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  • Cool + Collected 1.5

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    Superstorm Sandy

    +Our thoughts go out to all those affected by Superstorm Sandy. We were struck by this image of the subway system on Gothamist with the entire lower part of the island as well as parts of Queens and Brooklyn non-functional (This image was published Wednesday and may no longer be accurate) . L.A. Times Photography has a roundup of images and updates about this natural disaster.

    +Are you going to be in London next week?... Holly Becker from Decor8 will be hosting a launch party for her fabulous new book Decorate Workshop.

    +For some VERY cool photography of an underwater cave, head over to the Orda Cave website.

    +If you're considering painting your walls and trying to achieve the industrial-chic look, Will from Bright Bazaar has some great color tips.

    +For the Latin culture, November 2nd is Day of the Dead, a tradition that celebrates the life and the death of loved ones. Fox News Latino announed that a Los Angeles gallery opened yesterday in honor of this yearly tradition.

    Day of the Dead

     Day of the Dead Image: EBSQ

  • The Devil's in the Hotel Design Details

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    Hotel Design

    When staying at a hotel, sometimes it's the little things that count. Let's take a look at some worldly examples of great hotel design that doesn't overlook the details.  

    Ever since it's opening, I've been drawn to the windows in the public spaces of the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona (above). There's a playful voyeuristic quality to these ultra chic peep-spots.

    Colorful Architecture

    The fun facade at the Inntel Hotel in Amsterdam (above) is postmodern meets traditional Dutch meets Rubik's cube. 

    Hotel Accessories

    The pencils at the Andaz Hotel in London are made from recycled CD jewel cases (above). I'm guessing they now offer iPod docks in the rooms. The key to great hotel design is not just in the architectural details, but also the accessories that would normally seem unimportant, like a pencil.

    Adaptive Re-use Hotel Design

    The Waterhouse along Shanghai's Sound Bund (above) keeps the crumbling concrete walls of this former Japanese military bunker intact. It's a very real respite from the otherwise hyperreal development in the city that surrounds it. Raw materials and designer desk lamps can give an organic feel to any space.

    Contemporary White ChandelierArtcraft Baby Swan White Chandelier

    The Treehouse Hotel (below) sits just 35 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Suspended from trees and featuring mirrored sides, it's virtually invisible from the ground.

    Tree House Hotel Design

    Not all the rooms feature a mirror facade though, and inside there's a feast of minimalist decor (below). Loungy, white seating is a fun way to keep a place minimal and modern.

    Modern Rural Hotel Rooms

    Contemporary White Floor Lamp

    Sonneman Tetra Gloss White Floor Lamp

    Designers and graphic designers have to love the Pantone Hotel in Brussels (below), an homage to the color specialists in seven distinct hues.

    Pantone Hotel

    And sometimes it's the smallest thing that counts: a drink on the top floor at the end of the day. For fans of the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation, the New York Bar at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (below) is the perfect place to re-create your own Bill Murray Suntory whiskey moment. 

    New York Hotel Tokyo

    With a view looking across Tokyo and some of the best cocktails in the world, it's worth every yen. And trust me, you'll spend quite a few.

    With so many options, hopefully you're booking a trip and heading to see one of these extremely cool hotel designs.

    Images: Contemporist, Design You Trust, Concierge, Open Buildings, CN Traveler, That's Like Whoa!Ozon3, Nansiepants

  • Gothic Architecture: Tim Burton Inspired Bridal Shoot

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    Gothic Architecture

    Happy Halloween! We don't usually post about weddings, but when there's cool Gothic architecture involved we do. It might not be in line with our typicaly modern architecture obsession, but we appreciate all great design. This bridal shoot is the stunning work of photographer Shelly Mantovani, inspired by the Tim Burton film ‘Dark shadows’. I'm sure there are many people out there getting married on today, and if you're not you can always dress up and pretend you are!

    Take a look at some gorgeous inspiration for a dark wedding or just some really cool Gothic architecture...

    Gothic Windows

    This red is purely radiant!  Pops of red in your wardrobe or home decor will always bring energy to your style!

    Pink Dress

    The use of pinks and soft pastels creates such a romantic energy in a dark way. Speaking of dark, the one thing this space is missing is some black pendants or chandeliers, right?!

    Gothic Archway

    Gargoyle

    Be safe this Halloween!

    Images: Zimbio

  • Modern Cabin Escape: Villa Solaire

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    Modern Living Room

    So, if the Euro Style Lighting blogging team were to go on a retreat anywhere... This is where we'd go! But, since we're not, and we couldn't make it to France to stay in this modern cabin even if we did have a blogger retreat, we'll just dream. Let's start with dark modern seating.

    Modern Living Room Decor 

    Elton Vintage Brass Wire Accent Table, Draper Mid-Century Modern Desk Lamp, Zuo Modern Providence Black Tufted Sofa, Anika Walnut Coffee Table, Draper Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp

    Moder Architecture

    The hallway is a clear example of the linear architecture that runs through the house. Natural, light wood finishes pair nicely with the dark floors, walls and furniture.

    Modern Bedroom

    Clean white walls and natural wood panels give this bedroom space a modern, clean vibe. There's no doubt this bedroom would win the minimally modern prize. Simple white sconces can help you achieve this look in your bedroom.

    Modern Jacuzzi Room

    Let's face it, no modern cabin would be complete without a space to warm up, right? Check out this fabulous jacuzzi room.

    There's lots of ways to achieve this cozy, modern look in your own home. Rather than be sad we don't live here, we just get very inspired to achieve the look. We hope this home inspires you too...

    Images: Archi Lovers

  • Wood Burning Fireplaces in Modern Interiors

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    Wood Burning Fireplace

    The smell of wood burning fireplaces is filling the air in neighborhoods across the country. It's such a comforting smell that instantly makes any space feel cozy. Even these minimal modern interiors feel cozy when there's a wood burning fireplace involved.

    Brick Fireplace

    Modern design elements mix with the rustic brick wood burning fireplace(above) to bring an eclectic feel into the space. Low modern seating creates a very intimate feel with the low fireplace.  

    Zuo Carnival Black Modular Sleeper Sofa

     modern fireplace

    The gorgeous windows bring the outdoors in, as if you're perched up in a beautiful treehouse. Modern accent chairs that can be easily moved are perfect in this space because it allows you to adjust to the heat with ease!

    Modern Chair

    Zuo Draper Black Lounge Chair

     Concrete Floors

    White walls and concrete floors are at one with nature in this organic modern setting. Wood logs arranged perfectly under your fireplace is not only practical, but makes such an artistic statement for design lovers. As you know, we would recommend dropping down a gorgeous organic modern chandelier to fully complete this space!  

    Hope you're enjoying the smells of the season and staying cozy!  

    Images: Remodelista, Tyulka, Pop DecoYatzer

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