Wednesday, 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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Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Today, we have a guest blog post from High Camp Home! They offer design services, furnishings, and decorative accessories to help their clients achieve the warmth of a luxurious lodge in their very own homes. We are pleased to have Lauren Atwell on Arcadian Home, who is a freelance writer and aspiring home decorator based out of Dallas.
During warm months, heat becomes exhausting. Who wouldn’t want the upholstery in their home to help them cool down when they need to relax? The following upholstery helps do just that:
Cotton, linen, hemp and leather are comfortable, breathable fabrics that are perfect as upholstery in your home when temperatures are warm – seasonally or permanently. Here’s a little more information about these options to help you decide which is right for your home.
Linen: For pieces like sofas, loveseats and other furniture that see a lot of wear, linen is not the best choice because it wrinkles and stains more easily than other fabrics. However, for furniture used less frequently, linen can add a fresh feel to a sunny room. Added air flow from the more loosely woven fabric makes linen cooler than most other options.
Canvas: Canvas, a popular choice for slipcovers, can add a sunny personality to a sunny room. Its resistance to ripping and scratching is appreciated by pet owners and parents with small children. Animal hair or spilled milk, when it gets dirty, simply toss it in the washing machine.
Hemp: Hemp is the longest natural staple fiber on earth. Hemp, an eco-friendly fabric, is extremely durable and strong, yet also soft. It is a good choice for upholstery that receives a lot of use. Hemp upholstery can take on any amount of washing and usage.
Leather: Leather is the most durable furniture upholstery, and it is also the best material for warm climates. It’s a choice that communicates prestige and success. Think about it: all luxury automobiles come with leather upholstery. Its rich appearance can easily make a piece covered in it the centerpiece of any room. And, as long as a house is air conditioned, you can always count on leather furniture to be the coolest spot in the house.
Leather is undoubtedly the easiest material to clean. Many stores sell disposable one-time-use wipes specifically designed for leather furniture, which make the cleaning process quick and painless. Pet owners especially appreciate this benefit.
Leather is also the most adaptable material for homes. It is visually appealing in all types of home interiors – traditional, contemporary, rustic, Spanish, or French.
I hope this information is helpful to you – whether you’re purchasing new furniture or reupholstering your current collection. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
A home made of brick not only keeps a hungry, mischievous wolf from huffing and puffing it down, but also keeps your home warm in the winter and cool during the summer.
Coloring of bricks depend on the mineral content of the raw materials and the temperature at which the they were baked. For example, white or yellow bricks have higher lime mineral content, while red colored bricks are baked at a higher temperature. Besides the coloring, bricks can be made from various materials such as clay, concrete, or calcium silicate. Natural stone bricks made of granite, limestone, and sandstone are considered more durable but also more time-consuming to make.
Compared to the past, there are less homes now being made entirely of bricks but still contain brick elements such as a brick wall or fireplace. Take in these modern day homes brick by brick to see how the use of bricks has changed since the Great Pyramids and centuries old European cathedrals.
This Mediterranean styled kitchen feels clean and simple with glossy white bricked walls that are effortlessly timeless.
By leaving the bricks worn and torn, this neutral kitchen eludes a cultured and matured appeal along with the chrome surfaces.
By painting over aged brick, it can easily refresh the interior of a space like this white brick living room.
Varying the pattern or texture of a brick wall can create a more customized design, as well as adding a unique accent such as an ostrich.
A brick wall can be made functional by laying the bricks to allow for a small nook to act as a bookshelf.
The uniformity of a brick wall can bring out the textures of other home accessories, such as a intricate pillow or the details on the ottoman. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
The power of brick interiors is immense, with the ability to transform a modern space into a historically rich one. Let us know your thoughts about these brick interiors are in the comments section. To find the ideal ceiling light or wall decor to bring out your brick walls, explore our extensive collection.
