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Mary McDonald Pythagoras 16 3/4" Wide Brass Pendant Light
"This pendant is a chic accent to any modern décor."
- D. Morgan, Interior Designer
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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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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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.
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.
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!
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
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The fun part about design is that everyone has a style favorite, and often times individuals have to blend their style with their spouse or roommates to create a modern dining room they all love and enjoy.
Today I've created two different boards showcasing varying styles.
Arch Modern White 47-Inch-W Console Table / Kesha Antique Silver with Beveled Glass Round Wall Mirror / HomeBelle 35-Inch-H Set of 2 Transparent Chairs / Possini Chrome 16 1/4-Inch-H Semi Flushmount Ceiling Light
The first one above is very modern, featuring a funky chandelier, sleek console table, and ghost chairs. If you prefer, an elegant drum shade chandelier design would be a great alternative!
The second look below is a mix of rustic, industrial and modern, featuring the rectangular wood table, contemporary chairs, a simple drum pendant and a textured white mirror.
Image from Design Sponge
We want to know what look your eye favors! Do you lean toward heavily modern spaces and furniture, or do you like to mix your styles like the second look?
Kendale Modern White Raised Diamond Round Wall Mirror / Zuo Stavenger Graphite Set of 2 Accent Chairs / Zuo Fillmore Modern Distressed Wood 65-Inch-W Dining Table / Tech Lighting White Drum Shade Mini Mulberry Pendant
Images: City Sage, Design Sponge
Image from Door Sixteen
One design event that we wish we could have attended was Design Week in Stockholm, Sweden. Luckily, bloggers are invited to report back and we'd like to share their recaps with you.
If you are able to attend events like these lucky bloggers, design events are great for getting inspired, learning about new designers or new projects that the experienced designers are working on. You also meet lots of creative people doing exciting things...
Anna Dorfman from Door Sixteen has a great eye and took beautiful photography, not only of the design event, but of Sweden as well. Head to her blog for more than one blog post about Stockholm Design Week.
Image from Vosgesparis
Blogger Vosgesparis has organized Design blog tours and in every country they visit, they work with different brands doing exciting things. In Stockholm they put together the Blogger Apartment. They were given an amazing space which they furnished with appliances, furniture and accessories from our sponsors.... Head to her blog for more and a few posts on the event as well.
Image from Design Milk
KatieTreggiden reported from Stockholm for Design Milk and she not only recapped her experiences, both in Sweden and at the design event, but she also had the opportunity to interview some of the designers.
Be sure to stay tuned for a recap of Modernism Week going on this weekend in Palm Springs....
Images: Door Sixteen, Vosgesparis, Design Milk
Let's talk about your bedroom style. Whether it's the month of February (Valentine's Day) or any other month of the year, you want your bedroom to be a space filled with love and feature a design that supports that love. Right? Ok, here's some tips...
1. Center Your bed. Beds that are crammed into one corner make it hard to get in and out with ease. If you want two to tango–you gotta let the energy flow!
2. Romantic lighting in the bedroom is key: Soft, flattering and romantic light creates mood. Be sure to have mood lighting in the bedroom that can be adjusted from the bed. Whether it’s modern wall lights with sophisticated style, a bed-side lamp with dimmable lights or a modern floor lamp. Just be sure that the light is soft, flattering and romantic. Edison-Style light bulbs give an old-timey feel and have an amber glow that are warm and flattering. And colored lamps, like this red, glass pendant lamp or this wire pendant--can create an instant racy and romantic vibe.
Geo Damask White Solid Wood Queen Nailhead Wingback Bed / Jayne Oat Beige Glazed Ceramic Robert Abbey Table Lamp / Sonneman Lina Black Brass 57-Inch-H Floor Lamp / Tesler Edison Style Candelabra Base 60W Light Bulb / Possini Euro Darby Black with Red Glass Pendant Light / Caycee Red 1-Light 14-Inch-W Modern Pendant
3. Candles are a must. Candles emanate heat, the perfect amber light and flicker, and they smell good. Be smart about candle placement (for obvious reasons) but use candles abundantly. My favorite sexy scents are gardenia and citrus.
4. Bring in Fresh Florals: Pinpoint the kind of romance you want to bring into the space when picking out the flowers. Want to have a sweet night? Go with roses. Want to have a spicy night? How about Birds of Paradise? Looking for a cuddly night? Try Irises. In the mood for adventure? Try red poppies.
5. Good music can make or break a romantic mood. My vote goes for a little Brazilian jazz!
Images: Direkt Press Goteborg, Terrys Fabrics Blog
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