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  • Family Living in Modern Homes


    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

  • Some Seriously Gorgeous Modern Kitchen Islands


    Modern kitchen island with barstools underneath and chandelier above.

    In this day and age of open-plan living, the modern kitchen is even more of a hub of family activity.

    In many cases the modern kitchen island has taken the place of the breakfast table and the large-scaled islands have enough room to allow you to cook and have your kids do their homework at the island at the same time.  Once homework time is over, the kids can clear off the island to make room for dinner.

    Contemporary white kitchen with white marble countertops, black kitchen barstools and several black pendant lights.

    The larger modern kitchen islands aren't just for kiddie activities. Let's be honest here... everyone wants to be in the kitchen, even when you entertain. The extra room gives guests the opportunity to sit and enjoy a drink while the host prepares food, or chip in and help.

    Modern white kitchen with a white marble kitchen island and bleached floors.

    Some kitchens go beyond a simple ledge or projection to create a seating area at the kitchen island. The kitchen above created a table-like extension in the same marble as the countertops for a sleek, streamlined look. The space under the counter is the perfect place to stow several kitchen barstools.

    Kitchen with stainless steel kitchen island featuring open and closed storage.

     You can never have too much storage, and a kitchen island is a great place for storage, both open and closed.

    We love the look of a few modern pendant lights hung above an island -- not only are they pretty to look at, they provide task lighting while you're working, and, if they're on dimmers, can be turned up or down depending on your immediate needs.

    Sleek modern kitchen with a table height counter wrapped around island.

    Seating at a modern kitchen island doesn't have to be limited to bar height. The island in the kitchen above has an extension built in at table height, which is the perfect opportunity to get those great dining chairs you've had your eye on.

    The modern kitchen island is multi-functional -- it's a cook space, homework center, dining area, storage area and guest magnet, so pull up a barstool (or chair)!

    Image Sources: HGTV; homedit; My Domaine; House to Home UK; homedit

  • Enter the Weekend with Some Stylish Entryways


    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


    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

  • Crushing on Tile Flooring in Modern Homes


     Patterned tile flooring in entryway

    Tile flooring ideas for the modern  home.

    If you think wood flooring is the only way to go, besides wall-to-wall carpet, think again! Patterned tile flooring is not just for the Tuscan villa dream vacation...

    Tile flooring can act as a beautiful accessory to the rest of your furnishings. It stands out even more when the home design is simple like this space above. Stylish mini pendants and streamlined task lamps are perfect for keeping an entryway minimal.

    But you don't necessarily need to tile your floor to get this look... Check out these ideas below:

    Hexagonal print carpet on stairway

    Geometric tile stairway.

    When you choose to go bold with pattern, you can do so much in spaces that would otherwise go unnoticed, like the stairway.

    Not sure you want tile on the stairs, worry about slipping and considering the the carpet runner option? Try an all-over, small scale patterned carpet that resembles tile!

    Mixed tile flooring in a modern bathroom

    Mismatched tile in a modern bathroom.

    You'll want to use tile in the bathroom, of course. So have fun with the pattern and mix it up... Try selecting a few different patterns that work well together, similar to mixing and matching pillows.

    Stenciled flooring in a breakfast nook

    Stencil flooring to look like tile.

    Do you live in a rental with laminate flooring, or you just don't have the budget to tile the floor in larger rooms?... Consider stencil, like this kitchen above. Head over to Nest Studio blog for the DIY, it's really impressive!

    Patterned tile flooring meant to look like an oriental rug

    Wall-to-wall tile flooring.

    Notice how minimal this modern home is, but how much style it expresses with those tile floors! Try dark walls for a moody atmosphere and to help the floor pattern really pop!

    Images from Stil Inspiration, Archilovers, Share Design, Apartment TherapyVosgeparis

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