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Today, we are so happy to invite Jaime Derringer from Design Milk on our blog to share some of her modern home design tips!
For those of you new to the blog world, Jaime Derringer is the founder and editor of Design Milk, an online magazine dedicated to modern design. The talent doesn't stop there, Jaime is also a great artist and poem-writer.
Let's hear what she has to say about modern design....
ESL: What are your go-to pieces for creating that contemporary home?
JD: I always say go with what you love. Build a neutral base and build on top of that with more exciting bold decor and accent pieces. However, I would encourage one brave, unique choice, whether a standout chair, a creative chandelier, or a daring wallpaper pattern. Do something memorable.
Image from Glitter Inc.
ESL: What tricks/tips do you recommend for achieving a clean and modern look around the home?
JD: Storage! Storage is my number one go-to. If you don’t have the right storage, often times, you end up with piles of things all over the place, which can make a space look messy. Cleanliness is the key to a modern space. The best way to figure out what kind of storage solutions you need is to live in a space first and see where messes and items seem to pile up over time. Then, you can determine the best solution for you; don’t buy unnecessary products—wait until you know what you need.
You can also get some motion-sensor drawer and cabinet lighting to help you find what you’re looking for once you’ve stored everything away.
ESL: What rules can be broken with lighting when it comes to a contemporary look?
JD: I love oversized lighting. The bigger the better - I’d suggest doing something bold and dramatic with lighting even in small spaces.
Perhaps this Possini Euro Icicle Chandelier (left) or this crystal burst design with the Corbett Inertia Crystal Pendant Light (right). I like to turn on the bright lights.
ESL: Where does your inspiration stem from? Any particular designer, architect or blogger?
JD: I am all over the place. I love the creativity of Karim Rashid and the futuristic designs of Zaha Hadid, but also the classic modern designs from the Eameses, Wegner, and Aalto. I love an eclectic mix and I’m hoping to nail it in my new house! ESL: What are some ways in which you can get creative with lighting around the home?
JD: Function first, but then form and fashion. Once you have all your functional areas lit, you can play with some mood lighting.
Image from From the Rigth Bank
I especially like to light some of my artwork with picture lights, create a hallway gallery with spotlights and add special dimmers to make sure I can change the mood in an instant. Even indoor spotlights can light up a special corner and set a dramatic mood.
House of Troy Picture Light
Thanks for all the modern design insight Jaime!
Don't forget to check out our "Bright Ideas from Design Milk" Pinterest board where Jaime continues to share ideas!...
Images: House to Home, Glitter Inc., Casa Vogue, From the Right Bank
Image from La Maison d’ Anna G.
Crystal chandeliers are often thought of as fancy, fussy and traditional. However, I think the rules are changing a bit and decorating a modern bedroom with crystal chandeliers can provide a 'wow' factor for your home. While usually associated with formal dining rooms, crystal chandeliers are popping up in bathrooms, bedrooms and even babies rooms. Forget the idea that they must be used with traditional furniture or feminine décor.
These days, tradition is teaming up with modern and the result is simply beautiful.
I happen to personally love crystal pendant lighting, and my favorite room to use this style of lighting in, is the bedroom. A pretty chandelier above the bed is so luxurious. It’s beautiful to look at, but also gives off such beautiful light and sets a great ambiance.
Image from JJ Locations
There are several ways you can style your sparkly light in your bedroom. One of my favorite looks is to add a crystal chandelier to a very simplistic modern bedroom. This way the chandelier is the star of the show. I really like how a light fixture acts as the art in the room when paired with a plain dark colored wall (top image).
Crystal chandeliers and floral paintings are no strangers. It’s a look that just works well. If you fancy this look, you can still keep the room modern and current by sticking to a white palate and using modern furniture with clean lines.
Image from EST Magazine
Another fun option is to bring modern lighting into the mix. Why not use super modern bedside lights with a crystal chandelier centered above? A mix of style keeps a room from looking too serious and adds character. This is a perfect match, in my opinion.
1. Schonbek Bordeaux Bronze 32-Inch-H Chandelier 2. Tylla Chrome Crystal Eight Light Chandelier 3. Crystorama Chloe Brass with Crystal Ceiling Light Fixture
Here are a few of my favorite chandeliers above. They are a great piece to start with when decorating your bedroom.
