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  • Work Hard, Rest Easy

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    This Labor Day we salute the hard worker in all of us. So relax, have fun, and remember... no wearing white after today.

    Image: Ephemera Assemblyman

  • Minimal Design in Modern Office Spaces

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    Minimal Design

    One space that we spend most of our time in, besides our bedroom, is our office space. Whether you work from home or in an actual office, you are spending a minimum of 6 hours in there. That’s a long time to be in one space! For some, the right ambiance isn’t a huge need. But for the rest, it plays a big factor with how one works and functions.

    I know for me, less is more in my office. If it’s filled with clutter, I can’t think or work effectively. That is what inspired me when writing this post. We see in the above image that the owners do not require a lot of stuff. They have a simple desk, office chair, a few chairs for visitors, file cabinet, lighting and of course those giant, amazing windows. That’s all they need in life and I’m pretty sure that’s all I would need if I worked in that space!

    Modern Office Design

    Erin from Apartment 34 has created a light and airy office space with pops of gold and red. This space doesn’t feel abrasive. It seems like it would be an easy task to work hard and get things accomplished in this office.

    Black and White Decor

    Here is another white washed office with accents of wood and metals. I think we are seeing a major trend here with all of the white. It’s like you are working in a blank slate to create and work.

    Chalk Wall

    In this office, we see simple white boxes used for storage. The boxes seamlessly disappear in this neutral, white space. I also love the idea of using a chalkboard to write down list and to do’s, instead of having lots of paper lying around.

    What is your opinion on this minimalist look for an office? Do you dig it?

    Images: Trendenser, Apartment 34, Lotta Agaton, A Merry Mishap

  • PreFab: Montana Ranch Style

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    Pre-fab home

    Pre-fab is often thought of as modern and in modern locations such as Malibu, but not often associated with great Western landscapes, ranch-style. Well, this family did it with the help of some great designers and architects.

    Jeanne and Paul Moseley’s pre-fab house opens wide to the great Western landscape of Ruby Valley and five surrounding mountain ranges in Montana. Like any ranch-dwelling family, they camp and fish on a regular basis. 

    “We love this valley and wanted a place that would be playful, with great flow, but in no way fancy,” says Jeanne.

    Modern Deck Design

    The home boasts almost 2,400 square feet of deck, which is obviously used for things like bathing and no doubt lots of entertaining. They added industrial wheels to everything, from sofas to the steel bathtub.

    Modern Kitchen

    The living room’s “sun visor” is not fixed but dynamic. Its slatted wood screen was fitted with a system of exposed tractor parts and hydraulic cylinders from a Caterpillar excavator, which lets it be raised from a vertical mode to a horizontal canopy to temper the sun’s rays.

    Because of the property’s remoteness, transporting construction crews and materials to the site day after day would have taken a heavy financial, not to mention environmental, toll. So the Moseleys chose this awesome prefab approach. We think they did a pretty awesome job!

    Where's your dream home location??

    Images: Sunset

  • Color Crush: Plum

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    Modern Living Room

    One of my favorite colors for Fall is plum. It’s so rich and warm and royal. Also, it’s one of the only more feminine color that guys tend to be ok with too! So good news ladies! I love watching interior design television shows when they use a little plum in the space because you’ll notice two things. It’s pretty easy to match with other plums and a little goes a long way! So more good news, you don’t need to re-do your whole space to make it new. Just introduce a little plum here and there and you’ll have a brand new (to you) room in no time!

    This room above is a great example of how just a little bit of pretty plum can make the space pop. Plum goes great with gray. Just so you know. 

    Home Decor

    Swanky Gray - Satin Purple Ovo Lamp with Color Finial, Ashbury 42" High Royal Purple Wall Mirror, Brunetta Purple Modern 19 1/2-Inch-H Accent Table

    I am really loving these little plum accents. The lamp is a great gray color with the super plum shade. I love how shiny and pretty the shade is. It adds some texture to the lamp and the room without adding too much.

    The mirror is amazing. I really, really want that mirror. I love the shape. That Victorian era shape to the mirror without all the frilly flowers and naked baby angels that we can all do without. It’s fantastic! The color would really pop on the wall next to some of your favorite art too.

    And the accent table is exactly that. A great accent of color to the room. It’s the perfect size to hold a few favorite knick-knacks or some coasters for guests to use for their drinks. I love the minimal style of the table. It adds color and style without taking away from anything else in the room.

    Awesome, right?

    Image: Lush Home

  • Paint Color Ideas: Adding Charcoal To Your Modern Kitchen

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    Paint Color Ideas

    With Fall here I’m craving darker hues in my wardrobe and interiors. I've been thinking about different paint color ideas... Enter my addiction to charcoal gray kitchens.

    Charcoal gray may be a neutral, but it's also a statement. I’ve been lusting after them for quite some time. I think adding a pop of charcoal to your cabinets, walls or backsplash makes for quite a statement in a modern kitchen.

    Not in the market to do a major remodel? Don’t worry, there are ways you can add a pop of charcoal to your own kitchen without breaking the bank. Add in gray furniture – barstools, chairs in your nook or even lighting. It’s an easy way to update your home for fall and winter.

    Gray Kitchen Design

    Are you in the mood to do some updating around your house this fall? Tell us what you’re in the mood to do!


    If you have any kitchen design questions or want a post centered on a certain kitchen style please don’t hesitate to ask. We want to know what you want to see around here. Just leave a comment below!

    Home Furnishings

    1. Troy Toledo Silver 14 3/4-Inch-H Small Outdoor Wall Light 2. Marius Antique Black Metal Set of 2 Zuo Counter Chairs 3. Zuo Modern Charcoal Gray 28 3/4-Inch-W Armchair 4. Troy Troy Toledo Silver 14 3/4-InchChessa Gray Fabric 18 1/2-Inch-W Set of 4 Side ChairsH Small Outdoor Wall Light

    Images: Apartment Therapy, Archtectural Digest, Marie Claire Maison, Elle Déco

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