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7 New Lighting Trends from Winter Market 2014

Last week was the Las Vegas Design Center's Winter Market for 2014. It is a huge show with over 32 floors of home furnishings and it happens twice a year in Las Vegas, NV.  It brings furniture manufactures together with interior designers and retail stores.  My husband and I jumped int he car for the short 5 hour drive, and believe me, with out the kids it flew by.  We spent two full days walking all the floors looking for the best in design.  Today I am excited to share the 9 new lighting trends that I saw for 2014. 1. Metal Chandelier Shades I saw this trend over and over and over.  Some were a thin fine metal mesh like this barrel shade.   It felt refined and formal. Another was this ball chain style.  These chains were hung individually around an oval form.  Very cool and industrial.  These were a rustic Read more [...]

Anthropologie Knock Off Ideas {a Tour of the London Store}

Do you ever like to shopping for decor ideas?  I'm not talking about going to a big furniture store looking for your next sofa, although I enjoy that too.   I'm talking about Anthropologie.  I'm that girl that loves to go to EVERY Anthro but I am not interested in the whimsical skirts and funky jackets.  No, it is their store displays that always have me coming back for more.  They are so inspiring and unique.  I can usually be found with my draw dropped, eyes wide open, and mind spinning trying to figure out exactly how they "did that" and figuring out where I could do something similar at home or on a job site.  I have to confess that doing store displays for Anthropologie would be THAT dream job for me, you know, the one you would do for free if they let you?  For now I'll just use one idea for my own Anthropologie Read more [...]

Upcycled Vintage Industrial Lighting {No Electrician Needed}

Do you know who Chico is?  The one with the pony tail?  He was Candice Olson's electrician.  I used to be so jealous of Candice when I would watch her remodel and redecorate a space while having Chico at her beckon call to add can lights here, or a pendant over a side table.  Where was my electrician to do all of my fabulous lighting work?  Well flash forward a few years to today: Since we moved into our house, I have wanted pendant lights over the kitchen island or bar.  Unfortunately I didn't have the builder put any in from the beginning and the can lights that we do have are in an odd configuration with NONE of them over the bar!  Well no fear, I finally added these awesome pendants and barn wood for my own vintage industrial lighting, without calling an electrician.   So this was what I had created previously. Read more [...]
Nov 13, 2013 - Home Improvement, Lighting    5 Comments

Christmas Wrapping Paper Pendant Light DIY

I have started my Christmas decorating early this year.  You see I took a trip to England, Oxford to be exact.  I was visiting my sister who recently moved there when we happened upon a little art gallery gift shop.  I found a sheet of  ADORABLE Christmas or winter gift wrap (and you know how I LOVE  Christmas gift wrap and how to store and display it).  I carried it on to two planes tucked inside of a regular roll of wrapping paper.  I knew I wanted to do something special with it, not just wrap a present, but I didn't know what until I looked above my kitchen sink and saw my scrapbook pendant light. (Read about how  this scrapbook paper pendant  light started HERE) It had been a few years since I had added the pendant and scrapbook paper and it was starting to look ratty and faded.  This would be the perfect Read more [...]

37 Builder Upgrades You SHOULD Do

So you've decided to build a house.  What an exciting life event!  All the builder upgrades will be awesome! But wait, what if I screw it up?  What if I forget important details or my builder doesn't have the designer's touch?  Should I build the largest house I can or should I build the nicest house I can afford?  Well fear no more.  I LOVE the building (and remodeling) process, have been through it many many times, and am here to help.  Builder Upgrades: What you SHOULD and SHOULDN'T upgrade (because of the huge volumes of information I am sharing on this subject, this will be a mini series, so stay tuned for follow-up posts on what upgrades you shouldn't do and what you may want to change that could cost you nothing).  UPDATE: Read the 13 Upgrades You SHOULDN'T Do HERE. Whether you are building a large custom-house Read more [...]
Jan 10, 2013 - Lighting    28 Comments

I Hate CFLs {a tutorial for rewiring for warm light}

This project started like so many others, with a great deal.  I had seen these cork pendant lights at Lowe's and really liked them. My basement was far from being finished at the time but I knew I had the perfect place for them.  That was when I noticed the price...$7!  I threw three into my cart when I realized that they were hard wired for Compact Florescent Light bulbs.  BARF!  I HATE CFLs.  Actually I hate all florescent light bulbs.  I wouldn't even allow our builder to put them in my garage.  The slow warm up, the flickering, the blue hue, no thank you.   Something had to be done. I loved the pendant and couldn't let this amazing price go to waist.   Could I change them over hold a warm incandescent bulb?  You betcha.  I hustled over to Lowe's lighting parts department.   I picked up a multi Read more [...]
Nov 15, 2012 - Crafts, Lighting    31 Comments

