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I am a huge advocate for adding color to a modern living room. Monochromatic rooms can be ultra cool but there is something so lively about color. Especially when added to a clean crisp neutral space. One color that tends to be overlooked is purple. It’s a hard hue to mix other colors with and can sometimes feel too bold. Lately I’ve been seeing this royal color appear in some fantastic spaces. The key is to add splashes of purple. Too much can look too... well, purpley.
Above we see a modern space with a great art wall and bench seating. In the midst of other bold colors, the purple rug looks cool and youthful.
This sofa is adorned with pretty purple pillows to add just a touch of this color. We also see a purple amethyst piece on the coffee table that works effortlessly with the pillows. Cream and purple are a dynamic duo! Decorative pillows are a great way to add color to a room.
If you want to go a little more permanent with the color purple, try painting a half wall in a soft version of the hue. This room is full of neutral pieces so the purple is allowed to pop. A great color combo is lavender and green, as you can see (above).
If you are really unsure about using this color and worried that you might get weary of it too soon, take a clue from this room and try it out with one single pale purple pillow. It might be all of the purple that you need or want.
Images: Desire To Inspire, Design* Sponge, Residence Magazine, April and May.
When we think of landscape design, we usually consider the interplay of foliage, hardscape features and outdoor lighting. A water feature may play into the mix too, but rarely do we consider art work or finding any type of usable modern design inspiration.
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a non-profit founded in 2009 challenges the notion of how we use and program public and outdoor spaces by curating temporary installations and performances of contemporary art work. From an astrological mapping in the Southern California desert to a car horn symphony orchestrated across Los Angeles, LAND's happenings force us to look at our interaction with space in different and often inspiring new ways.
Perhaps most interesting among these exhibitions is the island (pictured throughout this post), a short-term, site-specific installation that plays with the fantasies and realities of being marooned on a desert island. For this single day exhibition held in conjunction with Art Basel Miami 2010, guests were boated to an island and induced to trek through sand, tropical plants and the water itself to discover artwork.
While the artwork was arranged like detritus drifted upon a shore, the effect was stunning. The relationship between the natural and the artificial was brought into dramatic relief.
Participating artists included: Bozidar Brazda, Stefan Brüggemann, Scott Campbell, Brody Condon, Naomi Fisher, Michael Genovese, Luis Gispert, Adler Guerrier, Terence Koh, Kate Levant and Michael E. Smith, Hanna Liden, Justin Lowe, Kori Newkirk, Jack Pierson, Marina Rosenfeld, David Benjamin Sherry, and Rona Yefman. The exhibition was curated by Shamim M. Momin, Director/Curator, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and Aaron Bondaroff/Al Moran, Creative Directors, OHWOW.
Despite its highly conceptual approach, there are a number of design take-aways from the exhibition. What is our relationship with the outdoors? How do we design outdoor spaces in which the manufactured complements the organic rather than fighting with it? How can we develop our open and public land in a way that is sustainable and even regenerative?
These are the questions landscape architects and homeowners alike are asking, and with a growing interest in such mechanisms as energy efficient LED lighting, solar powered fountains, recycled materials and climate tolerant gardening, the land of the future promises to be a bright one indeed.
Oh, ikat. It's the one trendy pattern that still, after all this time, I still can't get enough of. Among those of us who love modern design, there's no room this pattern doesn't make better.
Maybe it's because there are so many different color variations and patterns within the designation of ikat that no matter what your style, the room type, or mood, there's probably an ikat to fit the occasion.
I'm loving the simple pops of ikat in the bedroom (top image) which is perfectly brought in with throw pillows, as well as the dramatic upholstery job on the dining chairs (above). And stunning chandeliers never hurt the modern design of any space!
ESL has you covered if you're in the market for a little dash of ikat, from lamp shades to pillows. Here are a few of my favorite pillows.
1. Tribal Ikat Canvas Pillow 2. Leopard Print Ikat Pillow 3. Butterfly Ikat Canvas Pillow 4. Chevron Ikat Canvas Pillow 5. Kite Square Ikat Pillow 6. Bardot Tribal
Images: A. Malson Interior Design, Dawna Jones Design, LRI Designs, Cynthia Lynn Photography
Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design! Starting in April, we will switch it up a bit and only do a link round up 1x/month. It's new name will be Design Spotlight. Stay tuned...
+We encourage you to take a look at this super cool home on Emmas Design Blogg. It's modern, edgy and just plain rad.
+Do you know what's even cooler than sustainable, green design?.... Tracking it! This new project for a high rise in Century City, California has an entire website dedicated to real-time environmental display.
+Are you an animal lover, but don't love the tacky furniture for pets? Check out Home Made Modern for a fun and easy DIY project. This is the coolest dog house we've ever seen.
+You have not seen architecture like this, we promise! It's the Chinese Coin House by Juan Carlos Menacho Durán.
+We have some buzz for you and to be honest, it's just us bragging a little. We've partnered with some great design bloggers and we're pretty proud of it. Read the full article here.
Gender neutral rooms are becoming more and more popular and I have to say, I love it! They are fantastic if you have multiple children of both genders sharing a room or even just if you don't want your child's room to look too girly or all boy.
This room (above) is my dream kids room. The colors really pop against the black and white scale, don't they? Notice that the pillow on the bed has pink in it, but it doesn't look too feminine because the gray scale and other subdued colors balance it out. I absolutely love it. Colorful pillows are always a great way for adding extra details.
The trick is to use colors that work for either sex, obviously. But you also want to include neutral tones like gray or white as the base for the walls or even the majority of the furniture. If you have a blue dresser or a pink light fixture, it makes it a lot harder to get the gender neutral look. This nursery (above) is a great example of using white as the base color and then adding fun pops of color that aren't overwhelmingly boy or girl.
And this shared nursery is so fun. They used a neutral tone for the walls and then white furniture but then used yellow and orange for most of the decorations. It's bright and cheery and totally gender neutral. You'll also notice that there are more feminine and masculine elements incorporated too. Just because the overall room is gender neutral, doesn't mean everything in the room has to be!
Images: Weekday Carnival, Apartment Therapy, Melissa Esplin
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