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  • Modern Kitchen Design: Subway Tile

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    Modern Kitchen Design

    Trends come and go in terms of kitchen design - from French country to a sleek modern design. There are thousands of options you can go with and sometimes it's hard to decide which is your favorite.

    One that I will never get tired of is white subway tile. Whether it goes to the bottom of the cabinet or all the way up to the ceiling - this look will never go out of style. It's simple, clean and you can add any furniture or lighting to give it your own sense of style.

    Kitchen Design

    Luckily with a clean designed kitchen you can add in elements that represent your style – industrial lighting over the table, modern chairs at your dining room table or glam it up with a beautiful chandelier. Skies the limit!

    Great Room Design

    Azzo Matte with White Plastic 32-Inch-H Side Chairs, Possini Euro Enzo Modern Black Pendant Light, Marius Antique Black Metal Set of 2 Zuo Counter Chairs

    Another way to spice it up, change the color of the grout that surrounds your subway tile, which makes a graphic statement.
     
    Now, I’d love to hear your thoughts of what you think of white subway tile in your kitchen. Yay or Nay?

    Images: Design Sponge, Sophie Burke Designs, Apartment Therapy

  • Art Scene: A + D Never Built Los Angeles

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    Art Scene

    Never Built Los Angeles explores the "what if" of Los Angeles architecture. Above is a shot of what LAX was maybe going to look like. Now, as we all know the middle section exists as a restaurant and the terminals are across the street.... and not under a super cool glass dome.

    You don't want to miss this exhibit that runs through October 13th at the Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibit asks why L.A. is a center for great architects, yet lacking in urban innovation? The show features illustrations, renderings, blueprints and models to show the power of architectural ideas.

     

    6032 Wilshire Blvd.

    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    info@aplusd.org

    July 28, 2013 - October 13, 2013

    General Adult: $10
    Seniors and Students: $5
    A+D Members and Children under 12: Free

    Image: A + D

  • Get the Look: Kitchen Island Alternative

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    Modern Kitchen Design

    Let’s face it, what room does everybody in your family conjugate in? The kitchen. While everyone loves a beautiful kitchen island, I’m always looking at how you can mix it up. A great alternative is a table with chairs. Many homes have dedicated nooks, but another option is to have them centered in the room.

    When I was young I’d always find myself at the table in our nook working on homework while my mom cooked dinner. With homes being smaller this form of an island is perfect for a family that wants to be together while cooking dinner. Does your family do the same?

    I’ve pulled together a few of my favorites for you to see.

    Kitchen Design

    Contemporary White Plastic 32-Inch-H Side Chairs

    Industrial Kitchen Design

    Frida Laminated Walnut Side Chairs

    I absolutely love this look and I’m designing a few for clients at the moment. I hope you’ve been inspired by this alternative!

    Sources: House & Home, Lonny Magazine, Thomas Bendel

  • Modern Shelving For the Whole Family

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    Modern Shelving

    Anyone living with two or more people in their home knows that things can quickly get disorderly and modern shelving is the key to happiness. If two or more of those said people happen to be children, then you know disorder can take on a life of its own without an organization strategy.

    Whether you have an abundance of stuff or just the right amount, chances are you are always looking for ways to stack it, sort it and store it.  And for me, modern shelving seems to be the best way to go about it. They're simple and streamlined. Keep in mind that with shelves whatever you store or stack is always on display. The simpler the shelving, the more your books and accessories stand out. 

    I happen to love the way this works, because when function and design meet it is a beautiful thing.

    White Shelving Unit

    Storit Pure White 31 1/2-Inch-W Shelving Unit

    When it comes to shelving in a children’s space, I love to keep it simple or go all out creative. The first look showcases how shelves can be used for basic storage.I love the clean look these shelving units provide.

    Home Modular Shelves

    Stockard Oak Wood Arteriors Home Modular Shelves

    On the other end of the spectrum you can use shelves in a more decorative fashion. The idea of backing your shelves with wallpaper to give a unique and one-of-kind look is so fun.  Then just prop your favorite keepsakes or children’s toys to complete the look.  Bonus . . . . fewer toys on the floor.

    Tempered Glass Shelf

    Xert Narrow White with Tempered Glass Modern Zuo Shelf

    Why not let shelves take center stage? When you pick a shelving unit that has modern lines and a great shape it’s like a piece of art. These shelves work great in any room of the house, but I love how they are used in the heart of the home. Dishes put up, taken down, art displayed, toys tossed up and plopped down for play.  

    Shelves are modern art in action. Now what other piece of home décor can boast that?

    Images: PinterestFamily Living, Apartment Therapy, Woonideeen

  • Color Crush: Yellow

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    Modern Living Room

    Yellow just might be the happiest color there is. It sure does put a smile on my face! You can incorporate yellow into so many different spaces. It’s one of those colors that is bright and colorful but somehow kind of neutral as well.

    This room above has a lot of yellow and I like it! It definitely is a happy space, isn’t it? I really like the modern furniture combined with the yellow to make it seem happy and cozy but still clean. I think my favorite part of this whole room is probably the window treatments. So airy and fresh! Combine that with all of the white and cream colors and the whole space feels like a room I could spend the whole day sitting in.

    Modern Home Decor

    Splash Mimosa Ceramic Rectangular 26-Inch-H Table Lamp, Yellow Spindle Round Accent Table

    This yellow sunburst mirror is awesome isn’t it? It would be a great focal piece in a room and mirrors are always great for making a space look and seem larger than it is. Win, win!

    The table would be a fantastic accent table or end table by your couch. I love the detailing on it.

    The lamp might be my favorite item from this little roundup. The clean modern lines and the bright yellow are awesome. If you have a room that is in need of some pops of colorful happiness, yellow is probably just the thing you are looking for!

    Image: Home-Designing

August, 2013