Cool Contemporary Kitchens

Are you planning a new contemporary kitchen or a complete redo of your current one? Right now we’re seeing a lot of attention being given to contemporary and modern kitchens on Pinterest. Sleek lines, upscale finishes and touches of  wood to warm up stone and metal are all on display in these popular images. Sometimes, even a small update can make a kitchen space sing. Here are eight contemporary kitchen ideas we’re loving this week:

Contemporary Kitchen

Wood, stone and metal come together in a most appealing way in the fabulous kitchen above.

Contemporary Kitchen

Natural light fills this fantastic galley kitchen. Below counter storage abounds and open shelving can be used for decorative accents, dishes and serving pieces.

Contemporary Kitchen Warm wood cabinets, table and modern chairs are a fascinated contrast to sleek concrete in this inviting eat-in kitchen.

Contemporary Kitchen

We love everything about this stunning contemporary kitchen. Massive island, dark flooring and lots of display space and high windows to enhance it all–simply perfect.

 Contemporary Kitchen

Sleek and modern combine beautifully with a bit of rustic and retro to create a kitchen that invites family and friends to join the chef in prep and mealtime fun.

 Contemporary Kitchen

Absolutely stunning, don’t you think? This small kitchen is a study in contemporary style, functionality and beauty. A trio of white pendant lights add that perfect final touch.

Contemporary Kitchen

Here’s one of those updates that has big visual impact and super functionality. A dish rack that adds natural beauty plus simple practicality. Form and function that please.

Contemporary Kitchen

Already have wonderful dark contemporary kitchen? Bring it to life with pure white minimalist accents like these rotund ceramic vases in a variety of sizes.


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Texas Modern meets Rustic by Van Wicklen Design

Jeanette Forney Van Wicklen founded Austin based Van Wicklen Design after becoming certified in 1999. She used her previous knowledge of the Fashion world to update clients homes with stunning details, classic and modern touches, as well as an exquisite selection of unique pieces.  Jeanette is well aware that it’s important to not just be another model home copy, so she works hard to create a home that is infused with each clients personal style.

This amazing custom built home in Lakeway, Texas is one to watch. It’s soothing color scheme and creative details immediately caught our eye. Join us as we take a small tour of this breathtaking space.

A muted color scheme creates a soothing environment, while the pops of turquoise and beach inspired accessories add a fun touch.

Great wooden details really warm up this white dining area, while the open floor plan gives the illusion of an even bigger space.

A gourmet kitchen, stacked with high end appliances, stunning floors, and a kitchen island that doubles as a breakfast nook.

The master bedroom isn’t lacking space or exceptional taste. Every home accessory was carefully selected to serve a purpose.

This master bathroom  is a sanctuary of  peace and relaxation with soft blue hues and a free standing tub.

Throws and pillows are a fantastic way of adding personal style to a space.

The perfect outdoor haven , and who wouldn’t want to cuddle near that fireplace!

Impressed? See more of Van Wicklen Design here.

Mid-Century Modern Elegance by Jamie Bush & Co.

Located in the luscious foothills of Sierra Madre, this elegant residence in La Canada Flintridge is home to a beautiful mesh of mid-century and modern style designs.  Designed by the widely admired Los Angeles Interior Designer, Jamie Bush of Jamie Bush & Co., this home takes wooden elements so evident in mid-century style designs, and incorporates them with a colorful modern eclectic twist. You’ll see how the lovely textures of Jamie Bush’s incorporated natural components intermix with the beautiful neutral color palettes, while colorful home decor and accessories present a sharp, eye-catching contrast in perfect precision. With pops of color strategically placed throughout various spaces of the home, expect some alluring surprises below!

La Canada Residence

Here’s an enticing glance at the various rooms in this home. Working from the exterior in, Jamie Bush’s stunning design creates one cohesive blend of natural textures and colors seen in both the inside and outside of the residence.

La Canada Residence

No matter the season, snuggle up close with your loved ones in this modern, but cozy family area. Complete with a subtle fireplace for chilly winters and large glass windows to invite inside the nice summer-time weather, this beautiful space is the perfect place to host family-bonding time all year-round!

La Canada Residence

Just one of the many creative spaces throughout the home where Jamie Bush & Co. incorporates mid-century style into a modern design highlighted with stylish eclectic patterns. We love how colors replace the need for heavy embellishments in this room!

La Canada Residence

This is the perfect spot for friends and family to laugh over a little afternoon snack. With sunlight-inviting windows and a large open space, hours passing in this room would be spent comfortably!

La Canada Residence

With such a sleek and stylish kitchen design, who wouldn’t want to be the head chef of this home?

