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  • Get the Look: Stylish Outdoor Lighting

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    Stylish Outdoor Lighting

    With the arrival of Summer everyone is enjoying more days and nights outdoors. As the weather grows warmer, we’ll be spending the majority of our nights outdoors for casual dinners at home, cocktails parties on the deck or summertime soirees surrounded by friends and family.

    When designing outdoor spaces don’t forget the detail of outdoor lighting. This can extend your time into the evening hours. You wouldn’t want the party to end because you can’t see the person across the table from you.

    I’ve put together a round up of my favorites outdoor lanterns that can work in almost any home.

    Outdoor Lanterns

    1. Franklin Iron Works Iron 17-Inch-H Outdoor Hanging Light 2. Milo Brass 15 1/2-Inch-H Robert Abbey Outdoor Pendant 3. Casa Mirada 19 3/4-Inch-H Franklin Iron Works Outdoor Light 4. Milo Patina Nickel 20-Inch-H Robert Abbey Outdoor Wall Light 5. Hickory Point 17 3/4" High Hanging Outdoor LED Light 6. Oasis Bronze 20 1/2-inch-H Quoizel Hanging Outdoor Light

    Images: Domino Magazine, Brabourne FarmStyle Me Pretty, Stephanie Hogue

  • Design Spotlight: June 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!

    + We attended Dwell on Design last week, here's our recap of the awesome event. 

    + You've got to see this Photoshop prank at a bus stop. It's not mean, but rather extremely creative. Everyone comes away smiling. 

    + Cool designs and even cooler parenting via this shop on Etsy.

    + Here's some very cool photography that bends reality...  (Fun fact: same designers behind the cool bus stop prank!)

    + For all you avid travelers who love cool design, here's a map where you can scratch off where you've been. It's like a design challenge!

  • Decorating with Patterns in Your Modern Bedroom

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    Modern Bedroom

    One of my favorite spaces to decorate is the modern bedroom. It seems that the sky's the limit when decorating this space. It’s also a very important space to decorate because it’s where most of your time is spent. And though you may be sleeping for most of that time, you need to be sleeping in a comfortable, serene space.

    Bedroom Decor

    One trend that I’ve been seeing a lot lately is adding a little pattern to the bed, layered over white or neutral bedding. This look is great because you can play around with it and you’re not bound to the look. It’s easy to switch it up. Above we a cross blanket draped over simple white bedding.

    Light pastel hues are also a huge trend right now. It’s the perfect, soothing palette for the bedroom. Pair these colors with greys, whites and creams for a delicious palette! Accent pillows are a great way to add these colors.

    Eclectic Bedroom

    In this bedroom space (above), patterns have been layered over one another to create a whimsical, playful room. Everything about this room is fun, and it totally works!

    Wood Headboard

    Here is another layered approach. They’ve places a southwest inspired blanket on top of neutral gray bedding. The colors in the blanket allow the art piece to pop. And it all mixes so well with the wood tones.

    Happy sleeping!

    Images: Apartment TherapyGimmii, Mr Jason Grant, Ghostly Ferns

  • James Turrell: Light and Space Art

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    Light and Space Art

    As one of the defining members of the Light and Space movement that originated in Los Angeles in the 1960s, James Turrell is an American artist whose work plays with the relationship—the idioms, clichés, oppositions—of light within space.

    By using light projection, apertures in ceilings and walls, and even skywriting, Turrell creates work that has been hailed as profound, elemental and meditative.

    James Turrell Guggenheim

    With a bi-coastal retrospective taking place now, the veteran artist’s work couldn't be more current. At the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Turrell bathes Frank Lloyd Wright’s un-ending spiral rotunda in a variety of hues (pictured above).

    At LACMA, Turrell’s installations (pictured below) are more rectangular, saturating space in light to such a degree that the movement of museum visitors (rather than the artist's illuminated rooms) become the subject of the work.   

    Turrell LACMA Installation

    James Turrell LACMA

    Turrell has also done a series of residential commissions. The residential siting of these works gets up thinking about how use light artistically, not just functionally, in the home space. For this, we turn to the Tono floor lamp from Koncept: 

    LED multicolor lamp

    Koncept Tono Contemporary Floor Lamp

    The Tono caught our attention at the recent Dwell on Design show. The 48 1/2 inch high Tono uses adjustable LEDs, allowing it to cycle through a rainbow of colors or hold on a single color to match or establish the ambiance of any given room.

    For a more hands-on project, use under cabinet lights for something besides cabinets. Tuck an easy-to-install tape light kit behind bed headboards or book shelves to give the furniture the appearance of floating against the wall. These kits come with a remote control allowing you to adjust the colors as desired.

    Colored Tape Light

    Color 16.4-Foot LED Tape Light Kit with Remote Control

    Not everyone will have the time, budget or vision of James Turrell, but that shouldn't preclude you from using light to adjust ambiance of your space. And if the above options are too much for your taste, go with the time-tested mood-maker: simply outfit a candleholder with a scented candle, grab a book of matches, and light.

    Images: Architect Magazine, Artsy

  • Get the Look: A Modern Cozy Family Room

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    Modern Family Room

    The family room is one of the most important rooms in a home. We might all call it a different name like, living room, front room, or the den. Growing up, it was likely that you had a living room (front room) that was fancy and off limits and then a family room . . . the room you actually lived in. At least that was how it worked in my house. The family room was anything but fussy.  Rather, it was cozy, and inviting. 

    Today, now that I have children of my own, I want our family room to be the ultra cozy room where everyone wants to be together. Of course, I want it to look great too. I’ve learned that everyone wants to be in a place that looks and feels great. The gathering, then, just happens naturally. 

    Family Room Design

    Gray Contemporary 33-Inch-H Sectional Sofa, Daniel Dark Walnut 47-Inch-W Coffee Table, Earl White Plastic Rocking Chair, Lite Source Arm Bronze 23-Inch-H Desk Lamp

    I’ve gathered two modern looks for a family room based upon one great sofa (similar to the one shown above). I think sofas are the first piece to start with when designing a stylish family room. Three basics to keep in mind when picking a sofa are size (will everyone fit and does it fit in your space?), comfort, and style.

    The first look (above) is modern, airy and cozy all at the same time. The minimal modern look of the furniture paired with a few whimsical elements, like a hanging tree branch work for all ages.

    Eclectic Family Room

    Look two (above) is a bright and playful. The sofa and lighting are the stars of the show. This room proves that you should never rule out thinking outside of the box. I love how they have used a fun wallpaper pattern on the ceiling. Who wouldn’t like to lounge on a great sectional and stare up at the pretty colors and pattern? Another fun, easy DIY element, as pictured, is to print out your instagram photos and create a shape on your wall like a heart or maybe even a geometric pattern. 

    One thing this room doesn’t lack is inspiration.

    Modern Home Decor

    Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Gray Contemporary 33-Inch-H Sectional Sofa, Saffron Karina Hollywood Pink 18" Square Down Throw PillowSatin Teal Fabric 6-Inch-H Round Decorative Pillow, Jenne Blue Decorative Wool Throw Blanket

    So when designing a cozy and inviting family room of your own, keep comfort, style and creativity in mind and you can’t go wrong. 

    Images: SF Girl By Bay, Pinterest

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