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Two Living Areas Inside This Home Are Separated By A Double-Sided Room Divider With Shelving

Two Living Areas Inside This Home Are Separated By A Double-Sided Room Divider With Shelving

Architecture and interior design firm FGMF Arquitetos, has completed Casa Jordão, a modern holiday home in Monte-Mor, Brazil, that’s located on a stud farm, and has a bright and open interior.

Key to the design of the interior spaces of the home is a room divider that separates two living areas.

The room divider in this modern home living room, which is made from wood with steel supports, has a wall of shelving with an open area for displaying a television.

The room divider, which is made from wood with steel supports, has a wall of shelving with an open area for displaying a television.

The room divider in this modern home living room, which is made from wood with steel supports, has a wall of shelving with an open area for displaying a television.

On each end of the room divider is a walkway that leads to the alternative living room.

The room divider in this modern home living room, which is made from wood with steel supports, has a wall of shelving with an open area for displaying a television.

The secondary living room is open to the swimming pool and is furnished with a pair of couches, armchairs, and a fireplace. The room divider is a mirror image of the other side, with shelving and a mounted TV.

This modern living room is open to the swimming pool, and is furnished with a pair of couches, armchairs, and a fireplace. The room divider is a mirror image of the other side, with shelving and a mounted TV.
This modern living room is open to the swimming pool, and is furnished with a pair of couches, armchairs, and a fireplace. The room divider is a mirror image of the other side, with shelving and a mounted TV.
This modern living room is open to the swimming pool, and is furnished with a pair of couches, armchairs, and a fireplace. The room divider is a mirror image of the other side, with shelving and a mounted TV.
This modern living room is open to the swimming pool, and is furnished with a pair of couches, armchairs, and a fireplace.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the home…

The Entry Pathway

Tropical plants line a pathway that leads to the entryway of the home, where you’ll find a pivoting front door with views of a garden through glass walls. The entryway also provides a separation between the social areas of the home, and the bedrooms/bathrooms.

Tropical plants line a pathway that leads to the entryway of the home, where you'll find a pivoting front door with views of a garden through glass walls.
Tropical plants line a pathway that leads to the entryway of the home, where you'll find a pivoting front door with views of a garden through glass walls.
This modern home entryway provides a separation between the social areas of the home, and the bedrooms / bathrooms.

The Exterior

The exterior of the home is a black-painted mass, contrasting the surrounding nature, and providing a bold backdrop for the outdoor spaces, like the patio and swimming pool.

The exterior of this modern home is a black-painted mass, contrasting the surrounding nature, and providing a bold backdrop for the outdoors spaces, like the patio and swimming pool.
The exterior of this modern home is a black-painted mass, contrasting the surrounding nature, and providing a bold backdrop for the outdoors spaces, like the patio and swimming pool.
The exterior of this modern home is a black-painted mass, contrasting the surrounding nature, and providing a bold backdrop for the outdoors spaces, like the patio and swimming pool.
The exterior of this modern home is a black-painted mass, contrasting the surrounding nature, and providing a bold backdrop for the outdoors spaces, like the patio and swimming pool.

The Kitchen

The interior of the home is lined in Tauari, a Brazilian pale wood, while the kitchen is completely made out of darkened wood. The kitchen can also be hidden from view, as a section of the cabinetry can be lowered down to close it off.

The interior of this modern home is lined in Tauari, a Brazilian pale wood, while the kitchen is completely made out of darkened wood. The kitchen can also be hidden from view, as a section of the cabinetry can be lowered down to close it off.
The interior of this modern home is lined in Tauari, a Brazilian pale wood, while the kitchen is completely made out of darkened wood. The kitchen can also be hidden from view, as a section of the cabinetry can be lowered down to close it off.

