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  • Stylish Family Outdoor Living

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    Outdoor Living

    Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, so has the ritual of spending hours upon hours outside. In fact, families today don’t just go outdoors to play, they create stylish outdoor living.

    Backyard Movie

    I love the concept of outdoor living (especially since its only 3 three short months for me). Things like eating meals, cozying up on a couch with a good book and even watching a movie outside are family favorites.

    Tepee

    Creating a space to have these memorable and relaxing outdoor moments is fun. I love the bohemian look pictured above. There is cozy seating for adults which blends naturally and beautifully with the tepee for kids to hide out in (talk about fun).

    Modern Outdoors

    If you are looking to create some ambiance or spruce up your outdoor dining space why not add modern lighting? You can always use outdoor lights but using lights intended for inside adds an unexpected element and makes the space all the more special.

    Kids Outdoors

    Don’t forget to add seating for the little ones.  Although there are many options for great outdoor furniture these days, using regular play chairs (pictured above) is charming. Little ones love anything that comes in their size.

    So grab a few things from inside to take outside, add some lighting and cozy seating, get the grill going and have a happy and stylish summer!

    Images:  Prudent Baby, Richard Powers, A Beautiful Mess, Stacey Brandford, A Beautiful Mess

  • From Outfit to Interior: Patterned + Pretty

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    Patterned and Pretty

    Modern Bedroom

    If there's ever a time to go hog wild with pattern it's summertime! When the weather is warm it just feels like you can get away with more, doesn't it? I think so, and so does Ms. Patterned & Pretty. She likes to use repeats to freshen up her home and knows it doesn't have to be in your a you-Grandma's-floral-curtains kind of way!

    Modern Table Lamp

    The bold, graphic base of the Sydney Tango Contemporary Red Table Lamp gives a fun punch of color and pattern to this piece. Our Ms. loves the raised texture and thinks it looks great on an end table in her living room.

    Who says the lighting fixture in your bedroom has to be conventional?! The Corbett Bangle Gold Tone Pendant is flat out radiant with its golden base and silver accents, and that circular pattern is both pretty and modern.

    Modern Wall Light

    The Holtkoetter Antique Brass Swing Arm Light is perfect for offering some illumination for bedtime reading, one of our lady's beloved pastimes. She has one affixed near each side of the bed, so pretty with its matching shade!


    And no bed setting is complete without a prettily patterned pillow that does double duty as decorative and snuggly.  Ruffled Orange Lumbar Pillow is a whopping 24-inches wide and goes with Ms. Patterned & Pretty's mess of other colorful throws.

    Modern Floor Lamp

    The finish on the Hammered Silver Leaf with Cylinder Shade Table Lamp is a lovely textured pattern all its own. Partnered with its oversized shade this beauty of a piece is right at home and making a statement on a desk or console.


    A floor lamp like the Portico Modern Laser Cut Shade Floor Lamp not only offers a sweet and sleek pattern, it also offers extra light shining through all those perforations. Ms. Patterned & Pretty tucks hers away in a dark corner for some extra interest and illumination.

    Modern Bath Light

    The clean, art deco lines and simply pretty design of the Brushed Nickel with Etched White Glass Wall Light Brushed Nickel with Etched White Glass Wall Light is gorgeous. It gives our lady's bathroom vanity a super soft light all while showing off her fun-loving side.

    Images: Net-a-Porter, SF Girl by Bay

  • 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

  • High/Low: Bedside Lighting

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    Bedside Lighting

    My husband and I recently moved to New York City, and we're waiting for our apartment to be ready for move in later in July. The suspense is killing me -- not only because I'm ready to be settled, but the best part is yet to come: the decorating!

    Modern Bedroom

    In the master bedroom, we're lucky enough that the room is just big enough to fit our prized king size bed. However, there won't be much room on either side for large nightstands, so we're looking at saving space by purchasing some kind of small side table, and using wall mounted lights to provide symmetry and nighttime lighting. Little did I know, there are so many options out there!

    White Bedroom

    Lighting is one of those things that can put a big dent in your budget if you let it. Looking around, I've found some pricey options, and similar looks that ESL sells for a fraction of the price. Which of these high/lows picks do you prefer? The pharmacy lamp is my particular favorite!

    Modern Wall Lighting

    Brass Swing Arm Lamp, Two Arm Wall Sconce, Pharmacy Style Lamp, Classic Brass Wall Lamp

    Images: InStyleInteriors, Lonny Magazine

  • Design Matters: Recounting Dwell on Design 2013

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    Dwell on Design 2013

    After a weekend full of exhibition booths, parties and presentations from the 2013 Dwell on Design event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, it's clear that we're entering a golden era for design. Recent advances in consumer technology, couple with materials and production innovation of the last century, have transformed design from a consumptive to an active process. In fact, anyone who has ever opened a computer and manipulated a font has engaged in an act of design. And in that respect, as people look increasingly to solve more problems than they make through innovative and creative thinking, there's one thing that's clear: design matters.

    With that in mind, here are a few takeaways from the 2013 Dwell on Design event:

    1. Design is Democratic

    2013 Dwell on Design

    During his Friday presentation of product design, Donald Strum, principal of product design for Michael Graves Design Group, said it best: "Design is democratic." He went on to illustrate that principles of good design--functionality, sustainability, durability, beauty--are being applied at the retail level across the country. Exhibitors and presenters throughout the event seemed to embody these fundamental principles.

    2. Design is Interactive 

    Homeless Shelter Kits

    Artist Tanya Aguiniga, in conjunction with the United Way, PATH and Dwell, offered show-goers the chance to help assemble homeless shelter move-in kits (containing tables, chairs, textiles and art) on the spot (pictured above). Meanwhile, the fair's first-ever Pinterest showcase featured ten winning mood board creations. We're at an unprecedented moment in history in which more people than ever have both the tools and the time to create.

    3. Design is Colorful

    Colorful Chairs and Murals

    Bold color is the name of the game. A live mural painting project and handfuls of colored chairs seemingly everywhere were among the many dramatic pops of color throughout the event.

    4. Design is Reclaimed

    Living Home Showhouse 2013

    From the reclaimed wood siding on the Living Home showhouse to the recycled plastic modern chairs from Emeco, design has clearly moved from "sustainable" as an abstraction to sustainable as action. At Dwell on Design, there was a stronger focus than ever on how design could have a net zero impact on resources, from waste to energy consumption. 

    What's most exciting about the 2013 Dwell on Design event is that this overarching concept of design morality--using design to increase social well being while reducing environmental impact--is clearly being embraced across the board by the design community.

    Lastly, on our way out, we caught up with Koncept Lighting to get a sneak peek of their next innovation in LED lighting, a yet-to-be-named wood and metal task light that's beautifully elegant in and should be available in late 2013. We snapped a few photos, but we're keeping those to ourselves until they hit the store shelves.

    Images: Euro Style Lighting, Los Angeles Times

June, 2013