In recent years, there’s been a resurgence of all things mid-century modern.  And I love it!  One of my favorite mid-century modern classics is the Sputnik light fixture.  Its starburst shape with arms of irregular length make this chandelier a seriously one of a kind light fixture.  I am DYING to get a brass sputnik for my guest bedroom and I’ve been searching Ebay like crazy. The right Sputnik (perfect size) can be hard to find!

 

 

Above is a brushed brass fixture, that was modeled after an original.  This particular fixture is quite large, and has 36 lights!

 

What is “Sputnik” anyways?  Sputnik was actually the worlds’ first artificial Earth satellite.  It was launched on October 4, 1957 by the Soviet Union.  Sputnik started the Space Age, which introduced an influx of all new modernized technology, furniture, and motifs in the world of interiors.  Above is an artist’s rendition of the original Sputnik satellite in orbit around Earth.

Sputnik pendants come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are installed closer to the ceiling, like a flush mount, while others have several suspension wires that connect at the top.  Below is another version of the chandelier, but with a modern day touch.

 

 

In a recent project we’re working on, I found a fantastic vintage Sputnik inspired chandelier at White Elephant Antiques.  We’re using it in our client’s master bedroom.  Its black arms with silver ends really make this piece stand out.  It’s truly a fabulous spin-off of the original version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I really adore this particular fixture.  I just love how its shape is more flatt, and not as spherical.  It fans out over the table, and acts as a great visual focus point in this dining-

 

 This kitchen has integrated a Sputnik chandelier over the petite grand piano to help define it as a more elegant area, separate from the working areas in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Dwell with Dignity’s fall Thrift Studio is finally here!

Dwell with Dignity is a non profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers that create homes for families that are struggling with homelessness and poverty. It’s a great organization to get involved with in the Dallas community and really benefits those in need.

The Thrift Studio is dear to our hearts as we were invited to participate last Fall as one of the designers of their vignettes-

 

This year they have a whole new lineup of designers creating fabulous room designs-

CYNTHIA COLLINS, COLLINS INTERIORS

BRECKINRIDGE TAYLOR

JOHN PHIFER MARRS

LAURA LEE CLARK

LISA LUBY RYAN

STELLA DALLAS

PEACOCK ALLEY

I can’t wait to see what they have come up with!  

As you might remember, the vignettes are mostly made from what Dwell with Dignity has in in their inventory and other donated items.The even better news? All of the products are for sale, benefit Dwell and can be bought on the spot!

And now onto the parties…every year, they host two “pre-sale” parties before the Thrift Studio officially opens to give designers and the general public first dibs on the amazing finds!

This year we were asked to be on the host committee for the Thursday night party.  Here’s info for that- we hope to see you there!

PREVIEW PARTY – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012

SPONSORED BY:
DOUG BOSTER CATERING, FROMENTAL, GEORGE SMITH,
KETEL ONE, LUXE MAGAZINE, PEGASUSABLON, POGGENPOHL

TIME: 6:30PM – 9:00PM

ADDRESS: Dallas Design Center, 1100 Slocum Street, Suite 280, Dallas, 75207

TICKETS: $125 per person

If you can’t make it Thursday, definitely be sure to pop in on Friday’s soiree for some fabulous music, food, drinks and of course SHOPPING!

SHOPPING EVENT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012

SPONSORED BY:
LAURA LEE CLARK DESIGNS, LUXE MAGAZINE,
PEGASUSABLON, REPUBLIC TEQUILA,
SANTANDER CONSUMER USA

AND once again we will have fabulous finds from Marburger Farm!

TIME: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

ADDRESS: Dallas Design Center, 1100 Slocum, Suite 280, Dallas, 75207

TICKETS: $25 per person

Click HERE to buy tickets!

{all photos taken from prior and existing Thrift Studio vignettes}

 

Thrift Studio runs from October 13th until November 10th, so be sure to stop in!





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The Modern Woman’s Line

Posted By MaterialGirls | Oct 04, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories

Every woman’s home should reflect her style and attitude, right?

Sara Sugarman launched Lulu & Georgia on October 1st, the perfect line for young, sophisticated, trendy women. Sara, herself, is the granddaughter of Louis Sugarman, the founder of Decorative Carpets. With experience and know-how from the family business (and not to mention, Sara’s amazing style), Lulu & Georgia was born!

Inspired by the modern woman,  Lulu & Georgia has everything the modern day Material Girl would want.

What I absolutely loved about the site are the different ways to search.  You can search by type, style, and color, which makes it so user friendly and easy to find exactly what you’re looking for!

For the Bohemian woman:

Such a great design!

 

If you like Bold color…


For the Romantics…

Gives such a light feeling, but is absolutely beautiful!

If you like Vintage Eclectic…

Such a great way to add pattern!

For you Glamour Girls…

So much sparkle!!

If you like Coastal…

Gives such a clean, crisp look!

For those that like organic…

Absolutely love these candle holders!

If you like Regency style…

So chic!

 

And if you’re on a budget…

You can never go wrong with a Chevron pattern!

Grab some furniture along the way and art while you’re there!

This timeless cafe chair would look great in a breakfast room!

Perfect simple storage for you wine lovers!

Rouse and Jones

 Kent Youngstrom

For a better look at how everything can fit together, here’s a pdf of Style Tear Sheets for examples.

And for all you Material Girls who love what you see, we have a little gift for you! With the promo code MATERIALGIRLS20, you can save 20% off your Lulu & Georgia purchase until October 9! Definitely take advantage of this special sale!

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