Why You Need A  Sputnik Chandelier In Your Life, Right Now!

Why You Need A Sputnik Chandelier In Your Life, Right Now!

Today’s incredible solar eclipse seen in variations of totality across the U.S. has us thinking about all things space age and celestial so naturally, we’re gravitating toward a sputnik chandelier and every variation thereof.

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Sputnik or starburst chandeliers, call them what you like. They’ve been around since the glory days of the Atomic Age and really peaked between 1950-1960.

Maybe your mind is wandering to Don Draper and Mad Men (my mind wanders there a lot, I don’t blame you…) and you’d be exactly right, the sputnik chandelier was a lighting design staple back then, deep in the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic.

Even if MCM design isn’t exactly your jam, you can still rock a sputnik. That’s what makes it so great! Sputnik chandeliers have this way of transcending nearly every type of design style and feeling right at home. They’re that one kid we all knew who managed to be popular without even trying.

Effortlessly cool, (just like me).

So really what we’re saying is if you don’t already have a sputnik chandelier and you’ve been thinking deeply about it, just get one. Everyone needs a sputnik.

lead image: Spruce Interior via Apartment Therapy | image 1: Desire To Inspire | image 2: West Elm Vega

Modern White Dresser, A West Elm Inspired Ikea Hack

Modern White Dresser, A West Elm Inspired Ikea Hack

Oh Ikea, we just can’t quit your hacks. Especially when they’re as amazing as this modern white dresser Ikea hack from Kristina Lynne, Looking straight out of a West Elm catalog, ya’ll.

Kristina took a basic pine IKEA TARVA dresser and had her husband help her shave the legs down to reflect a more MCM vibe. Then she painted it white and swapped the knobs for these cool modern brass ones, added a deep stain on the legs and voìla!  The hardest part was assembling the dang dresser which, hey, we’ve all been there right? Swearing over Swedish instructions while gripping a tiny Allen wrench in our sweaty fingers, pure torture. Any Ikea hack or any Ikea assembly, in general, is going to give you these same problems. The transformation is the easy part!

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Art In The Kitchen – 5 Things To Consider

Art In The Kitchen – 5 Things To Consider

Art in the kitchen, let’s discuss. After featuring this gorgeous image from Chris Barrett Design last week on our Instagram feed, I’ve been spending an unholy amount of time thinking about it in part because it’s beautiful and also because I’m hungry. Someone feed me already!

Considering that the kitchen is a natural gathering point in a home, you think it would be a great place to display some art but for logistical reasons,  some people are hesitant to do that. Even still, I think the kitchen can be a great if unconventional, place to display some art as long as you make a few considerations.

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Open Shelving – Is It Right For You?

Open Shelving – Is It Right For You?

Deciding to commit to open shelving can feel a little bit like opening up your underwear drawer for everyone to see. A real risk if you know what I mean.

If you’re not the most organized or have any hoarding tendencies whatsoever, open shelves have a way of forcing your hand. You can’t just jam stuff in a cupboard and shut the door. No more “out of sight out of mind”. There’s also the argument that open shelves just give dust and grease a place to settle in and get comfy. This may definitely be true if your shelves are hosting stuff you don’t use on a regular basis.

EVEN SO, we’re big fans of the open shelving done right (and organized underwear drawers) for a lot of reasons. Adding open shelving in place of more traditional cabinetry can really open up your space and instantly make things feel bigger and brighter. You can count on easy access to your most used kitchen goods and say “bye Felicia” to clunky cabinets and slamming doors.

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All White Aesthetic: Boring or BINGO?

All White Aesthetic: Boring or BINGO?

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If you want to go ahead and draw a line in the sand when it comes to design, you just need to toss out one topic:

Team All White Aesthetic or Team Anything Else…

We’ve never seen a design trend that has such a devoted, almost cult-like, following as the all-white movement does. It dominates the design blogging scene and is a powerful presence on home design and makeover shows as well. I seriously don’t know if I’ve opened up my Instagram feed in the past 3 years without scrolling past a pic of an all-white room in some facet or another. I’m sure you can relate.

