opening doors to a better life, one residence at a time. As one of the country’s prominent homebuilders, Clayton Homes is a vertically integrated Berkshire Hathaway company that builds, sells, finances and insures manufactured homes through its associates and family of brands.

This post was sponsored, but opinions are my own

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Lovely Rustic Family House in Japan

This beautiful house is located in Kamakura, Japan owned by Hitoshi Uchida-san, the owner of J’Antiques Tokyo. Seen here with his family Fumika, Hanto and Cocone Uchita, it was shot by the Selby in late October 2011. The white painted brick, rustic plaster, exposed beams, well placed vintage finds & simple styling are just stunning. The largely white background acts a blank canvas in which to showcase beautiful objects and antique furniture.

Ideas to steal… white painted exposed brick, draping fabrics, unusual and eye catching pendant lights, leaning of frames instead of wall hung, lots of groupings of smaller accessories instead of bigger singular pieces. Enjoy this post.

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Text source: http://snug-loves.blogspot.com/2011/12/snug-loves.html

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Wonderful Outdoor Beds for Summer Slumber

From the king-sized beds floating on water to the more traditional ones, these beds are showing cozy sleeping places. Clearly from the following photos, a lot of them are located in idyllic surroundings, whether we are referring to lush backyards, natural waters or fantastic pools. Get a small table for fresh lemonade or extravagant beverage and you are on a guaranteed way to special rest. Spend some time, enjoy the photos, and if you have time, try to make idyllic summer on your own. Particularly nothing is better than resting outside during this time of year.

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Watch HGTV’s Ultimate Renovation Showdown!

On Sunday, July 21, at 10PM ET/PT, HGTV is premiering the ultimate renovation showdown for all home remodeling fans worldwide. Brother Vs. Brother stars identical twin brothers Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott (Property Brothers), with both of them and their teams competing against each other for boasting rights as well as a $50,000 grand prize. Each team, which are made up of renovation stars, will be mentored by these brothers along the way.This half-dozen episode series will have both teams remodel two homes and will have four judges critiquing their work. After each episode, the losing team will have to eliminate one of their teammates. Continue reading

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Church Conversion Into a Residence in Utrecht by Zecc

As the times are changing, sometimes it is of outmost importance to maintain cultural and religious elements which tell a story about a nation; sometimes it’s not necessary to preserve the rituals, but the buildings that these ceremonies were once held in.  It is very common nowadays, especially in the Northern countries that churches are left abandoned, this is mainly because fewer people go to services these days.

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Therefore, churches and other historic buildings are asked to be re-used and thus give a new program.  Specifically, in The Netherlands there are hundreds of empty churches which have altered their function and are now given a new program, such is the case with St. Jakobus in Utrecht. The purpose of the re-use of the church was to re-evaluate this distinguished monument with as little architectural interventions as possible to transform it into a spacious residence.

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St. Jakobus stands unobtrusively as it blends in with the surrounding topography and architectural scene. The church ceremonies and its general operation stopped in 1991; ever since and until 2007 the church was used as a showroom for antique furniture, as well as a meeting place for small concerts. According to the former use interior alterations had been made in order to support the program, such was the construction of a large mezzanine floor. The mezzanine floor was an important factor in the reconstruction process for Zecc Architects as they had to modify this construction in order to enlarge the spatial qualities in the church.  The mezzanine floor was partially removed so to emphasize the interesting sightlines and allow for abundant natural light to enter to the ground floor. Beneath the altered floor rooms have been created which host the bedrooms, a study room and a bathroom. Indirect daylight is entered through voids in the floor and in the walls thus allowing for abundant natural light. The vacant spaces which have been formed act as a kind of an inner patio which forms boundaries for the living areas.

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The new and modern residential volume has been constructed in such a manner that it is completely detached from the existing church structure. This new detached structure is now regarded as a new ‘temporary’ construction within this historical monument. This volume can be demolished at any given time if the residential church is to change its function. The circulation of the residence flows through the temporary volume and connects the open front with the rear of the church where the church alter once stood. In the back the kitchen is arranged, whereby the kitchen block is standing on its own, the old church pews have been reused by Zecc to create the dining table. Overall, the volume, as well as the retained fixtures and detailing have allowed for the church features to dominate within the interiors while on the other hand the fact that this church is used as a residence is stated clear.

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Zecc Architects modified the church as little as possible; they maintained the existing wooden floor, the stained glass windows and the old doors while they repaired whatever was necessary.  The new white floor construction is kept free from the church walls, columns and arches.  The sleek stucco volume is constructed from steel, wood and sheet material.  Closed parapets guide sightlines and embrace the places of living.  Glass surfaces in the volume constantly offer another insight of fragments in the church. Moreover, they reflect historical elements, which creates a fusion of old and new.

