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  • The Outdoor Living Room

    Outdoor Living Room

    The weather is finally nice and we are ready to spend more time outside. You don’t really need much outdoor space to make it stylish, just the right decor and lighting.

    Lonny has a wonderful category of beautifully decorated patios and yards that will be complete springtime inspiration.

    It’s amazing how you can create a beautiful outdoor living room with specially made decor that can withstand the rigors of the elements.

    Outdoor Fabrics

    Never sacrifice style, even outside! Inspired by striped awnings of old, bold striped outdoor fabrics and cushions are great for the outdoor living room. The look is fresh and cheerful, and almost glows at night.

    Speaking of night, make sure you have plenty of outdoor lighting for after the sun sets. Everybody should be able to enjoy your space long into the night, and with a combination of outdoor lights and candles, the party need not end.

    Outdoor Patio Design

    I’m a huge fan of a built-in banquette sofa for outdoor living rooms. Here are some wonderful examples.

    The trend these days is to arrange seating around a feature such as a toasty warm fire pit. If you create a fire or water feature, people will be tempted to stay long and feel quite relaxed.

    Make sure your cushions are soft and that there are plenty of decorative pillows. If you had to choose between either an outdoor dining or sofa configuration, choose the sofa...people can always eat on their lap!

    Outdoor Home Decor

    1. The Kichler Elba LED Bronze Outdoor Wall Light has been a timeless design style since the 1970s.

    2. You can’t go wrong with the Sunbrella Striped Black 18" Square Outdoor Decorative Pillow.

    3. If you have a covered patio, consider the simple, transitional styling of the Camden Energy Efficient 19" High Outdoor Hanging Light.

    4. The Tassi White Ceramic Garden Stool can function as seating or surface space for a drink, dish or candle.

    5. I love the modern take on the classic outdoor chair with the Alyso Cove Woven White Outdoor Chair Set of 2.

    6. Whether placed on the ground or on a table the Zeke Small Wood Steel and Glass Candle Lantern is a fresh take on classic candle lanterns.

    There are so many fantastic furniture and home decor options made specifically for outdoor living that you can find pieces that will go with just about any design style!

    Photos: Lonny.

  • Beautiful Floral Living Rooms

    I have always and will always love bright color combinations, layered patterns and bold statements. While it's not everyone's cup of tea, it brings joy to my life and a smile to my face.

    With spring peeking in, I thought I would embrace my true love and feature some beautiful floral living rooms from House & Garden. These spaces will hopefully convert anyone reading into color-loving 'bold-ist' like me!

    beautiful floral living rooms

    The jewel tones of the two living rooms above pull at my heart strings. Yet its the mix of amazing floral patterns that I really love.

    As you will notice in both living rooms, the floral patterns are at the forefront and every other accent is a solid color. This will help to make keep the room looking chic and not make you and your guests dizzy.

    I love the addition of the floral accent rug in the image on the right. Make sure when you are layering floral patterns you switch up scale - the large scale of the rug works perfectly with the smaller scale floral pattern on the sofa and the throw pillows.

    On the left, that beautiful, bold wallpaper breathes life into the room, while the fuchsia drapes and jewel-tone accents bring fun and femininity to the space.

     room with floral accent rug

    These next two floral living rooms are a more simplistic application of this beautiful look. Again the large scale area rug makes a lovely feature, while the creamy walls subdue the space.

    Small decorative vases filled with wild flowers and antique floral paintings complete the look for a space that exudes a wonderful, vintage softness.

    Another way to incorporate a beautiful, understated floral pattern is to repeat the same pattern in different applications.

    As you see in the bottom image above, this modern take on shabby chic style is beautiful and approachable. Wallpaper, drapery and accent pillows in the same fabric really tie the room together and create a whimsically floral living room space.

     living rooms with chaises

    These vignettes of chaises are the perfect way to end the round-up. They really show the many ways you can introduce the floral look in your space.

    On the left we have a mid-century inspired look while on the right we have an antique-inspired and feminine style. Both layer pattern, color, texture and style in the best ways, and both truly speak to the innate sense of spring.

    How will you include spring florals in your living room?

