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Crystal Strand Chrome 29-Inch-W ET2 Halogen Chandelier
“Lots of glam and a little modern, this chandelier has it all!”
- R. Brannon, 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
The family room is one of the most important rooms in a home. We might all call it a different name like, living room, front room, or the den. Growing up, it was likely that you had a living room (front room) that was fancy and off limits and then a family room . . . the room you actually lived in. At least that was how it worked in my house. The family room was anything but fussy. Rather, it was cozy, and inviting.
Today, now that I have children of my own, I want our family room to be the ultra cozy room where everyone wants to be together. Of course, I want it to look great too. I’ve learned that everyone wants to be in a place that looks and feels great. The gathering, then, just happens naturally.
Gray Contemporary 33-Inch-H Sectional Sofa, Daniel Dark Walnut 47-Inch-W Coffee Table, Earl White Plastic Rocking Chair, Lite Source Arm Bronze 23-Inch-H Desk Lamp
I’ve gathered two modern looks for a family room based upon one great sofa (similar to the one shown above). I think sofas are the first piece to start with when designing a stylish family room. Three basics to keep in mind when picking a sofa are size (will everyone fit and does it fit in your space?), comfort, and style.
The first look (above) is modern, airy and cozy all at the same time. The minimal modern look of the furniture paired with a few whimsical elements, like a hanging tree branch work for all ages.
Look two (above) is a bright and playful. The sofa and lighting are the stars of the show. This room proves that you should never rule out thinking outside of the box. I love how they have used a fun wallpaper pattern on the ceiling. Who wouldn’t like to lounge on a great sectional and stare up at the pretty colors and pattern? Another fun, easy DIY element, as pictured, is to print out your instagram photos and create a shape on your wall like a heart or maybe even a geometric pattern.
One thing this room doesn’t lack is inspiration.
Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Gray Contemporary 33-Inch-H Sectional Sofa, Saffron Karina Hollywood Pink 18" Square Down Throw Pillow, Satin Teal Fabric 6-Inch-H Round Decorative Pillow, Jenne Blue Decorative Wool Throw Blanket
So when designing a cozy and inviting family room of your own, keep comfort, style and creativity in mind and you can’t go wrong.
Images: SF Girl By Bay, Pinterest
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