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  • Happy Memorial Day

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    American Flag

    Today we remember and honor all those who served. Thank you.

    Happy Memorial Day everyone!!

    Image: ClockWork

  • From Outfit to Interior: Chill + Easy-Going

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Loft

    Sometimes a girl just needs to sit back, relax, and know that everything looks amazing (including her!). Ms. Chill & Easy Going relies on cool blues and reflective decor to achieve her laid back coastal vibe.

    Modern Chandelier

    To create a show-stopping focal point Ms. Chill & Easy Going chose a gorgeous chandelier that you can't help but ogle. The Vienna Full Spectrum Chrome and Crystal Chandelier features a cascade of round and diamond shaped crystals that diffuse light with a little sparkle.

    Perched on the dining table directly beneath is this Amalfitana Nickel and Gold with Mesh Lotus Platter. It's the same width as its overhead counterpart (22-inches) and adds a beautifully reflective surface that could pass as art.

    Mini Chandelier

    To carry the effect throughout her home, Ms. Chill & Easy Going has dangled a few of these contemporary James R. Moder Celestial Sphere Crystal Chandeliers above her bookcases. But they would be equally at home over the kitchen counter, lined down a hallway, or over the bar.

    No space is complete without a little natural ambiance, these  Amalfitana Polished Steel Tealight Candle Holders fit the bill just right. A few clustered in a dark corner add an exotic feel to any room.

    Modern Table Lamp

    When a little extra illumination is called for Ms. Chill & Easy Going reaches to switch on her Brighton Hammered Pot Brushed Nickel Table Lamp. The metal base has a hammered finish that add beautiful texture to her decor, while the crisp white drum shade helps to keep things light and airy.

    She carries her style outdoors to the patio with a pair of Milo Brass Robert Abbey Outdoor Pendants. Each one features industrial-inspired design in an antique brass finish with small perforations on the top of the frame for that extra something special.

    Image: Shop Planet Blue, Marie Claire

  • Get the Look: Bedside Table Lamps

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    Bedside Table Lamps

    It's easy to brighten up your bedroom with a fresh new bedside table lamp. Whether you want modern bedside table lamps or traditional table lamps, the following suggestions will help you find a light to fit your style and add the right amount of light to your space.

    Remember, the lamp should be pretty enough for your private sanctuary.

    Modern Desk Lamp

    Alvin Polished Nickel Adjustable Robert Abbey Desk Lamp

    Modern Table Lamp

    Mersenne Crystal Globe Table Lamp

    Table Lamp

    Turquoise Double Gourd Table Lamp

    Here are a few tips when purchasing a new bedside table lamps:

    1. Height: The right size lamp depends on the height of your nightstand. It's said that a bedside table lamp shouldn't be taller than 30" or else your eye will get a glare from the light bulb - no one wants that when they are reading at night.

    2. Positioning: Place the lamp close to the wall. That way you can place other essentials on your nightstand as well.

    3. Shade Sizing: Be sure to keep the shade small - you don't want to bang your head. I recommend fabric shades in a bedroom because they are soft and add warmth to a room.

    I hope that you find your ideal bedside table lamp!

    Images: Jordi Canosa, Lonny Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Lonny Magazine

  • Design Spotlight: May 2013

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    Design Spotlight

    Design Spotlight is our regular monthly post covering modern design + lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!

    Vivid Sydney is an annual 18-day festival of light, music, and ideas that transforms Sydney’s landmarks into a spectacular canvas of light. 

    A museum housing sixteenth century Tudor warship the Mary Rose opened this week in an elliptical timber-clad building designed by London office Wilkinson Eyre Architects. 

    We can't tell if the work by Eric Landon and Karin Blach is pottery or art. Or both. Tortus Copenhagen is a small Danish pottery studio. 

    This is too cool, it's like a wallpaper and prism marriage. Prisms are used to reflect the outside scenery onto the opposing wall!

    If you need help shopping certain styles then you've come to the right place! We're always creating new style sheets to shop from.

    Image: KNSTRCT

  • Lessons from the World's Greatest Lobbies

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    world's greatest lobbies

    Let's face it...the mere act of walking through a grand space makes us feel, well, grand. A night at the opera, a wait in the airport or train station, an overnight stay in a hotel--in each of the world's greatest lobbies, we experience a connection to something bigger than ourselves. 

    There's just something to big-ticket public spaces that thrills and inspires. And there's a lesson to be learned too.

    saarinen jfk terminal

    Within even the grandest lobby, there is an undeniable intentionality to the usage of space. Whether it's the Calatrava-designed Liege train station at the top of this post, or the Saarinen-designed TWA terminal in New York, floorplans are laid out to effect the logical movement of people. Spaces are sub-divided creatively to address a variety of tasks: encouraging relaxation, facilitating administration, inducing awe. Lighting is designed (and often adjusted throughout the day) to increase safety and add atmosphere.

    The best thing about this? These same considerations can be applied to the home, no matter how small it is.

    contemporary studio apartment

    Do you eat, sleep and live in a single room? Create sub-spaces. Make sure the sofa or entertaining areas are easily accessible by guests. Keep a table and chairs close to the kitchen for an impromptu dinner party. For living room furniture, choose low-profile designs to "raise" the ceiling in small spaces.

    stackable kids chairs

    Baby Anime Stackable Kids Armchairs

    Does your bedroom double as an office? Use a swing arm wall light or adjustable floor lamp to shine light where and when you need it.

    modern chrome wall lamp

    Bernie Turbo Series Chrome Swing Arm Holtkoetter Wall Lamp

    Do you have Michelin star ambition but a small kitchen? Make it a castle by hanging pots and pans rather than stowing them. Choose open-face cabinets or shelving to cut down on the confined feel. Use colors that increase the illusion of space. White can open a room up and charcoal can recede into the background, 

    small space kitchen

    Yes, large hotels do have the large square footage to impress. But just because you might not have it too, doesn't mean you can't still flaunt it. At home, a little space planning can go a long way.

    Images: Beauty of DecayModern Art and Style, Home Design We Love, Digs Digs

May, 2013