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Whether you're a sports aficionado or not, you probably know that the Winter Olympics begins this week. Top athletes will be competing for Gold in Sochi, Russia. Well, we love sports here in the ESL offices but we love home design more.
Which is why we want to show you how to win gold with your home design since, like us, you probably lack the skills to win Olympic gold.
Glitz Filbert Espresso 33-Inch-H Arm Chair / Besa Pogo Collection Gold Pendant
For starters.... Set the mood with gold upholstery on a beautiful modern piece of furniture and then highlight it with a gold pendant, preferably in the shape of an Olympic ring.
Eleganza Starburst Gold Leaf 22-Inch-H Wall Mirror / Regina-Andrew Gilded 49" Golden Sconce
We couldn't help but select this gold pendant that resembles the Olympic flame! And no room should go without a gold starburst mirror in our opinion! Modern mirrors with luxury styling are a great way to bring home the gold...
Zena Gold Leaf 72-Inch-H Arteriors Home Room Screen / Worchester Gold 33 1/2-Inch-H Arteriors Home Console Table
Since we've already included a bold mirror, gold-upholstered chair and a flaming hot wall sconce, let's keep things minimal with the gold furniture. This gold "Olympic ring" screen will add vertical design to the space without being too heavy. The gold-framed console is a great place to add some color on the shelves or just simple gold and white accessories that will compliment the room.
Westoria Brass 7 3/4-Inch-H Bulova Tabletop Clock / Dakota Gold and Black Glass 20-Inch-H End Table
Lastly, you need a distinctive accent table to pair with your gold chair and this gold clock is a beautiful accessory to top off this gold home design.
What do you think?
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Designing a home is about recreating a feeling. Today I want to bring home the beach by recreating the calm, beachy feeling--like the kind of feeling that you get when your toes are in the warm sand, you are lying under the shade of gently swaying leaves, your fingers are brushing through the cool, clear sea waters.
To get the look and feeling of the beach in your home bring in objects, art, furniture and lighting that is made from natural materials like a mirror made of driftwood, pendant lights made of shells that sway in the breeze, shades made of seagrass, elements in granite, raffia and cotton. Natural materials give a home an earthy and rustic feel.
By keeping a beachy color palette of natural whites, creams with hints of soft blues and sea greens, the home maintains a clean and cool feeling. The elements of brass, gold and crystal in the mix are like the glimmers in the ocean, the shiny abalone and glistening shells. The juxtaposition of the rustic elements with the shiny elements brings the same balance of relaxation and excitement of the beach into the home.
Add the right greenery (there's nothing like a pony-tail palm to make a space feel beachy-keen) and you're ready to turn even the most urban dwelling into a beach bungalow.
Get the look above:
White Faux Nautilus Shell with Tan Shade Table Lamp, Dolce Capiz Shell 11 1/2-Inch-H Mini Pendant Light , Charlotte Square 18-Inch-W Accent Table, Regatta Cupertino Modern Currey and Company Pendant Light, Crystorama Palla 12" Wide Antique Silver Wall Sconce, Currey And Company Beachhead 21" Square Driftwood Mirror,Bachelor 1-Drawer Driftwood 24-Inch-W TV Table, Brushed Nickel Seagrass Giclee 5 1/2-Inch-H Pendant, Fluted Ball Sea Glass Jamie Young Table Lamp, Laguna Sahara Dark Wood 38-Inch-H Club Chair, Global Bazaar Artista Blue and Grey Modern Throw Pillow, Brass Desk Arc Lamp, Morocco Blue Square 18-Inch Designer Pillow
Images: Desire to Inspire
Wall & Deco introduces an incredible new collection of of outdoor wallpaper called OUT-Outdoor Unconventional Texture. The visual solutions for exterior decoration will blow your mind. Graffiti and street art have greatly influenced the design culture in the last few years and now Wall & Deco has taken this concept to the next level and combined it with innovative technology to create something completely unexpected.
