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- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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I've been a long time fan of Hans Wegner's Wishbone chairs. They have a classic feel to them. They're one of those pieces that are rustic, yet modern. When scouring through magazines and Pinterest you can find them trending big time!
I love the way they come in different hues, which makes them easier to go into any dining room to reflect the home's style. They pair perfectly with contemporary light fixtures like in this image below from Jill Stein.
Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs
Your dining room style is an extension of your kitchen - whether or not they are next to each other, they should tie into one another. As you may know, these wishbone style dining chairs are not inexpensive. Lucky for us, there are similar chairs for less than half the price of the original. Now, it might not be the original, but if you want the look, this is a great alternative to put in your home!
Wishbone Dark Brown Wood Side Chair
Why not make your modern dining room stylish and trendy with these Wishbone chairs like in this image above from Craft & Culture? You won't regret this update to your home!
Would you add these to your dining room?
Images: Trend Hunter, Jill Stein Interior Design, Craft and Couture
Art, furniture, area rugs, wall paint, wood floors........ All of these elements play a role into how awesome any modern home can look. But sometimes it's the subtle detail, like a contemporary table lamp that makes all the difference in trendy home styles!
This space above, designed by Emily Henderson, has all the right elements, including a little of the newest design in contemporary table lamps for living room spaces, which grounds the gallery wall and bring the artwork down to the furniture level.
Plus, appropriate light in the evenings is always a plus.
To be clear, trendy modern lighting is not just for late-night book reading or entertaining. Contemporary table lamps can be the pop of color a room needs, like in this image above from Caitlin Wilson.
Trying to work with a small space? Transparency is key. This image from Fancy Home Design is a great example with transparent seating and a stylish table lamp. None of which clutters the tiny office space.
This sort of whimsically, modern living room above from The Style Files uses baroque-style table lamps to add some personality. We love the boldness of black in any space.
Here's some options to get the looks above.
1. Vienna Full Spectrum Stacked Chain 26-1/2-Inch-H Table Lamp 2. Baroque Black Acrylic 20-Inch-H Table Lamp 3. Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp 4. Modern Splash Vanilla Ceramic Rectangular Table Lamp
Images: Emily Henderson, Caitlin Wilson, Fancy Home Design, The Style Files
It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. However, I would like to suggest that it is actually the dining room that is at the center of it all. The contemporary dining room is where the family gathers. Adults and children come together for a meal at the table.
Even creativity convenes at the dining table, likely with coloring books and paints spread about. We do a great bit of learning in the dining room, whether it is from each other or the daily task of homework. And, best of all, conversations are had at the dining table.
Since we spend so much time in our dining rooms, why not make it a place that you and your children love to be? So, let's discuss some contemporary dining room ideas for the family...
There are several elements that create a welcoming gathering place around the table. Although most pieces are obvious and very necessary, others are optional and are there to add interest.
The star piece, certainly, is an attractive dining table. There are many options available and personal preference can play a big part in this decision. But, whether round or rectangular, I always find a rustic table works great for families like in this image above from The Style Files. Not only does it have character and add warmth, but it can, also, handle wear and tear and a million spilled milks.
When it comes to creative dining chairs, the options are endless. But, with little ones it is usually best to steer clear of fabric and go with chairs that can, easily, be wiped clean.
If you are looking to add interest, why not mix chairs and a bench or incorporate all different styles of dining chairs for a playful look (as seen in the first image by Milk Magazine)...?
Lighting can often be overlooked, as it is easy to just leave the standard light fixture in place. However, lighting is what really sets the tone and mood for the family dining room. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Arc floor lamps are a great option if you don’t want to do traditional pendant lighting over your family table.
Here are a few of my favorite picks to get you started:
Don’t forget about the walls. Art places a big part in designing an area for the family to gather. This is where you can really have fun. A favorite idea is to blow up photos of your children, their artwork or their favorite food. I also love the look of a neon sign (pictured above from The Glitter Guide). The look is both modern and playful which translates to fun for both kids and adults alike.
And, to finish, accessorize with an area rug, one that hides spills and cleans up easily. Also, a few beautiful pieces to adorn the table, like greens in a vase, a bowl full of fruit or a tray filled with candles.
When you create a contemporary dining room for the family, you make room for a million memories to be born.
Jamie Young Campaign Silver 30-Inch-H Folding Dining Table, Zuo Anime Transparent Modern Set of 4 Dining Chairs, Possini Euro Arlo Chrome 18-Inch-H Pendant Light
Images: Milk Magazine, Andreas Stenmann via The Style Files, The Glitter Guide
Artists' live work studios just look...well...more creative. Maybe it's the attention to aesthetics or the unconventional approach to space, but these homes usually compel a sense of awe and a-ha for those who enter.
Artist Vik Muniz's home in Brooklyn is a textbook example. The loft (pictured at the top of the post) is a tale of opposites: part lab, part comfortable home. Nonetheless, creature comforts abound, such as this cozy bedroom, decorated tastefully with collectibles:
The dining area is clean, open and ready to entertain. Notice the pendant lighting over the table. For a bright and easy look in the kitchen or dining room, nothing beats decorating with island pendant lights.
A wall of books or a comfortable couch to sink into? What family could live without them?
Whether it's an architect's lamp for bedside lighting or a brushed steel ceiling fan, each room in Muniz's home strikes that delicate balance between functional work space and homey living space.
Dimond Ingleside Chrome Desk Lamp
Modern Fan Cirrus Ceiling Fan
Living the loft dream does have a certain appeal. A 15 second commute from bedroom to office? Check. Creative space? Check. With an open floor plan and an open mind, you can get the artist/designer look with modern hanging light fixtures, simple but stylish mid-century furniture, and a few well-place pieces of art along the walls.
How about you? Do you live in a live/work space? We'd love to see photos!
Images: Financial Times, Elle Decor
One of my favorite colors to add to a space if I want it to have a little more fun and character is royal blue. I don’t know why, but to me it just seems like a bright and fun color. I love to wear it, so why not dress up your home in it?
A little royal blue table lamp here, a royal blue patterned rug there. Can you kind of see what I mean about it being fun? And even though it can be a fun color to add to a room, I think it is one of those rare colors that can be fun and sophisticated at the same time.
Especially if the royal blue is in a sophisticated fabric. Like on an arm chair for example. If you have a velvet like fabric covered royal blue arm chair, it adds both fun and sophistication to the room instantly. I love it! This royal blue office is amazing (image from House to Home). I love how the pop of color from the modern armless chair plays off of the royal blue on the walls.
Generally I am a white walls kind of girl, but I think I could definitely live with a pretty royal blue office. Especially if it looks like this!
Casey Royal Blue Lightweight Resin Round Wall Mirror, Color Plus Ovo Envy with Satin Dark Blue Shade Table Lamp, Marine Blue Square Set of 2 Outdoor Accent Pillows
This mirror! My jaw literally dropped when I saw it. I think I need it! Just look at the detailing and the bright royal blue being all shiny and asking to come home with me.
The lamp is a good mixture of colors. The bright green and the royal blue combined make for a lot of fun. All from one lamp!
The pillows are the perfect little pop of royal blue to add to your sofa or bed. I love how simple they are. They would look awesome with some mix and matched patterned pillows.
Image: House to Home
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