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  • Home Office Design for the 40/3 Work Week

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    Home Office and Design Workspaces

    All that commuting, all that polluting. Let’s face it, the greenest work space in the world is the one right down the hall: your home office.

    So we at Euro Style Lighting decided to envision what we like to call a 40/3 work week. That is, the standard five day/forty hour work week, but with three of the five days worked from home. Such a work week roughly translates into a 60% reduction in an individual’s carbon commuting footprint…or as we like to think of it, an excellent excuse to work in your pajamas.

    Best of all, the 40/3 work week gives us a chance to daydream about just how our home office is going to look. Working at home, you can transform any room into an office. If you're in a loft, best to make it a corner office:

    Loft Office Design

    Remember this is your personal workspace. No sharing needed, so style it wildly. Keep things open to make so that it's a free-flowing idea space:

    Creative Office Space

    For the home office, go personal and do away with all the usual suspects. Choose flat files over regular, vintage over mainstream, stationary stores over office supply stores:

    Modern Home Office

    To keep things open and maximize space, furnish it with only the bare essentials. Choose floor lamps or a torchiere for general illumination. Adjustable task lamps add a functional chic look:

    Gray Task Lighting

    Kichler Graphite Energy Efficient Desk Lamp

    Use a small desk or table. Console tables are not nearly as deep as desks and work well in shallow spaces (such as my 3' x 6' walk-in closet office which I absolutely adore):

    Reclaimed Wood Console Table

    Frameo Driftwood Console Table

    Finish your space off with a laptop or tablet and you're ready to start working!

    Building a home office requires as much or as little space as you have and consumer technology has advanced to such a point that it is small enough and affordable enough to enable telecommuting by the majority of office-bound Americans. Yet most of us still spend hours a week behind the wheel of a car to and from work..

    Perhaps it's time we re-consider.

    Images: Tara Hurst, Location Department, Honey Pie Living, New York Times

  • Modern Décor for Dads

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    Modern Decor

    Let's face it, Dads can be hard to shop for. Here's what you need to do... Figure out what kind of Dad he is. What does he like to do? What type of personality does he have?

    Still not sure? Here are some ideas...

    MAD MEN

    Does your Dad have retro style? Well, every Dad needs a cool lounge chair so why not snag one that's got some retro flair a-la Mad Men.

    Modern Lounge Chair

    Samantha Woven Threaded 38-Inch-H Armchair

    SMARTY PANTS

    Is he the studious type or does he just love hanging out in his home office? Then get him a cool desk lamp!

    Modern Home Office

    Modern Desk Lamp

    Astro Brushed Chrome Robert Abbey Desk Lamp

    OUTDOORS

    Does he love working in the yard or at least hanging out in a well-groomed landscape? Light his way with some awesome outdoor landscape lighting!

    Modern Landscape

    Modern Landscape Lighting

    Cast Brass Bella 24 3/4" High Bronze Path Light

    HOT BLOODED

    Ok, we don't really mean to ask if he has a bad temper. But does he like cooling off in style during the Summer months? Well then, what better to get him than a modern ceiling fan?!

    Modern Patio

    Modern Ceiling Fan

    Minka Aire Gyro Brushed Nickel Wet Locations Ceiling Fan

    ENTERTAINER

    Does your Dad like to entertain his buddies? Whether it's a family event or a sports game, if your Dad likes to socialize then barstools are the way to go.

    Modern Home Bar 

    Modern Barstool

    Fly Brown Chrome Adjustable Zuo Modern Counter Stool

    Hope this helps. Now, get shopping, Father's Day is fast approaching!

    Images: Yatzer, This is Luster, HouzzHouzz, Dwell

  • Hotel Design: Andaz Amsterdam's Fairy Tale Design

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    Hotel Design

    The Andaz Amsterdam was designed by hotel design extraordinaire Marcel Wanders. The Dutch designer infused an old library situated on the "Prince Canals" of Amsterdam with whimsy and cultural character of the surrounding upscale community.  