La Canada Residence

Escape from the all the stress and business of the work week in this relaxing study space. After all, everyone needs a place for their hearts and minds to rest and rejuvenate after a long tiring week.

La Canada Residence

With a beautiful open fire place, a cozy comfortable chair, and a warm fuzzy rug in this lovely spot, staying home all day would be both easy and relaxing!

La Canada Residence

A bright and airy master bedroom complete with mid-century style walls and colorful modern home decor throughout this spacious room!

La Canada Residence

Relax in Jamie Bush & Co.’s backyard-resort design – complete with a sleek modern pool and surrounded by nature, this La Canada Mid-Century Residence has definitely succeeded in building the home from the outdoor – in.

For more fabulous modern works by Jamie Bush & Co., check out their portfolio!

What do you think of Jamie Bush & Co.’s take on a mid-century modern style? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out Design Shuffle for endless amounts of bedroom and living room design inspiration!

Stunningly Sleek and Modern New Jersey Home by Vanessa DeLeon Associates

Twelve years ago, Vanessa DeLeon founded Vanessa DeLeon Associates, a design service for high-end residential and commercial interiors. Based out of New Jersey and New York City, Vanessa DeLeon Associates has a strong commitment to serving their clients with high quality work from design concept to completion.

Vanessa DeLeon Associates has been featured in countless notable publications, such as The Nest Magazine, New York Spaces, DesignNJ, Luxury Home Quarterly, SOMA, and many others. Interior designer Vanessa DeLeon has also been on hit shows like “Restaurant Impossible”, “Design Star”, and the host of “Your Place is a Deal Breaker”.

Take a look at this gorgeous sleek and modern Edgewater, New Jersey home. The mix of color with grays and neutrals along with creative use of patterns makes this home one to remember. Enjoy!

Modern Living Room
The vibrant blue of the living room wall makes the wall decor more prominent and adds a touch of color to the neutral colors of the room’s furnishings.

Modern Kitchen
No modern home is complete without a sleek chrome and wood-finished kitchen, with a kitchen island that also serves as a small bar counter.

Modern Dining Room
The whimsical pendant lights and cream chairs evoke a sense of elegance to this marvelous hardwood dining room.

Modern Backyard
The simplicity of the patio furnishing contrast nicely against the taupe and gray brick of this backyard oasis.

Modern Closet
The patterned ceiling and detailed floor rug creates the illusion of a more elongated closet space.

Modern Master Bedroom
The texture of the rug and patterned tile wall helps to add depth to this neutral and modern master bedroom.

Vanessa DeLeon Associates exceeded their client’s expectations, and it was no wonder they were ecstatic with the outcome of their home. Let us know which of these designs were you favorite in the comments section below. To see more of Vanessa DeLeon Associates’ exquisite interior designs, have a look at their portfolio here.

Playful Colors in a Modern San Diego Loft By Mia Rao Design

Mia Rao Design was founded in 2001 as a Chicago-based, full-service interior design firm dedicated to transforming residential and commercial interiors. Interior designer, Mia Rao creates livable modern and classic interior designs by drawing from the personal history and lifestyle of her clients. The objective for every design project by Mia Rao Design is to achieve well-balanced interiors that are both functional and unique.

It is easy to see that this is exactly what was done in the project bellow. Take in this stunning collection of photographs of this San Diego Loft that is an excellent representation of her firm and her fabulous work!

Loft Living Room

The vivid colors of the rug and couch create an upscale atmosphere in this loft living room.

Modern Kitchen

The rich, dark colors of the bar stools contrast nicely against the kitchen island.

Bear Grass Embedded Glass Door

The glass doors with embedded bear-grass opens up to reveal the bedroom.

Graphic Art and Detailed Textile Bedroom

The graphic artwork complements the patterns of the Maharam textiles on the bed.


Loft Entryway

The wall light art, arching blue ceiling, and graphic art in this loft entryway all come together to evoke an artistic and modern ambiance.

Loft Home Office

The colorful sleeper sofa adds a touch of softness to this modern home office.

Art Corner

The cobalt colored wall brings out the details in the paintings and color of the lacquered cabinets.

Let us know which of these designs or home accessories was your favorite in the comments section. To see more of Mia Rao Design’s gorgeous work, visit their portfolio here.

Lake Travis Chic Bachelor Pad by The Pankonien Group

While many other design firms take on various projects at once , The Pankonien Group sets itself apart by only taking on a limited number of projects at a time. This Austin-based boutique builder that specializes in custom construction, renovations and interior design is able to provide superior service and attention to all project details. As an added bonus, the firm strives to complete projects both in a timely manner and on budget by coordinating all necessary resources.

