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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Five Ways to Add Rustic Modern Style


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The fact that the nights are cold and dark can make a crisp white contemporary room feel chilly and stark. Taking notes from cozy cabins, add a few rustic textures like walnut, cozy plaid textiles, leather and brass to warm it right up. While rustic cabin style may seem at odds with modern/contemporary rooms, these items combine cozy textures with clean lines and clever design. Here are five favorite rustic modern pieces.


Lights Up! Woody Pendant Lamp. This beautiful pendant adds the textures of a thin wood veneer’s grain and linen, clean modern lines and a warm glow overhead overhead.


Gus Modern Hex Ottoman. The large-scale colorful plaid will add a cozy cabin touch to your modern room. It’s easy to pull around by the handle when you need to move it for extra seating or a place to put your feet up.


Skargaarden Marstrand Candle Lantern. Beautiful caramel-colored leather trimmed out with tacks add rich rustic texture to this simple glass hurricane. Use them on a tablescape or hanging indoors or out.


Twig Terrarium Gentle Reminder Male. For those who take a close look through the glass at the clever terrariums by Twig, there’s always a fun surprise. In this case, it’s a man holding an I Heart You sign among the stones and moss. A wooden sphere tops it off perfectly.


Gus Modern Wireframe Coffee Table. The mix of deep rich walnut wood and black, powder-coated steel grid framework is a wonderful balance of rustic and modern.

How do you warm up your modern/contemporary room with a little rustic style? Please let us know in the Comments section.



Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

5 Ways to Keep the “Fall Back” Blues Away


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While I love the extra hour of sleep in the morning after the fall time change, I really struggle with how early it gets dark out. It’s too dark to get outside for exercise after work and I start to feel like I need one of those little anti-depressive head lamps to keep my mood up. But there are plenty of ways to deal with the early sunsets that don’t involve cumbersome headgear. Use those hours around dinnertime to lighten up your home and perk yourselves up. 08342_lighthink_box_03

1) Lighten things up. Literally. When the natural light tucks itself away for the night, it’s up to you to create layers of light to create a mood. Having one overhead light and nothing else is depressing. Bring out the floor lamps, table lamps, heck, maybe even install some sconces or pendants. Don’t forget spots you may not have thought of, like a small lamp on a shelf or mantel. I like these Lighthink Boxes from Seletti because they have happy messages. They even come with three different panels so you can switch up the colors and words.


2) Bring the life indoors. If you go through gardening withdrawal after that last harvest, do a little bit of indoor gardening. Whether it’s succulents, a large fiddlehead fig, herbs or even those low-maintenance air plants, get some life going on indoors.


3) Swap stuff around. I do this twice a year. If your surroundings are feeling stale, you’ll feel blah. It’s easy to switch things up. Trade some lamps, rugs, side tables/nightstands, objects and artwork around from room to room. Get a few new pillow covers. Put a cheery tablecloth on the table. Create a cool new centerpiece.


4) Just go with it. Use the time inside as an excuse for a little hibernation with those books you haven’t opened up in awhile. Put your PJs or not-so-activewear on, grab a coffee, tea or cocoa and pull down different books for the coffee table on a regular schedule so that you can enjoy them and get re-inspired by them. Go to bed early and get up early to make the most of the earlier sunrise.


5) Crank some tunes. Get your music set up so it’s accessible and easy to get going. Enjoy those songs you forgot you had by putting on random mode or running though your entire music library in alphabetical order, explore some new genres on Pandora, or go old-school and check out this thing you have called local FM radio.

What do you do to keep the fall back blues away? Please let us know in the comments section.


Monday, October 19th, 2015

Get to Know Søren Rose Studio’s Unique Lighting for Menu


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When looking for inspiration for a new line of lighting, Søren Rose hit the road. In search of vintage lighting and hardware bits and bobs from the 1930s, the idea was to create a series of stylish lighting that is the sum of its parts. They searched far and wide for the most interesting antique lamps and reusable lamp parts, gathering all of their findings together, laying them out and creating something new from the old. The results are stylish forms with classic elements and finishes that give them timeless staying power. Here’s a closer look at the line for Menu, currently on sale for 15% off at Design Public.


