Style Picks

Best Of: Glass Lamps

Written on September 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm , by

Jane wrote to me the other day, inquiring about a glass lamp in a favorite image from the Better Homes & Gardens galleries and also appearing on page 10 of the recent publication New Cottage Style.

“Hi Kate, I have been looking at pictures of living rooms in the New Cottage Style by Better Homes and Gardens.  There is a particular room that I love – it has a fireplace, and a funky bright turquoise coffee table. There are two glass table lamps – round bases with white tapering shades. Can you tell me where to find these lamps?”  – Jane

From her description, I immediately knew it was this image of a picture perfect cozy coastal inspired family room.

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Jane was smitten with the lamps and I did my best to find them online for her.  ‘Tis true, the glass jug shape lamp has a little of everything!  It’s casual, elegant, timeless, and complements every style of decor.

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I was unable to track down an exact match for Jane, but I was able to locate twelve contenders in what I’ve deemed the impromptu ‘Best of Glass Lamps’ contest.

 

12 great glass lamps

From top left: Recycled Glass Lamp, $219, Shades of Light; Gourd Lamp, $325, Williams Sonoma Home; Glass Boudoir, $35, Pier 1; Seeing Clearly Vase Lamp, $249, Wisteria; Regina Andrews lamp, $223; Layla Grace; Bordeaux Lamp, $149, Ballard Designs; Jack Table Lamp, $149, Crate + Barrel; Clear Lamp Base, $47, Target; Quinn Teardrop Glass Lamp, $454, Altogether Home; Silver Apothecary Lamp, $149, Lamps Plus; Glass Jug Lamp, $149, West Elm; Arteriors Glass and Acrylic Lamp, $528, Wayfair;

If you stumble across the perfect glass jug or vessel, you can always make a DIY version of a glass lamp with instructions from DIY Diva.

Do you know where Jane might find her dream lamp?

Which of the glass lamps shown is your favorite?

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Spotlight: Tufted Sofas

Written on September 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm , by

I fell in love with tufted sofas years ago when I saw them appear time and again in the classic movies I love from the golden age of Hollywood.   Button tufted sofas date back to the 19th century when the style became popular in the Victorian era.  Over the decades, the tufted sofa has been reinvented in different ways, with manufacturers reshaping the look of the sofa but preserving the classic repetition of tufts created by tightly pulled buttons. 

Always tailored, never slouchy, a tufted sofa is a timeless piece that can mix and mingle with modern pillows and accessories with confidence. 

 

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Modern or mid-century inspired tufted sofas incorporate square lines and metal or tapered legs.  Rolled armrests and carved or bun feet give a tufted sofa a more traditional look (think of the classic Chesterfield), as does a tailored skirt.  

 

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I finally found the perfect tufted sofa for our own living room earlier this year, this one made by Sherrill Furniture (see the link at the very bottom).  It’s the perfect accent for a wall in our more more formal living room and I couldn’t be happier with this timeless piece.   

 

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In the market for a great tufted sofa yourself?  Here are a ten terrific styles from traditional to modern that will bring serious style to your home!

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From top left:   Chesterfield Sofa, Pottery Barn, $2,099+; Shoreditch Sofa, Jayson Home, $2,696; Petrie Apartment Sofa, Crate + Barrel, $1,599; Scarlett Settee, Horchow, $1,329; Cherry Grove, Coach Barn, $2,545; Two Seat Descartes, Sofa.Com, $1,290+;  Royce Sofa, Z Gallerie, $1,699; Anson Leather, Room and Board, $3,199; Quincy Leather, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; Sherrill Tufted Sofa, Sherrill Furniture.

 

Are you a fan of tufted sofas?  Which one is your favorite? 

 

 

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Versatile IKEA Pieces for the Home

Written on September 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm , by

I discovered IKEA five or six years ago and ever since I did, I’ve been a big fan of their affordable products.  We’ve turned their Billy bookcases into built in shelving, used IKEA kitchen cabinets to make a window seat, and their Vittsjo shelves to store books and games too. 

IKEA products have been popping in homes featured in Better Homes and Gardens for years!  Some of their units have been discontinued but other popular pieces like the Expedit and the Maskros ceiling pendant are still available. 

IKEA’s Expedit shelf is a popular choice for its contemporary clean lines and functionality.  When paired with the Knipsa basket, it makes a great organizer for the home office or playroom.

 

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Since the piece is finished on both sides, it works equally well as a room divider.

 

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Consider it for your collection of dishes, bowls, and ceramics for an open display in a dining space. 

 

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Some Lack shelving units (since discontinued) were turned sideways to create a unique storage center in the dining space below, but today’s narrow Expedit could achieve a similar look. 

 

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Stand it straight up to maximize vertical space in a small room in need of storage.

 

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The IKEA Maskros chandelier for makes a big statement in a bedroom, dining room, or office. 

 

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IKEA’s Majby woven chairs are no longer available but there are few similar rattan chairs in stock that work in any casual dining or gathering space. 

 

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Navigating an IKEA is practically an all day event when you visit their design center, but I’ve learned if you know what you want before you go, you can find the larger pieces by bin or aisle number online, saving yourself valuable time by heading straight for the stock room.

 

Here are 12 very versatile IKEA staples for the home!

