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  • 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: Understanding Modern LED Lighting: Behind Numbers + Names

    Image from Bjorn Sorensen Modern LED lighting can seem very complex. There's a litany of numbers and names to understand: color temperatures, lumens, and watts. On the other hand, understanding modern LED lights can also be very simple: they either look good or they don't. Holtkoetter...
  • Blog Post: Small Desk Lamps Under $100

    Image from Desire to Inspire Stylish home office with a small desk lamp. Every home office deserves a stylish desk lamp, even if space is an issue. The office needs to be functional and well lit which could be a challenge, but with all the options out there, it's so easy to find a small desk...
  • 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: Modern Bathroom Light Fixture Ideas

    Image from Domaine Home Beautiful bathroom design with stylish lighting fixtures. Although not the most popular room of the house, the bathroom is important and therefore should have a design, with stylish light fixtures, that maintain the overall aesthetic of the home. George Kovacs Honey...
  • 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: Interior Design Style With Bling: Brass Decor

    In my interior styling courses, I always suggest that a styled space is not complete without two key things: botanicals and bling. A little greenery and a little bit of sparkle are the finishing touches that make a space truly lively. Today, I'm sharing my favorite type of bling: brass. Brass...
  • Blog Post: Modern Countryside Dwelling

    All images from Dwell Sheep enjoy grazing outside this modern dwelling. Who says you can't have a modern lifestyle in the country? Certainly not us. This home rests in rural Spain, and was designed by an architecture couple who lives there with their kids. The sheep you see above, sometimes...
  • Blog Post: Arteriors Home: Contemporary Decor

    Arteriors Home is definitely a go-to manufacturer when looking for the perfect contemporary decor. Each piece is well designed with a unique twist. The combination of materials, textures, and colors are the reason these products stand out in a crowd. Modern table lamps that are sculptural in form can...
  • Blog Post: High/Low: Bedside Lighting

    My husband and I recently moved to New York City, and we're waiting for our apartment to be ready for move in later in July. The suspense is killing me -- not only because I'm ready to be settled, but the best part is yet to come: the decorating! In the master bedroom, we're lucky enough...
  • 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...

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