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  • Blog Post: Backyard Water Fountains

    Backyard Water Fountains Set the Mood Today backyard water fountains are available in many variations and styles. Here are a few that we think you might like, and some features to look for when selecting the perfect outdoor water fountains. Gardenfall Contemporary Dark Copper Fountain...
  • Blog Post: Enter the Weekend with Some Stylish Entryways

    Unique entryway with geometric tiles. Hello Friday! I thought we could enter the weekend in style by looking at a few stylish entryways... The entryway above is actually a restaurant in Mexico, but it looks like it would be an amazing home... It used to be an artist's studio, which could be...
  • Blog Post: Get the Look - A Modern Outdoor Living Room

    Lately, outdoor living rooms have become de rigeur in outdoor living spaces. Gone are the days of the metal folding chairs with the woven plastic seats that would burn the back of your legs when you sat down. Or do you remember the lounge chairs with the tubing stretched across the frame? Those...
  • Blog Post: Stylish Lighting For Nighttime Outdoor Entertaining

    Add stylish lighting to your outdoor entertaining. What's better than entertaining good friends at home?... Entertaining at night... outdoors! Maybe it's just because I love nighttime in general, but I find that hanging out with friends and family after the sun goes down means a more intimate...
  • Blog Post: Outdoor Kitchen Lighting

    Outdoor kitchens have been gaining in popularity as outdoor spaces evolve beyond your basic BBQ, table and chairs. Outdoor kitchen lighting is a key component of an outdoor kitchen’s design – you need to be able to see the fabulous recipe you’re preparing, right? How many times have...
  • Blog Post: Backyard Living Ideas - Outdoor Fire Pits

    Outdoor living isn't just about a grill and a table and chairs anymore. Outdoor fire pits are gaining popularity and enhance your outdoor living experience. These days people have full-on outdoor kitchens and fully appointed outdoor living rooms and many outdoor spaces now include fire pits. A...
  • Blog Post: Stylishly Modern Patio Blueprint

    Modern patio style with a pop of color and modern lighting. As the weather continues to warm up, I'll continue to show you how to make your backyard somewhere you'll want to be, and hopefully invite others as well. There's a couple important things to address, such as lighting, seating...
  • Blog Post: Festive Outdoor Decor Ideas

    Fun, festive outdoor decor for Cinco de Mayo. It's that time of year again... Here are some outdoor decor ideas for fun, festive decor in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Whether you're celebrating indoors or out, there're simple ways to make your party appropriately stylish for this holiday. ...
  • Blog Post: Cool Off In Style With Contemporary Ceiling Fans

    Mid century modern living room with contemporary ceiling fan. The weather is finally starting to warm up everywhere and Instagram is full of Spring-like photos... So, now is the time to plan how to cool off this Summer. We have a suggestion, try contemporary ceiling fans so you can stay cool without...
  • Blog Post: Modern Outdoor Furniture: Get Your Summer On!

    Are you guilty of neglecting your patio and then when Summer comes around you wish you had a beautiful modern outdoor space? No need to put it off, just a couple simple additions can help you get your Summer on! Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs Simple, white spaces are typical to any modern...
  • Blog Post: Modern Outdoor Living: Experience The Relaxation

    Long summer days and hot summer nights are finally upon us and now is the time to maximize your modern outdoor living experience in your own backyard. The Nevis Pool and Garden Pavilion (above) can be used year round, but when the doors open up on this glass structure, that's when you're using...
  • Blog Post: Modern Architecture Begs for Stylish Landscape Lighting

    Image from Bieke Claessens Beautiful, modern architecture without landscape lighting would be like a good movie without a soundtrack... Impressive architecture should be exposed and available to witness even at night. But for many, lighting the outdoors is filled with a whole lot of questions and...
  • Blog Post: Outdoor Lighting in Prep For Spring

    With spring in the air it’s time to set your sights on sprucing up your outdoor spaces. One of the easiest, and most effective ways to do so is by updating your lighting. If you’re a traditionalist start by adding a pair of outdoor lanterns to each side of your front door and you’ll...
  • Blog Post: The Modern Outdoor Bathroom

    Sure, selecting the right building materials is key when creating the look and feel that you want for your bath, or rather your personal oasis. Natural materials, such as wood and stone will give you the feeling of being at a spa or retreat. But, why not take it one step further and take your tub and...
  • Blog Post: Modern Décor for Dads

    Let's face it, Dads can be hard to shop for. Here's what you need to do... Figure out what kind of Dad he is. What does he like to do? What type of personality does he have? Still not sure? Here are some ideas... MAD MEN Does your Dad have retro style? Well, every Dad needs a cool lounge...
  • Blog Post: Dark Nights Require Dark Sky Lights

    The bright spots on the map say it all. There's not a whole lot of dark sky, but an abundance of dark sky lights. Light "pollution" is everywhere. Urban planners and environmentalists alike claim that light pollution interferes with our natural bio rhythms and disconnects us from the...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Creating Your Modern Outdoor Space

    It's that time of year again! Get ready to spend more time in your modern outdoor space, both day and night. There's just a few things you need to consider as you prepare your outdoor space. FUNCTION The first thing you should do before selecting outdoor lighting , purchasing outdoor furniture...
  • Blog Post: Around The World: Infinity Pools and Landscape Architecture

    Image from Blasen Landscape Architecture With daylight savings now in effect and the first day of spring just around the corner we thought it would be fitting to feature some of the world's greatest infinity pools and landscape architecture. Starting our tour stateside is a private residence...
  • Blog Post: Outdoor Chic: Relax in Style

    Relaxing on your patio is the perfect way to spend these hot summer nights! Making your outdoors chic is as simple as adding bold pops of color. This ceramic stool is not only a beautiful piece of outdoor decor, but functional too. Lush greens, concrete fireplace, and large planters create a serene backdrop...
  • Blog Post: Visionary Landscape Designs for Public Spaces

    Not since the City Beautiful movement of the late 19th century and its most prominent advocates (including landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of New York's Central Park) have designers, policy-makers and the public embraced ambitious landscape designs for public spaces. Today, as...
  • Blog Post: It's a Floating Lake House

    Many memories are made vacationing at a lake in the summertime, and often times they are too good to ever stop experiencing. Becca and Doug Worpie feel this exact way about the rugged coast of Georgian Bay where they've made a trip to every year of their life. The environment is rough and unpredictable...
  • Blog Post: Landscape + Art = Modern Design Inspiration

    When we think of landscape design, we usually consider the interplay of foliage, hardscape features and outdoor lighting . A water feature may play into the mix too, but rarely do we consider art work or finding any type of usable modern design inspiration. LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), a non...
  • Blog Post: Brent's Event Recap: Thinking Big at Dwell on Design 2012

    My experience at the 2012 Dwell on Design show at the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend can be best summed up by a well-worn cliche: what a difference a year makes. Whereas last year's Dwell on Design Show seemed retrenched under the specter of the euro zone crisis (and completely out of...
  • Blog Post: Urban Gardens: Designed for the City

    Spring has sprung and for some of you so has your green thumb! For many urban planners, rooftop gardens are a high priority. Not only for their decorative impact, but for their environmental impact as well. Roof gardens can reduce the overall heat absorption of the builiding drastically which in turn...
  • Blog Post: Portable Beach House Design: Permanant Summer

    Why not hold on to Summer as long as possible and just follow it?! This portable beach house design will let you do just that! Designed by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects , this home was made to rest within the coastal erosion zone, where all buildings must be removable. So, the "hut"...

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