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  • Home Decor for Summer Fun

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    Summer has officially began and whether you will be able to go on one of those tropical summer vacations or not, you can always let your home decor reflect that summertime fun. The beaches and their tropical waters are a true inspiration to many. Sea-foam green meets the pink-sand beach to create an energetic, but soothing interior. A modern sofa in a soft green is a bold move, but makes a fun statement. Natural wood accessories will always bring balance and sense of nature to any space.  

    A contemporary ceiling fan is a great way to bring that summer time breeze inside your home. Bold colors can be added with the use of accessories, such as pink table lamps, and keep in mind this is something that can easily be changed with the seasons!  Here's a few of our favorite items to bring that summer fun into your home decor. 

    1.Minka Aire Artemis Ceiling Fan - 58" Maple  2.Retro Green Metal 9 1/2-Inch-W Round Wall Clock 3. Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp 4.Altra Wire Frame Antique Brass Round 20-Inch-W Accent Table

    Palm trees...who doesn't love palm trees?! They signify summer beach fun and just look how gorgeous this modern interior looks with a wall to wall painting of palm trees. If you can't keep the plants alive or don't have the necessary sunlight this is an amazing alternative. The modern floor lamp shines bright like the sun in this space keeping it fresh and airy. Rattan chairs and modern graphic pillows are a great way to bring that relaxed vibe into your own home.

    1.Holtkoetter Modern Satin White with Satin Nickel Floor Lamp 2.Fenia Rattan and Chrome Swivel Chairs 3.Second Nature Geo Green and Cream Down Accent Pillow

    Hope you have an amazing summer!  Live free and have some fun in the sun!

    Images: Thesthr, Trust Your BloodThe Design Files

  • Decorating with Patterns in Your Modern Bedroom

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    Modern Bedroom

    One of my favorite spaces to decorate is the modern bedroom. It seems that the sky's the limit when decorating this space. It’s also a very important space to decorate because it’s where most of your time is spent. And though you may be sleeping for most of that time, you need to be sleeping in a comfortable, serene space.

    Bedroom Decor

    One trend that I’ve been seeing a lot lately is adding a little pattern to the bed, layered over white or neutral bedding. This look is great because you can play around with it and you’re not bound to the look. It’s easy to switch it up. Above we a cross blanket draped over simple white bedding.

    Light pastel hues are also a huge trend right now. It’s the perfect, soothing palette for the bedroom. Pair these colors with greys, whites and creams for a delicious palette! Accent pillows are a great way to add these colors.

    Eclectic Bedroom

    In this bedroom space (above), patterns have been layered over one another to create a whimsical, playful room. Everything about this room is fun, and it totally works!

    Wood Headboard

    Here is another layered approach. They’ve places a southwest inspired blanket on top of neutral gray bedding. The colors in the blanket allow the art piece to pop. And it all mixes so well with the wood tones.

    Happy sleeping!

    Images: Apartment TherapyGimmii, Mr Jason Grant, Ghostly Ferns

  • James Turrell: Light and Space Art

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    Light and Space Art

    As one of the defining members of the Light and Space movement that originated in Los Angeles in the 1960s, James Turrell is an American artist whose work plays with the relationship—the idioms, clichés, oppositions—of light within space.

    By using light projection, apertures in ceilings and walls, and even skywriting, Turrell creates work that has been hailed as profound, elemental and meditative.

    James Turrell Guggenheim

    With a bi-coastal retrospective taking place now, the veteran artist’s work couldn't be more current. At the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Turrell bathes Frank Lloyd Wright’s un-ending spiral rotunda in a variety of hues (pictured above).

    At LACMA, Turrell’s installations (pictured below) are more rectangular, saturating space in light to such a degree that the movement of museum visitors (rather than the artist's illuminated rooms) become the subject of the work.   

    Turrell LACMA Installation

    James Turrell LACMA

    Turrell has also done a series of residential commissions. The residential siting of these works gets up thinking about how use light artistically, not just functionally, in the home space. For this, we turn to the Tono floor lamp from Koncept: 

    LED multicolor lamp

    Koncept Tono Contemporary Floor Lamp

    The Tono caught our attention at the recent Dwell on Design show. The 48 1/2 inch high Tono uses adjustable LEDs, allowing it to cycle through a rainbow of colors or hold on a single color to match or establish the ambiance of any given room.

    For a more hands-on project, use under cabinet lights for something besides cabinets. Tuck an easy-to-install tape light kit behind bed headboards or book shelves to give the furniture the appearance of floating against the wall. These kits come with a remote control allowing you to adjust the colors as desired.

    Colored Tape Light

    Color 16.4-Foot LED Tape Light Kit with Remote Control

    Not everyone will have the time, budget or vision of James Turrell, but that shouldn't preclude you from using light to adjust ambiance of your space. And if the above options are too much for your taste, go with the time-tested mood-maker: simply outfit a candleholder with a scented candle, grab a book of matches, and light.

    Images: Architect Magazine, Artsy

  • Get the Look: A Modern Cozy Family Room

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    Modern Family Room

    The family room is one of the most important rooms in a home. We might all call it a different name like, living room, front room, or the den. Growing up, it was likely that you had a living room (front room) that was fancy and off limits and then a family room . . . the room you actually lived in. At least that was how it worked in my house. The family room was anything but fussy.  Rather, it was cozy, and inviting. 

    Today, now that I have children of my own, I want our family room to be the ultra cozy room where everyone wants to be together. Of course, I want it to look great too. I’ve learned that everyone wants to be in a place that looks and feels great. The gathering, then, just happens naturally. 

    Family Room Design

    Gray Contemporary 33-Inch-H Sectional Sofa, Daniel Dark Walnut 47-Inch-W Coffee Table, Earl White Plastic Rocking Chair, Lite Source Arm Bronze 23-Inch-H Desk Lamp

    I’ve gathered two modern looks for a family room based upon one great sofa (similar to the one shown above). I think sofas are the first piece to start with when designing a stylish family room. Three basics to keep in mind when picking a sofa are size (will everyone fit and does it fit in your space?), comfort, and style.

    The first look (above) is modern, airy and cozy all at the same time. The minimal modern look of the furniture paired with a few whimsical elements, like a hanging tree branch work for all ages.

    Eclectic Family Room

    Look two (above) is a bright and playful. The sofa and lighting are the stars of the show. This room proves that you should never rule out thinking outside of the box. I love how they have used a fun wallpaper pattern on the ceiling. Who wouldn’t like to lounge on a great sectional and stare up at the pretty colors and pattern? Another fun, easy DIY element, as pictured, is to print out your instagram photos and create a shape on your wall like a heart or maybe even a geometric pattern. 

    One thing this room doesn’t lack is inspiration.

    Modern Home Decor

    Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Gray Contemporary 33-Inch-H Sectional Sofa, Saffron Karina Hollywood Pink 18" Square Down Throw PillowSatin Teal Fabric 6-Inch-H Round Decorative Pillow, Jenne Blue Decorative Wool Throw Blanket

    So when designing a cozy and inviting family room of your own, keep comfort, style and creativity in mind and you can’t go wrong. 

    Images: SF Girl By Bay, Pinterest

  • Happy 4th of July!!

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    Happy July 4th everyone!!

    Whether you're playing with sparklers.........

    Modern Living Room

    Entertaining friends at home (with a really appropriate color palette).........

    Sipping yummy (and colorful) beverages...

    Or just hanging out looking stylish.........

    We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating how lucky we all are!!

    Images: House to Home, Sugar Loco, Obaz

July, 2013