Dwell's Favorite Home Design Ideas and Photos

A view from the bedroom towards the closet with a glimpse of the entry hall on the far left.
With an interior clad in wood and outfitted with a CLT bench and desk that laterally brace the small structure, this mobile writing shed is simple but effective. We love the idea of using a few pieces of carefully chosen furniture, especially for a she shed, where space is precious, but the use of the space might be a bit more focused.
Although this cabin functions more as a guesthouse than a she shed, there's a lot of design inspiration that can be taken from this guest resort in the forest of Southern Sweden. From its use of wood and glass to its simple, asymmetrical shape, we can easily imagine using the space as a yoga or art studio or home office.
Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on a prefab shed-meets-sleeping cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland.
Architect Indra Janda hand-cut sheets of polycarbonate into 15¾-inch square shingles and clad the entire timber structure—a gabled roof and walls—with them. This idea for a backyard shed is a great example of using unexpected materials in a new and exciting way.
Here, one of El Cosmico's three teepees is a lantern for desert travelers.
An innovative splash of color carries this trailer into compatibility with the pink clouds striating the horizon.
"The house is totally introverted [and] mysterious towards the street and extroverted towards the interior," says Morini.
Concrete walls, a plywood ceiling, and built-in wood furnishings create sleek, minimal sleeping quarters. A plywood headboard is adorned with modern black sconces.
In the kitchen, a mini vertical garden provides fresh aromatic herbs thanks to a mix of direct sun and specialized artificial lighting. A vibrant rubber floor leads the eye forward.
The home is clad in sustainably sourced spotted gum. A natural material palette is used throughout.
This industrial-style kitchen with stainless steel counter tops is a chef's dream.
The corrugated metal walls carry inside at special moments, such as in the master bedroom.
The roof creates a dialogue with the surrounding landscape through multiple sloped planes, irregular lines, and an absence of overhangs. The home's form appears to change according to one's angle of approach.
The garage doors are finished in the same painted cedar cladding as the external walls, helping them seamlessly blend in.
The grand indoor/outdoor terrace—with its killer view—is the focal point of the upper level.
On the exterior, architect Ron Rea selected a deep black-brown that's not an historically accurate color, but honors the architectural form.
The outdoor atrium of Family House Litvínovice is a completely private space that's well-suited for the installation of a hammock, outdoor bath, or shower. A11 designed the home to be an exploration of minimalism and privacy from the outside world.
Pole Pass Cabin | Olson Kundig
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The Palm Springs Modern Committee relocated and reconstructed a full-scale replica of architect Paul Rudolph's 1952 Walker Guest House. It's currently on loan from the Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
Irregular stone pavers lead to the outdoor grill.
The dark exterior wood cladding ensures the home blends more seamlessly with the site, while the flat roof is meant to recall "midcentury precedents," said the architects. The “sharkfin clerestory roof” feature transmits light into interior rooms.
Large boulders are given pride of place in the central courtyard.
"The main forms were wrapped in stainless steel to reflect the landscape and create a colorful, shimmering, envelope," explain the architects on their website.
The home is surrounded by extensive gardens and mature trees.
Alias Kobi Lounge chairs.
Peter and his wife, artist Olia Feshina, relax inside their apartment in New York’s Washington Heights.
The studio's program is divided between a pergola, an outdoor refuge, and an entirely self-contained separate granny flat.
Concrete floors keep the interior cool in the summer.
The journey through the dark tunnel to the new, light-filled addition is both a texturally interesting and atmospheric experience, where the contrast between old and new, dark and light, can be felt.
A burl dining table is surrounded by ivory chairs and topped with a distinct brass chandelier, all from AllModern. The large-scale landscape is by photographer Lou Mora.
A bright yellow front door adds a bold pop of color to the minimal exterior palette.
Planning regulations required a gable roof, which the architects split into four shed roofs carefully designed to respond to heavy snow shed and meet spatial and aesthetic wishes.
Settled on a picturesque hillside in Somona, California, the Connect 5 residence features stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow warm natural light to flood through the home.
White concrete panel cladding and corrugated steel roof panels give this cabin a crisp, geometric form that almost melts into the landscape on bleary, snowy days.
Architects Stéphane Rasselet and David Dworkind delivered with a strikingly simple concept, anchoring two stacked, rectangular volumes into a steep mountainside surrounded by awe-inspiring vistas.
Few things capture the spirit of intrepid road tripping and outdoor adventuring better than trailers and camper vans. Yet don't worry if you're not quite ready to buy your own mobile mini home just yet. These 10 options allow you to enjoy the freedom and convenience of mobile living, without making the full-time commitment.
Oozing with charm, comfort, and modern amenities, these 10 micro homes are eagerly awaiting to help you experience the tiny house lifestyle. But brace yourself—you might become an aspiring tiny-house dweller after just one stay.
Staying true to Airstream founder Wally Byam Credo’s mission “to provide a more satisfying, meaningful way of travel that offers complete travel independence, wherever and whenever you choose to go,” Airstream recently released the new Basecamp—the lightest trailer in the Airstream fleet.
The Vinkelhuset Line is a modular prefab by Møn Huset.
"Hemmed in by taller buildings on both sides, the original cottage was overwhelmed and neglected for decades—its identity compromised by inappropriate treatments. The new design provides a sensitive and recessive backdrop to the faithfully restored dwelling that originated more than 160 years ago in England,
Mono in the woods of Montana
A narrow and long 8 by 40 feet empty steel shipping container in an artists’ community in San Antonio, Texas serves a playhouse, garden retreat, and guesthouse for visiting creatives.
Piet Hein Eek's wooden chairs add a touch of color to the monochromatic Amsterdram apartment of Hunter Hindman and Shelby Carr.
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Martin and Katz plastered over the stucco finish of the fireplace wall with soft gray Venetian plaster.
A south elevation view of the front entry reveals its angular composition. The roofing is Spandeck by LYSAGHT in the Monument finish.
The white kitchen is equipped with NEFF appliances as well as Caesarstone Snow and stainless-steel countertops.
Rolling Huts | Olson Kundig
Insta-House by MB Architects
In order to maintain privacy for both guests and homeowners, Oikos was designed with the strongest viewpoints in mind, capturing the best vistas while sheltering views back to the homestead.
Surrounded by boulders and twisted yuccas, these two cabins in the Mojave Desert stand like Monopoly houses, with their steel siding weathered to a tawny finish. But behind the simple gabled forms lies a complex network that enables them to operate wholly off the grid.
A young Finnish designer bypasses building permits by creating an affordable tiny home under 100 square feet.

Dwell's favorite photos of modern homes and design ideas. From midcentury gems, prefabricated units, and eye-opening renovations, to shipping container construction and custom trailers and campers, these projects display the best from Dwell Magazine and submitted by the Dwell community. Here, you'll find ideas for every room in the house, whether it be kitchen, bath, bedroom, living, or dining—and beyond.