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You may have heard about green buildings. This term is usually used and prominently applied in urban planning. Green building or construction is a notion of making sure not only practices are met with considerations of nature, environment, and people. It is also a practice of acquiring suppliers and purchasing materials that meet the same standard and follow the same trend.

Building a responsible home is not only attributed to the output. It starts with the purchasing and preparation of construction materials, the methods of storing and disposing of chemicals, choosing what materials are the best for the environment and the people who live in it, and ultimately, making sure that there is minimal impact on the environment if not none at all. 

The Hardie board siding and fiber cement are two options commonly used for green homes. Because these are prefabricated product solutions, material use and waste are substantially … Read More

When thinking up a cohesive colour scheme, it’s easy to go down a path of neutrals or a safe tonal spectrum. However, a boldly creative colour combination will fashion a much stronger connection through a modern interior, just like the two intriguing home designs we feature here today. Each measuring under 85 sqm (900 sqft), these home interiors come alive under rich green and blue accents. Our first tour is an industrial style space, where a hint of tan and muted copper join the palette to complement ruddy exposed brickwork. The colour palette explodes with pink and bright yellow additions in our other featured abode, where art deco inspired elements help shape a daring family home.

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Clean-cut white marble and wood accents shape these two interiors into chic modern living spaces. The laconic material palette builds cohesive spaces that are peaceful, soothing, and understated in their elegance. First off, we take a look at a home where mixed material panel walls build a sleek TV mount and an eye-catching headboard wall. The second home design offers up beautiful inspiration for built-in furniture, including a suspended TV wall cabinet, a built-in window seat with storage, and a neat double workspace setup. Each home design crafts a cohesive colour palette through the defined material selection, to shape comfortable environments that flow with a luxurious undercurrent.

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A sassy sense of style runs through the two individualistic home designs that we tour here. Our first intriguing home tour takes place in a meticulous restoration of a large 5-bedroom townhouse, which features beautifully restored woodwork, custom details and around 8,000 square feet of light-filled interiors. Colourful artwork and an eclectic furniture collection shape living spaces that draw the eye and excite the mind. The second home design we visit is a loft, located in the historic Gilsey House building in the NoMad neighbourhood of Manhattan. Industrial features hark to its history, whilst bold art pieces, colourful accents and a bespoke staircase design make the loft into a marvellously modern and uplifting home.

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Ranging from fun to fabulous, these five modern studio apartments demonstrate a variety of colour palettes and creative layouts to complement and maximise small spaces. Studio apartment design number one is a sophisticated white and brown tonal abode with a daring glass bathroom design and built-in blocks that define each zone in the open layout. Stark black and white, pale grey and natural elements make up the crisp interiors of Scandi-inspired apartment designs two and three. An explosion of colour and botanical introductions shape the fourth, whilst aqua blue and yellow accents brighten things up at our final stop. Detailed floor plans are scattered throughout for reference.

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