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“Love the polished finish on this light. The swing-arm style is perfect for the bedside.”
- T. Jackson, Interior Designer
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Personally I am such a fan of using wallpaper whenever the home improvement opportunity presents itself. There’s nothing that makes a larger impact in a small space than bold wallpaper.
My favorite space to go crazy with paper would be a powder room, or half bath. Due to its smaller size it shouldn't be too intimidating to be brave with patterns and color, plus you won’t have to make quite as large of an investment as some wallpaper can be on the rather expensive side.
And for those finishing touches use a pretty wall mirror, such as the Uttermost Migiana and hang a pair of sconces or a metallic pendant light,such as the Brio Gold Foil Pendant or the Hudson Valley Wall Sconces.
If you’re still hesitant to pull the wallpaper trigger there are plenty of gorgeous temporary papers which are especially fantastic if you’re renting a space.
Images: Cupcakes & Cashmere, Biscuit-Home, Lonny, Abchao
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Sleek and chic or warm and well-worn, today's most talked-about bars combine comfort and class. And the modern barstool still bears that age-old burden of propping patrons up, no matter how long they've been imbibing.
Horizontal lines at the Dim Sum Bar in Quito (pictured above), are echoed by the counter stools beneath the bar.
Image from Hangar 41
Hangar 41 in Antwerp (pictured above) is modeled after a classic Euro cafe, with just enough mod accents to cater to the design-savvy Dutchman. We love backless barstools for casual entertaining - these designs can be simply tucked away neatly under the bar when not in use.
Image from Travel and Leisure
A table at Singapore's much coveted Waku Ghin, pictured above, can be hard to come by...but a masterfully crafted cocktail can be found quite easily in the bar.
Image from Lady Iron Chef
Bars need not be for drinks only. Also in Singapore, breakfast joint Hatched (pictured above) uses natural materials to give the space a fresh, early morning feel.
To get the "hot spot" look at home, search first for designs that are versatile, comfortable and durable:
Clockwise from top left: Kaffina Modern Black with Wood 34-Inch Barstool, Set of 2 Zuo Modern Marius Gunmetal Barstools, Zuo Twin Peaks Wood Metal 41 3/4-Inch Counter Chair, Tickle Zuo Gray Counter Stool, Yohkoh Modern Chrome and Walnut 17 1/4-Inch Wide Barstool
For the home bar, breakfast nook or kitchen, 24 to 26 inch counter height swivel stools are generally a good option. The rustic look of worn finishes and warm leathers ages well and looks particularly good in an industrial-style setting. Lastly, grab a friend or family member and a drink or snack--good company is the best accompaniment to good design.
Images: Arch Daily, Hangar 41, Travel & Leisure, Lady Iron Chef
Kids rooms are the perfect place to experiment with fun, modern lighting options. You can choose fixtures that are a bit more playful and less serious.
The best ones to choose from are those that won’t get in the way of children playing. Consider a large pendant light or a floor lamp that is high enough that it can’t be grabbed by little hands. Stylish wall scones are also a great option.
1. This Polished Chrome George Kovacs Arc Floor Lamp is tall enough so as not to be reachable. 2. Ceiling lamps, like this Possini Euro White Flower Ceiling Light, are a great options for doing the job in a modern setting. 3. Ceiling fans are great for white noise and ambient lighting. Try this Casa Vieja White Ceiling Fan for seamless style. 4. This cute Jonathan Adler Right Giraffe Wall Sconce wall fixture is playful and elegant at the same time. 5. This Jonathan Adler Capri Yellow Gourd Table Lamp add some playful color.
What are your favorite lighting choices for kids rooms?
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With daylight savings now in effect and the first day of spring just around the corner we thought it would be fitting to feature some of the world's greatest infinity pools and landscape architecture.
Starting our tour stateside is a private residence in Napa Valley, California. Some of the most breath taking vistas overlooking the Napa Valley mountains can be seen from the pool edge pictured above.
Image from Hotel du Cap
Next we’re going to be making two stops in Europe. First off is the French Riviera and Hotel du Cap. The Hotel du Cap opened in 1889 and the hotel pool, cut into the edge of a cliff, was built in 1914. In 2011 the hotel underwent a $67 million renovation, which included the new infinity pool pictured above.
Image from My Riveria Wedding
The Hotel du Cap sits on 22 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and in the evening the outdoor lighting showcases the stunning beauty of these tropical gardens. This hotel is a favorite hideout for celebrities and royalty alike.
Image from Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel
Our second hotel in Europe is located on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, a very popular tourist destination during the summer months. The Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel was an abandoned 17th century monastery that has been loving bought back to life by its South Carolinian owner. The spectacular infinity pool overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and is dramatically perched on the cliffs edge.
Image from Tour Guide
Up Next is the continent of Asia. The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore is home to this 492 foot long infinity edge pool located on the 57th floor. The hotel opened in 2010 at a cost of $5.8 billion, making it the most expensive stand-alone mixed use resort to date. Modern light fixtures with innovative styling can be found throughout the sky deck, bringing it to life at nighttime.
Image from Singita
Finally our tour ends on the Serengeti plains of Africa in northern Tanzania at the Singita Sasakwa Lodge. With endless views over the Serengeti plains below this infinity pool would be our ultimate destination.
Which pool was your favorite? Who knows one day perhaps you’ll be cooling off in one of these stunning architectural marvels.
Images: Blasen Landscape Architecture, Hotel du Cap, My Riveria Wedding, Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel, Tour Guide, Singita
Walking into a room to see an elegant yet modern chandelier displayed is always refreshing and pleasing to the eye. I love pairing simple furniture with flashy lighting. It’s a fun juxtaposition that offers a lot of depth. It also allows the eye to focus directly on the light and makes it a nice focal point.Crystal chandeliers are classy and timeless. Above we see a crystal chandelier in a very streamlined space. I can only imagine how the light hits the crystals while the sun is shining.
This eclectic chandelier compliments the serene space. Gold and white are a perfect pair. Also, the shape creates a grand space. Rectangular chandeliers are also a fun option for a space like this.
Most of the time, we see a chandelier hung low over the space. To create a room that looks taller, try hanging the chandelier higher. It gives the illusion that your ceilings are higher.
Sometimes the bigger the chandelier, the better. If you want to wow your guests, go large and low. This is a unique space because of the tones being so soft and similar. The texture of the chandelier is what makes it pop.Images: Daily Dream Decor, Desire To Inspire, Fotograf, SZ Interiors
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