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  • Olioboard Blog Hop: Fashion + Decor

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    Today we are switching up our normal posting routine and doing something fun... We're participating in the Olioboard Blog Hop! We are super excited to be included in this fun event. We were asked to create a board on Olioboard demonstrating a connection between fashion and decor.

    We love modern and who doesn't love chic?... We decided to go with this stylish Kate Moss 'fit for our inspiration image, since bold black paired with metallic is so on-trend. We had fun translating this style into a room by pulling together modern, yet sophisticated pieces. We were able to create a dining room that would host the most amazing dinner parties!

    Olioboard is really fun, you can select products from several different brands to include on your board. And in case you're wondering, yes that is our gorgeous chandelier and stylish sconces in the background. Not sure if particular furniture or accessories will look together in one space? Olioboard is great for that! But you can also work with a budget and shop directly from the site...  So get on over there and try it, trust us it's fun!

    Make sure to check out all the other great bloggers participating in this event:

    Erin from Apartment 34

    Julia participating on behalf of MaterialGirls

    Selma from Selma Hammer

    Franki from Life in a Venti Cup

    Jane from Embrace Your Inner Snob

    Lesley participating on behalf of Lamps Plus

    Marilyn from Design Magnifique

    Lynda from NYCLQ

    Robin from Pocket Full of Color

    *After your blog hopping, check out our Euro Style Lighting contest, which is currently happening on Olioboard... We even got Chris Gardner from Curbly to be our guest judge!

    Kate Moss image: Fashion Gone Rogue

  • Modern Porcelain Tiles: A Perfect Combination of Innovation and Tradition

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    Modern Porcelain Tiles

    Many amazing things are happening in the world of architectural materials and more specifically modern porcelain tiles. The Pinocchi Collection from 14OraItaliana has the look and feel of plywood, but the durability and sustainability of a porcelain tile! Since plywood has become a more popular material in architecture and commercial design (as seen in my last post)  this is a very cool addition to the collection.

    You can use this material in unexpected places like on shower walls and because of it's texture it's the perfect material to use poolside! It allows you to think outside the (plywood) box in a huge way!

    Architectural Materials

    The decorative Tartan pattern (above) is layered on top of the wood pattern to create a very tailored effect. This adds a playful, but refined edge and is the perfect combination of innovation and tradition. The Tartan is a perfect backdrop for any modern sofa with its clean lines. And I could easily see this in a adorable cafe with modern tables and modern dining chairs.

    Modern Dining Chairs

    ZUO ANIME WHITE DINING CHAIRS

    Marine Plywood Flooring

    This collection must be called Pinocchi because you would swear they are lying to you. There is no way that a porcelain tile could look this real, but believe us, it's really fake! The Pino Collection (above) works great as an outdoor flooring and pairs perfectly with modern outdoor furniture.

    Modern Porcelain Tile Walls

    Bold, modern home decor really pops against the natural color of the plywood tiles. The texture of the wood tile contrasts beautifully with smooth lacquer finish and organic elements above.

    Be on the lookout for some really innovative designs in architectural tiles and materials. The largest tile show in the world, Cersaie just ended a couple weeks ago and we are extremely excited to see all the wonderful materials about to be introduced into our world!

    Images: 14OraItaliana

  • Interior Architecture: Modern Warehouse Conversion

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    Modern Warehouse Conversion

    The pure attention to the details of interior architecture is why the work of Fearon Hay Architects captivates me.This minimal design of this 1960's fabric warehouse conversion in Auckland, New Zealand is functional and straight-forward. My eyes gloss over at the sight of the detailing of those rosewood framed doors.

    Interior Architecture

    The gorgeous fabrics rolls spread out over the space make a bold statement while the architecture accentuates the beauty of each piece without trying to fight it.

    Pivot Doors

    The form of each of the chairs and table (above) adds a sculptural element within the space. Raw, concrete floors, white walls, and modern accent chairs will help you achieve the modern and industrial look like the space above.

    Modern Lounge Chair

    ZUO WALTZ WHITE LEATHERETTE LOUNGE CHAIR AND OTTOMAN

    Abstract Artwork

    Oxblood leather chairs and soft artwork cozy up the conference room. A modern office chair is not only practical and comfortable, but is a great way to bring modern elements into your office space.

    Modern Office Chair

    TANNER TERRA COTTA FAUX LEATHER LOWBACK DESK CHAIR

    Glass Doors

    Of course you know we love lighting, and if I could add just one element to this design it would be a simple modern pendant light.

    Mason Jar Pendant

    LBL MASON BROWN AND SATIN NICKEL PENDANT LIGHT

    Modern Door Detail

    The rosewood framed doors are able to separate the room physically, but not visually. Now this is what design is all about; the thin rosewood frame, sleek handle, and the most beautiful part of it all, the brass detailing. It's these elements that separate the men from the boys when it comes to good design. 

    Images: Yellowtrace

  • Luxury Suites at Yankee Stadium

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    Yankee Stadium Great Hall

    Love the Yankees or hate the Yankees, they're always in the playoffs come October. And with that, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to the finer points of design with the luxury suites at the new Yankee Stadium.

    In New York, America's past-time is all about luxury. With 56 luxury suites (compared to 19 in the old stadium), there's no shortage of big-ticket seating or big-ticket spenders. The Legends Suite (below) sets a muted mood in Yankees blue and white. Under cabinet lights and glowing frosted glass will help set the mood for any luxe interior.

    Yankee Stadium Legends Suite

    The Audi Yankees Club is built for fans who want to keep their eyes fixed upon the field. European-inspired styling is sparse and functional with the right touch of class. In this case, turf centerpieces by floral designer Rachel Cho.

    Audi Club Yankee Stadium Suites

    Everywhere you turn, there seems to be another suite. The Yankees Club suite (below) keeps things thematic yet elegant. Hi-definition screens play the game throughout the stadium, in case anyone forgets why they're at the ball park. 

    Yankees Club Luxury Suite

    Top shelf amenities aren't just for the paying customers. With luxe tile finishes and frosted glass, the locker rooms are in step with the seven and eight figure salaries of the players who use them. Adding some bath bar lights in your home bathroom might help you feel almost as luxe.

    New Yankees Stadium Locker Rooms

    At $1.5 billion, the new Yankee Stadium which opened in 2009, is a model of modern commercial design and the second most expensive stadium ever built in the world. However, with high-priced luxury boxes and VIP lounges becoming the new standard among stadiums and arenas, it might not be long before we see price-tags like this on a regular basis around the company.

    Images: Wikipedia, Arch Systems, Rachel Cho, Yankees, Wall Street Journal

  • 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

October, 2012