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  • Modern Home Design For a Cozy Corner

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    Modern Home Design

    One detail that can go unnoticed in modern home design is the cozy corner. Some people use these corners as reading corners or nooks. Some just use them as extra seating or a way to display that one favorite chair that needs a little more attention. I have a reading corner in my bedroom, using my favorite navy blue velvet chair. I actually do use it but even if I didn’t, I would still love having it displayed.

    There are a couple of components that go hand in hand with these corners. You need a stylish table that you can rest drinks and books on. A warm, fuzzy throw blanket doesn’t hurt and good lighting is needed if being used for reading. The image above has used all of those details fabulously well!

    Design Trend

    This butterfly chair (above) is perfectly placed in a minimalist bedroom. It’s a simple chair that is comfy for those nightly relax moments. They even have a dual purpose stool that can be used to place items on or to place your feet on.

    White Decor

    To crank up the comfy factor a bit, a chaise lounge is a great option. This is for the real loungers in the world! Chaise’s are also aesthetically pleasing and look posed when placed in a space. Dress it up a bit by adding pillows and throws.

    Swing Chair

    This is a super fun option for those with kids and large families. If this was my space, I’d be fighting over that acrylic hanging chair. And for kids, it might even get them to want to spend some quality time reading!

    Do you have a cozy nook in your space?

    Images: Desire To InspireDesire To Inspire, Stil Inspiration, Design Sponge

  • Home Style Ideas: Mid Century Modern Interiors

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    Home Style Ideas

    I'm a fan of incorporating mid-century modern details in interiors. From furniture, to art and lighting, pieces from the 40's, 50's and 60's are classic and quintessentially modern.

    A whole room, however, doesn't have to be in the mid-century style to look great with mid-century details. Mixing beautiful items from different eras is one way to layer a room to make it feel truly timeless.

    Home Decor

    Two-Tone Green with White Shade Ceramic Table Lamp, Draper Desk Lamp, Draper Floor Lamp, Northcrest Mid Century Table Lamp

    A contemporary dining room might just need a white pendant light to make the space feel more modern--or a pair of miss-matching ceramic lamps on a teak credenza may add just the right amount of the handmade-modern feel.

    Images: Flickr, Houzz, Blink Décor, Jenny Vorwaller, Danish Modern LA

  • From Outfit to Interior: Leather & Spice

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Living Room

    Autumn is still 39 days away, but Ms. Leather + Spice is ready for cooler temps now (and so am I)! She's starting to change up both her wardrobe and her space with warm, rich materials and textures in every nook and cranny.

    Modern Table Lamp

    The base of this Black Leather Rectangular Lite Source Table Lamp gets taken up a notch with some white stitching and clean lines. A super smart cool weather look to brighten up an end table or counter space.

    Our lady can't wait to hang a trio of these Franklin Iron Works Rust Mini Pendant Lights above the prep space in her kitchen! they lend a beautiful dose of spice and an industrial look.

    Modern Floor Lamp

    A pair of these sleek Fuji Stainless Steel with Brown Stacker Bar Stools are a nice accent to Ms. Leather + Spice's eat-in counter. The thick cushion makes a perfect perch for answering emails or flipping through a magazine.

    The days are slowly growing shorter, but this Robert Abbey Bruno Bronze Dark Nickel Pharmacy Floor Lamp makes it worth it. Our Miss loves curling up under its focused light.

    Modern Accent Lamp

    A pair of Draper Draper White Leatherette Zuo Lounging Chairs make for a cozy, cocoon-like space around the cocktail table. Ms. Leather + Spice's guests always fight for these seats and never want to leave!

    This Edison Seeded Glass with Bronze Accent Lamp adds just the right amount of rustic spice to a desk or entryway table, and casts just the right amount of light for the task at hand.

    Images: Anthropologie, Paul Raeside  

  • High/Low: Mirrored Storage

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    Mirrored Storage

    We're neck deep in decorating our new apartment in New York City, but there's one room that's nearly completed: our bedroom! One of the pieces that we purchased last but has made the biggest impact are a set of mirrored storage dressers, which we placed next to each other to create one large storage unit.

    At first, I was very against getting mirrored dressers, because I felt like they'd show every single finger print, and I wasn't sure if they'd feel too glam in our otherwise fairly neutral bedroom.

    Modern Bedroom

    All that being said, I couldn't be happier! Mirrored dressers and cabinets are such a classic accent piece and can add a bit of sparkle and shine into rooms that might otherwise fall flat.

    Mirrored dressers can be pricey, but I've found that the ones we ordered from Euro Style Lighting have offered great quality at a really affordable price. In fact, when recently shopping around for other mirrored storage options for a different room, check out this price difference I came across:

    Modern Mirror Chest

    Jenelle 3-Drawer Mirrored Chest

    Images: Michael J. Lee PhotographyDKOR Interiors

  • Gallery Walls: Modern Bathroom Decor

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    Bathroom Decor

    Unexpected design is the best design. It’s always an exciting moment when your guests are oohed and awed by your space. One secret weapon is a gallery wall. Collections of art create beautiful moments in a space. One room that you don’t expect to see art is in the bathroom. That’s exactly why you should try it! Especially in the powder room. You will be the talk of the town.

    Above we see a clean bathroom space with a simple gallery. It feels modern and fresh. The colors in the art pieces flow together, giving it a very cohesive feel. The mirror and trim above the tile also stand out with the art wall.

    Art Galleries

    This powder room is awesome and dramatic. The deep charcoal walls allow the white matting in the art pieces to pop. I’m loving how it’s an eclectic collection of art, posters and letters. In this case, more is better!

    Wall Decor

    This is a great example of how a little detail can make a big impact. These small prints are water-falling down the mirror in such a delicate way. And to think, all it takes is pictures and tape. Easy peezy!

    Modern Bathroom Design

    If you’ve ever wondered how to dress up your toilet area, add simple shelving, some great art and a few accessories to snazz it up. This is also a great option if you’re not wanting to do an entire gallery wall.

    Images: Emmas Designblogg, Design Sponge, Limilee, Designstiles

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