Lighting interior design inspiration

Some may consider lighting an afterthought when planning out their interior design, but we look at light fixtures as a key component in achieving your overall aesthetic. From sleek and modern to opulent and over-the-top, lighting interior design can be everything from functional to decorative, but is always essential.

For our ongoing Inspired Interiors Dare to Live series, we’ll illuminate the various ways lighting trends can make a style statement — while brightening our days and enlivening our evenings.

If your tastes lean to the ornate, you really need some Baccarat crystal lighting in your life. The renowned crystal connoisseurs create eye-poppingly extravagant chandeliers, sconces and other fixtures that positively drip with elegance. These pieces never go out of style and always hold their value, so consider them an inimitable investment.

From the timeless to the task-oriented: Don’t forget that lighting also serves a fundamental function. (But that doesn’t mean it should ever be boring.) This slim, sophisticated SEED Design light fixture sheds light over a table or desk without interfering with an abundance of natural light — or masking a breathtaking view.

Have a large space you need illuminated? A graduated, multi-armed hanging light fixture will throw light around the room, accentuating any natural sun you have coming in and casting a lovely halo effect.

Are you craving a more ethereal setting? These luxury handmade chandeliers from Manooi are one-of-a-kind objets d’art, conceiving a dazzling cloud of crystals that captivates anyone who has the pleasure of being beneath them.

A flickering gas lantern sets a distinctive mood, as any visitor to the French Quarter can attest. Bevolo has been handcrafting gas and electric lighting in New Orleans since 1945 and capturing the imaginations of Southerners (and Southerners at heart) ever since. These evocative fixtures have been a staple in upscale Southern residences but also add charm to homes everywhere. Make the neighbors ask: “Who lives in that house?”

Speaking of Southern Gothic style, can you think of anything more fantastical than a wax-draped chandelier holding court over a sumptuously decorated dining table? Nope, us either.

Simply put, lighting has the power to transform the interior design of a home. The Inspired Interiors team is exhilarated by the options we can share with you to light up your life. Let’s chat!

Areas for Adult Activities in the Home

Sure, a home serves many functional purposes — it offers shelter, comfort and warmth (and a place to put all of your shoes). But, in our eyes, it should also be an oasis, a place that provides pleasure, somewhere you look forward to returning to again and again, the ultimate hangout spot.

In our ongoing Dare to Live series, we have been highlighting what it means to make our homes true reflections of our personalities, passions and desires. Here we’ll explore the allure of adding areas dedicated to more adult endeavors.

What could be more decadent than having your own walk-in humidor to store your fine collection of cigars (or marijuana, as it were)? We have worked on several projects with in-home cigar libraries and vaults, which set the stage for a cozy lounge area for lighting up. These back-lit showcases for your home cigar bar are particularly stunning, especially when paired with cushy leather club chairs you can sink into and enjoy your smoke.

Make your home the hottest spot in town with a beautiful home liquor cabinet fully stocked with your favorite elixirs and accoutrements paired with fine crystal glassware. Picture this: You and your closest confidantes gathered around to enjoy a perfectly aged whiskey. You’ll never have to leave home for a luxe libation again.

We are major fans of finding creative ways to utilize unused spaces in the home, such as this clever walk-in home wine storage solution that maximizes the historically untouched area beneath a staircase.

In an idea inspired by the hospitality world, wine dispensers are ideal ways to keep cherished bottles fresh. You can even set the spigots to pour an exact number of ounces, perfect for sipping a fine vintage with fellow oenophiles in the comfort of your own kitchen.

We believe all of your favorite passions and pursuits should be the centerpiece of your residence. Connect with the Inspired Interiors team to discover how we can create a home for you that is a true haven.

Collection Display Interior Design Ideas

A collection can be whatever you make it — from vinyl records to vintage clothing. It doesn’t have to be something formal or forced, but assembling timeless items does offer a snapshot of your life and what you consider valuable. Whether it’s comprised of inherited heirlooms or lovingly acquired purchases, a collection is a sweet homage to what you deem important.

In our ongoing Dare to Live series, we have been exploring ways in which interior design allows us to fully inhabit our surroundings and imbue our spaces with life. Here, we’ll discover how designing around dearly accumulated items can be a particularly rewarding pursuit.

