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It's the little design details that elevate something from the ordinary to extraordinary. Crystals are the accent du jour, and we see them being used in the most unexpected places to bring high style to everyday items.
Crystals are a luxe design detail that adds instant chic to your entertaining. Crystal accented cake stands will make your dessert spread extra sweet, as seen in the image above.
In the powder room, your lighting becomes an opportunity to provide a sophisticated touch of sparkle. Impress your guests with glittering mini crystal chandeliers.
And in the living room, a crystal-accented sofa in plush velvet is an absolute showstopper. Don't be bashful with your bling - go ahead and sparkle this fall and winter!
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Bar stools are kind of like any other piece of furniture - they come in several sizes, several styles and several finishes. And choosing the right one can be a daunting task.
From backless to partial backs to full size upholstered chair styles. Simple or detailed, wood or iron,or upholstered and detailed, the list goes on and the options are seemingly endless.
As you can see, bar stools come in many shapes and sizes and when it comes to choosing the right one for your style - there are so many things to consider - and the overall style is just one of them.
Today I am going to talk a little bit about two of the most popular styles of bar stools - a backless stool and a stool with a full back - and share a bit more about why each are fan favorites.
Backless bar stools might be my favorite.
Why? Very simply because they can blend in seamlessly in so many spaces and styles.
Without a back that is visible - their style plays the most important part in their look. And they are perfect for tucking into areas where a larger more prominent bar stool would take up too much room.
On top of that, backless bar stools are easy to climb up onto so it makes them a perfect choice for island seating.
1. I love the simple, classic construction and upholstered seat on this Harper Bar Stool.
It has the upholstered seat for comfort while keeping a rustic chic vibe and simple lines.
2. Another classic backless favorite - the Zuo Anaheim Bar Stool. The attention to details is what caught my eye with this one. The carved frame and nail head accents are perfect and bring a bit of style while keeping a low profile.
3. For simplicity - you cannot go wrong with an antiqued black wood saddle seat stool.
4. And for a more modern look - the California Adjustable Acrylic Bar Stool takes the cake while keeping a clean minimalist look.
The other style of bar stool I wanted to delve into today is a bar stool with a tall back. These bar stools are made for comfort and are perfect for gathering around a bar where guest might gather, or for a home where breakfast at the kitchen island is common.
Comfort is king with this style - and they are often upholstered, much like any other chair would be in your home. And while bar stools with backs have been known to take up quite a bit more space visually - they don't have to with the huge amount of styles available today.
1. The cousin to the acrylic backless stool is the acrylic Malibu Counter Stool. With more functionality for sitting in and leaning back - while keeping a quiet presence.
2. For gorgeous mid-century modern lines and appeal - you can't go wrong with a rounded streamlined bar stool like the Andre Bentwood Counter Stool.
3. For both a modern and traditional look - try an upholstered bar stool such as the Villa Avenue Belgian Linen Counter Stool. I love the nail head details on this one - but you can also find tufting, wing backs and all types of styles to fit you perfectly.
Another very popular style right now is the cross back chair - and it comes in bar stool height as well. The Powell counter Stool is ideal for adding a bit of vintage charm while giving you a comfortable place to sit.
Another consideration when choosing a bar stool is height. They generally come in two height ranges, bar stool height and counter stool height, and when shopping for new stools, make sure to measure your existing ones first - or measure the counter height ahead of time. You need room for legs and knees to keep the comfort and conversation coming.
What style bar stool would you choose for your home?Images:French Country Cottage
Sometimes you might want a lamp that can stand on it's own, while lighting up your room beautifully at the same time.
Maybe you have a chair that is tucked in the corner with no side table, or maybe you just like the way the sofa floats in the center of the room and don't want to clutter it with too much stuff.
Enter a floor lamp. Tall and stately, a floor lamp can be placed anywhere you would like to illuminate a little more - and are also perfect for adding a splash of style to your home at the same time.
Thankfully, for those who love floor lamps - they come in an abundance of styles and designs. From industrial to romantic to simple and traditional. And today, I am going to share several styles of floor lamps to fit your space.