    Images: House & Garden

  • Modern Outdoor Lighting for Today's Home

    Modern Bronze Outdoor Lighting For Today's Home

    A bronze finish can make any modern outdoor lighting fixture feel more luxurious

    Bronze LED outdoor lighting designs can sound uber-traditional, but like most everything, it’s how you use it that sets its fate.

    Lighting designers and tech experts are exploring LED technology, pushing design lines and functionality, while using the traditional lighting materials to contain their innovations. Bronze outdoor lighting has not been left behind, there are so many new options—beyond the classic look of a bronze lantern--for incorporating stylish bronze into a modern outdoor living space.

    With its substantial presence, a deep hue of bronze can help ground a space and add a soothing air to a modern décor intention.

    The classic lantern will always have a place in some homes, but for modern design enthusiasts, let’s take a look at what’s on the contemporary LED lighting menu in bronze

     Modern Bronze Outdoor Lighting Options


    1. The Kichler Ceysa in bronze adds a hint of sensuality with its curved LED lighting lines on a simple rectangular form.


    2. Hinkley Lighting’s Vento LED outdoor wall light is perfectly modern with a hint of chic texture in its hammered copper plate.

    3. More than just a simple modern bronze form, the WAC Janus LED wall light also offers the option of mounting vertically or horizontally. LED lighting continues to raise the bar.

    4. Hinkley’s Cascade LED outdoor wall light pairs the rich bronze finish with a delicate amber etched organic rain glass.

    5. If you love the lines of the lantern, but want a modern interpretation, Hubbardton Forge’s Double Axis LED fixture might be the perfect fit. With Mission-style lines the wall light has a sleek bronze finish.

    As you can see, LED outdoor lighting designs in a bronze finish doesn't only come in traditional designs, there's something for the modernist too!

    Image source: Lamps Plus

  • Keep the Breezes Flowing with Outdoor Ceiling Fans

    Whether your porch is enclosed or exposed, outdoor ceiling fans are definitely necessary when temperatures creep above a comfortable 80 degrees and we want to relax in or close to the great outdoors.

    Porches and verandas are a fine place to linger longer and ceiling fans serve the purpose of circulating air to create a cool breeze on those warmer summer days and nights.

    Covered porches are not always fully protected from moisture and sometimes a fan will be exposed to winter storms or summer rain. In such locations, opt for outdoor wet location fans certified for dampness which will withstand the elements.

     Keep the Breezes Flowing with Outdoor Ceiling Fans
    The following outdoor ceiling fans with lights are certified for damp spaces. The Bronze Casa Province offers contemporary lines and walnut blades; the brushed nickel Minka Concept is a modern hugger model for low ceilings. You'll get a wider air flow with the unique design of the Fanimation Metro Gray fan, and introduce farmhouse appeal with the industrial style Minka Aire Galvanized fan.

     Outdoor Ceiling Fans with LightsIf you seek circulation only and have provided for lighting elsewhere with overhead options or sconces, consider outdoor ceiling fans without a light for your porch or outdoor room to keep the breezes flowing.

     Traditional Veranda with Outdoor Ceiling FansThe three blade Matthews Irene fan makes quite a statement, as does the multiple cherry blade Predator Fan with a bronze finish. The Casa Vieja is a classic shape for traditional spaces,and the brushed nickel Concept I Wet fan is another contemporary option for outdoor spaces.

     Outdoor Ceiling Fans Without LightsDesert climates or tropical spaces with hot, humid weather benefit from the constant circulation of air. Capture the exotic look of this closed in porch scene with ceiling fans that possess woven or palm leaf inspired blades.

     Enclosed Porch with Exotic Outdoor Ceiling Fan

    Find Koa wood and a contemporary curved three blade design in the Minka Aire Light Wave fan; or choose the all white sculptural leaf shaped Monaco Studio fan. Introduce a tropical vibe with the woven blades of the Fanimation Windpointe fan,and feel the breezes with leaf shaped blades of the Minka Aire Gaugin fan.

