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Possini Euro Design ZuriChrome Mini Pendant
"I love the sleek and soothing feelof this pendant."
- Trina McNeilly, La La Lovely
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Conceptual architecture to catch your eye
While sometimes architecture can be beautiful, it never quite looks like this. That doesn't mean Ukrainian designer Roman Vlasov didn't have fun designing these conceptual pieces.
Open up your imagination and enjoy this visionary, architectural design.
Conceptual home design
Don't forget the pool1 This cool design incorporates a pool overlooking breathtaking views.
Striking conceptual architecture in white
You might be wondering what to do with this (besides stare)...? Well, apply it to your home without having to actually design and build conceptual-level architecture.
Simply incorporate architectural designs within your home, such as stylish fountains, striking pendant lighting, or even streamlined ceiling fans. Here's some ideas below:
1. Turbina Ceiling Fan 2. Chrome Mini Pendant 3. White Table Fountain
All images from Inspiration Grid
Off the grid never looked so good.
If you live in any large city, chances are you've dreamt of living completely disconnected. If you're like me, you've wondered what that would look like and often times it doesn't look great. So what to do if you want to live off the grid, but still appreciate good design?
Outdoor dining in a modern cabin.
The outdoor dining space is where I would spend all of my time, even in the cold. There's a beautiful fireplace to help stay warm in the cooler months and you can include a big ceiling fan for the warmer months.
Modern living room with concrete floors.
The place is built to cool the house when needed and hold onto heat when it's cold. It can go up to 3 days without using energy in the Winter! It also has it's own water supply and electrical.
In addition to efficiency of the home, they didn't skimp on style. Neutral furnishings complement the beautiful views of the landscape seen through all the windows.
All images from Dwell
Minimal closet style.
While necessity usually dictates the type of closet we need, there are some modern closet solutions available to make your closet stylish and functional.
This minimal style above may be not be enough for your entire closet, but it's a fun idea for extra hanging space separate from the official closet. Hang your most stylish pieces on display...
Modern furniture in a closet space.
You might be one of the unlucky renters who live in an apartment without a closet.
In that case, seize the opportunity to choose a modern cabinet to act as a freestanding closet. Don't forget, a simple modern chair can go a long way, whether for putting on shoes, or tossing that jacket you're too tired to hang.
Small walk-in closet style.
This space combines the two ideas above. Of course, this closet means the owner has a bit more space, but notice the benefits of mixing up storage style.
Open shelving or hanging space, combined with drawers or doors, are winning closet solutions in a modern closet.
Images from Riazzoli, Casa del Caso, My Domaine
Be unpredictable with your kitchen design.
Sure, we've seen art in the bathroom, dining room and every other room that's more predictable like the entryway, but we don't often use art in the kitchen... The kitchen is typically void of extra design elements like art and sculpture because it's such a functional space.
Well, you can have style AND function... Here's some cool ideas. Starting with this cool kitchen above. The art is subtle, but pops agains that wood finish beautifully. The white pendant lighting is also a great pop of style.
Shelving in a modern kitchen.
Shelving in the kitchen can be for more than just plates, pots and pans.
The modern kitchen above keeps all the function behind cabinet doors and saves the open shelving for books and art. I love it. Modern swivel bar stools would be a great option in an open kitchen plan like this one.
Sculpture art in the kitchen.
Don't limit yourself to books and canvas art, try some modern sculpture in the kitchen as well.
As long as it doesn't interrupt the function of your kitchen by taking too much space, it can be a great design element!
Images from Remodelista, Inside Out, Dust Jacket
Picture lights are a great way to showcase your artwork and framed photos. You can also hang them on built-in bookcases to highlight your collection of tomes and favorite accessories.
An important thing to know is how to select the right size picture light for what you are choosing to highlight.
Here are 3 simple steps to finding the right light for you:
Wall mounted picture lights provide a clean and classic look and are mounted on the wall above your artwork and you can choose between a plug-in design or a hard-wired fixture.
Plug-in picture lights will typically have the cord hanging down the wall. You can conceal the cords behind shelving or furniture.
The hard-wired option has no visible cords or wires and is installed directly into a junction box and is controlled by a switch (with dimmers, please!)
This type, as the name suggests, mounts directly on the frame itself and is ideal for artwork that has a wide or large ornate frame.
Like wall-mounted picture lights, there are plug-in and hard-wired options available.
Battery powered picture lights are perfect for a clean and streamlined look, and, because there are no wires, they can be installed pretty much anywhere.
Tip: Even the most efficient models need to have their batteries replaced from time to time, so if you plan on using the light a lot, you should opt for a plug-in or hard-wired design.
Track lighting is usually mounted on a ceiling, but certain designs can also be hung on a wall.
This type of lighting is hard-wired and needs to be installed in a ceiling or wall junction box.
Track lighting is composed of a long bar with multiple lights that can be adjusted and aimed as needed; they are ideal for illuminating a large wall or gallery-style area.
As we mentioned above, plug-in picture lights mount to the wall and typically require brackets or mounting hardware, which is typically included with the fixture. Once mounted, the light plugs into a standard three-prong electrical outlet.
Plug-in picture lights are very easy to install, and come in both halogen and LED designs, as well as your traditional incandescent.
After you've selected the size and features of a picture light, you need to consider the types of bulbs available for the fixture. There are a wide range of bulb types available, including energy-efficient LEDs.
LED picture lights are some of the most energy-efficient lights you can buy. Remember to choose a bulb with a high CRI (Color Rendering Index) of 80+ are best, as they do not alter the color appearance of artwork.
The new LED bulbs don't only come in the bright blue-tinged light of the past, there are warm LEDs available too, which resemble the light given off by incandescent bulbs.
Remember to shop for LEDs based on lumens (light output), not the amount of watts/energy used.
Incandescent picture lighting provides a warm, overall glow, but don't have the lifespan of other options, like LED or halogen bulbs.
Picture lights with halogen bulbs provide a bright, white light that is good for illuminating a broad range of colors.
There are a lot of options for picture lights out there and now that you know how to calculate the proper size for a picture light and what features and bulb-types are available, you are all set to highlight your beautiful artwork and bookshelves!
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