I am a huge fan of a little sprinkling of industrial in a room - and a little bit goes a long way. These floor lamps bring that slightly vintage and rustic vibe to a space and they also bring a lot of character and charm.
The Ott Lite Provo Oil-Rubbed Bronze Adjustable Floor Lamp is a favorite. That gorgeous muted oil rubbed bronze color and vintage style is perfect. Makes me think of wood plank floors and a comfy old squishy chair.
And the second choice - a slightly more rustic version. This one reminds me of an old cabin in the wood with a warm fire glowing in the fireplace. I love the simple vintage vibe the Downbridge Dark Rust Floor Lamp has - a winner in any decor for sure.
For those looking for a floor lamp with a bit of crystal pizazz and glam - you are in luck. These next two lamps are covered in crystals and oozing with romantic charm.
For something on the more simple side, this crystal floor lamp with an ivory shade is a perfect fit. Elegance, charm and simple style make it a gorgeous addition to your romantic-inspired home.
And for something with just a little bit more bling - the Soft Silver Three-Light Crystal Floor Lamp will stop you in your tracks.
The details on this one are amazing - and just look at the crystals covering the entire shade? Gorgeous for sure.
Traditional floor lamps are always a good choice. And the best part is - they definitely do come in several shapes and styles all by themselves.
From simple single lights to several lights- the traditional category is a great place to look if you are unsure of just what style you would like best.
One of my favorites is a simple light with a detailed frame like the Hancock Downbridge Lamp. It is classic in style which means it will fit in perfectly with several kinds of decor - and it is a charmer with that curvy frame.
And the retro style on this Cupola Brushed Brass Two Light Floor Lamp brings a vintage look and a lot of light to a room. I love the brass - and the fun look of this one. I could see this working well in a corner as a reading light and also an accent light for a room.
As you can see, there are an abundance of styles of floor lamps to choose from and they are definitely stylish lighting elements to add to your home.
From floor lamps with art shades, to vintage styles, to modern and unique - the perfect style for you and your home is out there waiting to be discovered.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite style?
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I was just in Sag Harbor, New York and was dazzled by the sheer volume of traditional house facades that capture the essence of early American architecture.
Classic American domestic architecture is rooted in a design that heavily favors the Colonial and Federal Styles. Straightforward, sturdy and symmetrical is the basic formula and is in abundance on the East Coast.
I think I was most taken by the attention to detail with regard to the exterior design elements. Classic outdoor benches flanking the front door of the lower right image was such a “throw back” and so unexpected that I had to pull over and take a snap.
Another item that is never overlooked? Black outdoor lighting fixtures. Whether there were nautical Style wall lights or colonial style hanging lanterns, each house had some version, but were used sparingly as would have been the case 200 to 300 years ago.
I loved my trip back in time and hope you are inspired by the time-honored look of these traditional house facades.
1. This colonial-style outdoor wall light captures the true nature of East Coast traditional architecture.
2. The matching Henry Street Outdoor Hanging Light from Troy Lighting above would be ideal if you have a covered porch, stoop or landing as seen in the Federal Style homes in the first image.
3. I love this timeless ash gray outdoor wood bench inspired by the English landscaper Lutyens.
4. Traditional homes generally have a welcoming vibe, so why not put it into writing with this Home Sweet Home Printed Coir Doormat.
Images: Rob Levine
Nothing says designer details like furniture with a tufted back and nail head trim. These details are what professional interior designer have been using for years and now you can have the same details in your home at affordable prices.
The classic tufted detail accentuates the texture and lushness of upholstery fabrics and sophisticated tufted furniture is always on-trend.
Upholsterers achieve this look by threading through layers of fabric or leather, often in a pattern, and securing the ends of the thread with a knot or button.
The dense clusters that this technique creates are known as “tufts."
The decorative use of nail heads on furniture is believed to have begun in 17th century France with the ornately carved wooden seating of the Louis XIII period.
During this time when the most luxurious furnishings were coveted, craftsmen would use decorative nails to secure fine upholstery such as velvet, brocade, tapestries or leather.
Today, both traditional and contemporary furniture feature nail head trim, such as sofas, chairs, headboards, ottomans and even accent tables.
