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If you've been to the Downtown Art Walk in Los Angeles then you most likely have seen Robert Vargas on these streets painting live portraits. And you've most likely been mesmerized by not only how amazing these portraits are, but the how captivating his live performances are. As the crowd gathers around Vargas selects his models from the audience and creates gorgeous portraits in about 5 minutes. The spectators stand around, jaws dropped, hoping they are the next to be selected to have their portraits drawn by the oh so talented Robert Vargas.
There are amazing things happening down there and this Boyle Heights native and his Pratt Institute education are really bringing out the true characters.
The emotion that is captured in not only the performance, but in each piece is something that is truly represents the vibe of downtown LA.
The crowds gather around while Vargas goes to town! Who wouldn't want to be one of the lucky ones selected to have their portrait painted?! Hanging his work in your modern interior would bring so much character to your space. His work would be a great compliment to any of the industrial downtown lofts filled with modern furniture.
Vargas was commissioned to do a live mural of The Far East Movement last year at the art walk. Once the mural was painted, Far East Movement started their performance while the mural dried in the background.The finished painting symbolizes "staying present and capturing the moment," states Vargas. He continues, "Fans of FM and myself will get to experience both Music and Art like never before at the Art Walk."
You can not only find Vargas's work down at the LA Art Walk but you can also find his murals on buildings across East LA.
Artwork is the perfect way to bring character into your own home, and is even better when your modern home decor is created by an emerging artist who is able to capture all your emotion and spirit in one single piece. A trip to LA Artwalk to see Vargas is in order for us all.
Sources: Robert Vargas
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When I first laid my eyes on this home located in Danderyd Sweden, I gasped with sheer delight. The colors and the mix of materials make for an amazing modern home. The exterior compels you to want to tour the interior. Both are perfection.
This artistic home is made up of four large spaces in all four levels, which are hidden within the design. The four spaces create a backdrop to allow the inhabitants a chance to live how they see fit. It’s an unconventional way of living but oh so brilliant.
You will find black tiles on the floor and smooth white plaster on the walls, throughout the entire home. Some may think it’s a cold way of living but furnished and accessorised right, it becomes amazing.
The exterior of this home is made up of deep blue plaster and oak window boxes. The contrast of the walls and windows are striking and it looks very dimensional, not to mention very grand. Architects Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård Hansson designed this modern masterpiece, creating a simple form that has lasting effects.
Get this modern dining room look:
Alex Black Leatherette Dining Chairs, Black Mini Mulberry Chandelier, Zuo Flag White Leatherette and Glass Dining Table
Between you and me, I would raise a family in a home like this in a second. Our home right now is somewhat unpredictable and I like that way of living. When choosing to live a modern life, you sacrifice some details to gain a wider spectrum. It’s not for everyone but for some, it’s pure bliss.
When most people think about modern interiors or modern lofts they might think about something cold, raw, and industrial. But they're only fooling themselves.
The use of soft pastel colors in modern art and home decor contrasts the stark white surfaces and concrete elements, creating an incredibly soft and luxurious design. This hand painted wall mural (above) is done in the most beautiful soft colors, creating such a dynamic statement that nearly takes my breath away. The Turkish area rug grounds this space and contrasts nicely with the modern dining table. Lastly, whether concrete is being used as flooring, furniture or accessories it always adds perfect texture to any modern space.
Cerno Onus Modern Grey Black Concrete Desk Lamp
Most modern sofas can hold their own, but hanging a collection of modern art above brings so much more character to the room. It's these details that allow an individual's true character to show through in the design. The soft colored art mixed with the black and white create a soothing and sculptural effect. A simple modern coffee table is also a great addition to any living space.
Zuo Haxby Walnut and Glass Modern Coffee Table
And of course don't forget that lighting is art too. A colorful or sculptural pendant light can be the key element to bringing your room to life.
Images: Weekday Carnival
With winter solstice right around the corner (it falls on December 21st this year), we have short and dark days ahead. Not only is lighting essential but also makes a big impact on a home's overall look and feel. For those of you that want to continue to have light-filled rooms but are wondering how you will add more lighting, don’t fear you can illuminate your space and amplify your style with these favorites I have to share.
Most homes don’t have a lot of natural light. If that’s true for your home, then adding floor lamps is a great option for a simple and easy fix. Floor lamps also provide a cozy corner with the perfect light for reading.
Ceiling fixtures contribute ambient lighting in a fashionable way that can highlight any design aesthetic. Whether you simply want to add a new look to your dining room, add functional lighting to your kitchen, or add a stunning fixture to your bedroom (similar to the above photo), a ceiling light may be the answer when long winter months drag on.
Here are a few of my favorite lighting options that you could add to your home:
Top Left: Robert Abbey Jonathan Adler Meurice Nickel Chandelier – Place this in your living room, nook or bedroom and your room will have no problem being fully lit from all of these lovely, tiny globe bulbs.
Top Right: Lafitte Clear Glass 10-Inch-W Jamie Young Pendant Chandelier - Mouth-blown clear glass shade has unique texture and style.
Middle: Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel White Shade Floor Lamp – If you need a little extra light on a gloomy day add a floor lamp in the corner. This Jonathan Adler lamp features three cocktail shaker-like lights on adjustable arms and has multiple lighting settings.
Bottom Left: Double Gourd Slate Grey Ceramic 27-Inch-H Table Lamp – Put a pair together and place them on either side of a couch in your living rom or on your bedside table. The acrylic base gives this gourd lamp a more modern feel.
Bottom Right: Delta Lily Robert Abbey Modern Table Lamp - Would be perfect on a desk or entry table for a clean and contemporary home.
Images: Crystal Gentilello, SFGirlbyBay
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