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I don't know how it happened, but over the years I've really come to enjoy nature and the idea of bringing the outdoors in to my closet and my home. Chalk it up to all the forced camping trips and Girl Scout excursions I took as a kid, but nowadays, one of the easiest ways for me to unwind is to go out to the country, have no access to digital anything, and enjoy the peace that nature brings. I can't believe I even just wrote that!
When it comes to decorating, I've similarly been drawn to the idea of bringing the outdoors in, whether that's through big doors that open up to an outdoor entertaining area, or using free form, organic shapes, like with pieces that are crafted to imitate branches. When you have a very modern aesthetic, there's something about the movement in branches that breaks up clean lines in a room, while still looking polished and interesting -- even artful.
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The branch trend has been everywhere in the fashion world lately too, and funnily enough, I think I'd be more apt to use it in home design styling before I wore it on my own! For some reason, I think the look is a lot more daring when it's on your person. It's very modern tree-hugger, don't you think?
Image from Home & Delicious
Here are some branchy inspired pieces I found for both interior and personal style. What do you think of this trend?
Modern Branch Chrome Possini Euro Ceiling Light | Ted Baker Dress | Marni Blouse | Marni Skirt | Noemi Klein Necklace | Troy Adirondack Graphite Silver Leaf Six Light Chandelier | Eurofase Filigree Modern Chrome Clear Crystal Chandelier | Bamboo Iron with Granite Set of 2 Nesting Tables | Mary Katrantzou Blouse
Images: Sharyn Cairns for HomeLife, Alessandro Viero, Zuhair Murad FW 2013 show via Style.com, Home & Delicious
Copy from Iain Claridge
Happy Halloween everyone!!!
In honor of today's spooky day, we'd like to share some spooky architecture...which are also cool of course!
Image from Amazing Buzz
Image from Dezeen
Image from Unusual Architecture
Image from Funny Art Pictures
We hope our cool architecture doesn't cause any nightmares.......
Hope you all have a fun and safe night tonight!
Images: Iain Claridge, Amazing Buzz, Dezeen, Unusual Architecture, Funny Art Pictures
Image from Rue Magazine
When styling the perfect home, few colors are as relaxing or peaceful as turquoise. It's that perfect shade of ocean-y blue that has the power to transport you to a beach in the middle of the work week, when all of your vacation days are already earmarked for the upcoming holidays. It can make you feel like you're drifting in the clear blue sky on a warm, early summer day. So why not bring a little of it into your home to experience every day?
The Cloud Sky Blue Glass Jamie Young Table Lamp looks like a beautiful piece of sea glass and features a subtly quilted texture on its base. It can make any room feel a little breezier and relaxed. When in doubt, never shy away from using a modern lamp styles for today's home, they're classic and always functional.
If glamour is your thing, look no further than Made By Girl's Chevron Ikat Teal Silver Swag Chandelier! The pretty mix of chevron and ikat patterns give any space this chandelier swings in a fun personality.
A trio of these Mason Steel Blue LBL Pendant Lights would add an instant dose of modernism to any space – think in the kitchen, down the hallway, in the bathroom. The simple design is sleek and cool. It would definitely classify as an upscale look in island pendant lighting.
The hand-blown, hand-painted recycled glass of the Envy Hand Blown Glass Decorative Cylinder is both vivid and unique. Place it on a shelf or in a corner that might otherwise go unnoticed.
One of my favorite things is when cool colors are mixed with otherwise warm materials (and vice versa). A Teal Blue Pouf Modern Roped Cotton Ottoman fits nicely into this category and this cooler October weather.
The lines of this Ceramic Gourd Teal and Tan Table Lamp are meant to mimic gently swaying coral, while the beautiful blues provide a great splash of color! Pun intended, of course.
Image: Rue Magazine
Perhaps you've seen this literally floating around the web: Richard Clarkson, a masters candidate at the School of Visual Arts in New York, has created a new cloud pendant design that lights up from within with streaks of LED lightning (see it in action at the images link at the bottom of this post).
It's a compelling design for sky watchers, but Clarkson actual goal was to create something that could "control, read, and interact with the physical world." In that regard, his thunderstorm lamp increases in intensity as a person approaches and triggers the sound of thunder from a linked sub-woofer.
While a thunderstorm may not be ideal for the dining table, Clarkson's design illustrates a growing focus on interactivity in domestic product design. Because this was a student research/creative project, Euro Style Lighting is not carrying the cloud lamp...yet.
White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier
In the meantime, you can enjoy an abstracted version of the design with one of our favorites, the Cloud Pendant from Possini Euro Design. It won't rumble and shake your floorboards, and it promises not to rain on your table. And it even ships for free.
Images: Fast Company
Big changes may be coming to a street near you: the City of New York recently announced plans to outfit all 250,000 LED street lanterns by 2017. The net savings to the city is estimated at 14 million dollars per year, and the characteristic orange-tinted glow (seen in the fabulous photo above by Kenneth Rockwell) may soon appear whiter.
I'll never forget the first time I realized the street lamp outside my house had been replaced by an LED filament (my hometown of Los Angeles recently completed the retrofitting of more than 141,000 lights). The light was bright, clear and best of all, didn't have the hum or flicker of the old high-pressure sodium lamps. As the nation's largest cities realize the savings of LED, it's likely we'll see more and more municipalities follow suit.
And with that may come wider adoption in home and commercial settings as well. LEDs have made their way into all outdoor styles, from cozy barn wall lights to these LED retro street lanterns:
Royal Solar Bronze LED Triple Lamp Post, Solar LED Black Outdoor Lamp Post
Easy to maintain. Reduction of carbon emissions. Saving money. With LED retrofit options for everything from street lights to recessed ceiling lights, LED is fast becoming a no-brainer...for the heads of cities and the heads of households alike.
Images: Ken Rockwell, Forbes
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