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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Color Crush: Red

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    Modern Living Room

    I am a true believer in using pops of red in a room. I think every room needs some red! A little goes a long way, which makes your job of adding some pops of red a little easier! Just the right amount of red can be so cheery and fresh. Also! A huge bonus about the color red. It’s used in most holidays! Christmas, Valentine’s, the fourth of July, so not only is it a fun color to add to a room, it’s also useful!

    This room is a great example of how pops of red can make a room more fun and cheery. I love that this one seems like the perfect living room for kids. Doesn’t that couch look super comfortable? Notice that there isn’t a lot of other colors or décor in the room. The red is kind of all you need! So do yourself and your space a favor and get some red in your life.

    Moder Table Lamp


    Kite White and Red Ikat Fabric Decorative Throw Pillow, Zuo Marius Modern Red Steel Set of 2 Counter Chairs, Modern White Art Shade Poppy Red Ovo Table Lamp

    I love this table lamp. It's modern without being too modern. The shape and color are perfect! And the white shade is a great neutralizer. These stools are amazing. I have seen them in silver but I am really loving them in red! They are perfect for adding an industrial touch to the room. And I love how little space they take up! The pillow is a fun pattern with a great bunch of accent colors all in the red family. So basically it’s awesome.

    Image: Central Interior Design

  • Color Crush: Orange

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    Modern Kitchen

    Orange is one of those colors that took me some getting used to the idea of decorating with. It’s so bold and bright! Which can be a very good thing. Little pops of orange can really make a room or space a bit more cheery without having to invest in buying a whole new room. I have a tendency to keep my rooms a little boring and neutral. Hello grey! But with just a touch of a color like orange, you can transform a room. It’s fantastic!

    This airy kitchen has the perfect amount of orange. The bright orange chairs really pop in the space and are really a focal point which is kind of perfect. There are a few orange accents in the cupboards as well and in other places to help bring it all together. I love it!

    Modern Table Lamp

    Estelle Orange Wood Round Modern 15 3/4-Inch Tray, Sonneman Tetra Gloss Orange Contemporary Table Lamp, Tunisia Printed Striped Square 18-Inch Throw Pillow

    This lamp is awesome. It has a kind of industrial feel because of its design and shape, but it's also fun and cheery because of the white and orange. It would look fantastic in a space in need of a little character! The tray is a great piece to have on a end table to catch random items or to serve drinks to guests. Again, the orange is so much fun and a total eye catcher! And this orange tribal print pillow looks great with the grey and helps to tone it down slightly so it will work with the rest of the room. Isn’t it a great pillow?

    Image: Decoration Trend

June, 2013