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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:
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
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.
A matching set of furniture gets the wow factor from pillows with bold punches of color and pattern.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re going for more of a monochromatic look, choose outdoor pillows in the same color family as furniture cushions.
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.
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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.
A Craftsmen-style lantern is a great addition to this gorgeous coastal chic pergola.
The combination of a pendant fixture and party lights under this pergola come together to create a cozy and romantic space.
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!
The traditional Mediterranean-style lanterns and wall lights give this outdoor dining space an air of elegance.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Farms, Lamps Plus
Spring is a perfect time to think about floral inspired lamps and The Pink Pagoda had beautiful pictures that will get you in a decidedly spring mood! There are many ways to introduce floral patterns into a space. From pillows and wallpaper to bedding and lamps, floral motifs are always cheerful and timeless and need not be a permanent design feature. Floral designed lamps can be moved around the house and are an inexpensive way to create the look of fresh flowers with a more lasting affect.
Green is the color of nature and thus goes well with almost every other color and pattern. Ceramic table lamps that feature green foliage and pretty flowers embodies the essence of spring and are perfect in traditional living rooms and more feminine bedrooms.
1. The Flowers and Birds Porcelain Vase Table Lamp is feminine but not precious. I love it in a bedroom.
Naturally, pink is probably the most feminine color but it can be used in such a way that it reads modern. Going super-bold like in the outrageous wallpaper above, or in a contemporary geometric patterns may even convert a real guy’s guy.
2. I like the Floral Jar Porcelain Table Lamp in a guest room or classic front hall.
Classic blue and white ginger jar lamps are as time-honored in design as hot dogs are to a good old American baseball game. Blue and white decor looks great in all seasons and has its roots in 18th century design, stemming from trade with the East. These images show that using blue and white can get a coastal look or sophisticated city look as seen in the upper left picture.
3. You can’t go wrong with the Blue and White Floral Porcelain Temple Jar Table Lamp.
Floral lamps don’t need to be ceramic. Metal table lamps can also evoke the look of a garden reminding us of traditional wrought iron garden furniture, clever!
4. The Saint Louis Heights Antique White Table Lamp has a sculptural shape that makes it unique and would be beautiful in a sunroom or on a dining room buffet.
Photos: The Pink Pagoda.
I am ready for spring! I love when the temperature starts to climb and long days are spent lounging outside with loved ones through the beautiful dusk hours and into the night. Okay, did I paint an enticing picture for you or what?
Now we just need to create the perfect outdoor patio space to make our dreams into reality. Better Homes and Gardens has some beautiful inspiration images to help when developing your patio design for spring.
For me, there are two types of patios - floral and colorful or lush and green. First let's look at beautiful patios that embrace floral color in all its glory.
Whether you have a large or small space, you can always fit a stylish outdoor planter or two and pop in seasonal flowers. Adding a few planters around the space, and mixing in colorful pillows and accessories will make your space burst with color.
As you can see above, matching the flowers with the patio decor really transforms your outdoor space into an additional room of your house. No one is going to want to leave once they see your perfectly curated and brightly decorated patio!
If bright colors are not your thing but you love nature and the outdoors, keep your patio lush, green and full of life. Vibrant green leaves and dangling vines give off just as much life as flowers but with a more organic, wild feel.
Most people who prefer this rustic look also like to incorporate outdoor garden water fountains that add a layer of calming sounds.
Shaded spaces and hidden hideaways work really well with this look, so make sure to find an area where you can create a secret spot for your nearest and dearest.
For more fresh ideas check out our Shop by Room: Outdoors page!
Image Source: Better Homes and Gardens
There is nothing better than outdoor lighting to enhance the ambiance of your patio, backyard or garden. Here are four easy tips to achieve a gorgeously lit outdoor area without the hassle of hard-wiring.
LED candles are a great option for ambient outdoor lighting (especially the ones that flicker like an actual flame.) They won’t burn or blow out like a regular candle and you’ll never have to dig the wick out! Not to mention the fact that they aren't a fire hazard like their wick-burning cousins.
Group several candles of different heights as part of a tablescape on a dining table or in the center of a coffee table, with or without candle holders. This look is best achieved using odd numbers as the display will look more balanced.
One of my favorite easy outdoor lighting tip is using decorative lanterns. You can suspend them from trees or create vignettes with them. They look good on their own, but adding an LED candle adds some romantic ambiance to the setting.
String lights aren't a winter-only lighting decor option. They look great strung from trees or wrapped around tree trunks. String lights with the larger bulbs look great spanning the space over furniture groupings.
Solar LED path lighting is an inexpensive way to light up a walkway or garden path so your guests can see the way to your gorgeous backyard. A festive option is to line a pathway with lots of LED candles. LED candles are great for making luminarias.
Now that I've shared my top easy outdoor lighting ideas it’s your turn to make it happen in your own backyard or patio!
Here are some products you can use to achieve the looks I talked about:
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Coastal style lighting always appears fresh and cheerful. I immediately turned to Shorely Chic for inspirational images and a glimpse into great looks for the coming spring and summer.