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Monday, August 13th, 2012
The unique and interesting shapes and curves of attic ceilings just invite creative takes on interior designing. Whether the attic is going to be a bedroom, living room, or studio loft, decoration ideas are endless.
Attics make a great canvas for interior design, not just convenient storage places or a home to dust bunnies. Take in these six intoxicating and amazing attics to inspire you in revamping your own attic.
The circular detailing of the rug complements the patterns on the pillows, while the crystals dangling from the pendant light match similarly with the patterned wallpaper to give an overall organic atmosphere.
To brighten up an attic, a color palette of white and blue is a great combination to prevent the common perceived notions of attics as dimly lit and drab spaces.
The addition of colorful pillows and potted flowers is a wise move to contrast against the white wall and ceiling of this attic living room.
This minimalist attic uses the combination of geometric shapes and monochrome surfaces to evoke a simplified style.
This pure and simplistic white attic adds subtle touches of country style through the pillow patterns and copper surface schoolhouse pendants.
This small nook of an attic, offers a perfect getaway to enjoy a novel in the sunlight before falling asleep for an afternoon nap. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Let us know which of these six attics was your favorite in the comment section. Be sure to explore our store selections, to find that perfect rug or wall decor to go in your attic.
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Monday, July 30th, 2012
Summer usually means lots of trips to the beach, indulging in more ice cream than we’d like to admit, and lots of family time. And what better place to spend lazy summer afternoons and nights with your family and friends, than your own patio! Everyone can lounge around comfortably for those spontaneous BBQs or entertain guests in the summer breeze.
This spacious, modern wood patio allows for sunlight but also provides shade for the sunnier afternoons. As the night approaches, the fireplace offers easy access for homemade s’mores and helps ward off the night chill.
For a more cozy patio, these white and taupe furniture keeps things simple but plushy aesthetic. The greenery that wraps around the pillars eludes a natural atmosphere.
For those who prefer a more neutral colored palette, this wood and stone patio would be perfect.
This rooftop patio is a great place to get away from your apartment roommate to get some fresh air or catch up on a book while being pampered with the inviting sofa.
The subtle use of pink in the pillow provokes a gentle, feminine feeling, but is balanced by the prominent cream colored outdoor furniture. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
If you’ve ever purchased a table lamp for any room in your home, you’ve probably wondered if you were making the right choice. Lamps and light fixtures in general can be quite expensive, so it’s important to choose a set that you’ll enjoy for many years to come. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to choose the right table lamps for your space.
Tips and Tricks for Choosing Table Lamps
When looking at table lamps, start by considering your budget. Are your table lamps going to be a long term investment or are these light fixtures simply going to be another home accessory that you replace on a regular basis. If you’re planning to replace it even within a year or two, you may want to consider following trends rather than buying an expensive set of lamps.
Next, consider the style of your home. Do you want your lamps to blend in or stand out? Table lamps and light fixtures in general are a part of your home decor, one of the most important parts, in fact. Without proper lighting, even the best of interior design schemes can look dated, dreary, dirty and drab. You certainly don’t want that! So take into consideration the look of your home when choosing your table lamps.
When shopping for table lamps, you’ll also want to take into account how you’ll actually use these lamps. For example, if you’re going to use them as task lighting for next to a chair or the bed, then you’ll want a lamp that’s large enough or versatile enough to be moved for various tasks. For example, if you’re reading in a chair, you’ll want to be able to adjust the light over what you’re reading.
Finally, determine how many lamps you’ll need for your space. If you’re using lamps to flank a piece of furniture such as a bed or sofa, then you’ll likely want at least two lamps. However, if you’re only looking for a lamp for next to a chair or on a desk, clearly you’ll only want one. For a console table, you may decide you only want one or you want a pair. Knowing how many you want can help you narrow down your choices more easily.
