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  • Dark Nights Require Dark Sky Lights

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    dark sky lights curb bright nights

    The bright spots on the map say it all. There's not a whole lot of dark sky, but an abundance of dark sky lights. Light "pollution" is everywhere. 

    Urban planners and environmentalists alike claim that light pollution interferes with our natural bio rhythms and disconnects us from the beauty of a starlit sky. While the brilliant auras of Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing or New York's Times Square aren't likely dim anytime soon, the people at the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) have established a set of guidelines for reducing light pollution in urban and suburban areas across the globe. In the broadest sense, dark sky rules ask that homeowners keep the glare to themselves. For many modern homes, this leads to some stunning outdoor lighting looks.

    outdoor lighting for a modern home

    In more specific terms, the IDA requires that residential Dark Sky Compliant lighting be:

    1. Fully shielded

    2. Maximum 100 watts (for incandescent bulbs) and 26 watts (for compact fluorescent lights) 

    3. Shielded such that the lamp itself is not directly visible outside the property perimeter.

    Here are a few examples of "shielded" lights that Euro Style Lighting carries:

    modern outdoor lighting fixture

    Forio Silver ENERGY STAR 9 1/2" High Outdoor Wall Light

    dark sky outdoor lighting fixture

    Fairbanks Dark Sky Bronze Finish 9" High Outdoor Wall Light

    Best practices also dictate that outdoor lighting should avoid being projected beyond the object a given light intends to illuminate. For example, you'll notice the up lights on this home stay contained by shining only on the structure, and not up into the night sky. Fortunately, this look also suits the modern home aesthetic perfectly. 

    outdoor lighting on modern homes

    The move toward a darker nighttime sky is gaining traction in even the most un-likely urbanized places. In the July 2011 issue of Monocle magazine, Christine Loh, CEO of Hong Kong based think tank  Civic Exchange, explains, "Street lighting can obviously make people feel safer but it doesn't have to be bright, bright, bright." If even a bustling city like Hong Kong - a city known for the nightly shows its skyline puts on - can move towards dark sky compliance, chances are we can all look forward to more starry skies in the years ahead.

    Images: AAAS, Slim69,  Fresh Home Decor

  • Modern Outdoor Furniture: Get Your Summer On!

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    modern outdoor furniture

    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!

    white tripod chairs

    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).

    white outdoor furniture

    red outdoor chair

    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.

    modern outdoor patio

    outdoor weave chair

    Zuo Valtos Outdoor Arm Chair

    round outdoor weave table

    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

  • Modern Ceiling Fans Keep You Cooler

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    white ceiling fan

    Not only do modern ceiling fans keep you cool, but they make your space look cool too! There's no need to buy one of those cheesy old ceiling fans anymore! There are so many amazing design options available for your modern home. Take a look at a few of our favorites!

    A modern white ceiling fan can blend away into the ceiling or can be a great sculptural element if you decided to go with a darker, wood-finish ceiling as shown above.  

    modern white light kit ceiling fan

    42" Modern Fan Gloss White Ball Light Kit Ceiling Fan


    2-blade white ceiling fan

    58" Artemis HIgh Gloss White Ceiling Fan

    brushed steel ceiling fan

    Modern brushed steel fans are a great way to keep cool and look beautiful in an open loft setting, adding that futuristic element. Each of these fans (below) are like a piece of art. The two blades create a sleek and clean linear effect almost as if it's soaring overhead.  

    futuristic ceiling fan

    42" Fanimation Marea Satin Nickel Ceiling Fan

    futuristic white ceiling fan

    52" Minka Aire Wing Silver Ceiling Fan

    bronze ceiling fan

    The oil rubbed bronze finish on vintage, industrial style fans works great in a more modern rustic setting. They mix beautifully with the natural elements like wood, stone, and concrete while contrasting perfectly with bold colors. 

    brown ceiling fan

    54" Casablanca Bullet Brushed Cocoa Ceiling Fan

    industrial ceiling fan

    37" ACQUA TEXTURED BRONZE DUAL HEAD ROTATIONAL CEILING FAN

    Hope you're staying cool this summer!  

    Images: Apartment TherapyHouzz

  • Design Trend: Modern Rustic Style

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    rustic style living room

    Ever since my Las Vegas Market recap on design trends, we've had a few requests to elaborate on the modern rustic style. Since we love it, it is no problem at all for us to do so!

    The goal when designing a rustic style room or home is to maintain comfort, warm colors, and lots of woods. Clean white walls help maintain the modern element. Also, clean lines in the furniture and accessories help keep your rustic home a modern home.

    modern rustic style

    Natural materials like woods and leathers are a great way to incorporate a more rustic feel into your home. They incorporate nature into your decor in a very stylish way.

    rustic style lighting

    Make sure you mix up your materials, using leather, metals, glass and woods to achieve your modern rustic style.

     modern rustic furnishings

    1. Nickel Ceiling Fan 2. Smoke Glass Ball Pendant 3. Black Tufted Leather Sofa 4. Tripod Floor Lamp 5. Wenge Wood Stool 6. Wishbone Side Chair

    The great thing about any style is that you don't have to re-design your entire home to achieve it, just adding a couple pieces like wood furniture or glass lighting will go a long way.

    Images: Houzz

  • Ellie Goulding: Music Inspires Interior Design

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    ellie goulding album cover

    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.

    modern dining room

      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

August, 2012