Modern Home Design

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Today, we are so happy to invite Jaime Derringer from Design Milk on our blog to share some of her modern home design tips!

For those of you new to the blog world, Jaime Derringer is the founder and editor of Design Milk, an online magazine dedicated to modern design. The talent doesn't stop there, Jaime is also a great artist and poem-writer.

Let's hear what she has to say about modern design....

ESL: What are your go-to pieces for creating that contemporary home?

JD: I always say go with what you love. Build a neutral base and build on top of that with more exciting bold decor and accent pieces. However, I would encourage one brave, unique choice, whether a standout chair, a creative chandelier, or a daring wallpaper pattern. Do something memorable.

Modern Storage
 
Image from Glitter Inc.

ESL: What tricks/tips do you recommend for achieving a clean and modern look around the home?

JD: Storage! Storage is my number one go-to. If you don’t have the right storage, often times, you end up with piles of things all over the place, which can make a space look messy. Cleanliness is the key to a modern space. The best way to figure out what kind of storage solutions you need is to live in a space first and see where messes and items seem to pile up over time. Then, you can determine the best solution for you; don’t buy unnecessary products—wait until you know what you need.

You can also get some motion-sensor drawer and cabinet lighting to help you find what you’re looking for once you’ve stored everything away.

ESL: What rules can be broken with lighting when it comes to a contemporary look?

JD: I love oversized lighting. The bigger the better - I’d suggest doing something bold and dramatic with lighting even in small spaces.

Modern Lighting

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Perhaps this Possini Euro Icicle Chandelier (left) or this crystal burst design with the Corbett Inertia Crystal Pendant Light (right). I like to turn on the bright lights.

ESL: Where does your inspiration stem from? Any particular designer, architect or blogger?

JD: I am all over the place. I love the creativity of Karim Rashid and the futuristic designs of Zaha Hadid, but also the classic modern designs from the Eameses, Wegner, and Aalto. I love an eclectic mix and I’m hoping to nail it in my new house!
 
ESL: What are some ways in which you can get creative with lighting around the home?

JD: Function first, but then form and fashion. Once you have all your functional areas lit, you can play with some mood lighting.

Gallery Wall

Image from From the Rigth Bank

I especially like to light some of my artwork with picture lights, create a hallway gallery with spotlights and add special dimmers to make sure I can change the mood in an instant. Even indoor spotlights can light up a special corner and set a dramatic mood.

House of Troy Picture Light

Thanks for all the modern design insight Jaime!

Don't forget to check out our "Bright Ideas from Design Milk" Pinterest board where Jaime continues to share ideas!...

Images: House to Home, Glitter Inc., Casa Vogue, From the Right Bank