Lamps are an important part of lighting a space, whether it’s a bedroom or a living room or another room in your home. The important thing is to choose the right number and style for your space to ensure a more seamless flow in your overall lighting scheme. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
In 2012, you’re probably seeing a lot of nautical inspired looks in everything from fashion to interior design. Light fixtures certainly are no exception. If you’re considering updating your home and you just happen to love the nautical look, then these light fixtures might be the right choice for you. Here’s the low down on this trendy lighting look for 2012.
All About Nautical Inspired Light Fixtures
Nautical inspired light fixtures tend to be cleaner, more simplistic looking light fixtures. They often feature a cage-like design or a lantern shape. Many nautical inspired light fixtures also feature an exposed bulb, which adds to their overall appeal. When shopping for a nautical inspired light fixture, you may also want to consider looking at industrial light fixtures, which often feature the same general look and feel. However, there may be subtle differences, so keep this in mind while shopping.
Pay close attention to the finishes when you’re shopping for a nautical light fixture for your home. You want to opt for cleaner finishes and avoid gold, copper or brass finishes, which do not compliment the style. Instead, look for light fixtures that feature silver, nickel or chrome colors with polished finishes or matte finishes. Other colors that work well with the nautical style include black finishes, white finishes and dark bronze finishes. Though you do not want a clean copper finish, an aged copper finish that shows a worn green color is also perfectly acceptable.
Nautical inspired light fixtures can also be used in a variety of spaces, as this is an extremely versatile style. Don’t be afraid to use caged style ceiling lights overhead in a room, lantern style pendant lights over a kitchen island or caged wall sconces in a hallway or dining room.
The key thing to remember when opting for these particular light fixtures is to take into consideration that they are a very specific style. While they do compliment a number of decor styles, they may not compliment future styles of your home. Be confident in your choice before you commit to a specific style of light fixtures.
The nautical look is all the rage currently, not just in lighting but also in home decor. It’s a great choice for a family home, a cottage getaway or even a beach side condo. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles of light fixtures together with your nautical look to help blend it in with your other light fixtures and style. You’ll be surprised at how versatile this look truly is. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
As the trends in the interior design world change, so do the trends in the world of home lighting. With light fixtures, you’ll start to notice more people favoring darker finishes over lighter finishes. Here’s the low down on the dark finish trend for light fixtures and how to incorporate it into your existing home decor.
All About Dark Finishes
In recent years, lighter finishes including a variety of silvers and nickels, were all the rage for light fixtures. In fact, your home wasn’t modern without a few silver toned light fixtures. In recent months, that trend is changing significantly and the public’s favor is shifting toward darker finishes for their homes, (and not just for light fixtures, but that’s another story).
One of the more popular finishes re-emerging on the market is the use of bronze finishes. Oil rubbed bronzes are especially popular for light fixtures. They tend to feature a darker body but the finer details may be of a lighter color due to the natural tendencies of the oil rubbed finish. Bronze in general tends to be a darker, earthy color that is perfect for complimenting a variety of decors.
Other trendy bronze finishes include aged bronze, antique bronze, burnished bronze, crackled bronze, dark bronze, French bronze, oxidized bronze and weathered bronze. Though these are all shades of bronze, they give a different look to the light fixtures, so be open to looking at different shades while shopping.
Another darker finish that’s making a stand in the world of light fixtures is black. Though many people feel that black is too daring, it does fit the qualifications for this particular trend and furthermore, black is a classic color. It’s a clean, crisp look that comes back year after year, no matter what the trends are. Therefore, it’s no surprise that it’s trendy this year.
Other trendy finishes to keep an eye out for if you’re planning to update your home’s light fixtures include wrought iron, pecan finishes, rustic or aged finishes, oxidized brass finishes, oxidized iron, and oak finishes.
