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  • Fountains Enhance A Backyard Year-Round

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     Fountains Enhance Your Backyard Year-Round

    Image from ABC das Suculentas

    There's lots of different ways you can use fountains to enhance your backyard.

    Today might be the first day of Fall, but that doesn't mean you should write off your outdoor design too quickly, especially if you live in Southern California! Outdoor fountains are a great way to enhance your backyard year-round.

    Also, there's lots of cool ways you can use modern outdoor fountains, besides flowing water. We love this succulent idea above!

    Modern Outdoor Design

    Image from One Kind Design

    Modern outdoor design is important year-round.

    If you're somewhere in a warmer climate, like Southern California, then we suggest succulents for adorning the water flowing fountain and modern outdoor furniture nearby.

    Tiered outdoor fountains are also an option if you want to give your outdoor space a style upgrade. Their height and multiple levels of water flow create a wonderfully zen environment.

    Tiered Fountains Upgrade Any Outdoor Space

    Image from Better Homes & Gardens

    Tiered fountains upgrade any outdoor space.

    What are some of the ways you like to enjoy your outdoor space year-round?

    Images: ABC das Suculentas, One Kind Design, Better Homes & Gardens

  • Dark Walls, Bright Lights For Your Home

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    Dark Walls, Bright Lights For Your Home

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    Now that Fall is here, I can't wait to darken up my decor a little. One of the most fun, and easiest, ways to do this is by painting a wall. Don't worry, if you don't like it just paint it back.

    Everything pops in front of a dark wall, especially unique lighting.

    Brass Lighting For a Dark Living Room

    Image from Simply Grove

    Brass lighting for a dark living room.

     Arteriors Home Jacoby Antique Brass 2-Light Floor Lamp

    Arteriors Home Jacoby Antique Brass 2-Light Floor Lamp

    You don't have to have a sparkly crystal chandelier to make your lighting pop, even rich metals like brass look great against dark walls and modern furnishings.

    Brass floor lamps are perfect resting near a dark sofa, in front of a bold dark wall.

    Dark Walls In A Modern Dining Room

    Image from The Design Files

    Dark walls in a modern dining room.

     Possini Euro Silver Waves Triple Light Swag Chandelier

    Possini Euro Silver Waves Triple Light Swag Chandelier

    No need to stick to brass, and if you don't want crystal, then chrome is the way to go.

    Dark Walls In A Modern Dining Room

    Image from Door Sixteen

    Dark Walls In A Modern Dining Room With Stylish Lighting

     Glass Orbs Contemporary Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier

    Glass Orbs Contemporary Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier

    For a complete departure from what I've been mentioning, try an orbit style chandelier. The glass balls will look great against a dark wall.

    Images: Apartment TherapySimply Grove, The Design Files, Door Sixteen

  • Using Mirrors As Art

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    Mirrors As Art

    Using mirrors as art, "New York Light" will be on view at the foot of the Flatiron Building.

    As anyone who's been following home trends over the last year can attest, mirrors are all the rage. Any combination of stylish modern wall mirrors and well-placed unique lighting can work wonders when you're brightening and broadening a space.

    But a new public art installation coming to the historic Flatiron building by inventive Brooklyn design firm Inaba promises to take mirrors to a whole new level.

    Mirrored Art Installation

    Renderings of the Art Installation reveal a collection of mirrors and LED lights.

    Using LED lights and mirrors, "New York Light" effectively does for the city what mirrors and mirrored furnishings do in your own home, reflecting and drawing attention to the things you want to see and obscuring the things you don't.

    While it's hardly as high-concept, the simple repetition of mirrored surfaces at home can have a dazzling, even playful, effect...And luckily there are plenty of options available:

    Modern Mirrored Furnishings

    Juxtaposed Angles Collection Mirror Console Table, Merritt Decorative Wall Mirror, Contemporary Round Frameless Mirror, Criss Cross Contemporary Mirrored Accent Chest

    While exact dates haven't been announced yet, the installation is expected to be on view from Thanksgiving through Christmas. For the time being, we'll just have to enjoy the project renderings above.

    Images: Architect Magazine

  • Efficient Home Design With Track Lighting

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    Efficient Home Deigns With Track Lighting

    Track lighting belongs anywhere, even a modern style living room.

    Home design should always be fun, but most importantly it should create a functional space to live in. When it comes to efficient design, lighting is at the top of the list. And when it comes to lighting efficiency, track lighting is at the very top.

    It may not be the first thing you consider for the living room, but if you take a look at this space above, you'll see that modern track lighting makes a great contribution to the clean, modern aesthetic.

     Pro Track White Adjustable Three Light Low Voltage Track Kit

    Track Lighting In A Modern Home Office

    Track lighting is great for a modern home office.

    ProTrack Chrome Round Back 33 1/2-Inch-W Ceiling Fixture

    One of the rooms where you'll need the most space saving and lighting efficiency is the home office. Track lighting is perfect for helping you see what you're working on, while still maintaining a minimal aesthetic in the space design.

    However, don't underestimate the addition of a nice table lamp or two for the desk top.  

    Track Lighting In A Modern Kitchen

    Track lighting in a modern kitchen.

    George Kovacs Glass Bronze Patina Modern Pendant Rail Kit

    The kitchen is the most common place to consider track lighting, but make sure you look at all the options out there. You might want something different than you have in your office.

    There are track lights that resemble pendant lights, like the example above, which are perfect for a stylishly modern kitchen island.

    Track Lighting Works In Every Room

    You can apply track lighting to any type of room.

    There's honestly no limits to where you can use track lighting. It works for pantries, art studios and closets too!

    Images: Houzz

  • Boost Your Flower Power With Lamp Shades

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    Boost Your Flower Power With Lamp Shades

    Floral patterns are one hot trend for the home.

    One of the many fashion trends that have been brought back from the '80's are floral patterns. Similar to fashion, this has happened big time for home design as well. We have the easiest way for you to enjoy this trend, and that's with floral patterned lamp shades! Easily keep the lamps you have and just switch out the shades for a boost of flower power...

    Here's some fun floral home design inspiration images to show you just how popular this trend is for the home. Also, they provide some fun ideas if you want to get a little more serious about this fun trend.

    Flower Decor For A Modern Home

    Every room in the house could use a little floral pattern.

    With this resurgence, lots of fun floral patterns have developed, so luckily there is a large selection of floral patterned lamp shades available to choose from. Make sure to play with pattern scale and colors because that's the best part about this type of pattern. 

    Whether you're dressing up your bedroom, living room or office, a quick modern lamp shade change will take your room from boring to wow. 

    Here's a few of our favorite floral lamp shades....

    Patterned Lamp Shades

    A. Plum Floral Silhouette Drum 13 1/2-Inches-W Lamp Shade

    B. Harvest Flowers Cone 11 1/2-Inch-H Lamp Shade

    C. Pea and Teal Floral Pattern Drum 11-Inches-H Lamp Shade

    D. Multicolor Flowers Drum 13-Inches-H Lamp Shade

    E. Persimmon Floral Cone 11 1/2-Inch-H Lamp Shade

    F. Drum 11-Inches-H Black Velvet and Floral Print Lamp Shade

    Images: Top: Designers Guild, House & Garden, Aston Design Studio, 79 Ideas / Bottom: House & Garden, Designers Guild, Queensland Homes

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