6 Flea Market Pendant Lighting Ideas

Clockwise from Top Left:
1. Vintage Book Paper as the Shade
2. Birdcages  Galore
4. Industrial
6. Scalloped & White
When looking for ideas, look no farther than your local vintage shops & flea markets!
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Ledge Displays | The Top 5 Must Do’s

With an array of chic options for ledges, from wooden to tin, matte white to lacquered, ledge displays is an easy and affordable way to display your favorite things. I’m a long time fan of using display ledges…from the living room to the dining room & home office, I think they are both beautiful & functional! so, here are my top 5 must do’s to get the most of your display ledges.1. Keep it interesting. Unless you’re going for the minimalistic look, do not put all books or all frames on the ledges. Put vintage finds, succulents, a souvenir {the untacky ones} and curate a “curiosity” vignette.

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2. Vary the heights. This goes in line with making it interesting. A tall candlestick with books laid horizontally and a ceramic accessory is a surefire way to make the space work.



3. Do not overload them. Now we’re thinking not what’s just aesthetically beautiful or functional but just pure logic. Believe me, I know this from experience. My home office display ledges fell twice because of my lovely but ultra-heavy design books. Spacing your displays also evens out the load.



4. Space them symmetrically and evenly. Since your display is supposed to be the “interesting” part, the actual display ledges should not be the design spotlight. Going asymmetrical on securing them to the wall makes it somewhat cluttered. Keep it simple!

5. Relate the size and placement of the ledges as it relates to other furnishings in a room. Small ledges just wouldn’t look right on top of a huge sofa would it? Also, if you are placing them with a furniture below it, like a television or a message board, place the bottom ledge 6-12 inches from the top of the furnishing.

I hope these tips help! Show us your amazing display ledges!

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

There’s a perfect match of old design & modern twists
via | The Urban Cottage Files

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Craving for Craftsman

We are on the hunt for a house {new home…well me more than Jason}. Adore the condo but I miss having a yard &  having a tree I can call my own. So, I’ve been house hunting online & offline. Ack, it’s always nerve wracking , tsk, tsk, haven’t even done a pre-qualification yet. Previously it’s been a breeze but the economy is still bad, right? I hear, pre-qualifications nowadays is worse than having a sunburn and getting waxed at the same time. But a girl can dream right {umm, of getting qualified for the home of my dreams, not getting waxed while sun burned}? So, initially, I was dreaming of a French Chateau style but my house hunting is leading me to love Craftsman style bungalows right now.
Well, what’s not to love? Hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, arched doorways with craftsman woodworking. And yes, the front porch is divine. And my top musts to have in my would-be home: the cutesy gingerbread house looking entry door, glass door knobs, clawfoot tub and the carriage style garage doors. Sigh! And thanks to Country Living for providing so many inspirational pics and Realtor.com for making it so easy to drive to the homes with your amazing app {seriously, my friend Kindra told me about this app and I’m so hooked!}.
Gotta go and house hunt some more people!

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The Ceilings Unbored

The ceiling may be the last thing on your mind when decorating or designing your home but I was so inspired to see a turquoise ceiling when visiting the historical courthouse in Blanco, Texas. We mainly checked it out to see the location were True Grit was filmed {the hubs absolutely loved the movie}. The ceilings were turquoise! Nothing like a pop of color when you look up! These are other ideas to make your ceilings unbored.

Green Gingham
Lacquered {sorry for the fuzzy image}

 

Striped

Classic Black
Textured {not sure if this was painted or wallpapered, whatever it is, the chocolate brown is scrumptious!}
Amazing ideas, right?

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

via | The Urban Cottage Files
The space has muted colors with lots of white!

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The Kitchen Marbled

From Greek temples, Roman buildings and spaces of Modernism, the Marble seem to be the mainstay material in all of them. White marble is my favorite especially in the kitchen. Marble is rock that metamorphosed throughout the years, the swirls and veins are mineral impurities, although they look like works of art to me.

It makes these kitchens regal but not that pretentious, clean yet warm, don’t you think?
The kitchen looks forever timeless with marble furniture as well!

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

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The space is cozy & warm but also hip & cool!
Happy weekend!
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Divine Jacqueline

By now, you finally know this lady. That is, if you watch Million Dollar Decorators. Amidst extravagant Indian fetes, overpriced accessories and to-die-for clients, some “real” conversation and “real” people.
Well, Jacqueline happens to be Kathryn Ireland’s housekeeper. She’s French {I think that’s why I like her right away}, has a fashion sense all her own and I think she loves wine. She’s absolutely divine! Check out Raina’s blog at Curbed to read her weekly recap of the episodes. It’s a must read!

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Hungarian Red

Just a few more months & it’s the Roundtop-Marburger show again. Woot! I’m always excited but the problem is, I haven’t even done the blog posts I’ve been wanting to write since the Spring show. Well, a few days ago in Twitterland, this amazing designer was talking about Pandora de Balthazar, which of course is the must go to shop to find the best of the best as far as European linens are concerned. It brought me back to memories of touching their linens with vintage Hungarian red embroidery.

A little history: It started in the 2nd half of the 19th century. The material is linen or coloured yarn, flat stitching. The most popular motifs are flowers and meadows.

My snapshots doesn’t do them justice. Ready to shop? Here you go
Oh & please check out my “In My Kitchen Series” post at A Diary of Lovely.
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