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“This table lamp design is such a fun, modern spin on the original oil lamp.”
- P. Jackson, Interior Designer
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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.
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.
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.
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 Therapy, Design Sponge, Uncovet, Simply Grove
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I'm sure there was lots of brunching going on and some amazing restaurant designs discovered. Did anyone make it to Palm Springs or happen to try out the new Workshop Kitchen + Bar?
Soma Architects was called upon to transform the historic El Paseo Building into a fresh new architectural identity for Workshop Kitchen + Bar. The existing elements were strong and limited the possibilities, but Soma was sure to exploit them. The result is powerful and focuses on the height of these 27 foot cathedral ceilings.
The building is colonial on the outside and industrial-chic on the inside with the vertical design emphasized by tall concrete structures. Modern mini pendant lighting always makes a bold statement when used in multiples and in this case it fills the void and creates intimacy at the communal table. The central communal table is more of a public dining space and the booths on the right and left provide great intimacy for private dining. They are almost like little rooms of their own, don't you think?
The modern lighting stays consistent throughout. When repeating lighting, finding the perfect modern pendant light is crucial. This minimal design works so well with the height of the space as it continues to emphasize it. The modern dining chairs and barstools really blend into the environment throughout the space making them appear perfectly integrated into the design.
Either of these (below) minimal pendant lights would work great in the space.
Illuminations Vintage Ancient Bronze Ceiling Pendant
Industrial Cage 6" Wide Black Pendant Light
The concrete bar looks very cool and in Palm Springs something cool is all you need on those hot summer days!
Images: Soma Architects
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One of the trickiest tasks in any design project is sourcing good lighting – especially bathroom sconces. I’ve always been amazed at how few good choices exist. I’m constantly looking for options in all styles – modern, retro, traditional – but quite honestly there are never enough for me to choose from.
Barn Wall Urban Galvanized Outdoor Wall Sconce
Here at Euro Lighting there is an incredible curated selection of sconces. Today, I’ve put together a few of my favorites that I’ve used in bathroom projects - all of which I love.
Torch Deep Bronze 4 1/2-Inch-W Forecast Wall Sconce
Modern Chrome with White Shade George Kovacs Wall Sconce
Have you ever had trouble sourcing lighting for your bathroom? Do you have a favorite style of sconce at Euro Style Lighting?
Images: Style at Home, Skona Hem, Remodelista, New England Home
As design lovers, we also like staying in the loop of other newsworthy endeavors (pun intended). Today is the 2nd anniversary of the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavor!
When you have kids you quickly realize that as much as you’d like to contain toys to one designated area it usually becomes a losing battle. Kids love to bring toys with them from to room. And, if your kids are anything like mine, they like to be wherever you are. There is no need to fight it. The best thing to do is to just surrender and start making your house fun. Fun doesn’t mean turning your home into a giant playroom, it simply means using your imagination and adding interest. It can actually translate to less toys (objects) and more creative style and design.
I absolutely adore the idea of using something that is already in your home (or needed in your home) and making into something magical. The hidden doorway in the bookcase above is brilliant. What kid wouldn’t want a secret passage way in their home? And what adult wouldn’t want one for that matter?
Truthfully, this concept is all about keeping your style and grown up taste and simply adding in a few fun elements throughout. It can be as simple as adding a swing to your living room or using a play table as your coffee table. Although there is a swing and kids table in this living room there is nothing about this room that lacks style or is void of good design. It has a playful, modern and eclectic feel about it.
And, in area’s that are already designated for kids, why not go all out and build something like an indoor playhouse or castle, for that matter? This play castle works really well because it has great shape and is white which blends in with the rest of the room. It’s likely that the clean white modern style of this play area is carried throughout the home. Finding an element such as color or furniture style to carry throughout the home brings continuity.
Of course, if you have the ability (and room) to go all out than why not just go for it? I think this slide from upstairs to the downstairs is beyond cool. The stainless steel against the white walls brings a modern element to the space and the slide almost carries the look of a giant art piece.
Adding fun elements to your home is . . . fun. It’s a chance for kids to be involved and take interest in design and a second chance for grown ups to use their imaginations.
Images: The House Home, Milk, Aprill Aprill, Martilaiste
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