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50 Unique Tea Light Holders To Light Up Your Occasion

Tea light holders occupy the elusive intersection between ornament and function. These versatile objects often look lovely on their own, but really come to life with the warm glow of a candle. This post brings together 50 of our favorites spanning a variety of styles: modern, classic, simple, ornate, quirky, luxurious, and everything in between. If you’re looking for an affordable housewarming gift or just want to decorate your nightstand or mantle, you’re sure to find something that fits your style right here. Looking for more decor inspiration? Check out our mega-post on stylish vases and our compilation of oversized wall clocks.


Buy It: $11   

Modern Low Poly Tea Light Holder: Let’s start with a style that suits almost any modern interior: cool geometric polygons. This beautiful little candle holder comes straight from the 3D printer so even its production method is ultra-contemporary.



Buy It: $8   

Heart Shape Tea Light Holder: Cement and sand give this geometric candleholder a lovely subtle texture that really captures the light on each of its sharply faceted sides.



Buy It: $7 each  

Geometric Concrete Tea Light Holder:Here’s another concrete tea light holder, this time shaped like a hexagon. The precise symmetry makes it easy to mix-and-match for a modular arrangement. And for such an inexpensive price, why not explore with creative color combinations?



Buy It: $37   

Amethyst Tea Light Holder: Few materials create a more magical interaction with light than natural crystal. Each tea light holder in this series is part an amethyst geode, each one unique. Amethyst is February’s birthstone, so it might make a nice birthday gift too.



Buy It: $24  

Agate Purple Tea Light Holder: Agate stone reveals its stunning complexity thanks to the addition of vibrant magenta dye. This piece is sure to catch the eye of guests.



Buy It: $9 for 3   

Minimalist Wood Tea Light Holder: Are you looking for a wood tea light holder to work with a minimalist or Scandinavian-inspired interior? This inexpensive set just might work. Or, if you’re looking for a weekend craft project, the unfinished surface is just waiting for your own creative embellishments.



Buy It: $4 for 1   

Minimalist Concrete Tea Light Holder: It’s made of concrete, but the natural pocked surface almost makes it look like a smooth stone.



Buy It: $118 for 2   

Tealight Totems in Concrete: These totems have artistic value with or without the dancing flames of a candle. These sculptural candle holders are weighty, impressive, and easy to light.



Buy It: $20   

Reclaimed Wood Candleholder: Eco-friendly design has never looked so sleek and modern. Diverse blocks of reclaimed wood create a collage of texture, grain, and color.



Buy It: $17   

Handmade Wooden Tea Light Holder: Crafted by hand and finished with natural linseed oil and beeswax, this minimalist candle holder is sure to catch the eye.



Buy It: $48   

Piper Tea Light Holder: This glass tea light holder collection includes 24 pieces, each standing just over 6 inches tall. Consider this set if you need coordinated candleholders for a wedding reception, dinner party, or other special occasion.



Buy It: $20   

Tangled Motif Ceramic Tea Light Holder: Classic, sweet, and homey – these charming ceramic candleholders fully embrace the warmth of the flame they contain, allowing the light to dance through their “tangled” cutout windows.



Buy It: $16.77 for 2   

Perforated White Ceramic Tea Light Holders: Available in both spherical and cylindrical styles, these ceramic candleholders have a distinctive crafty vibe suitable for artistic spaces and interiors of every style.



Buy It: $26   

Ceramic Tea Light Holder: Matte surfaces always seem to bring out the true color and character of candlelight. Each perforation is punched and smoothed by hand with unparalleled attention to detail.



Buy It: $26   

Porcelain Tea Light Candle Holder:Tiny pinholes diffuse the candle’s light, which washes over the scalloped edge to create rich valleys of shadow. The texture and shape were inspired by red sea corral.



Buy It: $22   

Personalised Porcelain Tea Light Holder: Are you looking for a handmade gift, but don’t have time to learn ceramics before the big day? These personalized candle holders can feature any text you choose.



Buy It: From $40   

Kahler Urbania Ceramic Tea Light Houses: What a charming little city! These ceramic buildings model after modern residential architecture, with a few based on iconic historical structures like the Pantheon and Basilica.



Buy It: $160 for set of 6   

Classic European Architectural Houses Shaped Tea Light Holder: Standing around 7 inches tall, this set of six glass and metal tea light holders interprets classical European architecture through a whimsical lens. This set would be an incredible addition to any traditionally styled interior.



Buy It: $57   

Cast Iron Eiffel Tower Tea Light Holder: Crafted from sturdy cast iron, this Eiffel Tower candleholder is the perfect gift for a well-traveled friend. It stands at 15 inches in height for a dramatic presentation.



Buy It: $106   

Suspension Bridge Tea Light Holder: Architects and engineers would surely be able to find a place for this magnificent metal tea light holder in their own home. Every detail of the suspension bridge springs to life with a gorgeous vintage finish. At more than 30 inches long, this candle holder is a true statement piece.



Buy It: $10 each   

By the Sea Lighthouse Tea Light Holder: It’s hard not to love the mystery and personality of the world’s great lighthouses. These small candleholders would make a lovely decoration for an ocean-themed party or coastal interior.



Buy It: $16  

Glass Sailboat Tea Light Holder: Need more inspiration for your nautical interior decor theme? These frosted glass tea light holders feature the instantly recognizable profile of a sailboat as it glides along at full speed. This collection is sold in sets of four.



Buy It: $12   

Sailboat in Blue: Here’s a similar concept, this time available in blue.



Buy It: $20   

Mermaid Tea Light Holder: Hanging tea light holders are hard to find. This wall-mounted mermaid is cast from lightweight resin, sure to look lovely anywhere – even without a candle.



Buy It: From $52  

Figure Tea Light Holders: Gorgeous! These enchanting figures combine the elegance of African sculpture with the glamor and glitz of the Art Deco style.



Buy It: $45   

Decorative Tea Light Holder Made From Branches: Rustic designs like this work well in any type of interior, from natural Nordic styles to traditional to cottage chic. This would make a lovely gift for gardeners and nature enthusiasts.



Buy It: $45   

Bird Nest Tea Light Holder: From the same collection as the one above (just select Bird Nest instead of Branch), this wooden tea light holder pays homage to nature’s favorite architects. This would make a neat gift for a birdwatcher.



