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  • Home Decor for Summer Fun

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    Summer has officially began and whether you will be able to go on one of those tropical summer vacations or not, you can always let your home decor reflect that summertime fun. The beaches and their tropical waters are a true inspiration to many. Sea-foam green meets the pink-sand beach to create an energetic, but soothing interior. A modern sofa in a soft green is a bold move, but makes a fun statement. Natural wood accessories will always bring balance and sense of nature to any space.  

    A contemporary ceiling fan is a great way to bring that summer time breeze inside your home. Bold colors can be added with the use of accessories, such as pink table lamps, and keep in mind this is something that can easily be changed with the seasons!  Here's a few of our favorite items to bring that summer fun into your home decor. 

    1.Minka Aire Artemis Ceiling Fan - 58" Maple  2.Retro Green Metal 9 1/2-Inch-W Round Wall Clock 3. Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp 4.Altra Wire Frame Antique Brass Round 20-Inch-W Accent Table

    Palm trees...who doesn't love palm trees?! They signify summer beach fun and just look how gorgeous this modern interior looks with a wall to wall painting of palm trees. If you can't keep the plants alive or don't have the necessary sunlight this is an amazing alternative. The modern floor lamp shines bright like the sun in this space keeping it fresh and airy. Rattan chairs and modern graphic pillows are a great way to bring that relaxed vibe into your own home.

    1.Holtkoetter Modern Satin White with Satin Nickel Floor Lamp 2.Fenia Rattan and Chrome Swivel Chairs 3.Second Nature Geo Green and Cream Down Accent Pillow

    Hope you have an amazing summer!  Live free and have some fun in the sun!

    Images: Thesthr, Trust Your BloodThe Design Files

  • Design Spotlight: June 2013

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    Design Spotlight

    Design Spotlight is our regular monthly post covering modern design + lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!

    + We attended Dwell on Design last week, here's our recap of the awesome event. 

    + You've got to see this Photoshop prank at a bus stop. It's not mean, but rather extremely creative. Everyone comes away smiling. 

    + Cool designs and even cooler parenting via this shop on Etsy.

    + Here's some very cool photography that bends reality...  (Fun fact: same designers behind the cool bus stop prank!)

    + For all you avid travelers who love cool design, here's a map where you can scratch off where you've been. It's like a design challenge!

  • From Outfit to Interior: Patterned + Pretty

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    Patterned and Pretty

    Modern Bedroom

    If there's ever a time to go hog wild with pattern it's summertime! When the weather is warm it just feels like you can get away with more, doesn't it? I think so, and so does Ms. Patterned & Pretty. She likes to use repeats to freshen up her home and knows it doesn't have to be in your a you-Grandma's-floral-curtains kind of way!

    Modern Table Lamp

    The bold, graphic base of the Sydney Tango Contemporary Red Table Lamp gives a fun punch of color and pattern to this piece. Our Ms. loves the raised texture and thinks it looks great on an end table in her living room.

    Who says the lighting fixture in your bedroom has to be conventional?! The Corbett Bangle Gold Tone Pendant is flat out radiant with its golden base and silver accents, and that circular pattern is both pretty and modern.

    Modern Wall Light

    The Holtkoetter Antique Brass Swing Arm Light is perfect for offering some illumination for bedtime reading, one of our lady's beloved pastimes. She has one affixed near each side of the bed, so pretty with its matching shade!


    And no bed setting is complete without a prettily patterned pillow that does double duty as decorative and snuggly.  Ruffled Orange Lumbar Pillow is a whopping 24-inches wide and goes with Ms. Patterned & Pretty's mess of other colorful throws.

    Modern Floor Lamp

    The finish on the Hammered Silver Leaf with Cylinder Shade Table Lamp is a lovely textured pattern all its own. Partnered with its oversized shade this beauty of a piece is right at home and making a statement on a desk or console.


    A floor lamp like the Portico Modern Laser Cut Shade Floor Lamp not only offers a sweet and sleek pattern, it also offers extra light shining through all those perforations. Ms. Patterned & Pretty tucks hers away in a dark corner for some extra interest and illumination.

