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.
A minty green coat of paint (like this Nottingham Green) is a fresh addition to the classic beadboard. This look is an easy DIY project when you use Paintable Birch Veneer Beadboard. Mermaid Cottages shares our love of taking something old and breathing fresh life into it. These upcycled shutter headboards are a fantastic example, especially the hunter green shade. In our dream space, we’d place two yellow, porcelain enamel Wheeler™ Esso Wall Sconces on each side of the bed for a little extra task light for late night reading. A unique pendant light like this Chicken Wire Basket Pendant Lamp is perfect for adding pastoral style, and paired with a nostalgic Edison bulb, you’ve got yourself the perfect mood lighting!
Elements like the swordfish wall ornament and curtains introduce other colors into the space. For our pop of color, we’re using these little sculpted birds. They are hand painted and distressed to perfection—and who can say no to turquoise? Display these along with a retro-inspired Dolomite Alarm Clock on an American Made re-purposed wood Floating Shelf for eclectic styling.
Now’s the perfect time to add a little island flavor to your home. If you’re looking for a fun and festive place to spend a weekend, check out Mermaid Cottages and tell them we said “Hello!”
If you’re in the market for a bathroom remodel, you couldn’t have picked a better time. In the past, we were limited to only a few resources for design inspiration; there was even a process you had to follow, unless of course you had a designer or a contractor doing the dirty work. That process may have gone a little something like this: read a couple design magazines, bookmark a few pages, then head on down to your local home improvement store. Once you acquired all the materials, that’s when the real work set in!
Fortunately, the times have changed. You can watch one of many design shows on television, read a few home decor blogs and even order your materials online from all over the world – oh, the convenience of modern technology! Don’t want to hire someone to install new flooring or cabinetry? You may find that ideal how-to video with step by step instructions on YouTube.
While it all seems so easy, there are a few difficult choices to make – like picking a design scheme and selecting the lighting to go along with it. As the world of lighting has drastically evolved, it’s easy to get lost and confused. Have no fear! Our collection of American made lighting is conveniently categorized for easy navigation online.
One of our personal favorites, as well as a bestseller, is the Atomic Cast Guard CGU Sconce. This wall lamp can easily blend with many design motifs, from nautical and coastal looks, to rustic farmhouse, and even for that sleek industrial loft. Inspired by the vintage brass lights of the past, the Atomic Cast Guard Sconce comes in quite a few combinations. Glancing through our Rustic Wall Sconces section, you’ll find double cast guard variations and even wire guard wall lights. Don’t get confused by all the finish options and glass choices offered – give us a call or browse through our Photo Gallery to see what might work for you!
Top Photo Courtesy of Coastal Living
Earlier this week, the Avalon Barn Lantern was referenced on one the nation’s most followed design blogs: Remodelista. A nautical-styled barn lantern is seen in the photo above, which was shot at Swan Fish Camp in Minnesota. This 2,000 square foot cabin sits on the bank of Lake Mille Lacs and offers panoramic views of the lake with high efficiency windows and sliding glass doors. It may be cold out now, but come spring and summer, this Minnesota lodge will come alive as a warm, lakeside weekend retreat. Remodelista highly recommended the Avalon as it shares many of the original lantern’s rustic features. Plus, because it can be customized in numerous finish styles, this nautical barn lantern can make the perfect match for the interior of any industrial farmhouse style fishing refuge. The Avalon Barn Lantern is just one of many nautically-themed barn lanterns sold at Barn Light Electric Co.®.
Another similar barn lantern choice is the Barn Light Wall Mount Hamner Sconce, which is based on a vintage brass ship lantern from the early 1900′s. The Hamner’s unique stance includes a tall and decorative top that is positioned above the rolled glass enclosure.
Complete with traditional maritime elements, the Hamner Sconce breathes new life into the classic designs of maritime lanterns from the past thanks to modern refinement with a large selection of premium finishes and metals. The silhouette of this vintage reproduction beckons back to the turn of the 20th century, when mariners relied on the Hamner’s shape to reduce the amount of swaying caused by turbulent seas.
Following this uncharacteristically balanced design, the Hamner boasts an ideal weight ratio that is perfectly suited to withstand the harsh weather conditions of strong winds and salty ocean water. Take advantage of the function and style that this wall mounted barn lantern exudes, with a long list of premium finishes and your choice of glass, the Hamner Sconce is sure to give that look of authenticity to your interior or exterior nautical project.
Other nautical style barn lanterns at Barn Light Electric Co.® include the Barn Light Wall Mount Walton Sconce and the Bridgewater Barn Lantern. For more information about these lights, visit barnlightelectric.com.Read More
Photo (left) courtesy of Country Living
Top: Ivanhoe® Bomber 17″ Porcelain Enamel Pendant: $189.00
Bottom: Ivanhoe® Sky Chief 16″ Warehouse Porcelain Enamel Pendant: $169.00
Today’s photo inspiration is one we’d like to call Coastal Country. Immediately my eye is drawn to the fabulous vintage green warehouse shade that drops in to say hello. The amazing color practically shouts out “look at me!’ It has a way of standing out even next to the unique knotted pillow and spool- like end table. Its accented surroundings have a formal feeling, while the light provides a fun bit of whimsy.Read More
Gathering inspiration from timeless maritime influences, the distinctive appearance created by nautical lanterns has led homes and businesses to incorporate this historic lighting style, which can instantly establish a unique, nostalgic presence. Originally identified by large glass enclosures, protective guards, and looping brass arms, sailors and fishermen of the early 1900â€™s used these durable lanterns to guide their ships through the dense fog and sudden squalls that often lay off the coast of New England. With such a recognizable appearance, oil-burning lanterns have become a highly coveted piece of history that are valued by collectors and interior decorators that wish to top off their coastal Cape Cod or Myrtle Beach home.
Complete with traditional maritime elements, the Hamner Sconce breathes new life into the classic designs of nautical lanterns from the past. Using a vintage brass ship lantern from the early 1900â€™s as the basis of its design, the Hamner embraces many elements that oil-burning lanterns possessed stylistically. Combining modern refinement with a large selection of premium finishes and metals, the silhouette of this vintage reproduction beckons back to the turn of the 20th century.
Further highlighting the Hamner Sconce is its unique stance, one that displays a larger decorative top that is positioned above the rolled glass enclosure. Historically this displaced appearance was of paramount importance for mariners, by simply shifting the bulk of the weight closer to their hand they were able to reduce the amount of swaying caused by rough seas. Following this uncharacteristically balanced design, the Hamner boasts an ideal weight ratio that is perfectly suited for enduring strong winds and harsh weather. Take advantage of the function and style that this wall mounted sconce exudes, with a long list of premium finishes and your choice of glass, the Hamner Sconce is sure to give that look of authenticity to your nautical project.Read More