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Minka Aire Light WaveCeiling Fan - 52" White
“Your ceiling fan should feel seamless and act as a quiet contribution to your overall design!”
- B. Powers, Interior Designer
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Similar to a well-balanced outfit, great home decor often features stylish pairs and fun patterns. I gained lots of inspiration from these images on Domaine Home.
This entryway above is minimal, yet packs a punch with pattern and sophisticated pairs like the modern lighting and white upholstered chairs.
Dakota White Leather with Chrome Lounge Chair / Jonathan Adler Ipanema Modern Nickel Multi Boom Pendant
This sitting area of a master bedroom features just enough pattern to wake up the design style and I think the chair is paired perfectly with that decorative pillow. They're both warm and full of texture.
Kathy Ireland Bohemian Wine Toned 16-Inch Square Pillow / Buchanan Cognac Bonded Leather 31-Inch-W Armchair
The perfect opportunity for pattern is with decorative pillows, and what better place to pile them on than a breakfast nook?! I also love the cushions contrasted with the shades.
Safavieh Richfield White Cowhide Teak 22-Inch-W Side Chair / Kite White and Blue Ikat Fabric Throw Pillow
Images: Domaine Home
Image from Elena Zarubina
Are you a world traveler? Maybe you wish you could be one day? Well, until then you can incorporate global design in your own home.
If are someone who travels a lot, take lots of photos and refer to them when decorating your home. If you don't travel as much as you'd like, there's plenty of inspiration images on-line like this one we found above.
It's almost as if Justina Blakeney used our inspiration photo to design this bedroom below. This room is so welcoming and warm. We love the unique lighting choices and incredible mix of patterns and materials!
Image from Justina Blakeney
Inspiration images from around the world will help you decide on color palettes and textile patterns your home decor and furnishings.
Here's a few fun products from Euro Style Lighting to help you get started with your global decor make-over...
1. You can add pattern with more than just pillows and area rugs, try this bronze capiz shell wall art to add personality to your vertical space.
2. Unique lighting means fun and interesting materials, like this nest-style Liata pendant.
3. Make sure to add color, even with your furniture. These weathered yellow metal dining chairs are really fun.
4. Organic style in the kitchen will help you set the mood for different cooking styles, try these wood salad bowls.
5. Your inspiration photos can help you pick out patterns, like the one on this Lauren Black decorative table.
6. This Ikat cyan decorative bolster pillow is a perfectly easy addition to any existing home decor.
7. Mix it up and try some furniture with integrated pattern in the metal form, we love these bronze spiral tables.
8. Pattern, color and texture is all wrapped up in this cool Greek key pouf.
Images: Elena Zarubina, Justina Blakeney
It's part of our job to keep an eye on design trends, and we can't help but notice that the ombre trend isn't going anywhere. It continues to be a fun element in today's modern home design.
This chic living room above features a beautiful shade of yellow in ombre fashion framing the large window wall. We love this idea and it could potentially be a fun DIY project.
We also couldn't help but notice the cool choice in lighting. Arc floor lamps are also a very strong design trend that we hope sticks around forever!
Marble Base Chrome 85 3/4-Inch-H Arc Floor Lamp
This home owner decided to be outwardly creative in their trend choice, opting to create an ombre effect on the exterior of their home. We think this looks great with the clean lines of modern architecture.
Go bold and paint your walls in an ombre color palette. No matter which color you choose, the end result will looks amazing with your coordinated home decor.
Don't want to paint your walls or the outside of your home, but love the ombre trend?... Here's some super easy options from Euro Style Lighting:
a. Wave Ombre Green Ceramic Haeger Potteries Table Lamp b. Arteriors Home Jensen Amethyst Glass Bottle Table Lamp c. Gene Ceramic Ombre Emerald Haeger Potteries Table Lamp d. Gene Ombre Yellow Ceramic Haeger Potteries Table Lamp e. Wave Cloud Grey Ceramic Haeger Potteries Table Lamp f. Arteriors Home Jansen Gray Glass Bottle 17-Inch-W Table Lamp g.
Image from Wiel Arets Architects
I'm not ashamed to admit I'm jealous. And the Jellyfish House in Marbella, Spain, is the reason why. It's not exactly a pool house as my title states, but you'll see what I mean.
Designed by WAA, this beautiful space is sleek as any home design can be, and with retractable floor-to-ceiling windows, it blurs the lines between interior and exterior.
To incorporate water into a space, most of us would think of using tiered outdoor fountains. But the Jellyfish House takes it to another level. Its infinity pool is integral to the architecture. No longer will you need to ask if someone is out at the pool...just look up at the walls or ceiling.
What I like most is the reserved elegance of the indoor/outdoor dining room. A crystal chandelier instantly gives mid-century modern chairs a quick infusion of glamour:
Contour Crystal and Chrome Possini Pendant Light
Set of 2 Azzo Matte with White Plastic Side Chairs
I can't help but wonder about one other thing... Does a pool provide good insulation for ceilings and walls? Somehow, I think it just might.
With a growing population preferring to stay in urban areas, rather than purchase homes in the suburbs, designer and architects are faced with the problem of maintaining the element of community in every day life.
We discussed this in our Dwell on Design recap, reviewing Micro Living and sociological shifts. With much of the population choosing to live in the city, without a car, minimal modern furniture and less stuff for storage, high rise living is in-demand.
C.F. Møller Architects, Brut Architecture and Urban Design are closing the gap between urban high-rise living and suburb community living. They're currently developing a 24-story building in Belgium that will be grouped into mini-communities. Apartments will be clustered together with open balcony spaces depending on your style of living, for example families versus students. There will also be a shared courtyard and dining space as well as a roof terrace.
Now, you can live in the city and still have a sense of community... But for now, you'll have to live Belgium to find this fantastic architecture and urban living style.
There is no scheduled completion date, but they estimate that it will open sometime in 2017.
We can't wait!
Images: Fast Company
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