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  • Summer is upon us, and most of us–even those of us with the best designed homes–are craving a summer vacation. But it’s a big world out there, and summer is short. Take this quiz to find out which design destination suits your style. Bon voyage! The post Design Quiz: Where You Should Go On Your Summer Vacation appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • When you think of your outdoor living space, do you envision a few lounge chairs and a grill scattered across the patio? The fact is, modern outdoor living at its best embodies all of the style, comfort and joy of indoor living, with the added benefits of a natural setting and fresh air. In 2018, […] The post Outdoor Living Design Trends 2018 appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • Harvest Gold. Avocado. Rust. The earthy, dusty tones that found their way into the zeitgeist riding the bohemian coattail trends of the hippie movement and the 1970s at large are seldom considered modern design options by contemporary decorating standards. And it’s true, a home outfitted with all the aforementioned colors at once would look like […] The post 10 Spaces with Earth Tones Done Right a...

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  • Every May, ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) explodes onto the design scene in New York, with hundreds of designers from around the world showing off their newest and best furniture, lighting and decor designs. We had the chance to attend once more this year, and are pretty excited by what we saw. We saw a […] The post Our Favorite Things from ICFF 2018 appeared first on Design Matt...

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  • When I think “modern,” I think clean lines, airy spaces and thoughtfully curated collections. And, too often, when I’ve thought “garden,” the first thing that came to mind was a traditional cottage patch, bursting with rambling rose vines and wildflowers in excess. But who says a garden can’t be modern? Design principles that make an […] The post 8 Inspirations for a Modern Summer Garden appeared ...

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  • Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes blue skies, green grass and plenty of sunlight. While you may want to throw your windows open and let the warm breezes flow in, you may also feel just as compelled to throw a bunch of clutter right out said window to create a light, […] The post Steal This Style: Summer Living Room appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • Working within the confines of a smaller room’s size limit requires some out-of-the-box thinking that may be overwhelming for the typical apartment dweller. Luckily, there are designers out there who have already done the hard part for us by developing stylish, yet utilitarian, furniture that’s ideal for smaller homes. A little creativity and ingenuity are […] The post Small Spaces, Big Style appe...

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  • Imagine a world in which breaking ground on a new house would simply require pushing “print.” This reality is technically available today, thanks to 3D printing. While the 3D printer has made its mark on the manufacturing industry, creative 3D printing startups and companies have shifted their focus to a larger market: building. The homes […] The post The Art + Science Behind 3D Printed Houses app...

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  • If you’re familiar with modern design, you’ve most likely heard of Philippe Starck. A prolific designer from France, Starck is responsible for over 10,000 creations, spanning across all areas of architecture, interior and product design. Throughout all of Starck’s designs, whether large or small, there are particular design elements that are undeniably “Starck.” Among the […] The post Micro/Macro ...

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  • Tokyo was practically made for design lovers. Between its world-famous street fashion, great food, and amazing architecture, there is something for everyone in this vibrant city. Tokyo has always had much to offer visitors. But in the past ten years, tourism has grown to new heights, much like the skyscrapers in the city’s center. A […] The post Destination Design: Tokyo appeared first on Design M...

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  • Contemporary, rustic, commercial, ethereal—throw a dart at a thesaurus and you’ll find an apt description for the iconic George Nelson Bubble Lamps. This beloved and recognizable collection has been a fixture in stylish interiors since the early 1950s, after prolific designer George Nelson was inspired by some silk-covered Swedish lamps, which were beautiful but expensive […] The post George Nelso...

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  • ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is set to begin later this month in New York City, showcasing contemporary furniture and decor from all around the world. But instead of joining other designers in Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from May 20-23, New Zealand lighting and furniture design company, Resident, is taking a somewhat different tack. They are […] The post Travelling Withou...

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  • The spring show of the biannual High Point Market in North Carolina just wrapped, and we’re here to tell you all about what interior trends to expect this year. As one of the largest home furnishings industry trade shows in the world (with an international influence and presence), it’s the place to be when it […] The post High Point Market – 2018 Furniture Trends appeared first on Design Matters b...

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  • Oftentimes, lighting a small room can be just as challenging as lighting a large one. But if done correctly, you can make that small room—or small apartment—look larger and achieve the right level of brightness and openness with the proper lighting fixture choices. After thinking through the room’s form, function and size (and if you’re […] The post 5 Ways to Light Small Spaces appeared first on D...

