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  • Euro Style Lighting Spring Sale

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    Design Sale

    Everything you've heard is true.... Euro Style Lighting has a SALE!

    There's no better time for a fresh new look than Springtime! Get these looks and lots more by visiting our sale page...

    Euro Style Lighting

  • Ring in the Spring with Modern Floral Motifs

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    Modern Floral Motifs

    Image from House of Design

    There's a lot to be said for how much the beauty of flowers can enhance your decor, and as Spring time has arrived, and the flowers are all beginning to bloom, I am reminded of all the different ways to bring these beautiful botanicals indoors, including pretty floral lighting or accessories.

    From fresh, fragrant bouquets to floral motifs found on fabrics, like on the  Embroidered Calico Floral Shade Swag Chandelier or on the Modern Santa Maria Desert Flower Chair, the colors and shapes of the flowers bring a freshness to decor like nothing else can.

    Modern Living Room

    Image from Lonny Magazine

    I also love the shapes of flowers, they are so sensuous, they bring a hint of romance into a room--like the Flowering Lotus Pendant Chandelier and the Chrysanthemum Gold Mirror--the gold finish combined with the floral shapes are modern but also have a classic feel.

    Mixing floral prints is also a fun way to bring florals into the home. Who says the patterns all have to be matchy matchy? I can picture the Brushed Steel with Embroidered Blue Floral Swag Chandelier and the Embroidered Floral Drum Shade Swag Chandelier suspended from either side of a bed, for example. The floral prints also mix perfectly with shiny solids, like on the Artisan Round Tangerine Drum Accent Table or in the Persimmon Drum Shade 29 1/2-Inch-H Table Lamp.  

    Home Furnishings

    Looking at all these florals gets me way excited for gardening this Spring!, you too?

    Images: House of Design, Lonny Magazine

  • Organic Home Design With Sisal Rugs

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    Home Design

    Image from Dust Jacket Attic 

    Currently I’m having a love affair with rugs, specifically one rag in particular. The sisal rug is the perfect home accessory for adding an organic look to your design. While it is true sisal rugs have been gracing the floors of homes since the mid 1900’s, there has never been more choices or ways to style a sisal rug than as of late.

    I’m loving the delicate round rugs for an entry way, like in the top images.  Pair this organic-style area rug with modern entryway chandelier and you will make a designer statement. A sisal runner with a greek key or plain banded border works on practically every staircase.  

    Entryway Design

    Image from BHG

    Laying one on your patio is easy and non-fussy way to step up your outdoor style. Or my personal favorite, the layering effect where you place a smaller and usually brighter toned rug on top of the traditional sisal. All effective, and chic ways to add sisal to your home.

    And did you know sisal rugs are produced from an actual plant, the Agave Sisalana. Fibre is extracted by a process known as decortication, where leaves are crushed and beaten by a rotating wheel set with blunt knives, so that only fibres remain. The fibre is then dried, brushed and baled for export and eventually weaved into the rugs we all know so well today.

    Images: Dust Jacket Attic, Better Homes & Gardens

  • Not Your Father's Chandeliers

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    modern chandeliers and pendants

    Image from Design Milk

    Let's agree to agree: chandeliers aren't just for parents' homes, grandparents' homes and the Palace of Versailles anymore.

    For a modern take, look no further than the space-race-inspired Sputnik light at the top of this post. Or with their liberal, updated approach to form, brushed nickel chandeliers like the one below have the look of instant classics.

    Brushed Nickel Chandelier

    Image from Better Homes & Gardens

    And for those who aren't ready to let crystal go just yet, look for faceted droplets and bubbles in contemporary designs. Mini crystal chandeliers are perfect for small spaces and bathrooms while full-size designs become exclamation points in your home.

    Contemporary Crystal Chandelier

    Image from Gravity Gravity

    crystal bubble chandelier

    Glass Spheres Halogen Ceiling Light

    Modern Nickel Chandelier

    Robert Abbey Lucy Antique Nickel Pendant Chandelier

    brass sputnik chandelier

    Jonathan Adler Brass Sputnik Chandelier 

    Excessive ornament may be on the out of style in contemporary design, but the fundamentals are still there: namely an attention to intrigue, balance of form, and quality of materials. Combine those influences and you've got yourself a classic chandelier, modernized and magnificent.

    Images: Design Milk, Better Homes & Gardens, Gravity Gravity

  • Get the Look: Beautiful Bar from Kelly Wearstler

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    Beautiful Bar

    Image from Kelly Wearstler

    Kelly Wearstler is the queen of glamorous, funky spaces. The famed interior designer particularly shines with her public spaces like hotels, bars and restaurants.

    Each one feels like an escape into a new world—just like how a night on the town should be. By looking at the way she designs public bars can help us learn how to create a sophisticated and unique bar for the home.

    Let’ see how....

    Bar Stool Ideas

    1. Pattern on pattern. Pattern on pattern is one way to really have fun with your bar space. It feels playful yet deliberate. The trick with mixing patterns is to contrast them in either color or scale. Here she used a blue and white stripe versus an oversized grey marble and it works so well! Ultramodern counter height swivel stools are bold and chic.

    2. This is one of my all-time favorite bar spaces. Nothing says glamorous more than emerald green and dramatic lighting. She contrasts the heavily patterned flooring with darker seats and then crisp white counter bar stools. It makes the two spaces feel distinct.

    3. The glamour in this bar space comes out in the metallic finishes and unique accessories. Try a counter bar stool that swivels for extra functionality.

    4. This bar space is a bit more subdued with the color palette but amped up in the millwork like on the counter and cupboards. The counter bar stools are simple so as not to distract. A beautiful starburst pendant tops the space.

    5. (top image) You don’t have to do too much to your home bar to make it pop. Try using a single color of paint, like this bright yellow at the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs, and pair it with a simple white swivel barstool.

    Modern Barstools

    To achieve a similar look for your bar, try one of these counter bar stools and make sure to get it 24-26”. These bold and chic stools can work themselves into the most ultramodern to the most complex spaces.

    1. This comfortable white leatherette adjustable height barstool would be great in a dramatic bar space.
    2. This modern swivel bar stool can work perfectly in a more subdued color palette.
    3. This backless adjustable counter stool is perfect for a kitchen or a bar space (currently unavailable).
    4. This faux leather modern swivel barstool comes in a beautiful chrome and would be so versatile.

    Which is your favorite bar space?

    Images: Kelly Wearstler, Wall Street JournalHGTV, Kelly WearstlerA Thoughtful Eye

March, 2014