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“When lighting looks like art, you know you have a winner!”
- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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Whether you have kids at home looking for summer projects or you just love DIY's, we found a great idea for you! This driftwood, airplant wall art is modern, easy to make, and very cool.
All you need is a great piece of driftwood, a few airplants, hammer, sawtooth hangers, and nails. Make sure there are at least a couple flat surfaces on your piece of driftwood so it can hang it from the wall.
While you're cleaning your piece of driftwood, soak and clean your airplants then set aside and let them dry.
Find two flat spots (depending how long your driftwood is) and use small nails to secure the sawtooth hangers. Place a couple larger nails in the wall and hang your driftwood. Since it naturally has curves, you don't have to worry about it looking perfectly straight.
Once you hang it, you can carefully place your airplants anywhere you like, making sure to balance them out along the entire piece of driftwood.
The best part about this modern DIY accessory is that it could also be a beautiful memory, depending on where and how you found your driftwood... Like, a romantic stroll on the beach or play day on the beach with the kids!
Watch the tutorial video at Craftzine. And if you don't know where to source air plants, here's a fun Etsy shop.
Images (and idea): Craftzine
Many memories are made vacationing at a lake in the summertime, and often times they are too good to ever stop experiencing. Becca and Doug Worpie feel this exact way about the rugged coast of Georgian Bay where they've made a trip to every year of their life. The environment is rough and unpredictable, but "this place is my heaven" says Becca.
So, building a summer home here was their dream, but not as simple as one may expect. When they ventured out and stumbled upon the U-shaped island with a three acre piece of rock in Pointe au Baril, they also found two decrepit cottages and a boat house. They knew there was a lot of work ahead, but they also knew there was something extremely special about it.
This wasn't the type of job you could hand your contractor sketches for, they had to get much more creative than that. So the couple called upon architects Michael Meredith and his partner Hilary Sample of MOS, a young interdisciplinary practice (then) based in Toronto to take on this project. They proposed a series of buildings that formed a "necklace" around the island; the main cottage and a series of smaller cabins that could house all the overnight guests that wanted to invite in the summertime With multiple cabins, modern outdoor path lighting would be great to help navigate from cabin to cabin at nighttime.
When building the final structure they wanted to build not just something on the water, but in the water. So they designed a two story building supported by massive pontoons that was fabricated off site and floated back into place. A modest boathouse now sits inside the cove and has become the family's main summer headquarters. The boat slip and sauna are down below, while upstairs there are two bedrooms, an office, gallery, and of course incredible views.
The bridges branches off from the second story and connects the main house to the other cabins.
Although the exterior of the house is clad in untreated cedar allowing it to weather naturally, the interior is a very modern and clean. The floors and ceiling are treated with Douglas Fir to give you a very warm and cozy feeling in the space. Modern wishbone chairs surround the mid-century dining table. The art is bold and colorful, creating a very playful vibe in the space.
The modern kitchen is neutral in tone, but the clean modern lines really make a statement. You can tell each and every detail was planned out.
The stunning view is picture perfect. You could sit and stare or go outside and play, either one would be quite pleasurable.
Adding modern benches to any space with a view allows you to take it all in at every angle.
Zuo Heywood Single Natural Bench
The fireplace facade is clad with local granite and allows the bold colors of the artwork to just bounce right off of it. The playful edge comes through once again and reminds you that this place is for having fun with family and friends.
The iroko wood modern bathtub is the perfect element for connecting the interior with nature. Custom designed concrete tiles create texture and contrast to the natural wood elements of the space. After a long day of fun in the sun, i couldn't think of a better way to relax than soaking in the tub and thinking back about all the childhood memories and all the new ones created each day.
Whether you're at your own lake house of not, I truly hope you all are enjoying your summer and creating many memories that are sure to last a lifetime.
You've probably seen the artwork. Clean, stainless steel boxes, stacked one atop the other, lined across the floor or cantilevered from the museum wall. The first time you saw them you asked what they meant. The second time you asked why? The third time you probably just smiled and accepted it.
That's a common reaction to the work of American artist Donald Judd (1928-1994).
Not everyone gets him. Not everyone loves him. Yet his contribution to international Minimalism is second to none.
Judd aspired to create work devoid of compositional hirearchy. More simply put, he created art in which no one single thing catches your eye. It's strikingly egalitarian, and while his artwork has clearly influenced modern art, the principles of his work can also be felt in buildings, desk lamps and furniture designs. Notice the simply stacked squares of this lamp:
Amarillo Silver Accent Table Lamp
It is this beautiful, understated quality of line that defines Judd's work, and it creeps up time and again, whether in his ink-on-paper prints or his site specific installations.
