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  • From Outfit to Interior: Cool + Pulled Together

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Living Room

    When in the doldrums of summer Ms. Cool & Pulled Together doesn't want to worry about mussy fabrics and fussy accessories. Nonononono. She wants cool, calm, and collected pieces that don't require a lot of muss and fuss but that give the illusion of being pristine.

    Modern Ceiling Fixture

    When metal and glass meet they can feel cool in summer and warm in winter, especially when surrounding textiles are swapped out. Our Ms. loves this Floating Bubble Possini Euro Round Ceiling Fixture for just that reason, and it makes a bold statement without feeling weighed down.

    The slim profile of this Modern Dark Bronze Tenda Pharmacy Sonneman Floor Lamp is both classic and contemporary with an adjustable height feature. A pretty piece for rainy summer afternoon or chilly winter nights.

    Modern Wall Mirror

    Ms. Cool & Pulled Together prefers the clean lines of modern pieces, like this Candelaria Robert Abbey Modern Chandelier. It gives her dining table the perfect halo of light for dinner parties!

    When it comes to making her space feel airier it's time to pull out some visual tricks. Number one on the list is a great mirror, like the Sunrays Antique Silver Metal Round Wall Mirror with its openwork sunray spokes and silver antique finish.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Ms. Cool & Pulled together loves the softness of the Satin Brass with Transparent Shade Sconce. The metal's finish paired with the shade make a light that's just right for the vanity.

    The industrial feel of the Edison Bronze with Glass 3-Light Console Lamp takes the feminine edge off of any space, and definitely adds an element of interest.

    Images: Topshop, Patric Johansson

  • Add Big Summer Style to Your Home with Small Changes

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    Summer Style

    Summer is here! We are firm believers that your home is just as important as your closet when it comes to appropriate styling for the seasons. It's easy to add Summer style to your home, indoors and out, with just a few small changes.

    Add a fun pop of color to your outdoor furniture. Outdoor seating can be really fun with all the different selections nowadays.

    Outdoor Seating

    Zuo Repulse Steel Outdoor Lime Green Bay Chair

    There's no brighter way to add a little Summer style to your décor than with the color yellow! The kitchen is a perfect place to start with this fun hue.

    Modern Kitchen

    Pendant Lighting

    Access Sydney Amber Yellow Art Glass Cylinder Mini Pendant

    One of the smallest changes you can make is with accessories. Decorative pillows are a perfect way to add color and patterns to any space. For the summer, try some pillows with reds and pinks, the color of sunset!

    Modern Bedroom

    Decorative Pillows

    Aviva Stanoff Boho Peacock Red Down Throw Pillow, Kite White and Red Ikat Fabric Decorative Throw Pillow, Infinity Fire Red Modern Square Down Throw Pillow

    Nothing says Summer like the clean, crisp color white. It's fresh and welcoming. The best part is, it's year-round too. Whether you go big and paint the walls white or just switch out some chairs, you'll be able to enjoy it all the way through next Summer.

    Modern Dining Room

    Modern Dining Chair

    Zuo Modern White 33-Inch-H Set of 2 S-Chairs

    Just like your wardrobe, small changes can mean big rewards when it comes to home décor. Have fun this Summer and give your home a mini-makeover!

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  • James Turrell: Light and Space Art

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    Light and Space Art

    As one of the defining members of the Light and Space movement that originated in Los Angeles in the 1960s, James Turrell is an American artist whose work plays with the relationship—the idioms, clichés, oppositions—of light within space.

    By using light projection, apertures in ceilings and walls, and even skywriting, Turrell creates work that has been hailed as profound, elemental and meditative.

    James Turrell Guggenheim

    With a bi-coastal retrospective taking place now, the veteran artist’s work couldn't be more current. At the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Turrell bathes Frank Lloyd Wright’s un-ending spiral rotunda in a variety of hues (pictured above).

