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  • Tips For Styling Crystal Chandeliers

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    Crystal Chandeliers

    For a lot of us, a crystal chandelier is on our bucket list to one day own. They’re the epitome of elegance and sophistication in every  home style, so they're very much deserving to be on the list.

    But what do you do with a crystal chandelier once you’ve found the chandelier of your dreams? Where do you place it so it receives a fair glance? My theory is that a crystal chandelier can go anywhere! It doesn’t have to be in a formal setting. Here are some of my favorite ways to use a crystal chandelier.

    Crystal chandelier in an entry

    A crystal chandelier in an entry way is a wonderful greeting for your guests. Pay attention to the scale of the piece. With lower ceilings you wouldn’t want to overwhelm the other objects in the room with a large chandelier. 

    Kitchen Chandelier

    Crystal Chandeliers in a kitchen

    Large crystal chandeliers or a cluster of mini chandeliers in a kitchen works beautifully. I love the elegance that these chandeliers adds to the kitchen. Although the kitchen is already beautiful, the crystal takes it to the next level.

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    1. This Gold with Crystal Three-Light Chandelier feels royal with it’s crown design elements.

    2. This Schonbek Century Silver Chandelier would be perfect for a more feminine room or contrasted in a more modern setting.

    3. I love this Hinkley Gemma Mini Chandelier, a more modern approach to a crystal chandelier.

    4. This Crystal Rain Chandelier has beautiful fountain-like lines that would be beautiful in a very formal setting.

    5. This Crystorama Calypso Chandelier would be great paired with a few other mini chandeliers.

    Images: NicetyMy Luscious Life,

  • Modern Wall Lights For Every Room

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    Modern Wall Lights For Every Room

    Images from The Globe & Mail / Mia Linnman

    I love the ambiance that swing arm sconces create. There is a soft glow and intimacy in the light that can work well in every room of the house.

    In the bedroom, a sophisticated swing-arm lamp like the Satin Brass Swing Arm Wall Lamp on either side of the bed can really make a room look polished. I love the look of the large black sconces over the library, don't you? Get the look with the Bronze Adjustability Robert Abbey Wall Lamp.

    Modern Interiors

    Images from Strange Closets / Style by Emily Henderson

    In the kitchen, create a clean, industrial style look with sconces that illuminate the counters. Try the Sonneman Perch Gloss White Plug-In Pharmacy Wall Lamp for a similar feel.

    In the bathroom, I'm obsessed with the idea of using lamps like the Regina-Andrew Zig-Zag Silver 40-Inch Extendable Wall Lamp. The silver is sleek and the zig-zag shape makes it great for precision grooming.

    Modern Wall Lights

    Images from My Paradissi / Coco kelley

    Hanging several black swing-arm sconces over a bookshelf that's white makes such a great contrast, right? To get the look try using these  Black Gooseneck Arm Plug-In Halogen Wall Lights.

    And lastly, in a nook in the living room, guest room or den, try a statement sconce like the Hubbardton Forge Dark Smoke 13-Inch-H Swing Arm Wall Lamp!

    Images: The Globe & Mail, Mia Linnman, Strange Closets, Style by Emily Henderson, My Paradissi, Coco Kelly

  • Massimo Vignelli: Iconic Designer

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    Image from the New York Times

    Designer Massimo Vignelli passed away earlier this week. Pictured above with his wife and collaborator Lella, this iconic figure is best known for his radical re-envisioning of the New York Subway map as an ordered symphony of intertwining lines (pictured below).

    vignelli subway map

    Image from New York Magazine

    Over the years, Vignelli's architectural design aesthetic was applied to everything from branding to interior design. In looking at how he lived and worked, it's clear that a minimalist utilitarianism informed his choice of modern furniture and lighting.

    vignelli studio

    Image from Design Observer

    Explains Vignelli, "My desk is very square and strong. It’s very important to have a place where your work is in synch with yourself." Likewise, his dining table (pictured in detail at the top) exudes a firm yet reductive aesthetic.

