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  • From Outfit to Interior: Black + White

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Kitchen

    Sometimes black and white are all you need. The striking contrast of the two color extremes is at once both sophisticated, modern, and clean. Our Ms. thinks it's an impossible to mess up fashion and decor solution!

    Modern Pendant

    When relying on such a stark contrast, shape becomes everything. This Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier has a strikingly eye-catching metal framework on a sizable 31 1/2" wide scale. Ms. Black & White loves showcasing it in her entry area to set the scene.

    The corner of the living room won't be ignored with this Holtkoetter Satin White and Satin Nickel Tripod Floor Lamp. This beauty boasts a hand-blown satin white glass shade and a dimming system to help set the mood.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Mercury glass is lovely, but black Mercury glass can take a room to another level of sophistication. Ms. Black & White loves the unique look of the Modern Flynn Mercury Black Table Lamp with it's Reactive finish glass body.

    A bold black and white pattern, like this Bold Black Stripe Brushed Nickel Triple Pendant,  can make any piece downright show-stopping! By hanging this light fixture over her dining table, our Ms. adds a pop of interest in an unexpected place.

    Modern White Desk

    This Typhoon Contemporary White Desk with its clean, modern lines would be equally at home in the office or the foyer as a table. Perfect for Ms. Black & White to organize her mail and keys!

    Modern Ceiling Fan

    One of the sleekest ceiling fans she's ever seen, Ms. Black & White couldn't resist adding a little airflow to her living room with the 3-blade Casa Metro LED Energy Efficient Matte Black Ceiling Fan!

    The double shade on the Possini Euro Nickel Double Drum White Ceiling Light diffuses the best light. Our Ms. loves the way it casts a glow in her hallway.

    Images: Mod Operandi, Chatelaine

  • Home Decor to Match Our Summer Playlist

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    Rush Midnight Decor

    Crossover between creative fields is inevitable. Music influences film, which influences fashion, which influences home design and decor. It's not always obvious and it's not always literal, but as we move forward culturally, we carry creative influences into every corner of our little worlds.  

    Looking at what's breaking this summer in music, we've noticed that the vibe is a throwback to vintage mod and new wave...and we can't help but wonder how that will cross over into contemporary design.

    First, let's start with our summer playlist: 

    Rush Midnight (pictured above):

    If a lovechild between Billy Ocean and Haircut 100 was actually possible, dance-inducing pleasure popsters Rush Midnight would be it. Enough said. Too much said, really. 

    Savages:

    Savages Silence Yourself

    Bratty and brash, Savages wrap the post-punk energy of Patti Smith into a well-coiffed, contemporary package.    

    Deer Hunter: 

    Deerhunter Monomania

    Washy and atmospheric indie rockers Deerhunter have always been good for summer lazing and listening, yet their most recent and raucous record, Monomania, is a much more assertive soundtrack, perfect for a lively and well-lived summer season.

    Haim:

    Haim Don't Save MeThree sisters from the Valley in Los Angeles, the women in Haim were born and bred to be the pop stars they are. Their hit "Don't Save Me" is a throaty John Waite-esque anthem chronicling the heart's desire for co-dependence and the independent spirit's need to rebel against it.

    The National: 

    National Trouble Will Find Me

    Everything cools down at some time or another (even hot summer days) and The National have been providing that soundtrack for years. Poetic, measured, a touch dark and, as always, hum-along-able.

    Now let's look at a handful of like-minded designs:

    Music Inspired Decor

    Clockwise from upper left: Tech Lighting Silver Glaze Aqua Glass Satin Nickel Pendant, Tech Lighting Fire Satin Nickel Cobalt Glass Mini Pendant, Possini Euro Darby Red Glass Pendant Light, Set of 2 Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs, Howard Elliott Z Mirrored Accent Table

    Colored glass pendants are easy to match the vibe of your summer playlist. Mirrored accent tables and furniture definitely capture the mod mood. But is there really a correlation between music and design? Does one influence the other, or are they both just players in a greater cultural trajectory? We're not sure, but one thing's for certain: 2013 promise to be yet another good looking and listening summer.

    Images: Sterogum, Juno, Kick Kick SnarePaste

  • 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

  • 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

  • Layering Patterns With Modern Lighting to Create a Lively Home

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    Modern Lighting

    There is something to be said about the combination of stylish wallpaper and modern lighting. This pairing is often the very thing to take a space from ordinary to extraordinary. It’s easy to see how mixing really great lighting and a pretty pattern is appealing and welcoming to all members of a home. 

    Clearly, there are many different ways to implement this look. I love the approach of not taking the wallpaper from floor to ceiling (shown above), but leaving some open space which, in turn, makes room for the light fixture to stand out and shine. And, choosing a modern fixture in a traditional silhouette is such a great idea.

    Modern Kids Room

    If your wallpaper is bold in either color or pattern, than opt for a simple pendant light. This way, the light doesn’t have to compete with the pattern. Instead, it pops out and compliments the wall like a beautiful accessory.

    Mix Patterns

    Have you ever thought about being so bold as to mix pattern upon pattern? Somehow all of the mismatched wallpaper and textiles seem to match just right. A patterned drum shade pendant blends right in with layers of pattern found all over a room. I love this bohemian space that, instead of looking busy, somehow manages to evoke a relaxed look.

    Modern Task Lighting

    Wallpaper (and pattern) doesn’t always have to be busy or overwhelming. It can be simple, monochromatic, interesting and not overpowering. If this is the look you like than why not consider a brightly colored lamp for a pop of color or added interest?

    If you aren’t sure where to start when decorating or updating a room than I suggest starting with pattern and great lighting. It will liven things up in an instant, adding a creative style that both parent and child will equally adore.

    Images : The Boo and The Boy, Design Sponge, Ikea Family Live, Ikea Family Live

June, 2013