Chic Buffet Lamps

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chic buffet lamps.  An oxymoron?  I used to think so, because when I think buffet lamps what comes to mind first are those boxed pair of nondescript stick lamps. Where's the fun in that?

Lamps, and lighting in general, are so important for setting the tone in a space.  I'm a lighting fanatic and it saddens me to see how often lighting is overlooked.

Buffet lamps have their very own purpose in life.  They are designed to illuminate that delicious spread you've laid out without taking up too much valuable space. They also look great on console tables in your entry or a desk, or anywhere else you've placed a narrow piece of furniture. Traditionally buffet lamps are tall with narrow shades, but why limit yourself to someone else's definition of what a buffet lamp should be?

                                                                    Lotus Leaf Lamp
If you know me at all then you know I love this lamp.  It's gold, it's nature inspired, and the lotus leaves give it a Chinoiserie flair. These lamps would be perfect on a lacquered piece.

Restoration Hardware's Pyramid Telescoping Lamp is great looking, modern and masculine.

Regina Andrew's Concrete and Brass Table Lamp is a favorite. The mix of brass and concrete is unexpected, and it would be perfect in a modern/rustic setting.

The Arteriors Sidney Lamp is a modern take on a classic marble lamp.  This lamp will stand the test of time.

This is the Doug Buffet Lamp by Chattanooga-based Stray Dog Designs.  It's whimsical, nature-inspired, and a great way to relax your "formal" dining room.

If you're equally smitten with great lighting (or you want to be), be sure and follow My Lighting Board on Pinterest.  You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

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Upper Kitchen Cabinets - Level or Varied Height

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hello!  My name is Kim and I still blog here - just not as frequently as I used to.

I have a question for you.  Do you like the look of upper kitchen cabinets at varying heights, or do you like them placed all on the same level?

It turns out I didn't really have an opinion on this until I was randomly perusing Pinterest for some kitchen inspiration. And then I began to take notice.

Obviously the kitchen above is in a transitional state but I find the varying heights of the upper cabinets a little unsettling.

This one doesn't seem quite as busy, perhaps because the wall and cabinet colors are so similar.

This is an adorable little  kitchen, but I can't help but think I'd love it a little more if all of the upper cabinets were placed on the same level. Also, I didn't realize that I disliked those angled corner cabinets until this whole thing came about.

Whew!  This is so much better (to me).  I love the uniformity and how the trim above the cabinets ties into the crown molding.  This is a great way to make your cabinets (and your entire kitchen) look more expensive.

PS   The lighting!

Funny how I didn't even know this was a thing until I started looking.

I realize this is just a matter of opinion, and there is really no wrong or right, but I'd love to know where you stand on the placement of upper kitchen cabinets.

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Thoughts on Styling the Dining Room

Sunday, March 8, 2015

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone that commented and emailed me with such kind words about my dining room project reveal last week. You guys make my day!

With the reveal fresh on my mind, I thought I would share my thoughts on dining room styling.   Here's the thing.  You need to keep it S.I.M.P.L.E.  Are you surprised to hear me say that?

 Think about it.  You're having his side of the family, your side of the family, and a few of your favorite friends to celebrate ______________.  You're going crazy with menu planning, shopping, thinking about who should (or maybe who shouldn't) be sitting next to whom, what wine to serve with that new recipe, and a million other little details that need to be tended to before the big event. Do you really want to go through the hassle of clearing lots of  accessories off of every surface before you set the table and prepare the buffet? I know I don't.

Raise your hand if you love this dining room by Stephanie Sabbe as much as I do. I think it perfectly illustrates that simple can be dramatic.  And you could get in there and set that table lickety-split.

In my client's dining room, a silver tray holds a collection of family ironstone pieces that  is easily moved to set up for entertaining.

And that's why I like to keep things simple in the dining room.  Agreed?

Have a great week!

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