Images: La Maison d’ Anna G., JJ Locations, EST Magazine
Because it is low temperatures at my home right now, all I can think about is how to stay warm and comfortable. I’m especially fond of white fireplaces in modern spaces. Fireplaces, preferably white and modern, give that instant warm gratification even when they’re not on. The look and appeal of a fireplace is cozy, satisfying and stylish.
We see in the space above a beautiful, grand fireplace paired with modern furniture and flooring. The juxtaposition is perfect! Also, large mirrors displayed above the fireplace always make it even more perfect.
This brick fireplace got a new lease on life by being painted white. Against the white washed floors, the fireplace totally pops and looks extremely cool.
For a simple look, this fireplace was decorated with a small bouquet of peonies and a few pieces of art. The fireplace acts as a great display area for pretty items. You could even adorn it with refined modern walls sconces, maybe flanking your favorite artwork.
Here’s another brick fireplace painted white. The cool thing about this space is that the entire back wall is white brick which gives the sense of bigness and grandness. And we also see another large mirror displayed above the fireplace which creates a taller ceiling space.
All four of these fireplaces give me the bug to reface my own!
Images: Living, Simply Grove, Bread & Olives, Little Girl Big City.
Image from SF Girl by Bay
I am really loving the simplicity in all things relating to home design lately. A simple white lamp, a plain ottoman. So many simple things in one space doesn’t always feel too bland or boring. It has been making me feel clean and fresh and I am loving it!
This kitchen above is kind of a dream kitchen for me right now. Simple modern hanging light fixtures for a designer look, a few minimal bar stools and a big farm-like table for everyone to gather around to help cook and hang out. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I think so!
So let’s try our hand at recreating this room, shall we?
White Frosted Glass 20 1/2-Inch-W George Kovacs Pendant, Zuo Twin Peaks Modern Wood 30 3/4-Inch-H Bar Stool, Jamie Young Campaign Silver 30-Inch-H Folding Dining Table
First off, the lamps.... These are a little different, but has the same basic white simplicity and I love it. They bring some whimsy to the space without being childish or busy. And the light they provide would be subtle and clean, not overbearing.
The bar stools are simple and minimal with an industrial vibe, which is perfect I think. They are big enough to fulfill their need but don’t take over the space with excess bulk.
And the table... A big, beautiful, wood table. The one in the inspiration picture is similar, but I might like this all wood table even better! It’s simpler and the design of the table is a little cleaner which is a definite plus in my book.
There! We’ve done it! Here is our recreated dream kitchen. Man, do I love it.
Image: SF Girl by Bay
Image from RTL Woon Magazine
Midnight black is a chameleon of sorts when it comes to home styling. It's modern, it's elegant, it's rich, and more. Black goes with everything and has the ability to transform an entire room.
ve even been toying with the idea of painting my fireplace this darkest of darks, but you don't have to go to such extremes to incorporate this bold color into your space.
You can never go wrong with clean lines. The Hubbard Forge Stone Grey Pendant Chandelier brings a natural rounded design and sleek suede shade to the game. The stem even allows for adjustable height, making it a great pick for any room.
Don't neglect your outdoor lighting, it can add so much curb appeal! This Forecast Midnight Black Round Outdoor Light is both contemporary and simple. Add one on either side of your front door for a sophisticated entrance.
You rarely see mercury glass with a black finish, which makes me love this Modern Flynn Mercury Black Table Lamp all the more! It's sure to be a show-stopping conversation piece, all while providing an artful touch to whatever space it's in.
A glossy finish has a way of setting off midnight black like no other color. This mid-century inspired Wilco Black Zuo Dining Table is the perfect example with an air of casual elegance and chicness.
A floor lamp with a turned candlestick base? The Trump Home Soho Gloss Black Floor Lamp is like nothing I've seen before – gorgeous, intricate, and elegant. It's enhanced proportions will add to any decor.
Die cast aluminum blades and a translucent diffuser give the Uber Gloss Black Pendant Light a glow and glisten like no other! Suspend a few above your bathroom vanity or in the kitchen for that extra wow factor.
Image: RTL Woon Magazine
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