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  • How to Style a Modern Console Table


    Parsons-style console table with modern x-bench and tribal portrait

    A console table is an incredibly versatile piece of furniture. It can be used in an entryway, as a sofa, a vanity or as a bar. They are also perfect as sideboards in a dining room, or, in a pinch as a laptop desk if you are short on space. 

    Modern console table with alabaster lamps, ornate mirror and zebra hair-on-hide stool

    When it comes to styling your console, start with a pair of two beautiful modern table lamps on each side to anchor the table.  Then add either a simple or more ornate modern wall mirror (depending on your taste or the look you want to achieve) above the center of the table to satisfy the Rule of Three. 

    What is the Rule of Three, you ask?

    The Rule of Three says that three (or any odd number) of objects arranged together will create a vignette with a sense of balance that will be visually appealing.  But, as with many things, there are always exceptions!

    Styled console table anchored by two tall glass lamps

    Next start playing with vignettes. Like so much in design, layering is key. Mix up the height of objects in a vignette -- items of the same height fall visually flat (and flat is boring, right?)

    Bring in visual texture through different finishes (matte, shiny,) textures (rough, smooth) and color.

    Grasscloth-covered walls in an entryway with modern console and wall mirror

    As we said, sometimes rules are made to be broken. This styled console table doesn't use a pair of table lamps on either side to ground the display. The display is very simple and it works because the orchid and enamel box are of different heights (visual interest) and the centered mirror balances the design.

    Plexiglass console table in front of large wall mirror, flanked by two modern wood chairs

    We love the look of a floor mirror behind a console table. Mirrors give the illusion of a larger space and are great for bouncing around natural light.

    This post focused on console tables in entryways, but the same principles apply no matter their location or use.

    Image Sources: The Gilded Nest; La Dolce Vita; Decor Fix; Lushome; McGill Design Group

  • Entryway Design Ideas


    Design Ideas For the Entryway

    Style ideas for the modern entryway

    Happy Monday everyone! Let's talk about entryway design today as we approach a new week!

    Similar to meeting someone for the first time, the entryway of your home is the first impression, which makes it important. It's an introduction to your home style.

    Modern Wall Mirrors For the Entryway

    Wall mirrors for the entryway.

    The entryway design above has all the right elements to make a style statement, starting with that door! Never underestimate some of the simple elements that you might not consider at first. Changing the front door will drastically affect your entryway, inside and out.

    The minimal console with accessories is perfectly balanced with the stylish modern wall mirror above. 

    If you choose a large piece of art instead of a mirror, give it a spotlight by using an energy-efficient LED picture light.

    Gallery Wall Above a Chest of Drawers

    Large wall gallery for the entryway

    Try a fun wall gallery like the one above... You don't have to stay inside the lines of your furniture, sometimes going outside the lines is most fun...!

    DIY Ideas for the Entryway

    DIY ideas for the entryway.

    If you're on a budget, there's fun ways to make your entryway presentable without having to break the bank on a console table. Like the images above, rather than purchase a piece of furniture, you could DIY a bench or some wood cubes.

    Images from SF Girl by Bay, Sugar & Cloth, Momtastic Life, Remodelista

  • Mid Century Modern Studio


    Exterior of a mid century modern backyard studio

    Stylish mid century modern backyard studio in Seattle.

    No matter how small the space, you can create big style... This Seattle home has a stylish mid century modern studio in the backyard to be used for creative tasks or out-of-town guests.

    What I love most is that they didn't skimp on style just because it's in the backyard. They gave attention to both the architecture and the interior design.

    The studio's entry with mid century modern architectural features and modern pendant light

    Minimal mid century modern entryway.

    The couple kept the interior design minimal so that it could easily transition for many uses. They enjoy sculpting, painting and vintage furniture.

    You can dress up any foyer with modern entryway pendant lights, but notice how important the interior architecture is, like the windows, ceiling, and door selection.

    Sitting area with period furnishings

    Small living space with big style.

    The living space is comfortable, yet easy to transition. The furniture is light and mobile.

    What are your creative hobbies? Whether you have a cool space like this one or not, hopefully you get a chance to be creative this weekend...

