Kitchen Lighting

Without any provocation, the Kitchen is inevitably where you will gather with those closest to you. Breakfast with your children; Coffee with your husband; Wine and conversation with your best friend.

The Kitchen is where most families spend a lot of their time, and it is important that the lighting in the space is designed just right; after all it’s only fair that the great smells of your cooking are complimented by great sights.

So we put together a few little tips and design styles to get things cooking.

 

Here it Goes.

All the areas of your kitchen should be well lit. Lighting directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cook tops are essential.

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Finishes and styles don’t always have to match. You can treat these individually.

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Unique pendant lighting, to highlight areas of the kitchen. Don’t be afraid to go big.

Lighting is here to make a statement.

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Make your breakfast nook lighting energizing and inviting.S

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Create layering with your lighting.

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Mix old with new

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Stay classic. Use traditional forms with a modern twist

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Enjoy your kitchen everyday – and most importantly, keep it clean.

Love: Accents.

 

International Womens Day- Interior Designers

Wishing all of our gorgeous women a stunning International Womens Day. From her childhood to her adult life, she adds that beautiful blush to life.

To celebrate International Women’s Day we have a list of Women who continue to keep us on our toes, with their bold and brilliant designs.

 

SUZANNE KASLER

 

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Suzanne Kasler offers a fresh mix of continental and classic style in her interiors, emphasizing the antiques and collections that create a special setting. Subtle details and strong, structured silhouettes are available in timeless materials and custom patina finishes. The look is easy sophistication, with an air of history. Link

 

BARBARA BARRY

 

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The Barbara Barry style is pared down and refined; hers is a look that is founded in elegance of form and simplicity of line. As with her interiors and other furnishings, Barry’s signature lighting reflects her philosophy that nothing stands alone, but lives in harmony with its surroundings. Link

 

KELLY WEARSTLER

 

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Kelly Wearstler’s eponymous global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and signature soulful vibe pioneered by the celebrated interior designer. With a style that juxtaposes raw with refined, melds color, sophistication and spirited spontaneity, Wearstler has revolutionized the look, feel and meaning of modern American design. Link

 

ALEXA HAMPTON

 

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Designer Alexa Hampton is admired for her updated neoclassical approach; yet, with generous silhouettes and ravishing detail, her work never appears conservative. She brings her clean formalist perspective to high-style lighting, featuring architectural scale and bold pattern work. Link

 

AERIN

 

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The AERIN lighting collection with Visual Comfort & Co. is inspired by old world glamour and European midcentury design. Classic, but always with a modern point of view, every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement. Link

Our Sofa Style Guide

Are looking looking for a timeless sofa? There are many options out there, so we sat down, and thought of how we can make the process of navigating the world of sofas easier for you.

Here is a quick guide to our favourite sofa styles-

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ENGLISH ROLLED ARM

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English Rolled Arm Sofa

It is often a designers staple, because of its classic and timeless look. Made famous by the English furniture designer George Smith who calls it the standard arm signature sofa. It is characterized by its high, neat back, and low rolled arms. It usually has a generous seat depth, often on raised legs and casters. This sofa, can be mixed with contemporary, and traditional accents.

 

TUXEDO

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Tuxedo Sofa                                                       Designed by: Suzanne Kasler

For a modern pick that is also timeless, try a tuxedo style sofa.

Invented in the 1920’s the tuxedo sofa was one of first sofa designs to shake up classicism and take the steps toward modernized home decor.  A tuxedo-style sofa, has a straight arm, usually the same height as the sofas back. The tuxedo has a rectangular symmetrical approach, lending off a sleek and modern silhouette. The sofa gets its name from the same place that men’s tuxedo eveningwear did: Tuxedo Park in New York.

 

CHESTERFIELD

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Chesterfield Sofa

The Chesterfield is a mannerly and refined sofa. With its characteristic deep buttoned upholstery, quilted leather upholstery and low seat base. The Chesterfield has dramatic rolled arms that are generally the same height as the back.They were originally kept low so that men could sit on them without wrinkling their coats. The chesterfield has a refined structure and luxurious comfort and is sure to remain in style for centuries to come.

EMPIRE

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Empire Sofa                                                        Designed by- Darryl Carter 

Enthusiastically ornate with strong design influences from the Romanesque era. The empire sofa began in France during the reign of Napolean, who was fascinated by Ancient Romes fashion. It is an elaborate sofa with ‘roll’over’ arms that curve smoothly into the upholstered seat.

CABRIOLE

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Cabriole Sofa

An elegant silhouette of the neo-classical French parlour style. Used to describe a carriage or a cab, because of the seamless back curving into the arms, and exposed wood. Styles of the wood vary, some trims are more elaborate than others.

MID-CENTURY MODERN

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Mid-Century Modern Sofa

A 1940 to 1970 design trend that took over the Western world. Tufted sofas that are straight with neat, squared lines and low-slung arms. Exposed metal or wooden legs are low, squared and generally tapered.  It is a great style for a smart, and practical space.

KNOLE

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We call this our throne. It is more a throne than a sofa, it was designed with grandeur in mind. A closed framework, that affords great privacy, the knole sofa has deep seats and a high back and sides.

CAMELBACK

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Camelback Sofa

Made popular by English cabinetmaker, Chippendale in the 18th century. Signature ‘hump’ on the back of the sofa. Widely-flared arms that roll outwards. Angle back so one sits in a less rigid posture. You can have a lot of fun we these sofas, as their are many variations that exist in this style.

LAWSON

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Lawson Sofa

 

Designed for a famous 20th century financier Thomas Lawson. He requested a sofa design with simplicity and comfort. It is a laid back and versatile look, that defines ‘casual comfort’. It is best suited for afternoon naps, rest a throw pillow on one arm, and then lie back, and snooze.