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  • Stylish Family Outdoor Living

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    Outdoor Living

    Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, so has the ritual of spending hours upon hours outside. In fact, families today don’t just go outdoors to play, they create stylish outdoor living.

    Backyard Movie

    I love the concept of outdoor living (especially since its only 3 three short months for me). Things like eating meals, cozying up on a couch with a good book and even watching a movie outside are family favorites.

    Tepee

    Creating a space to have these memorable and relaxing outdoor moments is fun. I love the bohemian look pictured above. There is cozy seating for adults which blends naturally and beautifully with the tepee for kids to hide out in (talk about fun).

    Modern Outdoors

    If you are looking to create some ambiance or spruce up your outdoor dining space why not add modern lighting? You can always use outdoor lights but using lights intended for inside adds an unexpected element and makes the space all the more special.

    Kids Outdoors

    Don’t forget to add seating for the little ones.  Although there are many options for great outdoor furniture these days, using regular play chairs (pictured above) is charming. Little ones love anything that comes in their size.

    So grab a few things from inside to take outside, add some lighting and cozy seating, get the grill going and have a happy and stylish summer!

    Images:  Prudent Baby, Richard Powers, A Beautiful Mess, Stacey Brandford, A Beautiful Mess

  • Decorating with Yellow in Your Modern Kitchen

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    Yellow Kitchen

    A trend that I’ve been seeing on Pinterest lately is splashes of yellow used in modern kitchens. I’m loving this look for a few reasons. The first being that it creates a fresh space that is unpredictable. I also love how bright it makes a kitchen look. I’m all about sunshine filled kitchens and this is the perfect backdrop to create that.

    Above we see that the owner used yellow just on the bottom cabinets. The great thing about this look is that it’s easily changeable. When you get tired of the yellow, just paint it another color.

    Modern Kitchen

    This look is a lot more dramatic. The yellow covers the entire wall which creates a more concrete decision. I love how the yellow looks next to the natural wood and black tones. The large white hardware on the yellow cabinets is a fun and unexpected touch.

    Kitchen Design

    If you are not really into painting cabinets a bright color, try adding pops of yellow in accessories. Above they have used yellow in a small vase and a small plate. It’s not over powering and allows you to use a lot of other colors, if need be.

    Colorful Kitchen

    This last look is a real wow look! Even when paired with other primary colors, the yellow continues to pop out. As long as you mix wood tones and neutral colors with your bright poppy choices, you will never overwhelm a space. Have fun and think outside of the box!

    Images: Skarp, Design Hunter, Poppy Talk, Real Living

  • Modern Décor for Dads

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    Modern Decor

    Let's face it, Dads can be hard to shop for. Here's what you need to do... Figure out what kind of Dad he is. What does he like to do? What type of personality does he have?

    Still not sure? Here are some ideas...

    MAD MEN

    Does your Dad have retro style? Well, every Dad needs a cool lounge chair so why not snag one that's got some retro flair a-la Mad Men.

    Modern Lounge Chair

    Samantha Woven Threaded 38-Inch-H Armchair

    SMARTY PANTS

    Is he the studious type or does he just love hanging out in his home office? Then get him a cool desk lamp!

    Modern Home Office

    Modern Desk Lamp

    Astro Brushed Chrome Robert Abbey Desk Lamp

    OUTDOORS

    Does he love working in the yard or at least hanging out in a well-groomed landscape? Light his way with some awesome outdoor landscape lighting!

    Modern Landscape

    Modern Landscape Lighting

    Cast Brass Bella 24 3/4" High Bronze Path Light

    HOT BLOODED

    Ok, we don't really mean to ask if he has a bad temper. But does he like cooling off in style during the Summer months? Well then, what better to get him than a modern ceiling fan?!

    Modern Patio

    Modern Ceiling Fan

    Minka Aire Gyro Brushed Nickel Wet Locations Ceiling Fan

    ENTERTAINER

    Does your Dad like to entertain his buddies? Whether it's a family event or a sports game, if your Dad likes to socialize then barstools are the way to go.

    Modern Home Bar 

    Modern Barstool

    Fly Brown Chrome Adjustable Zuo Modern Counter Stool

    Hope this helps. Now, get shopping, Father's Day is fast approaching!

    Images: Yatzer, This is Luster, HouzzHouzz, Dwell

  • Design Spotlight: May 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!

    Vivid Sydney is an annual 18-day festival of light, music, and ideas that transforms Sydney’s landmarks into a spectacular canvas of light. 

    A museum housing sixteenth century Tudor warship the Mary Rose opened this week in an elliptical timber-clad building designed by London office Wilkinson Eyre Architects. 

    We can't tell if the work by Eric Landon and Karin Blach is pottery or art. Or both. Tortus Copenhagen is a small Danish pottery studio. 

    This is too cool, it's like a wallpaper and prism marriage. Prisms are used to reflect the outside scenery onto the opposing wall!

    If you need help shopping certain styles then you've come to the right place! We're always creating new style sheets to shop from.

    Image: KNSTRCT

  • Get the Look: Bedside Table Lamps

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    Bedside Table Lamps

    It's easy to brighten up your bedroom with a fresh new bedside table lamp. Whether you want modern bedside table lamps or traditional table lamps, the following suggestions will help you find a light to fit your style and add the right amount of light to your space.

    Remember, the lamp should be pretty enough for your private sanctuary.

    Modern Desk Lamp

    Alvin Polished Nickel Adjustable Robert Abbey Desk Lamp

    Modern Table Lamp

    Mersenne Crystal Globe Table Lamp

    Table Lamp

    Turquoise Double Gourd Table Lamp

    Here are a few tips when purchasing a new bedside table lamps:

    1. Height: The right size lamp depends on the height of your nightstand. It's said that a bedside table lamp shouldn't be taller than 30" or else your eye will get a glare from the light bulb - no one wants that when they are reading at night.

    2. Positioning: Place the lamp close to the wall. That way you can place other essentials on your nightstand as well.

    3. Shade Sizing: Be sure to keep the shade small - you don't want to bang your head. I recommend fabric shades in a bedroom because they are soft and add warmth to a room.

    I hope that you find your ideal bedside table lamp!

    Images: Jordi Canosa, Lonny Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Lonny Magazine

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