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  • Beautifully Oversized Modern Chandeliers

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    Oversized Modern Chandeliers

    When choosing modern lighting for any space, I live by two mantras… The bigger the better, and if you can hang it you should. Which usually implies using beautifully oversized chandeliers.I just adore the drama that a chandelier brings. And when done correctly it can literally be the jewelry of the room, the focal point, and in many cases a work of art.

    Crystal Chandelier

    With so many options out there it’s important to determine a few things right of the bat. The first being what kind of look are you trying to achieve? Modern, delicate, simple, etc? For example, try a glass chandelier for a more delicate look while a brass chandelier with modern bulbs can help you create a more contemporary aesthetic.

    Shaded Chandelier

    Also what size will truly work in the space? While I love anything oversized, it is true that sometimes oversized is just not going to work. For example, bathrooms and nurseries don’t often allow for enough space to hang anything super sized. No worries, there are plenty of mini chandelier options available that provide the same feeling, just on a smaller scale.

    Modern Chandeliers

    To help you begin your hunt for the perfect chandelier I’ve chosen my favorite looks from oversized to just the right size. For starters, you can never go wrong with the classic sputnik style chandelier like this Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier. If you like a lot more bling, but still want to keep your home modern, then try this Bling Collection Convertible Robert Abbey Chandelier. The Possini Euro Design White Flower Acrylic Pendant Chandelier is always a classic, Mid-Century Modern look and is great for the living room or kids' room alike. If you prefer your chandeliers to feature less bling and more clean lines while still making a statement, then try shaded chandeliers like the Robert Abbey Porter Nickel 16 5/8-Inch-H Pendant Light or the Robert Abbey Axis Nickel with Scalloped Shade Pendant Light.

    Image: Coco Kelly, Home Adore, Waiting on Martha

  • Design Bloggers Recap Design Week in Stockholm

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    Design Week Stockholm

    Image from Door Sixteen

    One design event that we wish we could have attended was Design Week in Stockholm, Sweden. Luckily, bloggers are invited to report back and we'd like to share their recaps with you.

    If you are able to attend events like these lucky bloggers, design events are great for getting inspired, learning about new designers or new projects that the experienced designers are working on. You also meet lots of creative people doing exciting things...

    Design Event Recap

    Image from Door Sixteen

    Anna Dorfman from Door Sixteen has a great eye and took beautiful photography, not only of the design event, but of Sweden as well. Head to her blog for more than one blog post about Stockholm Design Week.

    Blogger Apartment

    Image from Vosgesparis

    Blogger Vosgesparis has organized Design blog tours and in every country they visit, they work with different brands doing exciting things. In Stockholm they put together the Blogger Apartment. They were given an amazing space which they furnished with appliances, furniture and accessories from our sponsors.... Head to her blog for more and a few posts on the event as well.

    Design Milk Event Recap

    Image from Design Milk

    KatieTreggiden reported from Stockholm for Design Milk and she not only recapped her experiences, both in Sweden and at the design event, but she also had the opportunity to interview some of the designers.

    Be sure to stay tuned for a recap of Modernism Week going on this weekend in Palm Springs....

    Images: Door Sixteen, Vosgesparis, Design Milk

  • Upgrade Modern Design With Chrystal Chandeliers

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    Crystal Chandeliers

    It's pretty well known that modern design makes us swoon over here. This kitchen design above is one example, with its clean lines and handsome materials.

    What you may not know is that beautiful modern design can get even better with the addition of crystal chandelier, or two.

    Drum Crystal Chandelier

    Rainfall Glass Drum Crystal Chandelier

    Modern Living Room

    Adding crystal chandeliers in unpredictable places, like this living room above, always makes for a fun design decision.

    While a stylish floor lamp might work best in a living room, we think you can replace any predictable choice with a sparkling chandelier and achieve a designer aesthetic.

    Chrome Crystal Chandelier

    Chrome and Crystal 16-Inch-H Vienna Full Spectrum Chandelier

    Bathroom Design

    One of the most unpredictable places you can add a chandelier is the bathroom and we are here to tell you, it's a great choice.

    While many ignore the design of the bathroom, we recommend beautifying that room, since it is where you prepare yourself to begin each day.

    Mini Chandelier

    Belle of the Ball Crystal Chrome Three-Light Mini Chandelier

    Images: Euro Style Lighting

  • Tropical Style Interior Design Ideas

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    Interior Design Ideas

    As a native Southern Californian, I grew up spoiled with beautiful and impeccable weather. As I’ve moved from cold climate to colder climate in my adult years, I find myself constantly seeking out interior design styles and elements that provide a warmer weather aesthetic inside. Tropical themed rooms are a beautiful and exotic way to achieve this feel.

    Tropical Style Design Tips

    1. Tropical linens in a bedroom is a great start so go full throttle with the tropical theme by applying it to your sheets and pillows. Try it in different yet complementing patterns for a fun mix.

    2. Use one tropical element and keep the rest plain. Tropical style can be a bit overwhelming, but if you pare everything else down in decoration, it shouldn't be too distracting to your space and should keep you feeling serene.

    3. If you want a touch of the tropics start out with accents like a plant in a stylish vase.

    4. Keep your accents simple. If you want an homage to tropical but don’t want your decor to be too thematic, keep the tropical accent décor simple in color like these shell lamps.

    Tropical Decor

    5. One of my favorite ways to bring the tropics inside is with beautiful wallpaper. Keep the rest of the décor solid, rather than patterns, so the wallpaper can be the star.

    6. Saturated colors play up the color volume. Use solid colors like peacock blues and greens to bring in the feel of the style.

    Bedroom Design

    Eclectic Decor


    7. Decorate in layers for a more eclectic feel. Cover your tropical wallpaper with frames. It will have the same feel of the tropics without being too obvious.

    8. Lastly, plants (top image)! Go all out and bring the tropics inside with actual trees. You can’t get more tropical than that!

    How would you bring the tropics inside?

    Images: Along Came Ollie, Green Like Bath Water, Anglian Home, Interior Junkie, Decoist, Sarah Sarna, Nine MSN, Design is Mine

  • Dutch Architecture + Efficient Design

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    Dutch Architecture

    Image from Dwell

    In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. The government requires a certain level of energy efficiency in all new construction. These condos, designed by architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kissare, are a beautiful example.

    These condos are located in IJsselstein, a small town in Holland just a short drive from Amsterdam. American architect Gregory Kiss of New York–based firm Kiss + Cathcart, collaborated with van Zwieten on this housing project.

    Modern Architecture

    Image from Dwell

    Kiss discussed the Dutch efficient design philosophy... “General building practices in the Netherlands are well in advance of our own, “The baseline requires much more efficient buildings than we are used to, on all levels, from the choice of materials to the amount of insulation in the building envelope to the durability of the building system.”

    This attractive multilevel solarium of condos might be efficient, but we can't help but fall in love with the modern design as well. It's all-around a brilliant project and we give kudos to the designers.

    If we were given the opportunity to design the interior of one of the units, it would no doubt include modern light fixtures and may look something like this....!

    Modern Furniture

    Zana White 20 1/2-Inch-W Pendant Light309 Troika Black Bonded Leather 87-Inch-W SofaUno Black Square Down 18-Inch Throw PillowUno Black Cotton Decorative Owl 18-Inch Throw Pillow

    Lunar Landing Oak Veneer 44-Inch-H Coffee TableRobert Abbey Flip Patina Nickel Modern Pharmacy Floor LampRanger Mod Walnut 27 3/4-Inch-H Accent Chair

    Images: Dwell

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