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Dart Modern Bronze 21-Inch-WPendant Light
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The key to creating a designer space, even when there is no space, lies in the details. This modern Los Angeles home was designed brilliantly by considering every square inch and how to use them wisely.
The large white pendant might be one of the most important elements in the space. It helps define the dining room. When smaller spaces are defined within a larger room, it helps the home to remain clean, uncluttered and in the end, look larger.
The color white is also an important factor in the lighting, modern furnishings and wall color. While a darker color might help the room seem more intimate and ultimately smaller, white help the room feel more spacious and clean.
Modern furniture selections are important, for example choosing a TV console that isn't too deep so it doesn't extend too far from the wall. Hanging the TV also helps to free up the space on the console.
Notice all the extra seating are items such as poufs and accent pillows, which can easily be piled when not in use. Brilliant.
The homeowner’s secret to designing this space?... “Carefully choosing which pieces you want to keep and which ones need to go. When you are working with such a small space, one must be incredibly selective.”
Images: Apartment Therapy
Image from The Design Files
There are so many elements that help create a specific environment or feeling in a space. Color, texture, pattern, lighting, furniture and decor all play a role in the intentional mood you are trying to creating. We've talked about how lighting is essential in the design of a room, because without light, you can't see any of the other design elements. But what happens when you don't have a ton of natural light to help aid the space in the bright feeling we're after?
Hanging mirrors and bringing in reflective pieces to your room is a great way to "fake" it, and actually brighten up the room at the same time. Hang a modern wall mirror opposite a window and the light coming in through the window will be reflected off the mirror, creating the illusion that the room is more bright than it actually is.
Images from Live Creating Yourself, Domaine Home
Today I'm showing you two stylish wall mirror options. The first is a pretty, glam and sophisticated gold sunburst mirror. You can put it in an already glam space, or add it into a more sleek and modern room as the element of surprise and whimsy.
The second round wall mirror is a great classic piece. It's simple, beautiful metallic silver finish can essentially go anywhere. I love how the size of the one in the example dining room really makes an impact on the room. The metallic finish is a beautiful contrast with the wood table.
Images: The Design Files, Live Creating Yourself, Domaine Home
Image from Architect Magazine
Honda (yes, the car company) recently made the plans for its experimental smart home available for free. Such open sourcing is de rigueur in software development circles, but in architecture?
Michael Koenig, a project engineer for the company, explains: "We're not in the business of building houses. Honda wants to be involved in this future, and there are certainly some products where it might make sense for us to participate in. It'll be on the energy management side of it, for sure."
By actively monitoring and optimizing energy consumption, the Honda home located in Northern California is expected to generate a surplus of 2.6 megawatt hours per year. Such research into energy efficient may make, at least tangentially, sense for a car company. But the smart home of the future will actually extend far beyond energy management. It will be about each of us individually. About streamlining the way we live.
Take a table lamp with night light for example. Now imagine it communicating with your alarm, switching to the night light in the early evening and fading the lamp back on as the sun rises.
Or consider your front yard. We carry an awesome selection of modern outdoor lights online, but imagine if your outdoor lighting system could sense your proximity and brighten the yard minutes before you arrived home to "secure the property" and guarantee you safe passage from the car to the door.
These are the real promises of a smart home, in which your calendars, GPS, and machine-learned habits are all understood and catered to. Pipe dreams for the future? maybe, but with Honda's open-sourcing just the latest bold move in the smart home arena, I think we will soon see those dreams turn into reality.
Images: Architect Magazine
Image from Fast Co. Design
You've undoubtedly been seeing hanging light bulbs everywhere lately. You've seen them as art (as in the Madison Park installation pictured above).
They were at the Oscars...
Image from LATF USA
At your local artisan coffee roaster...
Image from Intelligentsia
And even in a recent GMC commercial...
Image from iSpot
The look is minimalist, utilitarian and endlessly customizable. But before you hire an electrician to build a custom cluster of light bulbs, we've got a few designs that you'll want to see.
These exciting new additions to our selection of swag lamps plug directly into a single ceiling junction box, making them a simple way to replicate the popular design trend at home.
From soft white bulbs...
Europa Bronze 8 Light Swag Chandelier
To vintage-inspired Edison bulbs...
Europa 8 Light Adjustable Bronze Swag Chandelier
Simply install them like any ceiling light, and "swag" (drape) them to your heart's content.
Images: Fast Co. Design, LATF USA, Intelligentsia, iSpot
Are you planning to travel anytime soon? If Mexico is on your list of places to visit, then you must stop in Mexico City for the architecture, design, nightlife... and food!
Romita Comedor Restaurant in Mexico City, located in the heart of Colonia Roma, should be one of your foodie stops, and not just for the fabulous cuisine, but for the cool interior design
The building, protected by the INBA (Instituta Nacional de Bellas Artes), dates back to early 1900s, with a style inspired by grand railway stations.
We love the large windows, high ceilings, vintage style dining furniture and checkered flooring. Romita Comedor is known for authentic Mexican cuisine, great cocktails and live entertainment by well-known DJs. We imagine that the black ceiling fans and cool pendant lighting help the parties go on into the early morning hours...
One of our favorite aspects of the design is the collection of hanging plants throughout the restaurant. The large windows make this beautiful greenery possible.
How to get this dining style in your own home? Here's a start....
1. Emerson Loft Ceiling Fan - 60" Barbeque Black
2. Rio Brass with White Shade Robert Abbey Pendant Light
3. Jamie Young Campaign Silver 30-Inch-H Folding Dining Table
4. Sparrow Modern Brown Wood Set of 2 Dining Chairs
5. Langdon Wood and Bronze Metal 42-Inch-H Barstool
Images: Cool Hunting
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