We hold this axiom close to our hearts: Everyone needs a china collection. But not just any collection — why not amass a riotous mix of patterns and colors that transform a dining table into a canvas fit for a living, breathing painting? Parties have so much more pop when the decorations are built right in.

Speaking of tableware, a quirky collection of teapots, cups and saucers sets a whimsical tone for any afternoon tea party. With a selection to choose from, you can pick the pieces specifically for each guest, making for a memorable soiree that will have your attendees talking.

Doorknobs might not come immediately to mind when thinking about an appealing assemblage. We beg to differ. Think about what a doorknob represents: a passageway, a pause where time passes, decisions are made and people progress through their days, their lives. They’re also often beautiful pieces that look rather enticing when grouped together.

When was the last time you looked at the time (and we don’t mean on your phone screen)? Nothing beats the melodic tick-tock of a grandfather or cuckoo clock perfectly positioned in your home. It creates a different atmosphere and literally transports you through time.

Speaking of the entrancing power of sound, a vintage record player, turntable or Victrola offers the opportunity to listen to music as it was meant to be heard. Imagine playing some DeBussy while relaxing on the couch or — even better — in the bathtub.

What could be more personal than a display of love letters, carefully preserved and affectionately assembled? One of our favorite interior design projects was for a woman who had a compilation of correspondence from her grandfather to her grandmother while he was stationed overseas during wartime. This touching tribute is now a centerpiece of her home and a beguiling glimpse into her past.

On a much more boisterous note, a spare space-turned-home-arcade is a sure crowd pleaser. A vintage pinball machine, arcade-style video games, a pool table — these are all invitations to check out of everyday life and lose yourself in the sheer joy of fun and games.

We all have various items we adore to have in our home, and our team loves to let those collections take center stage. We can help you display and showcase your collections so that your surroundings show an appreciation for the past while creating a captivating present. Let’s connect!

Hot Stuff: Summer Interior Design Ideas

You know the vibe: Summertime, and the livin’s easy. We definitely crave these hazy, crazy days, but we also find endless summer interior design ideas in this most lush, verdant time of year.

If you’re like us and live somewhere where relentless winters mean the summer season is met with nothing short of exuberance, making the most of our outdoor spaces is a way to connect to nature and bring more relaxed playtime into our lives. After all, we can all use more time in green spaces and fresh air to boost our mood and give us our daily shot of natural vitamin C.

In this summertime edition of our Dare to Live series, we’ll embrace the warm weather and all of the outdoor interior design ideas it brings to light.

Install a Putting Green 

Indulge your inner fantasies of PGA stardom and install a putting green in your backyard or even on your balcony. Working from home just got so much more productive when you can make deals while sinking a hole in one.

Reach for the Sky

Never got that treehouse you dreamed of as a kid? It’s not too late! Utilize the trees on your property to construct an opulent abode in the sky that will leave your childhood memories in the dust.

Make a Splash

Only have a sliver of space between your and the neighbors? No matter — a narrow custom lap pool will fit nicely, thank you very much.

Elevate Your Outdoors

Outdoor dining spaces can truly be a sanctuary — a place to retire to after a long day or to spend long, luxurious weekends. Even if your landscape doesn’t match this one, you can create your own piece of paradise with elegant tablescapes that bring a bit of elevated style to your outdoor escapades.

A Posh Picnic

It’s a blessing and a curse for many city dwellers: You have a high-rise balcony or a petite patio, but the space is often restricted by its rectangular shape. Rethink the rectangle by mirroring its lines with a super-long picnic-style table that can host a sizeable soiree, maximizing what the real estate gods have given you.

Now’s the time to let your imagination run wild with summer interior design ideas. The Inspired Interiors team loves to collaborate on interior design projects that dare you to live — indoors and out. Let’s connect on how to transform your outdoor space into a warm-weather haven where your fantasies come to life.

Wallpaper Design With That Wow Factor

We know what you’re thinking: Wallpaper? In 2019? We’re here to give you a resounding yes.

Wallcoverings have come a long way since their fussy, frumpy past, evolving into an interior design project that makes a major statement with fairly minor commitment. Think of modern wallpaper as more of a serial monogamist relationship than a ‘til-death-do-us-part pledge.

That said, the right home wallpaper design can be game changing, so take the time to find the right design that speaks to you, your aesthetic and your — yes, we said it — your soul.

