Archive for the ‘home decor’ Category

07/18/13

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 Lamps.com 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

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

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

Floor Lamps:

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

 

pendants

Pendants:

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

 

swing-arms

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?

This post is brought to you by Lamps.com. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

07/11/13

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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

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Fill the Wall + Soldiered on a Shelf

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Above the Sofa

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Bookcase Wall + Tucked Away

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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.

06/20/13

Hally's, Parsons Green, London

Every once in a while, there’s an object that keeps popping up that I would never think of buying if I saw it on its own. Something in a color that typically doesn’t appeal to me. But everywhere I turn, these yellow chairs keep taking an otherwise neutral space and injecting a shot of life.

Yellow is not my favorite color. Ever since I had my ‘colors’ done and was told that the only yellow I could ever wear was a super-light icy tone, I have avoided it like the plague. But it is one of my husband’s favorites, so I try to keep an open mind. And these yellow chairs, ranging from powdered coated industrial, to refinished rattan, to modern marvel, are just the ticket.

Do you have a spot that a yellow chair might perk up?

(above) Industrial Row

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Refinished Wood + Painted Rattan

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Molded Modern

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Old Spindle + Shaped Fiberglass

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Yellow Dining

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.