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Adding pieces of driftwood, either small or large, brings a natural, warm and rustic touch to any interior space. It is a great way to blend the interior with the exterior and soften harder, more formal spaces. Whether you are looking to take on a DIY project or you want a ready-made piece, these driftwood design ideas are a beautiful, natural addition to any space.
Let's look at different ways to decorate with driftwood throughout your home with the help of lovely images from Architecture Art Design.
Wood-framed mirrors are a gorgeous focal point for any room in the house. Larger solid planks make up a bold leaning floor mirror, while a play on a starburst mirror in driftwood is rustic and chic.
Because of the natural material, these mirrors can also be used outside to enhance any outdoor space.
Without much work, driftwood planks can turn into beautiful lighting designs. Hanging Edison bulbs illuminate an untouched driftwood plank to, looking quite similar to other rustic dining room chandelier.
On the right, cutting a single plank into smaller pieces and digging out a small hole turns this natural material into the perfect candle holder. Cluster the candles around the house for romantic evening lighting with an outdoorsy feel.
It seems instinctive to mix driftwood with live plants, creating an organic floral display. Raw, knotty branches are wall mounted and adorned with glass bubbles filled with air plants. Air plants are extremely low maintenance, and the addition of glass holders add a bit of sparkle and modernity to the look.
Adding smaller, upright pieces of driftwood to floral arrangements for a centerpiece create a lovely juxtaposition between soft and hard and take after a wild, raw feel.
How will you decorate with driftwood?
Image Credits: Architecture Art Design
Industrial pendant lights, which come in a variety of styles, from bold dome pendants in matte black or the shiniest chrome, to caged examples with a more plucked from the factory feel, are actually quite versatile. They can look just right in a cottage-y kitchen, add an element of funk to a classic suburban kitchen, and a bit of edge to a galley kitchen in the city. We pulled together six kitchens, all with different styles of industrial pendant lights.
Jessica Helgerson, an interior designer based in Portland, Oregon, is known for her clean white aesthetic with vintage touches.
Helgerson uses a few industrial-style elements in this kitchen, including Toledo drafting stools from the 1940s, which echo the color of the wood floor, and a pair of polished chrome pendants hanging from a breadboard ceiling. For similar lighting looks, try the Possini Euro Arlo Chrome Pendant Light, which has a true dome shape and link chain, the Quoizel Keaton Polished Chrome Mini Pendant, with glass shade, and Emery Silver Finish Rod Hung Mini Pendant Chandelier with a curvier silhouette.
In this black and white Scandinavian kitchen, sleek lines are married with on-trend industrial-inspired elements. Black stained wood cabinetry, black quartz countertop and black gooseneck facet contrast sharply with the backsplash of glossy white tiles with beveled edges. And above, a series of bare bulbs are suspended by wire from a rod stretched across the length of the countertop.The Europa GE Clear Bulb Brushed Nickel Multi Light Pendant (currently not available) offers similarly-shaped bare bulbs, in shiny sockets, and the Europa 1910 Edison Bulb Bronze Multi Light Pendant uses a more vintage style Edison light bulb.
The pair of dome pendants with dramatic wire cages and yellow cords turn this classic kitchen by Historical Concepts into a distinctive one. Quite possibly vintage pieces sprayed white, the color keeps things from looking to busy above the sleek black countertop. Caged lighting comes in various styles, like the brushed metal full cage look of the Metal Cage Brushed Nickel Industrial Pendant Light, the half milky glass, half cage style of the Possini Euro Industrial Open Cage Glass Pendant Light, and Franklin Park White Glass Pendant Light which has a Victorian feel.
This charming kitchen, designed by Chicago-based Rebekah Zaveloff, is littered with lighting, from the sconces over the wood framed windows, the semi-flush mounts, and the matte black industrial style pendants. The black accents enhance the black grout of the subway tiled walls and echo the black cabinetry of the furniture-like island. Similar lighting options include the Possini Euro Enzo Black Pendant Light, the Kichler Olde Bronze Fresnel Lens Pendant Light, which is a a rubbed bronze style with textured glass, and the Parker Place Mini Pendant Light if you’re looking for something more petite.
In this city flat designed by London-base firm Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi, tight quarters are maximized for full use, with knives and utensils on the walls, along with a gallery of black and white photography. A crude plain metal mini cage pendant hangs in the center of the room, its utilitarian feel echoing that of the steel tools and appliances. For a similar effect, the Feiss Urban Renewal Bronze Industrial Pendant, which has an elongated silhouette that works best with high ceilings, the Brewery Bronze Mini Pendant, which has a standout finish that would contrast nicely against crisp white tile, and the Bourret One Light Cage Pendant, a cage pennant with a curvy shape and Edison bulb.
