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  • Geometric Patterns in Modern Stairway Design

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    Modern Stairway Design

    Please join us in welcoming Victoria McGinley from vmac+cheese as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Victoria…

    I have a new obsession. Finding ridiculously beautiful, architecturally interesting staircase railings, then staring at them for hours on end and wishing I had a second floor in my home so that I'd have an excuse to create such a unique look. If you're a lover of modern lines that aren't boring (hand raised very high!), I can't think of a room detail that adds as much visual punch as a custom staircase.

    Modern Stairway Ideas

    The fantastic thing about this particular room 'accessory' is that whether you live in a big space or small, as long as you have a second story, it's doable. You certainly can't be shy about making a statement when it comes to home design though -- unlike a simple piece of home decor, these staircases are big, visual art installations that you probably wouldn't be swapping out any time soon. Choose wisely!

    Which of these is your favorite? And if you were installing a custom staircase railing tomorrow, what kind of pattern, color, or material do you think you'd pick?

    Images: 1. Remodelista 2. Spillmann Echsle Architekten 3. Cardea Building Co. 4. Urban Craft 5. Apartment Therapy

  • Cool + Collected 1.11

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    Modern Architecture

    +You've never seen a modern cabin like this before. Head over to Sous Style to see more of this home.

    +In the spirit of eco-optimism, Huffington Post curated innovative designs in green building. Imagination is a beautiful thing.

    +Swiss Miss gives an overview of a great new website. If you're a maker looking for resources, this is just what you need.

    +What did the world search for in 2012? Find out what most of the 1.2 trillion searches were at Google's Zeitgeist 2012

    +If you want to send a unique Holiday card this year, check out the pixel popup cards at Minieco.

    Imagee: Sous Style

  • Winter Solstice: Modern Lighting Trends

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    Lighting Trends

    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.

    Modern Chandelier

    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:

    Lighting Trend Ideas

    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

  • Modern Architecture In A Winter Wonderland

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    Modern Architecture

    Many of you are either planning your holiday getaways to a beautiful Winter wonderland or maybe you're living in it already. Wouldn't it be nice to be walking through a beautiful snow-covered landscape and stumble upon modern architecture to keep you warm and cozy?

    This modern cabin (above) would be exceptionally great because you could just lounge around and watch it snow for hours with those big window walls. Curl up in a modern chair, sip on some cocoa, and read your favorite book...that's what we would do!

    Modern Lounge Chair

    Zuo Draper White Lounge Chair

    Modern Sofa

    A modern sofa with soft fabric and layers of cushions seems like the perfect addition to any modern cabin. Adding textures in a soft neutral palette with gray, white, and tan will give your home a serene feeling, keeping it warm and cozy. 

    Rustic Modern Cabin

    A rustic modern cabin on a lake would also be a great vacation in a winter wonderland!  

    Modern White Living Room

    How beautiful would it be to walk into a rustic cabin and discover a bright modern interior filled with all-white furnishings? The gorgeous snow covered forest wallpaper makes you feel like you're still in the snowy outdoors, but you would be warm and curled up on a modern white sofa. The only thing that's missing is a stylish floor lamp so you can read and fill yourself with knowledge on your relaxing getaway.

    Modern Floor Lamp

    Sabine Polished Nickel Arteriors Home Floor Lamp

    If you didn't think a trip into the snow was right for you this holiday season, maybe we changed your mind... Happy Holidays to you all!

  • From Outfit to Interior: Hot Design Trends

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    Design Trends

    Please join us in welcoming Kelly Beall from Design Crush one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Kelly…

    Welcome to the latest series, Outfit to Interior! In each post we'll be exploring the intersection of fashion and design, and boy-oh-boy it's a big place the navigate. Each inevitably draws inspiration and influence from the other. So let's take a look at translating this Valentino silk-crepe jumpsuit with modern lines and just the right amount of skin into an interior design project. The elegant silhouette and keyhole back give us plenty to work with.

    What we're looking for first and foremost in a piece is a modern, sleek, and sexy vibe. Clean lines and metals with just the tiniest hint of surprise. Some interior designers are adamantly against ceiling fans, but I'm of the opinion that so long as it's fresh and fits the space then go for it! I love the feeling of a cool breeze and can't imagine life without them in my home. The Quorum Dragonfly Collection's Nickel Finish Ceiling Fan fits all of those requirements. The streamlined light grey blades offer up a little something different in the looks department, can't you just imagine our Valentino lady lounging about underneath?

    A pair of Black Linen Cylinder Shade Antique Brass Swing Arm lamps would be a great match for our girl's bedroom or reading nook. The eleven-inch high black linen shades give these classic beauties just the modern unexpected touch we're looking for. I think our gal would place the Glitz Crystal Contemporary Table Lamp somewhere a little unexpected, like on a table at the end of a hallway or on the kitchen countertop. The bright chrome finish and sparkling inlaid crystals would brighten up any dark corner.

    Modern Design Trends

    Throwing an impromptu dinner party is the hallmark of any modern woman, which means a great table with a great light fixture as the focal point. Check out the Possini Euro Pendant with White Frosted Concentric Shades. The frosted inner glass, brushed nickel finish, and white fabric all play together perfectly to create a piece that's both sleek and classic.

    I'm betting her signature dish is something deceptively simple and delicious, like Chicken Tika Misala or Spaghetti Bolognese. And while she's in the kitchen cooking up such tasty dishes, she's probably doing all of her prep work right under a trio of Atmosphere Possini Euro Pendant Lights. I love the way their modern aluminum finish is "sliced like fruit" to let all of that glorious light shine through, quite the show-stopper!

    This Contemporary Frameless Round Mirror measures nearly three feet across! If that doesn't make a modern statement, I'm not sure what does. I think it would look at home in our girl's entryway or hanging over the fireplace. And she could always change it up by placing it over the credenza or behind the couch. Endless possibilities, we love that in a piece!

    Last but not least, our modern woman needs somewhere top perch while entertaining or surfing her favorite shops. A pair of Zuo Modern Wendover Steel Dining Chairs are just the ticket. The sleek silhouette and leaf-like back would be equally at place in the dining room or behind a desk.

    Image: Net-A-Porter

December, 2012