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  • From Outfit to Interior: Feminine + Polished

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    Outfit Design

    Interior Design

    Smooth and comfortable. Crisp and clean. Accented here and there. Ms. Feminine & Polished is all that and more!

    Contemporary look, geometric base, polished metal. This Geometric Tempered Glass End Table is the perfect shape and size to migrate from room to room when our girl wants to try something new and mix things up.

    Modern Lighting

    Lighting doesn't get much more feminine and polished than the White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier! Curved panels, diffused light, sigh. It makes quite the stunning statement in her entry or over the dining table.

    Ms. Feminine & Polished likes her rooms well-lit with a little sparkle, and this Hammered Metal Cylinder Silver Leaf Table Lamp fits the bill perfectly. Its shimmering tapered base reflects all of the lovely light the lamp casts.

    Stylish Lighting Trends

    The Antique Brass Halogen Double Pharmacy Holtkoetter Floor Lamp offers a special touch for a favorite nook in her home. Contemporary and stylish, the adjustable arms are dimmable to create quite the mood.

    Our Ms. Feminine & Polished knows that the outdoors are an extension of her space, and lighting is equally important! A few of these sleek Tao Steel Modern Troy Outdoor Wall Lights give her porch and patio a glow like no other, while the frosted rippled glass gives a touch of ladylike class.

    Images: Net-a-Porter, Euro Style Lighting

  • Modern Design Elements For a Great Playroom

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    Modern Design

    Remember when a playroom was just a room filled with big, brightly colored plastic toys and lacking any modern design element? Certainly that is not the case these days. Today playrooms are nothing short of stylish and are rooms that fit seamlessly into beautifully decorated homes. 

    If you break down the design elements of a great playroom then I think it comes down to three things:  Function, Fun (quirk) and Style.

    Modern Storage

    This playroom (above) is a great example in that there is great storage (function) with quirky masks on display and ready for play (fun). It also has modern furniture, which lends style to the space.

    Modern Playroom

    To keep the room stylish and appealing to adults try using stylish rugs, contemporary light fixtures, modern seating and storage. The great thing about using these types of pieces is that they can easily be used in other rooms when your little ones out grow a playroom or if you just like to change things around. 

    And don’t assume that playrooms have to be banished to the basement or bonus room. I turned my dining room (below) into a playroom for the time being. When the time comes to give the room it’s original purpose back it’s an easy switch.

    Modern Dining Room

    So go ahead and use those grown up looking chairs and that modern light fixture that you’ve been admiring.  Just mix in some playful art, functional storage and your child’s favorite toys, and you’ll have a playroom that everyone can enjoy.

    images: Emily Henderson, Skona Hem, Elle Décor, La La Lovely

  • Color Combo: Modern Design With Pink + Gray

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    Modern Living Room

    I adore this modern design! The gray with the various shades of pinks and patterns is kind of fantastic. I especially love the mix of styles, very eclectic and chic!

    I love the mid-century style of this chair (below), and unlike a lot of mid-century furniture, it actually looks comfortable! A pink lamp would be perfect along side it. I think any one of these would look amazing in any given space with this chair. The shade of the pink lamps goes just perfectly with the gray chair and they are both solid colors so they are easy to dress up even more.

    Modern Table Lamps

    Annabelle Chair

    1. Rose Apothocary Table Lamp 2. Pink Robert Abbey Lamp 3. Roso Ovo Table Lamp

    The problem is, which to choose? The first lamp has a really interesting shape but is simple enough I think it would be just enough to add character to the room.

    The second lamp is right up my alley. The faceted look is so trendy and cool and I love it! But again, it is simple enough I think it would work really well with the chair and the room they would both go in.

    Now for option number three. This lamp is pretty and simple. I think it could look fantastic with some decorative bowls or vintage items around it. And the chair, you could dress it up with a throw or a pillow or two.

    The options are endless! But the real question is, which lamp goes best with your style?! All three lamps have a similar color and aesthetic, but the final decision lies with you...

    Room Image: Lonny

  • Creating a Modern Home with Accessories

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    Modern Living Room

    When it comes to decorating, larger scale pieces seem to be the favorite.  They add drama, fill up spaces and give the feeling that you get what you paid for.   But, I think it’s the little things that really make the space.

    The little things are the very details that make a house a home.  They are the pieces that hold our memories and add a finishing touch.  And although these accessory pieces may be small in size or stature, they are often the very things that tell a big story.  After all, isn’t it the accessories that make an outfit?  The same concept goes for decorating a space. A crystal candelabra on a mantle works the same as sparkly chandelier earrings do to an outfit.

    Modern Accessories

    Small Glacier Glass White Vase, Fuller Clear Glass Document Box, Clear Crystal Taper Candle Holder, Nambe Movie Vertical Glass Photo Frame, Dark Smoke Hand-Blown Glass Bottle Vase

    The great thing about accessories is that they can be added as a finishing touch or they can be the very thing to build an entire room around.  Little things are often picked up on a whim while shopping, but they can also be items that are well thought out and planned for.  I like to use accessories that not only look pretty also have meaning or serve a purpose.

    A few ideas for accessories are:

    • A frame that holds a photo of a loved one or one of your most cherished days

    • A bowl that holds seashells from a favorite vacation

    • A candle holder which lights up the room

    • A box or tray that gathers and collects favorite or special objects

    • A vase filled with flowers (either received or bought by yourself to brighten your day and your space)

    After all, it’s the little things that hold our memories and make our homes a place in which to create new ones. 

    Image: Le Journal Sézane

  • Color Crush: Gold

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    Modern Living Room

    By far my favorite room of the house to add a little gold to is the living room. It’s the space where we entertain and spend a lot of time as a family so it has to look spectacular. This modern living room above has the perfect balance of gold accents throughout. I am in love with the little side tables and how about that beautiful bright couch? It goes so well with the gold accents. I know they say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and while I do love diamonds, I have to say that gold is a girl’s true best friend.

    Gold can add so much with so little! You can add a few accents throughout the room to give it a more polished and sophisticated look, or you can go a little overboard and make the room look like something Donald Trump would feel comfortable in. Either way, gold is lovely.

    1. Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Robert Abbey Chandelier 2. Glitz Filbert Arm Chair 3. Robert Abbey Sputnik Ceiling Light 4. Theissen Stripe Black Pillow

    These gold items are just downright gorgeous, don’t you think? The chandelier and the ceiling fixture are both beautiful pieces that make a statement. I think they would look fantastic hovering above a brightly colored couch with some striped pillows. So chic!

    The armchair has a fantastic modern mid century look to it, and when you add the gold on top of that, well you have a winner of an armchair. The throw pillow is kind of perfect because it has two of my favorite things in one. Gold and stripes! This pillow would be a great and subtle way to tie in some other gold accents throughout the room.

    Hope you have as much fun with gold as I do!

    Image: Design Love Fest

April, 2013