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Mary McDonald Pythagoras 16 3/4" Wide Brass Pendant Light
"This pendant is a chic accent to any modern décor."
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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.
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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
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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.
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Clear Crystal 48 Inch Wide Luminous Chandelier
Use upscale drum shade chandelier designs for a tight yet elegant touch to the space.
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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: Rimadesio, Houzz, Trendzona, Frashii, Home Design Lover
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We want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!!
We can't wait to share more modern design with you in 2014...!
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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:
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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!
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.
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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.
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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:
Left 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 Digest, North Carolina Modernist Houses, Aduzeedo
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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.
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Round modern mirrors placed in a grouping make a wall seem larger. The metal mixed with the wooden furniture pieces create a good juxtaposition.
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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.
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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 Book, La Maison D’ Anna G, The Designer Pad, Black White Yellow
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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.
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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:
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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.
Possini Euro Ice Drop Double Light Swag Chandelier
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: Maxwan, Ignant, Design Ark
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