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  • Design Review: Palihouse Santa Monica

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    Design Review

    Palihouse has taken its modern brand to the beach and I can’t wait to see the full hotel design when it opens this summer. Palihouse Santa Monica is a 36-room beach lodge in a Spanish Colonial Revival-style building, which has been deemed a historic landmark by the City of Santa Monica.

    Design Rendering

    At Palihouse Santa Monica, tastemakers and world travelers now have the chance to stay in a residential style dwelling without have to compromise on location, style, or amenities. This prime location is the perfect hybrid of boutique hotel and luxury residence that is sure to be an experience in itself.

    Modern Guest Room

    We’ve only gotten a quick peek into the rooms but I can tell this place is going to be great. The mixture of modern elements, pattern, and bold pops of color combine to create a room full of interest. Modern table lamps are always a great way to define the character in a room. When you feel like a change swapping out your table lamps can make your room take on a whole new feeling.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Cherry Finish Wood Surveyor Tripod Table Lamp

    The original vanity was given a fresh coat of beautiful French gray paint and bright new porcelain knobs. Mixing the industrial barstool, cork flooring and modern wallpaper with this vintage element creates a timeless look. 

    Modern Rustic Design

    The vintage wall sconce is like the cherry on top of this beautiful vanity. Modern wall sconces add so much character into your room and picking on that is unexpected will give your modern bathroom or modern vanity that wow factor.

    Modern Wall Light

    Menlo Park 14" High Old Silver Wall Sconce

    The bold stripes repeat throughout the space and are strikingly dramatic against the light wood table. 

    Modern Accent Table

    Jamie Young Americana Metal and Wood Stool

    I’m ready to sit down in the new Palihouse Santa Monica and daydream about world travels and life experiences while sipping a hot cup of tea. It’s this combination of old and new that will give you a nostalgic feeling and something to write home about.

    Images: Palihouse Santa Monica

  • Designing With Crystal Chandeliers

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    Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal chandeliers have been a thing of the past, are a thing of the present and I think will easily be a thing of the future. A chandelier is such a classic piece when paired with a modern space, beauty happens!

    I remember starting a few years back, everyone wanted a crystal chandelier. Mostly to decorate their entryway, child’s room, dining room and even laundry room with. The key is mixing the chandelier with the right ambience. The space that you can make the biggest impact with is the dining space. Above we see a very rustic dining space decorated with a large, dainty chandelier. There's contrast so it works!

    Rustic Dining Room

    Now this room gives me goose-bumps! The art collection alone is stunning. Throw in modern furniture and add that magnificent chandelier and you’ve created a picture perfect space. I’m sure at night, the chandelier gives off quite the twinkle lights.

    Modern Living Room

    Here is another rustic space, prettified with a crystal chandelier. This time the owner went with more of a brass look, which I appreciate next to all of those warm wood tones. It also pops against an all white room, along with the art.

    Here's a couple pretty options.

    Chandelier

    Eyja Silver Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal Chandelier

    Schonbek Bordeaux Collection Bronze Chandelier

     Images: Skona Hem, Style Files, Ministry of Deco

  • Creating a Modern Home with Accessories

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    Modern Living Room

    When it comes to decorating, larger scale pieces seem to be the favorite.  They add drama, fill up spaces and give the feeling that you get what you paid for.   But, I think it’s the little things that really make the space.

    The little things are the very details that make a house a home.  They are the pieces that hold our memories and add a finishing touch.  And although these accessory pieces may be small in size or stature, they are often the very things that tell a big story.  After all, isn’t it the accessories that make an outfit?  The same concept goes for decorating a space. A crystal candelabra on a mantle works the same as sparkly chandelier earrings do to an outfit.

    Modern Accessories

    Small Glacier Glass White Vase, Fuller Clear Glass Document Box, Clear Crystal Taper Candle Holder, Nambe Movie Vertical Glass Photo Frame, Dark Smoke Hand-Blown Glass Bottle Vase

    The great thing about accessories is that they can be added as a finishing touch or they can be the very thing to build an entire room around.  Little things are often picked up on a whim while shopping, but they can also be items that are well thought out and planned for.  I like to use accessories that not only look pretty also have meaning or serve a purpose.

    A few ideas for accessories are:

    • A frame that holds a photo of a loved one or one of your most cherished days

    • A bowl that holds seashells from a favorite vacation

    • A candle holder which lights up the room

    • A box or tray that gathers and collects favorite or special objects

    • A vase filled with flowers (either received or bought by yourself to brighten your day and your space)

    After all, it’s the little things that hold our memories and make our homes a place in which to create new ones. 

    Image: Le Journal Sézane

  • Of Monsters And Men: Living Room Design

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     Album Cover

    Of Monsters And Men is group of five daydreamers from Iceland whose dreams actually came true!  Their music is uplifting and creates that perfect sound that makes you want to run around and sing at the top of your lungs!  With Coachella Music Festival coming up this weekend, they are one of the many bands I am excited to see!  I'm sure you all have heard their #1 song Little Talks off their latest album My Head Is An Animal and you can watch the video below just in case you're not sure!

     
    If you were to translate this song into a living room design, it would be modern and eclectic. You would find brass lamps, seashell side tables, driftwood consoles, and of course some modern binoculars! It's all about exploration and discovery and the amazing times you spent running around as a child discovering nature from a innocent perspective.
      Modern Living Room

    1.Jamie Young White Leather Strap 29" High Round Wall  2.Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Meurice Chandelier 3.Gray 2-piece Sectional  4. Blueline Brass With Pearl White Barska Opera Binoculaurs 5. Olivia Polygon Shell Accent Table 6. Contemporary Large Steampunk Jamie Young Table 7. Frameo Driftwood Console Table 8.Of Monsters And Men Merchandise

    The collection of objects seem as if you found them on the beach, in the mountains, or forest during your childhood discoveries and is mixed with current modern elements. A simple modern sofa is a great grounding element for eclectic design and allows the shape and texture of the other elements to stand out like sculptural art. The feeling is rich like the instruments behind the smooth voice of lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir in Of Monster And Men.

     Inspirational Quote

    These lyrics are perfect and I hope if you get the chance to check them out at Coachella you do.  And most importantly, I hope you get to play outside like when you were young, full of life and full of love!  

    Images: Of Monsters And Men

  • Color Combo: Modern Design With Pink + Gray

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    Modern Living Room

    I adore this modern design! The gray with the various shades of pinks and patterns is kind of fantastic. I especially love the mix of styles, very eclectic and chic!

    I love the mid-century style of this chair (below), and unlike a lot of mid-century furniture, it actually looks comfortable! A pink lamp would be perfect along side it. I think any one of these would look amazing in any given space with this chair. The shade of the pink lamps goes just perfectly with the gray chair and they are both solid colors so they are easy to dress up even more.

    Modern Table Lamps

    Annabelle Chair

    1. Rose Apothocary Table Lamp 2. Pink Robert Abbey Lamp 3. Roso Ovo Table Lamp

    The problem is, which to choose? The first lamp has a really interesting shape but is simple enough I think it would be just enough to add character to the room.

    The second lamp is right up my alley. The faceted look is so trendy and cool and I love it! But again, it is simple enough I think it would work really well with the chair and the room they would both go in.

    Now for option number three. This lamp is pretty and simple. I think it could look fantastic with some decorative bowls or vintage items around it. And the chair, you could dress it up with a throw or a pillow or two.

    The options are endless! But the real question is, which lamp goes best with your style?! All three lamps have a similar color and aesthetic, but the final decision lies with you...

    Room Image: Lonny

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