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  • It's a Floating Lake House

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    Many memories are made vacationing at a lake in the summertime, and often times they are too good to ever stop experiencing. Becca and Doug Worpie feel this exact way about the rugged coast of Georgian Bay where they've made a trip to every year of their life. The environment is rough and unpredictable, but "this place is my heaven" says Becca.

    So, building a summer home here was their dream, but not as simple as one may expect. When they ventured out and stumbled upon the U-shaped island with a three acre piece of rock in Pointe au Baril, they also found two decrepit cottages and a boat house. They knew there was a lot of work ahead, but they also knew there was something extremely special about it.  

    modern boat dock

    This wasn't the type of  job you could hand your contractor sketches for, they had to get much more creative than that. So the couple called upon architects Michael Meredith and his partner Hilary Sample of MOS, a young interdisciplinary practice (then) based in Toronto to take on this project. They proposed a series of buildings that formed a "necklace" around the island; the main cottage and a series of smaller cabins that could house all the overnight guests that wanted to invite in the summertime With multiple cabins, modern outdoor path lighting would be great to help navigate from cabin to cabin at nighttime.

    modern sliding glass doors

    When building the final structure they wanted to build not just something on the water, but in the water. So they designed a two story building supported by massive pontoons that was fabricated off site and floated back into place. A modest boathouse now sits inside the cove and has become the family's main summer headquarters. The boat slip and sauna are down below, while upstairs there are two bedrooms, an office, gallery, and of course incredible views.

     modern bridge

    The bridges branches off from the second story and connects the main house to the other cabins.

    modern graphic artwork  

    Although the exterior of the house is clad in untreated cedar allowing it to weather naturally, the interior is a very modern and clean.  The floors and ceiling are treated with Douglas Fir to give you a very warm and cozy feeling in the space.  Modern wishbone chairs surround the mid-century dining table. The art is bold and colorful, creating a very playful vibe in the space.  

    modern kitchenette

    The modern kitchen is neutral in tone, but the clean modern lines really make a statement. You can tell each and every detail was planned out.

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    The stunning view is picture perfect.  You could sit and stare or go outside and play, either one would be quite pleasurable.  

    Adding modern benches to any space with a view allows you to take it all in at every angle.   

    Zuo Heywood Single Natural Bench  

    stone fireplace

    The fireplace facade is clad with local granite and allows the bold colors of the artwork to just bounce right off of it. The playful edge comes through once again and reminds you that this place is for having fun with family and friends.   


    modern wood bathtub

    The iroko wood modern bathtub is the perfect element for connecting the interior with nature. Custom designed concrete tiles create texture and contrast to the natural wood elements of the space. After a long day of fun in the sun, i couldn't think of a better way to relax than soaking in the tub and thinking back about all the childhood memories and all the new ones created each day.  

    Whether you're at your own lake house of not, I truly hope you all are enjoying your summer and creating many memories that are sure to last a lifetime. 

    Images: Dwell

  • Modern DIY: Driftwood + Airplant Wall Accessory

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    Whether you have kids at home looking for summer projects or you just love DIY's, we found a great idea for you! This driftwood, airplant wall art is modern, easy to make, and very cool.

    driftwood and airplants

    All you need is a great piece of driftwood, a few airplants, hammer, sawtooth hangers, and nails. Make sure there are at least a couple flat surfaces on your piece of driftwood so it can hang it from the wall.

    While you're cleaning your piece of driftwood, soak and clean your airplants then set aside and let them dry.

    airplants

    Find two flat spots (depending how long your driftwood is) and use small nails to secure the sawtooth hangers. Place a couple larger nails in the wall and hang your driftwood. Since it naturally has curves, you don't have to worry about it looking perfectly straight.

    Once you hang it, you can carefully place your airplants anywhere you like, making sure to balance them out along the entire piece of driftwood. 

    driftwood

    The best part about this modern DIY accessory is that it could also be a beautiful memory, depending on where and how you found your driftwood... Like, a romantic stroll on the beach or play day on the beach with the kids!

    Watch the tutorial video at Craftzine. And if you don't know where to source air plants, here's a fun Etsy shop.

    Images (and idea): Craftzine

  • Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress: From Outfit to Room

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    Audrey Hepburn's little black Givenchy dress that was worn in the opening of Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of the most iconic clothing items in history. It has become such an integral part of every woman's wardrobe, such that you probably can't name any woman that doesn't own a little black dress. The perfect choice of accessories can turn this dress into an elegant evening gown, but the design of the dress is all about simple form.

