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  • From Outfit to Interior: Black + White

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Kitchen

    Sometimes black and white are all you need. The striking contrast of the two color extremes is at once both sophisticated, modern, and clean. Our Ms. thinks it's an impossible to mess up fashion and decor solution!

    Modern Pendant

    When relying on such a stark contrast, shape becomes everything. This Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier has a strikingly eye-catching metal framework on a sizable 31 1/2" wide scale. Ms. Black & White loves showcasing it in her entry area to set the scene.

    The corner of the living room won't be ignored with this Holtkoetter Satin White and Satin Nickel Tripod Floor Lamp. This beauty boasts a hand-blown satin white glass shade and a dimming system to help set the mood.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Mercury glass is lovely, but black Mercury glass can take a room to another level of sophistication. Ms. Black & White loves the unique look of the Modern Flynn Mercury Black Table Lamp with it's Reactive finish glass body.

    A bold black and white pattern, like this Bold Black Stripe Brushed Nickel Triple Pendant,  can make any piece downright show-stopping! By hanging this light fixture over her dining table, our Ms. adds a pop of interest in an unexpected place.

    Modern White Desk

    This Typhoon Contemporary White Desk with its clean, modern lines would be equally at home in the office or the foyer as a table. Perfect for Ms. Black & White to organize her mail and keys!

    Modern Ceiling Fan

    One of the sleekest ceiling fans she's ever seen, Ms. Black & White couldn't resist adding a little airflow to her living room with the 3-blade Casa Metro LED Energy Efficient Matte Black Ceiling Fan!

    The double shade on the Possini Euro Nickel Double Drum White Ceiling Light diffuses the best light. Our Ms. loves the way it casts a glow in her hallway.

    Images: Mod Operandi, Chatelaine

  • High/Low: Bedside Lighting

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    Bedside Lighting

    My husband and I recently moved to New York City, and we're waiting for our apartment to be ready for move in later in July. The suspense is killing me -- not only because I'm ready to be settled, but the best part is yet to come: the decorating!

    Modern Bedroom

    In the master bedroom, we're lucky enough that the room is just big enough to fit our prized king size bed. However, there won't be much room on either side for large nightstands, so we're looking at saving space by purchasing some kind of small side table, and using wall mounted lights to provide symmetry and nighttime lighting. Little did I know, there are so many options out there!

    White Bedroom

    Lighting is one of those things that can put a big dent in your budget if you let it. Looking around, I've found some pricey options, and similar looks that ESL sells for a fraction of the price. Which of these high/lows picks do you prefer? The pharmacy lamp is my particular favorite!

    Modern Wall Lighting

    Brass Swing Arm Lamp, Two Arm Wall Sconce, Pharmacy Style Lamp, Classic Brass Wall Lamp

    Images: InStyleInteriors, Lonny Magazine

  • Get the Look: Living Room Ceiling Lighting

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    Ceiling Lighting

    Clients always ask whether or not they should invest in ceiling lighting for their living room – I personally think it’s a must. It’s just as important as dining room lighting. A statement chandelier or pendant that centers the room will make the room and you can plan furniture around the lighting you choose.

    Industrial Pendant Light

    Possini Euro Arlo 15 3/4" Wide Chrome Pendant Light

    Try something different, a modern chandelier set against traditional furniture can completely update a room. If that doesn’t strike your fancy and you want a touch of glam in your life but nothing over the top, choose a chandelier like the Robert Abbey version at the bottom.

    There are hundreds of directions you can go in and I’ve rounded up four that have been popular amongst clients recently.

    Minimal Chandelier

    Chrome Modern Industrial LED 56 1/2-Inch-H Chandelier

    Rustic Pendant

    Orbital Weave 19 1/2" Wide Rust Metal Pendant Light

    Modern Chandelier

    Bling Collection Convertible Robert Abbey Chandelier

    Whether you go for traditional, industrial or modern – overhead lighting is a choice you should make for your living room.