     Tropical-Inspired Outdoor Ceiling Fans

    Not only do outdoor ceiling fans keep the air moving on those warm summer days and nights, they are also a great addition to your outdoor living design.

    image sources:1st image: rauser design, 2nd image: cooper johnson smith architects, 3rd image: haut haus

  • Get the Look: A Spring Floral Living Room

    A bright and bold spring floral living room from Manuel Canovas

    Over-the-top floral living room design by Manuel Canovas

    "Florals. For spring? Groundbreaking." - Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada

    So, decorating with florals for spring may not be groundbreaking (as Ms. Priestly sarcastically noted). But florals are beautiful, fresh, and a welcome burst of color.

    From fuchsia and violet to teal and electric blue - there is no shortage of color in nature this time of year, and these vibrant hues can breathe life into a living room the same way fresh flowers breathe life into a tired garden after a long winter.

    This living room design from Manuel Canovas is definitely not for the faint of heart (hello, watermelon curtains!), but elements of this space can be translated into your home in a more subtle way.

    If this space has too much pattern and color for your taste, try introducing just one floral-patterned pillow into your living room on an accent chair, or try swapping out a beige lampshade for a pink one.  

    Decorating with bold floral patterns doesn't have to be intimidating, and small decor updates can be swapped seasonally. When cool weather falls again, simply tuck your spring accents away for another year. 

    But if you love this over-the-top spring floral living room design? Ignore Miranda Priestly, and get the look at Lamps Plus:

    Get the Look: A Spring Floral Living Room

    Turquoise Sofa BedFloral 22"x10" Lumbar PillowAthena 20" Floral Decorative PillowEros Pink Color+Plus LampCoral Pink Throw PillowLarge Floral Print PillowMid-Century Coral Linen Chair

    What floral pattern will you bring into your living room this year?

    Image: Manuel Canovas.

  • Organic Style Rooms

    Organic Style Rooms

    Organic style rooms are not limited to using rough hewn materials with a dose of hippie-chic tossed in to make things feel authentic. Rather, today’s organic-styled rooms are modern, crisp and welcoming. Lighting can be one of the most creative endeavors in such rooms and will illuminate all things natural. Domaine Home always has the most inspiring modern room pictures and this post is the lucky recipient of their dedication to featuring stylish rooms. 

    Modern Spaces with Organic Decor

    Balance is key to the organic style room. Heaven knows you wouldn't want everything to be literally made of hemp if your goal was to create a beautiful natural space. These rooms show a lovely balance of organic items like the natural rush and wood dining chairs countered by both organically shaped lights and modern pendants. There is a play of soft and hard, light and dark in all of these rooms.

    Rooms Featuring Natural Wood Decor

    Again, these rooms display a good balance of light and dark, soft and hard. If you have hard, wooden walls, ceilings and furniture be sure to add plenty of rugs, pillows and cushions to soften the space as well as dark materials like the black floor lamps and iron sconces seen above.

    Beach Inspired Rooms

    The beach house is one of my favorite organic looks. Whitewashed rattan and natural woods are hallmarks of this aesthetic as are watery blue accents. The best light obviously comes from the light of a sunny day, but you can’t go wrong by adding modern picture lights as seen on the left or the simplicity of a natural wood table lamp.

    Lights with Organic Materials

    1. Although modern the Cerno Mica Oiled Walnut LED Pendant Light sports great walnut detailing.

    2. The Lite Source Reaves Rattan Metal Pendant Light embodies classic organic lines and materials.

    3. I like the modern framing married to the earthy rope of the Uttermost Corda Textured Black Rust Pendant.

    4. Amorphic curves in the Arteriors Home Joss Neutral Glass Table Lamp makes this modern-organic.

    5. The Collapsible Bamboo Rice Paper Lantern Floor Lamp is timeless, Asian-inspired and reads organic from top to bottom.

    6. Slim and versatile, the Lite Source Linterna Bamboo Polished Steel Floor Lamp is a true space saver and infuses a bit of nature into any room.

    As you can see, there are many ways to design an organic style room without having to incorporate macrame!

    Photos: Domaine Home.

