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  • Adding Interest to Your Kitchen Design

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    Kitchen Design

    The kitchen is often known as the heart of the home, which makes kitchen design an important matter. Traditionally, the kitchen is where meals are prepared and then eaten. However, these days, they're are not just for preparing and enjoying food but also where everyone seems to congregate.

    While meals are being prepped, kids are often found sitting on a bar stool, at the counter doing homework or just hanging out. It's certainly the one room where everyone comes together on a daily basis. While kitchens have become more of a gathering place, they have also become more of a decorated space.

    Modern Task Lighting

    George Kovacs Honey Gold 19-Inch-H Modern Desk Lamp

    Yes, functionality is first and foremost, but now, more than ever, kitchens are designed with beauty and interest in mind. Kitchens have grown into warm and inviting spaces that carry just as much detail as other rooms in a home. There are many affordable ways to update your kitchen without a renovation. Three ways to add big impact with little effort are as follows.

    Add a lamp. A lamp nestled on the counter top is like a functional piece of art. It adds interest to a space and brings with it warmth that brightens up the entire room.

    Modern Wall Mirror

    Round Frameless 36" Wide Beveled Mirror

    Add a mirror. Mirrors aren’t often used when decorating a kitchen but they are known to open up any space and make a room feel bigger than it actually is. If your kitchen doesn’t have a lot of windows, a mirror is the perfect way to open up the room.  And if anything, a mirror adds an unexpected touch to a kitchen.

    Modern Bar Cart

    Zuo Xert Modern White and Glass Serving Cart on Wheels

    Add a Cart. Think beyond a mini bar when looking at a cart for your kitchen. Carts can be used to curate your favorite kitchen items and they're great for keeping appliances all in one spot, within reach. Quite possibly, one of my favorite ideas for a cart in the kitchen is using it as a shelf for herbs and plants. 

    Don’t be afraid to add a touch of the unexpected to your kitchen. It’s the little things that can sometimes make the biggest difference.

    Images: Dwell / Plaza Interior / Simply Grove

  • Cool + Collected 1.22

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    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!

    +Now, this is cool architecture design, although only in concept stages still. It's an umbrella that is supposed to protect and regenerate the polar ice caps, helping to keep them cool!

    +Design*Sponge blog has a great series for women trying to start up or maintain small businesses called Biz Ladies. The discussions range from finances to branding, and even social media.

    +Whether you celebrate Easter or not, these metallic gold leaf eggs are super stylish and make for a fun weekend project with the kids. 

    +We love finding cool design all over the place... Check out this office design in Berlin. It's an old factory loft from the 1898, but you would never know looking at the modern interiors. Oh, but the architecture tells all.

    +For all of you lovely ESL Blog subscribers, you might be disappointed with the disolving of Google Reader. May we suggest using Feedly, which is a great alternative and will even transport all your feeds for you.

  • Outfit to Interior: Relaxed + Comfortable

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    Outfit to Interior

    Being both relaxed and comfortable are keys to wardrobe and interior styling! Finding pieces that make you feel like the best version of yourself are worth the time and effort, just ask Ms. Relaxed & Comfortable.

    Modern Wall Lighting

    Hallways, consoles and entries all benefit from a little extra lighting love. Ms. R&C loves the warm bronze and amber glass of the Murray Feiss Wall Sconce for warming up shadowy corners and nooks.
     
    The Nico Bronze Besa Wall Light with its stone gold foil glass lives happily in any reading corner or next to your bed. Our girl has one over each nightstand for when midnight snack cravings strike!

    Modern Entryway

    Warm woods can't help but be welcoming, just like the Daniel Dark Wood Console Table that sits in Ms. Relaxed & Comfortable's entryway. It's a great spot to corral mail, keys, and portable electronics as well as a place to set up a mini bar for entertaining guests. Versatility.

    The same thing holds true for faux bois, in this case the Dark Weegee Table Lamp. The brushed metal legs of this table lamp paired with the dark shade give this lamp a feeling of delicate substantiality that is verycozy indeed.

    Modern Dining Chair

    This set of Laine Wood and Faux Leather Dining Chairs are just asking for a late night chat around the table, fireplace blazing in the near distance. Ms. Relaxed & Cozy like to serve up her signature Hot Toddys while she and her best gals chat away and solve life's puzzles while curled up in these cozy seats.

  • Modern Restaurant Design: Superba Snack Bar

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    Modern Restaurant Design

    We can't get enough of the unique and innovative modern restaurant design in Venice Beach, CA and we're really crushing on Superba Snack Bar. Venice Beach is always a refreshing local, providing a little fun in the sun with a meal at Superba Snack Bar. This laid back Rose Ave hangout is worth the visit.

    Modern Design

    The midcentury style, surf shack vibe design by Design, Bit***s is crisp and full of energy. We sure love to see a restaurant designing with a minimail, industrial elements.   

    Dining Room Design

    Modern dining chairs that are simple and light-weight oftne times pair perfectly with heavy, over-sized tables. The patterned wool beach blankets thrown about, and also used as upholstery on the back of the banquette seating, add the much needed texture and warmth. 

    Modern Dining Chairs

    Scope Chrome With Black Modern Zuo Dining Chair

    The mid-century moder lighting is subtle, but still creates a bold statement in this modern restaurant design. And that black and white wallpaper...need I say more?!

    Modern Pendant Lighting

    Donut Red Finish Contemporary Pendant Chandelier

    As you pass by, you'll notice the interior glow and see the modern pendant lights through the windows of this black box design. The crowd flutters about this happening spot so you'll definitely want to drop in.

    The branding package also designed by Design, Bit***s is sharp. Let's go get a closer look at that menu! I heard the Short Rib Ravioli and S'mores dessert are exceptional.

    Images: Design, Bit***s.

  • Cool + Collected 1.21

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    Modern Lifestyle

    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!

    +One thing we love is beautiful photography and nobody knows it better than National Geographic. There's a blog dedicated to nothing but vintage National Geographic photography and it's amazing to scroll through. 

    +Ladies, creatives and home lovers you must head over to The Everygirl and check out their amazing giveaway to celebrate their 1-year anniversary. There's even a Robert Abbey lamp giveaway from yours truly.  

    +Hey LED lovers, who also love your dogs. Check out these super cool dog leashes made of tiny LED lights.

    +If you love Los Angeles, aren't sure yet or just want a little intelligent insight, Moby shares his architectural thoughts on Dwell.

    +No matter what you're doing this weekend, you'll wish you were vacationing at this home in the San Juan Islands of Washington. The entire home is a transformer, with adjusting roof, walls and even floors depending on the weather and time of day. You can watch the stars from a bathtub!

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