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Designer Candice Olson tackles a bland master bedroom in this Minneapolis Star Tribune article.
The room is in a renovated 1926 home. For the wall color, Candice went with a creamy white and a darker blue grey, colors that play well with the dark hardwood flooring.
A subtle world-traveler theme prevails, with a zebra-striped rug on the floor an exotic tropical ceiling fan overhead, and other tropical home decor accents.
Above is a close match for the zebra rug from our rug collection.
The ceiling fan is pretty blurry! After squinting at it for a bit, I think this fan model is a good match for it: the Casa Vieja Rattan Ceiling Fan.
I also love the typographical lettering on the wall over the bed. For more typographic decor, see my recent post.
Photo thanks to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Post Update 1-5-11: For more designer starpower, check out our series of designer interviews, where we chat with everyone from David Bromstead to Sandra Espinet!
Bones is a popular Fox Network TV mystery show that revoloves around the cases of FBI Agent Seeley Booth and his forensic anthropologist cohort, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan. Booth is American rustic; Bones is urban chic.
As revealed in an Los Angeles Times feature article, the Bones design team turned to decor and lighting to visually express these two characters.
Reading the article, I spotted some of our very own LAMPS PLUS designs used in the sets!
Agent Booth's bedroom, seen above, has an Old West theme and uses our Neat Pleat Swing Arm Desk Lamp on the side table.
Above is another view of the lamp, which features a horizontal pleat lamp shade.
The set for Bone's living room has a different vibe, with chic seating, overhead lighting and accessories.
To set the scene, the designer used the very stylish Liata Collection Pendant Chandelier above the dining room table.
Above is a closer view of the pendant, which is highlighted by strips of champagne finish metal bands. Very stylish sets indeed!
Set photos thanks to The Los Angeles Times.
Tripod floor lamps have a three-legged base similar in appearance to that seen on cameras or telescopes. They are very stable, so if you have small pets or children running around they're a good option. Tripod floor lamps also offer a stylish look that's a little out of the ordinary. For your Thursday viewing, here are three to take a look at!
Up above is a tripod lamp with a cool circles pattern shade from Brooklyn-based designer Rachel Simon. The thin tripod legs are in a brushed nickel finish. Circles Tripod Floor Lamp.
This version features a surveyor-style base in beautiful walnut wood. A two-tone fabric shade sits on top.
Last but not least, here's a tripod floor lamp with a gleaming glass barrel shade. Three bulbs are set within the glass, with a dimmer switch to control them all.
Want French style, but live 3,700 miles away in Toronto? As seen in this Style At Home article, mere distance didn't stop homeowners Laurent Papaix and David Toto. They redecorated their vintage home with French style, mixing rustic motifs and traditional tables with more modern accents, drawing inspiration from the Ile de Re, the holiday island off the west coast of France.
In the shot above, they've used a distressed table with table runner and a dramatic crystal chandelier with a clear glass body.
Our crystal chandelier shown above offers a similar look. To match the look even more, you could replace the glass segment shades with an ivory or white clip-on shade. Regent Square Five Light Crystal Chandelier.
In the bedroom, simple white accents play against a DIY bedside table lamp with a clear glass body.
If you're not the DIY type (I'm not!), go with our Contemporary Clear Glass Table Lamp. It has a slightly more elongated neck and body, but you'll get the same shine and shimmer effect from the clear glass.
Room photos thanks to Style At Home .
Here's another year-end roundup of some of the home decor books the have inspired and enlightened us this year. They are listed in no particular order, so pick and choose as you will. Look for these at your favorite local bookstore!
Los Angeles-based decorator Mary McDonald is known for her swank vintage houses. In the lavishly illustrated Interiors: The Allure of Style (Rizzoli), she shares her tips for decorating with a touch of allure and glamour.
1000 Chairs is from publisher Taschen's series on design. It's like a picture book for grown-ups, with page after page of chair designs. You'll want to sit in all of them!
Famous for her cooking, Paula Deen turns to documenting the charms of Savannah living and Southern style in Paula Deen's Savannah Style (Simon & Schuster). There are beautiful home photos and tips on everything from porch living to collecting.
The Selby Is in Your Place (Abrams) is from fashion and interiors photographer Todd Selby. He began taking photos of his hipster pal's homes, a project that then morphed into snapping pics of friends of friends. It's the perfect book if you are nosy by nature (who isn't!) and love seeing how other people live.
Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Doubleday) isn't a true decorating book, but it does offer insights into how we decorate our homes and the stuff that we surround ourselves with. Starting with the premise that, "Houses are really quite odd things," Bryson deconstructs his 19th century Victorian home room by room in a free-ranging discussion that's very readable.
And for those who crave the modern, Jonathan Adler's just-published book, On Happy Chic Colors (Sterling Innovation), hits the sweet spot. Lavishly illustrated, it talks about Jonathan's design philosophy and will inspire you to be fearless in your color choices.
Hope you enjoy these! What's your favorite decorating book for this year?
