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Colorful kitchen pendants will enliven any space and can quite possibly be the cheapest way to create a mini kitchen makeover, ever. The smallest splash of decorative color in the kitchen goes a long way and I found some wonderful images on Coco Cozy that show just how fun a kitchen can be.
Mini pendant lights are quite simply the jewelry for your kitchen and are perfect over an island or peninsula.
The red kitchen is vibrant and spicy and should get anybody’s motor going. The same can be said with this Caycee 14" Wide Red Modern Pendant. They are for bold individualists who take chances when it comes to color.
Some may think that brown is not colorful, I disagree. When you pair brown with crisp white and especially in a pattern like this Walt Disney Signature Atelier Bronze Pendant, then your space can pop.
So many kitchen have brown wood cabinets, so why not enhance them with a bold pendant like the one above. Don’t forget that you can always pop a pendant over a sink if there is the right amount of ceiling height.
Yellow has been a classic color in kitchens for ages. It's a happy and cheerful color without needing to be too precious. There is a modern way to make yellow look hip and art glass pendants, like this Verona Collection Yellow Mini Pendant Chandelier is a wonderful way.
Green is the color of nature and thus looks great in a kitchen. The earthy color is fantastic in both traditional and contemporary rooms as can be seen in the old-world kitchen and modern pendant above. Get the look with the Jezebel Radiance™ Lily Kelly Green and White Glass Pendant.
Photo credits: Cococozy
Spring is just around the corner, can you feel it? The ground is still covered with ice for so many and there’s not a bold Spring color in sight. What we do know though is that Spring will come, earlier for some, but it will come! This doesn't mean we can't implement it a little early in our interior design.
With the season comes thoughts of color as blooms open to showcase their petals from yellow daffodils to purple hyacinth. Because of Easter, some associate spring with pastels (even I focused last month on those paler hues in a blog post) but there is no rule that states spring color is synonymous with softness.
Instead, embrace those bolder colors in hues that make a statement and are ones you can enjoy in Spring, when Summer arrives, or when winter comes again.
One color we see the much of in spring is green - the leaves and the grass that grow cover the landscape in verdant shades. Bring the feeling of spring indoors by embracing vivid versions of green from kiwi and lime to emerald to Kelly.
Try this bold Apple Green Porcelain Jar Table Lamp for a pop of greet style. For more lighting style, the Tangier Emerald Green Giclee Shade Plug-In Chandelier has a delicate swag style with bold greet color. The simplest way to incorporate some green into your decor is with decorative pillows, like the Tangle Green 20" Wide Lumbar Pillow. Incorporate some bold green decor outdoors too with this Rachael Set of 2 Tall Green Lantern Candle Holders.
Yellow is undoubtedly a happy color, synonymous with sunshine, and when paired with gray and doses of green, the three are a welcome combination. Fill your home with spring tulips and freshen with home accessories that possess this cheerful color.
Try a small color punch with this Yellow and Cream 18" Various Edge Outdoor Accent Pillow. Why not throw a Spring-style brunch with this fun UNO Curry 4-Piece Place Setting. For a subtle, classic piece of lighting, go with the Robert Abbey 22 3/4" Yellow Ceramic and Bronze Table Lamp. Go bold and get some yellow furniture, this angelo:HOME Ennis Golden Yellow Groove Modern Sofa is a fun choice! Welcome your guests with a bright Spring color using this Marrakesh Yellow Indoor Outdoor Doormat.
Cobalt, Malibu, Mykonos, Monacco - this mid tone blue is known by many names associated with coastal towns or exotic islands in the middle of the sea. Blue is an appealing hue to most people because it draws from our fondness for water and sky.
