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- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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We have invited Erin Loechner, from the super cool art/design blog Design for Mankind, to help us with modern lighting trends while staying on budget. Take it away Erin...
Lighting can transform any space, but can all too often break the bank just as quickly. Lucky for you, I've rounded up 10 fantastic lighting finds - all under $100. Whether your dream makeover calls for industrial or baroque, I've got something for every budget-friendly style, plus tips on how to make the most of your new statement lighting. Enjoy!
INDUSTRIAL:Industrial lighting can sometimes look cold and outdated, so cozy up these pieces with plenty of layered textiles and earthy elements. Try pairing industrial-inspired spotlights and uplights in a warm, white kitchen with subway tiles and raw wood countertops for a chic Scandinavian aesthetic. Or, give the tripod table lamp a spin in an office filled to the brim with books and magazines with a flokati rug underfoot. Whatever you decide, rest easy knowing your lighting is making a bold statement in the space!
Lil Wonder Black Mini Spotlight ($84.99 Modern In Studio Adjustable Steel Tripod Table Lamp ($99.91) Lil Wonder Micro Mini Uplight ($84.99)
TRADITIONAL:Traditional lighting can be universally flattering in a variety of spaces. I recommend traditional chandeliers in a mission style dining room with tufted chairs for your next dinner party. Better yet? Add a bronze outdoor wall light to welcome your guests in style.
White and Chrome Finish Swag Style Plug-In Chandelier ($99.99) John Timberland 13" Wide Seedy Glass Outdoor Wall Light ($79.99)
GLAMOROUS:For the gal who can't get enough jewels, glamour-inspired table lamps and sconces are the perfect addition to a modern living room. Want to complete the look? Add an animal print rug, modern sectional and sculptural artwork for the chicest entertaining space around. Or tone down the glamour by pairing my picks with more natural elements, such as a wooden coffee table or concrete-inspired console.
Baroque Clear Acrylic Table Lamp ($99.99) Possini Euro Chrome Crystal Rainfall Modern Wall Sconce ($99.99) Mercury Glass 26 1/2 Inch - H Triple Gourd Table Lamp ($99.99)
CONTEMPORARYWant to freshen up any room of the home? Contemporary light fixtures work overtime in every space - from bedrooms to offices and everywhere between. Choose a chic table lamps to complement a modern bedside table or add sophistication to a drab desk. And I dare you to find an entryway that doesn't sing when paired with contemporary ceiling lights!
Resin White Drum Shade Michelle Table Lamp ($90.81) Possini Euro Design White Flower 15 3/4" Wide Ceiling Light ($99.99)
Happy lighting, friends!
Thanks so much Erin for your great modern lighting trends!
Modern art and of course modern lighting has really been inspiring us lately. With the long holiday weekend coming up you might actually have some time to create some artwork of your own! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all these great shopping days are upon us, but for those of you who would rather create something for your loved ones this season, then let Kumi Yamashita's collection "Light and Shadow" inspire you.
" I sculpt shadow with light or sometimes light with shadow, but both function in essentially the same manner." -Yamashita
Carved objects are placed in relation to one single light source to create these simple and stunning sculptures.
There is so much emotion in each piece, this collection of modern art nearly takes my breath away.
Lighting works in amazing ways!
There are many modern chandeliers that plays with light and shadow in a beautiful way. Here are a couple of our favorites!
Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier
Customizable Squares Possini Euro Pendant Light
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, inspired with loved ones!
Images: Kumi Yamishita
+We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends yesterday! And now, with Thanksgiving behind us (barely), it's officially Rockafeller Skating Rink season!
+We found the perfect collection of holiday craft projects for you over at Craft Pack... They're offering a digital book with over 18 craft projects, 9 instructional videos, and over 100 printable pdf's, stickers, patterns, stencils, and gift tags!
+Although, not very wintery it doesn't get much more holiday-cool than a house on sleds! Head over to Desire to Inspire to see this cool portable modern home.
+Now this is wintery... Ever thought of staying in an igloo for vacation? Check out Hotel Kakslauttanen for the opportunity.
+The Creature Comfort blog has two very holiday appropirate ideas... For starters, this may be the coolest 2013 calendar round-up we've seen! And if you're looking for chic gift wrapping ideas, you don't want to miss this blog post.
Image: Paul Timpa
Whether your style is modern, traditional, country or you just don't know, it's ok. The fun part about design is mixing and matching different elements and styles. Take this Danish home for example...
The living room and dining room feature a clean, modern palette of black and white. However, the untreated floors, twigs, sheepskin and antlers give the space a comfortable lived-in feel. Balancing modern furniture with vintage accessories is always a fun combination.
Alex Black Leatherette Dining Chairs
This modern vintage home does a great job following through with its design. From the reading corner to the bedroom, the color palette and comfortable aesthetic remains consistent. We're noticing a lot of desk lamps used in areas of the home other than the office, like the bedroom (above).
Arteriors Home Priscilla Pouf
When you're perusing magazines or blogs for inspiration, remember to take ideas from all types of styles and then combine them to make one of your own. In the end, this will add the most character to your home.
Make Creative does modern office design and they do it well! When Make Creative was called to create a generous and innovative workspace for a collaborative team, they hit the nail on the head through the transformation of this industrial warehouse. The design of Unit B4 office spaces in Sydney, Australia was named Best Workplace under 1000sqm at the Interior Design Excellence Awards.
The design was based on the the idea of interconnected elements within the open space. This allows the interior to become a series sculptural features woven together which fill the open space with multiple blocks and voids.
The unique use of modern lighting in this space makes a huge statement. The larger pendant lights over the communal table are encased in a sculptural wood frame which not only defines the space but does an amazing job of filling the void. While the black wall sconces look as if they are crawling off the wall in the little red niche. Modern wall sconces are always a great way to add a sculptural element to your space.
Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Bronze LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp
A good client truly is a blessing and when Made Creative was asked what the best part was about this project they replied, "We were lucky enough to have been given a lot of trust and freedom with this project… good clients ready to take a risk on an unexpected solution." When a client is open to taking risks talent shines through! Even if it's something as simple as using pops of red on the modern barstools or hanging lights in an unusual way these small details really help make a space special.
The simple pendant lighting floats through the space to create glistening bursts of lights. Clusters of modern mini pendant lights hanging at different levels creates an organic feel and is a bit unexpected.
Clear Glass with Chrome Mini Halogen Pendant
Such a functional and practical solution for a creative office environment that I'm sure many of you would love to work in! I know we would!
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