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Minka Aire Light WaveCeiling Fan - 52" White
“Your ceiling fan should feel seamless and act as a quiet contribution to your overall design!”
- B. Powers, Interior Designer
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There is something to be said about the combination of stylish wallpaper and modern lighting. This pairing is often the very thing to take a space from ordinary to extraordinary. It’s easy to see how mixing really great lighting and a pretty pattern is appealing and welcoming to all members of a home.
Clearly, there are many different ways to implement this look. I love the approach of not taking the wallpaper from floor to ceiling (shown above), but leaving some open space which, in turn, makes room for the light fixture to stand out and shine. And, choosing a modern fixture in a traditional silhouette is such a great idea.
If your wallpaper is bold in either color or pattern, than opt for a simple pendant light. This way, the light doesn’t have to compete with the pattern. Instead, it pops out and compliments the wall like a beautiful accessory.
Have you ever thought about being so bold as to mix pattern upon pattern? Somehow all of the mismatched wallpaper and textiles seem to match just right. A patterned drum shade pendant blends right in with layers of pattern found all over a room. I love this bohemian space that, instead of looking busy, somehow manages to evoke a relaxed look.
Wallpaper (and pattern) doesn’t always have to be busy or overwhelming. It can be simple, monochromatic, interesting and not overpowering. If this is the look you like than why not consider a brightly colored lamp for a pop of color or added interest?
If you aren’t sure where to start when decorating or updating a room than I suggest starting with pattern and great lighting. It will liven things up in an instant, adding a creative style that both parent and child will equally adore.
Images : The Boo and The Boy, Design Sponge, Ikea Family Live, Ikea Family Live
I am a true believer in using pops of red in a room. I think every room needs some red! A little goes a long way, which makes your job of adding some pops of red a little easier! Just the right amount of red can be so cheery and fresh. Also! A huge bonus about the color red. It’s used in most holidays! Christmas, Valentine’s, the fourth of July, so not only is it a fun color to add to a room, it’s also useful!
This room is a great example of how pops of red can make a room more fun and cheery. I love that this one seems like the perfect living room for kids. Doesn’t that couch look super comfortable? Notice that there isn’t a lot of other colors or décor in the room. The red is kind of all you need! So do yourself and your space a favor and get some red in your life.
Kite White and Red Ikat Fabric Decorative Throw Pillow, Zuo Marius Modern Red Steel Set of 2 Counter Chairs, Modern White Art Shade Poppy Red Ovo Table Lamp
I love this table lamp. It's modern without being too modern. The shape and color are perfect! And the white shade is a great neutralizer. These stools are amazing. I have seen them in silver but I am really loving them in red! They are perfect for adding an industrial touch to the room. And I love how little space they take up! The pillow is a fun pattern with a great bunch of accent colors all in the red family. So basically it’s awesome.
Image: Central Interior Design
Summer has officially began and whether you will be able to go on one of those tropical summer vacations or not, you can always let your home decor reflect that summertime fun. The beaches and their tropical waters are a true inspiration to many. Sea-foam green meets the pink-sand beach to create an energetic, but soothing interior. A modern sofa in a soft green is a bold move, but makes a fun statement. Natural wood accessories will always bring balance and sense of nature to any space.
A contemporary ceiling fan is a great way to bring that summer time breeze inside your home. Bold colors can be added with the use of accessories, such as pink table lamps, and keep in mind this is something that can easily be changed with the seasons! Here's a few of our favorite items to bring that summer fun into your home decor.
1.Minka Aire Artemis Ceiling Fan - 58" Maple 2.Retro Green Metal 9 1/2-Inch-W Round Wall Clock 3. Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp 4.Altra Wire Frame Antique Brass Round 20-Inch-W Accent Table,
Palm trees...who doesn't love palm trees?! They signify summer beach fun and just look how gorgeous this modern interior looks with a wall to wall painting of palm trees. If you can't keep the plants alive or don't have the necessary sunlight this is an amazing alternative. The modern floor lamp shines bright like the sun in this space keeping it fresh and airy. Rattan chairs and modern graphic pillows are a great way to bring that relaxed vibe into your own home.
1.Holtkoetter Modern Satin White with Satin Nickel Floor Lamp 2.Fenia Rattan and Chrome Swivel Chairs 3.Second Nature Geo Green and Cream Down Accent Pillow
Hope you have an amazing summer! Live free and have some fun in the sun!
Images: Thesthr, Trust Your Blood, The Design Files
We've been busy with the Dwell on Design events over this past week. As Brent mentioned in his Friday post, we attended the Westside Home Tours and this past weekend we attended the Eastside Home Tours.
This home (above) was located in La Canada and you wouldn't even know you were in Los Angeles. Beautiful neighborhood with a family feel, and no shortage of good design!
One of the more interesting homes on the tour were the townhome lofts in Atwater. If you thought a family couldn't live in a loft, you'd be wrong. With a child proof gate at each of the three stairways, the different levels were designed with style and function in mind.
Most importantly, two design-savvy parents should never give up their loft living dream!
The Hollywood sign isn't the only great view in Los Angeles, they're all over. This home (above) was located up a windy road in Glendale. The "H" shaped architecture looked over the city and we can only imagine the view improving at nighttime.
If you missed the home tours this year, they have them every year along with the main Dwell on Design even that extends the entire weekend at the Convention Center in Downtown Los Angeles so don't miss it next year!
Tomorrow we'll recap the main event so stay tuned!
After a weekend full of exhibition booths, parties and presentations from the 2013 Dwell on Design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, it's clear that we're entering a golden era for design. Recent advances in consumer technology, couple with materials and production innovation of the last century, have transformed design from a consumptive to an active process. In fact, anyone who has ever opened a computer and manipulated a font has engaged in an act of design. And in that respect, as people look increasingly to solve more problems than they make through innovative and creative thinking, there's one thing that's clear: design matters.
With that in mind, here are a few takeaways from the 2013 Dwell on Design event:
1. Design is Democratic
During his Friday presentation of product design, Donald Strum, principal of product design for Michael Graves Design Group, said it best: "Design is democratic." He went on to illustrate that principles of good design--functionality, sustainability, durability, beauty--are being applied at the retail level across the country. Exhibitors and presenters throughout the event seemed to embody these fundamental principles.
2. Design is Interactive
Artist Tanya Aguiniga, in conjunction with the United Way, PATH and Dwell, offered show-goers the chance to help assemble homeless shelter move-in kits (containing tables, chairs, textiles and art) on the spot (pictured above). Meanwhile, the fair's first-ever Pinterest showcase featured ten winning mood board creations. We're at an unprecedented moment in history in which more people than ever have both the tools and the time to create.
3. Design is Colorful
Bold color is the name of the game. A live mural painting project and handfuls of colored chairs seemingly everywhere were among the many dramatic pops of color throughout the event.
4. Design is Reclaimed
From the reclaimed wood siding on the Living Home showhouse to the recycled plastic modern chairs from Emeco, design has clearly moved from "sustainable" as an abstraction to sustainable as action. At Dwell on Design, there was a stronger focus than ever on how design could have a net zero impact on resources, from waste to energy consumption.
What's most exciting about the 2013 Dwell on Design event is that this overarching concept of design morality--using design to increase social well being while reducing environmental impact--is clearly being embraced across the board by the design community.
Lastly, on our way out, we caught up with Koncept Lighting to get a sneak peek of their next innovation in LED lighting, a yet-to-be-named wood and metal task light that's beautifully elegant in and should be available in late 2013. We snapped a few photos, but we're keeping those to ourselves until they hit the store shelves.
Images: Euro Style Lighting, Los Angeles Times
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