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  • Modern Bathroom Interior Design: Get the Look

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    Amangiri Resort Modern Hotel Bathroom
    Image from Amangiri

    One of the best ‘views from a tub’ we’ve come across is this modern bathroom at Amangiri looking out over the vast Colorado Plateau. The double shower and spacious bath combined with the stunning view make this one of the most gorgeous bathrooms we’ve seen. The cool slate tiles are a perfect contrast to the hot desert landscape outside. The Amangiri resort is located on 600 acres in Canyon Point Southern Utah and is built around a spectacular central swimming pool.
     
    Monteverdi Hotel Bathroom
    Image from Monteverdi

    Next on our list is a hotel in Tuscany that is part of a stone village dating back to the 12th Century. Serene and calming are two words that come to mind when describing this bathroom. You get the sense that when you walk into this room the rest of the world just disappears.
    The limestone walls and wood accents make for the perfect rustic combination. The free standing soaking tub is an ideal place to relax and unwind, and we love that because of its dark color it becomes the focal point of the room. You can find this bathroom at the Hotel Monteverdi. Monteverdi is located in the village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Tuscany, equal distance between Rome and Florence.

    The One And Only Resot Bathroom
    Image from The One & Only

    To get this look at home we have chosen The One & Only resort located on a private island in the heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This modern bathroom is the epitome of contemporary design and sophistication. Two of our favorite features of this bathroom are the ultramodern bathroom lights and the serene and simple modern mirrors.
    We have put together a product sort so you too can get this upscale contemporary look and turn your bathroom into your own private oasis.
    Get This Look Modern Bathroom Product Sort

    1.Latitude 2 Satin Nickel 22-Inch-W Gatco Wall Mirror 2.Brushed Stainless Steel George Kovacs Wall Sconce 3.Besa Darci Modern Satin Nickel Three Light Sconce 4.Elton Espresso White Marble 30" Wide Floating Vanity Set 5.Destiny Contemporary Silver Two-Light Vanity Mirror

  • Decorating a Modern Home in Cool Hues

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    Decorating

    Decorating a modern home in a cool color palette means creating relaxation in the home. Colors in the blue, green and violet families have a cooling effect in the interior space and evoke feelings of openness. By swatching colors from the desert night sky, a rushing river, or a deep lagoon, we bring the sensations of the outdoors, indoors.

    Using analogous colors (different shades of the same color) when designing a room with a cool color palette will have a drastic cooling effect. Add in warm accents, like colorful pillows in the turquoise image below, and the room will feel cool but have pockets of sun and warmth. In a violet room, use purple accents like an elegant purple lamp shade or accents in coral, like a coral pendant lamp to add in that touch of warmth while still remaining fresh and cool. If, on the other hand, you're going with a dark blue color scheme, adding in accents in white, like a modern white task floor lamp can help to keep things looking fresh and modern.

    Colorful Home Decor

    Cool blues like turquoise and cobalt also can work to make small spaces look larger, so if you're working with a studio apartment, or just a small bedroom, consider one of those hues to gain some visual square footage. Add in metallic details to contrast with the chilly hues, like this Ostrich Rust Babette Holland Table Lamp and you'll usher in a sophisticated warmth.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Lastly, remember to include plants or flowers as the finishing touches to the room--and since we're working with the cooler hues today may I suggest lavender or violets...?

    Images: Unetouchede, Abigail Ahern, Drake Design Associates

  • Blushing Interior Design

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    Color Blush

    Image from House Beautiful

    Spring is just around the corner and we're celebrating with some ideas for adding blush pink to your interior design...

    Whether you prefer bold or soft colors, pink can brighten up any space and can be found in home accessories, fun furnishings and especially with modern pink lighting.

    Pink Ottoman

    French Seam with Linen Coral 18-Inch-H Square Ottoman

    Pink Bed

    Image from Roses & Rust

    This vintage modern bedroom features so much clean white, but the pink bed changes everything. Adding a little blush to the room provides personality and interest.

    Pink Headboard

    Shantung Woodrose Nail Button 56-Inch-W Full Headboard

    Living Room Design

    Image from The Paper Mulberry

    Even the smallest amount of any color can change the direction of a rooms style. This black, gray and white room above is enhanced with a little soft pink pillow.

    Pink Pillow

    Riddle Modern Pink Greek Key Decorative Throw Pillow

    Bedroom Design

    Image from The Everygirl

    Adding small details around the pink accessories or lighting is a nice way to complete the design. The little flowers and pillow sham in the bedroom above support the starring role of the table lamp.

    Pink Table Lamp

    Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp

    Images: House Beautiful, Roses & Rust, The Paper Mulberry, The Everygirl

  • Home Improvement: Small Space Style With Wall Covering

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    Home Improvement

    Personally I am such a fan of using wallpaper whenever the home improvement opportunity presents itself. There’s nothing that makes a larger impact in a small space than bold wallpaper.

    My favorite space to go crazy with paper would be a powder room, or half bath. Due to its smaller size it shouldn't be too intimidating to be brave with patterns and color, plus you won’t have to make quite as large of an investment as some wallpaper can be on the rather expensive side.

    Wall Covering

     And for those finishing touches use a pretty wall mirror, such as the Uttermost Migiana and hang a pair of sconces or a metallic pendant light,such as the Brio Gold Foil Pendant or the Hudson Valley Wall Sconces.

    Stylish Wall Covering

    If you’re still hesitant to pull the wallpaper trigger there are plenty of gorgeous temporary papers which are especially fantastic if you’re renting a space.

    Images: Cupcakes & Cashmere, Biscuit-Home, Lonny, Abchao

  • Belly Up to Barstools

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    modern barstools

    Image from Arch Daily

    Sleek and chic or warm and well-worn, today's most talked-about bars combine comfort and class. And the modern barstool still bears that age-old burden of propping patrons up, no matter how long they've been imbibing.

    Horizontal lines at the Dim Sum Bar in Quito (pictured above), are echoed by the counter stools beneath the bar. 

    hangar 41 bar

    Image from Hangar 41

    Hangar 41 in Antwerp (pictured above) is modeled after a classic Euro cafe, with just enough mod accents to cater to the design-savvy Dutchman. We love backless barstools for casual entertaining - these designs can be simply tucked away neatly under the bar when not in use.

    modern upholstered barstools

    Image from Travel and Leisure

    A table at Singapore's much coveted Waku Ghin, pictured above, can be hard to come by...but a masterfully crafted cocktail can be found quite easily in the bar.

    breakfast nook stools

    Image from Lady Iron Chef

    Bars need not be for drinks only. Also in Singapore, breakfast joint Hatched (pictured above) uses natural materials to give the space a fresh, early morning feel. 

    To get the "hot spot" look at home, search first for designs that are versatile, comfortable and durable: 

    bar counter stools

    Clockwise from top left: Kaffina Modern Black with Wood 34-Inch Barstool, Set of 2 Zuo Modern Marius Gunmetal Barstools, Zuo Twin Peaks Wood Metal 41 3/4-Inch Counter Chair, Tickle Zuo Gray Counter Stool, Yohkoh Modern Chrome and Walnut 17 1/4-Inch Wide Barstool

    For the home bar, breakfast nook or kitchen, 24 to 26 inch counter height swivel stools are generally a good option. The rustic look of worn finishes and warm leathers ages well and looks particularly good in an industrial-style setting. Lastly, grab a friend or family member and a drink or snack--good company is the best accompaniment to good design.     

    Images: Arch Daily, Hangar 41, Travel & Leisure, Lady Iron Chef

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