Buy It: $18   

Swan Tea Light Holder: This ceramic swan looks just as lovely with a candle as it would with a small potted plant or filled with favorite jewelry. It’s a versatile piece to suit many purposes.



Buy It: $18   

Bird Tea Light Holder: Available in aqua, tan, and ivory, this elaborate little bird packs a ton of charm into a small and delightful form.



Buy It: $22   

Happiness Bird Tea Light Holder: Painted by hand and shipped in a beautiful gift box, this glass tea light holder would make a lovely gift for a wedding, housewarming, birthday, or to commemorate a special moment.



Buy It: $30   

Owl Shaped Tea Light Holder: This set comes with the charming ceramic owl you see here, plus a set of four Yankee Candle tea lights in the popular Harvest Welcome fragrance.



Buy It: $15   

Llama Baby Tea Light Holder: Who could resist a sweet little baby llama? This just might be the cutest candle holder possible.



Buy It: $44   

Elk Tea Light Holder: Are you looking for a Christmas tea light holder to go with your winter village? These elks come in a set of two, standing 8 inches and 10 inches tall.



Buy It: $25  

Elephant Tea Light Holder: Tambo the Elephant features a glossy finish to bring out the incredible detail of his design. Each elephant tea light holder is made of cast resin and stands 5 inches tall.



Buy It: $49 for 3   

Octopus Tea Light Holder: These octopi are playful, textural, and most of all unique. They’re an easy choice for a nautical interior, but even minimalist modern homes will benefit from this distinctive combination of simplicity and quirk.



Buy It: $14   

Dragonfly Tea Light Holder: Dragonflies are colorful and full of energy – but these wire sculptures take on a more minimalist form.



Buy It: $23   

Lotus Shaped Wooden Tea Light Holder: The lotus flower is symbolic of peace and unaltered beauty, rising fresh and clean from the muddy waters in which they grow. This candle holder is 100% handmade from unfinished wood.



Buy It: $14   

Lotus Shaped Tea Light Holder (Pink): Crafted from dyed capiz shell, these semi-translucent tea light holders appear weightless and ethereal.



Buy It: $14   

Lotus Shaped Purple Tea Light Holder: Here is another version of the previous candle holder, this time in rich purple.



Buy It: $9   

Tulip Shaped Tea Light Holder: Bring the colors of spring into your home with one or more of these delightful ceramic votives. Each ceramic flower bulb is crafted and glazed by hand, so each one is unique.



Buy It: $18   

Porcelain Rose Tealight Holder: Porcelain is a versatile material. This hand=formed rose uses sleek glaze on the candle-facing side of the petals, but retains its soft matte characteristic on the opposite side.



Buy It: $14   

Moroccan Hanging Tea Light Holder: Intricate pressed glass changes the character of the candlelight that shines through it, changing the color tone and scattering the rays for a subdued and decorative effect.



Buy It: $13  

Moroccan Rainbow Colored Tea Light Holder: Here’s another Moroccan lantern, this time with differently colored glass in each pane.



Buy It: From $13   

More Moroccan Candleholders: Of course, there are an infinite number of shapes and combinations for a Moroccan theme. This diversity makes it possible to find a style to suit any color palette or design theme.



Buy It: $29   

Marble & Copper Tea Light Holder: It’s hard to ignore the understated luxury of marble. This sophisticated candleholder pairs marble with copper-plated brass – a tasteful combination to be sure.



Buy It: $11 for set of 4   

Kate Aspen Glass Tealight Holder: Clear glass sparkles with gold filigree, a wonderful tea light holder for a mantle arrangement or table setting that needs just a dash of baroque opulence. Because of the inexpensive price and good looks, these would make a wonderful place setting or party favor – perhaps for a wedding.



Buy It: $19   

Pavilion Pink and Lavender Mini Tea Light Holders: This collection provides all the style of clever coordination without the stress. Each set comes with tea light holders with matching candles included.



Buy It: $22   

Frux Home and Yard Flameless Tea Light Set: Flameless candles make it easy to get that comfortable flickering glow without the worry. This set includes 24 battery-powered candles and decorative laser-cut wraps, a flameless and shatterproof option for outdoors or indoors.



Buy It: $31   

Rechargeable Tea Light Candles With Holders: If you don’t like the idea of replacing batteries but still want the convenience of flameless, these rechargeable candles might be the answer. Each set includes 12 flameless candles, 12 frosted votive cups, and an attractive docking base for charging.



Buy It: $106   

Luminara Flameless Candles with Antique Bronze Recharging Base: Premium flameless candles are worth the price for those who need them. This set includes a stylish recharging base worthy of inclusion within your home decor, and the candles themselves last up to 15 hours on a single charge. An included remote makes it easy to set an automatic timer or turn all the candles on or off with the press of a button.


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Dining Room Roundup: 30 Elegant Designs For Any Style

For many, the dining room serves as the very heart of the home – it’s where families gather to share the stories of the day, where old friends can make new memories, where doodles and work documents can stretch their legs. This post features 25 gorgeous dining rooms that remain simple without feeling minimalistic, using smart materials and furniture choices that underscore a sense of elegance without dominating the landscape. Each has a distinct personality despite the similarities, each catering to different tastes and space constraints. Which dining room design suits you best? Comment to let us know!


Visualizer: Fuel 3D   

Let’s start with a light and wonderful dining room that balances Danish simplicity with luxurious undertones. The pendant lamp above the table (Vertigo by Constance Guisset) is the standout piece that makes a simple interior like this one so effective.



Visualizer: Arc Media   

Marble makes a prominent statement in this dining room as well, its high-end appeal enhanced with designer brass lighting. The olive chairs are the work of Rodolfo Dordoni.



Visualizer: Svitlana Petelko   

Modern and dark, this dining room goes big with dramatic appeal. The indirect lighting seems almost theatrical.



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Another dark color theme takes a softer approach with matte materials. The chairs are from the Ventura collection (2011) by Jean-Mari Massaud.



Photographer: Nasser Malek   

Colorful! This dining room is a library for both books and music – allowing the residents to eat surrounded by the things they love. The creative floor tiles help bring the eclectic media-based interior together.




Geometry is the prevailing theme of this colorful space. Dandelion yellow sets a sunny theme, while the single teal vessel draws the eye as an understated but irresistible focal point.



