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  • The Future of Smart Homes at Dwell on Design

    Smart Homes

    You may have heard the term "smart home." Public utilities, tech companies, retailers and product companies all seem to be scrambling to enter the space, and only one thing is clear: no one is quite sure what "smart home" will really mean 10 years from now.

    At the recent Dwell on Design event, a number of speaker panels addressed the idea. New high-tech products are being introduced all the time (such as the LED light bulb above singled out for it's excellent quality of light). But with appliances like crock pots and coffee machines now being operated remotely via an app, in its early stages, this smart home revolution can often seem like it's doing nothing more than replacing the Clapper with a mobile phone. 

    Smart Home IdeasImages from Joseph Enterprises and Republic Mortgage

    And this common belief among consumers is something that smart home advocates are quick to acknowledge. In a Dwell on Design panel titled "Today's Smart Home," Jeremy Warren (Vice President of Innovation at Vivint) acknowledged that his company is still very much in the exploratory phase, working with early smart home adopters to see what, how and why they use new technologies in an effort to bring relevant products to market in the years ahead.

    In the same panel, Peter Taylor (Senior Product Marketing Manager at Belkin WeMo) touted new technologies that allow a homeowner to monitor and remotely control electricity usage habits, with the ultimate goal of helping them to conserve more and therefore save more. 

    Dwell On Design 2014

    Image from Dwell on Design

    There are, of course, plenty of energy-saving products on the market already such as energy efficient lighting and LED light bulbs. But it's not hard to see where all this smart home talk leads: homes that learn our habits, track weather and our whereabouts can also adjust their environments (and consequently energy consumption) accordingly. Looking further, these data models could be fed into the power grid, allowing for more efficient production of electricity. 

    And in a world where billions of people (yes, billions) are fortunately beginning to experience a higher standard of living and requiring more energy to do so, we can all agree that every little bit of conservation helps.

    Images: Joseph Enterprises, Republic Mortgage, Dwell on Design

  • Micro Living at Dwell on Design

    Dwell On Design

    As you may already know, our team attended the 2014 Dwell on Design event last weekend. You can find two other recap blog posts here, Dwell on Design: Ideas for Better Living and here Modern Family at Dwell on Design.

    There were several wonderful panels to attend, impossible to catch them all. One of the more notable panels, in our opinion, was the one discussing micro living. 

    The Panoramic

    Living spaces are shrinking in size, but they're becoming smarter. The Dwell panel of architects and designers are hugely responsible.

    The needs of society as a whole have changed, which raises four major factors to discuss.

    1. Delayed Household Formation: Men and women are starting a family much later, therefore needing less space.

    2. Home Purchase is Harder and/or Less Desirable: Even those ready to start a family and invest in a home might not be doing so due to the housing market and/or their economic status. Also, currently a large portion of our population (between the ages of 18 and 36) prefer to live in the city, versus the suburbs.

    Compact Interior Design

    Interior Design of The Panoramic.

    Each image on the right is a different version than the same angle on the left image, showing either with a bed down or not, illustrating how to fit a lot into a small space.

    3. Cars Not Required: Because of this greater desire for urban living, many don't need a car and/or don't want the extra expense of a car.

    4. Less is Enough: With technology creating a much more compact lifestyle for us (i.e. iPhones instead of CD's), people have less stuff and need less space to hold that stuff.

    How do you live? Do you own a home or do you prefer smaller, smarter spaces in the city? We'd love to hear from you, just comment below.

    Images: Cori Magee, Smart Space

  • Modern Family At Dwell on Design


    This past weekend, the Euro Style Lighting team attended the annual Dwell on Design event located in downtown Los Angeles. Brent provided an overall recap earlier this week, Dwell on Design: Ideas for Better Living if you're interested in reading more about the event.

    Like past years, this modern design event lived up to the hype. The 2014 Dwell on Design offered continuous content from more than 200 top minds of design, distinctive exhibitions by more than 400 exhibitors, and thousands of products. Trade and consumer were equally inspired.