    Images: Coco + Kelley, Simply Grove, House Beautiful, Elle Decor

  • The Modern Loft: Linda Bergroth's Light Filled Design

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    loft design

    The hot summer days always call for something light and refreshing. This modern loft features a light-filled design by Linda Bergroth and is just about as refreshing as you can get. Bold colors dance around the room like summer flowers in bloom while the white hardwood floors reflect the light that shines in these large gorgeous windows.

    modern blue kitchen

    The modern glossy blue lacquer kitchen is such a strong and bold contrast with all the white surroundings. Adding bold colors in a neutral space is the perfect way to add character to any room. The use of the wall mounted light fixture above the cook top is a very clever idea and a great alternative for under-counter lighting. You can get this look in your own kitchen by using this modern swing arm lamp.

     modern wall light

    Mondoluz Pelle Brushed Platinum LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp

    modern colorful artwork

    Bold colors and patterns bring so much fun energy into the space and still manage to maintain a sophisticated feel. Bright colored pillows are a great way to add personal style and energy into your modern loft. 

    blue bookshelf

    Blue, black, and white stay consistent in the small library and create a well balanced, interesting space that one would actually get excited about reading in! The patterned rug is...well...just so cool! Blue accents on the built-in shelving create a very powerful element that shows the level of detail considered in this modern loft. Simple, but decorative pendant lighting can be a defining element in the style of your home. The solid black pendant (above) makes a strong statement due to the contrast with the white, but is very simple in form.

     

     Kichler Olde Bronze Mini Pendant Light

    striped pillows

    Large, bold artwork above the bed is always a great alternative to a headboard. This colorful painting brings a very playful, positive energy into the bedroom and almost guarantees you'll wake up everyday with a smile!  The wall mounted bedside sconces are perfect reading lights and help with keeping the nightstands clear from clutter.

    geometric floor tiles

    The contemporary bathroom may be neutral in color, but its boldness is right on par. The gray, black, and white geometric patterned concrete floor tiles are a dynamic element and pair perfectly with the beveled edge white brick pattern tile. The vintage bathroom sconces and pendant lights bring an industrial vibe into this modern bathroom. Bathroom lighting can change the entire feel of your space so creating balance is key when deciding what direction you want to go.  

    modern sauna

    Oh look, and there's a modern sauna, as if we weren't sold on this loft already! This looks like the perfect place to relax after a hard day at work.  

    Hope you all are having a beautiful and refreshing summer! Make sure to take a little time for some rest and relaxation!

    Images: Linda Bergroth

  • Best of Brand Design

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    top brand logos

     

    Can you guess the brands above? In great brand design, form is always led by function, and in that regard, what's most impressive about these iconic logos is not that they are recognizable (and beautiful) but clearly tell you exactly what they're about. They are a call to action, telling you exactly how each can be utilized by the consumer. 

    Be an all star. Take a bite from the fruit of knowledge. Roll on four wheels. Read the clock hands.

    At last month's Dwell on Design event there was a lecture titled "The New Face of Affluence", the Dwell Insights Group discussed how younger luxury consumers weigh design heavily when determining their trust and loyalty in a brand. In short, good design = good brand. 

    dwell on design lecture

    This of course, got me thinking about some of the most popular designer furniture of the last century: Van Der Rohe's Barcelona chair, Saarinen's Tulip table, or even the Eames chairs illustrated above. Great design, it seems, creates something greater than a mere object or image. It creates iconography - a unique reflection of time and place. 

    Anyone who's read my posts before knows that I lean toward contemporary design and art, and yet I'm always drawn to the allure of classic Mid-century modern lighting and decor. The flower:

    flower pendant light

    Possini Euro Design White Flower Pendant Chandelier

    The floor routine:

    Chrome Boom Arc Floor Lamp with Linen Shade

    And a memorable work of art:

    josef albers paintings

    Josef Albers' Homage to a Square

    In branding work and in creative work, good design is what stands the test of time. It favors superb over superfluous. And at its very best, it needs no words to describe itself.

    On that note, the logos at the top of this post are, from left to right: Converse, Apple, Audi and Movado.

    Images: Converse, Apple, Audi, Movado, Dwell, Design Is History 

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