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  • Productive Office Space Design

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    Office Space Design

    Image from Stylizmo

    Modern Dining Chair

    Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side ChairJonathan Adler Nickel Antwerp Desk Lamp

    We spotted some stylish office spaces around the internet so we thought we would share them with you. Good office design that is clean and minimal will boost your energy level and help you be more productive.

    The white floors in this space above really opens it up. The brightness brings energy and the natural wood pieces add contrast. Contemporary dining chairs are perfect for the office, especially the classics like this Wishbone chair above.

    Modern Design

    Image from Stylizmo

    White Plastic Side Chair

    Franklin Iron Works Brewery Bronze Cage Mini PendantContemporary White Plastic 32-Inch-H Side Chairs

    If you're like us, you prefer the modern black and white aesthetic. This space above does a great job balancing the two, the black balances with the white to create an organized and stylish office. White, modern tables do a great job setting the tone.

    Loft Studio

    Modern White Chairs

    Pascal White Plastic Wood 30 1/2-Inch-H Set of 2 Side ChairsDraper White Leatherette 22-Inch-H Zuo Lounge Chair

    We're proud to share this studio space above... We worked with Emma Robertson to create a beautiful space by providing a couple different chair styles. We loved the way she designed it and we think the studio turned out great!

    Modern Cottage

    Image from Nest Pretty Things

    Black Pendant

    Howard Elliott Bahama Breeze Patio PillowModern Colorful Paisley Square Accent Pillow / Safavieh Spice Beach Red Coral Fan Pillows / Contemporary Black Metal Possini Euro Dome Pendant Light

    If you need a little color in your life but still appreciate the clean, modern aesthetic then check out this eclectically modern space above. Just the right amount of color to brighten up the all-white room. The bold black pendant and chair add a little fun contrast to the mix.

    Images: Stylizmo, Stylizmo, Explosive, Nest Pretty Things

  • Outdoor Lighting in Prep For Spring

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    Modern Outdoor Lighting

    With spring in the air it’s time to set your sights on sprucing up your outdoor spaces. One of the easiest, and most effective ways to do so is by updating your lighting. 

    If you’re a traditionalist start by adding a pair of outdoor lanterns to each side of your front door and you’ll create an instant update, while still maintaining a classic look. A bright painted door and some amazing topiary’s don’t hurt either.

    Outdoor Pendant

    If you have the space, try hanging an outdoor pendant light or smaller chandelier from your porch. I’m in love with the gold one pictured here, just make sure it truly is an outdoor light.

    Industrial Lighting

    Lastly don’t forget about your other outdoor spaces. For example I adore how a more industrial light hangs from the side of this home. This type of light would look great  on a garage, back door, shed or pool house area as well.

    Honestly no more than ever the outdoor lighting possibilities are endless and I’ve rounded up my top outdoor looks to help you narrow down the field.

    Outdoor Lighting

    1.  The Barn Wall Urban Sconce is the perfect accent for a garage, barn, and/or shed plus you can’t beat the price! 

    2.  The Milo Brass Pendant may be my favorite as I’m having a major gold moment. Gold, or brass adds such richness and warmth to any space.

    3.  The Quoizal Hanging Lantern is the perfect traditional example which looks good on any home regardless the style. 

    4.  The Toledo Oil Silver Light has such a fantastic industrial vibe I would love to see this on a more modern home or loft space.

    5.  The Abbington Driftwood Wall Light is by far the most traditional of the bunch, but a great lantern is such a classic, one that never goes out of style.

    6.  I love the subtle hint of Moroccan design that the Lavary Minka Lantern brings. I can just picture this on a California Style Spanish home, or any place that has a bohemian vibe.

    Images: Georgian Design, Traditional Home, Steve-H

  • Modern prefab home design for the architecturally minded

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    Prefab Home

    Image Juan Baraja

    Here are two stunning examples of architecturally designed modular homes that pack a great punch in just 290 square feet. Ever wonder what a prefab home would look like that could be assembled in a day?

    First up is a house by Spanish architecture studio Abaton, the portable ÁPH80 home.

    This house measures 290 square feet in total. Packs in a full bathroom, bedroom and a living/kitchen room combined. The eleven foot gabled ceiling keeps the space feeling open and airy.

