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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Small Modern Wall Sconces Add Big Impact


Geometric Bone Wall Sconce


Modern wall sconces are perfect for dressing up a powder or full bath room. A pair placed on either side of a rectangular or oval mirror is a interesting way to show off modern wall sconces. A modern look  isn’t always about simplicity, texture and unusual materials add interest and a big impact.

For example, the Geometric Bone Wall Sconce makes great use of a modern grid pattern handmade up light set amongst a traditional tiffany style lamp. The combination of the curvy lamp and the geometric shade design, make it versatile enough to use in a modern, contemporary or traditional setting.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Made-to-Order Vanity Lighting

Husband and wife team Zia Priven bring to life the glamorous designs of the 30s and 40s in the Astoria Wall Sconce created for Stonegate Designs.  Contemporary design combined with elegant lines and luxurious materials make this vanity lighting the perfect choice to place as a pair on either side of an art deco style or ornately etched and beveled mirror.

The Astoria Wall Sconce is made-to-order from the round fabric shade to the rectangular wood stained wall plate. Fabric choices include yummy shades in Eggshell Silk Pongee, Black Charmuese, Celedon Charmuese, Ivory Charmuese, Natural Silk Pongee, Oatmeal Linen or White Linen. Wood choices come in Ebony or Walnut and metal finishes are available in polished nickel or rubbed bronze.

Astoria Wall Sconce

If this wall sconce isn’t exactly what you are looking for StylePath has hundreds of contemporary wall sconces to choose from. 

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Gatsby Murano Glass Bath Vanity Lights

Fitzgerald published his infamous novel The Great Gatsby in 1925. It chronicled the heights prosperity enjoyed by Americans in the roaring 1920s following the First World War. It was the age of glamour, decadence and excess in every aspect of the lives of those wealthy enough to afford it. Massive homes were built and nothing was spared on both the exteriors and interiors.

Poster 1920s

The interior design profession was in its infancy and the 20s became the heyday for fledgling interior designers. Art deco style was featured in Paris and made its way to America becoming all the rage in interiors as well as architecture.

The “Gatsby” Style featured:

  • over the top glamour
  • angular and geometric shapes
  • anything shiny; glass, mirrors, fabrics, metals
  • nature motifs
  • exotic influences from other countries
  • furniture was streamlined and featured unique pieces instead of matching sets
  • lighting was copper, brass or bright chrome with etched or sandblasted glass.

Gatsby Collection Murano Glass Wall Sconce

The Gatsby Collection Murano Glass Wall Sconce is reminiscent of this glorious time in interior design, with its elegant and natural design in antique copper metal enveloping an antiqued filigree glass.  This wall sconce would be resplendent as a pair of  bath vanity lights on either side of an Art Deco inspired mirror or alone, to give subtle lighting to a dark wall or corner. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Art Deco Meets the Modern Bath

Art deco style finds its roots in Paris in the first ten or so years of the 20th century, where it began to spread its influence across Europe and the United States. It’s known for its artsy and eclectic influences in fashion, art, interior design and architecture throughout the 1920s and 30s. Eclecticly-speaking, the Art Deco movement drew its roots from many different styles such as Modernism, Cubism and Neoclassical.

The classic art deco style in interiors is represented by: geometric and angular shapes; chrome, brass, etched glass and mirrors; nature motifs of shells, sunrises and flowers; female figures. With a resurgent interest in the style, many of the elements above can be found in homes today.

If you would like to add an art deco flair to your own home, why not start simply in the bath with bathroom light fixtures that mimic the style. The three wall sconces below would go perfectly in a half bath or powder room on either side of a beveled cut mirror.

Nikko Series Access Vanity Lighting

Nikko Series Access Vanity Lighting in Chrome and Opaque Glass

Arches Collection Polished Chrome Wall Sconce

Arches Collection Bathroom Wall Sconce

Frosted Wall Sconce

Frosted Glass Wall Sconce

Interesting Fact: Shining examples of Art Deco style can be seen in New York City in the landmark Chrysler Building and Empire State Building.

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