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Product Of The Week: Wireless Stick-On LED Lights With Motion Sensor

If you are a looking for a super easy way to illuminate hard-to-electrify spots in your home, check out Mr.Beams’s series of stick-anywhere lights. These lights have their own sensors and can detect movement as far as 15 feet. Easy to stick on with the provided double sided adhesive, and designed to last about 1 year without any battery changes these lights offer a hassle free way to light up your home.


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The Defining a Style Series: What Is Contemporary Design?

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What features make up contemporary design? Keep reading to find out. Image: Openspace Architecture

Whether you’re new to the world of interior design or have been an aficionado for years, sometimes it can be hard to tell design styles apart. Admittedly, there is a lot of crossover between aesthetics and nowhere is there more crossover than with contemporary design. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly it is that makes a room “contemporary,” you’re not alone.

That’s where we come in. This post is dedicated to dissecting the ins and outs of contemporary design. Keep reading to learn which features set this style apart from the crowd, as well as what you can do to create this look within your own home. Believe us when we say there’s a reason why this look has stood the test of time.

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Contemporary design borrows elements from many different design styles. Image: Michael Downes – UA Creative

What is contemporary design?

At its core, the word “contemporary” means “of the moment,” which makes this style particularly hard to define. Dating back to the 1970s, this style is unique because it borrows elements from many other aesthetics. In it, you can see nods to modern, traditional, art deco and even futuristic design.

The other defining point of contemporary design is that it’s constantly evolving. Unlike other styles which are more or less set in stone, what’s “of the moment” today may change in a few years’ time. Today, the look is defined by curved lines, neutral colors and minimalism, but it may look slightly different in the future.

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Pay attention to shape and form. Image: Hillstar Construction Services

Focus on form

Usually, when we discuss how to put a room together, we recommend focusing on function over form. In this case, however, the two have to take equal priority. Form is one of the foundational elements of contemporary design. It’s one of the elements that sets this design style apart from other, similar aesthetics like modern design.

When we talk about “form,” we’re really discussing shape. Where modern design is synonymous with clean, almost boxy lines, contemporary design takes things a step further. These spaces often feature a mixture of both straight and elegantly curved lines, which can be seen as a slight nod to this style’s art deco roots.

Ideally, you should incorporate these eye-catching lines in a variety of ways throughout the design. If you’re working on a remodel, consider adding an eye-catching architectural element like a shapely fireplace or room divider. If not, make an effort to include some curved furniture, lighting or décor elements.

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Stick to neutral shades. Image: Mesh Design Projects

Stick to neutrals

Neutral shades are the cornerstone of contemporary design. If you’re aiming to pay homage to this style, blacks, whites, tans and grays should make up the bulk of your design. Occasionally, bold solids may also be used, but if so, they are typically relegated to the role of an accent shade and used sparingly.

Ultimately, you can decide whether you want to include a splash of color or to stick to mixing neutrals. However, if you choose to go the latter route, it’s a good idea to include lots of texture in your design. Remember, in design parlance,  the term “texture” refers to how an item looks like it feels. A variety of textures will help add visual interest into the space.

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Layer lighting elements for ambiance. Image: Arthur Rutenberg-Oakmont Custom Homes

Let in light

The final key to creating a contemporary design is layering plenty of lighting throughout the room, paying special attention to natural light. In this case, contemporary style borrows a detail from mid-century modern design. Whenever possible, be sure to let in lots of natural light. Windowed walls are common in these spaces, but if they’re not an option, do your best to let light in from any available windows.

After exhausting your options for natural light, it’s time to look into your typical layered options.

  • Ambient: Also known as general lighting, ambient light fills the majority of the room and allows you to move around safely. It usually comes from recessed lighting, track lighting or wall-mounted fixtures.
  • Accent: Accent lighting is used to highlight a particular focal point, such as a piece of wall art. Picture lights, wall-mounted-fixtures or track lighting are common, and dimmers are often used on these features to provide mood lighting.
  • Task: As the name suggests, task lights are used to assist you in completing a particular function. This could be anything from desk lamps to pendant lights that hang over a kitchen island.

Ideally, your room will feature at least one lighting element from each category. To add a contemporary flair to your design, focus on choosing shapely fixtures that work well with the curvy lines in your furniture. You’ll also want to choose pieces made of metals.

