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  • Contemporary Dining Room Ideas For The Family

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    Contemporary Dining Room

    It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. However, I would like to suggest that it is actually the dining room that is at the center of it all. The contemporary dining room is where the family gathers. Adults and children come together for a meal at the table. 

    Even creativity convenes at the dining table, likely with coloring books and paints spread about. We do a great bit of learning in the dining room, whether it is from each other or the daily task of homework. And, best of all, conversations are had at the dining table.

    Since we spend so much time in our dining rooms, why not make it a place that you and your children love to be? So, let's discuss some contemporary dining room ideas for the family...

    Modern Dining Room

    There are several elements that create a welcoming gathering place around the table. Although most pieces are obvious and very necessary, others are optional and are there to add interest.

    The star piece, certainly, is an attractive dining table. There are many options available and personal preference can play a big part in this decision. But, whether round or rectangular, I always find a rustic table works great for families like in this image above from The Style Files. Not only does it have character and add warmth, but it can, also, handle wear and tear and a million spilled milks.

    Fun Dining Room

    When it comes to creative dining chairs, the options are endless. But, with little ones it is usually best to steer clear of fabric and go with chairs that can, easily, be wiped clean. 

    If you are looking to add interest, why not mix chairs and a bench or incorporate all different styles of dining chairs for a playful look (as seen in the first image by Milk Magazine)...?

    Lighting can often be overlooked, as it is easy to just leave the standard light fixture in place. However, lighting is what really sets the tone and mood for the family dining room. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Arc floor lamps are a great option if you don’t want to do traditional pendant lighting over your family table.

    Here are a few of my favorite picks to get you started:

    Home Decor

    Don’t forget about the walls. Art places a big part in designing an area for the family to gather. This is where you can really have fun. A favorite idea is to blow up photos of your children, their artwork or their favorite food. I also love the look of a neon sign (pictured above from The Glitter Guide). The look is both modern and playful which translates to fun for both kids and adults alike.

    And, to finish, accessorize with an area rug, one that hides spills and cleans up easily. Also, a few beautiful pieces to adorn the table,  like greens in a vase, a bowl full of fruit or a tray filled with candles.

    When you create a contemporary dining room for the family, you make room for a million memories to be born.

    Jamie Young Campaign Silver 30-Inch-H Folding Dining Table, Zuo Anime Transparent Modern Set of 4 Dining Chairs, Possini Euro Arlo Chrome 18-Inch-H Pendant Light

    Images: Milk Magazine, Andreas Stenmann via The Style Files, The Glitter Guide

  • Wall Lamps For Trendy Bedroom Design

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    Stylish Wall Lamps

    The traditional table lamp on the night stand will always look nice, but if you enjoy taking part in design trends then you'll want to add some wall lights around your bed. This bedroom style above from The Brick House is a perfect example.

    Plug in wall lights with designer style create a modern, industrial aesthetic for a trendy bedroom design.

    Task Lamp

    Keep it monotone with white walls and a metallic or white wall light for a really modern look like in this image from Nata Shatlova.

    Swing Arm Wall Light

    Refined modern sconces like in this image from Deerheads also look great in a modern bedroom. Contrast is a wonderful thing because it adds personality to any space. 

    Images: The Brick House, Nata ShatlovaDeerheads,

  • Modern Luxury Hotel Design: Square Nine

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    Modern Luxury Hotel Design

    What is the purpose of vacation? To disconnect. Relax. Recharge. Be inspired. Assuming so, it would then follow that those goals should serve as guiding principles in any modern luxury hotel design.

    Set amid the streets of historic Belgrade, Square 9 hits the mark.

    Modern Check-In Desk

    Public spaces such as the check-in desk (above) are both wide and open. Appointed with comfy recliners and contemporary lamps for living room and office settings, the spa (below) has a particularly relaxing feel.

    Modern European Spa

    Guest rooms have a handsome, minimalist look:

    Modern Hotel Guest Room

    Best Hotel Bathrooms

    There's a classic modern design theme that runs throughout the luxury hotel. Mid-century inspired modern sconces and wood paneling underscore the refined aesthetic that permeates the space. 

    Mid Century Hotel Room

    Disconnect. Relax. Recharge. Be Inspired? That's shouldn't just be the goal of a luxury hotel design.

    Design with these ideas in mind at home too. We're particularly happy with how his and hers wall lamps add a comforting, golden touch to the bedside.

    Holkoetter Wall Lamps

    Top to bottom: Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Brushed Brass Swing Arm Wall Lamp, Holtkoetter Bernie Brass Wall Lamp

    Every time my hotel bill creeps up near $200/night or above (not all that often, mind you), I find myself doing the math. For the cost of a few nights, it's possible to deck out your room at home for the entire year. Something to think about when you book your next dream vacation.  

     Images: e-architect, Square Nine

  • Organic Home Decorating Ideas With Bamboo

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    Bamboo Decor

    Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, not to mention beautiful. This makes them a sustainable decor option, as well as an effective use for stylish and modern home decorating ideas.

    In addition to being used to construct all kinds of modern design objects, from flooring and furniture to home accessories, they have culinary and medicinal uses. They have also been used to create everything from paper to musical instruments and even textiles. 

    In China, bamboo is a symbol of longevity and in India it symbolizes friendship. It's no wonder that bamboo has been used for centuries to inspire and decorate homes around the world and continue to upgrade modern home styles today.

    Modern Living Room

    Image courtesy of Décor Demon

    Besides its versatility and sustainability, I think it's a gorgeous plant with its segmented hollow stems and delicate leaves.

    It's a playful way to bring the outdoors in.

    Home Decor

    Bamboo can be used as inspiration, like with these bamboo-shaped table legs on the brass tray table above, or as a material like with these bamboo base table lamps, or even as a motif like the bamboo print pendant lamp.

    Adding bamboo in your modern home will add sustainability and create a look that is at once organic, laid back and chic.

    1. Brushed Steel Lush Bamboo Giclee 5 1/2-Inch-H Pendant 2. Rift Reclining 24-Inch-H Nova Lighting Table Lamp 3. Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce 4. Gold Leaf Bamboo Rectangular 32-Inch-H Tray Table 5. Thumprints Nandina Bamboo 31-Inch-H Unique Table Lamp 6. Collapsible Rice Paper Bamboo 51-Inch-H Floor Lamp 7. Stanton Bronze Metal Dimond Floor Lamp with Tray Table

    Images: The Z Hush, Décor Demon

  • Small Space Decorating Tips For a Modern Home

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    Small Space Decorating

    Small space decorating can often be a struggle, but we have some tips for how to manage your tiny modern home. There's a few strategies you can implement, along with specific elements such as space-saving floor lamps, modern nesting tables or decorative mirrors.

    This image above demonstrates the stylish benefits of nesting tables. Pull them out when you need more surface space or tuck them away on a daily basis.

    Small Dining Room

    Sometimes, with small spaces different areas overlap. Like this tiny dining area and kitchen above. The absolute best way to visually distinguish areas is with lighting. For small spaces, small pendant lighting is ideal. And if it sparkles, even better!

    Wall Mirrors

    Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Whether you hang them on the wall or lean them on the floor, framed mirrors are a super easy way to help a space look larger than it is. Plus if you choose wisely, the style of frame can add tons of personality to a room as well.

    Modern Living Room

    Lean, and unobtrusive floor lamps are a key factor in small space living. You need light, but are often times short on surface area for table lamps.

    If you have any questions or need some additional advice, don't hesitate to post a comment...  Good luck with your tiny space!

    Images: Your Ideas, Miriam Kenly, La Maison, Marry Bee

October, 2013