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  • Get the Look: Bedside Table Lamps

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    Bedside Table Lamps

    It's easy to brighten up your bedroom with a fresh new bedside table lamp. Whether you want modern bedside table lamps or traditional table lamps, the following suggestions will help you find a light to fit your style and add the right amount of light to your space.

    Remember, the lamp should be pretty enough for your private sanctuary.

    Modern Desk Lamp

    Alvin Polished Nickel Adjustable Robert Abbey Desk Lamp

    Modern Table Lamp

    Mersenne Crystal Globe Table Lamp

    Table Lamp

    Turquoise Double Gourd Table Lamp

    Here are a few tips when purchasing a new bedside table lamps:

    1. Height: The right size lamp depends on the height of your nightstand. It's said that a bedside table lamp shouldn't be taller than 30" or else your eye will get a glare from the light bulb - no one wants that when they are reading at night.

    2. Positioning: Place the lamp close to the wall. That way you can place other essentials on your nightstand as well.

    3. Shade Sizing: Be sure to keep the shade small - you don't want to bang your head. I recommend fabric shades in a bedroom because they are soft and add warmth to a room.

    I hope that you find your ideal bedside table lamp!

    Images: Jordi Canosa, Lonny Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Lonny Magazine

  • Modern Entryway Design: Avoiding the Unused Look

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    Modern Entryway Design

    There’s such a thing as a beautiful modern entryway, as in the picture above, and then there’s the alternative: the creepy foyer. You know the one. Looks like it’s never been touched. A chair here, faux flowers there. Dusty on top and dirty behind the ears. It’s the home’s fly-over space and it’s a total fake…except it doesn’t need to be.

    Because the foyer is perhaps the number one key to keeping a clean home. It’s the guard gate that holds junk mail at bay while personal letters pass through unscathed. It catches your keys so they don’t get lost deeper inside. It traps the rain and the mud before they destroy your flooring.

    So instead of asking your foyer to look beautiful, ask it to perform beautifully.

    A modern bench for lacing up before you go outside? Check.

    Modern Foyer Benches

    Catch basins for odds and ends, newspapers and mail? Check.

    Entryway Closet Organization

    Rack space for coats, hats and keys? Of course.

    Landing and Foyer Design

    Remember that, in modern design, function always precedes fashion, and in so doing becomes fashion in and of itself. Embrace that philosophy. Keep the chaise lounge out. No one is chilling in your entry anyway. Consider some simple wall lighting to throw light on the subject. Get rid of the faux plants, and throw a real fern in to freshen things up instead.

    Add a museum bench: 

    Modern Museum Bench

    Zuo Heywood Triple Natural Wood Bench

    ...a floor lamp (with a tray table for stowage):

    Modern Steel Floor LampBrushed Steel Double Shelf Space Saver Modern Floor Lamp

    ...and drop in a household mission statement for good measure: 

    Family Rules Wall Art

    Family Rules Black on White Motivational Wall Art

    Now you’ve got a modern entryway design that looks clean, functional and distinctively lived-in.

    Images: Chatelaine, Designer Pad, Martha Stewart Home DesignIdeas to Steal

  • From Outfit to Interior: Chill + Easy-Going

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Loft

    Sometimes a girl just needs to sit back, relax, and know that everything looks amazing (including her!). Ms. Chill & Easy Going relies on cool blues and reflective decor to achieve her laid back coastal vibe.

    Modern Chandelier

    To create a show-stopping focal point Ms. Chill & Easy Going chose a gorgeous chandelier that you can't help but ogle. The Vienna Full Spectrum Chrome and Crystal Chandelier features a cascade of round and diamond shaped crystals that diffuse light with a little sparkle.

    Perched on the dining table directly beneath is this Amalfitana Nickel and Gold with Mesh Lotus Platter. It's the same width as its overhead counterpart (22-inches) and adds a beautifully reflective surface that could pass as art.

    Mini Chandelier

    To carry the effect throughout her home, Ms. Chill & Easy Going has dangled a few of these contemporary James R. Moder Celestial Sphere Crystal Chandeliers above her bookcases. But they would be equally at home over the kitchen counter, lined down a hallway, or over the bar.

    No space is complete without a little natural ambiance, these  Amalfitana Polished Steel Tealight Candle Holders fit the bill just right. A few clustered in a dark corner add an exotic feel to any room.

    Modern Table Lamp

    When a little extra illumination is called for Ms. Chill & Easy Going reaches to switch on her Brighton Hammered Pot Brushed Nickel Table Lamp. The metal base has a hammered finish that add beautiful texture to her decor, while the crisp white drum shade helps to keep things light and airy.

    She carries her style outdoors to the patio with a pair of Milo Brass Robert Abbey Outdoor Pendants. Each one features industrial-inspired design in an antique brass finish with small perforations on the top of the frame for that extra something special.

    Image: Shop Planet Blue, Marie Claire

  • Happy Memorial Day

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    American Flag

    Today we remember and honor all those who served. Thank you.

    Happy Memorial Day everyone!!

    Image: ClockWork

  • Modern Style on a Houseboat

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    Modern Style

    No one said modern design had to be limited to homes on land. You can find modern style on a houseboat too!

    It seems like the perfect place to be during the warmer months is on the water. So, why not live there?! Whether vacationing or long-term living, houseboats are pretty cool. That being said, as modern lovers, we hadn't seen a lot of cool design when it comes to floating homes. Here's one of our favorites. Her name is Jolie and she's from Holland.

    Modern Living Room

    So, how do you design the interior of a modern houseboat? The same way you would any modern home... Simple, minimal and functional. This houseboat has plenty of open space and is designed for functional living.

    Try some of these floor lamp styles to get the look above, whether you live on a houseboat or on land.

    Modern Floor Lamps

    1. Robert Abbey Rico Espinet Miles Adjustable Boom Floor Lamp 2. Bloomfield Satin Steel Contemporary Floor Lamp 3. Kenroy Reeler White Shade Modern Balance Arm Floor Lamp 4. Adjustable White Robert Abbey Boom Floor Lamp 5. Jumbo Architect Satin Steel Floor Lamp

    Modern Kitchen

    Like any modern kitchen, this design features clean lines and simple white finishes to look larger. There's just enough contrast with some warm wood finishes. We couldn't love it more.

    Kids Room

    This is one lucky kid, he gets to live on a houseboat and have a super cool, stylish room.

    Do your Summer plans include any houseboats?

    Images: Waterloft

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