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- B. Powers, Interior Designer
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Let’s face it, what room does everybody in your family conjugate in? The kitchen. While everyone loves a beautiful kitchen island, I’m always looking at how you can mix it up. A great alternative is a table with chairs. Many homes have dedicated nooks, but another option is to have them centered in the room.
When I was young I’d always find myself at the table in our nook working on homework while my mom cooked dinner. With homes being smaller this form of an island is perfect for a family that wants to be together while cooking dinner. Does your family do the same?
I’ve pulled together a few of my favorites for you to see.
Contemporary White Plastic 32-Inch-H Side Chairs
Frida Laminated Walnut Side Chairs
I absolutely love this look and I’m designing a few for clients at the moment. I hope you’ve been inspired by this alternative!
Sources: House & Home, Lonny Magazine, Thomas Bendel
In my interior styling courses, I always suggest that a styled space is not complete without two key things: botanicals and bling. A little greenery and a little bit of sparkle are the finishing touches that make a space truly lively.
Today, I'm sharing my favorite type of bling: brass. Brass is classy and classic, it can feel both retro and modern, sophisticated and playful--and it definitely pumps up the glam factor. Add a bit of shiny brass in the form of a desk lamp, ceiling lamp or side-table to your space and it will automatically add a touch of chic to your room.
Rubianne Rust Babette Holland Accent Table Lamp, Rust Babette Holland Juggler Table Lamp
Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier, Jonathan Adler Sputnik Brass Flush Mount Ceiling Light
Above are my favorite brass images of the moment, and a couple of fabulous examples of how to incorporate the look. How will you add that touch of glam to your abode?
Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Polished Brass Hardwire Holtkoetter Wall Lamp, Holtkoetter Polished Brass Modern Up-Down Wall Sconce, Holtkoetter Bernie Brass Energy Efficiency Wall Lamp, Hinkley Submersible Brass 4 1/2-Inch-H Pond Light, Rio Brass with White Shade Robert Abbey Pendant Light, Cooper Gold Leaf 71 1/2-Inch-H Arteriors Floor Lamp, Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier, Mary McDonald Pythagorus Matte Brass Robert Abbey Table Lamp, Altra Wire Frame Antique Brass Round 20-Inch-W Accent Table, Rio Modern Brass Metal 13-Inch-H Robert Abbey Wall Sconce, Hinkley Lanza Collection Brushed Bronze Bathroom Light, Marshall Brass Modern Adjustable Hudson Valley Floor Lamp
Images: Two For Style, Emily Henderson, Material Girl Blog
Design Spotlight is our regular monthly post covering modern design + lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!
Vivid Sydney is an annual 18-day festival of light, music, and ideas that transforms Sydney’s landmarks into a spectacular canvas of light.
A museum housing sixteenth century Tudor warship the Mary Rose opened this week in an elliptical timber-clad building designed by London office Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
We can't tell if the work by Eric Landon and Karin Blach is pottery or art. Or both. Tortus Copenhagen is a small Danish pottery studio.
This is too cool, it's like a wallpaper and prism marriage. Prisms are used to reflect the outside scenery onto the opposing wall!
If you need help shopping certain styles then you've come to the right place! We're always creating new style sheets to shop from.
All that commuting, all that polluting. Let’s face it, the greenest work space in the world is the one right down the hall: your home office.
So we at Euro Style Lighting decided to envision what we like to call a 40/3 work week. That is, the standard five day/forty hour work week, but with three of the five days worked from home. Such a work week roughly translates into a 60% reduction in an individual’s carbon commuting footprint…or as we like to think of it, an excellent excuse to work in your pajamas.
Best of all, the 40/3 work week gives us a chance to daydream about just how our home office is going to look. Working at home, you can transform any room into an office. If you're in a loft, best to make it a corner office:
Remember this is your personal workspace. No sharing needed, so style it wildly. Keep things open to make so that it's a free-flowing idea space:
For the home office, go personal and do away with all the usual suspects. Choose flat files over regular, vintage over mainstream, stationary stores over office supply stores:
To keep things open and maximize space, furnish it with only the bare essentials. Choose floor lamps or a torchiere for general illumination. Adjustable task lamps add a functional chic look:
Kichler Graphite Energy Efficient Desk Lamp
Use a small desk or table. Console tables are not nearly as deep as desks and work well in shallow spaces (such as my 3' x 6' walk-in closet office which I absolutely adore):
Frameo Driftwood Console Table
Finish your space off with a laptop or tablet and you're ready to start working!
Building a home office requires as much or as little space as you have and consumer technology has advanced to such a point that it is small enough and affordable enough to enable telecommuting by the majority of office-bound Americans. Yet most of us still spend hours a week behind the wheel of a car to and from work..
Perhaps it's time we re-consider.
Images: Tara Hurst, Location Department, Honey Pie Living, New York Times
Let's face it...the mere act of walking through a grand space makes us feel, well, grand. A night at the opera, a wait in the airport or train station, an overnight stay in a hotel--in each of the world's greatest lobbies, we experience a connection to something bigger than ourselves.
There's just something to big-ticket public spaces that thrills and inspires. And there's a lesson to be learned too.
Within even the grandest lobby, there is an undeniable intentionality to the usage of space. Whether it's the Calatrava-designed Liege train station at the top of this post, or the Saarinen-designed TWA terminal in New York, floorplans are laid out to effect the logical movement of people. Spaces are sub-divided creatively to address a variety of tasks: encouraging relaxation, facilitating administration, inducing awe. Lighting is designed (and often adjusted throughout the day) to increase safety and add atmosphere.
The best thing about this? These same considerations can be applied to the home, no matter how small it is.
Do you eat, sleep and live in a single room? Create sub-spaces. Make sure the sofa or entertaining areas are easily accessible by guests. Keep a table and chairs close to the kitchen for an impromptu dinner party. For living room furniture, choose low-profile designs to "raise" the ceiling in small spaces.
Baby Anime Stackable Kids Armchairs
Does your bedroom double as an office? Use a swing arm wall light or adjustable floor lamp to shine light where and when you need it.
Bernie Turbo Series Chrome Swing Arm Holtkoetter Wall Lamp
Do you have Michelin star ambition but a small kitchen? Make it a castle by hanging pots and pans rather than stowing them. Choose open-face cabinets or shelving to cut down on the confined feel. Use colors that increase the illusion of space. White can open a room up and charcoal can recede into the background,
Yes, large hotels do have the large square footage to impress. But just because you might not have it too, doesn't mean you can't still flaunt it. At home, a little space planning can go a long way.
Images: Beauty of Decay, Modern Art and Style, Home Design We Love, Digs Digs
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