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Before the modern ceiling fan, to live in luxury the upper crust needed servants to fan them. There has always been a desire to manipulate the air for pleasure. Hand fans have been used in ballrooms  to flirt, in ceremonial dances, and during hot summers without air conditioning. [caption id="attachment_141" align="aligncenter" width="416" caption="Candelier Ceiling Fan by Casablanca"]Candelier Ceiling Fan by Casablanca[/caption] Modern ceiling fans have not abandoned the centuries of magic...
For many, a clean and sophisticated look is all they want in their home. Modern interior design deserves the beauty of a chandelier above the dining room table or in the front hall, and there are thousands of contemporary chandelier styles available. [caption id="attachment_562" align="aligncenter" width="466" caption="A Contemporary Look from Crystorama"]A Contemporary Look from Crystorama[/caption] Silver is a popular...

The clawfoot tub is the stuff of romance. They connote images of lords in manors relaxing in a tub as a servant shaves his beard. Throughout history they have never gone out of style. That's why we continue see them evolve with each decade, becoming more and more modernized. The classic Edwardian look has never lost our respect and continues to appear in luxury homes and resorts. But whether you're looking for a classic look or something fresh and new, all bathtubs need matching bathtub fillers.

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accessories - can completely change the look and feel of your space.

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When it comes to interior design, black is always a striking color. Especially if you use it in any dominant way - walls, floors, or large pieces of furniture - it's an incredibly bold and attention grabbing color. In a bathroom this is even more true. Since there's so little space to go around, and because white is typically the dominant color, choosing black for something large, like a bathroom vanity, is an especially daring choice. Like a little black dress, a black bathroom vanity is sleek, smooth, classy, and always in s...

Some homes are so architecturally distinct that they dictate the way you design inside. Victorian, Cape Cod, cottage style, and ranch homes all come with set, expected interior decor, just to name a few. But if your home doesn't conform to any particular structural form, you have a lot more freedom to choose your own decor. For me, that isn't always a blessing - it can be difficult to choose a single style, and effectively executing an eclectic design isn't easy. Especially when it comes to bathroom design, I'm always torn between decadent vintage styles and a simpler, sleeker signature vessel sink - it immediately adds a visual point of interest to your bathroom. Choosing modern bathroom vanities with wood accents is another great way to do this - in a fairly industrial style, using a natural material is quite eye catching. [caption...
One of the biggest problems with modern bathroom vanities - and, really, modern bathroom design as a whole - is that the minimal design and industrial palette tend to err a little on the side of stark, cold, and even sterile. That said, if you give your bathroom design a creative eye, it's more than possible to create a modern decor that's warm and inviting rather than a little alien. The best, most important first step is to choose modern bathroom vanities that are either made from accent tables, you're thinking ornate pieces designed to catch the eye in a larger room. But not all home decor calls for elaborate furniture, nor does furniture need to be elaborate to be eye catching. Contemporary accent tables are stunning in their simplicity, adding both functionality and design to a modern or contemporary living room. The more modern your look, the more you want something simple, sleek, and polished to match your space's minimal decor. Contemporary accent tables are all that and more.

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It's hard to find good TV trays. Many are made of cheap plastic, cheap metal, or a generic-finished wood, which makes it difficult to find one that looks like real furniture. Especially if you have a sophisticated modern decor, even an otherwise nice light oak folding table looks out of place. But never fear - your search isn't in vain. These seven TV trays are both attractive and functional, and will work great with a modern decor.

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Bookshelves are among the most utilitarian pieces of furniture in the home. By and large, they're designed to do one thing, and one thing only: shelve books. If you need to store books (or other roughly book-shaped media), you need a bookshelf, and nine times out of ten, that's simply that. But if you want your bookshelves to do double duty - say, to actually enhance your home decor as well as create some nice biblio-storage - you need to look for something a little more creative than your simple rectangular box with adjustable shelves. The right bookshelf can be a real statement piece, you just need to find one that gets a little creative. [caption id="attachment_3578" align="aligncenter" width="30...

Kitchen remodels are among the most arduous and invasive (not to mention expensive) projects you can do in your home. You might have a spare bedroom, a second bathroom, or somewhere else to stash your TV while you renovate. But chances are, you don't have a second kitchen to use while yours is out of commission. Short of your kitchen being severely dated, it's often better to opt for smaller facelifts than a full renovation. Doing something simple - like replacing kitchen sinks and kitchen faucets - costs ...

