I’ve been looking for some new exterior lighting for our house and for a while I was in a serious analysis-paralysis. If you’ve read my very first blog post, you know that when we bought our home it needed to be rescued from the 80’s. I’ve been shopping around and I had my eye on several, but was having a hard time making a decision. I decided to turn to my old pal Pinterest to start an exterior board to see if I could narrow down the look I’m after. Here are a few that I pinned as inspiration. As you’ll see the lighting is mostly traditional, but with a modern, clean lined bent which is on par with my taste. I love mixing these two looks. Oh and apparently I really like white houses!
All images above via Pinterest.
What I’m looking for is really an updated lantern shape. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on.
Sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Painting our house white isn’t in the cards at the moment. It’s closer to the style and color of this house below, via Studio McGee.
So the winner is…drumroll please….
I chose this one based on both look and price. I like that it’s traditional, but simple and un-fussy and ultimately I had to consider price. I have to replace 7 lights in total so that ruled out a couple of the others. The first of several is being installed today — just in time for the holidays.
Oh and just for fun… check out the lights we are replacing. They scream 1980, and not in a charming-retro way, right? Now as Thanksgiving approaches, I’m savoring the last moments of my favorite season before it’s time to deck these halls!
Last weekend my husband and I took a quick trip up to Portland, Oregon. He travels there a few times a year for business, but it was my first time. The trees were sporting all sorts of beautiful autumn shades of orange, red and yellow and there was a crisp feeling of fall in the air. On Friday we explored the city together and ended up on the very charming 23rd street. We did our share of beer and tasty treat sampling (Salt & Straw ice cream!) and I wandered into a great home store called Manor Fine Wares. Okay I’ll be honest it may have been more like a stumble after the beer.
The store is filled with all kinds of goodness in the form of furniture, accessories, lighting, tableware, linens and even some unique jewelry.
I loved this cozy fireplace nook with the convex mirror and all the indigo accessories.
Plaid is everywhere this season.
This table setting had me thinking about Thanksgiving, which happens to be my favorite holiday. We’re hosting this year and I’ve been thinking about how perfect these plates would be on my table ever since I laid eyes on them.
I happen to know these come from Juliska and you can get all the goods below here.
I can’t believe how fast the holidays are approaching. I’m not ready to deck the halls just yet because I want to savor Thanksgiving first. I’m all for the “Save Thanksgiving” movement. How ’bout you?
Today I’m excited to be sharing the work of San Francisco based designer Catherine Kwong. To me, her design approach is perfectly elegant and tailored. She effortlessly mixes modern with vintage in a way that is refined, graceful and elegant. I can’t recall exactly how I stumbled upon her work but let me tell you, as soon as I saw her portfolio I was stopped dead in my tracks. I’m totally in love her refined approach to design. I especially love her use of fine art and dark moody hues that either contrast with or add drama to other elements in the rooms like lighting and fabric. See for yourself below.
I love the layered look of this console under the stairs.
Check out this modern kitchen. You may know by now that I’m a huge fan of fine art photography and this oversize work here is stunning and works beautifully as a statement piece on this wall with high coffered ceilings.
Check out the lovely star detail on this upholstered headboard. This is a great example of mixing elegant features like a mirrored side table and traditional headboard with more modern elements like the modern chrome bedside lamps.
Here’s a lovely mix of modern and traditional in this dining and living room area.
This dark and moody wallpaper is stunning.
This is Catherine’s San Francisco townhouse as featured in Rue Mag. You can see more of that article here.
Again, a cool use of modern pared with rustic from the vintage wine bottle racks.
More great photography here in this office/shoe room! Yes, check out the wall of shoes!
Lucite, brass, velvet… oh my!
If you’d like to see more of Catherine’s work, check out her website here.
Enjoy your Sunday. I cannot believe it’s already November!
Continuing my love affair with Southern California designers this week is Brooke Wagner Design, of Corona Del Mar. My jaw about hit the floor when I flipped through the pages of her portfolio which features stunning homes designed to the tune of absolute beachy perfection. Her designs encompass a quintessentially casual California style.
In this home from her portfolio, the fabrics and finishes are so current. The use of driftwood grays, blues and fabrics evoke a coastal chic sensibility without going overboard. Overall the home feels so approachably stylish. With fall just around the corner, consider this a last summer design fling.
A dramatic window pane front door and a driftwood gray paneled ceiling sets the coastal chic tone as soon as you walk in the door.
The home features, wide-plank, limed oak flooring throughout.
The family room features a retractable window wall that opens right up to the outside living space. Perfect for entertaining.
The classic white kitchen gets loads of personality with rustic driftwood beams, indigo batik fabric on the counter stools and over-sized cone pendant lighting.
The blue and gray color scheme is carried through to the bedroom linens and bathroom finishes.
I love the texture of the herringbone wood paneled wall in this bedroom.
I would’t mind doing laundry in this bright and airy laundry room.
To see more from Brooke Wagner Design, check out her portfolio here.
Here are my pics for getting a similar look.
Art | Sofa | Table Lamp | Indigo Pillow | Rug | Vases | Aqua Pillow | Clamshell Bowl | Ikat Pillow | Chair | Side Table