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I always love seeing how current trends and tastes permeate all levels of living -- from the clothes we wear, to the linens we accessorize with. And yes, even lighting!
As I was perusing ESL's fantastic stock of stylish chandeliers, I couldn't help but be reminded of current jewelry trends I've spotted. I'm especially partial to the drama of the first pairing. What about you?
Palm Springs Modernism Week takes the SoCal desert by storm every February. To take a break from this snow-bird's roster of design events, tours and exhibitions (as well as endless unsanctioned parties and pop-ups), consider losing yourself just outside of town in the desert sun at the Hotel Lautner.
Formerly the iconic Desert Hot Springs Motel, this famed John Lautner property was recently purchased and renovated by Los Angeles based interior designer Tracy Beckmann of Tracy Beckman Design and furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge of Brown + Trowbridge. Although Beckmann has been making a name for herself for her slick, glammed-up commercial and hospitality spaces, Hotel Lautner is more of an exercise in Modernist provenance, showcasing the designer's love for Mid-Century design.
This is Madmen gone wild West. Interiors are true to the period with the "Bachelor Pad" room (pictured below) sporty a smoky, low-slung vibe.
Each room comes with a kitchenette, perfect for mixing a twilight martini. Period ceramics and art dot each of the rooms. We like how ceramic and painted table lamps throughout give each space an authentic vintage feel too.
Taken all together, this beautiful retreat is hard to leave. Comfortable rooms, a wading pool, BBQ pits, and the experience (if for a day) of living in a Lautner? You can count us in again next February. In the meantime, we'll be re-creating the place at home.
Doughnut Cross Brass Robert Abbey Ceiling Light
Wire Chrome Modern Zuo Bar Chairs
Arteriors Home Trenton Lacquered Wood Console
Zuo Whitby Glass and Chrome Dining Table
Trac Tree Brushed Steel Adjustable Task Floor Lamp
Palm Springs Modernism Week continues until February 24, 2013. We hope to see you there!
Images: Hotel Lautner
Winter days short on sunlight are always made better with bright color and playful patterns! Ms. Preppy & Patterned knows that patterns don't have to necessarily be a print, they can also be a texture.
This Hammered Silverleaf Table Lamp with cylinder shade is a perfect example with its bumpy base, while the tall and narrow shade offers a dose of prep. Know where that lamp would look fantastic? Perched atop the Howard Elliott Unique Mirrored Cabinet. It's size is just right to use as a bar cabinet or entryway cabinet, and the etched mirrored surface offers lots of light and shadow play!
Ms. P&P's bedroom is an area of the three Rs – rest, relaxation, and reading! The bronze Besa Wall Lamp with Kona sunset glass offers up a punchy pop of color for those late night books that just can't be put down and those chilly morning wakeup calls that need a little help.
This black leather storage ottoman slides nicely into a living room corner when not being used and can be used for extra storage and seating in a pinch. The geometric nailhead pattern detailing makes sure this functional piece gets noticed on even the darkest winter days!
It would be a shame to neglect the smallest room in the house, Ms. Preppy & Patterned would never. A Modern Lilypad Light Fixture from Possini makes quite the bold statement and could easily be mistaken for a clear winter night's sky if you squint just a little.
Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern 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!
+For those of you celebrating Valentines Day all weekend long, Refinery 29 has a fun + romantic playlist. Enjoy! And can we add, what cool artwork too, right?! (above)
+We spotted this really cool house on Dezeen that appears to be one with the hillside in Spain. Wow!
+If you like reading and you agree the cover of the book does in fact matter, then you'll love this project. Several well-known books were re-designed with simple, graphic styles. Sort of makes you want to read some of them over again...
+Do you follow digital design mag Rue like we do? Then you'll love a new daily feature they've added to their brand. Now, we won't have to wait between issues for great content from the Rue team.
+We're always keep our eye out for cool street art. Check out Michael Owen's Baltimore Love Project featuring designs of four hands spelling out the word love. They're large scale, bold and eye catching.
Decorating for a kids doesn't mean you have to throw style out the door. I find that adding a few stylish anchor pieces, that work for any age, is the best way to achieve stylish design in a kids space.
And for me, the best place to start is with lighting. Light fixtures always set the tenor for the room. After all, the pendant light is usually in the center, or the focal point, of the room.
Don't be afraid to think outside of the box. I have been known to use modern lighting, suited for a minimalist-minded grown up, in a nursery that was otherwise quite whimsical. I have also gone the route of using a fancy, unexpected and very shimmery chandelier in the playroom.
The great part about decorating for little ones is that you can mix things up and take creativity a bit further than you might in other rooms of your home.
Another added bonus is that when you use lighting (or any decor piece) that suites your grown up taste, it can easily be moved into another room of the house or simply "grow" with your child into the next stage or room style.
1. Eurofase Bronx Black Pendant Light 2. Possini Euro Design White Flower 3. Dandelion Shade Possini 4. Tech Top Charcoal Gray Drum Shade Suspension Ceiling Light
While I think there are endless options, these four fixtures are a favorite and would work well for both little ones and grown ups alike.
Images: Le Shop, Family Living, La Dolce Vita
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