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  • Stylish Pendant Lights for the Kitchen

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    Bronze Pendant

    I am a huge advocate for beautifully designed kitchens with stylish pendant lights. The kitchen is in fact the heart of the home so it should be treated with care and love. Cheesy, I know. But when you have a well designed kitchen, it can benefit you tremendously.

    Now, most of us don’t have thousands of dollars to throw at our kitchen. Even if our budgets are small, there are things that we can do on that will make a huge difference in the design of our kitchen. One of those details is a fabulous pendant light above the kitchen island or breakfast nook. Here are some fantastic examples.

    White Pendant

    You see in the image above that the owner took a vintage pendant and placed it above the work area in the kitchen. It’s clean, it’s classic and so cool. It also looks great paired with the mint colored cabinet.

    Cluster Pendant

    I’m in love with this light fixture. It’s a grouping of cord lights and it makes a huge statement for this kitchen. I also want to point out that even though this kitchen is simple in its layout and appliances the owners have warmed it up. That fantastic rug, baskets for storage and other wood and stainless steel accessories are perfect additions to this kithcen. It’s a chic space!

    Stainless Steel Pendant

    This simple stainless steel light adds character and goes well with all the other stainless steel accents throughout the space. It’s scale is large for a more dramatic look. I’m sure it brings ooo’s and awe’s from visitors.

    Get the look:

    Modern Pendant Lighting

    Top: Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier, Old Bronze Mini Pendant Light 

    Bottom: St Croix Mercury Glass Chandelier, Dandelion Shade Possini Euro Pendant.

    Images: Desire to Inspire, My Lovely Things, Remodelista, Skonahem

  • Geometric Patterns in Modern Stairway Design

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    Modern Stairway Design

    Please join us in welcoming Victoria McGinley from vmac+cheese as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Victoria…

    I have a new obsession. Finding ridiculously beautiful, architecturally interesting staircase railings, then staring at them for hours on end and wishing I had a second floor in my home so that I'd have an excuse to create such a unique look. If you're a lover of modern lines that aren't boring (hand raised very high!), I can't think of a room detail that adds as much visual punch as a custom staircase.

    Modern Stairway Ideas

    The fantastic thing about this particular room 'accessory' is that whether you live in a big space or small, as long as you have a second story, it's doable. You certainly can't be shy about making a statement when it comes to home design though -- unlike a simple piece of home decor, these staircases are big, visual art installations that you probably wouldn't be swapping out any time soon. Choose wisely!

    Which of these is your favorite? And if you were installing a custom staircase railing tomorrow, what kind of pattern, color, or material do you think you'd pick?

    Images: 1. Remodelista 2. Spillmann Echsle Architekten 3. Cardea Building Co. 4. Urban Craft 5. Apartment Therapy

  • Cool + Collected 1.11

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    Modern Architecture

    +You've never seen a modern cabin like this before. Head over to Sous Style to see more of this home.

    +In the spirit of eco-optimism, Huffington Post curated innovative designs in green building. Imagination is a beautiful thing.

    +Swiss Miss gives an overview of a great new website. If you're a maker looking for resources, this is just what you need.

    +What did the world search for in 2012? Find out what most of the 1.2 trillion searches were at Google's Zeitgeist 2012

    +If you want to send a unique Holiday card this year, check out the pixel popup cards at Minieco.

    Imagee: Sous Style

  • Winter Solstice: Modern Lighting Trends

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    Lighting Trends

    With winter solstice right around the corner (it falls on December 21st this year), we have short and dark days ahead. Not only is lighting essential but also makes a big impact on a home's overall look and feel. For those of you that want to continue to have light-filled rooms but are wondering how you will add more lighting, don’t fear you can illuminate your space and amplify your style with these favorites I have to share.

    Most homes don’t have a lot of natural light. If that’s true for your home, then adding floor lamps is a great option for a simple and easy fix. Floor lamps also provide a cozy corner with the perfect light for reading.

    Modern Chandelier

    Ceiling fixtures contribute ambient lighting in a fashionable way that can highlight any design aesthetic. Whether you simply want to add a new look to your dining room, add functional lighting to your kitchen, or add a stunning fixture to your bedroom (similar to the above photo), a ceiling light may be the answer when long winter months drag on.

    Here are a few of my favorite lighting options that you could add to your home:

    Lighting Trend Ideas

    Top Left: Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Meurice Nickel Chandelier – Place this in your living room, nook or bedroom and your room will have no problem being fully lit from all of these lovely, tiny globe bulbs.

    Top Right: Lafitte Clear Glass 10-Inch-W Jamie Young Pendant Chandelier - Mouth-blown clear glass shade has unique texture and style.

    Middle: Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel White Shade Floor Lamp – If you need a little extra light on a gloomy day add a floor lamp in the corner. This Jonathan Adler lamp features three cocktail shaker-like lights on adjustable arms and has multiple lighting settings.

    Bottom Left: Double Gourd Slate Grey Ceramic 27-Inch-H Table Lamp – Put a pair together and place them on either side of a couch in your living rom or on your bedside table. The acrylic base gives this gourd lamp a more modern feel.

    Bottom Right: Delta Lily Robert Abbey Modern Table Lamp  - Would be perfect on a desk or entry table for a clean and contemporary home.

    Images: Crystal Gentilello, SFGirlbyBay

  • Modern Architecture In A Winter Wonderland

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    Modern Architecture

    Many of you are either planning your holiday getaways to a beautiful Winter wonderland or maybe you're living in it already. Wouldn't it be nice to be walking through a beautiful snow-covered landscape and stumble upon modern architecture to keep you warm and cozy?

    This modern cabin (above) would be exceptionally great because you could just lounge around and watch it snow for hours with those big window walls. Curl up in a modern chair, sip on some cocoa, and read your favorite book...that's what we would do!

    Modern Lounge Chair

    Zuo Draper White Lounge Chair

    Modern Sofa

    A modern sofa with soft fabric and layers of cushions seems like the perfect addition to any modern cabin. Adding textures in a soft neutral palette with gray, white, and tan will give your home a serene feeling, keeping it warm and cozy. 

    Rustic Modern Cabin

    A rustic modern cabin on a lake would also be a great vacation in a winter wonderland!  

    Modern White Living Room

    How beautiful would it be to walk into a rustic cabin and discover a bright modern interior filled with all-white furnishings? The gorgeous snow covered forest wallpaper makes you feel like you're still in the snowy outdoors, but you would be warm and curled up on a modern white sofa. The only thing that's missing is a stylish floor lamp so you can read and fill yourself with knowledge on your relaxing getaway.

    Modern Floor Lamp

    Sabine Polished Nickel Arteriors Home Floor Lamp

    If you didn't think a trip into the snow was right for you this holiday season, maybe we changed your mind... Happy Holidays to you all!

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