A design scheme that's grabbed our attention lately: friendly modern decor. Quite a few of our recent pins show spaces that incorporate modern elements with more familiar, welcoming touches. From layered classic fabrics to repurposed farmhouse chairs, here's how modern can be warm and inviting:
1. The furniture and accessories are pretty darn modern but by layering them with warm fabrics and a subtle pink wall, this living room looks rather cozy. Spotted over on 79 Ideas.
2. Those white-washed wood panel walls could look dated--instead they compliment the clean-lined styling of this dining room. Most of the furniture in this space looks new, though more traditional wooden chairs or credenza might also work well. This is another look we loved from 79 Ideas.
3. Cozy, over-sized, and country could go in a totally opposite direction but in this space, they come together in fresh way. The sofa is cozy but clean-lined, the pillows are over-sized yet boldly striped, and the rag runner is definitely a little country but its neutral tone updates the look. Found on My Scandinavian Home.
4. Ok, we admit--the wide-open-space, single bold beam, and that awesome window do a whole lot for this space featured on Freshome. That being said, modern chairs mixed with traditional ones alongside a clean-lined, minimally accessorized farmhouse table is a look would suit a variety of dining rooms.
5. An enviable workspace for sure--with most of this room's elements, traditional or otherwise, washed in white a few distinct items stand out. A woven basket made bold with its black-and-white design. A mid-century-shaped office chair looks more classic than cold with its warm wood grain. Plus, the houseplants are rather sculptural. As seen on Tumblr.
Some final thoughts: modern furnishings and accessories can easily update a more traditional look in an instant. And the opposite is true--a traditional accent can help a modern space feel more grounded.
Tell us: what's your favorite look?
Spring has finally arrived. And what's a better to compliment warmer weather than some fresh music? Here's what we're listening to right now:
Tune into the playlist online. Best enjoyed outdoors.
When we wanted to come up with a fun keepsake that captures our love of Pittsburgh, we knew that maker Kristen Shearon of Havok Designs would be up for the task. From her studio in Montana, Kristen designed a Pittsburgh, PA magnet
especially for The Shop. With her careful attention to detail, we think Kristen captured our most beloved city's iconic skyline and geographic presence in an awesome new way.
We're all about design for the everyday. We enjoy finding distinctive and affordable items that add splashes of creative design to your daily living, even in the subtlest of ways. That's why we love Kristen's laser-cut wood accessories
-- from fun magnets to bold, wearable earrings all under $30, Kristen's pieces are whimsical, modern, and definitely wallet friendly.
[ Above: Havok Designs Painted Tribal Cherry Wood Earrings available in Gray, Navy, and Mint ]
What's that? A little curious about our photo posts? Check back here from time to time for the details on the art, home goods, and jewelry featured in some of our favorite pics. Up first, an assortment of finds for your spring table:
3. Mint for spring: a Pigeon Toe tripot bowl
makes great tabletop accent for any time for the year ($60)
4. A pop of color: a walnut wood platter
with a brightly painted edge from David Rasmussen Designs ($70)
[ Above: Find sets of Pigeon Toe's Stacking Thimble Cups in our shop. Great for displaying and serving eggs ]
Easter is almost here and that means we're hungry for two things: candy and eggs. While we'll leave you to your own candy cravings, we wanted to share the creative do-it-yourself egg projects we've been pinning
from many of our favorite blogs. Here are some decorating ideas to hopefully spark your imagination and get you DIY-ing.
1. If we had to pick a favorite it would be this modern and minimal egg. It wouldn't take much effort to dye a dozen using this simple technique we spotted on Gardenista
2. These eggs get their rich hues from naturally tinted dyes made from grocery store finds like cranberries, blueberries, beats and coffee grounds. For a complete how-to, visit Design Sponge
3. It doesn't get much easier than this DIY from Obviously Sweet
. Create simple black-and-white designs using a permanent marker.
4. Let washi tape do (most of) the work for you. There are so many amazing patterned tapes out there, why not layer them onto eggs? The details for this project are over on Lovely Indeed