5 things to make your bedroom feel more grown-up

You pay bills, work a full-time job, worry about your credit score. Isn’t being an adult fun? While there are many boring aspects of being an adult, there are also some perks – like sprucing up your bedroom to match your grown-up lifestyle! Before you get started, here are five items every grown-up bedroom should have:

bed, nightstand, and drawers

1. Quality bed: When buying new furniture for the bedroom, it is wise to invest in quality pieces that last. You don’t want to have to keep redecorating year after year. If you can’t afford to purchase all new furniture, start with bigger items like a new bed. A good mattress and comfortable bedding can greatly impact how well you sleep each night.

bed and nightstand with lamp

2. Nightstand: A nightstand is one of those furniture items that isn’t always necessary, but makes your life a whole lot easier. With a nightstand, you can keep your book, lamp and glass of water conveniently at arm’s reach so you don’t have to keep getting out of bed at night.

Photo credit: Warmed by Love

Photo credit: Warmed by Love

3. Stylish light fixture: Not only do you want your grown-up room to be well-organized, but it should be stylish too! Get rid of the standard light-and-fan combo and install a decorative pendant or chandelier. A stunning light fixture is a great way to add style without crowding your space.

aa507b181409e1a114a5fd3045ecc0f8

Photo credit: Suburban Spunk

4. Mirror: A full-length mirror in the bedroom will save you from an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in the future. Just do a quick appearance check before work each morning and you’re good to go!

Bellacor Number: 491491

Bellacor Number: 491491

5. Closet organizers: Once you’ve reached the “adult” stage in your life, your wardrobe tends to change and your closet suddenly becomes filled with nice tops, suits and lots and lots of shoes. Keep your closet organized with nice space-saving hangers and a hanging shoe organizer. Your morning routine will be much easier when your closet is organized.

Life can get pretty hectic as an adult. Make life a little easier by turning your bedroom into a stylish, organized space fit for a grown-up.

By Wendy Weinert

5 easy ways to get your living room ready for entertaining

When guests are coming over, it’s essential that your living room is prepared for entertaining. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hosting a large party or just having your closest friends over for drinks. The wrong living room set up can turn a promising evening into a disappointing dud. Here’s how to make sure your living room is ready for company so that the evening runs smoothly and everyone has a good time.

POR-8801_8802_INSTAL

interior design livingroom real estate home

interior design livingroom real estate home1. Create mood lighting – The right mood lighting should be dark enough so that everyone can feel relaxed and comfortable. It should also, however, be bright enough that your guests can still see! Use multiple light sources throughout the room and dim your overhead light so that it doesn’t feel too harsh.

Mambo

2. Set up furniture to create an intimate setting – While your furniture setup might be ideal for everyday living, it may not be the best arrangement for a party environment. Rearrange your furniture close together so that people can converse without straining themselves.

3. Allow room for movement – You want your guests to circulate! So as you’re rearranging your furniture, keep in mind that while you want to create an intimate setting, the room should also have clear paths so guests can easily move about. If the room isn’t setup for movement, your guests might feel stuck in one place all night.

e806fffe67fa97d8787e506b28d460a2

Photo credit: Everydayelsie

4. Have a drink station – Even though you’re the host, you shouldn’t have to be in the kitchen all night making drinks. With a drink station set up in your living room, you can either let your guests help themselves, or serve them drinks without having to leave all of the fun.

Elements_1

5. Make sure your space is clutter-free – You’ve already deep-cleaned the living room, but it’s easy for miscellaneous items to somehow make their way back. The day of the party, be sure to do one final check to make sure everything is neatly organized and put away in the right spot.

Throwing a good party takes some planning and strategic decorating. On the night of the event, however, all your hard work will pay off and your party will be a smashing success.

By Wendy Weinert

Get the Restaurant Experience in your Home with Lighting

Elgo Lighting Intimate Dining

There’s a reason why most people prefer to dine out for a special occasion or when they need a night of fun. Going to a nice restaurant with friends, family members or significant others often creates a sense of intimacy and specialness. It can also, however, get expensive. The good news is that you don’t always have to pay for an expensive meal to enjoy a special evening with loved ones. You can create an intimate dining experience right in your own home! All you have to do is rethink your dining room lighting strategy and follow these three tips.

