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moravian star pendant lights

For a few months, I’ve been kind of obsessing over moravian star pendant lights.  I love the touch of character they add to a space, and the fact that they pair well with many different design styles.  I really want to include a few of these in either our front porch of our new house, or else potentially in our entry way or stairway.

As beautiful as these lights are, they are really tricky to do right.  The main problem I’ve seen is people using too small of a moravian star for their space.  Like with many things in design, scale is everything.  In the three above images, notice how each of the designers incorporated multiple star pendants.  This is because each of the spaces are long and narrow, so if they only used one star in the center of the room, the room would swallow it up.

Below is an example of what I’m talking about.  The room itself is adorable, and I think adding a moravian star was the perfect touch, they just should have used a larger star.  The star is too small for the scale of the space, and even if it was only a little bit larger, it would have felt more proportional.

Here is an example of one that is scaled correctly (so stunning, isn’t it?):

If you have a larger room, but you don’t necessarily want to use a larger star (or if you have lower ceilings so a larger star wouldn’t work), try hanging multiple stars.  Here’s another great example of how multiple moravian stars were used proportionally with the space.

While I think these stars look stunning in porches and outside, I think my favorite place for them is in hallways, little nooks, or stairways.  It’s like a little unexpected surprise in an otherwise ordinary space.

I mean how adorable is that little moravian star peeking out in that reading nook above?  The green isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but the rest of that little area is so stinkin’ cute.  And last but not least, get a load of this wedding reception setup.  So dreamy.

So what do you guys think?  Are you as smitten with these stars as I am?

reclaimed wood furniture

I’ve been having a love affair with reclaimed wood furniture for quite some time now.  I just adore the mix of old wood with the modern lines of the furniture.  Since the house we’re buying was built in 1913, I want to embrace the history, but have the home still feel fresh and new, so I’m definitely going to go for a blend of old + new in the design of the house.  Because of this, I’ve seriously toyed around with the idea of including some gorgeous reclaimed wood pieces, and I just had to share some of my favorite finds with you today.

My absolute favorite company that sells reclaimed wood pieces is called Blake Avenue.  There isn’t a single piece of furniture they make that I wouldn’t consider putting in my home, and I honestly don’t know if I could say that about any other store.  The piece of furniture that originally made me fall in love with the company was the credenza below, and from there, the rest is history.  Look at all of these beautiful pieces:

There’s only one problem with these gorgeous pieces: their price.  In reality, they are pretty fairly priced when you compare them to something you’d purchase from Crate & Barrel or Room & Board.  But when you’re trying to furnish an entire house, I’m going to save the major money for the big pieces (like our couch and table).  Sidenote: I’m also completely determined to try and build something out of reclaimed wood for this next house go-round.
Anyways, so we’ve established the fact that I love reclaimed wood.  Well, imagine my excitement when last night, I was cruising around Pinterest, and I stumbled upon this picture:
“Ooooh, pretty,” I thought to myself.  And then as my eyes wandered down the screen, I saw my favorite 6 letter word: TARGET.  I thought for sure it was too good to be true, so I quickly clicked over.  Sure enough, this jaw-dropper is available at Target, but the fun doesn’t stop there.  Check what else is in this stunning collection:
 

 

Those prices!  I mean, come on!  It was all I could do to prevent myself from running out and buying them all right then and there.  Thankfully, there’s this little thing called our storage locker that is currently overflowing, and then there’s the fact that I’m not positive how I’d use these pieces in our next house.  Oh, and that little issue of us not actually having the house yet….yeah. About that. Come on house.  I need this furniture.  Do me a favor?  Go buy it and make your house beautiful.  Because if I could, I would.

ps…if you head over to my facebook page, I posted all of the before & after pictures from our first house today.  :)

dark wood trim

We’re in the process of looking for a new home, and we’re starting to narrow down the options.  Majority of the homes we are looking at are cute little old homes filled with character.  I’ve always wanted to redo and modernize an old home, so because of this, we’re looking to buy a fixer upper.  However, as we look at all of these homes, I’m presented with a major design dilemma.
If you follow this blog, you’ve probably come to learn a lot about my design style.  Although it varies depending on the project, normally I’m drawn towards contemporary design with soft colors.  I’m also a huge advocate of black and white, as they are neutral and everything seems to pop against them.  In our current house, we have maple trim everywhere, which is in really good condition, so I couldn’t bring myself to paint it white although I much prefer white trim in homes.  I always told myself that the next house we’d buy, I’d be able to paint the trim because it would be some ugly oak trim from the late 80’s early 90’s, or we’d be buying an old home whose trim was in terrible condition so I wouldn’t feel bad painting it.  
Well, that may not be the case.
It just so happens that a lot of the homes we are looking at are these beautiful craftsman style homes with dark trim that is in great condition.  But here’s the thing: although they are full of character and all that good stuff, the rooms are DARK.  All I want to do is go in there with a fresh coat of white paint and brighten everything up.  But then there’s that little voice in the back of my mind saying “don’t you dare paint that gorgeous wood.”  And then I think of all the homeowners I’ve heard complaining about the previous owners who painted the wood in their home…and I just don’t think I can do it.  But I also don’t want to live in a cave. 
So, I did what anyone would do in my situation, and turned to google.  I started searching for images of rooms with dark trim that I actually liked, and unfortunately, they were few and far between.  However, I did manage to find some, and in the middle of my search, I thought it’d make for a good blog post.  So without further ado, here are some rooms that have dark trim that manage to not look like caves and I actually really like…enjoy:

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