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  • Blog Post: How to Create a Photo Wall for the Holidays

    Image from Plastolux A photo wall makes a great conversation piece for holiday guests. About six months ago, we talked about how to create a gallery wall at home . You know, that meticulously curated cluster of objects, art, photos and mementos that speaks to who you are (stylishly of course)....
  • Blog Post: The Modern Loft: Linda Bergroth's Light Filled Design

    The hot summer days always call for something light and refreshing. This modern loft features a light-filled design by Linda Bergroth and is just about as refreshing as you can get. Bold colors dance around the room like summer flowers in bloom while the white hardwood floors reflect the light that shines...
  • Blog Post: Outdoor Lighting in Prep For Spring

    With spring in the air it’s time to set your sights on sprucing up your outdoor spaces. One of the easiest, and most effective ways to do so is by updating your lighting. If you’re a traditionalist start by adding a pair of outdoor lanterns to each side of your front door and you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Replicating Daylight with LEDs

    Image from CoeLux This year's 14th Venice Architecture Biennale saw an exhibition used LED lighting to replicate daylight. Perhaps the most successful approximation to natural light yet created, this CoeLux optical system (developed by Italian physicist Paolo Di Trapani) uses LEDs and light...
  • Blog Post: Cool + Collected 1.21

    Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design! +One thing we love is beautiful photography and nobody knows...
  • Blog Post: Bread, Espresso &...Design

    When the idea struck to cover my favorite cafe designs across the globe, Tokyo's uber-chic bread and coffee hot spot Bread, Espresso & was a shoe-in to lead the story. This design savvy cafe typifies today's resurgence in artisanal bread and coffee and the increasing focus on design that...
  • Blog Post: Mid-Century Modern Homes

    Design makes everything better. At least that's the thinking that informs why so much of the modern world appears to be "designed." In architecture and home decorating, mid-century modern homes offered an egalitarian opportunity to apply design thinking to the masses. In the 1940s-50s...
  • Blog Post: 5 Favorite Drum Shades

    With a variety of lighting options to choose from, it can be hard to decide on one style. From crystal chandeliers, to rod iron, brass and chrome, drum shades, pendants, sconces, table lamps, and floor lamps, there are literally thousands of fixtures to aid you in brightening up your home. Drum shades...
  • Blog Post: Organic Home Decorating Ideas With Bamboo

    Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, not to mention beautiful. This makes them a sustainable decor option, as well as an effective use for stylish and modern home decorating ideas. In addition to being used to construct all kinds of modern design objects, from flooring and...
  • Blog Post: Hot Color Combo: Yellow & Gray

    Pump up your style with the slate gray and vibrant yellow color combination. The gray hue plays it safe, while the bright yellow commands the spotlight. Paired together they balance each other out to create an exciting interior! I love the gray and yellow color scheme in a living room, dining room, or...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Creating Your Modern Outdoor Space

    It's that time of year again! Get ready to spend more time in your modern outdoor space, both day and night. There's just a few things you need to consider as you prepare your outdoor space. FUNCTION The first thing you should do before selecting outdoor lighting , purchasing outdoor furniture...
  • Blog Post: This or That: Modern Dining Room Style Favorites

    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...
  • Blog Post: Wall Lights Deserve Design Space

    Image from Kirstina Crestin Wall lights add style to this modern kitchen design. While lighting for the home is always functional, sometimes it can just be for added style with the bonus of function. Wall lights are a perfect example, and this kitchen above demonstrates it beautifully! You could...
  • Blog Post: OLED: Developments in Lighting Technology

    Smart fabric? Sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it may become reality if scientists at UCLA have any say. Through recent developments in lighting technology , a team of researchers have been able to create an OLED (organic light-emitting device) capable of being stretched, folded and even...
  • Blog Post: Frank Gehry: Bringing the Art To Architecture

    Frank Gehry is onto something again as he tries to bring a major museum into the City of Santa Monica. His proposed project is a mixed use structure with a 125-room hotel, condos, a museum, shopping, restaurants and of course parking. Santa Monica could use a little bit of excitement and who better to...
  • Blog Post: Tips For Enjoying Good Weather With Outdoor Style

    Image from Helen Green Design Good weather is nearly upon us, which means we get to spend more time on our outdoor style. Hooray! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to be out and about enjoying it all. Why not enjoy warmer weather all from a thoughtfully designed outdoor space?! ...
  • Blog Post: Entryway Curb Appeal

    “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 –...
  • Blog Post: Modern Chandeliers: From Fashion Decor to Home Decor

    I always love seeing how current trends and tastes permeate all levels of living -- from the clothes we wear, to the linens we accessorize with. And yes, even lighting ! As I was perusing ESL's fantastic stock of stylish chandeliers , I couldn't help but be reminded of current jewelry trends...
  • Blog Post: Ice Hotels and Their Crystal Chandeliers

    Image from The Planet D Each winter hotels are sculpted entirely out of ice. Last year we wrote about ice hotels. You know, those five-star igloos in freezing places like Sweden and Canada. We're bringing it back again this year to focus on the cool modern crystal chandeliers (some real...
  • Blog Post: Dorm Room Re-Design Tips

    Image from Comparte Mi Moda No matter how hard institutions try to update the look of their residence halls, there's something about dorm rooms and campus apartments that look...well...dormy. Luckily, with a few simple steps you can re-design your dorm room in short order: Overhaul Your Overhead...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Design Trend: Brass Home Lighting

    Image from Glitter Guide Please welcome Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha as one of our new blog contributors! One of the biggest design trends happening for 2014 is the resurgence of brass lighting for the home. And I for one couldn't be happier! Gold and brass metallics automatically...
  • Blog Post: Modern Dining Rooms With Arc Lamps

    Arc lamps look great in modern living rooms, there's no question about that. However, the dining room is an unexpected room where designer floor lamps , specifically arc lamps look great! This cool loft home above features an arc lamp which functions as great lighting of course, but also contributes...
  • Blog Post: Upscale Style in Island Pendant Lighting

    Image from Nature's First Green is Gold The most fun area of a home to style with lighting is the kitchen, more specifically the island or dining area. Island pendant lighting style can come in all shapes and forms, depending on the personality of your home. The kitchen above has a very modern...
  • Blog Post: Add Style to Your Home Office for 2015

    Image from Ultralinx Start your year right, with productive and stylish office products. Most of your focus is probably on the holidays, which are just around the corner! But we suggest, if you can, looking just a bit further to the new year and start thinking about your home office... There...
  • Blog Post: Best of Brand Design

    Can you guess the brands above? In great brand design, form is always led by function, and in that regard, what's most impressive about these iconic logos is not that they are recognizable (and beautiful) but clearly tell you exactly what they're about. They are a call to action, telling you...

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