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  • Family Living in Modern Homes


    Modern Homes and Modern Kid's Designs

    Having kids doesn't mean having to throw in the towel and become a soccer mom. The modern family homes featured above set out to break the stereotype of family living. I personally love the idea of living in a modern home with a handful of kids running around. Growing up in a stylish enviroment exposes children to fashion, design, architecture, and other creative arts.

    Designing the main areas in a modern home can can sometimes be easier than decorating kid's rooms and spaces. When designing a modern nursery or kid's room there is a balance between modern furnishings and a kid-friendly, functional design.

    Need a few directional ideas for designing your modern nursery or kid's room?

    • Choose a classic or modern theme
    • A few different options for color schemes included neutrals, white and black with bright accents, and an all white space
    • Select furnishings that don't shout baby

    The light fixtures you select for the kid's space can make a big impact on the overall design. Below are a few modern table lamps for the kid's room or nursery. The lamps are modern and fun and will easily transition into a more grown up space as the child ages.

    Modern Kid's Table Lamps and Euro Style Lighting

    Lite Source Kito Blue Table Lamp (left), Chrome Stack Set of Two Table Lamps (right)

    * Post Update 10/24/12: Our Chrome Stack Table Lamps has been discontinued.

     Contemporary Kid's Table Lamps and Euro Style Lighting 

    Possini White Flower Acrylic Shade Table Lamp (left), Jonathan Adler Carlyle Slide Table Lamp (right)

    * Post Update 10/24/12: Our Jonathan Adler Carlyle Table Lmap has been discontinued.

    Images: emmas designblogg, Family Living, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy

  • Kitchen and Bath Trends – KBIS 2016 Preview


    Modern bathroom with turquoise tile accent wall featuring a modern sconce from Possini Euro

    With the upcoming KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) mega event in Las Vegas, we thought we’d take a quick look at some of the trends and styles that will be emerging from the show.

    KBIS, the voice of the kitchen and bath industry, has been around for more than 50 years. This year, the show is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 19-21, 2016,

    What’s the first impression of a KBIS tradeshow? It’s really, really big, for one thing. More than 500 manufacturers and brands have exhibit booths, with kitchens and bathrooms each getting their own mega hall.

    On top of this, there are numerous design events, speakers, awards, sessions that highlight new industry products, trends, technologies, you name it. If you are planning on going it's best to have a game plan and stick to it, otherwise you are risking a major case of overwhelm.

    What are some of the trends we think will be on display? Here are 5 to keep an eye on.


    Satin brass transitional wall sconce with a sheer gold fabric shade

    Alecia Wall Sconce from Possini Euro

    For finishes, warm brass tones are still trending. Brass is a lovely look for the bathroom, lending any space a stately, understated feeling.

    The finish plays well with bronzes and can even be paired with brushed steel hardware depending on the color tone. Brass finish bathroom lights run the gamut style-wise, ranging from sleek contemporary designs to traditional and industrial themed pieces.

    Opal Glass

    Ultra modern wall sconce with a textured white panel set at an angle

    Angled Plane LED Wall Sconce

    For the latest modern bath fixtures, white opal glass is clearly on-trend. The glass offers diffuse, flattering light that is perfect for getting ready in the morning for work or preparing for a night out, trust us, no one looks good under the glare of fluorescent lights that still adorn some bathrooms (yikes!)!

    If you like a modern look with a hint of traditional style, look for fixtures that use square-sided glass set against chrome finish wall mounts. For the ulta-mod out there, there are a range of dramatic glass shapes to choose from. 

    Bath light in a satin nickel finish with a faux bamboo etched glass shade

    LED Bath Light with Faux Bamboo Etched Glass

    High-Tech has come to the bath. Techie features such as hands-free faucets and gizmo-heavy toilets are in high demand, and lighting is no exception.

    LEDs for the bath will continue their advance in 2016. Stylish LED bath lighting is a great way to add an upscale, luxe feel to a bathroom with the added benefit of energy efficiency. The long-life of the LED bulbs and built-in arrays means that you won’t be changing bulbs in your new fixtures for years to come.

    Powder Room Lighting

    Modern nickel wall sconce with a white fabric rectangular half shade

    ADA Compliant Wall Sconce with Fabric Shade from George Kovacs

    Many new homes are built with small footprint powder rooms in them and require minimal space,usually just enough room to stash a sink, toilet and a bit of storage.

    Many older homes also are being retrofit to add powder rooms in order to provide a bathroom on a first floor or off a kitchen area. Because the space is so small, single light sconces or small profile ADA wall lights are all the rage.

    When you have such a small footprint to contend with, the last thing you want is a light fixture that projects too far into a room. ADA (short for Americans with Disabilities Act) sets standards for the distance a wall light fixture or sconce can extend from the wall. Because they have a small, minimal profile ADA lights are ideal for use in small spaces like a powder room. 

    Crystal Lighting

    Round modern crystal sconce that resembles pave diamonds

    Metropolitan Magique Crystal Wall Sconce

    Good bathroom design is so much more than putting in some recessed lighting and calling it a day. More and more bathroom designs are featuring spa-like amenities and glamorous touches like crystal lighting.

