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  • Modern Table Lamps That Make a Statement

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    Modern Table Lamp

    There are certain details of a room that can either be overlooked or can make a big statement. One of those details is a modern table lamp. I’m a huge advocate of stylish modern lighting. The right lighting can change the look of a room in the best way. One great thing about a great table lamp is that it creates a nice glow in the evenings, providing a cozy space in your home. And in small spaces, we need those petite items to make big impacts.

    Table Lamps

    To create more lighting in a hallway, try placing a chair and pretty side table in the deep corner. In this hallway (above) the small table is paired with a simple shade lamp. What a great nightlight when the home is dark!

    Contemporary Table Lamp

    Flight Dark Yellow White Contemporary Table Lamp

    I’m absolutely in love with this light! It would look fantastic in a hallway space, or any space for that matter.

    Modern Bedroom

    Bedrooms are an important room to light up. Bedside lights need to be the right height to allow for perfect nighttime reading. The room above has done a great job by sticking with its modern roots and adding that small round light.

    Robert Abbey Table Lamp

    Delta Nickel Smokey Taupe Robert Abbey Table Lamp

    This clean and sophisticated lamp would make for a great bedside light. Pairing two on either side would be striking!

    Modern Living Room

    If you are looking for a little more drama in your space, look for lamps that are taller in height. You can find one that is large in width for extra va va voom or keep it simple and find one that is skinnier, to fit in less space.

    Tripod Table Lamp

    Lite Source Directeur Dark Bronze Tripod Table Lamp

    This “movie set” like lamp is super industrial and will add some Hollywood style to your space.

    What's your favorite lamp style?

    Images: Emma Designblogg, The Design Files, Remodelista, April & May

  • Modern Home Design at 840 Square Feet

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    Modern Home

    This eco-chic "4 Corners House", designed by Finnish architects Avanto Architects, uses its black exterior to blend in with the thick forest that surrounds it. At only 840 square feet, each corner of this tiny home features a view through glass walls. The exterior is dramatic, contrasting with its snowy surroundings and bright white interiors.  

    Another great eco feature is the passive solar operation, which further strengthens this modern home's connection to nature and reinforces its principles of minimalism. It creates minimal impact on its surrounding environment.

    White Interiors

    Although the interior is bright and all-white it still feels warm and cozy, which is a must in this snowy environment. The wood ceiling, walls, and floors are covered in a white wax finish which allows the natural wood grain to warm up the space. Similarly, when you use modern white pendant lights in an all white space it allows for the shape of the fixture to really stand out. Which is why we love the simple details of the Kiev Pendant Light (below).

    Modern White Pendant

    Tech Lighting Kiev White Modern Ceiling Pendant

    Modern Dining Room

    The simple dining table blends with the surroundings while the use of simple, modern seating helps make the space feel less cluttered. It's always an added bonus when your dining room opens to the outdoors. When it's warm enough the double-doors open and you could slide your table outside while still protected from the elements. The roof extends beyond the doors which makes the outdoor space an extension of the inerior.

    When living in a small space, bringing the outdoors in is a great way to make the space feel larger.

    Acrylic Dining Chair

    Zuo Diamond Clear Dining Chair

    Modern Fireplace

    There's an open, but defined feeling throughout the space. It's an escape from reality, where sitting around the wood burning fireplace in your modern lounge chair and reading a book might be the only concern for the day!

    Modern Bedroom

    The Danish modern wood-burning fireplace paired with a view like that might also keep you in bed all day!  

    Modern Home Floorplan

    When designing a modern home under 1500 square feet you're forced to push the boundaries of design. Creating an experience in your own home is key, well it's actually a key element of life too.

    So go ahead, push the boundaries, challenge yourself to look at things differently, make an impact, and create experiences just like this architecture team was able to.

    Sources: Arch Daily

  • Cool + Collected 1.16

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    Neon Museum

    +If you like traditional museums then you might not like this, but we think it's pretty cool. Las Vegas has a neon museum with vintage signage that's pretty eye-catching.

