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  • Create a Fun House With Modern Design

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    Modern Design

    When you have kids you quickly realize that as much as you’d like to contain toys to one designated area it usually becomes a losing battle. Kids love to bring toys with them from to room. And, if your kids are anything like mine, they like to be wherever you are. 
     
    There is no need to fight it. The best thing to do is to just surrender and start making your house fun. Fun doesn’t mean turning your home into a giant playroom, it simply means using your imagination and adding interest.  It can actually translate to less toys (objects) and more creative style and design.

    I absolutely adore the idea of using something that is already in your home (or needed in your home) and making into something magical. The hidden doorway in the bookcase above is brilliant. What kid wouldn’t want a secret passage way in their home? And what adult wouldn’t want one for that matter?

    Modern Living Room

    Truthfully, this concept is all about keeping your style and grown up taste and simply adding in a few fun elements throughout. It can be as simple as adding a swing to your living room or using a play table as your coffee table.  Although there is a swing and kids table in this living room there is nothing about this room that lacks style or is void of good design. It has a playful, modern and eclectic feel about it.

    Modern Kids Room

    And, in area’s that are already designated for kids, why not go all out and build something like an indoor playhouse or castle, for that matter? This play castle works really well because it has great shape and is white which blends in with the rest of the room. It’s likely that the clean white modern style of this play area is carried throughout the home. Finding an element such as color or furniture style to carry throughout the home brings continuity.

    Modern Architecture

    Of course, if you have the ability (and room) to go all out than why not just go for it? I think this slide from upstairs to the downstairs is beyond cool.  The stainless steel against the white walls brings a modern element to the space and the slide almost carries the look of a giant art piece.

    Adding fun elements to your home is . . . fun. It’s a chance for kids to be involved and take interest in design and a second chance for grown ups to use their imaginations.

    Images: The House Home, Milk, Aprill Aprill, Martilaiste

  • Newsworthy Endeavors

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    Space Shuttle Endeavor

    As design lovers, we also like staying in the loop of other newsworthy endeavors (pun intended). Today is the 2nd anniversary of the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavor!

    Image: Dvice
  • Get the Look: Bathroom Sconces

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    Bathroom Design

    One of the trickiest tasks in any design project is sourcing good lighting – especially bathroom sconces. I’ve always been amazed at how few good choices exist. I’m constantly looking for options in all styles – modern, retro, traditional – but quite honestly there are never enough for me to choose from.

    Industrial Bathroom Sconce

    Barn Wall Urban Galvanized Outdoor Wall Sconce

    Here at Euro Lighting there is an incredible curated selection of sconces. Today, I’ve put together a few of my favorites that I’ve used in bathroom projects - all of which I love.

    Bronze Bathroom Sconce

    Torch Deep Bronze 4 1/2-Inch-W Forecast Wall Sconce

    Chrome Bathroom Sconce

    Modern Chrome with White Shade George Kovacs Wall Sconce

    Have you ever had trouble sourcing lighting for your bathroom? Do you have a favorite style of sconce at Euro Style Lighting?

    Images: Style at Home, Skona Hem, Remodelista, New England Home

  • Modern Décor for Dads

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    Modern Decor

    Let's face it, Dads can be hard to shop for. Here's what you need to do... Figure out what kind of Dad he is. What does he like to do? What type of personality does he have?

    Still not sure? Here are some ideas...

    MAD MEN

    Does your Dad have retro style? Well, every Dad needs a cool lounge chair so why not snag one that's got some retro flair a-la Mad Men.

    Modern Lounge Chair

    Samantha Woven Threaded 38-Inch-H Armchair

    SMARTY PANTS

    Is he the studious type or does he just love hanging out in his home office? Then get him a cool desk lamp!

    Modern Home Office

    Modern Desk Lamp

    Astro Brushed Chrome Robert Abbey Desk Lamp

    OUTDOORS

    Does he love working in the yard or at least hanging out in a well-groomed landscape? Light his way with some awesome outdoor landscape lighting!

    Modern Landscape

    Modern Landscape Lighting

    Cast Brass Bella 24 3/4" High Bronze Path Light

    HOT BLOODED

    Ok, we don't really mean to ask if he has a bad temper. But does he like cooling off in style during the Summer months? Well then, what better to get him than a modern ceiling fan?!

    Modern Patio

    Modern Ceiling Fan

    Minka Aire Gyro Brushed Nickel Wet Locations Ceiling Fan

    ENTERTAINER

    Does your Dad like to entertain his buddies? Whether it's a family event or a sports game, if your Dad likes to socialize then barstools are the way to go.

    Modern Home Bar 

    Modern Barstool

    Fly Brown Chrome Adjustable Zuo Modern Counter Stool

    Hope this helps. Now, get shopping, Father's Day is fast approaching!

    Images: Yatzer, This is Luster, HouzzHouzz, Dwell

  • Hotel Design: Andaz Amsterdam's Fairy Tale Design

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    Hotel Design

    The Andaz Amsterdam was designed by hotel design extraordinaire Marcel Wanders. The Dutch designer infused an old library situated on the "Prince Canals" of Amsterdam with whimsy and cultural character of the surrounding upscale community.  

    Modern Art

    Modern Guest Bathroom

    Bold graphics and sculptural furniture are paired together throughout the hotel to create some jaw dropping spaces. Each room is like a gallery of modern art.

    Modern Guest Bedroom

    Bold colors and strong lines contrast beautifully with the crisp white linens. Incorporating color is always a great way to add that final splash of character. It's like a cherry on top! Add some to your home with colorful pendant lighting!

    Light and sculpture create a very dynamic statement. You can create this wow factor in your own home with the selection of the perfect sculptural floor lamp.

    This light installation blows our minds! It's the perfect combination of a modern crystal chandelier and modern art.

    It's always a great feeling to walk off the street when traveling and into a fairy tale setting. This is exactly what happens inside Andaz Amsterdam. 

    Images: Andaz Amsterdam

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