Currey & Company Assurance Oval Chandelier

Hang up a chandelier

While many of us love to lounge in our sweatpants, it’s always fun to have a reason to get dressed up and look our best. When you’re feeling the urge to put on a nice dress and host a dinner party, it’s important that your dining room doesn’t feel overly casual. The right chandelier will add sparkle and drama to your dining room, and your evening will instantly feel more special.

room with table lamp and small fountain

Install dimmers or use indirect lighting

Nicer restaurants typically set an intimate mood with soft, darker lighting. You can utilize this same technique by installing dimmers in your dining room or choosing to use indirect lighting. Dimmers work better than most options, because they allow you to change a room’s lighting whenever you want. So when you need a well-lit room during the day, all you have to do is adjust the dimmer switch.  The advantage of indirect lighting such as floor lamps and table lamps is the mobility of the lighting source and the ability to set up lighting in different areas to fit the specific dining experience.

3 Luminary candles

Photo Credit: Usershot

Decorate with candles

Once you dim the lights, it is usually best to have an additional light source so that you and your guests can see each other and your food more properly. Candles are the perfect solution for adding light because their soft glow adds even more ambience and can be used to create a more romantic setting.

With the right lighting plan in your dining room, you don’t have to dine out to enjoy a special evening with loved ones. Just put on your best outfit, pour a glass of red wine and then you’re good to go!

By Wendy Weinert

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

PaintColor samplesIf you’ve ever spent any time at your local paint store or even in a hardware store that offers paint to customers you know how many different options and shades of each color are available. Considering that, it’s no surprise that many people don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing the right paint color.

While there’s no definitive answer for every person and every home, there are some basic guidelines that can help you make appropriate choices. Typically, these guidelines can be applied to your home room by room, making sure your whole home ties together and maintains the right atmosphere throughout. Don’t forget about the lighting in the room as this will change how your color appears. Natural vs. electric light sources and the type they are – task, general, or ambient lighting will effect the color outcome.

Kitchen

Your kitchen is a room you likely spend a lot of time in, and it’s one where you probably spend time relaxing and feeling the pressure to get things done when entertaining or cooking for family. That’s why light and color is so important in this space.

You can’t go wrong with brighter colors in most kitchens, including colors like yellow, crisp white and even certain more saturated shades of colors like orange and cream, like the one below from Access Lighting. After all, the most important part of choosing a color for your kitchen is making sure it helps open up the space and give it energy, not enclose it.

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Photo Credit: Access Lighting

Living Room

How you pick a color for your living room really depends on the type of living room you’re working with. A formal space need something different than a casual area where you spend time with family.

For a formal living room, choosing neutral colors that are soothing and refined like chocolate, cream, navy and beige are often ideal. For a room where you spend time with family those same colors can work, but you might want to soften the palate a bit and go for something a bit more playful – a royal blue instead of navy, perhaps.

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Dining Room

Your dining room is a space that you want to feel elegant yet comfortable, so paint color plays an important role in pulling off that effect. In most cases you’ll want to work with more neutral colors in the dining room, and colors like crème, beige and even shades of green or navy can work well.

However, for a more playful space, choosing lighter, less saturated colors like pastels can also work, especially if you live in a coastal region or nature is close at hand.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is a space where you should be spending time relaxing and unwinding from stressful days. While many people use their bed as a second office, that isn’t the atmosphere you want to cultivate.

When picking out colors for your master bedroom, relaxation should be what you have in mind. Deep, saturated colors that are dark can help provide that – colors like deep greens or a plum/eggplant color. However, you can also choose softer colors like buttercream and even eggshell whites if you prefer a lighter space and still get the relaxing feeling you’re looking for.

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Photo Credit: Craftmade Lighting

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are all about getting ready for your day, but more and more, people are using them as a space to relax. If that’s you, choose natural earth tones for your bathroom and really focus on finding a color that feels natural and actually appears in nature.

If you spend most of the time in your bathroom rushing and getting ready, choose bright white, yellow or even a fun shade of green. What’s important for you is good lighting and not making the space feel claustrophobic.

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Photo Credit: Capital Lighting

Choosing the right paint color for your space can feel ridiculously complicated, but the good news is that there really isn’t a right answer. While these suggestions can be helpful, anything that feels good to you is likely a wonderful decision for your home.

When picking paint, you’ll also want to consider the style of your home. A dining room in a home with Caribbean accents usually won’t want the same paint color as a home with Spanish revival details, so make sure you take that into consideration as well.

