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Crystal Strand Chrome 29-Inch-W ET2 Halogen Chandelier
“Lots of glam and a little modern, this chandelier has it all!”
- R. Brannon, Interior Designer
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Image from Domino
When decorating a new space the walls are literally a blank canvas just waiting for you to impart your personal mark upon them. Modern mirrors are an easy way to create a significant impact without breaking the bank.
While styling a blank wall is both exciting and necessary to make any home or space feel like it’s truly yours, it can also be extremely daunting. Design tip: choose serene and simple modern mirrors for your wall décor and you can't lose.
Image from Spaces
One of my favorite ways to utilize mirrors in a space is to cluster a bunch together and create a gallery wall of sorts. Just remember, while you want your mirrors to look cohesive, you don’t want them to be all the same.
So try mixing it up with different mirrored shapes, sizes or simple round wall mirror designs. For example bright gold, brass, antique gold, and neutrals would all fit in the same color family, but you avoid being too matchy-matchy.
Image from Vogue
And when all else fails go the more traditional route and simply add one large statement mirror. I love this look in a hallway or top of a stairwell with a gorgeous console table and of course a mirror can never look out of place above a fireplace.
Dark Bronze Polaris Star 31 1/2-Inch-H Unique Wall Mirror, Casbah White Resin 35-Inch-W Decorative Wall Mirror, Champagne with Beveled Glass Round Wall Mirror, Leather Strap 29-Inch-H Jamie Young Round Wall Mirror, Cooper Classic Glenarden Red 40-Inch-H Wall Mirror, Sunburst Reflections Antique Silver Resin Round Wall Mirror
Images: Domino, Spaces, Vogue
Image from Nordic Design
The entryway is your home's first impression, and it's nice to give it a little update every once in awhile.
Depending on the size or layout of the space and your particular style, there are endless ways to jazz up a modern entryway!
Gold Leaf Bamboo Rectangular 32-Inch-H Tray Table / Edison Seeded Glass with Bronze 13-Inch-H Accent Lamp / Corbett Bangle Gold Tone 12-Inch-W Pendant
I'm going to share three ideas for a stylish entryway with you today, the first is focused on Mixed Metals in a small area.
This Gold Leaf Bamboo Tray Table is a great size and shape to accommodate the essentials – mail, keys, maybe a pretty vase of flowers. Throw in a small lamp like the Edison Seeded Glass with Bronze Accent Lamp and you've created the sweetest little vestibule.
Hang something graphic like this Corbett Bangle Gone Tone Pendant overhead for a little something extra and you're set!
Brunswick Espresso and White 30 1/4-Inch-H Console Table / Odelia Clear Glass Robert Abbey Table Lamp / Europa 8 Light Adjustable Bronze Swag Chandelier
I really like the idea of using the entryway as a catch all for what comes in and out the from door. This Brunswick Espresso and White Console Table is just the thing. Push a few bins underneath for storage, put bills and coupons in the drawers, then and add an Odelia Clear Glass Robert Abbey Table Lamp on top.
Throw in an extra light source with the Europa 8 Light Adjustable Bronze Swag Chandelier and take your style to an entirely new level of interesting.
Heywood Triple Natural Wood 14-Inch-H Zuo Bench / Onscreen Black with Matte Silver Adjustable Floor Lamp / Black Parallel Square Possini Euro Ceiling Chandelier
In my own entry I went with a Heywood Triple Natural Wood Zuo Bench that can easily be pulled into my living room for extra seating when I have company over.
Adding a designer floor lamp with a modern style, like the Onscreen Black with Matte Silver Adjustable Floor Lamp, can really make the space feel extra welcoming. I always like to have multiple light sources for option layers of warmth, and I love the way this Black Parallel Square Possini Euro Ceilig Chandelier vaguely mimics the lines of the Heywood Bench.
The takeaway: Don't be afraid to make a few small changes that will have a big impact. Mix it up and make it interesting!
Image: Nordic Design
Image from Indoors Outdoors
Should you ever drop in on Pinterest or any hard copy modern design magazine, one thing you might see a lot of are brass floor lamps. We fully support this trend.
Obviously, floor lamps add function to any space, but the brass detail instantly adds a sophisticated, handsome-ness to any room!
Image from SF Girl by Bay
Try adding a punch of white with your brass floor lamp for a clean, modern aesthetic! This space above full acknowledges the beautiful marriage of warm wood finishes and brass. A perfect combo.
