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  • Contemporary Side Tables


    Contemporary Side Tables

    In the world of interior design the options are endless. The style you love will be different from that of your neighbor and that's what makes it exciting! Side tables, though a seemingly small piece in your room, provide functional and aesthetic appeal to a space.

    Whether you're decorating a bedroom, a family room, or creating a cozy reading corner in an office, side tables are an important addition.

    I've rounded up four side tables I love from Euro Style Lighting, each with a unique style and appeal.

    Side Tables

    If you tend toward an industrial or rustic look, you will love the Zuo Distressed Wood Table featuring a wood top and metal base.

    The Smooth White Spindle Table is contemporary and simple, sporting the spindle pedestal look. This would be perfect for a small drink table beside a sofa or side chair.

    If you prefer a more modern and sleek style, the Dahlia Studios Nesting Tables would be both functional and stylish. You can nest this pair of tables or, when needed, pull them apart to accommodate more guests. I happen to think they would work just as well for a nightstand!

    Lastly, the Delfina Tripod Table with a glass top is elegant and unexpected. It would be perfect next to a funky chair in an office or living room.

    Which is your favorite side table?

    Image: House Beautiful

  • Introducing Summer Color in Our Home Style


    Summer Color

    Image from The Style Files

    I have friends and clients ask me all the time what are some easy and affordable tips on how to bring Summer color into home style without it being too cheesy and obvious. It definitely depends on what colors you are already working with in your home. But because the white and grey paint trend is here to stay, mixing colors in is easy as 1,2,3.

    In the office above, everything surrounding is in neutral tones, including whites, woods and metals. The vibrant, ethnic blanket gives the space a splash of color, comfort and style. It doesn’t look over styled but rather relaxed..

    Bathroom Decor

    Image from Birmingham Home & Garden

    It’s easy to add color to a bathroom through towels and accessories. This grey and white bathroom has been styled with peach accents. Peach is a huge color trend this year and looks fresh in any home style. Leaning artwork is a great way to add color to a room. 

    Interior Plants

    Image from Home Maker

    An obvious summer color choice is green. And what better way to introduce green than with plants. The table, chairs and seating options are all in beautiful wood tones which works brilliantly with botanicals. This whole space has me loving summer already!

    Wall Art

    Image from Kirsten Grove

    As mentioned above, art is great  and easy way to add color to your home. I chose this Max Wanger print to bring summer into my living space. It instantly creates a fun vibe.

    Summer is here to force us to relax, have fun and enjoy life. Let’s do the same in our homes!

    Images: The Style Files, Birmingham Home & Garden, Homme Maker Simply Grove

  • Light Your Office In LED Style


    LED Style

    Image from Nordic Days

    Good for the environment and good for your design style, LED is the way to go in task lighting!

    Unlike the early years of efficient lighting, there are so many cool LED styles out there to select from.

    Office Style

    Image from Nordic Design

    Whether you're styling your private home office or a professional office away from home, LED lighting is the right option for both style and function. It's more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting...and stylish!

    Check out these distinctive style ideas from Euro Style Lighting...

    LED Lighting

    1. For a classic desk lamp style, the Cielux Pro Silver LED Adjustable Desk Lamp is the way to go. The long arms are very geometric and perfect for a modern office.

    2. Add a little whimsy while saving energy and providing style for your office with this Out of the Box LED Desk Lamp.

    3. Mixed materials and handsome form come in a nice little package called Cerno Silva Birch LED Desk Lamp.

    4. The Cape Chrome LED Desk Lamp is very minimal and perfect for adding a Mid Century Modern aesthetic to your office style.

    Images: Nordic Days, Nordic Design

  • Tips For Styling Crystal Chandeliers


    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.


    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


    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

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