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Regina-Andrew Arc21" Metal Wall Sconce
“Love the polished finish on this light. The swing-arm style is perfect for the bedside.”
- T. Jackson, Interior Designer
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America's largest trade show for the kitchen and bath industry, KBIS in Las Vegas, recently wrapped, and with that we'd like to give you an insider look at what's new in bathroom lighting:
Eclecticism is back and nothing says fun and fabulous quite like a traditional chandelier in a modern bathroom:
Image from Apartment Therapy
Pendant lights offer an updated take on the chandelier, pictured at the top of this post and in this bathroom below featuring a retro-modern glass pendant with Edison bulb:
Image from Living Lab Blog
Pendants are also excellent stand-ins for sconces and look great draped in front of the vanity mirror:
Image from Lonny Magazine
If cleanliness is next to godliness, energy-efficient and long-lasting LED bathroom lighting is the ultimate "clean" green look. And because it uses small light emitting diodes instead of traditional bulbs, LED enables unconventional designs such as this faucet shaped "bath bar" which is also available in a single-light and a seven-light version:
Waterworks Chrome Access 3-Light Sconce
Lastly, as you may have noticed, brass is back...It's modern, industrial and making its way to a bathroom near you:
Murray Feiss Urban Renewal Brass Bath Light, Parker Brass Jonathan Adler Wall Sconce, Murray Feiss Contemporary Vanity Strip Light
For these styles and all the latest looks, check out all the new bathroom lighting from Euro Style Lighting.
Images: Adorable Home, Apartment Therapy, Living Lab Blog, Lonny
When choosing modern lighting for any space, I live by two mantras… The bigger the better, and if you can hang it you should. Which usually implies using beautifully oversized chandeliers.I just adore the drama that a chandelier brings. And when done correctly it can literally be the jewelry of the room, the focal point, and in many cases a work of art.
With so many options out there it’s important to determine a few things right of the bat. The first being what kind of look are you trying to achieve? Modern, delicate, simple, etc? For example, try a glass chandelier for a more delicate look while a brass chandelier with modern bulbs can help you create a more contemporary aesthetic.
Also what size will truly work in the space? While I love anything oversized, it is true that sometimes oversized is just not going to work. For example, bathrooms and nurseries don’t often allow for enough space to hang anything super sized. No worries, there are plenty of mini chandelier options available that provide the same feeling, just on a smaller scale.
To help you begin your hunt for the perfect chandelier I’ve chosen my favorite looks from oversized to just the right size. For starters, you can never go wrong with the classic sputnik style chandelier like this Sputnik Modern Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Chandelier. If you like a lot more bling, but still want to keep your home modern, then try this Bling Collection Convertible Robert Abbey Chandelier. The Possini Euro Design White Flower Acrylic Pendant Chandelier is always a classic, Mid-Century Modern look and is great for the living room or kids' room alike. If you prefer your chandeliers to feature less bling and more clean lines while still making a statement, then try shaded chandeliers like the Robert Abbey Porter Nickel 16 5/8-Inch-H Pendant Light or the Robert Abbey Axis Nickel with Scalloped Shade Pendant Light.
Image: Coco Kelly, Home Adore, Waiting on Martha
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When we speak of clean design, we often talk about a minimalist, fuss-free sense of style. When we speak of spring and clean, we think of an all-day, knock-em-down and drag-em-out cleaning spree. Put them together and what do you have? A two-step approach to a fresh new look at home.
Step One: Clean House
To keep you house always clean, exercise the "3 thing rule" of putting away or cleaning three things the minute you walk through the door after work. Mail, shoes, remote controls...whatever it is that's out of place. It's so effortless it'll become second nature and it produces results...fast.
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Additionally, find a place for everything, as we recently mentioned in our post about how to keep the closet organized. Don't let clutter sit around, no matter how pretty it is. If it doesn't have a dedicated place, get rid of it. It's that simple.
Step Two: Clean Design
Now that your pad is sparkling, it's time to add a few clean looks. Sure, "clean" is about aesthetics, but it can also be about the environment. So for the most energy-saving, landfill de-cluttering design options available today - from modern LED desk lamp designs to versatile and stylish pendant lights - LED lighting is the new look of "clean."