President of The Pankonien Group, Laura Pankonien brings extreme talent and know-how to projects not only by managing all interactions with subcontractors for both construction and interior design projects, but also by acting as liaison during construction and architectural meetings. Once again, as an added bonus, Laura also acts as interior design consultant for clients who may not have the desire, or budget, to hire an outside interior design. Extremely talented in her position, Laura often mixes modern, traditional, and rustic design styles in her construction and design projects all while remaining mindful of the client’s lifestyle.

To illustrate the charming construction and design that The Pankonien Group brings to each project, let’s explore a recent project, Lake Travis Bachelor Chic:

Contemporary Living Room Designby The Pankonien Group

When entering this home, visitors are greeted by the chic yet masculine home decor elements of this Lake Travis living room. The hardwood floors, the neutral walls and sofa, and large area rug work perfectly together.

Eclectic Living Room Design by The Pankonien Group

Another view of the living room provides a closer view of the rustic style coffee table and modern floor lamp that illuminates the space.

Contemporary Living Room Design by The Pankonien Group

The epitome of the term accent furniture, this modern take on the wing backed chair both accents and compliments the other elements of the room perfectly.

Modern Lake Travis Kitchen by The Pankonien Group

The kitchen in this bachelor pad continues the chic and masculine styling with clean lines, color contrast cabinets and counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.

Transition Kitchen Design by The Pankonien Group

The dining room of this bachelor pad boasts chic yet simple design elements with the main accents of the room being the area rug, artwork, and pendant lighting fixture.

Transitional Bedroom Design by The Pankonien Group

The bedroom is definitely where the magic happened for this bachelor pad as the neutral, masculine, and of course chic elements of design come together to create the ultimate place to rest.

The Pankonien Group has created quite a few chic and stylish design spaces. To see the rest of this chic bachelor pad and their other projects, browse their portfolio and be inspired!

San Diego Mid-Century Modern Renovation by Silva Studios Architecture

Award winning San Diego architect Mark Silva founder of Silva Studios Architecture  recently spear headed the complete renovation of  an enchanting mid-century modern home known as the Jones House. This house rests high atop the San Diego Landmark that is Mount Soledad.  The goal of this renovation was to bring this house up to date in terms of the implementation of 21st century technology as well as update the structural integrity of the home, all while maintaing the original design aesthetic.

The house was originally designed by William Krisel. In the 1950s, 2,500 Krisel designed homes were built in Palm Springs, an act that doubled the size of the city. That is why  Krisel is most notable for popularizing as well as heavily influencing the mid-century desert modernism that can only be described as the Palm Springs aesthetic. The influences of Krisel can be seen all over California, from the  San Fernando Valley to this home in San Diego. This was not Silva’s first attempt at a mid-century modern renovation, and based on the absolutely stunning results, it certainly won’t be their last.

San Diego Mid-Century Modern Renovation by Silva Studios Architecture

The Butterfly roof, one in which two gables dip at midpoint and arch upward, is a mid-century modern staple. A varying roof line creates a house that looks different from every angle.

San Diego Mid-Century Modern Renovation by Silva Studios Architecture

This house features floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of sliding doors, ideal for utilizing natural light.

San Diego Mid-Century Modern Renovation by Silva Studios Architecture

Notice the lack of walls, this open floor plan allows for the kitchen and the living room to share light.

San Diego Mid-Century Modern Renovation by Silva Studios Architecture

No mid-century modern home would be complete without appropriately modern furniture.

San Diego Mid-Century Modern Renovation by Silva Studios Architecture

Despite the open floor plan, the fire place serves as the room's centerpiece and functions as a gathering point.

San Diego Mid-Century Modern Renovation by Silva Studios Architecture

Perched atop Mount Solidad this home has access to stunning views of the pacific ocean, downtown San Diego and Mexico.

To see what else they have done, as well as what they plan on doing in the future, check out the Silva Studios portfolio.




Living Room Cinema Room By Moon Design + Build

United Kingdom architect designer Mitchell Taylor Workshop from Moon Design + Build, constantly extracts and maximizes their designs in a unique and original way.  Moon Design + Build, was founded by two people who share a passion that good design should be at the heart of any building company.  The two-story extension is partly re-designed from a 1980’s executive property.  In their most recent work, the designers needed to transform two regular rooms into a new living room and cinema room on the ground floor, along with an additional bedroom and en-suite bathroom on the first floor.  Once Moon Design + Build’s clients are on board with each design project, Moon Design + Build will work closely with their clients to agree on the look, function an design of the internal space.  The project expanded further and included a re-design of the existing kitchen and dining room.

