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  • Public Display of Design Inspiration

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    Design Inspiration

    Where do you like to look for design inspiration when it comes to spaces that are appealing to both children and adults? I’m always inspired by nature, sometimes cartoons or children’s books, other people’s homes and, of course, Pinterest. But, I also love looking at public spaces. 

    Public Dining

    Places like hotels, parks, bookstores, stores, and activity centers can actually be a gold mine when it comes to inspiration and ideas. Since these places or spaces are many times dedicated solely to children there is no holding back when it comes to imagination. No doubt, they can go big or go home.

    I’m loving Nuca Studio, a family hangout and lounge, which is located in Romania. It’s fun, funky, totally simple and yet slightly over the top, all at the same time.

    Modern Cafeteria

    While you may not want to copy the look exactly (perhaps a giant modern elephant is a bit much, although, I’d gladly take one) don’t miss a detail because if you look closely there are always concepts to take home and make your own.

    For instance, in these spaces, I love the white with the pops of color, the lighting, the modern seating and brightly colored tables and the fun round cut out windows. 

    Home Decor

    1. Pascal White Plastic Wood 30 1/2-Inch-H Set of 2 Side Chairs 2. Lime Green Round Modern 11 3/4-Inch Vogue Wall Clock 3. Brunetta Purple Accent Table 4. White Ripple Glass 3 1/2-Inch-W Pendant Chandelier

    Above are a few simple ways to incorporate this look and style in your home:

    Images: Nuca Studio

  • Decorating With Area Rugs

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    Modern Dining Room

    A major detail that creates warmth in any space is adding an area rug. Whether you are dealing with a living space or a bedroom space (among others), you will find contentment in your design by simply adding a patterned, colorful rug. It finishes a space perfectly and can make a room feel more cohesive. It also helps with space planning. It’s easier to place furniture pieces around a rug because you are aware of dimensions around you.

    We see in the room above that a simple rug with soft colors and patterns easily transforms a space from drab to pretty. The rug also makes the green dining chairs pop.

    Dining Room

    Create a wow factor by adding a bright, patterned rug to your space. Photographer Jessie Webster chose to use a bright and bold rug in her dining room. It gives her neutral space enough color to add some lovely character.

    Modern Living Room

    This living space didn’t need alot of help being beautiful. That’s why I love how they chose a simple, elegant rug that doesn’t compete with the furniture in the room.

    Modern Bedroom

    For my own bedroom, I chose a colorful rug and layered it on a solid gray rug. It has to be my favorite feature in my room. And because most everything else is neutral in the room, a colorful rug really works.

    Happy rug planning!

    Images: Apartment TherapyDesign SpongeUncovet, Simply Grove

  • Restaurant Design: Workshop Kitchen and Bar

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    Restaurant Design

    Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I'm sure there was lots of brunching going on and some amazing restaurant designs discovered. Did anyone make it to Palm Springs or happen to try out the new Workshop Kitchen + Bar?

    Soma Architects was called upon to transform the historic El Paseo Building into a fresh new architectural identity for Workshop Kitchen + Bar. The existing elements were strong and limited the possibilities, but Soma was sure to exploit them. The result is powerful and focuses on the height of these 27 foot cathedral ceilings.

    Concrete Communal Table

    The building is colonial on the outside and industrial-chic on the inside with the vertical design emphasized by tall concrete structures. Modern mini pendant lighting always makes a bold statement when used in multiples and in this case it fills the void and creates intimacy at the communal table. The central communal table is more of a public dining space and the booths on the right and left provide great intimacy for private dining. They are almost like little rooms of their own, don't you think?

     Modern Pendant Lighting

    The modern lighting stays consistent throughout. When repeating lighting, finding the perfect modern pendant light is crucial. This minimal design works so well with the height of the space as it continues to emphasize it. The modern dining chairs and barstools really blend into the environment throughout the space making them appear perfectly integrated into the design.

    Either of these (below) minimal pendant lights would work great in the space.

    Mini Pendant

    Illuminations Vintage Ancient Bronze Ceiling Pendant

    Mini Pendant Light

    Industrial Cage 6" Wide Black Pendant Light


     Modern Bar

    The concrete bar looks very cool and in Palm Springs something cool is all you need on those hot summer days!

    Images: Soma Architects

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  • 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

  • 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

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