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- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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Image from The Decorista
For today's post I decided to gather some items to get a similar overall look of this modern, loft-style dining room above. Because lets face it, chances are you’re not going to be able to find the same exact home furnishings that you saw in one picture. Heading over to Pinterest or your favorite magazines for inspiration is great, but don't ever limit yourself to any one room-scene when searching for furniture or ceiling lights to brighten your entertaining areas, for example.
Hopefully this will help you see that you can achieve the same feel with totally different but equally awesome products!
Wire Chrome Steel Frame Zuo Dining Chairs, Zuo Gothenburg Stainless Steel Table, Lattice Matte White Ceramic Diana Vase
I chose this room as my inspiration because it’s simple and clean and could go with pretty much any style aesthetic. The plain wire chairs, the solid wood table and top the room off with a simple white vase. What home wouldn’t this look great in?
The chairs are amazing. They are wide and roomy without taking up too much space visually or physically. Basically it’s the perfect chair.
I love the solid wood table in the image above, but sometimes a light solid wood table just isn’t going to work in your space. I like this wood and metal mix above. It has warmth and coziness from the wood, but it has some modern and sleekness to it with the metal. I’m betting it would look great in most kitchens.
The white vase is unique and has amazing texture while still being simple, clean and white. Don’t you just want to pop a bouquet of your favorite flowers in there? I do!
Image: The Decorista
Image from The Apartment DK
I was lucky enough to spend six weeks in Copenhagen this year and Danish interior design stole my heart. The bright, clean interiors accented with happy pops of color and the mix of vintage and new design was truly inspiring.
There are so many treasures I wish I could have taken home, but alas that wasn't possible. So now that I'm back stateside I often try to get the Danish Modern look (for myself or clients) through accessible sources.
Besa Lighting Trilo Champagne Glass Mini Pendant Chandelier, Zuo Fillmore Modern Distressed Wood Dining Table, Zuo Modern White S-Chairs, Glacier Glass White Resin Small Vase, Turquoise Glass Contemporary Bowl Vase
I love this clean dining nook pictured above. The combo of the natural wood table with the white S-chairs is timeless and fresh. The two pendants hangin over the table keep the space from looking steryl and the vases filled with happy florals pull everything together, yes?
Image from Design Milk
I actually got to visit this space while I was in Denmark and it's very, very inspiring. I couldn't bring furniture home with me but I did come home full of new ideas. Painting a mirror?? Genius! Using a mirrored table to create a visual dialog between the mirror on the wall and the one on the floor? Double genius! A soothing palette of pastels used in a very grow-up way? I'm all over it!
Rectangular Beveled Frameless Wall Mirror, Juliet Brass with Pearl Dupioni Robert Abbey Floor Lamp, Drum Platinum Dupioni Grey Lamp Shade, Marymount Modern Black and White Coffee Table
Images: The Apartment DK, Design Milk
Image from Elle Interior
When the days grow short, and the landscape barren it's easy to feel a little blah. There's nothing like a fresh and bright pop of color to liven things up, and yellow is the freshest and brightest of them all.
The best part is that it only takes a piece here or there to make a major difference in the feel of a room and your mood. Colorful home accents and modern lighting are the easiest way to add a color pop.
The vibrant amber colored glass in these Access Sydney Amber Yellow Art Glass Cylinder Mini Pendants cast the most beautiful light. A trio would be a great bright spot in a kitchen or workspace!
I would love to have this Thumbprints Jewel Modern Yellow Metal Table Lamp on my desk. It would be the perfect cheerful accent to glance at on especially dreary and grey days, and I really like that the base is metal.
This Wilco Glossy Yellow Modern Side Table would be just the thing for a small entryway or bedside. It's super sleek look only adds to its cheerful presence with a dose of contemporary modernism.
