The first modernist homes began popping up in the early 1900s. These sleek, unornamented designs completely broke from the traditional, neoclassical style that dominated the landscape. It took decades— almost a century, in fact — for the modern design concept to be adopted on a broader scale. Now (at varying degrees), cities over the United States have seen a surge of modernist residences pop-up. What once was rare, bold, and avant-garde is now becoming common and almost cookie-cutter.

Which is leaving home-buyers wondering, "How do I make my modern home different from the rest?"

And what a valid question! We, designers who thrive in the modernist and mid-century space, love this wide-spread adoption, but we also believe homes should be unique to the owners who live in them. Hence, why we were so excited to be brought on to project Lontos.

When the young, Dallas couple purchased their first home, they couldn't have been happier with the exterior aesthetic. They knew, however, the townhome had been built for the masses — not for them. The new homeowners wanted to make the house their own, keeping the modern-style flowing throughout their space. They started researching interior designers, and that's when they found us.

To give the couple a home unique to them, we designed each room to have a bold, eye-catching element. For the living space, we painted a black accent wall, which contrasted against the surrounding white walls and warm furnishings. Each bedroom received a textured accent wall: one with wood-inspired, herringbone wallpaper and the other with diagonal coffering.

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In the end, we turned their modern home into the modern home of their dreams. And while one wouldn't know it from the outside, the townhouse has been completely personalized to the ones who dwell there.

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When it comes to redesigning one's outdoor space, oftentimes people wait until summer's final days to catch those "end-of-season" sales. While the price reduction can be quite tempting, the selection that's left during these sales is also quite limiting.

 

Trust us — we've found this out the hard way.

 

Even when designing projects mid-summer, we've ran into the issue of items going out-of-stock between the client selection and purchasing stages. Then, we're left selecting "next-best" pieces or waiting well into the fall for the backordered item. Neither of these options are desirable for us or, more importantly, the client.

 

That's why we recommend starting the design process as soon as possible. But if summer's already underway and you do feel like a redesign is needed, reach out to a designer immediately. That way, they can give you a realistic idea of whether or not it's possible to get that fresh look this summer or if waiting until next summer would suit you best.

 


 

 


 

If you're feeling inspired, let us know! We'll provide our professional opinion on when would be the best time to give your outdoor space the renovation you've been wanting. Or, if you like the look above, you can shop it at rewardStyle.


Oh, the beautiful and seemingly temperamental orchid. This large-blooming flower is one of the most simple, yet effective, pieces of decor, but many people shy away from them for one reason — they’ve had unsuccessful experiences with orchids in the past.

 

Our advice: Don’t give up yet! Orchids aren’t as hard to care for as they seem — the process is simply different. Since we often place orchids in our client’s homes, we feel it’s only fair to provide a list of orchid care tips to get the most out of your plant.

 

Potting & Soil

Orchids can be overwatered, so adequate drainage is key to keeping the plant’s moisture level just right. Place your orchid in a pot with plenty of drainage holes so excess water can completely drain. Additionally, use fast-draining soil. Moss-based or bark-based potting mixes are recommended. Keep in mind, a moss mix will retain more water, so you won’t need to water as frequently.

Water

When it comes to watering orchids, the most common mistake is overwatering them. How frequent to water your orchid depends on climate, humidity, and potting mix, but typically orchids only need to be watered every few days. One way to check your plant’s moisture levels is to gently push into the soil. If your fingers feel moisture on them, they’re still good. If you don’t feel anything, it’s time to water.

 

Light

Orchids love lots of light, but not dierect light. If possible, they should be placed near a south or east facing window.

 

Fertilizer

Fertilizer is essential for promoting reblooming in your dormant orchid. You should feed it with a balanced houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20) either weekly or monthly, depending on the type of orchid.

 

Pruning

Since orchids rarely rebloom on the same stem, you should cut the flower spike at the base of the stem once the blooms have completely dried out. 

 


Now you can grab an orchid at your local grocery store or nursery and get to potting!

For this Before & After, we wanted to showcase a project that was several years in the making. Our clients purchased their condo in 2012, knowing their kitchen needed to be updated to fit their minimalist, modern style. They met with numerous designers, locally and internationally, but felt as though no one truly understood their vision.



When we finally met the clients and they explained their ideas to us, we got it. We knew how to give them their dream kitchen and also breath modernity into the rest of their space. 



We took away the bold lines and introduced continuity throughout their home. In other words, we were able to bring their concept to life!



If you like this design, check out all the photos from this project here!

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