Continue reading

How to Incorporate Bright Colors into your Home

Decorating with bright colors is an easy way to liven up a space and give it some cheer. Unfortunately, it is also an easy way to ruin the look of your favorite room if you’re not careful. Have you ever walked into someone’s home and instantly thought “what were they thinking?!” More often than not, the culprit of their disastrous interior design was the misuse of colors. Maybe they tried using too many different colors. Whatever the case, it certainly did not leave you impressed.

Kichler_City_Lights_42940CLP_Kitchen

 Incorporating bright colors into your interior design can be done, and when executed well, will transform your living space and give it personality. Here are some simple ways to get started:

jezebel radiance large flame

Accessorize with bright colors

The easiest way to add some life to a room is to decorate with colorful accessories. Whether it’s an abstract painting, a red lamp or a colorful throw pillow, you can be sure that these smaller furnishings will make a big difference. Don’t be afraid to select different colored items. As long as the colors complement each other, they will look great in your room.  Make sure to check out, Jezebel, who handcrafts beautiful pieces of glass and metal lighting, all in the USA.

Photo credit: Coastal Decors

Photo credit: Coastal Decors

Add a surprising pop of color with bright furniture

If you want your bright colors to make more of an impact, consider a bold piece of furniture like a sofa or table. Because these items are larger, they will instantly become the center of attention in any room. In most rooms, you will want to have only one or two of these larger, brighter furnishings. Otherwise, each piece will have to fight for attention and will have less of an impact.

Photo Credit: Garimpando Frida

Photo Credit: Garimpando Frida

Go daring and install colorful wallpaper

Just because you ought to be careful with bright colors, doesn’t mean that you can’t still be daring. Install wallpaper with a colorful design on just one of the walls in a room like a mural. Wallpaper on one wall instead of all four will add style to your room without overwhelming it.

If you’re not sure whether two colors work together when decorating, ask for a second or even third opinion. You can even take pictures to get a better idea. After your interior design has been revamped with a brighter look, you’ll never want to go back to an ordinary, neutral color palette again!

 

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Adding Elegance and Charm with a Chandelier

Overall, there is one dominating, ongoing lifestyle motto: “Better and best, not more or most.” This continues to impact lighting design and trends in crystal lighting. Crystal chandeliers are growing in popularity due to the variety of designs available, ability to blend into both traditional and contemporary environments, and their meaningful and emotional value.

SCH_Calima_BT1247N-40A_Roomset

Schonbek Chandelier

Traditionally, homeowners add grandeur to their home by placing chandeliers in common areas. Homeowners enjoy the ambiance of a chandelier among their guests in entertaining areas such as, living rooms, foyers, and dining rooms. However, with the introduction of new chandelier styles and colors, homeowners feel inspired to place chandeliers in more personal spaces such as bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, or kitchens.

Swarovski_LC_Crystalon_interior

Chandeliers add a sense of elegance and mood to any space. Although you still see a majority of crystal chandeliers in foyers and dining rooms, the use of crystal chandeliers has expanded.  We have seen crystal chandeliers migrate into the bedroom, kitchens, even walk-in closets and bathrooms. With new styles, the possibilities are endless!

Bathroom_Chandelier_Trilliane

Schonbek Chandelier

Due to technological advancements, there is diversification in lighting manufacturing capabilities. The inclusion of crystal in these designs coupled with the most surprising materials and lighting technology is a trend that will continue well into the future. Crystal remains a key ingredient in cutting-edge lighting design; new and unexpected crystal applications are being designed and used. The illuminated candles and brilliant sparkle of crystal chandeliers provides multiple light points and creates a vivid, less static environment. From this, beautiful functionality warms the atmosphere of the room.

Swarovski_LC_Candella_interior_white

A home is a place for rejuvenation and comfort. Each room in your home is touched by personal items that evoke emotion and reflect your individual style. When decorating your interior, meaningfully objects that shape the space around you are essential. As well, there is a growing sense of timeless value expressed through carefully considered investments that correspond to a more sober and austere lifestyle.

K0113_SLC_ReveaLED_interior

A Schonbek chandelier, proudly made in the U.S., promises an expression of calm elegance, with its delicately handcrafted metalwork and precious crystals. With various application potential, a Schonbek chandelier can beautifully contrast a modern interior or perfectly complement a traditional room. No matter the application, each authentic Schonbek masterpiece shines with its own special character and will illuminate generations to come.

