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  • Modern Kitchen Design: Subway Tile

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    Modern Kitchen Design

    Trends come and go in terms of kitchen design - from French country to a sleek modern design. There are thousands of options you can go with and sometimes it's hard to decide which is your favorite.

    One that I will never get tired of is white subway tile. Whether it goes to the bottom of the cabinet or all the way up to the ceiling - this look will never go out of style. It's simple, clean and you can add any furniture or lighting to give it your own sense of style.

    Kitchen Design

    Luckily with a clean designed kitchen you can add in elements that represent your style – industrial lighting over the table, modern chairs at your dining room table or glam it up with a beautiful chandelier. Skies the limit!

    Great Room Design

    Azzo Matte with White Plastic 32-Inch-H Side Chairs, Possini Euro Enzo Modern Black Pendant Light, Marius Antique Black Metal Set of 2 Zuo Counter Chairs

    Another way to spice it up, change the color of the grout that surrounds your subway tile, which makes a graphic statement.
     
    Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts of what you think of white subway tile in your kitchen. Yay or Nay?

    Images: Design Sponge, Sophie Burke Designs, Apartment Therapy

  • Work the Room: Skype's Modern Office Decor

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    Modern Office Decor

    Location, location, location. So goes the adage for real estate, and it may as well apply to offices too. When it comes to recruiting top talent, modern office decor is one detail that Silicon Valley's top players are taking notice of these days.

    Skype recently unveiled their new North American headquarters in Palo Alto, California. And this is one nice place to work. The office embodies the creative spirit of an internet start-up with ample open spaces...and Foosball tables!

    Modern Lunchroom

    Brand experience runs throughout the design, from the Skype "mug shots" in the lobby (pictured at the top of this post), to city maps on the lunchroom wall clocks, symbolizing the company's global reach.

    Branded Offices

    One gets a sense from the minimalist desks, pocket "parks" and open seating dotting the interior that this is a paper-free, wireless office environment. 

    Modern Creative Spaces

    Modern Office Lunchroom

    And this is the truth of the new economy, isn't it? Work is digital, collaborative and fun, which means offices should be bright, open spaces. The new Skype offices rely heavily on contemporary pendant lighting. Here's our homage to some of the predominant Skype styles:

    Modern Pendant Lighting

    Black Canvas Brushed Steel Pendant ChandelierEncircled Crystal Possini Euro Halogen 3-in-1 PendantAlabaster Dust Glass George Kovacs Chandelier

    If an environment of talent, innovation, and ultimately, dedication is what companies are looking for in the 21st century, it appears that office decor is part and parcel to fostering such a mindset.

    Images: Contemporist

  • Modern Shelving For the Whole Family

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    Modern Shelving

    Anyone living with two or more people in their home knows that things can quickly get disorderly and modern shelving is the key to happiness. If two or more of those said people happen to be children, then you know disorder can take on a life of its own without an organization strategy.

    Whether you have an abundance of stuff or just the right amount, chances are you are always looking for ways to stack it, sort it and store it.  And for me, modern shelving seems to be the best way to go about it. They're simple and streamlined. Keep in mind that with shelves whatever you store or stack is always on display. The simpler the shelving, the more your books and accessories stand out. 

    I happen to love the way this works, because when function and design meet it is a beautiful thing.

    White Shelving Unit

    Storit Pure White 31 1/2-Inch-W Shelving Unit

    When it comes to shelving in a children’s space, I love to keep it simple or go all out creative. The first look showcases how shelves can be used for basic storage.I love the clean look these shelving units provide.

    Home Modular Shelves

    Stockard Oak Wood Arteriors Home Modular Shelves

    On the other end of the spectrum you can use shelves in a more decorative fashion. The idea of backing your shelves with wallpaper to give a unique and one-of-kind look is so fun.  Then just prop your favorite keepsakes or children’s toys to complete the look.  Bonus . . . . fewer toys on the floor.

    Tempered Glass Shelf

    Xert Narrow White with Tempered Glass Modern Zuo Shelf

    Why not let shelves take center stage? When you pick a shelving unit that has modern lines and a great shape it’s like a piece of art. These shelves work great in any room of the house, but I love how they are used in the heart of the home. Dishes put up, taken down, art displayed, toys tossed up and plopped down for play.  

    Shelves are modern art in action. Now what other piece of home décor can boast that?

    Images: PinterestFamily Living, Apartment Therapy, Woonideeen

  • Color Crush: Navy

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    Modern Living Room

    As much as I love my bright and cheery colors, sometimes you just need a cool and calm addition to your space. Enter, navy! I have been totally crushing on navy lately. It’s one of the best colors to mix and match with other colors so it is really easy to incorporate into your décor you already have! My favorite colors to go with navy lately are coral, mint and grey. It’s just kind of dreamy, don’t you think?

    Also, unlike a lot of other colors, navy is kind of hard not to match with another navy. They are usually so similar they work! This room designed by Emily Henderson is kind of perfect. The navy is definitely the main and most dominant color, but all of the little accent colors and patterns around that gorgeous couch are amazing!

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    1. Brushed Nickel Prussian Coral Giclee Pendant 2. Annabelle Modern Navy Linen 32-Inch-H Mid-Century Chair 3. Linen Navy Wingback 78 1/2-Inch-W California King Bed

    There are a lot of different styles that could all work with navy. This chair for example, is modern but also has a mid-century vibe to it. So of course I love it!

    This pendant light has a fun coral shaped pattern to it to add some pattern to your room, if that’s what your space is in need of.

    And this bed! Oh this bed. It’s like a gorgeous wingback chair in California king size! A great way to add some class to your room. I love it!

    Can you just imagine all of the different styles and fun accents you could do with a bed like that? Also, it’s not too girly, so men will love it too! Total win, win.

    Image: Emily Henderson

  • Case Study Architecture: Opdahl House

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    Modern Architecture

    Sometimes, what's even better than beautiful architecture is beautiful architecture brought back to life by people who truly care. Case Study architect Edward Killingsworth’s masterpiece, the 1957 Opdahl House, fell into ruin, but thanks to a musician with a passion for modernism, it is celebrating its 50th anniversary in mint condition.

    This cool pad is located on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California and the current owner is DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens who had a passion for bringing this home back to life. In addition to furnishing his own home, Stevens started a side career flipping pieces found buried at far-flung Salvation Army stores.

    DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens

    Stevens received the help of original owners Joyce and Richard Opdahl and Killingsworth to help guide him along the way. Old family photos provided unpublished views of the home and gave Stevens the clues he needed to bring the house back to its exact original state.

    “I gave up my regular life for a couple of years,” Stevens says. In addition to refurbishing the structure, he went to extreme lengths to find original fixtures and match finished surfaces. He also tried to furnish the home according to the old family photos, but still keeping it his own and making sure he was comfortable living there.

    Modern Living Room

    Not only is the two-story space with balconied bedrooms a beautiful sight to see, but it's also helping Stevens complete his current album. He points out the similarities between recording in the Opdahl home to that in which Rudy Van Gelder recorded Blue Note’s classic albums.

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    Killingsworth said, “The most flattering thing an owner can say about one of my buildings is, ‘It’s my building, I did all this myself; the architects only translated my thoughts.’ The Opdahl House truly has become Stevens’s building.

    Images: Dwell

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