Visualizer: Pressrender  

Modern minimalism meets rustic charm. Wood furniture and tin cups underline the homey appeal, with concrete floors and crisp white walls acting as a sort of neutral gallery in which to appreciate the composition.



Visualizer: Metro Cúbico Digital   

Hans Wegner’s famous Wishbone chairs reappear in this laidback dining room. The oversized Random Light by Bertjan Pot is another immediately recognizable piece.



Visualizer: Kateryna Senko   

An emphasis on low-profile furniture and horizontal lines ensures the gorgeous mountainous surroundings take center stage in this kitchen and dining combination.



Photographer: Annie Schlechter   Source: NY Mag   

This incredible garden view is everything. It informs not only the colors and materials used throughout the dining room, but also influences the structure of the table and chairs as well – the structural variation is natural, rebellious, and carefree. The table is the work of Jonathan Adler and the chairs are antiques.



Visualizer: Emanuela Berardi  

Cute! Eclectic chairs unify the white, black, and wood color theme used throughout this cozy kitchen and dining combination. It’s interesting to see how the chair arrangement actually shifts the visual weight of the area, the warm wood on the right balancing the darker area near the breakfast bar to the left.



Visualizer: Emanuela Berardi  

Octo pendants (by Secto Design) and classic Eames chairs could serve as a strong foundation for any dining room. It’s hard to go wrong with beloved selections like these.



Visualizer: Amin Paseban   

Located beneath a dramatic vaulted ceiling, this kitchen and dining combination embraces its cozy circumstances with dark colors and rich texture.




Stone block walls can look monolithic and imposing at times. But here weighty materials actually draw out the lightness of the refined furniture and cabinetry selections.



Visualizer: Homestyler.vn   

Modernism and classical details meet within this subdued space, crowned by the elegant chandelier that sparkles above.




Maroon is an attractive complement to any greyscale theme – its subdued tone doesn’t pop out, but subtly bleeds warmth into the environment instead.



Visualizer: AR Studio   

Textural variation allows this greyscale dining room to rise above its restricted color palette. The ultra-plush chairs are from the Serpentine collection by Eléonore Nalet and the lights are from the AIM series by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.



Visualizer: AR Studio   

Black chairs blend into the black accent wall at the far end of this open living space. The one thing that stands out are the distinctive profiles of three Beat pendant lights by Tom Dixon.



Visualizer: Visumetrie   

If a black-and-white color theme seems too spare for your tastes, but you still like the idea of adopting a modernist style, a cheerful dash of color is an easy way to make your interior truly your own.



Architect: Hillam Architects    Photographer: Dion Photography   

Futuristic and luxurious, this dining room uses dramatic sweeping angles to guide the eye from each functional area to the next. Richly-veined marble and slate floors stick out as the few natural materials used within – their contribution to the aesthetic cannot be overlooked.



Visualizer: Perfect Design   

Here’s another interior where warm accents seem to affect even the deepest colors in the room.



Visualizer: Ilkin Gurbanov   

Daring color! Pistachio green isn’t a common choice for dining rooms but this interior shows that anything is possible with the right accent materials. Warm wood creates striking contrast, an evolution from its usual role where it dominates every flat surface.



Visualizer: Denis Melnik   

High contrast palettes can make an especially dramatic impression in a home with classical details like this one. Any shift in perspective will completely alter the effect of the white elements against their matte black background.



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Industrial yet cheerful – tall concrete walls might otherwise feel imposing, but these spectacular yellow chairs lighten the mood and provide an irresistible focal point. Even within the urban interior, it’s hard not to think of floral themes with the combination of dandelion yellow chairs and the blooming chandelier above.



Visualizer: HDR Designer   

And finally, a simple white dining room colored only by the hues of nature: the warm legs of the molded chairs and the plants’ verdant foliage. A single Beat pendant ties into the black fittings scattered throughout.


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A Modern Apartment With Classical Features

Located in the heart of Kiev, this modern apartment by YØ DEZEEN uses a strong contemporary interior design theme accented with classical ornamentation. This sense of contrast heightens the effect of both influences and helps to underscore the attractive greyscale contrast used throughout. Artwork, vivid accent colors, and intricate details bring this otherwise streamlined interior to life. It’s a luxurious home designed with a young family in mind, easy to adapt to changing tastes and space requirements – the designers knew more than just what it needed, but also considered what it may need to become. Continue reading A Modern Apartment With Classical Features

30 Unique Toothpick Holders & Dispensers You Can Buy Right Now

Toothpick dispensers are an underappreciated kitchen accessory – often liked for their utility but rarely their aesthetic. But cool toothpick dispensers are definitely out there! This post highlights some of our favorites from every price point, ranging from convenient pocket dispensers to vintage designs and clever novelties. It’s part of our series on kitchen accessories, like this creative spice shaker list and this collection of designer fruit bowls. And if you’re looking for a useful or inexpensive housewarming gift, you might just find what you need right here.


Buy It: $38   

Cactus Toothpick Holder: Novelty toothpick holders are a fun addition to any themed kitchen or dining room, but they also work well as a surprising feature within minimalist tableware spreads.



Buy It: $9  

Lotus Toothpick Holder: Shaped like a fresh lotus sitting on a smooth white rock, this holder actually makes the toothpicks part of its artful design. A clear dome fits over the top of the toothpicks to keep them fresh.



Buy It: $30   

Kipik the Hedgehog: Designed by architect Erwan Péron, Kipik is a charming hedgehog and the toothpicks are his quills. It might take time to refill this adorable novelty dispenser but it would make an unforgettable accent for a playful snack display. Each one holds 22 toothpicks.



Buy It: $10   

Elephant Toothpick Holder: A classic! Carved wooden elephants are a classic collectible, and this specific toothpick holder design was common to many midcentury households.



Buy It: $11   

Moby Pick: Sleek and stylish, but still brimming with personality – this whale toothpick holder even comes with 32 picks that look like water spouts, although the shape itself is a cute idea on its own.



Buy It: $34   

Magic Bunny Toothpick Dispenser: Pull a rabbit out of the hat, and surprise guests with the toothpicks that come with him. It’s quite the conversation-starter for a toothpick holder and helps keep your toothpicks free of dust as well.



