September 2nd, 2014
Whether anchoring down a dining table or lighting a kitchen island, industrial pendant lights have come a long way from their warehouse counterparts. Available in a range of finishes, some more contemporary than others, these hanging pendants provide a large scale lighting solution for your home. When specifying an industrial light, be sure to take into consideration the drop height, the type of drop (rod or chain), and the amount of light it will shed. Most metal shades will cast a focused downlight, requiring additional lighting in the space. If you’re hoping to let one of these pendants stand solo, be sure to pick out a shade that allows light to escape, as seen below in #6. Here are a few of our top picks to date:
1. Lincoln – Light & Living / 2. Carson Rod Pendant – Rejuvenation / 3. Madrid Pendant Light – Barn Light Electric / 4. Harmon Pendant – Restoration Hardware / 5. Tin Ceiling Lamp – Zuo Mod / 6. Factory Light No. 6 Rod – Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co. / 7. Industrial Milk Glass Pendant – West Elm
July 23rd, 2014
Image via CNN
It’s every American’s dream to wake up hearing the streets of Paris and feel time stand still. As the scent of freshly baked croissants linger through your window, you seem drawn to grab a bite before taking a long stroll through a nearby garden. If the vie de francaise has been calling your name as of late, you’re not alone. Maybe it’s the promise of sweet Summer romance, or the call to take an afternoon off and picnic in Forsyth Park. To bring the romance of Paris back home, we’ve put together a French-inspired contemporary master suite that aims to make the days grow longer and the nights to be full of nothing short of magic.
1. We set the tone to this posh Parisian suite with romantic lilac tones found in Noble and Wood’s Berlingot Wallpaper. Place behind the bed for a feature wall or use as a poppy dresser drawer liner in a vintage armoire.
2. It’s not French unless there’s crystal, and what better way to finish a master bedroom than with a stunning chandelier from Eloquence. Hanging the fixture over the bed allows for a lower drop height to add more drama.
3. Shed light by your bedside as you stay up late reading Les Miserables. With a feminine “swoop” swivel arm and white linen shade, the Koleman Swinger from Robert Abbey goes with virtually any space.
4. Keep the bedroom from getting too frumpy with clean, mid-century inspired bedside tables from West Elm. The white lacquer finish promises ultimate flexibility and the brass hardware adds a noticeable touch of class.
5. Keep your favorite eau de parfum on display with Anthropologie’s set of mirrored trays. These also make a great bedside accessory for reading glasses or jewelry.
6. Hedgehouse’s Lavender Heather Throw Pillow is the ultimate, versatile bed accessory. The striped linen is light and airy, and the tasseled zipper adds a perfect little detail to your pillowscape.
7. Simple geometric shapes let these Alexa Canisters shine on your bookshelf or console without adding clutter. Remove the top for an impromptu vase that holds lavender and other scents of Provence.
8. The piece de resistance, Eloquence’s Sophia Silver Two-Tone Bed is surely fit for French royalty. Top with linen bedding for the perfect lazy Sunday morning getaway.
June 10th, 2014
Another ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is in the books and we had a blast meeting with new and familiar designers alike. With dozens of aisles of furniture, lighting, and textiles from all over the world, it seems hard to believe that you would find a common theme between most. However, as we trekked the “design globe” that is the famed Jacob K Javits Center, we realized that a common thread does, in fact, connect the hundreds of exhibitors: organic modernism.
Clean, smooth lines with round forms and bulbous shapes, this year’s curation took a departure from the strong lines of modern design and went back to its (organic) roots. Take a look at a few of our favorite examples of how designers are abandoning the straight edge and embracing the curve:
Clockwise from top left:
1. Leather Strap Lounge with Ottoman – Matter Made / 2. Pendant Lights – Sonder Mill / 3. Moon Tables – Universo Positivo / 4. Marble Spill Table – Pelle
Clockwise from top left:
1. Woven Table - Hinterveld Design / 2. Pendant Lights – Apparatus / 3. Table Lamp - Pelle / 4. Colorful Stools - Tronk / 5. Woven Outdoor Furniture - Fermob
Clockwise from top left:
1. Nesting Coffee Table – John Ford / 2. Desk - Universo Positivo / 3. Wall Clocks - Leff Amsterdam / 4. Walnut Chair - Councill / 5. Multifunctional Love Seat - Zara Vardanyan
May 16th, 2014
We’re packing our bags and heading up to NYC for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) this weekend. There were so many upcoming artisans and new companies we had the pleasure of meeting last year, that we can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store! Below are a few of our favorites we hope to see again.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with our latest findings and Big Apple adventures!