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Serene Sun House

On a roadside corner plot within an established bungalow area in Singapore, sits an attractive dwelling named the Sun House, designed by Guz Architects.


National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

It’s that time again…the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest is in full swing. The contest has reached his midpoint but there is plenty of time to enter before the November 30, 2012 deadline. Photographers of all skill levels - from professional to amateur - across the globe, submitted more than 20,000 entries from 130 countries in last year’s competition. The photographs are judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts in the field. There is a first place winner in each of three categories: People, Places and Nature, and a grand prizewinner as well. The following images are a sampling of the competition thus far – twelve images in each category. The caption information is provided and written by the individual photographer. – Paula Nelson ( 36 photos total)

NATURE’S ART (Nature) - Dried up delta of the Kimberly region, N.W. Australia. Creates the most sophisticated patterns only appreciated from above. (Photo and caption by Ted Grambeau/National Geographic Photo Contest)

Small Space Design: A 498 square feet house in Taiwan

The key to furnishing a small space is a stylish concentration of storage areas without compromising the layout of well-spaced living; this clever home design, by designer Wu Chengxian for Taihe Design in Taiwan, highlights the space saving principal to great effect.

The lounge feels large despite its modest measurements thanks to a high ceiling that reaches up past the mezzanine level.

Small Space Living

We have a thing for small spaces. Having featured small space solutions for houses (remember the 344 sqft & 480 sqft ones?) which can barely boast of any area to play around with, we are back again with a new gem from Portugal which puts its 474 sqft area to maximum use. Designed by Consexto architects, this home(titled The Closet House) was chosen as one of the winners of Arch Daily’s Building of the Year award in 2010.

(We just love this bedroom!)

Stylish Girlish Bedroom Design Inspiration With Black Walls

A bedroom with black walls may be not only gothic or gloomy. It can be romantic, exquisite and vintage – have a look at this one by Nina Holst. For a contrast a great idea is white floor, instead of a nightstand take a pile of magazines or books, the bedding should be also black and white. Chic velvet pillow, cutie girly details, black and white cups will make the room charming. Hang on the wall your DIY wall art and pink flowers – and a sweet girl bedroom is ready! The space is not gloomy at all – all you need is to dilute black with light colors like white or pink.

Ruins of the Commagene Kingdom at Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut also called Mount Nemrud is one of the most interesting tourist attractions of Turkey. At the summit of this approximately 2000 meter mountain lies the ruins of the ancient Commagene Kingdom which was at its height of power during the 1st century B.C. The mountain lies 40 km north of Kahta, near Adıyaman. Mount Nemrut is part of the Taurus mountain range, above the Firat (Euphrates)River valley and a grassy plateau, within the boundaries of Karadut village near Kahta.