Archive of ‘Lighting’ category

Making an Entrance

Alight well, summer is officially coming to a close next week. I love the idea of fall with the leaves, pumpkins, sweater weather, college football and all that, but the reality is this also means the holidays are right around the corner. Gulp! Of course the holidays mean busy times and likely house guests so today I’m thinking of sprucing up our entry. Whether you have a grand entrance, a compact entrance, or something in-between this is your chance to make a good first impression — not just on your house guests, but also for yourself. During this hectic time of year, who doesn’t want to come home to a welcoming (and organized) entry.

There are many elements that combine to make an impactful entrance —  a beautiful door, statement lighting, mirrors, art, seating, rugs, moulding, etc. Here are a few of my favorite examples.

Let’s start with doors. Obviously this can be a costly update but, a beautiful front door can make a huge impact. If you can’t afford a brand new door, sometimes a coat of fresh paint will do the trick.

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Who doesn’t love a good dutch door? This one is gorgeous with the brass hardware. 844559d3d721b13b1f0aaaf7a7a89b64

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The contrast of the black and white in this entry is lovely. 26a0aa1cbb77d0e3dae25704f842c7d6

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Bench seating works well as a place to sit and put on shoes. This simple lantern and the fun stripes on the rug are a nice compliment to the traditional tufted bench. 79e6099a8771329e6365615011893cb0

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A table to drop your keys is a must for me. The combination of this stunning blue table, the brass mirror and vintage rug work beautifully with the classic white moulding.f37a0e99c3b238b89585c7e5924cb4ae

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Here’s another entry where a vintage rug is highlighted against all-white mill work. Oh and those lights are great too. A grouping of three makes it extra special. 9573a31fe32a7ba66d32b074dfe42127

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Wall paper can make an big impact in a small space. b9dd402ff4d021628175065fb63439fb

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These hooks are on double duty adding functionality and personality. They work perfectly with that ship lap.

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Mirrors are always a good idea in an entry because they can reflect light and serve as a place for one last check of the hair before you run out the door. This entry below ticks almost all the boxes – great rug, mirror, lighting, storage and an awesome dutch door.

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Kelly Stevers from the blog Bungalow Blue Interiors recently added this crips white board and baton moulding in her entry. I love how she has a collection of cherished family photos and a giant round mirror as a first greeting. bungalow-blue

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In place of a mirror, a large piece of art or a clever grouping of images can also make a big impact. This giant modern painting makes a statement in this grand foyer.

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And so does this grid of simple modern black and white prints. 4ecec41bb65174b8f255e6aba7423dcd

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Here’s a warm and welcoming entry from my Rincon 2 project. (More pics to come soon!) Here we have a number elements here as they have quite a large space — mirror, art, bench and a beautiful Danish Modern credenza as the focal point. kerry-gillette-interiors_rincon-2-entry

If you don’t have time to completely re-do your entry, some fresh flowers, new light or a fresh coat of paint my do the trick. I’m planning fresh paint, moulding and a new light fixture for mine. More on that soon too, I promise!

xo Kerry

Rincon House: Master Bedroom

Happy Sunday everyone. I don’t know about you, but in our house, Sundays are made for lounging in bed with coffee and iPad in hand. (For reading design blogs of course!) Speaking of lounging in bed,  I’m excited to share my master bedroom with you today. I’ve been slowly updating it over the past few months and waiting for the last piece of furniture to arrive and it’s ready for a look.

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I wanted serene colors with layers of white, cream and blue. I lean towards classic lines, which lead me to the Chesterfield headboard. I love the tufting and the fact that it reads both masculine and feminine.  I also wanted some of that coastal, casual California feel, which is where the the scalloped capiz light fixture and vintage pillows came in. They add texture, character and dimension. And finally, I just had to incorporate some great pieces art, some of which I’ve found on Etsy and some that I’ve collected over the years.  Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 10.36.33 AM

Rising Clouds Art // RH Chesterfield Headboard // Dark Seas Art // Capiz Chandelier // French Ring Sheet Set // Vintage Indigo Hmung Tribal Pillow

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I hear there’s some kind of football game on today that everyone’s watching. I guess I better get out of bed and out to the store for snacks and drinks here pretty soon.  Enjoy!

xo Kerry

The Hunt for New Exterior Lighting

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!Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 11.00.11 PM

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What I’m looking for is really an updated lantern shape. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on.

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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.

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So the winner is…drumroll please….

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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? IMG_5225IMG_5066Now as Thanksgiving approaches, I’m savoring the last moments of my favorite season before it’s time to deck these halls!

xo Kerry

I Could Move Right In: Catherine Kwong Design

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. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.02.24 PM

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. J1_Catherine+Kwong+Design_John+Merkl_Pacific+Heights_150dpi

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.gargiulo-residence-catherine-kwong-07

Here’s a lovely mix of modern and traditional in this dining and living room area. B1_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_150dpi

This dark and moody wallpaper is stunning. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.05.32 PM

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Again, a cool use of modern pared with rustic from the vintage wine bottle racks. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.59.37 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.59.50 PM

More great photography here in this office/shoe room! Yes, check out the wall of shoes! F3_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_06_150dpi Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.03.41 PM

Lucite, brass, velvet… oh my!H1_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_150dpi H5_CatherineKwongDesign_BessFriday_Pacific+Heights_150dpi+copy

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!

xo Kerry

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