In the end, don’t be afraid to invest in trendy finishes. It’s important to recognize that when it comes to light fixtures, there are a limited number of choices. So even if you find that your chosen finish is out this year, you’ll find that it will be back in in the following years. In fact, this is true of every light fixture finish and color, eventually it will always cycle back into trend. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Drum pendant lights are not likely to go out of style any time soon, and for good reason. These light fixtures are clean, modern and stylish. In other words: they’re perfect for just about style of home decor. Of course, finding the right places to use them and even finding the right drum pendant lights can be a difficult task. Here’s the low down on using drum pendant lights in your home.
Tips and Tricks for Using Drum Pendant Lights
Drum pendant lights actually come in a number of sizes and there certainly is no “one size fits all” for these light fixtures. With this in mind, you should take note of the size of the area in which you intend to install your drum pendant lights. Since there are so many options out there for drum shade pendants, you’ll want to know exactly how large your space is so that you can choose one that is appropriately sized to the space.
For this reason, you’ll need to pay attention to the diameter. The diameter refers specifically to the diameter of the drum pendant light itself. You can use this number to determine if the light fixture you’ve chosen will fit in a specific area, such as over a dining table or over a kitchen island.
Keep in mind that you can also use these light fixtures elsewhere in the homes. For example, you can use pendant lights of any style in the place of table lamps. However, when do you this, recognize that this is a more permanent type of lighting and you won’t be able to rearrange the room or move the table as easily as you might have with portable light fixtures (lamps).
When shopping for a drum shade pendant light, be sure to pay attention to how many light bulbs are used within the light fixture. You’ll find that in some cases, you’ll need additional lights within the pendant to create the right amount of light for your space. This is especially true if you use a fabric drum shade, as fabric tends to absorb and obscure more light than a glass drum shade pendant light.
Drum shade pendant lights are great because they can be used in just about any space of the home. Their clean lines and the abundance of different colors, patterns and textures available ensures that these light fixtures will suit a variety of decors from traditional to contemporary. Furthermore, these pendant lights come in a variety of sizes, which adds to their overall appeal. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Few people realize that when it comes to design and decor, lighting and color go hand-in-hand. The type of light bulb you choose can have a dramatic effect on the paint color you choose and unless you’re planning to install those same fluorescent ceiling fixtures in your home that you see over the paint chip display, then your color is going to look different on your walls. Here are a few tips and tricks for working with lighting and color in your home decor.
The Effect of Lights on Paint
One of the biggest factors many people fail to take into consideration when choosing a wall color is the effect of both the natural light from the windows and the light from their light fixtures. Always remember that the color you see in the store beneath those bright fluorescent lights will never be the same color you see in your home. This is true even if you happen to have fluorescent lights in your home. This is because the dynamics of the space will be entirely different. You’ll have different floors, different furnishings, different natural and artificial light.
Secondly, if you don’t have proper lighting, it will also effect how your space looks. Not enough light can cause a space to look dirty or dingy. Meanwhile, too much light can make a space look washed out or even dated. Therefore, it’s important to work to create a space with proper light. This often means a wide array of light fixtures in a home from wall sconces to table lamps to ceiling lights.
Finally, different light bulbs and light fixtures will produce different colors. You’ll notice when shopping for light bulbs today that they often will note if they create a warm color, a cool color or a neutral color. Cool colors can bring out cooler undertones in color, and vice versa with warm colors. However, mixing and matching the wrong light bulbs and light fixtures with the wrong colors can create a less-than-desirable look for any space, so keep this in mind.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match different light bulbs and different light fixtures in each room of your home until you create a desirable lighting effect. If you’re still unsure, certainly don’t be afraid to hire a lighting professional. Having proper lighting in your home is key to creating a comfortable space.
With paint colors, the type of paint you choose can also have an effect on the overall lighting in a room. For example, glossier paints will reflect a small amount more of the light from a light fixture than a flat paint will. However, this reflection is often minimal and may not even be necessary to take into consideration when looking at different paints.
It is always important to take light into consideration when decorating your home. This is especially true not only when choosing light fixtures for any given space, but for deciding how many lights and what type of light bulbs are necessary to properly light the space. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
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