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  • Nature In The Modern Bathroom

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    Bathroom wall paper

    You don't have to situate your bathroom outside, as I discussed in my post The Modern Outdoor Bathroom, or even include interior landscaping, you could just incorporate nature into the materials used in your modern bathroom. This beautiful high-impact wall covering (above) dominates this space, in a good way. Large scale artwork, simple home decor accessories and clean lines are great methods in modern design.

    Unique bathroom fixtures

    If you don't want such large scale artwork dominating your space, there's no need to be so obvious with your love for the great outdoors. Notcie the fixtures in this space (above) which feature the beautiful wrapping effect of a lily flower, capturing just the right amount of the nature. Keeping the rest of the decor simple allows these unique fixtures to stand out. Try consolidating some of the more functional elements, such as combining mirrors with lighting, so that you can keep your space more open.

    Mosaic tile artwork

    Mosaic tiles are a beautiful way to add artistic elements to any contemporary bathroom. This tile work depicting a large scale birds of paradise tops the list. And the colors are mesmerizing.

    You can use simple materials such as wall covering or more complex applications like mosaic ,to add a little natural to your bathroom design without having to break down any walls or maintain any type of plant life. Simplicity is wonderful.

    Images: Architects For Life, Home Design House, Arxitektur

  • Bathrooms With a View

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    Bathroom with stone walls

    We just love modern bathroom design and nature! We've been giving you lots of tips for either designing your shower outdoors or incorporating natural materials into your bathroom. There's lots of options, including getting a bathroom with a view!  It's time to bring the outdoors in and create your modern organic bathroom sanctuary in any location! Open plans allow room for furniture, perfect for including a lounge chair and being able to enjoy the view even when you're not in the tub.

    White bathroom with open shower

    This perfectly modern all-white bathroom introduces the green wall in such a breathtaking way. i29 Architects created a Plantwall that extends beyond the volumes of the bathroom and into the interior of the home. This creates the illusion of the bathroom being connected to the outdoors and open to the sky.  

    Modern bathroom with concrete walls

    Steve Hermann's long and narrow bathroom doesn't truly end at the glass wall! The entire exterior becomes part of this minimal bathroom design. The sleek modern bathroom vanity contrasts so elegantly against the raw concrete wall, as the mirror reflects the picture perfect exterior. In modern bathroom design, the use of modern bathroom vanity lighting allows for a seamless integration, maintaining the clean lines of modern design. 

    Modern bathroom with concrete floors

    If you can't be fully exposed to the exterior just one window will do! The open plan bathroom with exposed beams feels connected to the exterior through the open window. If your view isn't picture perfect, a little landscaping is all you need to do the trick! The natural wood bench also brings a bit of the exterior in and is a nice touch against the concrete floor and stark white bathroom fixtures.

    Modern bathroom with white fixtures

    There is no way you can block a picture perfect view from the top the Hollywood Hills. Just the thought of sitting in this elegant tub viewing the splendid lights of the city is overwhelming!

    Modern bathroom with teak wall and floors

    The application of wood in the bathroom is a great way to bring the outdoors in. The mixture of natural wood, marble, and the large window with views of the lush landscaping create a very natural and serene environment that keeps you at one with nature. 

    Image Source: Freshome, Design Milk, Steve Hermann Design,  Architectural Digest,  Yellowtrace

  • Venice Home Tour: Contemporary California Design

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    Modern California architecture

    What better place to soak in contemporary California design than Venice? Architect Daniel Monti designed this house using a brilliant mix of materials. The skillfully perforated screens add depth and visual character to the façade of this Venice house, which Monti designed for his parents.

    Modern staircase design

    The 3,000 circles cut from the exterior screens creatively make up the interior staircase's decorative guardrail. Not a bad way to re-use material!

    Modern bathroom design

    The exterior panels double as artwork for the interior of the home as well, casting a super cool light design and giving a unique method of privacy to the bathroom.

    Modern home pool design

    From the looks of this house, I think it's safe to say Monti has has some pretty cool parents.

    For more images of some very beautiful architecture, you read the L.A. Times review.

    Images: The Architect's Newspaper, L.A. Times

  • Part II: Nest Studio's Design Projects

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    Modern living room design

    Modern dining room with red chairs

    Yesterday, I introduced you to Jessica Davis, the designer behind Nest Studio. We showed you her new modern hardware line, which is a must-see! If you missed yesterday's post, you can read Part I of this interview: Nest Studio: Where Design & Products Merge. Today, we get to chat a little more with Jessica and see some of her amazing interior design projects.

    The images above are from a residential project that Jessica did in Marina del Rey, California. I'm loving the modern dining chairs that add a punch of color to the space. Here's what she had to say about it.

    Jessica: This is a home I did for a client in Marina del Rey who was not afraid to let me use bold colors. I  had so much fun adding personal touches, like the photography over the sofa. It was rewarding to create something that truly reflected the owners.

