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  • ABC's of Iconic Architects

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    Are you visual like we are? We like pictures for learning, especially when they are well designed.

    This cool video features lots of great graphics while teaching you who the iconic architects are, along with the building they are most famous for.

    Enjoy.

  • Style Trend: Pendant Lights

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    Modern Pendant Lights

    Please join us in welcoming Liz Stanley from Say Yes to Hobeken as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Liz....

    I absolutely love pendant lights. They area a fantastic way to add lighting and character to a space without taking up any of your table space or your square footage. I am currently in the market for some great modern pendant lights for a corner in my living room as well as a few to go over my dining room table and I am loving these options.

    Pendant Light

    Olde Bronze Mini Pendant Light

    I love this bronze pendant. It looks like the perfect mixture of modern, antique, and industrial. It would look amazing in pretty much any space.

    Pendant ChandelierSt Charles Jamie Young Pendant Chandelier

    This amber glass pendant looks so chic doesn't it? The color is beautiful and the shape is just killing me!

    Mini Pendant Marcel Metallic Mini Pendant

    I am in love with this light. It looks so fancy and fine but without being pretencious. The brass is of course amazing, and the hammered look gives it some texture.

    Geometric Pendant

    Tetra Tiffany Style Pendant

    Going right along with the beloved geometric trend, this light is perfect! The bold white and black pattern and the faceted texture are enough to make a statement but not take over the space.

    Image: Redmodelista

  • Modern Bedrooms: Small Spaces with Big Style

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    Small Modern Bedroom

    When we moved in to our current home, the first detail we noticed was that our modern bedroom was quite a bit smaller than our previous home. It wasn't a huge deal because we had already downsized our belongings. But I still wanted the space to look spacious and bright. To do this in any space, all you need to do is keep with a bright white scheme.

    This calls for a pretty white on the walls. The great thing about white paint is that you can pair it with any color that you’d like. When painting with color, it binds you to that specific color scheme. The bedroom above started with white walls and then added a fun yellow stripe down the wall and into the floors.

    Small Bedroom

    Another detail to remember when working with a small bedroom space is white bedding makes everything better. Well, maybe not literally but it sure makes for a sophisticated yet playful bedroom. One of my favorite things about hotels is the pretty crisp white bedding that you crawl into every night. You can have that same feel in your own space. I also like the way hotels are using hanging pendant lights in their bedroom designs. The room above is a great example of both elements.

    Modern Bedroom

    A modern color scheme that is timeless is the classic black and white duo. It can be left alone or can be added onto with other colors. Again, the white makes everything seem more open and the black just adds some drama to a stark space. This bedroom shown above is a perfect example of black and white done right. Another way to achieve this look is by adding contemporary black lighting fixtures to an all white room.

    Modern Bedding

    Images: French By Design, Mas-Fashion, Nordic Design, Lonny

  • Small Home + Modern Architecture

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    Modern Architecture

    A client wanted peace, freedom, and nature so Sven Matt Architects made that happen with this small modern home in Austria. The budget was tight, but that didn't mean there was a compromise on function or aesthetic. It just means smarter design and that's exactly what Sven Matt was able to do.

    Modern Kitchen

    There was a focus on the essentials... The large living space, two small bedrooms and entrance are organised around a central core containing the bathroom and technical installations. The thick walls house the kitchen and living room storage which creates a completely built-in look.

    Modern Living Room

    The living room has an open floor plan with minimal furniture and a view like no other. The concrete floors, wood-clad walls and ceilings provide a peaceful yet cozy feeling.

    Modern Window Wall

    The repetition of materials throughout the space make it appear larger and very zen like. Using modern chairs in the same tone as the walls allows the form of the pieces to stand out and integrates perfectly with the architecture.

    Modern Chair

    Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs 

    Modern Bedroom

    Built-in furniture becomes part of the modern architecture and helps to not waste an inch of space. In this room, you could also opt for modern wall lamps instead of table lamps so the nightstand becomes more available.

     Modern Wall Lamp

    House of Troy Generation Black LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp

    Modern Desk

    The built-in modern desk is very streamlined, providing the resident with a very generous work surface. We all know that a generous modern desk and open space are the keys to productivity!

    And aren't we all trying to be more productive in this new year?!

    Images: Sven Matt

  • Cool + Collected 1.14

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    Modern Museum

    +You've got to see this museum shaped like a tub. It's actually attached to the older building next to it and the contrast is amazing (the interior is even cooler)! 

    +For those of you starting the new year off with healthy intentions, Refinery 29 provides a great list of the best L.A. juice bars.

    +Have you seen The Hobbit yet? Well, chances are you don't like it as much as Maddie Chambers who built a hobbit dollhouse!

    +If you're in the mood for some great photography and you can't make it to NY for the Ann Hamilton 'The Event of a Thread', then head over to Whimsey + Spice, where Jenna Park shares her photos of the art installation.

    +In other news, there's a giant rubber ducky drifting through Syndney's Darling Harbour.

    Image: LA Times

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