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  • Get the Look: Beautiful Bar from Kelly Wearstler

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    Beautiful Bar

    Image from Kelly Wearstler

    Kelly Wearstler is the queen of glamorous, funky spaces. The famed interior designer particularly shines with her public spaces like hotels, bars and restaurants.

    Each one feels like an escape into a new world—just like how a night on the town should be. By looking at the way she designs public bars can help us learn how to create a sophisticated and unique bar for the home.

    Let’ see how....

    Bar Stool Ideas

    1. Pattern on pattern. Pattern on pattern is one way to really have fun with your bar space. It feels playful yet deliberate. The trick with mixing patterns is to contrast them in either color or scale. Here she used a blue and white stripe versus an oversized grey marble and it works so well! Ultramodern counter height swivel stools are bold and chic.

    2. This is one of my all-time favorite bar spaces. Nothing says glamorous more than emerald green and dramatic lighting. She contrasts the heavily patterned flooring with darker seats and then crisp white counter bar stools. It makes the two spaces feel distinct.

    3. The glamour in this bar space comes out in the metallic finishes and unique accessories. Try a counter bar stool that swivels for extra functionality.

    4. This bar space is a bit more subdued with the color palette but amped up in the millwork like on the counter and cupboards. The counter bar stools are simple so as not to distract. A beautiful starburst pendant tops the space.

    5. (top image) You don’t have to do too much to your home bar to make it pop. Try using a single color of paint, like this bright yellow at the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs, and pair it with a simple white swivel barstool.

    Modern Barstools

    To achieve a similar look for your bar, try one of these counter bar stools and make sure to get it 24-26”. These bold and chic stools can work themselves into the most ultramodern to the most complex spaces.

    1. This comfortable white leatherette adjustable height barstool would be great in a dramatic bar space.
    2. This modern swivel bar stool can work perfectly in a more subdued color palette.
    3. This backless adjustable counter stool is perfect for a kitchen or a bar space (currently unavailable).
    4. This faux leather modern swivel barstool comes in a beautiful chrome and would be so versatile.

    Which is your favorite bar space?

    Images: Kelly Wearstler, Wall Street JournalHGTV, Kelly WearstlerA Thoughtful Eye

  • Nautical Home Style With Shades of Blue

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    Home Style

    Image from Arcadian Home

    Living in a state that is on the coast, I am here to tell you that there is a way to achieve the nautical home style without being too thematic. There are a lot of nautical elements that I love, like antiqued finish mirrors, stripes, even rope! Whether you think you dig the nautical style or not, I hope that this little round up will show you there is a more stylish side than the nautical style you might be used to.

    Take this living room for example! It has a nautical, modern feel to it. The colors scream nautical with shades of blue, whites and reds. There's lots of fun elements like the rope ottomans and driftwood inspired coffee table.

    Please notice that not everything in the room screams nautical. To pull off this look, you just need a few elements and the right color scheme. You could even have less on-the-nose décor than this room and still pull it off. Maybe a pretty antiqued brass mirror? The more round the better! A sofa similar to this navy one above would be perfect and a great staple for any living room style.

    As for how you can create your own... Here are a few ideas!

    Nautical Home Furnishings

    Let’s start with the sconce lighting. The Franklin Iron Works Nautical Bronze Outdoor Wall Light definitely has that seaside town feel to it, don’t you think? It would look awesome lining a hallway, lighting up a living room or even on the back porch. I love the industrial feel to this light too. Very chic!

    The artwork is a favorite of mine. A classy sailboat blueprint design, like this Flat Bottom Blueprint Wall Art in a rustic frame. I love it! This would look amazing in a nautical chic space.

    And the chair... Well, let’s just say that I want this Horizontal Stripe Accent Chair with or without the nautical theme! The stripes bring in both the nautical look while adding some modern style to the room as well. You really can’t go wrong with stripes! This chair would be a great accent chair in a living room where you're trying to get a seaside feel to your home decor.

    So what do you think? Would you try the nautical look in your home?

