modern living + innovative design + inspiring ideas
LBL Batons Satin Nickel Suspension Pendant Light
“When lighting looks like art, you know you have a winner!”
- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
About Euro Style Home
The Art Story
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
What's the smallest space you've ever lived in? I must admit, though I have been an apartment dweller for most of my adult life, I've lived with someone else for many, many years, and recognized that I would probably be the cohabitor from hell if I lived in anything smaller than a one bedroom.
In short, I've never had the good fortune to live in one of those tee tiny studio apartments that are so often featured in design glossies and blogs. And yes, I said "good fortune." Because honestly, I think decorating a tiny little space would be a very fun design challenge! The larger your space gets, the easier it is to collect unnecessary clutter and be coerced into buying furniture you don't really love (or don't even really need). In a small space, every square inch counts! Every piece of modern furniture or stylish light fixtures you choose must have a purpose.
Below are some of my favorite picks and tips that are essential to anyone living in a small space. What would your small space essential be?
Gen Metallic Black Koncept Floor Lamp, Uttermost Sherise Beaded Wall Mirror, Sunrays Antique Silver Wall Mirror, Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs, Ryn Grey Shelving Unit or Media Stand, Cancun Outdoor Tri-fold Screen, Modern Wendover White Steel Dining Chair
What are your small space ideas?
Images: Stua; Winnie Au for Refinery 29; Apartment Therapy
This eco-chic "4 Corners House", designed by Finnish architects Avanto Architects, uses its black exterior to blend in with the thick forest that surrounds it. At only 840 square feet, each corner of this tiny home features a view through glass walls. The exterior is dramatic, contrasting with its snowy surroundings and bright white interiors.
Another great eco feature is the passive solar operation, which further strengthens this modern home's connection to nature and reinforces its principles of minimalism. It creates minimal impact on its surrounding environment.
Although the interior is bright and all-white it still feels warm and cozy, which is a must in this snowy environment. The wood ceiling, walls, and floors are covered in a white wax finish which allows the natural wood grain to warm up the space. Similarly, when you use modern white pendant lights in an all white space it allows for the shape of the fixture to really stand out. Which is why we love the simple details of the Kiev Pendant Light (below).
Tech Lighting Kiev White Modern Ceiling Pendant
The simple dining table blends with the surroundings while the use of simple, modern seating helps make the space feel less cluttered. It's always an added bonus when your dining room opens to the outdoors. When it's warm enough the double-doors open and you could slide your table outside while still protected from the elements. The roof extends beyond the doors which makes the outdoor space an extension of the inerior.
When living in a small space, bringing the outdoors in is a great way to make the space feel larger.
Zuo Diamond Clear Dining Chair
There's an open, but defined feeling throughout the space. It's an escape from reality, where sitting around the wood burning fireplace in your modern lounge chair and reading a book might be the only concern for the day!
The Danish modern wood-burning fireplace paired with a view like that might also keep you in bed all day!
When designing a modern home under 1500 square feet you're forced to push the boundaries of design. Creating an experience in your own home is key, well it's actually a key element of life too.
So go ahead, push the boundaries, challenge yourself to look at things differently, make an impact, and create experiences just like this architecture team was able to.
Sources: Arch Daily
There are certain details of a room that can either be overlooked or can make a big statement. One of those details is a modern table lamp. I’m a huge advocate of stylish modern lighting. The right lighting can change the look of a room in the best way. One great thing about a great table lamp is that it creates a nice glow in the evenings, providing a cozy space in your home. And in small spaces, we need those petite items to make big impacts.
To create more lighting in a hallway, try placing a chair and pretty side table in the deep corner. In this hallway (above) the small table is paired with a simple shade lamp. What a great nightlight when the home is dark!
Flight Dark Yellow White Contemporary Table Lamp
I’m absolutely in love with this light! It would look fantastic in a hallway space, or any space for that matter.
Bedrooms are an important room to light up. Bedside lights need to be the right height to allow for perfect nighttime reading. The room above has done a great job by sticking with its modern roots and adding that small round light.
Delta Nickel Smokey Taupe Robert Abbey Table Lamp
This clean and sophisticated lamp would make for a great bedside light. Pairing two on either side would be striking!
If you are looking for a little more drama in your space, look for lamps that are taller in height. You can find one that is large in width for extra va va voom or keep it simple and find one that is skinnier, to fit in less space.
Lite Source Directeur Dark Bronze Tripod Table Lamp
This “movie set” like lamp is super industrial and will add some Hollywood style to your space.
What's your favorite lamp style?
Images: Emma Designblogg, The Design Files, Remodelista, April & May
Are you getting ready for one of the largest entertaining weekends ever...The Superbowl?! Well, we can help. We have everything you need, from modern seating to stylish home decor!
We find that simple is always better. Make food your friends and family enjoy, no need to get fancy. Most importantly make sure you have enough platters to serve all your food and plenty of seating for your guests to enjoy watching the commercials. Oops, we mean the game.
Nambe Twist Metal Alloy and Wood Coasters, Nambe Butterfly Wood Cheese Tray with Knife, Nambe Silver Serving Tray, Nambe Kissing Silver Salt and Pepper Shaker, Nambe Yaro Wood Salad Bowls
Image: Design Sponge
+You've got to see this museum shaped like a tub. It's actually attached to the older building next to it and the contrast is amazing (the interior is even cooler)!
+For those of you starting the new year off with healthy intentions, Refinery 29 provides a great list of the best L.A. juice bars.
+Have you seen The Hobbit yet? Well, chances are you don't like it as much as Maddie Chambers who built a hobbit dollhouse!
+If you're in the mood for some great photography and you can't make it to NY for the Ann Hamilton 'The Event of a Thread', then head over to Whimsey + Spice, where Jenna Park shares her photos of the art installation.
+In other news, there's a giant rubber ducky drifting through Syndney's Darling Harbour.
Image: LA Times
Receive the latest offers, promotions, and ideas... Sign Up For Email Alerts!