People make the argument that the all white aesthetic lacks personality. I’ve heard complaints left and right about how unwelcoming, cold and generally boring white can be.

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On one hand, I majorly get it. White can be all of those things if you’re not careful and we are definitely seeing way too much of the same stuff over and over.

White saturation overload.

But on the other hand, white is also pretty timeless. People have literally been decorating their homes using white as a foundation since anyone started caring about that sort of thing. So while this recent surge in an all-white aesthetic is definitely TRENDY, you only have to take a look around the world to see that in some areas, minimalistic white is a way of life. Greece, Scandinavia…it’s friggin’ classic!

You can’t argue with the fact that a white aesthetic provides a pretty fantastic blank canvas to start from. It’s easy to add drama and color with your other design choices, tossing in a patterned kilim rug or textured wall hanging, colorful tile or artwork, throw pillows, hanging plants, whatever. White can give off a well-designed vibe with minimal effort.

White can be a safe place to start. White means you don’t have to commit to something more serious, it’s budget-friendly (there are some seriously great shades of white that won’t break the bank) and gives you some flexibility when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your 27 different inspiration boards on Pinterest…SO MANY CHOICES TO MAKE! all white aesthetic

White is also an easy and affordable way to make your space feel bigger and can really open up a room that otherwise might feel small. These are all design choices to consider when you’re caught up in conflicted feelings on the issue of whether or not white is the way to go.

I say don’t sweat it.

There’s really no need to take a hardline stance on either side of the debate. Yeah, maybe the all white aesthetic is overdone right now, but it’s also pretty classic and won’t ever fully go away, nor should it! Trendy stuff tends to ebb out over time and we should start seeing the current wave of white overload start to recede a little bit as personal tastes grow and evolve.

Maybe white works for you, maybe it doesn’t. Either way, you get to choose.

Ain’t it a wonderful world?!

lead image: Domaine | image 1: Niki Brantmark – My Scandinavian Home | image 2:  Design Sponge | image 3:  Domino

All you white devotees, if I missed something here maybe you can help explain your obsession a little bit better? I wanna know why YOU love your white! And if you went the opposite direction from white (colors, much?), I definitely want to hear about that too. 

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Do This/Not That: Kitchen Cabinets

Do This/Not That: Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen design is HARD, but one thing that shouldn’t be up for debate is whether or not to take your kitchen cabinets to the ceiling. Spoiler alert: we are definitely on team tall cabinets…TAKE THOSE PUPPIES ALL THE WAY UP!

Cabinets that stop short present some challenges. Aesthetically, they just don’t look as nice. That open space just acts as a landing place for dust and grease to stack up. Remember every kitchen in the 90’s and all the silk plants people used to stick up there? We’re talking plastic ivy people, time to tuck that away into the archives of “never again”.

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Celebrity Home Tours: Julianne Hough

Celebrity Home Tours: Julianne Hough

Hooray for celebrity home tours! Julianne Hough is sort of a wonder girl with all the dancing and entertaining, and more dancing and then the dream wedding and hockey star husband.

And then she has this amazing house aside from all that, so I’d say life is pretty good. We caught up with the home tour she did for Better Homes & Gardens and all the amazing photos that came with it, scroll on through!

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10 Amazon Favorites For A Quick Bathroom Refresh

10 Amazon Favorites For A Quick Bathroom Refresh

A stylish and budget friendly bathroom refresh is easy to do with the help of our old pal, Amazon Prime. With free shipping on these Amazon favorites, you can save yourself a trip to a you know where, wandering the aisles, maybe with kids in tow, and come home with an extra $200 worth of stuff you mos def don’t need when all you came for was a dang shower curtain.

We relate, and that’s all we’re gonna say.

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