There are so many expressive possibilities which make these bold and graphic outdoor wallpapers an architects dream! Adding color and graphic wall murals into urban settings makes for happy places and it actually brings inspiration to communities. Goodbye outdoor tile, hello outdoor wallpaper! Just take a look at some of the amazing exterior applications.
BauHaus: This colorful graphic pattern creates such a bold contrast with the natural environment. Imagine how this could light up at night with the use of modern up lighting.
Kefia: The Houndstooth pattern adds sophistication to this modern architecture. Pair it with colorful outdoor chairs and let the fun begin!
Tokio Stripes: Black and white patterns are a bold, yet classic statement. Modern outdoor furniture in neutral tones helps maintain balance and doesn't compete with this bold pattern.
Pop Pop Pop: No repeat on this pop wall mural. Just look at how the image seems transparent and you can still see the "wall" behind it. Such amazing innovation.
Loren Ipsum: Combing the old with the new. How can that not be ancient text carved into a concete wall?
Camooo: Camouflage your building or create a bold graphic statement. Imagine using this on a government building in your downtown!
Wall & Deco has just proven to us that architecture is about to get more fun!
Images: Wall & Deco
I love the challenge presented by small spaces, perhaps nowhere more than in the kitchen. How do you squeeze a functioning galley into a small space and still maintain a certain level of aesthetic in the process?
The standard bearer of the self-contained mini kitchen is Boffi's Mincucine (pictured above). Designed in 1963 with a volume just shy of 11 cubic feet, this mini kitchen covers cooking, refrigeration and storage in a space the size of an office desk, wrapped in a brilliant, minimalist design.
The original Minicucine was updated in 2007 with a gorgeous matte Corian finish.
Students at ENSCI, the famed Parisian industrial design school were clearly influenced by Boffi when they designed their Modern Space Saving Mini Kitchen. Sliding counters and a streamlined design give the concept piece a Star Trek allure.
With storage, prep and cooking all wrapped into a single, mobile unit, these kitchens contain everything but the lighting. Mini-pendant lights are a great way to light these minimalist wonders without overpowering their diminutive size.
Hinkley Hampton Wide Nickel Mini Pendant Light, (left) Polished Nickel Hybrid Mini Pendant (right)
Mini kitchens can seem almost automotive in their presentation. Concept photos show gleaming stand-alone pieces with doors swung open and there's a distinct emphasis as much on performance as on form. Designers Adriano Conti, Corrado Galzio and Alex Innamorati pack a lot of punch into their design, including a vegetable washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, small pantry and oven. At approximately three feet in diameter, this design could be tucked away into a closet when house guests arrive. Or as the photo shows, it makes a decent cocktail table too.
A trend toward higher density living no doubt necessitates small living solutions, yet as logistically accomplished as compacted island kitchen concepts are, more conservative back-to-the-wall designs may be best suited to widespread use. The K1 Kitchen from French company Kitchoo is a minimalist bureau design that integrates easily with a variety of hospitality and home projects.
When space is an issue, modularity often carries the day, offering flexibility that stand-alone mini kitchens do not. Forget about what's on the stove, Snaidero's modular Code kitchen system is worth salivating over. It looks great with ample floor space, but can be scaled down to fit a much smaller footprint.
The Library Kitchen system, designed by Phillipe Starck for Warendorf, wraps the kitchen appliances in bookshelves, merging the cultural and the culinary for tight spaces.
When counter space is tight, it can be critical to utilize air space. Use stemware racks, recessed under cabinet lights and hanging pot racks to help keep cabinets and counters free.
Living small requires living smart. With a variety of excellent plug-and-play and modular systems out there, living small can mean living well too.
Images: Informinteriors, Doublemesh, Freshome, Snaidero, Home Designing
Sidney based architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects took this old Victorian home with tall surrounding walls and turned it into a super cool modern home. We approve.
Simple forms, minimal furnishing and mixed materials all work together to create the home's modern look. When your minimal furnishings include cool, modern accent chairs go ahead and consider yourself on-trend.
Cool appliances, simple modern lighting and dark colored furniture make this place stylish for both male and female inhabitants.
Images: Andrew Maynard Architects
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