Jun 16, 2009

Guest Post: Let there be light

Hello readers! I have been getting lots of requests to add a "home style" section to my blog and I thought that it would be fun to have my friend Kelley, who is an award winning interior designer to give us some tips instead! I hope you all enjoy this post and if you do, let me know. Maybe I can convince her to write another one! :)

There are a few home d├ęcor items that tend to be easily overlooked when you’re in the selection process. By ‘overlooked’ I don’t mean that you’ve forgotten them altogether, but that the selections tend to be boring and ‘safe’ (if I see another beige area rug with a beige sofa on it I might lose it). These items, if chosen properly, can add that touch that your room was missing, and will always spark conversations amongst your guests.

One of those items is decorative lighting – table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lamps, sconces, chandeliers, etc. etc. (and if you’re curious, the other items are area rugs and art). You don’t necessarily have to be made of money to buy unique pieces for your home (although some that I’m suggesting will cost you a pretty penny, they will stand the test of time!). You just need to think outside the box.



Photo credit: Lamps Plus

Go retro with this George Kovacs arc floor lamp. Great in living rooms, it will add a sleek but fun look to your space.

Photo Credit: Lamps Plus

You can’t go wrong with classic stripes. This swag chandelier is great because it doesn’t require a J-Box in your ceiling. You can just plug it in to an outlet like you would any other lamp. Think about swag lamps instead of table lamps in your living room or even in a bedroom over your nightstands.

Keep it real with this Black Forest table lamp from Hudson Furniture. How I love this lamp! Work it in to a sleek, modern room to give it a bit of unexpected texture.


Photo Credit: Hudson Furniture Inc.

Make a statement with this Atlantis chandelier, also from Hudson Furniture. Words cannot express how I feel about this fixture. I can’t even call it a ‘fixture’. It’s a work of art.

Photo Credit: Hudson Furniture Inc.

Show off your feminine side with this crystal wall sconce from Brocade Home. I love the cocoa color!

Photo Credit: Brocade Home

Looking for something a little simpler? West Elm’s Globe Lamp is great. Just by changing the proportion of the shade to the base, they’ve given a new look to an old standard.


Photo Credit: West Elm

How great would a few of these Globe Pendants hanging in a row over a dining table be?

Photo Credit: West Elm

I hope this has inspired you to replace those ten dollar paper shade lamps you bought when you were in college and step it up a bit! It doesn’t take much to liven up your space, just a little thought and voila! Let there be light!

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Update: Kelley wanted to share another alternative to the Arc Floor Lamp show above with this one from Dania, as well as the original Arco Floor Lamp from Design Within Reach.

p.s. from Tiffany... Last day to enter my Max Factor Giveaway! And head on over to Style-ish Reviews for another fun giveaway! A $100 Visa Gift Card! YES for realz! Get over there now! :)

24 comments:

  1. that Atlantis chandelier is positively magical!

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  2. I totally love the 3rd one...Natural...YAY!

    Xoxo

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  3. Cool lamps! That first one made me laugh out loud b/c my friend's parents have had a lamp like that since literally the 70s ;)

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  4. I'm pretty crazy over the shag chandelier. This will be perfect in my new house!

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  5. *oops I mean swag chandelier

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  6. I like all of them, especially the stripes.

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  7. That crystal wall sconce is gorgeous!!!

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  8. The Atlantis Chandelier...omg it's definitely a work of art!
    I'm so glad you're adding this in to your already amazing site!

    I hope you have a good day love!! xo

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  9. There are no words to describe how I feel about the Atlantis Chandelier. I want it!

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  10. I like the globe pendant light in the last photo.

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  11. great post! these are all lovely...I have been thinking about getting several of the Globe Pendants to put over my kitchen island!

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  12. That arc floor lamp is great! I love the idea of adding these types of posts...hope you keep them coming. :)

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  13. LOVE the brocade home one! so cute!

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  14. Love the Atlantis chandelier!

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  15. I LOVE the first one. I've been eyeing that one forever but I just don't have the room. I like the one at DWR with a marble base. it's so timeless and it will fit anywhere.

    I love this guest post...great idea, Tiffany and great tips, Kelley! I miss Domino...doesn't everyone? sigh...

    ps--Tiffany, head over to my blog today..there's a litle something for you there:)
    xx

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  16. Great post! We're moving and are in need of lighting!!

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  17. Since I've moved, I've become OBSESSED with lamps...they really can do wonders when decorating any space! Loving the westelm little globe--so cute!

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  18. Ah, damn you for dangling that George Kovacs arc floor lamp in front of me! I've been wanting one for so long. It would really bring the living room together, and provide much-needed light since we don't have a ceiling light. Oh well. I guess I'll have to hope Ikea comes out with a decent version...

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  19. the 3 lamp is soooooooooo gorgeussssss

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  20. i love the lamp and the bulb!! it looks so cool and modern! i wish i get one to decorate my room. where do u get all these stuffs anyway?

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  21. Hi all! The George Kovacs Arc Lamp is available at Lamps Plus for $339. There is another version of it available at Dania for $275, and of course the original Arco Floor Lamp from 1962, which can be purchased at Design Within Reach for about $2,700. ~Kelley

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  22. Hey, it looks really cool. Also, I came across this study thing which is eco friendly, eye soothing and has a battery back up of six hours also tested by one of the biggest eye specialist. Have a look :

    http://studylite.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30&Itemid=38&cid=cm

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