    How do you bring these features into your home? It can be as simple as adding a beautiful chandelier. The chandelier (below) has a very simple form but the sweeping strands of delicate chains drape to create a look that resembles the strands of pearls adorning Audrey Hepburn's neck.

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    Sweeping Chain 6-Light Black Chandelier

    The gentle curves and shiny black marble of the accent table (below) would add elegance to any room. The simplicity of form and polished nickel details combine to create a striking side table that becomes timeless in any setting.

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    Arteriors Home Aries Polished Nickel & Marble Table

    These pearls trace the form of the Hepburn's dress with perfection. A simple silhouette shows off her wonderful shoulders and defines her curves.

     open back dress

    This stylish, bold dining chair (below) is delicate yet sturdy. It does a great job of showing off curves, much like the Givenchy dress. Modern dining chairs fit into any setting from the outdoors to in, upgrading even the side of a bed when used as a nightstand.  

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    Set of 4 Zuo Anime Black Dining

    Adding a decorative wall mirror into your space can add a touch of sophistication, much like a pearl or diamond necklace can add to a classic dress. The perfect finishing touches can transform your space from casual to elegant in an instant.

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    Silver Ice 34" High Wall Mirror

    Let's all try to recreate a little bit of Audrey Hepburn's style and that little black dress in our homes! It's a simple elegance that will be loved for years!

    Images: IMDB

  • Julius Shulman: Modern Photographer

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    Julius Shulman Mirman Residence in Arcadia

    You've seen the style a thousand times...and chances are modern photographer Julius Shulman (1910-2009) had something to do with that.

    Following up on Cori's post Design in Style: Mid-Century Modern Roundup from yesterday, Mid-century Modernism is one of the most popular and recognizable design styles today (and one that we love!). One of the most common subsets of the style is California Modern, a style of residential architecture characterized by glass walls, oversized eaves and severe geometries, most commonly found in horizontal cities like Palm Springs and Los Angeles. These structures represent the quintessential post-war American Dream and for Mid-century Modern fans, the designers and architects of these homes are household names: Eames, Schindler, Neutra, Lautner, even Lloyd Wright.

    John Lautner Chemosphere Shulman photograph

    Shulman has photographed the most iconic Mid-century residences of the last seventy years, and his uncanny ability to give soul to these stark spaces brings up an interesting question: does a great subject make a great photograph, or vice versa?

    His images have immortalized the work of John Lautner (pictured above) and Richard Neutra (pictured below)...

    Neutra Chuey House by Julius Shulman

    ...bringing to light these striking edifices, not to mention the furniture within them. The impact of Mid-century thinking influences home decor design to this day. 

    mid century modern furniture designs

    Zuo Liftoff Black Dining Table, Holtkoetter Satin White and Satin Nickel Tripod Floor Lamp

    Not all of Shulman's photos included human subjects, but when they did, his models exuded the composed cool that came to define the Mid-century aesthetic.

    Shulman photograph of Pierre Koenig

    spencer house photo by julius shulman

    The California Modern lifestyle was, at least on the surface, one of extreme leisure, with cocktails and swimming pools featuring prominently. But it was also one that indicated a tectonic shift in perception, from Modernism as an abstruse European design philosophy to a populist aesthetic that could be mass produced and consumable. To buy modern floor lamps and furniture was suddenly as easy as picking up groceries. And with Mid-century Modern designs now available more than ever today, we are all the beneficiaries.

    We may never credit a single mid-century furniture or building design to Julius Shulman, but we might all want to thank him for turning the camera - and in the process, many of us - on to this revolutionary look.   

    Images: W5RAN, Peterson Live, Midcenturia, Pleasure PhotoTrndWntd

  • Summer White: Home Decor Items For After Labor Day

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    Who says you can't wear white after Labor Day? Well, we think you can. But we also think white home decor items, simple pendant lighting, and modern furniture are stylish year-round!

    white home decor items

    1. Artcraft On the Spot Pendant Light 2. Profuse 19" Round Wall Clock 3. Zuo Wilco White Dining Table 4. Small Glacier Glass White Vase 5. Zuo Carnival White Modular Sofa

    Simply put, rock your style no matter what the season!

    Image: Fashion Gone Rogue

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