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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

5 Must-Have Elements for The Perfect Outdoor Space

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For many of us, the pollen is finally clearing, and it’s time to get that outdoor space spiffed up so that we can spend the maximum amount of time outdoors. What makes a great outdoor space? Here are my personal top five:

1. LIFE

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Even the tiniest of spaces needs plants to enliven it. Surely there is room even on the smallest of balconies for at least a potted plant or two. Consider a trellis, hanging pots or boxes that hang over the railings if you’re short on floor space.

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Modernica’s mid-century modern pots with stands are one of the chicest modern ways to add life to your outdoor space.

2. LIGHT

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Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin Texas

Sometimes, the moon is not enough (or it’s a sliver). Enhance your lighting scheme however you can — tiki torches, lanterns, even inexpensive outdoor holiday lights can be just the right way to set the mood.

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I’m also crazy about these pots from Offi, because they double as mood lighting. A compact fluorescent bulb is all it takes for them to light up your outdoor space with magical ambiance. Shop more outdoor lighting options —we’ve got everything from perforated candleholders to outdoor lamps with indoor style.

3. FIRE

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Photo by Dave Lauridsen for Dwell

Yes, lots of people have fancy fire pits and full chimneys start at about tens thousand dollars. But it is easy to bring in a small fire pit that will keep you more than toasty on a cool night and toast a smorgasbord of s’mores to perfection.

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Loll’s Fire Ring Set comes with an array of different colored tops so that it can serve double-duty as a coffee table when it’s not smoldering. But I like charcoal gray because it’s modern and it goes well with fire.

4. DINING FURNITURE
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You cannot very well host that al fresco dinner party you’ve been thinking about without a proper table and chairs. Whether you buy new or set up some sawhorses, an old door for a tabletop and a mix of chairs from indoors, start envisioning your outdoor tablescape.

5. LOUNGING FURNITURE

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By Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture 

While I’d like to think it’s my scintillating personality that keeps my friends coming back to my screened-in porch for wine night, I know it’s really the cushy sofa where everyone can get comfy on big pillows and put their feet up.
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The Blu Dot Jibe Collection is my favorite new outdoor line. It has all the comfort of indoor furniture without getting overwhelmed by overstuffed cushions.

What are your personal top five outdoor elements? Can’t live without the bubble of a fountain or the tunes from Pandora? Let us know in the comments section.

 

 

 

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Last Day to Save Big at Design Public!

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One last temptation for you — here are just a few of our favorite things you can buy on sale through the end of the day today (March 19, 2015).

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The OFFI Perch Lounge Chair. A modern-day classic, this super cool chair is one you’ll pass down through generations. Shop all OFFI

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Louis Poulsen PH50 Pendant. A Danish modern classic, this beauty delivers big light without any glare.  Shop all Louis Poulsen

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mater Bar Height Stool — Dark Stained Hardwood. Graceful subtle curves and beautiful materials compose this simple, sleek and sustainably manufactured stool. Also available in other heights. Shop all mater

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Pablo Link Task Lamp. Playful, super high-tech and functional, this lamp will make you want to keep a more efficient office. Shop all Pablo

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Versus Pump 3-Seater. This minimalist sofa is dangerous — it’s so comfy you may never get out of it. Shop all Versus

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Panton Classic Chair. MoMA has one, and so can you. From dining rooms to dressing tables, nurseries to patios, this chair works everywhere. We’ve never seen it fail. Shop all Vitra

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Last Two Days to Save on Gus*Modern!

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There are just two days left to save 15% on Gus*Modern. The sale ends tomorrow, January 31, 2015 at midnight EST. We thought we’d tempt you with  a few gorgeous Gus pieces in situ in some very stylish homes, because if you want to save, you’re running out of time!

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In this gorgeous home, modern day meets mid-century modern, and the Gus*Modern Atwood Sectional Sofa is good friends with both styles. Clean lines, tufted upholstery and solid FSC-certified wood base let it slip into a wide range of room styles. This warm modern interior design is by Sarah Gallop Design Inc.

Photography by: Ema Peter Photography

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Amanda Jane Jones of Amanda Jane Jones Studio and co-creator of Kinfolk Magazine shows off  the Gus*Modern Truss Chair in this perfect little corner. The midcentury modern-styled chair features a solid natural ash frame with an interlocking truss base and finger joint detailing on the arms. It has comfortable heft yet appears light. 

Photograph by: Amanda Jane Jones

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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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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 Davinport Bi-Sectional Sofa

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Gus Modern Hex Ottoman

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