Friday, June 25, 2010

Not Your Standard Chandelier

Lighting is one of the most important elements in the design of a space and with the right selection, it can really make a statement. We've all seen the customary wrought iron or crystal chandelier which can be called for in some circumstances but I have to say it can be really fun to mix things up! What I love are chandeliers that incorporate more eclectic materials like wood, rope, coral, shell, beads and even clay from the soils of South Africa. A chandelier composed of a more uncommon material can help to elevate a design and be a unique and unexpected focal point that guests in your home will talk about.

Tip: In place of a vanity light, use a chandelier in your powder bathroom for a touch of glamor.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Revival of the Porter's Chair

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The porter's chair or hooded chair dates back to 18th century France. The style and shape of this chair lent itself to protection from the elements when the gatekeeper of an estate would sit at the front of the home and screen guests or visitors upon arrival. Today we've brought the hooded chair indoors and have updated it with bold fabrics and materials creating a blend of vintage and modern flair. The porter's chair brings a sense of royalty to anyone sitting in it and creates a dramatic statement in any space. It works as a bold accent chair in a sitting room or foyer and can create a romantic or intimate dining experience. What I love about the porter chair is that the possibilities are endless through the variation in materials. Here are some of my favorites!

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