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  • Saving Space with Modern Wall Lights in the Bedroom


    Modern Wall Lights

    Image from Style Files

    When square footage is an issue, every inch counts, and one chic way to save space in your modern bedroom is to use wall lights instead of table lamps beside the bed.

    Choose wall lights with sophisticated style over table lamps to keep your room stylish and lots more functional!

    1. I love the way the accordion lamp can be stretched to reach the bed for reading and then stowed away in the daytime (top image). Get the look with the Robert Abbey Bruno Bronze Scissor Arm Pharmacy Wall Light (link below). This is also a great option if you're really short on space and your bed is nestled in a corner.

    Modern Bedroom

    Image from Bee of Design

    2. Mounted high above the bed, these brass pharmacy wall lamps bring a little understated vintage-chic to the palette of this cottage bedroom. Get the look with the House of Troy Addison Brass 8-Inch-W Pharmacy Wall Lamp (link below).

    Black Wall Lights

    Image from Remodelista

    3. Mix things up! Mount different wall lamps on either side of the bed, or use one wall sconce and one table lamp-- if they have something in common (either they are the same color and different shapes, or vice-versa) then they will add visual interest without looking chaotic.

    Try the Chelsea Textured Black with Glass Sonneman Edison Sconce paired with the P3 Bronze 6 1/2-Inch-H George Kovacs Swing Arm Wall Lamp (links below).

    Swing Arm Wall Light

    Image from Marie Christine Design

    4. A suspension wall lamp can pack a real visual punch when brought into a bedside context--I've got a serious crush on the Sonneman Perch Modern Black Brass Metal Plug-In Wall Lamp.

    Wall Lights

    1. Robert Abbey Bruno Bronze Scissor Arm Pharmacy Wall Light 2. House of Troy Addison Brass 8-Inch-W Pharmacy Wall Lamp 3. P3 Bronze 6 1/2-Inch-H George Kovacs Swing Arm Wall Lamp / Chelsea Textured Black with Glass Sonneman Edison Sconce 4. Sonneman Perch Modern Black Brass Metal Plug-In Wall Lamp

    Which look is your favorite?

    Images: Style Files, Bee of Design, Remodelista, Marie Christine Design

  • Save Face With Modern Bathroom Lights


    Modern Bathroom Lights

    Images from Domestikated Life / My Home Ideas

    We've all been wake up in the morning, walk sleepily to the bathroom sink and, toothbrush-in-hand, check yourself out in the mirror--- "yikes!" somehow you look a little green in the face and the bags under your eyes seem to have turned into luggage overnight--so strange too because you feel totally fine, right?  Well, nine out of ten times, it's not you, it's the bathroom lighting.

    When the lighting is not right, it makes you look off, which can even make you feel off, which can throw your whole day off. I know what you're thinking--you never knew bathroom lighting could be so important, right? Well it is! So, save some face it the morning at select modern bathroom lights with designer styling, yes?

    Here are some tips!

    Modern Bathroom Design

    Images from Paloma 81

    1.) Consider including nontraditional bathroom pendants, like a lantern or a star lamp as a statement.

    Currey and Company Grayson French Black Ceiling Lantern, Tetra Tiffany Style 7-Inch-W Pendant Chandelier, Corbett Bangle Gold Tone 12-Inch-W Pendant (Pictured below)

    2.) Reflect light with ultramodern bathroom mirrors! Often times bathrooms have small windows, or even no windows at all--so use the mirrors to reflect and bounce the light around the room and make the lights work double time.

    Magdalene Antique Silver with Beveled Glass Wall Mirror, Champagne Silver Marrakesh Decorative Mirror (Pictured below)

    3.) Create shadow-free lighting on your face by mounting a pair of fixtures on either side of the mirror. This provides shadow-free lighting for easy makeup application and grooming.

    Hinkley Congress Brushed Caramel 9 3/4-Inch-H Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Havana Polished Nickel Adjustable Wall Lamp (Pictured below)

    Colorful Bathroom

    Image from Style Files

    4.)  Avoid bulbs that cast a light that is either too white or too yellow--often times, they're the culprit for making you like the Wicked Witch of the West.

    5.) Mix it up! Don't just have one source of light in your bathroom. Include a fun mix of elegant, modern bathroom lights--use ambient lighting for mood, decorative lighting for atmosphere and task lighting, for, well tasks.

    Home Decor

    Images: Domestikated Life, My Home Ideas, Paloma 81, Style Files

  • 2014 Design Trend: Brass Home Lighting


    Design Trend

    Image from Glitter Guide

    Please welcome Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha as one of our new blog contributors!

    One of the biggest design trends happening for 2014 is the resurgence of brass lighting for the home. And I for one couldn't be happier! 

    Gold and brass metallics automatically bring warmth to any space and have the ability to strike the perfect balance between modern and traditional. Try adding a luxury brass sconce to your powder room or bold brass pendant lights to your dining room.

    Brass Lighting

    Rio Modern Brass Metal Robert Abbey Wall Sconce, Mary McDonald Pythagorus Matte Brass Robert Abbey Table LampMurray Feiss Urban Renewal Antique Brass Sconce, Robert Abbey Jackson Brass Floor LampJonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier

    I've rounded up my favorite brass lighting fixtures for every room in your home and you'll find that adding just a touch a brass to your home is an easier design trend than you may think. 

