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  • The Look For Less: Belgian Style

    Belgian Style

    Simple, chic Belgian style living room design.

    When it comes to getting the look for less, Belgian Style is the one to copy. The simple color palette and earthy textures don’t cost very much to do right and always look chic.

    Belgian Pearls is a great blog to find this look...

    Linen Upholstery

    Linen furniture is a perfect texture for Belgian style homes.

    There is something so perfect and elegant about Belgian style homes... It's the perfect balance of traditional style and modernity. The first thing to remember is to keep color to a minimum.

    Monochromatic rooms are the foundation of this look. Keeping walls cream or white costs virtually nothing. Darker pops of color can come in black framed tables, bronze floor lamps or classic table lamps.

    Rustic Accessories

    Belgian style interiors are simple and classic in nature.

    When it comes to recreating this look in furniture,  keep things simple. Plain linen chairs and sofas are cheaper than custom upholstered pieces and simple wood tables will also be less or could possibly be handmade.

    Because the Belgian look is so serene, the only accessories you really need would be a few touches like candles and wicker baskets. Less is definitely more here, and the less you put into a room, the less you spend!

    European Inspired Home Decor

    1. The Robert Abbey Short Foundry Table Lamp mimics the great earthen lamps in the pictures above.

    2. Keep lights simple like the Sonneman Hanover Wall Sconce.

    3. Most Belgian interiors have some form of linen like the Biltmore Lindy Linen Upholstered Wingback Armchair.

    4. I love the simplicity of the Capper Oak Wood Metal Legs Coffee Table.

    5. A touch of the modern is key to emulating the look, so consider the Robert Abbey Koleman Patina Bronze Floor Lamp.

    Photo credits: Belgian Pearls

  • Chic and Stylish Gifts for Entertaining

    Holiday entertaining time is right around the corner! Like some people I know, I have family functions, work functions, and if I am lucky a few friend functions. No matter which type of gathering it is, I never like to show up empty handed.

    After all, the host probably spent a great amount of time planning and working so we can enjoy a beautiful party. Showing up with a host gift is a lovely gesture and one that is met with great gratitude.

    This holiday season check out my round up of some chic and stylish gifts for entertaining, paired with lovely inspiration images from Rue Magazine.

    Chic And Stylish Gifts For Entertaining

    Arrive to your holiday parties with a stylish entertaining gift in hand.

    Black is the new black if you ask me, or was always the new black! For entertaining and serving, black can be sleek and edgy or the perfect blank slate.

    If you want to bring some yummy cheeses or some decadent desserts, why not pair them with a beautiful black serving tray. Try the Godinger Leaf Design Marble Board and Knife Set (above) which perfectly mixes rich black marble with delicate brass handles.

    Wood Serverware As Entertaining Gifts

    Wood serverware can be great options for entertaining gifts.

    Many hosts like to do a Winter-white theme for their holiday party, and nothing pairs better with winter whites than rich, natural wood tones.

    A beautiful wooden set like the Nambe Butterfly Wood Salad Bowl and Servers Set of 3 (above) is a lovely gift for entertaining that the host can use the same night or incorporate for years to come.

    Candleholders Make Beautiful Gifts

    Crystal candleholders make beautiful gifts.

    Candles and crystal candleholders are very popular gifts because they are so transitional they will never go out of style. Try mixing styles and having fun with your entertaining gift.

    The traditional Felicity 5-Arm Crystal Candelabra Candle Holder (above) and the modern, geometric Aurora Diamond 9 3/4" High Crystal Pillar Candleholder (above) will add airy distinction to your host's table or mantle beautifully.

    Even Stylish Utensils Can Make Pretty Entertaining Gifts

    Even stylish utensils can make pretty gifts.

    Fun serving utensils are something that most people usually don't splurge on. Bring a set of daring, distinctive serving utensils as a gift for entertaining and you are sure to make your host very happy.

    Mixed metals is very popular at the moment, so a set like the Godinger Leaf 2-Tone Salad Set (above) with a twig motif on the handle is a lovely, well thought out gift anyone will love.

