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  • Finding Your Bedside Table Style

    Styling your bedside table is something very personal. It is the space where necessity meets personality. If you are like me you need a multitude of things, whereas your best friend might only need room for a cell phone and a lamp.

    Here we will explore different bedside table styles that will help you identify what YOUR bedside table style is.

    Bedside Table Style

    This bedside vignette from Printable Monogram is perfect for classic taste with a pop of fun and freshness. Nightstand lamps can provide a punch of color to the room, like this whimsical fuchsia Robert Abbey Table Lamp, which makes it feel sophisticated and cool.

    Bedroom Design

    This stunning bedroom style is modern, classic, simple and chic. This image from Lonny features a skirted table and a gorgeous brass task light with a pop of organic ferns. Go for this look in your bedroom if you want to keep clutter to a minimum with bold, streamlined pieces.

    Pretty Bedroom

    This bedside table is for the ultimate glamour gal. Mirrored furniture automatically makes a statement, but pairing it with a striking, stylish nightstand lamp really turns up the glamour volume in this bedroom.

    Navy And Pink Bedroom

    If you want a bedside table but don't think you have the space, this is an amazing solution. These half tables flank the bed in this image from Homedit. Bold color and pattern make this bedroom the perfect place for someone who has fun with design and likes to take risks with style.

    Industrial Style Bedroom

    Vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases create the perfect bedside table in this vintage-inspired bedroom. Mercury glass, pinstripes and a traditional table lamp make this Stylecaster bedroom image the vintage collectors dream.

    Classic Bedroom Style

    The classic collector is going to style every space possible, including their bedside table. They will need shelves and a lot of space in order to fit all their goodies. Keeping it primarily neutral, like this nightstand vignette from Better Homes and Gardens, allows your collection to stay chic rather than cluttered. 

    Dark Wall

    Minimal style is approachable in this House and Garden image, where a repurposed outdoor swing becomes a space saving, bedside solution. This masculine, modern design suits the minimalist who only needs space for the essentials with no need for muss and fuss.

    Image credits: Printable Monogram, Lonny, Domaine Home, Homedit, Stylecaster, Better Homes and Gardens

  • Cool Off With Refreshing LED Lighting

    Summer might be winding down, but it’s not too late to cool off your space with stunning LED lighting fixtures.

    A dip in a perfect pool of water might be the most refreshing break during a hot Summer day. Water soothes our minds, our bodies, our souls.

    LED Lighting

    So why not bring that refreshing reminder of that perfect Summer day inside, taking advantage of the amazing LED light fixtures that replicate the cool look of water and even better, ice?

    Water-like décor, in an uncluttered and streamlined surrounding, can generate some of the calming psychological effects on our busy minds as if we were still sitting poolside.

    But even more than just having a shape that is visually cooling, the technological benefit of less heat emitting from LEDs can actually cool off a room during those last days of summer. And just provide that serenity we’ll be needing as we move into the business of Fall and back to school.

    So why not bring the visual cooling effects of water back inside with new LED light fixtures?

    LED Mini Pendant

    Lite Source Ice Cube 2 1/2" Wide Glass LED Mini Pendant

    What’s cooler than ice? This single ice cube LED mini pendant has a chrome finish with its sparkling clear glass.

    Color Temperature

    LEDs are known for their color temperature range. And selecting an LED on the cooler end of the spectrum helps give us a visual sensory experience that we’re in a cooler space.

    LED Task Light

    LED Extended Gooseneck Brushed Nickel Desk Lamp

    The higher the color temperature, which is measured in degrees Kelvin, the cooler the light. This LED desk lamp has a 4000k color temperature, which is a 1000 more than the ice cube pendant above.

    Heat Output

    LEDs are way efficient. Not only do they last 20 years or longer, but they just don’t put out the heat that incandescent, CFLs, and halogen bulbs emit. If you’ve ever touched an incandescent lightbulb, you know that they can get hot.

    That’s because about 90 percent of their energy is released as heat that can actually affect the temperature of the room. But you can actually touch an LED without fearing a burn. Perfect for when you pair LED table lamps with toddlers.

    Blue LED Table Lamp

    Mystic Multi-Color LED Small Light Accessory

    It would be hard to resist touching this colorful LED table light like this color light that’s designed for both indoors and outdoors. And since it’s LED, parents don’t have to worry about our favorite little fingers.

    Style Factor

    There are new LED light fixtures that celebrate the look of water. Because LEDs allow so much flexibility in design, designers are able to play with the shape of light fixtures in ways we haven’t seen before, which is creating visually stunning LED light fixtures.

