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  • Stylish Family Outdoor Living

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    Outdoor Living

    Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, so has the ritual of spending hours upon hours outside. In fact, families today don’t just go outdoors to play, they create stylish outdoor living.

    Backyard Movie

    I love the concept of outdoor living (especially since its only 3 three short months for me). Things like eating meals, cozying up on a couch with a good book and even watching a movie outside are family favorites.

    Tepee

    Creating a space to have these memorable and relaxing outdoor moments is fun. I love the bohemian look pictured above. There is cozy seating for adults which blends naturally and beautifully with the tepee for kids to hide out in (talk about fun).

    Modern Outdoors

    If you are looking to create some ambiance or spruce up your outdoor dining space why not add modern lighting? You can always use outdoor lights but using lights intended for inside adds an unexpected element and makes the space all the more special.

    Kids Outdoors

    Don’t forget to add seating for the little ones.  Although there are many options for great outdoor furniture these days, using regular play chairs (pictured above) is charming. Little ones love anything that comes in their size.

    So grab a few things from inside to take outside, add some lighting and cozy seating, get the grill going and have a happy and stylish summer!

    Images:  Prudent Baby, Richard Powers, A Beautiful Mess, Stacey Brandford, A Beautiful Mess

  • Color Crush: Orange

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    Modern Kitchen

    Orange is one of those colors that took me some getting used to the idea of decorating with. It’s so bold and bright! Which can be a very good thing. Little pops of orange can really make a room or space a bit more cheery without having to invest in buying a whole new room. I have a tendency to keep my rooms a little boring and neutral. Hello grey! But with just a touch of a color like orange, you can transform a room. It’s fantastic!

    This airy kitchen has the perfect amount of orange. The bright orange chairs really pop in the space and are really a focal point which is kind of perfect. There are a few orange accents in the cupboards as well and in other places to help bring it all together. I love it!

    Modern Table Lamp

    Estelle Orange Wood Round Modern 15 3/4-Inch Tray, Sonneman Tetra Gloss Orange Contemporary Table Lamp, Tunisia Printed Striped Square 18-Inch Throw Pillow

    This lamp is awesome. It has a kind of industrial feel because of its design and shape, but it's also fun and cheery because of the white and orange. It would look fantastic in a space in need of a little character! The tray is a great piece to have on a end table to catch random items or to serve drinks to guests. Again, the orange is so much fun and a total eye catcher! And this orange tribal print pillow looks great with the grey and helps to tone it down slightly so it will work with the rest of the room. Isn’t it a great pillow?

    Image: Decoration Trend

  • From Outfit to Interior: Black + White

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    Outfit to Interior

    Modern Kitchen

    Sometimes black and white are all you need. The striking contrast of the two color extremes is at once both sophisticated, modern, and clean. Our Ms. thinks it's an impossible to mess up fashion and decor solution!

    Modern Pendant

    When relying on such a stark contrast, shape becomes everything. This Planet Chrome and Black Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier has a strikingly eye-catching metal framework on a sizable 31 1/2" wide scale. Ms. Black & White loves showcasing it in her entry area to set the scene.

    The corner of the living room won't be ignored with this Holtkoetter Satin White and Satin Nickel Tripod Floor Lamp. This beauty boasts a hand-blown satin white glass shade and a dimming system to help set the mood.

    Modern Table Lamp

    Mercury glass is lovely, but black Mercury glass can take a room to another level of sophistication. Ms. Black & White loves the unique look of the Modern Flynn Mercury Black Table Lamp with it's Reactive finish glass body.

    A bold black and white pattern, like this Bold Black Stripe Brushed Nickel Triple Pendant,  can make any piece downright show-stopping! By hanging this light fixture over her dining table, our Ms. adds a pop of interest in an unexpected place.

    Modern White Desk

    This Typhoon Contemporary White Desk with its clean, modern lines would be equally at home in the office or the foyer as a table. Perfect for Ms. Black & White to organize her mail and keys!

    Modern Ceiling Fan

    One of the sleekest ceiling fans she's ever seen, Ms. Black & White couldn't resist adding a little airflow to her living room with the 3-blade Casa Metro LED Energy Efficient Matte Black Ceiling Fan!

    The double shade on the Possini Euro Nickel Double Drum White Ceiling Light diffuses the best light. Our Ms. loves the way it casts a glow in her hallway.

    Images: Mod Operandi, Chatelaine

  • High/Low: Bedside Lighting

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    Bedside Lighting

    My husband and I recently moved to New York City, and we're waiting for our apartment to be ready for move in later in July. The suspense is killing me -- not only because I'm ready to be settled, but the best part is yet to come: the decorating!

    Modern Bedroom

    In the master bedroom, we're lucky enough that the room is just big enough to fit our prized king size bed. However, there won't be much room on either side for large nightstands, so we're looking at saving space by purchasing some kind of small side table, and using wall mounted lights to provide symmetry and nighttime lighting. Little did I know, there are so many options out there!

    White Bedroom

    Lighting is one of those things that can put a big dent in your budget if you let it. Looking around, I've found some pricey options, and similar looks that ESL sells for a fraction of the price. Which of these high/lows picks do you prefer? The pharmacy lamp is my particular favorite!

    Modern Wall Lighting

    Brass Swing Arm Lamp, Two Arm Wall Sconce, Pharmacy Style Lamp, Classic Brass Wall Lamp

    Images: InStyleInteriors, Lonny Magazine

  • Get the Look: Living Room Ceiling Lighting

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    Ceiling Lighting

    Clients always ask whether or not they should invest in ceiling lighting for their living room – I personally think it’s a must. It’s just as important as dining room lighting. A statement chandelier or pendant that centers the room will make the room and you can plan furniture around the lighting you choose.

    Industrial Pendant Light

    Possini Euro Arlo 15 3/4" Wide Chrome Pendant Light

    Try something different, a modern chandelier set against traditional furniture can completely update a room. If that doesn’t strike your fancy and you want a touch of glam in your life but nothing over the top, choose a chandelier like the Robert Abbey version at the bottom.

    There are hundreds of directions you can go in and I’ve rounded up four that have been popular amongst clients recently.

    Minimal Chandelier

    Chrome Modern Industrial LED 56 1/2-Inch-H Chandelier

    Rustic Pendant

    Orbital Weave 19 1/2" Wide Rust Metal Pendant Light

    Modern Chandelier

    Bling Collection Convertible Robert Abbey Chandelier

    Whether you go for traditional, industrial or modern – overhead lighting is a choice you should make for your living room.

    Images: Coco + Kelley, Simply Grove, House Beautiful, Elle Decor

June, 2013