    Image credits: Rue Magazine

  • Desk Lamps for Ultimate Home Office Style

    Desk Lamps For Ultimate Home Office Style

    Stylish desk lamps will help you achieve a beautiful home office.

    When you're burning the midnight oil at your desk, proper lighting is of course critical for staying focused and on task. But just as important, a great desk lamp can make a considerable impact on the style of your home office too!

    Choose workspace lighting based on the aesthetic you'd like to cultivate. For example, if your style veers towards traditional as in the above inspiration image from Decorista, here are some great desk lamp options:

    1. A gooseneck desk lamp has an elevated presence thanks to its brass finish.

    2. An adjustable pole allows you to direct the light on this steel desk lamp.

    3. You can't go wrong with a classic pharmacy lamp for traditional office style. 

    4. A linen shade adds sophisticated texture to a swing arm lamp with an antiqued surface.

    Modern Office Style With A Cool Desk Lamp

    Modern office style requires cool desk lamps.

    These days, many home offices consist of an area carved out of the bedroom or living room. But not to worry if you're tight on space, because even a small desk lamp can make a big statement!

    For workspaces with a streamlined modern sensibility as seen on My Scandinavian Home, consider one of these options:

    1. An eye-catching shape is balanced by the understated birch construction of this contemporary desk lamp.

    2. The sleek yet playful silhouette of a teardrop lamp adds a fun touch to any desk. 

    3. A rounded retro shade gives this mini desk lamp a midcentury modern feel.

    4. If you're looking for unusual office lighting, look no further than this cantilevered wood desk lamp!

    Rustic Office Style With Industrial Desk Lamps

    Rustic office style requires stylish industrial desk lamps.

    Finally, if your office space is stylistically neutral, a single desk lamp with a distinct look can provide major personality. To get the industrial vibe spotted on Le Style, select task lamps such as these:

    1. A mix of brass and bronze give serious character to this handsome architect's lamp.

    2. An edison bulb and suspended glass shade make for a truly unusual and striking industrial desk lamp.

    3. The caged bulb shade of this bronze lamp is a hallmark of the industrial style.

    4. For a touch of glam, a weathered mercury glass shade augments a dark bronze desk lamp. 

    Image credits: DecoristaMy Scandinavian HomeLe Style

  • LED Night Lights & More

    Night lights aren’t just for nyctophobics (people afraid of the dark) and nurseries. The dim light that a night light creates can be perfect for overnight guests navigating to the bathroom and providing a bit of style through colored light and finish.

    The new styles and technology with LED night lights make them perfect for adding a bit of ambiance to any space.

    Night Lights Are Needed In All Areas Of The House

    Night lights are needed in all areas of the house.

    So if you’ve hesitated from using night lights in the past because of style, you’ll delight in the options available right now.

    Let’s talk LED night light features, and find that perfect light for you.

    LED Night Lights From Lamps Plus

    A. LED Motion Activated Portable Light B. Philips LED Indoor Lady Bug Night Light C. LED Automatic Night Light and Power Failure Emergency Light D. Color Changing LED Night Light E. LED CoverLite Rubbed Bronze Finish Outlet Cover Night Light

    Color Changing

    Lighting that’s functional is essential to any home. So why not choose functional lighting that goes a step beyond the basics and into style? Color changing LED night lights offer both!

    Outlet Cover

    Probably my favorite choice in stylish night lights it the cover night light. By covering the outlet, it’s an easy way for it to appear like a seamless integrated lighting source instead of something just plugged into the wall.

    Kid Style

    Styling for a kid’s room is always a treat. There is more freedom to be a little more whimsical in the design features, and fun night lights are part of that mix.

    From lady bugs to popular cartoon characters, there are so many options available that I’d be surprised if you didn’t find that perfect night light for your little one’s bedroom.

    Kids Room Design Should Include Night Lights

    Kids room designs should include night lights.