What Judd's art lacks in color or pizzazz is made up for in elegant simplicity. It's this conceptual basis that informs much of today's most celebrated products, from the iPhone to modern furniture designs like these glass nesting tables.
Silhouette Set of 3 Glass and Chrome Nesting Accent Tables
And this is the true beauty of Minimalism - the ability for an object or image to convey more by saying less. What holds true for artwork also holds true for a piece of modern furniture or contemporary architecture.
Donald Judd didn't just master this concept as an artist. He helped define it through his life's work.
Images: The Gorgeous Daily, June Joon Jaxx, Printed Editions, Waymarking
Of course we all know, nothing in life is black and white, clear and simple, but sometimes it looks really good when you're talking about interiors! The bold, stark contrast provides a modern element and leaves room for more casual furnishings, like seen above. That sofa is a little worn, arguably vintage, as well as the table, but the color palette of the space screams modern.
But, no matter the style, whether a room is modern, traditional, black and white, or colorful, any decor benefits from the use of mixed materials. The iron chair, leather sofa and rustic wood table make a perfect trio. These Zuo accent chairs below are a great way to get this look. Their leaf inspired pattern gives them an organic aesthetic.
Whitworth Chrome Accent Chair
Art is a great way to bring in color, but it's also a cool way to bring in the bold! This black and white art collage leaning against the wall creates a laid back environment that is highly stylish.
This kitchen is on trend with its clean white walls, industrial lighting and dark, black cabinets.
Want to get this simple, yet chic look? Here's an idea for getting modern industrial pendant lighting for your own home.
LBL Isla Mini Pendant
While designing using the modern black and white combo, this living room also brings in a natural element by using lots of wood finishes. There is a lot of furniture in this space, but it's grouped efficiently and doesn't look cluttered. The use of multiple small accent tables instead of a coffee table is a popular trend right now. It provides versatility and a more eclectic look.
Don't be scared to go bold, there's lots of ways to use this cool color palette!
Images: Japan Trash blog, Pretty Peach Peonies, Skonahem, Solid Blog
"Taste you can learn, but style is charisma"- Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel, an interior designer, business woman, and fashion icon is still as charismatic and stylish today and she was in her youth. "I'm a geriatric starlet, my dear, don't you know" explains Iris. At the age of 83, 13 years into retirement, is when she actually became a celebrity. In 2005 the Metroplitan Museum in New York had an exhibition featuring Apfel's style. What was truly amazing about this exhibition was not only the clothes, but the way the she wore each piece. Each outfit was put together like a work of art and with such style.
At the age of 90, believe it or not, she is even more famous today than 7 years ago. She has a ridiculously successful line of makeup at MAC, an accessory line, a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes named after her, and so much more. She's a true style icon. Take a look at how her personal fashion style can be interpreted from an interior design perspective, which is how she got her start. The rooms are as eccentric on the inside as she is on the out!
The layers of gold, brown, and charcoal gray silk taffeta in this Lanvin gown, circa 1985, are as sculptural as the gold chandelier in this room. Adding gold accessories to your space can feel both elegant and eclectic.
This deep jewel tone silk-taffeta Nina Ricci evening dress, designed by Gérard Pipart (circa-1985), belong in this sitting room. The colors of the painting and rug, along with the bold deep hues of the pillows combine to create a bohemian eclectic space as rich in color as the dress. Colorful pillows can bring a lot of energy into any room and is a great way to accessorize!
The hot pink blouse blossoms and flows like the dye on this stylish comforter. The necklace makes a bold and dynamic statement and pretty pairing in color, much like the painting above the bed . The bold black in the art and in the pillows create contrast and a strong grounding element for the colorful decor. Playful, sophisticated, and whimsical define both the room and the outfit.
Tartan plaid and a furry friend, that's why these two go hand in hand! Sophisticated and casual is what makes this outfit and this room so lovely.
And of course Iris Apfel has her own jewelry line as well! We can't help but notice, her sculptural White Bone Necklace resembles the form of our White Flower Ceiling Light! Her jewelry collection is "Natural, eclectic and fun". You can channel a little bit of Apfel's energy by wearing any of the pieces from her collection or designing your space with color and lots of personality!
Cheers to hoping that we all can have a small dose of Iris Apfel in us when we're 90. She is a true style icon in every sense of the term.
Images: Architectural Digest, Architectural Digest, Rue Magazine, Homestead, Designs2Wear
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