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  • Family Living in Modern Homes

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    Modern Homes and Modern Kid's Designs

    Having kids doesn't mean having to throw in the towel and become a soccer mom. The modern family homes featured above set out to break the stereotype of family living. I personally love the idea of living in a modern home with a handful of kids running around. Growing up in a stylish enviroment exposes children to fashion, design, architecture, and other creative arts.

    Designing the main areas in a modern home can can sometimes be easier than decorating kid's rooms and spaces. When designing a modern nursery or kid's room there is a balance between modern furnishings and a kid-friendly, functional design.

    Need a few directional ideas for designing your modern nursery or kid's room?

    • Choose a classic or modern theme
    • A few different options for color schemes included neutrals, white and black with bright accents, and an all white space
    • Select furnishings that don't shout baby

    The light fixtures you select for the kid's space can make a big impact on the overall design. Below are a few modern table lamps for the kid's room or nursery. The lamps are modern and fun and will easily transition into a more grown up space as the child ages.

    Modern Kid's Table Lamps and Euro Style Lighting

    Lite Source Kito Blue Table Lamp (left), Chrome Stack Set of Two Table Lamps (right)

    * Post Update 10/24/12: Our Chrome Stack Table Lamps has been discontinued.

     Contemporary Kid's Table Lamps and Euro Style Lighting 

    Possini White Flower Acrylic Shade Table Lamp (left), Jonathan Adler Carlyle Slide Table Lamp (right)

    * Post Update 10/24/12: Our Jonathan Adler Carlyle Table Lmap has been discontinued.

    Images: emmas designblogg, Family Living, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy

  • Enter the Weekend with Some Stylish Entryways

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    Stylish Entryway Architecture

    Unique entryway with geometric tiles.

    Hello Friday! I thought we could enter the weekend in style by looking at a few stylish entryways...

    The entryway above is actually a restaurant in Mexico, but it looks like it would be an amazing home... It used to be an artist's studio, which could be why it looks so residential and amazing. The exterior is covered with tiles featuring patterns inspired by local weavers.

    Contemporary Pendant Lighting For The Entryway

    Modern entryway with contemporary pendant lighting.

    This mid-century modern home used a bold color choice for their front door, making this entryway hard to ignore.

    While outdoor wall lights are usually found flanking a front door, I especially love the decision to hang a modern pendant light to create a stylish entryway. This house features a 'wow' factor before you even walk inside...

    Outdoor Fountains For Modern Entryway

    Entryway landscaping ideal for outdoor fountains.

    In the photo above, the wood paneled architecture mixed with the stone steps is a beautiful combination for any entryway. 

    The luscious landscape surrounding the entryway above would be perfect for a tranquil outdoor fountain... 

    Don't forget outdoor security lighting to protect your home. There are lots of modern styles out there that won't interfere with your style...

    Images from Dwell, Home AdoreArch Daily

  • How to Style a Modern Console Table

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    Parsons-style console table with modern x-bench and tribal portrait

    A console table is an incredibly versatile piece of furniture. It can be used in an entryway, as a sofa, a vanity or as a bar. They are also perfect as sideboards in a dining room, or, in a pinch as a laptop desk if you are short on space. 

    Modern console table with alabaster lamps, ornate mirror and zebra hair-on-hide stool

    When it comes to styling your console, start with a pair of two beautiful modern table lamps on each side to anchor the table.  Then add either a simple or more ornate modern wall mirror (depending on your taste or the look you want to achieve) above the center of the table to satisfy the Rule of Three. 

    What is the Rule of Three, you ask?

    The Rule of Three says that three (or any odd number) of objects arranged together will create a vignette with a sense of balance that will be visually appealing.  But, as with many things, there are always exceptions!

    Styled console table anchored by two tall glass lamps

    Next start playing with vignettes. Like so much in design, layering is key. Mix up the height of objects in a vignette -- items of the same height fall visually flat (and flat is boring, right?)

    Bring in visual texture through different finishes (matte, shiny,) textures (rough, smooth) and color.

    Grasscloth-covered walls in an entryway with modern console and wall mirror

    As we said, sometimes rules are made to be broken. This styled console table doesn't use a pair of table lamps on either side to ground the display. The display is very simple and it works because the orchid and enamel box are of different heights (visual interest) and the centered mirror balances the design.

    Plexiglass console table in front of large wall mirror, flanked by two modern wood chairs

    We love the look of a floor mirror behind a console table. Mirrors give the illusion of a larger space and are great for bouncing around natural light.

    This post focused on console tables in entryways, but the same principles apply no matter their location or use.

    Image Sources: The Gilded Nest; La Dolce Vita; Decor Fix; Lushome; McGill Design Group

  • Entryway Design Ideas

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    Design Ideas For the Entryway

    Style ideas for the modern entryway

    Happy Monday everyone! Let's talk about entryway design today as we approach a new week!

    Similar to meeting someone for the first time, the entryway of your home is the first impression, which makes it important. It's an introduction to your home style.

    Modern Wall Mirrors For the Entryway

    Wall mirrors for the entryway.

    The entryway design above has all the right elements to make a style statement, starting with that door! Never underestimate some of the simple elements that you might not consider at first. Changing the front door will drastically affect your entryway, inside and out.

    The minimal console with accessories is perfectly balanced with the stylish modern wall mirror above. 

    If you choose a large piece of art instead of a mirror, give it a spotlight by using an energy-efficient LED picture light.

    Gallery Wall Above a Chest of Drawers

    Large wall gallery for the entryway

    Try a fun wall gallery like the one above... You don't have to stay inside the lines of your furniture, sometimes going outside the lines is most fun...!

    DIY Ideas for the Entryway

    DIY ideas for the entryway.

    If you're on a budget, there's fun ways to make your entryway presentable without having to break the bank on a console table. Like the images above, rather than purchase a piece of furniture, you could DIY a bench or some wood cubes.

    Images from SF Girl by Bay, Sugar & Cloth, Momtastic Life, Remodelista

  • Mid Century Modern Studio

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    Exterior of a mid century modern backyard studio

    Stylish mid century modern backyard studio in Seattle.

    No matter how small the space, you can create big style... This Seattle home has a stylish mid century modern studio in the backyard to be used for creative tasks or out-of-town guests.

    What I love most is that they didn't skimp on style just because it's in the backyard. They gave attention to both the architecture and the interior design.

    The studio's entry with mid century modern architectural features and modern pendant light

    Minimal mid century modern entryway.

    The couple kept the interior design minimal so that it could easily transition for many uses. They enjoy sculpting, painting and vintage furniture.

    You can dress up any foyer with modern entryway pendant lights, but notice how important the interior architecture is, like the windows, ceiling, and door selection.

    Sitting area with period furnishings

    Small living space with big style.

    The living space is comfortable, yet easy to transition. The furniture is light and mobile.

    What are your creative hobbies? Whether you have a cool space like this one or not, hopefully you get a chance to be creative this weekend...

    All images via Dwell

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