Add instant style to any room with a Plug-In Lemon Zest Cold Stripe Art Shade Swag Pendant! With preppy yellow stripes and a brushed silver finish it has the power to brighten a dark living room corner or dining table in a flash.
Breakfast in bed has never looked as good as it would served upon a Monroe Yellow Wood Modern Tray. It might not make your eggs and pancakes taste better, but it does promise to get your day off to a great start!
Jonathan Adler's Capri Contemporary Yellow Glass Wall Sconce can be your very own sunshine. Install one on either side of your bathroom vanity or a statement mirror for a glow like no other.
Image: Elle Interior
Image from Fia Interiors
When you can't put your finger on your personal style, sometimes it's easiest to find an image you love online (hello, Pinterest!), or in a magazine. Once you find a space that you love and resonates with you, then it's time to try and replicate it for yourself by taking inspiration from the elements in that room.
Today I've found a modern dining room that I absolutely adore. From the color palate, to the dramatic circular light fixture accented with a geometric dining table and modern metal chairs, this space is perfection.
Zuo Token Modern Aluminum Chairs / Equinox Foyer Pendant Light
Who wouldn't want to have this look in their own dining room? And the best part, you can get a very similar look! I love the contrast of the slightly fancy chandelier with a casual, contemporary chair. I'm not sure about you, but I'd love to eat a meal in this dining room!
Image: Fia Interiors
Image from Casa Vogue
Today, we are so happy to invite Jaime Derringer from Design Milk on our blog to share some of her modern home design tips!
For those of you new to the blog world, Jaime Derringer is the founder and editor of Design Milk, an online magazine dedicated to modern design. The talent doesn't stop there, Jaime is also a great artist and poem-writer.
Let's hear what she has to say about modern design....
ESL: What are your go-to pieces for creating that contemporary home?
JD: I always say go with what you love. Build a neutral base and build on top of that with more exciting bold decor and accent pieces. However, I would encourage one brave, unique choice, whether a standout chair, a creative chandelier, or a daring wallpaper pattern. Do something memorable.
Image from Glitter Inc.
ESL: What tricks/tips do you recommend for achieving a clean and modern look around the home?
JD: Storage! Storage is my number one go-to. If you don’t have the right storage, often times, you end up with piles of things all over the place, which can make a space look messy. Cleanliness is the key to a modern space. The best way to figure out what kind of storage solutions you need is to live in a space first and see where messes and items seem to pile up over time. Then, you can determine the best solution for you; don’t buy unnecessary products—wait until you know what you need.
You can also get some motion-sensor drawer and cabinet lighting to help you find what you’re looking for once you’ve stored everything away.
ESL: What rules can be broken with lighting when it comes to a contemporary look?
JD: I love oversized lighting. The bigger the better - I’d suggest doing something bold and dramatic with lighting even in small spaces.
Perhaps this Possini Euro Icicle Chandelier (left) or this crystal burst design with the Corbett Inertia Crystal Pendant Light (right). I like to turn on the bright lights.
ESL: Where does your inspiration stem from? Any particular designer, architect or blogger?
JD: I am all over the place. I love the creativity of Karim Rashid and the futuristic designs of Zaha Hadid, but also the classic modern designs from the Eameses, Wegner, and Aalto. I love an eclectic mix and I’m hoping to nail it in my new house! ESL: What are some ways in which you can get creative with lighting around the home?
JD: Function first, but then form and fashion. Once you have all your functional areas lit, you can play with some mood lighting.
Image from From the Rigth Bank
I especially like to light some of my artwork with picture lights, create a hallway gallery with spotlights and add special dimmers to make sure I can change the mood in an instant. Even indoor spotlights can light up a special corner and set a dramatic mood.
House of Troy Picture Light
Thanks for all the modern design insight Jaime!
Don't forget to check out our "Bright Ideas from Design Milk" Pinterest board where Jaime continues to share ideas!...
Images: House to Home, Glitter Inc., Casa Vogue, From the Right Bank
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