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Using Colorful Lighting Fixtures To Brighten Up A Modern Space

By and large, modern spaces are fairly monochromatic. Glass and steel, black, white, and gray, simple lines and straightforward designs that all add up to a sleek, stylish – and very minimalist – decor. But if you ask me, as elegant as a very simple, sophisticated modern design can be, it isn’t always terribly inviting. […]

Cluster Pendant Lights – A Modern Twist On Exposed Bulb Lighting

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that reclaimed industrial furniture is starting to make a big comeback in the design world. Maybe the most widespread and universal example of this is the resurgence of the light bulb pendant. The decorative equivalent of a bare bulb on a string, antique models sport beautiful sockets attached to long cords, often […]

Old Fashioned Lantern Lights To Perfect A Cottage Or Farmhouse Decor

Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of decorative lighting. Personally, I think that any fixture that doesn’t add to a room isn’t earning its keep. Sure, there are lights that are made for utility, but if you have the option to buy a great looking light or one that’s just so-so, there’s […]

Reclaimed Industrial Furniture For An Urban Loft Or Art Space

I recently went apartment hunting with a good friend of mine who’s in the market for an artist’s loft. Regular readers might have noticed that I’m really embracing the trend towards a more industrial style home, especially renovated warehouse spaces, so this trip was a real treat. What was even better is that I got […]

Ditch The Crystal – Beautiful, Budget-Friendly Glass Chandeliers

For a long time now, crystal has been the go-to material when it comes to chandeliers. From a few teardrops to chandeliers made more of crystal than anything, crystal chandeliers are so ubiquitous that the “crystal” is practically implied just in the word “chandelier.” And there’s every reason for it – the beautiful optic quality […]

Spiral Pendants – An Elegant Modern Style For Your Home

To me, the biggest difference between traditional and modern lighting fixtures is innovation. Lovely as they may be, and often grand and stunning as they are, there isn’t a whole lot of variety in traditional lighting fixtures in shape, style, form, or material.  But with modern lighting, the sky is really the limit – modern […]

White Lighting Fixtures (Part 2) – Having Fun With Shapes

Yesterday I talked a bit about how well the color white works in modern design, especially win modern lighting fixtures. But it’s a topic near and dear to my heart, and one that I think is worth revisiting. So, if Part 1 was about light, shadow, and texture, today I’d like to talk about shape […]

White Lighting Fixtures – A Simple Way To Get A Modern Look

I once had a sculpture instructor who insisted that all the projects we turned in were painted flat white. Why? Because flat white is the great equalizer: it shows every detail and every dent, every mark and every mar – it’s the true test of ability, and done right, one of the most spectacular displays […]

Industrial Style Pulley Lights For A Unique Antique Loft

One of my personal favorite design trends, and one that I’m pleased to be seeing more of, is the use of reclaimed materials and spaces. From furniture made of salvaged wood or metal parts to whole lofts made in converted warehouse spaces, I love a look that’s aesthetically old, textured, and rugged. I love old […]

Choosing The Right Island Light For Your Kitchen Island

In recent years, kitchen islands have become more and more popular, especially in large kitchens with open floorplans. But upping the size of your kitchen – and especially introducing a secondary workspace like a kitchen island – means you’ll need more and better lighting. Some kitchen islands are used for prep, some for seating, and […]