Study Room: The New Must-Have in City Homes

Design & Interiors

Study Room: The New Must-Have in City Homes


The pandemic has made people rethink their home designs. PHOTO | NMG


  • From home offices, small gardens around the house or on balconies, a courtyard or terrace where one can have breakfast in the morning or just unwind in the afternoons, and in-house gyms to bunkers and fortified landings, Kenyans now want these additions in future homes.

When Covid-19 pandemic confined Kenyans to their homes, a majority started rethinking their small kitchens, tiny balconies, cluttered bedrooms and just the lack of extra space to comfortably work from.

From home offices, small gardens around the house or on balconies, a courtyard or terrace where one can have breakfast in the morning or just unwind in the afternoons, and in-house gyms to bunkers and fortified landings, Kenyans now

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Mothers are using the $460 Explore Air 2 Cricut label maker to tidy homes with military precision

Mothers are using a label maker to tidy their homes with military precision for spring, eliminating the hassle of rummaging in drawers forever.

The craze began when an Australian woman posted photos of her immaculately organised home in a Facebook group.

She told members she used the $460 ‘Explore Air 2’ Cricut from arts and crafts store Spotlight to label storage boxes and pantry baskets in the new house her family has just moved into in Melbourne.

The machine – which creates labels on everything from cardboard and vinyl to thicker materials like leather – heralds the end to rooting and misplacing belongings because the contents of containers can be clearly displayed on the front.

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A mother used the ‘Explore Air 2’ Cricut from Spotlight to label everything from storage boxes and pantry baskets in the new house her family has just moved into in Melbourne

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Two Portobello homes get the designer treatment

19 Stamer Street, Portobello, Dublin 8

Price: €1.5million
Named for Sir William Stamer, a former lord mayor of Dublin, Stamer Street is home to some of the largest houses in Dublin 8’s Portobello. Number 19 is a very gently reworked, two-storey over-garden terrace with great ceiling heights throughout, fine original features and plenty of modern additions to suit contemporary living.

When its owners, who both work in the film sector, first bought the property it was divided into flats. While it had a great bone structure, they took on OCA Architects to help contemporise it.

Owner Róisín O’Reilly is a make-up artist who has worked on a number of films and TV shows including Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm and ratings blockbuster, Game of Thrones. Using her excellent understanding of how the face should be lit for screen, she has channelled that knowledge into light design. An impressive glass and

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There’s a Reason You Can’t Stop Looking Into Other People’s Homes

<div class="caption"> A peek into Alexander Werz's <a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chic home" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chic home</a>. </div>

Can’t stop bingeing Open Door? You’re not alone. The thrill of seeing an acquaintance’s apartment for the first time, scanning the spines of your Airbnb host’s book collection, watching an influencer’s closet tour—catching a glimpse of someone’s private space reveals new elements about them. Exploring why we sometimes feel the need to rifle through others’ bathroom cabinets, sociologist Jeanne Curran was quoted in an article from the Los Angeles Times saying, “A medicine cabinet contains objects, and we have a weird faith in objective reality.” In every corner, drawer, and closet of a home, there are truths to be interpreted through the objects they hold. Or, alternatively, we might project what we think it says about ourselves and how we choose to live.

“Shelter magazines” first became popularized in the late 19th century, and many began as architectural journals and eventually morphed into interior design–focused publications, making them more

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Spanish home’s redesign creates crannies within nooks inside spaces

It’s not so much a residence of rooms as it is a home filled with nooks, crannies and modern spaces for living and working.

J House — in the popular, central La Latina neighbourhood of Madrid, Spain — challenges and provokes our understanding of what a home is. Simply answered: it is a home within a home.

Architects were asked to refurbish the original, 1,500-square-foot loft, but say the renovation was actually closer in nature to a new construction. “It’s more like building a single-family home than an interior rehabilitation,” said architect Jorge Alonso Albendea, with Zooco Estudio in Spain.

