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  • High/Low: Mirrored Storage

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    Mirrored Storage

    We're neck deep in decorating our new apartment in New York City, but there's one room that's nearly completed: our bedroom! One of the pieces that we purchased last but has made the biggest impact are a set of mirrored storage dressers, which we placed next to each other to create one large storage unit.

    At first, I was very against getting mirrored dressers, because I felt like they'd show every single finger print, and I wasn't sure if they'd feel too glam in our otherwise fairly neutral bedroom.

    Modern Bedroom

    All that being said, I couldn't be happier! Mirrored dressers and cabinets are such a classic accent piece and can add a bit of sparkle and shine into rooms that might otherwise fall flat.

    Mirrored dressers can be pricey, but I've found that the ones we ordered from Euro Style Lighting have offered great quality at a really affordable price. In fact, when recently shopping around for other mirrored storage options for a different room, check out this price difference I came across:

    Modern Mirror Chest

    Jenelle 3-Drawer Mirrored Chest

    Images: Michael J. Lee PhotographyDKOR Interiors

  • Case Study Architecture: Opdahl House

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    Modern Architecture

    Sometimes, what's even better than beautiful architecture is beautiful architecture brought back to life by people who truly care. Case Study architect Edward Killingsworth’s masterpiece, the 1957 Opdahl House, fell into ruin, but thanks to a musician with a passion for modernism, it is celebrating its 50th anniversary in mint condition.

    This cool pad is located on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California and the current owner is DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens who had a passion for bringing this home back to life. In addition to furnishing his own home, Stevens started a side career flipping pieces found buried at far-flung Salvation Army stores.

    DJ Greyboy Andreas Stevens

    Stevens received the help of original owners Joyce and Richard Opdahl and Killingsworth to help guide him along the way. Old family photos provided unpublished views of the home and gave Stevens the clues he needed to bring the house back to its exact original state.

    “I gave up my regular life for a couple of years,” Stevens says. In addition to refurbishing the structure, he went to extreme lengths to find original fixtures and match finished surfaces. He also tried to furnish the home according to the old family photos, but still keeping it his own and making sure he was comfortable living there.

    Modern Living Room

    Not only is the two-story space with balconied bedrooms a beautiful sight to see, but it's also helping Stevens complete his current album. He points out the similarities between recording in the Opdahl home to that in which Rudy Van Gelder recorded Blue Note’s classic albums.

    Modern Kitchen Design

    Killingsworth said, “The most flattering thing an owner can say about one of my buildings is, ‘It’s my building, I did all this myself; the architects only translated my thoughts.’ The Opdahl House truly has become Stevens’s building.

    Images: Dwell

August, 2013