Now you know how to add that designer polish to your own interiors, which detail is your favorite? Tufting? Nail head trim? Both?
We can't help but emphasize how important it is to dress up your bathroom style. Adding a little bling with lighting and accessories will quickly and easily upgrade your bathroom decor.
Bathroom furnishings are important to a bathroom's design, but well-placed home decor will bring an added layer of style to the space. Don't forget guest bathrooms or powder rooms when updating your bathroom - add some flair to these spaces to make your guests feel important.
1. This Mercury Glass Canister 4-Piece Set is perfect for hiding those necessary bathroom products.
2. The only thing better than pretty flowers, are flowers you don't have to worry about, like this faux floral arrangement.
3. You can keep your favorite pieces of jewelry in a beautiful jewelry box.
4. We think your best perfume will smell even better if you apply it from a glass perfume bottle.
5. Now, we know applying make up isn't always a lady's favorite thing to do, which is why providing ottoman seating will make the task a little more pleasurable.
Accessories and furniture are just two ways to update your bathroom style. New bathroom lighting is another great way to update a space. You can even go one step further and change your bathroom sink vanity.
Here are 5 tips to style your bookshelves like the pros.
Not only will they be organized, but you’ll have that sought after designer look in no time.
Create your own style with designer inspired home accessories. Add layers such as artwork, ceramics and stylish lighting to your bookcase shelves.
Bookshelves come in all shapes and sizes so there is a perfect bookshelf for every style of decor.
Consider framed photographs and interesting knick-knacks picked up on your travels. This will add tremendous visual interest, and make for interesting conversation starters.
If your bookshelves are painted a contrasting color from your walls, let this color pop by leaving ample negative space for it to shine through.
Keep on stacking on top of the bookcase.In other words don’t stop at the last shelf.
If possible, keep it going until you’re almost at the ceiling. This will help give the illusion that your ceilings are much higher than they really are.
So if you were to look at your bookcase from a side angle the spines would all be lined up in a neat straight line towards the front of the shelf.
Having a similar book height and consistent color scheme will only accentuate this look.
Alternatively, treat each bookcase cube like its own design scheme, alternating the color, size and orientation of the books.
Ultimately, have fun with your bookshelves.
They should tell a story about your life and be an expression of who you are.
It’s no secret that a great wall mirror can make a space, their reflective qualities help to both make a room feel larger and bounce light to illuminate the additional furnishings and accents.
There isn’t a room that can’t benefit from a beautiful wall mirror; dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms are primary candidates for a statement piece.
At Lamps Plus, stylish wall mirrors are available in hundreds of styles and a wide variety of shapes. Gold is still going strong as a metal of choice in interior design, but copper, bronze, and chrome are equally alluring.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to make a statement with a stunning wall mirror. Below you’ll find a dozen budget beauties under $200!
The (1) Tenney Antiqued Gold Crown Top Mirror is regal, yet modern with its curved detail and inner border.
The (2) Andreva Smoked Glass Mirror is eye-catching with its unique shape and glass tile border.
Make a statement with the tinted gold glass framed (3) Tamaro Sunburst Mirror
Or the more delicate (4) Villarasca Sunburst Mirror with its woven gold wire frame.
The (5) Calverton Silver Octagon Mirror is a classic with its octagon shape and beveled mirror panels.
The most eye catching is (6) Cordele Beaded Wall Mirror with its asymmetrical form and beautiful beaded border.
Add the warmth of wood with reclaimed wood frame found in the (7) Howard Elliot Square Wall Mirror.
Or a dash of glam with the dimensional golden layered leaves of the (8) Capestrano Gold Metal Leaves Wall Mirror.
Your wall becomes more interesting when you hang the (9) Cibola Gold Sunburst Mirror with its looped and layered golden rays.
The (10) Shawnee Silver Openwork Wall Mirror features an eye-catching openwork orbit in an offset design.
Elongate a space with either of these shapely rectangular mirrors: the Cooper Classics (11) Lowell Wall Mirror shows off a metal verdigris finish
The Art Deco inspired scalloped shape of the (12) Esbon Double Crown Mirror adds elegance - perfect for a foyer or dining room.
