An Industrial Chic Luminary

This Decker Table Lamp ($365) from Southern Lights Electric in Nashville, Tennessee adds an industrial element to any space. This handmade product has a solid wood base that is felt-lined to prevent scratching surfaces. Also featuring a turnkey socket for easy operation, the lamp’s exposed cord creates an effortless look to the piece. The arms are made of steel and brass and are fully adjustable, reaching and moving in a variety of directions and positions. Each lighting project made by Southern Lights Electric is handmade and packed [... more]

In Sharp Contrast

Painting windows, molding, baseboards, and other trim a dark color emphasizes architectural details and can transform the space into a dramatic and updated look. Bold yet elegant, this unexpected design trick provides the perfect combination of traditional and modern style. From basic black and gray to rich shades of midnight blue and forest green, the dark hue creates a custom look that adds personality and impact to your home. Going dark seems daunting at first, but remember that it’s just paint and can be changed easily for [... more]

Flexible Foreshadowing

A creative book-storage solution, this unique shelving system morphs into different shapes depending on how you arrange your books. Called Chuck, the shelving, which consists of six flexible wood planks and two stainless steel locking collars, looks like an ordinary wall shelf at first glance. But as you begin to add books, it takes on wave-like shapes that turn the system into an art piece. Thanks to its skillfully designed combination of flexibility and stability, Chuck won the 2014 Red Dot Design Award for furniture and is [... more]

A Blog You Should Be Reading

We all need a little inspiration and distraction in our daily lives, and sometimes Pinterest just doesn’t quite cut it. The next time you’re in need of a fresh perspective, we suggest checking out House of Harper, a fabulous lifestyle, travel, and fashion blog run by Texas native Caroline Harper Knapp. The 10-year fashion-industry veteran now calls New York home, but is still a Southerner at heart. Caroline’s photos of her personal outfits and home décor exude a sophisticated and relaxed style that perfectly combines her Texas [... more]

A Most Beautiful Flashlight

If you’re like us, you hide your flashlight in a drawer, under the sink, or on a shelf in the laundry room. Then, when the power goes out, you fumble around in the dark trying to locate it. Well, no more. The sleek and attractive Trioh! Flashlight demands a place out in the open, making it more accessible in times of need. This device serves three functions: as a standard flashlight, as an emergency light (it automatically turns on when the power goes out), and as an [... more]

Bold Integrations

Let boring all-beige rooms be a thing of the past. Today, the talk of the town revolves around saturated colors. Interior design pros everywhere are forgoing our standard go-to neutrals for deeper and brighter color options such as royal blue, plum, and dark green. But remember, going bold doesn’t mean you have to paint an entire room; instead, sprinkle in pops of color with one or two pieces of furniture, or with accessories such as rugs, curtains, or throw pillows. As you gain confidence, you can begin [... more]

Pretty Plasticware

Those plastic spoons collecting dust in the back of your pantry take on a whole new and striking purpose with this DIY Spoon Flower Mirror project. With just a few simple steps, you can create a surprisingly elegant mirror. Just break the tops off of the spoons, hot glue them to a circular piece of cardboard, spray-paint the spoon tops, and attach a small mirror to the center. Since you’re creating this wall art yourself, the color is completely up to you. The finished product looks more [... more]

Light-Years

Philips recently introduced an LED light bulb that can last up to 20 years. Yes, you read that right…20 years! The LED A Shape bulb saves not only consumer energy (which would otherwise be spent replacing multiple light bulbs in the lifespan of this one bulb), but also saves $130.62 in energy costs. According to tests performed by Philips, the average life span of one bulb is 22 years if it were to be left on for 3 hours every day. The opaque orange bulb emits a [... more]

Rock and Roll Chair

German furniture designer Markus Krauss created the perfect seating to enjoy with your loved ones. The Sway is a visually light rocking chair whose unique design allows for multiple seating arrangements, including a lounge chair for one or a chair for two or three. Handmade with a powder-coated steel frame and a padded and upholstered cushion, the Sway features a patented “telescope” mechanism that locks it into a stationary position. But be warned: This type of ingenuity isn’t cheap. The flexible chair will run you more than [... more]

A Personal Touch

If you want to find a real-life Aidan from Sex and the City, head to Atlanta, Georgia. There you’ll find Kendrick Anderson, who creates custom furniture from his own self-named shop. While studying English literature in college, Kendrick became transfixed with the idea of building a table. With no personal experience in woodworking, he looked to his family’s history—his grandfather owned a sawmill/lumberyard and his father builds custom homes. After that initial piece, Kendrick realized woodworking was in his blood. He says his inspiration comes from a [... more]

Trend Alert: Origami

The ancient art of transforming paper into intricate figures, origami has now taken hold of the home design world. Furniture designers inspired by the simplicity and grace of origami shape, fold, and mold materials, including steel, into beautiful chairs, sofas, tables, wall hangings, lamps, and even curtains. The elegance of the origami pieces combined with the functional practicality ensures that this trend will be around for years to come. Our favorite piece, the Origami Sofa Bed from Cattelan Italia, offers a sleek alternative to the traditional futon.

Going Bold

Using red in your home’s design seems daunting, but the color heightens senses and, depending on the shade and context, can set a room’s mood. When thinking about bringing the color into your own home, consider these tips: Use red on all walls to add intimacy to a room, or just paint one accent wall to transform the proportions of a narrow room. Create an inviting atmosphere with red accents, including chairs or drapery. Establish the mood of a room by carefully choosing the other colors in [... more]

Raise the Bar

With summer months fast approaching, it’s time to get your backyard entertainment-ready. We suggest starting with the North Beach Bar ($978), one of our favorite new outdoor pieces. Created by Modern Digs Furniture, the bar consists of an aluminum frame wrapped by a woven synthetic material that’s been UV-treated to withstand the elements. The North Beach Bar’s six built-in shelves store various items, making it not only stylish but also functional. And the item comes in one piece, meaning no assembly needed. So what are you waiting for? [... more]

How Low Will You Go?

A mattress on the floor brings back memories of your first college apartment when the luxury of owning a bed wasn’t in the cards. Now, the minimalistic look has made a comeback and not just with the young 20-somethings. It appeals to all demographics for its low, understated profile and elemental comfort. Some like the simple elegance of the mattress on the floor because it takes up very little space, making the room appear larger. The problem we’ve noticed, however, is finding a nightstand the appropriate height. [... more]

Attractive Wall

Instead of putting holes in your walls each time you want to personalize your home, why not try a magnetic wall created by none other than you. The ease of this DIY project will surprise you. Simply buy magnetic paint at your local home improvement store and paint the area you desire, whether it be kitchen cabinets, a hallway wall, or an old door frame. The magnetic-paint wall lets you hang pictures and artwork with ease, but also doubles as a chalkboard. Kids love an area where [... more]

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