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In my interior styling courses, I always suggest that a styled space is not complete without two key things: botanicals and bling. A little greenery and a little bit of sparkle are the finishing touches that make a space truly lively.
Today, I'm sharing my favorite type of bling: brass. Brass is classy and classic, it can feel both retro and modern, sophisticated and playful--and it definitely pumps up the glam factor. Add a bit of shiny brass in the form of a desk lamp, ceiling lamp or side-table to your space and it will automatically add a touch of chic to your room.
Rubianne Rust Babette Holland Accent Table Lamp, Rust Babette Holland Juggler Table Lamp
Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier, Jonathan Adler Sputnik Brass Flush Mount Ceiling Light
Above are my favorite brass images of the moment, and a couple of fabulous examples of how to incorporate the look. How will you add that touch of glam to your abode?
Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Polished Brass Hardwire Holtkoetter Wall Lamp, Holtkoetter Polished Brass Modern Up-Down Wall Sconce, Holtkoetter Bernie Brass Energy Efficiency Wall Lamp, Hinkley Submersible Brass 4 1/2-Inch-H Pond Light, Rio Brass with White Shade Robert Abbey Pendant Light, Cooper Gold Leaf 71 1/2-Inch-H Arteriors Floor Lamp, Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier, Mary McDonald Pythagorus Matte Brass Robert Abbey Table Lamp, Altra Wire Frame Antique Brass Round 20-Inch-W Accent Table, Rio Modern Brass Metal 13-Inch-H Robert Abbey Wall Sconce, Hinkley Lanza Collection Brushed Bronze Bathroom Light, Marshall Brass Modern Adjustable Hudson Valley Floor Lamp
Images: Two For Style, Emily Henderson, Material Girl Blog
Now this is a space a girl could really live in. Lazy days, party days, week days – Ms. Bright & Happy does it all in color and comfort right from her own living room!
No color is off limits in this shiny happy space, so why not add a punch of sunshine by sitting this Lemon Zest Modern White Art Shade Ovo Table Lamp on an end table or credenza? It's high gloss finish and brushed steel make it the perfect contemporary accent.
Our lady loves this Basque Brushed Nickel Marble Base Modern Arc Floor Lamp for its sleek style and curvy shape. It's at home in her living room or even in the corner of her eat in kitchen, where it can keep watch over all the good food set on the table.
The Corbett Cesto Napoli Bronze with Cream Shade Pendant Light sets the right mood in Ms. Bright & Happy's entryway. Its eye-catching interlocking iron design paired with the interior shade casts a warm and welcoming light for everyone who crosses the threshold.
For a piece that looks as though it has some stories to tell go with the Possini Gold Leaf with Black Shade Obelisk Table Lamp. Our lady has one on each side of her boho bed, the gold leaf puts off the warmest glow!
Ms. Bright & Happy loves the cocktail shaker-inspired shape of the Havana Nickel and White Jonathan Adler Small Chadelier. The white finish helps to cuts a low-profile shape against her white kitchen walls. So stylish!
A pair of tomatoey Zuo Marius Modern Red Steel Counter Chairs are a great industrial touch either at the breakfast bar or in her home office.
With a space this eclectic in style anything goes!
Images: Revolve Clothing, Brooke Holm
Industrial elements are currently a huge trend in interior design. It’s definitely the style my clients are wanting at the moment. This style can be incorporated into just about any design style from contemporary to traditional. Let’s focus on industrial kitchen design.
When designing an industrial kitchen it’s all about zinc countertops, pendant lighting, open shelving and a beautiful stainless steel that is the show stopper.
Anodized Aluminum 16-Inch-W George Kovacs Pendant Light
Possini Euro Enzo Modern Black Pendant Light
It’s all about having a mixture of factory pieces, farm pieces, even school-style pieces - don't worry, you don’t have to pick just one. Luckily for us there’s a plethora of industrial items right here. I’ve pulled a few of my all time favorites that I would place in my own kitchen or even a client’s kitchen.
1. Modern Bronze Atom 8-Inch-W Franklin Iron Works Wall Sconce 2. Zuo Modern Elio Gunmetal Modern Dining Chairs 3. Zuo Fort Mason Industrial Distressed Wood 47-Inch-W Shelf 4. Crosby Metal 30-Inch Howard Miller Wall Clock 5. Edison Style Candelabra Base Light Bulb 6. Uttermost Albiano Single Classic Pendant Light 7. Kichler Sayre Pewter 8 1/2-Inch-H Mini Pendant Light 8. LBL Isla Clear with Satin Nickel Modern Pendant 9. Hudson Valley Haverhill Polished Nickel Modern Pendant
I hope one or many of these industrial items caught your eye. And remember these don’t have to just go in your kitchen – you could add them into a workspace, dining room or hallway.
Images: Studio 74 London, Mode Gallerian, Remodelista, Houzz
Everyone has seen the image: Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite. When the Soviets sent this elegant piece of machinery into orbit in 1957, they did more than launch the space race...they inspired a wave of Sputnik chandeliers in its wake.
Named after the satellite that inspired them, Sputnik lights are a general style marked by a distinctive starburst pattern. Legend has it that the first ones were actually created three years before Sputnik 1 ever saw the stratosphere by Gino Sarfatti for Lightolier under the names Astral, Skyrocket, Sparker and Mobile (a later Sarfatti design is pictured above).
Fast forward more than half a century and you're seeing Sputnik chandeliers today more than ever. Jonathan Adler, one of today's hottest designers, has created a series of designs dedicated to the iconic form:
Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier
And there are a handful of other satellite-inspired styles. You can find both ceiling lights and floor lamps today:
Possini Chrome Flushmount, Possini Chrome Floor Lamp
What you won't find anymore, however, are real Sputniks orbiting overhead. Unless, of course, you decide to bring this unforgettable Sputnik light style into your home.
Images: Answers.com, Best Design Books
Along with what I think is the majority of women these days, I have fallen head over heels in love with the color mint. I incorporate it into outfits and my home. My phone case is even mint! It’s such a soothing, cool color that is also fun. It is also surprisingly easy to pair with other colors! I especially love mint with black and white or mint and a light coral color. So pretty!
This room above is my dream mint room. It’s modern and cozy with punches of fun colors but of course mint is the main color and I love that about it. Do you see how the mint works with all of the other colors? It’s perfect. I just might need to consider painting a room mint soon. Just to get all this mint love out of my system.
Larchmere Narrow Zig Zag 10-Inch-H Plug-In Swag Pendant, White Shade Grayed Jade 28 1/2-Inch-H Ovo Table Lamp, Green 16 1/2-Inch-W Set of 4 Stacking Chairs,
These chairs to me, are perfect. They stack so they can be stored easily, they are modern and sleek in design and they are mint! Aren’t they fun? I can just imagine hosting a dinner party and pulling these out for extra seating. I love them!
The table lamp is simple and clean and of course mint. It’s simple design would be really easy to match with pretty much any other style.
Lastly, the hanging light is a little crazier but I like that about it! It would be a great punch of pattern to your space. Mint is kind of a hard color to match with another mint. It seems that no two mint shades are the same! So if you find something you love in mint, get it! You won’t regret it.
Image: BDG Style
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