Winter camping trips are a daring adventure. Freezing weather makes for the ideal opportunity to test out your fire-making and snuggling skills. Plus, in most places (especially Florida!) cooler weather means the disappearance of our peskiest wildlife, AKA, mosquitoes. Perhaps it’s the early-November holiday itch, or simply a desire to take a holiday every day, but I’ve definitely seen a rise in the indoor camping trend. What could be cozier than pitching a tent on a stack of pillows? Here’s a list of some of our favorite essentials for the next time you want to pitch a camping tent in your livingroom.Read More
Restaurant owners know that popularity and the success that follows it depend not only on the menu but also on the atmosphere of the place — the feeling patrons get when they walk through the door. At Bogart’s Restaurant & Tavern in downtown Waynesville, North Carolina, the owners have worked carefully to create a casual, family atmosphere with a menu noted for its flame-grilled steaks, soups, and salads. They also recently updated their lighting to include some unique textured metal pendants that add a definite rustic flair to this popular spot.
The owners chose three different styles of pendants from our Apartment Lighting collection. These pendants have the flexibility to be simply plugged in or they can be hard wired permanently in place. The Textured Metal Ribbed Pendant, shown on the left above, is a handsome bucket shaped pendant with a faux green patina finish that gives it a gently aged appearance. Its 15″ wide shade, suspended from a black cloth cord, throws plenty of light onto the tables below.
On the right above, is the Distressed Metal Hammered Hanging Pendant which also features the faux patina finish and brings a dash of industrial styling to the space. The hammered surface and fluted edges add texture to this light and complement the ribbed look of the fixtures over the booths. Its generous 20″ wide shade makes this cord-hung pendant a perfect choice for commercial restaurants such as this that need plenty of lighting. And like the Metal Ribbed Pendant, this fixture offers the option of hard wiring or plug-in convenience.
The third type of pendant that our Featured Customers chose is the Cultured Patina Metal Hanging Pendant, shown on the right in this photo. This fixture is characterized by a tall neck, smooth deep bowl, and industrial detailing. Together, these three metal pendants add loads of rustic style as a perfect complement to the down-home food arriving from the kitchen!
Photos courtesy of Bogart’s Restaurant & TavernRead More
We were in for a treat when Lauren, our photographer, stumbled across one of our new favorite vacation locations—the Mermaid Cottages. Their charming interiors full of vibrant walls, rustic accents, and shabby chic décor captivated us–of course we had to be their friends! We were inspired by their many rental cottages located on Tybee Island, so today’s Style Me Sunday is all about the “cottage charm, coastal calm” of their Inlet Breeze master bedroom.Read More
The small town of Flat Rock, nestled in the western North Carolina mountains, may sound like just another wide spot on a country road, but the area was often called the Little Charleston of the Mountains by the well-heeled folks of South Carolina who would escape to the coolness of Appalachia during the sweltering summers of the 1800s. Today, the town has an active historical society dedicated to preserving the antebellum architecture of the area. This year’s Flat Rock Designer Showhouse, a biennial fundraiser, featured a gracious, French Château style home where we discovered some interesting wire pendant lights in the kitchen.
These three wire fixtures, presented in varied shapes and hung at different heights, add a hint of vintage sensibility to the space especially with the addition of nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulbs. To get this look, browse our line of Apartment Lighting which includes the Folding Wire Multi Design Pendant Light. This fixture, like the center light in the photo, has a very flexible design with folding wire that can change its shape to match your moods. A six-foot brown cord is included for plug-and-go simplicity or remove the cord to hard wire into the ceiling.
We also offer the Wire Dome Pendant Lamp which is similar to the light on the far left. This light is loaded with industrial style and, with its wide shade, adds plenty of light below as well as ambient light filtering out between the wires providing some interesting shadow play. The Flexible Flared Base Pendant Lamp is another option that offers flexibility in the shape. Flare the base out for a wider span of light or tuck it in for a more compact look.
All three of these fixtures are priced under $100 and can simply be plugged in for those who live in rental spaces that don’t allow hardwiring. Or remove the plug to create a more permanent look to the fixture!
Top photo courtesy David DietrichRead More
When we think of Texas, wide open spaces filled with friendly people come to mind. Although this generous Dallas kitchen is new construction, it already has the warm, lived-in look of a place that’s been hosting parties since Texans signed their own Declaration of Independence back in 1836. The stained concrete floors, rough-edged countertops, and rusted tin ceiling all give a rustic feel to the space, but the two sinks, dual islands, and plethora of work surfaces let you know this is a serious cook’s kitchen. Comfy industrial style stools give guests a front row seat to the chef’s action at the cooktop tucked on the opposite side of the island.
And with a nod to the ranch, wire basket pendants are suspended from the ceiling to highlight the cooktop space. You can get the same rustic look with our Chicken Wire Basket Pendant Lamp that features a 19″ wide shade to let plenty of light shine through and cast interesting patterns in your space. As part of our collection of Apartment Lighting, this fixture comes with a six foot, brown fabric cord with a plug so you can simply hang it and plug it in. Or, if you prefer, remove the cord for hard wiring directly into the ceiling.
To give your Chicken Wire Basket Lamp a nostalgic feel, check out our complete line of authentic Edison Style Light Bulbs. These vintage bulbs comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and filament types including the Spiral Light Bulb, the Thread Light Bulb, and the Hairpin Light Bulb. Any of these styles will give your basket lamp a vintage vibe that will have your guests coming ’round for a second look!
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Top photo courtesy of Wright-Built and Photographer David J. WhiteRead More
For those constantly on the move and maybe for those with a fear of commitment, apartment living has many positive aspects. The downside to this way of life is the landlord who may take issue with how many picture hangars you bang into the walls or that lovely shade of fuchsia you want to splash around the living room. Apartment lighting also tends to be mediocre, run-of-the-mill type fixtures which are fixed in place.
We love the look of this dining room fixture which closely resembles our Wire Dome Pendant Lamp, part of our new collection of Apartment Lighting. Loaded with rustic industrial style, this pendant lamp instantly adds character to any space with its trendy 14″ wide wire shade. Plenty of light falls below and also filters out between the wires for a beautiful ambient effect. Even during the daytime, this lamp draws attention and serves as a functional piece of art.
The best part about this lamp is that it can be hardwird into place or simply plugged in — no electrician needed and no grumpy landlords. When you move out, just unplug it, pack it, and go! An authentic reproduction light bulb, such as our Edison Style Light Bulb, is a perfect finishing touch to this light. These come in a variety of shapes and styles including the slender hairpin style, the thread style, and the spiral style light bulb.
Be sure to check out the complete line of Apartment Lighting which includes several other wire shades such as the Chicken Wire Basket Pendant Lamp which would add just the right touch of down home charm to your space. If you want to change your lighting as easily as you change your mind, then the Folding Wire Multi Design Pendant Light is just the ticket. The folding wire shape can change its shape with your moods!
Top photo courtesy of Jeanette Lunde for HouzzRead More