minimalist decorating

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Good wood - minimal and perhaps a tad brutal from the outside but an oasis of calm on the inside. This heavenly concrete house with wooden accents has been built into a steep slope in the Eisack Valley, South Tyrol, Italy, by local architect Andreas Gruber.

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Good wood - the contrast between the two tone monochrome exterior offset against the warm hues of the natural oak lined box window that leads into a cosy yet airy interior, makes this house in Melbourne really stand out. 'The Datum House’ by local architects Figr.

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Good wood - moody but magnificent, with an interior to die for. Lung Hagem’s Norwegian chalet is a wonderful combination of blackened timber and concrete on the outside and paler oak with more concrete on the inside.