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Ten Bedrooms With Elegant Wood Panelling for a Cosy Atmosphere



For our latest Dezeen lookbook we’ve collected 10 bedrooms from homes across the world, from a cabin in Finland to an apartment complex in Thailand, that all feature wood panelling.

Warm, polished wood panels add an organic feel to the starkest of interiors. In bedrooms, it can create a cosy, comforting vibe, and is also sturdier and more practical than wallpaper.

The wood used in these lookbooks ranges from dark oak creating a mid-century modern feel to lighter wooden panels that nod to Nordic interiors.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include homes with exposed concretepurple interiors and living rooms with statement rugs.

Photography is by Anson Smart Photography

SRG House, Australia, by Fox Johnston

When local studio Fox Johnston renovated this modernist home in Sydney, it aimed to create a design interweaving the old and the new.

In the bedroom, dark wooden panels nod to mid-century modern interiors but a concrete ceiling and pale pastel-coloured textiles keep the space looking up to date. An abstract artwork and a slender black bedside lamp complete the interior.

Find out more about SRG House ›

Photography is by Joe Fletcher

Moore House, US, by Woods + Dangaran

This mid-century residence in Los Angeles features large windows that open up to California‘s verdant climate. In the bedroom, the nature outside the windows is echoed inside through the use of green plants and teak finishes.

A classic rice lamp by Isamu Noguchi and a comfortable Eames lounge chair in black leather and wood match the wood panelling, which has black borders for a graphic feel.

Find out more about Moore House ›

Photography is by Renaat Nijs

Penthouse BV, Belgium, by Adjo Studio

Large wooden joinery elements were used to organise this penthouse apartment in Hasselt, Belgium, including a cherry-wood wall in the bedroom.

The rest of the interior of the room has been kept in neutral grey, white and brown hues, underlining the subtle luxury of the materials used.

Find out more about Penthouse BV ›

Photography is courtesy of Hôtel Madame Rêve

Hotel Madame Rêve, France, by Laurent Taïeb

A former post office near the Louvre museum in Paris was turned into a luxury hotel by hotelier Laurent Taïeb. Inspired by the motto “life must be golden”, the colour scheme features rich, saturated hues of gold, tan and brown.

In the bedrooms, angled walnut wood panelling adds interesting patterns to the walls and matches the pale golden colours of the bed’s headboard and throw.

Find out more about Hotel Madame Rêve ›

Photography is by Marc Goodwin, Archmospheres

Niliaitta, Finland, by Studio Puisto

This black-painted cabin is raised on a single pillar in a Finnish national park. Inside, light wooden panels line almost every surface in a design that was intended to focus the eye on the views of the surrounding forest.

“The landscape that opens from this window intentionally dominates the rest, as the interior is done purposefully so that it would only serve as a neutral, blank canvas second to the nature outside,” explained the studio.

Find out more about Niliaitta ›

Photography is by Nick Hufton of Hufton + Crow

Island Rest, UK, by Ström Architects

Beams of blackened larch wood clad the exterior of the Island Rest holiday home on England’s Isle of Wight. The wooden theme continues inside, where light panelling was used for both the floor and the walls of the bedroom.

A shiny golden bedside lamp, a knitted bed throw and an animal hide-rug add tactile interest and a more rustic feel to the smooth wooden interior.

Find out more about Island Rest ›

Photography is by Nick Simonite

Balcones Residence, US, by Clayton & Little

US studio Clayton & Little gave the 1950s Balcones Residence a meticulous renovation that kept its original brickwork and warm mahogany panelling.

Gleaming dark wood creates a snug feel in the bedroom, where it is complemented by a dark cork floor. Matching bedside tables and a Nelson Pear Wall Sconce by designer George Nelson make the space feel a little like a luxurious hotel room.

Find out more about Balcones Residence ›

Photography is by Jonathan Leijonhufvud

House P, China, by MDDM Studio

The interior of House P in China is drenched in bright yellow hues, but the bedroom has been kept in more natural tones. The built-in bed nook is lined with ash wood to create a different atmosphere.

“As the house is playing with a very simple colour scheme, we wanted to give the master bedroom a more articulated and warm atmosphere,” designer Momo Andrea Destro told Dezeen.

Find out more about House P ›

Photography is by Supee Juntranggur

Lom Haijai, Thailand, by Studionomad

This wooden apartment block in Bangkok by architecture practice Studionomad features trees growing through the louvres of its facade.

Its interiors continue the natural theme, with wood panel-lined bedrooms adjacent to terraced spaces. The dark wood contrasts against white walls, while green plants underline the organic feel.