Cover a large area with bold cobalt with this Comden Collection Westover Area Rug. This Fire Satin Nickel Cobalt Blue Glass MonoRail Pendant is perfect for hanging a few over the kitchen island and adding bold blue to the kitchen. Just want a little bit of blue, try some accessories like this Set of 2 Indigo Blue Outdoor Accent Pillows, Silver Coral Icon Candle in Blue Glass or a Cobalt "Not Your Mother's Throw" Cashmere Throw Blanket. For a little more boldness, try the Mykonos Blue Ovo Table Lamp.
Magenta and fuchsia are sassier versions of pink, sophisticated and not to be ignored. Accents in the form of rugs, throw blankets like this Valencia Collection Azalea Decorative Throw, bold lighting like the Fuchsia Lido Floor Lamp and the Mini Diamante Fuchsia Table Lamp, or decorative pillows like this Set of 2 Textural Fuchsia Multi 18" Square Throw Pillows will punctuate a space with feminine flair.
When considering colors to use for your interior design this year, be brave and embrace the bolder hues, ones that draw the eye and say “look at me” especially if your past choices have been mostly neutral.
Decorating really is all about expressing yourself and having fun - this season do it with bold spring color!
Image credits: Sara Tuttle, Style at Home, Rachel Reider, Better Homes & Gardens
Looking for both great style and value in a lamp? This elegant LED night light table lamp by Possini has a unique 2-in-1 feature. It's both a beautiful table lamp with an on-trend mercury glass finish, and a night light featuring a concealed LED light within the translucent silvery glass base.
Use the night light setting to light up only the base and set the mood with a gorgeous, shimmery glow, or choose a brighter setting for reading. Table lamps for the bedroom are widely available, but this one is especially unique with the addition of the built-in night light. However, its usage certainly isn't limited to the bedroom - as pictured below, this table lamp is well-suited to a traditional or transitional style living room as well.
The Possini Olde Silver LED Night Light Table Lamp is a true beauty. And with a price of just $149 for two lights in one, its great style, value, and versatility can't be beat.
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This month I had the extreme pleasure to be a guest at a friend's wedding in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The whole experience was so inspirational and beautiful I had to share it with all of you in the hopes that you could find some design inspiration in my photos.
The three-day event was colorful, meaningful, traditional and spectacular. I hope these images, taken by myself and my husband, inspire you to get your creative design juices flowing as they have done so for me.
The day-time ceremony, also known as the Gaye Holud or turmeric ceremony, took place in an open park next to a lake. Trees were draped in marigold chains as far as the eye could see, and floral peacocks dotted the pathways. Friends and family were given Traditional Bengladeshi village-style Sarees (for the women) and Kurtas (for the men) to wear for this ceremony.
The bride arrived to the event oh-so-fashionably in a traditional Palanquin hoisted up by the grooms friends as the groom holds her hand and walks besides her.
The style of this ceremony would be the equivalent of a stateside wedding event with fun pendant lighting, like mason jars and wildflowers, rustic wooden tables and burlap runners, homemade pies and small batch beers. The bride wanted to recreate a traditional village celebration similar to the actual village wedding celebration they would have a week later.
For the night-time wedding ceremony the true glamour and opulence of a Bengali wedding comes out. Beautiful red fabrics, diamonds, silks, and more flowers that you can imagine drape the wedding stage as the couple exchanges rings and cut the cake. The celebration continued late into the night as near 1,000 guests gave their blessings to the happy couple.
Whether for an event or for your home design, you can capture the beauty of this wonderful celebration. Warm, rich hues of red, yellow and orange are at the base of this celebration.
Don't be afraid to embrace color! Accessorizing is also extremely prevalent. Jewels, flowers and accessories take center stage, and there can never be too much. One of my favorite collaborations was an orchid and rose custom floral ceiling light that hovered over the bride and groom as they cut their cake.
Are you inspired by this beautiful wedding in Bangladesh?
Image credits: Allison Rosenberg
Bohemian interiors are extremely liberating as there are no rules to follow and no critics to impress. While there are no technical rules when it comes to mixing pattern and style in the Bohemian home, as in any design scheme, remember that proper balance, scale and lighting must be addressed.
