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- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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I am a huge advocate for adding color to a modern living room. Monochromatic rooms can be ultra cool but there is something so lively about color. Especially when added to a clean crisp neutral space. One color that tends to be overlooked is purple. It’s a hard hue to mix other colors with and can sometimes feel too bold. Lately I’ve been seeing this royal color appear in some fantastic spaces. The key is to add splashes of purple. Too much can look too... well, purpley.
Above we see a modern space with a great art wall and bench seating. In the midst of other bold colors, the purple rug looks cool and youthful.
This sofa is adorned with pretty purple pillows to add just a touch of this color. We also see a purple amethyst piece on the coffee table that works effortlessly with the pillows. Cream and purple are a dynamic duo! Decorative pillows are a great way to add color to a room.
If you want to go a little more permanent with the color purple, try painting a half wall in a soft version of the hue. This room is full of neutral pieces so the purple is allowed to pop. A great color combo is lavender and green, as you can see (above).
If you are really unsure about using this color and worried that you might get weary of it too soon, take a clue from this room and try it out with one single pale purple pillow. It might be all of the purple that you need or want.
Images: Desire To Inspire, Design* Sponge, Residence Magazine, April and May.
One could dub the ghost chair as a 'trend,' but I think with its versatility and clean design, ghost chairs are more deserving of the title 'classic.' They mix well with a number of different design aesthetics, especially since their transparent nature lends itself well to pairings with heavier furnishings.
The only problem? Ghost chairs can be notoriously expensive. Luckily, ESL has you covered and currently offers ghost chairs at a fraction of the price of other major retailers. Take a look -- can you spot the differences between this high/low?
Images: Lonny, Feb/Mar 2010, Lonny, Oct/Nov 2009
Your kitchen always ends up being the gathering place in a home – whether you’re hosting a party or just hanging out with the family. Because of this, it’s time for everyone to spice up your modern kitchen island with some chic barstools. Some people go for comfort; for others, they only care about looks.
Then you have to think about the design of your modern barstools... It doesn’t matter what style your home is – industrial, mid-century modern, traditional or minimalist – there is something for everyone’s kitchen island.
Zuo Marius Red Bar Chair
Your kitchen will look all spruced up for a small price. Think of the modern barstool as kitchen jewelry. Today, I’ve pulled together three different looks for you, each one I love for a different reason.
I’m partial to the industrial look (above). This bright version is the perfect pop of color to bring into your kitchen.
Orson Black Leatherette Metal Modern Bar Stools
This Orson bar stool has a back. If you treat the counter as a place for chatting while cooking, a high-back stool will be more comfortable.
Anime Modern Transparent Acrylic Stackable Zuo Bar Stool
If you want your barstools to kind of disappear from a distance, acrylic is definitely the way to go.
I hope this helped and you find your ideal barstool!
Images: Project Décor, Style at Home, Nordic Design, Casa Sugar
Cheeky and fun, that's what Ms. Light & Airy is all about! The rising temperatures have her ecstatic to freshen up her space and her wardrobe, like with this Floral Sheath Dress from A-Thread.
A few of these Cosmo Mirrored Candle Wall Sconces placed strategically along her hallway or in the bath make everything feel bigger with their reflective surfaces, whether or not the candles are lit. Ms. Light & Airy has this Cirrus Gloss White Ceiling Fan in her living room to keep the space feeling fresh, it's clean lines and white finish help it almost disappear against a white ceiling!
Placing this Hand-Blown blue Bubble Glass Table Lamp in her entryway or at the end of a hall not only helps subtly offer some color, it also manages to be a statement accessory without feeling big and heavy. The materials of the Eileen Grey Chrome and Glass Accent Table keep it feeling just like Ms. Light & Airy, bright and clean. It would feel equally at home next to a chair in the living room or as a bedside table.
A set of these wide, comfy Zuo Whitworth Chrome White Modern Accent Chairs would help to make a little reading nook feel much bigger than it actually is. Ms. Light & Airy loves the open form and clean lines!
Of Monsters And Men is group of five daydreamers from Iceland whose dreams actually came true! Their music is uplifting and creates that perfect sound that makes you want to run around and sing at the top of your lungs! With Coachella Music Festival coming up this weekend, they are one of the many bands I am excited to see! I'm sure you all have heard their #1 song Little Talks off their latest album My Head Is An Animal and you can watch the video below just in case you're not sure!
1.Jamie Young White Leather Strap 29" High Round Wall 2.Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Meurice Chandelier 3.Gray 2-piece Sectional 4. Blueline Brass With Pearl White Barska Opera Binoculaurs 5. Olivia Polygon Shell Accent Table 6. Contemporary Large Steampunk Jamie Young Table 7. Frameo Driftwood Console Table 8.Of Monsters And Men Merchandise
The collection of objects seem as if you found them on the beach, in the mountains, or forest during your childhood discoveries and is mixed with current modern elements. A simple modern sofa is a great grounding element for eclectic design and allows the shape and texture of the other elements to stand out like sculptural art. The feeling is rich like the instruments behind the smooth voice of lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir in Of Monster And Men.
These lyrics are perfect and I hope if you get the chance to check them out at Coachella you do. And most importantly, I hope you get to play outside like when you were young, full of life and full of love!
Images: Of Monsters And Men
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