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Use these tips to create contemporary design in your own home. Image: Elena Calabrese Design & Decor

Unlike other styles, contemporary design is defined by the fact that it’s essentially a hodgepodge of other aesthetics from the later part of the last century. In our opinion, it’s taken the best elements of these looks to create a style that stands the test of time. If you, too, are a fan of contemporary looks, use this post as a guide for how to re-create this style in your own interiors. All it takes is a few simple steps.

What do you think of contemporary design? Will you bring this look into your own interiors? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinet Trend

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Are you ready to get in on the two-toned kitchen cabinet trend? Image: Zoe Wighton Photography

Kitchens have always been at the forefront of interior design trends and for good reason. For most of us, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in our homes, so there’s no reason not to invest in aesthetics. These days, two-toned kitchen cabinets are the look everyone seems to be clamoring over, and all it takes is one look to see why this trend is piquing homeowners’ interest.

If you, too, have fallen in love with the two-toned look, you’re in luck. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most common ways people are getting in on this trend. Read them over and decide which one works best for you. At the end of the day, whichever one you choose is guaranteed to bring plenty of visual interest to your home.

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Make one set of cabinets your focal point. Image: J NORD WOLFE General Contracting Inc.

Pick a focal point

One of the most common ways for someone to get in on this trend is through choosing one set of cabinets to become a focal point for the space. In this case, a kitchen island is usually chosen because of its central spot in the layout. However, there’s no need to feel limited by that arrangement. Before making your decision, consider using space planning applications to see how a splash of color can draw the eye to various angles of the room.

After you decide on the placement, it’s time to think about color. If you decide to go this route, remember the purpose of a focal point is to be eye-catching. It can stand up to a big and bold shade. The hue you choose is entirely up to you, but those who want to be extra on-trend may want to consider using Ultra Violet, Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year or a jewel tone.

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Consider using other materials like wood. Image: Henrybuilt

Think beyond paint

If a bold paint color isn’t quite your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to apply this look. One of them is to use two separate materials in your cabinet design. A wood finish is typically selected for part of the look, but you could, for example, mix it with laminate for a sleek, modern look or glass and aluminum to give the room an industrial feel.

If you’re planning on mixing and matching in this way, remember that design inspiration is the key to success. Use your intended design style as a starting point and then use sites like Freshome to determine which materials are most commonly used together in that aesthetic. That way, you can be sure that your final product will exceed expectations.

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Make a statement with a bold shade. Image: Heidi Caillier Design

Go darker on the bottom

Another common way to utilize this trend is by using a darker shade on your lower cabinets and a lighter shade on top. On the one hand, this look works because it allows you to make a statement by using a bold color on your lowers and simultaneously helps to ground the space. On the other, it also helps the space look larger because the lighter shade on your upper cabinets will help draw the eye upward.

In this case, you have a choice on how to present the trend. You can pair a bold color with white, as shown above. Alternatively, you could try for an ombre look. Either way, the key to pulling this look off is to repeat the lighter color in other applications throughout the room.

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Don’t forget to add a few coordinating elements. Image: Hughes Developments

Remember coordinating elements

However you decide your cabinets should look, there is one key detail to keep in mind: Each one of your cabinets should include some sort of coordinating element. Remember, when you have two distinct looks in the same space, it’s crucial to include a few details that will make it clear that they belong together.

You can go about tying your cabinets together in a few ways. In the picture above, for example, both the upper and lower cabinets fit within the same color palette. Consider using two different shades of the same color as your equalizer. However, if you’d rather include two distinct hues, you should think seriously about using the same hardware throughout the space to bring the look together.

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Use these tips to pull off the two-toned kitchen cabinet trend. Image: Tradewinds General Contracting Inc.

Kitchen design trends are nothing new, but we’re particularly excited about what’s happening right now. The two-toned kitchen cabinet design trend is here and it looks like it will be around for quite a while. Use the ideas in this post as your design inspiration to create a look that matches your personal tastes. With just a few small tweaks, you can create an on-trend look you’ll love for years to come.