The Neo Traditionalist had some amazing images of quirky and bohemian interiors that capture this look perfectly.
Most people think that a Boho interior is all about creating an artist’s loft look, and while the loft look can capture the aesthetic, as long as you are creative with mixing interesting materials and create a sense of whimsy and comfort, you will have it made.
I love how the rooms above mix exotic kilim fabrics with rustic woods and metal lamps that can be used for task lighting in an office or on a bedside table as practical bedroom lights.
Another hallmark of the bohemian space is the display of creative endeavors such as music, reading and horticulture. Being surrounded by books, art and plants makes a room feel warm and welcoming. A great way to combine them is to display art on a bookcase as seen above.
It’s a great look and a good idea to use a decorative clip on light to highlight a print or painting. Most importantly, have fun, as Bohemian interiors are ultimately playful.
1. Pillows are the easiest way to add some color, pattern and personality to your space so try this Set of 2 Bedouin Textural Red and Ochre Throw Pillows for your new Boho space.
2. Too scared to mix patterns on your own, don't worry! There's a lamp shade for that. Add this fun Bohemian Blooms Giclee Lamp Shade for a mix of patterns to a lamp you already own.
3. Like with the lamp shade, if you're not sure how to mix materials, then just search for pieces that include mixed materials, like this Atlas White Marble Top Jamie Young End Table.
4. The Robert Abbey Kinetic Antique Brass Pharmacy Desk Lamp is a classic style for any home decor, but the brass is especially perfect for the Boho look.
5. Try this Tuscany Farmhouse Smoke Trestle Table (currently unavailable) with mismatched chairs for a Boho dining room.
6. Have fun with your upholstery selections, be brave. Try something like this Amelia Alloy Fabric Club Chair in your living room.
7. Mix pattern and materials with this Jamie Young Barrel Ikat and Vintage Canvas Buffet Lamp.
Photo credits: The Neo Traditionalist
I just finished a remodel of a teenage boy's bedroom and I wanted to share the process, including some industrial lighting ideas.
The request was for a simple space with clean lines and not too much color....a few maps....
....and could I please include the math formula PI to the 100th place.
Pi to the 100th place?
Done. Done....and oh wait....done.
Most of the room came from shopping the local farm store for galvanized metal bins....but the lighting? Industrial lighting ideas? I wasn't sure which direction to go for an industrial chic look. I wasn't sure what would say map meets Pi meets galvanized bins....
....meets midnight basketball games.
I finally chose this industrial cage nickel light.
I love the lines and the bulbs and the sheen and the patina and the shape and the exterior cage.
Here's a few more industrial ceiling light ideas I found along the way.
The lines of this wide ceiling bronze light fixture are so current....so hipster meets factory warehouse.
It also looks just like an atom. Perfect for a math room.
And the light bulb that comes with it?
If the Jetson's had a light fixture in their house....this would have been it.
This four light brushed nickel ceiling light from Muse is amazing.
It mimics the pattern on the mesh trash can and blends perfectly with the galvanized fixtures in the room.
And the four bulbs provide plenty of light for homework.
Here's a little different lighting option for a more traditional look with flair.
This fixture with its off-white shade and textured linen-look brings a simple classic lines to the room.
This fixture would transition easily from look to look and room to room and fits with so many different looks.
And here's one of my favorites.
This vintage style bronze ceiling light is perfection.
I love the combination of the cage and drum shade and how they work seamlessly together.
The room is finished and the president of the PI fan club is happy.
I love the look of the room and the desk and the orange beanbag chair combined with multiplication and a map of the world.
Now....it's time for style and function......to meet homework. :)
Photo credits: Thistlewood Farms
I’m on a mission to find stylish storage and that means searching for a campaign dresser. From the clean lines to the brass hardware, I am smitten.
