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  • Blog Post: Festive Outdoor Decor Ideas

    Fun, festive outdoor decor for Cinco de Mayo. It's that time of year again... Here are some outdoor decor ideas for fun, festive decor in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Whether you're celebrating indoors or out, there're simple ways to make your party appropriately stylish for this holiday. ...
  • Blog Post: Cool Off In Style With Contemporary Ceiling Fans

    Mid century modern living room with contemporary ceiling fan. The weather is finally starting to warm up everywhere and Instagram is full of Spring-like photos... So, now is the time to plan how to cool off this Summer. We have a suggestion, try contemporary ceiling fans so you can stay cool without...
  • Blog Post: Bring the Outdoors In: It's a Walk in the Park

    There is something about being outdoors, in nature, that is invigorating and refreshing. In my designs I always try and bring that outdoor energy indoors, too. One obvious way to do that is with houseplants, but there are many other ways to create that outdoorsy-vibe in the home as well. An outdoorsy...
  • Blog Post: Landscaped Structure: Melbourne Hill House

    When we study eco-friendly architecture and landscape, it's not often that we come across a landscaped structure. Architect Andrew Maynard designed "Hill House" in Melbourne, Australia to be the exception. This once single structure residence has been turned into, not only a much larger...
  • Blog Post: Happy [Modern] 4th of July!

    Wishing you all a Happy 4th of July! Whatever it is you choose to do just remember to have fun, relax, and be safe! Spending time with family and friends in the backyard is always one of my favorite ways to spend Independence Day and this outdoor cabana seems perfect for it! Za Bor Architects...
  • Blog Post: Get the Look: Stylish Outdoor Seating for Summer

    Summer is now in full swing - can you believe it's already mid-July? A few weeks ago I shared outdoor lighting I loved and I have to tell you, I still have the outdoors on my mind. Maybe it's due to the blue skies and warm weather we've been having here in the Bay Area. With that being...
  • Blog Post: The Modern Lifestyle: California Hipster Neighborhoods

    Hipster neighborhoods are those trendy communities boasting the most lauded food trucks and farmers markets, a multicultural blend of residents with eclectic professions, and a booming arts scene. Hey, California residents, don't you want to know if you live in one? Or, maybe you're planning...
  • Blog Post: Landscape + Art = Modern Design Inspiration

    When we think of landscape design, we usually consider the interplay of foliage, hardscape features and outdoor lighting . A water feature may play into the mix too, but rarely do we consider art work or finding any type of usable modern design inspiration. LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a non...
  • Blog Post: Stylish Family Outdoor Living

    Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, so has the ritual of spending hours upon hours outside. In fact, families today don’t just go outdoors to play, they create stylish outdoor living. I love the concept of outdoor living (especially since its only 3 three short months for me). Things...
  • Blog Post: Creatively Contemporary Gardens: Flora Grubb

    Have you been looking for a way to incorporate contemporary gardens into your modern home decor? Well, Flora Grubb and other specialty shops provide lots of great ideas that double as artwork. These small aeriums (above) have a "ship in a bottle" appeal. The're all unique, but typically...
  • Blog Post: Stylish Outdoor Eating Areas For Summer

    Some of us are dealing with warm/hot weather right now. Summer is my personal favorite. Even when the temperature rises, there is so much to do. One of those fun activities is styling outdoor eating areas for Summer. Whether it’s when the sun is out or strictly under the stars, entertaining outdoors...
  • Blog Post: Wall and Deco: Graphic Outdoor Wallpaper

    Wall & Deco introduces an incredible new collection of of outdoor wallpaper called OUT-Outdoor Unconventional Texture. The visual solutions for exterior decoration will blow your mind. Graffiti and street art have greatly influenced the design culture in the last few years and now Wall & Deco...
  • Blog Post: Visionary Landscape Designs for Public Spaces

    Not since the City Beautiful movement of the late 19th century and its most prominent advocates (including landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of New York's Central Park) have designers, policy-makers and the public embraced ambitious landscape designs for public spaces. Today, as...
  • Blog Post: It's a Floating Lake House

    Many memories are made vacationing at a lake in the summertime, and often times they are too good to ever stop experiencing. Becca and Doug Worpie feel this exact way about the rugged coast of Georgian Bay where they've made a trip to every year of their life. The environment is rough and unpredictable...
  • Blog Post: Modern Outdoor Furniture: Get Your Summer On!

    Are you guilty of neglecting your patio and then when Summer comes around you wish you had a beautiful modern outdoor space? No need to put it off, just a couple simple additions can help you get your Summer on! Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs Simple, white spaces are typical to any modern...
  • Blog Post: Modern Outdoor Living: Experience The Relaxation

    Long summer days and hot summer nights are finally upon us and now is the time to maximize your modern outdoor living experience in your own backyard. The Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion (above) can be used year round, but when the doors open up on this glass structure, that's when you're using...
  • Blog Post: Brent's Event Recap: Thinking Big at Dwell on Design 2012

    My experience at the 2012 Dwell on Design show at the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend can be best summed up by a well-worn cliche: what a difference a year makes. Whereas last year's Dwell on Design Show seemed retrenched under the specter of the euro zone crisis (and completely out of...
  • Blog Post: Urban Gardens: Designed for the City

    Spring has sprung and for some of you so has your green thumb! For many urban planners, rooftop gardens are a high priority. Not only for their decorative impact, but for their environmental impact as well. Roof gardens can reduce the overall heat absorption of the builiding drastically which in turn...
  • Blog Post: Portable Beach House Design: Permanant Summer

    Why not hold on to Summer as long as possible and just follow it?! This portable beach house design will let you do just that! Designed by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects , this home was made to rest within the coastal erosion zone, where all buildings must be removable. So, the "hut"...
  • Blog Post: Minimalism Al Fresco

    On the surface, minimalism and the great outdoors don't seem to have much in common. However, upon closer examination, minimalist design's unapologetic shedding of extraneous elements closely echoes the process of natural selection - a process whereby plants and animals that have survived through...
  • 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: The Modern Outdoor Bathroom

    Sure, selecting the right building materials is key when creating the look and feel that you want for your bath, or rather your personal oasis. Natural materials, such as wood and stone will give you the feeling of being at a spa or retreat. But, why not take it one step further and take your tub and...
  • Blog Post: Modern Décor for Dads

    Let's face it, Dads can be hard to shop for. Here's what you need to do... Figure out what kind of Dad he is. What does he like to do? What type of personality does he have? Still not sure? Here are some ideas... MAD MEN Does your Dad have retro style? Well, every Dad needs a cool lounge...
  • Blog Post: Dark Nights Require Dark Sky Lights

    The bright spots on the map say it all. There's not a whole lot of dark sky, but an abundance of dark sky lights. Light "pollution" is everywhere. Urban planners and environmentalists alike claim that light pollution interferes with our natural bio rhythms and disconnects us from the...
  • 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...

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