Image from Varpunen
No matter how minimal the design, brass adds so much style to a modern space.
Images: Indoors Outdoors, SF Girl by Bay, Varpunen
Image from Federico Babina's Archicine Series
Barcelona-based architect and designer Federico Babina has been steadily making headlines over the last year by creating playful architecture and design themed illustrations. The latest is a series of posters illustrating iconic works of architecture that have played prominent roles on the silver screen. As you might guess, many of them are breathtaking modern homes.
Below is a sampling of the film posters and the real buildings that inspired them.
Single Man (2009) - dir. Tom Ford / John Lautner, architect
Photo by Joe Fletcher; Image from Desire to Inspire
Pictured a the top of this post is the house from the film Single Man, as illustrated by Babina. A John Lautner house in Glendale? What else would you expect from a film directed by a fashion magnate? It looks equally beautiful in the photo above by Joe Fletcher.
The Big Lebowski (1998) dir. Joel and Ehtan Coen / John Lautner, architect
Image from Curbed LA
Yet another Lautner, the Sheats-Goldstein house featured fabulously in the Coen brothers' cult hit. We love how the usage of recessed lighting keeps the space clutter-free. With tons of built-in seating, the space is house party-ready at a moment's notice.
L.A. Confidential (1997) dir. Curtis Hanson / Richard Neutra, architect
Image from the Times UK
SoCal modernism features so heavily in cinema, one has to wonder if Hollywood influences design trends, or if it's the other way around. The Lovell house by Neutra is textbook International Modern, set in the Hollywood hills. We particularly like the fixtures that delineate walking paths. For a similar look in your home, you could consider using one or more rectangle chandelier designs.
North by Northwest (1959) dir. Alfred Hitchcock / Robert Boyle, William A. Horning, Merrill Pye, Henry Grace, and Frank McKelvey, set designers
Photo from North by Northwest, Image from Open Buildings
Last but not least, this is not a home by Frank Lloyd Wright. The iconic Vandamm house from North by Northwest is actually a fake, designed and constructed by the film's set design team on a vacant lot in Culver City, California. As Lloyd Wright was cost-prohibitive even by Hollywood standards, the production's low budget work-around resulted in a home as memorable as any to grace the silver screen.
For a look at the entire series of posters (including an illustration of Lautner's Chemosphere from the movie Body Double), check out the artist's website.
Images: Federico Babina, Desire to Inspire, Curbed LA, The Times, Open Buildings
Image from the Warner Bros. Film Her
This much we know—one day soon, we will wake up to conversations like this:
"Start the coffee and open the curtains, please...Should I wear a coat today? Record tonight's game, I'll be home a little late."
Only the person on the other end of the conversation won't be a person at all. It'll be the home itself.
Image from Smartbuilt Home
With everything from Apple's Siri to automated coffee machines, both the technology and our own habit patterns are in place for such a reality. The only barrier to a truly connected smart home, it seems, is how to get all these different devices to speak with one another.
There are a growing number of companies addressing smart home technology, from app developers to light bulb manufacturers. From developing a codified syntax (what language are all our home appliances speaking anyway?) to defining which interface will manage them all (the TV remote, desktop computer, mobile phone), the space is wide open.
Illustration by Jeffrey Bowman for Adweek
As the technology falls into place, consumers will begin to truly reap the benefits of the "Internet of things," in which the vast stores of information out there interact with us on an intimate level. From telling us to leave a little earlier because of heavy traffic to helping us pick an appropriate outfit for the day, the home becomes our personal-assistant, not unlike the operating-system-as-love-interest in the recent Spike Jonze film Her (pictured at the top of the post).
Antique Brass Metal Cone Holtkoetter Floor Lamp, Rico Espinet Boom Bronze Robert Abbey Modern Table Lamp, AlessiLux Lumiere Silver and White Accent Light, Lola Modern Chrome with Frosted Glass LBL Bathroom Light
Of course, those of us in the lighting industry are delighted by the possibilities. Everyone loves the innovative styling of modern lighting fixtures, but just imagine if those fixtures could communicate with us: lighting up as we walk through the door or, better yet, monitoring the music we had been listening to on the car ride home and dimming the lights to fit the mood when we walk through the door. In this regard, the home is no longer just responsive, it's predictive. And that's the essence of smart.
Until the time of the smart home comes, of course we can still bark out orders in the morning. Unfortunately, we'll likely be met with silence or, even worse, a rightfully annoyed spouse.
Images: Architect, Smartbuilt Home
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