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  • Restaurant Design: Workshop Kitchen and Bar

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    Restaurant Design

    Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I'm sure there was lots of brunching going on and some amazing restaurant designs discovered. Did anyone make it to Palm Springs or happen to try out the new Workshop Kitchen + Bar?

    Soma Architects was called upon to transform the historic El Paseo Building into a fresh new architectural identity for Workshop Kitchen + Bar. The existing elements were strong and limited the possibilities, but Soma was sure to exploit them. The result is powerful and focuses on the height of these 27 foot cathedral ceilings.

    Concrete Communal Table

    The building is colonial on the outside and industrial-chic on the inside with the vertical design emphasized by tall concrete structures. Modern mini pendant lighting always makes a bold statement when used in multiples and in this case it fills the void and creates intimacy at the communal table. The central communal table is more of a public dining space and the booths on the right and left provide great intimacy for private dining. They are almost like little rooms of their own, don't you think?

     Modern Pendant Lighting

    The modern lighting stays consistent throughout. When repeating lighting, finding the perfect modern pendant light is crucial. This minimal design works so well with the height of the space as it continues to emphasize it. The modern dining chairs and barstools really blend into the environment throughout the space making them appear perfectly integrated into the design.

    Either of these (below) minimal pendant lights would work great in the space.

    Mini Pendant

    Illuminations Vintage Ancient Bronze Ceiling Pendant

    Mini Pendant Light

    Industrial Cage 6" Wide Black Pendant Light


     Modern Bar

    The concrete bar looks very cool and in Palm Springs something cool is all you need on those hot summer days!

    Images: Soma Architects

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  • From Outfit to Interior: Sleek + Understated

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Kitchen

    There's nothing more attractive than someone who is comfortable in their own skin and their own space, it's just a fact. This jumpsuit from Piper Gore screams sleek and understated and it makes sense that our Ms. would surround herself with things that have a similar feel. Dark tones with a few pops of vibrant color and natural materials is a confident palette that doesn't have to try very hard to impress.

    Modern Pendant

    Ms. Sleek & Understated wants to add a little bit of light over her incredible concrete countertop. A few of these Caps Collection Mini Pendents add a contemporary look that doesn't distract, yet also brightens up the workspace.

    A set of Zuo Marius Bar Stools add another pop of bright red to an island or bar top, while the metal stays true to the natural materials in the space she's created.

    Modern Chairs

    To keep the dining table interesting, Ms. Sleek & Understated has opted to use these Black Vinyl with Chrome Chairs for seating. Their comfortable shape makes long after dinner conversations a regular activity! They're also a breeze to clean if someone happens to make a mess.

    Brushed Aluminum Helix Collection Pendent adds a shimmer of light above the table, and adds a new texture to the mix of metals.

    Modern Floor Lamp

    Ms. Sleek & Understated wants to carry this effortless look throughout her home, especially in the living room. She's opted for the Providence Modern Chrome with Black Tufted Zuo Sofa to add some style and personality to the space. So welcoming that it just begs for someone to curl up and read a book or watch a movie!

    For a touch of easy elegance she's added the Arterior Homes Violetta Brass and Black Iron Floor Lamp. The vintage black finish on the shade and brass finished base is perfect for this easy to live in space!

    Images: Pipergore, Casa Vogue

  • Create a Fun House With Modern Design

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    Modern Design

    When you have kids you quickly realize that as much as you’d like to contain toys to one designated area it usually becomes a losing battle. Kids love to bring toys with them from to room. And, if your kids are anything like mine, they like to be wherever you are. 
     
    There is no need to fight it. The best thing to do is to just surrender and start making your house fun. Fun doesn’t mean turning your home into a giant playroom, it simply means using your imagination and adding interest.  It can actually translate to less toys (objects) and more creative style and design.

    I absolutely adore the idea of using something that is already in your home (or needed in your home) and making into something magical. The hidden doorway in the bookcase above is brilliant. What kid wouldn’t want a secret passage way in their home? And what adult wouldn’t want one for that matter?

    Modern Living Room

    Truthfully, this concept is all about keeping your style and grown up taste and simply adding in a few fun elements throughout. It can be as simple as adding a swing to your living room or using a play table as your coffee table.  Although there is a swing and kids table in this living room there is nothing about this room that lacks style or is void of good design. It has a playful, modern and eclectic feel about it.

    Modern Kids Room

    And, in area’s that are already designated for kids, why not go all out and build something like an indoor playhouse or castle, for that matter? This play castle works really well because it has great shape and is white which blends in with the rest of the room. It’s likely that the clean white modern style of this play area is carried throughout the home. Finding an element such as color or furniture style to carry throughout the home brings continuity.

    Modern Architecture

    Of course, if you have the ability (and room) to go all out than why not just go for it? I think this slide from upstairs to the downstairs is beyond cool.  The stainless steel against the white walls brings a modern element to the space and the slide almost carries the look of a giant art piece.

    Adding fun elements to your home is . . . fun. It’s a chance for kids to be involved and take interest in design and a second chance for grown ups to use their imaginations.

    Images: The House Home, Milk, Aprill Aprill, Martilaiste

  • Newsworthy Endeavors

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    Space Shuttle Endeavor

    As design lovers, we also like staying in the loop of other newsworthy endeavors (pun intended). Today is the 2nd anniversary of the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavor!

    Image: Dvice
  • Get the Look: Bathroom Sconces

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    Bathroom Design

    One of the trickiest tasks in any design project is sourcing good lighting – especially bathroom sconces. I’ve always been amazed at how few good choices exist. I’m constantly looking for options in all styles – modern, retro, traditional – but quite honestly there are never enough for me to choose from.

    Industrial Bathroom Sconce

    Barn Wall Urban Galvanized Outdoor Wall Sconce

    Here at Euro Lighting there is an incredible curated selection of sconces. Today, I’ve put together a few of my favorites that I’ve used in bathroom projects - all of which I love.

    Bronze Bathroom Sconce

    Torch Deep Bronze 4 1/2-Inch-W Forecast Wall Sconce

    Chrome Bathroom Sconce

    Modern Chrome with White Shade George Kovacs Wall Sconce

    Have you ever had trouble sourcing lighting for your bathroom? Do you have a favorite style of sconce at Euro Style Lighting?

    Images: Style at Home, Skona Hem, Remodelista, New England Home

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