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Decorating Modern

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Making the Most of a Small Entryway

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photo by Ben Anders for Dwell

Get clever with every inch of space. Rather than drywalling in the space beneath the stairs, exploit it. A bench for taking one’s shoe off Mr. Rogers’ style and hanging a coat is an ingenious use of space.

by http://muskokalivinginteriors.com

Keep it simple. In this relaxed entryway, clever hooks steal the show and play off the lantern, mirror and door hardware with aplomb. Shiplap siding adds a subtle nautical cottage touch.

by Ferreira Design

Add a big mirror to fake some big space. This mirror visually doubles the entryway in size. A sleek  console table keeps thing open underneath, a clear glass lamp lets the light and reflection through while a zebra covered ottoman adds some pizazz. For a funky modern console table, I recommend Blu Dot’s Strut version.

by Cococozy

Use a long narrow table where space is tight. This weathered piece works well with organic pieces like live branches, oversized glass jugs, sponges and wood bowls.

by Jennifer Weiss Architecture

Going more modern, use a cantilevered storage unit saves on floor space. The great thing about a unit like this is that you can integrate a charging station and keep all of your personal electronics in one space, along with your sunglasses, mail, wallet and other items you like to drop as soon as you walk in the door.

By Amy Lau Design

Use a closed console for even more storage. If you’re the type that requires shoe removal upon entry, a swanky mid-century modern style piece like this is a great spot to stash them. For something similar, I recommend you check out the goods from MASH Studios.

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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Spiffing Up the Laundry Room

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Are you one of those people who actually feels like most of your decorating is done and you’re Jonesing for another project? Look to the laundry room. These utilitarian closets are usually quite neglected and dreadfully dull. Stuck with some boring, 15 year old appliances? Don’t think for a second you need shiny red front loaders to have a cool looking laundry space. Here’s a look at some easy ways to make your laundry room wow.

1. Put up wallpaper. Nothing livens up a wall like a bold pattern. While wallpaper can be costly, the good news is, your small laundry room probably wont require much of it. I love the way interior designer Tamara Magel took the paper right up the slanted ceiling.

2. Add a backsplash. Again, the small amount you’ll need will mean you won’t need to order much tile. What I especially love about this room is that it’s as small as they come, taking up only the space between bi-fold doors. This metallic backsplash would make me want to keep those suckers open and show off my laundry room all the time. The hangers for air drying are also a smart touch.

3. Get a great light overhead. Who says a laundry room isn’t fancy enough for a crystal chandy? Just make sure the room is large enough to meet safety codes.

Also, are you noticing how handy a few simple cabinets come in? Hit up the Re-Store and salvage some for a bargain. You’ll have plenty of spot for your Tide, Shout, Dryel, what have you …

4. Go bold with color. If you want to avoid the expense of hiring a pro to hang wallpaper or put up tile, hit the paint store. Don’t fear not matching the rest of your home; the laundry room is one of those great spaces like a first floor powder room that you can shut off.

5. Match up some fun art with the room. Why not? Whether it’s the cute clothespin mat or the laundry line piece seen above, the laundry room is one spot where we can go a bit theme-y and not feel cheesy about it.

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Patrick Townsend’s White Orbit Chandelier Is Back!

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I try not to play favorites, but Patrick Townsend’s White Orbit Chandelier is an ingenious work of lighting art I’ve always admired. I’ve also admired what a bunch of different creatives have done with it – placing it in rooms that are traditional, eclectic, modern, transitional and contemporary with aplomb.

by Kimberly Peck, Architect

Urban Global Style. I love the way the Orbit looks with exposed brick. Especially when the rest of the room is mostly white.

by Susan Manrao Design

Clean and Contemporary. Susan Manrao uses it to navigate all of that empty space supplied by very high ceilings.

by Sarah Yates

Eclectic and Colorful. We’re so grateful that Design Public customer Sarah Yates sent us these photos of her Orbit in action against her colorful wall hanging and dark wall. Loving that aqua bullet planter and bright yellow shell chair too – what a great dining room she has (check out more of it here).

by sfgirlbybay

Modern Bohemian. Love love love when Victoria finally hung hers (I think she’s moved a few times since then, if you follow her blog, but I loved the round up she did here of more Orbits in action).

by Wettling Architects

Cozy and Collected. The Orbit fits right in without taking over in this quirky and cozy eat-in kitchen nook by Wettling Architects, adding a contemporary geometric object to the vintage metal letters, pedestal table, suzani fabric and the rest of the mix.

