Showing posts with label Interior Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Interior Design. Show all posts

my Friday night lights

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If you happen to follow me on Pinterest, you'll notice that lately my pins have turned into a lighting fixtures greatest hits. I'll admit I'm a bit obsessed with light fixtures. I don't know how it happened or if I got bit by a strange spider one night, but now it's probably on the top of my list for every house we've lived in since 2010 (three houses ago).

Truth be told, I spend a lot of time looking at light fixtures. Today I thought I'd share some of my favorites and some tips and tricks for finding good deals.

1. Monticello Circular Iron Frame Chandelier, Shades of Light: Wooden beads on light fixtures are having a real moment. They are a great (and cheaper) option than crystals. The light fixtures end up weighing less and have a more bohemian vibe than the same piece decked out with crystals.

2. Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier, Serena and Lilly: Serena and Lilly have some really lovely and really unique light fixtures. My recommendation though is find something you like and then scour the internet for a cheaper version. Capiz is a unique material (a type of sea shell), but I always double check Amazon for similar styles at more reasonable prices.

3. Mobile Chandelier, West Elm: I have put this light fixture up over our breakfast nook table in two consecutive houses. I really, really love this light. It's modern, but cool enough to mix it up with your more traditional decor items. Highly recommend this one!

4. Dainolite 6 Light Chandelier, Overstock: I love the look of this Chandelier, but I would definitely shop around for a more reasonable price. It's a beauty though!

5. Pelle Chandelier, West Elm: Ever since I saw Happily Eva After put this light into her master bedroom, I've been peeking in on it on a regular basis. It's a modern (or Mod) design, but for the right room, it would look fabulous. This one is worth the price tag, in my opinion.

6. Bali Goldtone 22 light Chandelier, Overstock: Holy lights batman. This light fixture could probably light up a ballroom, much less a dining room. It's stunning, funky, and definitely a design statement. I would be cautious of the wattage you put into each of those 22 outlets though...

7. Chandelier with Wood Beads, Amazon: The next time you see this light, it will most likely be hanging in our master bedroom. I'm really digging the beads, the price point, and the overall look of this fixture. It's a little french countryside, a touch shabby chic, and a bit bohemian. Sign me up.

Here is a quick list of my favorite spots for finding fabulous fixtures:

West Elm
Overstock
Wayfair
Target
Amazon
Shades of Light
Home Depot
Lowes

And as always, shop the sales!

design for days



I just discovered Ave Styles and I'm already smitten. She's got enough design inspiration on her blog to keep me motivated at my house for the next year. Also, check out her light fixtures! You all know I'm a big fan of fun, fancy, and funky light fixtures.

Here are a few of her more beautiful shots (click the picture to go to the source page). Let me tell you, it was hard to winnow them down...













so many options



Here are some of the purchases I'm pondering for our new home. We've got a lot more square footage in this house and I'm trying to find some quality pieces to fill it up and finish it off. I've been finding lots of design inspiration from In Honor of Design, A Beautiful Mess, and SF Girl by Bay. Also, surprisingly, Amazon has been a great reference guide. Most of the time you can find what you want on there for a cheaper price and delivered quicker than other online sites. 

etsy thursday



Happy Holidays everyone!

In an amongst the wall painting and box unpacking, I've been trying to make plans about how to make our house feel more like a home. We have this really nice open kitchen in our new home. It has exceptionally tall ceilings and an alcove that stretches above the cabinets to the vaulted ceiling. One of those places that naturally attracts dust and nicknacks, in equal parts. In the past, I would have crammed that space full of my antique kitchen tins and a collection of teapots, but in an effort to keep clean lines and have a more modern feel, I've been exploring what to do with that space besides just fill it.

After watching one too many episodes of Fixer Upper on HGTV, I got some inspiration on how to make my kitchen feel a little more modern and little bit country at the same time. Adding an antique or antiqued sign seems like a good option for that otherwise empty space.










Here are some of the best options I found on Etsy.


Rustic General Store Mercantile Wood Sign - Hand Crafted Antique Wooden Decor

general store - SignTreasure



farmer's market - EmeraldMarket



shaker seed company - MillRiverPrimitives



super market - SouthernBelleSign


If I don't see you again before Christmas, Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

three up, two down

Instead of rambling on about how things are going lately, I thought I would organize it a bit. Much like sharing the good and the bad of your day, I thought I would share two good things and two bad things that have been happening lately, followed up by one more good thing. It's always good to end on a bright note, right?



> Merry freaking Christmas! And Happy Holidays!!! I'm about to take off nine days in a row from work and spend some time with loved ones. We'll also be getting our dog back, who we've missed so much! She's been staying with family in Montana until we were ready to bring her to our new house. We still don't have a fenced yard for her, but we will soon.

> I've been unpacking and getting things organized at the new house. There is still some extra clutter, but every evening I make a little progress. Things are getting fixed and lights are getting installed thanks to my handy-man husband. It's still a bit discouraging though to find even more things we need to fix, and trying to do it all ourselves sometimes means things take longer than they otherwise would. There is something gratifying about doing a good job yourself, however.




> Little corners of the house are getting styled as I go along. The guest bedroom might still have three boxes that need to be unpacked and stuff stacked on the bed, but doesn't that arrow look great right there? :)

> I'd like to lodge a formal complaint against traffic. Like all traffic. Can everyone please go home on a staggered schedule so that everyone isn't rushing home at 5pm? Wouldn't that be ingenious? Maybe just break the city up into quarters and have a rolling time-out clock. Or maybe just have a much more efficient (and easy to navigate) mass transit system. It's possible, I know it is!




> Chloe started preschool today. I'm anxious to hear all about it. It's a new preschool with a slightly different system than what she is used too. Navigating the education system is going to be an interesting journey, I can tell already. It's hard not to think that each little decision won't possibly affect her future growth and achievement. I know that you don't have to go to the very best schools to turn out very successful. My whole family is very well educated and most of us went to tiny little schools in a small town. Work ethic means a lot more than what kind of degree you get (in most cases). So here's to new beginnings!




Elinor is also doing very, very well. She's gotten a huge vocabulary all of the sudden. Talking about all sorts of things that I didn't really know she knew about. It's been really fun to watch her grow up, seemingly overnight.

They both seem to be adjusting well, thank goodness. The scariest part of moving was wondering how my little girls would adjust, but they always surpass my expectations.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Stay warm! Oh, and stop shopping, if you haven't gotten them something already, it's too late. Just give them a warm hug or a phone call.