"A Love of Lamps"

I love a lamp.  I know, it's a little weird but I do.  It's rare that I ever even use an overhead light.  I just love the light that a lamp casts.  Whether it's a task light on a desk top or a dimmed lamp on a side table, there's just something about lamps that makes a space take on a whole different mood. 

One of my favorite types is a swing arm lamp.

They can be classic or modern,

formal or fun,

...but whatever the style they are super functional. 

When I pass them thrifting, they're hard to pass by.  Such was the case this Spring when I scored this antique brass number at the Habitat ReStore in Hickory. (See top of pile)

I intended to use it in a client project, but I ended up keeping it for myself.  It began in my office, but after I scored the Chinoiserie lamps at Goodwill...

P.S. This faux bamboo chair is currently getting dressed in fushia velvet!
...it has since found a new home next to my bar cart.

I'm loving the way it looks.  It highlights the bar cart and provides a little task lighting for the chaise lounge that's nearby. 

It's amazing what a little musical lamps can do for a space.  Do you move your lamps or decor around for a fresh look?

Client Project: Grown Up Glam!

Hi there!  Hope you're having a great week.  Things are really starting to pick up over here.  My calendar is filling up quickly and I'm starting to feel like the holidays are upon us ALREADY! 

I thought I'd pop in to share with you my plans for my latest project.  I'm SO excited about this one.  The clients are a young family that I actually met at church years ago.  The best part of this one is the fact that my style is extremely similar to theirs.  Surprisingly enough, that doesn't happen very often.  I'm usually more focused on creating a look that is in line with the style and preferences of the clients, but this time it's a lot like designing for myself.  I suppose that's why it's been a little difficult getting started. 


After my little creative block that I blogged about HERE, I was able to land on this beautiful gray and orange floral as a jumping off point for the design. 

I love that it has this beautiful celadon green and muted teal mixed in.  They'll be great colors to pull out for accents.  I'm always looking to mix it up and try things I haven't already done before. 

We're starting with the main living/family room and this is the direction we're heading.

They had me draw up a plan for the eat-in kitchen, not really sure if they were ready to tackle it.

I put together a mood board that completely cozied the space up and now looks like we're moving ahead with that project too.  Love it when that happens!  I'm so excited about the prospect of doing a custom banquette and potentially adding an electric fireplace.  I have one in my bedroom and LOVE it!

Lastly, I FINALLY get to do a formal dining space and we're going for grown-up glam. 

Someone is finally going to let me use wallpaper.  Can't wait!!! 

So, what do you think of the orange and gray color scheme?  I'd love to hear for you. 
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