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  • How To: Style a Modern Entryway

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    Modern Entryway

    No matter where you live, it's never a bad idea to put a little thought into the entryway or foyer of your home. After all, it's the first thing you see when you walk in the door everyday, and it's the easiest way to make visitors to your home immediately feel like your space is welcoming, polished, and put together.

    Modern Entry

    Madero Espresso Console Table, Amber Swirl Ruffle Glass Bowl, Golden Voyage Gray Glaze Uttermost Wall Mirror, Modern Brushed Steel Mini Droplet Table Lamp, Chrome Finish Ceramic Cone Ottoman

    Today, we're imagining a masculine, stately foyer, put together on a budget.

    By combining this structural console along with a gold, geometric mirror, you already have a great base for a strong, statement making entry. Adding accessories like this simple chrome lamp, a garden stool, and a glass bowl finishes things off with a flourish!

    Image: The Everygirl

  • Create a Fun House With Modern Design

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    Modern Design

    When you have kids you quickly realize that as much as you’d like to contain toys to one designated area it usually becomes a losing battle. Kids love to bring toys with them from to room. And, if your kids are anything like mine, they like to be wherever you are. 
     
    There is no need to fight it. The best thing to do is to just surrender and start making your house fun. Fun doesn’t mean turning your home into a giant playroom, it simply means using your imagination and adding interest.  It can actually translate to less toys (objects) and more creative style and design.

    I absolutely adore the idea of using something that is already in your home (or needed in your home) and making into something magical. The hidden doorway in the bookcase above is brilliant. What kid wouldn’t want a secret passage way in their home? And what adult wouldn’t want one for that matter?

    Modern Living Room

    Truthfully, this concept is all about keeping your style and grown up taste and simply adding in a few fun elements throughout. It can be as simple as adding a swing to your living room or using a play table as your coffee table.  Although there is a swing and kids table in this living room there is nothing about this room that lacks style or is void of good design. It has a playful, modern and eclectic feel about it.

    Modern Kids Room

    And, in area’s that are already designated for kids, why not go all out and build something like an indoor playhouse or castle, for that matter? This play castle works really well because it has great shape and is white which blends in with the rest of the room. It’s likely that the clean white modern style of this play area is carried throughout the home. Finding an element such as color or furniture style to carry throughout the home brings continuity.

    Modern Architecture

    Of course, if you have the ability (and room) to go all out than why not just go for it? I think this slide from upstairs to the downstairs is beyond cool.  The stainless steel against the white walls brings a modern element to the space and the slide almost carries the look of a giant art piece.

    Adding fun elements to your home is . . . fun. It’s a chance for kids to be involved and take interest in design and a second chance for grown ups to use their imaginations.

    Images: The House Home, Milk, Aprill Aprill, Martilaiste

  • Modern Entryway Design: Avoiding the Unused Look

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    Modern Entryway Design

    There’s such a thing as a beautiful modern entryway, as in the picture above, and then there’s the alternative: the creepy foyer. You know the one. Looks like it’s never been touched. A chair here, faux flowers there. Dusty on top and dirty behind the ears. It’s the home’s fly-over space and it’s a total fake…except it doesn’t need to be.

    Because the foyer is perhaps the number one key to keeping a clean home. It’s the guard gate that holds junk mail at bay while personal letters pass through unscathed. It catches your keys so they don’t get lost deeper inside. It traps the rain and the mud before they destroy your flooring.

    So instead of asking your foyer to look beautiful, ask it to perform beautifully.

    A modern bench for lacing up before you go outside? Check.

    Modern Foyer Benches

    Catch basins for odds and ends, newspapers and mail? Check.

    Entryway Closet Organization

    Rack space for coats, hats and keys? Of course.

    Landing and Foyer Design

    Remember that, in modern design, function always precedes fashion, and in so doing becomes fashion in and of itself. Embrace that philosophy. Keep the chaise lounge out. No one is chilling in your entry anyway. Consider some simple wall lighting to throw light on the subject. Get rid of the faux plants, and throw a real fern in to freshen things up instead.

    Add a museum bench: 

    Modern Museum Bench

    Zuo Heywood Triple Natural Wood Bench

    ...a floor lamp (with a tray table for stowage):

    Modern Steel Floor LampBrushed Steel Double Shelf Space Saver Modern Floor Lamp

    ...and drop in a household mission statement for good measure: 

    Family Rules Wall Art

    Family Rules Black on White Motivational Wall Art

    Now you’ve got a modern entryway design that looks clean, functional and distinctively lived-in.

    Images: Chatelaine, Designer Pad, Martha Stewart Home DesignIdeas to Steal

  • Get the Look: Bathroom Sconces

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    Bathroom Design

    One of the trickiest tasks in any design project is sourcing good lighting – especially bathroom sconces. I’ve always been amazed at how few good choices exist. I’m constantly looking for options in all styles – modern, retro, traditional – but quite honestly there are never enough for me to choose from.

    Industrial Bathroom Sconce

    Barn Wall Urban Galvanized Outdoor Wall Sconce

    Here at Euro Lighting there is an incredible curated selection of sconces. Today, I’ve put together a few of my favorites that I’ve used in bathroom projects - all of which I love.

    Bronze Bathroom Sconce

    Torch Deep Bronze 4 1/2-Inch-W Forecast Wall Sconce

    Chrome Bathroom Sconce

    Modern Chrome with White Shade George Kovacs Wall Sconce

    Have you ever had trouble sourcing lighting for your bathroom? Do you have a favorite style of sconce at Euro Style Lighting?

    Images: Style at Home, Skona Hem, Remodelista, New England Home

  • 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