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Regina-Andrew Arc21" Metal Wall Sconce
“Love the polished finish on this light. The swing-arm style is perfect for the bedside.”
- T. Jackson, Interior Designer
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Winter garb brings thoughts of stylish decor consisting of leathers, woods, and natural tones to mind. Ms. Wooly & Warm loves to take full advantage of this time of year with all of the above! This Brushed Nickel Pull Chain Floor Lamp (below) with a bold black striped shade is a great example of a piece that's both classic and modern. The brushed nickel finish gives off a welcome winter glow.
Ms. Wooly & Warm knows she doesn't have to choose between color and style when it comes to the Corbett Vertigo Foyer Pendant Light (above). The warm bronze and gold leaf tones in the swirling iron make any space feel more inviting.
The Mercury Glass Table Lamp with drum shade (above) helps Ms. Wooly & Warm maximize every last ray of winter sun. The textured base gives reflections an extra oomph and helps to brighten any corner the lamp is placed in.
Casual, comfortable, and easy to stash away when Ms. Wooly & Warm feels like changing up her stylish decor for warmer weather – that's what the Zuo Draper Lounge Chair (above) is all about. It's also the best place in the living room to curl up with a book and hot toddy!
The Arteriors Home Keifer Side Table (above) makes the perfect match for that comfy chair. The metal cast base has the appearance of petrified wood while the black marble top keeps things classy. Ms. Wooly & Warm knows how versatile this piece is and uses it for everything from side table to plant stand.
Image: The Outnet
There are certain details of a room that can either be overlooked or can make a big statement. One of those details is a modern table lamp. I’m a huge advocate of stylish modern lighting. The right lighting can change the look of a room in the best way. One great thing about a great table lamp is that it creates a nice glow in the evenings, providing a cozy space in your home. And in small spaces, we need those petite items to make big impacts.
To create more lighting in a hallway, try placing a chair and pretty side table in the deep corner. In this hallway (above) the small table is paired with a simple shade lamp. What a great nightlight when the home is dark!
Flight Dark Yellow White Contemporary Table Lamp
I’m absolutely in love with this light! It would look fantastic in a hallway space, or any space for that matter.
Bedrooms are an important room to light up. Bedside lights need to be the right height to allow for perfect nighttime reading. The room above has done a great job by sticking with its modern roots and adding that small round light.
Delta Nickel Smokey Taupe Robert Abbey Table Lamp
This clean and sophisticated lamp would make for a great bedside light. Pairing two on either side would be striking!
If you are looking for a little more drama in your space, look for lamps that are taller in height. You can find one that is large in width for extra va va voom or keep it simple and find one that is skinnier, to fit in less space.
Lite Source Directeur Dark Bronze Tripod Table Lamp
This “movie set” like lamp is super industrial and will add some Hollywood style to your space.
What's your favorite lamp style?
Images: Emma Designblogg, The Design Files, Remodelista, April & May
This eco-chic "4 Corners House", designed by Finnish architects Avanto Architects, uses its black exterior to blend in with the thick forest that surrounds it. At only 840 square feet, each corner of this tiny home features a view through glass walls. The exterior is dramatic, contrasting with its snowy surroundings and bright white interiors.
Another great eco feature is the passive solar operation, which further strengthens this modern home's connection to nature and reinforces its principles of minimalism. It creates minimal impact on its surrounding environment.
Although the interior is bright and all-white it still feels warm and cozy, which is a must in this snowy environment. The wood ceiling, walls, and floors are covered in a white wax finish which allows the natural wood grain to warm up the space. Similarly, when you use modern white pendant lights in an all white space it allows for the shape of the fixture to really stand out. Which is why we love the simple details of the Kiev Pendant Light (below).
Tech Lighting Kiev White Modern Ceiling Pendant
The simple dining table blends with the surroundings while the use of simple, modern seating helps make the space feel less cluttered. It's always an added bonus when your dining room opens to the outdoors. When it's warm enough the double-doors open and you could slide your table outside while still protected from the elements. The roof extends beyond the doors which makes the outdoor space an extension of the inerior.
When living in a small space, bringing the outdoors in is a great way to make the space feel larger.
Zuo Diamond Clear Dining Chair
There's an open, but defined feeling throughout the space. It's an escape from reality, where sitting around the wood burning fireplace in your modern lounge chair and reading a book might be the only concern for the day!
The Danish modern wood-burning fireplace paired with a view like that might also keep you in bed all day!
When designing a modern home under 1500 square feet you're forced to push the boundaries of design. Creating an experience in your own home is key, well it's actually a key element of life too.
So go ahead, push the boundaries, challenge yourself to look at things differently, make an impact, and create experiences just like this architecture team was able to.
Sources: Arch Daily
+If you like traditional museums then you might not like this, but we think it's pretty cool. Las Vegas has a neon museum with vintage signage that's pretty eye-catching.
+Architect Magazine has issued their 2012 Annual Design Review and it's definitely worth checking out.
+Dexinger compiled a short list of the best designs of 2012. The list includes architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product, transport.
+We don't think you would have found your way to our blog if you didn't love Mid-Century Modern. So, we're happy to share with you the greatest hits Mid-Century design.
+Trust us when we say, you don't know good use of space until you've seen this video. Design students were selected to help with the design of this 350 sq ft apartment in Soho, New York.
Pendant lighting is all of the rage these days – whether you install them in your kitchen, bathroom or dining room. I have to admit, I’m one of those people. I’m constantly proposing a modern pendant light to my clients. What’s not to love about them? The beautiful hand-blown-glass is timeless and provides a modern feel for any space.
LBL Isla Smoke Bronze Pendant Light
When I came across this antique light at the flea market (dining room above) I knew it had to be mine. Whenever a reader sees it they ask where it’s from. Since it’s vintage I’m always looking for a similar look. Luckily, Euro Style Lighting has a hand-blown version that is stunning with its smoke glass. The transparency of the glass allows you to enjoy the warmth and light from the bulb in true modern style.
Farmhouse tables are a favorite amongst my clients because they want to host large parties. I’ve been mixing them with modern lighting – similar to the image above. I’m a huge fan of mixing styles – the modern lighting with the organic feel of the table. It adds more character to a room. These hand-blown clear glass pendants add that modern flair.
LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel Modern Pendant
Interested in another style of glass pendants? I've rounded up a variety of both clear glass and colored glass options below.
1. Mason Brown and Satin Nickel Ceiling Pendant 2. St Charles Mercury Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 3. Etched Glass 7 3/4-Inch-W George Kovacs Mini Pendant 4. St Croix Amber Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 5. St Charles Clear Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 6. St Croix Celadon Glass Jamie Young Modern Pendant Light
Image: Caitlin Flemming, Femina
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