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All in all, Zecc Architects have transformed this historical building into a unique single dwelling; it is important that St. Jakobus church was not divided into smaller units which would have eventually destroyed the spaciousness as well as the layout.  Furthermore, the architectural layout of this residence has been treated in such a manner so that future conversions are possible; under any new circumstance the historical St. Jakobuskerk church can easily be converted into a public building, or even be re-used as a church.

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Project:  Church conversion into a residence in Utrecht

Location:  Bemuurde Weerd, Utrecht – The Netherlands

Client:  Private

Project Team: Zecc Architects > Marnix van der Meer, Bart Kellerhuis, René de Korte & Steven Nobel

Contractor:  Rietveld interieurbouw b.v.

Furniture:  Springers wonen

Program:  Residential church XL

Floor area: Ca. 475 m2

Period:  2007 – 2009

Source: http://www.yatzer.com/

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The Futuristic Cave House of Tiziana Serretta in Milan

More than a place to live in, this is a workshop of visionary creativity. Tiziana Serretta who began her professional life as a judicial university researcher and professor, abandoned academia and devoted herself to the arts and has given life to an unexpected house in Milan.  From collector to dealer, she opened an art gallery specifically devoted to everything ancient, and in more detail, to sculptured jewelry in her home town in 1990 in Palermo, Sicily.  Now as Diana Vreeland Ltd, a name that has been of great inspiration for Mrs. Serretta, her activity is based in London and participates in major Art international exhibitions.

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Mrs. Serretta has to her credit, various publications and co-operations with worldwide museums and the rediscovery of crucial figures such as Sterlè, Marchak  and Andrew Grima as well as her vintage haute couture collection from names such as Vionnet, Dior, Sciapparelli, YSL, Cardin, Rabanne, Valentino, Capucci, Courrèges, Pucci, Givenchy and Balmain. Her new escapade ArTS is in the groove of interior design and the research of unexplored concepts and new extraordinary materials.

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ArTS’ first achievement is this Milanese home comprising artists and craftsmen, such as Eugenio Catemario di Quadri, Massimo Giudici, Ruggero Projetti, Antonio Falsaperla, Claudio Foglia, Gianni Mattiacci and Ennio Cacciamani. As Serretta herself says, her concept of the home is based on the principle of mobility and weightlessness, a structure that is easily moved with very low masonry costs where the designed volume can be easily dismantled and shipped away.

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This 230 square metre apartment has been transformed into a dreamy, oneiric, ancestral, mysterious organic grotto of the future, swinging from monolithic walls, from free circulation of energetic continuous movement, where the log cabin edged restrooms are the only closed space of the apartment, alongside the circular strange baptistery corian bathtubs. The furniture and the custom made walls are realized in a mixture of chalk covered in resin, cement powder, chromatic pigments and non-hazardous plastics. The kitchen is made out of practical steel and fully equipped, state of the art. The ceiling has been brought back to the original cement, obliterating every single added layer. The pavement that integrates the full spacial expansion is made of pale resin mixed personally by Mrs. Serretta to volcanic sand, gold dust and mother of pearl powder. The Majestic seventies bronzed steel fireplace rules over the living area deciphered by a modular round shaped couch coated  with fur under-illuminated  platform. The libraries’ surfaces have been even more molded with Japanese paper to enhance the fluctuating levity. The few art pieces include a bust covered with sea-shells, white corals and minerals, mannerist inspiration from the beginning of the seventies, from Gucci`s boutique in Florence, Paolo Spall’s 1960s bronze sculpture ”Acrobats”, the fourth century andiron and a jade incense burner from the Ming dynasty. The main bedroom faces a green park through a wide full height window.

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Tiziana Serretta therefore reveals a prismatic metamorphic but all the while secret and allegoric personalità. This house fully resembles her, like a cave-spacecraft. Tiziana is the demiurge of a new renaissance workshop, L’Homo Sapiens of the third millennium inventing a technological, and extremely abstract shelter, a lair projected towards the future.

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text by Cesare Cunaccia
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20 Rustic Bedroom Designs

The Rustic style is another cottage-type concept often found in many other decorating styles; such as Tuscan, lodge, cottage, French Country, or coastal living. If you are planning to decorate your bedroom with a rustic theme, you may be wondering about the best colors, accents and decor to use in a such a room. Combination of old and modern is more than amazing. Having old walls and modern furniture looks awesome and stylish. We will give you some ideas to decorate the bedroom in rustic cozy style, comfortable and ideal for lovers of nature and the countryside. Enjoy the ideas below and share your opinion with us!

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