I have been recently inspired by the latest edition of Restoration Hardware’s Source Book, as they call it. Seriously, their style blows me away. Not only is it cutting edge with an amazing unique twist on ordinary household pieces, like lighting fixtures for example, but they have this acute attention to detail that makes my design heart swoon. Some of my favorites are the bird cage and orb lighting fixtures. Who thought this up? I mean, for real. It is outstanding and you won’t find it duplicated. At least not in places that I frequent. Not to mention their practical wall art ideas that I found hidden in the backdrop of the latest and greatest furniture designs.
I totally understand if it’s not your style or if it’s out of your budget (which it certainly is mine!), but you have to at least appreciate the quirky beauty of it all. Pictured below is a Living Room scene with the birdcage lighting fixtures that I was speaking of. Also take note of another recent trend that is pictured: filling your immense blank wall space up with photographs or art pieces. Using pieces that are special and meaningful to you are key. Notice how the frames are all different sizes, but they coordinate: same matte, same size frame, same color frame. I believe that is what makes this work so well.
Try this out in your own home to fill up a wall and give your space some personality that reflects who you and your family are: baby pictures, Grandma’s heirloom needlework, old love letters…you get the idea. This doesn’t have to be expensive. Ikea has frames that are very affordable but not so cheap that they fall apart. Trust me, I have a few in my own home.
One more design feature to take note of is this fabulous trunk desk with vintage French upholstered chair. The desk screams, “Adventure!” and makes you want to pack up your bags pronto and fly to your favorite exotic destination of choice. Also notice the oversized map on the wall. This is another great wall art feature for your home, especially in the office. Find a vintage or new map that strikes a chord with you. Maybe it’s a map of you and your spouse’s honeymoon destination or it’s your great great grandfather’s topographic map of where he grew up…be creative! Make it your own.
Oh, and don’t be afraid to throw in a birdcage lighting fixture if you like! You might be surprised how unexpected features can liven up a space.