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

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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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

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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Celebrity Home Tours: Mindy Kaling And Her NYC Pad

Celebrity Home Tours: Mindy Kaling And Her NYC Pad

Celebrity Home tours, Mindy Kaling edition!  The Mindy Project is one of my favorite shows but to be clear, I've loved Mindy Kaling since her days as Kelly Kapoor (also, did you know The Office has its own wiki? That's pretty amazeballs) so it's perfectly acceptable for me to fangirl out over her MCM home after One Kings Lane helped her with the design of her New York City apartment.

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What’s To Love About A Waterfall Edge Countertop

What’s To Love About A Waterfall Edge Countertop

Adding a waterfall edge isn't anything new.  Design-wise, I've noticed a huge uptick in their popularity which I think can be partially attributed to how many people are foregoing traditional layouts with separate dining spaces in favor of living areas that are multi-functional. We're talking flow here people, and waterfall edge counters make that transition so smooth.

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Celebrity Home Tours – Brooklyn Decker And Her Texas Ranch House Style

Celebrity Home Tours – Brooklyn Decker And Her Texas Ranch House Style

Brooklyn Decker takes us on a tour of her Texas farmhouse and funky, super fun style, all the best celebrity home tours ahead!

Brooklyn Decker is one of those unfortunate humans who seems talented and funny, smart and hardworking and good at just about everything she tries including being a business owner, supermodel actress, wife and mom and all that stuff.  Basically, we should hate her but we can't. She seems way too rad.

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