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  • Win the Gold With Home Design!


    Gold Home Design

    Image from Domino Magazine

    Whether you're a sports aficionado or not, you probably know that the Winter Olympics begins this week. Top athletes will be competing for Gold in Sochi, Russia. Well, we love sports here in the ESL offices but we love home design more.

    Which is why we want to show you how to win gold with your home design since, like us, you probably lack the skills to win Olympic gold.

     Gold Pendant Lighting

    Glitz Filbert Espresso 33-Inch-H Arm Chair / Besa Pogo Collection Gold Pendant

    For starters.... Set the mood with gold upholstery on a beautiful modern piece of furniture and then highlight it with a gold pendant, preferably in the shape of an Olympic ring.

    Gold Sconce

    Eleganza Starburst Gold Leaf 22-Inch-H Wall Mirror / Regina-Andrew Gilded 49" Golden Sconce

    We couldn't help but select this gold pendant that resembles the Olympic flame! And no room should go without a gold starburst mirror in our opinion! Modern mirrors with luxury styling are a great way to bring home the gold...

    Gold Console Table


    Zena Gold Leaf 72-Inch-H Arteriors Home Room Screen / Worchester Gold 33 1/2-Inch-H Arteriors Home Console Table

    Since we've already included a bold mirror, gold-upholstered chair and a flaming hot wall sconce, let's keep things minimal with the gold furniture. This gold "Olympic ring" screen will add vertical design to the space without being too heavy. The gold-framed console is a great place to add some color on the shelves or just simple gold and white accessories that will compliment the room.

    Gold Accent Table

    Westoria Brass 7 3/4-Inch-H Bulova Tabletop Clock / Dakota Gold and Black Glass 20-Inch-H End Table

    Lastly, you need a distinctive accent table to pair with your gold chair and this gold clock is a beautiful accessory to top off this gold home design.

    What do you think?

    Image: Domino Magazine

  • Productive Office Space Design


    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

  • Stylish Seating For Your Modern Kitchen


    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

  • Outdoor Lighting in Prep For Spring


    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

  • Bright Accents In Modern Living Rooms


    Bright Home Accents

    I am all for designing a space that is neutral friendly and classic to the core. But usually I need to add some layer of color somewhere in the space. Most likely I will try and add it in the rug, but you could add color with chic and stylish light fixtures, furniture or even just a few colorful home accessories.

    My fave are rugs, they're a rooms best friend, didn’t you know? They add warmth, personality, color and texture. If you get tired of the rug, swap it to a new room. I’m constantly rearranging my rugs and placing them everywhere.

    Above is a living space that is dripping with cool and calm. With one decision to place a bright, southwest inspired rug, the space comes alive. And it doesn’t clash with anything else going on in the room.

    Modern Living Room

    This rug isn’t overly colorful. It has just enough pattern and color to add some texture to this room. It also compliments the pillows and wood tones, bringing the entire room together.

    Sitting Room Design

    White spaces are showing up everywhere. If you like this trend but still need some color, take advice from this room and add some primary colors in your rug.

    Also because they added colorful books to the shelves, the rug pops that much more!

    Modern Bedroom

    For a classic approach to this trend, use a traditional rug with more muted colors. It still adds personality in a very calm way.

    Images: Fanciful Number 2, Jelanie, Miluccia, French By Design

February, 2014