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Home entertaining with modern barstools.
As you all know, Monday is Memorial Day, which usually means staying home, relaxing and most likely doing some entertaining.
While the style of home entertainment on this holiday is usually casual, there are still some home design elements you'll want, such as extra seating.
Barstools are a great way to provide extra seating around the most social space in the house. Let's look at some fun options...
White Chrome Barstool
Modern kitchen design with rustic barstool style.
There's so many different styles of barstools out there that can provide tons of extra seating without taking too much extra space.
If you're going for a more rustic look, try something like these below. The kitchen design above is great because of the contrast between modern and rustic. Don't ever shy away from the unpredictable choice.
Sleek modern barstools in designer kitchen.
This barstool style above is the ultimate in style and space saving.
Try selecting one that also gives you the option of height adjustment, that way you don't have to worry as much about the different counter heights.
Adjustable Black Barstool
Modern rustic kitchen design with classic barstool style.
Are all of the options above too modern for you? Don't worry, a classic barstool style works perfectly well in a modern home as well.
You can never go wrong with a classic, especially when it has a little modern edge.
Adjustable Bamboo Barstool
Don't forget, it might get warm around this time of year and contemporary ceiling fans are a great option to keep cool.
Images from Lonny Magazine, Shake My Blog, Refinery29, Planete Deco
Outdoor living isn't just about a grill and a table and chairs anymore. Outdoor fire pits are gaining popularity and enhance your outdoor living experience. These days people have full-on outdoor kitchens and fully appointed outdoor living rooms and many outdoor spaces now include fire pits.
A fire pit can easily become the go-to spot for family and friends and are perfect for a lively fireside chat or a place to stay warm on chilly summer nights.
This urban garden's seating area is the perfect place to kick back and catch up, and the fire pit is the right height to be used as a table when not lit.
Some homes even have separate seating areas for fire pits and include built-in benches/banquettes (a perfect opportunity to accessorize with decorative outdoor pillows.)
Adding an outdoor fire pit can extend your outdoor living season, starting in the spring and go until fall (or later, depending on your climate.)
Adding outdoor fountains will provide the peaceful sound of trickling water while you watch the flames licking up from your fire pit. I love the festive touch of paper lanterns in the trees above the seating area.
String lights are a great addition to this outdoor seating area with a wood-burning fire pit. The addition of decorative lanterns adds to the cozy ambiance.
Some outdoor fire pits are great for toasting marshmallows, others are just pretty to look at, but all will help keep you toasty on cool spring/summer nights.
Here are some great outdoor fire pits to consider when you're ready to add one to the mix:
1. Round Crystal Outdoor Fire Pit 2. Drop-In Tile Outdoor Fire Pit Table 3. Tereno Stucco Outdoor Fire Pit 4. Round Chat Fire Pit Table with Granite Top 5. Real Flame Gray Burning Fire Pit 6. Black Steel Basket Fire Pit
Image Sources: 1st image: True North Architects 2nd image: Arterra Landscape Architects, photo by Michele Lee Wilson Photography 3rd image: Design Vidal, photo by Marcia Prentice 4th image: MTLA - Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture 5th image: Design by Misha
The Stahl house (also known as Case Study House #22) designed by Pierre Koenig is a Mid-Century modern architectural masterpiece that cantilevers over the city of Los Angeles.
Numerous movies have been filmed in the home and it is also a popular background for photo shoots.
The Stahl house was part of the Case Study project sponsored by Arts and Architecture magazine in the 50s and 60s.
Architects Richard Neutra, Ray and Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and Pierre Koenig (among others) were tasked with designing homes that would bring modernist architecture to the middle class.
You've probably seen this photo of two women lounging in a corner of a room made of floor-to-ceiling glass with the lights of LA twinkling below. Yes? No? Maybe?
Well anyway,it was this photo by famed photographer Julius Shulman that made the Stahl house one of the most famous examples of Mid-Century modern architecture.
It took Buck Stahl, the owner of the home, several tries to find an architect willing to build on the challenging (that's putting it mildly) hillside lot before he finally found Koenig, and the resulting design is pure genius.
The 2,200 square foot, 2 bedroom home is an L-shape that is divided into public and private areas. The public area is a single open space encased in floor-to-ceiling glass -- open plan living was a hallmark of the Mid-Century modern style of interior design.
Naturally this style of architecture was accompanied by interior design that mimics the streamlined look of its buildings.
The acclaimed TV series Mad Men has brought back the popularity of Mid-Century modern lighting and furniture design and now it can be seen everywhere from residential to hospitality to commercial design.
