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A recent advertisement for Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black’ got me thinking about how much I truly love the color orange. I know it’s one of those hit or miss colors for most people; there is rarely ambivalence where orange is concerned. But from bright citrus to deep pumpkin, it’s a color that always draws me in.

Orange can be cheery, a pop of color against a neutral background of white or black. Or it can create a darker old-world library-like space when paired with woods and deep brown. I used to have orange in the living room of my previous house, and I find I am missing it terribly. Perhaps I can add an orange rug to my family room, or replace an aging leather bench with an orange substitute, just to give that little extra oomph.

Where do you have orange in your home?

(above) Dining Chairs


Typewriter + Orange Workstation


Bright stools


Orange and Aqua


Modern Chair + Relaxed Living

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.


all about lighting

We’ll be moving out of our apartment in just a few months and into a new one. So decorating is on my mind a lot lately. Not to mention…that secret project I alluded to in this post? It revolves around home decor and interiors. It’s still a secret, but I’ll let you know when I can share more details.

Sprinkle in the fun fact that we have two kittens running around making themselves at home (read: scratching everything in sight and breaking not one but two lamps in the last month alone, by jumping on the shades and bending the metal), and we suddenly have a need for some decorating help. Especially in the lighting department (thanks Franz!).

So when the kind folks at asked me to put together a list of my favorite lighting options, I jumped at the chance. I could really use a new lamp or two with these crazy kitties running around. That said, these are the lights on my short list…

(gorgeous photo above via)


Table Lamps:

1. director table lamp // 2. currey & company signature table lamp // 3. jadeite ceramica table lamp // 4. trend pure table lamp // 5. dover grey ceramica table lamp // 6. virgil table lamp // 7. ceramic oil rubbed seely table lamp // 8. adesso boulevard table lamp // 9. feiss jadeite ceramica table lamp


Wall Sconces:

10. sonneman verso sconce // 11. hudson valley garden city wall sconce // 12. hinkley hampton sconce // 13. black atelier sconce // 14. currey company starburst wall sconce


Floor Lamps:

15. salford floor lamp // 16. linque floor lamp // 17. restoration black hgtv floor lamp




18. chelsea pendant // 19. urban renewal mini pendant // 20. tetra pendant // 21.  woodstock 6-light chandelier // 22. silver plymouth shade



Swing Arms:

23. osso pin up wall lamp // 24. tenda swing arm wall lamp // 25. dome swing arm wall lamp

And the super short list… Out of these 25, my absolute favorites are 2, 15, 18, and 19. What about you? Do you have any favorites from this lighting list?

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My husband and I tend to keep most of our pictures digital. I have my favorite family photos on either my phone or available through a cloud service. We have even scanned in our favorite old photos to have digital copies. But even though they are immediately accessible, we rarely look at them. So it’s still nice to display our favorites so that we, as well as our guests, can enjoy them on a daily basis. I really don’t want it to become a cluttered mess, so I love to look for great ways to display family photos in the home.

Although you can certainly add photos on every empty wall, some great effects can be made by corralling them in some way. Try including them in different frames within a bookcase, or create a mosaic along one hallway by using the same color frame in different sizes. Place a large photo on the wall above, and lean a medium one against it, adding a few smaller scattered pieces along with some accessories. Perhaps you can add a small ledge above a sofa back to show off those favorite images, or tuck them into an alcove where they become a welcome surprise.

What is your favorite way to display your family’s pictures?

(above) Photo Ledge


Fill the Wall + Soldiered on a Shelf


Above the Sofa


Bookcase Wall + Tucked Away


On the Sideboard

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.