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  • Styling with Modern Pillows

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    Modern Living Room

    We all know that when decorating a room, the cheapest way to change the look is through accessories. You can add color, texture and even pattern by adding a few modern pillows. Pillows can instantly make a sofa feel warmer, add color to a chair and create a pretty haven in a bedroom. And being one of the least expensive elements in a room, you will spend way less than replacing a piece of furniture.

    The modern sofa (above) would have looked a little lonely without those awesome patterned pillows.

    Colorful Design

    I love how the designer of this room (above) picked up the color palette from the rug and added that palette to the pillows on this sofa. It looks playful and fun yet still feels sophisticated. The mix of patterns also creates an extra cool look.

    Industrial Modern Living Room

    This leather sofa (above) is already a fantastic piece without any help. These two pillows add a little bit of dimension and depth to this cozy, masculine room. They also helped maintain the monochromatic palette, which creates a very mature space.

    Modern Bedroom

    If you're tired of your bedding, switch out your shams and add a few new throw pillows. You’ll feel like you got a new bed set! When deciding on how many pillows you should display on a bed, don’t go overboard. Display a few pillows that add that “wow” factor.

    Here are a few pillows that would add greatness to any room.

    Abstract Accent Pillow

    Infinity Black Multilines 18" Square Down Throw Pillow

    Accent Pillow

    Surya 18" Square Cumin Yellow Throw Pillow

    Striped Accent Pillow

    Shock 20" Square Blue and Beige Stripe Throw Pillow

    Colorful Accent Pillow

    Mirabelle Sky Blue Burst Set of 2 Safavieh Accent Pillows

    Gray Accent Pillow

    Infinity Metallic Silver Links 18" Square Down Throw Pillow

    Images: Alvhem, Bloesem, La Maison d’ Anna G, Bliss.

  • Stylish Design in a Kids Space

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    Kids Space

    Decorating for a kids doesn't mean you have to throw style out the door. I find that adding a few stylish anchor pieces, that work for any age, is the best way to achieve stylish design in a kids space. 

    And for me, the best place to start is with lighting. Light fixtures always set the tenor for the room. After all, the pendant light is usually in the center, or the focal point, of the room. 

    Stylish Design

    Don't be afraid to think outside of the box. I have been known to use modern lighting, suited for a minimalist-minded grown up, in a nursery that was otherwise quite whimsical. I have also gone the route of using a fancy, unexpected and very shimmery chandelier in the playroom.

    Kids Room

    The great part about decorating for little ones is that you can mix things up and take creativity a bit further than you might in other rooms of your home.

    Another added bonus is that when you use lighting (or any decor piece) that suites your grown up taste, it can easily be moved into another room of the house or simply "grow" with your child into the next stage or room style.

    Modern Pendant Lighting

    1. Eurofase Bronx Black Pendant Light 2. Possini Euro Design White Flower 3. Dandelion Shade Possini 4. Tech Top Charcoal Gray Drum Shade Suspension Ceiling Light

    While I think there are endless options, these four fixtures are a favorite and would work well for both little ones and grown ups alike.

    Images: Le Shop, Family Living, La Dolce Vita

  • Cool + Collected 1.20

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    Modern Art

    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!

    +For those of you celebrating Valentines Day all weekend long, Refinery 29 has a fun + romantic playlist. Enjoy! And can we add, what cool artwork too, right?! (above)

    +We spotted this really cool house on Dezeen that appears to be one with the hillside in Spain. Wow!

    +If you like reading and you agree the cover of the book does in fact matter, then you'll love this project. Several well-known books were re-designed with simple, graphic styles. Sort of makes you want to read some of them over again...

    +Do you follow digital design mag Rue like we do? Then you'll love a new daily feature they've added to their brand. Now, we won't have to wait between issues for great content from the Rue team.

    +We're always keep our eye out for cool street art. Check out Michael Owen's Baltimore Love Project featuring designs of four hands spelling out the word love. They're large scale, bold and eye catching.

    Image: Dezeen

  • Romantic Restaurant Design: A Brief History of Canalis

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    romantic restaurant design

    In the history of romantic restaurants, perhaps no place stands out in the minds of Modern lovers more than Seattle's Canlis. In 1950, Peter Canlis hired architect Roland Terry to realize his vision of building "the world’s most beautiful restaurant." These historic photos tell the love story. 

    canalis architectural elevations

    Canalis Exterior Seattle

    The result was an eclectic mix of modern motifs that, despite a fair share of redesigns over the years, was recently named a Top 100 Romantic Restaurant by the reservations website OpenTable.com. We love how you can use nail head trim chairs to instantly make dinner in a public space feel like a private admission to someone's personal library.

    Canalis Banquet Hall

    Much of the restaurant's charm was in the sweeping candelabra and one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. The romantic touch, it seems, has a simple formula: find a modern chandelier and put a candelabra bulb on it.

    modern candelabra chandeliers

    You could call it quirky, funky, left-of-center, but Canalis in its earliest days was a reminder that modern design, at its best, isn't about imitation--it's about being true to one's self.

    Having said that, here's how we imagine imitating Canalis at home:

    Modern Chandelier

    Possini Corinthian Bronze Twist Multi Chandelier

    Modern Sconce

    Uttermost Kane Polished Nickel Wall Sconce

    Modern Dining Chair

    Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs  

    We'd like to thank the University of Washington Libraries, from whom these fabulous historic photos were borrowed.

    Images: University of Washington Libraries

  • From Outfit to Interior: Preppy & Patterned

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    Preppy Fashion and Decor

    Winter days short on sunlight are always made better with bright color and playful patterns! Ms. Preppy & Patterned knows that patterns don't have to necessarily be a print, they can also be a texture.

    This Hammered Silverleaf Table Lamp with cylinder shade is a perfect example with its bumpy base, while the tall and narrow shade offers a dose of prep. Know where that lamp would look fantastic? Perched atop the Howard Elliott Unique Mirrored Cabinet. It's size is just right to use as a bar cabinet or entryway cabinet, and the etched mirrored surface offers lots of light and shadow play!

    Modern Lighting

    Ms. P&P's bedroom is an area of the three Rs – rest, relaxation, and reading! The bronze  Besa Wall Lamp with Kona sunset glass offers up a punchy pop of color for those late night books that just can't be put down and those chilly morning wakeup calls that need a little help.


    This black leather storage ottoman slides nicely into a living room corner when not being used and can be used for extra storage and seating in a pinch. The geometric nailhead pattern detailing makes sure this functional piece gets noticed on even the darkest winter days!

    Modern Decor

    It would be a shame to neglect the smallest room in the house, Ms. Preppy & Patterned would never. A  Modern Lilypad Light Fixture from Possini makes quite the bold statement and could easily be mistaken for a clear winter night's sky if you squint just a little.

    Modern Sconce

    Image: Net-a-Porter

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