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Get The Look: A Posh Modern Design For A Simple, Sophisticated Dining Room

Much of modern design is about simplicity: clean lines, smooth curves, and (more often than not) single solid materials. And often that simplicity is treated as plainness – there’s nothing fancy about solid colored squares and boxes, right? But a lack of ornamentation doesn’t have to mean modern designs are boring. In fact, with the […]

Building Smarter Storage: A More Modern Take On Wall-To-Wall Bookshelves

When you have a big collection of books – or even just a lot of trinkets, mementos, or art pieces you want to put on display – the amount of shelf space you need to store it all out in the open can add up pretty quickly. But if you don’t love the old-fashioned library […]

A Blast from the Past: the Trendy Nostalgia of Midcentury Modern Decor

Some things just go together, you know?¬†¬†Milk and cookies, peanut butter and chocolate, tea and scones. Also, the harmonious balance of midcentury modern decor: a trendy blend of traditional and contemporary aesthetics. In the lean economic conditions of the last few years, many people are seeing the appeal of the simplicity and practicality of design […]

Modern Accent Tables: Combining Form And Function

One of my favorite things about modern design is that it gives equal consideration to aesthetics and utility. Even the simplest modern furniture often has some kind of dual functionality, or at least some subtle quirk or changeable feature designed to make the piece more usable. But the extra utility isn’t just added on, it’s […]

Traditional, Transitional, or Contemporary: Discovering Your Design Style

If you don’t have much experience with interior design, it can be more than a little intimidating to try to get started. No matter how much time you’ve spent looking at other houses, magazine spreads, or pictures online, if you don’t know how to describe them, you’re going to have trouble articulating what it is […]

Mid Century Modern Chairs Meet A Scandinavian Modern Decor

Mid century modern furniture is usually paired either with a very retro style or an incredibly modern one; by and large, there isn’t much middle ground between dark-wood-and-gem-tones and stark-lines-and-cool-colors. But lately mid century modern style chairs have found their way into a distinctly different, Nordic-inspired decor: Scandinavian modern design. This style is all about […]

Getting The Look: Intro To An Urban Industrial Loft Style

Modern design has always favored wide, open spaces, and it’s a preference that’s had a huge impact on contemporary home design. Homeowners are knocking down walls and barriers to create huge, sun-soaked great rooms and integrated spaces. For those that love these big spaces, but prefer a more antique style to the prim and polish […]

Urban Chic – Modern Takes On Classic Furniture Forms

I’m in the unique position of having a compact, urban lifestyle but taste that tends more toward the antique. Now, in Europe and in some older parts of east coast cities, mixing the two is far from unheard of. In fact, historical apartment buildings in Paris are defined as much by their interior decor as […]

PolArt Modern Furniture Wows With Colorful, Classically Inspired Designs

If you’re looking for a bold, colorful statement piece for your modern living space, you’ve come to the right place. I’m always on the lookout for unique, unusual new takes on modern furniture, and regular readers of the blog will know that some of my absolute favorite modern furniture picks are ones that riff on […]

Modern Chandeliers For A Contemporary Living Space

Chandeliers are typically associated with antique styles and old world design. You know the kind – big, imposing, crystal-laden chandeliers made to dominate large parlors or grand staircases and are more about look than lighting. But if your living space is a little more modern, never fear. Modern chandeliers are increasingly available, and are simpler, […]