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  • 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

    One of my favorite elements of our new loft home is our contemporary lighting.

    It really is the cherry on top of your decor.

    When we selected our "loft lights" we focused on a few key elements that I recommend everyone keep in mind.

    Below are my top 3 contemporary lighting tips:

    Contemporary Lighting in Loft

    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, 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:

    DIY Pendant Lighting by Erin Hiemstra

    Erin Hiemstra's Contemporary Bedroom Lighting Tips

    As promised here 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 contemporary lamps and you'll be able to create the perfect ambiance.

    Tip #2: Use Contemporary Lamps as a Statement-Maker

    We selected the a contemporary floor lamp for the standout statement it would make in our living room. We loved the over-sized 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

    Contemporary table 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 lighting style both serve to reinforce our relaxed, modern style. 

    Images via Apartment 34.

April, 2013