    Power Failure

    If you’ve had a to deal with a surprise power outage, you can appreciate this type of night light. It automatically lights when it senses a power outage. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to help make it easier for your family to navigate during a power failure.

    Portable

    Yes, you can take a night light with you. Night lights aren’t just for outlets. They can be portable, which is perfect for the frequent traveler, a new parent during those midnight feedings, or if you want a little bit of light in a higher space.

    Image credits: Style Park, Fun At Home With Kids

  • The Ralph Lauren Home Style

    The Ralph Lauren Look

    A warm office style with the Ralph Lauren look.

    Autumn and Winter always remind me of the Ralph Lauren look, which I especially love for the home. Classic English decoration, clubby libraries, worn leather and classic oil paintings are the hallmark of this scheme and one that is cozy and welcoming.

    Habitually Chic had a fabulous spread of Ralph Lauren interiors that are timeless and filled with delicious decorative objects.

    Traditional English Interiors

    The English Country house look is usually achieved through layering objects collected over generations, thrown together, ultimately resulting in a rich tapestry of color and textures.

    Visual interest is key so as long as you have an abundance of things like, pictures, books and candles, you're almost there. Old manor houses tend to have grand and elegant chandeliers, ornate gold mirrors and plenty of blue and white ginger jar lamps.

    Elegance is key with this look and it certainly shows.

    Masculine Interiors

    I really love the clubby feel of Ralph Lauren interiors. Rich hues of blue, red and green dominate. Persian carpets tend to be the unifying design element that brings it all together.

    Detailed and heavily patterned rugs can instantly warm up the autumnal and winter room, but can also be a jumping off point for your entire design scheme. Think about coordinating lamp shades to the colors found in carpets for a truly cohesive look.

    Traditional Decor

    1. Richly hued leather furniture like the Royalton Cognac Wingback Chair create a clubby feel.

    2. The Design Your Own Schonbek Sterling Collection 12-Light Crystal Chandelier is a touch of English Manor House that never goes out of style.

    3. Whether barefoot or in riding boots the Nourison Jaipur Red Area Rug is just what is needed underfoot.

    4. Try the Chauncey Antiqued Gold Leaf Wall Mirror over a dining room buffet or in the foyer for a nod to regal decorating.

    5. The English Floral Hand-Painted Porcelain Ginger Jar Table Lamp has never gone out of style for obvious reasons...so lovely.

    Photo credits: Habitually Chic, Architectural Digest

  • Modern Crystal Lighting

    Modern Crystal Lighting For The Home

    Crystal lighting for the modern home.

    What diamonds are to girls, crystals are to homes. Crystal lighting bounces light around a room adding sparkle, drama and luxury to any space.

    I'm not talking about your grandma's crystal chandeliers!.... Check out some of my favorite crystal lighting from Lamps Plus.

    Crystal Lighting From Lamps Plus

    Crystal Lighting from Lamps Plus.

    1) I love the modern play on the classic shape of this crystal table lamp.

    2) Chrome adds extra sparkle to this modern chandelier with round crystals that casts amazing shadows.

    3) A Swarovski crystal finial is the detail that will beautifully update any lamp.

    4) The transitional look of this chrome sconce would work well in any interior style.

    5) A ball of crystal flowers has contemporary flair, especially when it's a modern pendant.

    6) Stacked, multi-faceted crystals bring style to a traditional column table lamp.

    7) I love that the metal banding on this tear drop crystal cascading chandelier is based on the trim of vintage motorcycles.

    8) This oil rubbed bronze crystal chandelier would light up any dining room table with style.

    9) This crystal sconce has double the bling from the combo of metal lattice and sparkling crystals.

    Image credit: Elle Decor

  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween

    Happy Halloween to the design obsessed! Halloween can be interpreted in so many ways. It can be a kitschy, old school affair with plastic decorations, a more autumnal affair with decorative gourds and smiling jack-o-lanterns, or can be a wet-your-pants situation with ghoulish props, severed hands and bloody cauldrons.

