I think I’ve told you before how I have a thing for lamps, I just think there’s nothing that finishes a room off more than good lamps, they’re like the jewelry of the room. I’ve recently discovered the furniture and home accessory company Safavieh, I have purchased 2 different pairs of lamps from them and am very happy with what we got. I thought today I would share some other tabletop lighting that has caught my eye, one thing that’s great about Safavieh is their pricing, they have some beautiful high-end merchandise with high-end prices but they also have great looking merchandise with amazing prices. The two pairs of lamps I’ve recently purchased were both less than $200 for the pair and the lamps are very well made. Join me today for a look at lighting and we’ll be back to see what other amazing deals and beautiful finds are available from Safavieh. Enjoy!!! (above lamp is Color Swirls)
February 23, 2017
December 19, 2016
One night last week we drove out to Yukon to see their beautiful Christmas In The Park light display, we wanted to go before the “Polar Vortex” arrived. Christmas In The Park has been going on for several years, it’s made up of over 400 lighted displays and over 4 million lights. Many of the displays are sponsored by businesses, individuals and families and all have a Christmas theme to them. Yukon is about a 15 to 20-minute drive west of Oklahoma City and is well worth a visit, especially if you have kids. We drove through the entire display but there are several places along the way that you can park your car, get out and walk among the displays and enjoy them up close. I wanted to share some of the sights from Christmas In The Park with you as we head into the week before Christmas. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!
November 18, 2016
One of many thing I enjoy doing when I’m decorating client’s homes for the holidays are staircases. Staircases are a place in the home that allows you to decorate vertically, you can take color and your decorating theme up which also draws the eye up. Staircases are also one of the things I get a lot of questions about: How do you start? How do you attach the decorations? How do you not damage or scratch the staircase? Let me start by saying it’s all about layering, you need a good base like a garland then add your lights, ribbon or garland and decorations just layer on layer. I’m going to share photos today of a couple of staircases I recently did in a client’s home, I’ve shared the home with you before but haven’t gone into detail on any of the decorations and last year we added decorations to the back staircase. I’m going to share photos of both staircases step by step as I did the installation. I’ll go into more detail with each of the photos, let me know if you have any questions and Enjoy!!!
October 5, 2016
One of my favorite shapes for lamps is the classic urn shape. Based on the ancient urn that was used to store everything, especially oil and spices, the shape is very basic and has curves in all the right places. I’m always on the lookout for an antique pair of marble urn lamps, I’ll just find them someday, I know I will. If you can’t find an urn lamp already made it is possible to have them made once you find an urn you like, they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, I’ve even some recently made from concrete garden urns. Today I’m going to share some images of great Urn Lamps as well as some that are up for sale on One Kings Lane. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
September 9, 2016
I recently ran across some textile designs in a local shop from Grain Design, I liked what I saw so I set out to find more information on the company. Grain is an American company run by partners Chelsea and James in their workshop on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Washington state. James and Chelsea began Grain in 2008 with a goal of designing and producing merchandise for resale that’s done in a social and environmentally responsible way. They pride themselves on uniting “age-old crafting techniques” with modern production in producing their beautiful wares. As I said earlier, when I first ran across some of their products it was in the form of towels but they do a lot more than textiles. Join me today for a look at their wonderful creations and give their website a visit to learn more about their company, their mission, and their beautiful creations. Enjoy!!!
August 23, 2016
We are currently working on our bedroom in our home, rearranging the furniture, painting the room, maybe some wallpaper, new bedding and curtains, and lighting. Michael and I are both readers and we like to read in bed before calling it a night but I’m not always crazy about using lamps on the bedside tables. For one thing, the light never is where I want it to be for reading and the lamps take up space on top of the bedside table that I would rather have for something else, so I’m seriously considering some wall mounted sconces beside the bed. I like how the sconces look, I like how they have swing-arms allowing you to move them to best illuminate what you’re reading and I like how you can push them out of the way. I began looking at Swing Arm Wall Lamps and found some wonderful and well-priced designs at Lampsplus.com, so today I’m sharing a few images of what I’m talking about and of what I’ve found and what I’m leaning towards. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
June 27, 2016
I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a magazine fiend, I’ve always loved magazines and still do today. Of course being in the business I’m in I subscribe to a lot of design and home decor magazines and I find a lot of inspiration and ideas for the blog from magazines, especially about companies and the products they offer. One of the most recent companies is Kerry Joyce Textiles, Kerry Joyce is one of America’s most celebrated Interior Designers as well as product designer. Joyce is the head of Kerry Joyce Associates design firm with offices on both coasts in Los Angeles and Connecticut. A contemporary touch is definitely a phrase to use to describe Joyce and his work, today we are going to take a look at the products he’s designed and offers through Kerry Joyce Textiles, from fabrics and wallpapers to lighting and furniture. Here’s a sampling of his beautiful products and we’ll visit again soon to look at the work of Kerry Joyce the designer. Enjoy!!!
May 19, 2016
Bench made and hand finished are some of the words The Urban Electric Co. uses to describe the beautiful lighting they create. Founded in 2003, Urban Electric has quickly become one of the most respected and sought after lighting manufacturers around. From their headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina Urban Electric produces beautiful and unique lighting in a wide array of finishes. From traditional hanging fixtures with a twist to unusual sconces and single bulb fixtures, their interpretation of lighting is fun, elegant, and refreshing. Urban Electric works with architects and designers to create one of a kind lighting and if you can’t find exactly what you want just let them know and they’ll work with you to create the custom fixtures you’re looking for. Here’s a peek at some of their newest fixtures, check out their site here and allow yourself to become “enlightened”, Enjoy!!!
April 25, 2016
The juxtaposition of elements is one of my favorite things in design, the official definition of Juxtaposition is “the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect”. For me, personally, Juxtaposition allows me to mix things together that wouldn’t normally go together and allows me to use more of the things I’ve collected over the years. Juxtaposition can be very easily accomplished, simply by hanging a piece of modern art in a room of traditional furniture and accessories, or the complete opposite by hanging a traditional painting in a room full of contemporary furnishings.
The art of juxtaposition is very much about the tension created by mixing things up, now don’t get me wrong because I loathe tension between people but I celebrate it in decorating. One easy way to create Juxtaposition is to use one or more antique pieces in an otherwise very modern room, or as seen in the above photo this very modern orange chair and ottoman and gray pouf in a room that’s very traditional in feel, especially with the very traditional fireplace mantel. The room has also been painted a more contemporary color and a modern rug on the floor. I love the idea of painting a room a very contemporary neutral color or all white but then injecting an antique sofa or a pair of chairs or an antique light fixture to create that tension in a room. Today we’re going to begin a few days looking at Juxtaposition and using it as a basis for decorating a room, then later this week we’ll look at mixing modern art and antiques as well as mixing different furniture and fabric styles, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 30, 2016
We continue with our look at the color gold and gold finishes in interior design today with a look at lighting. I always tell my clients to think of lighting as the jewelry for a room, those sparkly and bright elements that bring some glamor and of course light to a room. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we need to go out and buy big brass chandeliers for our houses but you can get lighting that incorporates gold in a very simple, elegant and 21st century way. To me, gold is a very warm color and nowhere is that more evident than in lighting, just think a beautiful gold fixture that catches the light and increases the effect even more. Whether it’s in your foyer, over your dining table or kitchen island or in your bathroom, lighting is very important and a great way to incorporate some gold in your decor. Check out these lighting choices I’ve gathered for you today from Rejuvenation and Enjoy!!!