I love decorating modern living spaces. There's something unique about them - part sophisticated, part minimal, and just a little bit playful - that makes modern spaces really fun to work with. Plus, much of modern furniture design throws convention out the window, which often gives you much more room to get creative with your furnishings. Modern living room furniture - especially sofas, chairs, and sectionals - are unique and stylish as well as functional. They're easy to customize, and are fashion forward, fun, and just a little futuristic all in one. [caption id="attachment_3612" align="aligncenter" width="500" cap...
As kitchen design tends more and more toward the modern, old fashioned china cabinets and buffets are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Ornate carved mahogany and leaded glass cabinets are nothing if not beautiful, but they're out of place in an increasingly minimal dining area. That said, while many people might not want an old fashioned cabinet it an ultramoderndining room, china cabinets and dining room buffets still serve an important function, especially for people who entertain often. If you have a set of china, a separate set of dinner plates for parties, or just need an unobtrusive bar setup, you certainly need a place to store your supplies. These simple but stylish m...
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, sleeker, and more refined than their conventional counterparts. Minimal, modern chandeliers can add both style and sophistication to a contemporary living space, without any of the overblown decadence of a traditional crystal chandelier. [caption id="attachment_3696" align="aligncenter" width="354" caption="Hemispheres 6 Light Chandelier From ELK L...
Long time blog readers will know I have a conflicted relationship with modern bathroom design. I like my bubble baths cozy and relaxing, and a minimal, industrial, modern bathroom design can all too easily feel cold and sterile. But what I do love about modern design is that it has so much more room for creativity and playfulness than any traditional decor. So despite my recalcitrance to adopt concrete floors and glass tiling, I can admit a certain affection for modern designer bathroom vanities, especially ones with metallic accents. They're a little bit different, a lotta bit daring, and, most importantly, creative in a decor that mostly thrives on sameness. [caption id="attachment_3717" align="aligncenter" width="220" caption="Silver Foil Designer Bathroom Vanity From Legion...
If there's one thing that European furniture designers do incredibly well, it's designing pieces that are small in size but big on style, and Iotti is no exception. An Italian company that specializes in designer bathroom vanities, Iotti has a whole collection of sophisticated modern bathroom furnishings ideally suited for a smaller, urban space. From stylish designs that open up a small bathroom floorplan to whole collections of flexible storage options, Iotti offers a variety of small bathroom solutions that allow you to have a...
It's shower week here on homethangs, and today I want to talk a little bit about shower doors. Now, there are plenty of reasons you might prefer a shower curtain to a glass shower door, but if you want a sleek, sophisticated looking bathroom, and especially if you want your bathroom renovation to add value to your home, you really can't beat shower doors for style - or as a long-term investment. Depending on the scope of your project, it can even be worth replacing your existing shower door to update your look. [caption...

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I have a pretty eclectic design taste, but when it comes to a modern design, I strongly prefer styles that are more elegant than angular, eschewing geometric, utilitarian designs in favor of more artistic minimal lines. You can only imagine how happy I am to discover that one of the most famous modern bathroom designers in Europe has finally started to become available in the US. Laufen is a Swiss-bas...
You might think of ceramic as being a generic, even boring choice for a bathroom - just plain white and not particularly spectacular. But while ceramic is, certainly, a traditional material for the bathroom, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's old fashioned or even overused. In fact, many European designers are turning decades worth of experience in ceramic crafting toward creating modern, elegant, and striking bathroom fixtures out of a time-tested and reliable material. Ceramic wall mounted sinks are becoming especially popular, and are a great way to fundamentally change the look and feel of your bathroom. [caption id="attachment_4416" align="aligncenter"...
Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a very love/hate on-again off-again relationship with modern bathroom design. In a lot of ways, I think I'm a little too traditional to fall head-over-heels for a straight laced industrial modern design. It always strikes me as too cold, too impersonal - not exactly the environment I want for my bubble bath. But I've always had a place in my heart for minimalist design. So with that in mind, I've picked out a few of my favorite modern bathroom vanities - once that are simple and sleek, but with just a touch of sophistication for a polished, classy (if not classic!) modern bathroom. [caption id="attachment_4576" align="aligncenter" width="329"]fireplace without all the work or expense of installing one? If that sounds pretty good to you, you're in luck! Ventless fireplaces are easy to inst...
For the first time ever this year, transitional style surpassed traditional design as the most popular choice for bathrooms. In fact, the shift toward more contemporary styles is one of the most important bathroom trends for 2013. But what does that mean, exactly, and how does it apply to YOUR bathroom? Today I'd like to take a look at transitional bathroom vanities as an example of how you can bring a more modern design into your bathroom without sacrificing the best parts of a traditional style.

So What Is Transitional?

[caption id="attachment_4854" align="aligncenter" width="480"]PolArt, a specialty furniture designer from Mexico, offers modern furniture and accent pieces that are all this and more, with breathtaking takes on classical furnishings made with brightly colored polyresin, perfect for a statement piece that will really wow.

By and large, outdoor furniture isn't terribly interesting. Sure, it can be attractive. But I'd venture to say it's not often that you find an outdoor patio set that's really unusual or unique. If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining and want an outdoor furniture set that will really wow, you need to think a little bit outside the box of traditional wrought iron, teak, and natural or resin wicker furniture. To get a look that's really bold and one of a kind, look for something like the amazingly, almost outrageously modern outdoor furniture from PolArt.

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