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  • Design Trend: Modern Rustic Style

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    rustic style living room

    Ever since my Las Vegas Market recap on design trends, we've had a few requests to elaborate on the modern rustic style. Since we love it, it is no problem at all for us to do so!

    The goal when designing a rustic style room or home is to maintain comfort, warm colors, and lots of woods. Clean white walls help maintain the modern element. Also, clean lines in the furniture and accessories help keep your rustic home a modern home.

    modern rustic style

    Natural materials like woods and leathers are a great way to incorporate a more rustic feel into your home. They incorporate nature into your decor in a very stylish way.

    rustic style lighting

    Make sure you mix up your materials, using leather, metals, glass and woods to achieve your modern rustic style.

     modern rustic furnishings

    1. Nickel Ceiling Fan 2. Smoke Glass Ball Pendant 3. Black Tufted Leather Sofa 4. Tripod Floor Lamp 5. Wenge Wood Stool 6. Wishbone Side Chair

    The great thing about any style is that you don't have to re-design your entire home to achieve it, just adding a couple pieces like wood furniture or glass lighting will go a long way.

    Images: Houzz

  • Ellie Goulding: Music Inspires Interior Design

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    ellie goulding album cover

    I'm so excited to introduce you to our new monthly series where I am going to explore how music inspires interior design! Let me introduce you to our first artist, Ellie Goulding!

    Ellie Goulding's second album Halcyon is scheduled to be released in October 2012 and the newly released single "Anything Could Happen" just proves that it's not going to disappoint. Goulding's music is filled with deep emotion and her raw and soulful vocals are sure to inspire. She is one of several female artists stepping in to define the feminine side of EDM (electronic dance music), a scene more associated with DJ machismo than the introversion of female singer-songwriters. She's a bundle of feminine soul with a sharp edge that transforms beautifully into interior design.  

    modern living room inspiration

    1. Robert Abbey Delta Lily Table Lamp  2.Silver Web Wall Mirror  3.Crystal Row Ceiling Light Fixture  4.Silhouette Chrome Nesting Accent Tables  5. Zuo Atom White Bench Sofa  6. Smoke Velvet Pillow  7. Zuo Prisma Grey Outdoor Patio Stool  8.  Agnostic Drawing 1

    This feminine, modern living room is filled with bits of glitz and glam and lots of spunk. Crisp geometric shapes mix with solid clean lines to create visual interest and a sophisticated, but energetic edge. The clean lines of a modern leather sofa along with the glass and metal sides tables do a really good job of grounding the other elements in the room. The sharp contrast of elements blends like the perfect remix.

    modern dining room

      9.Sweeping Chain Black Chandelier 10. Film Still  11. Aion A  12. Zuo Eraser White Dining Chairs  13. Zuo Wilco Black Dining Table

    This modern dining room combines elements that evoke emotion much like Goulding's music does. It might be a little dark and moody, but the intimacy in this space is sure to captivate you. Combining sleek, modern furniture with contemporary pendant lighting adds personality and a feminine charm to the space. This is very similar to the way Goulding has meshed her music with the EDM movement. It's magical and thrilling, so now we just have to wait patiently for the release of Halcyon!  

    Hope you enjoyed this first post in our new series as much as you are about to enjoy Ellie Goulding's first single off her new album, "Anything Could Happen"

    Images: Soul 11 Music

  • LED Lighting: The Future Looks Bright

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    office and desk LED lighting

    Believe the hype: LED lighting can help you save money. When looked at holistically, factoring in the cost of electricity over the lifetime of the bulb, a house full of LED lights could actually save you hundreds of dollars. 

    Let's do the math.

    LED Is for the Long Term

    According to GreenBiz.com: "A conventional 60-watt bulb lasts about 1,000 hours, uses 60 watts of electricity and costs $180 to run for 25,000 hours. The LED equivalent lasts 25,000 hours (nearly three years if you left it on 24/7), uses 12.5 watts and costs $37.50 to run for 25,000 hours."  I've outlined the math below.

    energy savings incandescent vs LED

    The calculations above are based on the Philips Ambient 12 Watt LED Medium Base Light Bulb, a light bulb that fits into any medium base fixture, intended to replace incandescent bulb usage. However, there are also tons of designs available with the LEDs built right into the design.

    Save money by using LED lights in every room of the house:  

    The Entryway>

    The Dining Room>

    The Bathroom>

    The Office or Work Space>

    Discover a Warmer, Gentler LED

    You most likely have heard an incandescent bulb described as a "warm" light. This look or feel of the light is its color temperature. Lower color temperatures (in the range of 2700K to 3000K) appear yellow/white and, despite their lower color temperatures, are referred to as "warm" in color; higher color temperatures (5000K and higher) appear blue/white and, despite their higher color temperatures, are referred to as "cool."