Menu Reade Table Lamp The elegant curves of this brass table lamp create a simple yet elegant structure that sits lightly atop a desk, nightstand, counter or table. It is unobtrusive yet packs a design punch.


Menu Warren Wall Lamp. This lamp extends to the spot where you need light. If you’re short on space next to the bed, it will provide lovely reading light from overhead without taking up much space. The brass hides the cords so that you can plug it in stylishly without having to hard-wire it.


Franklin_Chandelier_Brass_-_Sren_Rose.jpgMenu Franklin Chandelier. This quirky fixture adds a dynamic touch overhead, bringing a zig-zag of lines and light right at eye level and above.




Menu Leonard Chandelier. This chandy’s lines meld Art Deco and mid-century modern style in a fresh way.



Menu Duane Pendant. A warm glow emits from the hemispherical shape of this lovely piece. It combines industrial and elegant elements which means it can fit into just about any style of room.

Menu Lighting is 15% off at Design Public through October 31.



Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Let Fall Engage All of Your Senses

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The days are getting shorter and crisper and the leaves are starting to change color. When we think of fall, we think of our how intensely our senses are engaged. The crunch of leaves under our feet, the aroma of hot cider, the nip in the air, the roar cheers erupting from the stadium down the road. Here are some of our favorite ways to engage our senses during this wonderful season.

We love to hear the crackle of an outdoor fire pit  while we enjoy its toasty warmth.



We want to inhale the Hygge in through our nostrils. Do you know about Hygge? In a nutshell, it’s Scandi-speak for cozy warm and welcoming. Feelings these candles have distilled into a scent. 9335__dp

We want to see the lovely reflections of candlelight. Our least favorite thing about fall is that our days get shorter and evening falls sooner. So we make the most of it by enjoying romantic candlelight. Sempli_INCBP_filled2.jpg

We want to taste ingredients we’ve infused into our hot toddies. It’s a great time of year for cinnamon, cherries and dare we say, pumpkin spice.


We want to feel the cozy warmth of alpaca wool when we’re snuggled up under a throw.

What’s your favorite thing about fall? Please let us know by leaving a comment.




Monday, September 7th, 2015

5 Tips for Using Reclaimed Wood in Your Home

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Taken from old barns and other buildings, and even on site in some construction projects, reclaimed wood lends a rustic and warm cabin-like feel to any space around the home. One of the biggest benefits of “harvesting” wood from old structures is that you can often find lumber that’s no longer available, such as old-growth denser species and species like chestnut that no longer grow tall and mighty due to the blight. Here are some tips for using reclaimed wood in your home.


Keep bedding simple to put the focus on the reclaimed wood. This bedroom strikes just the right balance between modern and rustic, with its concrete floor, clean lines and weathered wood. (Room by Briggs Edward Solomon)

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Don’t be afraid to add color to a room with a wood accent wall. Chartreuse adds a great dash of color in this contemporary rustic bedroom. And we love the faux trophies — they add an playful touch. (wood and photo via Stikwood)

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Consider reclaimed wood in the bathroom. Annie from the blog Annie’s Blessed Nest did a lovely job on her powder room reclaimed wood accent wall.  And she’s been generous enough to share how you can do it to.



Look to smaller items that integrate reclaimed wood. Some products can add just the right dose of rustic reclaimed wood to your home. When curating our offerings, we were drawn to this table lamp because we love the contrast between the 100% recovered wood fiber base and the crisp white linen lampshade.

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Clean white is a great backdrop for reclaimed wood. It lets the wood stand out and become a focal point, but doesn’t let the rough quality overpower the room. This is an especially good way to go in a kitchen where you want things to look, feel and be sanitary.

Have you tried using reclaimed wood at home? If you’ve got any tips to share, please let us know in the comments.




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