  • Interior Design Ideas - Serene Greens for Spring

     interior design ideas - serene greens for spring

    I love the color green, specifically because the applications are endless. Today I am taking you on a journey through a softer palette.

    Serene greens are perfect for spring as they are soft, comforting and have a bit of naivete and whimsy.

    With the help of these gorgeous Lonny magazine images, we will see how to incorporate some serene greens into your home through furniture.  Or consider adding some green to your interiors through home accessories or lighting.

    Here are some interior design ideas on how to get the look:

     serene green lighting, furniture and accessories

    Vintage-inspired pieces lend themselves to a softer green palette beautifully. The Noran Oversized 41" High Oval Wall Clock matches both vintage sentiment with contemporary style.

    White interiors are very trendy right now, but sometimes all white is too sterile. Adding a warm sage touch to your home with the Belgrade Antique Teal Accent Cabinet will soften the whiteness of the space, yet not detract from the simplicity.

    Another great interior design idea is to add a soft splash of color to your room with a green throw blanket. Splurge on the Celadon Signature Cashmere Blend Waterwave Throw Blanket and I guarantee you will have it draped over you from this spring to the next.

    Dogs plus books plus design equals perfection! Westie Dog 6" High Bookends are the perfect touch for any bookcase, especially for a dog lover.

    The Jennifer Taylor Layla Seacrest Green Bolster Bench is great for people who love green and want to feature the color prominently in their interior design. This beautiful piece once again mixes antique lines and design with contemporary trends.

    Soft green works really well in kitchens, and popping in a few Jamie Young St Croix Celadon Glass Pendant Lights will brighten up your space in an authentic, approachable way. Whether or not you're a master chef or not, your kitchen will definitely look like it.

    These are just a few ideas for incorporating serene greens into your home.  I hope these interior design ideas have inspired you!

    Image Source: Lonny Magazine

  • Outdoor Patio Pillows - How to Mix & Match

     outdoor patio pillows

    The patio is the place to be during the long days of summer and once the patio furniture in in place with coordinating outdoor patio pillows that show off your personality.

    It's time for ice cold margaritas, burgers on the grill, a good book and a comfy place to lounge are all that’s needed for the perfect summer day.

     pillows with bold punches of color and pattern

    A matching set of furniture gets the wow factor from pillows with bold punches of color and pattern.

     floral and geometric print pillows

               Coral Floral Applique Outdoor Pillow Orange Octagon Outdoor Pillow

    Get the look by coordinating outdoor patio pillows.  This oversized floral pillow and pairing it with a couple of large, geometric orange pillows are a great example of how easy it is to mix and match.

     outdoor pillows with texture and pattern

    Have a favorite color? Show it off by choosing outdoor pillows with texture and pattern like these soothing blue and turquoise pillows that make for an inviting place to sit.

     solid and patterned outdoor pillows

    Sapphire Outdoor Pillow  Navy Blue Leopard Outdoor Pillow Turquoise Butterfly Outdoor Pillow

    Get the look by starting with a solid, adding a small patterned pillow in a similar hue and breaking it up with an outdoor pillow in the same color family but a few shades lighter.

      outdoor pillows in the same color family as furniture cushions

    If you’re going for more of a monochromatic look, choose outdoor pillows in the same color family as furniture cushions.

     neutral colored outdoor pillows

    Taupe Splotch Outdoor PIllow Antique Beige Striped Outdoor Pillow

    Get the look by scattering a few of the same pillows a few shades darker or lighter on your patio furniture.

    Whether you love bold colors, mixing patterns or prefer a more neutral look, have fun with mixing and matching your outdoor pillows.

    image sources: 1st ImageBetter Homes and Gardens, 2nd ImageBetter Homes and Gardens3rd Image: Lamps Plus, 4th Image Better Homes and Gardens, 5th Image Lamps Plus, 6th ImageBetter Homes and Gardens, 7th ImageLamps Plus,

  • Outdoor Dining Design - Get the Look

    One of the best ways to take advantage of gorgeous summer nights is outdoor dining.  There are dining chairs and tables  in every style imaginable, whether you are dining under a pergola or veranda, or under the stars, outdoor lighting is a key component of the experience.

