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Scandanvian style

Scandinavian style finds its roots over 200 years ago during the reign of King Gustav III. While traveling in Europe, he was so taken with the neo-classical furniture and décor so popular in France during Louis XVI reign in the late 1700s that he ordered his furniture makers to copy the style. The people of […]

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Rustic style

A more sophisticated take on rustic style can be found in lodge or Rocky Mountain style. Contemporary log cabins and ski lodges have open, airy rooms with large columns and beams. River rock used on the fireplace is typical of this style. Furnishings range from cowhide covered antique chairs to leather sofas to barn wood […]

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Tropical style

A contemporary take on a tropical interior. Sand instead of flooring and open walls make this truly and indoor/outdoor living space. British Colonial style furnishings, natural wood elements and light, natural colors accentuate the laid back, tropical feeling of the space. Products like those from Tommy Bahama Home can add a tropical feeling in furnishings, […]

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American country style

Farmhouse style has its roots in the American heartland. Comfortable furnishings combined vintage and folk art accessories create casual, cozy rooms. Pulled together from family heirlooms or flea market and estate finds, these unique accessories are cornerstones of the farmhouse style of country décor. Vintage and heirloom textiles, such as quilts, needlepoint rugs and vintage […]

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French country style

Another strong European influence on country style is French country or Provencal style décor. This dining area, with its wood beamed ceiling and rustic tile floor, is a warm, casual, inviting space. The rooster on the dining table is a classic country accessory. Natural materials like the wicker seating, distressed wood tables and antique rugs […]

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English country style

Similar to traditional style, country style gets some of its inspiration from English country homes. A love of florals, seen above in the framed prints, and botanical inspirations bring the garden inside. Mixing formal shapes like a chest of drawers with casual, natural elements like rattan shades, is classic English country. Pale colors and painted […]

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Algerian interior

A young algerian woman in the salon of her house in the Biskra region. The three sofas are covered with non local rugs Technorati Tags: algeria

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Using whole trees to build a house structure

I love this use of natural materials. According to the Forest Products Laboratory, a whole, unmilled tree can support 50 percent more weight than the largest piece of lumber milled from the same tree. Putting this principle into practice, Whole Tree Architecture is dedicated to building with materials that lumber companies consider scrap – weed […]

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