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  • Modern Pumpkin Designs: Modernize Your Halloween

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    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

  • Modern Home Office: The Key To Productivity

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    Modern Home Office

    It's that time of year again where keeping cozy inside your modern home office seems like a better idea than going anywhere else to work (if you have the option).

    Having the perfect office chair is often times the key to staying productive because if your legs start falling asleep or your back starts hurting, productivity is out the window! Finding a cozy chair to sink into (but not too far) is key! And just because you want something comfortable doesn't mean you have to compromise on aesthetic. There are so many stylish, modern office chairs to choose from these days. 

    Here are some of our top picks (below) for your crisp white modern office...

    White Office Chairs

    1)ZUO REGAL WHITE OFFICE CHAIR  2)ZUO PERFORMANCE COLLECTION WHITE OFFICE CHAIR  3)WHITE LEATHER HIGH BACK SWIVEL OFFICE CHAIR 4)ZUO SCOUT WHITE ARMLESS OFFICE CHAIR

    Home Office

    Some of you would be much more cozy with an organic-style office design. Mixing in modern design elements with pops of color, like a modern red office chair, will give your office a little energy.

     Red Office Chairs

    5)ZUO ANGLE RED OFFICE CHAIR 6)ZUO ADMIRE RED ARMLESS OFFICE CHAIR 7)ZUO HOLT COLLECTION LOW BACK RED OFFICE CHAIR 8)TRAFICO RED OFFICE CHAIRS

    The key to having a productive workspace is getting your office clean and organized. This will bring you clarity and allow that creative energy to flow. Hope you're all staying cozy and being productive as the weather continues to cool down.

    Images: FreshHome, Dust Jacket Attic

  • Chic Church Renovations

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    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

  • Modern Cabin Escape: Villa Solaire

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    Modern Living Room

    So, if the Euro Style Lighting blogging team were to go on a retreat anywhere... This is where we'd go! But, since we're not, and we couldn't make it to France to stay in this modern cabin even if we did have a blogger retreat, we'll just dream. Let's start with dark modern seating.

    Modern Living Room Decor 

    Elton Vintage Brass Wire Accent Table, Draper Mid-Century Modern Desk Lamp, Zuo Modern Providence Black Tufted Sofa, Anika Walnut Coffee Table, Draper Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamp

    Moder Architecture

    The hallway is a clear example of the linear architecture that runs through the house. Natural, light wood finishes pair nicely with the dark floors, walls and furniture.

    Modern Bedroom

    Clean white walls and natural wood panels give this bedroom space a modern, clean vibe. There's no doubt this bedroom would win the minimally modern prize. Simple white sconces can help you achieve this look in your bedroom.

    Modern Jacuzzi Room

    Let's face it, no modern cabin would be complete without a space to warm up, right? Check out this fabulous jacuzzi room.

    There's lots of ways to achieve this cozy, modern look in your own home. Rather than be sad we don't live here, we just get very inspired to achieve the look. We hope this home inspires you too...

    Images: Archi Lovers

  • Cool + Collected 1.4

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    Réka Király

    +There’s a site called Little Collector that sells art for kids. Helsinki-based designer Réka Király designed the art above just for Little Collector. 

    +If you're having a dinner party this weekend, head over to Design For Mankind, where Erin features tablescapes like you've never seen before.

    +The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is hosting an "Urban Hike". It's led by the landscape architecture firm's project manager. The architect of the 3.5 acre gardens aims to give hikers a deeper understanding of how creative design can facilitate the museum's philosophy.

    +If you like keeping up with interior design trends, then you know High Point Market just happened in North Carolina. Cassandra Lavalle, style-spotter and design blogger, did a little recap of the event over on her blog Coco + Kelley.

    +Toronto International Art Fair opens tonight, benefiting the Art Gallery of Ontario. Dealers from all over the world will be selling contemporary art there.

October, 2012