    To add a luxurious feel to any modern bath, designers are turning to glittering crystal bath lights to add sparkle. Crystal glass elements have been creeping slowly into modern design for some time, but expect to see more use of the dazzlers in the future.

    Image source: Euro Style Lighting

  • Happy New Year 2015!


  • Five Bathroom Vanity Cabinets That Are Not Boring


    Have you ever shopped for bathroom vanity cabinets in a hardware store, only to be disenchanted by their selection of boring, mass-produced junk?

    If you need more space in your washroom, get a vanity cabinet. These two-in-one sink/cabinets can also say a lot about you, and more importantly, your sense of style. So before you settle on a boring cabinet (and stand in that long self-checkout line), check out these five unique bathroom vanity cabinets.

    Five Beautiful Vanity Cabinets: Highest to Lowest Price

    Streamlined wall-mounted modern bathroom vanity cabinet

    This wall-mounted single sink vanity offers a spacious 18”-deep soft-closing storage drawer. Below the drawer is space for towels and wash cloths.

    1. The Sonoma Single Sink Vanity ($1200) is a solid surface bath vanity that looks excellent in a streamlined bathroom. The top surface is made of architecturally-inspired VersaStone, with texture that exposes the natural aggregate stones. The cabinet is sturdy plywood with a laminated iron wood finish. If you hate poorly-designed drawers that slam when you close them, you’ll love the soft-close Blum drawer. Faucets are not included, and some assembly is required.

    Modern bathroom vanity with a burl wood finish

    If you’re a storage nut, this free-standing bathroom vanity cabinet offers three compartments. You’re sure to get comments from guests that wash their face over this solid birch wood cabinet!

    2. This vanity with a golden burl wood finish ($975) is sure to transform any dull bathroom into a work of art. This standard bathroom chest is made of solid birch wood with a golden burl wood veneer. It fits nicely with other traditional-style bathtubs and fixtures, and offers three soft-close drawers for those that like to store bathroom products by category. The sink and faucet are not included.

    White wall-mounted bathroom vanity with brushed nickel hardware

    This single sink floating vanity comes with a matching porcelain vessel sink and a vanity mirror with side cabinets. It takes all the guess-work out of finding matching fixtures and offers a ton of storage space.

    3. Portland's modern single sink vanity set ($999.91) is another wall-mounted modern-style vanity cabinet that is significantly less expensive than the first one on this list. Included in the price is a porcelain vessel sink with a chrome pop-up drain.

    It also comes packaged with a mirror that provides medicine cabinets on either side. The top surface is Italian white Carrara marble, often used in sculptures and high-end building décor. The cabinet itself is solid oak, and includes three pull-out drawers. The only thing that’s not included is a faucet.

    Narrow free-standing vanity with integrated sink and storage shelf

    For tight bathrooms, this vanity is for you. It has pre-drilled holes for any 8” faucet, and adjustable leg levelers for dummy-proof installation.

    4. This 31-inch dark walnut bath vanity ($858.75) from Loft is a stylish, yet simple, way to upgrade your wash room. At less than $900, it’s perfect for budget-shoppers who also don’t want the headache of assembling furniture.

    This free-standing sink vanity is made of solid birch wood with a dark walnut finish, and provides a 21” opening for keeping a nice storage box or mini-chest off the floor.

    The top surface includes an integrated sink well, and is made of vitreous china. This surface also has an enamel coating that repels water and bacteria, and keeps the china looking nice and shiny. The 8” Faucet is not included.

    Glamorous mirrored bathroom vanity cabinet with black granite counter

    This mirrored bathroom vanity looks sophisticated and offers hearty storage

     5. Want to feel like Marie Antoinette (pre-guillotine) when you comb your hair or apply makeup? Make your bathroom into a little slice of Versailles with this mirrored bathroom sink vanity from the Mackenzie Collection ($899.99.)

    At the top is a beveled black granite surface and includes a white porcelain sink. The cabinet is mirrored and looks elegant in a traditionally-themed bathroom.

    What styles of bathroom vanity cabinets do you have your eye on? Does it fit within your budget, and if not, what’s your ideal price range? Drop us a line below and we can probably offer a few solutions right here in the blog.

    Image source: Euro Style Lighting

  • Soumaya Museum in Mexico City


     The exterior of the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City

    Soumaya Museum in Mexico City

    It's not often that the architecture of a museum strongly competes with the artwork inside, but that's the case with Soumaya Museum. Designed by Fernando Romero, the 6-floor museum opened in 1994. It contains over 66,000 artworks from 30 centuries of art.

    Cove lighting accentuates the curves of the interior of the museum

    Interior of Soumaya Museum

    The grandness of the exterior is replicated on the inside. The entrance floor is spacious and beautifully bare, exposing high ceilings and white walls. 

    The all white interior allows the artwork to take center stage

    Entryway art in Soumaya Museum

    Throughout the entire museum, ambient and track lighting is used to maintain the infamous simplicity of the interior. 

    Photography by Cori Magee

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