A quaint Art Deco home has been given a contemporary lift with color, texture and luxe materials

Located in the Mira Loma neighborhood of San Francisco, this 1930s built home has an Art Deco appearance, typical to the surrounding homes in the area.

a living room filled with furniture and a bed: Art Deco home

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Art Deco home

It was the fairytale book aesthetic that really drew the owners in when looking for their first home, and it is easy to see why they adore it so much. In order to get the design just right, the owners hired interior designer Leo Cesareo. A decision that certainly did not regret.


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Leo is a San Francisco based Artist and Designer that has worked with some of the design world’s premiere interior designers, including Steven Volpe, Jay Jeffers and Lauren Geremia.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Leo’s approach to space and composition draws from his formal education in the visual arts. He strives to create unique interiors that are tailor-made for the contemporary individual and household.

We speak to Leo Cesareo about the design project.

The house is a small Art Deco row house – three bedrooms and two baths – and because the house isn’t big, we really focused on the details to make the space interesting and

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A Colonial Revival home in New Jersey gets a sleek, contemporary renovation

A 7,000 sq ft Colonial Revival home in Mendham, New Jersey, has undergone a stunning contemporary renovation by interior designer Valerie Grant, architect Dan Encin and kitchen designer Jim Dove.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: design house mendham - Colonial Revival home

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design house mendham – Colonial Revival home

The former family home was transformed for a couple – whose sons recently flew the nest – into a contemporary, open property with spaces to pursue their various interests such as cooking, entertaining and cars.


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Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of this project was that, rather than look for another house better suited to their new lifestyle, the owners chose to completely remodel their existing home.

Overall, the emphasis of the renovation was to focus on quality materials and craftsmanship as well as calm colors which would enhance the natural beauty of the property.

Kitchen and pantry

A complete renovation of the first floor allowed for a larger kitchen and butler’s pantry area and this space is, in many ways, the centerpiece of the house. 

Designed in collaboration with award-winning Dove Design Studio, the kitchen very much reflects the couple’s desire to have a comfortable and welcoming open-plan layout with a relaxed and

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What’s ‘in’ for 2021? For interior design, look to contemporary style and bold colors.

Ask an interior designer about trends and he or she will look at you like you’ve just uttered a dirty word in church.

We all know what trends are — shelter magazines and home makeover reality TV shows specialize in them. And while designers are more about classic styles that will last their clients more than a few years, they all know when something is “in” or “out.”

Here’s a round up of what’s trending right now, either fully formed and in homes or on the cusp of ubiquity.

1. Transitional and contemporary homes

Transitional and contemporary homes dominate new construction. Except for the occasional Mediterranean-style home, it’s rare to find anything that can’t be described as more contemporary, with clean lines. Even older homes are being remodeled to be transitional — a term for somewhere between traditional and contemporary.

I’m listing this as my top trend for 2021 because it drives everything else on the list. When you want your home to be less traditional, everything inside needs to be, as well — from paint colors to furnishings and hard finishes.

What’s “out” in this category? I’m predicting we’re at the start of the rustic farmhouse style winding down

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13 ways with tiles, slabs and stone for a contemporary look

These modern paving ideas are exactly what you need if you’re after a fresh new look for your plot. Not only does paving add colour and texture, it also helps to structure your space. Lay paving down and you have an instant seating area, pathway or relaxation spot near the pool. They are a perfect addition to our other modern garden ideas.

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Abbas Youssefi, Director of Porcelain Superstore, says, ‘Outdoor tiles have so much to offer for anyone looking to create an outside living area. Not only do they look gorgeous, but unlike wooden decking they require minimum maintenance to look fantastic. What’s more, they are incredibly durable and hardwearing, as well as effortlessly stylish. They are the perfect foundation on which to build your outdoor living space.’

You can find all kinds of varieties when it comes to paving. For a contemporary look, try more minimal designs – think smooth surfaces in natural stones. You can also create an indoor-outdoor feel by using the same paving material throughout the house and into the garden. 

A bold pattern can do wonders if you’re looking for something a bit jazzier – choose geometric

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Condo loft merges contemporary style, industrial design elements


a large brick building with a clock tower: Located within the historic warehouse district of downtown Dayton, the 1,470-sq.-ft. unit is located on the second floor. The building has a lobby entrance with shared stairwell and elevator to the other levels. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KATHY TYLER

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Located within the historic warehouse district of downtown Dayton, the 1,470-sq.-ft. unit is located on the second floor. The building has a lobby entrance with shared stairwell and elevator to the other levels. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY KATHY TYLER



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Downtown Dayton living

Updates made to this condominium blend the contemporary with the historic industrial design elements.

Listed for $248,000 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, the condominium within the Ice Avenue Lofts has about 1,470 square feet of living space. The Ice Avenue Lofts, at 215 Ice Ave., is centrally located downtown Dayton and within walking distance to RiverScape MetroPark, Day Air Ball Park, the Montgomery County Library, the Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre and the Oregon District.

Views from large windows of unit 205 are to the northeast. The unit includes one assigned parking space within the basement garage, which is accessible through an automatic overhead door.

A street-level, public entrance opens into a lobby with an elevator and staircase access to the other levels. Entrance to this unit is from an interior hallway.

Formal entry opens directly into the kitchen with

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