    Regardless of your personal Halloween style, there are ways to celebrate the season when it comes to lighting and design. I loved the images provided by The New Victorian Ruralist and the ever popular Martha Stewart.

    Halloween Decor

    For me, I tend to carve the old pumpkin, buy some cider, munch candy corn (the chocolate variety) and fill a bowl with gourds. Don’t get me wrong, I love this time of year and Halloween, but I don’t have kids which puts me in the “less mess” category.

    I have found a way to introduce a more sophisticated design approach to the holiday. Can’t get enough orange and black but don’t want to scare people away post October? Why not try a Tiffany style lamp in shades of orange, brown and black? Mica Shade lamps also have that Halloween glow but don’t “read” Halloween.

    Halloween Style

    I also think you can incorporate chic black lighting that simply looks elegant but can be dressed up with cobwebs for that once a year ritual. Black chandeliers offer a great design punch over a dining room table and can be outfitted with creamy or white shades if you want to soften the look.

    While Halloween can bring out the kid in all of us, the color scheme can be considered sophisticated and “evergreen” depending upon how it is incorporated in the home. 

    Halloween Style Lighting

    1. The Las Cruces Collection 6 Light Iron Leaf Chandelier is simply a classic.

    2. Try the Besa Anna Habanero Sconce for a haunting glow in hallways or flanking a fireplace.

    3. The Laura Lee Single Light Small Wall Sconce can go haunted house or just plain elegant depending upon how you accessorize it.

    4. Place the Small Steel Wire Basket Fireplace Wood Holder by a roaring fire all fall and winter for a functional spot for logs. You can always fill it with gourds, plastic rats or whatever you think would work best for your Halloween design scheme when October rolls around.

    5. Elegant but can read spooky. The Black Glass Fish Bowl Vase is great for fireplace mantels.

    6. The classic Dale Tiffany Mica Leaves Table Lamp is a design “must have” in the Arts and Crafts home, but can exude a scary glow when little other lighting is available.

    Photo credits: The New Victorian Ruralist, Martha Stewart

  • Survive The End of Daylight Savings With Great Lighting

    Survive The End of Daylight Savings With Great Lighting

    There's lots of stylish ways to survive the darker months ahead.

    This weekend is that time of year again, when Daylight Savings will end. But don't worry, there's several different types of great lighting to help you survive these darker months.

    There are both interior and exterior lighting options to offset this painful shift in light and prepare for the longer darkness to come.

    Super Duty

    The new Super Duty Collection from Lamps Plus includes large landscape lighting for outdoor use. These lights not only highlight your landscape during the upcoming darker months, but will also increase your home's security.

    Dusk Till Dawn & Motion Sensor

    If you're looking for a fuss-free way to deal with the darkness ahead, there are some great options such as Dusk Till Dawn lighting and motion sensor lighting.

    The lighting in the Dusk Till Dawn collection is not only attractive, but smart. It uses an internal light sensor to turn the unit off and on with the rising and falling of the sun.

    Carriage Nickel 14 3/4" High Motion Sensor Outdoor Light

    Carriage Nickel 14 3/4" High Motion Sensor Outdoor Light

    Motion sensor security lights are even smarter, turning on only when they sense movement nearby. They are great for high traffic locations as well as general security for your home.

    LED

    Since LED lighting has up to 10x more efficiency than standard incandescent lighting, it's a great way to make up for the extra dark hours during this time of year. 

    So don't forget, at 2am on November 2nd, change your clocks and get your lighting ready!

    Image and video credit: Lamps Plus

  • Tips For Decorating With Organic Elements

    Fall is my favorite time of year.

    The air is crisp, clear and cool while the hot chocolate is warm and the fire is toasty. The world smells like pumpkin pie.

    And when the trees don their coat of brilliant colors and the leaves start to fall....

    ....it's time to start decorating for the season.

    Create a warm, cozy atmosphere in your home by bringing a little of the outside in, like this simple centerpiece from Better Homes and Gardens. Organic elements, combined with stylish entertaining decor, such as decorative drink coasters will make your home Fall ready, comfy and stylish.