It’s never too early to get a jump start on warmer weather decorating.
While I can’t even begin to feel the pain for our friends on the East coast and what they've endured this winter, I hope this humble post inspires you to forge ahead with thoughts of sunnier days.
The formula for coastal style interiors is rather basic. Keep things white, use natural fibers and try not to introduce anything too precious or valuable. Who needs wet children and pets messing up your home?
On a design note, I love the natural rattan hallway pendant lights. The no fuss, relaxed styling evokes an island vibe and can introduce great texture.
White ceiling fans also seem to remain almost invisible if your color scheme is white. Fans come in handy for just about any room in summer, but are especially welcome in second floor bedrooms or rooms tucked in to eaves. Don't forget, heat rises.
Naturally you can infuse your space with color, but a simple palette keeps things, well, simple. I do however love blue for a coastal style home and think it can work in a variety of applications.
The easiest way to add color is through bedding and soft furnishings like seating.
The second way is through paint. Rooms can always be painted over so no need to fret over that type of decision.
The final way is through more permanent forms like tile. Yes, this is a a longer lasting choice, but the payoff can be exquisite. May I present to you the fully blue tiled bath! Divine.
Here are some fantastic lighting options to consider for a coastal living look:
1. Large foyers and dining rooms will become true show stoppers with the Currey and Company Seaward White Sand Chandelier.
2. I like the Jamie Young Tropos Natural Wood Pendant for a casual beach look in a kitchen, playroom or den.
3. Inspired by the sea, the Uttermost Fontanne Shell Ivory Table Lamp has heft while still appearing clean and light.
4. Keeping things cool are key in warmer weather, so consider the Minka Concept I Wet Location White Ceiling Fan.
Image credits: Shorely Chic.
Minimalist bathrooms can be a true work of art. Mundane items like faucets and lighting can become sculptural works of art when offset by simple architecture and monochromatic colors.
Such bathrooms need not be “cold” if you are not a fan of concrete and glass. By using creamy limestone and teak wood you can have a minimalist look with a warm feel. Lonny has some wonderful and artistic pictures of the ideal contemporary bathrooms.
There is something so moody and intriguing about these spaces. These minimalist bathrooms draw you in even though there is technically not a lot to see.
The clean aesthetic calls for simplicity of line even when it comes to the bathroom lighting fixtures. Simple spot lights, cubes or recessed lights work best and can be used to highlight fixtures like art in a gallery.
Warmer, minimalist bathrooms can be achieved with the introduction of more natural sunlight against woods and cream colors. I love the use of contemporary pendant lighting in the lower picture. It’s cool, art-like and functional.
In additional to the warmer bathrooms or super hard-surfaced bathrooms, there can be a compromise when interesting tile and monochromatic pattern is used. There is no mistaking these bathrooms as anything other than minimalist, however they have a variety of pattern and geometry that makes them unique.
Below are some gorgeous examples of minimalist bathroom lighting fixtures:
1. The Hinkley Kube Downlight White Wall Light is simplicity in its most basic form.
2. The Possini Euro Slim Cone Chrome Mini Pendant adds a feminine touch to the minimalist bathroom.
3. I love the sexy and simple lines of the Sonneman Stiletto Satin White LED Wall Sconce which could also look amazing in a dressing room or hall.
4. I like the industrial-style look of the Elan Follen Brushed Aluminum LED Wall Sconce for lofts or urban interiors.
Today's kitchens are kept modern by the inclusion of contemporary lighting. Kitchen pendant lighting provides for additional light and ambiance but also serve the purpose of making a statement with their shape and beauty.
A glass pendant is a timeless choice and one that will not block the views of those seated and standing in a kitchen. Glass pendants are available in several shapes from angular to curved, the light bulb is always exposed so consider attractive glass bulbs like the Edison.
Over an island or peninsula, these options are equally stunning: the Possini Euro Brushed Nickel pendant, the Janus Wide Chrome pendant, the Possini Euro Raindrop, the Elan Glass Multi Light pendant, or the Kichler Everly Bronze pendant.
Polished nickel and chrome add an attractive silver tone and shiny finish to a kitchen, layer them in a duet or trio to reflect light and add glamour.
To add shimmer and style consider the Feiss Harrow Polished Nickel light, the Feiss Cadence Wide Polished light, the Pythagoras pendant, the Artcraft Morocco Pendant, or the Possini Wide Chrome pendant.
Copper has made a comeback in the past year, while a timeless choice it's recently become a trendy one too. Like brass, copper brings warmth to a kitchen and a welcome contrast to stainless steel appliances.
Dress up your kitchen with the Southton Copper Dome, the Kichler Larkin Copper Lantern, the Kichler Wide Copper Linear chandelier or the Hammered Copper Mini Pendant.
Lamps Plus is your source for hundreds of kitchen pendant lights to choose from, choose ones that complement the style of your kitchen and appeal to your sense of style each time you turn them on!
kitchen image sources: houzz, tobi fairley, lonny