Campaign furniture is portable furniture that was designed for the military to be easily transported. The recessed brass handles, like in this image from Emily Henderson, are not only gorgeous, they protect the pieces from being scuffed and damaged during transport.
The perfect mix of form and function, campaign furniture isn’t just for the military anymore. Kelly Wearstler brings the campaign dresser into the bathroom with this gorgeous vanity.
Forget built-ins and get creative with a campaign dresser in the kitchen, like in this image from Christine Chase.
Go bold with paint, like Lonny Magazine shared with us. Colorful storage units always add fun style to an otherwise functional piece of furniture.
Or do a fun two-tone effect, like this one from The Homemade Home.
If you are lucky enough to run across a vintage campaign dresser, you can update it with a good cleaning and a coat of paint like Innovative Interior did to this stunning blue beauty she uses to store extra linens.
If you’ve searched high and low for a vintage piece to no avail, don’t fret. See how you can get the look for much less by turning an Ikea cube into a campaign knockoff like Fuji Files did.
Looks like it’s time for me to start scouring Craigslist again for the perfect campaign dresser find.
Image credits: Emily Henderson, Kelly Wearstler, Christie Chase, Lonny Magazine, The Handmade Home, Innovative Interior, Fuji Files
Happy Valentine's Day to all the lovers out there! Today we are all about RED - the color of the day, the color of love, passion, hearts and roses. Check out some inspirational red interiors and decor ideas from Country Living in honor of this lovely day.
We can't start a red round up of love without focusing first on the bedroom! This romantic room should be celebrated on Valentine's Day. Beautiful and delicate textile patterns throughout this bedding set mix and blend wonderfully all while evoking feelings of love. Don't be scared to go bold with your pattern mixes - as you can see above it can work out beautifully.
If you really want to commit to red this Valentine's Day why not go big with classic red wall paint?! This bold mudroom's walls become the focal point with the lovely application of bright red paint, but the mix of blues and whites in the room take this room from over the top to classic and traditional.
How adorable is everything that is happening in this bright red pantry? Surprise the one you love this Valentine's Day by adding a pop of graphic red wallpaper somewhere unexpected. The space between shelves in a pantry is a perfect spot to add a fun punch of color since its is hardly utilized for much else. It will be the perfect way to say "Hello I love you" on Valentine's morning.
If you don't want to commit to red walls or large scale red decor, why not add a punch of red with fun, Valentine's Day-inspired red decor and accessories. Shop the look here:
If you want to add some drama to your room with more than just a gorgeous chandelier, try something like this Bella Red Chianti Glass Chandelier. You could also incorporate a little red with this Mini Diamante Fuchsia Table Lamp, it's just enough to add a punch, but the white shade keeps the red minimal. Try something like this Bailey Poppy Red Round Accent Table, but add a couple decor items to it that aren't red. Something like this Abacasa Napa Kilbourne Red Area Rug makes a royal statement in any home. Go bold if you dare and select this Patterson Maroon Chenille Chaise, it will add dramatic flair to your home like nothing else. If you don't want to go big, but would love to add a little drama, then try a throw pillow, like the Diva 18" Square Crushed Velvet Merlot Throw Pillow. Let the color of love keep you on track each day with this Villa Tesio Regency Red 23" Wide Round Wall Clock. Lastly, every room needs a wall mirror for the luxe factor, why not make it red like the Howard Elliott Anakin 24" High Red Lattice Wall Mirror?
Image Credits: Country Living
When decorating with lighting for your home, don't forget that most fixtures come in an array of colors. Sure, you may not go for a multicolor crystal chandelier (though you could), but table lamps, lanterns, and pendants are especially effective for infusing color into your room. Today we look at incorporating the perfect purple lighting, and how three designers effectively added it to their decor.
You can add purple lighting for romantic bedrooms, colorful kitchens or just adding some pretty style to any room of the house.
Manhattan-based designer Anthony Baratta is known for casually elegant, but classic rooms that are drenched in color. This library, done in shades of dusty purples and blues, features a purple table lamp that is a few shades deeper than the trio of purple upholstered seating.
