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  • Get the Look: Modern Dining Room Pendants

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    Modern Dining Room

    Pendant lighting is all of the rage these days – whether you install them in your kitchen, bathroom or dining room. I have to admit, I’m one of those people. I’m constantly proposing a modern pendant light to my clients. What’s not to love about them? The beautiful hand-blown-glass is timeless and provides a modern feel for any space.

    Glass Pendant

    LBL Isla Smoke Bronze Pendant Light

    When I came across this antique light at the flea market (dining room above) I knew it had to be mine. Whenever a reader sees it they ask where it’s from. Since it’s vintage I’m always looking for a similar look. Luckily, Euro Style Lighting has a hand-blown version that is stunning with its smoke glass. The transparency of the glass allows you to enjoy the warmth and light from the bulb in true modern style.

    Modern Vintage Dining Room

    Farmhouse tables are a favorite amongst my clients because they want to host large parties. I’ve been mixing them with modern lighting – similar to the image above. I’m a huge fan of mixing styles – the modern lighting with the organic feel of the table. It adds more character to a room. These hand-blown clear glass pendants add that modern flair. 

    Clear Glass Pendnat

    LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel Modern Pendant

    Interested in another style of glass pendants? I've rounded up a variety of both clear glass and colored glass options below.

    Glass Pendants

    1. Mason Brown and Satin Nickel Ceiling Pendant 2. St Charles Mercury Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 3. Etched Glass 7 3/4-Inch-W George Kovacs Mini Pendant 4. St Croix Amber Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 5. St Charles Clear Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 6. St Croix Celadon Glass Jamie Young Modern Pendant Light

    Image: Caitlin Flemming, Femina

  • Nano Homes For Small Spaces Lovers

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    nano homes modern small spaces

    There's an extreme side of everything, and small spaces are no exception. Enter the nano house. Technically speaking, a nano house is 500 square feet and under, but there are more than a few out there that measure less than 200 square feet. And they teach a surprising lesson.

    The trick to living smaller, it would seem, is not how to better fit your life into your home--it's how to better fit your home into your life. 

    Vacation Small Home

    Sunset Cabin (above) by Toronto-based Taylor-Smith Architects is a lakeside vacation space. With cedar cladding, this 275 sq. ft. space draws the outside world in and in the process invites the occupants to spend the majority of their time outside. For spaces like this, recessed lighting saves room while centrally located modern ceiling fans can handle all the cooling needs.  

    Modern Mobile Home

    Gregory Paul Johnson credits his 140 sq. ft. home (pictured above) for allowing him to save money, lose weight and generally feel happier overall. Specifically speaking, his small space gives him more time and fewer bills. Sounds like a classic example of getting more for less. 

    Conversely, for a more is more approach, New York designer Zach Motl stuffs his 178 sq. ft. apartment with an artful arrangement of objects he's meticulously collected over the years (pictured below), giving credence to the notion that the more stuff you put in a room, the bigger it feels.

    Zach Motl Miniature Apartment

    And then of course, there's the smallest home of all: none at all. Tech nerd, writer and perpetual traveler Andrew Hyde claims only a backpack stuffed with 38 other items to his name. He says the absence of possessions leaves him more engaged with the immediate world around him. He appears to have a thing for things orange and green too (below):

    Living Small

    If you're considering a small space, a swing arm desk lamp similar to Zach's tucks away neatly when necessary. And while you're at it, you can always incorporate a stylish table lamp similar to his too--the black lamp shade mixes well with a multicolored or monotone spaces alike.

    Modern Desk Lamps

    Lights Up! Dasan Ivory with Black Silk Modern Table Lamp, Satin Nickel Adjustable Holtkoetter Desk Lamp

    Most of us may not all consider going to the nano extreme, but small spaces are becoming increasingly en vogue as they're often the most viable options, financially speaking, for would-be owners.

