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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

  • Get the Look: Modern Kitchen Island Barstools

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    Modern Kitchen Design

    Your kitchen always ends up being the gathering place in a home – whether you’re hosting a party or just hanging out with the family. Because of this, it’s time for everyone to spice up your modern kitchen island with some chic barstools. Some people go for comfort; for others, they only care about looks.

    Then you have to think about the design of your modern barstools... It doesn’t matter what style your home is – industrial, mid-century modern, traditional or minimalist – there is something for everyone’s kitchen island.

    Industrial Barstool

    Zuo Marius Red Bar Chair

    Your kitchen will look all spruced up for a small price. Think of the modern barstool as kitchen jewelry. Today, I’ve pulled together three different looks for you, each one I love for a different reason.

    I’m partial to the industrial look (above). This bright version is the perfect pop of color to bring into your kitchen.

    Black Barstool

    Orson Black Leatherette Metal Modern Bar Stools

    This Orson bar stool has a back. If you treat the counter as a place for chatting while cooking, a high-back stool will be more comfortable.

    Transparent Barstool

    Anime Modern Transparent Acrylic Stackable Zuo Bar Stool

    If you want your barstools to kind of disappear from a distance, acrylic is definitely the way to go.

    I hope this helped and you find your ideal barstool!

    Images: Project DécorStyle at Home, Nordic Design, Casa Sugar

  • Frank Gehry: Bringing the Art To Architecture

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    Modern Architecture

    Frank Gehry is onto something again as he tries to bring a major museum into the City of Santa Monica. His proposed project is a mixed use structure with a 125-room hotel, condos, a museum, shopping, restaurants and of course parking. Santa Monica could use a little bit of excitement and who better to bring it than the Santa Monica native Frank Gehry? I can just see the modern furniture and stylish modern lighting filling the spaces and the streets lined with modern architecture and sculptures.  

    Architectural Model

    One of the amazing things that Frank Gehry does is mix architecture, art and culture into one. His projects are a destination waiting to be explored. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (above) is the largest museum in a series of cultural institutions planned as part of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. It will serve the world as a destination for the advancement of knowledge and the understanding of culture through the arts.

    Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

    The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (above) is scheduled for completion in 2017 and it will no doubt be a pleasure for the now 84 old Frank Gehry to see such a remarkable project completed.

    Frank Gehry Architecture

    Gehry has designed more than fifty commercial buildings and residences throughout the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Disney Concert Hall (above), the Los Angeles Children’s Museum, the California Aerospace Museum and the Yale Psychiatric Institute just to name a few.

    He also renovated the famous Hollywood Bowl by adding fiberglass spheres which hang from the bowl’s shell to upgrade the sound of the acoustics.

     Modern Lighting

    And did you know he has also designed a series of modern pendant lighting called "Cloud" (above). The name evokes the poetic nature of these creations, which should convey the feeling of freedom and eccentricity.

    Who doesn't want to add a feeling of freedom and eccentricity into their home? One of the best ways to do that is through modern lighting, whether it be a ceiling light or a pendant!  Take a look at some of our suggestions below.

    Close to Ceiling Light

    Planetarium Chrome Ivory Fabric Possini Euro Ceiling Light

    Modern Aluminum Pendant Light

    Aluminum Lotus 16 1/2 Inch Possini Euro Design Pendant

    Modern White Pendant Light

    White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier

    Now we can all bring a little bit of Frank Gehry into our homes or office.

    Images: Curbed LA,  A As Architecture, DilznackaModern Design

  • 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

  • Tips for Creating Your Modern Outdoor Space

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    Modern Outdoor Space

    It's that time of year again! Get ready to spend more time in your modern outdoor space, both day and night. There's just a few things you need to consider as you prepare your outdoor space.

    FUNCTION

    The first thing you should do before selecting outdoor lighting, purchasing outdoor furniture or laying down any stones is figure out how you want your outdoor space to function. Will you be entertaining? Do you want to eat out there during the day or night? Maybe you just want to lounge on sunny days?

    Modern Outdoor Dining Space

    STYLE

    Keep in mind the style of both your home's architecture as well as the interior design. Selecting furniture and lighting that will compliment your home's style is important for the overall flow of the design.

    Modern Outdoor Seating

    PLANT LIFE

    It's important to include some plant life in your home, but it's especially important to include it in your outdoor living space! Greenery can be used as a barrier as well. In the case of this home below, close quarters required them to come up with a design plan to ensure privacy. They chose tall, narrow trees and it was a brilliant move.

    Modern Outdoor Living Room

    We hope you have fun designing your modern outdoor space and even more fun spending time there!

    Images: Dwell, Salmon Bay Woodworks, Tom Hurt, Incorporated NY

April, 2013