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  • Organized Design: Tips For Styling Your Bookshelves

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    Organized Design

    Bookshelves can be a great feature in any room. They’re an opportunity to showcase your interests and personality through books, art and curated items from traveling. There are times you can also run the risk of having storage units look cluttered and they end up being a catch-all.

    Some may think it’s a little daunting to style items or objects in plain sight. However, you’ll be amazed how easily you can turn your own bookshelf into a fabulous focal point by following four simple steps.

    Color Coded Bookshlevs

    1. Books: Mix it up – instead of going vertical, stack books horizontally. It will create a graphic feel and alternating stacks between vertical and horizontal can create a more relaxed look.

    2. Incorporating Art: Having framed artwork adds another element to your bookcase. They can be propped up on shelves or can be leaned to create a layered effect.

    3. Vary Scale and Height: Rather than simply lining items up on a bookshelf, try to create small groupings that combine similar items in different sizes, colors and textures.

    4. Creating Vignettes: When you're looking at your bookshelf try to create little moments with items – a bowl of treasures or necklaces, a grouping of vases, layering art, stacking books with a few items on top. Imagine if someone was taking a photo of that little grouping and if it would look good.

    Modern Bookshelves

    Axess 5-Shelf Pure White Bookcase, Saul Modern Grey Shelving Unit,

    Reid White Shelving Unit or Media Stand, Zuo Mission Bay 6-Level Distressed Natural Shelf

    I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite bookshelves for you to place in any room so that you can create your very own beautiful bookshelf. If you’re looking for a place for extra storage – a bookshelf does the trick, but in a stylish way.

    Happy decorating!

    Images: Live Creating Yourself, Etsy

  • Create a Designer Look For Your Modern Home

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    Modern Dining Room

    As lovers of interior design, we believe in one thing... We are all entitled to a designer look no matter what our budget is. If you include designer pieces, even just one, it will automatically upgrade your space.

    This modern dining room (above) is well curated and every detail is accounted for, including a beautiful gallery wall. However, without the Zuo Transparent Dining Chairs this space might not catch your eye. The simple, transparent seating addition makes all the difference. They are the perfect balance to all the other colors and textures in that room.

    Modern Living Room

    The living room above is very well designed and perfectly balanced. For any well designed room, lighting is so important, both natural and artificial. But it's not just the light emitted that's important, it's the style of the light. 

    The Jonathan Adler Ventana Floor Lamp has the perfect form, texture, color and height to compliment the design of the room. Modern floor lamps, like plants and flowers are a great way to add vertical style to a space.

    White Dining Room

    Often times, designer products provide seamless design. They can make a large impact on your space without dominating the design. The Possini Euro White Flower Pendant above is the perfect addition to this simple, white dining room. Without that fun, designer pendant the dining room would be quite average.

    Moder Bedroom

    This pink Robert Abbey Pink Gourd Table Lamp above provides a fun color pop in this stylish bedroom. Designer products often provide that small but necessary detail that is necessary for completing a stylish space.

    Modern Home Decor

    Jonathan Adler Ventana Floor LampPossini Euro White Flower Pendant

    Zuo Transparent Dining Chairs, Robert Abbey Pink Gourd Table Lamp

    You don't need a large budget or a room full of high-end designer products to have a stylish home. All you need are a couple details and a few great products at reasonable prices.

    Images: From the Right Bank, Bliss, Homedit, The Everygirl

  • Modern Italian Design Meets LED: AlessiLux

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    Modern LED Table Lamps by Alessi It feels like we've been secret admirers of Alessi forever. This maker of high-quality, museum-quality home decor continually re-defines the vanguard of modern Italian design. So when word came in that we would be carrying a selection of LED lighting designs from Alessi, you can imagine we were beside ourselves. 

    Modern Table Lamp

    Produced in collaboration with Foreverlamp, a leading innovator in LED lighting technology, these Alessi table lamps and LED light bulbs showcase the company's cutting edge approach to both the aesthetic and technical side of design. 

    Modern LED Light


    These Alessi UFO Portable LED Table Lights are a fun, high-style look for kids. And yes, they do wobble but they don't fall down.

    LED Table LightsAs if their designs weren't cool enough, Alessi is committed to charitable work, both in Italy and abroad. They have worked in partnership with other companies on projects in seven countries and have raised money to help give a better future to children all over the world.

    To learn a little more about Alessi and their designs, check out this video.

