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  • Small Space Dining + Kitchen Lighting Ideas

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    Small Space Dining And Kitchen Lighting Ideas

    Image from Svermeri

    Combine your kitchen and dining with great lighting.

    With so many of us seemingly moving toward smaller space living, we find ourselves trying to make full use of each space... Efficiency matters when you have a certain amount of design elements you want to fit in a limited amount of space.

    Combining the kitchen and dining room is a great example of efficient space saving. If you have a dining room, but would rather use it for an office, try creating a small dining room in the kitchen. Or, if your home is small enough you may not have any other option than to combine the kitchen and dining spaces.

    Whichever your reason for combining these two rooms, here's some fabulous modern design ideas....

    Possini Euro Arlo Chrome 18-Inch-H Pendant Light

    Possini Euro Arlo Chrome 18-Inch-H Pendant Light

    In all cases, I cannot emphasize the importance of modern pendant lighting! It helps to define a space within a space. Otherwise, it might just look like you have a misplaced table and chairs floating in your kitchen.

    Also, white is a great choice when it comes to lighting, wall color, etc. It helps the space look more open.

    Small Space Design Ideas

    Image from Blood & Champagne

    Small spaces mean efficient use of space and lighting options.

    This dining nook above has beautiful wood furniture and hardwood floors, but does a great job opening up the small space by using white pendant lighting.

    Ivory Cardiogram Ivory Fabric Shade Chandelier

    Ivory Cardiogram Ivory Fabric Shade Chandelier

    When the hanging kitchen lighting is white and the walls and/or cabinets are also white, it creates a seamless design aesthetic, while still providing lighting and function to the space.

    Modern Kitchen Pendant Lighting

    Image from Unfinished Home

    White is a great color option in small spaces.

    This design above does a great job mixing and matching different materials and hues. The black, bold chairs look great with the natural/white table and dark green cabinets. But again, the white subway tiles, white walls and white lighting open up the space perfectly.

    White Bowl Shade Downlite 15 3/4-Inch-W Pendant Light

    White Bowl Shade Downlite 15 3/4-Inch-W Pendant Light

    Do you rent an apartment maybe and don't want to hassle with any electrical work? A really great solution for this, which also looks smart, is a floor lamp. 

    Kitchen Lighting Ideas

    Image from Nordic Days

    Have you ever thought of a floor lamp for your dining nook?

    Maybe you're just not sure where you want to establish your dining area yet and want temporary lighting in the meantime... Either way, a floor lamp is a great option that is not often considered. Just make sure to situate it out of the way, against the wall like this space above.

    Adjustable White Robert Abbey Boom Floor Lamp

    Adjustable White Robert Abbey Boom Floor Lamp

    I hope these ideas help! Head to Euro Style Lighting for great kitchen lighting and lots of other modern lighting options!

    Images: Svermeri, Blood & Champagne, Unfinished Home, Nordic Days

  • Modern Mix of Patterns

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    Modern Mix Of Patterns For The Home

    Most of the time, a home doesn't need an expensive interior designer to create beautiful spaces. Often times, something as simple as mixing up patterns can create the wow factor you're looking for.

    The key to mixing patterns is sticking to a color palette and making sure to mix different scales. This living room above sticks with coral, blue and gray while mixing large and small scale patterns. It's beautifully designed.

    Also, formal lighting is a great way to upgrade your space and illuminate your fun pattern mixing.

    Living Room Design

    An easy way to infuse pattern and personality into your space is with fun textiles, area rugs and patterned lamp shades. Just make sure you mix up the scales and keep a consistent color palette throughout.

    Colorful Table Lamps For Kids Rooms

    Kids rooms are really fun for mixing up patterns and colors. This room above sticks with an orange, fuschia and white palette while mixing patterns with solids. The painted ceiling is also pretty great.

    Colorful table lamps are a great way to highlight your favorite hue from the room's palette.

    Images: Meredith Heron Design, Caitlin Wilson, Artthaus

  • Falling for Fall Home Colors

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    Fall Home Colors

    Image from Hyper Allergic

    Ok, so I'm admittedly not a creature of home color habit. With the autumn equinox a little over a week away (September 21 to be exact), I decided to search for something other than orange, brown and maroon to incorporate in the house. 

