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  • A Shipping Container Home with a Rustic Feel

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    Exterior of shipping container home in San Diego County

    Shipping container homes have been gaining popularity over the last few years. Two reasons for this are lower constructions costs (as compared to standard construction methods) and environmentally-conscious purposes (when recycled containers are used.)

    Architect Chris Bitner designed an 800 sq ft home from three recycled shipping containers for a San Diego County couple - the total construction costs were $160,000!

    The various knicks, dents and rust of the recycled containers lend a rustic feeling to the modern home design.

    Living area in home made of shipping containers

    The home is full of modern furniture and includes a space-conscious open kitchen full of energy-efficient appliances.

    Efficient kitchen with several types of lighting

    The small kitchen island is lit by a series of pendant lights. A combination of practical under-cabinet lights and modern track lighting are used to light the rest of the area. A close-to-ceiling fixture provides even more ambient light.

    LED lighting would be the perfect choice for this environmentally-conscious home. LED lights are energy efficient and have a life of 50,000 hours!

    The dining area next to the kitchen features a bar-height table and casual kitchen barstools,

    A garage door opens the main living area to the outdoors in a shipping container home

     The dining area is alongside a garage door that can be raised to extend the living space outside, perfect for the balmy, temperate climate in Sand Diego County.

    A shipping container home made of three recycled shipping containers

    The couple hopes to someday build a larger shipping container home and make their current home into a guest house.

    Image source: Dwell

  • Mix It Up: Modern + Vintage Style

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    Modern Living Room Design With Vintage Accents

    Vintage and modern style living room.

    The best interior design is usually a combination of two or more styles. The key is knowing which style to give importance to and then from there make sure there's balance between them.

    In this case above, the overall design is modern with euro style furniture, while the undertones are vintage in nature, such as stylish crystal pendant lighting. Most of the furnishings are modern, while the crystal chandelier and architectural details are vintage. Don't forget to include the built-in details, such as decorative molding, etc.

    If you love this space above as much as I do, here's how to get the look in your own home:

    Euro Furnishings and Lighting

    1. Delicate, with innovative form, this crystal chandelier will add the perfect vintage touch to any room.

    2. This modern white tripod floor lamp is delicate, yet modern.

    3. Get the classic beige accent with this striped accent pillow.

    4. Add a little delicate accent with the beaded accent pillow.

    5. Provide a little color and modern pattern with the orange ikat pillow.

    6. Keep the main piece of furniture neutral with the simple lines of the oyster upholstered sofa.

    7. Clean lines play a role in the modern aesthetic with this white lacquered square coffee table.

    8. With a modern form and vintage material, this mother of pearl gourd table lamp is perfect for helping to pull the styles together.

    9. Another piece with classic form and vintage material, this distressed brown leather accent chair with button tufting is perfect.

    Image source: Afflante

  • Lighting Design - Layer, Layer, Layer!

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    Layering in lighting design featuring a floor lamp and a modern silver and glass pendant

    In any type of interior, lighting is an important piece in the interior design puzzle. Lighting design plays a very big role in how you experience a space.

    How you light a room really transforms the mood and perceived size of a room. The elements of a room really come together with the right types and combination of lighting, so it's essential to keep lighting in mind as you design a room and not have it be an after-thought.

    All rooms need a mix of three different kinds of lighting - ambient, task and accent.

    Modern bronze and glass pendant lighting over a dining table in an industrial chic setting

    Ambient Lighting

    The goal of ambient lighting is to provide even, overall light to a room. Recessed lighting is great for this purpose.

    If you want something more decorative to provide ambient lighting, a chandelier works beautifully. Wall-mounted lighting like sconces also provide ambient lighting.

    Always use dimmers with ambient lighting! We can't emphasize this enough! Dimmers allow you to adjust the light levels based on the time of day or mood you are looking to create. Use multiple circuits in a room so you can dim some lights, while keeping others brighter.

    Home office with task lighting provided by a table lamp and wall lamp.

    Task Lighting

    Specific tasks like reading, working at your desk, cooking or getting ready in the bathroom require task lighting.

    Stylish table lamps and floor lamps are perfect in the living room, home office and bedroom.

    The kitchen requires task lighting in a different form. Pendant lighting comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles and is ideal for illuminating cooking and food prep areas. Combine pendants with under cabinet lighting and you have the perfectly lit kitchen.

    Task lighting in a bathroom include bath bars and sconces. For a more modern look, consider using pendant lights as sconces.

    A picture light accents a piece of art

    Accent Lighting

    Bring visual interest into a room by creating different focal points with accent lighting. Accent lighting highlights specific objects like interesting architectural details, art, sculptures and bookcases. 

    Classic track lighting and picture lights are often used as accent lighting in a room.

    Make sure your lighting design includes these three types of lighting (ambient, task and accent) and you will create a beautifully lit space for you to enjoy!

    Image Source: Euro Style Lighting

  • The Jungalow Kitchen Reveal

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    Mismatched modern barstools in Justine Blakeney's Jungalow kitchen

    Bohemian kitchen design.

    If you didn't already know, Justina Blakeney, author of the blog Jungalow, just bought a house. If you follow her design work like me, then you've been anxiously waiting to see how she puts her new home together.

    She recently revealed her kitchen design and it's everything I thought it would be, starting with mismatched modern bar stools.

    Boho kitchen with emerald green backsplash and green and gold tiles on the floor

    Green and brass kitchen design.

    It's no surprise she mixes her accessories with plants, which works perfectly with her green backsplash and flooring.

    Copper and wood provide the perfect materials for shelving accessories.  Whether you're going for a boho look or a super clean modern aesthetic, wood kitchen bowls are a beautiful accessory.

    Unfinished wood shelving with copper brackets in a boho-style kitchen

    Distressed wood shelving.

    Blakeney does a great job following through with the overall organic feel of this kitchen design.

    The distressed wood shelving pairs perfectly with the green tile, while happily supporting her beautiful plants. 

    For more, head over to Justina's blog, The Jungalow.

    All images from Justina Blakeney

  • Shades of Grey in a Modern Home

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    Modern living room in shades of grey including grey wood-paneled walls, sofa and area rug

    Modern living room in shades of grey.

    Shades of grey isn't just some book-turned-move, it's also a beautiful color palette for any modern home. It's especially neat when the grey palette is consistent throughout the entire home...

    Something else to envy from this grey living room is the sculptural lighting... Try using chic pendant lighting for more than just light, make art out of a few different pieces.

    Contemporary kitchen with streamlined grey cabinetry and greyish wood herringbone floor

    Modern grey kitchen design.

    Even the wood floor finish has a grey tone in this kitchen. The design is serious about the grey palette, right up to the bold rectangular pendant light.

    Modern black bar stools pair perfectly with the linear, grey kitchen island.

    Sleek modern bedroom with gray fabric-covered platform bed and dark gray wood-paneled walls

    Herringbone floors in a grey bedroom.

    The platform style bed keeps the space open, while the bold shelving grounds the design in shades of grey.

    Simple recessed ceiling lighting and beautiful herringbone flooring are thoughtful details that go a long way.

    All images from Behance

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