What do you think of the two-toned kitchen cabinet trend? Will you consider trying it out in your own home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Joyous Layered Decor Ideas For Small Homes

Four Spaces, visualised by Hung Le, serve as great inspiration as to how a blank white canvas can be layered upon to create a joyous homey living space. Using isolated sections of breezy colour, modern artwork and clever furniture layout, the modest scale of these four homes become irrelevant. Small wall spaces are dominated by bold typographical displays that feature quirky mindful quotes. Furniture fits flush to its location but does not overbear. Accessories are patterned and plentiful but surfaces do not appear overly cluttered. It’s a balance that’s not easily achieved, but these four home tours will guide you through it, one intricately styled room at a time.

The accent colour in our first home tour has been lifted straight from the house plant, with scatter cushions on the sofa matching its green waxy leaves. A subtle thread of blue runs through accessories here too.

Boiserie decorates the white walls, giving the place an air of sophistication. A polyptych nestles within one of the panels with a dreamy swirling fish design. The furniture in this space is also predominantly white with just a few wooden accents pushing through, like the base of this contemporary sofa.

In front of the sofa, a small round coffee table is finished in a darker hue, but is brightened by a white serving tray holding a clear glass pitcher. Beneath the table a monochrome rug brings interest to a white floor. The patterned rug is complemented by a geometric art print on the far wall by the indoor plant, which is a Fiddle Leaf fig.

The wall art and dining room pendant work to anchor the eating area in place within an open plan scheme.

One black Eames armchair has been selected in offbeat contrast to three white ones.

A slim console table in the living room is crowned with a large round mirror and two wall sconces.

By the home entryway we find a small shoe bench adorned with a couple of cheerful scatter cushions. A quote decorates the wall above, dramatically lit by a spotlight. Built in cupboards with louvre doors provide a neat storage spot, and feature a small recessed shelf for stowing keys.

The second space follows a muted green scheme too but this time with a pop of cheerful yellow. Picture frames, overhead light and swing arm wall lamp create a network of black lines over a plain white wall. The Serge Mouille style double swing arm wall lamp makes the sofa into a practical reading spot for two bookworms, without cluttering up space with an additional floor lamp.

Despite limited proportions, this lounge doubles as a music room. To define the dual use of the area, wood tongue and groove planks have been installed behind a television, console unit and an in-line bookshelf. A picture and house plant sit above the keyboard to give it a standalone look.

To separate the dining spot and lounge in this small open plan living space, two entirely different styles of pendant lights have been used. In addition, one side of the dining table is actually a storage and display unit, which works to divide the area by creating a visual stop point.

The wooden unit gives the white dining table a cool asymmetric look. Two of the four Scandinavian style chairs at the table, these being the Salt Chair by Tom Kelley, have a ‘dipped’ paintwork effect that marries well with its quirkiness. Behind the dining area a sitting nook has been created within a bank of storage units. It’s clad in wood that matches with the table feature, and harbours a positive message in decorative wall letters.

The solid sides of the dining table help the room to appear simplified.

Base units in the kitchen have been given a lick of green paint to tie in with the colour story.

A black refrigerator adds weight to the light scheme.

Our third home interior has a dominant black and white design with just a hint of pale blue.

This is a slightly more minimalist look as the large black base notes need more space to ‘breathe’.

The dining table is ebony black with four white dining chairs, which are an About A Chair by Hay Replica.

The herringbone wood floor emanates a visual warmth over the room.

A mirrored panel increases the look of light and space.

Wooden bedroom pendant lights lift the look of monochrome decor.

The geometric look of the pendant shades is very sculptural, demanding as much attention as the wall prints.

The bedroom looks out over the living room through an interior glazed wall and door.

A second double bedroom is decked out with teal bed sheets, charcoal display unit and a set of white nesting tables that hold a bedside table lamp.

The doors of the wardrobe look like decorative wall panels.

The same wood runs through into the bathroom.

Lastly, this home blasts you with a cool splash of turquoise, like seaspray from a tropical ocean. Sandy hues are here too via a plentiful selection of light wood elements.

Geometric prints are a strong feature of this interior. Angular shapes are juxtaposed by large circles applied here and there over the walls.

A duo of coffee tables in a mid century modern triangular design nestle together to create a larger surface area.

The dining chairs are a selection of light turquoise and dipped wood and white finishes.

Patterned floor tiles make a feature of the home entryway.

Soft turquoise wall cabinets make a stunning addition in the kitchen.

Although different, the dining room pendant lights and the geometric living room light make a beautiful grouping thanks to a common wooden theme.

