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  • Loft Lighting: Stylish Lighting for Urban Living

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    Close to ceiling light fixtures

    Lighting is one of the most important stages in any design project. Different designers approach it in their own way, but it should be considered toward the beginning of the project. If you are making selections for your own home, first try to think about how much light you will need. After evaluating your lighting needs, then you are able to decide how many fixtures you will want, the scale and what style you prefer. You want the lights to be effective, look good, but you also want them to coordinate with the rest of your decor.

    Flush pendant lighting

    Left: George Kovacs Copper Bronze Ceiling Light 

    Right: Holtkoetter Old Bronze White Halogen Ceiling Light Fixture

    When it comes to loft living, which is quickly gaining in popularity, lighting is very important. Lofts are typically designed with a modern aesthetic, which means minimal furniture and the less furnishings you have, the more important each item becomes. Typically lofts have lots of big windows and natural light, but the functionality of light fixtures are still important. The gorgeous loft pictured above demonstrates a warehouse-style approach to their lighting solutions. The fixtures are installed in a grid pattern, however the fixtures themselves are modern flush pendants rather than track lighting. The scale of a fixture is also very important. Considering the large wood beams and open space in this loft, the fixtures could not be too small.

    Floor lamps

    This white and gray loft features light fixtures that contribute to the clean decor without distracting from it. This lighting design also demonstrates a fun alternative to ceiling fixtures such as chandeliers and pendants.

    Wall lights

    Left:  Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Chrome LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp

    Right: Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Nickel LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp

    The task-style wall lights are a very cool way to light the dining area since the ceiling is so high, which is often the case in lofts.

      

    Floor lamps with shade

    Left: Nova Arcing Linen Shade Floor Lamp, Right: Kichler Cantilever Brushed Nickel Finish Floor Lamp

    The floor lamp has a long reaching arm to cover all of the seating area as an alternative to hanging a ceiling fixture. From a design perspective, it's perfectly acceptable to hang chandeliers or pendants from high ceilings, but there are other cool options as seen here.

    Pendant lighting

    This wide open space doesn't include a lot of lighting, but the fixtures that were selected provide a little color contrast to the rest of the space while pairing perfectly with the dining table. Forget having an issue with high ceilings at an angle, it's no problem here. This lighting design is perfect in both function and style.

    Pendant lights

    Left: Bangle Collection Pendant Chandelier, Right: Jamie Young St Charles Amber Glass Pendant Chandelier

    Whether you're designing a new space or just changing out the lighting in your home, be sure to make it a priority. Don't forget to consider function and scale first and then move on to style. Even though we all know selecting the prettiest fixture is always the most fun part!

    Images: Smilay Properties, TrendlandDesire to Inspire, Eurostyle Lighting

  • Beverly West Residences: Contemporary Urban Living At Its Best

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    Beverly West Residences and Los Angeles Condos

    Perched above the Los Angeles Country Club at a prime location along the Wilshire corridor, Beverly West Residences is contemporary urban living at its best! A new twenty-one-story contemporary condo tower finished with elegant materials, detailing and modern forms, Beverly West Residences is ideal for urban, affluent individuals and couples looking for the utmost in luxury living. (Without all the hassle that comes with a single-family residence.)

    Lobby area at Beverly West Residences

    Upon entering the building from the valet-serviced motor court, the lobby’s soaring walls invite residents and guests to view an impressive collection of regional fine art. After ascending the private, dedicated elevator to your floor, you enter a wood-paneled foyer, which leads directly into an expansive great room with spectacular views.

    Great room with expansive views

    Designed by Irvine-based Robert Hidey Architects, this condo is one of thirty, 4,000-square-foot custom residences in the building. On the upper floors there are five levels of full-floor penthouse living, at up to 8,200 square feet each.