Industrial. Finally, I love the look of the Orbit against a gritty loft wall like this one. It’s industrial yet refined.

Ready to get one now that they are back? Learn more about them and check out other colors here.

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Eero Saarinen’s Greatest Hits

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I am so excited for Museum of Design Atlanta’s upcoming Eero Saarinen exhibit – it starts this Sunday April 14th and will run through June 30, 2013. For those of you who won’t be in Atlanta during that time, I thought we could do a post on Saarinen here to let you enjoy his work too. Here’s a quick peek at a fe of his greatest hits:

The Miller House, Columbus, Indiana 1957: Now owned and maintained by The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Miller House is open for tours. If you visit, be sure to pay attention the landscape by Daniel Urban Kiley; it’s one of the most spectacular modern gardens in the U.S. and the interior fun provided by Alexander Girard. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to plan ahead if you’re planning a trip to the modern-architecture rich Columbus! You can buy them here.

photos via The Indianapolis Museum of Art

The TWA Terminal at JFK 1962: The last time I was in this building, it was leaky and there was a bird flying around, but this architecture was all about the Jet Age, back when flying was glamorous and exciting:

photo by Ezra Stoller

John Deere Headquarters, Moline, Illinois 1964: After catching the eye of John Deere’s president, William Hewitt with his designs, Saarinen designed the striking headquarters for the company. The project is a wonderful example of modern architecture living in harmony with its surroundings:

photo via johndeere.com

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis 1965: One of the most iconic structures (at 630 feet high, it’s also the tallest monument) in the U.S. is also by Saarinen. Again, he teamed up with Dan Kiley to complete the landscape. Isn’t this picture crazy? It gives me vertico just thinking about it, and it also makes me miss my erector set!

Saarinen’s furniture designs continue to be some of the most popular examples of mid-century modern style today.

He designed the Womb Chair (1964) at the behest of his good pal Florence Knoll, who wanted a chair she could curl up in. If one wants to stretch out in it, the matching ottoman is a great addition.

Of course, his tulip table, a.k.a. Knoll Saarinen Table (1956), is one of the most iconic pieces of furniture from the mid-century modern period. Saarinen was not fond of legs and wanted a cleaner look when it came to kitchen and dining areas. “The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world,” he said. “I wanted to clear up the slum of legs. I wanted to make the chair all one thing again.”

For a typical kitchen table with four legs plus four chairs, Saarinen decreased “the slum of legs” from 20 legs to 5 pedestals. Not too shabby!

For those of you in Atlanta during the next few months, be sure to check out MODA’s Eero Saarinen exhibit!

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Robin Crib On Sale

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The Robin Crib by Oeuf is one of those white whales of the furniture world – hunting down a discount is about as difficult as hunting Moby Dick. However, there is a rare opportunity happening right now; this fabulously modern, sustainable crib is on sale for $499 in the birch/white and espresso/white options. If you’ve been hemming and hawing over which crib to buy, stop it and start clicking “add to cart” right now!

Well, take a few minutes; I understand, this is a big lifetime purchase for you! Here are some compelling reasons to choose this bed:

1. Space in a nursery is very tight; you need all the space-saving help you can get. The Robin Crib is set up so that the Robin Changing Station (sold separately) will fit right on top of it.

2. Your babe will only need a crib for so long, why invest hundreds of dollars in something you may only use for two or three years? Oeuf knows this, so they’ve designed the crib to grow with you. It converts  into your child’s first big-boy or big-girl bed!

This conversion capability is not only sustainable for the environment, but sustainable for your budget!

3. Oops, did I mention safety yet? The Robin Crib meets and exceeds all European, Canadian, Australian and US safety standards. Also, the low height makes it easy to lift child in and out; the mattress height can be adjusted to three positions.

4. Finally, and most superficially, this crib is gorgeous. It has clean and modern lines and it is sleek yet warm. It’s the perfect crib for discerning parents who prefer contemporary style.

Convinced? Hop on over to the sale and pick one up today! The sale will only go on while supplies last!

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