    Modern baby nursery

    Modern baby nursery

    As I mentioned in Part I of this interview, Jessica is also a new mom. Here's what she had to say about designing her son's nursery. I love the map Jessica used for an artistic backdrop to her modern crib.

    Jessica: My latest personal project was my son Bryan's room. I guess it helped to have a deadline (delivery date!) to get it all done by. Bryan's room is fun and playful. I tried to design a space that would grow with him, using a lot of fun vintage, Etsy, and IKEA finds to keep it all in budget.

    In addition to her residential and personal design projects, Jessica is a designer at Wilson Associates, a top international hospitality design firm. Here are some of her very cool projects that she has designed with her Wilson team.

    Modern hotel lobby

    Modern hotel bar

    Jessica: These images (above) are the Lobby and Bar areas from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods that I worked on for three years while I was in the (Wilson) New York office. It was challenging to take a concept that was really high design and then pare it down to fit in the budget. But we did it and the results turned out nicely.

    Modern hotel lobby

    Modern hotel guestroom

    Jessica: These two images (above) are the Lobby and Typical Guestroom of the Crowne Plaza Times Square that I worked on prior to leaving the New York office (Jessica now works at Wilson, Los Angeles). It was a really challenging renovation project with a tight budget. The hotel lobby was so dated and we managed to really freshen it up.

    While discussing these projects, Jessica and I also talked about the difficult task of selecting lighting for a project and how she's goes about it.

    Cori:  For each project, at what stage do you select lighting?

    Jessica: Lighting is integral and I always start selecting it as soon as I begin the design process, along with the other furniture items and finishes. Just like any other piece of furniture, lighting is both functional and decorative. It's an important element in developing how the space is perceived.

    Modern chandelier

    Robert Abbey Candelaria Chandelier

    Jessica: This Robert Abbey chandelier is a great modern retro alternative to a traditional chandelier, but still has a lot of sparkle. I need to find a place to use this!

     Bronze Swing Arm Light

    Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Series Bronze Swing-Arm Wall Lamp

    Jessica: I’m kind of obsessed with swing arm sconces right now. They free up space on a nightstand and work great for reading in bed.

    As if she didn't have enough to do as a designer and a mom, Jessica is also a blogger. Here's what she has to say about her popular site.

    Cori:  Can you tell us a little about your blog, The Eagle's Nest?

    Jessica: My blog is a journal of sorts, documenting my ideas on everything design related - interiors, fashion, landscape, and of course the trials and tribulations of renovating our 70 year old house.

    Cori: What do you see in the future for Nest Studio?

    Jessica: In addition to developing my e-commerce site, I’m working on more Nest Studio hardware pieces with a mix of fun materials and hoping to do a line of metal tables and other small furniture pieces. I’m also looking to develop a plumbing line to complement my hardware. So be on the lookout for those in the coming months.

    Thanks Jessica! We'll be on the lookout for exciting products from Nest Studio and more cool design projects from you...

    Images: The Boo & The Boy, The Eagle's Nest, Wilson Associates

  • Lighting for a More Livable City

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    Vancouver Skyline at Night

    Exactly what makes a city "livable" and what can you do to help your own?

    Annual surveys, such as those conducted by The Economist, Mercer and Monocle, look at a range of criteria from infrastructure to environment, culture to climate, to determine the most liveable cities in the world. Each year, the perennial front-runners - cities like Melbourne, Helsinki, Honolulu, and Vancouver (pictured above) eagerly await the results, while other vibrant yet perennially congested places such as Los Angeles and Houston seek ways to slice, dice and spin their lower livabilty metrics.

    Obviously, building a new subway system or converting 400 acres of prime downtown real estate into public parkland is out of the question for most of us, but there is one low-cost, high-impact area in which anyone can enhance their surroundings: lighting.

    A 2009 design guide by the City of Los Angeles' Urban Design Studio recommends that new and old urban developments "develop a system or family of lighting with layers that contribute to the night-time experience, including facade uplighting, sign and display window illumination, landscape, and streetscape lighting...of a character and scale that relates to the pedestrian and highlights special landscape features."

    Urban lighting design

    Any photographer will tell you that a beautiful picture begins with good light and clearly the same is true for cities. Done well, modern outdoor lighting can enhance a business or residence by adding depth and vitality to your surroundings.

    Modern outdoor light

    Matte Silver Outdoor LED Up and Down Wall Light

    Classically inspired lighting fixtures can restore a sense of provenance to historic properties, exposing long-forgotten architectural details, and even evoking the contemporary interiors within.

    Biscuit Lofts, downtown Los Angeles

    Outdoor lighting and Mission Style Outdoor Light

    Mission Hills Textured Black Outdoor Wall Light

    Enhancing sidewalk appeal is one thing. However, by increasing pedestrian visibility and reducing crime, well-executed outdoor lighting is critical for the positive effect it has on the most important livability index of them all: safety.

    Images: National Geographic, Design Intelligence, House Design Decorating, LA Condo Domain

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