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  • Around The World: Infinity Pools and Landscape Architecture

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    Around The World With Five Architectural Stunning Infinity Pools and Outdoor Landscapes

    Image from Blasen Landscape Architecture

    With daylight savings now in effect and the first day of spring just around the corner we thought it would be fitting to feature some of the world's greatest infinity pools and landscape architecture.

    Starting our tour stateside is a private residence in Napa Valley, California. Some of the most breath taking vistas overlooking the Napa Valley mountains can be seen from the pool edge pictured above.

     Hotel Du Cap Infinity Pool And Deck

    Image from Hotel du Cap

    Next we’re going to be making two stops in Europe. First off is the French Riviera and Hotel du Cap. The Hotel du Cap opened in 1889 and the hotel pool, cut into the edge of a cliff, was built in 1914. In 2011 the hotel underwent a $67 million renovation, which included the new infinity pool pictured above.

    Hotel Du Cap Gardens And Outdoor Lighting

    Image from My Riveria Wedding

    The Hotel du Cap sits on 22 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and in the evening the outdoor lighting showcases the stunning beauty of these tropical gardens. This hotel is a favorite hideout for celebrities and royalty alike.

    Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel Infinity Pool And Landscape
     

    Image from Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel

    Our second hotel in Europe is located on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, a very popular tourist destination during the summer months. The Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel was an abandoned 17th century monastery that has been loving bought back to life by its South Carolinian owner. The spectacular infinity pool overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and is dramatically perched on the cliffs edge.

    Marina Bay Sands Hotel Infinity Pool And Sky Deck
     

    Image from Tour Guide

    Up Next is the continent of Asia. The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore is home to this 492 foot long infinity edge pool located on the 57th floor. The hotel opened in 2010 at a cost of $5.8 billion, making it the most expensive stand-alone mixed use resort to date. Modern light fixtures with innovative styling can be found throughout the sky deck, bringing it to life at nighttime.

     Singita Sasakwa Lodge Infinity Pool And View

    Image from Singita

    Finally our tour ends on the Serengeti plains of Africa in northern Tanzania at the Singita Sasakwa Lodge. With endless views over the Serengeti plains below this infinity pool would be our ultimate destination.

    Which pool was your favorite? Who knows one day perhaps you’ll be cooling off in one of these stunning architectural marvels.

    Images: Blasen Landscape Architecture, Hotel du CapMy Riveria Wedding, Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel, Tour Guide, Singita

  • Dress Up Your Home With a Fabulous Chandelier

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    Fabulous Chandelier

    Walking into a room to see an elegant yet modern chandelier displayed is always refreshing and pleasing to the eye. I love pairing simple furniture with flashy lighting. It’s a fun juxtaposition that offers a lot of depth. It also allows the eye to focus directly on the light and makes it a nice focal point.

    Crystal chandeliers are classy and timeless. Above we see a crystal chandelier in a very streamlined space. I can only imagine how the light hits the crystals while the sun is shining.

    Dining Room Design

    This eclectic chandelier compliments the serene space. Gold and white are a perfect pair. Also, the shape creates a grand space. Rectangular chandeliers are also a fun option for a space like this.

    Modern Dining Room

    Most of the time, we see a chandelier hung low over the space. To create a room that looks taller, try hanging the chandelier higher. It gives the illusion that your ceilings are higher.

    Organic Dining Design

    Sometimes the bigger the chandelier, the better. If you want to wow your guests, go large and low. This is a unique space because of the tones being so soft and similar. The texture of the chandelier is what makes it pop.

    Images: Daily Dream Decor, Desire To Inspire, FotografSZ Interiors

  • Mirror Magic: Aqua Tower Chicago

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    Aqua Tower Chicago

    Photography by Robert L. Segal via Mimoa

    Imagine a row of puddles on the ground after a rainfall. Now imagine that scene, rendered vertically in stone, steel and mirror glass, at a height of nearly 1000 feet.

    Meet the recently-opened Aqua Tower luxury apartments in Chicago.