    At LACMA, Turrell’s installations (pictured below) are more rectangular, saturating space in light to such a degree that the movement of museum visitors (rather than the artist's illuminated rooms) become the subject of the work.   

    Turrell LACMA Installation

    James Turrell LACMA

    Turrell has also done a series of residential commissions. The residential siting of these works gets up thinking about how use light artistically, not just functionally, in the home space. For this, we turn to the Tono floor lamp from Koncept: 

    LED multicolor lamp

    Koncept Tono Contemporary Floor Lamp

    The Tono caught our attention at the recent Dwell on Design show. The 48 1/2 inch high Tono uses adjustable LEDs, allowing it to cycle through a rainbow of colors or hold on a single color to match or establish the ambiance of any given room.

    For a more hands-on project, use under cabinet lights for something besides cabinets. Tuck an easy-to-install tape light kit behind bed headboards or book shelves to give the furniture the appearance of floating against the wall. These kits come with a remote control allowing you to adjust the colors as desired.

    Colored Tape Light

    Color 16.4-Foot LED Tape Light Kit with Remote Control

    Not everyone will have the time, budget or vision of James Turrell, but that shouldn't preclude you from using light to adjust ambiance of your space. And if the above options are too much for your taste, go with the time-tested mood-maker: simply outfit a candleholder with a scented candle, grab a book of matches, and light.

    Images: Architect Magazine, Artsy

  • Happy 4th of July!!

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    Happy July 4th everyone!!

    Whether you're playing with sparklers.........

    Modern Living Room

    Entertaining friends at home (with a really appropriate color palette).........

    Sipping yummy (and colorful) beverages...

    Or just hanging out looking stylish.........

    We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating how lucky we all are!!

    Images: House to Home, Sugar Loco, Obaz

  • Get the Look: A Modern Cozy Family Room

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    Modern Family Room

    The family room is one of the most important rooms in a home. We might all call it a different name like, living room, front room, or the den. Growing up, it was likely that you had a living room (front room) that was fancy and off limits and then a family room . . . the room you actually lived in. At least that was how it worked in my house. The family room was anything but fussy.  Rather, it was cozy, and inviting. 

    Today, now that I have children of my own, I want our family room to be the ultra cozy room where everyone wants to be together. Of course, I want it to look great too. I’ve learned that everyone wants to be in a place that looks and feels great. The gathering, then, just happens naturally. 

    Family Room Design

    Gray Contemporary 33-Inch-H Sectional Sofa, Daniel Dark Walnut 47-Inch-W Coffee Table, Earl White Plastic Rocking Chair, Lite Source Arm Bronze 23-Inch-H Desk Lamp

    I’ve gathered two modern looks for a family room based upon one great sofa (similar to the one shown above). I think sofas are the first piece to start with when designing a stylish family room. Three basics to keep in mind when picking a sofa are size (will everyone fit and does it fit in your space?), comfort, and style.

    The first look (above) is modern, airy and cozy all at the same time. The minimal modern look of the furniture paired with a few whimsical elements, like a hanging tree branch work for all ages.

    Eclectic Family Room

    Look two (above) is a bright and playful. The sofa and lighting are the stars of the show. This room proves that you should never rule out thinking outside of the box. I love how they have used a fun wallpaper pattern on the ceiling. Who wouldn’t like to lounge on a great sectional and stare up at the pretty colors and pattern? Another fun, easy DIY element, as pictured, is to print out your instagram photos and create a shape on your wall like a heart or maybe even a geometric pattern. 

    One thing this room doesn’t lack is inspiration.

    Modern Home Decor

    Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Gray Contemporary 33-Inch-H Sectional Sofa, Saffron Karina Hollywood Pink 18" Square Down Throw PillowSatin Teal Fabric 6-Inch-H Round Decorative Pillow, Jenne Blue Decorative Wool Throw Blanket

    So when designing a cozy and inviting family room of your own, keep comfort, style and creativity in mind and you can’t go wrong. 

    Images: SF Girl By Bay, Pinterest

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