From an open-plan kitchen with industrial touches to a dark, bold wash closet, these photos represent some of the very best in British interior design.
The rooms have all been recognised in the The Best of Houzz Awards 2021, which celebrate the best-rated experts and designs on the home renovation and design platform.
Among this year’s winners is a chic children’s bedroom in Buckinghamshire that makes the most of the space with a small mezzanine study, and a stunning spa-like bathroom in London.
Just 3 per cent of the more than 2.5million home professionals listed on Houzz receive an award, which indicates the company is at the very top of their game.
The images below each represent finalists across a number of rooms – including gardens, master bedrooms and home office – and it is easy to see why they proved so popular.
Gallery: The world’s slickest and most sophisticated super yachts of 2020 revealed (Daily Mail)
The world’s slickest and most sophisticated superyachts and sailing boats have been named at an esteemed awards ceremony. The Boat International Design and Innovation Awards took place on Sunday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and trophies were handed out in 19 categories recognizing everything from technical excellence to good looks, as well as the talents of a couple of key designers. The winners were cherry-picked by a panel of international design and industry experts, who had to weigh up the pros and cons of 151 entries before choosing their champions. Click through to discover the yachts that scooped awards…
Outstanding Exterior Design Motor Yachts 50 Metres and Above, and Best Motor Yachts Interior Design Above 500GT: Lady S: The Lady S scooped two prizes in the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards. The 305ft yacht was praised for both its interior and exterior design. Standout features of the Lady S include the world’s first floating IMAX cinema, the owner’s deck lounge, which can be transformed into a disco and interactive dance floor, and its cabin balconies.
The designers of the Lady S were commended for building fun into the design of the yacht. Pictured is the sun deck and hot tub area at the stern of the vessel .
Touches like the chandelier and the almost all-white interior, pictured, contributed to Lady S being given the best motor yachts interior design award in the above 500GT category.
Outstanding Exterior Design Sailing Yachts and Best Sailing Yachts Interior Design: Liara: The 112ft Liara took home both the outstanding exterior design sailing yachts and the best sailing yachts interior design trophies
Designer Malcolm McKeon created this yacht with a carbon fibre removable hardtop to make the owner’s future circumnavigation trip more comfortable in both hot and cold climes. The interior design of Liara is inspired by the natural landscapes of the Channel Islands and features materials like weathered oak.
Best Naval Architecture Displacement Motor Yachts: Najiba: The Najiba, pictured, was built for long-range cruising and took home the best naval architecture award in the displacement motor yachts category. Judges raved about this yacht’s efficient hull form. In sea trials, Najiba had an average fuel consumption of just 11.4 litres per nautical mile at 12 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles-plus.
Outstanding Lifestyle Feature – Bold: The winter garden space on Bold features moving floors and sliding glass walls that can be adapted to fulfill different functions and to suit different seasons. Designer Espen Øino was praised for putting a new spin on the typical sky lounge or owner’s deck by creating a ‘winter garden space’ with moving floors and sliding glass walls that could be adapted for each season. A section of the winter garden floor can even be raised to accommodate a helicopter in the hangar below.
Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yachts: Canova: Judges at the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards commended the Canova’s ‘outstanding hydrodynamics’ and handed it the award for best naval architecture in the sailing yacht category. The 14ft Canova’s tech spec is what really caught the judges’ eyes. They commended the yacht’s ‘outstanding hydrodynamics’. It’s also the first large yacht fitted with the DSS foil developed by Infinity Yachts in order to enhance stability.
Best Motor Yachts Interior Design Below 500GT: Calypso: The interiors of Calypso have been inspired by a beach house theme and materials like pale bleached oak, stainless steel and leather have all been used to achieve the look. The judges commented: ‘It’s a beachy, barefoot yet elegant look with an upmarket Ibiza vibe.’
Best New Series: LeVen 90: The LeVen was designed for day-trip island-hopping in the Bahamas but with full luxurious overnight accommodations included below deck. The judges concluded: ‘There is nothing quite like it for an easy-living, no-shoes-required lifestyle.’
Best Naval Architecture Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts: Zalanka: It’s the science behind the Zalanka that urged the judges to give it the best naval architecture award in the semi-displacement or planning motor yacht category. This yacht’s hull shape uses a combination of methods to increase efficiency. It was developed using computational fluid dynamics followed by model testing in a towing tank.
Outstanding Exterior Design Motor Yachts 24 to 49.9 Metres: Race: The 160ft Race took home the outstanding exterior design award in the 24 to 49.9 metre motor yacht category. Highlights of this yacht include its 120 metre-squared sundeck with a hardtop for shaded al-fresco dining and a walk-around bridge deck. It also has built-in exterior furniture that the judges described as ‘crisp and neat’.
Innovation of the Year: 4-ply complex curve structural glass on board Syzygy 818: Before it was built, the owner of Syzygy 818 requested that he wanted his views from the yacht to be unbroken by frames or supports. The designer, naval architect Jarkko Jämsén, met the brief, and it’s for this reason that the vessel won the innovation of the year award. The yacht features various frameless curved structural glass bulwarks and walls creating what’s essentially an all-glass envelope. The boat flexes around the glass.