Find out more about Lom Haijai ›

Photography is by Rob Karosis

Astor Residence, US, by SPAN Architecture

This remote retreat overlooks Western Bay on the Maine coast and features a garden informed by Chinese architecture.

Its guesthouse has a primary bedroom on the top floor of the house, which features a wraparound terrace and wood panelling. Local materials, including cedar and Douglas fir, were used throughout the house.

Main image is from Moore House by Joe Fletcher.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive.

For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing texture-heavy restaurant interiorsliving rooms with statement rugs and homes with exposed concrete blockwork.

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Grzywinski+Pons Combines Hotel and Co-working in Buckle Street Studios



New York-based Grzywinski+Pons has completed a hotel in east London for the Locke group, featuring glass block walls and a mezzanine for co-working.

Buckle Street Studios is a 13-storey building in Aldgate East, featuring 103 rooms, a dedicated co-working space for guests, a coffee shop, meeting rooms and a shop.

Grzywinski+Pons designed the building, the interior and many of the furniture pieces.

The aim was to follow the design-led ethos as Locke’s other hotels, many of which were also designed by Grzywinski+Pons.

While the other Locke hotels are planned with long stays in mind, Buckle Street Studios mainly caters to short-stay guests. Co-working is also a key part of the offer, with separate spaces for working and relaxing provided for guests.

Design details both inside and outside the building respond to the architectural history of the area.

“Being able to design the exterior and interior simultaneously afforded us a great opportunity to capitalise on architectural advantages we created, and curate a truly integrated experience,” said architect Matthew Grzywinski.

While the exterior is more serious in its aesthetic, combining soft grey brickwork with nickel-coated metal panels, there are some playful touches.

The rounded quoins, cornices and window details of neighbouring buildings are subtly referenced in the hotel’s radiused corners, while a section of glass blocks at the very top of the building creates the effect of a lantern.

“We employed dramatic but ordered material shifts throughout the building’s strata to define a pediment and crown,” said Grzywinski.

“This tiered approach allows the building to become more light and transparent as it rises.”

More curves can be found inside the building, where a parabolic arch is used to frame the layout of public spaces on the ground floor and the co-working mezzanine above.

True to the Locke brand identity, the interiors combine soft colours and textural materials to create a cosy but contemporary environment, intended to feel welcoming to those wandering in from the street.

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In the public ground floor spaces, colourful curtains and joinery details create a living room feel, while tiled flooring and clay plaster offer a more industrial edge.

Rhombic glass vitrines – filled with items for sale – and curved banquettes echo the curves of the structure.

“The space, like the contents of the vitrines, lies at the crossroads of art and commerce,” said Grzywinski.

“Equal parts gallery, lounge, coffee shop, retail concept and living room, the space beckons to the street,” he continued.

“It is our hope that passers-by will feel compelled to come inside to further discern what, exactly, it is, and then feel free to get comfortable and stay a while.”

The rooms include a mix of traditional hotel rooms, micro studios and studio apartments.

The clay plaster walls and wooden floors are contrasted by furnishings and textiles in shades of sage green, grey-blue and pale pink.

Shallow shelves, hanging trays and tiered tables create opportunities for occupants to display their own belongings, to make spaces feel their own.

Rooms are the top of the building benefit from the glass-block walls, while rooms in the corners are shaped by the building’s curved corners.

“We were able to design this room types to accommodate – even celebrate – those curves,” Grzywinski told Dezeen.

“We custom designed most of the furniture, so in those rooms we designed sofas that fit into the corner with a matched radius.”

Locke’s other hotels in London include Leman Locke, which is located across the street from Buckle Street Studios, Locke at Broken Wharf and Bermonds Locke, which was designed emerging studio Holloway Li.

Photography is by Nicholas Worley.

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Easy Homemade Goulash



This easy American Goulash recipe is full of hearty ingredients that will warm you from the inside out.

Simple ingredients like ground beef (hamburger meat), canned tomatoes, elbow macaroni, and onions are all cooked in one pot for an easy hearty meal.

It’s packed with zesty flavor and the perfect way to feed a crowd on a budget! Serve it alongside some cornbread or homemade biscuits for sopping up the sauce in the bottom of the bowl!

American Goulash is not the same thing as goulash in other parts of the world. Like many dishes that have the same name (like dumplings for example) the ingredients and preparation are different.

GROUND BEEF: Ground beef (or hamburger meat) gives this dish its base and adds lots of flavors, Italian sausage can be substituted for the beef for extra flavor.

