Harmless Banter by Beverly Taylor Design

Trendy Thursday: Round Branch Mirrors

We are loving these round branch mirrors! They give off a natural vibe and can create a rustic pop in any space. Check out some of our favorites that we’ve spotted…

Currey & Company

Currey & Company

Cyan Design

Cyan Design

Shop Ten 25

Shop Ten 25

Posted in Accessories, TRENDS, TRENDY THURSDAY on August 29, 2013

Tricks to Successful Kitchen Lighting

Figuring out the perfect amount of light for your kitchen can feel like a huge task…but it’s not!

We’re here to help you reach the perfect amount of lighting for  YOUR kitchen.

1. Crunch the numbers:

Start by finding your kitchen’s square footage (length multiplied by width). A kitchen that is 12 feet wide by 18 feet long covers 216 square feet. Next, multiply the square footage by 1.5 to figure out the wattage needed to properly illuminate the room (216 x 1.5 = 324 watts). This number is now your guideline for the number of watts needed to light your entire space. This includes overhead lighting, task lighting, accent lighting and ambient lighting.

2. Layer the lighting: 

*Ambient lighting: This provides an overall lighting that creates a warm glow and softens shadows. To achieve this you can use a ceiling fixture or lights placed above upper cabinets.

*Task lighting: This illuminates workspaces and can be created with lighting under upper cabinets.

*Accent lighting: This is a great way to add depth to your space. You can use adjustable recessed fixtures or lighting inside of glass-front cabinets.

3. Take control:

Dimmers are very important in a kitchen space. This will allow you the flexibility to adjust lighting to the task at hand- full lighting during food preparation and a softer one for early mornings or after dinner.

4. Be GREEN:

You can have a fabulously lit kitchen while saving the world one light bulb at a time! Regardless of what you decide to use (fluorescents, compact fluorescents, LED, or halogen) look for the Energy Star label when shopping for fixtures.

Happy lighting!

via HGTV

via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

 

Posted in BTD THOUGHTS, DECORATING IDEAS, FABULOUS INTERIORS, KITCHEN, LIGHTING on August 28, 2013

bT2sday: Wicker/Rattan Pendant Light

bT2sday

Last week we posted trendy Wicker and Rattan furniture and accessories for your home! For today’s post, we have found a fabulous wicker pendant light and it’s “just as fabulous” twin for half the price!

Currey & Company Basket Pendant $625

Currey & Company Basket Pendant $625

We LOVE this Wicker pendant from Currey & Co but we understand that if you’re on a tight budget, this might be a bit pricey. Here is another one that we LOVE…at a third of the cost!

Serena & Lily Natural Cabrillo Pendant $195

Serena & Lily Natural Cabrillo Pendant $195

Posted in bT2, BT2SDAY, PRODUCTS WE LOVE on August 27, 2013

August 2013 Issue of Lonny Magazine

Click for Issue

Click for Issue

Posted in INTERIOR DESIGN, INTERIOR PUBLICATIONS, LONNY MAGAZINE on August 26, 2013

Happy Birthday My Dear Daughter Lauren….

I miss you, Love, more than anyone can imagine…. xxxxx
Lauren
Lauren Allyn Braddy
August 24, 1981- March 28, 2004

Posted in BTD THOUGHTS on August 24, 2013

Friday’s Fabulous Find: Vintage Appliqued Textiles From India

So we’ve talked a lot about Indian inspired interiors/furniture/and accessories (for their trendiness) and felt like we HAD to share this image from the August 2013 issue of Veranda magazine. Oh and check out the rattan stool under the console table…love to say we told you so (:

Vintage appliqued textiles from India repurposed into a canopy & bed dressing & Vintage Woodson Wallpaper

Vintage appliqued textiles from India repurposed into a canopy & bed dressing & Vintage Woodson Wallpaper

Posted in FABULOUS FIND FRIDAY, FABULOUS INTERIORS, TRENDS on August 23, 2013

Trendy Thursday: Get Your Wicker/Rattan On!

What a great way to bring the playfulness of summer indoors! Check out these Wicker/Rattan options!

Karlskrona Chaise Lounge (Rattan) -Ikea

Karlskrona Chaise Lounge (Rattan) -Ikea

Jacquelyne Barstool (Handwoven Rattan)- Pottery Barn

Jacquelyne Barstool (Handwoven Rattan)- Pottery Barn

Traveler's Wicker Chest- Ballard Designs

Traveler’s Wicker Chest- Ballard Designs

Woven Wicker Chandelier Shade- Pottery Barn

Woven Wicker Chandelier Shade- Pottery Barn

Posted in GREAT FINDS, TRENDY THURSDAY on August 22, 2013

All I Can Say Is …… WOW!!

There are so many adjectives to describe this FABULOUS Tremont Chair by Bernhardt

but

WOW pretty much sums it up for us!!

tremont chair 2

bernhardt tremont chair

Posted in Furniture, GREAT FINDS on August 21, 2013

bT2sday: “POUF” there it is

This bT2sday is dedicated to those Moroccan poufs that we love OH-so much! We’ve blogged about them several times, and specified them for many projects…but they can be a bit pricey. We’ve hunted down a few options of different “pouf” styles that won’t put a dent in your wallet! Enjoy…

18" Plush Pouf $75- Etsy

18″ Plush Pouf $75- Etsy

Leather Moroccan Pouf $90- Etsy

Leather Moroccan Pouf $90- Etsy

High Pouf Ottoman $95- Etsy

High Pouf Ottoman $95- Etsy

Majestic Navy Blue Links Ottoman $89- Amazon

Majestic Navy Blue Links Ottoman $89- Amazon

Small Black Pouf $35.99- World Market

Small Black Pouf $35.99- World Market

Posted in bT2, BT2SDAY, TRENDS on August 20, 2013

DIY: Kitchen Island

Having trouble finding that perfect kitchen island for your small kitchen? Wellllll have no fear…you can make your own!

diy kitchen island

via House & Home

This is what you’ll need:

-A console table

-Egg-shell finish paint

-Knobs/pulls

-Butcher block

-Rubber drawer liner

-Small metal angle brackets

-Screws

-Drill/screwdriver

1. Start by choosing a console table 1.5″ shorter than the height of your counter tops (once table top is installed, they will be the same height)

2. If you plan to repurpose/paint your piece of furniture, sand and prime before painting and add new knobs.

3. Cut length of the butcher block so that you have 6″ more than the table on each side. 

4. Attach block by placing a rubber drawer liner (same size as block) to the table. Then use four angle brackets on each side to keep in place. 

VOILA!

Posted in Adorable things, bT2, DECORATING IDEAS, DIY, INTERIOR DESIGN, INTERIOR PUBLICATIONS, KITCHEN on August 19, 2013

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