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  • Color Crush: Navy

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    Modern Living Room

    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!

    Home Decor

    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

  • Design Spotlight: August 2013

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    Design Spotlight

    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

  • Modern Hotel Design: Hotel Miura

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    Modern Hotel Design

    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.

    Modern Living Room

    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).

    Modern Restaurant Design

    Sight lines in the lobby and dining areas expose the odd angles of the structure and afford clear views of the landscape outside.

    Modern Lobby

    Modern Design

    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.

    Modern Wall Lights

    Mixing the hotel's colors and angular design motifs, it's not hard to invoke the style at home:

    Modern Home Decor

    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

  • Modern Decor to Match Our Fall Playlist

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    beach house modern decor

    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. 

    Glasser:

    Glasser Album Cover

    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:

    MBV Album Art

    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. 

    Flume:

    Flume Album Art

    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.  

    MGMT:

    MGMT Self Titled Art

    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: 

    Fall Music Decor

    Color Plus Ovo Plum Dandy Satin Dark Gray Shade Table Lamp, Tech Lighting Silver Glaze Aqua Glass Satin Nickel PendantChessa 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

  • Art and Science Inspired Pendant Lamps

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    3d-Pendant-Lamps

    What does it look like when art, design and theoretical science collide? Something like these 3D printed pendant lamps by Nervous System that we recently found on Velhetica. The detail is mesmerizing:

    3D-printed-design

    Built using a computer program that models nature's complex process of patterning such everyday things as animal's fur or a fish's scales, these designs show an extraordinary amount of depth. A video shows the process in animated form:

    The natural, cellular look of these designs reminds me of some of my favorite organic-inspired pendant lighting from Possini Euro Design:

    organic-pendant-lamps

    Clockwise from upper left: White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant ChandelierChanging Colors LED Pendant LightLilypad Opal Etched Glass Possini Euro Design Chandelier

    With new fabrication techniques and advanced optics such as multi color LED lights, we can expect more sophisticated pendant lamp styles in the years to come. 

    Images and Video: Velhetica

August, 2013