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  • Burning Man Festival 2012: Captured in Photos

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    How many of you have had the incredible opportunity to experience Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock desert? Each year the photos prove that it's something everyone should experience just once. Burning Man Festival is a pop-up city so incredible that tens of thousands of people return to the desert each year to be part of this and cut themselves off from civilization.

    This year marked the 26th anniversary which was a huge success, per usual. The Temple (above) is one of the most picture-perfect modern art installations of the entire festival.

    metal sculpture

    Artists, techies, hippies, dreamers, corporate professionals and children attend Burning Man. Many are involved not just during this week long adventure, but year round. Whether building, creating, or investing the community invests many hours throughout the year to make their vision come to life.

    shipwreck installation

    This art installation titled La Llorona rests on the Playa as if it's been shipwrecked here for years. Nautical themed accessories are great not only for the home, but apparently for the desert as well.

    love sculpture

    There are many simple words that when seen standing alone in the desert have a whole new meaning. Love and community are at the core of this festival and you can't walk away from it without being impacted.

     explosions

    As the darkness falls, the fire lights up the skies over this pop-up city. Not nearly the same effect, using cool outdoor lighting will help you see without burning down the neighborhood.

    burn wall street

    This installation called Burn Wall Street is a political piece with a neutral point of view. A piece like this takes about 50 people, three months, and $100,000 to build.  Talk about dedication.  

     burning of the man

    Of course, Burning Man wouldn't be complete without its infamous "burning of the Man" ceremony, an interactive spectacle that involves dancers, music, fire and the destruction of a giant statue of a man and a corresponding temple.

    Is Burning Man on your bucket list...because it's definitely on mine!  If you want a little taste of Burning Man check out Decompression in your city or stay updated with this year round calendar.

    Images: Lolita Abraham, Guardian, Architizer

  • Poster Inspiration: Modern Glam

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    Not sure about you, but I find inspiration everywhere! Lately, I'm finding inspiration in posters. This could be due to how excited I am for all my fave shows to be coming back this month, including Once! The set design is amazing! 

    What sort of style do you pull out of this poster? I see modern glam, all the way! I put together a little round-up based on my inspired design style. The black and white palette detailed with crystal and mirror is super glam. And how can you not add a hint of red for accent?!

    glam home decor

     

    Artcraft Claremont Nickel Chandelier, Howard Miller Stockton Wall Clock, Zuo Wilco White Dining Table, Wilton Wide Mirrored DresserZuo Kiwi Black Leatherette Dining Chair

    Don't be scared to discover inspiration from everywhere when you're designing your home or even shopping just one new item. It's lots of fun and can produce fabulous results!

    Image: TV Poster

  • Interior Design Report: America Loves Blue

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    blue modern art

    Now, this is the kind of news we love... House Beautiful announces America's favorite color (according to their survey). The hue winner is BLUE and we're loving it!

     

    modern blue home decor

    1. Retro Turquoise Metal 9 1/2" Round Wall Clock 2. Swag Style Blue Ikat Giclee Chandelier 3. LBL Miyu Classic Steel Blue Pendant Light 4. Linen Shade Blue Oscar Table LampCopy 5. Clear Glass Nesting Tables 6. Zuo Baby S Blue Kids Chairs

    Image: Art Ruby

  • Modern Stairway Design

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    Yes, stairs can get you from one level to the next, but that's not all the modern stairway design can do! They can be more like sculptural works of art when architects think outside the box, which can make going from one level to the next so much more fun! Whether you choose wood (above), steel, concrete, or glass creating an innovative and beautiful stairway design will make a huge impact in any modern home.  

    steel stairway design

    This modern steel staircase (above) gives the appearance of walking through a black box that floats just above the room. And just look at how beautifully the bold black contrasts against the natural materials, but still feels very light and airy. If you don't want to add a stairway or change your current one, black accent furniture can create that visual pop in a space.  

    concrete stairway

    Poured concrete stairs mixed with solid block treads create a very organic feel for a modern home (above). This is a great idea for a modern home where the stairs become shelves used to display books and modern home decor. When you think about the alternative for this creative stairway design, there's not much. The architect could have built a wall and made a closet underneath or had an odd area under the stairs... nah. This is a much better option!  

    glass stairway design

    A glass staircase does an amazing job of not obstructing the view in this gorgeous outdoor setting (above). The greenery shines through the glass as you view the garden below. This might be a little scary for some, but is stunning nonetheless!

    When you think outside the box magic happens!  

    Images: Amanda-Rae, Tamizo Architects, CastroFerroThe Art of Youthful Revolutions

  • Dream Location for Contemporary Architecture and Design

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    Contemporary home overlooking the Pacific.

    One of the most sought after locations to live is along the picturesque Pacific Coast of Southern California. Residences on either side of the Los Angeles Pacific Coast Highway easily qualify as "dream" homes and feature award winning architecture. The interiors deserve just as much praise, designed full of chic furnishings and beautiful accessories by talented designers. Let's take a look at just a few of these smart and sophisticated structures overlooking the Pacific.

    The Blair Home (above), designed by Architect Bruce Bolander, sits on top of the Malibu hills with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Concrete and steel are the ideal building materials for this contemporary structure, while minimal furnishings keeps the space cool and open.

    Mid-century modern tract homes in Malibu.

    Some of these swanky coastal homes don't sit on the edge of a cliff, yet still offer a bit of paradise. Malibu West tract homes provide the ideal mid-century modern dwelling for a more understated way of life in this luxurious neighborhood. According to the L.A. Times article, the 200 structures were designed in both traditional and contemporary styles to give the buyer an option, but architects Nisan Matlin and Eugene Dvoretzky favored their contemporary designs. They referred to the open space plans as Post and Beam construction.

    Contemporary interior furnishings and accessories.

    The exterior architecture is not the only eye-catching element of these beautiful PCH homes. This modern living room overlooking the Pacific provides a chic yet comfortable retreat for its celebrity owner. The modern floor lamp will clearly only need to be used during the evening hours because there is no shortage of natural light here.

    Contemporary home along Pacific Coast Highway.

    It's hard not to get distracted while driving along the PCH with amazing sites on both sides of the highway. So, next time you are in the area, park your car and take a nice bike ride around this amazing neighborhood that stretches for several miles. There will be no shortage of striking architecture and you will undoubtedly set your dreams in motion.

    Images: Homedit, L.A. Times, Jabuhu, Cardilas

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