    Lights can look light ice cubes or even a flute of delicious champagne, which is another perfect way to end those hot summer days.

    LED Sconce

    Sonneman Champagne Wands 20 3/4" High Chrome LED Sconce

    This stunning LED wall sconce looks like a thin flute of champagne. Visually cooling and simply just cool to admire on any wall.

    Image: Lamps Plus

  • Layers of Lavender Decor

    Layers of Lavender

    Layering a room is critical to make it look designer-done and layers of lavender is one way to add subtle and romantic color to any space. The Zhush is an excellent source for images that feature purples and lavender.

    Lavender may seem to be a touch granny, but I assure you that it has become a go-to color for contemporary design with feminine undertones.

    Lavender Decor

    Layering is all about creating a finished looking room. Think about the additional pillows on a sofa or bed, a throw for the side of a chair as well as dishes and vases that complete a vignette.

    Lighting can also be used in layering. Purple designer lamps can be used, then choose ornate or rectangular mirrors to reflect your pretty color scheme.

    I love the Indian-Inspired fabric swags that soften and create a headboard in the lower bedroom image and the way a simple lavender dish on the desk carries the canopy color across the bedroom in the upper left image.

    Lavender Interiors

    Lavender can be modern as witnessed in the slender glass lamps on the credenza or in the contemporary painting to the left. Lavender is just the right amount of saturated color if you want to break away fro plain beige and white but are not quite ready for deeper blues, greens or aubergine.

    Lavender Home Accents

    1. The bold Howard Elliott Bolt Eggplant Throw Pillow has a fresh and modern look that will add pizzazz to sofas and beds.

    2. The Arteriors Home Jensen Amethyst Glass Bottle Table Lamp would be beautiful on a credenza or hallway table.

    3. Create a romantic boudoir atmosphere with a Lavender Silk Shade.

    4. Cozy up with the Surya Teegan Gray and Mauve Throw Blanket.

    5. The fun-loving Purple Haze Oval Twist Wall Mirror would be ideal in a teen’s bedroom or bath.

    Photo credits: The Zhush

  • Add Rustic Charm With Barn Wood Decor

    Rustic Wood Decor

    I live at the ending of a winding farm road.....surrounded by all the beautiful things that living in the country brings.

    You know.....hay and cornstalks and fresh vegetables and fresh air and sunshine.....

    ....and barn wood.

    I never truly appreciated the beauty of barn wood....until I moved here.....but it is amazing way to add character and architectural detail to a space.

    Here's just a few ideas to add rustic charm with barn wood decor.

    Rustic Charm

    1. Add barn wood to furniture

    This vintage crate with a barn wood top featured in Country Living makes the perfect accent table.

    Pair the table with a neutral color sofa and grain sack pillows.

    Then add stacks of books and a pitcher of fresh flowers to complete the look.

    Decorating Tips

    2.  Add architectural interest with barn wood

    Use barn wood to add architectural interest and charm by adding it to windows and ceilings as featured in Architectural Digest.

    Pair it with metal bookshelves and a tufted chaise to create contrast, drama and visual appeal.

    Industrial style lamps stacked on wood block side tables compliment the rustic charm of the barn wood architectural features.

    3.  Cover a wall with barn wood

    I think this is one of my favorite ways to add rustic charm with barn wood....simply cover a wall with it.

    This mid-century modern living room, featured in Architectural Digest, is the perfect mix of old and new.

    The barn wood wall and built-in banquet compliment the contemporary seating, dining table and chairs.

    Decor Tips

    4.  Make barn wood the focal point

    This rustic bathroom featured in House Beautiful is complete barn wood perfection.

    Wrapped in barn wood, the bathroom also has a vintage claw foot tub, a stone pebble shower and white subway tile.

    Add a grain sack shower curtain and greenery for simple, finishing accents.

    Vintage, reclaimed wood adds so much to a home.

    Add it to your space as furniture, architectural features, walls, ceilings or flooring.

    After all......rustic charm is just a piece of barn wood away.

    Photo credits: Architectural Digest, Country LivingArchitectural DigestArchitectural DigestHouse Beautiful

  • Living Like Trina Turk

    Trina Turk's Home

    Designer Trina Turk is a colorful character. Living like Trina Turk means embracing bold color, a love of modern, mid century design and the full embracing of a citrus-infused home.

    Domainhome.com and Mix and Chic featured this fun and whimsical spread on her Palm Springs home that is sure to inspire, make you smile and rethink the way you decorate in warmer weather and climates.