A window seat cushion carries the turquoise accent through into the master bedroom.

The home office uses a painted panelled wall to bring in colour.

Driftwood adds an easy breezy look to a bookcase.

A small plant pot brings the geometric theme into the room.

Hexagonal mosaic tiles cover the shower area.

Potted plants complete the look.

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How To Make A Cat Happy: Cat Friendly Home Design

If you loved our other cat owners apartment then you’re going to lap this up like a fresh saucer of milk. This cat friendly apartment, thoughtfully designed by Talispace, has obvious consideration for a feline companion in just about every aspect. In this photography by Hey!Cheese, we can see an open space glowing with warm afternoon sunlight, where furniture and shelving are mapped out like an agile furry friend’s playground. This peaceful little world reveals many secrets known only to the whiskered one and her owners – including a secret litter tray, a cat ladder in disguise, and a high up sleeping platform overlooking the master bedroom itself.

To quote TV’s cat expert Jackson Galaxy, cats are either ‘tree dwellers’ or ‘bush dwellers’, and tree dwellers like the one in this home need plenty of vertical space. This isn’t always easy to achieve in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, so it can be difficult to strike a balance of happiness for both feline and human inhabitants of the home. This house design strikes such a balance perfectly thanks to subtly placed shelves that provide paws with opportune climbing platforms, like the two small ones mounted between the large windows – did you spot them?

Over on the wood clad TV wall we can find a trendy arrangement of staggered shelving but it’s not all about the visual. This staggered arrangement allows a cat to comfortably leap and climb from the base console all the way up to the top of a run of storage cupboards, then onto another platform that is spanning a soffit. Alternatively, Tiddles can stop and nestle for a while (as we know cats love to do) in a cosy cabinet cut out.

Shelf accessories are kept to a minimum so as not to hinder kitty’s ascent (and to minimise unfortunate breakages!) The dual material finish and thickness of shelf confuses the human eye so that the layout doesn’t read like an obvious or cumbersome cat ladder.

The open end of a low level console reveals a small round entryway into a neighboring cabinet. This presents an opportune placement for a concealed litter tray. A covered litter tray provides a cat with a feeling of security, plus has the bonus of screening litter from the general population.

All wires are hidden away from reach, teeth and temptation.

The wooden shelves are warm and wide enough to lounge on for a cat nap.

On view items in the console are kept clean, fur free and untampered with behind clear glass doors.

A floor fan is on hand to cool down a hot furry friend from the afternoon sun.

The soft round area rug is a particularly cosy spot to curl up…

… Or flick-up with claws – which is a why a loop free pile is most suitable for a cat populated household.

The footstool of the modern sofa forms the first step in the ascent to a ceiling track…

… The next part of the journey is over a side unit and up the two shelves that climb the space between the two windows…

… A quick pit stop on the ledge over the window and a nimble return up onto a platform that runs the entire length of the open plan room. A tree dweller’s paradise.

Lots of interesting nooks and crannies await a cat’s curiosity in the storage unit that backs a home office area.

The wooden desks in the home office are pushed together to allow a little journey along the top here too.

It can be nice to have a little friendly distraction from the daily grind.

A feline friend isn’t the only animal in the room, check out the fun designer table lamp. This is the Rabbit Table Lamp by Moooi – not sure if kitty is impressed though!

The colours in this home are all very natural, creating smooth soothing surroundings. It’s a common misconception that cat’s see only in shades of grey, they are in fact thought to be trichromats (meaning they can see red, green, and blue) though not in the same way as humans.

Of course it doesn’t matter how many cat ladders, sleeping shelves, platforms and hiding places you give a cat, they will still go where they are not supposed to be; ie. the kitchen bench. Keep that antibac spray to hand people! The litter tray is literally opposite.

The home storage unit extends all the way to the ceiling, and no doubt kitty will find a way of climbing each and every part of it too.

Glass panels protect the more delicate collections and possessions from being batted off the shelves by mischievous paws.

Only easily replaceable items are placed on open shelving.

Above the closets in the master bedroom we find a platform for play by day and sleep by night – or the other way around if we know our nocturnal friends well enough!

The floor to ceiling windows provide plenty of sunlit spots for indoor sunbathing/grooming/purring.

But let’s face it. You can give your cat the whole world and they will still be at their happiest crouched in a random little box!

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