Lighting

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.31

Happy Halloween all! I hope all things spooky and spectacular have come your way already and will keep coming all night long! To celebrate the day, I’ve got a few last minute ideas for those procrastinators out there to add that final ghoulish touch to your holiday.

 

These DIY Halloween Lanterns from DIY On The Cheap are a quick and easy way to add a little bit of bright color to your porch, table or shelves. Make them as friendly or frightening as you like!

 

 

I love these DIY zombie wildlife figurines I spotted on The Proper Pinwheel. What a fun idea that lends perfectly to any spare toys you have lying around the house!

 

 

For last minute tabletop decorations, check out these cute ideas from Dream Green DIY to add a little glitz and glam to your night.

 

 

These cute ghost lights I found on House Tweaking are the perfect last-minute addition to your Halloween decorations! In five minutes, you can transform any light in your house into a creepy ghoul floating through the night.

 

 

And lastly, check out these spooky glowing eye centerpieces from Mod Podge Rocks. Something about those pictures gives me the creeps.

 

 

Have a fun and safe night everyone!

Erin

 

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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 20 DIY Lights for the Home!

Trend: 20 DIY Lights for the Home!

 

The days are getting shorter and we’re turning on our lamps a lot sooner than we have since the Spring. I feel like it’s probably time that I update my lighting. This summer I painted with bleach to update a lampshade, but I feel like I need to do more. We don’t have a ton of built-in lighting in the home, so we have plenty of lampshades that need a little extra love. Below you’ll find twenty lighting inspiration ideas from around the web. All of these bloggers and designers are very talented, so enjoy!

1. Pom pom lampshade DIY, on A Subtle Revelry.

2. Do you have a party coming up? This live floral lampshade is so wonderful, on Paper & Stitch.

3. Yes, these pendant lights are made from yarn, on Brit.co.

4. Lovely woven lamps, on Poppytalk.

5. DIY Sputnik chandelier, on Little Green Notebook.

6. This DIY industrial bedside lamp is beautiful! It’s a 3-part DIY, on Nimi Design.

7. I love these recycled cardboard pendant lamps, on Sugar & Cloth.

8. Painting with bleach lampshade DIY, from The Paper Mama on BHG.

9. Vintage brass chandelier diy, on Craft & Couture.

10. Openwork cube pendant lamp, on Vintage Revivals.

11. This lovely gold dipped lamp was made with an old vase, on Making It With Danielle.

12. Yarn wrapped geometric lamp, on Say Yes.

13. Beautiful handmade dining room lighting, on Love & Renovations.

14. Anthropologie inspired floral lampshade, on The Gold Jellybean.

15. Lace doily pendant lamp diy, on Dos Family.

16. Paint the inside of Ikea’s glass Bran Lamp to add some glossy color to your room, on Cape Twenty Seven.

17. For $20 you can buy a template to make this really lovely Quilt Light, at The Six Week Boutique.

18. Wooden bead chandelier DIY, on Gus & Lula.

19. Fabric garland chandelier DIY, on A Beautiful Mess.

20. “Sleepover” light up headboard DIY, on A Beautiful Mess.

Do you have any plans to update your home lighting this fall?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The photos in the first image are from A Beautiful MessSay YesSugar & ClothA Subtle RevelryPoppytalk, and Brit.co

 

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Michael Wurm, Jr.

From My Home to Yours: Table Lamps

As I’ve mentioned here on Style Spotters, I have a slight obsession with light fixtures. In the past, I’ve shared my favorite chandeliers, so today I thought it would be fun to show you my latest table lamp finds.

Lighting is such an important element when decorating. Whether it’s a table lamp, wall sconce, or ceiling fixture, what you choose for illumination can go a long way in adding the polish and sparkle that make a space come together. I like to think of lighting as the jewelry in a room. As with other home accessories, I’m always on the hunt for unique and beautiful fixtures that will stand the test of time.

