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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

  • 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

  • Post-Holiday Accessories for Your Home

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    Neutral Design

    With the holiday season coming to a close it’s time to take the Christmas cards and heaps of greenery down. Are you looking around your home at the blank spaces where the Christmas tree once stood or the greenery once laid? . . . Well, it’s time to get your home looking refreshed with new modern accessories that will make your home feel spruced up. Although it might feel a little toned down from all of those holiday decorations, I think staying with a neutral color scheme is important because it makes for an easy transition now. In the Spring you’ll want to layer on the bright bold colors.

    Here are a few of my favorite accessories that will have your home feeling jazzed up for the rest of the Winter.

     Modern Wall Mirror

    Jamie Young Leather Strap 19" High Round Wall Mirror

    Are you looking at that empty space on your wall and longing for something to fill it? I have lots of little spaces like that in my home (especially where my tree once stood). Contemporary mirrors are a great addition and this Jamie Young round mirror would work well in any space. The leather cowhide frame makes for a wonderful detail that sets this mirror apart from a normal silver frame.

    Modern Sculpture

    Round Silver Sunburst on Stand

    All right, you might think I’m a bit crazy – I promise I’m not. For those of you who don’t use your fireplaces or don’t have a working fireplace this is the item that will make your empty space look unique. I’ve used similar sunburst objects in client’s homes and they look fabulous.

    Modern Crystal Bowl

    Nambe Crystal 6" Wide Butterfly Bowl

    In my eyes crystal bowls can be used two ways – as art work and for serving. Which means this beautiful Nambe bowl could be used to store your Winter accessories on a mantel or coffee table.

    Modern Wine Holder

    Brighton Iron and Leather Wine Holder

    Do you have leftover wine lying around from hosting parties? A small wine rack next to your bar for those bottles of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc will remind you to grab one as you walk out the door to a party or open a bottle after a long day at the office.

    Modern White Vase

    Braided And Lattice Design Matte White Small Diana Vase

    Last but not least, vases are one of my favorite accessories to decorate with – I use them empty or with a beautiful arrangement. This stunning ceramic with lattice texture would be perfect for a coffee table or console.

    Now that you’ve seen a few of my favorites, do you have any post holiday accessories you’re decorating with right now?

    Image: Desire to Inspire

  • 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

January, 2013