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  • Modern Ideas For Your Wall Decor


    Wall Decor

    Image from A Merry Mishap

    I often find that when decorating a modern space, one decision that can feel overwhelming is what to do for the wall decor. Do you hang a large piece of original art?

    What about displaying a mirror or a grouping of wall mirrors? Though those are great options, sometimes our budget doesn't allow for it. Well lucky for us, there are some fresh options that can add fun character to your space.

    Photo Collage

    Image from Re designing Sarah

    Displaying a collection of your favorite cards, postcards, pictures and other paper items can create a modern gallery wall that has your personality written all over it. The top image features black and white pictures displayed randomly above a sideboard. Most of them are attached with tape, which makes for less holes. There's lots of fun patterned tape out there to choose from...

    If you have a large selection of pictures that you want to show off, try this approach above by randomly displaying them a cork board, bulletin board or anything form of a frame. For a more dramatic look, display as many pictures as you can.

    Minimal Wall Decor

    Image from Hanna’s Room

    Thrift stores are full quirky art pieces. You can find profile art at almost any flea market/thrift store. Hang a collection of profile art in different sizes, colors and frames.

    Eclectic Decor

    Image from Chris Court

    Have any chicken wire hanging around? Use a wired piece to place cards and picture cards in. Once you’ve gotten tired of one card, it’s easy to switch it out. And you don’t have to worry about tacks and nails.

    Images: A Merry Mishap, Re designing Sarah, Hanna’s Room, Chris Court

  • Save Face With Modern Bathroom Lights


    Modern Bathroom Lights

    Images from Domestikated Life / My Home Ideas

    We've all been wake up in the morning, walk sleepily to the bathroom sink and, toothbrush-in-hand, check yourself out in the mirror--- "yikes!" somehow you look a little green in the face and the bags under your eyes seem to have turned into luggage overnight--so strange too because you feel totally fine, right?  Well, nine out of ten times, it's not you, it's the bathroom lighting.

    When the lighting is not right, it makes you look off, which can even make you feel off, which can throw your whole day off. I know what you're thinking--you never knew bathroom lighting could be so important, right? Well it is! So, save some face it the morning at select modern bathroom lights with designer styling, yes?

    Here are some tips!

    Modern Bathroom Design

    Images from Paloma 81

    1.) Consider including nontraditional bathroom pendants, like a lantern or a star lamp as a statement.

    Currey and Company Grayson French Black Ceiling Lantern, Tetra Tiffany Style 7-Inch-W Pendant Chandelier, Corbett Bangle Gold Tone 12-Inch-W Pendant (Pictured below)

    2.) Reflect light with ultramodern bathroom mirrors! Often times bathrooms have small windows, or even no windows at all--so use the mirrors to reflect and bounce the light around the room and make the lights work double time.

    Magdalene Antique Silver with Beveled Glass Wall Mirror, Champagne Silver Marrakesh Decorative Mirror (Pictured below)

    3.) Create shadow-free lighting on your face by mounting a pair of fixtures on either side of the mirror. This provides shadow-free lighting for easy makeup application and grooming.

    Hinkley Congress Brushed Caramel 9 3/4-Inch-H Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel Adjustable Wall Lamp (Pictured below)

    Colorful Bathroom

    Image from Style Files

    4.)  Avoid bulbs that cast a light that is either too white or too yellow--often times, they're the culprit for making you like the Wicked Witch of the West.

    5.) Mix it up! Don't just have one source of light in your bathroom. Include a fun mix of elegant, modern bathroom lights--use ambient lighting for mood, decorative lighting for atmosphere and task lighting, for, well tasks.

    Home Decor

    Images: Domestikated Life, My Home Ideas, Paloma 81, Style Files

  • Sherwin Williams Color of the Year: Plum


    Color of the Year

    There's another fun color announcement going on.... Sherwin Williams has selected plum as their color of the year and we love it! It's dramatic, sophisticated and versatile.

    Plum pairs so well with unexpected colors, such as yellow as seen below.

    Living Room Design

    Image from First Home

    Whether you're designing a masculine or feminine space, plum can work for you. The weight of the furniture and the type of accessories you use will determine how pretty or handsome you want the space to look

    Plum Living Room

    Image from Que Bueno es Vivir

    Check out some of these fun products to help you get the look...

     Plum Home Decor

    Ovo Drum Shade with Glass 13-Inch-W Floor Lamp, Fancy Fern Rich Plum Plug-In Swag Chandelier, Dark Plum Purple Line 17 3/4-Inch-H Bottle Vase, Dark Plum Purple Line 21-Inch-H Decorative Bottle Vase, Color Plus Plum Dandy Bold Stripe Pattern Table Lamp, Center Pleated Plum Purple Square 18-Inch Surya Throw Pillow, Surya Plum Purple Square 18-Inch Throw Pillow

    Images: First Home, Que Bueno es Vivir

  • Illuminate Your Home With Designer Floor Lamps


    Designer Floor Lamps

    Image from Louisa Grey

    Stylish floor lamps are one of the best sources of light in my opinion, I prefer them to overhead lighting for creating warm pools of directed light and a cozy atmosphere in almost every room. In fact, the only room without one in my home is the kitchen!

    Designer floor lamps with modern style not only illuminate a space, they also bring tons of personality with them as statement pieces.

    Floor Lamps

    Row 1: Lights Up! Weegee Nickel White Linen Floor Lamp / Modern Porter Nickel Metal Abbey Floor Lamp / Basque Brushed Nickel Marble Base Modern Arc Floor Lamp 

    Row 2: Arteriors Hadley Modern Brass Black Floor Lamp / Off White Linden Tripod Wood Arteriors Home Floor Lamp / Contemporary Satin Nickel Tenda Sonneman Floor Lamp

    Some of my favorite shapes are tripods and arcs which are especially architectural in shape and can nearly double as works of art.

    The material is just as important as its shape in creating a great fit for the style you're aiming for in your home. You can choose from stylish floor lamps in polished chrome, glass, and more.

    Image: Louisa Grey

  • Freshen Your Home Design With Radiant Orchid


    Radiant Orchid

    Image from The Selby

    Every time I hear Pantone's color of the year announced I rarely get excited. It’s generally a color out of my comfort zone, something I haven’t seen done in any cool way. However, it only took me a couple of months to become accustomed to this year's color of the year, radiant orchid and I LOVE it.

    I would never have considered it to be a favorite, but now that I see how it’s being used, I gravitate towards it. It can freshen up any home design with its feminine playfulness. Why? Let’s take a look...

    1. As you can see in the above example, when paired with bright orange, it becomes feminine yet fresh. Cover an antique settee in it as an old vs. new idea and pair it with coordinating artwork for a beautiful new home design. Try using purple table lamps to add even more fun.

    Modern Living Room

    Image from Elle Decor

    2. This version of orchid in the wall color and throw pillows works because it’s paired with a variety of colors like peacock green and a beautiful, funky pendant chandelier. This space could use more purple decorative pillows, you can never have too much.

    Living Room Design

    Image from Caitlin and Caitlin

    3. This beautiful home design embraces the color to the max with a coordinating sofa, love seat and window treatment combo. By using a variety of frame treatments and a funky green plant, it reads modern and unexpected.

    Art Galleries

    Image from Design & Trend

    4. Last but not least, this simple modern space shows how the addition of red to radiant orchid can take a soft color and really make it bold.

    Are you digging this year’s radiant orchid? How would you use it?

    Images: The Selby, Elle Décor, Caitlin and Caitlin, Design & Trend

January, 2014