One of our favorite West Coast destinations is Bend, Oregon — land of amazing scenery, low humidity thanks to the high elevation, and year-round recreational opportunities including elbow bends at the 14 breweries we found there!
On last summer’s trip out west, we also discovered Cottage Bend Vacation Rentals designed by Sarah Phipps of Sarah Phipps Design. We fell in love with Sarah’s comfortable and colorful style so we asked her to get comfy in the blogger’s chair today to talk about one of the trickier lighting tasks in the home — bathroom lighting.
Sarah: In my experience, the bathroom can be one of the most difficult rooms to... Read More
The wall sconce has come a long way since the medieval days of glowing torches lining long, dark hallways in the castle. No other light is more versatile in helping create the proper mood in a room by offering a spot of light just where you need it.
Wall sconces are often a critical piece of the puzzle when interior designers layer light in a room. Achieving the proper balance among different types of lights helps create the mood — too much light makes a room feel sterile while too little light makes a space less inviting and less safe to maneuver in.
And while some light fixtures serve specific needs and spaces, the utilitarian wall sconce resides quite... Read More
When designing a bathroom, it’s easy to get wrapped up in tile, color, and hardware choices. But it’s wise to first consider the needs of those who will be using the space most often. Just like the kitchen, functionality and flow can make or break a bathroom design. When creating a floor plan for your bathroom or powder room, consider the following:
Recessed Sinks or Pedestal Sinks?
Sinks installed below the counters are best for those who need plenty of vanity space – whether it’s for holding soaps, towels, or just additional prep room.
Recessed sinks are more often found in modern and contemporary design schemes as are unique bowl-like sinks that... Read More
Savannah, Georgia, is known as the Hostess City of the South and is brimming with southern charm and style. Close to the ocean and situated on the banks of the Savannah River, this town has plenty of coastal and nautical influences in its architecture, food, and culture. Savannah also happens to be home to our good friend Joel Snayd of Rethink Design Studio. Joel works with both residential and commercial clients in the Savannah area with a focus on showcasing each client’s personality through design. Today we take a peek at a dining room that Joel created featuring some beautiful vintage sconces. These sconces highlight each individual photograph on the wall... Read More
When working in small spaces, it’s tempting to keep things muted and calm. Too much texture, color, or accessorizing can make a bathroom, closet, or tiny work space look cluttered and confusing. The key is to have balance in the space. If you fell in love with a piece of vintage decor at the flea market, use it! Can’t live without bright plaid wallpaper? Paste away, but balance the blast of color with coordinating solids and textures.
This bathroom space doesn’t shy away from a deep blue paint color that, if paired with heavier fixtures and fussy accessories, could overpower the space and make the room claustrophobic. But the sleek, polished chrome... Read More
When we look at examples of vintage design, we often find individual pieces used as accents within a space such as a piece of industrial furniture in the corner or holophane glass pendants hanging over a kitchen island. Using these accents is a great way to add character and history to a more modern space without going full bore into the vintage look.
The Smith Restaurant in Toronto, however, has no problem completely embracing the vintage theme in their space which is located in a three-story Victorian home. Antique mirrors, distressed Persian rugs, mismatched place settings, and rough hewn wooden counters all contribute to the introspective and... Read More