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Arc lamps look great in modern living rooms, there's no question about that. However, the dining room is an unexpected room where designer floor lamps, specifically arc lamps look great!
This cool loft home above features an arc lamp which functions as great lighting of course, but also contributes to the mid-century style of the dining room.
While this space above is a bit more contemporary than the first image, there is still an undertone of mid-century style, which makes this marble-base arc lamp a perfect choice.
Floor lamps are great in the dining room for when you don't want to disturb your ceiling. If you have gorgeous wood ceilings like this space above, no need to drill a hole and install an electrical system, just plug in a handsome floor lamp!
Polished Chrome George Kovacs Arc Floor Lamp / Robert Abbey Archer Marble Arc Floor Lamp / Nova Arc Chrome Floor Lamp
Here's a few ideas for stylish arc floor lamps from Euro Style Lighting, but there's lots more where those came from!
Images: Ana Donohue Interiors, Fougeron Architecture, Ed Ritger, Wakako Tokunaga Architecture, Concrete Collaborative
If you think living in New York means tight spaces and high rents, you're right. But this innovative apartment takes it to another level. Somehow, the builders were able to fit a kitchen, bathroom, loft bedroom, home office and storage in this 500 sq ft space!
The key to this smart design is using vertical space. There is a built-in wooden core that holds the kitchen and bedroom spaces.
Modern wall sconces and clean modern furniture help conserve space. The stairs leading up to the loft bedroom contain a storage drawer in each stair. No space was left unused.
This innovative interior design allows the small apartment to function like a much larger space in a very small footprint.
Do you have a fascination for modern tree houses? We do! So we've rounded up a few of our favorites. This is where we wish we could spend our weekend...
These tree houses, from around the world, aren't for kids, they're real modern architecture, in trees!
Sometimes when life gets a little challenging, I think we would all love to escape to deep in the forest and hide in a tree house.
These tiny homes add a whole new meaning to 'bringing the outdoors in', are we right?!
Images: Yatzer, Fresh Home, Links & Things, Cush Design Studio, Free Spirit Spheres, Apartment Therapy
Image from Apartment Therapy
A few months back, Apartment Therapy handed out awards for Small Cool 2014, their 10th annual awards for small homes. With dorm room season just around the corner, we thought it'd be worth looking at the smallest of these nominees (500 sq. ft. or less) for some tips on student living.
Tall furnishings, drapes and architectural features can appear to "raise" ceilings, effectively enlarging the room such as this look in Tiffany and Allan's entry (also pictured at the top of this post).
Matte, monochromatic walls and matching furnishings have a tendency to recede into the background, opening the room up. It's also worth mentioning that sofas, like the one pictured in Laura's place above double, as a bed in a snap.
Reggae Lugano Anthrocite Sofa Bed
In small rooms just as in large, layered lighting is fundamental. Unfortunately when space is minimal, there isn't that freedom to place a table lamp here, floor lamp there.
Hanging pendant lights however allow you to brighten particular areas in layers, as Amandine has done in the photo above. We also love to use modern wall sconces, which can provide a small dose of task lighting for the kitchen or bedside.
Lastly, whether it's windows mirrored furniture or a simple coffee table, glass is indispensable in small spaces. Transparent glass allows for longer sight-lines across spaces, while mirrored furnishings, by their reflective quality, can actually double the appearance of sight-lines across a space. When possible, use glass well and use it often!
Images: Apartment Therapy
Image from Narofsky Architecture
Day or night, your modern outdoor space should be the welcoming element for your home design. However, it's a little harder to see at night and that's where great landscape lighting comes in handy.
This top image has beautiful flowers, healthy grass and growing trees. Luckily, the designer didn't leave out the important detail of modern LED landscape lighting, so the trees can be lit at night and also indirectly lighting the pathway.
Image from Bill Bocken
Spot lighting is great for accenting your outdoor decor, like the pots in this image above. The accent candles and fireplace are beautiful, but the lights behind the pots add sophistication through attention to detail.
Image from Window World
If you're one of the lucky few who has an indoor garden, don't forget landscape lighting is important here as well. It highlights different areas of the garden and really makes it the 'wow' factor it should be.
Images: Narofsky Architecture, Bill Bocken, Window World
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