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Even though the season of entertaining is over, you can never have too much seating in the most popular room of the house, the kitchen. Barstools are a great way to add seating and style!
Barstools for extra kitchen seating
The space above did a great job pairing some fun barstools with cool, modern art and mini pendant lighting.
Mixed color barstools
Mix it up a bit and choose different colors for your barstools. If you keep all the colors within the same palette it will work every time.
Fabric barstools for more texture
Fabric barstools are great for adding texture to a modern space. The leather barstools above work so well with the patterned area rug below.
Images from Homedit, HK Living, Jaclyn Page
While some may think the design of a kitchen is simple enough, and that only the style of appliances are what really matter, they are wrong. There is just as many style decisions to make in the kitchen as there are in the living room, if not more, because it has so many functions.
Kitchen chandelier idea for a modern home
One of the most important design elements, like in the living room, is lighting.
Crystal chandelier for a minimal kitchen design
Kitchen chandeliers can come in a wide range of styles. For example, the classic drum shade chandelier, like in the kitchen above.
You can never go wrong with a stunning crystal chandelier, especially for a modern-Scandinavian style kitchen design. The rustic table and classic chairs pair perfectly with a sparkly light fixture. They achieve balance, rather than perfection. Don't ever strive for "perfection" (in life or design).
Exciting pendant lighting for the kitchen
Like with any other room of the house, don't forget to take some risk in your design. It may lead to something great, like this kitchen design above.
The innovative pendant light above adds tons of personality without taking to much space in this small kitchen.
Images from Mrs Jones, Coco Lapine Design, Damernas
There's nothing better than grabbing a good book or magazine and curling up... Except when you've got a designer reading nook to curl up in.
Modern reading nook
Eye-catching glass table lamps can be a great option for adding a bold detail or even some color. In the case of this room above, the black detail adds a nice contrast to the monotone space.
Modern floor lamp for a reading nook
The most predictable option for a reading corner is a floor lamp, and sometimes it's the best idea.
But maybe try something bold like a black floor lamp. It pairs nicely with the brown leather chair above in such an earthy space.
Window seating with wall lighting
This built-in bench is great for reading with a view as well as extra storage.
But when it comes to lighting,you may not have the space for a table lamp or a floor lamp. No problem, try some stylish wall lighting instead.
Images from My Domaine, Planete Deco, Elisabeth Heier
Did you know cheap outdoor lighting could drastically devalue your mid century modern home? We realize buying modern outdoor wall light fixtures can be a strain on your wallet. So we put together a full rehab solution for under a thousand bucks!
Mid century modern (MCM) homes built between 1945 and 1965 were designed with clean lines and flat or gabled roofs. Stylish modern outdoor wall light fixtures reflect this minimalist style.
Improve the curb appeal of your MCM home with just a few exterior wall lights. You can rehab the front yard with just a few lights over the porch and garage, with an outdoor post light as a primary light source.
Some transitional outdoor wall mounts like the John Timberland Habitat Outdoor Wall Light blur the line between “modern” and “contemporary” styles. Just make sure your wiring and electrical boxes are stable enough for a retrofit.
You can get away with less period-specific fixtures in the backyard. But for our purposes, let’s concentrate on the front yard first.
The biggest wild card in our equation is the cost of labor. Electricians typically charge between $85-$90 per hour, plus the initial assessment.
The EC will determine if your electrical boxes can endure the lighting upgrade. They'll also test the wiring to make sure it meets current electrical codes. Just beware that if the j-boxes or wiring needs replacing, you'll be paying over $1000 just for labor.
You can save roughly $200 by pouring concrete and setting the post top yourself. But when it comes to electrical, you’re always better off hiring a licensed professional.
Assuming your J-boxes and wiring are all good, let’s do the math:
Assessment - $90Labor ($90/hr x 6hrs) - $540*Outdoor light post - $50*Modern post top light - $189*Concrete mix (60lb bag) $3TOTAL - $872
* If you don’t need a post top light for your yard, you’ll have an extra $242 to play with.
