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  • Public Art: Translating Emoji into a Giant Light Show

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    Public Art

    Like all of us, I'm sure you remember the amazing architecture from the Olympics in Beijing, China. Ever wonder about it still? Well, we've learned that designers have transformed the Water Cube into public art. We couldn't help but share this...

    The exterior of the building shifts between beautiful gradients of color, but that's not all... Using custom software millions of Emoji are sifted through, and in combination with the I Ching, they inform the color, tone, and movement of the light.

    Water Cube

    Jennifer Wen Ma is the Visual Artist on the project. She calls it a "symphony of light". We have to agree.

    She explains that this design project is a representation of nature and man and a symbol of society since the color and speed of light is in fact determined by the emotions of the people.

    Modern Art

    Lighting Designer Zheng Jianwei explains how light enters the bubbles then bounces off unpredictably within the structure. He continues to explain how this is similar to the I Ching philosophy... the sense that chaos, grandiosity and interconnectivity.

    We are truly impressed with this project. It's beautiful architecture taken to a new level and turned into public art. Check out this video below to see both Ma and Jianwei eloquently describe this amazing design project.

    Images: The Creators Project

  • 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

  • Decorating With Area Rugs

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    Modern Dining Room

    A major detail that creates warmth in any space is adding an area rug. Whether you are dealing with a living space or a bedroom space (among others), you will find contentment in your design by simply adding a patterned, colorful rug. It finishes a space perfectly and can make a room feel more cohesive. It also helps with space planning. It’s easier to place furniture pieces around a rug because you are aware of dimensions around you.

    We see in the room above that a simple rug with soft colors and patterns easily transforms a space from drab to pretty. The rug also makes the green dining chairs pop.

    Dining Room

    Create a wow factor by adding a bright, patterned rug to your space. Photographer Jessie Webster chose to use a bright and bold rug in her dining room. It gives her neutral space enough color to add some lovely character.

    Modern Living Room

    This living space didn’t need alot of help being beautiful. That’s why I love how they chose a simple, elegant rug that doesn’t compete with the furniture in the room.

    Modern Bedroom

    For my own bedroom, I chose a colorful rug and layered it on a solid gray rug. It has to be my favorite feature in my room. And because most everything else is neutral in the room, a colorful rug really works.

    Happy rug planning!

    Images: Apartment TherapyDesign SpongeUncovet, Simply Grove

  • Public Display of Design Inspiration

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    Design Inspiration

    Where do you like to look for design inspiration when it comes to spaces that are appealing to both children and adults? I’m always inspired by nature, sometimes cartoons or children’s books, other people’s homes and, of course, Pinterest. But, I also love looking at public spaces. 

    Public Dining

    Places like hotels, parks, bookstores, stores, and activity centers can actually be a gold mine when it comes to inspiration and ideas. Since these places or spaces are many times dedicated solely to children there is no holding back when it comes to imagination. No doubt, they can go big or go home.

    I’m loving Nuca Studio, a family hangout and lounge, which is located in Romania. It’s fun, funky, totally simple and yet slightly over the top, all at the same time.

    Modern Cafeteria

    While you may not want to copy the look exactly (perhaps a giant modern elephant is a bit much, although, I’d gladly take one) don’t miss a detail because if you look closely there are always concepts to take home and make your own.

    For instance, in these spaces, I love the white with the pops of color, the lighting, the modern seating and brightly colored tables and the fun round cut out windows. 

    Home Decor

    1. Pascal White Plastic Wood 30 1/2-Inch-H Set of 2 Side Chairs 2. Lime Green Round Modern 11 3/4-Inch Vogue Wall Clock 3. Brunetta Purple Accent Table 4. White Ripple Glass 3 1/2-Inch-W Pendant Chandelier

    Above are a few simple ways to incorporate this look and style in your home:

    Images: Nuca Studio

  • Color Crush: Black

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    Modern Living Room

    Black is definitely one of those colors I tend not to use in my home. It can very easily and quickly darken up and take over a space. But when it is done right and used in the right accessories for your home, it can be a real triumph! What do you think? Would you ever give black a try?

    This room above has some pretty amazing black pieces that really bring the whole space together. Of course, the abundance of white helps to neutralize such a dark color like black. Even though there is quite a bit of white in the room, it kind of acts as a canvas to make the black accessories really pop and give the room more depth. I especially love that big black six. I want it!

    Home Decor

    Robert Abbey Bruno Bronze Scissor Arm Pharmacy Wall Light, Laine Faux Leather 29 1/2-Inch-H Dining Chairs, Uno Black Elephant 18" Square Down Throw Pillow

    Here are just a few black pieces I think would look stellar in most spaces.

    This accordion light is incredible isn’t it? It would add a bit of old school quirk to any room. I think it would look fantastic as a bedside light or a reading nook light. I love it!

    And the dining chairs are amazing. I love the look of the black seats with the super dark wood. So pretty! And of course their modern mid century look is a definite bonus.

    The elephant pillow is one of those great pillows that would make a statement whether it is front and center on your sofa or hanging out on your kid’s bed. I love the graphic design of the elephant too. Really cool.

    Image: Inthralled

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