The Floor Plan

The floor plan of a modern home in Brazil.
Photography by Fran Parente | Architecture and Interior Design: FGMF Arquitetos – Fernando Forte, Lourenco Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz | Project Coordinators: Gabriel Mota, Luciana Bacin, Ana Paula Barbosa | Project Contributors: Adriana Pastore, Adriano Soares, Carmen Procopio, Caroline Endo, Mariana Leme, Mariana Schmidt, Rodrigo de Moura, Vera Silva | Project Interns: Beatriz Proenca, Carla Facchini, Flavia Theodorovitz, Frederico Branco, Mirella Fochi, Nara Diniz, Pedro Lira, Wendel de Deus | Construction: Join Us Construtora | Foundation and Structural Engineer: Stec do Brasil | Electrical and Plumbing Engineer: Projhel | Landscape Designer: Rodrigo Oliveira

Design Detail – Room Dividers In This Restaurant Help To Define The Seating Areas

Design Detail – Room Dividers In This Restaurant Help To Define The Seating Areas

Photography by Silvia Gil Roldán

When Nayra Iglesias of In Out Studio, was asked to design the Kai La Caleta restaurant in Tenerife, she chose to use a couple of different room dividers to create separation within the restaurant.

The first room divider designs are made from blue painted metal with circular cut-outs. The curved ends create a softer appearance, while the horizontal lines allow light to travel through them.

This modern restaurant features room dividers made from blue painted metal with circular cut-outs. The curved ends create a softer appearance, while the horizontal lines allow light to travel through them. #RoomDivider #RestaurantDesign #InteriorDesign #Screen
Photography by Silvia Gil Roldán

The second room divider style have been named ‘jewel screens’, as they are designed to highlight the colorful glass inlays in diamond and circle shapes.


This room divider in a modern restaurant has been named 'jewel screens', as they are designed to highlight the colorful glass inlays in diamond and circle shapes. #RoomDivider #Screen #RestaurantDesign
Photography by Silvia Gil Roldán

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This Office’s Interior Design Included Plenty Of Semi-Private Circular Seating Areas

This Office’s Interior Design Included Plenty Of Semi-Private Circular Seating Areas

Photography by Garrett Rowland Photography

When Studio O+A were asked to design the interiors of the new San Francisco offices of Slack, they drew inspiration from the forest for the 7th floor, specifically fairy rings.

Workplace Ideas - The design of this modern communal sunken seating was inspired by Fairy Rings found in the forest. #WorkplaceDesign #OfficeDesign #SeatingDesign #CommunalSeating #InteriorDesign
Photography by Garrett Rowland Photography

The fairy ring, that’s helped shaped different seating areas within the office, comes from the natural growth pattern of the large redwoods on the Pacific Crest Trail.


Workplace Ideas - The design of this modern communal seating was inspired by Fairy Rings found in the forest. #WorkplaceDesign #OfficeDesign #SeatingDesign #CommunalSeating #InteriorDesign
Photography by Garrett Rowland Photography

Each of the different seating areas has a circular shape with vertical elements to represent the trees.


Workplace Ideas - The design of this modern communal seating with planters, was inspired by Fairy Rings found in the forest. #WorkplaceDesign #OfficeDesign #SeatingDesign #CommunalSeating #InteriorDesign
Photography by Amy Young

Some of the seating has planters that wrap around the interior of the circle, while others have been slightly sunken to provide added interest.


Workplace Ideas - The design of this modern communal sunken seating was inspired by Fairy Rings found in the forest. #WorkplaceDesign #OfficeDesign #SeatingDesign #CommunalSeating #InteriorDesign
Photography by Garrett Rowland Photography

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Glass Walls Open The Main Living Areas Of This House To The Garden On Either Side

Architecture Ideas - The design of the house includes two volumes, one that is vertical and closed off, which houses the bedrooms, bathrooms, stairs, and storage, while the second volume is horizontal and transparent, meant for entertaining. #Architecture #ModernHouse

Photography © Adria Goula

Bernat Llauradó Auquer of architecture firm tallerdarquitectura, has completed Casa Nostra, a new house in Bordils, Spain.

The design of the house includes two volumes, one that’s vertical and closed off, which houses the bedrooms, bathrooms, stairs, and storage, while the second volume is horizontal and transparent, meant for entertaining.

Architecture Ideas - The design of the house includes two volumes, one that is vertical and closed off, which houses the bedrooms, bathrooms, stairs, and storage, while the second volume is horizontal and transparent, meant for entertaining. #Architecture #ModernHouse
Photography © Adria Goula

The horizontal component of the house has large wood-framed sliding glass walls that open to the garden on both sides.


The horizontal component of this modern house has large wood-framed sliding glass walls that open to the garden on both sides. #GlassWalls #SldiingGlassDoors
Photography © Adria Goula

Inside, there’s an open floor plan with the living room enjoying a fireplace with built-in storage on either side.