    Design Pavillions

    This year, Dwell Pavilions were introduced to the show floor for the first time, curated by Dwell editors in the following categories:  Design for Humankind, Modern Family, Scandinavian, Energy 360/Technology. Each pavilion included an exhibition of photographs and article excerpts from the Dwell archives alongside products that truly brought the pages of the magazine to life. 

    The Pavilion we found most fun was the Modern Family exhibit. If you love modern design, have children or are thinking about having children, this was the place to be. So many fun products and talented exhibitors.

    Ideas for the Modern Family

    Casa Kids builds contemporary children's furniture: loft beds, bunk beds, desks, storage units and entire custom rooms. Their furniture is long-lasting and sustainable and their modular approach allows their furniture to grow with your kids.

    Parents eagerly spoke to the representatives about purchasing off the floor, which is one of the most exciting opportunities available at Dwell on Design.

    Casa Kids

    Lille Huset proves that kids toys don't have to be tacky. The collection of designs are inspired by little modern houses all over the world that people live in and love.

    This small but growing design business creates a new kind of dollhouse for a new kind of kid.

    Lille Huset

    Aika Trading makes you rethink parenting. You don't have to give up certain things you love for the functional lifestyle of a parent.

    They combine stylish Gazelle bikes with Yepp child seats, providing the flexibility to add a front and rear kids seat, but also function as a cool, solo bike. And don't forget the cool kids helmets, which can be customized with stickers, including one that resembles a mohawk!

    Aika Trading

    If you didn't make it this year, we urge you to attend next year. Dwell on Design is truly a wonderful experience for design professionals and enthusiasts alike.

    Images: Cori Magee

  • Entryway Curb Appeal

    Entryway Style

    “Curb appeal” is one of a home’s most important factors, and also one of the most overwhelming to home owners. But dressing up your front entry design style is actually easier than you may think.

    Here are my four favorite ways to amp up your home's entryway appeal.

    No. 1 – Succulents

    Succulents are the perfect plant for anyone who doesn’t consider themselves to have a green thumb. Succulents require very little to no maintenance, can live in almost any climate, and are quite inexpensive.

    Front Entry Design

    No. 2 – Climbing Ivy

    One of the most classic ways to add a large amount of foliage to your home is with climbing ivy or roses.  Think about planting ivy around the doorway, front windows, your garage, or a gated entrance.

    No. 3 - Lighting

    One of the most important elements of your entryway style is the lighting. Outdoor wall lights, hanging lanterns, and path lights are essential to decor and function.

    Modern Entryway

    No. 4 – Pavers  

    Pavers as a driveway or path can add a great pop of green plus you’re able to lay them in various patterns or configurations such as diamonds, uncut stone, or squares.

    Images: Laure JolietMolly Frey Design, Beautiful Garden Decor

  • Modern Armchair Ideas

    Interior Design Ideas

    There are few things in my home I love more than our armchairs. They are “my spot” whenever our family gathers around to play a game or chat. Don’t get me wrong, sofas are comfy and nice, but I like the idea of having a single chair just for me.

    Modern armchairs are also nice when you have company because it can be hard to have a conversation when you're sitting right next to the person. It is so much better to sit across from them, don’t you think? And bonus, they're comfortable!

    Not only should an armchair be comfortable, but in my opinion, it should look great too. They should be something that adds to the aesthetic of the room. I love the modern look, so I always have my eye out for a great modern armchair that will look amazing in my home. Isn’t this room kind of dreamy? The armchair looks perfect – and pink! It really adds to the space overall. I love it!

    Modern Armchairs

    I honestly don’t know which chair of these three I love the most! They all bring something great to the table. The tan modern midcentury armchair one has a great look, doesn’t it? And I am guessing it is pretty comfortable too. I love those legs!

    The teal armchair is a little brave for me, but that color is irresistible. It also has a semi-midcentury look to it, which I love. And I love that the back would be higher and more comfortable than a chair with a lower back.

    Last but not least, the tufted armchair! It’s classy but modern. The old wingback chairs with tufting on the back are so classic! I love that it has a modern twist so it would fit perfectly into our home.

    Image: CocoCozy

June, 2014