    Image: Arcadian Home

  • Accents of Black For a Modern Home Style

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     Modern Home Style

    Image from Simply Grove

    There are so many options when it comes to color palettes for your home. You can go bright and bold or serene and calm. Whatever you love, one color that fits right in to any modern home style is black. In fact, black is timeless and looks striking in any space.

    Whether paired with just a monochromatic palette or mixed in with color, you cannot go wrong with black.

    Minimal Living Room

    Image from Indoors Outdoors

    One big reason why I’m such an advocate for black is it hides stains and dirt. In fact black tile is a great option for bathrooms and kitchens. And lets talk about the black ceiling in the top image. Amazing!

    This minimalist space above has a few details that I can’t get enough of, including that simple black stove. Against the white wall, it looks like a perfect architectural detail. It also picks up on the black legs of the stool, black books and black speaker.

    White Kitchen

    Image from Fancy

    This kitchen has a few layers going on. We see wood, white, color and brass. The black on the wall seems to anchor the room and create a cohesive space. Who says that you can’t mix and match!?

    Modern Bedroom

    Image from Coco Lapine Design

    For a dramatic look, paint one wall in your space black. It will create a cozy feel with a bit of sophistication. And modern lighting always looks great against black!

    Images:  Simply Grove,  Indoors Outdoors, FancyCoco Lapine Design

  • It's Personal: Displaying Photos and Objects

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    Image from Smitten Studio

    How do you tastefully display sentimental photos and objects at home? You know those hard-to-cast-off keepsakes that just don't fit the aesthetic of your home? 

    Try extending the gallery wall concept beyond photos into art and knick-knacks. 

    art wall

    Image from Curated House

    The Curated House offers a perfect solution (pictured above) for that teddy bear you can't bring yourself to throw away. Frame it. You'll love the look and your guests will call you creative rather than creepy.

    Update all those stuffy things you're hanging onto by mixing-in found objects for an eclectic look. Pick a palette and accent accordingly. Use boxes to hide the truly unsightly keepsakes.

    Modern Office Design

    Photo and Styling by Daniella Witte 

    With photo walls, go monochrome. Weddings and the annual family picnic group shot may not make for sophisticated design. But in black and white your gallery is instantly design-friendly. 

    Monochromatic Gallery Wall

    Image from Decor Envy

    With your keepsakes arranged, how do you light them? Many modern wall lamps with clean and simple styling are a perfect fit for an eclectic wall. Spot and swing arm designs can be directed to enhance focal points. Or hang a pair of designer-inspired mini pendant lights on either side of your tableau. This visual cue effectively "frames" the scene.

    In the end, sentimental photos and objects are what give your home heart. With some creative treatment, they can look surprisingly good in the process. 

    Images: Smitten Studio, The Curated House, Daniella Witte, Decor Envy

  • Get the Look: Modern Drum Shades

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    Get the Look

    Image from Better Homes & Garden

    Clients and friends often think that in order to make a statement in a room they have to use color. While color is one great way to make a statement, there are other ways to do so as well and drum shade chandeliers are one great option.

    Texture, pattern and size are three of my favorite design elements to do just that. Lighting is one of my favorite items in a space, and making a bold statement with elegant drum shade chandelier designs can be a great way to draw the eye up, making the ceilings feel taller, room feel generally brighter, and cause guests to "ohh" and "aww" over the room.

    Modern Interior Design

    Image from Elle Decoration SE / Wink Chic

    Fabric Hardback 14-Inches-W White Lamp ShadeWoven Burlap Brushed Steel 10 1/4-Inch-W Ceiling Pendant

    We happen to love neutrals at our office, so these white and natural colored drum shades definitely caught our eye.

    As you can see from the inspiration pictures, using a white or natural shade allows your eyes to breath, scanning the whole room without bursts of color breaking up the harmony and flow. When you use a neutral color, play with the size of the shade, chandelier or pendant, as this can be a great way to bring big impact to a simple design.

    Images: Better Homes & GardenElle Decoration SE, Wink Chic

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