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Crystal Strand Chrome 29-Inch-W ET2 Halogen Chandelier
“Lots of glam and a little modern, this chandelier has it all!”
- R. Brannon, Interior Designer
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Earlier this week, while writing a post detailing the best great rooms around, I fell in love with one type in particular: modern barn house. This raw, rural, decaying type of structure is the perfect subject for dramatic modernization projects.
The beautiful space pictured throughout this post was renovated by Maxwan architecture in the Netherlands. Hanging swag lamps and mini pendant lights were the perfect designs to drop from the uneven ceilings of the barn.
Image from the Design Ark
The Dutch barn's simple floor plan - consisting of a ground floor and loft - led the firm to create a notable built-in (pictured above), incorporating kitchen counter, bookshelf and staircase in a single unit.
For this project, a loft adds desired square footage (not to mention valuable nap space) to the barn, while the loft's overhang creates a cozy fireplace nook below:
Image from Ignant
Image from Design Ark
When the architects moved in, they first noted that "all facade openings were too small, in the wrong place, or both." So they cut a large slit into the roof. Add some minimalist lighting from the rafters, and a modern barn space suddenly has a a very light, open feel.
Possini Euro Ice Drop Double Light Swag Chandelier
White and Chrome Finish Swag Style Plug-In Chandelier
Whether it's a vacation home or an everyday home, smart design and a little TLC can transform a rustic barn into your modern dream home.
Images: Maxwan, Ignant, Design Ark
It’s not a new trend by any means, but it was made popular in one of my favorite style eras, the 1920s! Starburst style is everywhere these days and I love it! I'm a little picky about my home design and starburst pieces should be selected carefully.
I love the warm and industrial feel of the brass pieces. Geometric shapes of the starburst are right up my ally. I think starburst can add a lot of interest and fun to a space while still being elegant and grown up. So basically, they are perfect, right?
1. Starburst Tinted Copper 27-Inch-H Thumprints Table Lamp 2. Elk Victoria Starburst Antique Gold 32-Inch-W Wall Mirror 3. Antique Brass Starburst 22-Inch-H Novo Accent Table
This table lamp above is my favorite! It’s simple, but also interesting. Exactly what a great table lamp should be, right? You can’t go wrong with white and brass either. Classic combo. Unique living room table lamps is a great way to compliment your decor, even if you can't find the perfect starburst shape.
Starburst mirrors would look amazing in an entry way or living room. A useful but still very pretty piece to make your home design complete. It kind of reminds me of a spider web. But in a very good, non-halloween and beautiful way.
The side table above is so fun! It would be the perfect table to put at the end of your couch for your guests to use and admire. I just love that the starburst shape goes all the way through the table.
What about you, would you try the starburst trend? I think it would look great in so many different homes and spaces. Maybe even an office space! The possibilities are endless with this classic design trend.
Image: Lonny Magazine
Image from Décor Pad
In order for your guests to see and enjoy your home decor, it's important to have a well-lit home. There are many options to choose from, but my favorite options are crystal table lamps.
Ambient light is a must in any home! Your home probably has a few different surfaces that call for different styles of table lamps, today I'm showing you my favorite choices for innovative crystal table lamp designs: a desk lamp, entry way lamp, a pair of living room side table lamps, and a lamp for a dining room buffet or console.
Contemporary Clear GlassTable Lamp, Vienna Full Spectrum Stacked Chain 26-1/2-Inch-H Table Lamp, Quad Stacked Crystal 29 1/4-Inch-H Set of 2 Table Lamps, Murray Feiss Metallic Moondust Modern Table Lamp
If you live in a small apartment or house, these contemporary crystal table lamp styles are a wonderful option for you! With little space, lack of natural light and the desire to still have a bright and stylish house, table lamps become even more important.
The crystal lamp allows you to decorate with a beautiful piece, light your home, and not take up too much visual space (since the base is clear). These crystal bases are beautiful and simple, making it the perfect finishing touch for your space.
Image: Décor Pad
Image from Trendland
For all the talk of square footage, bedrooms, baths and multi-car garages, perhaps nothing is as impressive in a home as a great room. These ultimate family rooms combine living, dining and cooking in a single space. With high ceilings and lively acoustics, these open spaces seem to induce families and guests to spend more time together.
And no matter what the style, these spaces pair well with decor elements such as designer floor lamps and mini pendant lights with smokey glass, Edison bulbs and more. With that in mind, let's look at a few great room types:
Image from Architectural Digest
Farmhouses and barns historically have been built around great rooms, and so are their modern brethren. Rustic decor elements? Check. Open space to feed the family with fresh bounty from the fields? Check. Clear the furniture and cue the music for a hoedown? Check!
Literally speaking, a loft (which is typically a single raw space with bathroom built-in) is a great room by definition. Theses converted commercial spaces are retrofitted with modern kitchen appliances and boast urban elements like ample glass and cement.
Photo by Jacob Reinwand
The industrial great room is often a subset of the loft, albeit with industrial decor items such as hanging work lights and raw materials and finishes.
Image from Abduzeedo
Ultra-modern homes offer architects and designers a chance to flex their muscle, with features like cantilevered staircases, discreet storage areas and unorthodox floor-plans. We love the look of clustered black pendant lights:
Left to right: Eurofase Bronx Black Pendant Light, Sliver Medium Black Pendant Light, Piquito Black Mini Contemporary Pendant Light
In all its mixed use, multi-tasking, communal glory, the great room represents a return to a time when families spent more time together. It represents the ultimate return to basics, and for that reason, we also see the great room as 100% in keeping with modernism and the modern lifestyle.
Images: Trendland, Architectural Digest, North Carolina Modernist Houses, Aduzeedo
Image from The Marion House Book
Mirrors have been a staple in the house for centuries now. They are perfect art replacements, they bring in extra natural light and can be beautiful architectural statement pieces. My favorite benefit of a mirror is that it visually makes a space look bigger and deeper. It tricks the eye into thinking that a room goes farther. Mirrors are perfect for small spaces and spaces that need extra light.
The entryway above has been enlarged just by simply adding a big, natural mirror. The grey wood pops against the neutral walls and complements the amazing flooring.
Image from La Maison D’ Anna G
Round modern mirrors placed in a grouping make a wall seem larger. The metal mixed with the wooden furniture pieces create a good juxtaposition.
Image from The Designer Pad
These grand black mirrors are a perfect choice for this classic, yet minimal space. Ultrasophisticated large modern mirrors compliment classic molding and fireplaces perfectly.
They also are a good addition for the modern chairs and tables.
Image from Black White Yellow
If you don’t have any metallic options already in your space, add some by finding a silver or gold mirror. Two gold mirrors add the perfect amount of bling to any space.
Images: The Marion House Book, La Maison D’ Anna G, The Designer Pad, Black White Yellow
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