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Regina-Andrew Arc21" Metal Wall Sconce
“Love the polished finish on this light. The swing-arm style is perfect for the bedside.”
- T. Jackson, Interior Designer
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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!
+One thing we love is beautiful photography and nobody knows it better than National Geographic. There's a blog dedicated to nothing but vintage National Geographic photography and it's amazing to scroll through.
+Ladies, creatives and home lovers you must head over to The Everygirl and check out their amazing giveaway to celebrate their 1-year anniversary. There's even a Robert Abbey lamp giveaway from yours truly.
+Hey LED lovers, who also love your dogs. Check out these super cool dog leashes made of tiny LED lights.
+If you love Los Angeles, aren't sure yet or just want a little intelligent insight, Moby shares his architectural thoughts on Dwell.
+No matter what you're doing this weekend, you'll wish you were vacationing at this home in the San Juan Islands of Washington. The entire home is a transformer, with adjusting roof, walls and even floors depending on the weather and time of day. You can watch the stars from a bathtub!
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
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.
One could dub the ghost chair as a 'trend,' but I think with its versatility and clean design, ghost chairs are more deserving of the title 'classic.' They mix well with a number of different design aesthetics, especially since their transparent nature lends itself well to pairings with heavier furnishings.
The only problem? Ghost chairs can be notoriously expensive. Luckily, ESL has you covered and currently offers ghost chairs at a fraction of the price of other major retailers. Take a look -- can you spot the differences between this high/low?
Images: Lonny, Feb/Mar 2010, Lonny, Oct/Nov 2009
Your kitchen always ends up being the gathering place in a home – whether you’re hosting a party or just hanging out with the family. Because of this, it’s time for everyone to spice up your modern kitchen island with some chic barstools. Some people go for comfort; for others, they only care about looks.
Then you have to think about the design of your modern barstools... It doesn’t matter what style your home is – industrial, mid-century modern, traditional or minimalist – there is something for everyone’s kitchen island.
Zuo Marius Red Bar Chair
Your kitchen will look all spruced up for a small price. Think of the modern barstool as kitchen jewelry. Today, I’ve pulled together three different looks for you, each one I love for a different reason.
I’m partial to the industrial look (above). This bright version is the perfect pop of color to bring into your kitchen.
Orson Black Leatherette Metal Modern Bar Stools
This Orson bar stool has a back. If you treat the counter as a place for chatting while cooking, a high-back stool will be more comfortable.
Anime Modern Transparent Acrylic Stackable Zuo Bar Stool
If you want your barstools to kind of disappear from a distance, acrylic is definitely the way to go.
I hope this helped and you find your ideal barstool!
Images: Project Décor, Style at Home, Nordic Design, Casa Sugar
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