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  • Curiosity Rover Lands On Mars

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    Did you hear... the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars! Of course you have, but still what an incredible performance by Nasa's JPL and everyone in the world that has been involved in the creation of the Curiosity Rover and this incredible feat. Is there life on Mars? When will we be able to travel to Mars? How will this event inspire the future?  We just might be able to answer some of these questions soon. We gain inspiration from nature and everything that surrounds us so there is no doubt in my mind that design, architecture, music, fashion, and film will be extremely inspired by this journey as well.

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    I'm already imagining the first houses inspired by this trip to Mars. Mars is a very peaceful place right now with only Curiosity wandering around, as far as we know! The bold white geometric concrete structure contrasting against the rough red rocky landscape is what comes to mind.  It's peaceful and elegant while the surroundings appear to be rough and a bit harsh.  

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    I image the modern kitchen on Mars would be natural in its elements, but ultra modern in its technology and aesthetic. The concrete kitchen, Twenty Cemento from ModulNova is a great example of this. The concrete cabinet fronts are subtle, but the soft texture is something you just want to reach out and touch.

    Pairing sleek modern barstools with more organic materials like concrete and wood creates layers of materials that are perfectly balanced. Too much of anything is never a good thing, but a pop of chrome and white leather is like the icing on the cake.

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    Zuo Flick Chrome and White Bar Stool Set of 2

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    Modern bathrooms don't always have to be so sleek and clean. This solid wood vanity stands strong against the naturally textured concrete wall, while the modern pendant light hangs gracefully from above. It's like the combination of the surface of Mars mixed with the sleek elements of the Curiosity Rover. 

    The mix of modern mini pendant lights with rough natural materials blend together in such a way that still allows each element to hold their ground, make a statement, and maintain the balance.

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    Silver 24" High Satin Nickel Mini Pendant Light

    There are so many things this world needs, and although a Mar-traveling rover and a house on Mars may not be on the top of everyone's list (yet), it should be able to bring inspiration to each and every one of you. Just think of the possibilities! How has this event inspired you?

    Images: MashableFran Silvestre Arquitectos, ModulNova

  • Ellie Goulding: Music Inspires Interior Design

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    I'm so excited to introduce you to our new monthly series where I am going to explore how music inspires interior design! Let me introduce you to our first artist, Ellie Goulding!

    Ellie Goulding's second album Halcyon is scheduled to be released in October 2012 and the newly released single "Anything Could Happen" just proves that it's not going to disappoint. Goulding's music is filled with deep emotion and her raw and soulful vocals are sure to inspire. She is one of several female artists stepping in to define the feminine side of EDM (electronic dance music), a scene more associated with DJ machismo than the introversion of female singer-songwriters. She's a bundle of feminine soul with a sharp edge that transforms beautifully into interior design.  

    modern living room inspiration

    1. Robert Abbey Delta Lily Table Lamp  2.Silver Web Wall Mirror  3.Crystal Row Ceiling Light Fixture  4.Silhouette Chrome Nesting Accent Tables  5. Zuo Atom White Bench Sofa  6. Smoke Velvet Pillow  7. Zuo Prisma Grey Outdoor Patio Stool  8.  Agnostic Drawing 1

    This feminine, modern living room is filled with bits of glitz and glam and lots of spunk. Crisp geometric shapes mix with solid clean lines to create visual interest and a sophisticated, but energetic edge. The clean lines of a modern leather sofa along with the glass and metal sides tables do a really good job of grounding the other elements in the room. The sharp contrast of elements blends like the perfect remix.

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      9.Sweeping Chain Black Chandelier 10. Film Still  11. Aion A  12. Zuo Eraser White Dining Chairs  13. Zuo Wilco Black Dining Table

    This modern dining room combines elements that evoke emotion much like Goulding's music does. It might be a little dark and moody, but the intimacy in this space is sure to captivate you. Combining sleek, modern furniture with contemporary pendant lighting adds personality and a feminine charm to the space. This is very similar to the way Goulding has meshed her music with the EDM movement. It's magical and thrilling, so now we just have to wait patiently for the release of Halcyon!  

    Hope you enjoyed this first post in our new series as much as you are about to enjoy Ellie Goulding's first single off her new album, "Anything Could Happen"

    Images: Soul 11 Music

  • Modern Outdoor Furniture: Get Your Summer On!

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    Are you guilty of neglecting your patio and then when Summer comes around you wish you had a beautiful modern outdoor space? No need to put it off, just a couple simple additions can help you get your Summer on!

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    Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs

    Simple, white spaces are typical to any modern home, but pops of color are fun too. If you don't want to do something more permanent like a door or wall, try some fun seating (below).

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    Zuo Allsorts Outdoor Dining Chairs

    This home (below) gives you a good example of how important your outdoor decor can be, especially when you have lots of windows. Many modern homes feature open floor plans, which means you see more of the house, making each space important.

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    Zuo Valtos Outdoor Arm Chair

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    Avalon Round Outdoor Table

    All you have to do is get a little furniture out on your patio so you can enjoy these beautiful summer days! Make use of all your space, indoors and out.

    Images: Houzz, Zimbio

August, 2012