    Tell me, will you be adding any brass to your home this season?

    Image: Glitter Guide

  • Tips For Updating Your Modern Entryway


    Modern Entryway

    Image from Nordic Design

    The entryway is your home's first impression, and it's nice to give it a little update every once in awhile.

    Depending on the size or layout of the space and your particular style, there are endless ways to jazz up a modern entryway!

    Mixed Metals

    Gold Leaf Bamboo Rectangular 32-Inch-H Tray Table / Edison Seeded Glass with Bronze 13-Inch-H Accent Lamp / Corbett Bangle Gold Tone 12-Inch-W Pendant

    I'm going to share three ideas for a stylish entryway with you today, the first is focused on Mixed Metals in a small area.

    This Gold Leaf Bamboo Tray Table is a great size and shape to accommodate the essentials – mail, keys, maybe a pretty vase of flowers. Throw in a small lamp like the Edison Seeded Glass with Bronze Accent Lamp and you've created the sweetest little vestibule.

    Hang something graphic like this Corbett Bangle Gone Tone Pendant overhead for a little something extra and you're set!


    Brunswick Espresso and White 30 1/4-Inch-H Console Table / Odelia Clear Glass Robert Abbey Table Lamp / Europa 8 Light Adjustable Bronze Swag Chandelier

    I really like the idea of using the entryway as a catch all for what comes in and out the from door. This Brunswick Espresso and White Console Table is just the thing. Push a few bins underneath for storage, put bills and coupons in the drawers, then and add an Odelia Clear Glass Robert Abbey Table Lamp on top.

    Throw in an extra light source with the Europa 8 Light Adjustable Bronze Swag Chandelier and take your style to an entirely new level of interesting.

    Black and Wood

    Heywood Triple Natural Wood 14-Inch-H Zuo Bench / Onscreen Black with Matte Silver Adjustable Floor Lamp / Black Parallel Square Possini Euro Ceiling Chandelier

    In my own entry I went with a Heywood Triple Natural Wood Zuo Bench that can easily be pulled into my living room for extra seating when I have company over.

    Adding a designer floor lamp with a modern style, like the Onscreen Black with Matte Silver Adjustable Floor Lamp, can really make the space feel extra welcoming. I always like to have multiple light sources for option layers of warmth, and I love the way this Black Parallel Square Possini Euro Ceilig Chandelier vaguely mimics the lines of the Heywood Bench.

    The takeaway: Don't be afraid to make a few small changes that will have a big impact. Mix it up and make it interesting!

    Image: Nordic Design

  • Modern Homes from the Silver Screen


    single man house

    Image from Federico Babina's Archicine Series

    Barcelona-based architect and designer Federico Babina has been steadily making headlines over the last year by creating playful architecture and design themed illustrations. The latest is a series of posters illustrating iconic works of architecture that have played prominent roles on the silver screen. As you might guess, many of them are breathtaking modern homes. 

    Below is a sampling of the film posters and the real buildings that inspired them. 

    Single Man (2009) - dir. Tom Ford / John Lautner, architect

    lautner glendale house

    Photo by Joe Fletcher; Image from Desire to Inspire

    Pictured a the top of this post is the house from the film Single Man, as illustrated by Babina. A John Lautner house in Glendale? What else would you expect from a film directed by a fashion magnate? It looks equally beautiful in the photo above by Joe Fletcher. 

    The Big Lebowski (1998) dir. Joel and Ehtan Coen / John Lautner, architect

    Lautner Big Lebowski

    Image from Federico Babina's Archicine Series

    Sheats-Goldstein Interior

    Image from Curbed LA

    Yet another Lautner, the Sheats-Goldstein house featured fabulously in the Coen brothers' cult hit. We love how the usage of recessed lighting keeps the space clutter-free. With tons of built-in seating, the space is house party-ready at a moment's notice.

    L.A. Confidential (1997) dir. Curtis Hanson / Richard Neutra, architect

    Neutra LA Confidential

    Image from Federico Babina's Archicine Series

    Richard Neutra Interior

    Image from the Times UK

    SoCal modernism features so heavily in cinema, one has to wonder if Hollywood influences design trends, or if it's the other way around. The Lovell house by Neutra is textbook International Modern, set in the Hollywood hills. We particularly like the fixtures that delineate walking paths. For a similar look in your home, you could consider using one or more rectangle chandelier designs.

    North by Northwest (1959) dir. Alfred Hitchcock / Robert Boyle, William A. Horning, Merrill Pye, Henry Grace, and Frank McKelvey, set designers

    hitchcock movie poster

    Image from Federico Babina's Archicine Series

    Hitchcock House

    Photo from North by Northwest, Image from Open Buildings

    Last but not least, this is not a home by Frank Lloyd Wright. The iconic Vandamm house from North by Northwest is actually a fake, designed and constructed by the film's set design team on a vacant lot in Culver City, California. As Lloyd Wright was cost-prohibitive even by Hollywood standards, the production's low budget work-around resulted in a home as memorable as any to grace the silver screen. 

    For a look at the entire series of posters (including an illustration of Lautner's Chemosphere from the movie Body Double), check out the artist's website.

    Images: Federico Babina, Desire to Inspire, Curbed LA, The Times, Open Buildings

January, 2014