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  • Color Crush: Black

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    Modern Living Room

    Black is definitely one of those colors I tend not to use in my home. It can very easily and quickly darken up and take over a space. But when it is done right and used in the right accessories for your home, it can be a real triumph! What do you think? Would you ever give black a try?

    This room above has some pretty amazing black pieces that really bring the whole space together. Of course, the abundance of white helps to neutralize such a dark color like black. Even though there is quite a bit of white in the room, it kind of acts as a canvas to make the black accessories really pop and give the room more depth. I especially love that big black six. I want it!

    Home Decor

    Robert Abbey Bruno Bronze Scissor Arm Pharmacy Wall Light, Laine Faux Leather 29 1/2-Inch-H Dining Chairs, Uno Black Elephant 18" Square Down Throw Pillow

    Here are just a few black pieces I think would look stellar in most spaces.

    This accordion light is incredible isn’t it? It would add a bit of old school quirk to any room. I think it would look fantastic as a bedside light or a reading nook light. I love it!

    And the dining chairs are amazing. I love the look of the black seats with the super dark wood. So pretty! And of course their modern mid century look is a definite bonus.

    The elephant pillow is one of those great pillows that would make a statement whether it is front and center on your sofa or hanging out on your kid’s bed. I love the graphic design of the elephant too. Really cool.

    Image: Inthralled

  • Modern Style on a Houseboat

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    Modern Style

    No one said modern design had to be limited to homes on land. You can find modern style on a houseboat too!

    It seems like the perfect place to be during the warmer months is on the water. So, why not live there?! Whether vacationing or long-term living, houseboats are pretty cool. That being said, as modern lovers, we hadn't seen a lot of cool design when it comes to floating homes. Here's one of our favorites. Her name is Jolie and she's from Holland.

    Modern Living Room

    So, how do you design the interior of a modern houseboat? The same way you would any modern home... Simple, minimal and functional. This houseboat has plenty of open space and is designed for functional living.

    Try some of these floor lamp styles to get the look above, whether you live on a houseboat or on land.

    Modern Floor Lamps

    1. Robert Abbey Rico Espinet Miles Adjustable Boom Floor Lamp 2. Bloomfield Satin Steel Contemporary Floor Lamp 3. Kenroy Reeler White Shade Modern Balance Arm Floor Lamp 4. Adjustable White Robert Abbey Boom Floor Lamp 5. Jumbo Architect Satin Steel Floor Lamp

    Modern Kitchen

    Like any modern kitchen, this design features clean lines and simple white finishes to look larger. There's just enough contrast with some warm wood finishes. We couldn't love it more.

    Kids Room

    This is one lucky kid, he gets to live on a houseboat and have a super cool, stylish room.

    Do your Summer plans include any houseboats?

    Images: Waterloft

  • Cool + Collected 1.15

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    Modern Architecture

    +Ever wonder what an architectural pin-head would look like? Well, the architecture team BIG from Denmark have completed a concept design in Phoenix that is fascinating.

    +Please believe us when we say, you do not want to miss the amazing photography by the National Geographic photo contest winners! They will blow your mind. 

    +Hey HGTV fans, Emily Henderson (winner of Design Star a few seasons back) talks about how much the show did for her over on The Everygirl.

    +Check out the smallest coffee house ever (that we know of). Not only is the size pretty amazing, the brand design is also worth noticing. You would definitely feel cooler with a cup of jo from La Distributrice, but you'll have to go to Montreal.

    +If you're planning a wedding, then you'll want to grab a copy of the new book from the ladies over at Bash, Please. They've planned some beautiful, yet modern weddings and have lots of ideas that you never would have thought of.

    Image: Architect Magazine

  • Small Home + Modern Architecture

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    Modern Architecture

    A client wanted peace, freedom, and nature so Sven Matt Architects made that happen with this small modern home in Austria. The budget was tight, but that didn't mean there was a compromise on function or aesthetic. It just means smarter design and that's exactly what Sven Matt was able to do.

    Modern Kitchen

    There was a focus on the essentials... The large living space, two small bedrooms and entrance are organised around a central core containing the bathroom and technical installations. The thick walls house the kitchen and living room storage which creates a completely built-in look.

    Modern Living Room

    The living room has an open floor plan with minimal furniture and a view like no other. The concrete floors, wood-clad walls and ceilings provide a peaceful yet cozy feeling.

    Modern Window Wall

    The repetition of materials throughout the space make it appear larger and very zen like. Using modern chairs in the same tone as the walls allows the form of the pieces to stand out and integrates perfectly with the architecture.

    Modern Chair

    Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs 

    Modern Bedroom

    Built-in furniture becomes part of the modern architecture and helps to not waste an inch of space. In this room, you could also opt for modern wall lamps instead of table lamps so the nightstand becomes more available.

     Modern Wall Lamp

    House of Troy Generation Black LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp

    Modern Desk

    The built-in modern desk is very streamlined, providing the resident with a very generous work surface. We all know that a generous modern desk and open space are the keys to productivity!

    And aren't we all trying to be more productive in this new year?!

    Images: Sven Matt

  • Style Trend: Pendant Lights

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    Modern Pendant Lights

    Please join us in welcoming Liz Stanley from Say Yes to Hobeken as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Liz....

    I absolutely love pendant lights. They area a fantastic way to add lighting and character to a space without taking up any of your table space or your square footage. I am currently in the market for some great modern pendant lights for a corner in my living room as well as a few to go over my dining room table and I am loving these options.

    Pendant Light

    Olde Bronze Mini Pendant Light

    I love this bronze pendant. It looks like the perfect mixture of modern, antique, and industrial. It would look amazing in pretty much any space.

    Pendant ChandelierSt Charles Jamie Young Pendant Chandelier

    This amber glass pendant looks so chic doesn't it? The color is beautiful and the shape is just killing me!

    Mini Pendant Marcel Metallic Mini Pendant

    I am in love with this light. It looks so fancy and fine but without being pretencious. The brass is of course amazing, and the hammered look gives it some texture.

    Geometric Pendant

    Tetra Tiffany Style Pendant

    Going right along with the beloved geometric trend, this light is perfect! The bold white and black pattern and the faceted texture are enough to make a statement but not take over the space.

    Image: Redmodelista

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