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  • Elegant and Simple Arc Lamps

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    an arc lamp in a living room is simple and elegant

    Floor lamps are both functional and stylish and one style particularly stands out and that is the arc lamp.  It's a classic go-to piece for the modern living room and as been a staple of modern design for over five decades.

    An arc lamp is an easy way to enhance a room's interior design.  It can become a focal point, drawing attention to an area you want to highlight.

    a reading corner with metallic accents and an arc lamp with a shade

    An elegant and simple arched floor lamp is more than just a pretty face; it can provide light where a table lamp can't, and is a great option when a chandelier or pendant light isn't a possibility.

    While chandeliers and pendant lights are more for ambient lighting, arc lamps are especially good for task lighting as you can see in the picture above of a reading corner decked out in metallics.

    They can also act as a space saver when there isn't enough room for a side table with a lamp, and their bases are small enough that they can hide behind large furniture or be backed into a corner.

    an elegant arc lamp over a dining table with a live edge

    Arc lamps aren't just for living rooms - they are also a great way to illuminate a dining area.  We love the combination of the sleek contemporary lamp and modern chairs with the more rustic live-edge dining table.

    a restaurant with pink banquettes and gold arc lamps over each table

    We had to include this groovy 70s restaurant by Warren Platner for its inventive use of arc lamps.  The arc lamps preclude the need for chandeliers, which would have ruined the effect of that show-stopping ceiling.

    The finish on these lamps isn't limited to the chrome in which it was originally designed.  There are versions with shades, multiple lights and different finishes like brass or bronze, which makes them very flexible and easy to incorporate into just about any interior design style. 

    Arc lamps also come in a range of prices so there is no need to break the bank in order to get one into your room.

    Image Source: 1st image: The Design Files 2nd image: The Glitter Guide 3rd image: Blood & Champagne 4th image: Dwell Magazine

  • A Patriotic Color Palette For Your Modern Home

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    a soft patriotic color palette for your home

    A soft patriotic color palette for your home

    Happy July 1st everyone! Independence day is just around the corner... Let's talk about how to apply a patriotic spin on your interior design without hanging a flag on your wall.

    You can include patriotic colors in your home and you don't have to use the traditional red, white and blue. Try softening it up a bit, like this great palette idea above.

    living room with teal accent wall and bold blue chair

    Minimal design with red,white and blue.

    The modern living room above does a great job of using a patriotic color palette without throwing it in your face, or being too thematic.

    You can subtly mix the colors together in a rug and then choose a bold blue chair for this same look. Notice how  sleek contemporary floor lamps have the ability to upgrade any color palette!

    A fun contemporary kitchen with a modified patriotic color palette

    Red, white and blue kitchen design.

    Take a cue from this cool kitchen design and go bold with your tile. This design above had lots of fun with their color scheme, mixing up different shades of blue, while using a more orangey red.

    The most important thing is to have fun with your color palette and plan out its execution before you begin the design.

    Images from Pixel Frau, French by Design, Dwell

  • Outdoor Living Space Design - Patio Fountains

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    Water features bring a spa-like quality to outdoor living spaces and patio fountains are a great way to bring this serene feeling to your patio or backyard.

    A Calming Outdoor Space Featuring a Patio Fountain and Outdoor Patio Chairs

    In this peaceful flagstone courtyard, two white outdoor patio chairs and a fountain provide a place for quiet contemplation.

    A Black Basalt Fountain Sits in Front of a Red Accent Wall

    Free-standing fountains provide a focal point in your outdoor living space design.  On this patio, the red accent wall draws even more attention to the black basalt fountain.

    A Contemporary Outdoor Living Room

    Patio fountains can also go in unexpected places, as seen in the outdoor living room above.  The fountain is almost treated like a work of art in its own lit niche.

    Fountains can be both sculptural and soothing with the trickling sound of water, guaranteed to soothe even the most frazzled of nerves. 

    Image Sources: 1st image: Statile & Todd 2nd image: HGTV 3rd image: Euro Style Lighting

  • Interior Design Style - Spanish Chic

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    Interior Design Style - Spanish Chic

    Chic interior design from Spain.

    The interior design style of this home designed by Isabel Lopez-Quesada can be described as eclectic chic.  This mix of styles come together perfectly to create something very distinctive.

    Modern Living Room with Mixed Lighting Styles

    Modern living room with mixed lighting styles.

    Lopez-Quesada mixes unexpected details that make all the difference, like this door frame above. The palette is mostly neutral with cool pops of green. 

    She also balances a perfect amount of contemporary light fixtures, making the room functional and unique. Notice, a classic style table lamp can be paired with an ultra modern floor lamp and wall light for a perfect contrast.

    Modern Wall Light Fixtures in a Stylish Bathroom

    Modern wall light fixtures in a stylish bathroom.

    The bathroom is jaw-dropping, featuring marble from the floor to the counter top, with mirror in between. Modern wall light fixtures keep the room functional.

    Spanish Style Outdoor Patio

    Spanish style outdoor patio.

    The eclectic chic interior design style doesn't stop with the inside... Once you step outside, you'll have to make the hard decision of how to split your time.

    The modern outdoor furniture is paired with delicate details, making the perfect design statement among all the greenery.

    All images from My Domaine

  • Modern Architecture on the Norwegian Landscape

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    Modern Architecture on the Norwegian Landscape

    Modern architecture draped over the Norwegian seaside.

    This Norwegian seaside sauna called The Band, was designed by students at the Oslo School of Design and Architecture.

    It's made up of three bands of wood that drape the rocky terrain perfectly. Beautiful architecture, like this sauna, enhances its environment rather than destroys it. 

    The Interior of a Modern Sauna in a Student-Designed Structure

    Modern seaside sauna design.

    The landscape is appreciated from inside the sauna as well. The curves of the terrain are mimicked by the shape of the large windows, which provide an epic view.

    A Modern Picnic Terrace on the Sea in Norway

    Modern architecture by the sea.

    The only thing missing are a couple of outdoor patio chairs and a patio accent table so you can continue taking in the beautiful landscape while cooling off from the sauna.

    In my opinion, this is a top-of-the-list vacation destination.

    All Images from Dezeen

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