We’ve noticed a rising trend lately: incorporating pieces of art in the kitchen! Not in a nearby dining nook or an adjacent wall, but actually in the kitchen, sometimes with a designated spotlight for the art. This trend adds a lot of personality and charm to a space that can sometimes feel cold and utilitarian. Art breaks up the backsplash and adds life where you wouldn’t expect it!
We do have some questions, however. Primarily, how are the art pieces that are placed near a sink or stove protected so it or the frame isn’t harmed by water or grease splatter? We don’t know the answers to that yet, but we hope to find out!
In the meantime, enjoy some prime examples of this trend, and we hope it inspires you to consider how you could potentially add art to your kitchen design!
You’ve probably never thought much about sofa arm styles, but each one lends itself to a different design style – and there are many! In fact, this small detail impacts the overall style of a room immensely, even if you don’t notice it right away.
If you’ve taken our design style quiz, you already know your interior design style. If you haven’t taken it yet and you’re wondering what your design style is, go take the quiz here!! Once you know your style, you can start to understand how different arm styles fit well with certain design styles.
For example, the straight lines and simplicity of a track arm fit well with more contemporary design styles, whereas the curve of a panel or English arm style fits with more traditional design styles. Scoop styles are a good mixture of the two. Therefore, these fit well with more transitional styles.
Learning about arm styles can help as you shop for sofas or chairs in your style! Below are the main arm styles we use on a regular basis. Of course, you can change the width of these arms, add padding or nails to adjust the style even further!
We hope you find this helpful! If you’re taking the Home Design Coach course, this will really come in handy during week 3!
The perfect light fixture can be just what a room needs in order to make a statement! Statement lighting can make a huge impact in a dining room, entryway, stairwell, or even over a bathtub. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite statement light fixtures from past projects to illustrate the power of good lighting. We hope this inspires you to be bold, and consider using an out-of-the-box light fixture in your home!
This chandelier, from our Zen Modern Manor project, was the perfect finishing touch for this dining room! The design of this fixture was inspired by the famous Concord airliner. We felt that the clean lines and simple, contemporary design lended itself to the contemporary zen look we were going for. We also loved the play of the gold interior finish against the black outer finish, and how the colors and lines talked to the art pieces in the room. One thing’s for sure, it definitely makes a statement!
We think you’ll agree that this chandelier is absolutely stunning – and made the perfect addition to our Glamorous Glass Ensuite project! It’s appropriately named the Bling Chandelier, because each little glass droplet adds a piece of bling around the simple metal body, especially when light shines through it. The bathroom design is already beautiful with its serene blue tiles and clean lines, but this chandelier instantly adds a level of glamour to the space. That’s the power of a good light fixture!
This dining chandelier from our Breezy Bachelor Pad shines bright, even against that show-stopping piece of art! This fixture is quintessentially midcentury modern, but we’ve used it in spaces that are many different styles, and it always looks great! Even though its design is simple, it’s still dynamic. That, along with its versatility and timelessness, are what makes this fixture so special!
The Vortic Flow Drum Pendant was the perfect light fixture for our Sparkling Statement-Tiled Spa. The metal fixture is so dynamic, with its mixed bronze and gold finishes that wrap around each other in layers. It’s an artisanal light that lends itself to the Napa spa aesthetic of the space. Considering how gorgeous those sparkling tiles are, it’s amazing that the light fixture is able to draw our attention… but it sure does!
This light fixture from our Contemporary Lakeside Lounge is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house. The house is a planar structure that seemingly floats over a creek in Pennsylvania. Once you see this masterpiece of architecture, you can’t look at this light fixture and not notice the similarities! Part of what makes this fixture a showstopper is the way the light plays off the different metal planes, as shown in the second picture. One thing is for sure, its modern design is the perfect touch in this lake-house.
We hope this tour of statement light fixtures from our projects has inspired you to work a bold and beautiful light fixture into your next design project! If you need help, feel free to contact us here.
The field of Interior Design has always been a natural fit for Rebecca. Even before pursuing a degree in the field, she designed rooms for her friends and family. Rebecca further developed this passion through education, and then sharpened her skills through experience with internships. After graduating from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, she began her career as an interior designer in a Sacramento firm and never looked back.