I’ve often wondered what is missing in high ceiling homes. Yes, an elevated ceiling surface provides a sense of lofty calm in the interior environment, but does it really compare to the lifted feeling with the effect of a grandiose hanging light fixture filling part of its space? When done right, with a stylish, lightweight and white hanging light that is suspended just high enough to make an extension ladder bulb change possible, there’s absolutely no competition.
We all adore the beauty of wooden design. For some of us, the crisp and clean lines of metal draw us in for the modern aesthetic we desire, but for others, the combination of wood and modern design finds true harmony in a bedroom design with purpose.
There are plenty of ways to bring your home up to modern-day green standards without knocking down walls to meet those of LEED. Instead, go for simple plants in state-of-the-art planter or hanging terrarium designs – or if you have no semblance of green thumb in your DNA, perhaps an eco-lighting design based on a wild, but ubiquitous plant shape.
Rounded backrests in chairs create the warmth of dinner in a booth with friends on a chilly winter night, except for you and yourself alone. Whether you curl up into the new lounge chair of the Portofino Collection by Paul Brayton Designs or prefer the semi-circular wood construction found in the Solo by Studio Nitzan Cohen by Mattiazzi, each share the fluid backrest that keeps on giving.
After waltzing through furniture stores and online furniture design companies, the endless array of plain dressers is enough to have us opting for a design based solely on wood finish. Stand up against the oversimplified, mass-manufactured pieces for the sake of creative organization with an inspiring design. Especially one that was thought up by someone who really pondered the question of how best to filter through our glorified items through sorting and stacking with shelving and drawers.
About Face rotating cabinet. Designed by Niels Bendtsen. Manufactured by Bensen.
The About Face designed by Niels Bendtsen for Bensen is an example of an unconventional storage design that features both a swiveling base and full length mirror. Acting as a column to draw our gaze into under-utilized space, the 25.25”H x 46”W x 18”D totem is made out of a veneer of walnut or white oak and a powder-coated steel base. Within its structure there are four adjustable shelves with a singled center shelf that is fixed in place.
Modu-licious bedside table. Manufactured by Blu Dot.
Since we couldn’t possibly fit all of our precious goodies into a column or two – even if they spin around and give us a glimpse of whatever it is we’re attempting to bring back in style – the Modu-licious line of modular storage drawers and cabinets by Blu Dot seems to match the serene color combination of wood and lacquer that the About Face was going for.
Modu-licious #6 storage. Manufactured by Blu Dot.
As Blu Dot writes of their modular collection, “Drawers and doors are your canvas with the award-winning Modu-licious series. Choose from white, grey blue, FLW red, ivory, slate and robin’s egg blue to create your own look. In graphite-on-oak, maple and walnut with powder-coated steel drawers and doors.”
Beside the frontrunners of modular, spatially efficient and sensible storage that companies like Bensen and Blu Dot create to meet our bedroom organizing needs, many other companies have come up with equally as flattering pieces of the modern and inventive type to keep us guessing as to how their desgins could possibly get more intuitive.
Posted in Fun Furniture, Furniture Styles, ︒Sonja Hall
Tagged bedroom furniture, bedroom storage, Bensen, Blu Dot, mirror, modern furniture, modular dresser, modular furniture, storage, tall storage
Mixing metals in décor is a trend we are seeing more and more. Say goodbye to the days of matching everything in a room. Think of silver with gold in the bedroom, chrome and brass in the kitchen and copper and nickel in the bathroom. Layered metals create dimension and interest in a space. Keeping an eye to balance and contrast, you’ll be able to effectively achieve a sophisticated décor you’ll love. Following are a few of my favorite “mixed metal” decors.
This glamorous bedroom gets it right with gold, silver, chrome and mirrored accents. The modern table lamp and stool contrast nicely with the ornate, vintage mirror.
A rustic metal mirror is set off by a black metal chandelier and gold picture frame for a harmonious look.
Copper, chrome and gold look quite at home together in this eclectic bathroom. The soaking tub is so inviting!
This is another space where copper, silver and gold play nicely when mixed strategically.
A mix of gold and silver looks lovely in Jennifer Lopez’s romantic home. Notice the soft gold tables and understated silver accents at the back of the room.
Chrome, silver and mirrored accents dominate this space, with just a hint of brass from a little side table.
An obvious mix of metals on this backsplash show just how sophisticated metallics can be when smartly put together.
This modern office gets its glow on with a brushed metal desk and lamp. Notice the only chrome element comes from the base of the modern desk chair.
—Joanna Crain Salinas
The Mighty Emeco Navy Chair. Here a friend snapped a picture at Crumbs Bakery at the Newark Airport. Light weight, made to last a lifetime, and timeless design.
Emeco Navy Chair
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