     outdoor dining design - get the look
    A Craftsmen-style lantern is a great addition to this gorgeous coastal chic  pergola.

     get the look - coastal chic outdoor dining design

    Faux Wicker Rectangular Dining Table     2. Craftsmen-Style Hanging Lantern

     get the look - romantic outdoor dining design under pergola

    The combination of a pendant fixture and party lights under this pergola come together to create a cozy and romantic space.

     get the look - products for romantic dining design under pergola

    1. Warm White Old Time LED String Lights 2. Maritime-Style Bronze Pendant Light

     contemporary outdoor dining veranda

    The combination of modern-looking outdoor wall lights with recessed lighting  coordinates well with the contemporary design of this outdoor dining room.

    The addition of a casual and chic modern ceiling fan ensures that the air keeps moving on those overly hot summer days and nights!

     get the look - products for contemporary loggia dining design

    1. Contemporary Brushed Steel Ceiling Fan   2.   Modern Satin Aluminum Wall Light 

     mediterranean-style outdoor dining room

    The traditional Mediterranean-style lanterns and wall lights give this outdoor dining space an air of elegance.

     get the look - products for  mediterranean-style outdoor dining room

    1. Wall-Mounted Lantern 2. Hanging Lantern 3. Cast Aluminum Armchair

     festive dinner in a garden

    There are also lighting ideas for those outdoor dining areas that don’t have the option of hard-wiring.  Party lights strung between trees and battery-powered tiki torches create a festive atmosphere for your next dinner party.  

    These square tables are perfect for dining in the garden.  Alone they seat two, but combine several in different colors for a casually eclectic look for larger dinner parties.

      get the look - products for a festive dinner in a garden

    1. Square Wood Table and Chairs 2. LED Bamboo Tiki Torch 3. Mission-Style Lantern Party Lights

    As you can see, there are many options out there for you to create the perfect outdoor dining experience. 

    I hope these ideas have inspired you and that you can use them when it comes time to start using your backyard again!



    image sources: Brookes + Hill, Interiorholic, Houzz, Houzz, Lamps Plus

  • 4 Great Outdoor Lighting Ideas

     thistlewood farm at night with outdoor lighting

    Outdoor Lighting at Thistlewood Farms

    Until recently the farmhouse has been covered in snow.

    But now the house is digging itself out (literally and figuratively) of a harsh, seemingly-never-ending winter.

    We've been planting bulbs and cleaning out flower beds and putting down mulch.

    All in the hopes of getting the house ready for spring.

     daffodils in bloom

    Daffodils in Bloom

    And the spring spruce-up plans include new outdoor lighting.

    It's one of the easiest ways to make your house stand out on the block.

    Here are a few suggestions for some simple and easy outdoor lighting ideas.

     stainless steel solar led landscape lights

    1.  Let the Sun Shine In

    This set of four outdoor LED  stainless steel landscape lights is similar to a set we have used for years on our garden paths.

    They are simple and classic and blend into the surrounding landscaping.

    And they require little to no maintenance because they operate on solar power.

    nickel finish wall-mount motion sensor lantern

    2.  Sensor Yourself

    Gone are the days when a motion sensor light was boring and utilitarian.

    These energy efficient carriage motion sensor lights in a nickel-finish are both stylish and functional.

    Save on energy and add security to your home with this simple outdoor lighting idea.

     semi-flushmount galvanized outdoor ceiling light

    3.  Hey Good Looking

    Sometimes you meet a light fixture you can't live without.

    It won my heart at galvanized.

    This galvanized outdoor ceiling light is the perfect addition to any porch or outdoor space.

    Especially a Kentucky farmhouse.

    copper outdoor wall light with edison bulb

    4.  Decorate Your Front Door

    Greet your guests in style with this copper outdoor wall light next to your front door.

    It features contemporary styling with a nod to the past and a retro-style Edison bulb.

    Let your light shine to create a warm and welcoming entry way.

    So get ready for spring and freshen up your landscaping with these outdoor lighting ideas.

    Your home will greet the changing of seasons in style!

    Image Sources: Thistlewood FarmsLamps Plus

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