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  • Modern Office Design: Concept Office “Attic” by Vasiliy Butenko

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    Many of us are greatly influenced by our environment and especially our work environment, but there are few modern office designs out there that really inspire you. Office design can do wonders for your productivity, creativity, and overall sense of well-being throughout the work week, but I think that many business owners fail to understand the full impact it has on their employees.

    Creating peace of mind in a stressful environment is something that can be hard to do, but the design of your space can really help you achieve this! Vasiliy Butenko did a marvelous job on the design of Concept Office "Attic" by creating a thoughtful plan and a more enjoyable workplace. 

    modern library

    A central volume within the space houses the workstations and is surrounded by a more comfortable lounge area with exposed vaulted ceilings. The rose colored volume becomes the main feature of this interior and is framed nicely by the natural wood walls and ceiling. Low, modern lounge sofas create a relaxed area perfect for flipping through the stacks of books that line the walls.  

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    Zuo Circus Gray Sectional Sofa

    open modern office design

    The sleek black furniture, warm wood accents, and modern pendant lighting balance nicely with the strong choice of color in the space. An exposed bulb glass pendant light works beautifully in clusters, or it can stand alone. It doesn't clutter the space, but still adds visual interest.  

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    LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel 9 3/4" Wide Pendant

    model wood paneling

    These textured wood walls create a beautiful softness while the pendant lights hang with grace from above. It's a modern environment with a cozy atmosphere that makes employees and clients alike feel like they're at home. Table and floor lamps are sculptural in form, and in this setting they're almost as beautiful as a piece of art.

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    Jonathan Adler Black and Brass Antwerp Floor Lamp

    concrete bathroom

    The concrete bathroom provides full amenities to the employees, making the office feel like an extension of their home. It's a beautiful bathroom in and of itself. In the work environment it's exquisite.  

    modern outdoor seating

    The outdoor seating provides a great area to relax and take in the ocean views. What an incredible place to let your creative energy flow.  

    white and chrome modern chairs

    Set of 2 Zuo Modern Whitworth White Chrome Accent Chairs

    I know that we can't all be this lucky, but I hope your office provides you with a productive and creative environement! Happy Monday and have a great week!

    Images: Vasiliy Butenko

  • Dark Nights Require Dark Sky Lights

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    The bright spots on the map say it all. There's not a whole lot of dark sky, but an abundance of dark sky lights. Light "pollution" is everywhere. 

    Urban planners and environmentalists alike claim that light pollution interferes with our natural bio rhythms and disconnects us from the beauty of a starlit sky. While the brilliant auras of Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing or New York's Times Square aren't likely dim anytime soon, the people at the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) have established a set of guidelines for reducing light pollution in urban and suburban areas across the globe. In the broadest sense, dark sky rules ask that homeowners keep the glare to themselves. For many modern homes, this leads to some stunning outdoor lighting looks.

    outdoor lighting for a modern home

    In more specific terms, the IDA requires that residential Dark Sky Compliant lighting be:

    1. Fully shielded

    2. Maximum 100 watts (for incandescent bulbs) and 26 watts (for compact fluorescent lights) 

    3. Shielded such that the lamp itself is not directly visible outside the property perimeter.

    Here are a few examples of "shielded" lights that Euro Style Lighting carries:

    modern outdoor lighting fixture

    Forio Silver ENERGY STAR 9 1/2" High Outdoor Wall Light

    dark sky outdoor lighting fixture

    Fairbanks Dark Sky Bronze Finish 9" High Outdoor Wall Light

    Best practices also dictate that outdoor lighting should avoid being projected beyond the object a given light intends to illuminate. For example, you'll notice the up lights on this home stay contained by shining only on the structure, and not up into the night sky. Fortunately, this look also suits the modern home aesthetic perfectly. 

    outdoor lighting on modern homes

    The move toward a darker nighttime sky is gaining traction in even the most un-likely urbanized places. In the July 2011 issue of Monocle magazine, Christine Loh, CEO of Hong Kong based think tank  Civic Exchange, explains, "Street lighting can obviously make people feel safer but it doesn't have to be bright, bright, bright." If even a bustling city like Hong Kong - a city known for the nightly shows its skyline puts on - can move towards dark sky compliance, chances are we can all look forward to more starry skies in the years ahead.