    Desert Interiors

    Keeping the architecture and basic room color scheme a simple white allows the textile patterns pop. Another great way to introduce color and shape is by displaying decorative glass as Trina Turk has done on table tops and credenza surfaces.

    There is a great play of materials in this home with woods and glass married with modern chrome and designer lamps in tubular brass. This citrus scheme can also look fresh and new in kitchen lighting design such as in island pendants.

    Warm Weather Interior Decoration

    Do you love the daring use of competing patterns? I love the linear paintings and bedspreads with curvilinear rug patterns and geometric pillows. Thematically it all works due to the uniform color palette and knowing what works best for a specific climate.

    While I’m unsure of the origins of the art and furnishings, this look can probably be copied by spending some time at flea markets, antique shops and of course at Lamps Plus.

    Colorful Home Decor

    1. The Mazza Copper Round Leaves Wall Plaque creates instant texture to plain walls.

    2. Bold patterns in the Rhythm Kahawia Floral Down Throw Pillow will jazz up plain sofas, chairs and beds.

    3. The Retro Citrus Medley Giclee Glow Mini Pendant Light adds pizzazz to kitchens.

    4. Colorful bedrooms and dens can always benefit from the Laguna Weave Pattern Orange Pouf Ottoman.

    5. Create instant art appreciation with the Art Glass Carnival Tear Drop Decorative Bottle.

    6. Recreate disco design with the Nucleotide Polished Chrome Table Lamp.

    Photo credits: Mix and Chic, Domainhome

  • Incorporating Indigo into Your Interior Design

    As we know all too well, fads come and go, sometimes taking decades until resurgence. That said, indigo has made a major comeback. Gorgeous hues and tie died textiles are hotter than ever. Check out this amazing round up of indigo images from SF Girl by Bay that will have you rushing to incorporate indigo in your interior design.

    Interior Design

    Nautical stripes are a simple and chic way to add style to any space. These indigo stripes, laid in alternating directions, add that bit of hippie cool that the color indigo embodies.

    If you don't want to invest in new cushions, consider an indigo striped throw blanket to drape over the cushions and instantly breathe new life into your outdoor patio. You can also hang striped swag pendant lighting for a cool, chic look.

    Kitchen Shelves

    Vintage china often features the most beautiful shades of deep indigo. Mixing and matching patterns is what these vintage pieces are made for. If you don't have any vintage pieces, try pretty blue dinnerware to instantly add depth and style to even the simplest of kitchens.

    Home Design

    With an indigo roundup, one can not forget the powerful beauty of indigo painted walls. This bold hue has an old world, sophisticated feel that is perfect for a library room or gallery wall. Mixing it with metallics and graphic imagery makes these rich walls inviting and warm.

    Home Style

    This close up vignette actually features gorgeous layers of indigo furniture and accessories. From the polished indigo dining table and chair, to the rustic vintage indigo buffet to the indigo painted accessories and stylish table lamp everything works in this dining room scene and pops against the crisp white walls.

    Image credits: SF Girl By Bay

  • Bathroom Vanity Lighting

    Bathroom Vanity Lighting

    Bathroom vanity lighting is key to a well-designed bathroom. The House of Turquoise blog had some great images of bathrooms with semi-custom lighting that is approachable and easy to emulate.

    The great thing about vanity light bar lighting is that it’s easy to update and increase your bathroom lighting with little effort. Swapping out a single-bulb light above your sink to a light bar with multiple lights will visually expand the size of your loo and ensure you never miss an inch when it comes to grooming needs.

    Coastal Bathrooms

    Traditional style bathrooms look great with replacement vanity lights. Today’s designs can keep a consistent, authentic look while offering modern functionality and proper illumination.

    Don’t forget to be mindful of how new lights will affect and reflect on your mirrors. Whether you have round or rectangular mirrors, gauging size and light coverage is important, especially if your mirrors open!

    Traditional Bathroom Lights

    Light bars can also function as sconces provided you have the space, as they have done in the bottom left image.

    I love the double shade light. The three-light light bar seems to be one of the more popular over-the-sink model as it acts as both an overhead light and sconce in one. The beauty is that it only requires one outlet making install a much easier proposition.

    Bathroom Lighting

    1. The George Kovacs Cubism Chrome LED Bath Light has a decidedly Art Deco flair.

    2. The no-fail transitional look can be achieved with the Hendrik Nickel Bathroom Light Fixture.

    3. Modern bathrooms will surely benefit from the clean lines in the George Kovacs Chrome ADA Bathroom Light.

    4. Try the Downtown Edison Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light for country style and modern farmhouse bathrooms.