Buy It: $18   

Bird Toothpick Holder: This cheerful wooden bird offers a contemporary take on midcentury design. Don’t forget to check out our big list of bird figurines for more like this.



Buy It: $8   

Penguin Toothpick Dispenser: Woodpecker toothpick dispensers are a classic midcentury kitsch item, so this clever penguin based on the same mechanic might inspire some smiles. Just press the penguin down, and he picks up a toothpick from the hidden compartment – great for entertaining guests. And you can press the bird with the pack of your hand to keep the dispenser clean if you’re working with messy hands.



Buy It: $11   

Cute Panda Dispenser: Just push a button, and up-pops a toothpick! Automatic dispensers are great for anyone who wants to protect picks from dust or debris.



Buy It: $8   

Picky Boy: Here’s another novelty toothpick dispenser for modern but playful homes. Lift the hat to reveal a spiky toothpick hairdo and fall in love with Picky Boy’s quirky design.



Buy It: $13   

Novelty Cow Toothpick Dispenser: Look at the cute face! Press the button and see a toothpick pop out… wait… from the other end? Guests are sure to get a laugh from this unexpected design.



Buy It: $15   

Auto-Dispenser with Barrel Shape: The rustic barrel design is perfect for country-themed kitchens, but the automatic dispenser button is a modern twist on the old favorite.



Buy It: $13   

Ouch from Fred and Friends: Do you need a housewarming gift for a friend with a dark sense of humor? This clever toothpick holder looks just like a voodoo doll, so make sure not offend the recipient.



Buy It: $30   

Metal Toothpick Holder Skull: Lead free pewter makes this skull look cool on its own. Just add toothpicks to give him a cool wooden mohawk and embrace your inner punk.



Buy It: $3   

Weight Lifter Dispenser: This little weight lifter will pick up a fresh toothpick every time you lift and drop the cover.



Buy It: $12   

Guru Toothpick Holder: Calm and charming: this meditating figure seems to sit independently on top of the toothpicks, but the bunch conceals a hidden stand. This model comes with a plastic cover to keep your toothpicks fresh and clean.



Buy It: $28   

Fork & Spoon Toothpick Holder: Folk-style sculpture goes well in a rustic or country-themed kitchen. This figure holds a small glass for the toothpicks, but catches attention with a body made of stainless steel forks and spoons.



Buy It: $8   

Emoji Toothpick Holder: An understated smiley face welcomes guests to the table. This wooden toothpick holder isn’t fussy or complicated – it’s just does its job with a smile.



Buy It: $6   

Travel Toothpick Holder: Keep your toothpicks clean and safe with this pocket toothpick holder. It’s ideal for travel and more, but maybe look twice before pulling it out in no-smoking areas.



Buy It: $35   

Metal Toothpick Holder: Sleek and stylish. This smooth metal toothpick holder is perfect for a minimalist kitchen or dining room. It even looks good enough for the office if you tend to at lunch at the desk.



Buy It: $70   

Minimalist Wood Dispenser: Carved from an impenetrable-looking block of wood, this dispenser releases a single toothpick with a simple shake.



Buy It: $26   

Stainless Steel Toothpick Dispenser: Do you love a retro look in the kitchen? This old-style toothpick dispenser brings to mind memories of classic family diners.



Buy It: $17   

Coca-Cola Toothpick Vending Machine: Coke collectors are sure to love this. It’s a pocket sized Coca Cola machine that holds more than 200 toothpicks. It looks just as good on the shelf as it does on the table.



Buy It: $14   

UV Piano Toothpick Dispenser: Press a piano key and receive a fresh toothpick. Add two AAA batteries to enable UV sterilization.



Buy It: $50  

Mushroom Spice Shaker and Toothpick Set: Build a whimsical little forest of amanitas with this modular spice shaker and toothpick holder set. They’re made from wheel thrown ceramic, artfully glazed and painted by hand.



Buy It: $20   

Decorative Metal Toothpick Dispenser: Embossed zinc-alloy gives this dispenser an antique appearance. A retractable lid and compact size makes it easy to pack along for picnics or travel.



Buy It: $20  

Faberge Egg Pick Holder: This toothpick holder sparkles with handcrafted detail and intricate enamel patterns. It’s a little taste of Russia with every meal.



Buy It: $18   

Traditional Chinese Toothpick Holders: Available in a variety of colors and patterns, there’s sure to be one that fits your dining room theme.



Buy It: $12   

Cute Forest Toothpick Dispenser: It’s bright, playful, and dispenses one toothpick at a time. The pine forest shape makes the toothpicks look like a dense thicket of tree trunks.



Buy It: $25   

Texting Frog: Okay, so this might be the most silly toothpick holder yet. If you know somebody who spends too much with their phone, no matter where they are, this gag gift might get the point across.


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This Gallery-Like Home Reflects A Different Art Style In Every Room

Haven’t most art enthusiasts dreamed of having a gallery of their own? This home makes those desires a reality. Every room represents a specific artistic movement by emulating the colors and forms, each one unique. Many of the styles adopted here are relatively modern, ranging from the Romanticism of the early 1800s to the Pop Art craze of the 1960s – can you guess which ones are which without reading the descriptions? This exceptionally creative interior is the work of designer Alina Puzhak, completed for a young family’s apartment in St. Petersburg, Russia.



The tour begins with an open plan living and dining room based on the colors and forms of the Suprematism art movement, founded by Russian painter and theoretician Kazimir Malevich in the early 1900s. Basic geometric shapes and raw colors are the hallmark of Suprematism aesthetic – the name itself references the supremacy of artistic feeling over pure form or style. In this room, the colors are a little more vivid than those usually found in this artistic style, but the artwork on the walls tells the full story.







The corridor is a neutral area, not based on any overarching artistic movement. Instead, the decor reaffirms the general art gallery influence – wallpaper printed with black frames decorates select accent walls, echoed by smartly placed mirrors throughout. The views out of and in to the individual rooms offer all of the color the hallway really needs.







This bedroom for a little girl mimics the lively yet delicate style of the Impressionist movement as developed by painters like Monet and Renoir during the 1870s and 1880s. Impressionist paintings often relied on petite brush strokes to demonstrate a strong sense of time and movement, ideal for an interior as whimsical and ornate as this one.