    +Architect Magazine has issued their 2012 Annual Design Review and it's definitely worth checking out.

    +Dexinger compiled a short list of the best designs of 2012. The list includes architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product, transport.

    +We don't think you would have found your way to our blog if you didn't love Mid-Century Modern. So, we're happy to share with you the greatest hits Mid-Century design.

    +Trust us when we say, you don't know good use of space until you've seen this video. Design students were selected to help with the design of this 350 sq ft apartment in Soho, New York.

  • Get the Look: Modern Dining Room Pendants

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    Modern Dining Room

    Pendant lighting is all of the rage these days – whether you install them in your kitchen, bathroom or dining room. I have to admit, I’m one of those people. I’m constantly proposing a modern pendant light to my clients. What’s not to love about them? The beautiful hand-blown-glass is timeless and provides a modern feel for any space.

    Glass Pendant

    LBL Isla Smoke Bronze Pendant Light

    When I came across this antique light at the flea market (dining room above) I knew it had to be mine. Whenever a reader sees it they ask where it’s from. Since it’s vintage I’m always looking for a similar look. Luckily, Euro Style Lighting has a hand-blown version that is stunning with its smoke glass. The transparency of the glass allows you to enjoy the warmth and light from the bulb in true modern style.

    Modern Vintage Dining Room

    Farmhouse tables are a favorite amongst my clients because they want to host large parties. I’ve been mixing them with modern lighting – similar to the image above. I’m a huge fan of mixing styles – the modern lighting with the organic feel of the table. It adds more character to a room. These hand-blown clear glass pendants add that modern flair. 

    Clear Glass Pendnat

    LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel Modern Pendant

    Interested in another style of glass pendants? I've rounded up a variety of both clear glass and colored glass options below.

    Glass Pendants

    1. Mason Brown and Satin Nickel Ceiling Pendant 2. St Charles Mercury Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 3. Etched Glass 7 3/4-Inch-W George Kovacs Mini Pendant 4. St Croix Amber Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 5. St Charles Clear Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 6. St Croix Celadon Glass Jamie Young Modern Pendant Light

    Image: Caitlin Flemming, Femina

  • Becoming a Small Space Tourist

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    Small Space Tourist Hotel

    When people use the phrase "small space," they're usually talking about the spaces where we live. But what about the rest of our lives? The places where we shop, relax and even spiritualize?

    For that, we imagined spending the day as a small space tourist. We begin at the Das Park Hotel in Austria (pictured above), a sewage pipe turned pay-as-you-can hotel room. Yes, a sewage pipe.  

    After waking up, let's head to the cafe...or in this case, a pocket park in New York.

    Pocket Park New York City

    A collaboration between the NYC Department of Transportation and the businesses that front it, this space is nothing more than some seating and landscaping squeezed onto the sidewalk. We think the bright red chairs look great in the city, but to blend into more natural surroundings, one might want to consider using unique chairs that are transparent.

    After morning coffee, we head out to the Uniqlo store, designed by shipping container pioneer architects Lot-ek.

    Pop Up Retail Shop

    In our new clothes from Uniqlo, we now head for church...well, the chapel at least. The Mobile Chaplet below was designed to service rural communities in North Dakota, but it can be used just about anywhere a flat bed truck will take it.

    Modern Sculptural Mobile Chapel

    Finally, we return to New York's Pod Hotel for the evening. 

    Pod Hotel New York

    The Pod offers affordable small rooms, furnished in a way that should appeal to any fan of modern design.

    Modern Dining Chair

    Set of 2 Zuo Mesh Chrome Dining Chairs

    Modern Nickel Wall Light

    Besa Divi Satin Nickel European Swing Arm Wall Light

    At less than 100 square feet per room, the Pod offers just enough space for the things that really matter--you and your modern chairs. Isn't that the essence of small spaces?

    Images: SprklingTransportation NationNoticias AquitecturaDwellThe Pod Hotel

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