Pendant Lighting

One of my favorite ways to add dimension and interest to a space is pendant lighting. With a pendant lamp hanging above it, a small table that's been crammed into the only available corner in a kitchen no longer feels haphazard. Instead, it's a designated dining space. Same goes for the landing pad that collects extra bags, newspapers, etc. Throw a pendant light up and suddenly it feels like a formal and (more importantly) intentional entryway.

The only problem with pendant lighting is it that it can be cost prohibitive. Here at C&T we're all about affordable design, so I've rounded up a few my favorites that will look great in your space without breaking the bank.

Pegboards

If you're anything like me, you like to have lots of space to spread out when you work. That means that the frames and other adorable accessories that normally find their home on the corner of your desk get pushed aside every time you sit down. I was tired of the back and forth, so I looked for a solution that would keep all the tools I need and accessories I love in reach while leaving my desk clean. Enter the pegboard.

This oh-so-utilitarian material can be found at your local hardware store (I got mine at Home Depot) and runs pretty cheap. If the pictures above aren't enough to convince you that pegboards can be much more than storage for tools in the basement, think of them as gallery walls without the commitment. A pegboard can adapt to your needs and your changing aesthetic without the hassle of drilling and spackling walls. You can take a more functional and utilitarian approach or use your pegboard for purely decorative purposes. Best of all - do both!  While you're dreaming up your designs, take a look at some of the best pegboard accessories out there to customize your space.

  1. Clear Acrylic Shelf (Amazon) - $15
  2. Zinc Letters (Anthropologie) - $18
  3. Clipboard (Sparco) - $1
  4. Blomus Long Shelf (Amazon) - $20
  5. Cup Display (Amazon) - $12.39 each
  6. Wire Basket Set (Amazon) - $10.99

Friday Favorites

Three weeks ago I embarked on the new, exciting, and crazy journey that is graduate school. I've toyed with the idea of getting my MFA in Interior Architecture and Design since college and finally decided to take the leap this year. I'm only a few weeks in but I can tell you that this is far and away one of the best decisions I've ever made. I'll be sharing projects and learnings along the way here on the blog so stay posted!

With assignments coming in at a fast and furious pace I haven't had a ton of time to post on my little corner of the web here at C&T. Today I'm getting back on the bandwagon with the latest installment of Friday Favorites. One of the points my professors constantly make to us fledgling designers is that incorporating color into design is hard. So, today's post is a return back to the basics with a palette void of the tricky challenges color presents.

Hope you enjoy!

Friday Favorites: Black & White Home Accessories

  1. The Art Deco-inspired lettering on this poster makes it feel grounded and timeless while still fitting in perfectly with a modern aesthetic.
  2. I've loved this tray by Jonathan Adler since I first came across it five years ago. It's the perfect accessory to add a little flair to your dresser or hall table.
  3. I love this lamp and that's all there is to it. 
  4. While helping a friend redo her bedroom I came across this ottoman and became totally smitten. It didn't work for her room but I'm keeping it on the back burner for another project down the road...
  5. This dinosaur skull sculpture is so unexpected and playful I can't help but love it. It's a fun surprise on a bookshelf or a dramatic statement standing alone on a buffet or console table.

 

Color Theory - Fuchsia

As the holidays wrap up and things start to return to a normal pace I find myself gravitating towards spaces that are colorful and bright. Maybe I'm just in denial that, despite the uncharacteristically warm weather we've had, winter is definitely on it's way, but I can't stop pinning rooms with pops of fuchsia and hot pink.

While pink can feel stuffy and played out, a pop of a highly saturated pink feels surprising and fresh when paired with greens and yellows. Below is an image I developed with my favorite color palette of the moment and a few (affordable) picks for incorporating pink hues into your space. Enjoy!

Best Free Handwriting Fonts

I'm always looking for new ways to make projects feel more unique and personal. Whether I'm working on my resume or creating a personal planner (details on that project coming soon!) I love working with different fonts to add dimension and detail. The downside? Hours spent looking for fonts to download that are the perfect fit for my project. To save you that tedious task, I've rounded up my favorite handwriting fonts here. The best part? They're all free.

Enjoy and get creating!