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Crystal Strand Chrome 29-Inch-W ET2 Halogen Chandelier
“Lots of glam and a little modern, this chandelier has it all!”
- R. Brannon, Interior Designer
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Stylish floor lamps are one of the best sources of light in my opinion, I prefer them to overhead lighting for creating warm pools of directed light and a cozy atmosphere in almost every room. In fact, the only room without one in my home is the kitchen!
Designer floor lamps with modern style not only illuminate a space, they also bring tons of personality with them as statement pieces.
Row 1: Lights Up! Weegee Nickel White Linen Floor Lamp / Modern Porter Nickel Metal Abbey Floor Lamp / Basque Brushed Nickel Marble Base Modern Arc Floor Lamp
Row 2: Arteriors Hadley Modern Brass Black Floor Lamp / Off White Linden Tripod Wood Arteriors Home Floor Lamp / Contemporary Satin Nickel Tenda Sonneman Floor Lamp
Some of my favorite shapes are tripods and arcs which are especially architectural in shape and can nearly double as works of art.
The material is just as important as its shape in creating a great fit for the style you're aiming for in your home. You can choose from stylish floor lamps in polished chrome, glass, and more.
Image: Louisa Grey
Image from The Selby
Every time I hear Pantone's color of the year announced I rarely get excited. It’s generally a color out of my comfort zone, something I haven’t seen done in any cool way. However, it only took me a couple of months to become accustomed to this year's color of the year, radiant orchid and I LOVE it.
I would never have considered it to be a favorite, but now that I see how it’s being used, I gravitate towards it. It can freshen up any home design with its feminine playfulness. Why? Let’s take a look...
1. As you can see in the above example, when paired with bright orange, it becomes feminine yet fresh. Cover an antique settee in it as an old vs. new idea and pair it with coordinating artwork for a beautiful new home design. Try using purple table lamps to add even more fun.
Image from Elle Decor
2. This version of orchid in the wall color and throw pillows works because it’s paired with a variety of colors like peacock green and a beautiful, funky pendant chandelier. This space could use more purple decorative pillows, you can never have too much.
Image from Caitlin and Caitlin
3. This beautiful home design embraces the color to the max with a coordinating sofa, love seat and window treatment combo. By using a variety of frame treatments and a funky green plant, it reads modern and unexpected.
Image from Design & Trend
4. Last but not least, this simple modern space shows how the addition of red to radiant orchid can take a soft color and really make it bold.
Are you digging this year’s radiant orchid? How would you use it?
Images: The Selby, Elle Décor, Caitlin and Caitlin, Design & Trend
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Please welcome Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha as one of our new blog contributors!
One of the biggest design trends happening for 2014 is the resurgence of brass lighting for the home. And I for one couldn't be happier!
Gold and brass metallics automatically bring warmth to any space and have the ability to strike the perfect balance between modern and traditional. Try adding a luxury brass sconce to your powder room or bold brass pendant lights to your dining room.
Rio Modern Brass Metal Robert Abbey Wall Sconce, Mary McDonald Pythagorus Matte Brass Robert Abbey Table Lamp, Murray Feiss Urban Renewal Antique Brass Sconce, Robert Abbey Jackson Brass Floor Lamp, Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier
I've rounded up my favorite brass lighting fixtures for every room in your home and you'll find that adding just a touch a brass to your home is an easier design trend than you may think.
Tell me, will you be adding any brass to your home this season?
Image: Glitter Guide
Photo by Filip Dujardin on Maxwan.com
Earlier this week, while writing a post detailing the best great rooms around, I fell in love with one type in particular: modern barn house. This raw, rural, decaying type of structure is the perfect subject for dramatic modernization projects.
The beautiful space pictured throughout this post was renovated by Maxwan architecture in the Netherlands. Hanging swag lamps and mini pendant lights were the perfect designs to drop from the uneven ceilings of the barn.
Image from the Design Ark
The Dutch barn's simple floor plan - consisting of a ground floor and loft - led the firm to create a notable built-in (pictured above), incorporating kitchen counter, bookshelf and staircase in a single unit.
For this project, a loft adds desired square footage (not to mention valuable nap space) to the barn, while the loft's overhang creates a cozy fireplace nook below:
Image from Ignant
Image from Design Ark
When the architects moved in, they first noted that "all facade openings were too small, in the wrong place, or both." So they cut a large slit into the roof. Add some minimalist lighting from the rafters, and a modern barn space suddenly has a a very light, open feel.
Possini Euro Ice Drop Double Light Swag Chandelier
White and Chrome Finish Swag Style Plug-In Chandelier
Whether it's a vacation home or an everyday home, smart design and a little TLC can transform a rustic barn into your modern dream home.
Images: Maxwan, Ignant, Design Ark
It’s not a new trend by any means, but it was made popular in one of my favorite style eras, the 1920s! Starburst style is everywhere these days and I love it! I'm a little picky about my home design and starburst pieces should be selected carefully.
I love the warm and industrial feel of the brass pieces. Geometric shapes of the starburst are right up my ally. I think starburst can add a lot of interest and fun to a space while still being elegant and grown up. So basically, they are perfect, right?
1. Starburst Tinted Copper 27-Inch-H Thumprints Table Lamp 2. Elk Victoria Starburst Antique Gold 32-Inch-W Wall Mirror 3. Antique Brass Starburst 22-Inch-H Novo Accent Table
This table lamp above is my favorite! It’s simple, but also interesting. Exactly what a great table lamp should be, right? You can’t go wrong with white and brass either. Classic combo. Unique living room table lamps is a great way to compliment your decor, even if you can't find the perfect starburst shape.
Starburst mirrors would look amazing in an entry way or living room. A useful but still very pretty piece to make your home design complete. It kind of reminds me of a spider web. But in a very good, non-halloween and beautiful way.
The side table above is so fun! It would be the perfect table to put at the end of your couch for your guests to use and admire. I just love that the starburst shape goes all the way through the table.
What about you, would you try the starburst trend? I think it would look great in so many different homes and spaces. Maybe even an office space! The possibilities are endless with this classic design trend.
Image: Lonny Magazine
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