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  • From the Home Office

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    Image from Mechanoid

    There you are: staring at a small blank space that you're about to convert into a home office.

    You think of every office space you've ever seen and you're faced with a conscious decision: do I make it look like an "office" or do I do something different? 

    modern office building

    Image from the Atlantic Cities

    First, let's look at the concept of the modern "office." In an interview with the Atlantic Cities, writer Nikil Saval explains that the cubicle was a 1960s invention designed to increase the autonomy of the worker. The original goal was to eliminate class distinction and hierarchies and instead promote a greater sense of community and cooperation. 

    By most accounts (the comic Dilbert being among the most vocal), the cubicle has missed its mark.  

    And here's where the home office comes in. Because it's inherently about being autonomous (it is your house after all), the home workspace becomes an unfettered place where a person can define exactly what they want and need. 

    Collaboration space? Go with wide open tables. Bright and functional modern light fixtures help to keep the energy up in the room.

    collaborative office decor

    Warm Bronze Industrial Pendant Light, Possini Euro Diamond Cage Black Pendant Light, Stockholm Solid Wood 78 3/4 Inch Wide Table

    Creative space? Go colorful and casual with a variety of lights and versatile seating.

    Creative Office Decor

    Brushed Steel Technocolors Teardrop Torchiere Lamp, Blue Woopsy Desk Lamp, Rhythm Kagiso Pattern Cotton Throw Pillow, Set of 2 Zuo Green Stackable Chairs

    Concentration space? Increase focus by keeping all your essential supplies and files at an arm's length. Use an LED desk lamp to shed light on the task at hand. 

    modern desk decor

    Koncept Gen 3 Equo Daylight LED Desk Lamp, Gilbert White Lacquer File Cabinet, Temara Line Gray Wood Flower Bowl

    The great thing about home office spaces is that space itself is no longer an issue, now that we do so much of our work digitally. Whether it's a converted closet or an entire dining room, working at home can be just as efficient and productive as anywhere. 

    Images: Mechanoid, the Atlantic 

  • Sucker For Modern Light Fixtures

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    Modern Light Fixtures

    I am a huge sucker for lighting design and the way it can contribute to a stylish space. My husband thinks I have a problem, but I can’t get enough. My favorite style as of late has to be the modern light fixtures.

    Modern pendant chandeliers are sleek and stylish, with the ability to really bring the whole room together. I love that with a great modern light fixture, you can create a huge impact ... Take this room from Emily Henderson, for example. The whole space is amazing, sure. But what is the first thing your eye goes to? The light! It’s gorgeous, large, super cool and modern. The whole room was expertly decorated.

    You could totally create your own cool space with an awesome light fixture like this one!

    Modern Pendant Chandelier

    You'll want to pick a light fixture that shows off your individual personality, and for a light to scream me, it has to be modern and sculptural. You don’t want a boring light fixture in your home, do you?

    This White Flower Possini Euro Pendant is a very popular style that I am not even close to being tired of. The white makes it clean and modern and the interesting shape is so cool you just can’t go wrong with it.

    If you really want a fun modern light fixture, this Possini Chrome Ceiling Light is pretty great. The clear bulbs allow for a lot of light and the non-symmetrical shape is so awesome and totally modern.

    This Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier just short of stopped my heart when I saw it. I love it! I would put this one in a part of my house where everyone who visits could see it and covet it. The brass finish is gorgeous and warm, but the shape is super modern and so cool.

    All three would look amazing in most spaces. Which is your favorite?

    Image: Emily Henderson

  • First Impressions With a Modern Entryway

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    Modern Entryway

    The entry way in a home is one of my favorite areas to decorate because it's the first and last impression the house leaves on guests. If your entry is welcoming, well-lit and decorated nicely, chances are it will set a lovely, homey tone for your guests.

    There are many decorating ideas and options when it comes to a foyer.  A nice console table, a pretty chandelier giving off a lot of light in the front of your house, a pair of lamps for accent lighting, an occasional chair (or two!) and a mirror or a piece of art for above the console table always seems to do the trick.

    Home Furnishings

    Above, I've created two looks for an entry way, hopefully providing you with some inspiration. If you lean toward the rustic look, the first option with the weathered wood console, sunburst mirror and metallic lamp base might be the look for you.

    If you prefer a more contemporary, clean-lined look, the second option might suit you best. A narrow and sleek console table is accented with a pair of dark, gray lamps to contrast, and the look is finished off with a metallic round mirror.

    Which is your favorite look?

    Images: Milk & Honey Home, BHG

  • Celebrate Earth Day With LEDs

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    Earth Day

    Get ready for Earth Day next week on April 22nd!.... Earth Day began in 1970 as a way of educating people on environmental issues. Today, it's celebrated globally with great events, lasting for a few days in some places.

    We like to celebrate with great design.... Taking the time to participate in Earth Day is important, but we feel that living with sustainable design every day is even better!

    Modern Living Room

    Selecting LED lighting is both easy and stylish, a perfect way to add sustainable design to your home while maintaining  your modern design aesthetic.

    LED lighting uses less energy, for longer. You can't beat that. And since LED lighting has become more popular, there's now a huge selection of beautiful designs to choose from now.

    Modern LED Lighting

    1. Erico Chrome with Metal LED Arc Possini Euro Floor Lamp 2. George Kovacs Nickel with Steel Shade Swing Arm Wall Lamp 3. Koncept Gen 2 Z-Bar Black Energy Efficient LED Desk Lamp

    Images: History, Cerno

  • Happy (Modern Style) Easter!

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    Modern Style Easter

    You guys, have you ever seen cooler Easter entertaining designs than these from Charlotte Wangstedt?!

    Modern Living Room

    Remember, there's always a way to make any holiday decor modern.

    Modern Easter Eggs

    Happy Easter from our Euro Style Lighting family! We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Images: Charlotte Wangstedt

April, 2014