    Gorgeous powder room at Beverly West

    Beverly West gourmet contemporary kitchen

    Wood gallery walls, limestone floors, slab-marble baths, wall forms defined by cove lighting, contemporary light fixtures, and floor-to-ceiling glass define the character of this contemporary interior design. A gourmet kitchen features a high-gloss cabinetry system accented by a monolithic stone island and countertops.

    Contemporary bathroom with expansive views

    Beverly West master bedroom

    The 375-square-foot master bathroom boasts gorgeous marble walls and granite countertops, a free standing bathtub, steam shower, waterfall countertops, European mounted lavatories, and a capacious walk-in closet.

    In addition to developing floor plans and interior architecture for all unit types in the building, Robert Hidey Architects designed rich amenities for all of the tower’s public spaces, including an exercise gym, conference center, and large suites, which are available to owners who need a remote home office or guest room. 

    Images: Michael Arden Photography, Beverly West Residences

  • Portland, You're so 1890's.

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    Olympic Provisions restaurant design brick wall

    As I'm walking around Portland this past weekend I'm asking myself..."Are you really so 1890's?" Whether the 1890's are a fad or lifestyle, I think there are some amazing things that going back to your roots can bring to this modern world. And that's about when I saw the sign Hammer & Hand and had to inquire within. Bright designlab has collaborated with Hammer & Hand to create this amazing retail space and design studio.

    Industrial Building Modern Kitchen Hammer & Hands design studio

    Hammer & Hand is a Portland based design build firm that is very 1890's in their name and their philosophy, but very modern in their aesthetic. They have partnered with the interior design firm bright designlab on many projects including the creation of a modern custom cabinetry line called Imbue, that is on display in their Pearl District showroom. The fine craftsmanship and artistry is evident in every detail.

    Industrial Building Modern Kitchen Hammer & Hands design studio

    The gorgeous exposed architectural elements and reclaimed flooring contrast so perfectly with the modern metal pendant lighting and furniture in the studio. It's these layers of materials, details, and craft that create timeless design.  

    Industrial Building Modern Kitchen Hammer & Hands design studio

    You walk in and you feel at home. You want to stay and play and create. It feels very hands on inside this space and the work created in this lab is gorgeous!

    French modern restaurant and exposed brick reclaimed wood yellow cafe chairs

    The team paired up to create the quaint Nuvrei Patisserie next door. It's a true charmer! Something about it dragged me off the street and made me walk inside. I noticed the brightly colored cafe chairs, then the marble tabletops and beautiful table bases, mixed with the reclaimed wood, iron and glass, exposed brick and beams, and when I saw that yellow string on those lights....I thought to myself I have to go in and see!  

     French modern restaurant

    Modern seating, such as the bright colored chairs, make such a statement against all the natural elements.

    French modern restaurant and exposed brick

    So very 1890's mixed with something that is so very today! I like what the 1890's brings: integrity, fine artistry, and craftsmanship. Things that will stand the test of time and that is what sustainability is all about! Portland, thanks for bringing the 1890's back!

    Images: Olympic Provisions,  bright designlab

  • Spectacular Architecture and Design via Venice Beach, California

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    Modern home with pool

    Regardless of which coast or state, beach towns are most notable for their laid-back character and the rejuvenating time we spend there. It's somewhere we like to escape for an hour, a day or a weekend while we calmly listen to the ocean, maybe do some boutique shopping or have a casual picnic. Venice, California is no different, but in addition to its easy going style you can also find amazing modern architecture and design.

    Modern interior design with concrete floors

    Modern built-in furniture

    The Vienna Way residence (top three images) was designed by Marmol Radziner Archtecure. This clean-lined structure sits on a narrow piece of land in Venice, California which is why it was designed to use vertical space as well as the length of the lot. Floor-to-ceiling windows beautifully connect the landscape to the interiors as well as the different sections of the home. The single layer structure is a large room consisting of the entry, formal living and dining, while the double layer structure houses the family room, office and bedrooms. The kitchen is the connector and is distinguished from the rest of the house by sitting a bit lower and framed by a bronze box while the materials for the rest of the house are glass and charcoal gray plaster. To serve as a beautiful contrast, the doors are framed in a honey-tone wood. This house is stunning in every way, inside and out.

