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Mary McDonald Pythagoras 16 3/4" Wide Brass Pendant Light
"This pendant is a chic accent to any modern décor."
- D. Morgan, Interior Designer
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Designing a home is about recreating a feeling. Today I want to bring home the beach by recreating the calm, beachy feeling--like the kind of feeling that you get when your toes are in the warm sand, you are lying under the shade of gently swaying leaves, your fingers are brushing through the cool, clear sea waters.
To get the look and feeling of the beach in your home bring in objects, art, furniture and lighting that is made from natural materials like a mirror made of driftwood, pendant lights made of shells that sway in the breeze, shades made of seagrass, elements in granite, raffia and cotton. Natural materials give a home an earthy and rustic feel.
By keeping a beachy color palette of natural whites, creams with hints of soft blues and sea greens, the home maintains a clean and cool feeling. The elements of brass, gold and crystal in the mix are like the glimmers in the ocean, the shiny abalone and glistening shells. The juxtaposition of the rustic elements with the shiny elements brings the same balance of relaxation and excitement of the beach into the home.
Add the right greenery (there's nothing like a pony-tail palm to make a space feel beachy-keen) and you're ready to turn even the most urban dwelling into a beach bungalow.
Get the look above:
White Faux Nautilus Shell with Tan Shade Table Lamp, Dolce Capiz Shell 11 1/2-Inch-H Mini Pendant Light , Charlotte Square 18-Inch-W Accent Table, Regatta Cupertino Modern Currey and Company Pendant Light, Crystorama Palla 12" Wide Antique Silver Wall Sconce, Currey And Company Beachhead 21" Square Driftwood Mirror,Bachelor 1-Drawer Driftwood 24-Inch-W TV Table, Brushed Nickel Seagrass Giclee 5 1/2-Inch-H Pendant, Fluted Ball Sea Glass Jamie Young Table Lamp, Laguna Sahara Dark Wood 38-Inch-H Club Chair, Global Bazaar Artista Blue and Grey Modern Throw Pillow, Brass Desk Arc Lamp, Morocco Blue Square 18-Inch Designer Pillow
Images: Desire to Inspire
This modern architecture looks cool and disjointed for a really good reason... Located in the forest of Japan, the architecture coexisting with the forest became a key principle for the design team from K2 Design.
Following this concept, the designers arranged several parts, which look like a group of small separate houses, in strategic gaps among the trunks and connected them with short passages.
The smart design doesn't stop there. The house is also raised off the ground on pillars. This prevents snowdrifts in winter and reduces moisture and heat from the ground penetrating the floors in summer.
We would live here, would you?!
Have a great weekend everyone!
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
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