The plan was to generate 10 horizontal structures, all in different heights and each with a different function. As well, the spaces above and beneath the 10 structures — depending on the height — each had a purpose. And, in the end, the various levels that were created actually worked

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London Bay Homes waterfront estate underway in Port Royal

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Sept. 26, 2020


Construction is underway on a new London Bay Homes luxury estate model home at 4155 Cutlass Lane in Naples, featuring a custom design that celebrates its commanding views of Doubloon Bay in the prestigious Port Royal neighborhood.

On the heels of a successful Port Royal collaboration at 700 Admiralty Parade West, the London Bay Homes-led team of Kukk Architecture & Design and Romanza Interior Design have joined forces once again on the 6,569 square-foot luxury home on Cutlass Lane.

Capitalizing on a natural indoor-outdoor connection, the home features two walls of stacking sliding glass doors that connect the great

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Remodelers Showcase will open doors to 43 homes

Most Minnesotans are spending a lot more time at home these days, getting well acquainted with its comforts — and its shortcomings.

If your home could use some improvements to function better or just feel more enjoyable, next weekend offers an opportunity to get ideas and inspiration by seeing how other Twin Cities homeowners have remodeled their dwellings.

The Fall Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcase, Oct. 2-4, will open the doors to 43 recently remodeled homes around the Twin Cities.

In addition to perennially popular projects like kitchen and bath makeovers, the tour will showcase some projects of special interest during the pandemic, including home offices and spaces for outdoor socializing that help extend the season as the weather cools, such as porches, patios and a rustic industrial “man shed” with a commercial-style door (R16 in Hopkins by Great Northern Builders).

The pandemic is definitely having an impact on remodeling,

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Global Warming Makes Homes Designed to Keep Heat in Less Energy Efficient


Photographer: Illustration: Inkee Wang for Bloomberg Green

When it was completed in 2012 for the Summer Olympics, Lydia Yuzva’s housing complex in East London was hailed as a beacon of green design and energy efficiency. The 2,800 units, a mix of apartments and town houses, have floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of insulation, and environmentally friendly heating systems that use waste heat from a nearby power plant fueled with biomass and gas. They were designed for the U.K.’s cold winters, trapping heat to reduce energy bills.

But what the designers of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park didn’t consider was the steadily rising average temperature. All 10 of the U.K.’s hottest years since record keeping began in 1882 have occurred in the last 18 years, according to the U.K.’s Met Office. Yuzva’s apartment lacks air conditioning, and it’s become unbearably hot during the summer months. When she

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Stock Custom Homes constructing estate home in Port Royal

Pushing the Envelope, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Sept. 12, 2020


Stock Custom Homes, the award-winning luxury homebuilding division of Stock Development, is currently constructing a 6,291-square-foot under-air residence at 4115 Cutlass Lane in Port Royal. The property will contain five bedrooms and a bonus room, six full bathrooms, a powder bath, and a pool bath, plus a three-car garage.

Upon entry into the foyer, guests will have a clear line of sight through the generous great room to the beautiful, expansive outdoor living space complete with a summer kitchen. This open layout maximizes the possibilities for indoor-outdoor living and entertainment. A standout feature on the first floor, also

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$430,000 Homes in California – The New York Times

This condo is part of Legacy Villas, a 44-acre complex connected to La Quinta Resort and Club, a popular destination for golfers. The resort’s golf course and several others are within a five-minute drive.

The facilities at the complex include 12 pools, 11 hot tubs, children’s splash pads, walking trails and bicycle paths. Many residents are year-round, while others use their units as vacation homes or rental properties. A nearby shopping center, about 10 minutes away by car, has several grocery stores, including a Trader Joe’s, as well as a Target and a number of casual restaurants.

Size: 1,706 square feet

Price per square foot: $249

Indoors: This is an upper-level unit, with outdoor stairs leading from the sidewalk to the front door.

The foyer opens into a carpeted living room with a fireplace and

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