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From top left: Maskros fixture, $90; Byholma chair, $90; Jonsbo Barby table lamp (three colors), $60; Vittsjo shelf, $70; Bjursta table & 6 chairs, $899; Stockholm coffee table (2 colors); $199 Billy bookcase (with doors); 149; Expedit shelving (five colors), $90; Ektorp chair (five colors), $150; Nordli bed, $249; Hemnes dresser (four colors), $299; 5 x 7 Alvine rug, $199.

Have you shopped at IKEA for your home?  What is your favorite piece?

 

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Style Spotlight: Faux Bois

Written on August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm , by

It’s hard to resist the appeal of beautiful tall trees and there’s nothing like a nice long walk in the woods to clear the mind!  So it makes perfect sense that when we decorate, we embrace the patterns found on the surface of bark or in the grain of wood.  “Faux bois” is French for “false wood” and the term defines the reproduction of wood patterns in home decor. 

Natural wood accents and finishes are en vogue right now and rightfully so.  Nature is one of the best sources we look to for inspiration and to emulate by bringing the patterns we find outside indoors.  I’m a lover of this popular pattern myself, and even made my own faux bois vases last year – they remain one of my favorite craft projects to date. 

Ask many designers and they’ll tell you one of their best tricks when sprucing up a space is to pull the look and feel of the outdoors inside, and the use of faux bois treatments on walls or underfoot is one way to capture the feel of nature indoors, but no need to restrict yourself to earth tones!  Choose faux bois treatments in colors that complement your chosen palette, whether subtle or bold. 

 

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A variety of home furnishings are available in this style, including end tables and chairs, and smaller accessories like pillows, vessels, and table decor also add the touch of twig or wood grain to the home.

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Want to bring the look of faux bois into your house? 

Here are a few favorite style picks!

 

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From top left: Woods wallpaper, Anthropologie, $198/roll;  Birch Stencil, Cutting Edge Stencils, $68; Oscar lamp, Lamps Plus, $87; Bark Pot, Terrain, $12; Floor lamp, Oly Studio; Stray Dog Stump, Zinc Door, $363; Mirror, Zinc Door, $462; Mousepad, Zazzle, $11; Faux bois pillow, Shop Ten 25, $160; Set of four placemats, Design Public,$52; Wood Grain pitcher, Terrain, $10; Arbor Chair, Currey and Co; Fountain, Ballard Designs, $119; Plate, Zazzle, $26; Faux Bois rug, Home Decorators, $267; Twig Table, CS Post, $369.

 

We all love to bring the outdoors inside, have you embraced the faux bois look with your decorating?  

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Still Hot: Industrial

Written on August 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by

It’s fun to observe what is on the horizon in interior design, what styles have staying power, and what looks are simply trends that will pass.  Industrial chic has been a popular look in design for quite some time with galvanized and oxidized metal furnishings and fixtures popping up in retail stores, and making an appearance in kitchens, offices, and dining spaces.    

 

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Cage lighting and open storage units that combine metal framing with reclaimed wood are all the rage, popular in commercial stores for their open display and in restaurants because they introduce a contemporary cool vibe.

 

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Industrial is criticized by some as cold, but when layered with other styles from traditional to cottage, a unique industrial pendant or set of stools make a chic statement in a space.

 

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Layers of texture always add interest to a room and metal surfaces are yet another finish to consider when decorating your home.  If you’re looking to introduce some touches of industrial to any of your spaces, here are a few favorite picks!  

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From top left: Basket Chandelier, Junkyard Lighting, $189; Backless Stool (three colors), Barn Light Electric, $385; Wire Crate Chandelier, Terrain, $1,398; Magazine Rack, Urban Outfitters, $129; Metal Pharmacy Cabinet, Restoration Hardware, $395; Extender Lamp, Hudson Goods, $595; Tabouret Barstools, Set of 2, Overstock, $99; Metal Office Storage, Restoration Hardware, $75; Coffee Table, Hudson Goods, $895; Quindici Metal Cabinet, Napa Style, $1,799; Bar Cart, Clayton Gray Home, $1,105; Aiden Etagere, World Market, $219; Steel Chest, Clayton Gray Home, $4,150

 

Are you a fan of industrial decor?  Do you find these accents too cold or très chic?

 

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Best of Bookends!

Written on August 10, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

Every home is much improved when it’s filled with well loved books.  I admire any well styled bookcase that incorporates found objects and also smart, stylish bookends.  Not just for function, bookends are that fabulous opportunity to inject sophistication or whimsy, or to tell a story about travel adventures or place your personal style on display.  

 

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Bookshelves make themselves at home in so many spaces from living and family rooms, to offices and even dining rooms, so why not give them a dose of style with unique and decorative bookends that blend with your décor.  Here’s a roundup of bookends from fun to fabulous to consider for your bookcases at home.   

 best of bookends

From top left:    Glass Jar Bookends, Generate, $59; Gear bookend, Graphic Spaces Wood on Etsy, $55; Knowledge bookends, Shop Horne, $200; Silver Books, set of 8 by Z Gallerie, $159; Adler Dachshunds, Barnes & Noble, $40; Deer Bookends, Shop Ten 25, $90; Gold pigs, CB2, $30; Metal Oranges, Design Atelier Article, 34€; Blue Agate Bookends, Higher Heart, $40; Wide Eyed Owl, Amazon, $37; Bicycle bookends, Shine on Sporty Girl on Etsy, $35;Brass Foo Dogs, Chic Shop LA, $175;  Book End bookends, A Place for Everything; 18£; Iron Ships; The White Pepper on Etsy, $38; The End bookend, CB2, $15

 

Do you have a pair of special or unique bookends in your home? 

 

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