Image via Inspired by Charm

One of my favorite lamps currently resides in my living room. I went with the bold choice of teal on teal. With my neutral walls, it’s the perfect pop of color in my space. My rule of thumb is to go with pieces that you love, and they will eventually make their way to the perfect spot in your home.

Since, my home is well outfitted with table lamps, I thought I’d just do some Internet browsing today and share what I found. Enjoy!

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Do you like picking out lighting as much as I do? What table lamps are you loving these days?

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

 

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.3

Welcome to October! I love, love, LOVE this time of year and all of the wonderful shenanigans that come with it–Halloween mischief, apple cider, crunching through leaves on the sidewalk–I can never get enough. It’s bliss. However, I will admit, when it gets too cold to enjoy being outside all day, sprucing up the inside of your home is a must. So today I want to share with you all some awesome ideas for indoor inspiration!

 

I am completely obsessed with this reading loft I found on Design Mom. I know it’s designed more for families with young children…but I sort of want one for myself. Can you just imagine spending a cozy fall afternoon reading in this bright and cheery space? So colorful and fun!

 

I’m a huge advocate for natural light, and I love the light and airy feel of this bedroom from Style & Pepper, and the subtle feminine touches incorporated with the design. This would be a perfect spot to drink a warm cup of coffee and enjoy looking at the chilly outdoors.

 

 

Yellow is a tricky color to work with, but adding small pops of its bright hues to your home creates eye-catching visuals. I love this kitchen island from The Inspired Room.

 

 

Check out this room redesign from Waiting on Martha. Outrageous wallpaper, bold decorations, and a perfect balance between light and dark make this room scream va-va-VOOM!

 

 

And my favorite (only by a smidge):these window room dividers I spied on Interior 4 You. Ample space aside, what’s cooler than this amazing idea?

 

 

And there you have it. Some of my favorite rooms from around the internet this week–leaving me, at least, with a small spout of envy. My house is definitely not anywhere as cool as any of these–but someday! Until then, Style Spotters!

 

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.5

Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!

 

Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!

 

 

If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.

 

 

I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!

 

 

Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.

 

 

And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.

 

 

Until next time! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.8

Hello, friends! Another week has come and gone, and here we are to talk about cool things from the internet yet again. I’m not complaining. This week I came across a ton of DIY projects, and I wanted to share a couple with you today, because some things just need to have that hand-crafted touch.

 

I’ve dabbled in printmaking a little bit, and I have to say that big prints are A LOT of work. Luckily, for all of us who don’t have weeks at a time to spend in the print studio, Yellow Brick Home has found a way to make it a little easier. Their DIY giant frames not only make dinosaurs look even more awesome than normal, they do it in a quarter of the time.

 

 

We all know lighting can make or break a room. We also all know that the design of the lighting fixture is a vital part to any room design, as well. These simple-but-chic copper wire DIY pendant lights from Kristi Murphy carry the perfect balance of light and unique design. Ideal for a home office, study or bedroom, these lights are sure to brighten any room’s aesthetics.

 

 

If you’re looking to add a little more texture and color to your walls, look at this wood frame gallery DIY from Christina’s Adventures. I especially love the paper flower centerpiece–and what a better way to put those old books collecting dust on your shelves to use!

 

 

If I could post pictures of my cat on here, I would (never thought I would say it, but I’m totally that person who obsesses over their cat on a regular basis…). Alas, she will have to wait for another day. In the meantime, look at Cuckoo 4 Design’s cats, and the wonderful outdoor enclosure she created for her furry friends! I’ve already told my boyfriend to start planning on how he’s going to build ours. Yes. We will be those people.

 

 

And because it’s almost September, that means one thing–football season is nearly upon us! As an honorary Midwesterner, I can appreciate the rivalry shown with this broken bracket sign DIY from Sawdust & Embryos. Specify your team hostility as much or as little as you want with this fun way to (equally) show your spirit with your spouse or friends!

 

 

Until next week, compadrés! Go Broncos!

Erin