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  • 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: Modern Wall Art: Shantell Martin Draws On Everything

    The London based artist Shantell Martin , who is known for her stream-of-consciousness drawings, decided to create some modern wall art in her own Brooklyn bedroom and ended up make a big statement. Although she didn't set out to cover the entire room, she ended up covering the walls, ceilings, and...
  • Blog Post: Design in Style: Mid Century Modern Round-Up

    We talk a lot here about Mid-century Modern, posting a lot of cool images on our Facebook page too. But what does it take to achieve this look? What are the elements, besides super cool architecture? Let's dive in... To give you the simple definition, Mid-Century Modern is just that...mid-century...
  • Blog Post: Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress: From Outfit to Room

    Audrey Hepburn's little black Givenchy dress that was worn in the opening of Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of the most iconic clothing items in history. It has become such an integral part of every woman's wardrobe, such that you probably can't name any woman that doesn't own a little...
  • Blog Post: Iris Apfel: Style + Design Icon

    "Taste you can learn, but style is charisma"- Iris Apfel Iris Apfel, an interior designer, business woman, and fashion icon is still as charismatic and stylish today and she was in her youth. "I'm a geriatric starlet, my dear, don't you know" explains Iris. At the age of...
  • Blog Post: Dwell Home Tour: Sander Architect's Green Houses

    One of the many beautiful projects in this year's Dwell on Design Home Tours line up was Sander Architect's Green House pair. This set of townhouses on one single lot face each other over a drivable courtyard. They are very similar in appearance, yet not identical. Both buildings are wrapped...
  • Blog Post: New Porcelanosa Showroom and Dwell Architects

    Porcelanosa's beautiful West Hollywood showroom opened last week and it was the perfect place to kick-off Dwell on Design and Meet the Architects. I spent the first hour or more wandering around the showroom drooling over the beautiful displays and the latest materials. As a designer I've been...
  • Blog Post: Sailing Style: Modern Yacht Interiors

    High style on the high seas is not just a fiction one finds in Bond movies. The following rundown of the best in modern yacht interiors suggests that good design sense need not be shore bound. When looking for a custom boat interiors pro, Art collector Dakis Joannou commissioned famed artist Jeff...
  • Blog Post: Saturday Night Live Sources Euro Style Lighting

    Check out this video from Saturday Night Live . It looks like they refer to Euro Style Lighting when they need a sleek, contemporary set design! Clean, white interiors are always a great option for achieving a modern aesthetic. Brushed steel or polished chrome is great finish for lighting fixtures...
  • Blog Post: Plan Check: Industrial Restaurant Design

    Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is a quaint little restaurant located in West LA's Little Osaka. Many of you might be familiar with this area for the sushi, but maybe you've frequented the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety on a regular basis to have your plans reviewed for permitting. The...
  • Blog Post: Glamping: Glamorous Camping in Renovated Airstream

    Interior Designer Rachel Horn and her husband Justin Kreizel combined their skills to renovate this 1969 Airstream. They are now ready for the great outdoors, but more importantly, they can spend their time camping in luxury. The interior is just as functional as it is beautiful. The built-in daybed...
  • 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: Poteet Architects: Collector's Loft

    Poteet Archtects , an award winning firm based in San Antonio, turned the top of this industrial building into a modern oasis. Jim Poteet opened the office with the hope that the firm could further the sustainable revitalization of downtown San Antonio. As you can see, they are best known for the sensitive...
  • Blog Post: Contemporary Organization: String Furniture

    Every modern space needs uniformity and one of the simplest ways to achieve contemporary organization is with stylish shelving. String Furniture offers lots of styles, perfect for any aesthetic. Their "string" system is minimal and open, ideal for adding decor to your walls without creating...
  • Blog Post: The Cutting-Edge Staircase

    The most beautiful thing about design is turning something purely functional into something artistic, like the cutting-edge staircase. The challenge of course is maintaining the functionality and brilliant architects make a hobby out of this task. The modern staircase is something so fascinating and...
  • Blog Post: HD Expo: Modern Tile Trends for 2012

    I made a quick trip to the HD Expo in Las Vegas last Thursday and even though I only had half a day there I sure did find some pretty amazing new products! I continue to be impressed by the innovative technology of Porcelain tiles. The patterns, textures, and finishes they are coming out with are just...
  • Blog Post: BaseCamp: rustic modern boutique hotel

    BaseCamp Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Lake Tahoe. It reflects exactly what you might think from its name, the ideals and adventures of a base camp. A comfortable place where travelers can share stories and tips in communal spaces, rest up, and prepare for a day of exploration. Walk out the door...
  • Blog Post: La Maison Champs Elysees: Modern Hotel Design

    I am constantly researching modern hotel design all around the world, so a trip that ends in La Maison Champs Elysees , is a trip that ends well! This was a complete surprise! I tend to travel with no expectations as to be able to view things with an open and pure mind. The beauty of this hotel would've...
  • Blog Post: The Modern Dining Room

    Smooth and sophisticated, the modern dining room has clean lines, cool art and lots of style! This Mid-Century Modern dining room is designed with the "loft" aesthetic, making use of one large room divided into multiple spaces. Modern pendant lighting helps highlight the dining area. ...
  • Blog Post: Manhattan Modern Condo - Design Eye Candy

    We're loving the clean and simple color palette of this Manhattan modern condo. The home decor and modern furniture create a stylish living room that's sure to impress. Head on over to The New York Times for the full article "Escaping to the City's Bustle" where you'll find...
  • Blog Post: Part II: Nest Studio's Design Projects

    Yesterday, I introduced you to Jessica Davis, the designer behind Nest Studio. We showed you her new modern hardware line, which is a must-see! If you missed yesterday's post, you can read Part I of this interview: Nest Studio: Where Design & Products Merge . Today, we get to chat a little more...
  • Blog Post: Barbara Bestor Shakes Up the Design at Pitfire Pizza

    Barbara Bestor has always been one of my favorite Los Angeles Architects and she proves herself to me once again. If someone was going to successfully transform this old concrete-box Shakey's Pizza surrounded by an asphalt parking lot into a fun and modern hangout, who else would it be? Well, Bestor...
  • Blog Post: Hospitality Design Spotlight: The Saguaro Palm Springs

    Take one franchise hotel with an outdated design, add some colorful paint, a little branding and voila... a super cool weekend getaway destination! The Saguaro hotel, located in South Palm Springs on East Palm Canyon, just recently opened in February 2012. Saguaro means large cactus in Spanish and there...
  • Blog Post: Acrylic Elements in Interior Design

    My love for acrylic in interior design started with a stay at the Hudson Hotel in New York a few years ago and it has stayed with me ever since. I think acrylic is the perfect contrast against natural materials. It adds life and light without being too heavy or dominating. It's a perfect element...
  • Blog Post: Urban Style Living: Concrete Products

    Concrete is the trendy product for home building if you want that modern urban-style aesthetic. It's a very raw material that provides clean lines and an open canvas for any home decor and furniture you decide to pair it with. Would you be surprised to learn that this living room wall (above) is...

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