Published at Tuesday, December 06th 2016, 00:57:03 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Pendant lights aren't just for kitchens. Most rooms, including bedrooms, can really come to life with the right light fixture. As a designer, I consider lighting to be my secret weapon. Entire aesthetics can be defined by a pendant that adds just the right amount of edge to a room. Let's focus on pendant placement and style at the bedside, an important and often‐overlooked space. Consider lighting up your bedside with a pendant‐style fixture instead of a table lamp. It's a bit edgy, yet it's practical because of all the floor or table space it frees up. This Japanese‐inspired pendant gives an otherwise simple room a global flavor. This is a great example of how a light can define a room's style. Futuristic glam! A perfect silver, round pendant adds just the right amount of spunk to this otherwise minimalist bedroom. The designer hung this pendant on the low side, which adds to its modern appeal. This long cylinder‐style fixture is a surprising choice for this bedroom. It adequately fills this very narrow space, providing great light and visual impact, whereas a table lamp would have felt bulky and impractical. This organic‐shaped Tom Dixon Beat Pendant fits the sparseness of this bedside. A floating nightstand adds to this modern translation of minimalism with cord‐free elegance. This bright and textured bedroom displays a beautiful modern pendant set high above the nightstand. There are several height options, each creating a different look. For a similar look to this bedroom, set the pendant about 48 inches from the top of the nightstand. For a lower, more modern look, set the pendant 24 inches above the nightstand. This setting offers an interesting study in scale. Notice the oversize headboard with the low nightstand. The silver pendant balances out the two extremes for a polished bedside look.
Published at Thursday, April 06th 2017, 22:03:35 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Designate a kitchen stand‐in. Eating out all the time gets tiresome, not to mention the strain it can put on your budget. And no matter how much takeout you bring home, you'll still need a spot to make school lunches, pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that's out of the way of construction. If you're lucky enough to have a morning kitchen or a guesthouse, you can turn that into food‐prep central. Or outfit a corner of the basement, garage or workroom with a few portable tables, standalone shelves, storage crates and folding chairs.
Published at Wednesday, April 05th 2017, 00:18:37 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Mellow yellow. If you're looking for a take on a French Normandy country home, yellow might be your color. "This room was designed to emulate what a kitchen might look like in the countryside of France", says Jo Ann Alston, principal at J. Stephens Interiors. "The mustard yellow is very indicative of a French color palette, and the hand‐done plaster technique on the walls, with the overglaze of a faux‐finish technique, makes the walls look aged".
Published at Monday, April 03rd 2017, 19:52:25 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. The layering and mixing of finishes in this kitchen give it an old‐world charm. Note the glazed blue‐gray island and its relationship to the pendant above. The choices for a mahogany‐tone wood countertop, dark trim around the windows and a custom hood surround in particular were all made during the process of designing this kitchen and impact the overall finished look and style.
Published at Friday, March 31st 2017, 17:30:51 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Emphasize repetition and balance. "I decided to do a black Hungarian crystal chandelier in the kitchen because this is a loft, and the dining area was in an 'L' off of the kitchen", says Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design. "You could see the two smaller clear crystal chandeliers over the dining table from every angle in both areas". "Repetition, balance and scale are all important elements in a good design, so I felt I was left no choice", she explains. "I had two clear smaller ones on one side, so I had to have a large one on the opposite side. I also wanted the fixture to stand out against the white wood hood and kitchen cabinets, and it needed to play off the black enamel Viking range. We already had black and white happening throughout the kitchen, and I felt the clear crystal wouldn't pop like the black would. It was the obvious choice for the room".
Published at Thursday, March 30th 2017, 07:28:38 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Interior. Choose the right reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood can come from a variety of sources – shipping pallets, boats, barns, sheds, mills, commercial structures and even your home if you're remodeling. It's possible to score a pile of reclaimed wood for free if you know where to look and can do the legwork.
Published at Wednesday, March 29th 2017, 22:26:39 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Add elegance. "The chandelier gives this space a formal, sophisticated ambience", says Grace Kelly, principal at Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly. "It was designed to bring elegance into a traditional eat‐in kitchen and serve as a stylistic focal point".
Published at Tuesday, March 28th 2017, 04:03:21 AM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Be honest about what is used in this room and make space for it. Do you craft while watching TV? Do the kids use the living room as their playroom? Stop the constant struggle to clean up these items and put them where they "belong". Instead, work in some permanent living room storage space for toys, crafts, games and so on. If you need to make room first, take out items that are not frequently used in the living room. Books that you want to keep but that no one is likely to read again anytime soon could go on shelves in a bedroom, for instance.