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  • White Lighting: Add A Dollop On Top

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    White Lighting

    Image from The Paper Mulberry

    We hear a lot about all-white decor lately, but what does this mean exactly? What's involved? Well, a great place to start is with the larger pieces of furniture and the lighting. 

    Gorgeous white lighting is like adding a dollop of whip cream on top of beautifully, clean design. 

    Loft Home

    Image from Compost Rules

    Both the top image and this loft-style home above feature modern white lighting, mixed with warm wood finishes and/or bold black finishes. All of which work together to create a seamless and well-curated living space.

    Handing pendant lights are the best way to include great lighting without taking too much floor space. You can play a little more with scale this way...

    Living Room Style

    Image from Bodie & Fou

    If you already have great lighting, but want to add a dollop of style, then try replacing your existing lamp shade with a white lamp shade. It's easy and economical. Small changes can amount to big results when it comes to home design.

    Bedroom Style

    Image from My Scandinavian Home

    Don't forget the bedroom, white lights are great for smaller spaces, because they tend to blend in, especially with white walls.

    This bedroom above features a bit more contrast than the one below, but they both evoke clean, modern design with great lighting!

    White Bedroom

    Image from Blog Baesil

    Images: The Paper Mulberry, Compost Rules, Bodie & Fou, My Scandinavian Home, Blog Baesil

  • Drought Tolerant Plant Idea: DIY Succulent Art

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    Succulent Art

    If you're in Southern California then you know we're currently in a drought. This means we have to conserve water wherever and whenever we can, including gardening with drought tolerant plants. What this doesn't mean, is that we're not able to have beautiful plant-life to decorate our outdoor areas.

    We have an awesome DIY idea for you, from Better Homes & Gardens! You've probably seen lots of pretty succulent wall art around... Well, today we're sharing the perfect step-by-step tutorial so you can have your own.

    DIY

    Before you head over to the tutorial, here's what you'll need:

    Picture frame with back and glass panel removed
    Shadow box made of redwood or cedar 1x3s, cut to fit the back of the frame
    Hammer
    Nails
    1/2-inch hardware cloth, cut to fit the inside dimensions of the frame
    Staple gun
    Staples
    1/4-inch plywood backing, cut to fit the back of the shadow box
    Paint
    Clean cloth
    All-purpose potting soil
    Succulent cuttings
    Chopstick

    Enjoy!

    Images: Better Homes & Gardens

  • Fourth of July Style

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    Fourth Of July

    Images from Camille Styles

    Ok, so we can't all look this great in patriotic colors, but guess what?....  Your modern home can!

    Check out this super chic living room design, with a dark moody blue wall. The red table lamp is a perfect accent against the wall. And we love how the abstract artwork pulls it all together.

    Patriotic Home

    Image from The Decorista

    The bold red sofa doesn't shy away from anyone, and there's just enough neutrals to keep this design grounded.

    Pops of white work well no matter which color palette  you're working with. 

    Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone!!

    Images: Camille Styles, The Decorista

  • The All American Home

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    All American Home

    Image from Lantz Full Circle

    When it came time to build her dream home in 2009, Houston architect Karen Lantz wanted to source only American-made items for it. And with patriotism riding high these days between World Cup and the upcoming Independence Day holiday, we couldn't help but use this space to mention her project.

    Modern American Made

    Image from Lantz Full Circle

    In designing her almost all American home (the home isn't comprised entirely of American sourced products), Lantz unwittingly became an expert on the atrophied state of American manufacturing at the beginning of the recession. 

    As she searched however, Lantz found that plenty of top-notch building materials and products are produced right here in the United States of America. 

    Local Building Materials

    Image from Lantz Full Circle

    Localism isn't just about reigniting manufacturing in the United States. By sourcing materials from within a 500-mile radius contributes, Lantz has a better shot at LEED certification which she is seeking for the home.   

    Modern Bedroom

    Image from Lantz Full Circle

    Localism is something that hits close to home for us too. For customers looking for a new modern ceramic lamp, we're proud to offer American brands like Haegar Potteries and Robert Abbey. These brand (and many others on our site and elsewhere) have a tradition of fine craftsmanship, meaning that you're not just buying a new lamp: you're buying an American heirloom for your home.

    Images: Lantz Full Circle

  • Mix It Up With Modern Lighting

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    Modern Lighting

    Image from Domaine Home

    This European loft is striking for many reasons, but as you can imagine, the lighting grabbed our attention the most! Specifically, the contrast in modern lighting styles.

    It's not often you see a home with a crystal chandelier and a super modern task lamp, but we wish this happened more often actually. Although the mixed lighting styles aren't in the same room, this is where the architecture of a  home becomes important.

    A loft-style home creates an opportunity to coordinate different styles across different rooms because you can see them all at the same time. Very cool.

    Bedroom Design

    Image from Domaine Home

    But don't worry, you don't need a loft home to effectively implement this lighting style in your home, and if you're not sure where to start here's some ideas below.

    Go ahead and mix any of these pairs in a bedroom, office or living room. Then, be prepared for the compliments on your cool home design.

    Modern Lighting Ideas

    Top: Eurofase Giselle Crystal Chandelier  -  Gen 2 Z Bar Red Koncept Desk Lamp

    Middle: Cyan Bella Green Glass Chandelier  -  Gen 3 Z-Bar Green Koncept Desk Lamp

    Bottom: Claremont White Nickel Chandelier  -  Gen 3 Z-Bar White Koncept Desk Lamp

    Images: Domaine Home

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