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Mary McDonald Pythagoras 16 3/4" Wide Brass Pendant Light
"This pendant is a chic accent to any modern décor."
- D. Morgan, Interior Designer
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A beautiful Thanksgiving table setting that's not dated or boring.
Thanksgiving is nest week! If you're like me, you have no idea how to decorate the table this year. Hopefully a brilliant idea will just come to you... Well, Design Love Fest has answered your wishes with some beautiful table setting ideas for Fall.
You don't have to design a table setting that's dated and traditional to have a successfully stylish Thanksgiving dinner.
Here's a few things to keep in mind when styling your table next week:
Before you can get started, you'll have to decide on what style you're going for first and foremost. For example, do you want a glamorous table setting or maybe something more casual and organic?
Once you've decided on the style you want, then you can move on and decide your color palette. Do you want it to be monotone, include bold colors or maybe something in between?
Once you've answered these two important questions, and you've decided on your aesthetic and color palette, then you can move on to select dinnerware, pendant lighting, seating and decor accordingly...
Remember, you'll want your food to match the beautiful style of your table?... Here's some ideas.
This food arrangement on the left (below) is just more prettiness from Design Love Fest. The elegant dessert, along with amazing food photography, can be found on The Artful Desperado. Notice the stylish simplicity with both.
Images from Design Love Fest and The Artful Desperado
Don't forget that food can be a large styling element for your table.
You can find this beautiful, and I'm assuming delicious, cake recipe on The Artful Desperado...
Photo by Daniel Chavkin; All Photos from Architect Magazine
A modernist classic makes the perfect home for a design museum addition.
Home to the world's largest assemblage of mid-century modern architecture, Palm Springs has long been a modern design lover's paradise. With winter averages in the sunny 70s, it has always long been a snowbird's seasonal haven.
Now Palm Springs has yet another reason to be a favorite. The Palm Springs Art Museum recently expanded with the opening of an Architecture & Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.
Photo by Julius Shulman
Classic modernism abounds throughout this space.
This beautiful space dedicated to modern design is a modernist exhibit in itself. The E. Stewart Williams designed former bank building has been meticulously renovated by designer Marmol Radziner to retain elements of historical significance.
CSL Aluminum Outdoor Ceiling Light, Elan Minn White LED Pendant
Classic mid-century lighting is seen throughout the space. Today, contemporary pendant lighting in particular and modern lighting in general still exhibit that desert-inspired penchant for minimalism.
Meanwhile, decorative louvres surrounding the building are also indicative of the desert landscape outside.
Inside and out, the architecture and design center exudes mid-century modernism.
This new space is reason alone to escape the cold for a weekend this winter and head to Palm Springs for a modern design retreat. With exhibitions devoted to modern design, what more can any lover of mid-century ask from a weekend?
Image from Curbly
Mid-century modern dream home for sale in Los Angeles.
What do you do when you love modern design and the perfect home goes on the market for $1.4M? Well, you dream design it of course...
The A-frame architecture and ceiling-high windows create the perfect opportunity to not only design a beautiful living room, but showcase it!
There's a few elements that should always be present in a mid-century modern home and they are the following: modern pendant lighting, contemporary floor lamp and a sunburst mirror. With these three elements, built-in shelving and lots of windows, you now have yourself a coveted home for all design enthusiasts.
Here's what we would want to see through those huge windows as you drive up...
1. This white pendant light will look perfect hanging from the A-frame ceiling.
2. The delicate nature of this sunburst mirror allows it to make a statement without dominating the design.
3. Every mid-century home needs an arc floor lamp. The marble base on this one makes it even more special.
4. Clean lines, tufting and a pale blue hue make this contemporary sofa a knock out.
5. Classic designs in new materials, like this modern accent chair, rounds up a perfect seating area.
6. To complete an awesome living room design, this block style white coffee table is the perfect choice. The simplicity won't detract from the beautiful seating.
Image from Smitten Studio
Stylish modern bathroom lighting.
Since there's not much furniture in a bathroom, maybe a stool or bench, the opportunity for a 'wow' factor is much more limited than other rooms. It's true, different wall treatments, fixtures, cabinetry and plumbing plays a large role in the design. But since they all require a certain amount of function, the fun element in design becomes the lighting.
Mini pendant lighting is not your typical choice in a bathroom, but as you can see above, it plays a large role in the aesthetic of the room, while the rest of the design choices are relatively basic.
Domain Home featured several bathroom re-designs and these two were our favorite. Remember to notice the modern bathroom lighting!
Image from Domaine Home
Wall lighting helps dress up this bathroom design.
There was a lot of work done to this bathroom above. To put it simply, it was made simple. And when it comes to modern design, simple is good.
The stylish wall lights against the cool wood paneled wall really add something to this design.
Crystal lighting makes a statement above a free-standing bathtub.
Crystal lighting isn't just for the dining room and entryway. You can make a statement with your bathroom design by including one above the tub.
If you don't have a free-standing tub or huge space like the image above, don't worry. You can always include a smaller crystal chandelier above the center of the room.
Image from Gipa & Frith
Color blocking interior doors will add lots of personality to your home.
Color blocking isn't just for the runway, it looks great in the home too! And one really easy way to apply it is with interior doors.
So, if you're a lover of white walls like we are, but want to add some color with paint, the door is a great option. We love how this door above even has a yellow knob! A fun addition to this stylish room would be some colorful hanging pendants in front of all that cool art.
Image from Design Sponge
Interior doors are a fun opportunity for color in the home.
You can color block with white or try it with a a pair of colors. If the door is the only color in the room, that's ok!
Image from Handmade Charlotte
Painted doors are a great idea for kids rooms.
We can't express it enough how perfect colorful doors, and color in general, are for kids room design. The color blocking in this room above isn't just with one door, it's carried out through the storage as well.
Don't forget, home decor, like rugs and wall art, are a great way to tie your color blocking palette together.
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