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Regina-Andrew Arc21" Metal Wall Sconce
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- T. Jackson, Interior Designer
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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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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Currently I’m having a love affair with rugs, specifically one rag in particular. The sisal rug is the perfect home accessory for adding an organic look to your design. While it is true sisal rugs have been gracing the floors of homes since the mid 1900’s, there has never been more choices or ways to style a sisal rug than as of late.
I’m loving the delicate round rugs for an entry way, like in the top images. Pair this organic-style area rug with modern entryway chandelier and you will make a designer statement. A sisal runner with a greek key or plain banded border works on practically every staircase.
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Laying one on your patio is easy and non-fussy way to step up your outdoor style. Or my personal favorite, the layering effect where you place a smaller and usually brighter toned rug on top of the traditional sisal. All effective, and chic ways to add sisal to your home.
And did you know sisal rugs are produced from an actual plant, the Agave Sisalana. Fibre is extracted by a process known as decortication, where leaves are crushed and beaten by a rotating wheel set with blunt knives, so that only fibres remain. The fibre is then dried, brushed and baled for export and eventually weaved into the rugs we all know so well today.
Images: Dust Jacket Attic, Better Homes & Gardens
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Let's agree to agree: chandeliers aren't just for parents' homes, grandparents' homes and the Palace of Versailles anymore.
For a modern take, look no further than the space-race-inspired Sputnik light at the top of this post. Or with their liberal, updated approach to form, brushed nickel chandeliers like the one below have the look of instant classics.
Image from Better Homes & Gardens
And for those who aren't ready to let crystal go just yet, look for faceted droplets and bubbles in contemporary designs. Mini crystal chandeliers are perfect for small spaces and bathrooms while full-size designs become exclamation points in your home.
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Glass Spheres Halogen Ceiling Light
Robert Abbey Lucy Antique Nickel Pendant Chandelier
Jonathan Adler Brass Sputnik Chandelier
Excessive ornament may be on the out of style in contemporary design, but the fundamentals are still there: namely an attention to intrigue, balance of form, and quality of materials. Combine those influences and you've got yourself a classic chandelier, modernized and magnificent.
Images: Design Milk, Better Homes & Gardens, Gravity Gravity
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