    Images: Allesi

  • How To Add Vintage Style To Your Modern Home Design

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    Modern Home Design

    There is nothing like modern home design. It’s clean, creative and fresh. If you are a minimalist by nature, than you are probably drawn to modern design. One thing that I’ve noticed about some modern decor is that it can tend to feel too cold.

    If you like modern design but you like feeling homey and warm, you probably are trying to figure out how to create a space that you love. One suggestion is adding vintage elements to give a room some character and warmth. Above we see a vintage armoire piece placed in a modern living room. It totally works and gives off such a cool vibe. Also the of the color of the piece fits perfectly with the sofa and pillows.

    Modern Dining Room

    In this dining space, we see several vintage elements. The brass light fixture fits nicely with the modern table and chairs. Also, you see that there is a mix of new modern chairs with vintage modern chairs.

    Vintage Style

    Here is another vintage cabinet. This teal piece looks fantastic paired with gray fabric, which is always a more modern option. And it also looks great with the modern desk lamp. Pieces like this tell wonderful stories in a space. And if you are decorating a modern room, only use one to two pieces like this so that you don’t create a flea market look.

    Home Office

    In this small office, the owners have paired an aged, vintage desk with a modern office chair. It totally works and creates the best of both worlds! Adding a modern desk lamp is also a great accent for a vintage desk.

    One last advice for mixing vintage with modern is try and find a vintage piece that is totally out of the box. When placing it in a minimalist space, it will completely wow your guests!

    Images: Megan Mortin, Husligheter, Hello Future House, Apartment Therapy

  • Schiffini: Modern Kitchen Design Inspired by Cinque Terre

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    Schiffini Modern Kitchen Design

    Modern kitchen design is something that many people admire from afar, but don't actually get to explore the concept behind. You may love the simplicity of a kitchen, the unique shapes, or innovative materials, but how often are you able to capture the story behind the design and really have a true understanding and appreciation for the concept and place where it originated?  I had the pleasure of exploring the 800,000 square foot Schiffini factory in Ceparana, Italy, and spending quality time with the wonderful Mr. Schiffini himself as he took us to his favorite places in Cinque Terre where many of the concepts for his kitchens originated.

    La Spezia Italy

    Schiffini was established in the 1920s to supply nautical fittings to the Italian Navy dockyard in La Spezia (above). They later made their way into the residential market and became the first Italian company to introduce the modular kitchen. They continue to stand out as one of the best Italian companies for design and innovation.  

    Schiffini G-One Kitchen

    The G-One kitchen (above) is made entirely of marine grade plywood and I bet you all can see where the inspiration for this kitchen came from! The soft curves and durable materials pay homage to 50s design while designer Giuliano Giaroli was able to transform these elements into a beautiful design of today.  It's neither too retro nor too nautical, but a perfect blend of styles with the quality and craftsmanship to make this a timeless kitchen. The cluster of modern pendant lights floating above the island appear almost as if they are buoys hanging from a dock.

    Jamie Young White Floor Lamp

    Jamie Young Petit Paro White 64 1/2-Inch-H Modern Floor Lamp

    The soft curves and mixture of natural linen and white lacquer in this modern floor lamp (above) has a nautical influence with a sophistication and elegance that make it a timeless piece.

    Seashore Venazza Italy

    The next stop on the trip was in the incredibly gorgeous sea side town of Venazza (above) which deeply inspired the Cinqueterre kitchen that just happens to be Mr. Schiffini's favorite place. The steep cliff side is covered in vineyards and the waves crash freely into the town, creating something magical. The colors, smells, sounds and overall experience is something that's hard to even explain.  

    Cinqueterre Kitchen Schiffini

    The concept behind the Cinqueterre kitchen (above) is the rolling waves of the sea. The handle represents the breaking crest of the wave as it's about to crash into the rocks.  Each door is assembled by hand in the factory with such precision and detail.  Designed by architect Vico Magistretti, the Cinqueterre is the first kitchen produced entirely in aluminium. This model is available in black and anodized aluminum as well as titanium and each one is spectacular in it's own way.  There is something about the black mixed with the wood and copper top that sets itself apart from any other kitchen out there. After visiting Vernazza, the place where the concept originated, and watching the fine craftsman build each door by hand, I don't think there is anyway you can't appreciate every detail of this kitchen. It's like a modern work of art!


    Industrial Spotlight Floor Lamp

    Jamie Young Gun Metal Modern Spotlight Floor Lamp

    Finding pieces with history and a story are a great way to add character to your space, whether it be with a modern kitchen or even something as simple as a new modern lamp. The industrial floor lamp (above) could help you incorporate a little nautical edge into your own home don't you think?


    Images: Schiffini,  Annie May



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