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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
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
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
Along with what I think is the majority of women these days, I have fallen head over heels in love with the color mint. I incorporate it into outfits and my home. My phone case is even mint! It’s such a soothing, cool color that is also fun. It is also surprisingly easy to pair with other colors! I especially love mint with black and white or mint and a light coral color. So pretty!
This room above is my dream mint room. It’s modern and cozy with punches of fun colors but of course mint is the main color and I love that about it. Do you see how the mint works with all of the other colors? It’s perfect. I just might need to consider painting a room mint soon. Just to get all this mint love out of my system.
Larchmere Narrow Zig Zag 10-Inch-H Plug-In Swag Pendant, White Shade Grayed Jade 28 1/2-Inch-H Ovo Table Lamp, Green 16 1/2-Inch-W Set of 4 Stacking Chairs,
These chairs to me, are perfect. They stack so they can be stored easily, they are modern and sleek in design and they are mint! Aren’t they fun? I can just imagine hosting a dinner party and pulling these out for extra seating. I love them!
The table lamp is simple and clean and of course mint. It’s simple design would be really easy to match with pretty much any other style.
Lastly, the hanging light is a little crazier but I like that about it! It would be a great punch of pattern to your space. Mint is kind of a hard color to match with another mint. It seems that no two mint shades are the same! So if you find something you love in mint, get it! You won’t regret it.
Image: BDG Style
There is something about being outdoors, in nature, that is invigorating and refreshing. In my designs I always try and bring that outdoor energy indoors, too. One obvious way to do that is with houseplants, but there are many other ways to create that outdoorsy-vibe in the home as well.
An outdoorsy color-palette that includes various tones of greens, browns and blues brings the feeling of the hills, the skies and the fields into the home. Natural materials like wood, leather, jute, rattan and wool also help to bring the outdoors, in, and once that bright, open feeling is created through the addition of the right colors and textures, I like to add a little bit of pattern to the mix.
Patterns occur so much in nature--in the rich furs of animals, the bright scales of underwater dwellers, on the petals of flowers, in honeycombs and shells, in the way that trees dot the sides of a mountain--I like to bring in these patterns subtly. There is no better way to do this than through patterned details like lamp shades and accent pillows.
One paramount element to outdoor-inspired decor is bringing in the sunlight--one great way of doing this is to create a 'sun' in the home by including a statement sputnik lamp, especially a gold or brass one as a focal point in a room.
Get the look:
1. Sputnik Antique Brass Crystal Jonathan Adler Pendant Light 2. White Leather Strap Adjustable Jamie Young Round Wall Mirror 3. Arteriors Hadley Modern Brass Black 65 1/2-Inch-H Floor Lamp 4. Cream and White Contemporary Faux Orchids with Greenery 5. Glacier Glass White Resin 13-Inch-H Small Vase 6. Modern Reid Grey 72-Inch-H Shelving Unit or Media Stand 7. Pascal White Plastic Wood 30 1/2-Inch-H Side Chair 8. Modern Large Square Buff Leather Jamie Young Ottoman 9. Carmela Walnut 23 1/2-Inch-W Side Table 10. Roxbury Green Chenille 89-Inch-W Sofa 11. Infinity Metallic Silver Tile 18" Square Down Throw Pillow 12. Chevron Ikat Canvas Aviva Stanoff Down Throw Pillow 13. Jay Yellow Ikat Set of 2 Safavieh Decorative Pillows 14. Blue and Beige Shock Stripe Contemporary Throw Pillow 15. St. Claire Wood with Taupe Drum Shade Modern Table Lamp
Once all of these elements are combined, your home will feel as lively, natural and as refreshing as a walk in the park...
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