    Here's a few tips on decorating with organic elements...

    Decorating With Organic Elements

    Decorating with organic elements for Fall.

    1.  Start at the very beginning

    Greet your guests at the door with layers of Fall colors and textures like this incredible urn recently featured in Lonny Magazine.

    Start with decorative planters at the front door and fill them with pine cones, cabbage, branches and foliage.

    Then layer in pumpkins, gourds and grapevine to create one-of-a-kind front door decor.

    Decorating The Entryway With Organic Elements

    Decorating the entryway with organic elements.

    2.  It's all about the wreath

    Sometimes a little Fall decor can make a statement, like this organic element wreath featured in Country Living.

    Create your own with pine cones dipped in gold or spray-painted branches layered with dried hydrangea and magnolia leaves.

    Then hang the wreath on a framed chalkboard or architectural element to warm up a corner your home.

    Gourds Add Lots Of Style To The Fall Home

    Gourds add lots of style to the Fall home. 

    3.  Layer the table

    A dining room decorated for Fall is a sight to behold, like this incredible centerpiece featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

    Wrap gourds with twine and grapevine and place on a bed of dried leaves gathered from the yard.

    Then, add glass jars, cloches and pedestal tables to create a simple, but elegant fall display.

    Beautiful simplicity in a Fall mantel design.

    4.  Create a simple Fall mantel

    There's so much beauty in the simplicity of this Fall mantel featured in Better Homes and Gardens. The wood twigs and leaves practically become art pieces when placed alongside simple white candles layered on wood slices.

    Add an urn or planter filled with greenery, a cup of hot chocolate and you'll have the perfect spot to spend a cozy Fall afternoon.

    Decorating for Fall is easy when you take a little time to decorate with organic elements.

    A mantel or centerpiece created with twigs, branches, pine cones and hydrangea can make decorating a breeze.

    No stress.

    After all, nature has already done all the work. :)

    Photo credits: Better Homes and GardensLonny MagazineCountry LivingBetter Homes and GardensBetter Homes and Gardens

  • Exposed Style: Clear Glass Lighting Ideas

    The Simplicity Of Clear Glass Lighting

    There is beauty in the simplicity of clear glass lighting.

    Clear glass lighting is the epitome of contemporary design. No longer are we terrified of seeing bare bulbs or the elements that make lights work! 

    Take a look at these fabulous images from Desire to Inspire and gain some super chic ideas for how to implement exposed lights using glass light fixtures in your home.

    Bronze And Glass Lighting

    The Minka Camden Square Charcoal Ceiling Light would look amazing in a covered portico or over a front door.

    Because glass cannot hide, structure and design are key to making these light fixtures cool. I love these pure and geometric lights in the images above and below.

    From kitchens and bathrooms to front halls and outside wall mounts, aged bronze or black framed lighting are very “on point” and sport an almost Philip Johnson quality.

    Contemporary Chandeliers

    Have some fun in the dining room with the Sonneman Orb Satin Black Chandelier.

    I’m really loving the steampunk-meets-sputnik look when it comes to lighting. These multi-globe light fixtures are divine in double height stairwells, dining rooms and modern living rooms.

    The quirky design always offers something unique to take in and the multitude of bulbs provide a good amount of light.

    Pendant Lighting

    Stylish kitchen design with clear glass lighting.

    The Sonneman Orb Polished Chrome Mini Pendant above could quite possibly be the perfect pendant, and modern dining rooms will get an upgrade with the Robert Sonneman 3 Light Bubbles Globe Pendant Chandelier.

    Classic hanging pendants in clear glass are quite modern but rooted in groovy 1970s globe lighting. The retro look is not only playful but simply elegant. I love two for the price of one!

    There are even some stylish new Turbina ceiling fans available that feature not only a sleek modern design, but some of which have exposed bulbs as well.

    Photo credits: Desire to Inspire

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