Amazing Design Home in Costa Rica by Joan Puigcorbé


The INOUT House of San José, on the island of Costa Rica was recently finished and as we discovered it, there was no question that this is an architectural and design achievement. The main target was to blend modern design with the surrounding lush natural environment, and to have a smooth, almost invisible indoor to outdoor transition (INOUT.. IN-OUT.. ok we got it.).

The project is headed by Joan Puigcorbé, an renowned architect who also designed the Casa Altamira in Costa Rica. This time, the home covers an impressive 651 square meters and it is with high quality Melina wood that it takes shape, aligned by horizontal planes. MKBstudio provided the furniture for the interior, where the bedrooms are all placed towards the outer part of the home, while the inner part is composed of the regular rooms such as living room, kitchen and swimming pool (not sure if a swimming pool is a “regular room” but you know what we mean). Read More

Large Summer Tables – The Mediterranean Style

In the delicate Mediterranean summer light, there are two styles you can be inspired by for eating in the shade…

A great menthol white table

If you’re looking for a distinctive Maghreban style touch for your home interior this year, then our design expert suggests a roof made from bamboo thatching for a outdoors, summer fresh dining table. The table itself is glazed tile with aqua tints, perfect to keep it’s crisp cool touch and aspect.

The Mediterranean region is one that is rich in history and in diversity, but almost everywhere you go, from the eastern Greek area to Morocco in the West, the dominant color theme is blue and white. White is an incredibly suitable color for here because it reflects the light which makes surfaces get less hot.

mediterranean style dining room

mediterranean style dining room

For the plates and glasses, ceramic is a superbly stylish accessible option, and ideally white in white and brown match the regional style.

White-Blue Combination

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more traditional Greek touch, then white and blue is the obvious choice.

mediterranean style dining room

Imagine yourself on a roof terrace. If you have the space, but no table, then do as above, stick a couple of tables up against each other and boom, you just got yourself a large 10-12-14 person dining table! Keep it as simple as possible, with blue and white polates and glasses. Throw in a few plants around and a sofa for a touch of sunbathing while digesting and you just may have found yourself the dream dining room for the summer!

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Space Optimization – Free up some room!

If you live in a crowded city – New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, – then you know all about tiny flats living in tiny flats – and how cramped that can be. Stuff always piles up all over the place, and you’re constantly tripping and trodding on cables, shoes or books. Being comfortable in your own home is really a major factor for being happy as scientific and sociology studies have shown. In the field of small space optimization, designers are constantly displaying spectacular creativity and it is obvious that there is a huge market for this.

tiny cramped flat

Seriously dude?

Today we’re going to show you a new feature presented by INT2architecture, a Russian design firm with big ideas for small spaces. This room, which belonged to a 14 year old girl, was originally filled with random and hoarded objects taking up most of the place.

interior design space optimization

INT2architecture were called upon to transform the room and give it a bit more living space. They came up with a giant multi-function cupboard which includes a double bed, a wardrobe, book racks and plenty of small cupboards. But if you think that’s already good, check this out. Opposite the unit, a big blackboard mural can be slid over a full heigt mirror, and slid back to provide a screen for the projecter that is integrated in the overhead projector that is included in the chamber.

So if you have a bit of extra wood and know a good carpenter, get a bit of inspiration from this, and free up some room in your home. With a bit of organisation and imagination, you’re tiny room can become a minimalist and hip pad.


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Wicker Furniture For Your Sunroom

Traditionally, wicker furniture is the perfect complement to the light and airiness of a sunroom. Sunlight pouring in to a room does have a tendency to fade carpet and cloth, even if the windows are specially coated to block out harmful ultra-violet rays, and so wicker furniture that doesn’t fade and has cushions that are easily replaceable are a must.

Most wicker furniture companies have presences on the web, and on these websites you can view a vast array of different designs and different colors, not only of the wicker itself but also of the cushions that go with the wicker.

In doing your pricing, make sure that the price listed for the wicker furniture also includes the cushions that are on display with it. This is not always the case. And if you do not like the fabric of the cushions, find out if you’re able to order the cushions in a different color or fabric, without extra cost. Another question to ask about the fabric is whether or not it is water or stain-resistant.

