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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

  • Becoming a Small Space Tourist

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    Small Space Tourist Hotel

    When people use the phrase "small space," they're usually talking about the spaces where we live. But what about the rest of our lives? The places where we shop, relax and even spiritualize?

    For that, we imagined spending the day as a small space tourist. We begin at the Das Park Hotel in Austria (pictured above), a sewage pipe turned pay-as-you-can hotel room. Yes, a sewage pipe.  

    After waking up, let's head to the cafe...or in this case, a pocket park in New York.

    Pocket Park New York City

    A collaboration between the NYC Department of Transportation and the businesses that front it, this space is nothing more than some seating and landscaping squeezed onto the sidewalk. We think the bright red chairs look great in the city, but to blend into more natural surroundings, one might want to consider using unique chairs that are transparent.

    After morning coffee, we head out to the Uniqlo store, designed by shipping container pioneer architects Lot-ek.

    Pop Up Retail Shop

    In our new clothes from Uniqlo, we now head for church...well, the chapel at least. The Mobile Chaplet below was designed to service rural communities in North Dakota, but it can be used just about anywhere a flat bed truck will take it.

    Modern Sculptural Mobile Chapel

    Finally, we return to New York's Pod Hotel for the evening. 

    Pod Hotel New York

    The Pod offers affordable small rooms, furnished in a way that should appeal to any fan of modern design.

    Modern Dining Chair

    Set of 2 Zuo Mesh Chrome Dining Chairs

    Modern Nickel Wall Light

    Besa Divi Satin Nickel European Swing Arm Wall Light

    At less than 100 square feet per room, the Pod offers just enough space for the things that really matter--you and your modern chairs. Isn't that the essence of small spaces?

    Images: SprklingTransportation NationNoticias AquitecturaDwellThe Pod Hotel

  • Design Ideas for Small Spaces

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    Small Spaces

    What's the smallest space you've ever lived in? I must admit, though I have been an apartment dweller for most of my adult life, I've lived with someone else for many, many years, and recognized that I would probably be the cohabitor from hell if I lived in anything smaller than a one bedroom.

    Small Living Room

    In short, I've never had the good fortune to live in one of those tee tiny studio apartments that are so often featured in design glossies and blogs. And yes, I said "good fortune." Because honestly, I think decorating a tiny little space would be a very fun design challenge! The larger your space gets, the easier it is to collect unnecessary clutter and be coerced into buying furniture you don't really love (or don't even really need). In a small space, every square inch counts! Every piece of modern furniture or stylish light fixtures you choose must have a purpose.

    Small Living Room


    Below are some of my favorite picks and tips that are essential to anyone living in a small space. What would your small space essential be?

    Small Space Decor

    Gen Metallic Black Koncept Floor Lamp, Uttermost Sherise Beaded Wall Mirror, Sunrays Antique Silver Wall Mirror, Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs, Ryn Grey Shelving Unit or Media Stand, Cancun Outdoor Tri-fold Screen, Modern Wendover White Steel Dining Chair

    What are your small space ideas?

    Images: Stua; Winnie Au for Refinery 29; Apartment Therapy

  • Built-In Bunkbeds for Compact Living

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    Compact Living

    Have you sat down and pondered over how to make the most of your compact living quarters?  Well we have and our first solution is in the bedroom. Whether it be a kids room or an adults room there are many ways of integrating multiple beds and functioning elements into a space. The Murphy bunk beds (above) are painted in a bright color so when it's closed it becomes an accent wall and only the homeowner knows whats hiding beneath.  This is a great solution for adding additional beds in an open space.

    Lofted Bed

    Layering and stacking the free floating beds clears up the floor space and creates a very playful feel in this modern kids room. Industrial wall sconces allow each of the individual beds to have their own light to control so bed times don't all have to be at the same time!

    Industrial Wall Sconce

    LBL Geoform Modern Silver Round Outdoor Wall Light

    Modern Cave Bed

    Using structural elements and carving out little cubbies for sleeping is a brilliant idea. What kid or even adult for that matter wouldn't love to dream away inside their own little cave?

    Modern Bunkbeds

    Not only does this modern bunk bed look beautiful, but what a great way to integrate modern storage solutions. The use of modern wall lamps not only lights up each nook but adds so much character to each space.

    Modern Wall Lamp

    Jonathan Adler Parker Brass Swing Wall Lamp

    Lofted Bedroom

    Finding sleeping solutions for compact living is not only a solution for kids bedrooms, but adults as well. This structure (above) not only looks beautiful but provides so much storage and function within one central element. It's the perfect solution for your small studio apartment.

    Sleep and creativity go hand in hand!  So start dreaming about all the solutions for your space today!

    Images: Habitat KidJaney Mac, All House DesignHouzz, Melody's Musings, Remodelista

  • Cool + Collected 1.15

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    Modern Architecture

    +Ever wonder what an architectural pin-head would look like? Well, the architecture team BIG from Denmark have completed a concept design in Phoenix that is fascinating.

    +Please believe us when we say, you do not want to miss the amazing photography by the National Geographic photo contest winners! They will blow your mind. 

    +Hey HGTV fans, Emily Henderson (winner of Design Star a few seasons back) talks about how much the show did for her over on The Everygirl.

    +Check out the smallest coffee house ever (that we know of). Not only is the size pretty amazing, the brand design is also worth noticing. You would definitely feel cooler with a cup of jo from La Distributrice, but you'll have to go to Montreal.

    +If you're planning a wedding, then you'll want to grab a copy of the new book from the ladies over at Bash, Please. They've planned some beautiful, yet modern weddings and have lots of ideas that you never would have thought of.

    Image: Architect Magazine

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