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  • Get the Look: Kitchen Nook Lighting

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    Modern Kitchen Nook

    It doesn’t take much to make a kitchen nook feel warm and inviting, but the lighting might be the most important element.

    These adorable kitchen niches are usually small in scale, only being about to fit a small table. Yet, they maximize space by turning an awkward alcove into something useful.  I remember using mine in my childhood home growing up to do projects and homework while my mom cooked dinner. Plus, there is something so peaceful about waking up and going to the kitchen to enjoy a warm up of coffee in your sunny nook.

    Kitchen Nook

    St Charles Clear Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant

    Need more inspiration? I've rounded up three breakfast nooks that I absolutely adore and paired lighting that you can get for your own kitchen nook.

    Modern Glam

    Bling Collection Convertible Robert Abbey Chandelier

    If you don’t have a built-in nook in your kitchen (I certainly don’t, living in San Francisco), try to make one for yourself by adding a small table in a sunny corner of your living room or another empty spot in your home.

    I currently use our bay window to achieve a “sitting area” feel and it’s my happy place to sit and enjoy myself.

    Modern Dining

    Possini Euro Zuri Glass Mini Pendant

    I hope these nooks have inspired you to create your own!

    Image Sources: Architectural Digest,  House Beautiful, Elle Décor,  Remodelista

  • The Bistrot: Restaurant Design Lights Up Bali

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    The Bistrot

    The Bistrot, a vintage Parisian restaurant design with industrial glam influences, is all the buzz right now in Bali!   The imaginations of design team Zohra Boukhari and her husband Blaise Samoy created something that is powerfully stunning, simply elegant and a perfect mix of industrial and glamorous. 

    Bar Design

    The modern chandeliers and industrial pendant lights hang from the ceiling  like a large art installation. Adding a modern crystal chandelier to your industrial space is a great way to add contrast. Boukhari has a way with materials. The aged finish on this bar warms up the place drastically and allows the new millwork to blend seamlessly with the existing architecture.

    Chandelier

    Bordeaux Collection Bronze Chandelier

    Rustic Design

    Pops of glam are really what make this industrial space unique. It's been carefully curated with beautiful furnishings, antiques and artifacts from around the Indonesian region, and mainly from the owners’ private collection.

    Crystal Chandelier

    Izabella Chrome with Clear Crystal 12-Light Chandelier

    Brick Walls

    And eclectic selection of table lamps are displayed on the wall like an art installation. How great is that?! See, a great table lamp can be used for anything!

    Accessories

    Each element in the space looks as if it has it's own story to tell. The warmth and character in The Bistrot gives off a magical feeling and I'm sure the food is as magical as the interior. How does " Grilled Blood Sausage with Caramelized Pear or Citrus Cured Salmon with Watermelon and Herbed Feta" sound?  Now we've all got one more reason to visit Bali, not that we need one!

    Images: Yatzer

  • Color Crush: Aqua

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    Modern Bedroom

    There are so many fantastic colors out there and I love most of them. Lately I have been crushing pretty hard on a long time favorite, aqua! In all of its various shades, whether it be of the bluer, the greener, the darker or the lighter varieties. I love them all! I think aqua makes for a fantastic accent color for a room. On a lamp, a tray or even on a wall, it’s all good in my book.

    Modern Living Room

    This image inspires me and makes me want to paint an entire room aqua. That deep aqua that makes you want to curl up with book or a record and bask in the color.

    And this couch is just perfection isn’t it? I also love the slightly lighter aqua statues on the table behind the couch. A fun pop of color on another great pop of color. Does it get any better? The whole room is awesome. All of the colors play well off of the couch which is of course the focus of the room. How could it not be?

    Modern Home Decor

    1. Estelle Teal Large Round Wood Tray 2. Isla Aqua Satin Nickel Pendant Light 3. Aqua Stripe Swing Arm Desk Lamp 4. Zuo Repulse Outdoor Aqua Blue Bay Chair

    I would love any of these aqua items for my home. The color is funky and bright which is something my place needs! I especially love the glass light fixture. It would look fantastic above a dining table. And the tray would be perfect for so many things. To serve drinks to your guests, to display some keepsake items, or to even just hold your pocket kick-knacks like your keys. The chair looks like it would be an awesome patio chair for summer grilling and the striped lamp is just too fun for words. I would literally put it in any room of the house.

