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1. Pick modern, white lighting for your walls and ceilings. White always looks modern and fresh and the whimsicality and playfulness can come from the shape of the light. I know my toddler would love that Lilypad Possini Euro Ceiling Light (below). She'd be mesmerized by all of the lights and point and smile in delight!
2. Pick modern kids furniture with amorphous shapes. The amorphous silhouettes of the 1960's will retain their classic, cool for years to come. For example, an S-chair and tulip-base-table have design details with longevity. And to make good news even better, your toddler won't get any horrible bumps or bruises from the furniture's sleek round edges!
Zuo Drop Stool Red ABS Fiberglass Modern Chair, Zuo Modern White 33-Inch-H Set of 2 S-Chairs, Wilco Glossy Yellow Modern 22 3/4-Inch-H Zuo Side Table, Genie Brushed Pink 10-Inch-H Touch Desk Lamp, Kite White and Blue Ikat Fabric Throw Pillow, Jonathan Adler Lantern White Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Reform White Wall Sconce, Haley Steel Modern 19-Inch-H Table Lamp with Touch Switch, Mid-Century Modern Coral Linen 32-Inch-H Annabelle Chair
3. Pick design objects that work like magic. The touch sensor lamps turn on and off with a simple touch. Your toddler will learn to turn it on and off easily and you can use the lamp as a teaching tool to teach your little-one to say words like 'on' and 'off'--and the style could easily be used as a desk lamp for kids and teens alike.
4. Use accessories with classic patterns. Patterns like ikat will never go out-of-style and these throw pillows would add a lovely punch of pattern to any room, for kids and adults.
5. Pick upholstered furniture. Upholstered furniture is great because it has padding to prevent injuries for clumsy toddlers, and if it has classic lines, like this Mid-Century Modern Annabelle Chair (above), then you can always get it recovered years down the line and it can grow up with your family.
Images: Modern Baby, Décor Pad, Alexis Lane
Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid!
You don't have to twist our arms to incorporate this fabulous palette in any design. It's fresh, young and full of energy. It also works with many styles, whether you love a modern home or something more transitional.
We've put together a little product round up to help you get started with this fabulously radiant color choice from Pantone. You can get started with some purple chairs and you can never go wrong styling your décor with purple pillows.
1. Marvel Contemporary Violet and Chrome Van Teal Table Lamp 2. Kite Purple Ikat Feather and Down Throw Pillow 3. Alara Fabric Cover Berry Pillow 4. Set of 2 Baby Anime Acrylic Purple Zuo Kids Armchairs 5. Zuo Big Wave Purple 29 1/2-Inch-H Outdoor Folding Table 6. Radiant Orchid Apothecary Table Lamp 7. Koncept Gen 3 Z-Bar Purple Warm Light Modern Desk Lamp 8. Zuo Lider Plus Purple Chrome 19-Inch-W Office Chair
With the holidays around the corner, Euro Style Lighting was recently wondering: Can a "cool modern" space also be "warm and inviting" during the holidays?
We posed the question to a few of our favorite bloggers and tastemakers and got an unequivocal yes, along with some great tips on how to dress your home for the holidays. Here's what Justina Blakeney (JustinaBlakeney.com), Joanna Hawley (jojotastic) and our own Cori Magee (pictured left to right below) had to say:
Can the holidays and modern décor co-exist?
Justina Blakeney: Absolutely! For modern holiday decor focus on metallics--modern and festive, done and done!
Joanna Hawley: Absolutely! I love combining more traditional winter whites with pops of color. My favorite palette right now includes shades of ivory and white, hot pink, hunter green, and burgundy. The pink really twists it and makes it modern.
Cori Magee: Yes! It’s all in the color palette that you decide to style your home with. Rather than red and green, try gold and black or silver and white.
What are your seasonal decorating and entertaining tricks?
JB: Bringing in fragrant and festive natural elements into the home, from pine to holly.
JH: As an apartment dweller, I like to decorate my front door to bring some holiday cheer to my neighbors. I always hang a hand-made wreath! Also, my windows face the front of the building, so I take it upon myself to make sure the building puts its best foot forward by stringing lights in the windows.
CM: I always include silver décor, both throughout my home and as centerpieces at the dining table. It’s adds sophistication to any holiday gathering.
How can modern style be simultaneously warm and inviting and cool and clean?
JB: It's the people in a home that add the love between them that truly make a home warm. Also, I think that rugs (and textiles in general) really warm up spaces. If you can walk around barefoot and still be cozy, you can have the most modern of spaces and it will still be warm and inviting as well.
JH: Texture is my favorite way to warm up modern style. Think shaggy white fur, icy grey sweater knits, even braided rugs!
CM: Including live greenery makes any home more inviting. Seasonal greenery, like live garland, draped over the mantel will add warmth to your holiday décor.
Whether it's the brilliance of gold finish lighting and decor, or a selection of gifts for the modern home, following the festive decorating tips above can help create a splendid home for the holidays.
Images: Apartment Therapy, Amanda Vega, Chatelaine
Image from A Beautiful Mess
Everyone wants a space that reflects them and who they are as an individual. We also want to be unique and one of a kind. Not reflecting a showroom but rather a beautiful space full of personality and style. A fun solution to create such a space in a modern home is painted flooring. Whether it’s a pattern or a solid color, painted floors add a fun, unexpected surprise to your space.
Above we see small triangle patterns scattered on a white floor. I love the variety of black and gold triangles. And I love that they are randomly placed. It’s a look that is neutral enough to go with any accent color.
Image from Bloesem
This wide black stripe is a small detail that creates a big statement. They started with a dark gray concrete and simply painted the stripe. Who needs a rug when you already have a nice design on the floor?!
Image from Coco Kelly
This look makes a huge impact in this room. This black and white pattern effortlessly fills the entire space and looks amazing! The stylishly modern furniture and delicate accessories compliment the pattern.
Image from Mama
For a neutral look, try painting your hardwood floors in a nice soft white. It will immediately lighten up your space and make all of your furniture and accessories pop. The painted floors trend can be translated any way that you please!
Images: A Beautiful Mess, Bloesem, Coco Kelley, Mama
Image from Elle Decor
The web is such a great place to seek inspiration for dining room lighting. If you're in need of some creative direction, there are endless resources to turn to online that just might spark your design direction. When I start on a room I go hunting for inspiration on-line and then head to my print magazines.
Today I wanted to showcase three beautiful examples of dining room lighting that I've been loving lately. Each have beautiful lighting above the tables that you can incorporate into any home. I've pulled similar light fixtures so you can "get the look" of these inspiring rooms.
Hopefully this will provide you with a starting point (or finishing touch ideas) for your very own home.
Top to bottom: Tech Lighting Mini Mulberry Desert Clay Pendant, Bling Collection Convertible Robert Abbey Chandelier, Europa 8 Light Adjustable Bronze Swag Chandelier
If there is a dining room that you'd like help with finding inspiration for don't hesitate to reach out. Just post a comment here....
Images: Karla Dreyer Design, Elle Decor, Elle Décor
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