    Aqua Modern Architecture

    Image from Asian Hospitality

    Studio Gang architects, the masterminds behind Aqua, created the building's puddle-like effect by stacking an undulating series of terrace projections on top of one another. Where the terraces recede, the sky blue reflection off the mirror-like windows comes to the fore, looking strikingly like water.

    We love the optical trick. And it reminds us how simple design conceits - such as fluctuations in pattern, relief and reflection - play into many of our most innovative contemporary mirror designs:

    Contemporary Wall MirrorsClockwise from top left: Roxie Graphite 30-Inch Round Cyan Design Mirror, Valaparaiso Contemporary Glass 42-Inch-High Mirror, Diam Swirl Silver Wood 31 1/2-Inch Round Mirror, Princeton Glass Rectangular 50-Inch-High Mirror

    Be it a contemporary wall mirror or a new residential tower, simple sculptural elements can combine to create good design. At 82 stories, Aqua is definitely high design in the city that has long set the standard. Best of all, with a hotel occupying the first 19 floors, it's possible to experience Aqua for a night or two when you're next in town.

    Images: Mimoa, Asian Hospitality

  • Light it Up with Modern Wall Sconces

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    Modern Lighting

    Image from My Plum Designs

    As I always say, lighting is one of the most important elements in a room, because it lights up the space and draws attention to the details and design you've worked so hard to create. Wall sconces are a great way to bring accent lighting into a space, and they're often times forgotten in the realm of lighting.

    Did you know that sconces with uplighting in a bathroom (hung right about the middle of the mirror) is the most flattering light to put your makeup on in? It's true! Good lighting in a bathroom makes a world of difference in your morning routine.

    Bathroom Design

    Image from Amy's Casablanca

    Today I've rounded up some stylish wall sconces. Whether you're looking to add an accent light in an entryway, hallway, living room (flanking the fireplace would be beautiful!) or in your bathroom, there are endless options.

    From rustic to contemporary to modern and classic, you're sure to find one that fits the task and style of your space.

    Modern Wall Sconces

    1. I love the nickel finish on this Possini Euro Wall Sconce. It's classic and chic.

    2. This Barn Wall Urban Bronze Wall Sconce is perfect for an industrial or rustic look.

    3. If you're looking for something a bit more industrial (as opposed to rustic), this John Timberland Bronze Metal Wall Light will do the trick!

    4. This contemporary Textured Fabric Shade Wall Sconce would be a great addition to your bathroom, as sconces hung at the middle of the wall, really are the best form of lighting in a bathroom.

    5. Add a little Hollywood glam with the Quoizel Millennium Gallery Gold Sconce.

    6. Who doesn't love a touch of gold?! Hang these in your living room or hallways for an elegant and updated look.

    Images: My Plum Designs, Amy's Casablanca

  • Design Trend: Chevron Pattern

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    Design Trend

    Image from 6th Street Design School

    I have been a long time fan of the chevron pattern trend. I just can’t seem to kick my love for it! I have had a chevron rug in my living room for years and I still love it as much today as I did when I bought it. Chevron is awesome because it's in the stripe family but has a bit more fun to it than your common stripe might have.

    Of course, you wouldn't want to have too much chevron in one space, that would be a bit overwhelming, right? I suggest having one great chevron piece for your room. I guarantee the chevron pattern will draw the eye and bring on the compliments from your friends and family.

    This room is my inspiration room for the chevron look. Pretty much it’s just the rug that has chevron, like in my house. Do you see how your eye is drawn to the rug? It’s a great fun pattern that brings the whole space together!

    Chevron Pattern Furnishings


    To incorporate design trend into your own home, here are a few favorite ways to do it.

    This Robert Abbey Table Lamp instantly made me think of a fun nursery. Wouldn’t it make a great light in your little one’s room? I love the navy color against the white. The Edna Modern Yellow Ottoman would be a fantastic option for extra seating or a cozy place to put your feet up. The yellow chevron stripes are perfect. So sunny and cheery! And last but not least, the Bardot Charcoal Chevron Pillows. These might be my favorite. They have a little bit of an ikat or watercolor look to them which makes them awesome. I love the charcoal color. It would look great in just about any room in your house!

    Image: 6th Street Design School

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