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  • Modern Family in New York

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     Living In New York City

    When living in New York City there are typically two things you miss...your family and your square footage. This group of young professionals has come together to create a Modern Family in New York. They have renovated this 2700 square foot loft in the ever evolving Bushwick neighborhood and have vowed to live together for ten years. Two years in and they are still going strong.

     Modern Abstract Art

    What's great about having a modern family is that there's bound to be an artist connection! This great piece of abstract modern artwork was created by the boyfriend of one of the residents. Bold graphic artwork adds loads of character into the industrial loft space.

     Modern Black Sofa

    The black modern loveseat sits proudly in front of the industrial windows. Hanging round pendant lights at different levels is a great way to create a sculptural piece in a room with high ceilings.  

     Custom Wardrobe

    We all know that closet space in a loft is hard to come by in NYC. These custom designed wardrobes are are not only functional, but the wood creates some softness as it contrasts against the concrete floor and the crisp white walls.

     Modern Wallpaper

    Flocked damask Vera Wang wallpaper adds layers of visual interest behind the modern bed. A cluster of glass pendants lights add a bit of elegance into the room without being too over the top or too modern.

    Creating a beautiful, comfortable home with your modern family is a sure way to create priceless memories that will last a lifetime.  

    Images: New York Times

  • Chalk Wall Art - Ace Hotel NYC

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    Chalk Wall Art

    Dana Tanamachi is deservably well known for her chalk wall art in several locations around the country, but we think her work at The Ace Hotel in NYC is beyond cool!

    For her mural in Room 1021 (below) she was inspired by vintage playbills from the Victorian era. Cool, right? Her work is so detailed and so clean.

    Dana Tanamachi Chalk Art

    Since it's what we do, we're also noticing the cool furnishings of this hotel. If you can't get away to visit The Ace Hotel, adding rich woods to your modern furniture and cool task lighting to your nightstand will help you get the look.

    We thought it might be fun to include a video on Dana's process. Check it out...

    Images: Ace Hotel

  • Modern Renovations: Historical Spaces Reimagined

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    Historical Spaces Modern Renovations

    Historical spaces have an unexplainable magic to them, and yet by their definition (read: old), most are in danger of coming down. Luckily, architects and designers around the world are engaging in creative, modern renovations of these spaces and breathing new life into them while retaining the charm that made them worth saving in the first place. 

    A contemporized top floor of a pharmacy in Brugge, Belgium (pictured above) fits unassumingly into the city's historic streetscape (below). 

    Modern Renovated Flat

    Traditional structures don't always fit the footprints we've grown accustomed to in the present day. Buildings are narrow and tightly packed, as in this renovated warehouse in Tribeca, New York.

    Tribeca Converted Lofts

    To combat the lack of open floor or garden space, the Dean-Wolf Architects incorporated voids of empty airspace across the three floors of the townhouse.

    New York Modern Renovation

    Tokyo is notorious for tightly squeezed spaces. Like the Tribeca space, this home by Keiji Ashizawa (pictured below) utilizes open airspace to compensate for limited floorspace.

     Small Space Renovations

    Tokyo Modern Home

    In Adelaide, Australia, the street-facing side of this Victorian home honors the historical provenance of the neighborhood.

    Modern Victorian Renovation

    The rear of the house however opens up in modern splendor. Wide glass windows are thrown open and versatile outdoor chairs can be used inside or out to complement a casual modern lifestyle that's decidedly less-than-Victorian.

    Modern Back Patio

    With modern renovations, the sky's the limit on what lighting fixtures and furnishings you can bring into the home. The blend of historic and contemporary influences is perfect for an eclectic mix.

    Modern Home Decor

     Rebound White Contemporary Armchair, Crystal Burst Possini Euro Design Mini Pendant Light, Zuo Liftoff Black Dining Table

    When it's time to outfit your renovated historic space, we'll bring the mod and contemporary styles. The historical and keepsake stuff is all up to you.

    Images: Room & Room, Arch Daily, Dwell

  • The Modern Home: Dutch Style

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    Modern Home

    Dutch architects Bas ten Brinke and Carina Nilsson designed this modern home with edge, literally. We approve of this Nordic-style villa's clean lines and beautiful landscape, giving nod to Nordic customs and architecture traditions.

    Modern Hallway

    The entire home takes full advantage of the beautiful views with entire walls made up of windows. Not only is it great for taking in the pretty scenery, but the home feels very open and spacious. In the top photo you can see the ceiling even gets higher toward the main living room.

    Modern Living Room

    The contemporary interiors feature cool concrete floors and warm wood ceilings. Selecting just a few pieces of stylish seating and modern pendant lighting would help you achieve this look.

    Contemporary Decor

    Possini Euro Design Aluminum Lotus Pendant, Zuo Cobble White Swivel Chair, Possini Euro White Marble Base Arc Floor Lamp, Zuo Sabbatical Coffee Table

    Images: Trendir

  • Jessie Ware: Music Inspires Interior Design

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    Jessie Ware

    Jessie Ware's new album Devotion came out about a month ago and is being recognized as some of today's best new music. A little bit Sade, a little bit Whitney Houston, and 100% original. I first heard her music during a set at the Boiler Room a couple year's ago and thought to myself...wow this girl's gonna be big! You hear her music once and it sinks into you and speaks to you. It's soft and emotional with lots of soul!   

    Jessie Ware's lyrics are like melodic conversations and deep insights into life. You could spend hours listening to her music, sitting in a chic dining room, sipping tea, and feeling a connection with your company. Just like Ware's music is timeless and eclectic, mixing classic lighting and decor accents with modern dining room furniture will give you this feeling in any space.

    Modern Classic Dining Room

    1.Treasure Gold Cup and Saucer  2.Amber Cystal 6-Light Chandelier 3Zuo Anime Black Dining Chair 4.Zuo Wilco Red Dining Table 5.Connaught Antique Bronze Bar Cart 6.Black Mirror Console Table

    Jessie Ware's music is perfect for the small, intimate occasion as well as the dance floor. It's these classic elements in music, similar to those of design, that will keep Jessie Ware around for a lifetime! 

    I highly recommend going to get her new album right here!

    Images: 7 Digital

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