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Having kids doesn't mean having to throw in the towel and become a soccer mom. The modern family homes featured above set out to break the stereotype of family living. I personally love the idea of living in a modern home with a handful of kids running around. Growing up in a stylish enviroment exposes children to fashion, design, architecture, and other creative arts.
Designing the main areas in a modern home can can sometimes be easier than decorating kid's rooms and spaces. When designing a modern nursery or kid's room there is a balance between modern furnishings and a kid-friendly, functional design.
Need a few directional ideas for designing your modern nursery or kid's room?
The light fixtures you select for the kid's space can make a big impact on the overall design. Below are a few modern table lamps for the kid's room or nursery. The lamps are modern and fun and will easily transition into a more grown up space as the child ages.
Lite Source Kito Blue Table Lamp (left), Chrome Stack Set of Two Table Lamps (right)
* Post Update 10/24/12: Our Chrome Stack Table Lamps has been discontinued.
Possini White Flower Acrylic Shade Table Lamp (left), Jonathan Adler Carlyle Slide Table Lamp (right)
* Post Update 10/24/12: Our Jonathan Adler Carlyle Table Lmap has been discontinued.
Images: emmas designblogg, Family Living, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy
Responding to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces.
The Mima House is a 387 square foot prefabricated house in Portugal. Designed by Mima Architects, it has a modular structure and can be divided into rooms with a grid of removable partitions. Each side of internal and external walls can have a different color/finishing, which allows a dramatic change through a simple wall rotation.
It costs about the same price to manufacture as a family car. Mima architects researched for years to be able to put together a single home that was fast to produce, flexible, light and inexpensive, yet was a good quality product wrapped up with a pleasant clean design. Fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.
Plywood panels transform the windows into walls to create privacy where necessary.
Despite its standardized construction methods, these houses can be customized in so many parameters, that you’ll hardly see two equal houses.
Fundamentally inspired on the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines.
The restrained order of its standardized building parts appealed to MIMA architects as the hallmark of a deeply rooted culture, confirmed over centuries and easily adaptable to any new development.
Images: Jose Campos
A mostly white interior palette gets dramatic with tasteful black accents and carefully curated pops of color. This is an incredibly well designed 500 square feet of space and although the original open plan was sacrificed for a large wall of closets that extends in to the living room, the apartment is practical and functional beyond its tiny footprint. This New York apartment is modern in design, but has a richly curated and well traveled worldly feel with its blend of patterned textiles and unique accessories.
Images: The Designer Pad
Andrew Geller, the innovative architect behind many a modernist Hampton beach house, including iconic A-Frame designs, recently passed away. Ever hear of the Bra, the Box Kite, the Cat, the Milk Carton, or the Reclining Picasso? These were all nicknames given to his visually striking and remarkable homes.
He was also the designer of a line of prefabricated cottages sold under the name of Leisurama. Back in the 1950s, you could march into Macy’s in New York and, for a down payment of $490 and monthly payments of $73, get the house and all the modern furniture and furnishings. It was just such a house that se-off the infamous “Kitchen Debate” between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev over the affluence of American and Soviet consumers.
To celebrate Mr. Geller’s life and work, we’ve assembled a photo gallery of some of his more eye-popping home designs, along with a YouTube video clip from a documentary about the Leisurama houses, and a clip from Geller’s grandson, who is behind the Andrew Geller archive preservation project.
The Levitas House, 1963.
The Pearlroth House (aka "The Bra"), 1959.
The Hunt House, 1959.
The Elkin House, 1966.
Photos from the Andrew Geller website
Click below to view the video on Geller's Leisurama designs.
Pump up your style with the slate gray and vibrant yellow color combination. The gray hue plays it safe, while the bright yellow commands the spotlight. Paired together they balance each other out to create an exciting interior! I love the gray and yellow color scheme in a living room, dining room, or heck just about in any room in the house. Below are a few of my favorite examples of the yellow and gray color combo.
The hot color combo is tied into the living room (above) in a few different ways. I love this example and how it shows you that even with an abundant use of gray and yellow, the space is not overwhelming.
Design powerhouse Kate and Andy Spade can't be wrong! Their yellow and gray designer bedroom was featured on the cover of World of Interiors Magazine.The gray wall treatment is a neutral backdrop to the bright yellow striped headboard.
Don't forgot about the kitchen. HGTV Canada's design team Colin & Justin made a bold statement with the bright yellow cabinetry. It definitely adds a fun, playful element to the kitchen.
Create your own gray and yellow color combo in your home with a few of the products featured above.
Images: Mix and Chic, Daily Decorator, The Lennoxx
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