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  • 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

  • Kids Room Design: Shared Spaces

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    Modern Kids Room

    My favorite homes are designed so that adults and kids can co-exist happily in stylish, shared spaces. The kind of homes where the kids room design involves beds made up with beautiful bedding, yet still jumped on often.

    A lot of people are under the assumption that great design and kids don’t mix. There is an unspoken rule that when you have children you must shelf your sense of style and surrender to the plastic toys that be, by kid proofing your personal taste. Not true!

    Modern Home Office

    It took me a little while to debunk this myth. But, I’ve learned the art of creating a space that is inviting to both big and little people a like. It’s not a mystery, and in fact, it is an easily learned skill. 

    There really isn’t much that has to be altered as far your design atheistic goes. Yes, you may have to baby proof for a short season or pick a fabric that cleans up easily, but what it really requires is just a bit of adding in.

    Take this shared bedroom (below) as an example. It’s modern and stylish in every sense of the word, and surely pleasing to anyone’s grown up taste. Yet, the first thing a kid would notice about this room is the cool drapes that hide the beds. 

    Modern Kids Bedroom

    To the adults, perhaps, it is a solution to creating some privacy in a shared room. But to the child, it is a fort, a castle, and a secret place of escape (and the envy of all of their friends). The other thing that stands out in this room, and is a pleaser to both parties, is the brightly colored modern pendant light. It is one simple, well designed, element that makes the room. Again, the design is adult worthy and the color is kid happy.

    Here are a few of my favorite pieces that add a modern and element into any space:

    Modern Accessories

    Hayden Marble Side Table, Pinguino Green and White Accent Lamp, Pascal White Plastic Wood Side Chair, Uno Black Owl Down Throw Pillow

    Another way to “add in” is with accessories.  You can easily add in a playful pillow or piece of art for a bit of fun and interest.  Even tables that have a fun shape are loved equally among all ages.  The room above is a great example of just making a few small additions that make all the difference.

    So, no need to say goodbye to your style, nor be too stuffy or serious, just add in a bit of fun and imagination and everyone lives happily ever after.

    Images :  Emily Henderson, Design Mom, Pinterest

  • Designing With Crystal Chandeliers

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    Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal chandeliers have been a thing of the past, are a thing of the present and I think will easily be a thing of the future. A chandelier is such a classic piece when paired with a modern space, beauty happens!

    I remember starting a few years back, everyone wanted a crystal chandelier. Mostly to decorate their entryway, child’s room, dining room and even laundry room with. The key is mixing the chandelier with the right ambience. The space that you can make the biggest impact with is the dining space. Above we see a very rustic dining space decorated with a large, dainty chandelier. There's contrast so it works!

    Rustic Dining Room

    Now this room gives me goose-bumps! The art collection alone is stunning. Throw in modern furniture and add that magnificent chandelier and you’ve created a picture perfect space. I’m sure at night, the chandelier gives off quite the twinkle lights.

    Modern Living Room

    Here is another rustic space, prettified with a crystal chandelier. This time the owner went with more of a brass look, which I appreciate next to all of those warm wood tones. It also pops against an all white room, along with the art.

    Here's a couple pretty options.

    Chandelier

    Eyja Silver Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal Chandelier

    Schonbek Bordeaux Collection Bronze Chandelier

     Images: Skona Hem, Style Files, Ministry of Deco

  • How To Add Vintage Style To Your Modern Home Design

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    Modern Home Design

    There is nothing like modern home design. It’s clean, creative and fresh. If you are a minimalist by nature, than you are probably drawn to modern design. One thing that I’ve noticed about some modern decor is that it can tend to feel too cold.

    If you like modern design but you like feeling homey and warm, you probably are trying to figure out how to create a space that you love. One suggestion is adding vintage elements to give a room some character and warmth. Above we see a vintage armoire piece placed in a modern living room. It totally works and gives off such a cool vibe. Also the of the color of the piece fits perfectly with the sofa and pillows.

    Modern Dining Room

    In this dining space, we see several vintage elements. The brass light fixture fits nicely with the modern table and chairs. Also, you see that there is a mix of new modern chairs with vintage modern chairs.

    Vintage Style

    Here is another vintage cabinet. This teal piece looks fantastic paired with gray fabric, which is always a more modern option. And it also looks great with the modern desk lamp. Pieces like this tell wonderful stories in a space. And if you are decorating a modern room, only use one to two pieces like this so that you don’t create a flea market look.

    Home Office

    In this small office, the owners have paired an aged, vintage desk with a modern office chair. It totally works and creates the best of both worlds! Adding a modern desk lamp is also a great accent for a vintage desk.

    One last advice for mixing vintage with modern is try and find a vintage piece that is totally out of the box. When placing it in a minimalist space, it will completely wow your guests!

    Images: Megan Mortin, Husligheter, Hello Future House, Apartment Therapy

  • Organized Design: Tips For Styling Your Bookshelves

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    Organized Design

    Bookshelves can be a great feature in any room. They’re an opportunity to showcase your interests and personality through books, art and curated items from traveling. There are times you can also run the risk of having storage units look cluttered and they end up being a catch-all.

    Some may think it’s a little daunting to style items or objects in plain sight. However, you’ll be amazed how easily you can turn your own bookshelf into a fabulous focal point by following four simple steps.

    Color Coded Bookshlevs

    1. Books: Mix it up – instead of going vertical, stack books horizontally. It will create a graphic feel and alternating stacks between vertical and horizontal can create a more relaxed look.

    2. Incorporating Art: Having framed artwork adds another element to your bookcase. They can be propped up on shelves or can be leaned to create a layered effect.

    3. Vary Scale and Height: Rather than simply lining items up on a bookshelf, try to create small groupings that combine similar items in different sizes, colors and textures.

    4. Creating Vignettes: When you're looking at your bookshelf try to create little moments with items – a bowl of treasures or necklaces, a grouping of vases, layering art, stacking books with a few items on top. Imagine if someone was taking a photo of that little grouping and if it would look good.

    Modern Bookshelves

    Axess 5-Shelf Pure White Bookcase, Saul Modern Grey Shelving Unit,

    Reid White Shelving Unit or Media Stand, Zuo Mission Bay 6-Level Distressed Natural Shelf

    I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite bookshelves for you to place in any room so that you can create your very own beautiful bookshelf. If you’re looking for a place for extra storage – a bookshelf does the trick, but in a stylish way.

    Happy decorating!

    Images: Live Creating Yourself, Etsy

April, 2013