Modern Home Trends: Raw Materials

An up and coming trend in home decor that is gaining popularity in 2015, and in the future decades, is incorporating raw materials into design. Materials such as wood, stone and metal are used in minimalistic ways to create a juxtaposition between a rustic yet modern feel.

This trend is here to stay and can look quite nice in the home or office. Below are some useful items that you can begin incorporating into your home.

Umbra Madera Wall Clock

Madera Wall Clock

This simplistic clock is refined and allows the wood material to shine. The idea behind this numberless clock is to keep you on track in your tasks but to not allow you to over focus on deadlines and the overwhelming tasks you may have. It is a reminder for you to relax and enjoy every moment as it is. Perfect for the office or the home, this clock is made of walnut stain and will truly shine.

Dry Land Concrete Coaster

Concrete H2O Absorbent Coaster

Coasters are a useful product to have so that your furniture does not get damaged by any leaking liquids. This Concrete H2O Absorbent Coaster takes it up a notch by not only being eco-friendly, but it is also handmade and uses safe, non-toxic recycled ash mixed with cement. These small coasters can be an excellent conversation starter to your home and they are slightly reminiscent of a rustic, faraway land.

Umbra Sticks Wall Hook

Sticks Five-Hook Wall Hook Rack

Half a functional coat rack, half modern art piece, this minimalistic design is the perfect addition to any modern home. From hanging your accessories, bags, to jackets and coats, this wall rack will always be in use. The aesthetic is rustic and minimal, made to match any household.

Koncept Gravy LED Desk Lamp

Gravy LED Desk Lamp

This lamp is a wooden dream, using maple, oak or walnut to emphasize the color of the lamp. Due to its clever use of wood, it has won two design awards including the Spark Awards 203 and JDP’s Good Design Award 2013. The soft warm light that shines through is perfect for both the office and the home. The LED lamp can also rotate 360 degrees, allowing it to be the perfect light source.

Blomus Slice Laundry Bin

SLICE Laundry Bin

You no longer have to worry about your dirty laundry and towels scattering the floor of your room. This SLICE Laundry Bin is the perfect combination of stainless steel and natural wood so that it can match with any modern or minimal setting. It is available in various sizes to suit your personal needs, and is the perfect addition to your bathroom.

What do you think of the raw material trend? Would it fit in your home? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Functional Items for the Minimalistic Home or Office


Minimalism is growing as a movement, and more and more people are becoming attracted to the minimalistic lifestyle for good reason. There are several reasons why minimalism is so attractive in today’s society including: a growing concern for the environment, a lack of trust in the current economic status (from the worldwide financial turmoil to personal debt), and a feeling of increased global social awareness of injustice and poverty.

Modern aesthetics experienced a large growth in the 1960s and 1970s, and these same principles continue to govern modern design. Here are five functional items that can help create your home or office into a minimalistic workspace to offer you a more productive lifestyle:

5 O'Clock Wall Clock

5 O’Clock Wall Clock

Also affectionately known as the “working man’s clock”, this clock will help remind you when you can get off of work. Perfect for the office, the 5 O’Clock Wall Clock keeps you on track and can help make your work go faster. Due to its quartz movement, it only functions on one AA battery that is included, and is easily replaced. This is also an excellent gift to give your friends at work.


Verbarius Clock

If the 5 O’Clock Wall Clock is too confusing for you, try this handy Vebarius clock instead. The Verbarius clock makes telling time simple and easy with words and phrases instead of numbers. This is the perfect clock for your office or study room at home. The little black box will show messages such as “midnight” to “fifty-five minutes to eleven p.m” to keep you on track in whatever task you may be doing.

The clock comes preloaded in English, German, Spanish, French and Russian, and you can easily add in any other language through the USB port.

