Defining Modern

Some common definitions of the term “modern” include:

– “of or relating to present and recent time”

– “characteristic of present and recent time; contemporary; not antiquated or obsolete”

– and “of, relating to, or characteristic of contemporary styles of art, literature, music, etc., that reject traditionally accepted or sanctioned forms and emphasize individual experimentation and sensibility.”

The last definition really rings a bell for me, as well as, I expect, many of our readers’.

In this issue, you will read about modern trends in upscale homes, as well as tips from an interior designer on ways to incorporate modern features into a room without the need to start from scratch or entirely moving away from the traditional look long favored in Oklahoma.

We also offer a short primer on modern art: how it’s defined, where and how the art form developed, some of its key players, etc. Central Oklahoma residents have several museums close by where they can get up close and personal with some pretty impressive examples of this art form, including the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus, which graciously provided us with examples from their holdings for this story.

Inside, we also look at a metro construction company that served as the “brain and brawn” behind the remodel of a famous stop along Route 66, the Round Barn in Arcadia, and on a homeowner who enlisted the help of a full-service construction and remodeling company to repair hail damage to his roof and siding, and, happily, ended up with a full-scale exterior home remodel that boosted his home’s curb appeal and value.

And our popular Hot Spot restaurant review this time shines the spotlight on Norman’s La Baguette West, which shares many similarities with its sister on West Main Street but is described by owner Rudy Khouri as “quainter, more of a bistro setting.” This little gem is the perfect location for a romantic date night, a celebration with friends or a dinner that you won’t soon forget.

We hope you enjoy our March issue, which is also chock-full of other informative and inspirational stories. And as always, we invite you to offer feedback on our Facebook page: facebook.com/ClevelandCountyLifestyle/.

May the luck shine on you this St. Pat’s Day!