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  • Zen and the Art of Office Design

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    Modern Office Design

    Image from French by Design

    I've been thinking about office design a lot lately. But I'm not thinking fax machines and cubicles and worker bees crammed-in like sardines. I'm talking about decorating the office intelligently. Making a space that induces calm, creativity and productivity.

    Office with Plants

    Image from Femke Pastijn

    As you can see above, bringing nature into the office is easy and a great way to maintain morale. The more outdoor-oriented among us might want to consider the cooling and calming effect of modern LED fountains.

    Big Office Windows

    Image from French by Design

    Contrary to logic, a comfortable office isn't about having lots of space. As you see both above and below, work stations are stacked on top of one another. Open sight-lines and ample sunlight help keep the claustrophobia away. 

    Industrial Style Office

    Image from Tyyli & Koti

    You may have noticed the backless counter stools in a some of the pictures above. Often stackable and always stylish, these designs maximize space and minimize visual clutter in the work place.

    Modern Bar Stools

    Set of 2 Rubin Modern Natural Counter Stools, Zuo Twin Peaks Modern Wood Bar Stool, Set of 2 Marius Antique Black Metal Counter Chairs, Sallie Contemporary White Stool

    Lastly, you probably noticed that all the decor pictured has a weathered look. I did that deliberately to illustrate that a comfortable, zen-like office isn't about how much you spend. The well-designed office is all about how well you plan your space. 

    Images: French by Design, Femke Pastijn, Tyyli & Koti

  • Wall Decor: Six Favorite Mirrors

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    Wall Decor

    Today I'm showing you a few of my favorite wall mirror style ideas. Mirrors are a great piece of wall decor to utilize, both functionally and aesthetically.

    Functionally, it looks great to place a mirror above a console table in an entry way, over a dresser in a bedroom, or place a floor length mirror in the master bedroom. You can also decorate with round mirrors as a way to make the room feel more grand.

    I love hanging mirrors on walls opposite of a big window, allowing the light to come into the room and be reflected in the mirror. This doubles the amount of light in your space. If you have a room that feels dark, this might do the trick.

    Entryway Style

    You know that typical "builder" mirror you've had in your bathroom hanging over your vanity since you moved into your home years ago? Perhaps it's time to replace that with a unique mirror, trimmed in a beautiful frame. This will take your bathroom to the next level and really give it that "collected" feel we all desire.

    Bedroom Dresser

    The mirrors I've chosen to show you today are beautiful and can play to many different styles. If you describe your style as rustic or industrial, a mirror with a chunky metal or wood frame would suit you.

    If you love the contemporary look, choose a simple, sleek frame in silver or gold.

    If you love the eclectic look, perhaps a sunburst mirror would look great in your house. Are you more glam or retro? Try a uniquely shaped mirror, like this gold hexagon mirror on the inspiration board. 

    Wall Mirrors

    Hill and Dale Silver 32-Inch Decorative Wall MirrorSunburst Reflections Antique Silver Resin Round Wall MirrorAntiqued Silver Foil 28-Inch-W Rectangular Wall MirrorGold Orb Round 33-Inch Modern Wall MirrorLangford Wood 50 1/2-Inch-W Uttermost Wall MirrorJamie Young Large 24" Round Jute Wall Mirror 

    Whether you're looking for a small mirror to go above a dresser, a large floor length mirror for the bedroom, a round, rectangle, elegant, or modern mirror to hang in the entry way, there is certainly a style for everyone!

    Images: House Beautiful, Style Me Pretty

  • Modern Outdoor Furnishings

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    Modern Outdoors

    Image from Flava Home

    With the warmer weather well on its way, I have had outdoor entertaining with stylish modern furnishings on the mind. Alright, I’m obsessed! Is there anything better than firing up the grill, sitting outside with friends and family, watching the little ones play? I really don’t think there is.

    To attain that dream, I have decided we need some fantastic outdoor chairs for our guests to relax in while they visit. I know that I want some modern and simple chairs that will work well with our backyard. The modern look is just so clean and goes with so much décor and mixes well with most other styles. Some modern outdoor chairs, a great table and some lights are definitely some must haves.

    Let’s start with the chairs, shall we? For my inspiration, I found this outdoor dining image above. 

    Outdoor Furnishings

    Modern isn't always what you think it is... It doesn’t have to be stark and plain to be modern. Oh no! In fact, these chairs I picked out are a great example of what I love about the modern look for outdoor chairs.

    First up, the clear chairs. They have a tip of the hat to the antique chairs our grandmother’s grew up with, but they are clear and plastic. That alone makes it modern! I love a modern twist on an old classic.

    The wooden slatted chairs are awesome. I love the tie-in with the outdoors the wood gives them, but totally modern with the simple white legs. These might be my favorite!

    Lastly, for a fun pop of color, these purple outdoor chairs are awesome. I love the shape of the chairs too! Very fun and versatile even though they are so bright.

    Image: Flava Home

  • Euro Style Lighting Spring Sale

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    Design Sale

    Everything you've heard is true.... Euro Style Lighting has a SALE!

    There's no better time for a fresh new look than Springtime! Get these looks and lots more by visiting our sale page...

    Euro Style Lighting

  • Ring in the Spring with Modern Floral Motifs

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    Modern Floral Motifs

    Image from House of Design

    There's a lot to be said for how much the beauty of flowers can enhance your decor, and as Spring time has arrived, and the flowers are all beginning to bloom, I am reminded of all the different ways to bring these beautiful botanicals indoors, including pretty floral lighting or accessories.

    From fresh, fragrant bouquets to floral motifs found on fabrics, like on the  Embroidered Calico Floral Shade Swag Chandelier or on the Modern Santa Maria Desert Flower Chair, the colors and shapes of the flowers bring a freshness to decor like nothing else can.

    Modern Living Room

    Image from Lonny Magazine

    I also love the shapes of flowers, they are so sensuous, they bring a hint of romance into a room--like the Flowering Lotus Pendant Chandelier and the Chrysanthemum Gold Mirror--the gold finish combined with the floral shapes are modern but also have a classic feel.

    Mixing floral prints is also a fun way to bring florals into the home. Who says the patterns all have to be matchy matchy? I can picture the Brushed Steel with Embroidered Blue Floral Swag Chandelier and the Embroidered Floral Drum Shade Swag Chandelier suspended from either side of a bed, for example. The floral prints also mix perfectly with shiny solids, like on the Artisan Round Tangerine Drum Accent Table or in the Persimmon Drum Shade 29 1/2-Inch-H Table Lamp.  

    Home Furnishings

    Looking at all these florals gets me way excited for gardening this Spring!, you too?

    Images: House of Design, Lonny Magazine

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