Looking for lighting? Let us share some ideas with you!!

Lighting fixtures are one of the most important factors I consider when I design a space. Whether you’ve got tons of natural light, or none at all, a beautiful light is a perfect way to add drama and personality to a room. It’s not just for task purposes, but aesthetically as well! Below I have hand picked some of my favorite fixtures that will add the wow factor to any home for under $500!

Design Within Reach is one of the best places to purchase something unique and modern. Their pieces truly reflect sophistication and originality. Check out these fixtures I found…

Coral Pendant from Design Within Reach
The Coral Pendant from Design Within Reach portrays a natural and minimal look. It’s 23.5 inch diameter would be the perfect pendant above a breakfast table!
Design Within Reach

The Satellite Pendant is another mid century modern option from Design Within Reach. It’s the perfect fixture to create a retro flair in your space! And the large scale makes the fixture have presence!

West Elm is another favorite company of mine that offers a wide range of table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. You could be shopping for a bedroom, living room or entry and you can always find something at West Elm that wont break the bank! These pendants from West Elm come in an antiqued mercury glass or clear glass. The have a clean and contemporary shape and can go in a transitional or modern space. Depending on the space, adding 1-3 pendants in a row will add a finished look over your island or rectangular dining table with plenty of light! Or even create your own cluster of lights using 3-5 of them together hanging at different heights.

Industrial Pendant at West Elm

Looking for a floor lamp? Look no more… Pottery Barn has a “Photographer’s Tripod Lamp” that will complement an office, bedroom or even family room, giving off a “well traveled” look.
Photographer's Tripod Floor Lamp @ Pottery Barn

Another great resource that I use all the time is Lamps Plus. This chrome base lamp would be perfect as a pair for any entry way. It has a four-way switch to control the lighting and a glamourous chrome base design to add a unique look to your room.
Lamps Plus

Lastly, is this eye catching pendant from Lamps Plus featuring amazing design by Possini and made of metal. Pair this with a sleek round dining table and you’ve got a modern show stopper!
Euro Planet Pendant from Lamps Plus

In need of some room inspiration? Check out these spaces with great light fixtures…
Interior Designer Kelly Behun @ KellyBehun.com

Check out our pick for the color of the month!

This month Deep Ocean Blue is the color that I am using for inspiration! Just the sound of it makes me want to dive into a room filled with this hue! A splash of this rich color and it will leave your space looking unique, fresh and modern. Why do we love it so much? Well for starters, it complements neutrals as well as bold reds, yellows and greens. How can you use a color like this? Well don’t worry because there are many options…

To begin, I want to share with you a family room that I designed in beauitful Malibu, California! Inspired by the gorgeous view from the windows, deep blue was the color I decided would capture the mood best. I did not want to over induldge this space with blue, so I carefully chose places to add that rich color. As you can see only a section of the ceiling were painted blue, as well as the back of the bookcases below. To bring this color forward, I added two accent chairs and oversized throw pillows on the sofa. I kept the color scheme neutral with pops of red and green to complete this look of this family room!

Shirry Dolgin, A.S.D. Interiors

Without changing the color of the walls, a rug or piece of furniture in this color can change the look of your space instantly! In the photo below, I found a gorgeous master bedroom design in an all neutral palette with this geometric shaped deep blue rug. This rich color complements the neutral color scheme and adds a defining touch to the room.

An accent wall painted in a deep blue hue, like the one below, adds a peaceful sense to the room. The wall color makes the light furniture pop, and gives the entire space a warm tone. A secret about this color is that it does not take over the neutral palette, but instead becomes apart of it. Don’t forget that light is the key to making a room feel bright!
Photo Credit: Domino

Deep Ocean Blue can come in all sorts of shades, able to become so dark it looks close to black! To add interest to a room, without using the same color over the entire space, shades of the different color will do just the trick. As a tip a room in deep blue is easily dressed with accessories in shades of reds and yellows.
Elle Decor Blog


Inspired but not sure where to start? I recommend BEHR’s Deep Royal Blue. Try is as an acent wall or evan as a wainscotting halfway up the wall in a powder bathroom.
Deep Royal Blue by BEHR

Favorite Design Blogs

Working in the design industry, I’m exposed to many talented individuals whether it is another designer, a blogger, an artist, or an architect. I admire their work as artist everyday and thought I would share with you a few of my favorite design blogs. What better way to start off the new year than with a few blogs that will inspire you! coco+kelley, design sponge, and la dolce vita are just a few you should know about…
coco+kelley is an amazing design blog that I have followed for quite some time now. With a wide range of subjects regarding the interior design and fashion industry, along with her working knowledge of interior design, editor Cassandra LaValle is someone you want to follow! coco+kelley post about subjects such as new furniture and material finds, inspiring interiors, fashion, color palettes and entertaining. They often put together a collection of furniture pieces, colors and materials,like the one below from their blog.

From the blog coco+kelley

The blog often incorporates fashion design with interior design. I love seeing how fashion relates to interior design and the blog coco+kelley does a wonderful job at showing their relation!
coco+kelley blog
coco+kelley desing blog
I look forward to the new year of interior design and what coco+kelley has to share with all of us! If you want to start following coco+kelley I have provided a link to their blog here for you! http://cocokelley.blogspot.com

Design Sponge is another amazing design blog that I always look forward to reading. Founder of Design Sponge, Grace Bonney, has been praised by Martha Stewart and has worked on all sorts of projects within the design industry from The Nate Berkus Show to writing for the New York Times. I love that this blog has the knowledge of the design world in its backing. The blog is seperated in different subjects; spaces, places, before+after, diy, entertaining, products, columns, videos and biz ladies. I can literally spend hours on this site browsing all of the different subjects and things they have to talk about! Another great feauture is that once you have clicked on a subject, they give you all sorts of ways to narrow down your search if you are looking for something specific. Under the tab ‘spaces’ you can scroll through tons of posts about different interiors, who they belong to, design inspirtaion, where they are and much more. Check out the ‘sneak peak’ below of an adorable apartment located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For more info on this apartment, take a look at their blog at http://www.designsponge.com /

Design Sponge
Design Sponge Blog
Design Sponge
This blog is one of a kind and I highly encourage you to check it out if you have not already!!

La Dolca Vita is another top design blog that I follow. Founder and editor, Paloma Contreras, blogs about travel, interior design, fashion and people. As you scroll through the blog you get all kinds of information and beautiful photographs about these subjects. I love this blog because it spends time in the details and design is all with details. This blog feautures a room and they cover all the details you would imagine, including the linen headboard to the detail on the vanity chair.

La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita

Another reason I love following this blog, is that their subjects are so different from one other. One day they post about a room design and the next they are talking about how to wear stripes and the different looks you can achieve in your wardrobe!
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita really uses great photography to grasp your attention and you can really see the different subjects vividly. I love to scroll through the blog and randomly get an image with a positive quote like this one…
La Dolce Vita
You wont leave this blog feeling dissapointed, gaurenteed! Visit La Dolce Vita here http://paloma81.blogspot.com/