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  • Organizing Your Closet: Get the Skeletons Out

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    Image from Rimadesio

    Let's face it: we spend the entire year shoving stuff in the closet. Re-giftables, donatables, just-before-guests-arrive-junkables. When organizing your closet, toss all these skeletons out and follow these three steps to a bright and clean new look for the new year. 

    1. Downsize...relentlessly

    modern closet

    Image from AFF on Houzz

    If there isn't room for something, get rid of it. If there is room for something but you rarely use it, get rid of it. If you're even questioning something, get rid of it. It's that simple.

    2. Make Space...and stick to it

    closet organizing

    Image from Trendzona

    Designate a space for everything. Follow the one-hand rule: if it takes two hands to either access or put something away, it's too difficult to reach. Your closet is likely overstuffed and will eventually fall into disorganization.

    3. Say Hello to the Bright Lights

    Everything looks better under the bright lights. So let's take them to the closet. For wide or deep closet spaces, add a modern rectangle chandelier for a luxurious feel.

    chandelier closet

    Image from Frashii

    rectangle chandelierClear Crystal 48 Inch Wide Luminous Chandelier

    Use upscale drum shade chandelier designs for a tight yet elegant touch to the space. 

    modern closet lighting

    Image from Home Design Lover

    metal pendant

    George Kovacs Hilary Pendant Chandelier

    Think an organized closet isn't important? Consider this: it's where you brainstorm your outfit first thing in the morning. And it's possibly even the last light you turn off before turning in. Instead of creating a skeleton graveyard, follow these three simple steps and turn your closet into a cool, calm and collected space. 

    Images: RimadesioHouzzTrendzonaFrashiiHome Design Lover

  • Happy New Year From Euro Style Lighting!!

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    New Years Celebration

    Image from The Glitter Guide

    We want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!!

    We can't wait to share more modern design with you in 2014...!

    Image: The Glitter Guide

  • The Great Room: Ultimate Family Rooms

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    Modern Great Rooms

    Image from Trendland

    For all the talk of square footage, bedrooms, baths and multi-car garages, perhaps nothing is as impressive in a home as a great room. These ultimate family rooms combine living, dining and cooking in a single space. With high ceilings and lively acoustics, these open spaces seem to induce families and guests to spend more time together.

    And no matter what the style, these spaces pair well with decor elements such as designer floor lamps and mini pendant lights with smokey glass, Edison bulbs and more. With that in mind, let's look at a few great room types:

    The Farmhouse

    rustic great room

    Image from Architectural Digest

    Farmhouses and barns historically have been built around great rooms, and so are their modern brethren. Rustic decor elements? Check. Open space to feed the family with fresh bounty from the fields? Check. Clear the furniture and cue the music for a hoedown? Check!

    The Loft

    modern loft

    Image from Trendland

    Literally speaking, a loft (which is typically a single raw space with bathroom built-in) is a great room by definition. Theses converted commercial spaces are retrofitted with modern kitchen appliances and boast urban elements like ample glass and cement.

    The Industrial

    Industrial Loft Decor

    Photo by Jacob Reinwand

    The industrial great room is often a subset of the loft, albeit with industrial decor items such as hanging work lights and raw materials and finishes.

    The Ultra-Modern

    ultra modern great room

    Image from Abduzeedo

    Ultra-modern homes offer architects and designers a chance to flex their muscle, with features like cantilevered staircases, discreet storage areas and unorthodox floor-plans. We love the look of clustered black pendant lights:

    black pendant lightsLeft to right: Eurofase Bronx Black Pendant Light, Sliver Medium Black Pendant Light, Piquito Black Mini Contemporary Pendant Light

    In all its mixed use, multi-tasking, communal glory, the great room represents a return to a time when families spent more time together. It represents the ultimate return to basics, and for that reason, we also see the great room as 100% in keeping with modernism and the modern lifestyle.

    Images: Trendland, Architectural DigestNorth Carolina Modernist Houses, Aduzeedo

  • Wall Mirrors in Modern Room Decor

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    Modern Room Decor

    Image from The Marion House Book

    Mirrors have been a staple in the house for centuries now. They are perfect art replacements, they bring in extra natural light and can be beautiful architectural statement pieces. My favorite benefit of a mirror is that it visually makes a space look bigger and deeper. It tricks the eye into thinking that a room goes farther. Mirrors are perfect for small spaces and spaces that need extra light.

    The entryway above has been enlarged just by simply adding a big, natural mirror. The grey wood pops against the neutral walls and complements the amazing flooring.

    Mirror Gallery

    Image from La Maison D’ Anna G

    Round modern mirrors placed in a grouping make a wall seem larger. The metal mixed with the wooden furniture pieces create a good juxtaposition.

    Large Wall Mirror

    Image from The Designer Pad

    These grand black mirrors are a perfect choice for this classic, yet minimal space. Ultrasophisticated large modern mirrors compliment classic molding and fireplaces perfectly.

    They also are a good addition for the modern chairs and tables.

    Modern Living Room

    Image from Black White Yellow

    If you don’t have any metallic options already in your space, add some by finding a silver or gold mirror. Two gold mirrors add the perfect amount of bling to any space.

    Images: The Marion House BookLa Maison D’ Anna G, The Designer Pad, Black White Yellow

  • The Modern Barn House

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    Photo by Filip Dujardin on Maxwan.com

    Earlier this week, while writing a post detailing the best great rooms around, I fell in love with one type in particular: modern barn house. This raw, rural, decaying type of structure is the perfect subject for dramatic modernization projects. 

    The beautiful space pictured throughout this post was renovated by Maxwan architecture in the Netherlands. Hanging swag lamps and mini pendant lights were the perfect designs to drop from the uneven ceilings of the barn. 

    Built In Bookshelf

    Image from the Design Ark

    The Dutch barn's simple floor plan - consisting of a ground floor and loft - led the firm to create a notable built-in (pictured above), incorporating kitchen counter, bookshelf and staircase in a single unit.

    For this project, a loft adds desired square footage (not to mention valuable nap space) to the barn, while the loft's overhang creates a cozy fireplace nook below:

    Barn Loft

    Image from Ignant

    Barn Fireplace

    Image from Design Ark

    When the architects moved in, they first noted that "all facade openings were too small, in the wrong place, or both." So they cut a large slit into the roof. Add some minimalist lighting from the rafters, and a modern barn space suddenly has a a very light, open feel.

    Teardrop Pendant Lights

    Possini Euro Ice Drop Double Light Swag Chandelier

    white swag light

    White and Chrome Finish Swag Style Plug-In Chandelier

    Whether it's a vacation home or an everyday home, smart design and a little TLC can transform a rustic barn into your modern dream home.   

     Images: MaxwanIgnant, Design Ark

January, 2014