This modern house has an open floor plan with the living room enjoying a fireplace with built-in storage on either side. #The two glass walls have sliding doors that open to the garden. #LivingRoom #Fireplace #GlassWalls
Photography © Adria Goula

The opposite end of the open floor plan includes a kitchen with a long island. Behind the kitchen are stairs to access the bedrooms.


The wood ceiling in this modern house adds a natural touch to the all white kitchen. #KitchenDesign #WhiteKitchen
Photography © Adria Goula

There’s also a home office, that shows off the wood shutters on the windows.


Home Office Ideas - This home office has a single wood desk that can be used by two people, and is connected to a wood bookshelf. #HomeOffice #Desk #WoodDeskIdeas
Photography © Adria Goula

On the second floor, there’s also an open play area with a day-bed.


This modern house has a small play area with a daybed and storage on the second floor. #PlayArea #DayBed
Photography © Adria Goula | Developers: Judith Oller Badenas & Bernat Llauradó Auquer | Architect: Bernat Llauradó Auquer – tallerdarquitectura | Structural engineer: STAC enginyeria | Contractor: Construccions Sadurni-Peraferrer S.L.

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This Bathroom Was Designed With A Series Of Alcoves To Separate The Different Areas

This Bathroom Was Designed With A Series Of Alcoves To Separate The Different Areas

A bathroom that uses curved walls to create different areas within it was designed for this house by Carter Williamson Architects.

The three curved walls have been used to define the areas that house the sink, shower, and toilet.

A modern bathroom with tiled curved walls creates different sections for the vanity and shower, while gold accents add a metallic touch.

The micro-spaces are lined with white tiles that meets matte green upper sections of the wall and are accented by gold fixtures, adding a glamorous touch to the bathroom. These small curved sections were designed to hug you as you use the space.

A modern bathroom with tiled curved walls creates different sections for the vanity, shower, and toilet.
Photographer: Katherine Lu | Architecture firm: Carter Carter Williamson Architects (Design Team: Principal Architect – Shaun Carter, Architect – Ben Peake, and Interior Design – Julie Niass) | Builder: Andrew Burton Constructions

15 Outdoor Seating Areas And Fire Pits Built For Entertaining

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // Custom designed outdoor seating areas are a cozy way to connect with the outdoors and make use of valuable yard space. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas

Custom designed outdoor seating areas and fire pits are a cozy way to connect with the outdoors and make use of valuable yard space. They foster meaningful conversations, the sharing of stories, and provide a perfect spot for lounging and relaxing.

Here are 15 stunning examples of outdoor conversation pits and fire pits.

1. Stone and wood circle this fire pit and create a warm atmosphere, perfect for catching up with old friends.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // Stone and wood circle this fire pit and create a warm atmosphere, perfect for catching up with old friends. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
Conversation pit featuring the Sultan Fire Pit by DreamCast.

2. Surrounded by sand and bushes, this conversation pit is ideal for relaxing after spending the day in the sun.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // Surrounded by sand and bushes, this conversation pit is ideal for relaxing after spending the day in the sun.#ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
See more photos of this project, here. Designed by MAPS Design.

3. Built right into the deck of this home, a sunken fire pit adds a modern cozy touch to the entertaining area.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // Built right into the deck of this home, a sunken firepit adds a modern cozy touch to the entertaining area.
See more photos of this project, here. Designed by Hufft Projects. Photography by Mike Sinclair.

4. Complete with a built in fireplace, wood storage, and a cooler, this sunken conversation pit would be great for both social gatherings and quiet afternoons tucked up with books.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // Complete with a built in fireplace, wood storage, and a cooler, this sunken conversation pit would be great for both social gatherings and quite afternoons tucked up with books. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
Designed by Rolling Stone Landscapes.

5. Concrete benches covered in pillows surround a large fire pit that would throw off enough heat to let conversations flow late into the night.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // Concrete benches covered in pillows surround a large fire pit that would throw off enough heat to let conversations flow late into the night. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
See more photos of this project, here. Interior design by Patricia Urquiola.

6. Cozy cushions and the square fireplace in this built in conversation pit would make for the perfect place to stargaze or peacefully enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // Cozy cushions and the square fireplace in this built in conversation pit would make for the perfect place to stargaze or peacefully enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
See more photos of this project, here. Designed by John Robert Nilsson. Photography by Åke Eson Lindman.