Pop Art is the predominant style in this bedroom for a little boy. This art movement was born in the 1950s, sweeping quickly from Britain to the United States and beyond. It’s an art style based on popular culture ranging from advertising to comic books and everyday objects – a style perfect for an energetic bedroom like this one. Stars, shapes, fun prints, and bright colors mimic the playful style of Pop Art icons like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.







The enclosed balcony has a bit of pop art flair as well. This charming space is accessible from the pop art bedroom and shares its brilliant color theme, but the patterns are more relaxed and refined to make it suitable for gathering with guests.





Romanticism rules the bathroom. Romanticism was more than just a movement in the visual arts – it was chiefly an intellectual movement, branching into the world of literature and politics and the natural sciences as well. Paintings in this era were often dramatic, atmospheric, and poetic, but this room adopts the more subtle side of the movement more akin to the tender motifs of Philipp Otto Runge or the whimsical landscapes of Samuel Palmer.






Informed by the creativity of the Surrealist era that preceded it, Abstract Expressionism interprets the emotional Expressionist style through the lens of Futurism, Cubism, and other abstract artistic practices. The color theme especially seems influenced by the vivid paintings of Wassily Kandinsky, while the emphasis on strong vertical lines may pay homage to Barnett Newman.



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A Sleek And Surprising Interior Inspired By Scandinavian Modernism

The streamlined and modern side of Scandinavian-inspired decor is a wonderful choice for designers who want a calm and cohesive style that remains open to future alterations. Perhaps that’s why ZROBYM Architects used this fresh feeling theme for this adorable two-story residence created with a young couple in mind – it’s easy to maintain a stylish and up-to-date home when you’re starting with such a versatile style. The floor plan stretches over 292 square meters, all illuminated by tall windows, serving as the perfect foundation for Nordic themes.



Beginning the tour with the living room, visitors are immediately greeted by bright yellow accents against a backdrop of neutral grey and light-toned wood cladding. The wood floors are certainly a hallmark of Scandinavian design, but other features break the mold and enter into unique territory – like the plaster manta ray hanging on the wall.




Tinted concrete gives the television wall a touch of industrial flair without diminishing the warm aesthetic of the room. Nordic essentials like the fireplace and stack of firewood ground the theme.




Don’t miss the cozy gathering space in the corner of the living room! Plush beanbag chairs and a low table offer a relaxing atmosphere for reading or catching up with friends.




Just around the corner, separated only by a weightless glass wall, the dining room and kitchen share the rest of the L-shaped open plan space.




Simple sculpted wood sets an effective backdrop by a Scandinavian table setting. The chairs are from London-based designer Sebastian Wrong for Danish furniture company Hay.




The kitchen is separated from the dining area only by the edge of its island, which conveniently doubles as a stylish wine rack easily within reach of dinner guests.




Inside, eclectic tiles mark a dramatic transition from homey simplicity to daring charisma.




This dining and kitchen combination is actually the first thing the residents see when entering through the creative entryway at the rear of the home.




And here’s that entryway visible from the dining room. Geometric tiles make a bold impression, continued by the large white panels tessellated across the wall.




A dash of yellow serves as a playful focal point.




Gorgeous artwork unites the greyscale scale palette. The stairs, however, reintroduce wood into the equation – the combination of concrete and lumber combines urban sensibilities with Scandinavian style.




A trip up the winding staircase brings visitors to the private areas of the home, like the office and bedrooms.




High contrast paint continues beyond the stairwell to stretch the perceived length and height of the room. It’s a neat optical illusion – and a handsome choice for a modern home.




Adorable! Small home libraries are always so inspiring and fun to see. This one enjoys its comfortable niche at the end of the hallway, soaking up the sunlight that filters down from the angled window above.




While the main length of the hallway enjoys the openness of the gabled ceiling, the smaller passages drop back down to a standard height.




Even some of the doorways continue the half-and-half paint theme.




The office is sleek and professional, with just a few decorative features to make it feel like home.




A media center can lighten the mood during breaks from work or entertain business guests while they’re waiting.




Although it has minimalist lines, this chair combines so much functionality it stands out as an interesting and playful feature on its own.




The tour includes a look at two calm and collected bedrooms. This one continues with the light wood theme found in the social areas on the first floor of the home, for a continuous feeling of calm from morning to night.




Vanity and desk share a niche in the shelving to conserve floor space.




Seating, television, and adorable planters occupy the other side of the room.




A single armchair stands by ready for early morning contemplation or light reading before bed.




The master bedroom is a little more intricate. It makes the most of its ample visual real estate with bold and adventurous patterns.




By limiting bold patterns to the textiles used throughout the room, the residents can easily change the style or color of the space any time they want.




Each bathroom uses a different layout and tile theme but all share the same black and white color combination.




Two of the bathrooms are exceptionally bright thanks to skylights. This one must be the master bath – the large hot tub looks like a fine place to relax at the end of a hard day.




Wooden floor mats are always an interesting and comfortable addition to any bathroom, and serve as a more attractive choice for transparent shower enclosures compared to the standard fare.




Indirect lighting brightens the side of the room unaffected by the angled window.





The other sky-lit bathroom dazzles with a classic arrangement of small mosaic tiles.




Even when limited to black and white, patterns like these can energize a room instantaneously.




Tall ceilings like these give designers the freedom to explore adventurous decor styles that might overwhelm a more constricted area.




And finally, here’s an alternative entryway to close out the tour. The coatrack would make a fun and inexpensive DIY project for an empty weekend.



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Bedroom Inspiration Roundup: Cool Unconventional Themes

Bedrooms offer the privacy that allows residents to decorate creatively and without fear of being too bold. They’re a fun and judgement-free place to explore new interior styles, and the ideal candidate for self-expression. This modern bedroom design roundup doesn’t stick to just one style – these spaces are just as varied and interesting as their occupants. Each one seems to tell a different story. If you’re planning to redecorate but don’t know which direction you want to take, one of these daring bedrooms just might inspire fresh ideas you can apply within your own home.


Visualizer: Thanh Minh   

Cute and simple, this bedroom captures the imagination with a neat house-shaped headboard wall filled with charismatic animal illustrations. It’s a neat idea for a resident of any age.




The best part about the house idea is the fact that almost anyone with a saw and some screws could build one. It’s large for a DIY project but the result is bigger-than-life too.




