Enjoying the Rainbow With Lamps Plus …

Hi – my name is Courtney and I like color.  I love a beautiful neutral space, but color gets my heart racing.  Color gets me excited.  Color is my equivalent of “design MSG” – I think everything looks better with a touch of it.

Thankfully, the folks at Lamps Plus think the same thing because they recently launched their Color + Lighting Collection featuring over 100+ colors and a variety of different lamp styles.  From the classic gourd to groovy floor lamps, this collection really covers the gamut and gives something customers more options than even many custom lighting companies I have worked with in the past.

Lamps Plus has a huge selection of lamps outside its Color + collection that features beautiful colors.  If you lean more towards modern then I suggest the Delta Peacock Lamp from Robert Abbey…..

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For a lamp just shy of 2 feet tall, it packs quite a design wallop thanks to its geometric shape.  Just like the Color + Collection, it comes in a multitude of colors including new two-tone variations which I absolutely adore.  It is on my short list (I know – bad pun!) for at least two different clients – one we will use it in their office and the other will find itself on his night stand.

So embrace your inner Rainbow Bright and throw caution to the wind!  After all, it’s only color!

[photo credit: lamps plus//collage credit: courtney lake]

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disclaimer:  lamps plus was a sponsor of blogtour london 2013 but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

Weekend Reading…..

If you have some free time this weekend and want a healthy dose of design, check out some of the articles I have written this month as well as one I was featured in……

I remember my first apartment.  It was in the basement of a very lovely home in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, DC and every time it rained, crickets would invade the space in droves.  It had one closet the size of a shoebox, no oven and every piece of furniture I had come from Ikea.  I loved it!   I channel those memories as I help a young client decorate his first apartment to accommodate sleeping, working and the occasional dinner party  – all in 500 square feet of for my monthly column with  SheKnows.com ….

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Switching gears from studio apartments to prefab homes, I recently wrote an article profiling BLU Home for California Home + Design blog.  BLU is one of the leaders pushing the definition of what a prefab home can look like.  And seriously, just drop the “pre” part because the house I profiled at their Sonoma location is just darn FAB…..

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And the lovely folks over at Interior Canvas blog interviewed myself along with fellow designers Jonathan Savage and Grant Gibson (love those boys) as part of their profile on the online retailer Zinc Decor.  I love the store’s modern slant and the ladies behind the brand are honestly two of the most amazing folks I know – design savvy with business acumen…..plus they are super cute to boot (some folks have all the luck!) ……

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(Wendy & Tiffany of Zinc Door — told you they were hot mommas….)

Okay I am off to do a final push for a client presentation on Monday!  Have a great weekend……

[picture credit: Photo by Adza/BLU Home/Zinc Door]

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Motivational Mondays: Luck….

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Luck is a strange thing.  Some people seem to mired in it — seriously they walk out the door and find a $20 bill.  They buy a lottery ticket and win the grand prize.  They walk into a bar and Ryan Gosling starts buying them drinks.  Luck is their wing man…..

I on the other hand have never won anything in my life except for science fairs and scholarships.  Mind you those are all good things that I am grateful for but they aren’t “luck” per say.  In my life, my “luck” comes from careful timing, consideration and large amounts of work to be prepared for when an opportunity arises.  Luck is more my study buddy…..

But luck can you be on your side because there is one more day to enter the Joy & Revelry Pin It To Win Contest……

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A list of the rules are pretty straight forward:

  • To enter you must be a member of Pinterest. To become a member of Pinterest, visit www.pinterest.com to request membership. Membership to Pinterest is free.
  • To enter the Sweepstakes, Head to Pinterest & create a board titled ”Revel & Enjoy Design ”
  • Pin at least 3 photos from the Joy & Revelry web site
  • Add at least three additional pins to show what inspires your personal design style
  • Tag your board with the hashtag #joyandrevelry
  • The 5 Style Mavens + one guest judge will vote to decide the most unique and creative board showing self expression
  • One Entry board per person permitted during the Sweepstakes Period.

So what are you waiting on?  Think about it, 6 pins could win you a $500 shopping spree.  You may be lucky but you gotta be in the contest to win it, so start pinning!

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Joy & Revelry Launch & Contest……

If you noticed a disturbance in the “design force” yesterday, it was because we had a game changer occur……. Joy & Revelry officially opened and debuted the Style Maven Shops.

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As a refresher, Joy & Revelry works with social media influencers and bloggers to create their own online retail experiences.  I was lucky enough to be asked to join the inaugural group of Style Mavens a few months ago and we have all been working hard on our respective stores sourcing products, styling photo shoots and promoting the brand.  It’s a full-time job but so rewarding to see the physical embodiment of our brands.

To give you a little better idea of the concept behind my store and Joy & Revelry here is a video we shot for the site …….

To kick off the launch, Joy & Revelry is conducting a Pin It To Win It Contest for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree on the site!

J&R Pinterest Contest

Contest Rules

  • To enter you must be a member of Pinterest. To become a member of Pinterest, visit www.pinterest.com to request membership.
  • To enter the Sweepstakes, Head to Pinterest & create a board titled ”Revel & Enjoy Design ”
  • Pin at least 3 photos from the Joy & Revelry web site
  • Add at least three additional pins to show what inspires your personal design style
  • Tag your board with the hagtag #joyandrevelry
  • The 5 Style Mavens + one guest judge will vote to decide the most unique and creative board showing self-expression
  • Entry board per person permitted during the Sweepstakes Period (April 30 – May 14).

Later in the week I will be sharing the concept behind my Joy & Revelry collection and some of the amazing items in it!  Don’t forget to register so you can explore not only my shop but the other shops of all the other amazing Style Mavens!

