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  • Modern Pumpkin Designs: Modernize Your Halloween

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    Modern Pumpkin Design

    Halloween pumpkin carving is usually about the orange and black, but this year let's make Halloween a little more stylish... and modern of course. Let's make it all about black, white and some bits of gold!

    If you don't want to deal with the ooo-ey goo-ey mess of pumpkin guts, painting pumpkins is a great way to go! Create modern Halloween decor by styling your house with a monochromatic collection of either black or white pumpkins. Clusters of black and white modern outdoor chairs would be great on the front porch, making the cool pumpkins company!


    Modern Outdoor Chairs

    SET OF 4 ZUO ANIME BLACK DINING CHAIRS

    Or, let the artist in you shine and go with gorgeous modern patterns, such as having black paint drip over a white pumpkion or the modern herringbone pattern. If you're looking for some inspiration for patterns, take a look at these images of modern gothic architecture (below).

    Gothic Architecture

    The shapes and patterns found in Modern Gothic Architecture are sure to inspire some stylish Halloween decor! The gorgeous shapes found in the ceiling in the first image are breathtaking.

    The silhouette of the Doimo in Milan (image 2) is quite eery against the dark cloudy sky. The negative and positive space in this photo is more than stunning and would be a striking work of art on your handpainted pumpkin! Inspiration from stained glass (image 3) is another great form of inspiration! This stained glass in Wim Delvoye's window is actually made out of x-rays. little creepy right? 

    Hope you're enjoying this fun holiday season! Make sure to make it stylish... and modern!

    Images: Sweet Paul Mag, Camille Styles Modern Sophisticate, Emily Henderson, Inhabitat

  • Cool + Collected 1.3

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    Marimekko Textiles

    +Design Milk features a great piece on the making of print art, covering a tour of the textile printing factory of Marimekko.

    +Space shuttle Endeavor made its final journey to the California Science Center, marking the end of NASA's shuttle program. Los Angeles Times has some great videos of the shuttle's trip through the streets of Los Angeles.

    +Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has come out with a book called "The Small House Book" and it's receiving wave reviews. Want to know how to build a small home for $20,000?

    +Learn how a home went from average to modernly chic with a reasonable budget over on Design*Sponge. The blog post even provides a complete list of sources used for the renovation as well as budget details.

    +If you're heading to the "City of Brotherly Love" anytime soon, Travel + Leisure's November issue features a complete Philadelphia restaurant guide, along with the ultimate travel bucket list and it even includes packing tips.

  • Luxury Suites at Yankee Stadium

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    Yankee Stadium Great Hall

    Love the Yankees or hate the Yankees, they're always in the playoffs come October. And with that, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to the finer points of design with the luxury suites at the new Yankee Stadium.

    In New York, America's past-time is all about luxury. With 56 luxury suites (compared to 19 in the old stadium), there's no shortage of big-ticket seating or big-ticket spenders. The Legends Suite (below) sets a muted mood in Yankees blue and white. Under cabinet lights and glowing frosted glass will help set the mood for any luxe interior.

    Yankee Stadium Legends Suite

    The Audi Yankees Club is built for fans who want to keep their eyes fixed upon the field. European-inspired styling is sparse and functional with the right touch of class. In this case, turf centerpieces by floral designer Rachel Cho.

    Audi Club Yankee Stadium Suites

    Everywhere you turn, there seems to be another suite. The Yankees Club suite (below) keeps things thematic yet elegant. Hi-definition screens play the game throughout the stadium, in case anyone forgets why they're at the ball park. 

    Yankees Club Luxury Suite

    Top shelf amenities aren't just for the paying customers. With luxe tile finishes and frosted glass, the locker rooms are in step with the seven and eight figure salaries of the players who use them. Adding some bath bar lights in your home bathroom might help you feel almost as luxe.

    New Yankees Stadium Locker Rooms

    At $1.5 billion, the new Yankee Stadium which opened in 2009, is a model of modern commercial design and the second most expensive stadium ever built in the world. However, with high-priced luxury boxes and VIP lounges becoming the new standard among stadiums and arenas, it might not be long before we see price-tags like this on a regular basis around the company.

    Images: Wikipedia, Arch Systems, Rachel Cho, Yankees, Wall Street Journal

  • Interior Architecture: Modern Warehouse Conversion

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    Modern Warehouse Conversion

    The pure attention to the details of interior architecture is why the work of Fearon Hay Architects captivates me.This minimal design of this 1960's fabric warehouse conversion in Auckland, New Zealand is functional and straight-forward. My eyes gloss over at the sight of the detailing of those rosewood framed doors.

    Interior Architecture

    The gorgeous fabrics rolls spread out over the space make a bold statement while the architecture accentuates the beauty of each piece without trying to fight it.

    Pivot Doors

    The form of each of the chairs and table (above) adds a sculptural element within the space. Raw, concrete floors, white walls, and modern accent chairs will help you achieve the modern and industrial look like the space above.

    Modern Lounge Chair

    ZUO WALTZ WHITE LEATHERETTE LOUNGE CHAIR AND OTTOMAN

    Abstract Artwork

    Oxblood leather chairs and soft artwork cozy up the conference room. A modern office chair is not only practical and comfortable, but is a great way to bring modern elements into your office space.

    Modern Office Chair

    TANNER TERRA COTTA FAUX LEATHER LOWBACK DESK CHAIR

    Glass Doors

    Of course you know we love lighting, and if I could add just one element to this design it would be a simple modern pendant light.

    Mason Jar Pendant

    LBL MASON BROWN AND SATIN NICKEL PENDANT LIGHT

    Modern Door Detail

    The rosewood framed doors are able to separate the room physically, but not visually. Now this is what design is all about; the thin rosewood frame, sleek handle, and the most beautiful part of it all, the brass detailing. It's these elements that separate the men from the boys when it comes to good design. 

    Images: Yellowtrace

  • Room With a View: Modern San Francisco Home

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    San Francisco Home

    This modern San Francisco home has a newly added room with a view, making you wonder what the street possibly did without this modern addition.... And that's saying a lot, considering it's a really pretty San Francisco street. The modern structure fits in well with the neighboring homes, but the bold black hue makes it really stand out.

    Metal Bridge

    The metal bridge stretches and connects the newly added room to a patio. The vairous shades of gray between the bridge, patio and structure work perfectly together and are accented beautifully with the landscaping. Modern outdoor furniture, maybe even with some pops of color, would be the perfect addition to this space.

    Folding Screen

    A perforated screen folds down over the south-facing facade of the newly added room to prevent overheating during the day. When the screen is raised, the home has amazing views of the San Francisco bay. The inside of this added room is white, clean and modern. Simple pendant lighting is the perfect choice when you want to keep a room minimal.

    Modern Dining Room

    Cyber Chatreuse Lucite Wall Clock, Pele White Glass Tech Lighting Mini Pendant, Zuo Taffy Natural and Chrome Dining Chairs, Zuo Novel Stainless Steel Dining Table

    Here's a little round up to help you achieve a chic, modern dining room like the one in this cool San Francisco home. Although we may not be able to live in a home this cool and with that view, we can still find elements of inspiration that we can apply to our own home.

    Images: SF-OSL

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