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  • How To Style Kitchen Shelves


    Kitchen Shelves

    Have you ever seen a kitchen shelf styled impeccably while browsing a magazine or website? Well, it’s possible for you to create an equally awesome kitchen! It just takes some editing.

    Most everyone has a few white dishes laying around. Start by displaying this in groupings or individually. After you’ve added those, start layering with other materials, such as wood or metal. Also, you can add other colors to provide character and a pop of fun.

    White Kitchen

    We see white, metal and wood all seamlessly flowing together in the image above. I also love how they added color with a flower and bottles.

    Brass wall lights would add some interesting lighting in this space.

    Open Shelving

    These shelves are flowing with natural elements. The combination of dishes create a laid back, modern approach to a once boring set of shelves. The splash of green is a great, unexpected detail.

    Kitchen Design Ideas

    For a simplistic look, try using only white, black and glass. And use each piece sparingly for a minimalist look. It also creates a clean backdrop for those who hate clutter and messes. It’s a beautiful thing!

    Images: Nicole FranzenJutePure Green MagDust Jacket

  • The Future of Lighting from Design Miami Basel


    modern wall lighting

    Image from Dominic Harris via Artsy

    The future of lighting design is on show June 17-22, 2014, at the Design Miami fair in Basel. Walking through the exhibition, one can't help but notice how LED technology has revolutionized the industry with modern LED wall lights and so much more.

    Pictured above and below, you'll notice that wall lighting has evolved beyond its sconce-like torch holding roots to embody a more expansive concept of the wall-as-diffused-light-source.

    LED Wall Lights

    Image from Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance via Artsy

    Opposite such tech leanings, we've noticed that ceiling fixtures and LED desk lamps seem to be increasingly influenced by organic shapes, in a clear nod to the current movement toward the home as a naturally healthy environment. 

    Organic Lighting Design

    Image from Jeremy Wintrebert via Artsy

    Coral Shaped Lighting

    Image from Ayala Serfaty via Artsy

    Design Miami/Basel occurs twice a year (once in Miami, once in Basel) and exhibits the absolute cutting edge in home furnishings and lighting. Due to its avant-garde nature, much of what you'll find at the event has not reached modern lighting retailers, yet designs with technological and natural influences are already available to consumers:

    modern cloud pendant light

    Possini Euro White Cloud Triple Light Swag Chandelier

    modern led sconce

    Ledino Sail Chrome LED Sconce

    With all the new looks that we're seeing at Design Miami/Basel, consumers can expect more exciting developments in home lighting in the years to come. 

    Images: Artsy

  • Wishing For Stylish Seating


    Stylish Seating

    Image from AD

    The classic style of the "wishbone" chair, originally designed by Hans Wagner in 1950, has proven to be a staple in many homes, especially the dining room. As modern seating is such an important element of any well designed room, it's important you know your options, even when it comes to classic styles.

    Modern Seating

    1. Wishbone Black Wood Dining Chair 2. Safavieh Bandelier Wood Armchair 3. Lausch Black Faux Leather Dining Chair

    There's many variations of the wishbone chair out there and as modern design enthusiast, we welcome them all! If you've been wishing for stylish seating, we have lots of options in addition to these above.

    Dining Room Design

    Image from The Everygirl

    Once you've selected seating, don't forget pretty lighting for above.... Swag shade chandeliers are a great option, as are the classic white pendants.

    Images: Architectural Digest, The Everygirl

  • How to Select Pendant Lighting Using Scale


    Pendant Lighting

    Image from Quince With Sugar

    One of my favorite elements of design is scale, whether you're following the rules of proportion or totally ignoring them. I love how changing the scale of just one item can impact a whole room.

    For example, enlarging a love seat to a full sofa takes it from cute and petite to large and in charge. Or decreasing the size of a lazy boy to an ottoman refines your seating arrangements.

    Scale has so much power!

    Dining Room Style

    Image from Bloglovin

    For me, scale is always important, but it's especially critical when deciding on modern lighting options. A small chandelier in a huge space can be dwarfed or a large floor lamp in a hallway can be overwhelming. If you pay attention to the other elements in the room then you can narrow down your options.

    Here’s how I would select lighting based on scale.

    Pendant Lighting

    Design Tips

    1. Evaluate the space. Pay attention to the height of the ceiling, the width of the room, the other pieces of furniture in the space.

    2. What’s the general style of the room? Are the pieces in your home oversized? Small? Perhaps you’d prefer a larger pendant if everything else in the room is smaller or a small pendant if everything else is large.

    3. What are your needs? If you need lots of lighting, consider a diverse means of lighting. Or perhaps you just need a task lamp for a single function.

    4. The golden mean. A general rule of thumb is the “golden mean” or basically the 1/3 rule. It’s one you can break a lot, but at least it’s a good starting point.

    One of my favorite ways to add a bit of fun into a space with scale is to include mini pendant lamps, like these options above. They're cute and helpful!

    1. This amber glass pendant would be beautiful in a smaller room like a bathroom or laundry room.  
    2. This mercury glass pendant would be beautiful as a series of pendants lining a kitchen island.  
    3. This solid brushed steel pendant is perfect for a more industrial type space. 
    4. This nickel pendant lamp has a series of small bulbs that makes for loads of impact in a space.  
    5. This cute 7” steel and glass pendant is perfect for a cute accent mark in a space.

    Images: Quince With Sugar, Bloglovin

  • Tips For Styling An Easy Modern Beach Home


    Modern Beach Home

    Image from A Beach Cottage

    I'm here to tell you that you can turn any home into a stylishly modern beach home. Even if you live nowhere near the beach, it's easy to give any home a contemporary coastal aesthetic by employing a few simple tips.

    Design Tips

    1. Use a coastal color palette. From sea-glass hues like on this Montego Bay Glass Table Lamp to beachy blues and splashes of coral--incorporating these fresh colors into your modern accessories and contemporary furnishings will make your home feel casual and breezy.

    2. Incorporate shells and corals in different forms--like the Seaside Crystal Wall Sconce and the Modern White Coral Table Lamp-- to mimic the textures of the beach.

    Home Furnishings

    3. Hang coastal style wall art, like this Paradise Beach Canvas to bring in the million dollar view.

    4. Use natural elements such as wood and canvas, like on this Stewart Wood Club Chair to usher in the natural vibe of the beach.

    Try one or all of these tips and you will be feeling that ocean breeze in no time!!

    Image: A Beach Cottage

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