Light The Way

 

You can have beautiful furniture, fresh paint, lovely art, and top notch appliances, but all of that can be overshadowed by one thing- bad light fixtures. Our eyes tend to gravitate towards them more than we realize. They literally hang in front of our faces, illuminating the spaces we love. So often I see a gorgeous home with a beautiful front door flanked by the most hideous, tiny fixtures.

This Charleston row house does not have that problem. As you can see below, this home was outfitted with chic and stylish light fixtures from The Urban Electric Co. and put into place with the help of the fabulous design team from Workstead. The result is an abundance of fresh feels in a space that is full of both natural light and chic warm tones. It is the ideal juxtaposition of classic architecture with current minimalism.  Enjoy these swoon worthy light fixtures and warm airy spaces. I don’t know about you, but these lights make me want to buy all new ones!

And let’s be honest, everyone can use good lighting.

All photos by Matthew Williams Photography

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The Rex Wall Light sets the tone for a chic and sophisticated twist on an historic Charleston row house.  Courtesy of The Urban Electric Co. 26 Kensington_preview

I adore how the Kensington makes an immediate statement in the entry.

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A gorgeous black range set back in a nook of marble.

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The Harford in this white-washed den makes a bold, yet silently chic statement.

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So many layers of lights, including the Rex Table Lamp on the vanity.

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An eye-catching shape and focal point, the  Yves elevates the master bedroom with a touch of glamour. Courtesy of Workstead Photog Matthew Williams 17 Bishop_preview

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All in the details. Super chic Bishop fixture.

Some Things Trendy: Greenery

While I tend to stay away from trends, that doesn’t mean I don’t pay attention to them. Throughout January, I am going to feature some examples of the latest interior trends. The first trend that I am featuring may seem the most obvious for the blog- Greenery. I adore my fiddle fig (faux and always looks fabulous). I also have two bonsai trees, three preserved boxwood, and six orchids scattered throughout my townhouse. The truth is, I could even use more. There is something so incredibly calming about having living (or faux living) plants in your living space. It adds color, texture, and life to any room.

These pictures prove the importance of adding a little life to your living space.

How to care for your indoor plants

 

Slatkin Foyer via Harpers Bazaar

Laura and Harry Slatkin’s chic foyer with topiaries via Harpers Bazaar

Topiary via Wayfair

Faux Topiary Tree

Design by Cathy Kincaid via Veranda

A gorgeous array of house plants in this stunning room by Cathy Kincaid via Veranda

Design by Nestor Santa Cruz House BeautifulLove to see large basket planters by Nestor Santa Cruz House Beautiful

Ellen Degeneres home via AD

The perfect pop of color in this entry of Ellen DeGeneres’ home via AD

Fiddle Fig via Amazon

Faux Fiddle Fig (I own this and really love it)

House Plant in deisgn

Via Veranda

House plant in design via Pinterest

Another lovely basket planter via Pinterest

Lorenzo Castillo Foyer via Elle DecorThe enchanting Lorenzo Castillo Foyer via Elle Decor

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Mark D. Sikes uses a beautiful blue & white planter for his ficus.

Ficus Tree via Wayfair

Faux Ficus 

Miles Redd California Home with large fiddle figs via AD

Gorgeous Fiddle Figs in this California home designed by Miles Redd via AD

Phoebe Howard design house plant

The always stunning design of Phoebe HowardPlant in the bathroom of Ray Booth and John Sheas Nashville Home via AD Plant in the bathroom of Ray Booth and John Shea’s Nashville Home  via AD

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Happy New Year, Happy Christmas, Happy Everything! I am so sorry I left you all hanging, but If you were anywhere as busy as I was with traveling and the holidays, I am sure you barely had time to sit down. I will be honest, I did not open my laptop once. It felt good, and slightly terrifying! I thought I would just give a quick pinterest-worthy look back at some of my favorite houses I captured in 2017. There were some very gorgeous homes I came across, from Dallas to London to Florida to California and all around!

I would love to hear from YOU and what you would like to see more on the blog this year! I have some great new content coming for you this week!

All my best and appreciation!

