February Lust List

February has arrived.  And unfortunately for many of  you loyal readers, I hear Punxsutawney Phil prescribed a LONG winter yet to be had.  (To which my Jefe lovingly asked “who is Punxsutawney Phil?!” and I immediately whipped out Groundhog Day.) So while you’re bearing the inches of snow  and blustery wind Mother Nature is still sending your way, cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and Bailey’s and do a little window shopping with me!

Here are some of my latest design crushes:

February Lust List

1)  West Elm Hexagon Mirror – I’ve had my eye on this puppy for my hall entryway for quite some time and it’s now reduced from $149 to $79.  I may have to convince Jefe that we need to pull the trigger…

2)  West Elm Elton Settee – Although we are not in the market for any sort of love seat, I’m in love with the subtle curved lines, traditional tufting, yet overall modern feel of this piece.  And the blue fabric is to die for!

3)  Nate Berkus Lamp – I can’t believe this beauty will soon be available at Target.  Yet again, Nate Berkus knocks it out of the park with this modern piece of glam.  Look at those lines!  The inner shade’s lining!  GORGEOUS.  Also reminds me of the little Land of Nod lamp I used for my Dorm Room Decor Round Up!

4)  Lulu & Georgia Print – Is there anything Jenna Lyons isn’t right about when it comes to design?!  Now about the $300 price tag of those calf hair leopard flats I want….

5)  Nate Berkus Hexagonal Wood Tray – I’ve already seen this piece explode across the blogosphere and I am totally jumping on the band wagon.  If it had handles, it would already be in my apartment looking for a permanent place to live and corral things.  And after having seen it in person, I honestly was astounded at the quality of the piece for the price.  Bravo, Mr. Berkus.

6)  Sam Edelman Cheetah Loafers – So about those JCrew shoes… I’ve found your younger sister and my wallet loves her so much more.  I happened to see a coworker wearing these with a simple, jersey knit heather grey dress and it was the perfect mix of comfortable chic for the office.  I must have.

7)  Baublebar Slim Bow Pendant – I’m obsessed with costume jewelry lately.  And Baublebar has such fabulous sales (and credit for purchases made) that I never pay full price.  This one had me at hello so I snatched it up for $10.  It’s the perfect accent against my favorite emerald silk blouse.

8)  Magic Carpet Yoga Mat – Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  I’ve been wanting to get back into my yoga practice and this is the PERFECT incentive.

9)  Baggu 13″ Polka Dot Laptop Sleeve – Last weekend I was at the Apple Genius bar for a tune up for the old laptop.  This adorable case caught the corner of my eye.  Five minutes later I was walking out with it.  It also happens to PERFECTLY complement the Baggu I got for Christmas (and yes, I actually kept and have been using the iPad case too!  It’s a perfect little set, although a little tough to get the iPad in and out).

10)  Baggu Small Leather Pouch / Gold – So I’m a little Baggu obsessed right now. But as my wallet won’t fit in my new Kate Spade purse, I need something to corral my cards and (small) amount of cash when I’m on the go.  This gold little pouch would be perfect!

Well there you have it, February’s Lust List.  What are you lusting after these days?

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Feeling Rejuvenated

That is certainly how I felt after a recent trip to the mecca of lighting.  Thanks to Jefe’s awesome family who keeps wanting my design services, I’m working on another project for them – this time it’s for his brother and sister-in-law Rachael who live in a gorgeous pre-war apartment on the Upper West Side in New York.  This stunning space, however, is not without its challenges.   Their building is beautiful but like most things in New York, its surrounded by other buildings.  And that, combined with it being on a low floor = some trouble with natural light.

And with a 3 year old and a newborn, Rachael is a bit preoccupied at the moment.  So I’ve been tasked with helping to find creative lighting solutions for numerous spaces in their apartment that both fill the room with ambience as well as offer practical task lighting.

Let’s start with their entryway.  In terms of natural light, it is unfortunately one of the more troubled spaces.  It’s got some beautiful stained wood trim throughout and the entire apartment has 10+ foot ceilings, but it’s a rather dark space to welcome someone in to your home.

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Next up is the biggest challenge: the living room.  As you can see below, it does have 2 windows, some overhead as well as task lighting.  But it is not nearly enough and the chandler just isn’t working for the space.

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Next up is the hallway leading back to the bedroom.  The kitchen, pantry, and bathroom are all off of this little hallway, too.