7. This high-tech conversation pit features comfy seating, a retractable screen for the projector and a built in fireplace.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // This high-tech conversation pit features comfy seating, a retractable screen for the projector and a built in fireplace. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
See more photos of this project, here. Designed by SVOYA Studio. Photography by Alexander Angelovsky.

8. This sunken conversation pit tucked right into the deck has a fire pit, BBQ, and kitchen area, allowing entertaining and cooking to take place in the same spot.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // This sunken conversation pit tucked right into the deck has a fire pit, bbq and kitchen area, allowing entertaining and and cooking to take place in the same spot. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
See more photos of this project, here. Designed by Electric Bowery. Photography by Brandon Arant.

9. This circular conversation pit surrounds the fireplace and is covered in cushions to provide a comfy place perfect for unwinding.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // This circular conversation pit surrounds the fireplace and is covered in cushions to provide a comfy place perfect for unwinding. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
See more photos of this project, here. Designed by Saraiva + Associados. Photography by Gustavo Xavier.

10. Made of stone, concrete, and cushions, this conversation pit, complete with a fireplace, creates an intimate spot for connecting with friends or relaxing on your own.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // Made of stone, concrete, and cushions, this conversation pit, complete with a fireplace, creates an intimate spot for connecting with friends or relaxing on your own. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
See more photos of this project, here. Designed by Dane Design Australia.

11. This rooftop conversation pit is at the same level as the pool to let swimmers get in on the conversations too.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // This rooftop conversation pit is at the same level as the pool to let swimmers get in on the conversations too. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
See more photos of this project, here. Designed by MIA Design Studio. Photography by Hiroyuki Oki.

12. All white furniture in this sunken conversation pit, coupled with the white of the house keeps the space looking clean and modern, while the greenery and wood keep it connected to nature.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // All white furniture in this sunken conversation pit, coupled with the white of the house keeps the space looking clean and modern, while the greenery and wood keep it connected to nature. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
Designed by Miguel Angel Aragones. Photography by Joe Fletcher.

13. This outdoor conversation pit is surrounded by both an infinity pool and the ocean to allow for complete and utter blissful relaxation.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // This outdoor conversation pit is surrounded by both an infinity pool and the ocean to allow for complete and utter blissful relaxation. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
Designed by GFAB Architects.

14. This built-in rooftop conversation pit features a hot tub and fire, perfect for chilly nights.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // This built-in rooftop conversation pit features a hot tub and fire, perfect for chilly nights. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
Designed by Patterson Custom Homes.

15. This outdoor concrete living space contrasts the lush greenery surrounding it and makes it feel extra modern.

15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining // This outdoor concrete living space contrasts the lush greenery surrounding it and makes it feel extra modern. #ConversationPit #FirePit #YardIdeas
Designed by Steve Hermann. Photography by William MacCollum.
15 Outdoor Conversation Pits Built For Entertaining

This Backyard Landscape Design Has Multiple Areas To Spend Time In

This Backyard Landscape Design Has Multiple Areas To Spend Time In

A landscaped backyard can add value to any house, and this modern backyard by Brookside Landscape Design together with Ocotillo Design Group, is a good example of what can be done.

The backyard is divided into different areas. First, we’ll take notice of the alfresco dining area, which is defined by travertine pavers and a pergola made from steel and rough cedar slats.

Artificial turf replaced grass for lower maintenance and less water usage, while an Ipe wood retaining wall runs along the property and provides a backdrop for the weathering steel planters. At one end of the yard, there’s a small raised deck for a couple of outdoor rocking chairs.

The other end of the yard features a secondary raised seating area. This time, concrete steps lead up to a wood deck with a built-in bench made from the same material, while a custom board-formed elevated fire pit is the focal point.

Nearby, there’s an outdoor television mounted on the retaining wall and above the flower-filled steel planters.

Concrete pavers connect the seating area with the Bocce court, that’s located along the side of the house.

Here’s a look at the backyard as seen from above and it’s layout.

Photography: Brett Hilton | Landscape, Decor, Styling: Brookside Landscape Design | Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting | Landscape Architecture: Ocotillo Design Group