On the other side of the room, diamond-checkered wallpaper keeps things interesting. The built-in shelves are a nice touch and really extend the functionality of the office.



Visualizer: Artyom Bezfamilniy   

What a bright and creative bedroom! This spacious retreat has unique geometric floors, sculptural wall decorations, and the perfect dash of color. The sheer curtain is especially easy to love – bright flowers and butterflies lend their charm and beauty with ease.




The heavier curtains provide privacy at night. This set has ruffled bottoms almost like flower petals. Very fitting for the garden theme.




This fabulous geometric dog sculpture is likely the work of industrial artist Ben Foster. He’s also known for making life-size horses and wolves in the same style.




Ample storage space is a must-have for any bedroom that aspires to be as neat and tidy as this one.




Clean white cabinetry and decor erases any distraction. Potted plants continue the garden theme that began with the curtain.




Little magical details like this one would be so fun to choose. Between the leaf-like lights, the headboard wall is alive with adorable snails.



Visualizer: Koj Design   

Modern geometric themes make a high-energy impact, but the calm blue palette ensures a relaxing atmosphere. It’s important to have that sense of balance in a bedroom – soothing themes help massage away the day’s worries, but energetic accents can make all of the difference in the groggy early morning hours.




The view is terrific! Although the windows are relatively small, they do use height to their advantage to capture full effect of the skyline.




The spiral staircase print and the collage of furniture details on the wall might hint that this bedroom was completed for a design enthusiast.




At the opposite end of the room, varied shelves lend an artistic quality to the room in addition to its very functional purpose.




Rarely does a chair serve as a focal point in itself, but this bold striped pattern definitely stands out from the rest of the room. It’s an effective statement piece.




Modern lighting illuminates the bed for peaceful reading or app time. Together, the pieces allude to a subtle Art Deco influence underlying the room’s decor theme.




The basic building blocks of the room are versatile, easy to adapt to any style. It’s difficult to go wrong with dark hardwood floors and large windows, and walls that take well to unconventional colors.



Visualizer: Denis Bespalov   

Here’s a bedroom that embraces the adventurous side of industrial style rather than the minimalistic side. On-theme furniture and creative material choices make the room feel playful and spirited, almost as if it personifies the creative energy of city life.




A tall lumber headboard extends up to the ceiling. It lends a natural touch in contrast to the colder grey walls that surround, but its rough surface still implies industrial influence.




Classic damask isn’t a common pattern in industrial decor themes but it makes a nice quirky addition here.




The chandelier is from the Modo collection by Jason Miller. The collection includes dozens of configurations ranging from simple to intricate, and this is one of the more intricate models.




White walls ensure the other side of the bedroom remains mostly subtle – the yellow draws definitely steal the show.




Every detail demonstrates thoughtful design. The lamp’s careful engineering fits into the industrial theme quite well, and the chromed radiator was a bold and inspiring choice.



Visualizer: BURO' 82   

Dark, moody, and modern – this bedroom has a strong ambiance woven from smooth materials and soft yellow-tinted lights. It shows how warm and welcoming minimalism can be when it’s approached with extra attention paid to intangible qualities like atmosphere.




Perhaps most striking is the cantilever bed design, making it appear to float unsupported. Within a streamlined interior like this one, bold features like these can prove to be more memorable than any decorative theme.




Nature-inspired artwork and sculpture fits well within this sophisticated retreat.



Visualizer: viet do xuan   

Incredible! Overlooking a stunning garden, this bedroom has the effect of an indoor-outdoor living space. Tiled floors and textural walls reinforce the natural theme.




The vintage fan and stool are open to interpretation: to some they may seem like a subtle nod to the steampunk genre, to others they may feel more Art Deco, and to still others, they are a simple throwback to the elegance of classic design.




Things always get interesting when gardening and interior design come together. Tending to plants is an act of expression just as much as any other art form.


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A Pair Of Dark Themed Homes With Sophisticated Accent Colors

Coordinating accents within a dark-themed interior can challenge even the most creative decorator. While everything seems to go with white, black and dark grey are a little trickier especially for those who crave a more subdued design. This post looks at two wonderfully luxurious homes that bring their moody and mysterious interiors to life with smart accent color choices – the colors themselves are subtle and muted but feel larger than life against their neutral backgrounds. If you’ve been looking for color theme inspiration for your dark home design, this post might offer workable ideas to help you get started.


Visualizer: Iryna Dzhemesiuk & Vitaly Yurov   

Lush greenery and luxurious materials demonstrate the sophisticated side of dark decor. Black walls and furniture step into the background so that showy pieces – like the marble media wall and the dazzling dining room chandeliers – can take center stage. The designers used rich color and unexpected patterns to express the personality of the owner so that every room tells a unique story.




An open layout living room prevents the predominantly dark color theme from seeming too overwhelming. The marble wall serves as both an artistic statement and a divider to separate the kitchen and living areas.




Contrast is another important theme, and it doesn’t stop at color. Thematic contrasts make a big impression, like the contemporary furniture against a classically inspired backdrop of decorative panels.




The oversized floor lamps also feel like a modern interpretation of a beloved classic, thanks to the recognizable shape and proportion.




While one side of the room made use of dark walls and sultry styling, the other bounces light back into the interior.




Some of the decor almost seems influenced by the Art Deco style. The curtains, sparkling carpet, and organic curves contribute to the look.




A surprising dash of blue breaks up the medley of wine-like hues. These ornamental cabinets have a presence and gravity that draw the eye immediately.




Projecting from the end of the marble wall, tropical plants lend their decorative appeal to both the living room and the dining area.




And thanks to its olive green color theme, the plants have an even greater effect here.




Because the kitchen cabinetry is a subtle matte back with elegant lighting, it doesn’t detract from the formality of the dining arrangement. If anything, this lovely kitchen emphasizes the seriousness of the space.




The spectacular pendants are from the Prop Light series by Bertjan Pot, and the chairs are from the Owens collection by Rodolfo Dordoni.




A slim and streamlined breakfast bar overlooks the yard to make every morning more inspiring.




Just like in the living room, the side of the kitchen facing the windows reflects the light back into the room with pristine white surfaces.




The home’s colorful theme really ramps up in the bedroom. Its otherwise high contrast black-and-white interior comes alive with the addition of a technicolor rug and a handful of bright accent pieces.




