Style Illuminated

Interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Providing professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • Spring Kitchen Decor Ideas

    The Spring Kitchen

    The spring kitchen should explode with life, abundance and joy. Because spring is so earthy and natural, I tend to visualize spring kitchen decor as somewhat more traditional...the kind of space you can plop fresh flowers on a counter and not worry.

    Kitchen Accessories for Spring

    One of the obvious color choice to use in spring kitchen decor is green. Green is the color of budding plants, leaves and sprigs. Green can be incorporated through accessories and even through kitchen island lighting!

    1. Set of 4 Fun Factory Green Apple Soup Bowls

    Kitchen Lighting Ideas

    Longer daylight is a giant benefit of spring, however, your kitchen can always benefit from updated pendant light fixtures. Also, bringing the outside in will liven up your space. Preserved topiaries are a great way to introduce nature into the hub of your home.

    2. Marbleized Glass Pewter Finish Mini Pendant Chandelier

    3. Uttermost Preserved Boxwood Tree Topiary

    Country Kitchen Design

    Incorporating organic elements like wood, honed marble and blown glass will give your kitchen the feel of a well-worn country getaway. As spring is the season of fresh cut flowers, make sure to have plenty of vases to pepper around your house.

    4. Thin Bubble Light Green Hand-Blown Glass Vase

    Colorful Kitchens

    Speaking of the color of flowers, bright colors can be brought into the kitchen in other ways as discussed above. Accessories can reinforce a springtime mood. A colorful box can be placed on a counter and hold tea, coasters and a wide variety of useful cooking items.

    5. 1970s Large Yellow Trinket Box

    Image credits: Habitually Chic.

  • 3 Contemporary Lighting Tips

    Contemporary Lighting in Erin Hiemstra's Loft

    One of my favorite elements of our new loft home is our contemporary lighting. It really is the cherry on top of your decor. Unless you can customize all the overhead lighting in your home, which we as renters certainly cannot, you must create personality and atmosphere in your space through lighting. (You may have seen a sneak preview of our DIY chandelier a few months ago.)

    If you've ever dropped by Apartment34.com, you might have noticed that my husband and I have moved three times in the last year; first from Seattle and then into two different spots in San Francisco. The new loft is not too small, it’s not too big. It’s just right and I'm so excited to reveal it! Take a peek at our bedroom and living room:

    Contemporary Pendant Lighting DIY

    Erin Hiemstra's Contemporary Bedroom Lighting Tips

    When we selected our "loft lights" we focused on a few key elements that I recommend everyone keep in mind. These are my top 3 contemporary lighting tips:

    Tip #1: Indirect Is Best
    An abundance of lamps lets you create a warm and welcoming glow in your space, rather than be subject to a harsh glare. Dot corners, hallways and bookcases with lamps and you'll be able to create the perfect ambience.

    Tip #2: Use A Lamps as a Statement-Maker
    We selected the Jumbo Architect Floor Lamp for the standout statement it would make in our living room. We loved the oversized piece's twist on the standard arc lamp that you might expect to see in a modern space. We found the super-sized option to be more playful and fun.

    Tip #3: Mix and Match
    Lamps, like jewelry, are the ultimate accessory. You can use them to change the tone of any room. I played with different lamp styles all over the loft to give an organic feel to our design. While each one selected fell within the general contemporary style, the Jonathan Adler Table Lamps look nothing like the lamp in our living room, but the both serve to reinforce our relaxed, modern style. 

    Images via Apartment 34.

  • Welcome Back!

    House Entrance

    Welcome back – to the updated Style Illuminated blog!

    We’ve used the past few weeks to tidy a few things up behind-the-scenes, and also to give our blog a little makeover. You’ll notice a brand new header, cleaned-up sidebar content, and additional social media links where you can connect with us.

    One thing that’s staying the same is our great content. Anne Sage of The City Sage, Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34, Meg Biram of The Edit , Marni Katz of StyleCarrot , Karianne Wood of Thistlewood Farms , Rob Levine, Allison Rosenberg, and Lesley Myrick will continue to inspire and delight with lighting inspiration and home decor ideas.

    Come on in and enjoy the improved Style Illuminated Blog by Lamps Plus!

    Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens

April, 2013