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Lately, I have been noticing a trend in playhouse beds for kids. Have you seen them? It’s like the ultimate fort that you never take down. And, if you know kids, than you know that they love forts and hate taking them down.
I love this concept, because first and foremost it’s just plain fun, but also because there is a lot of attention on design. It’s almost like designing a mini house within your home. The detail starts with the shape, plays a part in the entrance and the outside and can continue on to the inside. The possibilities are endless.
The playhouse bed can be very modern and simple (as seen above) or ornate with many many details and decorative touches. It’s simply a matter of personal taste and preference.
If you are going for details than this playhouse bed takes the cake (pictured above). I love the attention to design on both the outside and inside. The interior has darling wallpaper and curtains, while the exterior is outfitted with cute little window boxes. But, what really makes the place cozy are the light fixtures adorned on the exterior and interior. Using plug in wall lights on the inside for late night reading is such a great idea. I also think hanging a contemporary ceiling light outside the playhouse would add a very magical starry night effect when looking out your playhouse window.
From a practical standpoint, a playhouse bed is also a great space saver. If you have limited space for a bed then why not build up, leaving plenty of play space below for play?
Or, if you have children sharing a room, like I do, than building a two-story playhouse saves you the space you’d otherwise use up with twin beds. It’s also a creative alternative to traditional bunk beds. And, if it's space you need than there is always the option to build storage drawers beneath the bed, which is a major bonus for stashing all the toys and keeping a tidy room (seen below).
Playhouse beds are obviously a lot of fun, but they are also a great way to get your little ones interested in design and to allow them to have a bit of ownership in decorating their very own little personal space.
If you are looking to have a little fun, be creative, save space and keep your kids room tidy, than a permanent fort in the form of a playhouse bed may just be the way to go. Your kids will love it and I have a sneaking suspicion (the kid in) you will love it too!
Images : French By Design, Mopu42, Milk Magazine, Oeuf le blog, Craft Foxes
In my interior styling courses, I always suggest that a styled space is not complete without two key things: botanicals and bling. A little greenery and a little bit of sparkle are the finishing touches that make a space truly lively.
Today, I'm sharing my favorite type of bling: brass. Brass is classy and classic, it can feel both retro and modern, sophisticated and playful--and it definitely pumps up the glam factor. Add a bit of shiny brass in the form of a desk lamp, ceiling lamp or side-table to your space and it will automatically add a touch of chic to your room.
Rubianne Rust Babette Holland Accent Table Lamp, Rust Babette Holland Juggler Table Lamp
Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier, Jonathan Adler Sputnik Brass Flush Mount Ceiling Light
Above are my favorite brass images of the moment, and a couple of fabulous examples of how to incorporate the look. How will you add that touch of glam to your abode?
Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Polished Brass Hardwire Holtkoetter Wall Lamp, Holtkoetter Polished Brass Modern Up-Down Wall Sconce, Holtkoetter Bernie Brass Energy Efficiency Wall Lamp, Hinkley Submersible Brass 4 1/2-Inch-H Pond Light, Rio Brass with White Shade Robert Abbey Pendant Light, Cooper Gold Leaf 71 1/2-Inch-H Arteriors Floor Lamp, Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier, Mary McDonald Pythagorus Matte Brass Robert Abbey Table Lamp, Altra Wire Frame Antique Brass Round 20-Inch-W Accent Table, Rio Modern Brass Metal 13-Inch-H Robert Abbey Wall Sconce, Hinkley Lanza Collection Brushed Bronze Bathroom Light, Marshall Brass Modern Adjustable Hudson Valley Floor Lamp
Images: Two For Style, Emily Henderson, Material Girl Blog
Adding color to an already existing space can feel intimidating and overwhelming. It’s a stressful task figuring out which colors go well together and or what colors we actually prefer to look at everyday. Here are a few modern dining spaces with pops of color throughout to inspire us all.
The designer of this space (above) is clearly not afraid of a little color. The red tones behind the bookshelves are a fun surprise of color. And the variety of chairs, all in the same color is a brilliant idea for mixing things up a bit.
This relaxed, Scandinavian space has pops of color in the pillows and other small accessories. You don’t see anything permanent with color, which makes it easy to transition when you’re tired of color. Colorful accent pillows are a great way to add some color to any space.
Art is a fantastic option when adding color. Take this space with all of it’s masculine brown tones. It’s been immediately transformed to a space with big personality because of the art piece behind the table.
I am all about neutral, white spaces. But I still need color present somehow. This kitchen/dining space introduced color in the rug and the striped chair. It’s not overwhelming and still leans itself to be a modern space.
Images: Amber Interiors, Fjeldborg, Arper, Vorstin
As much as I love my bright and cheery colors, sometimes you just need a cool and calm addition to your space. Enter, navy! I have been totally crushing on navy lately. It’s one of the best colors to mix and match with other colors so it is really easy to incorporate into your décor you already have! My favorite colors to go with navy lately are coral, mint and grey. It’s just kind of dreamy, don’t you think?
Also, unlike a lot of other colors, navy is kind of hard not to match with another navy. They are usually so similar they work! This room designed by Emily Henderson is kind of perfect. The navy is definitely the main and most dominant color, but all of the little accent colors and patterns around that gorgeous couch are amazing!
1. Brushed Nickel Prussian Coral Giclee Pendant 2. Annabelle Modern Navy Linen 32-Inch-H Mid-Century Chair 3. Linen Navy Wingback 78 1/2-Inch-W California King Bed
There are a lot of different styles that could all work with navy. This chair for example, is modern but also has a mid-century vibe to it. So of course I love it!
This pendant light has a fun coral shaped pattern to it to add some pattern to your room, if that’s what your space is in need of.
And this bed! Oh this bed. It’s like a gorgeous wingback chair in California king size! A great way to add some class to your room. I love it!
Can you just imagine all of the different styles and fun accents you could do with a bed like that? Also, it’s not too girly, so men will love it too! Total win, win.
Image: Emily Henderson
Let's just admit it: not all hotels are created equal. Located in rural Czech Republic, the Hotel Miura (designed by Czech firm Labor 13) blends contemporary cosmopolitan sophistication with country surroundings, for a modern hotel design that's stunning in an equally stunning locale.
A palette of charcoal and magenta recurs throughout public and private areas, creating a calm sense of cohesion.
Art from top international and Czech artists punctuates the property, among them: Andy Warhol, David Černý, Herny Moore, Tony Cragge, John Armleder, Luca Pancrazzi, Petr Pastrňák and Damien Hirst (painting pictured below).
Sight lines in the lobby and dining areas expose the odd angles of the structure and afford clear views of the landscape outside.
In particular, I love how contemporary ceiling lights can set a sculptural tone for the entire space. Even a simple stairwell can be appealing with dramatic iron charcoal guardrails and modern sconces.
Mixing the hotel's colors and angular design motifs, it's not hard to invoke the style at home:
Possini Euro Aluminum Crystal Ceiling Light Fixture, Swag Style All Black Giclee Plug-In Chandelier, Tad Geometric White Lacquer Side Table, Scooper Chrome with Metallic Pink Swivel Counter Stool
We cover quite a few modern designs like the Hotel Miura with stark geometries and minimalist interiors. And we've all heard the knocks: "it's looks great but I'd hate to live in it." So we'd love to know what you think?
Images: Arch Daily
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