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  • Stylish Pendant Lights for the Kitchen

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    Bronze Pendant

    I am a huge advocate for beautifully designed kitchens with stylish pendant lights. The kitchen is in fact the heart of the home so it should be treated with care and love. Cheesy, I know. But when you have a well designed kitchen, it can benefit you tremendously.

    Now, most of us don’t have thousands of dollars to throw at our kitchen. Even if our budgets are small, there are things that we can do on that will make a huge difference in the design of our kitchen. One of those details is a fabulous pendant light above the kitchen island or breakfast nook. Here are some fantastic examples.

    White Pendant

    You see in the image above that the owner took a vintage pendant and placed it above the work area in the kitchen. It’s clean, it’s classic and so cool. It also looks great paired with the mint colored cabinet.

    Cluster Pendant

    I’m in love with this light fixture. It’s a grouping of cord lights and it makes a huge statement for this kitchen. I also want to point out that even though this kitchen is simple in its layout and appliances the owners have warmed it up. That fantastic rug, baskets for storage and other wood and stainless steel accessories are perfect additions to this kithcen. It’s a chic space!

    Stainless Steel Pendant

    This simple stainless steel light adds character and goes well with all the other stainless steel accents throughout the space. It’s scale is large for a more dramatic look. I’m sure it brings ooo’s and awe’s from visitors.

    Get the look:

    Modern Pendant Lighting

    Top: Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier, Old Bronze Mini Pendant Light 

    Bottom: St Croix Mercury Glass Chandelier, Dandelion Shade Possini Euro Pendant.

    Images: Desire to Inspire, My Lovely Things, Remodelista, Skonahem

  • Cool + Collected 1.10

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    Pantone

    +Pantone announced their color of the year this week. Emerald Green will be the color focus of the year throughout the design industry so keep your eye out!

    +Legendary architect, Oscar Niemeyer passed away at the age of 104 on Wednesday. He's known for designing beautiful architecture around the world and his brilliance will be missed.

    +Speaking of great architecture, Kate Arends from Wit + Delight has a great post on Louis Kahn and is famous Norman Fisher House.

    +They are the coolest city lights you'll ever see... L.A. Times Photography posted satelite images of earth at night on-line and they are spectacular. Frame-worthy for sure!

    +If you're a new designer starting out or you just have some questions about working in the design industry, graphic designer Shauna Haider has a great advice column on her blog Nubby Twiglet.

    Image: Pantone

  • Modern Christmas Tree Design

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    Modern Christmas Tree

    In the spirit of Christmas tomorrow, we found some trees that fit perectly with a modern Christmas... Just in case you're running behind on your decorating. Or, they're also great ideas for next year! 

    Do you love the warmth and coziness of a real tree, but hate the mess? Well look no further; we have some of the best creative solutions for your modern Christmas! The Infinite Indoor Tree by Johannes Molin (above) is definitely a favorite. There are infinite ways to display it, hence the name, so I have no doubt you'll find one that works perfectly for you. And of course if you get tired of it after a few days, you can always change it up!  

    Plywood Christmas Tree

    This plywood Christmas Tree (above) is so much fun. It's like a gorgeous modern sculpture that you just might not want to take down after the holidays! It's a perfect accent to your modern home decor and would glisten with some modern lighting shining brightly on it.

     Minimalist Christmas Tree

    I know there are quite a few minimalist out there and this tree (above) is the perfect one for you. The solid walnut base and core is very streamlined and allows the modern decorations to stand alone. This would be perfect in a room filled with mid century modern furniture.

    Modern Dining Chair

    Pascall White Plastic Side Chairs

    Rustic Modern Christmas Tree

    If you love rustic modern interiors then this is the perfect idea for you (above)! These tree branches are cut to perfect proportion to create an oh so balanced tree.  The decorative lighting drapes across each branch and make the ornaments glisten, giving such a happy and peaceful feeling  

    This tree pairs perfectly with the industrial side chair (below).

    Industrial Modern Chair

    Elio Gunmetal Dining Chair

    Artful Christmas Tree

    And here's one final idea! Just do away with the actual tree and create a tree on the wall with the actual ornaments.You could sit and stare at this tree for hours!  It's such a work of modern art!

    No matter how you're decorating for the holidays, be sure to have fun with it! Happy Holidays to you all!

    Images: Moco Loco Design Milk If Its Hip Its Here We Heart It Dottie Angel 

  • 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

  • Modern Architecture + Design: Less is More

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    Modern Architecture

    Please join us in welcoming Kirsten Grove from Simply Grove as one of our new contributors. We're so excited to have her! Take it away Kirsten...

    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.

    Modern Kitchen

    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.

    Modern Design

    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.

    Modern Dining Room

    Get this modern dining room look:

    Modern Furniture

    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.

    Images: Tvark

December, 2012