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  • Organic Elements in Modern Home Decor

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    Mixing organic elements in your modern home decor is the perfect way to create a cozy space. Elements like natural wood tables or sculptural chairs work great with clean solid lines and add layers of interest. This contrasting of materials provides both depth and character to a room, making it feel like a more artful and curated space.  

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    Arteriors Home Lakehurst Gessoed Wood Accent Table

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    The rustic hardwood floor and exposed ceiling beams create an environment that already has character in its soul.  When modern furniture, industrial modern lamps, and accessories are layered over achitectural character, you create a very thoughtful space. The modern, but natural chaise lounge stands in the center of the space like an organic sculpture. Staple elements like these can make any space feel complete, especially with modern black sofas to ground the space.

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    Arteriors Home Kamaro Vintage Silver Tripod Table Lamp

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    Natural textures bring life to this neutral interior (above). The textured rugs and rattan pouf fill the space with a softness that the concrete and metal do not provide.

     If your modern home decor is feeling a little too cold, warm it up with the use of natrual elements. It's this mixture of natural elements in modern interiors that creates a cozier, lived in feel. 

    Images: Douglas Friedman Photography, Yellowtrace,  Archello

  • Balancing Act: Modern Architecture Or Art?

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    Often times, modern architecture is nice to look at in the same way that art is, but is it somewhere we want to live? Well, we don't have to resolve this design debate here and now. This super cool home, aka The Balancing Barn, is a hotel!

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    The reflective tiles and unique form are what gives this structure it's art-like quality.

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    The structure is eye catching from every angle!

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    The simplicity of this space makes it the perfect getaway spot. Furnishing a room with simple modern seating and wall lights is a great way to keep your modern space minimal.

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    If you want a unique vacation spot, be sure to check out the availability. I'm sure The Balancing Barn books up fast!

    Images: Living Architecture

  • Modern Office Design: Concept Office “Attic” by Vasiliy Butenko

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    Many of us are greatly influenced by our environment and especially our work environment, but there are few modern office designs out there that really inspire you. Office design can do wonders for your productivity, creativity, and overall sense of well-being throughout the work week, but I think that many business owners fail to understand the full impact it has on their employees.

    Creating peace of mind in a stressful environment is something that can be hard to do, but the design of your space can really help you achieve this! Vasiliy Butenko did a marvelous job on the design of Concept Office "Attic" by creating a thoughtful plan and a more enjoyable workplace. 

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    A central volume within the space houses the workstations and is surrounded by a more comfortable lounge area with exposed vaulted ceilings. The rose colored volume becomes the main feature of this interior and is framed nicely by the natural wood walls and ceiling. Low, modern lounge sofas create a relaxed area perfect for flipping through the stacks of books that line the walls.  

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    Zuo Circus Gray Sectional Sofa

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    The sleek black furniture, warm wood accents, and modern pendant lighting balance nicely with the strong choice of color in the space. An exposed bulb glass pendant light works beautifully in clusters, or it can stand alone. It doesn't clutter the space, but still adds visual interest.  

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    LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel 9 3/4" Wide Pendant

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    These textured wood walls create a beautiful softness while the pendant lights hang with grace from above. It's a modern environment with a cozy atmosphere that makes employees and clients alike feel like they're at home. Table and floor lamps are sculptural in form, and in this setting they're almost as beautiful as a piece of art.

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    Jonathan Adler Black and Brass Antwerp Floor Lamp

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    The concrete bathroom provides full amenities to the employees, making the office feel like an extension of their home. It's a beautiful bathroom in and of itself. In the work environment it's exquisite.  

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    The outdoor seating provides a great area to relax and take in the ocean views. What an incredible place to let your creative energy flow.  

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    Set of 2 Zuo Modern Whitworth White Chrome Accent Chairs

    I know that we can't all be this lucky, but I hope your office provides you with a productive and creative environement! Happy Monday and have a great week!

    Images: Vasiliy Butenko

  • Dark Nights Require Dark Sky Lights

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    The bright spots on the map say it all. There's not a whole lot of dark sky, but an abundance of dark sky lights. Light "pollution" is everywhere. 

    Urban planners and environmentalists alike claim that light pollution interferes with our natural bio rhythms and disconnects us from the beauty of a starlit sky. While the brilliant auras of Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing or New York's Times Square aren't likely dim anytime soon, the people at the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) have established a set of guidelines for reducing light pollution in urban and suburban areas across the globe. In the broadest sense, dark sky rules ask that homeowners keep the glare to themselves. For many modern homes, this leads to some stunning outdoor lighting looks.

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    In more specific terms, the IDA requires that residential Dark Sky Compliant lighting be:

    1. Fully shielded

    2. Maximum 100 watts (for incandescent bulbs) and 26 watts (for compact fluorescent lights) 

    3. Shielded such that the lamp itself is not directly visible outside the property perimeter.

    Here are a few examples of "shielded" lights that Euro Style Lighting carries:

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    Forio Silver ENERGY STAR 9 1/2" High Outdoor Wall Light

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    Fairbanks Dark Sky Bronze Finish 9" High Outdoor Wall Light

    Best practices also dictate that outdoor lighting should avoid being projected beyond the object a given light intends to illuminate. For example, you'll notice the up lights on this home stay contained by shining only on the structure, and not up into the night sky. Fortunately, this look also suits the modern home aesthetic perfectly. 

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    The move toward a darker nighttime sky is gaining traction in even the most un-likely urbanized places. In the July 2011 issue of Monocle magazine, Christine Loh, CEO of Hong Kong based think tank  Civic Exchange, explains, "Street lighting can obviously make people feel safer but it doesn't have to be bright, bright, bright." If even a bustling city like Hong Kong - a city known for the nightly shows its skyline puts on - can move towards dark sky compliance, chances are we can all look forward to more starry skies in the years ahead.

    Images: AAAS, Slim69,  Fresh Home Decor

  • Modern Outdoor Furniture: Get Your Summer On!

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    Are you guilty of neglecting your patio and then when Summer comes around you wish you had a beautiful modern outdoor space? No need to put it off, just a couple simple additions can help you get your Summer on!

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    Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs

    Simple, white spaces are typical to any modern home, but pops of color are fun too. If you don't want to do something more permanent like a door or wall, try some fun seating (below).

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    Zuo Allsorts Outdoor Dining Chairs

    This home (below) gives you a good example of how important your outdoor decor can be, especially when you have lots of windows. Many modern homes feature open floor plans, which means you see more of the house, making each space important.

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    Zuo Valtos Outdoor Arm Chair

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    Avalon Round Outdoor Table

    All you have to do is get a little furniture out on your patio so you can enjoy these beautiful summer days! Make use of all your space, indoors and out.

    Images: Houzz, Zimbio

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