    Modern Art

    Modern Guest Bathroom

    Bold graphics and sculptural furniture are paired together throughout the hotel to create some jaw dropping spaces. Each room is like a gallery of modern art.

    Modern Guest Bedroom

    Bold colors and strong lines contrast beautifully with the crisp white linens. Incorporating color is always a great way to add that final splash of character. It's like a cherry on top! Add some to your home with colorful pendant lighting!

    Light and sculpture create a very dynamic statement. You can create this wow factor in your own home with the selection of the perfect sculptural floor lamp.

    This light installation blows our minds! It's the perfect combination of a modern crystal chandelier and modern art.

    It's always a great feeling to walk off the street when traveling and into a fairy tale setting. This is exactly what happens inside Andaz Amsterdam. 

    Images: Andaz Amsterdam

  • Dwell on Design: Westside Home Tours

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    Dwell House Venice

    Dwell on Design, America's largest design event, is back in Southern California at the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning today. However, a series of events and tours has been taking place over the past week; we were fortunate to attend  the Westside home tours last weekend to see five exceptional modern homes and an unequivocal highlight was the Dwell Home Venice.

    Dwell House Venice Model

    A collection of follies and breezeways, the Dwell Home Venice (designed by architect Michael Sylvester) blurs the lines between indoor/outdoor. This design maximizes the temperate Southern California coastal climate and allows for some stunning sight-lines, such as the below from the master bedroom:

    Dwell House Master Bedroom

    The inside/outside design transforms pine needles (an otherwise nuisance) into a naturally carpeted courtyard just outside the kitchen/dining room module.

    Dwell House Kitchen

    The entire structure is clad in ebony stained cedar siding. Leaving the planks out for 8 weeks ensures they are acclimatized to the Venice air and won't shrink or swell once installed.

    Rooms were staged during the tours, but one guesses that the final layout will be different once the residents move in sometime later this summer. Which allows us to consider some indoor-friendly outdoor furniture and distinctive contemporary lighting that might work well with such a beautiful space.

    Let's start with two new LED pendant lights which Laguna Beach-based Cerno are debuting at the Dwell on Design event:

    Cerno LED Pendant Lights

    Left to Right: Cerno Laurus and Mica Pendant Lights

    Add something for whiling the lazy weekend afternoons away. The dark weave of this corner chair will look great against the home's cedar siding; UV protection and weatherproofing ensures it'll stay that way come rain or shine.

    Modern Outdoor Furniture

    Zuo Cartagena Aluminum Modern Outdoor Corner Chair

    The Dwell on Design show runs June 21-23, 2013; more home tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Expect crowds if you go, but planned to be happily wowed by an impressive array of panels and innovative design exhibitions.   

    Images: Dwell

  • Decorating a Modern Entryway

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    Modern Entryway

    The first thing that your visitors will see when arriving to your home is the entryway. It should give an immediate wow factor for your home. And it also should reflect your personality. Entryways are a hard space to design. Mostly because you want it to feel natural and not too cookie cutter. I’ve found a few entryways that will spark creativity for your own home.

    The entryway/hallway that we see above is sleek and super attractive. Benches are great for providing seating when someone has to remove their shoes. That floor lamp is a nice creative touch, paired with the minimalist art.

    Eclectic Modern Entryway

    For a more simple, small space entryway, take tips from this space. I love the wooden knobs on the wall. It’s modern and gives lots of room for hanging coats, hats and bags. Also the stool gives just enough seating and is perfectly paired with the art piece above.

    White Entryway

    A pop of color always adds character and personality. Try painting the inside of your entryway door a bright color. Also wow your guests by adding a beautiful pendant light above.

    Entryway

    This last look is clean with lots of fun details, including the awesome lighting and equally awesome flooring. And can we talk about that built in bench? Perfection!

    Images: House To HomeDesign Sponge, Curbly, Micasa, Design Sponge

June, 2013