    Photo credits: The House of Turquoise

  • Make a Style Statement with Kitchen Lighting

    Kitchen Style

    If you're looking to transform a lackluster kitchen but don't want to undertake a full renovation, installing new kitchen lighting is a quick way to give an unimaginative space a fresh new personality.

    For example, as this scene from Apartment Therapy demonstrates, an exposed bulb pendant can lend basic cupboards and countertops an industrial vibe. Some great options for getting this look include:

    1. A bronze pendant with an iron framework has a hand wrought vibe.

    2. This seeded glass pendant brings a vintage sensibility to the kitchen. 

    3. Inject harmony with a pleasing rounded glass pendant that echoes the curve of its bulb.

    4. The chain suspension of this glass mini pendant adds a layer of visual interest.

    Kitchen Pendants

    If you want to create a more modern look, Dustjacket Attic demonstrates how impactful mini pendant lights for the kitchen can be. Here are some of my favorite picks:

    1. A contemporary pendant gets a touch of warmth from its hammered copper lining.

    2. Add drama to your kitchen with the sultry silhouette of this metal pendant.

    3. Try a black pendant with brass trim for an extra luxe presence.

    4. An elegant and versatile bell shaped pendant suits nearly any space.

    Organic Style Kitchen

    Finally, lighten and brighten a drab kitchen with a coastal bohemian vibe like that on Camille Styles. Give these textured pendants a try:

    1. A rustic shade contrasts with the silver finial of this burlap pendant.

    2. This mini pendant is made from woven twine for an unusual, eye-catching effect.

    3. Bring the beach into the kitchen with a rattan light fixture.

    4. Tailored trim gives this wicker pendant a finished look.

    Whatever your kitchen style, new lighting makes it easy to get a completely different look!

    Image credits: Apartment TherapyDustjacket AtticCamille Styles

  • Choosing The Right Desk Lamp

    Desk Lamps

    Most of us have home offices but rarely think of having a stylish desk lamp. My guess is that it probably came from a big box store or is a leftover from college.

    If you think about the sheer number of hours you spend at a desk, why wouldn’t you invest in a functional and beautiful desk lamp? Depending upon the size and style of your desk and office, you should give serious consideration to illuminating your work space.

    Task Lighting

    1. Black and Chrome Piano Desk Lamp 2. Architect Style Black Finish Adjustable Halogen Desk Lamp

    Two of the more classic desk lights are the timeless piano lamp and adjustable table lamp. What’s so great about these lamps are their functionality and brilliant task lighting capabilities. Whether you go for them in a black finish or polished chrome, the look will never go out of style.

    Stylish Table Lamps

    3. Arteriors Home Dru Geometric Sphere Modern Table Lamp 4. Conrad Modern Wood Table Lamp

    High style designer lamps can also look great on desks. If your work load is a tad lighter at home, you may wish to focus more on flair than function.

    You can really make an office “decorator done” if you coordinate the lighting to your design scheme. Here are two wonderful examples of a more mid century look below and a sophisticated urban scheme above.

    Metal Desk Lamps

    5. Square Base Solid Brass Piano Lamp in Satin Nickel 6. Robert Abbey Kinetic Antique Brass Pharmacy Desk Lamp

    Some desk lighting, like the one above, have a retro deco feel that reminds me of a classic 1930's movie, while other offices would rather not sacrifice surface space and opt for a floor lamp that can function just as well as a table top version provided you have an appropriate light bulb.

    Regardless of your home office needs, make sure your lighting is stylish and bright... A perfect recipe for staying focused on the task at hand.

    Photo credits: Lonny

  • Layering Tips for Comfortable Rooms

    Design Tips

    You’ve got the basics in place... Comfy sofa, big screen TV, table to rest your cocktail and hold the remote, but somehow the space feels cold and incomplete.

    Learn the art of layering - mixing your own unique combination of objects - and you will instantly add seemingly effortless style to your home.

    Bedroom Style

    Balance

    Strive for a pleasing balance, not perfect symmetry. Vary heights, textures, sizes. A few well chosen home textiles and accessories like the ones on this bedside table add depth and interest.

    Group Similar Things

    Display favorite collections together for maximum impact. Mix it up by using props like books to add height and interest.

    Styling Shelves

    Bling

    A little shine from a wall mirror, mini pendant or something metallic helps keep things looking light and airy.

    Living Room Design

    Unexpected

    Unusual or one of a kind pieces will stand out and add interest. This collection of guitars adds personality, texture and drama.

    Modern Living Room

    Plants

    Plants add interest to any style and help break up hard edges of furniture filled rooms.

    Remember to build layers within your rooms for comfort and style.

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