Cerno Silva Baltic Birch Desk Lamp, Casa Metro Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan, Drake Mini Pendant Light, Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Nickel Energy Efficient Wall Lamp, AlessiLux Lumiere Silver and White Accent Light
Less clutter in the home. Fewer light bulbs in our landfills. Less energy used. Now that sounds like a spring cleaning plan.
Images: Est, Lonny
Yellow is the color of happiness and this is true for home design as well. Though it conjures up images of sunshine and daffodils, yellow can be drowning and cause exhaustion to the eye when used too much so be careful.
When used sparingly however, it can be refreshing, unexpected, and joyful. Like lemon juice, try focusing the yellow in a small concentrated dose. Using yellow in such small amounts is especially successful when the other colors in the room are muted or neutral so that the color pops. Some combinations to consider are whites, blacks, greys and navys.
Here are some additional ways to freshen up your home with the color yellow.
1. Paint just the panes of your windows. By doing so, you’re focusing the attention on the beautiful outdoors while also creating an unexpected focal point.
2. Upholster matching armchairs in solid yellow, like this angelo:HOME Lily Saffron Zig Zag 30-Inch-H Accent Chair. Notice, that everything else in the room is neutral but flows well because of additional brightening colors like the gold accents.
3. A yellow sofa, like the Ennis Modern Golden Yellow Groove Sofa. The biggest way to add an impact to any room is to upholster a sofa in a bright, solid color like yellow. It instantly becomes the focal point to the room and draws the attention to the full space so that the room appears large. Combine the yellow with graphic pops of blacks and whites for a modern, young look.
4. A painted staircase. Nothing says unexpected like a colorful staircase. This industrial piece all of a sudden becomes whimsical and refreshing.
5. Yellow fridge. If you’re lucky enough to go with a fun fridge, try a yellow one. The color yellow increases the appetite so it’s the perfect use of the color.
6. Speaking of yellow in a kitchen, this more green/yellow applied to the kitchen cabinets is one that doesn’t scream out so much and fits well with the neutral décor.
Are you a fan of using the color yellow?
Images: Designspiration, Mark D. Sikes, Apartment Therapy, Sunnys Blog, The House That Lars Built, Moss Eclectic
Let's talk about your bedroom style. Whether it's the month of February (Valentine's Day) or any other month of the year, you want your bedroom to be a space filled with love and feature a design that supports that love. Right? Ok, here's some tips...
1. Center Your bed. Beds that are crammed into one corner make it hard to get in and out with ease. If you want two to tango–you gotta let the energy flow!
2. Romantic lighting in the bedroom is key: Soft, flattering and romantic light creates mood. Be sure to have mood lighting in the bedroom that can be adjusted from the bed. Whether it’s modern wall lights with sophisticated style, a bed-side lamp with dimmable lights or a modern floor lamp. Just be sure that the light is soft, flattering and romantic. Edison-Style light bulbs give an old-timey feel and have an amber glow that are warm and flattering. And colored lamps, like this red, glass pendant lamp or this wire pendant--can create an instant racy and romantic vibe.
Geo Damask White Solid Wood Queen Nailhead Wingback Bed / Jayne Oat Beige Glazed Ceramic Robert Abbey Table Lamp / Sonneman Lina Black Brass 57-Inch-H Floor Lamp / Tesler Edison Style Candelabra Base 60W Light Bulb / Possini Euro Darby Black with Red Glass Pendant Light / Caycee Red 1-Light 14-Inch-W Modern Pendant
3. Candles are a must. Candles emanate heat, the perfect amber light and flicker, and they smell good. Be smart about candle placement (for obvious reasons) but use candles abundantly. My favorite sexy scents are gardenia and citrus.
4. Bring in Fresh Florals: Pinpoint the kind of romance you want to bring into the space when picking out the flowers. Want to have a sweet night? Go with roses. Want to have a spicy night? How about Birds of Paradise? Looking for a cuddly night? Try Irises. In the mood for adventure? Try red poppies.
5. Good music can make or break a romantic mood. My vote goes for a little Brazilian jazz!
Images: Direkt Press Goteborg, Terrys Fabrics Blog
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