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  • Blog Post: Contemporary Fun For Kids

    Image from Toertjes & Pateekes Hello modern parents! How many of you wish your kids toys were more attractive, since they all have to exist in your modern home? You're not alone, which is why smart designers are creating contemporary products for kids, like these awesome cardboard houses...
  • Blog Post: Modern Penthouse Style

    All image from Rue Magazine Stylish entryway in a modern penthouse. The new Rue on-line magazine featured an ultra chic condo that I couldn't help study for a little while. Tobi Fairely designed this gorgeous space in Canada. Turns out, it's not impossible to create the same look in...
  • Blog Post: Formal Lighting For Modern Design

    Modern design doesn't mean you can't indulge in formal lighting. Crystal ceiling lights and sparkling chandeliers look great in clean modern spaces. They provide a cool contrast to the otherwise minimal designs in the room. Regina Crystal Brushed Nickel 16-Inch-W Ceiling Light In this...
  • Blog Post: Efficient Home Design With Track Lighting

    Track lighting belongs anywhere, even a modern style living room. Home design should always be fun, but most importantly it should create a functional space to live in. When it comes to efficient design, lighting is at the top of the list. And when it comes to lighting efficiency, track lighting is...
  • Blog Post: LED Street Lanterns in NYC

    Big changes may be coming to a street near you: the City of New York recently announced plans to outfit all 250,000 LED street lanterns by 2017. The net savings to the city is estimated at 14 million dollars per year , and the characteristic orange-tinted glow (seen in the fabulous photo above by Kenneth...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Green Apple Lights and Decor

    (Products (left to right): Vivid Green Stripes Giclee Pendant Chandelier , George Kovacs Apple Green Glass Pendant Light , Lite Source Kito Green Table Lamp , Zuo Tickle Green Adjustable Height Bar or Counter Stool , Zuo Set of 4 Trafico Side Green Chair , Zuo Lider Plus Green Office Chair , Set of Two...
  • Blog Post: Table Lamps Make a Design Statement

    Image from Free Sharing Oh table lamps. One of my favorite ways to dress up a room. You might laugh, but I really do love picking out a great new table lamp for a space. They add a surprising amount of character to a room, or at least they can if you don’t choose a boring one! Even if you feel...
  • Blog Post: From the Home Office

    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...
  • Blog Post: AIA SF Design Awards: Bar Agricole

    The winners of the 2012 AIA Design Awards are presented in the May/June issue of CA Home + Design Magazine . Winners are either located in San Francisco or designed by local firms. These Bay area architects are given the spotlight for their innovative designs ranging from parking spaces recast as parks...
  • Blog Post: Minimalist Design in Lower Manhattan

    All images from Interior Design Midtown views abound in this minimalist residence in lower Manhattan. Minimalist design. Maximized views. Those are the forces at work in the new 215 Chrystie, a Herzog & de Meuron hotel and residence in lower Manhattan featuring 11 custom residences by interior...
  • Blog Post: Postcard from WestEdge Design Fair

    Panoramic photo of WestEdge design fair. The upstart WestEdge Design Fair returned to Santa Monica's Barker Hangar for its second year October 16-19, 2014. Best described as quality over quantity, exhibitors were, for the most part, high concept and high end. From the minute I entered, I took...
  • Blog Post: Contemporary Bathroom Vanity Style

    If you're not spending energy thinking about your bathroom vanity design, we strongly encourage you to do so. The bathroom has become increasingly important, considering all the awesome amenities out there like steam showers and spa tubs. One of the most important elements of your bathroom is...
  • Blog Post: Industrial Style Lighting For the Modern Bedroom

    Image from Elle Decoration One trend that I seem to be noticing lately, and completely loving, is industrial style lighting in every room, like industrial desk lamps used in a modern bedroom instead of the traditional table lamp by the bed. The idea of taking something traditionally meant for the...
  • Blog Post: It's Personal: Displaying Photos and Objects

    Image from Smitten Studio How do you tastefully display sentimental photos and objects at home? You know those hard-to-cast-off keepsakes that just don't fit the aesthetic of your home? Try extending the gallery wall concept beyond photos into art and knick-knacks. Image from Curated...
  • Blog Post: Design Trend: Industrial Homes + Contemporary Chandeliers

    Industrial living room design with contemporary lighting. When you're designing an industrial style space, one of the most important factors is materials... Lots of raw woods, distressed metals and dirty brass. Contemporary lighting can play a large role in this design aesthetic and there's...
  • Blog Post: Rustic Modern Kitchen Design

    Image from KK Living Modern, rustic kitchen design with a fabulous crystal chandelier. If you're like us, this kitchen made you stop and stare. We think it's because of the successful mix of styles, not to mention a beautiful crystal chandelier that can transform any room. This kitchen...
  • Blog Post: Follow The Modern Design

    Did you ever wonder why the brick road was yellow in The Wizard of Oz?... Because yellow is bright and happy and therefore must lead to somewhere great. For this reason, we've rounded up a few of our favorite yellow home decor from Euro Style Lighting, inspired by this amazing architecture. ...
  • Blog Post: Romantic Restaurant Design: A Brief History of Canalis

    I n the history of romantic restaurants, perhaps no place stands out in the minds of Modern lovers more than Seattle's Canlis. In 1950, Peter Canlis hired architect Roland Terry to realize his vision of building "the world’s most beautiful restaurant." These historic photos tell the...
  • Blog Post: Modern Office Blueprint

    You've probably heard it a million times, but the way you design your office space really does have an impact on how you work. You decide whether it's a positive or negative impact by how functional and how much the style agrees with your personality. We decided to help you out and feature...
  • Blog Post: Winter Style With Branch Decor

    Image from KK Living Branch decor is perfect for Winter style in the home. If you're like me, you have a black thumb not green. But that's ok, especially during Winter time. Your home can look just as stylish with branches instead of plants! Another great idea is succulents. They pair...
  • Blog Post: Classical Meets Modern: The House Hotel

    There's something infectious about eclectic design; you know, that not-easily-recreated look in which classical usually abuts modern. The House Hotel Galatasaray , in Istanbul, Turkey, is a sterling example of this approach. The hotel in a word? Grand. In two more words? Tastefully so. Original...
  • Blog Post: Modern Pastel Decor Ideas

    Image from Coco Lapine Design It all started with images of modern pastel decor - a kitchen to be exact - on Coco Lapine Design. Something about the muted nature of the colors and the way they soften the hard lines of contemporary design just drew us in. Image from 70 Ideas In truth, I have...
  • Blog Post: On Exhibit: LED Picture Lights

    Images from Architectural Lighting Lighting designer Clint Paugh speaks with guests at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. As LED lights continue to capture both imaginations and consumer dollars, new questions keep arising. Do they have a warm color similar to incandescent bulbs? Can they be dimmed? Are...
  • Blog Post: The Science Behind Interior Design and Architecture

    Image from Architectural Digest The Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA is an icon of 20th century architecture. Why do we feel the way we do in the spaces we're in? How does interior design and architecture affect our mood? A recent conference in La Jolla, California, brought together leading...
  • Blog Post: Modern Art + Lighting Create Light and Shadows

    Modern art and of course modern lighting has really been inspiring us lately. With the long holiday weekend coming up you might actually have some time to create some artwork of your own! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all these great shopping days are upon us, but for those of you who would rather create...

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