The rug shimmers with every color of the rainbow. Its pattern falls somewhere between peacock feathers and alligator scales, unifying the other diverse prints found throughout.




Layers of texture reveal something new around every corner. Grates line the window, grey carpeting covers the floor, the brilliant rainbow rug centers the room, and smooth linens calm the eye at bedtime.




The whimsical pig table is from Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren of the Swedish design group Front.




From the bed, the room looks simple and relaxing. But from every other angle, it’s an exciting space sure to energize and motivate the occupant.




And finally, here’s a shot of the modern vanity and its incredible accent wall. The human form will never fail to captivate.



Visualizer: Maksym Iuriichuk   

With an even darker palette, this home design makes great use of features that seem to maximize the potential of the natural lighting. Slatted glass walls give the interior the freedom of an open plan while preserving privacy when needed – Orange accents bring out the spice hidden within the mauve furniture, balanced by green plants all around.




The living room borrows light from the bedroom as well, thanks to the slatted glass wall. Each room is separated from the others with this ethereal boundary.




An artistic Lindsey Adelman chandelier stretches the decorative appeal to the ceiling. This is also a good view of the stylish marble coffee table below.




The kitchen shares a line of sight with the bedroom, but a folding wall can pull out to obscure it.




Glossy cabinetry extends the length of the far wall. Tableware, books, and decor all share the storage space easily.




Layered textures make each perspective special and worth admiring. This home doesn’t hold back when it comes to tantalizing materials.




In the bedroom, a subtle dark teal accent wall sets the bright yellow bed ablaze. It’s hard to ignore such a spectacular color palette, especially in a space as traditionally subdued as the bedroom.




Orange textiles reinforce the summery theme and a strong black-and-white striped rug sets down a striking foundation. The sense of contrast makes this space extraordinary.




Upon waking, residents are surely energized and excited by the vibrant colors that surround. But the palette is far from distracting: all of the brightness is limited to the bed, whereas the rest of the room takes on a more relaxing aesthetic.


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Nordic Decor Inspiration In Two Colorful Homes

Nordic design has profoundly influenced the aesthetics of the modern world – from typography to art and architecture and, of course, the objects inside our homes. This post tours two bright and colorful interiors decorated by Taiwanese design firm Nordico, whose creatives developed their signature look to reflect a fresh and contemporary interpretation of Nordic styling. And if you’re looking for Nordic furniture inspiration for your own interior, you’ll be glad to find the names of select designers beneath many of the images so you can infuse your own home with sunny appeal.


Designer: Nordico  

This lovely interior stays true to the fundamentals of Nordic design with simple forms, bright surfaces, and a casual yet coordinated feel. But it also challenges many preconceived notions found in the magazines, forgoing minimalism in favor of curated ornament and bright colors – it’s a more realistic reflection of everyday decor in the north, and the result really feels like home.




Almost every color of the rainbow makes an appearance. In colder climates, where the winters are long and dark, these cheerful tones help to ease the burden.



Designer: Nordico  

Not only does the open layout bring sunlight deep into the home, it also allows residents to stay in communication with guests as they watch television or keep an eye on the children as they complete homework in the office.




This substantial brick wall provides visual warmth and helps to separate the entryway from the rest of the living area. The double-sided railway clock allows residents to check the time as they enter or leave the home.




While the living room is exceptionally vibrant, color blocking still plays an important role in the design. The living room relies primarily on blues – the dining and kitchen, red.




Looking for a statement chair? This lovely teal lounge is a design by Hee Welling, from his About A Lounge series.




Irregular geometric tiles draw attention to the kitchen floor, a feature often overlooked in open layout homes.




Eclectic chairs always make a dining room look so fun and carefree. This collection spans from classic to contemporary, from Danish designers like Poul M. Volther and Jorgen Baekmark along with a newer design from London-based Sebastian Wrong.




The oversized pendant lamps definitely embody the smooth and functional shapes associated with Nordic design. They’re from the Bell Lamp collection by Copenhagen-based designers Andreas Lund and Jacob Rudbeck.




Don’t you love this distinctive platter? It imitates the distinctive curves of the famous Savoy Vase by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.




The print on the wall also pays homage to Alvar Aalto with a minimalist depiction of his popular Beehive lamp design.




Sebastian Herkner’s smoky Oda table lamp offers soft illumination near the entrance.




And a bench makes it easy for the residents to slip off their shoes after coming home from a hard day at work.




Overlooking the living room, this office makes the work-from-home lifestyle look exceptionally comfortable.




Expansive storage holds all of the reference materials the resident could need.




Dalecarlian horses, or Dala horses, are known around the world as one of the most beloved and popular Swedish crafts. They originated in the Dalarna province and quickly became a cottage industry with its own rich traditions that vary by region.




At the entrance, eclectic tiles provide an overview of the colors and playful decor to be found within.




This comfortable bedroom catches the eye with rich patterns against a wooden headboard. Blue, green, and yellow accents continue the palette that began in the living room.




While many bedrooms today hang a television at the foot of the bed, this room keeps things simple with expansive storage. But it’s not boring – we love the decorative niche with its illuminated birdcage.




Creative faux taxidermy offers a comfortable alternative to the trophies found in Nordic hunting cabins.




Here’s a look at the second bedroom. Typography naturally meshes well with streamlined Scandinavian styles. Words draw the eye naturally without the need for superficial ornament.





While the previous home cultivated a relaxed aesthetic, this interior takes a more adventurous approach with vivid colors and exceptional bold patterns. White walls are a hallmark of Nordic design, but they play an especially important role in this home: superficial decoration would have distracted from the brilliant furniture and textile compositions that define each functional area. The spaces between remain free and open, uncluttered, and perfectly representative of streamlined Nordic style ideals.




The palette brings to mind the colorful rows of homes found in coastal Nordic cities – a tradition brings life to dark northern winters. These colors seem to speak to the welcome sunshine and wildflowers of summer, reinforced by the lively floral arrangements scattered throughout.




Nearly all of the furniture in the living room enjoys the soft effect of rounded edges. Sweeping curves are a popular feature in Nordic furniture design, especially since the height of the Mid Century Modern era.




While the curves play a prominent role in the aesthetic, the room avoids looking overly retro thanks to contrast created by linear elements like the rug, shelves, and blinds.




