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  • Modern Bedrooms: Small Spaces with Big Style

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    Small Modern Bedroom

    When we moved in to our current home, the first detail we noticed was that our modern bedroom was quite a bit smaller than our previous home. It wasn't a huge deal because we had already downsized our belongings. But I still wanted the space to look spacious and bright. To do this in any space, all you need to do is keep with a bright white scheme.

    This calls for a pretty white on the walls. The great thing about white paint is that you can pair it with any color that you’d like. When painting with color, it binds you to that specific color scheme. The bedroom above started with white walls and then added a fun yellow stripe down the wall and into the floors.

    Small Bedroom

    Another detail to remember when working with a small bedroom space is white bedding makes everything better. Well, maybe not literally but it sure makes for a sophisticated yet playful bedroom. One of my favorite things about hotels is the pretty crisp white bedding that you crawl into every night. You can have that same feel in your own space. I also like the way hotels are using hanging pendant lights in their bedroom designs. The room above is a great example of both elements.

    Modern Bedroom

    A modern color scheme that is timeless is the classic black and white duo. It can be left alone or can be added onto with other colors. Again, the white makes everything seem more open and the black just adds some drama to a stark space. This bedroom shown above is a perfect example of black and white done right. Another way to achieve this look is by adding contemporary black lighting fixtures to an all white room.

    Modern Bedding

    Images: French By Design, Mas-Fashion, Nordic Design, Lonny

  • Built-In Bunkbeds for Compact Living

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    Compact Living

    Have you sat down and pondered over how to make the most of your compact living quarters?  Well we have and our first solution is in the bedroom. Whether it be a kids room or an adults room there are many ways of integrating multiple beds and functioning elements into a space. The Murphy bunk beds (above) are painted in a bright color so when it's closed it becomes an accent wall and only the homeowner knows whats hiding beneath.  This is a great solution for adding additional beds in an open space.

    Lofted Bed

    Layering and stacking the free floating beds clears up the floor space and creates a very playful feel in this modern kids room. Industrial wall sconces allow each of the individual beds to have their own light to control so bed times don't all have to be at the same time!

    Industrial Wall Sconce

    LBL Geoform Modern Silver Round Outdoor Wall Light

    Modern Cave Bed

    Using structural elements and carving out little cubbies for sleeping is a brilliant idea. What kid or even adult for that matter wouldn't love to dream away inside their own little cave?

    Modern Bunkbeds

    Not only does this modern bunk bed look beautiful, but what a great way to integrate modern storage solutions. The use of modern wall lamps not only lights up each nook but adds so much character to each space.

    Modern Wall Lamp

    Jonathan Adler Parker Brass Swing Wall Lamp

    Lofted Bedroom

    Finding sleeping solutions for compact living is not only a solution for kids bedrooms, but adults as well. This structure (above) not only looks beautiful but provides so much storage and function within one central element. It's the perfect solution for your small studio apartment.

    Sleep and creativity go hand in hand!  So start dreaming about all the solutions for your space today!

    Images: Habitat KidJaney Mac, All House DesignHouzz, Melody's Musings, Remodelista

  • Superbowl Entertaining With Modern Style

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    Modern Style Entertaining

    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.

    Modern Home Decor

    Nambe Twist Metal Alloy and Wood Coasters, Nambe Butterfly Wood Cheese Tray with Knife, Nambe Silver Serving Tray, Nambe Kissing Silver Salt and Pepper ShakerNambe Yaro Wood Salad Bowls 

    Image: Design Sponge

  • Style Trend: Modern Bar Stools

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    Modern Bar Stools

    If you are lucky enough to have a bar or large kitchen island in your home, then you know what I am talking about... Bar stools are like extra seating that take up almost no space. There are some fantastic and super stylish bar stools out there. I especially love the modern and minimal designs.

    Here are three of my favorite bar stools that I would be happy to have in my home.

    Modern Bar Stools

    1. Wire Chrome Finish Bar Chairs: The wire bar stool has such a classic but modern feel. The wire frame makes it seem like it takes up even less space because you can see through it. Genius, right?

    2. Black Leatherette Chrome Hitchcock Bar Stools: The clean lined modern and minimal design that makes a subtle statement. I love the shape of the legs and it definitely looks comfortable to me!

    3. Black Finish Lola Barstools: This simple cut out frame is perfect and really adds a special something to the space. Love it!

    Image: Apartment Therapy

  • Becoming a Small Space Tourist

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    Small Space Tourist Hotel

    When people use the phrase "small space," they're usually talking about the spaces where we live. But what about the rest of our lives? The places where we shop, relax and even spiritualize?

    For that, we imagined spending the day as a small space tourist. We begin at the Das Park Hotel in Austria (pictured above), a sewage pipe turned pay-as-you-can hotel room. Yes, a sewage pipe.  

    After waking up, let's head to the cafe...or in this case, a pocket park in New York.

    Pocket Park New York City

    A collaboration between the NYC Department of Transportation and the businesses that front it, this space is nothing more than some seating and landscaping squeezed onto the sidewalk. We think the bright red chairs look great in the city, but to blend into more natural surroundings, one might want to consider using unique chairs that are transparent.

    After morning coffee, we head out to the Uniqlo store, designed by shipping container pioneer architects Lot-ek.

    Pop Up Retail Shop

    In our new clothes from Uniqlo, we now head for church...well, the chapel at least. The Mobile Chaplet below was designed to service rural communities in North Dakota, but it can be used just about anywhere a flat bed truck will take it.

    Modern Sculptural Mobile Chapel

    Finally, we return to New York's Pod Hotel for the evening. 

    Pod Hotel New York

    The Pod offers affordable small rooms, furnished in a way that should appeal to any fan of modern design.

    Modern Dining Chair

    Set of 2 Zuo Mesh Chrome Dining Chairs

    Modern Nickel Wall Light

    Besa Divi Satin Nickel European Swing Arm Wall Light

    At less than 100 square feet per room, the Pod offers just enough space for the things that really matter--you and your modern chairs. Isn't that the essence of small spaces?

    Images: SprklingTransportation NationNoticias AquitecturaDwellThe Pod Hotel

January, 2013