Find hundreds more wall mirrors at Lamps Plus where you’re sure to find one perfect for your space!
It is summer- which means- it is hot. And in some places - it is really hot. And when the heat index gets too high to even enjoy the evenings outdoors - you definitely need to find a way to cool down.
Since running air conditioning outdoors on your patio is not the ideal way to go - a ceiling fan that looks as good as it works and does double duty might be.
Ceiling fans have definitely changed over the years - and when I think of outdoor ceiling fans, I think of those romantic southern homes with big porches and ceiling fans running all down the length of them. I love the look - and love that those fans are also bringing a burst of a breeze to an otherwise hot hot hot spot.
But how to choose the right style when there are so many amazing options for outdoor ceiling fans now? Sharing a few tips and favorites today:
I am loving light and airy looks in outdoor living rooms. From fabrics to light woods - a ceiling fan that is neutral blends in with the overall look and feel of your outdoor space.
The Cool Vista Ceiling Fan in an oil-rubbed bronze finish has canvas blades to really bring that light feeling to the room.
I love tropical style outdoors. It just makes you feel like you are on vacation all year long. And adding a tropical touch with this Minka Aire Gaugin Outdoor Ceiling Fan with those pretty palm leaf inspired blades does the trick.
Maybe vintage modern industrial style is the one that fits your home to a T - so some of the more traditional ceiling fans just don't fit.
You don't have to go with a ceiling fan style that you see every day. Be unique and choose the one that fits you.
Going retro and a little more unique is easier than ever - and this Casa Vestige Cage Ceiling Fan is a vintage industrial aviator lovers dream.
But what if none of these fits and you need more options?
Well, Lamps Plus has you covered. You can use their Build Your Own Ceiling Fan feature - and design a more custom look for your fan. Choose the elements you are looking for from the options, from motor size to blade style - and they will create it. Pretty awesome right?
So with all the options for outdoor ceiling fans what does your perfect one look like?
What is it about a French room that feels so absolutely charming and inviting - and classically elegant at the same time?
Maybe it is the way that the pieces all feel as if they are important. From the exquisite velvet loveseat to the hand me down table next to the flea market threadbare ottoman.
No matter the pedigree or age, the French room makes those pieces feel as if they are all telling a story and are a must have piece in the picture.
It is no secret how much I am in love with French style - and I definitely am drawn to the vintage pieces and the new reproduction pieces alike.
I have been perusing the French style furniture over at Lamps Plus and making a must have list for an upcoming makeover - and thought I would share a few ideas with you today.
Seriously glam and gorgeous - this Jennifer Taylor Legacy Taupe Velvet Sofa is the epitome of classic, elegant. and glamorous style.
I love the simple smooth lines, detailed trim and of course - the creamy velvet fabric. Definitely a win.
The other popular style sofa that I am swooning over? Tufted roll arm sofas. Especially if they are in linen and are as gorgeous as the French-style Tessa Tufted Sofa.
Note the arms that fall ever so softly to the sides to create that elegant feeling. I could see two of these flanking a fireplace and creating a most charming seating area.
A slipper chair is a small chair that doesn't usually have any arms. It is a simple sweet style that is perfect for adding as accent seating or for rooms where space is at a premium - but you want to bring in big style.
This clean-lined Caelie Slipper Chair is a perfect example of delicious details making all the difference. Think one for an accent chair or double up the charm and bring in pairs for a seating area.
Pretty much the epitome of French elegance - the Ellis Balloon Chair is a showstopper. Balloon or hooded chairs were once used by hall porters in France, and their shape with the dramatic hood and sides were there to help protect the porter from drafts.
They have become a classic piece that has had a resurgence in popularity in recent years.
You can't go wrong with adding a charming and beautiful bench to a room - especially when it is one that is tufted and sitting atop a gorgeous carved frame.
This Athena Tufted Bench will be perfect used as extra seating - or even as a coffee table in the living room. And it is even at home at the foot of the bed for a sprinkling of French charm.
No matter what French style furniture you choose - bringing in a bit of that elegant charm and classic styling will add beauty and that certain je ne sais quoi to your home. Do you have a favorite piece from what I shared?
Images: French Country Cottage; Lamps Plus