With a slim budget of $128-to-$242, choose from the following cost-effective modern-style solutions:
#1: The Modern Bronze Grid Outdoor Wall Mount by John Timberland
If your MCM home has a cream color, maintain the lively-look with our Modern Bronze Grid Outdoor Wall Mount ($64.99). The rubbed bronze finish has a tropical vibe, ideal for homes in Southern California and Florida.
#2: The Habitat Modern Outdoor Wall Light by John Timberland
Like the look of the first John Timberland fixture, but need to shave $10 off the price? Then the Habitat Modern Outdoor Wall Light ($59.99) might be your hero. The opal glass shade dominates the face of this outdoor wall sconce, blending well with white paint or stucco exteriors.
#3: The Terrace 1-Light Bronze Outdoor Wall Light by Maxim Lighting
The Terrace 1-Light Bronze Outdoor Wall Light ($58.00) looks like a streamlined update of traditional coach lights. Its frosted glass panes create a soft glow that looks like a lantern in the night.
#4: The Matte Graphite Modern Wall Light by Possini Euro
If you want a dramatic effect, you’ll dig the Matte Graphite Modern Wall Light from Possini Euro ($49.99). Instead of soft cozy illumination, it projects a sharp cone of light up and down. This creates a safe pathway light while highlighting the architecture of a gabled roof.
#5: The Nauticus White Outdoor Bulkhead Modern Wall Light (EU7X712) by Access Lighting. $31.00
Finally, for the tightest budgets, you can pick up the Nauticus White Outdoor Bulkhead Wall Light for only $31.00 each. It creates vibrant pathway light for traversing your porch or driveway. Its upper glare shield also prevents light pollution from spilling into your neighbors yard.
What is the budget for your exterior lighting rehab project? How did your budgetary constraints affect the outdoor wall mounts you chose? We would love to hear your strategy.
Image source: Top image - Stan Houseman (BohmannPark_7); Euro Style Lighting
Though the show is over, we’re still hooked on Mad Men’s award winning set design - especially the midcentury style lighting fixtures.
If you’re a die-hard fan of the series, transform your dull table lamps and pendants with our Top Five Mad Men-inspired designer modern lamp shades.
A partner at rival agency Cutler, Gleason, and Chaough, Ted (Kevin Rahm) is the external villain to our hero, Don Draper. In Season Six we see this groovy (if somewhat chaotic) wall pattern in Ted's office. Pull off a similar style with the Retro Lattice Giclee Drum Lamp Shade, a 10-inch shade with a late 60s lattice design printed using a high-definition printmaking technology.
A founding father of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, Bertrand Cooper (Robert Morse) is a collector of Japanese art and architecture. He tops his table lamps with Beige Linen Hardback Oval Lamp Shades - which are not quite white, not quite brown, but somewhere between. The art directors of the TV show likely chose this color since it resembles rice paper and sand gardens.
In the Fifth Season, Don Draper (Jon Ham) moves into a high-rise bachelor apartment in the Upper East Side. Unlike his boring old suburban life, Don’s new digs are vibrant and full of state of the art gadgetry.
Inspired by the table lamps in his den, the Orange Faux Silk Drum Lamp Shade reflects the youthful vigor that his new wife (played by Jessica Pare) breathes into Don's life. And like a relic of a bygone era, this drum lamp is hand made to order by California artisans.
When silver fox Roger Sterling (John Slattery) has his own midlife crisis, his office design goes in a different direction than Don's. Instead of vibrant orange, blues and bold patterns, Sterling goes for two-tone Mod. Inspired by the mid-60s modern art on his walls, the tapered Checkered Black Giclee Modern Lamp Shade has a similar 3D effect.
Office bombshell Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) embodies elegance and curves. Our Coral Peach Drum Lamp Shade is bold and brassy just like Joan. It also has a distinctive hourglass figure, and matches her favorite peachy-pink color palette.
How does your favorite character’s style speak to you? We’d love to hear your ideas, and maybe see some screen grabs/still photos from the show that that inspire you. We can probably find the modern lamp shade you’ve been searching for.
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