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  • Creative Office Spaces: From Modern to Vintage

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    Creative Office Space

    The best office spaces are those that are creative and can tell a story. My desk was built by my husband. He built 2 sawhorses and then took an old counter from a boutique closing in the area, and attached it to the top. It’s the BEST.

    Another key ingredient to a great office space is of course good lighting. Pendant lights are stylish, while attractive task lamps are necessary. And both is even better, like the modern office space above.

    Small Office Space

    This vintage office space (above) has a lot of character. It’s not big in size and fits perfectly in that room. If you're looking for a desk that just needs to house your laptop, this is a great size for you. I also love the art gallery above the desk. It creates a fabulous corner to work in.

    Modern Vintage

    This rustic office space (above) must have a fantastic story! The wood looks reclaimed or possibly older than me. It creates a very organic look. And I love that this whole work space does not feel stuffy nor too serious. They did a great job mixing materials and textures to give the space a lived in but very stylish look. Modern black table lamps are great for adding contrast to a neutral space.

    Stylish Work Space

    Graphic designer Cassie Pyle needed a stylish space to work in, and I think she created just that. The walnut desk is a good size for a small space and it also offers plenty of storage. I like how she paired the filing cabinet next to the desk for even more storage. The muted tones throughout this space work well together! And even if you use a stylish pendant light, don't rule out a modern wall sconce. As you can see, they compliment each other perfectly.

    Remember, when designing your office space, the sky is the limit. Think outside of the box and you’ll create a masterpiece.

     Moder Desks

    Typhoon Contemporary Black Desk, Cana Contemporary White Desk, Embassy Driftwood Stainless Steel Desk, Typhoon Contemporary White Desk, Boutique Black Faux Shagreen Desk

    Images:  Archiphile, Sfgirlbybay, Sanctuary, Eva Black

  • Modern Desk Chair Envy

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    Modern Desk Chair

    I’ve been more than a little obsessed with finding the “perfect” desk chair. As I pin away looking for workspace inspiration I’m constantly asking myself “could I see myself sitting in that chair?” Because everyone knows, a modern chair is the key to any stylish home office.

    That’s why I decided to pick my favorite office chairs I’d put in my very own workspace. These three options will have you inspired while you’re working.

    Translucent Desk Chair

    Zuo Anime Transparent Modern Set of 4 Dining Chairs

    There are tons of styles to choose from – modern, traditional, a regular desk chair – you get my drift.

    White Office

    Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs

    It’s high time we jazz things up in your office space and all of these options will do the trick.

    Minimal Design

    Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs

    I hope one of these options strikes your fancy and has you wanting to update your space.

    Images: Desire to Inspire, Style at Home, Dwell

  • Cool + Collected 1.21

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    Modern Lifestyle

    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!

    +One thing we love is beautiful photography and nobody knows it better than National Geographic. There's a blog dedicated to nothing but vintage National Geographic photography and it's amazing to scroll through. 

    +Ladies, creatives and home lovers you must head over to The Everygirl and check out their amazing giveaway to celebrate their 1-year anniversary. There's even a Robert Abbey lamp giveaway from yours truly.  

    +Hey LED lovers, who also love your dogs. Check out these super cool dog leashes made of tiny LED lights.

    +If you love Los Angeles, aren't sure yet or just want a little intelligent insight, Moby shares his architectural thoughts on Dwell.

    +No matter what you're doing this weekend, you'll wish you were vacationing at this home in the San Juan Islands of Washington. The entire home is a transformer, with adjusting roof, walls and even floors depending on the weather and time of day. You can watch the stars from a bathtub!

  • Cool + Collected 1.18

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    Photographer Balthazar Korab

    +Photographer Balthazar Korab passed away. He was a refugee from Communist Hungary who created polished images that captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture.

    +Nepresso not only sells machines that make delicious coffee (so we're told), but now they have a flagship coffee shop in San Francisco. Dwell shares the design.

    +Haven't you ever wanted to restore your antique hardware and get rid of 10 layers of paint? Design*Sponge has a great series 'Before & After' with step by step instructions on how to restore items around your home.

    +If you're looking for a cool light installation experience from the comfort of your desk chair, check out Squidsoup's new project 'Submergence'. It's also on show at Galleri ROM in Oslo, Norway, January 17 - February 17 2013.

    +It's officially February and Valentine's is right around the corner. Oh Happy Day blog has some fun ideas for gifting, including this DIY monogrammed bag that's great for filling with candy hearts.

    Image: Idea

  • Modern Design Legend: Eames Chair Debut on NBC

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    Charles & Ray Eames are modern design legends.

    In 1956 NBC television network debuted Charles and Ray Eames’ chairs on the Arlene Francis "Home" show broadcast.

    Today, you can sit back in your modern furniture, which was probably inspired by Charles and Ray Eames, and enjoy a bit of modern insight from the legends of design.

February, 2013