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  • 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

  • Romantic Hotel for Retro Modern Design Lovers


    retro modern design

    All images from Wythe Hotel

    A week ago, we found the perfect secluded modern getaway for Valentine's Day. Today we find seclusion and solace in the big city with Brooklyn NY's Wythe Hotel. From the lobby on, this retro modern design is a lesson in how to tastefully overlay contemporary looks onto time-worn structures.

    We love the eclectic look of the dining room at Reynard, the in-house eatery by local restaurateur Andrew Tarlow. We also love how wall lights with modern retro styling can freshen any space in a historically sensitive manner.

    reynard restaurant

    Guestroom views look out over the East River onto Manhattan. Furnishings are minimal, classy and classic.

    Wythe Hotel Guestroom

    Clad in white tile with a black and white color scheme, the bathroom is gentlemanly in its appeal. The trick to bathrooms? Start with clean, large modern mirrors. Line them with a pair of sconces for nice, even fill lighting.

    Vintage bathroom design

    And of course the best thing about not staying in Manhattan? Putting back a night cap in the 6th floor Ides bar with an honest view of the skyline in the distance.

    ides bar view

    The price of a weekend in New York is bound to set you back a bit. Alternatively, you can take a few tricks from the hotel's book and spend that vacation-earmarked cash renovating your own home. Think sconces...for the bathroom, bedside, bar or anywhere.

    modern wall sconces

    Holtkoetter Old Bronze Bernie Turbo Wall Lamp, Hinkley Abbie Chrome Wall Sconce, Faux Alabaster Modern Rectangle Wall Sconce

    Blending new and vintage is the key to retro modern design. If you have an older home or are just working with existing, older furnishings, have fun finding a eclectic look that works for you. 

    Images: Wythe Hotel

  • This or That: Modern Dining Room Style Favorites


    Dining Room Style

    Image from City Sage

    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.

    Dining Room Decor

    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.

    Modern Dining Room

    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?

    Do tell!

    Dining Room Decor

    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

  • Glamorous Home Design: Black + Gold


    Gold and Black Decor

    I don’t consider myself a glamorous girl, but every now and then some glam comes out and I love it! My favorite way to dress up a room with serious glamour style is by using black and gold.

    This combination is dark, bright, chic and fun all at the same time! This room captures what I am talking about pretty well.

    The black and gold accents all over the room make it look modern, but classic and oh, glamorous. We can’t forget that! It’s really easy to find black and gold items in stores these days. The trick is to put these together and watch what happens to your space.

    Home Furnishings

    1. Corbett Bangle Gold Tone 12-Inch-W Pendant 2. Anson Gold Leaf with Black 15-Inch-W Side Table 3. Possini Gold Leaf with Black Shade Obelisk Table Lamp

    Let’s put some of these amazing and chic items to use in a room, shall we?

    First this side table. I think I need this side table! It’s beautiful and it incorporates the black and gold together perfectly. It would look great in any space, even if you aren’t planning on making the whole room gold and black. The table might be enough.

    But why stop there? This golden pendant light would be so beautiful hanging above an entry way, don’t you think?

    Now for this table lamp. Man oh man do I love this lamp! The black and gold go perfectly together. So lovely. I really think I can’t do without it. Unique living room table lamps are a great way to achieve any style you're going for.

    If you are thinking of going the glamorous gold and black route, I suggest you try it. You’ll love it!

    Image: Style Edition

  • 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

February, 2014