As the saying goes, go big or go home. How about both? This mesmerizing kaleidoscope modern wallpaper draws you into a reading nook or other small space — the effect is entirely enthralling.

Speaking of hypnotic wallpaper design trends, this leopard-print abstract over a wash basin is so fascinating there’s no need for a mirror. Why stare at your own visage when you can be transported into exotic far-away lands while sudsing up?

A super large-scale botanical print evokes dark drama, injecting a living area with spirit and romanticism. Bid adieu to your grandma’s sweet, safe floral.

Precise fine lines come together to harness creativity and collaboration in a motivational workspace, conveying more energy than a solid-colored wall ever could. This versatile home wallpaper from Devon & Devon can be installed vertically or horizontally — let your imagination run wild!

Poppy, peppy, ‘60s-inspired prints are a fresh and fun way to bring life into a home. We are digging this bold daisy print for its lively color scheme and smile-inducing pattern.

Can’t decide if you’re a nature lover or a modern minimalist? Why choose? This abstract wallcovering blends the best of both worlds, bringing together two seemingly divergent prints in an eye-catching pattern thanks to a harmonious color palette.

Ombré continues to be a big trend in all design fields, from hair color to nail art to interior design. It speaks to the artist within us all. This striking abstract pattern graduates from gold to a deep navy, through a series of shapes and back again, setting an ultra stylish stage.

What do you dream about when you go to sleep? If it’s high-flying fantasies you’re after, bedroom wallpaper can deliver. Add a touch of whimsy to a bedroom backdrop without the cost or commitment of commissioning an artist’s mural.

The Inspired Interiors team doesn’t shy away from wallpaper as a way to express your deepest design desires. Let’s talk how we can select and utilize creative wallcoverings in your own abode.

Bathtub Ideas That Make a Splashy Statement

As it’s most likely the largest component, it makes sense to consider your bathtub the centerpiece of your entire bathroom renovation. Thinking beyond pure function, bathtubs can also take on a persona of their own. Is your aesthetic all-American or Euro chic? Do you want to create a cozy, intimate vibe? Or a spa-like haven for self care? There’s a bathtub for that.

As we continue our Dare to Live series, we’ll take a deep dive into all of the bathtub design ideas that are making a splash in 2019 — and beyond.

Go ahead — place your bathtub near windows. This spacious freestanding tub is flooded with natural light, a beautiful space to envision bringing the outdoors in. Greenery is also having a major moment in interior design, and the bathroom provides the perfect place for plants to flourish.

A colored bathtub can take on many guises — here, it’s a whimsical vintage vibe. Look for colored skirts, or DIY types can make it a painting project. This airy open-floor plan (complete with cozy fireplace!) allows the soaking tub to really take center stage.

Matching your tub to your bathroom wallpaper? Why not, we say! This spectacular scalable print from Devon & Devon is enhanced by the striking red hue of the bathtub, conjuring an especially chic aquarium where you can fashionably float your cares away.

Let form follow function in your bathtub design. Would a two-person tub fulfill your fantasies? Sounds like a pleasant way to clean up to us. Place a small table or lamp with a stand nearby to stow bath and body products — or a nightcap.

Speaking of a fun Friday night, incorporate versatile (and easy-to-clean) acrylic or wood caddies to your ensemble to hold the essentials for a luxurious bath: bubbles, a book and a glass of vino.

If you have the space, a separate dressing area between the bathroom and bedroom is a fantastic addition, giving you a private nook to get ready, read a book, lounge, daydream…. You name it!

An elegant slipper tub with elongated backs is the perfect pairing of style and substance — it resembles a gently sloping wave while keeping your back warm and supported during an extended soak. We also love this serene all-white design scheme in the bathroom — it is tranquil and polished without being harsh.

What could possibly be more Zen than a Japanese soaking tub? You literally need to climb into this deep vessel, where relaxation meets the ultimate in luxury.

The Inspired Interiors team believes that bathrooms should be a well thought out respite — a place where you can go to prepare for the day or evening ahead, plot your future or just unwind. Let’s talk about the bathroom renovation of your dreams.

Picking the Perfect Faucets and Showerheads

If you’ve been following our “Dare to Live” series, you know that we find the most inspiration in interior design details that comprise a cohesive, compelling home. By carefully selecting items, furnishings and fixtures that really resonate with you, you’ll craft an overall aesthetic that is reflective of you and your lifestyle and truly feels like home.

