How to Mix Modern Style with Classic Designs

Mixing different design styles can be a tad bit tricky, wouldn’t you say? A room can just as easily look collected as it can look ALL over the place. After visiting EQ3′s new San Francisco store front last week, we realized that there’s a simple science to making rooms feel uber modern but not cookie cutter. It all comes down to one very important {and proven!} theory: start with a classic design.

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And what’s more classic than Herman Miller? Nothing. Herman Miller is to modern design what peanut butter is to jelly- they need each other. And just like the new swirl PB&J {already mixed in the jar!}, they are one. Starting with a classic Eames lounger is the way to make modern feel, well, modern, but also totally timeless. Your space will feel alive- rather than cold and futuristic. And after that, the rest is history!

As that living room illustrates, layering styles doesn’t have to be complex, nor involve a whole lot of stuff! What’s that mantra – oh yeah – keep it simple {stupid!}. Start with a classic Herman Miller piece {like the lounger or coffee table- that just happen to be on sale here!} and then bring in the edgier, yet still streamlined, details. An architectural metal arc lamp makes a soaring statement and is a classic in its own right. Smaller modern accessories like a sculptural vase {love this one!} and a geometric accent pillow stand strong next to it. And don’t forget a conversation-starting art piece – our decor secret weapon if you will!

If you happen to be itching for a more modern take on your home, you’ll be excited to learn that EQ3 is having a sale on a number of their classics, including this gorgeous plywood chair that we’ve had our hearts set on! You’ll def want to add these great deals to your shopping cart before we do! 15% off Herman Miller pieces ends June 9th!  - Bianca

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Get The Look:

> Maple Mirror
> Metal Cast Floor Lamp
> Leather Magazine Rack
> Flirt Accent Pillow
> Shadow Vase
> Noguchi Coffee Table
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
> Tessa Mod Shelf
> Framed Skull Art Print
> Copper Candleholder
> Grey Wool Sitara Rug

image via Domus Nova

Well FCUK, this is H.O.T!

Don’t believe in love at first sight? I beg you to reconsider.

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Because the Spring French Connection Homeware Collection had me at hello.

Even though I’m super happy with how far the Loft has come, now I have an itch to do it all again! Thank goodness the French Connection’s new “Soft Industrial” Collection isn’t available in the US because I’d be in big trouble. It’s like it was made with me in mind. Soft gray hues. A mix of textures and materials. Chic modern lines. And a safari chair!!

Even though I can’t get any of these pieces at the moment, that doesn’t mean I can’t start a wishlist {should anyone across the pond want to do a little shopping and shipping for me!}.

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I am SO coveting that fisheye mirror. If you are in Europe, please let me know if these pieces are as fabulous as they look!

IF YOU FEEL LIKE SHOPPIN’:

> Fisheye Mirror

> Hook and Rope Pendant

> Leaning Shelves

> Bar Stool

> Leather Slingback Chair

> Ceramic Pots

Designer Files: {The Well Travelled Apartment}

You may be sensing a theme around here and it has something to do with the fact that we’re addicted to the idea of traveling this year! It’s the one thing that will make you richer and fulfilled far beyond what any trip may have cost. The memories and self discovery will stay with you a life time. And one of the best ways to keep the experience alive is by collecting keepsakes from your travels in your home- one of the many reasons we’re obsessed with Naja Munthe’s Copenhagen flat!

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At first glance, the home is balanced and peaceful. The streamlined design and clean aesthetic capture you and the modern pieces make for beautiful statements throughout. But look a little deeper and you notice what really makes the space a home- objects and figurines, vases and baskets fill various corners and shelves, bringing life and history to an otherwise sparse space. Bet you won’t guess that the chandelier is actually a floor lamp that Naja decided to flip upside down and hang on the ceiling! No big deal.

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While the dining room with those bookshelves {holding over 500 books!} is utterly gorgeous, we can’t get enough of the bedroom! It’s a perfect example that you don’t need much more than a bed to make a space super luxe and relaxing. Naja’s room begs the question: who needs a headboard??

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And speaking of genius, we’re loving the little details in this bathroom. A lantern and tiny wooden stool in the shower do the trick. One or two thoughtlfully placed pieces can go such a long way- just take a look at that painted skull!

Now just because you haven’t taken a trip to North Africa or Eastern Europe doesn’t mean you can’t get a similar feel in your own home. Shopping vintage and antique stores allows you to get your hands on some one of a kind, well worn and well traveled pieces. But don’t forget that you need to mix in some modern pieces to keep your space from looking like a dusty old shop- think metallic accents, carved wooden pieces and dark, glamorous patterns!

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get your shop on: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 

What piece do you have to have?!

images via Mad & Bolig