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  • Modern Pumpkin Designs: Modernize Your Halloween

    Modern Pumpkin Design

    Halloween pumpkin carving is usually about the orange and black, but this year let's make Halloween a little more stylish... and modern of course. Let's make it all about black, white and some bits of gold!

    If you don't want to deal with the ooo-ey goo-ey mess of pumpkin guts, painting pumpkins is a great way to go! Create modern Halloween decor by styling your house with a monochromatic collection of either black or white pumpkins. Clusters of black and white modern outdoor chairs would be great on the front porch, making the cool pumpkins company!


    Modern Outdoor Chairs

    SET OF 4 ZUO ANIME BLACK DINING CHAIRS

    Or, let the artist in you shine and go with gorgeous modern patterns, such as having black paint drip over a white pumpkion or the modern herringbone pattern. If you're looking for some inspiration for patterns, take a look at these images of modern gothic architecture (below).

    Gothic Architecture

    The shapes and patterns found in Modern Gothic Architecture are sure to inspire some stylish Halloween decor! The gorgeous shapes found in the ceiling in the first image are breathtaking.

    The silhouette of the Doimo in Milan (image 2) is quite eery against the dark cloudy sky. The negative and positive space in this photo is more than stunning and would be a striking work of art on your handpainted pumpkin! Inspiration from stained glass (image 3) is another great form of inspiration! This stained glass in Wim Delvoye's window is actually made out of x-rays. little creepy right? 

    Hope you're enjoying this fun holiday season! Make sure to make it stylish... and modern!

    Images: Sweet Paul Mag, Camille Styles Modern Sophisticate, Emily Henderson, Inhabitat

  • Wood Burning Fireplaces in Modern Interiors

    Wood Burning Fireplace

    The smell of wood burning fireplaces is filling the air in neighborhoods across the country. It's such a comforting smell that instantly makes any space feel cozy. Even these minimal modern interiors feel cozy when there's a wood burning fireplace involved.

    Brick Fireplace

    Modern design elements mix with the rustic brick wood burning fireplace(above) to bring an eclectic feel into the space. Low modern seating creates a very intimate feel with the low fireplace.  

    Zuo Carnival Black Modular Sleeper Sofa

     modern fireplace

    The gorgeous windows bring the outdoors in, as if you're perched up in a beautiful treehouse. Modern accent chairs that can be easily moved are perfect in this space because it allows you to adjust to the heat with ease!

    Modern Chair

    Zuo Draper Black Lounge Chair

     Concrete Floors

    White walls and concrete floors are at one with nature in this organic modern setting. Wood logs arranged perfectly under your fireplace is not only practical, but makes such an artistic statement for design lovers. As you know, we would recommend dropping down a gorgeous organic modern chandelier to fully complete this space!  

    Hope you're enjoying the smells of the season and staying cozy!  

    Images: Remodelista, Tyulka, Pop DecoYatzer

  • Chic Church Renovations

    Church Renovation

    Higher power gives way to high end design in these chic church renovations. So how do you turn a house of worship into a modern home? Take a look at the examples below for divine inspiration, and then get yourself a realtor who's in thick with the cloistered crowd.  

    If cleanliness is next to godliness, the minimalist decor of this Brisbane, Australia, converted church (pictured above and below) will make a believer out of most anyone.

    Contemporary Church Conversion

    The bathroom below all but erases the heritage of the space by mixing black and white finishes with a dramatic chandelier. Now that's a case of intelligent design.

    Modern Bathroom Design

    You can achieve a similiar lighting look with the Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Robert Abbey Chandelier.

    Retro Gold Chandelier

    In this Utrecht church renovation (below), original stained glass windows are the eyes to the soul inside.

    Renovated Church Home

    Sometimes, simply hanging a few clean and modern pendant lights and a mid-century inspired floor lamp can dramatically transform a church space.

    Renovated Church House

    The Chrome Arch Black Marble Base Floor Lamp featured below is a great example of simple modern styling that would work well in any space.

    Mid-century modern floor lamp

    Open floor plans. Exposed ceilings. Massive windows. Wood floors. Long before modern design ever existed, churches unwittingly encompassed many of its philosophical fundamentals. Now it is up to chic church renovations to carry on the legacy.

    Images: Freshome, Bored Panda, Homedit, Desire to Inspire

  • Cool + Collected 1.3

    Marimekko Textiles

    +Design Milk features a great piece on the making of print art, covering a tour of the textile printing factory of Marimekko.

    +Space shuttle Endeavor made its final journey to the California Science Center, marking the end of NASA's shuttle program. Los Angeles Times has some great videos of the shuttle's trip through the streets of Los Angeles.

    +Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has come out with a book called "The Small House Book" and it's receiving wave reviews. Want to know how to build a small home for $20,000?

    +Learn how a home went from average to modernly chic with a reasonable budget over on Design*Sponge. The blog post even provides a complete list of sources used for the renovation as well as budget details.

    +If you're heading to the "City of Brotherly Love" anytime soon, Travel + Leisure's November issue features a complete Philadelphia restaurant guide, along with the ultimate travel bucket list and it even includes packing tips.

  • Modern Penthouses: NYC's Top Properties

    Modern Penthouses in New York

    In the big apple, the hottest residential properties are the ones that literally sit on top of it all. Whether you're writing a down-payment check or just salivating over the thought of it like me, there's no denying the allure of New York's building-topping, showstopping spaces (such as Jill Stuart's edgy apartment above).

    There's hardly a bad view from the 52nd floor of the Bloomberg Tower either:

    Central Park Penthouse Views

    What could be more appropriate than Warhol's soup cans in the kitchen? Does everyone in New York have an art collection to die-for (or to at least retire on)?

    Modern Penthouse Kitchens

    And who says there's no view of the sky, stars or trees in the city?

    Rooftop Gardens New York City

    Generous use of wood extends the natural theme of this lower Manhattan penthouse apartment to the indoors. Distinctive pendant lights and modern recessed lighting maintain the contemporary feel.

    New York Penthouse Apartments

    Chrome Pendant Lighting

    George Kovacs Brushed Nickel Mini Pendant Light

    At a decent altitude, light and space are easy to come by in the city, as in this spacious Chelsea penthouse by designer Marie Burgos.

    Chelsea Penthouse Apartment

    Burgos has also applied her magic to a loft in Tribeca. I love the modern pendant lights that hangs overhead and sought out the design at Euro Style Lighting. This style works for kitchen islands as well as dining room tables. 

    Modern Tribeca Loft

    Crystal Bar Pendant ChandelierBroadway Collection Crystal Bar Chandelier

    Sure, a penthouse apartment in New York will cost a bundle. Infusing your home with the aesthetic however (minus the view) is much less cost-prohibitive. 

    Images: Small ShopWorld of Architecture, HiConsumption, Joel Sander, Marie Burgos

October, 2012