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  • Modern Interior Design Styles For a Modern Family

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    Modern Living

    Do modern interior design styles and children mix? Of course they do! Should your modern home revolve around your children? Why not?! Take a look at how Incorporated Architecture + Design Purposefully designed this small New York City residence to accomodate a stylish modern family. This colorful, contemporary home is like an indoor playground and is both fun and functional.

    Pops of colorful pendant lighting (above) are used to brighten up the kitchen, contrasting with the neutral aesthetic.

    Modern Pendant

    Satin Nickel with Red Shade ET2 Pendant Light

    Modern Dining Room

    A rustic modern dining room (above) introduces graphic artwork to create a sophisticated feel with a playful edge. Contemporary glass chandeliers are another fun way to add whimsy to any modern interior design style.

    Gallery Wall

    A permanent display for your children's artwork is genius! This bold, blue gallery-wall has the ability to transform as new artwork is created. And it's great for watching Saturday morning cartoons of course.

    Modern Music

    Bright yellow shines like the sun against this cornflower blue. Implement this color punch in your home by adding artful and functional elements such as modern yellow table lamp. Color always takes the edge off and make your space feel more playful.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Yellow 15-1/2" Whoopsy Desk Lamp

    Modern Treehouse

    Who would want a room with four boring walls to play in when you could have your own indoor treehouse? The wallpaper (above) and the adorable treehouse are a great way to bring the outdoors in when playing in the real outdoors may not be an option.

    Modern Kids Room

    The juxtaposition of the view and the interior elements in this kids room (above) are quite captivating. Now the children can have green grass and bright blue skies 365 days a year even if it's just modern green hardwood floors and the bright blue paint. I'm sure the energy is uplifting throughout the cold and gloomy New York Winters.

    Modern Bedroom

    Of course, as a parent you need to have a place to retreat and this modern, eclectic master bedroom (above) was designed just for that! The reclaimed wood doors and vintage panels add elements of old-world charm and a peaceful aesthetic.

    Modern Bathroom

    Painted concrete tile adds a playful detail to this organic modern master bathroom. The use of eclectic modern bathroom lights is always a great way to add character to any bathroom.  

    Modern Wall Sconce

    Groton Polished Nickel Hudson Valley Wall Sconce

    Let's all try to have a little more fun this year and a great place to start is in your home!  

    Images: Incorporated NY

  • Cool + Collected 1.18

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    Photographer Balthazar Korab

    +Photographer Balthazar Korab passed away. He was a refugee from Communist Hungary who created polished images that captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture.

    +Nepresso not only sells machines that make delicious coffee (so we're told), but now they have a flagship coffee shop in San Francisco. Dwell shares the design.

    +Haven't you ever wanted to restore your antique hardware and get rid of 10 layers of paint? Design*Sponge has a great series 'Before & After' with step by step instructions on how to restore items around your home.

    +If you're looking for a cool light installation experience from the comfort of your desk chair, check out Squidsoup's new project 'Submergence'. It's also on show at Galleri ROM in Oslo, Norway, January 17 - February 17 2013.

    +It's officially February and Valentine's is right around the corner. Oh Happy Day blog has some fun ideas for gifting, including this DIY monogrammed bag that's great for filling with candy hearts.

    Image: Idea

  • Romantic Restaurant Design: A Brief History of Canalis

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    romantic restaurant design

    In the history of romantic restaurants, perhaps no place stands out in the minds of Modern lovers more than Seattle's Canlis. In 1950, Peter Canlis hired architect Roland Terry to realize his vision of building "the world’s most beautiful restaurant." These historic photos tell the love story. 

    canalis architectural elevations

    Canalis Exterior Seattle

    The result was an eclectic mix of modern motifs that, despite a fair share of redesigns over the years, was recently named a Top 100 Romantic Restaurant by the reservations website OpenTable.com. We love how you can use nail head trim chairs to instantly make dinner in a public space feel like a private admission to someone's personal library.

    Canalis Banquet Hall

    Much of the restaurant's charm was in the sweeping candelabra and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. The romantic touch, it seems, has a simple formula: find a modern chandelier and put a candelabra bulb on it.

    modern candelabra chandeliers

    You could call it quirky, funky, left-of-center, but Canalis in its earliest days was a reminder that modern design, at its best, isn't about imitation--it's about being true to one's self.

    Having said that, here's how we imagine imitating Canalis at home:

    Modern Chandelier

    Possini Corinthian Bronze Twist Multi Chandelier

    Modern Sconce

    Uttermost Kane Polished Nickel Wall Sconce

    Modern Dining Chair

    Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs  

    We'd like to thank the University of Washington Libraries, from whom these fabulous historic photos were borrowed.

    Images: University of Washington Libraries

  • Superbowl Entertaining With Modern Style

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    Modern Style Entertaining

    Are you getting ready for one of the largest entertaining weekends ever...The Superbowl?! Well, we can help. We have everything you need, from modern seating to stylish home decor!

    We find that simple is always better. Make food your friends and family enjoy, no need to get fancy. Most importantly make sure you have enough platters to serve all your food and plenty of seating for your guests to enjoy watching the commercials. Oops, we mean the game.

    Modern Home Decor

    Nambe Twist Metal Alloy and Wood Coasters, Nambe Butterfly Wood Cheese Tray with Knife, Nambe Silver Serving Tray, Nambe Kissing Silver Salt and Pepper ShakerNambe Yaro Wood Salad Bowls 

    Image: Design Sponge

  • Design Trends: Las Vegas Market 2013

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    Design Trends

    I recently attended Las Vegas Market spending a week discovering the latest and greatest design trends of 2013! Today I'm sharing with you my top three 2013 trends from this year's Winter market!

    INDUSTRIAL MODERN: Combing reclaimed wood, vintage leathers, and patina metals will give you that industrial warehouse feel. When possible use salvaged and reclaimed materials like the true industrialist would do! Incorporating just one reclaimed wood side table or vintage desk lamp will help you add some of that industrial modern character to your own space.

    Home Design Trends  

    EMERALD GREEN & BRASS: Mixing emerald green (the Pantone color of the year) with brass will create an extremely sophisticated look! Using emerald green fabric on your larger furniture pieces, such as your modern sofa, will allow you to make the boldest statement. Brass is a great contrast to the emerald green and works beautifully as an accent such as a modern brass lighting fixture

     Union Jack

    UNION JACK:  The eclectic mix of English sophistication with a Maritime vibe and Union Jack  themed furniture and accessories was very prevalent at market this year! It's a more refined look with a slightly rugged edge. Rich wood tones are mixed with worn brass accents while raw linen with exposed edges is tufted with sophistication. Worn leather suitcases and trunks would be perfect for accenting.  

    With so many ways to incorporate these Design Trends of 2013 into your own home or project, where are you going to start? We look forward to finding out!

    Images: Cloud Brain, Inspired Design, Dreams & Wishes

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