    Prefab Home Interior

     Image Juan Baraja

    Large pendant lighting with innovative styling compliments the eclectic mix of modern and rustic furniture. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors bring the outdoors in.

    Prefab Home Exterior

    Image Juan Baraja 

    Externally the home is clad entirely in gray cement board panels, providing a solid look to the house. The house can be assembled in a day and transported to almost any location on a back of a truck. Manufacture lead time is only four to six weeks.

    Modular Home

     Image Leonardo Finotti

    Next up is a prefabricated modular home built by the architecture collective MAPA of Brazil and Uruguay. Also coming in at 290 square feet, this home comprises of four modules for sleeping, lounging, dining and bathing.

    Modular Home Bedroom

     Image Leonardo Finotti

    The two end walls are entirely glazed creating the potential for stunning vistas from the sleep area. Chic and stylish modern light fixtures sit on either side of the bed. The shower area, on the opposite end of the sleep area, has the option to be turned into an indoor outdoor space.

    Modular Home Bathroom

     Image Leonardo Finotti

    Large sliding glass doors open up to create a stunning indoor/outdoor living area. This house was built as a prototype for Minimod, a business creating bespoke modular structures.

    Images: Abaton, MAPA

  • Stylish Seating For Your Modern Kitchen

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    Modern Kitchen

    Image from Lingered Upon

    The kitchen might be considered the most practical room in the house. Basically everything exists to serve a function from the fridge to the choice of flooring to the lighting. I’m a firm believer in making every space absolutely beautiful yet functional and stylish seating in the modern kitchen is no exception.

    Kitchen Seating

    Images from The Zhush / NY Times

    In the last 60 years the kitchen has become a more central gathering spot to the home, making it even more important in creating that functional space. One way to achieve this is through adequate and comfortable seating. Kitchen countertops inevitably become a location for doing homework, snacking, and lounging so you might as well design for it, right?

    My favorite kitchens typically feature an island or central table that are important for both the chef as well as other guests in the home. By pulling in some bold and chic counter height swivel stools you can create that important eye level seating.

    Modern Vintage Style

    Image from made in Persbo

    Another way to add functionality to the seating arrangement is by going with material options that are food and kid friendly like faux leather. This allows for easy clean ups, which are important for such a high-trafficked area.
     
    Here are some of my favorite ultramodern faux leather barstools that would act beautifully in any style of kitchen.

    Modern Barstools

    1.    This white stainless counter stool is beautiful for a minimal look.
    2.    This stainless steel back bar stool is great for a more sophisticated look.
    3.    This handsome faux leather bar stool with natural bamboo would work well with any style of kitchen. 
    4.    This adjustable walnut bar faux leather barstool is great for comfort and great for kids.
    5.    Lastly, this faux leather bar stool with a polished chrome base is lovely and functional with its foot rest.

    Have you thought about adding seating to your kitchen?

    Images: Lingered Upon, The Zhush, NY Times, Made in Persbo

  • Mod Squad at Palm Springs Modernism Week

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    Mod Squad

    The mid-century modern style informs so much of what we call 'modern' today. That's why when I was given the opportunity to be part of this year's 'Mod Squad' at the Palm Springs Modernism week, I jumped at the chance to see what's new in the world of vintage, modern style.

    Modern Lighting

    George Kovacs Alecia's Necklace Opal Glass Wall Sconce / Splash Coral Curved Ceramic 26-Inch-H Table Lamp

    I was pleasantly surprised when so many of the lighting pieces I saw at both the hotels and the vintage expos were clean and modern, but also had some of that quirky character that I love to incorporate in my own designs.

    Starburst Mirrors

    Modern Lights Up! Meridian Nickel with White Table LampJana Brass with Marble 26-Inch-H Arteriors Desk LampEleganza Starburst Gold Leaf 22-Inch-H Wall Mirror

    All of the stained glass at the Saguaro Hotel was perfectly complimented by the simple wall sconces, the arc-desk lamps at the Hilton were a playful version of Castiglioni's famous "Arco".

    The Palm Springs sun was perfectly represented by a host of bright starburst mirrors--always a chic way to bring a little bit of modern sunshine into the home. 

    Sunrise

    Hope you enjoy these snaps form my weekend in the desert, and my interpretations of how to bring the vintage/modern look into your own home. 

    Images: Justina Blakeney

February, 2014