    Images: Design Buzz, The Cool HunterMother Earth Living, New York Times, Ecouterre

  • Cool + Collected 1.16

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    Neon Museum

    +If you like traditional museums then you might not like this, but we think it's pretty cool. Las Vegas has a neon museum with vintage signage that's pretty eye-catching.

    +Architect Magazine has issued their 2012 Annual Design Review and it's definitely worth checking out.

    +Dexinger compiled a short list of the best designs of 2012. The list includes architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product, transport.

    +We don't think you would have found your way to our blog if you didn't love Mid-Century Modern. So, we're happy to share with you the greatest hits Mid-Century design.

    +Trust us when we say, you don't know good use of space until you've seen this video. Design students were selected to help with the design of this 350 sq ft apartment in Soho, New York.

  • Modern Table Lamps That Make a Statement

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    Modern Table Lamp

    There are certain details of a room that can either be overlooked or can make a big statement. One of those details is a modern table lamp. I’m a huge advocate of stylish modern lighting. The right lighting can change the look of a room in the best way. One great thing about a great table lamp is that it creates a nice glow in the evenings, providing a cozy space in your home. And in small spaces, we need those petite items to make big impacts.

    Table Lamps

    To create more lighting in a hallway, try placing a chair and pretty side table in the deep corner. In this hallway (above) the small table is paired with a simple shade lamp. What a great nightlight when the home is dark!

    Contemporary Table Lamp

    Flight Dark Yellow White Contemporary Table Lamp

    I’m absolutely in love with this light! It would look fantastic in a hallway space, or any space for that matter.

    Modern Bedroom

    Bedrooms are an important room to light up. Bedside lights need to be the right height to allow for perfect nighttime reading. The room above has done a great job by sticking with its modern roots and adding that small round light.

    Robert Abbey Table Lamp

    Delta Nickel Smokey Taupe Robert Abbey Table Lamp

    This clean and sophisticated lamp would make for a great bedside light. Pairing two on either side would be striking!

    Modern Living Room

    If you are looking for a little more drama in your space, look for lamps that are taller in height. You can find one that is large in width for extra va va voom or keep it simple and find one that is skinnier, to fit in less space.

    Tripod Table Lamp

    Lite Source Directeur Dark Bronze Tripod Table Lamp

    This “movie set” like lamp is super industrial and will add some Hollywood style to your space.

    What's your favorite lamp style?

    Images: Emma Designblogg, The Design Files, Remodelista, April & May

  • From Outfit to Interior: Colorful + Cozy Decor

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    Sonia Striped Mohair Pullover

    Colorful and cozy are where it's at for January! And this Apple Green Glass George Kovacs Pendant (below) provides both with its soft curves and splash of green. Ms. Colorful & Cozy would love to hang it in her kitchen for that extra kick on cold winter mornings as she makes her breakfast.

    Nearby, you can find the Retro Turquoise Metal Round Wall Clock (below). The art-like piece keeps our girl on time as she dashes out the door to the office or dinner, and provides a sweet pop of color wherever she hangs it – from the kitchen to the bathroom to the hallway!

    Modern Home Decor

    Ms. Colorful & Cozy loves to spend an evening on the couch under a blanket... catching up on her magazines of course! The Zuo Purse Magazine Rack (below) in transparent red keeps all of her subscriptions organized in style and at arms reach.

    Modern Furnishings

    The Yelena Polished Steel Lite Source Floor Lamp (above) in yellow glass is perfect to light up a dark living room corner. These short winter days give Ms. Colorful & Cozy an excuse to settle in for a night of television and hot chocolate by the fire under its warm glow.

    Piping hot tea and the morning paper play a big role in Ms. Colorful & Cozy's daily routine, and she loves to enjoy both at her kitchen table. This set of four Zuo Modern Scope Dining Chairs (above) in red bring a smile to her face each and every time she sees them, and make her look forward to mornings that much more!

    Image: Shopbop

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