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  • 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.

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    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

  • Historic Design Trend: The Wishbone Chair

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    Design History

    Above image courtesy of Tend Hunter

    I've been a long time fan of Hans Wegner's Wishbone chairs. They have a classic feel to them. They're one of those pieces that are rustic, yet modern. When scouring through magazines and Pinterest you can find them trending big time!

    I love the way they come in different hues, which makes them easier to go into any dining room to reflect the home's style. They pair perfectly with contemporary light fixtures like in this image below from Jill Stein.

    Modern Dining Room

    Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs

    Your dining room style is an extension of your kitchen - whether or not they are next to each other, they should tie into one another. As you may know, these wishbone style dining chairs are not inexpensive. Lucky for us, there are similar chairs for less than half the price of the original. Now, it might not be the original, but if you want the look, this is a great alternative to put in your home!

    Dining Room Design

    Wishbone Dark Brown Wood Side Chair

    Why not make your modern dining room stylish and trendy with these Wishbone chairs like in this image above from Craft & Culture? You won't regret this update to your home!

    Would you add these to your dining room?

    Images: Trend Hunter, Jill Stein Interior DesignCraft and Couture

  • Trendy Home Styles With Contemporary Table Lamps

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    Contemporary Table Lamps

    Art, furniture, area rugs, wall paint, wood floors........ All of these elements play a role into how awesome any modern home can look. But sometimes it's the subtle detail, like a contemporary table lamp that makes all the difference in trendy home styles!

    This space above, designed by Emily Henderson, has all the right elements, including a little of the newest design in contemporary table lamps for living room spaces, which grounds the gallery wall and bring the artwork down to the furniture level.

    Plus, appropriate light in the evenings is always a plus.

    Modern Bedroom

    To be clear, trendy modern lighting is not just for late-night book reading or entertaining. Contemporary table lamps can be the pop of color a room needs, like in this image above from Caitlin Wilson.

    Modern Home Office

    Trying to work with a small space? Transparency is key. This image from Fancy Home Design is a great example with transparent seating and a stylish table lamp. None of which clutters the tiny office space.

    Modern Living Room

    This sort of whimsically, modern living room above from The Style Files uses baroque-style table lamps to add some personality. We love the boldness of black in any space.

    Here's some options to get the looks above.


     

    1. Vienna Full Spectrum Stacked Chain 26-1/2-Inch-H Table Lamp 2. Baroque Black Acrylic 20-Inch-H Table Lamp 3. Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp 4. Modern Splash Vanilla Ceramic Rectangular Table Lamp

    Images: Emily Henderson, Caitlin Wilson, Fancy Home DesignThe Style Files

  • 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:

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    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

  • Loft Life: Artist's Live Work Studio

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    Artists Live Work Studio Design  

    Artists' live work studios just look...well...more creative. Maybe it's the attention to aesthetics or the unconventional approach to space, but these homes usually compel a sense of awe and a-ha for those who enter.

    Artist Vik Muniz's home in Brooklyn is a textbook example. The loft (pictured at the top of the post) is a tale of opposites: part lab, part comfortable home. Nonetheless, creature comforts abound, such as this cozy bedroom, decorated tastefully with collectibles:

    loft-bedroom

    The dining area is clean, open and ready to entertain. Notice the pendant lighting over the table. For a bright and easy look in the kitchen or dining room, nothing beats decorating with island pendant lights

    Loft Dining Room

    A wall of books or a comfortable couch to sink into? What family could live without them?

    Loft Library

    Whether it's an architect's lamp for bedside lighting or a brushed steel ceiling fan, each room in Muniz's home strikes that delicate balance between functional work space and homey living space.

    Architects Desk Lamp

    Dimond Ingleside Chrome Desk Lamp

    Modern Ceiling Fan

    Modern Fan Cirrus Ceiling Fan

    Living the loft dream does have a certain appeal. A 15 second commute from bedroom to office? Check. Creative space? Check. With an open floor plan and an open mind, you can get the artist/designer look with modern hanging light fixtures, simple but stylish mid-century furniture, and a few well-place pieces of art along the walls.

    How about you? Do you live in a live/work space? We'd love to see photos! 

    Images: Financial Times, Elle Decor 

October, 2013