Both tables are from Danish designer Thomas Bentzen. The yellow is from his Don’t Leave Me series, and the green table is called Around. The super-useful basket/table combination is from Scandinavian design brand Ferm Living.




Built-in shelves serve as a decorative catchall near the entryway, while this simple credenza extends storage to unused space behind the sofa.




This is incredibly adorable! Young residents get to enjoy their own tiny living room thanks to miniature versions of iconic designer chairs.




Varied dividers add playful appeal to the bookshelf. Kids can reach up and enjoy their favorite books or play with the colorful Dala horses.




A small kitchen and dining area take advantage of the darker and more intimate part of the open plan living room, positioned just right to overlook all the activity.




Eclectic tiles brighten the backsplash, uniting the pastel color palette of the dining area with the bright tones in the living room.




Light is so important to nay dining room arrangement. This one uses three overhead pendants the brighten the tabletop and charming green runner.




What a charming bedroom! The overall theme is simple and comfortable, with a few modern geometric motifs thrown in for effect.




Another room, pretty as can be, pairs bright child-friendly furniture with pastel walls and a whimsical canopy.




This bedroom is fresher and simpler, likely decorated for an older child that has an interest in gardening. Just look at all those rustic-tin potted plants.




It’s nice for the kids to have sleek and distraction-free bedrooms, but they do need somewhere to do their homework. This cozy office is perfect for projects and after-school reading.




And finally, the tour ends back at the entrance of the home.



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An Atmospheric Approach To Modernist Architecture In Mexico

Modernist architecture (also known as International Style) is defined by thin linear forms, exposed metal frames, concrete cladding, and little ornamentation – characteristics often met with hesitation due to the perception that strict functionalism leads to overly minimalistic spaces. But these beautiful homes by José Juan Rivera Río demonstrate a more vibrant side of this iconic architectural genre: organic, atmospheric, and endlessly adaptable. Located in the prestigious Mexico City neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec, all three homes reject the monolithic mansions that surround and instead opt for clarity and organic appeal.


Photographer: Nasser Malek  

Thanks to its slim and refined construction, Sierra Fría cuts a sharp profile against the steep cascades of colorful vegetation that surround the property on either side. Nature generously provides the privacy so the architects could fully embrace the glass elements that serve as one of the most important defining features of international style architecture.




Volcanic stones pave the walking path and portions of the exterior, enhancing the exterior’s connection with the earth. Over time, natural weathering effects will color the stone and concrete for a more integrated aesthetic.




Natural elements continue to play just as important of a role inside the home. This time, clean lines of wood grain stand in contrast to the untamed foliage and grey textiles replace the rough texture of stone cladding.




Exterior courtyards facilitate indoor-outdoor living – like this dining table situated conveniently outside the kitchen.




Light floods the atrium, a catalyst to reflect the warmth of the wood floors onto the grey concrete walls.




Bedrooms, too, have their own personal patios and gardens. This one overlooks the cool waters across the yard.




Shallow water conditions the air as it flows into the home, an effective cooling solution for the Mexican dry season.




It also provides a unique way to appreciate the provocative sculpture that greets visitors at the entrance.




Jet-black pool lining creates the illusion of infinite depth and erases the transition from the water to the sculpture’s pedestal.





Exhibiting the same horizontal emphasis of the previous home, Monte Cáucaso differentiates itself with a stronger and more defined outline of concrete cladding. But it too embraces greenery and natural materials at every opportunity. The home consists of a main living volume suspended over a spacious garage, surely to the delight of automotive enthusiasts.




A private front yard allows for complete openness to the outdoors, with thin pillars (a most defining feature of the International Style) barely obstructing the view at all.




In the open plan living room, sliding doors completely erase the boundary between indoors and out, taking full advantage of the clever landscaping that surrounds.




Decor primarily falls into a spectrum of deep red and orange. Wood floors follow the horizontal arrangement of the living area, sometimes continuing up the wall in vertical panels.




Between the open living room and the bedrooms at the rear of the home, hallways feel more like independent bridges that link one space to the next.




Traversing these stairwells and hallways will feel different at every time of day thanks to the changing quality of the light as it filters through the distinctive slatted ceiling.




Bedrooms closely echo the interior decor style of the living room, but enjoy a greater sense of intimacy thanks to the lower ceilings.




A slatted skylight and natural materials deepen the bathroom’s impressive connection with the outdoors, while half-walls and outdoor landscaping secure the privacy of the residents.




Textural contrast enhances the effect of each material independently: the concrete wall, smooth stone, and the untamed foliage.




Vines cascade down surrounding privacy walls, disguising the utilitarian nature of their design.





Finally, Sierra Leona – this lovely residence offers the perfect architectural compromise between the streamlined forms of the first home and the boldness of the second. The construction builds up from the center of the plot, surrounded by a paved courtyard (featured here) and a spacious garden in the back.




At the back of the house, a hefty wall of stone makes a distinct impression as it intersects the concrete facade. But unlike the previous home, it doesn’t continue into the building but rather terminates at a fixed point.




Tall vine-covered walls shield the open interior from other nearby properties, creating an ideal private retreat where the family can gather.




Social spaces like the living room and kitchen face outward toward the private garden, with bedrooms occupying upper floor.




Like the other homes in this post, many of the social areas take advantage of sliding doors for indoor-outdoor living – but the effect is more subtle here.




Layered planes bring interest to the bedroom ceilings and facilitate interesting lighting effects. When the recessed lighting feels too overwhelming, residents can relax to the toned-down ambiance of a warm and indirect glow.




Cantilever stair treads protrude from concrete walls, the simple construction allowing material to take precedence over form alone.




On the upper levels, skylights cast intricate shadows over the main corridors of the home.




Slatted ceilings certainly contribute an interesting aesthetic to these homes. No matter how many times the technique is repeated, each residence will experience a unique effect.




From the substantial concrete cladding of the primary entrance, few would ever be able to predict the spacious and open nature of the interior.



Of course, the images themselves are worth admiration on their own merit. Photographer Nasser Malek captures the moody ambiance and dynamic inner life of these buildings as the wandering gaze of a resident would experience them, highlighting personality through perspective and context. See more of his expressive architectural photography at his website: http://nssr.com.mx/

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