    Lella and Massimo Vignelli

    Image from New York Magazine

    The Vignelli's Upper East Side apartment is a masterpiece of modernist austerity. A broad window and torchiere provide ample ambient light while a single architect's light provides task lighting.  Rolling backless counter stools dotting the space allude to the couple's ceaseless commitment to work.

    For people who work day in and day out like Massimo Vignelli did, we recommend LED desk lamps for their energy efficiency and range of eye-strain-alleviating color temperature options. In addition, sleek and strong furnishings like the designs below capture Vignelli's look: 

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    Architects Matte Black Halogen Desk Lamp, Zuo Bolo Glossy Black Coffee Table, Simon Black Club Chair

    These designs are big on style yet free of excessive ornament, perfect for a small space or loft home that's used for both working and living.

    Images: New York Times, New York Magazine, Design Observer

  • Modern Home Style With Ceiling Fans

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    Modern Home Style

    Image: Tuiwoa

    I grew up in a ceiling fan loving family. We had one in every room and unless it was freezing outside, they were most likely running.

    The fans that I grew up with worked great, but man were they hideous to look at, far from modern in style! I feel like there just weren’t as many stylish options back then and so ceiling fans have kind of gotten a bad rap.

    Luckily for us, these days you have so many great ceiling fan options to fit just about any aesthetic. So you can keep on cooling off your home while keeping your style intact. Whether you're looking for a white ceiling fan, metal or wood, I think we can agree that these three fans from Euro Style Lighting are amazing.

    Modern Ceiling Fans


    No matter what kind of style you love, there is a fan for you. These three are my personal favorites for a modern home.

    The Casa Vieja brushed steel fan is very industrial chic, which I love! That style feels like it is something old that looks brand new and that's always a great thing in my opinion.

    The Possini Euro wood fan is a fantastic way to bring some earthy tones and a feel into your home while still maintaining your modern flair. Isn’t it cool? I love the way it looks.

    The Casa Vieja rubbed bronze fan, the bronze one, is so sleek and cool, every room would look amazing with this fan! It’s simple in design, but the color is rich and neutral.

    All three are perfect options for most modern homes. I don’t think I could pick one if I had to!

    Image: Tuiwoa

  • Design Tips: Zen Living in Style

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    Design Tips

    Image from Domaine Home

    Your home should be a place full of great style, clearly.... But it should also be a place where you can be at peace and relax. We want to share a few design tips for living a Zen lifestyle because your yoga class shouldn't be the only place you leave feeling serene.

    This home tour from Domaine Home is a perfect example of good design that is also calming. It's the home of Nashville designer, Benjamin Vandiver. The home is well curated, featuring mixed materials and of course botanicals.

    Domaine Home

    Images from Domaine Home

    DESIGN TIPS

    Fountains:

    The calming sound of water will provide the most Zen in any space. It's both a natural element as well as a calming sound. Worried about maintaining your modern design style? Well don't, because there's lots of indoor fountains to choose from that would be perfect for your modern home... And if you're trying to save a little energy, there are also stylish LED fountain options.

    Botanicals:

    Plants and flowers are the easiest way to add a calming effect to your decor. You can never go wrong adding natural elements like flowers and plants. Even if you don't have a green thumb, there's other ways to include this element. Check out the green leaf artwork below, for example.

    Natural Materials:

    Creating an environment with natural materials, like this drum shade chandelier below is a wonderful way to provide a little Zen to your lifestyle. It adds warmth and texture to your home style.

    Home Furnishings

    Here are a few product ideas from Euro Style Lighting to help you get started.

    1. Buddha Face Faux Stone 6 1/2-Inch-W Floor Fountain 2. Quoizel Zen Black with Tan Rattan Shade Pendant Light 3. Zen I 30" High Color Photo Wall Art

    4. Kenroy Home Bronze 5-Inch-H Four Section Table Fountain 5. Zen Ivory Faux Leather 26 1/2-Inch-W Club Chair 6. Kenroy Home Black Sierra Adjustable Water Flow Fountain

    Images: Domaine Home

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