    Modern Bath Light

    The clean, art deco lines and simply pretty design of the Brushed Nickel with Etched White Glass Wall Light Brushed Nickel with Etched White Glass Wall Light is gorgeous. It gives our lady's bathroom vanity a super soft light all while showing off her fun-loving side.

    Images: Net-a-Porter, SF Girl by Bay

  • Get the Look: Stylish Outdoor Lighting

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    Stylish Outdoor Lighting

    With the arrival of Summer everyone is enjoying more days and nights outdoors. As the weather grows warmer, we’ll be spending the majority of our nights outdoors for casual dinners at home, cocktails parties on the deck or summertime soirees surrounded by friends and family.

    When designing outdoor spaces don’t forget the detail of outdoor lighting. This can extend your time into the evening hours. You wouldn’t want the party to end because you can’t see the person across the table from you.

    I’ve put together a round up of my favorites outdoor lanterns that can work in almost any home.

    Outdoor Lanterns

    1. Franklin Iron Works Iron 17-Inch-H Outdoor Hanging Light 2. Milo Brass 15 1/2-Inch-H Robert Abbey Outdoor Pendant 3. Casa Mirada 19 3/4-Inch-H Franklin Iron Works Outdoor Light 4. Milo Patina Nickel 20-Inch-H Robert Abbey Outdoor Wall Light 5. Hickory Point 17 3/4" High Hanging Outdoor LED Light 6. Oasis Bronze 20 1/2-inch-H Quoizel Hanging Outdoor Light

    Images: Domino Magazine, Brabourne FarmStyle Me Pretty, Stephanie Hogue

  • Design Matters: Recounting Dwell on Design 2013

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    Dwell on Design 2013

    After a weekend full of exhibition booths, parties and presentations from the 2013 Dwell on Design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, it's clear that we're entering a golden era for design. Recent advances in consumer technology, couple with materials and production innovation of the last century, have transformed design from a consumptive to an active process. In fact, anyone who has ever opened a computer and manipulated a font has engaged in an act of design. And in that respect, as people look increasingly to solve more problems than they make through innovative and creative thinking, there's one thing that's clear: design matters.

    With that in mind, here are a few takeaways from the 2013 Dwell on Design event:

    1. Design is Democratic

    2013 Dwell on Design

    During his Friday presentation of product design, Donald Strum, principal of product design for Michael Graves Design Group, said it best: "Design is democratic." He went on to illustrate that principles of good design--functionality, sustainability, durability, beauty--are being applied at the retail level across the country. Exhibitors and presenters throughout the event seemed to embody these fundamental principles.

    2. Design is Interactive 

    Homeless Shelter Kits

    Artist Tanya Aguiniga, in conjunction with the United Way, PATH and Dwell, offered show-goers the chance to help assemble homeless shelter move-in kits (containing tables, chairs, textiles and art) on the spot (pictured above). Meanwhile, the fair's first-ever Pinterest showcase featured ten winning mood board creations. We're at an unprecedented moment in history in which more people than ever have both the tools and the time to create.

    3. Design is Colorful

    Colorful Chairs and Murals

    Bold color is the name of the game. A live mural painting project and handfuls of colored chairs seemingly everywhere were among the many dramatic pops of color throughout the event.

    4. Design is Reclaimed

    Living Home Showhouse 2013

    From the reclaimed wood siding on the Living Home showhouse to the recycled plastic modern chairs from Emeco, design has clearly moved from "sustainable" as an abstraction to sustainable as action. At Dwell on Design, there was a stronger focus than ever on how design could have a net zero impact on resources, from waste to energy consumption. 

    What's most exciting about the 2013 Dwell on Design event is that this overarching concept of design morality--using design to increase social well being while reducing environmental impact--is clearly being embraced across the board by the design community.

    Lastly, on our way out, we caught up with Koncept Lighting to get a sneak peek of their next innovation in LED lighting, a yet-to-be-named wood and metal task light that's beautifully elegant in and should be available in late 2013. We snapped a few photos, but we're keeping those to ourselves until they hit the store shelves.

    Images: Euro Style Lighting, Los Angeles Times

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