This tiny home in Georgia looks exactly like a mini firehouse

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In Dream Big, Live Small, we visit tiny home-dwellers, discovering why they choose to live this way, how they manage it and the possibilities to do things like travel, learn and grow that have resulted from downsizing so significantly. In the long run, living small is really about living big.

While some design tiny homes to look like mini versions of standard houses, others get a little more creative with their dwellings. Take Georgia John and Fin Kernohan of Dublin, for instance. The duo built a tiny home that looks like a tiny firehouse as a tribute to firefighters and first responders.

In this episode of Dream

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iOhouse Space smart home is off-grid tiny home

  • iOhouse designed Space, a totally off-grid tiny home. 
  • With all the highest end customizations, the home costs about $413,000 and can be installed in just 90 minutes.
  • As a smart home, every feature is controlled through the owner’s phone.
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Swedish company iOhouse created a luxury, futuristic smart home with Space. The contemporary design comes completely move-in ready, with everything from furniture to sheets and wine glasses already set up. The house is transported by trailer anywhere in the EU, dropped in place by a crane, and residents can move in within 90 minutes.

The coronavirus pandemic, along with greater potential for remote work than ever, have driven many out of cities in search of privacy and more affordable living. iOhouse claims that Space can offer the best of both worlds for this type of customer, with all the luxuries of a modern urban

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Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids’ craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”

Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clutter-free. She hired interior designer Sarah Scales to pull it together. Absorbing ideas from images of rooms imbued with

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Take a look at a contemporary seven-bedroom Dallas home with a unique curved design

This 14,795-square-foot contemporary home was custom built for owners Darren and Amy Kozelsky. Darren’s name might resonate with country music fans. The home was designed by architect Lionel Morrison.

The home, built in 2007 on nearly two acres in the Hillcrest Estates neighborhood, has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and four half-bathrooms. The home was updated recently, including adjustments to the kitchen and living room to create an open floor plan and a fireplace was added.

The unique, curved design of the home envelopes an infinity pool that sits off of a wrap-around back patio. The pool is visible from multiple points in the home, through the large floor-to-ceiling windows on the first and second floors.

Listing agent Amy Detwiler said that, during initial planning meetings with the architect, the owners chose this curved layout over another option because they liked how it worked with the corner lot.

“It’s modern, and

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Home design inspiration: A relaxing bedroom that brings the outside in

When Barbara Vail asked her client if he wanted drapes on the enormous arched window in the bedroom of his Plymouth retreat, he said, “Do I look like a drape guy?” Instead, she fit the lower portion with light-filtering shades. Vail, who specializes in creating serene spaces, kept the room light and bright, and took cues from the site. “The house is nestled in the woods and two minutes from the beach,” she says. “We embraced that by using natural materials — wool, ceramic, wood, plants, leather.” The color palette of earthy browns, greens, and blues is also derived from nature. “I know it’s been said before, but we brought the outside in.”

1. Locally-made braided wool ottomans from Thayer Design Studio add color, pattern, and function at the foot of the bed, while the Serena & Lily rug offers interest underfoot. “I use texture in neutral colors to create

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The Real Word: Do These Buyer’s Agent Behaviors Need To Stop?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they’ll discuss buyer’s agent behavior that needs to stop, the importance of high-speed internet and a new design trend that’s popping up.

Byron Lazine and Nicole White are two agents in Connecticut who give us their thoughts on the week’s news every Friday in “The Real Word,” a weekly video column on Inman.

In a recent Inman article, Michelle Shelton outlined seven behaviors that buyer’s agents should avoid at all costs. This includes things like asking listing agents to justify their price and writing love letters to the seller. It also listed other counterproductive habits like being pushy, shuffling papers, lying, texting and being one-sided.

In this week’s episode of “The Real Word,” Byron and Nicole went through the list, stating if they agree with each point or not, while analyzing those

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How the pandemic has put flexibility front and center in home design

“While there are definitely some design changes we’re making, we also want to be careful of an overreaction to the current situation and design things that don’t make sense 18 months from now,” says Bill Ramsey, a principal with KTGY Architecture and Planning in Denver.

“For example, home schooling is a big issue right now, but we don’t see that as a long-term need so we’re not designing homes with a school room as part of the floor plan,” he adds. “Instead, we’re focused on flexibility so that there is a place to do virtual school in the short term that can work for some other need in the future.”

Just as we’ve learned to pivot and adjust to a new way of living, so have our homes. Now architects are taking into account the way people are using their homes to make new designs more relevant.

“Flexibility is key,”

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Versace Inks Home License With Lifestyle Design Group

MILAN — Versace has plans to further expand its home line with a new licensing agreement with Lifestyle Design Group.

The Italian home design division of the American company Haworth Group will produce and distribute the Versace Home furniture, which was previously manufactured internally. The first collection under the agreement will bow in 2021.

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Versace Home will be sold and distributed through a new global network that will include a showroom located in Milan’s central Via Durini, a furniture hub in the city.

Versace was one of the first fashion houses to launch home interiors in 1992, first focused on textiles. Porcelain tableware collections followed, inspired by the brand’s distinctive patterns, such as the Baroque themes, the Greek frieze, the signature Medusa head and some of the prints from the fashion collections, such as the Jungle print — forever associated with Jennifer Lopez and her 2000 Grammy

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Custom home design fits to perfection

a kitchen filled with lots of furniture: The chef's kitchen in a Silverhorn estate home by McKinley Masters.

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The chef’s kitchen in a Silverhorn estate home by McKinley Masters.

New home builders’ production homes — the various models on display in show home parades in new communities — feature designs with a variable amount of flexibility of being changed by home buyers.


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Set plans add a scale of economy 
to the homes, plus builders can build and deliver the homes to new owners more quickly, just two of the difference between production homes and custom-built homes.

“There are many differences between buying a custom-designed and
a production model home, the main difference being that with custom: you are getting a-one-of-a-kind home that is a reflection of your lifestyle,” says Justis Kwasnicki, sales and marketing manager of Calgary-based McKinley Masters Custom Homes. “With most production homes you are able to change some of the interior layout, but you aren’t able to change

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Fall home decor trends: Comforting hues, flexible design

In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

New York-based designer Glenn Gissler painted this New York loft in Benjamin Moore's deep, rich Van Buren Brown, with columns and ceilings in crisp Decorator's White. A long tuxedo-style sofa in milk chocolate-y velvet anchors the space along with tonal modern art. The result is a chic, contemporary yet cozy and eminently livable space. (Gross & Daley/Glenn Gissler via AP)

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New York-based designer Glenn Gissler painted this New York loft in Benjamin Moore’s deep, rich Van Buren Brown, with columns and ceilings in crisp Decorator’s White. A long tuxedo-style sofa in milk chocolate-y velvet anchors the space along with tonal modern art. The result is a chic, contemporary yet cozy and eminently livable space. (Gross & Daley/Glenn Gissler via AP)

“Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide,” says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Florida.

It’s just one of the trends in decor this season, when the pandemic

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