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  • Modern Sculpture: Suspended Cloud Painting


    Modern Art Exposed With Track Lighting

    This is what a marriage between painting and sculpture looks like.

    This sculptural work by Joris Kuipers is a beautiful marriage between painting and sculpture. There so much depth and movement in something that can also be so still.

    Detail In Each Flower Painting

    Depth and detail in each flower.

    This Dutch artist took his many years of studying traditional painting and applied it to large-scale installations.

    This suspended cloud piece spirals around a room, successfully combining the two methods of art.

    Fantasy World Created With Modern Art

    Modern art can create a wonderland if you allow it.

    Let's not ignore the importance of lighting when it comes to showcasing beautiful works of art. Modern, clean and smart track lighting is key. Without great lighting in galleries, you wouldn't be able to truly appreciate the art.

    The same goes for your own home and the way you showcase your family portraits or smaller artworks. Picture lights are perfect for smaller installations or residential art walls.

    All images from Colossal

  • Home Decorating from the Darkside


    Create Stylish Contrast With Dark Decor

    Image from SF Girl by Bay

    Provide contrast to your space by adding a dark element.

    In honor of the new Star Wars trailer that was just released, let's take a look at how the darkside isn't always evil...

    I love a simple, monochromatic space like all of you, but sometimes adding a little contrast makes it a little more interesting. Just look at this space above and those floors! While painting wood floors super dark may not be a natural inclination, it certainly worked for this space. It grounds the space, while all the books add color and the large pendant lights add style.

    Dark Furniture And Contemporary Light Fixtures

    Image from Domaine Home

    Add little dark furniture and contemporary lighting.

    Another option is to keep the walls and floors soft, while making the furniture and contemporary light fixtures dark.

    The natural light coming from those oversized windows help the space remain fresh and open.

    White Space With Black Dining Chairs

    Image from Coco Lapine Design

    Small elements can make huge impact.

    Not sure if you want to paint anything super dark or purchase a black sofa? That's ok, you can add style with something dark by just including a little.

    While those black dining chairs and black floor lamp are small compared to the vastness of white space, they create a nice contrast and still make their voices heard.

    Whether you go big or small, adding a dark element to your white space will result in big style...

    May the force be with you.

  • Small Outdoor Space Style


    small outdoor space style

    Image from Gardenista

    Small outdoor spaces can be stylish.

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, especially when your neighbors have a bigger backyard than you do.

    I'm here to tell you that even small outdoor spaces can be stylish and enjoyable for lounging or entertaining! Here's some beautiful inspiration to take note of...

    You don't need two acres of land to have a greenhouse, just look at this space above with its glass cabinet. The green painted trim is a welcome detail. The black pendant light is another unexpected detail, but adds so much to the overall design of the space. 

     small patio with chairs and outdoor accent pillows

    Image from The Glitter Guide

    Tiled floors and modern outdoor chairs add style to a small outdoor space.

    Want more space than furniture in your small patio? Then just try a couple modern outdoor chairs with a few outdoor accent pillows.

    Less is more, especially when you're limited on space.

     potted plants are a great addition to patio accent tables

    Image from The Design Files

    Patio accent tables provide one more place for pretty plants.

    Besides providing the surface area to enjoy a snack or even a meal, patio accent tables also look great covered in potted plants.

    Don't feel disheartened if you live in the city and have to fight for outdoor space, the smallest spaces can have big style too...

  • Stylish Living in Concrete Architecture


    Modern Concrete Architecture Inspiration

    Image from Arch Daily

    Stylish modern concrete architecture.

    Sometimes, the simplest design can make the most impact. This is no doubt true when it comes to concrete architecture. There are so many cool residential designs with clean lines and concrete exteriors.

    Let's take a look at a few and see what makes them tick...

    The a-frame form of this home above sets the tone for its modern aesthetic, while the concrete finishes the job beautifully. The bright green landscape is a perfect contrast to the cool grey exterior.

    Concrete Architecture And Exterior Light Fixtures

    Image from Design Milk

    Mixed material architecture with exterior light fixtures.

    This modern concrete architecture above rests its success on the use of mixed materials. The wood patio flooring and the adjoining stone wall add depth and personality to the design. 

    The exterior light fixtures add some pretty details that also keeps the home safe from tripping accidents.

    Modern Architecture And Open Landscape

    Image from Architonic

    Concrete architecture surrounded by open space.

    Nothing pairs perfectly with great architecture like beautiful landscape. This simple, barren landscape above relates to the simple, clean concrete architecture. The end result is harmony between manmade design and nature.

    Nothing beats that combination....

  • Tips For Styling Your Home Library


    Style Your Home Library With These Tips

    Image from StyleCaster

    Fun styling ideas for your home library.

    Happy Friday everyone! Oftentimes, the best thing to do on the weekend is make a fun change to your home decor. The best re-decorating options don't even require any money, but some can be fun DIYs with minimal costs. Let's look at some fun ways to style your home library.

    This color coded library above looks really fun. For those of you who have larger libraries in your home, this color coding organization method is a great option. They also do a nice job accenting the bookshelves with modern wall sconces.

    Make Room For Modern Lighting With Higher Bookshelves

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    Make room for modern lighting with higher bookshelves.

    Want to switch things up a bit? Try raising your bookshelves up high, as long as you keep a stylish stepping stool nearby.

    This allows more floor space, which you can use for furniture or just leaning cool framed art on the floor. It also allows space for modern lighting on nightstands and dressers.

    Make Good Use Of Your Fireplace

    Images from SF Girl by Bay and Apartment Therapy

    The fireplace can be used for more than heating the house.

    Whether your reading material is books or magazines, they both look great stored in a non-working fireplace. These inspiration images above are very different from each other, but equally fun.

    Mix Up Your Library Angles

    Image from Stadshem

    Simple variations can spruce up your library styling.

    Add a little style to simple bookshelves your home library by just changing the orientation of your books and accenting them with some home decor (link to "home accessories?). This will add interest and we all know perfection never looks as good as mixing things up a bit!

    Have a great weekend! 

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