    Images: Kendal Wilkinson, HGTV

  • Decorating With Modern Coffee Tables

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    Modern Coffee Tables

    One of the most important details that goes into decorating a living space is the coffee table. It’s a piece that can sometimes be forgotten but it’s one of the most important parts of the room.

    When decorating an eclectic space, I love to use modern coffee tables. They can become the anchor to the space. When designing a minimalist space, it fits like a glove. This space (above) is a great mix of traditional and modern. The coffee table accents the sofa and chair perfectly.

    Modern Living Room

    This vibrant room (above) has lots of color and patterns happening. The simple white round coffee table isn’t competing with the rest of the space and looks super stylish against the other pieces.

    Eclectic Living Room

    Another important note about coffee tables is don’t over think styling them. Display books, candles, flowers and decorative accessories. Basically anything that is low to the table. Make sure it’s items you love and you want your guests to love and appreciate.

    Black Coffee Table

    We’ve always known that coffee tables are a practical solution to set our drinks and feet on. Now we know that they are as important in design as they are for our TV dinners. Below are a few awesome coffee table options that will work in any space.

    Modern Home Decor

    1. Abby White Coffee Table 2. Silver Glass Coffee Table 3. Dark Walnut Coffee Table 4. Natural Wood and Glass Table 5. Sabbatical Coffee Table

    Images: Seventeendoors, The Design Files, Jordan Ferney’s Home via A Cup Of Joy, Femina

  • Schiffini: Modern Kitchen Design Inspired by Cinque Terre

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    Schiffini Modern Kitchen Design

    Modern kitchen design is something that many people admire from afar, but don't actually get to explore the concept behind. You may love the simplicity of a kitchen, the unique shapes, or innovative materials, but how often are you able to capture the story behind the design and really have a true understanding and appreciation for the concept and place where it originated?  I had the pleasure of exploring the 800,000 square foot Schiffini factory in Ceparana, Italy, and spending quality time with the wonderful Mr. Schiffini himself as he took us to his favorite places in Cinque Terre where many of the concepts for his kitchens originated.

    La Spezia Italy

    Schiffini was established in the 1920s to supply nautical fittings to the Italian Navy dockyard in La Spezia (above). They later made their way into the residential market and became the first Italian company to introduce the modular kitchen. They continue to stand out as one of the best Italian companies for design and innovation.  

    Schiffini G-One Kitchen

    The G-One kitchen (above) is made entirely of marine grade plywood and I bet you all can see where the inspiration for this kitchen came from! The soft curves and durable materials pay homage to 50s design while designer Giuliano Giaroli was able to transform these elements into a beautiful design of today.  It's neither too retro nor too nautical, but a perfect blend of styles with the quality and craftsmanship to make this a timeless kitchen. The cluster of modern pendant lights floating above the island appear almost as if they are buoys hanging from a dock.

    Jamie Young White Floor Lamp

    Jamie Young Petit Paro White 64 1/2-Inch-H Modern Floor Lamp

    The soft curves and mixture of natural linen and white lacquer in this modern floor lamp (above) has a nautical influence with a sophistication and elegance that make it a timeless piece.

    Seashore Venazza Italy

    The next stop on the trip was in the incredibly gorgeous sea side town of Venazza (above) which deeply inspired the Cinqueterre kitchen that just happens to be Mr. Schiffini's favorite place. The steep cliff side is covered in vineyards and the waves crash freely into the town, creating something magical. The colors, smells, sounds and overall experience is something that's hard to even explain.  

    Cinqueterre Kitchen Schiffini

    The concept behind the Cinqueterre kitchen (above) is the rolling waves of the sea. The handle represents the breaking crest of the wave as it's about to crash into the rocks.  Each door is assembled by hand in the factory with such precision and detail.  Designed by architect Vico Magistretti, the Cinqueterre is the first kitchen produced entirely in aluminium. This model is available in black and anodized aluminum as well as titanium and each one is spectacular in it's own way.  There is something about the black mixed with the wood and copper top that sets itself apart from any other kitchen out there. After visiting Vernazza, the place where the concept originated, and watching the fine craftsman build each door by hand, I don't think there is anyway you can't appreciate every detail of this kitchen. It's like a modern work of art!


    Industrial Spotlight Floor Lamp

    Jamie Young Gun Metal Modern Spotlight Floor Lamp

    Finding pieces with history and a story are a great way to add character to your space, whether it be with a modern kitchen or even something as simple as a new modern lamp. The industrial floor lamp (above) could help you incorporate a little nautical edge into your own home don't you think?


    Images: Schiffini,  Annie May



May, 2013