Bright interiors: how natural light energizes a room

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Light and Bright interiors

Bright interiors are beautiful interiors! There is nothing like natural light.  Natural light has the power to completely energize and change the mood of a room.  When we were house shopping, one of the first elements of a home I’d look for was natural light.  I’d pay attention to window quantity, size, placement, and any exterior overhang.  One of the best home improvements we ever made was replacing our small rancher living room window with a full length window.  Believe it or not, ever since enlarging that window and knocking out a dividing wall, I no longer need to use my light therapy lamp in the winter.

Below are some example rooms that I though demonstrated the beauty and transformative power of natural light.

bright interiors natural light bedroom

What a treat to wake up with the morning light streaming in.  A simple white curtain allows the filtered light through and allows for privacy at night.

bright interiors natural light living room Gorgeous interior shutters can be opened all the way, and don’t impede any light from entering through the beautiful tall windows.

bright interiors natural light loft

Lofts take the cake for bright interiors.  Open concept layouts, high ceilings, and lots of windows make the most of natural light.

bright interiors natural light kitchen

This dining room makes the most of morning light and would make a great place to wake up to coffee and croissants.

bright interiors natural light living room

High ceilings and strategically placed mirrors are two well-known advocates of natural light.

all images via Disc Journal

New York City townhouse modern design and traditional bones

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House Tour!  An 1850s  New York City townhouse!

Architect Ambler had grown out of his apartment when the 400 sq ft. studio next door came up for sale.  It seemed like fate so he bought it and worked to combine the two into a unified New York City townhouse perfect for displaying his collection of vintage and modern art and furnishings.  Combine that with subtle renovations in line with strict landmark district regulations, you end up with a beautiful classic modern contrast.

new york city townhouse livingroom

What attracted me most to this space is the beautiful arched window.  It acts as a frame out to the street.  In New York City you often have to be willing to welcome street life into your home as art through your windows!

new york city townhouse livingroom

So much natural light is a blessing on street level.  I love the modern furniture, like these black leather chairs, combined with classical elements like the arched windows.

new york city townhouse bar

The townhouse feels like a museum with all of the modern art and interesting furniture.

new york city townhouse bedroom

How beautiful are the antique mirror closet doors.new york city townhouse den

The den and the chandelier in the office are one of my favorite parts of the house.  The technique of leaving the top 12 inches of the wall unpainted really create an illusion of height.

new york city townhouse den

new york city townhouse hall

The real showstopper in the townhouse are the gleaming herringbone hardwood floors.

new york city townhouse kitchen Ambler honored the traditional bones of the house in all of the renovation except for the kitchen and baths, which he intentionally wanted modern.

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A modern victorian house tour

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Modern victorian, a match made in heaven.

I love the good bones and ornate molding of victorian homes, and the clean lines and fresh look of modern design.  The below is a remodel that honors the amazing high ceilings, intricate casework, and classic of the victorian home.  The owner’s improvements included altering the floor plan to make more functional spaces for today’s lifestyle.

modern victorian kitchen

A view of the kitchen.

modern victorian bathroom

What a dreamy bathroom.  Love the clawfoot tub, the sinks, and the herringbone floors.

modern victorian bedroom

The built-in closet adds so much character to the bedroom.

modern victorian dining room

How amazing is the fireplace and built-in cabinets with lead glass surrounding it?

modern victorian kitchen

The kitchen is probably the most altered.  Love those barstools and the industrial aesthetic they add.  The glamorous chandelier is a nice contrast.

 

modern victorian bedroom

A pretty guest bedroom.

modern victorian diningroom

Another shot of the dining room.  Sorry to say that while I like the table, I do not like the chairs.

modern victorian kitchen

Love the large subway tile backsplash behind the stove.

modern victorian living room

The amazing windows and arches are so pretty!

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More pretty details.

What do you think of this modern victorian home?

via Apartment Therapy

Hygge Interiors Inspiration – What does it mean to you?

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Get your Hygge Interiors inspiration here people! Okay, I know I’m really late on the band wagon, and probably some other trend is already popping up over the blogosphere. Regardless, I felt I needed to look into the Hygge trend myself and share interiors that illustrate what Hygge means to me. For those of you that don’t know Hygee, here’s a definition:

What is Hygge and Hygge interiors?

“Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it then lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.” Read more here.

So when it comes to making your home hygee, the philosophy would be to surround yourself with what makes your home comfortable and beautiful. Obviously that can be subjective from person to person, but below are some interiors that would be my definition of hygge.

hygge interiors minimal dining room

A hygee dining room, minimal but warm.  The rustic table, branches in a vase, and art books make it hygee for me.

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hygge interiors living room

Super comfy chairs for curling up in, exposed beams, and a lot of beautiful windows for natural light make this living room hygge.

via Bloglovin.com

hygge interiors minimal white bedroom

I find white interiors soothing, and layers of texture make it cozy.

via HomeDeco

hygge interiors minimal dining room reading nook

What’s more cozy than a reading nook? I also love the blue and yellow color scheme.

via theculturetrip.com

hygge interiors bathroom

Good craftsman ship and natural elements are also beautiful to me, and make a home feel comfortable.

via House and Garden

Transitional interiors, a marriage of modern and traditional

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Transitional interiors are my favorite because of their emphasis on clean lines. I think they also make for a happy marriage of both modern and traditional design.  It isn’t about fluff or frills. Transitional interiors focus more about quality finishes and furniture. That is a philosophy I can get behind!

It’s okay to take a breather.

Also, It’s a battlefield out on the internet these days, and everybody needs a happy place to breathe and decompress.  My happy place includes this eye candy – amazing transitional interiors.

transitional interiors millwork detail

There is little more beautiful than exquisite millwork isn’t there?

via BHG

transitional interiors entryway

This entryway has so much that I love!  Between the dark hardwood floors, the oriental rug, gray walls with wainscoting, tailored drapes, and a velvet settee, I’m hooked. How about you?

via Studio McGee

transitional interiors kitchen

Stainless steel counters and backsplash?  What do you think?  I’m also a sucker for large format photography.  It’s so impactful.

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transitional interiors bedroom

A simply beautiful bedroom.  The color scheme is soothing, and the upholstered headboard looks comfortable and elegant.

via BHG

transitional interiors fireplace

Lastly, this shot is from Erin Fetherson’s home (okay, I admit I don’t know who she is).  It looks like such a romantic but sensible place.  Layers of texture gain visual interest in an otherwise staid palette.  How gorgeous is the fireplace?

via Domino