    I looked everywhere. Home blogs. Fashion blogs. Colorists. Futurists. And what I found was almost every color combination under the late summer sun. Which led to an obvious conclusion: "new fall colors" can be anything you want them to be, as long as you pick a palette and stick to it. So with that, here are a few interesting palettes I found:

    Mid Century Colors

    Robert Sonneman Modern Unoluci Yellow Floor LampKimlyn Rio Taupe Mid-Century Modern Armchair

    Above is this late summer/early fall palette, inspired by the Emily Mast art installation pictured at the top of this post. The colors work well with mid-century furnishings.

    Nail Color Trends

    Nail polish images from Elle

    Color Plus Ovo Raindrop Glass with Oatmeal Shade Table LampFired Brick Red Brown Double Gourd 29 1/2-Inch-H Table LampModern Narrow Zig Zag Art Shade Rose Ovo Table Lamp

    Then there's the playful vibe above, inspired by Elle's fall nail polish predictions. There are tons of unique table lamps on the market to help you get this look in a snap.

    Fashion Fall Colors

    Dress and sunglasses images from Refinery 29

    Possini Euro Double Shade Bronze 20 Inch Wide Pendant LightHoward Elliott 2-Piece Cobalt Blue Ceramic Jar Set

    And lastly, here's a take on late autumn up to the holidays inspired by simple yet sophisticated lines and colors found on Refinery 29. As you can see, fall colors can be virtually anything you want, as long as you keep things consistent.

    Images: Hyper Allergic, Elle, Refinery 29 

  • Celebrity Home Design Tips

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    Celebrity Home Design Tips 

    There are many things to envy when it comes to celebrities, specifically Gisele Bundchen, but when it comes to home design those elements of jealousy can be overcome.

    We may not be able to afford the celebrity interior designer, but that doesn't mean we can't use their designs as inspiration and blueprints. It's not as hard as you may think to find an extremely similar look on a "normal person" budget.

    This gorgeous living room above was just one of the beautiful rooms in the Brentwood home of Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady. Although we're still in love with this home, we can also look forward to seeing images of their new home currently being built in Boston...

    Modern Lighting

    Troy Cymbal Bronze Leaf Wall SconceRobert Abbey Lucy Deep Patina Bronze PendantKathy Ireland Empire Antique Brass Table Lamp

    In our opinion the most important elements in this living room design is the modern lighting. The round shaped chandelier is a great contrast to all the hard edges in the room. It breaks it all up and gives you a reason to look up.

    The brass wall sconces were not selected to blend in, but rather stand out and they do just that. The brass finish is beautiful and they really help make the fireplace wall the main focus. Using a pair of modern wall sconces is a great way to highlight a specific element in the room.

    Between the gorgeous indoor tree on the left and the table lamp on the right side on the console table, the design of the space is successfully presented at different levels. Good design should make your eyes constantly move around the room. 

    Entryway Chandelier

    Maxim Chantilly 10 Light Nickel Jewelry Chain Chandelier

    The entryway chandelier is beyond brilliant. You really feel like this is the introduction to the home, not just a space where everyone walks through to get somewhere else. Because of its location, this gorgeous chandelier also adorns the second floor. We love that!

    So dream on and don't give up. You can have a designer style home like all the celebrities!

    Image: Architectural Digest

  • Kitchen Design: Black, White or Both?

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    Modern Kitchen Design

    You can never go wrong with all-white decor or all-black decor, especially when it comes to the clean lines of modern kitchen design. 

    But the question we're posing today is, which is your favorite? Black or white kitchen design?

    This bold black design above looks quite nice. You can add a pop of white like they did with a couple mini white pendants

    White Kitchen Design

    We can't help but love the simplicity of this all-white design above. And bonus, your food will look extra brilliant.

    Dark Kitchen Design

    This loft style home optioned for a dark kitchen design, which we love. The geometric window wall helps open it up to the rest of the home.

    White Design

    Wood contrasts perfectly against all-white design, like this vintage modern kitchen above. 

    Who says kitchen design has to include pendants or chandeliers? Check out this space below.... You could use a fun table lamp and help your kitchen look unique while still providing lighting for cooking. However this should only be done if you have the right amount of counter space.

    Black And White Design

    This kitchen is also good inspiration If you're not sure which you prefer, black or white design. Just try both like this smart kitchen.

    Note: pops of color are always welcome!

    Images: HouzzStylizmoNate BerkusElizabeth Heier, My Ideal Home

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