    Modern home with loft-style design

    Open kitchen, dining and living room

    Open kitchen with patio access

    The Broadway Residences include four loft-style homes developed by Stephen Vitalich Architects. They were each designed with an open floor plan to give them a loft-style feel. There's a double height living room with a super cool open kitchen/dining room. The interiors of this residence are furnished with lots of personality, including multicolor Mid-Century style dining chairs. The kitchen features simple yet elegant pendant lighting while seamlessly opening up to a patio area. The wood paneling around the entire exterior creates a warm and inviting structure.

    Modern architecture in Venice, CA

    Open kitchen with patio access

    Ceiling-high windows

    This sculptural style home almost seems like an art piece rather than a residence. Designed by Architect Daly Genik, this home was designed to block out the noise from the surrounding neighborhood while maximizing the amount of light and space. Minimal furnishings paired with ceiling-high windows create a very open and relaxing environment. Although minimal, the modern furniture makes a bold statement with clean lines and adventurous colors. The breakfast nook features fun over-sized pendant lighting and opens up to the outdoor patio for lots of natural light. 

    If you love modern design but have never thought you'd find it at the beach, then you should definitely take a trip to Venice, California. Who knows how many other homes you'll find just as awesome as these three...

    Images: 1 Kind Design, Decor DIR, Daily Home Design 

  • Urban Gardens: Designed for the City

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    Rooftop Garden Terrace Planters

    Spring has sprung and for some of you so has your green thumb! For many urban planners, rooftop gardens are a high priority. Not only for their decorative impact, but for their environmental impact as well. Roof gardens can reduce the overall heat absorption of the builiding drastically which in turn could reduce smog and energy consumption. They are also beautiful places to relax and escape from the daily chaos. Like your own little oasis perched high above the city. Even if it's not the rooftop, many condos and apartments in urban settings are creating gorgeous backyard gardens so you don't feel like you're missing out on the green. Here's a few of my favorite rooftop and urban gardens.

    Rooftop Garden with brick wall, green roof and bamboo

    This one is truly picture perfect and I can just hear the water running. The bamboo against the exposed brick wall keeps the urban element alive. 

    Vertical Green Wall with built in benches and firepit

    So lush and so green. The vertical green wall really wraps around you to seclude you and leaves the sky open for you.  I would definitely be gazing at the stars as I lie on those soft cushions and feel the warmth of the outdoor firepit.

    Vertical Green Wall large plantars with trees modern outdoor furniture

    The vertical green wall layered with the large potted trees is a great play on scale. The low outdoor seating make this a perfect place to relax with your friends and family.

    Built-in Planters Modern wood outdoor furniture rooftop garden

    This is the garden for the one with the green thumb. The built-in planters do a great job of dividing this large rooftop into smaller, more intimate sections.

    Built In Rooftop Garden with Integrated Seating and Plush Cushions Wood decking

    Modern Rooftop Garden with Concrete Plantars and wood benches

    The wood benches built into the perimeter planters make these rooftops very cozy and the gardening very accessible. I can just imagine the aromas of the fresh herbs and flowers. I'm ready for the rooftop garden parties to begin!

    Modern Outdoor Lamp Outdoor Daybed Outdoor Dining Chairs Concrete Slate Ottoman, Souzani Outdoor Rugh

    Here's a few great pieces to start furnishing your urban garden with. The natural colors of this palette will really contrast nicely with the bold greens, bright flowers, and natural woods.  

    1. Outdoor Floor Lamp  2. Outdoor Daybed  3. Zuo Delight Outdoor Dining Chair  4. Slate Fiberclay Ottoman  5. Souzani Circles Outdoor Rug 

    Images: Home-Designing, Curbed, Urban Style Vibes,  Better Homes and GardensRemodelista

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