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  • Ideas for Stylish Bathroom Lighting

    Stylish Bathroom Lighting

    I am a firm believer that bathrooms deserve beautiful lighting just as much as any other room. Bathrooms should not be a space that collects the leftover or second best. We spend a good amount of prepping time in the bathroom so we might as well create an aesthetically pleasing space.

    The bathroom above is picture perfect! The best accessory is the pendant light. Modern bathroom lights create a fresh look and compliments both modern and traditional design.

    Pendant Light

    Full glass lighting is a great option for any bathroom. Mostly because it compliments any style. It also looks very clean and crisp. And the best part is that it can be mixed with just about any material, color and pattern.

    Modern Bathroom

    When picking out a bathroom light, don’t worry about it matching the other materials perfectly. Mixing and matching is not only trendy but it allows you to think outside of the box and create a fun space.

    Stylish Bathroom Design

    Remember, don’t overlook your bathroom. You will be surprised at how beautiful you'll feel getting ready in a beautiful space. Create that hotel like experience for everyday living!!

    Images: Chic DecoDesire To Inspire, The Style Files, The Design Files

  • Beautiful White Kitchen + Dining Room Design

    Room Design

    Image from Brit.Co

    There’s an obvious trend with my pins on my kitchen board on Pinterest. They’re all white! I am passionate about a beautiful white kitchen. It feels clean and fresh—exactly how you would like to feel in a space that has the potential to feel germy and (in my case) disastrous.

    Here are some ways to create a beautiful white kitchen that’s homey and modern.

    Small Spaces

    Image from Design Collectors

    1. Find the perfect white chairs.

    I love chairs. They might be my favorite piece of furniture. Finding the right chair for your space is crucial. If you have a small dining area, go for chairs that are easily stackable. If you have a bit more space, go for ones that can afford to be more substantial.

    Modern Kitchen

    Image from VT Wonen

    2. Add something organic.

    When you’ve selected the perfect white chair, add on a few contrasting elements like beautiful greenery to the table.

    Modern Interior Design

    Image from Cupersia

    3. Try subway tile.

    If you're going for an all-over white, subway tiles are a great idea. They create a cohesive feel to the space and provide a classic aesthetic.

    4. Add modern lighting.

    You'll want to select lighting that doesn’t hide and makes a statement.This black pendant lamp hanging over a table is a great contrast to the white furniture.

    White Dining Chairs

    Here are some beautiful white chairs that I would love to add to my dream kitchen.

    1.    Wendover modern white dining chairs would work well in any modern setting.

    2.    These white modern S-chairs are my dream! I’d love them in my home.

    3.    These bunny white and chrome dining chairs are easily stackable. Perfect for a smaller space!

    4.    These nob hill white chairs have a touch of the traditional with their classic shape, yet are updated with cleaner lines and color.

    Images: Brit.Co, Fav Home Ideas, Design Collectors, VT Wonen, Cupersia

  • Design Tips For A Backyard That Twinkles

    Design Tips

    Image from Justina Blakeney

    I recently rehabbed my patio, but, as you can see from the above photo, the design is far from complete as I'm missing something quite essential: outdoor lighting! Since dining al fresco is one of my very favorite activities especially on warm SoCal evenings, I'm thinking a lot about the mood outdoors and how I want to light up my outdoor space to make it cozy, warm and inviting.

    White Dining Chairs

    Zuo Modern White 33-Inch-H Set of 2 S-Chairs

    I want my yard to twinkle! I want something to illuminate my front door and am considering this Toledo Old Silver wall light. Love the vintage look of it and it reminds me of the streets of Florence, Italy where I lived for many years. I also love this Corbett Bangle Modern Gold outdoor light.

    Gold Outdoor SconceI like the idea of making my outdoor space feel like an outdoor living room and I think that the warm glow of the gold would help with that--this Milo Antique Brass one is pretty sexy too. I love post lamps for outdoor spaces too. They remind me of secret gardens and fantastical places. I think that this ornate Bravada Glass Outdoor Post Light would add just the right amount of whimsicality to my yard.

    Outdoor Post Light

    Something low is also key...something that illuminates the succulents and flowers I've spent so much time caring for...for that I'm thinking something modern, and I love the Maxim Marlex Nautical White Small Outdoor Post Light-- It's got those mid-century modern lines that I love.

    Outdoor Dining

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    I can't wait to light up my yard this summer!

    Images: Justina Blakeney, Apartment Therapy

  • Create Your Modern Outdoor Space

    modern outdoor space

    Image from Coco Lapine Design

    With summer just around the corner, let's take it outside for a moment. Whether you're working with an entire yard, patio or a small entry way, it's easy to create a modern outdoor space you'll want to pass the time in.


    Image from Lavelaundry

    Start with nature. For outdoor spots that are all hardscape, use potted plants and add a water feature. Where a pond is untenable, a fountain will more than do. There are dozens of contemporary outdoor fountains that combine modern design with easy plug in operation. 

    modern outdoor chairs

    Image from Marie Claire Maison

    Now make this a place worth stopping in. The addition of one or two modern outdoor chairs makes your space relaxation-ready. 

    Lastly, if you truly love your outdoor space, you may end up staying out into the night. So add a candle lantern and enjoy the starlight by candlelight. Below are some modern looks for your next outdoor space:

    Outdoor Decor

    Stacked Triangles 30-Inch High Fountain, Salem 13 3/4-Inch High Chrome Lantern Candleholder, Zuo Metropolitan 59-Inch Wide Outdoor Bench

    As you may have noticed in the spaces pictured above, it doesn't take much to create something comfortable outdoors. Simply add plants and something cool to sip on...and enjoy!

    Images: Coco Lapine Design, Lavelaundry, Marie Claire Maison

  • Modern Floor Lamps For Style + Space Saving

    Floor Lamp Ideas

    When planning your lighting design in any space, a floor lamp is always a perfect choice. And when selected correctly floor lamps add character, ample light, plus take up very little space. 

    Modern Floor Lamps

    1. Robert Abbey Logan Aged Brass 68 1/2-Inch-H Floor Lamp 2. Kinetic Antique Brass Robert Abbey Floor Lamp

    3. Bridget Town Drum Shade 76-Inch-H Arc Floor Lamp 4.Possini Euro Burbridge Metal Floor Lamp 

    An artful, or more substantial floor lamp looks best next to a sofa or between two wing back chairs.  For a touch of modern style or to accentuate a modern interior, silver arc lamps are an obvious choice and look great placed behind the corner piece of a sectional. 

    When furnishing an office, consider a sleek and simple floor lamp next to your desk.

    With today’s vast array of floor lamps you’ll easily be able to find a style that suits your interiors!

    Image: Architectural Digest

April, 2014