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Design Spotlight is our regular monthly post covering modern design + lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!
+We really can't think of a better way to spend a long weekend than to stay home and avoid freeways. Even better than just staying home is having an awesome BBQ with friends and family. Design Love Fest has the perfect weekend project, a cool picnic blanket. Super easy!
+Check this out! The rugged and electronicless Vaavud Wind Meter turns your smartphone into a high-tech meteorological tool.
+Want some cool architecture?... The Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame is a new museum that is configured to interpret athletics as a component of cultural history.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Image: Design Love Fest
Sometimes a girl just needs to embrace her feminine side with flowy fabrics, metallics and sparkle. Ms. Ethereal & Embellished is aiming to do just that with soft pieces to feather and fluff her abode!
The black/chrome/glass combo that the Tuxedo Robert Sonneman Pendant Chandelier shows off just the right amount of sophistication for above our lady's dining room table without being too stuffy.
The Odelia Clear Glass Robery Abbey Table Lamp features a contemporary clear glass base that almost appears to float on whatever surface you place it for a perfectly airy presence in living room or bedroom. Sigh!
The Polished Nickel beaded Elise Table Lamp is equal parts detailed and glamorous, not to mention artistic and chic. Perfect for Ms. Ethereal & Embellished's desk, it makes paying the bills a little sweeter.
Who says you can't be stylish and eco-conscious at the same time? The Varaluz Recycled Aluminum Art Deco Pendant Chandelier manages both with its mini-pinwheels and recycled metal, a show-stopping look for any entryway!
The Diamond Dark Cherry Mirrored Chest kills two birds with one stone serving as a pretty storage solution as well as a spot to check your makeup as you dash out the door!
Lastly, Ms. Ethereal & Embellished loves the detail in the pattern of this Charlotte Mirrored Accent Table. It bounces off whatever light touches its surface, making the room it's in seem to glow.
Images: Valentino, Euro Style Lighting
Well, summer is packing its bags and heading south for the winter. And with that, it's time for another Euro Style playlist to get you ready for the cool days of fall, along with modern decor to match. For this edition, we're highlighting performers from FYF, an end-of-summer music festival in downtown Los Angeles that we were fortunate to attend this past weekend.
First, the playlist:
Beach House (album cover pictured above):
Marked by plaintive vocals from lyrically longing chaunteuse Victoria Legrand, Beach House provides melancholia mixed with melody. Perfect for car rides in nature.
Like Beach House, Glasser creates an ethereal ambiance, albeit with a bit more of an electronic edge. Perfect for car rides in the city.
My Bloody Valentine:
Fans of the Sophia Coppola film Lost in Translation may remember wistful scenes of Tokyo set to a generous wash of guitars. That lush wash was the work of My Bloody Valentine. Consider this your rainy day soundtrack.
An electronic music project from Australian composer Harley Streten, Flume provides enough bounce-per-minute to inspire you to maintain your summer exercise regimen deep into winter.
At FYF, we heard a preview of what's to come from MGMT's September 2013 release, and it promises to be a rousing blend of melody and slowly sauntering psychedelia. It's possible that, now the dust of hype has cleared, MGMT has truly found its voice.
Now let's look at some simple but like-minded designs:
Color Plus Ovo Plum Dandy Satin Dark Gray Shade Table Lamp, Tech Lighting Silver Glaze Aqua Glass Satin Nickel Pendant, Chessa Purple Low Back Set of 4 Side Chairs
There is a sophisticated yet forlorn theme running through both the music and cover art above. And so with that, our modern decor choices include deep blacks, plums, grays and pinks. Modern pendant lighting comes in all kinds of colors, but sometimes plain, simpe black is our favorite. You can add colored or printed shades to colored glass table lamps for a bit of extra elegance.
From the music you play to the rooms you decorate, there's no right or wrong way to curate your fall. So have at it and have fun.
Images: Gorilla Vs. Bear, StereoGum, CMJ, Paste Magazine
Who said lake homes had to be campy and cozy without any real design aesthetic. Well, they're wrong. We spotted this beautiful modern lake home and decided to furnish it in our dreams...
The key to designing a clean aesthetic that still falls under the category of natural and organic is all about the materials. The form will keep it modern with clean lines and minimal frill.
1. White Glass Chip Satin Nickel 12-Inch-W Chandelier 2. Currey And Company Beachhead 21" Square Driftwood Mirror 3. Zuo Modern Charcoal Gray 28 3/4-Inch-W Armchair 4. Charlotte Mirrored 18 1/2-Inch-H Accent Table 5. Cosgrove Mid-Century White Ceramic Table Lamp 6. Natural Light All Wrapped Up Jute 65 1/2-Inch-H Floor Lamp 7. Fenia Chrome with Brown Rattan Swivel 35-Inch-H Chairs
Image: Expensive Life
Although right now I call Los Angeles home, I've been lucky enough to have lived globally, in many cities around the world: Florence, Bern, NYC, Copenhagen, and have traveled from Marrakesh to Mexico City and many places in between. One thing that all of these cities have in common is that there is no one style that truly defines a city.
Through years of people of different cultures visiting, conquering, settling and assimilating into new places, decorating styles have overlapped, mixed and melded--you'll find Hollywood Regency styles in Milan, or a Moroccan-style den in Denmark. Here is a roundup of some global mash-up interiors that I find truly inspiring-- Plus my Euro Style Lighting discoveries, with a global vibe...and how great is that serape lampshade?!
Moroccan Star Amethyst Red 12-Inch Accent Table Lamp, Saffron Jasmina Chocolate 18" Square Down Throw Pillow, Lime Green Moroccan Square 18-Inch Pillow, Mexican Print Drum Lamp Shade 14x14x10 (Spider), Desert Ikat 12-Inches-W Lamp Shade, Mini Isla Satin Nickel Pendant, Kite White and Red Ikat Fabric Decorative Throw Pillow, Sydney Contemporary Tango Red 29-Inch-H Table Lamp, Kathy Ireland African Eclipse Cherry Americana Table Lamp
Images: The Kitchen, Big Chill, The Design Files, Casas Bacanas
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