DIY Light Up Marquee Star

My favorite design element is lighting.  Nothing gets me more excited than building a lighting element, plugging it in and watching it set the space aglow.  Mix that with my love of anything Vintage-Industrial and you can see how easily I became obsessed with marquee light up signs for the last few years.  When I opened up my 2012 Baby and Child catalog from Restoration Hardware I loved finding that they had a cute vintage looking star.  unfortunately it was $269.  Slightly out of my budget and not very large (24"). Pottery Barn also has one for sale for $129 again, not very large (22"): BUT, if you know me at all, you know that I'd almost always rather make it myself than buy it.  So, I scoured the internet for tutorials on how to make these little beauties.  I combined different techniques from all of the tutorials Read more [...]
Aug 27, 2012 - Lighting, Recycle & Reuse    3 Comments

UPDATE: Salvaged Wood Block Lamp Assembly

One of the very first posts I wrote on Burlap & Denim was about a Salvaged Wood Block Lamp that I made.  I LOVE these lamps.  The pair used to be on our night stands, but I have since moved them to the family room so I can enjoy them all day.  BUT, this means they are in the most used space of our house, filled with 4 boys.  And with boys comes rough housing.  Yesterday one of these lovely's got knocked to the ground, sparked and almost started a fire!  I'll admit it, I was frustrated and mad that my beautiful lamp needed to be rebuilt and re wired.  I took this opportunity to photograph the details for you. Here you can see the hole I drilled with a wood drill bit and shoved a long threaded wire conduit inside.  The drilled hole met up with a crack in the wood partway down the block.  I threaded the wire Read more [...]
Jul 30, 2012 - Lighting, Open House    10 Comments

Star Wars Bedroom and Ikea Lighting Hack

This is Ryder's room.  It was inspired from the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and decked out in Star Wars gear.  When his mom and I were designing the space she loved the idea of a rough wood ceiling, blue walls and a twin over full bunk bed.  This is how it turned out. We ordered the bed and bedding straight from P.B. Kids (similar bedding found HERE).  His mom found the locker style chest of drawers and was nice enough to let him have a fish tank in his room!  The ceiling is quarter sawn pine stained to match the "Rustic Chestnut" stain of the bunk bed (similar bed found HERE). On a trip to Ikea, I picked up these great stainless steel shelves and brackets.  They used to hold all of Ryder's Star Wars figurines, but now show off the important things in his life.  They are the Ekby Mossby found HERE. I felt the ceiling Read more [...]

My Small Kitchen Office ReOrganized

Can you guess what is hiding behind these cabinet doors?  Would you believe me if I told you that this small block of cabinets is the hub of our home? They hold office supplies, my crafting arsenal, and all four of my kids papers and art supplies (oh, and a paper junk drawer)! This has been a dumping ground for years.  The counter space is the spot where the rest of the kitchen gets cleaned up to.  You know, the place where when people come over all the mess gets "hidden" to.  But not any more. Here are the Before and After photos.  You can see that the cupboard on the left is under utilized and the counter is overflowing with unorganized junk.  Let me show you how I optimized the space, and organized it for good. When we built our house, we had the builder install an outlet in the cupboard for our cordless phone. Read more [...]
Feb 15, 2012 - Favorite Things, Lighting    8 Comments

Antique Crystal Chandelier

Have you ever had something in your house that you LOVED.  Something that if you moved you'd surely take it with you, even write it into the's one of your Favorite Things.  Well, I was working on an open house post for my front room and couldn't stop taking photos of my antique crystal chandelier. When we were building our first house, the french cottage, I did a lot of antique, vintage, and funky shopping.  I went to a shop in Salt Lake's art district called Elemente.  It is full of odd furniture, art and the owner is pretty funky herself.  Anyway on one trip we found this beautiful chandelier for only $100! It was love at first site.  The arms and base look like antique silver.  It is loaded with faceted crystals that sparkle.   We took it home and hung it in our dinning room.  It was stunning. Read more [...]
Jan 11, 2012 - Lighting    9 Comments

Indoor Garden Lights of Summer

There is nothing like a warm summer night in the back yard, sitting under the romantic clear globe lights, roasting marshmellows over a fire pit, and enjoying the aromas of fragrant roses and honeysuckle.  Well, it looks pretty amazing in all of the photos on Pinterest.  My backyard is void of lights and a fire pit for now, but I do have the roses and  honeysuckle!  Here in Utah it is super cold and the dead of winter.  Christmas just ended and I've missed the glow of my Christmas tree and lite up garlands.  So, I had an idea. How about I bring that feeling of warm summer and cozy Christmas together!  I rounded up my round globe string lights that have been waiting to be used for at least 5 years.  I bought them after season on sale at Target.  I think they should be out again in the big box stores soon. I plugged Read more [...]
Jan 3, 2012 - From Scratch, Lighting    13 Comments

Rattan Ball Pendant Lights

It must be obvious by now, but I am obsessed with lighting!  The right light fixture can be a work of art, it can illuminate the area around it and tell a story, and I think the incandescent bulb is a beautiful little miracle in itself.  There is nothing quite like the warmth of candlelight but the incandescent bulb is the next best thing (don't get me started on my HATE of all things florescent, no one has time for that rant).  This project shows off the glow of the modern incandescent stringed lights perfectly. This project started the way most of mine do, a call from someone getting rid of stuff.  This time it was my mom.  She had these three great wicker basket weave balls.  They were used as decor on a shelf or something.  She had no use for them and I jumped with joy when I saw them.  I knew imedietly Read more [...]