ELBOW MACARONI: Use whatever pasta is on hand! Elbow, small shells, bowties, or ditalini all work well.

SAUCE: Goulash has a rich zesty tomato sauce! Use your favorite jarred pasta or marinara sauce combined with a can of tomatoes (and juice!). We add water to cook the pasta but you can use beef broth in place.

The sauce is seasoned with tomato paste and Italian Seasoning for an extra boost of flavor.

It’s literally as easy as 1,2,3.

Keep leftover American goulash in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove before serving. Freeze chilled portions in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for up to 4 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Did your family love this American Goulash? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

Goulash is a simple skillet dinner with tomatoes, beef, and macaroni noodles in a zesty tomato sauce. It’s a perfect comfort food on a budget!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 cups marinara or tomato-based pasta sauce approx. ½ of a 26 oz jar
1 ¾ cups beef broth or water or as needed
14.5 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juices
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 green bell pepper diced, optional
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 bay leaves 2 if they are small
salt & black pepper to taste
1 ¼ cup elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
½ cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, shredded, optional

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Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

Add water, pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green peppers (if using), seasonings, & bay leaves. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

Add in the elbow macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).

Remove & discard bay leaves. Top with cheese if using and replace the lid. Let rest about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd (serving sizes can be adjusted in the print screen). For heartier appetites, the meal can be stretched with additional pasta (and water/broth), canned beans or chopped vegetables. (diced zucchini, sliced mushrooms, corn, or additional bell peppers). Any ground meat can be substituted for beef.  Start with the amount of broth/water as listed and add extra if needed (depending on pasta shape). The goulash will thicken as it cools and rests. Depending on the size and shape of your pan, you may need to add a little bit more liquid. Keep an eye on the dish as it cooks and add more liquid as needed. The mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Serving: 2cups, Calories: 217, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 562mg, Potassium: 812mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 587IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Luke McClelland Gives Georgian Apartment in Leith a Modern Update



Scottish architect Luke McClelland has transformed a dark and ill-conceived apartment in Edinburgh‘s port area of Leith into a bright and contemporary home.

The ground floor flat, which dates back to the early 19th century, had been rented out for more than a decade before being purchased by its current owner.

The Leith apartment is defined by its use of timber (top image) and terrazzo (above)

As a result, its interiors suffered from a convoluted layout, considerable wear and tear, outdated facilities and several level changes in the floor, which sprung up as the basement of the Georgian building was converted for residential use.

“There was a lack of connectivity between the primary living spaces and a lack of light in the poorly planned kitchen,” McClelland explained. “The property also needed to be fully rewired and re-plumbed.”

The kitchen leads into a dining room with white walls and oak parquet flooring

Despite a restricted budget, McClelland found ways to brighten the apartment and improve how its living spaces are linked together.

Significant alterations were made in the kitchen, where the architect replaced the old cupboards with sleek off-the-shelf cabinets from IKEA.

A portrait by a local artist is centred between two alcoves in the lounge

The muted sage-green hue of the cabinet fronts was chosen to complement the grey terrazzo splashback, which features black, white and reddish flecks.

Natural light floods in through a reinstated window that was previously obstructed by the kitchen counter.

Oak panelling runs underneath the windows and along the chimney breast

A new doorway lined with oak offcuts from the kitchen worktops now leads into the dining area.

Like the rest of the apartment, this space is finished with white-painted walls and oak parquet flooring laid in a chevron pattern.


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In the living room, McClelland installed oak-batten panelling beneath the window sills and across the chimney breast to replace the original surrounds, which a former tenant had torn down across the entire apartment save for the bedroom.

The lounge also accommodates a charcoal grey sofa alongside a geometric floor lamp and a few prints, including a striking portrait piece by a local artist.

The apartment’s original panelling is retained in the bedroom

The bathroom was reconfigured so that its curved wall becomes more of a focal point.

Before the renovation works, the wall was partially blocked off by a storage unit, which has now been removed.

A curved wall takes prominence in the bathroom

The walls are covered in a mixture of terracotta-coloured tiles and the same terrazzo that appears in the kitchen.

A tall mirror above the sink emphasises the loftiness of the bathroom, which is the only space in the apartment that went unaffected by the basement conversion.

Surfaces are clad with terrazzo and terracotta-coloured tiles

Elsewhere in Edinburgh, Luke McClelland has previously revamped his own home in the Comely Bank neighbourhood.

As part of the project, the architect carried out a number of changes to the floor plan, converting a disused pantry into a shower room and splitting the former living area into two bedrooms.

The photography is by ZAC and ZAC

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