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Bathroom Decorating Ideas – Add Character With Wicker Furniture

Wicker furniture can be great for bathrooms by adding life and charisma. However you should always make use of the space properly and use the appropriate furniture in the appropriate places.
Decorating can be hard work but it is certainly great when you have finished, especially when it has been gruelling. However sometimes after you have finished decorating it can still feel empty or a bit bare. One room in particular which can look extremely bare is the bathroom.

Accessories can go a long way to completing a look by adding charisma and character to your bathroom. The bathroom is a place that you can relax and feel great. By adding nice and calming accessories this allows you to come and cleanse yourself after a hard, stressful day. It can be quite hard to decorate a bathroom for the very reason that it can look completely bare and with the careful selection of accessories you can have yourself a great bathroom in no time. Something that will be great at helping you to achieve this is the use of wicker furniture.

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Rattan And Wicker Furniture – What’s The Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between rattan furniture and wicker furniture is? If you have, I can explain the differences and some of the common misconceptions about these wonderful natural furnishings.
Many people incorrectly believe that rattan and wicker are one in the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, they aren’t even in the same category. Let’s take a look at how these two popular, yet very different, arts come together to provide a unique, elegant atmosphere in the home.

First let’s get some facts about rattan. Rattan is a vine that grows in the tropical forests of the Far East. Usually, it grows in a pole shape with a diameter of about 1-3 inches. Rattan can grow up to hundreds of feet in length. It is also one of nature’s strongest woods. Rattan cane has a solid core, unlike bamboo pole, making it much more durable and harder to break. Rattan will not warp and is ideal for making furniture. After being cut into smaller sections, the canes are then molded into shape to form the frames for various furniture items. Peel, the outer skin of the rattan pole, is traditionally used to wrap the furniture joints.

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Choosing Wicker Furniture For Your Porch

Wicker furniture, meaning furniture that has been woven together in a certain style, is very popular for porch furniture needs. Something about the woven pattern gives it an outdoors look that seems very appropriate for porches.
In addition to this, the material is often very resistant to weather, and is comfortable to sit in as well. If you’ve been thinking about getting wicker furniture, then think no more. It’s one of the best and most tasteful choices. Read on to find out some essential information about wicker furniture that will help you make a purchase.

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Mission Possible – How To Choose The Right Upholstery And Drapery Fabrics

One of the most formidable chores involved with redecorating is trying to find the right fabric for upholstery or drapery. If two of you are involved in the decision making, it may seem like an impossible task. But don’t worry, this article will provide several solutions to make your mission less impossible.
The first step is identifying all the factors you need to consider and come up with some guidelines to help you agree on the final decision. You’ll find an endless assortment of weights, textures, and patterns to choose from, and you’ll need a good idea of each fabric’s qualities – ease of cleaning, resistance to dirt, and durability. Although the hurdles at the beginning of your journey may seem insurmountable, we’ll focus on what’s really important at this first step and make the initial decision a little clearer.

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Sofa Tables – Great For Putting Anywhere Throughout Your Home

When you hear of sofa tables, you no doubt have an image of a table that is set behind a sofa in a living or sitting room. It is usually between the sofa and the wall. You may also see more decorative sofa tables shown off in the middle of the living room with the sofa abutting one side of it. But is that all there is to sofa tables? Are they stuck in one or two rooms of the house? Only if you limit them to those spaces.

Despite having a name that makes it seem they can only be with one other piece of furniture, sofa tables are very versatile pieces of furniture that can help finalize the look in other rooms of your home as well.

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Wicker Bedroom Furniture

There’s a new generation of wicker furniture and it’s a far cry from that white painted chair that lives for grandma’s garden parties. Wicker’s rebirth into contemporary home furnishings is just now starting to gain the popularity it deserves. Wicker bedroom furniture specifically has been getting the most attention.


Wicker furniture, in case you’ve forgotten, is made out of thin, flexible twigs, branches or reeds. The branches are woven among others in a pattern that’s both strong and aesthetically appealing in the same sort of fashion as old, woven picnic baskets. While this natural looking furniture would seem to be more at home on a patio or porch, more and more pieces are being appropriately painted and upholstered in such a way that they’re perfect for a master bedroom.

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