So excited I just can’t stand it!

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Pen To Paper: Oakland Kitchen….

I am working on a kitchen remodel in my backyard…..figuratively and literally since the clients are my neighbors.  They have asked me to help them rethink the small and outdated kitchen in their bungalow.  They love modern mixed with classic and want something that feels warm but not overly traditional.  We talked alot about the different finishes that they like and I interpreted their likes through my design filter to create a concept that is warm, modern and harks back to the home’s roots……

Oakland Kitchen 1

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(sorry for the odd tinge of yellow on the shots – the drawings were done on trace paper and the lighting is off…)

Initially they wanted butcher block countertops but were afraid of the maintenance associated with them, so I reinterpreted the wood and placed it on the walls in long horizontal planks.  The wood will give them the warmth they crave as well as give the space a modern look.  A classic gas stove, apron front sink and hinged arm sconces are a reference to the age of the home and are the perfect foils to the modern update.  Throw in some Calcutta Gold Marble for the countertops and the back splash and we have the basis for a nice melding of classic, modern, warm and new.

Okay, I am off this weekend to participate in the Joy & Revelry Style Summit with some amazing designers and bloggers.  If you get the opportunity, take a look at the site and let me know what you think.  Otherwise, enjoy your weekend and take some time to relax….you deserve it!

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New Series: “Breathing Room” With Kelly…..

Space planning is essential when it comes to creating an inviting space.  However, I think many people are thwarted when it comes to furniture placement.  Awkward layouts thanks to lack of walls, window placement or the odd angle can make creating the perfect space challenging if not frustrating.  It’s one of the top things I know clients ask of most designers, so I thought it would be fun to bring in my friend and fellow designer, Kelly,  on a monthly basis to answer questions and give her take on the perfect layout of rooms to giving you the breathing space you desire…….

I’m Kelly Finley, an interior design/owner of Joy Street Design and the author of Joy of Design blog.  I’m very excited that Courtney has invited me over to discuss how to properly plan a space. One of my favorite parts of any interior design project is designing the furniture layout and planning the space.  I believe that space planning is the most important part of any project and should always be done before purchasing any furniture or making any final decisions on the layout of the space. 

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So what exactly do I mean when I say space planning.  In a formal sense, space planning is the act of creating a layout of furnishings and items in response to and coordinated with the physical space of a structure while performing an analysis of design and spatial requirements for the occupants.  In normal words, space planning is the exercise of ensuring that the required furniture and other elements in a room are properly scaled and positioned to ensure a proper flow for the occupants.  This process is critical at the beginning of a project to ensure that future purchases will work in the space. A well-designed space provides comfort and harmony to a room.

Before studying interior design, I don’t think I ever specifically thought about space planning in the traditional sense.  When setting up the rooms in my house, like most homeowners, I didn’t think about the proper amount of space between the chair and the table or the proper height of a side table.  I saw furniture that I liked and “eyeballed” it to determine if I thought it would look good in the space. We’ve all been there – we order a piece of furniture and then we get it into the house and it’s entirely too big or too small.  It looked perfect in the store but now it’s completely useless or overbearing in the space that we need.  (The idea that the item won’t fit into the space through the entry door is an entirely different post about planning for the space but, unfortunately, I’ve been in that situation too. )

Joy Street Room

However, the more I think about this, the more I realize that this attitude that I didn’t previously think about space planning may be simplifying it too much.  When buying any furniture, we all clearly think about the distance between the furniture and whether the table is entirely too small for the sofa chair.  Indeed, I believe that every time you walk into a room, you are judging whether the space was planned correctly even if it’s not by official space planning terms. 

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The difference between a professional and an amateur is taking the time to officially put the space plan down on paper ensuring that you make more informed decisions and hopefully fewer mistakes when shopping in the store.   This process of creating a space plan also provides you with new options that you hadn’t previously considered or solidifying that your initial plan is the proper one.  Through future posts, I’ll provide different methods of planning a space along with examples and actual projects to show the process in action.  Hopefully this series will provide you with a few tricks and tips to make your space planning much more effective and useful when you don’t have a professional to help. 

Thanks Courtney for inviting me over!

I am excited to have Kelly on board the team and am looking forward to fielding questions you all on the topic.  If you  have a question that you think Kelly can answer about space planning, send your question and pictures to lifeoutloud[at]gmail.com!

[photo credit: Joy Street Design]

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Loving Out Loud: Muji Cotton Canvas Back

I have hit the age where carrying heavy loads hurt my shoulders.  Between schlepping fabric swatches, design boards, my computer, tile samples and everything in between my neck and back ache for days.

Vainness prevents me from getting a rolly bag, so the only option left is a backpack.  Before you get visions of me in some poly, padded shoulder monster, think again.  This backpack is going to for my off days — where you have too much stuff just to shove in your coat pocket but not enough to warrant a full on “mote” (definition: a “mote” is the male equivalent of a tote bag).

So enter my solution…..

Muji Backpack

The Muji Cotton Canvas backpack is a thing of beauty.  It’s simple design is reinforced with the company’s selection of the material.  It’s machine washable and only gets better with each washing.  It is the perfect size to throw my laptop, a magazine, iPhone and a few other essentials.  Even better that is doesn’t play havoc with my shoulders and neck – success!

At only $35, it is also an economical option for those of us who go through our “motes” faster than Kim Kardashian goes through black men (yup, I went there…).  But now I am curious, what fashion concessions have you made since getting older?

Okay, I am at the Hawthorne building all day today – I am overseeing the install of my 4th project in the building but I am also we are professionally photographing the first project I completed in the building.  I can’t wait to share it with you all….well that is unless some snazzy magazine wants to share it first!

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