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- B. Powers, Interior Designer
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Image from Justina Blakeney
We like looking to some of our very own blog contributors for cool style. Justina Blakeney has successfully created a modern outdoor patio and we want to steal her style!
Summer weather may cause you to want to spend more time outside, but if you don't have a beautiful space to do it in, you may not get out as much as you should.
Taking a cue from Justina, we suggest lots of color, botanicals and fun outdoor seating so you can invite all your friends and family to enjoy the space as well...
In addition to adding lots of potted plants, maybe you can also arrange them creatively, like this distinctive outdoor shelving idea above.
Here's some cool product ideas from Euro Style Lighting so you can have an outdoor patio with style like Justina's
Suzani Round Pillow / Zuo Modern White S-Chairs / Teal Square Accent Pillow / Ceramic Antelope Head / Ruffled Edging Turquoise Vase / Flower Round Wall Art Mirror / Stainless Oval Tub
Images: Justina Blakeney
Image from Matthew Segal via Residential Architect Magazine
In beautiful La Jolla, a coastal enclave in sunny San Diego, summer seems to be a year-round phenomenon. So when it comes to a summer dream home, this beautiful shore-side masterpiece by Jonathan Segal Architect should more than fill my daydreams all year long.
The stark geometries of the built space are echoed in the reflecting pool and accompanying modern outdoor chairs and seating.
Three fountain jets are installed within the reflecting pool, should the waves crashing 100 meters to the west fail to produce enough coveted cascading water sound. Sleek outdoor fountains in general can add this escapist touch to most outdoor areas.
Between an expansive sun porch and ceiling-to-floor windows, the separation between indoor and outdoor space is delightfully obscured.
Photo by Matthew Segal via Residential Architect Magazine
With world class surfing outside the back door, this isn't just a dream home. It's a California-dreaming home.
In lieu of owning such nicely situated property myself, I can daydream about the furniture at least:
Set of 2 Whitworth Chrome Accent Chairs
Zuo Copacabana Modern Gray Outdoor Ottoman
In looking at Segal's exceptional design, it's clear that the key to creating a dream home for summer is creating a home that, like the landscape surrounding it, is wide open, welcoming and fuss-free.
Images: Residential Architect
In the world of interior design the options are endless. The style you love will be different from that of your neighbor and that's what makes it exciting! Side tables, though a seemingly small piece in your room, provide functional and aesthetic appeal to a space.
Whether you're decorating a bedroom, a family room, or creating a cozy reading corner in an office, side tables are an important addition.
I've rounded up four side tables I love from Euro Style Lighting, each with a unique style and appeal.
If you tend toward an industrial or rustic look, you will love the Zuo Distressed Wood Table featuring a wood top and metal base.
The Smooth White Spindle Table is contemporary and simple, sporting the spindle pedestal look. This would be perfect for a small drink table beside a sofa or side chair.
If you prefer a more modern and sleek style, the Dahlia Studios Nesting Tables would be both functional and stylish. You can nest this pair of tables or, when needed, pull them apart to accommodate more guests. I happen to think they would work just as well for a nightstand!
Lastly, the Delfina Tripod Table with a glass top is elegant and unexpected. It would be perfect next to a funky chair in an office or living room.
Which is your favorite side table?
Image: House Beautiful
Image from The Style Files
I have friends and clients ask me all the time what are some easy and affordable tips on how to bring Summer color into home style without it being too cheesy and obvious. It definitely depends on what colors you are already working with in your home. But because the white and grey paint trend is here to stay, mixing colors in is easy as 1,2,3.
In the office above, everything surrounding is in neutral tones, including whites, woods and metals. The vibrant, ethnic blanket gives the space a splash of color, comfort and style. It doesn’t look over styled but rather relaxed..
Image from Birmingham Home & Garden
It’s easy to add color to a bathroom through towels and accessories. This grey and white bathroom has been styled with peach accents. Peach is a huge color trend this year and looks fresh in any home style. Leaning artwork is a great way to add color to a room.
Image from Home Maker
An obvious summer color choice is green. And what better way to introduce green than with plants. The table, chairs and seating options are all in beautiful wood tones which works brilliantly with botanicals. This whole space has me loving summer already!
Image from Kirsten Grove
As mentioned above, art is great and easy way to add color to your home. I chose this Max Wanger print to bring summer into my living space. It instantly creates a fun vibe.
Summer is here to force us to relax, have fun and enjoy life. Let’s do the same in our homes!
Images: The Style Files, Birmingham Home & Garden, Homme Maker, Simply Grove
Image from Nordic Days
Good for the environment and good for your design style, LED is the way to go in task lighting!
Unlike the early years of efficient lighting, there are so many cool LED styles out there to select from.
Image from Nordic Design
Whether you're styling your private home office or a professional office away from home, LED lighting is the right option for both style and function. It's more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting...and stylish!
Check out these distinctive style ideas from Euro Style Lighting...
1. For a classic desk lamp style, the Cielux Pro Silver LED Adjustable Desk Lamp is the way to go. The long arms are very geometric and perfect for a modern office.
2. Add a little whimsy while saving energy and providing style for your office with this Out of the Box LED Desk Lamp.
3. Mixed materials and handsome form come in a nice little package called Cerno Silva Birch LED Desk Lamp.
4. The Cape Chrome LED Desk Lamp is very minimal and perfect for adding a Mid Century Modern aesthetic to your office style.
Images: Nordic Days, Nordic Design
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