Because we spend so much of our lives in our kitchens and bathrooms, our faucets and showerheads take on meaning beyond functionality. By choosing fixtures that fit your range of needs (from the practical to the polished), you can upgrade your daily chores into enjoyable self-care rituals.

Kitchens With Style and Substance

This ultra-modern kitchen showcases several design trends we’re loving. First of all, notice the three different faucet installations from Brizo. The main faucet features smart-touch technology (tap lightly to turn on/off or hold to move without turning off the water), while a bar sink and pot filler add convenience for the home cook. The minimalist open-floor plan and fireplace also make us swoon!

A cool industrial vibe is gleaned from these faucets from Waterworks, where function meets fabulous. The internal mechanics are exposed, giving you something to gaze at in wonderment while you rinse your Champagne flutes.

Brass and black faucet finishes are also trending in the interior design world — we love how this classic-meets-modern combination fits in a wide variety of decor styles.

Beautiful Bathrooms

Airy, expansive open-floor plans extend to the bathroom, as well, lending a feeling of more space and letting the fixtures really pop. These brass faucets and showerheads from Brizo make a stylish statement while elevating your daily routines from simply cleansing to immersing yourself in spa-like luxury.

Style and substance come together beautifully in this shower system from Waterworks, with an overhead faucet joined by a bathtub spout and a wonderful shower “wand” that works like magic and cleans like a dream.

We believe that by enhancing your kitchen and bathroom fixtures, you can boost your spirits and improve your quality of life. We’re here to help you find the perfect fixtures and furnishings that create your ideal surroundings — find out how we can collaborate.

Design Is in the Details

Yes, we love a splashy statement piece as much as anyone, but, for us, the best interior design definitely lies in the details. By dreaming up creative ways to express our clients’ interests and lifestyles through their living spaces, we are helping to build a home that authentically reflects their personalities and passions.

In our “Dare to Live” series, we have been exploring ways that your surroundings can be a true reflection of who you are and what you care about. We believe that the seemingly small details of your design the thoughtful touches that show what you appreciate and value most in life are really the most revealing, the most profound and, yes, the most fun aspects of your home.

A recent Inspired Interiors client is an avid book lover who wanted his surroundings to speak volumes about his boundless adoration of reading. Rather than recycle trite odes to publications, we unearthed innovative ways to make his space an elegant celebration of the written word.

In a bedroom designed specifically for this bibliophile, a herringbone bookcase organizes his prized books in the most eye-catching of ways. Arranged as a sort of Pez dispenser, his monthly reading lists are now at the touch of his fingers. Flanking the bed are nightstands crafted from old library card catalogs (you remember the Dewey Decimal system), which were purchased on a salvage sale website and made locally.

On the same salvage site, we sourced vintage letterpress pieces that were custom crafted into a striking bar. As we consulted with our client about all of the stories by other people that he’s read, we wanted to start weaving his narrative through his home’s singular design.

In the same home, we took a wrought iron detail from the flagship NYC Barnes & Noble store and used it as the surface of a distinctive dining table that sparks conversation as it gathers guests.

Perhaps your passion lies in classic cars, as is the case with another recent client of ours. Using headlamps sourced from vintage vehicles, we commissioned a custom chandelier to rev up his foyer. The best part? The lights can be pivoted and repositioned to showcase anything and everything his heart desires.

Sometimes the most dynamic details are those that elevate an everyday object into an objet d’art. Consider, for example, this decadent liquor cabinet, featuring glossy wood veneer, leather and brass on the exterior that houses a lighted, mirrored interior. Thoughtfully recessed doors ensure no one bumps into all this fabulousness while crafting a cocktail.

By taking the time to select pieces that are emblematic of what makes you you, your surroundings will have a one-of-a-kind feeling you can’t find anywhere else. And, isn’t that the point of interior design in the first place? We can help you identify those unique characteristics to draw out in your home’s design. Let’s start the conversation.

Ideas for Elegant Home Organization

It’s officially springtime, and it’s natural to start thinking about renewal — rejuvenating our routines and refreshing our living spaces. Just like the daffodils are bursting through the ground to bring new life to the outdoors, our indoor surroundings could use some revival, as well.

