Posted by on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Interior Design.

This morning it is dark, cold, and raining outside. It’s not exactly the type of day that allows you to draw the shades and let natural light pour into the room. Fortunately I have lighting within my living room that will suffice, but do you?

When it comes to lighting your home there is a lot to know and take into consideration. Think about it – if you want to perform a task in the space, you will need direct lighting. For a room with a television or computer, you may want the opportunity to dim the lights so you don’t get glare or reflections on the screen. In the bedroom it is nice to have ambient lighting so that you can relax and get comfortable. These thoughts are just a few of many to account for when layering lighting in your home. Let’s take a closer look.

Lighting Layers

Ambient lighting is the most widely used and is also known as general lighting. Consider it as the lights you would use to supplement natural light. It can include centrally located ceiling mounted light fixtures such as a flush-mount fixture, or even recessed can lights. This is best when the light can be controlled with a dimmer, allowing you to soften the appearance and set the mood.

Task lighting is exactly as it sounds, for tasking! Direct lighting that can allow you to function better in the space, and some examples include pendant lights, table or pharmacy lamps, and sconces. Having a lamp that can be adjusted and maneuvered is nice so you can literally focus on the task at hand.

Accent lighting is a great way to emphasize your favorite artwork and accessories, or create drama in a room. Have fun with uplighting a plant or the stone on the fireplace. It is very concentrated lighting that is meant to draw your eye to that focal point.

Stick with this framework and you will have no problem staying inside on a rainy day! Before I go, I do want to show you a couple of light fixtures that I enjoy…

Fun Lighting Designs

Tom Dixon

The world of lighting is so vast that it can almost be overwhelming! Lately I have been into the industrial design style and found this pendant and felt I had to share it. Tom Dixon, designer of the Cog Stack Pendant, was inspired by “the often unloved and un-noticed knurling, the precision of cogs and the tools that go into manufacturing them”.

Nadja Swarovski’s Home | Tord Boontje

I love all things that sparkle, and instantly fell in love with the Blossom Chandelier by Tord Boontje. Utilizing Swarovski crystals, the shape and form of the chandelier dances as light bounces off of every angle. Nadja Swarovski has a couple of these in her home, as seen above, and in different colors too. How divine!

Well, thanks for reading everyone! I hope the new year is off to a wonderful start and let us know if you have any ideas for posts or questions for us. We’re happy to answer and love to hear from you!



Simplify Your Life in True Scandinavian Style

Posted by on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 in Interior Design.

Happy new year! Hopefully everyone had the chance to relax and enjoy the holidays. I, for one, took an especially long break, but am feeling refreshed and ready to get back at it! Who’s with me?! Lauren had Vera last week and is enjoying some family time with the new little one. How exciting!

Well, over the weekend I went to the Remodeling and New Homes Show. I had an interesting conversation with a more mature gentleman about how he believes the younger generation is moving away from having ‘things’ in their home. I just figured it was due to them being younger and not yet having all that time to acquire ‘things’. Thinking more about it, I realized that design trends have changed and with the more modern style there is less of a desire for clutter. Clean, straight lines overshadow the curved, ornate lines that once were. This brings me to the topic at hand: Scandinavian design.

My Scandinavian Home

If you are looking to pare down your belongings and simplify your life, Scandinavian design may be just what you need. With an emphasis on minimalism and multi-functional pieces, this design style has the younger generation hooked. If you are wanting to achieve this style within your own home, the key design aesthetics are as follows:

White Everywhere

Design Circus

No longer do you need to be concerned with what color to paint the walls or what color backsplash tile to go with, because the answer is always white. Clean, fresh, and invigorating, a white room can be uplifting for the mind and create ease within yourself.


Design Circus

When in doubt, throw it out?! Now I know you’re thinking ‘but I like my stuff’, but consider this, when was the last time you used or enjoyed that item? With Scandinavian style there is no need for anything that doesn’t serve a purpose. Keep things as simple as possible and give away anything in excess. This is great for those who want to focus on organizing for the new year!

Warmth with Wood and Texture

My Scandinavian Home

With a lot of white a space can feel very sterile, so it’s not a bad idea to add some plush rugs and pillows, as well as some warm wood furniture. This will offset the vast amount of white and give your eye a point of focus in the room.

Add Life with Greenery

My Scandinavian Home

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…every space should have some plants! Whether it’s living or faux, greenery can go a long way in a Scandinavian styled home.

Other items to focus on would be to keep the flooring light in color, enlarge your view and do away with window treatments, pay attention to detail, and keep it eco-friendly. While I can go on and on about key components to this style and all that it can do for you I’ll keep it short. Give this style a try and see what you think. Can you declutter your life and live in a minimalist space?



Stephanie’s New Year’s Resolution: Time Management

Posted by on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 in Miscellaneous.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, it is time to focus on the new year. I know that 2017 will be a great year for me and hopefully for you as well. There are a lot of things that I look to improve and accomplish. I will also be turning thirty half way through the year so this is the perfect time to set new goals and look forward to achieving them.

Umbra Madera Wall Clock
I love this clock…and it can be a great way to manage my time!

New Year, New You, Need Time

One of the biggest new year’s resolution that I hear is to be healthy, get fit, lose weight, and so on. While that’s a great place to start for most, I need to get to the root of the problem: time.

My main and only new year’s resolution for 2017 is to work on my time management. In doing this I can make time to be healthy, organized, and stay ahead of the game. I already began to work on this, so let me share with you some of the steps I have started to implement.

  1. Start by timing everything that you do, that way you know how much time to allot for that given task.
  2. Prioritize and perform the most important task first to ensure that it gets done before its deadline.
  3. Restrict how often you check your email. Try to keep it to one or two times a day.
  4. Develop a routine for your daily activities, such as your morning to-do’s.
  5. Limit your time on social media.
  6. Get a full night of sleep so that you can function better throughout your day and be more productive.
  7. Realize that you may not get everything done in your day, but improve what you DO each and every day and you will eventually see the bigger picture.

This is quite the list (considering it’s still in process) and I know it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. The point is to get a routine to your day so that you can fit in all of the tasks you want/need to do while still maintaining a social life and keeping up with your health. In the end you will achieve success, and that will be worth it alone! I know for me the feeling of accomplishment is enough to put my mind at ease.

Please let me know if you have any ideas on how to improve time management. Throughout the year I hope to go into further detail on how I manage my time and let you know how it is going for me. Of course, feel free to expand on this list to make it work for yourself. All in all the new year is bound to be a good year if you stick with it and work hard. Let’s do this!