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  • It's Personal: Displaying Photos and Objects

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    Image from Smitten Studio

    How do you tastefully display sentimental photos and objects at home? You know those hard-to-cast-off keepsakes that just don't fit the aesthetic of your home? 

    Try extending the gallery wall concept beyond photos into art and knick-knacks. 

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    Image from Curated House

    The Curated House offers a perfect solution (pictured above) for that teddy bear you can't bring yourself to throw away. Frame it. You'll love the look and your guests will call you creative rather than creepy.

    Update all those stuffy things you're hanging onto by mixing-in found objects for an eclectic look. Pick a palette and accent accordingly. Use boxes to hide the truly unsightly keepsakes.

    Modern Office Design

    Photo and Styling by Daniella Witte 

    With photo walls, go monochrome. Weddings and the annual family picnic group shot may not make for sophisticated design. But in black and white your gallery is instantly design-friendly. 

    Monochromatic Gallery Wall

    Image from Decor Envy

    With your keepsakes arranged, how do you light them? Many modern wall lamps with clean and simple styling are a perfect fit for an eclectic wall. Spot and swing arm designs can be directed to enhance focal points. Or hang a pair of designer-inspired mini pendant lights on either side of your tableau. This visual cue effectively "frames" the scene.

    In the end, sentimental photos and objects are what give your home heart. With some creative treatment, they can look surprisingly good in the process. 

    Images: Smitten Studio, The Curated House, Daniella Witte, Decor Envy

  • Get the Look: Modern Drum Shades

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    Get the Look

    Image from Better Homes & Garden

    Clients and friends often think that in order to make a statement in a room they have to use color. While color is one great way to make a statement, there are other ways to do so as well and drum shade chandeliers are one great option.

    Texture, pattern and size are three of my favorite design elements to do just that. Lighting is one of my favorite items in a space, and making a bold statement with elegant drum shade chandelier designs can be a great way to draw the eye up, making the ceilings feel taller, room feel generally brighter, and cause guests to "ohh" and "aww" over the room.

    Modern Interior Design

    Image from Elle Decoration SE / Wink Chic

    Fabric Hardback 14-Inches-W White Lamp ShadeWoven Burlap Brushed Steel 10 1/4-Inch-W Ceiling Pendant

    We happen to love neutrals at our office, so these white and natural colored drum shades definitely caught our eye.

    As you can see from the inspiration pictures, using a white or natural shade allows your eyes to breath, scanning the whole room without bursts of color breaking up the harmony and flow. When you use a neutral color, play with the size of the shade, chandelier or pendant, as this can be a great way to bring big impact to a simple design.

    Images: Better Homes & GardenElle Decoration SE, Wink Chic

  • Modern Bathroom Interior Design: Get the Look

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    Amangiri Resort Modern Hotel Bathroom
    Image from Amangiri

    One of the best ‘views from a tub’ we’ve come across is this modern bathroom at Amangiri looking out over the vast Colorado Plateau. The double shower and spacious bath combined with the stunning view make this one of the most gorgeous bathrooms we’ve seen. The cool slate tiles are a perfect contrast to the hot desert landscape outside. The Amangiri resort is located on 600 acres in Canyon Point Southern Utah and is built around a spectacular central swimming pool.
     
    Monteverdi Hotel Bathroom
    Image from Monteverdi

    Next on our list is a hotel in Tuscany that is part of a stone village dating back to the 12th Century. Serene and calming are two words that come to mind when describing this bathroom. You get the sense that when you walk into this room the rest of the world just disappears.
    The limestone walls and wood accents make for the perfect rustic combination. The free standing soaking tub is an ideal place to relax and unwind, and we love that because of its dark color it becomes the focal point of the room. You can find this bathroom at the Hotel Monteverdi. Monteverdi is located in the village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Tuscany, equal distance between Rome and Florence.

    The One And Only Resot Bathroom
    Image from The One & Only

    To get this look at home we have chosen The One & Only resort located on a private island in the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This modern bathroom is the epitome of contemporary design and sophistication. Two of our favorite features of this bathroom are the ultramodern bathroom lights and the serene and simple modern mirrors.
    We have put together a product sort so you too can get this upscale contemporary look and turn your bathroom into your own private oasis.
    Get This Look Modern Bathroom Product Sort

    1.Latitude 2 Satin Nickel 22-Inch-W Gatco Wall Mirror 2.Brushed Stainless Steel George Kovacs Wall Sconce 3.Besa Darci Modern Satin Nickel Three Light Sconce 4.Elton Espresso White Marble 30" Wide Floating Vanity Set 5.Destiny Contemporary Silver Two-Light Vanity Mirror

  • Decorating a Modern Home in Cool Hues

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    Decorating a modern home in a cool color palette means creating relaxation in the home. Colors in the blue, green and violet families have a cooling effect in the interior space and evoke feelings of openness. By swatching colors from the desert night sky, a rushing river, or a deep lagoon, we bring the sensations of the outdoors, indoors.

    Using analogous colors (different shades of the same color) when designing a room with a cool color palette will have a drastic cooling effect. Add in warm accents, like colorful pillows in the turquoise image below, and the room will feel cool but have pockets of sun and warmth. In a violet room, use purple accents like an elegant purple lamp shade or accents in coral, like a coral pendant lamp to add in that touch of warmth while still remaining fresh and cool. If, on the other hand, you're going with a dark blue color scheme, adding in accents in white, like a modern white task floor lamp can help to keep things looking fresh and modern.

    Colorful Home Decor

    Cool blues like turquoise and cobalt also can work to make small spaces look larger, so if you're working with a studio apartment, or just a small bedroom, consider one of those hues to gain some visual square footage. Add in metallic details to contrast with the chilly hues, like this Ostrich Rust Babette Holland Table Lamp and you'll usher in a sophisticated warmth.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Lastly, remember to include plants or flowers as the finishing touches to the room--and since we're working with the cooler hues today may I suggest lavender or violets...?

    Images: Unetouchede, Abigail Ahern, Drake Design Associates

  • Blushing Interior Design

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    Color Blush

    Image from House Beautiful

    Spring is just around the corner and we're celebrating with some ideas for adding blush pink to your interior design...

    Whether you prefer bold or soft colors, pink can brighten up any space and can be found in home accessories, fun furnishings and especially with modern pink lighting.

    Pink Ottoman

    French Seam with Linen Coral 18-Inch-H Square Ottoman

    Pink Bed

    Image from Roses & Rust

    This vintage modern bedroom features so much clean white, but the pink bed changes everything. Adding a little blush to the room provides personality and interest.

    Pink Headboard

    Shantung Woodrose Nail Button 56-Inch-W Full Headboard

    Living Room Design

    Image from The Paper Mulberry

    Even the smallest amount of any color can change the direction of a rooms style. This black, gray and white room above is enhanced with a little soft pink pillow.

    Pink Pillow

    Riddle Modern Pink Greek Key Decorative Throw Pillow

    Bedroom Design

    Image from The Everygirl

    Adding small details around the pink accessories or lighting is a nice way to complete the design. The little flowers and pillow sham in the bedroom above support the starring role of the table lamp.

    Pink Table Lamp

    Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp

    Images: House Beautiful, Roses & Rust, The Paper Mulberry, The Everygirl

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