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  • Modern Shelving For the Whole Family

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    Modern Shelving

    Anyone living with two or more people in their home knows that things can quickly get disorderly and modern shelving is the key to happiness. If two or more of those said people happen to be children, then you know disorder can take on a life of its own without an organization strategy.

    Whether you have an abundance of stuff or just the right amount, chances are you are always looking for ways to stack it, sort it and store it.  And for me, modern shelving seems to be the best way to go about it. They're simple and streamlined. Keep in mind that with shelves whatever you store or stack is always on display. The simpler the shelving, the more your books and accessories stand out. 

    I happen to love the way this works, because when function and design meet it is a beautiful thing.

    White Shelving Unit

    Storit Pure White 31 1/2-Inch-W Shelving Unit

    When it comes to shelving in a children’s space, I love to keep it simple or go all out creative. The first look showcases how shelves can be used for basic storage.I love the clean look these shelving units provide.

    Home Modular Shelves

    Stockard Oak Wood Arteriors Home Modular Shelves

    On the other end of the spectrum you can use shelves in a more decorative fashion. The idea of backing your shelves with wallpaper to give a unique and one-of-kind look is so fun.  Then just prop your favorite keepsakes or children’s toys to complete the look.  Bonus . . . . fewer toys on the floor.

    Tempered Glass Shelf

    Xert Narrow White with Tempered Glass Modern Zuo Shelf

    Why not let shelves take center stage? When you pick a shelving unit that has modern lines and a great shape it’s like a piece of art. These shelves work great in any room of the house, but I love how they are used in the heart of the home. Dishes put up, taken down, art displayed, toys tossed up and plopped down for play.  

    Shelves are modern art in action. Now what other piece of home décor can boast that?

    Images: PinterestFamily Living, Apartment Therapy, Woonideeen

  • Color Crush: Navy

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    Modern Living Room

    As much as I love my bright and cheery colors, sometimes you just need a cool and calm addition to your space. Enter, navy! I have been totally crushing on navy lately. It’s one of the best colors to mix and match with other colors so it is really easy to incorporate into your décor you already have! My favorite colors to go with navy lately are coral, mint and grey. It’s just kind of dreamy, don’t you think?

    Also, unlike a lot of other colors, navy is kind of hard not to match with another navy. They are usually so similar they work! This room designed by Emily Henderson is kind of perfect. The navy is definitely the main and most dominant color, but all of the little accent colors and patterns around that gorgeous couch are amazing!

    Home Decor

    1. Brushed Nickel Prussian Coral Giclee Pendant 2. Annabelle Modern Navy Linen 32-Inch-H Mid-Century Chair 3. Linen Navy Wingback 78 1/2-Inch-W California King Bed

    There are a lot of different styles that could all work with navy. This chair for example, is modern but also has a mid-century vibe to it. So of course I love it!

    This pendant light has a fun coral shaped pattern to it to add some pattern to your room, if that’s what your space is in need of.

    And this bed! Oh this bed. It’s like a gorgeous wingback chair in California king size! A great way to add some class to your room. I love it!

    Can you just imagine all of the different styles and fun accents you could do with a bed like that? Also, it’s not too girly, so men will love it too! Total win, win.

    Image: Emily Henderson

  • Case Study Architecture: Opdahl House

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    Modern Architecture

    Sometimes, what's even better than beautiful architecture is beautiful architecture brought back to life by people who truly care. Case Study architect Edward Killingsworth’s masterpiece, the 1957 Opdahl House, fell into ruin, but thanks to a musician with a passion for modernism, it is celebrating its 50th anniversary in mint condition.

    This cool pad is located on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California and the current owner is DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens who had a passion for bringing this home back to life. In addition to furnishing his own home, Stevens started a side career flipping pieces found buried at far-flung Salvation Army stores.

    DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens

    Stevens received the help of original owners Joyce and Richard Opdahl and Killingsworth to help guide him along the way. Old family photos provided unpublished views of the home and gave Stevens the clues he needed to bring the house back to its exact original state.

    “I gave up my regular life for a couple of years,” Stevens says. In addition to refurbishing the structure, he went to extreme lengths to find original fixtures and match finished surfaces. He also tried to furnish the home according to the old family photos, but still keeping it his own and making sure he was comfortable living there.

    Modern Living Room

    Not only is the two-story space with balconied bedrooms a beautiful sight to see, but it's also helping Stevens complete his current album. He points out the similarities between recording in the Opdahl home to that in which Rudy Van Gelder recorded Blue Note’s classic albums.

    Modern Kitchen Design

    Killingsworth said, “The most flattering thing an owner can say about one of my buildings is, ‘It’s my building, I did all this myself; the architects only translated my thoughts.’ The Opdahl House truly has become Stevens’s building.

    Images: Dwell

  • Home Décor With a Global Vibe

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    Home Decor Style

    Although right now I call Los Angeles home, I've been lucky enough to have lived globally, in many cities around the world: Florence, Bern, NYC, Copenhagen, and have traveled from Marrakesh to Mexico City and many places in between. One thing that all of these cities have in common is that there is no one style that truly defines a city.

    Through years of people of different cultures visiting, conquering, settling and assimilating into new places, decorating styles have overlapped, mixed and melded--you'll find Hollywood Regency styles in Milan, or a Moroccan-style den in Denmark. Here is a roundup of some global mash-up interiors that I find truly inspiring-- Plus my Euro Style Lighting discoveries, with a global vibe...and how great is that serape lampshade?!

    Hme Decor

    Moroccan Star Amethyst Red 12-Inch Accent Table Lamp, Saffron Jasmina Chocolate 18" Square Down Throw Pillow, Lime Green Moroccan Square 18-Inch Pillow, Mexican Print Drum Lamp Shade 14x14x10 (Spider), Desert Ikat 12-Inches-W Lamp Shade, Mini Isla Satin Nickel Pendant, Kite White and Red Ikat Fabric Decorative Throw Pillow, Sydney Contemporary Tango Red 29-Inch-H Table Lamp, Kathy Ireland African Eclipse Cherry Americana Table Lamp

    Images: The Kitchen, Big Chill, The Design Files, Casas Bacanas

  • The Modern Lake Home

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    Modern Lake Home

    Who said lake homes had to be campy and cozy without any real design aesthetic. Well, they're wrong. We spotted this beautiful modern lake home and decided to furnish it in our dreams...

    The key to designing a clean aesthetic that still falls under the category of natural and organic is all about the materials. The form will keep it modern with clean lines and minimal frill.

    Home Decor

    1. White Glass Chip Satin Nickel 12-Inch-W Chandelier 2. Currey And Company Beachhead 21" Square Driftwood Mirror 3. Zuo Modern Charcoal Gray 28 3/4-Inch-W Armchair 4. Charlotte Mirrored 18 1/2-Inch-H Accent Table 5. Cosgrove Mid-Century White Ceramic Table Lamp 6. Natural Light All Wrapped Up Jute 65 1/2-Inch-H Floor Lamp 7. Fenia Chrome with Brown Rattan Swivel 35-Inch-H Chairs

    Image: Expensive Life

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