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  • Style Trend: Modern Bar Stools

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    Modern Bar Stools

    If you are lucky enough to have a bar or large kitchen island in your home, then you know what I am talking about... Bar stools are like extra seating that take up almost no space. There are some fantastic and super stylish bar stools out there. I especially love the modern and minimal designs.

    Here are three of my favorite bar stools that I would be happy to have in my home.

    Modern Bar Stools

    1. Wire Chrome Finish Bar Chairs: The wire bar stool has such a classic but modern feel. The wire frame makes it seem like it takes up even less space because you can see through it. Genius, right?

    2. Black Leatherette Chrome Hitchcock Bar Stools: The clean lined modern and minimal design that makes a subtle statement. I love the shape of the legs and it definitely looks comfortable to me!

    3. Black Finish Lola Barstools: This simple cut out frame is perfect and really adds a special something to the space. Love it!

    Image: Apartment Therapy

  • Cool + Collected 1.17

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    Modern Living Room

    +Check out this stylish, budget-friendly Brooklyn brownstone renovation featured on Dwell!

    +If you thought terrariums were the hot trend, wait until you learn about these edible chocolate terrariums! So cute.

    +Want a fun weekend project? Refinery 29 has some great DIY's, including this laptop case.

    +Hey parents, Babble has a round up of the top 50 Etsy shops for babies.

    +For all you talented creatives out there... Here's an inspiring video about up-and-coming designer/maker Mitz Takahashi.

  • Design With Color!

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    Modern Home Design

    I am a sucker for color. I love to incorporate it into my home as much as possible but adding too much color or pairing it in the wrong way can make the room seem adolescent.

    I found these beautifully designed living rooms that have the perfect balance of vibrant color paired with a few neutral pieces to pull it all together. The colors coordinate well without being boring. I love it!

    Pink Living Room

    In this girl's room (below), a bold neon pink pops against the gray walls. A perfect use of color for a kids room, bright and bold without being overly childish or tacky.

    Modern Kids Decor

    One of my favorite parts of this space (above) is the choice of art. It's fun and colorful but not over the top. The colors from each piece just work so well together, don't they?

    Images: Eileen Kathryn Boyde, Vogue

  • Modern Hallway Design is Lighting The Way

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    Modern Hallway

    An entry hallway sets the tone for your home. It’s the first thing your guests see as they walk into your house. A Modern hallway may seem like ordinary pass-through that doesn't require a second thought, but with a little attention, these spaces can take on a personality of their own.

    No doubt lighting can play a huge roll in modern hallway design. That’s why I’ve pulled together two different ways you can dress up your hallway with lighting – sconces and ceiling lights.

    Modern Hallway Design

    Too often we fall back on the ever-reliable table lamp or typical overhead pendant light — not that there is anything wrong with these options — but maybe it’s time to spruce up your entry with lighting that takes it up a notch! Go for that sconce, pendant or chandelier that you think makes a great statement.

    Modern Lighting

    Robert Abbey Havana Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Meurice Nickel Chandelier, ET2 Cassini Chrome Xenon Wall Sconce, Possini Ornament Aged Silver Chandelier, Chrome Artcraft Brooklyn Globe Pendant Light, Anemone Robert Abbey Ceiling or Wall Light

    Images: Desire to Inspire, Savor Home

  • Cool + Collected 1.19

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    contemporary-interior-australia

    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design.

    +We're crushing hard on Australia this week. Could be our yearning for southern latitude sun. Or it could be that the Aussies are just doing design right these days. Whatever it is, we'd  love to summer at the 33M towers in Melbourne.

    +Est magazine is an Australian webzine that's serving up some stunning homes this month under the pretext of "the art of living simply." 

    +If you're in L.A. on Sunday, February 10th, meet us at a Frank Israel designed home for an artist-curated listening party to benefit the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound.    

    +For the modern family, we can't get enough of the Qubis Haus, a coffee table turned doll house that all the young Neutra's in your life will go nuts for.  

    +And lastly, we're having a great time this week on our own redesigned Euro Style Lighting website. Shameless plug, yes, but with updated navigation and more robust search features, it's all the more fun to ogle all things modern. 

    Images: We Heart

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