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Having kids doesn't mean having to throw in the towel and become a soccer mom. The modern family homes featured above set out to break the stereotype of family living. I personally love the idea of living in a modern home with a handful of kids running around. Growing up in a stylish enviroment exposes children to fashion, design, architecture, and other creative arts.
Designing the main areas in a modern home can can sometimes be easier than decorating kid's rooms and spaces. When designing a modern nursery or kid's room there is a balance between modern furnishings and a kid-friendly, functional design.
Need a few directional ideas for designing your modern nursery or kid's room?
The light fixtures you select for the kid's space can make a big impact on the overall design. Below are a few modern table lamps for the kid's room or nursery. The lamps are modern and fun and will easily transition into a more grown up space as the child ages.
Lite Source Kito Blue Table Lamp (left), Chrome Stack Set of Two Table Lamps (right)
* Post Update 10/24/12: Our Chrome Stack Table Lamps has been discontinued.
Possini White Flower Acrylic Shade Table Lamp (left), Jonathan Adler Carlyle Slide Table Lamp (right)
* Post Update 10/24/12: Our Jonathan Adler Carlyle Table Lmap has been discontinued.
Images: emmas designblogg, Family Living, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy
Unique entryway with geometric tiles.
Hello Friday! I thought we could enter the weekend in style by looking at a few stylish entryways...
The entryway above is actually a restaurant in Mexico, but it looks like it would be an amazing home... It used to be an artist's studio, which could be why it looks so residential and amazing. The exterior is covered with tiles featuring patterns inspired by local weavers.
Modern entryway with contemporary pendant lighting.
This mid-century modern home used a bold color choice for their front door, making this entryway hard to ignore.
While outdoor wall lights are usually found flanking a front door, I especially love the decision to hang a modern pendant light to create a stylish entryway. This house features a 'wow' factor before you even walk inside...
Entryway landscaping ideal for outdoor fountains.
In the photo above, the wood paneled architecture mixed with the stone steps is a beautiful combination for any entryway.
The luscious landscape surrounding the entryway above would be perfect for a tranquil outdoor fountain...
Don't forget outdoor security lighting to protect your home. There are lots of modern styles out there that won't interfere with your style...
Images from Dwell, Home Adore, Arch Daily
Stylish outdoor space in the city
Whether you're a city dweller or live in the suburbs, there's lots of backyard ideas to make your outdoor space inviting.
Lots of greenery is a must, but there's other things you can do, like provide attractive outdoor furniture. You can use chairs, cushions and even an outdoor rug like this space above. Not only are you adding places where people can sit, but also texture and pattern.
Small home with a stylish outdoor space
While this home certainly has more space than the one above, it's still not a large outdoor area. Of course dress it up with lots of greenery, but modern outdoor chairs are great for adding style.
Soothing backyard water fountains are a great way to make both you and your neighbors happy... The sound will be calming at all times of the day.
Beautiful backyard style for a larger home
This lovely space above certainly has more space than the two above, notice they don't fill the entire space just because they have more. Open space is good, both indoors and out.
They got creative with the tiles for lots of pattern and kept the seating simple. For larger outdoor spaces, it's good to allow the landscape and the architecture to be center stage.
What are some of your backyard ideas? Share them in the comments below!
Images from The Jungalow, Trendland, WGLandscape
Modern dining room design fit for a family.
One of the most important rooms of the home, especially with a family, is the dining room. This is where you should be spending some time every day. So make it special.
Keep your dining room design stylish to suit your needs, and to work with the rest of your home, but keep it fun so the kids enjoy spending time there.
Be sure to include some stylish modern chairs and contemporary canvas art, two things that should always exist in a modern dining room..
How to get this look:
1. You can make a statement with a simple black pendant light.
2. Add style to your dining room, while at the same time introducing your kids to contemporary canvas abstract art.
3. Especially with a family dining room, comfortable upholstered dining chairs are perfect... it will keep everyone at the table longer.
4. While time isn't always important at dinner, sometimes a bold black clock adds a bit of graphic style.
5. The mid century modern dining table is a classic and works for any style of dining room.
Image from SF Girl by Bay
The dining room is a place for people to come together, whether it's daily or only for special occasions. Modern dining room design runs the gamut from minimalist to glamorous.
Unique lighting, bright or neutral palettes, mismatched dining chairs, and interesting ceiling treatments are just some of the ways to achieve a modern-looking dining room.
Mixing and matching dining chairs is a great way to express your personality in your dining room design. The look of the mismatched chairs in the dining room above works because the two different chairs are very similar in height.
The room looks cohesive as the white vintage looking white chairs complement the unique white chandelier and the wood chairs coordinates with the wood finish of the dining table.
Don't feel like you're limited to a single light fixture over your dining table. Use a series of modern pendants over the table for a different look, like in this dining room with the large domed black pendants with a gold finish inside.
Don't ignore the ceiling either -- the ceiling covered in thin wood planks warms up the pared down and sleek design.
Just because a dining room is modern in design doesn't mean it's limited to a neutral palette. Take this room designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard -- it is bursting with color! It is the sleek lines of the chrome based chairs, mirrored dining table and art that keeps the room looking modern.
Stylish modern crystal chandeliers grab your attention right away and add a touch of glam to a modern dining room design. The silvery drapes help add to the glamorous feel of the room, while the design of the table and chairs help retain the room's modern feel.
A constant in all of these dining rooms is a statement-making light fixture, from simple to elaborate the right light fixture can really make a room shine (both literally and figuratively!)
Image Sources: Hative, Real Simple, Homedit, Elle Decor
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