    Images: AAAS, Slim69,  Fresh Home Decor

  • Modern Outdoor Furniture: Get Your Summer On!

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    Are you guilty of neglecting your patio and then when Summer comes around you wish you had a beautiful modern outdoor space? No need to put it off, just a couple simple additions can help you get your Summer on!

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    Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs

    Simple, white spaces are typical to any modern home, but pops of color are fun too. If you don't want to do something more permanent like a door or wall, try some fun seating (below).

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    Zuo Allsorts Outdoor Dining Chairs

    This home (below) gives you a good example of how important your outdoor decor can be, especially when you have lots of windows. Many modern homes feature open floor plans, which means you see more of the house, making each space important.

    modern outdoor patio

    outdoor weave chair

    Zuo Valtos Outdoor Arm Chair

    round outdoor weave table

    Avalon Round Outdoor Table

    All you have to do is get a little furniture out on your patio so you can enjoy these beautiful summer days! Make use of all your space, indoors and out.

    Images: Houzz, Zimbio

  • Modern Ceiling Fans Keep You Cooler

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    Not only do modern ceiling fans keep you cool, but they make your space look cool too! There's no need to buy one of those cheesy old ceiling fans anymore! There are so many amazing design options available for your modern home. Take a look at a few of our favorites!

    A modern white ceiling fan can blend away into the ceiling or can be a great sculptural element if you decided to go with a darker, wood-finish ceiling as shown above.  

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    42" Modern Fan Gloss White Ball Light Kit Ceiling Fan


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    58" Artemis HIgh Gloss White Ceiling Fan

    brushed steel ceiling fan

    Modern brushed steel fans are a great way to keep cool and look beautiful in an open loft setting, adding that futuristic element. Each of these fans (below) are like a piece of art. The two blades create a sleek and clean linear effect almost as if it's soaring overhead.  

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    42" Fanimation Marea Satin Nickel Ceiling Fan

    futuristic white ceiling fan

    52" Minka Aire Wing Silver Ceiling Fan

    bronze ceiling fan

    The oil rubbed bronze finish on vintage, industrial style fans works great in a more modern rustic setting. They mix beautifully with the natural elements like wood, stone, and concrete while contrasting perfectly with bold colors. 

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    54" Casablanca Bullet Brushed Cocoa Ceiling Fan

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    37" ACQUA TEXTURED BRONZE DUAL HEAD ROTATIONAL CEILING FAN

    Hope you're staying cool this summer!  

    Images: Apartment TherapyHouzz

  • Design Trend: Modern Rustic Style

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    Ever since my Las Vegas Market recap on design trends, we've had a few requests to elaborate on the modern rustic style. Since we love it, it is no problem at all for us to do so!

    The goal when designing a rustic style room or home is to maintain comfort, warm colors, and lots of woods. Clean white walls help maintain the modern element. Also, clean lines in the furniture and accessories help keep your rustic home a modern home.

    modern rustic style

    Natural materials like woods and leathers are a great way to incorporate a more rustic feel into your home. They incorporate nature into your decor in a very stylish way.

    rustic style lighting

    Make sure you mix up your materials, using leather, metals, glass and woods to achieve your modern rustic style.

     modern rustic furnishings

    1. Nickel Ceiling Fan 2. Smoke Glass Ball Pendant 3. Black Tufted Leather Sofa 4. Tripod Floor Lamp 5. Wenge Wood Stool 6. Wishbone Side Chair

    The great thing about any style is that you don't have to re-design your entire home to achieve it, just adding a couple pieces like wood furniture or glass lighting will go a long way.

    Images: Houzz

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