Bin Bin Waste Basket

Bin Bin Waste Basket

The Bin Bin Waste Basket is designed by John Brauer and has won several design awards including the Good Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award, and the IF-product Design Award. It is shaped like a crinkled paper and comes in black or white. Whether you put this in your office or home, it will be a great addition to the room and can bring character and class.

Conceal Bookshelf

Large Conceal Shelf

This Conceal Bookshelf is the essence of minimalism. Not only does it hold an extremely functional element in storing your books, it also hides its use so that it seems like there are simple a stack of books floating on your wall. The invisible bookshelf will not only allow you to organize your office or home so that it looks clean, it also has a sense of style that cannot be missed.

Mr. N LED Lamp

Mr. N LED Lamp

This compact table lamp not only works as a lamp but also is a beautiful sculpture that will sit perfectly in your home. Whether you use it as a nightstand, desk or simple a decoration, you can control the lighting by a quick touch. This beautiful lamp has won both Interior Design’s Best of Year Honoree 2013 Product and Spark Awards 2013 Bronze Winner.

Having this in your home will be a highlight and people may comment that they recognize this Mr. N LED Lamp from the first episode of the television series, “Better Call Saul”. You also will receive a cloth to clean it as well as a free mini LED rotating joint clip book light when you order.

A Little Diamond Inspiration

diamondsWho doesn’t love the glistening, sharp, beauty of an elegant, clean-cut diamond?

Diamonds symbolize romance, class and style, and it is not nicknamed the “Forever Stone” for no reason. It is the most precious gem in the world depending on carat weight, color, clarity and cut.

The diamond is an excellent place to draw resource from for home design. The clean appearance it gives off allows for a modern aesthetic. Legend also has it that the diamond creates positive energies within an individual and can help a space feel warm and welcoming.

Whether you are looking to purchase some diamond-themed housewares for yourself or as a house warming gift to the next party you go to, here are some top items to take a look at:

Crinkle tissue dispenser


MURO Mirror: Mirrors are the perfect way to make your room look more spacious and allows extra light to bounce off of it. The MURO mirror can hang horizontally or vertically and is the perfect addition to any room to offer a glistening, diamond effect.

Crinkle Tissue Dispenser: This tissue dispenser has the resemblance of a rough cut diamond. Not only is it practical, this designer item doubles as a tasteful decoration as well.

Veil Trash Can: Even if what is going inside is trash, this Veil trash can does exactly what the name suggests. It is a trash can that is classy and sleek, and can make the whole room feel sophisticated.

Block Tealight Holders


Cube Tea Light Holder: This glass cube tea light holder is an excellent housewarming gift to present to friends and family. It is also the perfect accessory to put in your bathroom. The glass around the candle reflects the warm light and automatically can change the mood of a room.

Primo Soap Dispenser: This stainless steel soap dispenser is not only long-lasting like the diamond, but also is easy to use with a removable top. Even though its usage may seem boring, it will add a quiet touch to the overall look of a clean, modern bathroom.

Sagaform Cupa Rocks Glasses

Kitchen and Dining

EASY Double-walled Bottle Cooler: Whether you often host parties or simply like having cold drinks, you should consider this Bottle Cooler. It is as strong as a diamond with a double-walled feature to allow your drinks to be chilled hours longer than a normal drink cooler. Not only is this a classy addition to your kitchen, you can also bring it out to picnics or a garden during the summers.

Cupa Rocks Hand Blown Glasses: These innovative glasses allows your drink to rotate and will be the subject of conversation all night long. These bright, diamond-esque glasses are attractive and clean and are perfect for a night in with some nice liquor.

CUSI Paper Towel Holder: If you are looking for a more practical item, this paper towel holder is the perfect kitchen accessory. Paper towels are something you frequently use, and the CUSI paper towel makes this convenient by allowing each sheet to rip easily off. It transforms the paper towel into a classy and tasteful decoration similar to the majestic diamond that is transformed from a rock.

Whether you choose to mix and match several of the items or go with one for each room, you will find bringing the diamond vibes into your home is quite simple.