This Cornwall kitchen, designed by British interiors photographer Paul Massey, is rustic in the best way, with painted white surfaces, an old whitewashed china cabinet, glossy enamel appliances, worn wood counters, and beat up pendant lighting. You can get distinctive worn metal lighting looks with the Currey and Company Fenchurch Oyster Pendant, which has an interesting limed oak type of finish, the Earthshine Wrought Iron Dome Pendant Light, which has a Moroccan flavor in its lines, and the Raleigh Old Silver LED Pendant, which would like right at home in a kitchen like this one.
Image credits: JH Interior Design, Skona Hem, Laurey Glenn for Southern Living/Historical Concepts, Kitchen Lab Design, Jan Baldwin/Marianne Haas for MHZ London, Paul Massey
Seating your family at the counter as you prepare a delicious meal or entertaining friends on game day in your kitchen is always enjoyable. In recent years the kitchen has become more of a communal space that includes conversing, eating and taking part in the culinary experience of the cook.
Bar stools and counter height stools are an important element to consider when planning your kitchen area. Depending on your lifestyle and decorative style, choosing the perfect counter stool doesn’t have to be such a challenge. Use these ideas to pick chairs that truly reflect you and you home’s hospitality.
Assessing your decor style when choosing counter height stools:There are so many great styles of stools to choose from. Remember when bar stools used to be hard, round, and only came in a few colors? Long gone are those days and now stools are just as comfortable as your formal dining chairs or they can resemble a rustic mountain home like these stools from Wiley Design as you can see below.
Decide if you want your stools to mimic the casual or formal style of your kitchen. Remember to look at the impact your kitchen has on the rest of your interiors. For open floor plan homes try and choose chairs that mimic the coloring in your adjacent rooms countertop, flooring, and any textiles in furniture or window treatments.
Adding casual style to your kitchen counter with rattan counter stools:For many homes that are transitional style or have an eclectic mix of traditional and modern accents, it’s nice to add texture to your kitchen counter. These stylish rattan counter stools from Lamps Plus marry the best of both the natural fiber world with the modern. The natural rattan and Havana bycast leather blend beautifully in your interiors and come in a seat height of 26”. The rattan wrapped back makes it durable yet still light enough to easily pull out from the counter.
Set of 2 Boston Havana Leather Rattan 26" Counter Stools
Connecting your seating to your lifestyle:Every home is different and so should your choice of bar stool seating. If you entertain frequently and have a large kitchen consider high back upholstered chairs that will remain comfortable for guests. While if your home has children and teenagers and your kitchen is always a fast-paced room, opt for simplified seating with durable surfaces and skip the upholstery!
Remember to consider the weight of the chairs for moving in and out to protect your kitchen wall from being scratched and helping your guest at the same time.
Choosing the perfect counter stools can be challenging but using the tips should give you a head start.
Remember to measure your countertop height from the floor to the top of the counter. Use this measurement to ensure your barstool seat height is approx. 10”-12” below the top of the countertop.
Measurement differ depending on the style of stool but use this as a general guideline. These stools from Koo de Kir above don’t have upholstery so measuring the seat height can be easier. If all else fails, sample them in your home to ensure a perfect height fit.
You will love how you just added a new seating area in your kitchen that you and your guests will love.
Image credits: KannCept Design, Inc., Wiley Design LLC, Koo de Kir
There are many instances where you might have several lighting options or very limited options, like with small spaces... Either way, floor lamps add light and style to any space like in this pretty modern space found on Decor8 Blog.
I particularly think that using them in places where they aren't typically used makes for an interesting design. For example, are you the type of person who needs every inch of desk space? Your office is a great place for an unexpected floor lamp. Floor lamps seem to be most commonly used in reading nooks or living spaces, but they are also fun in an entryway or even a bedroom.
1. Rico Espinet Sawyer Patina Nickel Pharmacy Floor Lamp. I love the modern lines of this pharmacy lamp.2. Jonathan Adler Ohai Walnut and Brass Floor Lamp. A fun and unexpected design.3. Possini Euro Zodiac Open Cage Bronze Arc Floor Lamp. A cool option if you like the industrial look.4. Gossamer Clear Spun Acrylic Cylinder Floor Lamp. A great lamp for soft diffused lighting.5. Tripod Base Floor Lamp. I love the simple yet funky design in this all-black lamp.6. Arteriors Home Linden Tripod Wood Floor Lamp. Super throwback modern — this lamp will definitely start conversation.7. Doughnut Antique Brass Finish Angular Floor Lamp. For a classic look, this brass finish floor lamp is chic.8. Jonathan Adler Meurice Collection Brass Floor Lamp. Brass, black and bamboo — need we say more?!?9. Director's Chrome and Espresso Tripod Floor Lamp. This director's lamp makes a fun statement.10. Brass Finish Pharmacy Floor Lamp. This brass finish pharmacy lamp is so affordable!