Bedroom_Chandelier_Milano_5683

Schonbek Chandelier

A Swarovski chandelier is an object of atmospheric beauty achieved through the very best of today’s design innovation. As if by magic, a Swarovski chandelier creates awe and is certain to surprise as it takes crystal and light to dazzling new heights. It captures and communicates a broad spectrum of styles and desires ideal for residential and hospitality environs alike, fulfilling the highest technical standards of modern illumination.

Swarovski_LC_Crystal_Empire_black_detail1

By

Enhanced by Zemanta

Formal vs. Casual Chandeliers: What’s the Difference?

It’s hard to imagine a chandelier as being “casual.” You probably imagine most chandeliers to be large and ornate, decorated with beautiful crystals and many light bulbs. While these formal chandeliers are still popular, the trend in chandelier styles has changed drastically. Now designers create chandeliers to meet our contemporary needs, and they’re still just as stylish!

combined

When picking out a chandelier, it is important that the design of the chandelier matches the style of the room. You don’t want a formal chandelier installed in a casual area. Most of the time, just looking at a chandelier will tell you what style it is, but it’s also helpful to have an idea of what characteristics make a chandelier formal or casual.

Photo Credit: Beautiful Things

Photo Credit: Beautiful Things

Formal Chandeliers

Rarely do we find the large crystal chandeliers you see in old movies, but crystal chandeliers don’t have to be quite as large to be considered formal. They don’t even need to be crystal! Brass or iron chandeliers also present an elegant, formal style that instantly makes a room look more sophisticated. Sometimes it’s even the design of the chandelier that lends a classy appearance. The more graceful tiers and bulb or candle holders the chandelier has, the dressier it tends to look.

10-1308-05-HRM.tif

Casual Chandeliers

Casual chandeliers come in a variety of styles, shapes and materials. Generally though, casual fixtures are created with simpler lines and less-over-the-top designs than a formal chandelier would have. If you have a room that would benefit from a chandelier (and what room wouldn’t?), but needs a more laid-back design, try hanging up a wooden chandelier or one that has smaller covered lamps. Simple chandeliers can still look unique and add style to any room, but won’t look out of place in a casual and relaxed environment.

What room in your home could use a chandelier? Browse through our selection of chandeliers and find the perfect level of simplicity or complexity that looks best in your room.

Choosing Wisely: How to Select the Right Chandelier for Your Home

A chandelier, suspended over the dining table, not only serves as an ornate decorative element that creates an elegant atmosphere, it can also be the focal point of the room.  A dimmable chandelier can create different moods, from a soft glowing atmosphere to one that is bright and conducive to a variety of tasks.  Choosing the right chandelier for a room can be tricky, as a variety of considerations come into play.  Aside from choosing the most visually appealing chandelier design for the space, the size of the room, the size of the table, the mounting height, and the wattage are all important to consider.

  • Size of the Room: Fitting the chandelier to the proportions of the room will help significantly in enhancing the visual appeal of the space.  Simply add the length and width of the room in feet to get the diameter of the chandelier in inches.  For example, a 12-by-20 foot room would ideally need an approximately 32-inch chandelier like the Aberdeen by Hudson Valley Lighting, which features lofty stems and rich, pleated fabric shades for a contemporary appeal.

Grandview_v1

  • Size of the Table: Of key importance when it comes to choosing a chandelier is the size of your dining table.  A good rule of thumb to follow is to measure the table’s smallest width and then choose a chandelier that is 12-inches less in diameter than that width.  Access Lighting offers plenty of versatility when matching to different table designs and features laser cut metal and frosted glass for a contemporary/modern look.

62279-CH-CRY

  • Mounting Height: When it comes to the mounting height, the key thing to remember is that the bottom of the chandelier should not interfere with the movement or sight line of the people sitting at the table.  In most cases, the measurement should be 36-inches from the top of the table.  It’s simple to adjust the mounting height with a fixture like the Inertia by Corbett Lighting, which impresses with crystal and polished stainless prisms, and a silver leaf finish.

Inertia

  •  Wattage:  When it comes to wattage, the total wattage of all the chandelier bulbs should be 200-400 watts to provide sufficient light.  However, keep in mind that shading affects the maximum wattage of a chandelier.  Ideally, a dimmer switch should be used to control the wattage and create the desired mood and atmosphere.