We’ve all read the annual “spring cleaning” stories that advocate for deep cleanings and the tried-and-true “store-donate-toss” rule. We’d like to push the boundaries on that line of thinking to talk about multifunctional interior design that opens up new possibilities throughout your home. By adding a few intentional touches and reimagining your rooms, you can create storage solutions that will free up space in the most elegant of ways.

Kitchens That Clean Up

We have long been fans of glass cabinet doors that make kitchens feel light and airy — and inspire you to keep your household essentials arranged nicely!

A lovely dining room hutch is another classic storage solution to hold all of your special pieces. You’ll find it’s much easier to use all of that wonderful china and glassware you’ve been hanging on to when it’s all within reach. Perhaps it’s time for a festive spring fete!

Beautifully Designed Bathrooms

With all of the various lotions and potions and accoutrements needed to put yourself together every day, the bathroom can easily become the most disorganized place in the house. By sourcing attractive repositories to house all of your necessities, you’ll clear the clutter and create a serene, spa-like space to start your day in very Zen surroundings.

Home Offices That Mean Business

It’s true: Organized surroundings lead to clearer thinking, just the thing that’s needed in a home office. Modular, multifunctional blocks can be built into an interchangeable bookcase to put everything you need right at your fingertips. They can also be moved and stacked to create room dividers that delineate space but still let the light flow.

For a more vintage vibe, an old armoire can be transformed into a stylish storage space by removing the front doors and letting the shelves take a starring role.

Hyper-Organized Entryways

It’s human nature: You walk through the door at the end of a long day and immediately want to free yourself all of your stuff. Make your entryway a sort of nerve center for your home by hanging coat hooks, adding shoe cubbies and building in bins to house scarves, gloves and other daily necessities. A mirror and a wall clock are useful touches to help get you out of the house on time.

The Inspired Interiors team loves a good home organization project! Together, we’ll find innovative, attractive ways to optimize storage and reimagine spaces with luxurious design in mind. Let’s work together.

Living Rooms That Defy Expectations

Living rooms can get a bad rap. Depending on an abode’s layout and its inhabitants’ lifestyle, living rooms can be seen as stuffy, staid surroundings that don’t often see the light of day, or they can be messy, disorganized catchalls where people conduct most of their life without much thought about the look and feel of the area itself.

If the kitchen is known as the heart of the home, think of the living room as the persona — often the first place in a residence that guests experience, but also a room where you and your family can really let loose and relax. It’s an interior design balancing act to be sure, but by injecting your personality into the space, your living room can be the place in your home where you can really live.

Here we’ll explore several current living room trends that are giving living rooms the freedom to be interesting spaces that truly reflect the people who inhabit them.

So Mod

The return of modular seating is a boon for interior designers and their clients alike — never has a piece of furniture offered so many possibilities! We like flexible seating configurations because they revolutionize the living room. With modular seating, you can center around a coffee table and face each other, and you can enter from different directions, making these seating arrangements more conducive to daily living and the overall flow of the room. Manufacturers are even making these sofa backs more attractive and even functional — look for built-in bookcases and shelving.

Fire and Ice

What’s more appealing than a roaring fireplace serving as the centerpiece of a cozy living room? A glass-enclosed fireplace that can be viewed from multiple vantage points. These elegant hearths add an atmospheric element to the home, providing an entrancing focal point while also creating an inviting sense of warmth and comfort.

Hide and Seek

The mainstay of most living rooms is a TV, but when the set is not in use, it can be an eyesore. Today’s TVs now play with the eye — hiding behind mirrors, rolling out on hydraulics and projecting onto cinema-style screens. Gone are the days of pointing all of your living room furniture towards a television the size of a small vehicle. Sleek and sophisticated sets now rule the roost.

Make it Personal

Most importantly, you want your living room (like all of your rooms) to be an expression of who you are and what you’re passionate about. Are you a musician? Put your instrument on full display (even if you haven’t picked up a drumstick in years). An avid gamer? Collect vintage arcade games that your guests can get in on. An art aficionado? Your collection will really shine in a shared space where it will spark conversation and inspire others. Put your personality and your passions in the pieces you place in your living room, and you’ll never want to leave.

We love getting to know our clients and their lifestyles so that together we can create spaces that truly dare you to live. Contact us to find out how we can collaborate on your next dream project.