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Lastly, we’ve got the bedroom.  It’s a similar situation to the living room in that they have lighting, but what they have isn’t serving them how they’d like and it’s definitely not enough.  (And please excuse the baby paraphernalia – New Yorkers have never complained about an overabundance of space):

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This brings me to where I come in.  Jefe was the first to tell me about the project.  I sent some initial suggestions of types of lighting to Rachael and she followed up with some great ideas and specific fixtures she had been looking at.  So we came up with the following search criteria for new lighting:

  1. Illuminate the space
  2. Is aesthetically pleasing
  3. Is somewhat historically accurate/doesn’t look out of place
  4. Doesn’t cost an arm an a leg. (I’ll be the first to admit some of the items I’m about to show may be an arm’s worth… but I think my decorating privileges may be revoked if anything was to cost both appendages…)

For the entryway, she fell in love with the Hood light from Rejuvenation.

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I’ve seen the Hood light frequently in design blogs but had no idea that by merely customizing the finish and the glass shade, it could look like a completely different light.  Rejuvenation is awesome like that in you can customize almost everything.  But with such a great custom store, the challenge is figuring out the right sizing and finishes from the huge amount of options.  And without a store in NYC, Rachael tasked me with checking it out in person.  So I grabbed Jefe and we headed out there last week.  It’s conveniently located in the Helms Bakery area of Culver City, a cute little strip of home furnishing stores that I just got nuts in, with everything from Room & Board to H.D. Buttercup.

While I was there, we agreed I would peruse for other period appropriate options for all of the rooms.  I struck a conversation with a very helpful salesman, who mentioned that the Hood light was first created as factory lighting in the 1890’s.  Old-school industrial lighting– no wonder I loved it so much.

After very little deliberation, I quickly settled on the burnished antique finish for the Hood light.  It was dark and period but had enough gold undertones to not feel so heavy like the oil-rubbed bronze.  Coincidentally, almost every other fixture I looked at for this project was in burnished antique.  I truly think it is the best option in terms of keeping with the feel of the period of the apartment without going overboard on accuracy.  Below is a great example of all the different hues in a single finish:

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For the glass shade, you can go clear, which is beautiful in person, but a little more modern than I think Rachael would like.

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Then there is frosted, but that almost always feels too 1980’s to me (and hard to photograph with an iPhone).  I’m also not a big fan of seeing the hotspot of the bulb.  But the milk glass is just gorgeous.  It catches the light in such a way that the whole thing just glows; you don’t really see any single hot spot and it’s bright without being blinding.  It’s a truly beautiful fixture.  Unfortunately they didn’t have the one in store that Rachael wanted me to check out, but here’s another version of it with a really unique, detailed shade:

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As we continued through the store, I moved on to a potential fixture for the other hallway (or even their kitchen).  I think another milkglass shade would be great.  And although these are a little too “modern” (circa 1930’s and 40’s) to be period appropriate, I think they’d be a great option.  They even had a few that were closer in period, but were a little over-the-top with the art deco style.

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The best thing about Rejuvenation is that they have the whole store organized by period and style.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  I think Jefe was a little sorry I discovered such a pricey gem.

Next up was the bedroom.  Rachael had found a light she liked, the Fremont, and was very period appropriate.  It was a bit more feminine in style, but it would have paired nicely with their current furnishings.

Victorian Light Fixture

The problem with this guy is he’s not very large in person and it puts off a dim, very yellow light.

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So I looked to find something similar in style with feminine, period details but could produce a LOT more light.  Their bedroom is really large and needs something to really light up the space.  And the great thing about Rejuvenation and most of their lights is you can add or subtract arms (aka-bulbs) to your fixture as needed.  I love this guy , the Macleay Park with another arm or two:

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Alternately, the Belmont could be a great option as the fixture is not as ornate and all of the lighting is pointing down instead of up.  It was one of the few fixtures that I thought might also work in a different finish, possibly the polished nickel.

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Lastly, I LOVED all of the below fixtures.  I thought they could work both in the bedroom or the living room.  I think they all illuminate the space with a diffused light, but throw some light up on the ceiling to just brighten up the space.

The Caruthers, which could be period or more of a classic revival style (and is the one and only “boob” light I would allow in my own home):

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Or the Abernethy, which had a bit more detail:

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I’ve got some other ideas for the living room in terms of other lighting sources such as table lamps, sconces, etc, but for those still reading, I’ll save that for another post.  Updates to come once I chat with Rachael on her thoughts and what the next steps are (or maybe I’ll get lucky and have hit it out of the park on the first try?!  A girl could only be so lucky).  Happy decorating!