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  • Create a Designer Look For Your Modern Home


    Modern Dining Room

    As lovers of interior design, we believe in one thing... We are all entitled to a designer look no matter what our budget is. If you include designer pieces, even just one, it will automatically upgrade your space.

    This modern dining room (above) is well curated and every detail is accounted for, including a beautiful gallery wall. However, without the Zuo Transparent Dining Chairs this space might not catch your eye. The simple, transparent seating addition makes all the difference. They are the perfect balance to all the other colors and textures in that room.

    Modern Living Room

    The living room above is very well designed and perfectly balanced. For any well designed room, lighting is so important, both natural and artificial. But it's not just the light emitted that's important, it's the style of the light. 

    The Jonathan Adler Ventana Floor Lamp has the perfect form, texture, color and height to compliment the design of the room. Modern floor lamps, like plants and flowers are a great way to add vertical style to a space.

    White Dining Room

    Often times, designer products provide seamless design. They can make a large impact on your space without dominating the design. The Possini Euro White Flower Pendant above is the perfect addition to this simple, white dining room. Without that fun, designer pendant the dining room would be quite average.

    Moder Bedroom

    This pink Robert Abbey Pink Gourd Table Lamp above provides a fun color pop in this stylish bedroom. Designer products often provide that small but necessary detail that is necessary for completing a stylish space.

    Modern Home Decor

    Jonathan Adler Ventana Floor LampPossini Euro White Flower Pendant

    Zuo Transparent Dining Chairs, Robert Abbey Pink Gourd Table Lamp

    You don't need a large budget or a room full of high-end designer products to have a stylish home. All you need are a couple details and a few great products at reasonable prices.

    Images: From the Right Bank, Bliss, Homedit, The Everygirl

  • Kids Room Design: Shared Spaces


    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

  • Color Crush: Gold


    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

  • Modern Design Elements For a Great Playroom


    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

  • Design and Architecture: Pacific Standard Time


    Design and Architecture at Pacific Standard Time

    Pacific Standard Time, the art phenomenon that took Southern California by storm in 2011-2102 (with shows and events at more than 60 museums, galleries and other institutions) is back from now until July with something for fans of design and architecture: "Pacific Standard Time presents Modern Architecture in L.A.

    Shoreline House by Smith and Williams

    There are two exhibitions in particular that should appeal to mid-century design lovers, chronicling the modernist aspirations that defined post-war Los Angeles. Featuring beautiful home photography and renderings, they promise to hold plenty of eye candy. But they're equally rich on substance too. 

    The first of the two is The Architecture of Smith and Williams at the UC Santa Barbara Art, Design & Architecture Museum. Drawing on the museum's rich archives of modernist designs by partners Whitney R. Smith and Wayne R. Williams, this exhibition focuses on the firm's pragmatic ability to site buildings beautifully within a landscape, such as the Shoreline House pictured as both sketch and photograph above. 

    Pierre Koenig Home

    The second exhibition, Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California at Cal Poly Pomona (pictured above and below) flexes that institution's muscle in architecture and engineering, saluting innovations in construction technology and the iconic designs made possible by them. As with most modern homes, large planes of glass blur the line between indoors and out while the structural use of steel usurps traditional building patterns. 

    Modernist Kappe House

    All told, exhibitions, screenings, tours and talks will take place at seventeen area locations for "Modern Architecture in L.A." As is often the case with historical survey exhibitions, there will inevitably be a plethora of vintage furniture worth salivating over. We particularly love how smooth spherical hanging pendant lights and wall lamps play well in otherwise rectangular spaces.

    White Glass Modern Pendants

    Roomstylers Globe White Glass Pendant Light

    Modern Arc Lamps

    Basque Brushed Nickel Modern Arc Floor Lamp

    "Modern Architecture in L.A." offers a lot for the design fan and yours truly will try to hit every single event. At the very least, you can expect to see me at the downtown L.A. skyline tour hosted by the L.A. Conservancy. Multiple times.

    Images: Pacific Standard Time

April, 2013