Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Living Room Revealed

The last (and only) room reveal I posted from our new condo was our bold kitchen. Our living room flows smoothly in the same tradition, using a bold wall color in combination with large neutral pieces to balance the space.

Our favorite elements of the living room are the cozy couch and rustic/industrial coffee table. Of course, I love those leather chairs, and the gallery wall is something that always makes me smile.

My least favorite element is probably the bar cart. Even though I am the one that gave it the facelift before, I think the colors are too much for the space now and would fit better in a solid neutral or metallic tone, and I would love to find the old Lucite wheels to put back on it.

What do you think? Is there a particular element that you love or live without? What is your favorite element of your living room?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Get a Glowing Review on your Lighting

Though I have mentioned how important your lighting is, I will mention it again! Lighting is not only important for providing illumination, but it is also important to add style and potentially a focal point.

Vintage Sputnik light featured in this entryway by Shirley Meisels.

Let's look at entryway lighting. This is the space people enter upon first setting foot in your home. This space shows your guest the style of the space they are walking into, and it should be a representation of your style and your home. I have touched before on layering your lighting, which is also very important, but in an area like your entrance, I want to talk about the visual impact of the fixtures themselves.

Osgood Pendant by Arteriors featured in this entryway by Heather Garrett Design.

For your entrance, your dining room or even your master bedroom, it is good to find a fixture that really shows off your style and the style you are creating within your home. You want a fixture that makes an impact as part of your decor -- something that is as visually appealing as it is functional.

Think of lighting your home as how you would accessorize your wardrobe.
If you want to add a little glamour, add something with some crystals to catch the light and your eye:

The Danieli Chandelier by Neirmann Weeks adds sophistication
in a look that can swing from traditional to transitional spaces,
featured in 
this room by Norris Architrecture.

A modern twist on a classic crystal chandelier, the Linear Strand Crystal Chandelier makes a stunning focal point. As photographed in this room by Heather Merenda.

If you are looking to achieve a more structured look, choose something geometric:
This pendant by Husdon Valley, adds a multi-layered geometric feeling with cylindrical arms and a large square crystal shade,this fixture offers a unique look. 

If you want something that represents a more natural and organic shape, look for something like this:
A nature inspired light fixture is stunning as displayed
this dining area as designed by D'Apostrophe.

Let your lighting being a conversation starter by selecting a piece that will draw people in.

This sculptural fixture, LZF by 2Modern, is a true work of art.
It appears to be almost floating in 
this dining room
designed by 
Shirley Parks Design.

However you dress it, make the space a representation of you, and make it shine! Have fun with the lighting -- just because it is necessary, doesn't mean it has to be bland.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Motivation Monday :: Dancing in the Rain

Rain is a big part of who I am. I've never had any problems with it. I was raised in Seattle, among the overcast skies with plenty of drizzly days.

I love the way that when it rains, everything smells fresh. The grass looks greener and it helps the flowers grow.

Last weekend, it rained on our wedding day. It wasn't just a drizzle or Seattle mist style rain, it was pouring! That was the one day I started to question my love for the rain. But then you have to realize all the good that the rain does. If you can't appreciate it, it will bog you down and alter your mood. Especially on a day as big as your wedding day, if it rains, try to look around at all the good. Friends and family still came together to witness as we joined together, and celebrated our love. 

To express my recent lack of harmony with the rain, I decided to try my hand at writing out a favorite quote dealing with the subject.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain." 

I love this! And we danced the night away to celebrate last weekend. The best thing is that now I get to celebrate my love as we dance in the sun and rain all the days of our life. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Please Excuse My Absence

Hello everyone! Although some of you may be aware, I'm sure some were wondering what happened when I just fell of the face of the blog-osphere over a month ago. Well, last weekend was my wedding!

I have been working with my clients to get their projects all to a good place so that while I was away for the wedding last weekend, and when I will be away for the honeymoon soon, everything will continue to progress smoothly.

I think I have mastered the art of compartmentalizing. Deal with the task at hand at any given time to make sure things get done, and then go onto the next task at hand...the blog got pushed to the far back burner to rest... thanks to those of you who are still sticking around!

I am working on a post to walk through the planning and decor of our wedding to go up next week, and there are some pretty exciting projects in the works that will hopefully be photographed for reveal posts to get us through the end of the year!

How do you keep everything in order when you are juggling different things in your personal & professional life?