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Crystal Strand Chrome 29-Inch-W ET2 Halogen Chandelier
“Lots of glam and a little modern, this chandelier has it all!”
- R. Brannon, Interior Designer
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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.
Catch basins for odds and ends, newspapers and mail? Check.
Rack space for coats, hats and keys? Of course.
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:
Zuo Heywood Triple Natural Wood Bench
...a floor lamp (with a tray table for stowage):
Brushed Steel Double Shelf Space Saver Modern Floor Lamp
...and drop in a household mission statement for good measure:
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 Design, Ideas to Steal
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.
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.
Torch Deep Bronze 4 1/2-Inch-W Forecast Wall 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
A major detail that creates warmth in any space is adding an area rug. Whether you are dealing with a living space or a bedroom space (among others), you will find contentment in your design by simply adding a patterned, colorful rug. It finishes a space perfectly and can make a room feel more cohesive. It also helps with space planning. It’s easier to place furniture pieces around a rug because you are aware of dimensions around you.
We see in the room above that a simple rug with soft colors and patterns easily transforms a space from drab to pretty. The rug also makes the green dining chairs pop.
Create a wow factor by adding a bright, patterned rug to your space. Photographer Jessie Webster chose to use a bright and bold rug in her dining room. It gives her neutral space enough color to add some lovely character.
This living space didn’t need alot of help being beautiful. That’s why I love how they chose a simple, elegant rug that doesn’t compete with the furniture in the room.
For my own bedroom, I chose a colorful rug and layered it on a solid gray rug. It has to be my favorite feature in my room. And because most everything else is neutral in the room, a colorful rug really works.
Happy rug planning!
Images: Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, Uncovet, Simply Grove
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I'm sure there was lots of brunching going on and some amazing restaurant designs discovered. Did anyone make it to Palm Springs or happen to try out the new Workshop Kitchen + Bar?
Soma Architects was called upon to transform the historic El Paseo Building into a fresh new architectural identity for Workshop Kitchen + Bar. The existing elements were strong and limited the possibilities, but Soma was sure to exploit them. The result is powerful and focuses on the height of these 27 foot cathedral ceilings.
The building is colonial on the outside and industrial-chic on the inside with the vertical design emphasized by tall concrete structures. Modern mini pendant lighting always makes a bold statement when used in multiples and in this case it fills the void and creates intimacy at the communal table. The central communal table is more of a public dining space and the booths on the right and left provide great intimacy for private dining. They are almost like little rooms of their own, don't you think?
The modern lighting stays consistent throughout. When repeating lighting, finding the perfect modern pendant light is crucial. This minimal design works so well with the height of the space as it continues to emphasize it. The modern dining chairs and barstools really blend into the environment throughout the space making them appear perfectly integrated into the design.
Either of these (below) minimal pendant lights would work great in the space.
Illuminations Vintage Ancient Bronze Ceiling Pendant
Industrial Cage 6" Wide Black Pendant Light
The concrete bar looks very cool and in Palm Springs something cool is all you need on those hot summer days!
Images: Soma Architects
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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.
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.
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.
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
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