Christmas Mood Lighting: Candles

November 15th, 2013

The fragrant aroma of fresh holly and a little cinnamon and spice fills our homes during the holiday season. An extra addition to the aromatic smell of candles is that subtle flickering light that creates the perfect holiday mood. Whether you want to add a little intimacy to your dining table, or decorate your fireplace mantle and coffee table, candles can be shown off with a variety of  beautiful candle holders. We hope you enjoy the following inspiration.

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Home For The Holidays: White Wonderland

November 8th, 2013

As we approach the holidays we start to smile more, get together more, and let’s face it eat more too. Hosting guests for a holiday party is no easy task, here’s where we come in! One of our favorite decor ideas for the Holidays involves a lot of white, it reminds us of snow and the purity of the season, while creating a calm ambiance. It looks fabulous paired with silver and other metallics, and if you enjoy a burst of color it can be a great backdrop for that as well. Hope you are as inspired as we are by the following White Wonderlands!

One of the simplest ideas for a holiday party is using a console table as a bar cart. Use varying cake stands to hold all your sweets, and jars can be filled with ornaments or christmas candy.

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Spray on snow is a lifesaver during the holidays, spray it on pine cones,mini trees,add a touch of glitter, and voila you have the perfect place setting.

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If you are as crazy about the holidays as we are stockings aren’t only used as candy stuffers, they can be added to just about any area of your home for decor purposes.

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If you enjoy a minimalist approach add large ornaments like the star above and little details like silver candle holders and jars.

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Bold Colors by Marcia Butler Interior Design

November 4th, 2013

Hi, Arcadian Home Blog readers, this is Marcia Butler, founder of Marcia Butler Interior Design in New York City. When I’m not in the field, at the market, or simply exploring this great city, I write—mostly about interior design, but also about broader ideas that may inspire my readers to think outside the box, for themselves and for their homes—at www.marciabutler.com/blog. The bulk of my work is apartment renovations in Manhattan, big and small, and I work comfortably in all design styles. I see interior design as an expression of the self and have helped my clients define their own unique style for over a decade now, in over a hundred projects.

Today I’ll share two projects where I used bold colors to draw the eye. The right hue in just the right place works wonders for the equilibrium of a project. When done successfully, the color draws the right amount of attention to a certain part of the room. This saturated use of color also often serves as a visual anchor that can create an interesting balance within a space. These two New York City apartments illustrate how several distinct areas of color can create focal points that offer a sense of cohesion and unity in the project.

At East 74th Street, a pied-à-terre for a retired couple, I inserted bold hues into nooks and niches, large and small, to draw the eye. For example, the shelves displaying artwork collected from the couple’s travels in the Southwest are set against bold rust-colored planes. This block of color is echoed by the Donghia club chairs of a similar palette, placed along an axis that ends at a teak cabinet, connecting the living area to the adjacent kitchen area.

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Here, I paired copper tile walls with custom teak millwork to create a snug, visually unified corner for the larger space.

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The master bath is a complete volume of solid color, made up of tiled wall, stone-tiled floor, and a saturated rust-colored ceiling and wall. The solid color pulls the eye in; the variation of the tiles offer visual relief.

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At East 87th Street, a home for a young family, I again inserted blocks of bold color in particular areas of the space for interest and a bit of surprise. In the foyer, one can’t help but be drawn toward the luscious, dark Osborne and Little velvet-upholstered nook that serves as a resting spot for the children upon entry.

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From the butler’s pantry you catch a glimpse of the bold color in the kitchen and you are…that’s right…drawn toward it. Upon arrival in the kitchen, you are met with more color in the far corner, bringing out the niche that might otherwise disappear. This is all done within the overall context of a modern, white kitchen.

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In design, color can be used as a tool to define the area or just carve out a small, exciting detail. This can create delight for the eye, over and over again!

Thank you for visiting our blog, Marcia! For more inspiration, stop by our site for wonderful modern pendant lights, gorgeous home decor looks, and fabulous collections!

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Get the Look: Rustic meets Midnight Blue

October 29th, 2013

Midnight blue is a beautiful,dark, and serene color fit for almost any room of the house. Whether you decide to implement it as a wall color or with amazing accessories, it always creates a pulled together look, Classic  and timeless this midnight blue room is adorned with stunning rustic details that create a warm look and feel. To balance out the somber notes paint your ceiling white and use white elements throughout.

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The Ultimate Home Accessory: Throw Pillows

October 7th, 2013

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Monday Must Haves: Black and Orange

September 30th, 2013

With October upon us, we found it fitting to enjoy some color themed fun. Orange and black doesn’t only work for Halloween decor, it can work quite beautifully in your home year round. From a utilitarian  dining or kitchen chair to a stunning caged pendant light, its all here!

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Get the Look: The Dynamic Sunroom

September 23rd, 2013

Sunrooms are the perfect marriage between an outdoor/indoor space and often cost substantially less to build. Less time is also allocated to building a sunroom and the uses for a space like this one can be endless. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy outdoor living throughout the year? We fell in love with this particular space and couldn’t help but try to recreate it. The warm rich wood details, the traditional dining elements such white seat covers and traditional dining chairs, all create one amazing dining room experience. Whether you are thinking of converting your sun room into a dining room, or looking to remodel your own dining space, it’s easy to get the look in 8 simple steps!

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How to Style One Lamp – Three Ways

September 9th, 2013

As we evolve, our spaces evolve with us, and it is so nice to come across a table lamp that is as versatile as it is stylish. The clear glass base and white shade allow this beautiful Regina Andrew lamp to fit in just about any space.

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Nautical Vibes

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Chic Nature 

Which room is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to check out more stylish table lamps here.

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How to Decorate with Yellow Accessories

August 27th, 2013

Yellow is just one of those colors that has the power to brighten our mood and lift our spirits. Too much yellow, on the other hand, can be quite distracting and create chaos instead of tranquility. In order to meet in the middle we have found that cute pops of yellow are the perfect compromise. We hope you are inspired to add a few yellow accessories to your own home!

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6 Exquisite Dining Rooms to Adore

August 21st, 2013

Today’s post is all about dining rooms to adore. From marvelous minimalist to grand traditional, these six spaces offer lots of looks to love. I hope you find design ideas to inspire your own dining room dreams.

Loving the  contemporary opulence of this grand dining room. The modern pendant light, antiqued metallic table bases, and contemporary molded chairs, create a unique dining experience.

The open dining space in this magnificent Bates Masi designed home holds its own against the soaring brushed metal fireplace that separates it from the living room. Clear acrylic chairs and bench surround a long wood table with metal base, while an incredible chain chandelier hangs above.

A classic style dining room is beautiful with black lacquer furniture and white and gold upholstered pieces. This space is at once beautiful and inviting.

For those who love a more casual look in a classic space, this dining room should be quite appealing. From three-bulb modern pendant lighting hung from a classic ceiling medallion, to herringbone floors and a chalkboard wall, this space is a lovely mix.

Contemporary with an edge, this small dining room would certainly fall into the “to be adored” category for many. The black spotted fabric on the chairs is a great updated take on traditional black and white polka dots, but much more sophisticated.

This room has everything one could wish for in a dining space—gorgeous good looks and close proximity to the kitchen which is in itself a masterpiece of convenience and style. The L shaped seating bench is cute as well!

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