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Mary McDonald Pythagoras 16 3/4" Wide Brass Pendant Light
"This pendant is a chic accent to any modern décor."
- D. Morgan, Interior Designer
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Wood ceilings add character and warmth to modern home design.
While we love wood floors, like most of you I'm sure, we can't help but stop and stare at some of the beautiful wood ceilings found in modern home designs. Add warmth to your home with wood ceilings.
This modern living room above opts for wood ceilings instead of wood floors. Notice they kept their lighting grounded and used recessed lighting and/or modern track lighting so as not to distract from the beautiful ceiling design.
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Wood ceiling design works great in this all-white kitchen design.
That's not to say, awesome pendant lighting doesn't look great hanging from a wood paneled ceiling. It just depends on the look you're going for...
Images from Nordic Design
Nordic style interior design with beautiful wood ceilings.
This Scandinavian style home design features smooth wood floors with more textured wood ceilings and we love it. Notice, even including wood furniture is ok as long as the finishes work well together.
Image from Maiju Saw
Mix up your lighting and furnishings for the best dining room style.
This holiday season, don't give in to the notion that you need a traditional dining room for a great family holiday meal. Mix up your dining chairs and mix up your modern lighting for ultimate style.
This space above does a great job mixing white and black to achieve the perfect balance of both. There's a fun mix of lighting between the hanging pendants and string lighting.
Image from From Scandinavia With Love
Have fun with your dining room lighting.
Never hesitate to use lighting purely as decor, as long as you have sufficient light sources for functionality...
This dining room does a beautiful job mixing up everything, including several lighting sources. There's even a table lamp on the dining table, which is different, fun and stylish.
Modern design doesn't have to be boring or brand new.
We just could not stop staring at this loft-style bedroom with its colorful decor and fancy chandelier choice.
In case you were wondering, modern design does not have to be monotone and full of clean lines. You can incorporate vintage pieces, colorful textiles and of course contemporary chandeliers to achieve the best modern design.
Glass chandeliers from Euro Style Lighting.
These glass chandeliers can add color or just a little fanciness to your vintage modern decor. The most fun part about design is combining and contrasting different styles.
1. Crystorama Harper Chrome with Cognac Glass Chandelier
2. La Scala Green Glass 30 1/2-Inch-W Chandelier
3. Harper Ice Blue Glass 17-Inch-W Chandelier
4. Elan Alveare Blown Glass 19 1/4-Inch-W Chandelier
5. Cyan Boho Large Modern Amber Glass 32-Inch-H Pendant Light
Colorful textiles from Euro Style Lighting.
You can add color and comfort to your modern space with textiles. Accent pillows, area rugs, poufs and throw blankets dress up any space and make it more livable. A colorful floor lamp also fits right in with the colorful seating scattered around the room.
1. Weylyn High-Gloss Red Fiberglass 17 1/4-Inch-H Stool
2. Nugget Glass with Brushed Steel Ovo Floor Lamp
3. Modern Grass Green Jacquard Chevron Knit Throw Blanket
4. Turquoise Looped Mohair 50-Inch-W Throw Blanket
5. Surya Chevron Plum Purple Wool 18-Inch-H Pouf Ottoman
6. Surya Mod Persimmon Square Indoor/Outdoor Pouf Ottoman
Images from Design Love Fest
A beautiful Thanksgiving table setting that's not dated or boring.
Thanksgiving is nest week! If you're like me, you have no idea how to decorate the table this year. Hopefully a brilliant idea will just come to you... Well, Design Love Fest has answered your wishes with some beautiful table setting ideas for Fall.
You don't have to design a table setting that's dated and traditional to have a successfully stylish Thanksgiving dinner.
Here's a few things to keep in mind when styling your table next week:
Before you can get started, you'll have to decide on what style you're going for first and foremost. For example, do you want a glamorous table setting or maybe something more casual and organic?
Once you've decided on the style you want, then you can move on and decide your color palette. Do you want it to be monotone, include bold colors or maybe something in between?
Once you've answered these two important questions, and you've decided on your aesthetic and color palette, then you can move on to select dinnerware, pendant lighting, seating and decor accordingly...
Remember, you'll want your food to match the beautiful style of your table?... Here's some ideas.
This food arrangement on the left (below) is just more prettiness from Design Love Fest. The elegant dessert, along with amazing food photography, can be found on The Artful Desperado. Notice the stylish simplicity with both.
Images from Design Love Fest and The Artful Desperado
Don't forget that food can be a large styling element for your table.
You can find this beautiful, and I'm assuming delicious, cake recipe on The Artful Desperado...
Photo by Daniel Chavkin; All Photos from Architect Magazine
A modernist classic makes the perfect home for a design museum addition.
Home to the world's largest assemblage of mid-century modern architecture, Palm Springs has long been a modern design lover's paradise. With winter averages in the sunny 70s, it has always long been a snowbird's seasonal haven.
Now Palm Springs has yet another reason to be a favorite. The Palm Springs Art Museum recently expanded with the opening of an Architecture & Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.
Photo by Julius Shulman
Classic modernism abounds throughout this space.
This beautiful space dedicated to modern design is a modernist exhibit in itself. The E. Stewart Williams designed former bank building has been meticulously renovated by designer Marmol Radziner to retain elements of historical significance.
CSL Aluminum Outdoor Ceiling Light, Elan Minn White LED Pendant
Classic mid-century lighting is seen throughout the space. Today, contemporary pendant lighting in particular and modern lighting in general still exhibit that desert-inspired penchant for minimalism.
Meanwhile, decorative louvres surrounding the building are also indicative of the desert landscape outside.
Inside and out, the architecture and design center exudes mid-century modernism.
This new space is reason alone to escape the cold for a weekend this winter and head to Palm Springs for a modern design retreat. With exhibitions devoted to modern design, what more can any lover of mid-century ask from a weekend?
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