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Dart Modern Bronze 21-Inch-WPendant Light
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As a native Southern Californian, I grew up spoiled with beautiful and impeccable weather. As I’ve moved from cold climate to colder climate in my adult years, I find myself constantly seeking out interior design styles and elements that provide a warmer weather aesthetic inside. Tropical themed rooms are a beautiful and exotic way to achieve this feel.
1. Tropical linens in a bedroom is a great start so go full throttle with the tropical theme by applying it to your sheets and pillows. Try it in different yet complementing patterns for a fun mix.
2. Use one tropical element and keep the rest plain. Tropical style can be a bit overwhelming, but if you pare everything else down in decoration, it shouldn't be too distracting to your space and should keep you feeling serene.
3. If you want a touch of the tropics start out with accents like a plant in a stylish vase.
4. Keep your accents simple. If you want an homage to tropical but don’t want your decor to be too thematic, keep the tropical accent décor simple in color like these shell lamps.
5. One of my favorite ways to bring the tropics inside is with beautiful wallpaper. Keep the rest of the décor solid, rather than patterns, so the wallpaper can be the star.
6. Saturated colors play up the color volume. Use solid colors like peacock blues and greens to bring in the feel of the style.
7. Decorate in layers for a more eclectic feel. Cover your tropical wallpaper with frames. It will have the same feel of the tropics without being too obvious.
8. Lastly, plants (top image)! Go all out and bring the tropics inside with actual trees. You can’t get more tropical than that!
How would you bring the tropics inside?
Images: Along Came Ollie, Green Like Bath Water, Anglian Home, Interior Junkie, Decoist, Sarah Sarna, Nine MSN, Design is Mine
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In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. The government requires a certain level of energy efficiency in all new construction. These condos, designed by architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kissare, are a beautiful example.
These condos are located in IJsselstein, a small town in Holland just a short drive from Amsterdam. American architect Gregory Kiss of New York–based firm Kiss + Cathcart, collaborated with van Zwieten on this housing project.
Kiss discussed the Dutch efficient design philosophy... “General building practices in the Netherlands are well in advance of our own, “The baseline requires much more efficient buildings than we are used to, on all levels, from the choice of materials to the amount of insulation in the building envelope to the durability of the building system.”
This attractive multilevel solarium of condos might be efficient, but we can't help but fall in love with the modern design as well. It's all-around a brilliant project and we give kudos to the designers.
If we were given the opportunity to design the interior of one of the units, it would no doubt include modern light fixtures and may look something like this....!
Zana White 20 1/2-Inch-W Pendant Light / 309 Troika Black Bonded Leather 87-Inch-W Sofa / Uno Black Square Down 18-Inch Throw Pillow / Uno Black Cotton Decorative Owl 18-Inch Throw Pillow /
Lunar Landing Oak Veneer 44-Inch-H Coffee Table / Robert Abbey Flip Patina Nickel Modern Pharmacy Floor Lamp / Ranger Mod Walnut 27 3/4-Inch-H Accent Chair
Whenever it starts raining outside, I immediately crave a cozy corner, a cup of coffee and a good book. Usually when that happens, I plant myself on our couch with a comfy blanket. Now what I really want is a to cuddle up in a reading corner, created specifically for these moments.
My kids would also embrace a reading corner!
There are specific details that make these corners a success. The first is a cool light fixture that lets off good lighting in the space. Have fun with your lighting choice. This is a corner that can feel unconventional.
Make sure that you have a modern accent table in arms length to set drinks, books and either items on. It’s also a great option to display those favorite books.
If you want to take your corner up a notch, get a chaise lounge. Although, you may never want to get up!
Another idea that you will want to include is setting up your corner near a window. How else would you be able to watch the rain fall or the sun shine or the birds chirp? However you choose to decorate your corner, enjoy those lovely quiet moments.
Images: Home Life, Sfgirlbybay, Bolig Magazine, Design Milk.
There are few places on earth that feel as retro-tastic chic as The Parker Palm Springs designed by Jonathan Adler. It's my favorite hotel in the desert.
It has a combination of mid-century modern pieces with Moroccan accents, pops of color and a general playfulness that makes it so dang cool. But why let jet-setters have all the fun?
Bringing in a little Parker flavor into the home is the perfect way to keep your place looking fresh.
Here's how to get the look!
Use sleek back accents with mid-century lines like the Draper Desk Lamp.
Hang retro-style statement pieces overhead, like the Opal Glass Pendant, the Chrome Mini Pendant or the Hinkley Chandelier.
Create a chic sitting area with the Annabelle Chair... The coral color combined with the iconic peg legs create an instantly modern vibe.
Use an accent lamp with a contrasting lamp shade to make the space feel eclectic and collected.
Create mood with a floor lamp like the Orthos Bronze Floor Lamp.
Throw a vintage suzani blanket over the sofa, add a few colorful throw pillows, a bright accent chair and you'll start to see the look come together.
Enjoy bringing a little bit of that weekend getaway feeling to your home!
Images: Old Brand New, XXOOPP on Flickr, Justina Blakeney
Let’s face it, what room does everybody in your family conjugate in? The kitchen. While everyone loves a beautiful kitchen island, I’m always looking at how you can mix it up. A great alternative is a table with chairs. Many homes have dedicated nooks, but another option is to have them centered in the room.
When I was young I’d always find myself at the table in our nook working on homework while my mom cooked dinner. With homes being smaller this form of an island is perfect for a family that wants to be together while cooking dinner. Does your family do the same?
I’ve pulled together a few of my favorites for you to see.
Contemporary White Plastic 32-Inch-H Side Chairs
Frida Laminated Walnut Side Chairs
I absolutely love this look and I’m designing a few for clients at the moment. I hope you’ve been inspired by this alternative!
Sources: House & Home, Lonny Magazine, Thomas Bendel
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