Stylist Sissy Rousaki, who works out of Melbourne, Australia, paired almost acid shades of violet and yellow together in a sparse white loft. The simple purple pendant and over-dyed rug play well with each other, while canary yellow accent tables provide plenty of contrast.
Brian Patrick Flynn of Los Angeles-based production company Flynnside Out turned a narrow outdoor space into a fully functioning living room with the addition of a stripey rug, woven rattan sofa, and a plethora of purple pendants, which match the throw pillows.
Nothing creates more impact than a beautiful chandelier, so why not choose a purple one like the Bella Vetro Purple Glass Chandelier. You don't have to go the traditional chandelier route if you don't want to, try this Purple Knife Pleat Lamp Shade Pendant. If you're feeling risky and want some purple furniture, how about a Morgan Purple Accent Chair and place it next to the Imperial Metallic Ovo Table Lamp. If you love stripes, the Purple Neon Giclee Pendant is a great way to incorporate some purple. The Ashbury Royal Purple Wall Mirror is a bold move, both in style and color. Don't forget, mirrors always make a room look larger too! Don't limit your purple consumption to home furnishings and lighting, take it to the dining table with the Rachael Ray Purple Dinnerware Set. Feeling a little girly (which is likely if you enjoy purple), then try this pretty angelo :HOME Lily Lavender YoYo Accent Chair. Remember, style is floor to ceiling so don't forget the Resort Sawyer Purple Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug! The Aubergine Purple Stix Square Throw Pillow is the easiest and most economical way to add a little purple to your decor. If you love modern, then the Metallic Purple Scooper Adjustable Bar Stool is perfect for your home entertaining. But why not go real big with purple and lounge on the Centennial Eggplant Velvet Loveseat?!
Image credits: Anthony Baratta, Studio Tsokounoglou, The Province
Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that is for everyone! While you may think it’s only for couples in love it can also be a great holiday to celebrate your friends, family, children and those you hold dear.
This Valentine’s day why not bring reflection and ambiance into your home with creative ways to decorate with mirrors? Whether you’re going to hold an intimate dinner party or an afternoon brunch, take a look at these inspiring ways to incorporate mirrors in your holiday decor.
Reflect Valentine’s inspired colors in your mirrors:
The idea of crimson red, bright poppy and carnation pink accents and a gorgeous mirror to reflect all of that rich color in your Valentine’s home is a reason to swoon over your honey and your home! Whether in your bathroom, living room or bedroom, mirrors do an amazing job of reflecting color back into the room.
Replace your old bathroom medicine cabinet with a killer framed mirror to add ambiance and to inexpensively add a luxe detail to your bathroom decor. Look how Artistic Design for Living made this bathroom sing! You will be surprised how a foyer mirror placed directly across from and accent wall in your living room will reflect the ambiance continually through your space.
This Valentine’s Day show off your holiday red and pink through large wall mirrors with designer style, you’ll be surprised how it opens your room up.
Add a customized touch to your favorite mirror:
Whether you want to re-purpose an old mirror into new with a new frame or you’d like to etch your favorite sentiment onto a mirror, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do it. Visit your local home improvement or craft store for creative ideas that are easy and can be given as gifts or used for decor.
Creative Little Daisy has a wonderful example of using glass oval mirror designs and an etching kit and putting Valentine inspired wording on it.
Whether you love a rustic vibe to your home like this Lamps Plus Uttermost Langford 70 1/2" High Wood Wall or Floor Mirror or you prefer smaller ones to hang on the wall, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to reflect your interiors and dress up your home with admiration and love!
Invite your favorite friends over for brunch or enjoy a romantic evening with your favorite someone, however you decide to spend the holiday use mirrors to create an ambiance everyone will fall in love with!
Images: Mandarin Studio, Artistic Design for Living, Creative Little Daisy