[UPDATED] Modern House Numbers

                                Since this post has been one of our most read and asked about, we decided to give it an update, as it’s *11* years old! Take a look at some of our favorite modern house numbers to bring another layer of visual interest to your home’s exterior.
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                                These <a href="http://www.dwr.com/accessories-outdoor/neutra-modern-house-numbers/6209.html?lang=en_US" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Neutra Modern House Numbers</a> were designed by Richard Neutra and they&#8217;re made by House Industries. They&#8217;re sleek, well made, and perfectly minimalist.
House numbers are really just to help people find your house, right? Well, that doesn’t mean they have to be ugly! These are authentic Eichler house numbers, available from Eichler Numbers. Heath Ceramics has three-dimensional clay tiles that come in two versions – fatter numbers done in collaboration with House Industries that pay homage to Charles and Ray Eames, and thinner ones that give nod to Richard Neutra. Handmade out of raw aluminum, these modern house numbers are from CB2
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Poketo Aurora Wall and Daily Planners Color the Days Ahead

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                                We can&#8217;t remember the last time we&#8217;ve ever felt the slightest urge to grace our walls with a printed wall calendar. Yet, here we are, slaves to Google Calendar, and totally entranced by the colorful allure of this <a href="https://www.poketo.com/collections/planners/products/aurora-wall-planner"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Poketo Aurora Wall Planner</a> monthly calendar.
With dimensions of 30.1″ x 20.6″, these poster size sheets divided by month practically beg to be framed, except for the fact they’re best used with a pen and a penchant for planning.

The real question is whether to dole each sheet every month, or to display the entire spectrum as a group. There isn’t really a wrong way to display these.

But let’s say you’re adamant to keep the walls free from clutter. That’s okay because there’s the Poketo Daily Weekly Monthly Planner. The spiral bound planner isn’t just a pretty face on the outside; the interior of this 170 page planner is
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Everything You Need to Know About Buying the Perfect Rug for Your Home

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A throw rug can make or break a room’s design. Image: Thomas Towne Reavey Inc.

Shop a similar look: Rug | Throw Pillows | Coffee Table | Throw Blanket The right throw rug can absolutely pull together a room’s design. But limited sizing options and high price tags have a tendency to make homeowners shy away from committing to a purchase. It doesn’t need to be that way. With a little forethought and research, you can pick the perfect rug every time. If you’re in the market for a great area rug, read on. We’ve compiled a list of our best tips and tricks for how to figure out which rug works best for you. Keep this post in your back pocket — you
choose color first
think about function
rug size
furniture placement
perfect rug
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Block Shop Unveils Collection of Architecturally Inspired Woodblock Prints

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                                I count myself amongst an already enthusiastic group of fans of the graphical and fashionable handmade textiles of sister-operated Los Angeles based <a href="https://www.blockshoptextiles.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Block Shop</a>. The brainchild of sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman, Block Shop&#8217;s catalog of scarves, pillows, linens, and rugs hit a sweet spot, landing somewhere between the hippie-dipped SoCal desert artistry currently popular with the design cognoscenti and an architectural graphical precision identifiable across their oeuvre. Now they&#8217;ve transferred this penchant for architectural motifs <a href="http://design-milk.com/block-shops-soleri-scarf-comes-fruition/" data-wpel-link="internal">imprinted onto fabric</a> over onto a new medium – a <a href="https://www.blockshoptextiles.com/collections/woodblock-prints"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">collection of woodblock prints</a> intended to beautify our walls.
Unveiled and exhibited this week inside the walls of Rachel Comey Los Angeles, each of the six woodblock designs reflect the duo’s affinity for Art Deco detailing found across two continents, specifically those decorating the movie palaces of India and Downtown Los Angeles (the “two far-flung homes” of the Stockman sisters).

