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  • 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

  • Styling with Modern Pillows

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    Modern Living Room

    We all know that when decorating a room, the cheapest way to change the look is through accessories. You can add color, texture and even pattern by adding a few modern pillows. Pillows can instantly make a sofa feel warmer, add color to a chair and create a pretty haven in a bedroom. And being one of the least expensive elements in a room, you will spend way less than replacing a piece of furniture.

    The modern sofa (above) would have looked a little lonely without those awesome patterned pillows.

    Colorful Design

    I love how the designer of this room (above) picked up the color palette from the rug and added that palette to the pillows on this sofa. It looks playful and fun yet still feels sophisticated. The mix of patterns also creates an extra cool look.

    Industrial Modern Living Room

    This leather sofa (above) is already a fantastic piece without any help. These two pillows add a little bit of dimension and depth to this cozy, masculine room. They also helped maintain the monochromatic palette, which creates a very mature space.

    Modern Bedroom

    If you're tired of your bedding, switch out your shams and add a few new throw pillows. You’ll feel like you got a new bed set! When deciding on how many pillows you should display on a bed, don’t go overboard. Display a few pillows that add that “wow” factor.

    Here are a few pillows that would add greatness to any room.

    Abstract Accent Pillow

    Infinity Black Multilines 18" Square Down Throw Pillow

    Accent Pillow

    Surya 18" Square Cumin Yellow Throw Pillow

    Striped Accent Pillow

    Shock 20" Square Blue and Beige Stripe Throw Pillow

    Colorful Accent Pillow

    Mirabelle Sky Blue Burst Set of 2 Safavieh Accent Pillows

    Gray Accent Pillow

    Infinity Metallic Silver Links 18" Square Down Throw Pillow

    Images: Alvhem, Bloesem, La Maison d’ Anna G, Bliss.

  • 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

  • Palm Springs Modernism Week: Postcard from Hotel Lautner

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    Hotel Lautner at Palm Springs Modernism Week

    Palm Springs Modernism Week takes the SoCal desert by storm every February. To take a break from this snow-bird's roster of design events, tours and exhibitions (as well as endless unsanctioned parties and pop-ups), consider losing yourself just outside of town in the desert sun at the Hotel Lautner.

    Swimming Pools Palm Springs

    Formerly the iconic Desert Hot Springs Motel, this famed John Lautner property was recently purchased and renovated by Los Angeles based interior designer Tracy Beckmann of Tracy Beckman Design and furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge of Brown + Trowbridge. Although  Beckmann has been making a name for herself for her slick, glammed-up commercial and hospitality spaces, Hotel Lautner is more of an exercise in Modernist provenance, showcasing the designer's love for Mid-Century design.

    Desert Hot Springs Hotel

    This is Madmen gone wild West. Interiors are true to the period with the "Bachelor Pad" room (pictured below) sporty a smoky, low-slung vibe.

    Mid-century Bachelor Pad

     Each room comes with a kitchenette, perfect for mixing a twilight martini. Period ceramics and art dot each of the rooms. We like how ceramic and painted table lamps throughout give each space an authentic vintage feel too. 

    mid century arts

    Taken all together, this beautiful retreat is hard to leave. Comfortable rooms, a wading pool, BBQ pits, and the experience (if for a day) of living in a Lautner? You can count us in again next February. In the meantime, we'll be re-creating the place at home.

    Modern Ceiling Light

    Doughnut Cross Brass Robert Abbey Ceiling Light

    Modern Chairs

    Wire Chrome Modern Zuo Bar Chairs

    Modern Console

    Arteriors Home Trenton Lacquered Wood Console

    Modern Table

    Zuo Whitby Glass and Chrome Dining Table

    Modern Floor Lamp

    Trac Tree Brushed Steel Adjustable Task Floor Lamp

    Palm Springs Modernism Week continues until February 24, 2013. We hope to see you there!

    Images: Hotel Lautner

  • Design With Color!

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    Modern Home Design

    I am a sucker for color. I love to incorporate it into my home as much as possible but adding too much color or pairing it in the wrong way can make the room seem adolescent.

    I found these beautifully designed living rooms that have the perfect balance of vibrant color paired with a few neutral pieces to pull it all together. The colors coordinate well without being boring. I love it!

    Pink Living Room

    In this girl's room (below), a bold neon pink pops against the gray walls. A perfect use of color for a kids room, bright and bold without being overly childish or tacky.

    Modern Kids Decor

    One of my favorite parts of this space (above) is the choice of art. It's fun and colorful but not over the top. The colors from each piece just work so well together, don't they?

    Images: Eileen Kathryn Boyde, Vogue

February, 2013