Clean lines, gentle organic curves and geometric forms are all characteristics of the style's modern furniture and lighting design.
The style made use of traditional materials like wood alongside non-traditional materials like metal, glass, vinyl, and plywood.
Here are some great examples of the furniture and lighting styles from the period:
1. Polished Chrome George Kovacs Arc Floor Lamp
2. Limelight Modern Green Armchair
3. Casa Vieja Turbina Ceiling Fan - 60" Oil-Rubbed Bronze
4. Patron Grasscloth Centennial Modern Natural Sofa
5. Vanguard Floor Lamp with Glass Tray Table
6. Santi Modern Walnut and Cream Adjustable Barstool
7. Cleo Modern White Glass 8 1/2-Inch-H Tech Pendant Light
8. Tendy Pro Stack Walnut 31 1/2-Inch-H Set of 4 Side Chairs
9. Astrid Contemporary Satin White Oval Dining Table
Okay, all this Mid-Century modern talk is making me want to pour myself a cocktail and settle in for a Mad Men marathon -- how about you?
Image Sources: Image 1: Homestation Magazine, Image 2: Nalata/Nalata, Image 3: archdaily, Image 4: Comfy Arts, Image 5: decoist
Lately I've been thinking about new pendant lighting ideas -- undoubtedly you've seen pendant lighting popping up in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms, but what about other rooms in the house? Hallways, stairways, bathrooms and bedrooms all need love too!
Here are some pendant lighting ideas for inspiration:
Pendant lighting is no stranger to foyers and hallways, but how about groups of pendants? It’s a fresh take on the typical chandelier.
Much like hallways, pendants are a staple lighting technique in stairways. Pendants hanging at different heights along the path of stairways really engage you on the climb up or down.
You can use pendant lighting in place of bedside table lamps in the bedroom. This is an especially great move for small bedrooms where space is at a premium or you have bedside tables that are on the small side. I love the idea of grouping pendants alongside the bed.
Why stick to using the traditional bath bar or sconces to light your vanity when you can use pendants? One of my pet peeves is a recessed light mounted directly over the sink (it casts harsh shadows on your face) – using a pair of pendants on either side of a vanity mirror shines light on you from the sides, which is eminently more flattering.
(1) Possini Euro Design Zuri Chrome Mini Pendant (2) Possini Euro Engels Black with Smoke Glass Pendant Light (3) Feiss Blufton Bronze Mini Pendant Light (4) LBL Isla Clear Modern Pendant (5) Tech Lighting Fire Amber Glass Mini Pendant (6) Franklin Iron Works Edison Warm Bronze Mini Pendant Light
These are only a few pendant lighting ideas so next time you are installing (or just switching up) lighting, use some out-of-the-box thinking when choosing types and locations for your lights, you might just come up with something amazing!
Image Sources: 1st image - decorpad 2nd image - Interiors by Studio M 3rd image - John Maniscalco Architecture via contemporist 4th image - SB Architects 5th image - Lawson Robb 6th image - Kelly Hoppen 7th - image Centsational Girl 8th image - Eric Olsen Design
The ultimate modern sunroom can be a simple glass box.
The next best thing to having a space outdoors, is having a sunroom with a beautiful view of the outdoors. Whether you living in warm or cold climates, the modern sunroom is a great option.
Here are my top picks for sunroom style:
Whether you're avoiding natural elements like the cold, or you just prefer staying indoors, the following images are sure to inspire...
Don't forget modern lighting, even in the sunroom.
The mid-century modern home above does it right. They furnished their sunroom to work during the day or night.
Remember to include modern lighting, such as floor lamps so you can enjoy the room at night as well. When you're done reading, turn off the lighting and enjoy the starts...
Treat your sunroom with modern outdoor chairs and textiles to match your home style.
There's a couple ways to approach the design of your sunroom... You can make it a part of your indoor home, like the space we just talked about, part of your outdoor space, or both... Like this space above.
Along with mostly indoor furnishings, you can also add one outdoor element like a modern outdoor chair to really tie the indoors and outdoors together.
Why not make the sunroom a modern dining room?
Lastly, I love the idea of doing something unexpected like using the sunroom for a modern dining room. Add some acrylic dining chairs so you don't distract from the outdoor view, and hang a crystal chandelier to sparkle against the sunlight during the day and the stars at night...
Images from Dirtbin Designs, Blood & Champagne, Refinery 29, Planete Deco
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