    LED lighting has typically been associated with these harsher looking higher color temperatures. But that is changing. Increasingly, LEDs are reaching down into the warm 3000K range, resulting in color akin to incandescent bulbs and much more natural light than most fluorescent lights.

    LED on color temperature scale

    The environmental impact of LED lighting is difficult to compare directly against other options, but the circumstantial data is encouraging.

    • Requiring 1/5 to 1/10 the energy of an incandescent bulb, LEDs clearly reduce strain on power plants.
    • With a life span of decades, not months, LEDs reduce strain on landfills.  
    • Unlike the compact fluorescent light (CFL), the LED doesn't contain toxic mercury.  

    Natural looking. Cost effective. Environmentally friendly. LEDs are a slam dunk, right? Assuming you find a style you like, the answer is probably yes. In an interview blogger Cori Magee conducted last year with Edmund Ng and Kenneth Ng of Koncept Lighting, they discussed the role of aesthetics in designing for LEDs. "Both form and function are equally important," explained the Ng brothers. "New materials enable new designs. If we find a good material, we are able to create an exciting design around it."

    It's this type of commitment to design, technology and, ultimately, cost that leads us to believe the future looks bright for LEDs.   

    Images: Koncept, Kozai Modern, Toni Spilsbury

  • Modern Kids Room: Stylish Room Decor for the Mini Modernist

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    If you haven't seen our Las Vegas Market event recap, make sure to check it out. We just want to chat about one more trend we saw there... Stylish room decor for the modern kids room. Why limit your modern decor to every room except the kid's room?

    Modern kids rooms are featuring either lots of color or the more authenticly modern route of clean and all-white. Either way you decide to go, use fun lighting, interesting furniture, and pops of color. Organization is also key for a kid's room too, so bookshelves are a great idea.

    kids seating

    Multiple types of fun kids chairs are always great for kids, especially when they have friends over.

    giraff sconce

    For the older kids, just providing fun lighting, like these giraffe sconces can help keep their modern space young. Clean lines and modern furniture looks good in any room.

     

    modern kids lighting

    1. Swag Style Alphasoup Primary Shade Plug-In Chandelier 2. http://www.eurostylelighting.com/eu02475.htm 3. Possini Euro Design Infinity Pendant Chandelier 4. Jonathan Adler Giraffe Wall Sconce 5. Yellow Zigzag Outdoor Accent Pillows 6. Zuo Baby Spire Transparent Blue Kids Chair 7. Zuo Baby S White Kids Chairs 8. Zuo Pick Pocket Ball White Accent Cube 9. Zuo Drop Stool Collection Red Contemporary Chair

    So, remember to spread your love for modern throughout the house, including your kids rooms! How else will we all raise mini modernists?!

    Images: The Boo & The Boy, Design SpongeHouzz, Home & House Design

  • Organic Light Fixtures: Designer David Trubridge

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    DAVID TRUBRIDGE, Tipu II (Grass) (2012)

    Woven is an exhibition of organic light fixtures using textures and light. The exhibition features three new abstract forms by the internationally acclaimed furniture designer David Trubridge.  Each piece in this collection is a sculptural scale abstract form as well as a delicate and mesmerizing organic light fixture. This collection is called "Tipu", which means swelling or lump and each piece within the collection is then named according to the natural material that creates the design in each piece - bush, grass, spiral.  Each piece is made using a sustainable process from plant material and New Zealand flax fibre.  

    organic texture

    Each piece expresses the organic flow of these natural elements and really magnifies the beauty of the overlays and lattice character of these elements. The role played by the light and shadow as the elements intertwine and spin together creates a depth and so much visual interest that you can get lost in the work for hours!

    Woven and organic lighting, whether it be in the shade of a pendant light or the base of a table lamp,  will always add a sculptural element to your space.  

    modern pendant light

    Alita Collection Mini Pendant Chandelier

    modern table lamp

    Ennis Antique Brass Web Sphere Table Lamp

    Bush fixture

    DAVID TRUBRIDGE, Tipu I (Bush) (2012)

    The natural elements in the Bush fixture are flowing softly, almost as if they are blowing in the wind.

    organic elements

    As the fibres overlap they continue to create a play with light and shadow. The translucent effect creates layer upon layer of visual stimulation.

    Natural woven elements in your fixtures can cast incredible shadows and light patterns.

    modern sconce

    Corbett Shoji Collection 18-3/4" High Wall Sconce

    modern floor lamp

    RATTAN LINE VASE 40" HIGH FLOOR LAMP

    David Trubridge's entire collection of furniture and lighting are works of art! It is thoughtful and innovative design that will continue to inspire.

    Images: David Trubridge

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