Image credit: Decor8
I have a mirror addiction.From new to vintage to a growing collection of old hand mirrors picked up on my flea market jaunts, I just can’t get enough. Some of my favorite tips and tricks for making mirrors reflect your personality …
1) Reflect LightStylish wall mirrors can brighten a room by bouncing light around. Consider placing one directly across from a window for maximum reflection.
2) Size MattersA huge mirror can stand alone as a statement piece of art like this stunning one reflecting the bed by Sarah Richardson Design. Collections of smaller mirrors can work equally well if grouped together and can be customized with a can of vibrant spray paint like Dimples and Tangles did with her wall of emerald green.
3) FramesLet your mirror choice reflect your personal style. It’s fun to juxtapose a vintage mirror over a modern console table or a sleek, chrome mirror over an antique settee. Don’t overlook the clean lines of frameless mirrors.
4) Don’t Forget the EntryEntries are the perfect place for a last minute hair and makeup check before you jauntily walk out the front door. Don’t be afraid to mix colors like Amanda Nisbet does with this sculptural white mirror paired with a sleek ebony table.
5) Not just for walls Consider a mirrored chest of drawers as a glam nightstand or a mirrored buffet to add sparkle to dinner parties.
How will you choose to reflect your personality with mirrors?
Images: Eclectically Vintage, Sarah Richardson Design on Decor Pad, Dimples & Tangles, Funky Junk Interiors, Amanda Nisbet Design on Decor Pad, Lamps Plus
We are excited to present the new Cloud mini pendant lights by the Jamie Young Company!
Inspired during travels through India, the hand-crafted Cloud mini pendant design comes in three frosted glass colors and features a fresh, coastal look. They will be sold exclusively through Lamps Plus for a limited time.
“We are a design-driven company that aims to make elegant and sophisticated design approachable for the consumer. Lamps Plus allows us to easily reach the consumer through both its showrooms and website.”
- Jamie Young, founder of the Jamie Young Company
The Cloud mini pendant's design features polished metal accents and is available in three frosted glass colors: aqua, taupe and clear. The design is perfect for over a kitchen island, bedside, powder room, or cluster all three colors over the dining room table for an eclectic look.
Our relationship with Jamie Young Company doesn't stop here, we have many designs available that range from distinctive lighting and art shades to a full complement of tables, mirrors, ottomans and home decor!
Image credit: Lamps Plus
Whether or not your style screams 'bohemian', we can all appreciate the whimsical beauty that a bohemian garden exudes. If you're just looking to create a temporary outdoor space for the warmer months, or a more permanent setup to enjoy year round, here are some tips and tricks.
This beautiful image round up from Architecture Art Design helps illustrate how to create the perfect bohemian garden in your own backyard.
Blending colors with gusto is a surefire earmark of a bohemian garden. Anything goes as long as they all have the same saturation, all bright, all faded etc. Sticking to this will unify the space rather than cause it to appear haphazard and confusing.
Once you have wrapped your head around the multitude of colors, try mixing pattern as well. Colorful decorative pillows is a great place to get started. The more comfortable you get experimenting, the more bohemian your space can become.
My Tip: Start slow and start muted. Bring together a few pieces with muted, complimentary colors and build from there.
Inside Furniture Outdoors:
What I love about a bohemian garden is that it always seems to be a beautiful collection of valuable, antique pieces strewn across the lawn. Whether you bring out actual antique pieces for a day party or you find outdoor-safe reproductions, using inside furniture outdoors has a bohemian spirit or nonchalance and carefreeness.
My Tip: Shop funky lounge chairs to add some personality in your outdoor space.
Hanging Eclectic Lighting:
When creating your perfect bohemian garden, you can't simply settle for a few temporary candles. Take the time to install and hang outdoor light fixtures. Moroccan pendants, Midcentury chandeliers and glass globes all help to finish that perfect bohemian garden look, while serving to take your space from day to night.
My Tip: Make sure you are using outdoor lighting, or you may risk damage. If you find a great vintage light fixture at a flea market, take it to a local shop and ask them if it is suitable for outdoors, or if they can rewire it for outdoors.
Any style interior can incorporate floral inspired decor as long as you want to infuse a space with life. The Zhush blog has an explosion of floral themed images that make me extremely ready for spring.
Floral patterns have been a popular theme in interiors for centuries, so the look is timeless but need not be fussy. From 17th century tapestries to Andy Warhol prints, flowers make us think of the wonder and beauty found within nature.
