Favorite Things: Floor Lamps

One of the most important aspects of a room is the lighting.

One of the most important aspects of a room is the lighting.  Lighting contributes to both the mood and functionality of a space.  When choosing a floor lamp, take into consideration qualities such as style, size, and shape.  It’s also important to plan for the purpose of the lighting in that particular place – is it for mood, accent, or illuminating a specific task?  The right floor lamp is as decorative as it is useful.  Floor lamps are such a great opportunity to bring something sculptural to a room.  Here are some of my favorite examples of floor lamps:

1.  Anora Lamp, Dering Hall

anora lamp dering hall

2.  Arborescence Floor Lampsarborescence lamps

3.  Black Widow, Dering Hallblack widow dering hall4.  Cesare Lacca Floor Lamp

cesare lacca floor lamp

5.  Charlton Floor Lampcharlton floor lamp6.  Boston by Chelsom

 

 

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7.  Gold Leaf Barrel Frame Floor Lamp by Dimond Lightingfloor lamp

8.  Mahari Floor Lampwww.andreasudati.comprofessional photographer

9.  Nathan Floor Lampnathan floor lamp arteriors

10.  Soledad Floor Lamp from Roche Boboissoledad floor lamp

 

Walter Arnold: The Art of Abandonment

Arnold’s series “The Art of Abandoment” has taken him to a host of dream-like places, from empty and decaying castles to haunted looking asylums.

I first became acquainted with Walter Arnold‘s photography after a friend saw his work at the iconic Woolworth Walk in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.  A Florida native, Arnold eventually made his home in the mountains of North Carolina.  The local natural beauty surrounding his new home inspired Arnold to pick up camera and learn photography.  One day, he stumbled across an airplane graveyard and discovered a passion for abandonment photography — the art of photographing places and things that have been left behind.

Altitude Zero
Altitude Zero
The Tennessee Brewing Company
The Tennessee Brewing Company
Ascension
Ascension

Arnold’s series The Art of Abandoment has taken him to a host of dream-like places, from empty and decaying castles to haunted looking asylums.  He has a gift for capturing the unusual light of these forgotten places.  His photographs allow us to glimpse the beauty that used to exist in many places.  They invoke a kind of stillness and leave viewers wanting to know more about why these places were abandoned.

The Salon
The Salon
The Mason's Castle
The Mason’s Castle
Ride to Ruin
Ride to Ruin
Ascending
Ascending

What I love about these photos is that they show the complete opposite of what we design and curate.  These are places that are no longer cared for.  In spite of the decay and ruin, you can still see the architecture, what once was there, and find inspiration in the beauty of desolation.

Sunlight Sonata
Sunlight Sonata
Marine Hospital
Marine Hospital
It's Always Summer Here
It’s Always Summer Here
Our Home
Our Home

Arnold’s photos are available as metal prints, meaning the images are actually infused into the surface of a sheet of aluminum before being treated with a high gloss finish.  The resulting print is astonishingly vibrant, lending a light to the abandonment photos that must be seen to be fully appreciated.

At Odds
At Odds
Braced for Impact
Braced for Impact
In the Ninth Hour
In the Ninth Hour
Invasion
Invasion

You can see more of Walter Arnold’s photography on his website.  You can also find him on Facebook.

 

Exercise Space

Your exercise room can have a decorative element and still be highly functional.

When choosing an area of the home to use as exercise space, so many people go with a basement room.  I much prefer the idea of getting out of the basement and into a more engaging, inviting part of the home.

A great home gym.  Image via Zillow.
A great home gym. Image via Zillow.
Bright, open gym.  From Patio Cubee.
Bright, open gym. From Patio Cubee.
Gym desgined by Ilse Crawford.
Gym desgined by Ilse Crawford.

An exercise space should be an environment with plenty of light, not a sheet rock box.  If you plan for an an exercise room ahead of time, when building or remodeling, you can curate an area that’s derivative of the rest of the home.  Your exercise room can have a decorative element and still be highly functional.

Nice mix of materials in this exercise space.  From Elle Decor.
Nice mix of materials in this exercise space. From Elle Decor.
Work out with a view! From BilInterior.
Work out with a view! From BilInterior.
A contemporary home gym by Atelier AM.
A contemporary home gym by Atelier AM.

Stepping into a great space makes you feel motivated and inspired.  Being healthy and fit is all about feeling good.  A great exercise space enhances that experience.  Rather than retreat to a forgotten room, create a workout area that you always wan

Exercise in a space you enjoy! From Architectural Digest.
Exercise in a space you enjoy! From Architectural Digest.
Minimalist design makes the most of the scenery.  From Architectural Digest.
Minimalist design makes the most of the scenery. From Architectural Digest.

 

 

Bold and Graphic Tile

For a truly customized look, you simply can’t go wrong with tile.

For a truly customized look, you simply can’t go wrong with tile.  When tiling, you can really splurge on something special.  Whether you go with stone, glass, ceramic, cement, or porcelain, tile allows for so much creativity.  The choices today for stunning tiles are nearly endless, but I really love the idea of using bold, graphic tiles for an unforgettable look.

Metal Etched Copper Tile Bar
Metal Etched Copper from Tile Bar
cle watermark tile
Watermark Tile from Cle
Porcelanosa Lines Safary White
Lines in Safary White from Porcelanosa

I like tiles with big geometric patterns.  Great tiles aren’t just for the floor.  Tile makes a fantastic backdrop in nearly any room — it doesn’t have to remain in the bathroom.  Bold tiles can be used to create accents customized with a range of different colors.  The possibilities are endless!  A custom tile design can really evoke someone’s personality — playful, colorful, and vibrant.

Deco Petite Mosaic from Ann Sacks.
Deco Petite Mosaic from Ann Sacks.
barbie kennedy 1
From Barbie Kennedy
Cosmos Nero Tile Bar
Cosmos in Nero from Tile Bar

Some of my favorite patterns have a Marrakech or Turkish kind of feeling to them.  Many have Moorish-inspired patterns that evoke a history even when updated with colors for today.

Kitchen design by Amy Aidinis Hirsch LLC
Kitchen design by Amy Aidinis Hirsch LLC
cle tile
From Cle Tile
Akdo Kiki Tile
Akdo Kiki Tile