Friday Five with Ralph Pucci

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                                <em><a href="https://www.ralphpucci.net/About" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ralph Pucci</a> is the legendary man behind the eponymously named luxury furniture, lighting, and mannequin company with a trio of showrooms in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. It all began in the 1950s when his parents began fabricating mannequins in their basement. Two decades later, Ralph joined and grew the business to what it is today, one of the most highly respected gallery/showrooms in the world. His <a href="https://ralphpuccimannequins.net/Index.asp" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">mannequin</a> designs were and are notorious for being life-size works of art, along with additional collaborations with various fashion designers, illustrators, and supermodels, and can be spotted in high-end stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom. Pucci added furniture in 1989 after working with French interior designer Andrée Putman on a mannequin. Putman requested that he represent her work in the United States, which has led to a roster of international designers, including Patrick Naggar, Jens Risom, Vladimir Kagan, <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-314517" src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/08/F5-Ralph-Pucci-1-chet-baker-810x803.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="803" srcset="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/08/F5-Ralph-Pucci-1-chet-baker.jpg 810w, http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/08/F5-Ralph-Pucci-1-chet-baker-100x100.jpg 100w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/08/F5-Ralph-Pucci-1-chet-baker-800x793.jpg 800w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/08/F5-Ralph-Pucci-1-chet-baker-768x761.jpg 768w, http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/08/F5-Ralph-Pucci-1-chet-baker-500x496.jpg 500w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/08/F5-Ralph-Pucci-1-chet-baker-110x110.jpg 110w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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The Importance of Contrast in Interior Design (Plus, How to Make It Work for You)

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Contrast is an essential component of any interior design project. Image: Ann Lowengart Interiors

Interior design buffs know how important a room’s first impression can be. There are some spaces that, upon first glance, make your breath catch because its elements are so visually striking, yet still fit together. Other rooms seem to fall flat, almost like something is missing. Contrast is the secret ingredient that gives those memorable spaces their impact. When used correctly, this foundational design principle can add a huge dose of visual interest to your interiors while simultaneously pulling it together. Many consider it an essential component to any successful interior. However, if you’re new to this idea, don’t worry, this post is for you. Read on to learn more about the importance of contrast,
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Countless ways to create contrast.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Add visual weight with texture.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use varying materials.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Use geometric shapes.
Contrast monochromatic colors.
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A Rotterdam Office Relocates to a Renovated Historic Building

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                                FinTech&#8217;s company <a href="http://www.studio-tomorrow.com/work#/interior-design-bridgevest/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Bridgevest</a> relocated offices to the center of Rotterdam to Veerhaven, an area where architectural character still remains. They chose a building from 1890 to renovate with the help of <a href="http://www.studio-tomorrow.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Tomorrow</a>, who came in with a light, colorful design plan that also kept historical details intact. The building was once a bank with the bank owner and his family residing there – there&#8217;s still a safe in the cellar!
Historic elements remain, while a contemporary identity adds a fresh layer to propel the company into the future. Studio Tomorrow thoughtfully merged the past with the needs of a modern office, and did so with visually appealing furniture and lighting, a fun color palette, and a unique custom wall carpet. Along with designing the interiors, Studio Tomorrow designed a custom, 100 square meter carpet for the wall that not only helped with acoustics, it brought an artistic element
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Defining a Style Series: What is Nordic Design? A Blend of Form and Function

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Embrace Nordic simplicity.

Scandinavian design embraces simplicity at its best. Image: Stefani Stein

We can’t say enough good things about Nordic design. Though this aesthetic has been around since the post-World War II era — and even longer in Northern Europe — it has recently experienced a sharp spike in popularity. Since the look is defined by clean lines, chic minimalism and an overall airy feel, it’s not hard to see why so many are intent on bringing a Scandinavian feel to their interiors. However, it’s not always easy to take design inspiration from a photo and bring it to life. In this case, you might wonder how to keep Scandinavian interiors from feeling too stark or what type of furniture works best with the look.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Add comfortable accents.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Pick furniture with clean lines.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Choose monochromatic colors.
Don't forget negative space.
Try Nordic style.
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