I usually say to go sparingly when it comes to a design scheme you have not yet tried, however, florals can be done to excess if you know what you are doing. I like to think that if something works in nature, it probably works in the home.
Gardens tend to have a profusion of various flowers so it’s probably fine to mix a floral ceramic bedside lamp with floral pillows and bedding. Just make sure you keep the floral style consistent...don’t mix 1960 pop style flowers with classic English florals.
In addition to floral themed rooms, there are subtle ways with incorporate flowers. One way is to simply display floral china or recover a single chair or ottoman in a floral fabric.
An inexpensive step would be to replace a monochromatic shade with a floral lamp shades in a living room or bedroom. I also love the stealth way to use a floral pattern as seen in the green sofa above. So, whether classic or contemporary, floral decor is a design mainstay yet shows people you are not afraid to take risks.
1. This Embroidered Floral Brushed Steel Swag Chandelier begs to brighten up a breakfast room.
2. The Ice Blue Floral Porcelain Vase Table Lamp is classic and I would use it in a traditional bedroom or cheerfully preppy living room.
3. A bohemian floral look can be achieved with the Santa Maria Desert Flower Modern Chair.
4. Spice up a teen’s bedroom with this Persimmon Floral Drum Lamp Shade. Whether you use it on a table lamp or swing arm light, the pop of color will bring back the1960s in a good way.
5. I love the Poppies Floral Cotton Throw Pillow. It’s grandma’s bedroom but in such a good way. Think Palm Springs Granny Chic.
6. The Loloi Sunshine Black Area Rug is a sophisticated floral pattern that would look great in a more modern foyer or cozy family room.
Photo credits: The Zhush
With Spring upon us it's the perfect time to brighten up your home decor! You don't need to put in a lot of effort to update your decor, just let a color like yellow do the work for you.
Even something as simple as a painted yellow chest of drawers (spotted on Design*Sponge) brings a remarkable degree of cheer to a space. Yellow also lends itself well to easy graphic applications, as seen on this painted wall panel via Lamps Plus, or in a latticed wall treatment, also from Lamps Plus.
When decorating with yellow, don't be shy! A large piece like this yellow sofa on My Scandinavian Home demands serious attention, while Creamy Life's yellow door and entryway bench says 'Welcome home' loud and clear! Even if you never light a fire in your fireplace, you can create warmth if you paint it yellow as on Indulgy.
For a quick jolt of yellow, Designspiration shows how a coat of paint on moulding goes a long way. And for the easiest yellow decor update of all, open your windows and let the sun shine in on some yellow home textiles!
1. The faceted surface of this yellow table lamp offers a global, handwrought sensibility.
2. A yellow throw pillow gets even punchier with the addition of a fun graphic pattern.
3. A yellow ceramic stool lends its sunny style to indoor or outdoor spaces.
4. Add dimension to an entryway or powder room with the space-reflecting powers of a yellow mirror.
5. A modern shape makes this cheerful yellow sofa surprisingly versatile.
Image redits: Design*Sponge, Lamps Plus, Lamps Plus, My Scandinavian Home, Creamy Life, Indulgy, Designspiration
I recently re-designed the office space at the gatehouse...otherwise known as the great lighting quest....
....or how to choose the perfect table lamp.
It wasn't easy.
I had so much neutral going on and I knew that I needed to bring in some color with the lamps on the cabinet behind the desk.
I had the perfect lamps in my mind....I knew exactly what I wanted.
I knew the style and the color and the style of the base....but the challenge was....
....I couldn't find the right lamps anywhere.
So I decided to create my own.
It was so easy.
I started on the Lamps Plus site where I can design my own lighting in three easy steps! First, I selected the type of product I wanted, which in this case was a table lamp.
I found a the ideal base in glossy white with a decidedly modern edge.
The lines are contemporary and I knew the white lacquered finish would work perfectly in the office space.
Next, I chose the pattern and the color of the shade.
I knew this graphic scroll pattern would work with the glossy white lamp base and really provide a pop of color against all the neutral in the office space.
When choosing a pattern like this...you don't have to pair your color with white.
You can choose any color combination that fits your space.
The last step in the process was to choose the trim.
I chose white to emphasize the graphic pattern and coordinate with the base.
You can design any color combination or pair a different shade with a different base.
For example, here's another pattern option with the same color combination.
I only changed the pattern....everything else is the same.
I love the graphic lines of this shade with the white base.
And here's the same base again with a completely new look.
I chose a different color combination with a different pattern.
The combinations and styles are endless!
Here's the final lamp I selected looking right at home on the cabinet in the office.
I'm so happy with that brilliant vivid pink in a sea of neutral.
But my favorite part is that I designed it myself....
....and completely made it my own!
Photo credit: Thistlewood Farms