A friend of mine was recently interested in upgrading his pendant lighting in his rental, a dining room area that needed better quality of lighting. He was intrigued with the idea of a drum shade pendant. Thanks to my friends at Lamps Plus, they were able to help out with just the right fixture.


Given a few options, he chose the Possini Euro Drum Pendant in white. The 20″ diameter size was perfect for his round dining table and the white shade provides added clear white lighting that the space needs.


The same fixture also comes in a bronze color.



The best part? The pendant was an easy DIY install that he was able to change out and install without an electrician. A little modifying of the cord length and it works perfect for his space!

Thank you to Lamps Plus!

Room photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design


Lauren Conrad’s chic and colorful Beverly Hills penthouse was recently featured in InStyle magazine. Pictured above Lauren sits in her home office on a punchy orange tufted sofa and an area rug seen on the floor made from recycled silk saris.


Continuing with puncy colors is a custom rounded banquette in her breakfast nook complemented by an Eero Saarinen table.


Her high ceiling living room with graphics and a black and white theme is remiscent of an airy New York loft, which she wanted the room to have a feel for.


To add visual interest to the living room, she added moulding and brick veneer, then had it white washed to look more aged!


Her dark mirrored bar includes a black laquered ceiling.


The dining room table and chairs are vintage complemented by a contemporary light fixture.


A classic looking kitchen in all white with open shelves for stacking white dishes.


And the grand finale! Her dressing room closet: A full walk-in wardrobe.

All images via InStyle



Thought I would share some finds from a recent concept board I put together for an entry + living room in a California coastal home. Light furniture, warm woods, a play on patterns…perfect for a small sitting room.


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The Orb Chandelier from Ballard Designs.


Slipcovered loveseat from Restoration Hardware (*different but similar version shown above).

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Concrete round coffee table.

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Club chair from Ballard Designs, shown in a different fabric than above – with many more options to choose from.

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Coral Needlepoint Bench, shown in red (additional colors available).

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Cowhide Patchwork Rug

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Rustic Wood Mirror.

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Floor Lamp from here.


A floral arrangement (as seen on coffee table).

For more room looks & concept boards, view here.

Pretty Pool Pavilion

Posted By materialgirls | May 28, 2013 | 1 Comment | Category: Design Inspiration, Designers, Home Exteriors, Magazines, Small Spaces


Loving this pool pavilion featured in Elle Decor, of a home in the Hamptons. The bright blue cabinets are custom made with a smoked mirror-paneled bar, counters are of cast glass, and floors are honed Thassos and Atlantic Blue marbles. View the full feature here.

The Compact Kitchen

Posted By materialgirls | Feb 25, 2012 | 2 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Kitchens, Small Spaces

For many undertaking a kitchen remodel, the goal is typically to expand an already compact kitchen. However, the reality is often times some spaces cannot be enlarged or expanded by increasing the square footage. Instead maximizing a compact kitchen space and aesthetically improving it’s design and style is the most ideal way to turn a small space into a big improvement!

Modern and minimalist, this kitchen epitomizes the aesthetics of a compact kitchen.

Super space saver and super sophisticated – sometimes putting the best into a small space is great on the return.

This compact kitchen has a more expansive feel by it’s use of open shelving, mirrors, and pass-thru counter / bar height seating. Maximizing space to it’s fullest it includes a built-in banquette dining area.

This is a layout I have done for many small kitchens – incorpoating an island with seating and storage, prep sink optional, makes for a functional compact kitchen.

Classic and contemporary, sink side feels open with windows and cabinets are best placed to maximize storage.

A model (pun intended) example of a compact kitchen, this one in a Manhattan loft, where even the narrowest of islands provides functionality.

Light, bright, and airy – a tiny kitchen that feels very open and even includes a little counter seating area by incorporating a tiny ledge of surface area.

Another kitchen with an island and bar height seating, not to mention a full height cabinet help to make this compact kitchen feel more open.

Taking cabinets full height (to the ceiling) is a great idea to make any kitchen feel larger, whether or not it’s compact.

Images via Pinterest and Elle Decor.

Stylish Closets

Posted By materialgirls | Jan 21, 2012 | 16 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Small Spaces

This past week I was researching inspiration for closets and built-ins for a client project that currently requires renovating two bedrooms. The closets in both rooms may be visible to the room itself, so the most ideal way to make them presentable is to make them look good! That means built-in drawers and cabinetry, nice hardware and lighting, and other decorative elements to create a stylish closet space.

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An attic space turned closet with gold and metallic accents, wallpapered ceilings.

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Small and narrow, but every inch accounted for.

{image via Elle Decor}

Everything is neatly concealed behind paneled doors, with a stunning entry door.

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A full length mirror makes a narrow space appear larger.

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A dramatic high gloss black painted dressing room.

In the Pantry

Posted By materialgirls | May 17, 2011 | 10 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Kitchens, Small Spaces

Having a walk-in pantry is a luxury.  Many of the kitchen remodels I have been designing lately have not been able to afford such a luxury due to space limitations.  Instead the client has opted for tall pantry storage, which is still essential even if it means forgoing upper and lower cabinets, and using a portion of counter space to accommodate tall pantry storage.  But with one exceptional client, she has not only room for a butler’s pantry – but also a walk-in pantry. Because this is a room in itself – the idea came into play:  how do we make this room a beautiful space? I think the images here provide some great inspiration (the above picture being my favorite)!

All images via Houzz.

Hanging Out

Posted By materialgirls | Mar 06, 2011 | 6 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Small Spaces

Awhile back, I featured a post titled “Hanging by a rope…” – with some fun, hanging beds.  I came across another image on ohdeedoh of a room with not just one, or two – but three hanging beds! Fun!

Hallways & Enclaves

Posted By materialgirls | Dec 07, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration, Small Spaces


Small spaces, transitional spaces, and spaces leading to other spaces…here are some decorative hallways and enclaves!











[Images collected and sourced over time via the Internet]

Coastal Living Magazine’s Idea Cottage

Posted By materialgirls | Oct 06, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Magazines, Small Spaces


Looking for inspiration for one on my own projects, the “Idea Cottage” featured in this month’s Coastal Living magazine is full of fresh inspiration!  For a full descirption, read here.


{The Living Room}




{Dining Room}


{Guest Bath}




{Master Bathroom}



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