    All images via Dwell

  • How to Use Reclaimed Wood in Your Home


    An open-plan living room with reclaimed wood ceilings and floors

    Using reclaimed wood in interiors is gaining popularity for its organic, rustic look and eco-friendliness. Reclaimed wood brings texture and visual interest to a space, not to mention a sense of history.

    Reclaimed wood comes from several sources -- salvaged wood pieces from old structures like cladding, flooring and beams as well as pallet wood.

    There are benefits to using reclaimed wood beyond the aesthetics. It's eco-friendly (i.e it's not going into a landfill or the reason for cutting down a younger tree).  It also won't warp or split the way newer wood can.

    Reclaimed wood works in a variety of design styles. It is obviously good for a rustic, barn-like look or country home feel but it also works equally well in modern and industrial chic interiors.

    Living room with reclaimed ceilings and floors with a re-purposed beam as a fireplace mantel

    There are several ways to incorporate reclaimed wood into your home.  One of the most obvious ways is through fixed finishes such as flooring and paneling, or structural elements such as beams, columns and trusses.

    All the wood seen in this living room is reclaimed -- we love the ceiling treatment, the variations in colors are gorgeous and very typical of reclaimed wood.  An existing beam in the house was re-purposed as a mantel. 

    A modern space featuring a reclaimed wood accent panel.

    You don't have to cover entire surfaces with reclaimed wood -- you can get the same warm, textural effect of the wood by dedicating a single wall or panel to the material.  

    An accent wall or panel of reclaimed wood can quickly become the focal point of a room and is less overwhelming than entire walls or ceilings covered by reclaimed wood planks.

    A clean, modern kitchen with bleached wood island and cabinets

    This type of wood doesn't need to look rustic. The bleached wood island and cabinets in this sleek modern kitchen are made of reclaimed wood.

    An industrial chic dining room with furniture that has a salvage feel

    Reclaimed wood is a perfect accompaniment to industrial chic. The furniture and storage piece above are made of reclaimed wood and have the "salvage" look associated with the industrial chic style.

    One of the easiest ways to add reclaimed wood to your interiors is via furniture:


    A selection of reclaimed wood furniture to incorporate into your interior design

    1. Sometimes your kitchen is too small for a conventional island, in which case this distressed elm wood side table is a perfect solution as it's on casters and can be moved to the side when you're not using it.

    2. The Tioga Reclaimed Wood Bed in an acorn finish looks great in an industrial chic style bedroom.  Bonus?  It's FSC certified, which means that 100% of the materials are reclaimed and re-purposed.

    3. This bookshelf with a distinct midcentury modern feel has a dark antique bleached finish with waxed black frame.

    4. If your interiors are more Scandinavian in style, this teak chair in a natural finish with a white woven cowhide seat would be perfect in a dining room -- you can even use it outside!

    5. If you want to dress up your laundry room a bit (an often ignored space that shouldn't be) a cheeky print featuring a simple laundry symbol in a reclaimed wood frame would be perfect.

    6. The stainless steel base gives this reclaimed oak coffee table a modern edge.

    7. Add two table lamps to this low bookshelf made of reclaimed elm in a distressed finish and you have a perfect console for an entryway or a sofa table for your living room.  

    Reclaimed wood is a very versatile material that can come in a variety of finishes; sleek and smooth or distressed and uneven, which makes it a great addition to your interior design, whether it is modern or traditional or somewhere in between.

    Image Sources: dwell; dwell; The Interior Collective; Remodelistal; Decorator's Notebook

  • Inspiring Blind Architect: Chris Downey


    Plans created for blind architect Chris Downey by an embossing printer

    Technology helps a blind man continue designing.

    San Francisco based architect Chris Downey lost his sight in 2008, but thanks to new and emerging technology he has been able to continue working.

    A Tiger Pro embossing printer allows Downey to study plans by touch (above).

    Downey works on a TACT sketchpad, which aids the blind architect in the design process

    Blind architect is able to sketch ideas.

    Innovative tools like this TACT sketch pad allow Downey to continue working through every aspect of the design process.

    Blind architect Chris Downey

    Chris Downey

    Head over to Dwell to read more about Downey and the beacon technology he believes will change architecture...

    All images by Dwell

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