This first summer month of 2012 brought with it a variety of fascinating projects on our site. Time to see the best of the best, according to your Facebook shares. Feel free to comment on the projects, as we welcome all constructive ideas and thoughts. Remember that by clicking on the pictures, you can see more photos and details about each project.
#1. Resorts are very popular on our site and we love to feed your appetite for holiday inspiration! Nestled in one of the largest lagoons in the scenic Maldives, Soneva Gili by Six Senses (the most popular project this month) offers a large degree of comfort in its over-sized villas, strongly connected to the landscape. The retreat consists of 45 sumptuous over-water villas, each with stunning views.
#2. Provided that the inhabitant is not “burdened” with lots of household belongings, this small, 21 square-meter apartment is just perfect. It is incredible how the designers managed to turn such a small space into an airy and comfortable crib. A wonderful example of Swedish design, this project is characterized by tastefulness and originality.
#3. Surrounded by perfect beaches, lush tropical vegetation and an exotic reef just few meters away from the shore, Lily Beach Resort & Spa is said to be the pioneer of the “affordable luxury” concept. Also known as the first 5 star All-Inclusive Platinum Plan Resort in the Maldives, the retreat combines a favorable location with excellent facilities and services.
#4. Named the Marks/Caride Residence, this contemporary Manhattan living space uses the creative spirit of both the team at I-Beam Architecture And Design and the couple living here – Melissa Marks and Vicente Caride. The 20,000 Lego bricks shaping the staircase make this place original and captivating.
#5. Seeing this charming small apartment especially developed for the students in Sweden makes one reconsider the idea of college dorms. With a total living area of 39 square meters, the apartment is situated in a lovely building from the late 1800s and features beautiful woodwork, tall paned windows and black electrical outlets, reminiscent of the area’s historical background.
#6. A piece of Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol airport was refreshed by Dutch designers Tjep – the Schiphol Departure Lounge 4 now showcases a space where social interaction is encouraged and the lack of plane views was dimmed with the help of stylized plane benches. Just click the photo below for more information regarding the project.
#7. If you are looking for some apartment design inspiration, have a look at this exuberant modern penthouse located downtown Stockholm, Sweden. The duplex has a living area of 101 square meters and a total of four rooms. Wood is the defining element for the entire project, adding warmth and elegance while strongly contrasting the white walls.
#8. Located in a Chelsea brownstone landmark townhouse, these splendid residential spaces fluctuate between outside and inside. The place was renovated for a fashion designer in search of a balanced composition of textures, colors and light and was designed by Archi-Tectonics.
#9. We received some photos of an apartment in Belgrade, Serbia. designed by one of our readers, Dragana Lazovic. As our reader explained, when she bought it, it was completely in ruins and the conversion process lasted for two months. By the looks of things, the apartment was highly appreciated, making this list at number nine.
#10. This original looking four room apartment in Stockholm, Sweden boasts 182 square meters of raw inspiration! Centered around an open plan living and dining space, with an impressive ceiling height of four meters, the loft combines a rustic charm with state-of-the-art contemporary additions.
As winter approaches, there’s nothing like the warmth and ambiance a fire creates. For many, a wood-burning fireplace isn’t always an option. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a collection of the best electric fireplaces (as well as some bioethanol options) on the market in every size, style and price range so you can enjoy the warm glow and even the crackling sound of a real fire. The fireplaces featured below offer more than just a pretty image. Most have built-in heaters and blowers to circulate heat in a room. Some use state-of-the-art infrared heat, which is a less drying, more efficient heating system. And they come with a remote so you can control the heat, the flame or both from anywhere in the room.
Here’s the catch: San Diego comes with what locals call a “sun tax.” It’s pricey to live in “America’s Finest City” and the surrounding county, and the region perennially ranks among the most expensive in the country. It’s often a landlord’s market on the apartment front, and home prices are well beyond what many locals can afford. Still, millions of people manage to make San Diego their place in the sun. We spent more than 30 hours conducting extensive research on San Diego’s apartments, neighborhoods and residential options. We looked at more than 80 apartment complexes in the San Diego area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of criteria. Besides basic information such as year constructed, number of units and average rent prices, we factored in community amenities such as outdoor spaces and fitness facilities.