Follow the simple guidelines above to achieve exceptional results when choosing a chandelier for your home.

By

5 Conversation Pieces to get your Guests Talking

Is the décor in your home all just a little too ordinary? Maybe you’ve noticed that guests look bored when they see all of your traditional furnishings. While you can’t have every item in your home make a statement (it would be too over-the-top), you can add a few unique pieces here and there to make people stop and ask, “what’s the story behind this?”

Dining

Here are just five of our “conversation pieces” to get you inspired:

730COH211A5

1. Safavieh Cow Hide Rug

With its unique shape and style, this hand woven cow hide rug will instantly capture your guest’s attention. If you want to create a rustic or country style room, this rug will fit in perfectly and complete the overall look.

Butler Specialty Company Artists Originals Guilded Cream Drum Table

2. Butler Specialty Drum Table

Not all accent tables have to be brown and simple. This antique favorite instantly stands out with its off-white color and elegant design. Put a coaster on top and use it in your living room or set the table in the entryway and use it to display decorative items like photos. The hand-painted floral motif and gold frames will make any space appear more sophisticated.

http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/af-lighting-8682-4h-elements-orange-four-light-mini-chandelier-1132848.htm

3. AF Lighting Elements Orange Mini Chandelier

Wow your guests and make them jealous with this stunning orange chandelier. While most chandeliers are dramatic, this fun piece also adds a pop of color and instant glam to liven up any dull room.

Premier Copper Products ADA Wine Barrel Vanity in Whiskey Finish with 17-Inch Oval Copper Sink and Wide Spread Faucet4. Premier Copper Products Wine Barrel Vanity

Wine barrels aren’t just for the wineries anymore! Once an actual wine barrel, this piece was made into a vanity and now you can have it in your home! While most vanities typically have a similar style, yours will definitely make an impression and guests will leave feeling a bit jealous of your creative taste.

Global Gallery 3-D Movie by John Lund: 24 x 24 Canvas Giclees, Wall Art5. Global Gallery 3-D Movie Wall Art

This reproduction of John Lund’s original work is quirky and fun and will certainly grab anyone’s attention! Hang it up in the living room for a little more pizazz or add it to your game room’s décor. Wherever you put it, you can be sure that it will stand out and intrigue company.

Don’t decorate your house to be boring. Get people talking and add some conversation pieces in your home!

By

Enhanced by Zemanta

“Upcycled” Lighting Designs by Varaluz

Recycled metals.  Check.  Recycled bottle glass.  Check.  Reclaimed shells and fibers.  You betcha!  At Varaluz, we get caught green handed all the time, as trash is our treasure, working with responsible materials is our way, and creating personality-forward lighting that has inviting textures you can actually see and feel is our passion.

Factory Front

In a world overrun by wastefulness, where people churn out vast mountains of non-biodegradable waste by the hour, our team at Varaluz is putting into practice the very cool philosophy of upcycling.  That is, we take waste materials and turn them into products of great practical and decorative value that we know you’ll enjoy.  Did you know that we offer our customers a variety of imagination-grabbing lighting choices that are hand-forged and welded from 70% or greater recycled content and utilize virtually all recycled glass?  Our compulsion to green our products doesn’t stop there; we use low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) earth-friendly paints, finishes and resins to spare you from breathing in any fumes that could be injurious to your health, or at the least, smell nasty.  Sure, our process for selecting our materials and handcrafting our fixtures may often require hundreds of hours of labor (don’t worry, our craftsmen love every minute) and seem extreme to some, but we’re firm believers that our methods and our commitment to eco-responsibility result in the most beautiful fixtures available.  After all, it only takes one look at the recycled bottle glass of our Fascination collection, the natural and sustainable capiz shade panels of our Affinity collection, or the recycled content of most any of our collections, to see that our passion for conservation only enhances our ability to create outstanding lighting.

Ultimately, our lighting fixtures end up capturing your imagination, make you scratch your head asking “How’d they do that?”, and allow you to enjoy the best possible lighting in your home.  And only when we’ve accomplished all that are we satisfied that we’ve done our job to the fullest.

fascination-1-light-bath-4

IMG_4820IMG_4852

 

Enhanced by Zemanta