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  • Design Destination: Reykjavik, Iceland

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    Iceland Design Destination

    Images from Dwell

    The Harpa Concert Hall stands as the center of Reykjavik's design district.

    Icelandic capital Reykjavik hardly sits on the beaten path. But its new design district - an organic wellspring of re-purposed fishing sheds and warehouses in Reykjavik's old harbor - does much to showcase Icelandic design sensibilities and place it on the map as a design destination. 

    Harpa Concert Hall

    Modern glass interior of the concert hall.

    The area is anchored geographically by the modern glass Harpa Concert Hall (pictured above), but it's in the small surrounding business that the real creative design work is evident. 

    Modern Iceland Restaurant

    Bright colors and natural materials combine in this design district restaurant.

    Icelandic design tends toward stark utilitarianism with a craft aesthetic. Hanging pendant lights, such as the ones above, are given a localized flavor with the use of colored fish nets. 

    Modern Craftwork

    Contemporary craft seems to influence much of Icelandic modern decor.

    Bright pops of color are found everywhere in the design district.

    Reykjavik Design District

    Shop? Atelier? Record label? This venue houses all three - part of the communal nature of the design district.

    Duck into any shop or cafe and you're likely to find something to smile about. Sure, the gleaming concert hall may attract all the media attention, but it's the charming back roads that truly give Reykjavik's design district its soul.  

  • Create Your Own Industrial Loft Kitchen

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    Industrial Loft Kitchen Style

    All images from Corynne Pless

    Industrial style kitchen with rustic barstools, track lighting and pendants.

    We had to stop and stare at this loft style kitchen design for a little while. It's very well put together, all the details are considered. Best of all, it also looks incredibly functional with lots of counter space, seating and lighting.

    If you're wishing you had a loft style home, don't. You can create any style you want no matter where you live. It's all about the elements you bring in and how you put them together.

    Rustic Barstools In An Industrial Kitchen

    Industrial style barsools are perfect for adding extra seating in a loft style home.

    Just make sure, you also consider function and what your specific space needs. This kitchen, featured  in the top image, provides great lighting with pretty green pendant lights and LED track lighting fixtures

    If you break down the important elements in the design, it's easy to get this look in your own home. Here's how...

    Rustic Barstool, Track Lighting And Pendant From Euro Style Lighting

    1. Add directional illumination to your industrial kitchen with LED track lighting.

    2. Add some urban scenery with this framed wall art.

    3. The perfect wall art addition to create a stylish pair.

    4. The green pendant light will add a little color and contrast to an industrial design.

    5. This metal folding cart is perfect for adding more counter space and shelving.

    6. Add some vintage charm and distressed finish with this industrial barstool.

  • Architecture Trend: Glass Boxes

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    Modern Architecture And Glass Boxes

    Image from Dwell

    Modern cabin with glass box addition.

    We're always talking about trends in interior design and sometimes fashion, but today let's take a look at a pretty cool trend I've been noticing in modern architecture... the glass box.

    What better way to show off your modern lighting style and interior design skills than with floor to ceiling glass?!

    Modern Addition To Traditional Residence

    Image from Homedit

    Architectural renovation with a glass box.

    Glass boxes have been used to accent modern architecture, but also to add a modern touch to more traditional architecture. 

    Look how beautifully those modern black pendant lights look from outside!

    Modern Architecture With A Pool

    Image from Home Designing

    Modern architecture exposing beautiful interior design.

    This modern home has one of the coolest pool areas I've seen. With that glass box, the beautiful interior design is fully exposed, as it should be.

  • On the Cheap: Modern Home Made Affordable

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    Cheap Modern Home

    All images from ArchDaily

    Prefabricated materials and a simple floor-plan make this modern home affordable.

    With the air of sophistication surrounding modern design, one might be inclined to ask if there's such a thing as a cheap modern home? As it turns out, this Copenhagen home by Sigurd Larsen packs a lot of modern into a reasonable (only $145,000 in construction costs!) price tag.

    The key to the house is a simple but effective floor-plan that maximizes shared areas, yet still siphons off enough space for three bedrooms:

    Modern Small Floorplan

    A combination of shared and private areas makes the most out of the home's 861 square feet.

    Furnishings are kept to a minimum and directional lighting like plug in wall lamps provide illumination without bleeding into other parts of the open floorplan:

    Modern Great Room Decor

    In a minimalist space like this, clutter need not apply.

    Likewise, modern pendant chandeliers delineate kitchen and dining areas without casting unwanted light across the entire space.

    Modern Kitchen Pendant

    An open dining, kitchen and living area and wide windows create the illusion of space. 

    That Larsen has designed an affordable modern home in one of the world's priciest (and most liveable) cities is astonishing. And it's proof that good design is often the product of constraints, not big budgets.

  • Modern Design With a Pop of Color

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    Modern Kitchen Design With Pop Of Color

    Image from Pop Sugar

    Modern kitchen design with a pop of color.

    We might be getting a little stir crazy and wishing for warmer months. In lieu of controlling the sun cycle, we're just gonna share some colorful modern spaces.

    Adding a little bit of color can be as easy as buying a new table lamp or as easy as painting your walls.

    Colorful Living Room Design

    Image from Bright Bazaar

    Modern living room design with colorful accents.

    If you're in love with color the way Will Taylor is, from Bright Bazaar, then you can go as far as selecting a colorful sofa for your living room. Then, just add a few pops of color around it and some bold patterns to finish off this look above.

    Paint Is An Easy Way To Add Color

    Image from Justina Blakeney

    Accents and paint are easy ways to add color to your modern space.

    Justina Blakeney creatively added painted circles on her wall to accent mini shelves with accessories. And all of her beautiful home textiles adds so much color and personality.

    Here are some ideas for how you can add some bold color to your modern home while there's very little color outside still...

    Colorful Home Decor, Furniture And Lighting From Euro Style Lighting

    1. This bold, red pendant light will make everyone who enters your home look up!

    2. If you're a fan of adding some color to your home, why not get these modern green chairs for your dining room!

    3. This yellow table lamp is bold yet discrete if you're still unsure about too much color.

    4. Fit a whole bunch of colors into one small package with this paisley accent pillow.

    5. Add color and personality to your home with this orange patterned accent chair.

    6. Adding more color to your home can be as easy as including a purple throw on the arm of your sofa.

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