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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Get the Look: Modern Farmhouse Style

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I was talking to an architect the other day who told me she’s found “everybody wants a modern farmhouse these days.” It seems the bulk of folks asking for this style aren’t exactly outside milking cows at 5 a.m. (though quite a handful have their own urban chicken coops and edible gardens). So what exactly does this style include? I find it’s a twist on spartan farmhouse classics and materials that would be found around the homestead with some contemporary pieces and bold color mixed in. Here’s a look at some of our favorite furniture and accessory choices to help you put together your modern farmhouse. branch_table_oak_3q_1

Blu Dot Branch Table: The weathered oak top powder-coated steel legs offers up a new twist on a farm table.

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Bend Goods Lucy Chair: These chairs bring the modern to the modern farmhouse with a jolt of bold color and geometry.

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Oilo Double Cylinder in Solid Cobalt Blue. A double-drum pendant in woven cotton lends pleasing simplicity overhead.

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Tradition Hoof Table SW1. For the living room, we love this modern take on the milking stool. HOOF is painted first and then trimmed back to reveal the natural grain.

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 Versus Brick 3-Seater Sofa. This clever sofa reminds me of a stone wall on a farm. You can punch up the neutral color of big pieces like this with colorful accessories.
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Bend Goods Geometric Animals: Longhorn. A much cooler look than taxidermy, these sculptural trophies are cruelty-free.Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 8.37.15 AM

Blu Dot Charlie 6 x 9 Rug. The bars and bright colors on this beautiful rug remind me of a Gee’s Bend quilt.

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Area Bruno Bed. The wooden bed taken down to its basic parts. It is available in ash and walnut.

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Thomas Paul Prize Poultry Rooster 26 Jute Pillow. Have some fun with accessories that go a little farm-theme-y. This proud guy will add big personality to a bedscape, sofa or armchair.

 

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Designers Eye Multi Throw Blanket in Brown. A beautiful classic plaid in double-woven in soft, rugged wool.

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jefdesigns Branch 2-Stem Lamp. This lamp has a modern shape but brings some nature indoors.

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Gus Modern Wireframe End Table. Part animal pen, part felled tree, this piece has just enough room for your reading lamp and alarm clock, with plenty of space to stash your favorite magazines underneath.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Industrial Modern: Our Top Picks

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Industrial modern is a design phrase that gets thrown around a lot but what exactly does it mean? To us, there is always an element that throws back to the era between the start of the  industrial age and the dawn of international style. Industrial modern style can spring from living in a loft that used to be a warehouse back in the 1930s, adding reclaimed wood with a long interesting history, going a bit steampunk or using pipes as part of shelving structure, adding factory-style windows, providing classic metal stools inspired by 1930s French cafes and more.

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A good industrial modern room is never cold — It’s not a sleek lacquer and metal minimalist space.  There’s rough-hewn wood, glints of copper, exposed brick and/or patinaed concrete that add warmth. The story is in the shapes and textures. Here are ten of our favorite industrial modern pieces at Design Public right now.

Swish-ConsoleDesk-Slate.jpegBlu Dot Swish Console Desk. A mix of the powdercoated base and white ash wood hits the right balance.

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Gus Modern Vintage Swingarm Lamp. Stainless steel arm and a vintage-y filament bulb. Plus, we prefer the wire hanging down the wall in an industrial modern space. Hiding it in the wall = too fussy.

AcuteHighStool_AmberPlum_Web.jpgBrave Space Design Acute High Stool. This looks like it could have been crafted in one of the warehouse spaces described above, by some modern-day carpenter/welder/all-around Renaissance person who studies the older ways of crafting objects.

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Menu Wine Decanter. It has a beaker-like shape and a stainless steel top. 9000539_Wire_Bin_Black_01.jpg_1Menu Wire Bin. It has has a simple wire look. Great for stashing all of your rolled up architectural drawings, toys, towels, flip flops, or, you know, wastepaper.

 

18357_f8e4dbea2cBlu Dot Real Good Chair in Copper. It glints. It changes over time. Its got great lines inspired by flat-packing. Your fingerprints only make it better. Sold.

02774_b294d0de6dDESU DESIGN Aperture Spice Rack. Strong horizontal lines, and the colors of the spices transform it into art.

601000_one_step_up_300dpiNormann Copenhagen One Step Up Bookcase. Yeah, because it looks like a ladder. And it’s so simple.

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LEFF Amsterdam Brick Wall Desk Clock. Because it’s a flip clock. And the font is awesome.

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Cerno Silva Table Lamp. It just has a certain industrial meets craftsman structure to it.

 

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015

2015 — The Year of Marsala

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Now that it’s officially the year of Marsala, according to Pantone, tell us, will you use the color around the home? The choice for Color of the Year seemed pulled out of thin air to me. However, I like earthy tones, and Marsala brings to mind a Moroccan souk, Turkish kilims and terracotta in Spanish Colonial and other Mediterranean architecture. I can imagine it as a nighttime lip color or suede boots. Here are a few ways we like it in interior design.

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Marsala looks great on the walls in a dining room or library; here, interior designer Scott Sanders has toned it down with light trimwork up to chair rail height.

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It’s also yummy in a kitchen as a splash with gray and natural wood tones.

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I also like Marsala in a mix of other hues from its red color family, like in this cozy wool rug, or seen in the colors of a brick wall.

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So, do you have any marsala in your home? If not, do you plan to add any? What do you think of these color of the year projections? Please chime in!

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

SALE! 15% Off Gus Modern

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If you’re in the middle of rethinking your furniture and interior design for 2015, now’s a good time to shop. We are offering 15% off all Gus Modern for the entire month of January. Here are just a few highlights to tempt you.

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Gus Modern Bloor Sofa

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Gus Modern Spanner Chair

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Gus Modern Davinport Bi-Sectional Sofa

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Gus Modern Hex Ottoman

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Ring in the New Year With a Trio Classic Artek Stools

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Any house can use some fresh pieces to help bring in the new year. We love Alvar Aalto’s Artek Stools, and Artek has given us not one, not two, but THREE to give away to a lucky reader. It’s super-easy to enter, so read on to figure out how.

The trio contains each of the following:

1) Cream lacquered seat with standard black legs

2) Dark blue lacquered seat with standard birch legs

3) Purple lacquered seat with standard birch legs

To enter, just use the hashtag #DESIGNPUBLICAALTO on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Or retweet the tweet about it. You can order once per media outlet per prize per day (in other words, you can enter to win a lot of stuff a lot of ways each day, if you wish).

You may enter the contest through January 31, 2015 — No purchase necessary. Good luck!

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