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  • Keeping a outdoor space well lit is a great way to make your backyard more livable, up the curb appeal of your front yard and keep away sprained ankles. Planning can be tricky. But when done correctly, light will not just keep you seeing in the dark, but can even improve your spaces in new […] The post Modern Outdoor Design, After Dark appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • Designer Claire Paquin is, in a word, “busy.” Her interior design firm, Clean Design, has received countless awards and recognition for interior design projects throughout Manhattan and other parts of New York (Westchester and Fairfield counties, and beyond). Additionally, she runs a non-profit and is mother to two active daughters. But between her tight schedule and […] The post Designer Spotligh...

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  • When it comes to finding new outdoor lighting, your favorite design style is important. But it shouldn’t stop there. In addition to aesthetics, you want to make sure that you’re choosing the right fixtures for security, durability, curb appeal and wayfinding (being able to see how to get from one location to another). And they […] The post Things to Look For in Outdoor Lighting appeared first on D...

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  • As spring continues to gather momentum here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are drawn out into the great outdoors (or maybe just the backyard, as a start). The rising of the mercury means that we want to get our spaces into shape for lounging and, even better, for hosting. Nothing beats having your crew over […] The post Design Quiz: What’s Your Outdoor Style? appeared first on Design Matters by Lu...

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  • Once spring has arrived, opportunities to host and enjoy your backyard spaces start to, well, spring up fast. Between barbecues, family lunches and afternoon happy hours, there’s a multitude of reasons to enjoy your outdoor space by adding to or updating your current outdoor dining situation. Looking to create an inspiring, stylish space in your […] The post Steal This Style: Modern Bohemian Backy...

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  • No matter how impeccably decorated a home is, beneath the surface is inevitably…clutter. It’s a fact of life with which we learn to coexist, but it still lurks under the bed or stuffed into dark closets and drawers. We’ve all done the frantic shuffling of tucking things away before impromptu guests are hosted, right? Since […] The post 5 Sleek Solutions for Hiding Unsightly Home Items appeared fir...

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  • There’s no denying it— spring is here; bringing with it brighter days, longer evenings and more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. What better way to kick off the season than by sprucing up your patio or backyard? Creating an outdoor dining room is a perfect strategy to spend more time outside and makes for the […] The post How to Create an Entertaining Outdoor Space appeared first on Design Mat...

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  • Are you as excited as we are that spring is here? You can feel it. It’s getting warmer outside. That means breaking out of hibernation mode and enjoying that outdoor space you worked so hard on last year. There are many ways to perk up your yard once it defrosts. But one piece of maintenance […] The post 10 Tips to Update Your Outdoor Lighting appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • Pulling the perfect space together takes a lot of work. From the right furniture and fittings to the perfect trinket, you take care in selecting what goes into you home. So why does the design come off as lifeless and sterile? Well, maybe because it has nothing living in it. Not a mastiff, but a […] The post Plants to Match Your Design Style appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • While spring may make the desire to add color overwhelming, don’t be too hasty in your grab for the paint roller. Color is tricky, and it can go totally over the top if you’re not careful. There are great ways to get the rich, bright and vibrant hues you are craving in your home. Neutral […] The post 7 Ways to Add a Pop of Color to Your Home appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • Have you ever dreamt of buying a “fixer upper?” With home improvement shows, including the aptly-titled Fixer Upper, and design makeover blogs becoming more and more popular, it’s no surprise that many people are taking an interest in buying “project houses.” While a house with room to renovate might be a challenge, it’s also a […] The post What to Know Before You Buy a Fixer Upper appeared first ...

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  • Planning the perfect backyard can be a challenge, even for the most seasoned exterior designers. There are always countless variables to consider, many of which will be unique to that project. For example, is your backyard garden area small and feeling cramped, demanding a detail-oriented upgrade? Alternatively, is the garden large and barren, requiring a […] The post How to Deal with Difficult Ga...

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  • Have you ever found yourself staring at a room in your home wondering how it got so drab, and how you could enliven it? More often than not, the answer is simple: color. There’s just something energizing and wonderful about bringing new and different colors into your living space. But if you’re not a professional […] The post How to Brighten Your Living Spaces with Color appeared first on Design M...

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  • Take one trip and you’ll quickly learn that inspiration can be found in every corner of the world—which makes traveling and design the perfect combo. With everything from boutique hotels to swanky restaurants and iconic residences out there to uncover, it’s easy for the design aficionado to come down with a never-ending case of wanderlust. […] The post 10 Bucket List Destinations for Great Design ...

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