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Cover Story: Modern Bedding that Packs a Design Punch

Since we don’t entertain in our bedrooms, many homeowners don’t put as much effort into decorating them. However, we firmly believe the home should be your own oasis for your enjoyment as well as your guests, which is why we go to great lengths to design EVOKE homes around your lifestyle. Modern bedding is the first step to a well-designed master bedroom, serving as a palette or anchor for the room’s color scheme. Here are some stand-out examples:

Cream, Crisp, Clean

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EVOKE Luxe Master Bedroom

Crisp white bedding is light, airy and cultivates a sense of spaciousness within a modern minimal design theme. It also serves as an excellent backdrop for small splashes of color. In this EVOKE Luxe bedroom, the cream bedding ties in with the neutral color scheme in the room and reflects all the natural light in the room. Colorful throw pillows in stained-glass tones add a pop of color.


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Organic Chevron Duvet Cover from West Elm

The simple zigs and zags of modern chevron are as attractive as ever. The horseradish color tone contrasted with crisp white on the bedding above really packs a design punch. For fall, we love color tones like goldenrod, oxblood, mango, poppy and rust that call to mind autumn leaves.


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Nadia Comforter Set from Intelligent Design

As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, herringbone is on trend in modern design. Gray paired with sunny yellow instantly brightens up a room, providing an exciting alternative to plain white.

Moroccan Tile Print

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Hallmart Collectibles Westgate Comforter Set

Nothing exudes a sense of exotic opulence like Moroccan tile print bedding. This peach tone is ideal for fall, and the rich color and print easily makes your bed the focal point of your room.


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Oliver Gal Love Force Field Duvet Cover Collection from OneBellaCasa.com

For those who wish to completely eschew more traditional options, we recommend abstract prints. At first glance, the bedding above features simple blue stripes. However, a paint splash of gold pleasantly disrupts those structured lines and tasteful fading adds character to the bedding. Consider this a more chaotic take on nautical.

What type of modern bedding do you like best? Let us know in the comments below!


EVOKE is the Pacific Northwest’s new brand of modern luxury homes featuring cutting-edge designs and indoor-outdoor integration. EVOKE creates balance between you, your home and your community by tailoring every aspect of the home buying and owning experience to your lifestyle.

(Images from top to bottom via EVOKE; WestElm.com; AllModern.com; AllModern.com; and AllModern.com)

Working in Style: Modern Home Offices That Make an Impact

With 1 in 5 Americans now working from home, having a functional and attractive home office has never been more essential. Even so, for many homeowners, a home office is a drab space where you sit down to do tedious tasks. Design-wise, this space is often an afterthought. However, with a few creature comforts and some thoughtful design elements, your home office can truly be a place to enjoy. Take a look at some of the beautiful ideas we’ve put together for modern home offices:

Soft Touches

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Santa Monica Office designed by JAC Interiors

One of the first words that comes to mind when looking at this office is probably “plush.” The cushy, scoop-like swivel chair, the faux fur rug — all of this softness takes the dull formality out of a home office environment. We’ve been seeing people adorning stiff, formal office chairs with textured throws and incorporating a few eclectic knickknacks here and there to add a touch of whimsy to their home office. Here, the use of pink accomplishes the same purpose, ushering in a sense of lightheartedness.

Well-Designed Office Furniture

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Girado Office Chair from Wharfside Commercial Furniture

Aside from having a sleek natural wood structure that would easily fit in with any modern office space, this swivel chair is engineered to automatically face your desk when you leave your workstation. This contributes to a feeling of tidiness in your home office. The particular chair is offered in seven different wood varieties as well as a curved, leather-backed version to suit any taste.


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Royal System Shelving Unit B with Desk Cabinet

For homeowners who don’t require a full-scale home office, a multi-functional yet unassuming shelving unit could be all that is needed. The piece above not only displays a sparse collection of books and collectibles, but it also includes a cleverly hidden desk cabinet that opens up to a miniature writing nook or laptop space in a pinch.

Built-in Workspaces

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EVOKE interior

In a modern, open-concept home, your home office doesn’t have to be boxed in by four walls. In this EVOKE space, an office workspace naturally flows out of an adjoining living space. A see-through fireplace adds coziness and makes the workspace feel more inviting and less like a cramped cubicle.

Natural Light

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EVOKE office space

For small office spaces, natural light is imperative. The spacious window in this EVOKE office breathes a breath of fresh air into this space. A plush chair placed near the window becomes an ideal break spot when you need to step away from your work for a while and reflect.

(Photos via Houzz.com; Wharfside-Commercial.co.uk; DWR.com; EVOKE; and EVOKE)

Be Transparent: Clear Furniture in Modern Design

Minimalism is among the most prominent themes of modern home design, and one of the secrets to achieving an understated look in your home is to create open space any way you can. Using transparent furniture is one way to create the illusion of open space while still allowing a variety of functional pieces in your home. Take a look at some of the examples we’ve rounded up below.

The Modern Glass Coffee Table

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Low table by John Houshmand

While not a particularly new idea, glass coffee tables remain an effective way to foster an open feel in a living space while allowing visitors to see straight through to a handsome rug beneath. To keep a glass table from looking too stark, we recommend selecting a piece that incorporates organic elements like reclaimed wood to add warmth. The piece above by artist John Houshmand is essentially a glass box with black walnut slabs embedded within for interest.

Wood Table with Clear Chairs

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Louis Ghost Chairs by Kartell designed by Philippe Starck

Another setting where clear pieces work well is in the dining room, the room in the home that tends to hold your bulkiest furniture. You can slim down that bulk by pairing clear acrylic chairs with a sleek wood table.

Not only are these chairs easier to clean than fabric chairs, but you can effortlessly soften the look of them with a neutral, faux fur throw pillow for a bit of texture.

Alternatives to Glass or Acrylic

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Metal mesh chairs

Not everyone appreciates glass or acrylic features in their home because of how notorious they are for collecting smudges and fingerprints. To preserve a transparent look while avoiding entirely clear furniture, you can select mesh pieces. The chairs above still allow natural light to pass through and the metal mesh is fine enough not to block your line of vision.

A Single Clear Piece

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Bare Bones Ghost Chair by benforgeydotcom on Etsy

If you only wish to dabble in clear furniture, consider incorporating a single transparent piece in a living space to gauge how it fits in with the rest of your home decor.

This artisan piece to the right combines a simple sheet of acrylic with found driftwood. As with the coffee table above, the integration of an organic element breathes life into the clear chair, making it a true statement piece. The bench below demonstrates a similar concept.

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Contemporary Organic Bench made of driftwood and acrylic by benforgeydotcom on Etsy

(Images in order of appearance via JohnHoushmand.com; PrettyStuff.tumblr.com; RedCanary-Austin.com; Freshome.com and Etsy.com).