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“When lighting looks like art, you know you have a winner!”
- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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This simple and gorgeous Scandinavian-style modern living room is giving me some serious house envy. I love all of the clean lines and the organic feel of it. The muted colors are perfect for such a lush background outside.
But probably my favorite part of this space are some of the unique pieces that bring the whole room together. First up, that light. My goodness that light! I have always loved sputnik light fixtures and this one is gorgeous. The brass color is amazing. It’s so midcentury modern. European-inspired contemporary light fixtures are great for dressing up any modern space!
The sofa is also super unique. The texture on the back is really interesting and I love that it is white. It makes the room seem fresh and even larger than it actually is.
The folding chair for easy extra seating. I love that this chair takes up next to no room, but still gets the job done and looks amazing while doing it.
Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier, Draper White Leatherette 22-Inch-H Zuo Lounge Chair, Zuo Carnival White Modular Sofa
If you love this room, and want to try your hand at recreating it for your own home, you’re in luck! These pieces are great options for designing your very own Scandinavian-style modern living room.
Image: Design Sponge, photo by Maxwell Tielman
We recently found this fun Tribeca loft featured in the amazing Est magazine. The homeowners are from Australia, but the angular purple and yellow motifs make it look as though this could be Prince's Manhattan play space.
So as to not compete with the expressive colors everywhere, lighting fixtures are subdued and utilitarian, with architect style desk lamps and track lighting usurping form for function. Sometimes the best approach when decorating modern rooms is to opt for simple but contemporary ceiling lights and lamps.
In the kitchen, we love how glass and stainless steel cupboards and upscale looking island pendant lights play into the modern yet chic and functional vibe.
But most of all, we just love the color scheme, which purportedly takes its inspiration from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia:
Morgan Purple Accent Chair, Jonathan Adler Nickel Antwerp Desk Lamp, Yellow Spindle Round Accent Table
The best thing about the scheme? It may be located in New York, but for a fan of the purple and gold Los Angeles Lakers (like yours truly), it could be right at home on the West coast too. So pick your favorite colors (or your team's) and started redecorating.
Image from Northern Light
With cold weather arriving, fireplaces have become a focal point in modern living rooms once again. Whether you have a wood burning fireplace or a gas fireplace, you’ll most likely get some use out of it this Fall and Winter season.
I personally love my fireplace! I love cuddling up on my sofa and watching the fire flicker in the night. Something else that I love is the contrast of a black fireplace against a white wall. It’s a lovely detail that can feel modern, fresh yet traditional and beautiful.
Above we see a simple black fireplace in a minimal space. It’s paired with a giant mirror and an equally awesome black chair. Love!
Image from Carol Reed
I love how this black fireplace looks behind a pale color chair. A light detail that speaks volumes. Also, the collection of shells lining the mantel is another fantastic idea for adding stylish home accessories to your decor.
Image from Show Home
To take the bold black color up a notch, we see the wall behind the fireplace above painted black as well as the fireplace. It’s a very dramatic approach to this space and looks quite stunning.
Image from The Brick House
This fireplace is painted in more of a mocha brown. It still looks striking against the white wall and is complimented with the brown butterfly chair.
What are your thoughts on this fireplace trend?
Images: Northern Light, Carol Reed, Show Home, The Brick House
Small space decorating can often be a struggle, but we have some tips for how to manage your tiny modern home. There's a few strategies you can implement, along with specific elements such as space-saving floor lamps, modern nesting tables or decorative mirrors.
This image above demonstrates the stylish benefits of nesting tables. Pull them out when you need more surface space or tuck them away on a daily basis.
Sometimes, with small spaces different areas overlap. Like this tiny dining area and kitchen above. The absolute best way to visually distinguish areas is with lighting. For small spaces, small pendant lighting is ideal. And if it sparkles, even better!
Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Whether you hang them on the wall or lean them on the floor, framed mirrors are a super easy way to help a space look larger than it is. Plus if you choose wisely, the style of frame can add tons of personality to a room as well.
Lean, and unobtrusive floor lamps are a key factor in small space living. You need light, but are often times short on surface area for table lamps.
If you have any questions or need some additional advice, don't hesitate to post a comment... Good luck with your tiny space!
Images: Your Ideas, Miriam Kenly, La Maison, Marry Bee
Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, not to mention beautiful. This makes them a sustainable decor option, as well as an effective use for stylish and modern home decorating ideas.
In addition to being used to construct all kinds of modern design objects, from flooring and furniture to home accessories, they have culinary and medicinal uses. They have also been used to create everything from paper to musical instruments and even textiles.
In China, bamboo is a symbol of longevity and in India it symbolizes friendship. It's no wonder that bamboo has been used for centuries to inspire and decorate homes around the world and continue to upgrade modern home styles today.
Image courtesy of Décor Demon
Besides its versatility and sustainability, I think it's a gorgeous plant with its segmented hollow stems and delicate leaves.
It's a playful way to bring the outdoors in.
Bamboo can be used as inspiration, like with these bamboo-shaped table legs on the brass tray table above, or as a material like with these bamboo base table lamps, or even as a motif like the bamboo print pendant lamp.
Adding bamboo in your modern home will add sustainability and create a look that is at once organic, laid back and chic.
1. Brushed Steel Lush Bamboo Giclee 5 1/2-Inch-H Pendant 2. Rift Reclining 24-Inch-H Nova Lighting Table Lamp 3. Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce 4. Gold Leaf Bamboo Rectangular 32-Inch-H Tray Table 5. Thumprints Nandina Bamboo 31-Inch-H Unique Table Lamp 6. Collapsible Rice Paper Bamboo 51-Inch-H Floor Lamp 7. Stanton Bronze Metal Dimond Floor Lamp with Tray Table
Images: The Z Hush, Décor Demon
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