XO Christina

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Last Minute Gifts

Hi everyone! I have been so distracted with parties, travel, etc. that I have completely put my Christmas shopping on hold. Now, it is crunch time. I have bought most all of the gifts on my guides (mainly for myself), and now I am hustling to buy gifts for others. I wanted to give you all some quick Amazon Prime finds that can arrive just in time for Christmas!! Full disclosure: I have purchased all of these, so ask away if you have any questions!

Amika Mini Curling Iron

I am obsessed with my Amika Mini Travel Hair Dryer and Amika Mini Straightener. It is seriously so small and lightweight, yet more powerful than any hair dryer you will find in a hotel. The travel ceramic straightener is just as small (7 inches) and works wonders!

Amika Mini Hair Dryer. The greatest! Only 7 inches and very lightweight.

Juliska Carafe and wine glasses Juliska Graham Carafe and Stemless Wine Glasses. An ideal gift for a great price.

Blue and White Vase Blue and White Porcelain Pot. Perfect to stick an orchid into it for a hostess gift too.

Cuddl Duds Womens Socks

Cuddl Duds are incredibly soft and comfortable socks.

Marble Utensil Holder

This Marble Wine Holder and Utencil Holder is an ideal gift for anyone!

Ogee Face wipes

These are my go-to travel face wipes- Ogee Cleansing Cloths.  They are a clean brand, very effective, and smell lovely.

Packing Cubes Packing cubes would make a great gift for anyone who has a trip coming up, or is on their way to visit you! A nice way to keep your clothes organized within your suitcase, and separate dirty and clean clothes.

Sferra Throw I love Sferra throws! These soft and rich throws are a universally adored gift that can arrive just in time for Christmas.

Sonos with Alexa

I am obsessed with my Sonos Speaker. It has unreal sound. It is also so convenient to have Alexa in it too!

Insta Holiday

I have seen SO much wonderful Christmas inspiration on Instagram recently. Almost every image has caused me to stop and stare at the creative genius of designers, bloggers, landscapers, and everyone in between. I thought I would share a few of my favorites to really get you in the spirit of the season.

Also, I am headed to San Fran this weekend. Would love any recs! Comment, email, or insta message me! XO

P.S. If there is one takeaway, it is that you should NOT be afraid to use interior wreaths!

GNC Garden front Gina from @gncgarden has the most inspiring garden in Denmark. Look at all her boxwood!

Gray Malin It has been fun following photographer @graymalin and watching him spruce up his new home for the holidays.

Barclay Butera Traditional Home Barclay Butera is all smiles in his California entry decked for the holidays via @traditionalhome

Brian Patrick Flynn

@bpatrickflynn creates a kitchen that is intimate yet high in style for the holidays.

Charlotte Annefidler

@charlotteannefidler has an instagram account that can charm the pants right off of anyone. I literally want to move right in!

Debbie Propst

This entry via @debbiepropst is the perfect blend of topiary and creative (I love the ornaments).

Eleven Gables

@elevenegables sure brings the charm of Christmas to her front porch.

Erin V Style

This may be the most reposted image of all, and it is obvious why, Honestly love this more than words. Via @ErinVStyle

Garden Variety Design

Jeannette Whitson of @GardenVarietyDesign knows how to give her clients the ultimate Christmas curb appeal.

Henry and Co Design @henryandcodesign posts the best photos of their charming projects.
Jean Stoffer Design

This kitchen sums up all things chic. Love the wreaths on the interior windows by @jeanstofferdesign

Cece Barfield Thompson

Chic interior wreath via @CeceBarfieldThompson

Lavender Hill Interiors A timeless post by @lavenderhillinteriors

MFaraguao Naaskew

@Naaskew knows how to decorate his entry just right. Lots of topiaries with lots of lights.

Northeastern Nautical The perfect place for a delivery. Just drop me off at the doorstep too. Image via @NortheasternNautical

Robert D Norris Charming and quaint via @RobertDNorris

Sarah Bartholomew Mantle A lovely @KayceeHughes print hangs on the mantle of @SarahBartholomewDesign

Tom Samet Every image by @tomsamet is total elegance.