Dramatic Neutrals

Dramatic Neutrals… sound like an oxymoron? To be clear… just because a room has a neutral scheme, does not mean that the space needs to be boring!

Though I am generally a huge fan of the use of color in any application, I have been thinking about updating and accessorizing our Master Bedroom as of late. New lamps, hang curtains, redo bedding, etc. At first I was thinking of bringing in a lot of color, but decided that I would like to keep things neutral… at least while we are still renting.

With that being said, here are some examples of spaces with a neutral palate and loads of drama!

Dramatic Paint Color:

via Traditional Home

via Design Project

via Design Project

Dramatic Contrast in Fabrics or Furnishings:

via Traditional Home

via Peep My Styles

via Traditional Home

via Peep My Styles

via Pinterest

Dramatic Architecture & Lighting:

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

I really enjoyed elements from each of the spaces above. They are calm and inviting yet visually interesting and appealing.

What do you think? Is there a space in your home where neutrals reign supreme?

Designer: Jan Showers

No matter who you voted for in the Election yesterday, I promise you will LOVE the designer that I want to show you today! She is one of my all time favorites.

One of my go-to places to look for amazing inspiration as well as fabulous furniture is Jan Showers’ website. This amazing designer has a list of magazine features and honors a mile long. But I think that her work speaks for itself!

Here are a few of my favorite spaces in her portfolio:

Are you feeling fabulous yet?

Jan Showers also has an amazing furnishings line that is really just to die for:

Villa Sofa

Palazzo Sofa

I featured the Claudette Bench shown below in this post

Claudette Bench

What is not to love about this screen!

Sanderson Screen

And last but not least…. this is literally my dream bedside table.

Manhattan Side Table with Drawer

She also has a line of Antique pieces such as this amazing Art Deco Chair c.1938.

Or this Bronze coffee table c.1940.

And what designer line is complete without lighting:

Link Lamp

Venetian Series #5

Venetian Series #3

Loving this chandelier!

Elizabeth Chandelier

After seeing all of those beautiful things… I hope that any of your post-election stress has now evaporated away.

Which pieces do you like?

On a side note, today is my anniversary! So I wanted to say a little shout out to my loving husband. I love you, Geoff! Always have and always will…

Sconces

I hope that everyone has enjoyed their weekend so far. It is a rainy day here in Houston and I am enjoying the opportunity to sit back and relax. Christopher is napping peacefully and Geoff and I are doing nothing of real importance. Don’t you just love lazy days?

This overcast day has me thinking of lighting. There are three main types of lighting that should be in any well designed space. Ambient lighting (also can be called overhead lighting), Task lighting (Such as a table lamp for reading), and accent lighting (to highlight artwork or architectural features).

Today I want to focus on a type of accent lighting, sconces, to be exact. These beautiful fixtures can be the perfect accent to really rev up a space.

Sconces are a great way to accent a fireplace.

They are stunning when used in a dining room to flank artwork…

Or when used to showcase an architectural element in the room such as a doorway or window.

Sconces can also serve double duty as task lighting in some applications.

Bathroom vanities and mirrors are one great example.

Another example would be hanging them over bedside tables to serve as reading lights.

Here are some of my favorite designer sconces

From left to right: Wood & Iron Barrel Sconce, Library Sconce, Abbot Single-Arm Sconce, Willshire Double Sconce, Huntingdon Crystal Double Sconce, Beaded Basket Sconce, Painted Iron Circles Wall Sconce, Industrial Filament Sconce

If you can’t afford a designer sconce like the ones above, that’s ok. A beautiful fixture could be just around to corner at your local Lowe’s. Here are some great fixtures that look like designer pieces, but won’t break the bank:

Lowe's

From left to right: 2-Light Bronze Wall Sconce, Bel-Air 3-Light Brushed Nickel Wall Sconce, Westmore Lighting 2-Light Antique Brass Arm Wall Light, Sea Gull Lighting 2-Light Brass Arm SconcePortfolio Pewter Arm Wall Sconce, Westmore Lighting 2-Light Nickel Arm Wall Sconce

Have you used any sconces in your home?