Book cover photos thanks to the publishers.
I spotted this interview with designer Monica Pedersen in the Kansas City Star. Pedersen is best known for hosting Designed to Sell, Bang for Your Buck and Dream Home on the HGTV cable network.
For home decor trends, she says, "People are celebrating small spaces. The real-estate downturn has forced people to be more creative. They’re using versatile furniture like tables as desks and attractive storage pieces."
And I like her tip for your Thanksgiving table: "Line your napkins in brown velvet. It looks rich and then the napkins don’t scratch your face." Scratcy napkins are definitely a no-no!
Photos thanks to the Kansas City Star.
Sometimes, Mom can be pretty hard to buy for. Maybe you've even asked her what she wants. If your mom is anything like mine, you got something like, "I just want you to be happy, honey." Nice, but not exactly what you were hoping for, right?
Well, maybe I can help a little. Here are a few things that Mom will be excited to get this year, and then we'll all be happy!
Even though it's winter now, the birds will soon be back. Give them somewhere nice to hang out with this amazing bird house. Bring vibrancy to your yard by inviting all your flying friends to stop by. We have a fun, colorful selection of bird houses and feeders.
Make Mom's morning routine a little less tedious with this fantastic vanity mirror. The two-sided face offers magnification on one side and lighting on both. But, the real "wow factor" here is the hands-free operation. Just a wave of Mom's hand turns the light on and off. Learn more: Chrome Swing Arm Mirror.
A little greenery adds lots of life to living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms alike. This ornately detailed pedestal table is the perfect stage for the plant or flower arrangement of Mom's choice.
While outdoors trees and flowers are often spotlighted, we ignore indoor plants. No longer! Let Mom show off her green thumb indoors, too, with this set of plant lights. Just plug into a standard outlet and position them in the base. Voila ... instant drama!
Finally, don't forget Mom's sentimental side. Give her a pretty picture frame so she can display a favorite photo memory. We have a great selection of frames to choose from including this one, the Gisella frame.
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for dad is always a challenge. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some of the best holiday gifts for dad that will make him happy!
Up above is the Z Bar Red LED Desk Lamp (also available in black). Dad may not be as flexible as this lamp, but he'll appreciate its sleek looks, energy efficient designs and adaptability. He can easily position the lamp for reading or other tasks, and the design also comes with a built-in dimming system for even greater lighting control.
If he's into hobbies, get him this LED Magnifying Craft Light. The bright LEDs make a great work light, while the adjustable magnifying glass brings into focus close-up details. This particular model can be powered by batteries or the included AC adapter.
If Dad's the outdoor type, he'll love this LED Lantern. It collapses down into a small, compact unit, making it portable for camping trips, and has a non-slip, rubberized finish.
For techie-gadget types, there's the iChime Customizable Doorbell System. It comes pre-loaded with hundreds of doorbell sounds, funny greetings and chimes. Dad can also record his own greeting or upload an MP3 recording.
Here's more tech magic. This mini laser star projector is great for dad's next rave. It's a steal at only $99. Holographic Laser Star Projector.
Custom gifts are always nice, so use our Design Your Own online tool to make him lighting with a custom color shade, or customized artwork. You can make something to match his office decor or give him his favorite color in just a few easy steps.
Finally, accessorize his office desk and keep him on time with a desk clock. Pictured above is the special Bulova World Time Clock in a brass finish case.
Good luck shopping (only 37 days left!).
From Veronica, our home decor buyer, here are some ideas to give your Thanksgiving table decorations extra holiday spirit this year.
"Dried and silk flowers always strike a festive note. I also really like the fact that they can be reused year after year. This arrangement has wonderful Fall, Thanksgiving colors with silk hydrangea and ranunculus flowers." Hydrangea and Ranunculus Faux Flower Arrangement.
"Candlesticks are a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table. Move them to a side table or buffet for the main seating. This set of three has a lovely distressed finish." Bronze Urn Candle Holders.
"A decorative bowl is a quick way to add interest to the center of your table. You can display fruit or seasonal items like mini pumpkins and squash. The one I've picked (seen above with matching items and wall clock) has ornate detailing with a bronze finish and crackle amber finish accents." Bronze Crackle Scrollwork Decorative Bowl.
"Finally, I always like to have a supply of serving trays nearby on Thanksgiving day. Use them to move things to and from the table, or to serve after meal coffee and desert. They come in handy for clean-up, too! The set of three I'm showing gives you even more flexibility." Set of 3 Hanley Trays.
Thanks for the input, Veronica! Look for more on our home decor page.
You don't have to have a large home to live large. This beautiful studio apartment, recently profiled in a New York Times slideshow, proves the point.
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it has been meticulously planned out; everyting has a place and fits just so.
The tiny kitchen gets a little bling thanks to a crystal ceiling light. Refrigerator and dishwasher are hidden behind the paneling.
This acrylc and chrome ceiling light offers a similar look at a great price (just under $100!)
Top photos thanks to The New York Times.