Moon Design + Build recently designed and created a beautifully finished, contemporary home.


UK Contemporary Living Room Design by Moon Design + Build

A subtle grey carpet sets the perfect harmony for this contemporary living room.

UK Contemporary Living Room Design by Moon Design + Build

The wide open space allows for depth of field within the living room thus creating a relaxing atmosphere.

UK Contemporary Cinema Living Room Design by Moon Design + Build

This cinema living room adds a cozy warm touch with sleek wooden designs to fit into each compartment of the room.

UK Contemporary Bedroom Design by Moon Design + Build

The grey and white hues from the simplistic bedroom highlights it's natural elements.

UK Contemporary Kitchen Design by Moon Design + Build

A minimalist concept of kitchen design in an elegance ambiance paired with a set of two unique modern design kitchen counter chairs.

Take a tour through the work of Moon Design + Build and visit their portfolio!

A Historic Boston Brownstone Kitchen Gets a Modern Renovation

Boston Architectural & Interior Designer Chris Greenawalt began his design firm Bunker Workshop by completely remodeling his own kitchen after moving in to a traditional Boston brownstone. It’s a perfect way for Greenawalt to demonstrate the ideology behind his firm’s name: “The word bunker connotes images of shelter and protection – a personal place that one creates in order to escape from the chaos of outside forces.” The kitchen renovation proves Greenawalt’s ability to transform a room into a spacious, modern, and comfortable home.

Bunker Workshop D House Kitchen Renovation

An expansive island provides plenty of workspace and a partial wall and canopy help distinguish the kitchen from the living room.

Bunker Workshop D House Kitchen Renovation

A wall of Ikea cabinets blend in seamlessly with the all-white kitchen and create the perfect amount of storage space.

Greenawalt added a customized Putnan rolling library ladder in order to reach the highest cabinets. It’s a fun and unique addition to the minimal layout of the whole kitchen. The built-in spice rack adds a subtle pop of color that is both quirky and functional.

Bunker Workshop D House Kitchen Renovation

Stainless steel appliances and warm toned hardwood floors is a very modern and cozy combination.

Bunker Workshop D House Kitchen Renovation

The partial wall features a cool slate grey chalkboard paint that's perfect for writing grocery lists or playful scribbles and drawings.

Bunker Workshop D House Kitchen Renovation

Greenawalt and his daughter Chloe enjoy the bright, modern new kitchen.

How much do you love this beautiful, light-filled kitchen? Stop by Bunker Workshop’s portfolio and let them know what you think!

Modern From a Historic Printer's Row Loft's Point of View in Chicago

LNM Interiors is an upbeat Chicago-based residential interior design firm that specializes in new construction, whole home renovations, kitchen and bath renovations….they excel in the softer side of interiors and have built their reputation on creating “sophisticated, timeless and modern” interiors.  Their motto is “Live. Naturally. Modern”. Lisa Natale is the principal behind LNM Interiors and has always had a love for design and the fashion industry. This passion has greatly influenced her modern interior designs with her wide usage of bold graphic patterns. She loves helping clients explore their dreams.  Below you will see LNM Interiors’ “live naturally modern” motto shining through in this fabulous historic Printer’s Row loft below…

When the firm acquired the loft project in Chicago’s historic Printer’s Row neighborhood, the client, a Chicago-based realtor, had two main objectives for the space: to maintain the historic and industrial feel of the building that was once home to a printing warehouse in the early 1900’s, and then to update the space into
something more timeless and modern.

The overall concept for the loft was to keep the architectural elements crisp and bold as a means to emphasize a more modern living space.  LNM achieved this by selecting bright white quartz countertops, white subway tiles, and accents of white leather furnishings, while contrasting these elements with ebony floors, dark mahogany cabinetry and a dark grey moiré wallpaper in the master bath. As for maintaining the history of the building, the color palette was a key element.  LNM used light greys and charcoal blues with a chartreuse accent color for an added edge. All of this, a modern interpretation of the color palette used in the early 1900’s while taking it to a more current and fresh living space. In order to connect all of the spaces in this open floor plan loft, this color palette was mimicked throughout the entire one bedroom.

Chicago-based designer strongly believes that the home can and should be the ultimate reflection of an individual’s personality. For this reason, building a relationship with her clients is paramount to understanding how a space will ultimately unfold. LNM is dedicated to making clients feel comfortable in their homes and allowing their personalities to shine through in their interior spaces.

To see more of her work, kindly visit her Design Shuffle here and her website here. Thanks for stopping by today! Come back tomorrow.