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Shimmering penny round mosaic tile lends glamour to this laundry room that doubles as a craft area and playful word signs crafted by carpenter David Brown add more color to the space.
This courtyard's club chairs and sofa, fashioned from recycled plastic lumber, are topped with marine-grade, Sunbrella-upholstered cushions. The pliable, antifungal and antibacterial cube tables are fashioned from shredded rubber, then colorized with organically-mined dyes.
Sparse desert plants and stone require little water, reducing this home's footprint on the land. To give the bare space some ornamentation, designers added a stone swirl in the yard, providing a fun focal point for the space.
The remodel of this home, located in San Diego, California, literally raised the roof on its design. The dramatic new roof structure includes a large photovoltaic solar farm and incorporated many recycled materials in its construction.
This once-bland courtyard now is a showcase for salvaged and recycled materials. The contemporary dining set rests upon bands of reclaimed granite slabs. Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design used blocks of granite salvaged from a 19th century building in Boston as benches in the courtyard, which won an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
These modern homes hope to reduce the impact of new constructions on the land which they inhabit, and part of that is using materials and plants that are eco-friendly. In this yard, designers have minimized the need for watering by replacing much of the home's grassy areas with limestone. In the small sections of grass, designer have planted indigenous plants that do not require extensive watering or additional irrigation.
These homeowners were very interested in bringing their love for the natural beauty of the outdoors inside and mixing it with the modern design style they already love. This photo shows that they succeeded. The large window overlooking the sink brings in plenty of natural light, allowing nature into the space. The live edge wood shelving shows the raw beauty of nature, while the colors on the wall and the backsplash are earthy shades of green, yellow and gray. These natural elements blend perfectly with the clean lines of the countertop and the modern pendant light, bringing the couple's ideas of an eco modern design to life.
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