My Favorite Sconces

Sconces are one of my favorites lighting accessories. They can be functional or purely decorative, swing arm or stationary, they come in different textures, colors, styles, and work with any environment. Wall sconces come either hardwired or with a cord. The hardwired sconce has a permanent look and also looks better in a more formal environment. Sconces with cords are very trendy in a casual space and are also easier to change out and less labor for installation. Some of my favorite places to put them are near a bed for a perfect reading light or flanking a piece of art work for extra ambiance. Take a look at these beauties below for some inspiration.

Project Spotlight: North Portal Home

Teaming up with old client’s is the best. Especially when they are a joy to work with and have good taste (just like this family). They live in DC, and although I no longer live there I wanted to help design a new office space for them. The office is part of a master bedroom so I wanted to decorate it with the accompanying furniture in mind. They have an existing walnut low platform bed and a black leather chair. I wanted it to be a contemporary and neutral room with pops of color brought in through the art work. There is an empty corner where I wanted to create an alternate table top workspace with 2 accent chairs where you could sit and relax and soak in all of the morning light. I chose to keep the main office units a similar walnut finish to the bed. I also added floating cabinets above the desk and filing system for additional storage. The bench cushion and pillow was a nice touch to soften all of these hard surfaces. I liked the idea of replacing their existing honeycomb shades with these roman shades to add another light and airy texture to the office nook.

Art work from  Minted  and  Juniper and Briggs

Art work from Minted and Juniper and Briggs

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Lighting from  CB2  art work from  Minted

Lighting from CB2 art work from Minted


The walls is where I wanted to have a little fun and add a punch of color and pattern. For the desk wall I chose to break up the floating walnut cabinets with art work leaning against the cabinet and hanging on the wall. I love mixing mediums so this photography and abstract painting go well together and add a bit of interest.

For the wall near the table I imagined a very long extending sconce that would drape over the bistro table. These sconces are so neat and I’ve been dying to use them in a space. They make such a statement while be functional too. The large art work will fit nicely on the wall. The black and white works well with the modern vibe in the space, but the floral itself lends to a traditional look that fits the colonial architecture of the home.

For the window wall I thought this would be the perfect place for family photos. It’s a very personal space being that it is a home office and a bedroom. Either doing black and whites or color here would work. There are 2 different design scenarios I gave them; a more structured look and a gallery wall, both would look fantastic. I think matching the frames is important here and a black or silver frame would really pull the other elements in the space together.


My Favorite Baskets

How perfect is a beautiful basket? It not only acts as functional storage, but can also be a fun textural accent in a room. In smaller spaces baskets can be a great solution for organization. Some of my favorite places to use them are open bookshelves or under consoles where you can really show them off. Materials range from felt to seagrass and available sizes and shapes are endless. Baskets can have a neutral tone or add a punch of color to the room. These are my favorite baskets when filling an empty corner or finding a place to store clutter.

Project Spotlight: Woodcrest Home

I’m having a blast decorating for a friend of mine. We’re working on updating their family room and it’s going to look SO beautiful when we are done. Already complete is the refacing of the fireplace, new hard wood floors, and they added 2 additional windows to let in more light. Up next this week is painting, then the new electrical, and soon the furniture will arrive.

They have 2 little ones so I wanted to keep this room as open as possible for play time and running around. I pushed the sectional against 2 windows to leave the largest wall for a centered TV. We decided on a beautifully custom made media cabinet and benches flanking the fireplace. There will be tons of extra storage for toys and media components. Both the ottoman and coffee table are easy to maneuver so that things can be pushed to the side for more play space.

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When selecting the furniture pieces we wanted a neutral color palette for the larger items. We will have pops of yellow and blue when we accessorize. I specified kid friendly materials like performance fabrics and leather for the sectional and lounge chair. The drapery is a linen blend that won’t wrinkle and will be easy to maintain. I love the wood surfaces for their durability, but also made sure to specify round corners for the children. I’ve been really getting into sconces for kid friendly spaces because of the hassle of no cords and also less accidents will occur than having a table lamp or standing floor lamp. This family room is long, so when searching for a perfect sized rug we had to go custom. This 9’ x 14’ seagrass rug will fit the space perfectly, add texture, and will be durable for extra wear and tear. I wanted to add a splash of color and pattern with the layered rug on top. I love the thick pile this blue rug from West Elm has, it’s great for lots of play time on the floor. The top down bottom up feature on their window treatments is ideal for people who want privacy in their home while still letting in that natural light. I love the mix of materials we chose with the leather, wood, fabrics, and seagrass. I can’t wait to see it all come together! Check back soon for completed photos.