Tuesday, 15 August 2017

5 Modern Designer Chandeliers That Add The WOW Factor!

Lighting is an important aspect of interior design. Like paint, lighting has the power to make or break a room design. Without proper lighting, it is almost impossible to truly appreciate the interiors of a space. But lighting is not just functional, it can also be a design feature.

If you are thinking of using light as a style statement then chandeliers are the perfect way to showcase your personality and create an inviting and luxurious ambience in any room. Gone are the days when chandeliers were synonymous with heavy opulent regency style empire candelabras. Today modern chandeliers come in various shapes, sizes, styles and costs to suit almost every décor, budget and personal taste.

When choosing a modern chandelier for a particular room, think about the existing design of the space, the overall style of your home, the size of the room, ceiling height, functionality and use, colour of the piece, aesthetic appeal and about creating overall visual interest.

So from modern bubbles and glamorous spokes we've rounded up 5 of our favourite designer chandeliers from Replica Lights, that seamlessly combine functionality and style to create an unforgettable design statement in any room of your home!

Contemporary Clusters

Get The Look
Get this bespoke look with the distinctive Replica Pelle Bubble original chandelier in black and gold.

Originating in 2008, the Original Bubble Chandelier by Jean Pelle and Oliver Pelle has developed into a best-selling series of lights that create a sophisticated look with meticulously handcrafted light fittings in an unique design.

The transparent configurations made from handcrafted glass globes enhance and complement the design of any room it is suspended from.

Mid-Century Modern Vibe

Get The Look

The sleek and glamorous Replica Lindsey Adelman 6 bulb Agnes chandelier for Roll & Hill is perfect to create the ultimate mid century modern vibe in your home. 

Ranging from 6 to 24 bulbs to complement your room size and design, the combination of the brushed brass glass bars and the warm white of the light is simply stunning. 

Best of all, you can change the shape of this modern chandelier so it looks taller by moving the bars to point vertically or create a bespoke elongated look by arranging the brass bars horizontally!

Industrial Glamour
Get The Look
Create this sexy industrial look with the Replica Sputnik Filament Chandelier in Black in your home. 

The modern Sputnik chandelier has open filaments on metal spokes that create an unique industrial design feature that is sure to wow!

Modern Scandinavian

Get The Look

Recreate this minimalist look with the Spillray Axo 12 Light Chandelier by Manuel Vivian, a collection of 12 glass lights originally designed by Manuel Vivian. 

This beautiful modern chandelier complements a minimalist entryway or creates a design feature in a room with a pitched roof or cathedral style ceiling. This gorgeous modern chandelier is available in a single light, 3 lights, 6 lights and 12 lights option. 

Design Tip: Hang each light at a slightly different length to create visual interest. 

Trendy Tradition

Get The Look 
The showstopping Foscarini Caboche replica designer chandelier or pendant lamp was originally designed by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto in 2005. Foscarini Caboche is constructed using many translucent acrylic balls that create an unique effervescent look.

Be it in the kitchen or over the dining table, this glamorous chandelier with a slightly traditional bent, creates a luxe design feature like no other! 

So there you have it, our round up of five of the ultimate modern designer chandeliers that is sure to get the conversation started in any room! For more information on replica designer chandelier lighting at affordable prices, have a look at this article here. And for your daily dose of inspiration on lights, check out Replica Lights Facebook page!

So which chandelier caught your fancy? Share with us in the comments below.

Till next time... let there be light!
This post was created in collaboration with Replica Lights, a premium designer online lighting store in Australia. As always, all design choices, thoughts and opinions are all mine and genuine and I only ever work with brands that I love and I think you will too.

Monday, 7 August 2017

House Envy: It's All About The Details At The Norrmans!

Today, I'm beyond excited to share with you this stunning apartment in Copenhagen. Photographed by the talented Lina Östling and Mari Strengheilm, this apartment belonging to The Norrmans - interior designers Anna and Lars, is eye candy galore!

The primary colour palette in this fabulous apartment is an eclectic mix of bright white, dusty blush pink, moody dark grey and bold navy blue, accentuated with pops of colour predominantly a mustard gold and layered with tactile textures like eclectic metal light pendants, gold fittings, a leather butterfly chair, stunning black marble splashback, monochromatic artwork and an eclectic mix of flea market finds, a soft Beni Ourian floor rug and furs... in other words an utter and bespoke visual feast! The standout for me is that perfectly framed Juju Hat! Love!

With striking and stunning details wherever you look, the interiors of this impeccably styled, eclectic apartment are truly unforgettable and calling it anything other than Serious House Envy is an understatement! So come along and let's take a peek, shall we?So what do you think? Do you love it too? Or more importantly....do you have house envy?

Till next time... I'm off to research juju hats and how I can get one framed! You?


Friday, 4 August 2017

The Utterly Fabulous Inspired Living Range from Kmart!

The wait is over Kmart lovers! The much awaited Inspired Living range from Kmart hit the stores yesterday and it couldn't be more stylish! It's literally everything I imagined and more. Much much more! The three key design trends - Classic, Urban and Natural include a range of expertly curated homewares spanning furniture, bedding and bathroom accessories, dining, interiors and outdoor décor, all at irresistibly low prices! Score!

Take a peek at the new Inspired Living range here and then RUN, don't walk to your closest Kmart store! Here's a brief snapshot before we break it down into the three collections.

The Classic
The Classic collection is elegant and timeless with understated glamour and luxury playing a key role. The muted pastel colour palette is lifted by the use of soft textures and balanced tones punctuated by velvet chairs in a bold peacock blue. The outdoor range in this collection features the popular Acapulco chairs and woven textures creating a luxurious and timeless look that would fit almost any home.
The Urban
The Urban collection is edgy and cool with versatile pieces in unique textures and bold and rich jewel tones. Almost industrial and masculine in design it's softened with cosy, natural textures and hints of rose gold. Featuring tactile materials like wire, black marble, faux leather and glazed surfaces it's easy to create a sophisticated urban interior with just a few of these pieces. For the great outdoors, the rattan furniture with complementary cushions in the same bold shades creates a luxurious inner city getaway vibe!

The Natural
The Natural collection is almost Scandinavian inspired with a cool and soft earthy colour palette, natural textures, organic materials and soft curves that fit seamlessly into our relaxed Australian lifestyles! Think blonde furniture pieces, soft linen sheets, velvet cushions, textured throws, matte black accessories lifted by gold accents and pops of coral and strong bamboo textures. Seriously, what's not to love!
So what's the verdict? Are you inspired yet? Seriously the stylish Inspired Living range has something for everyone at affordable prices and is available in Kmart stores nation-wide!

Till next time... run..run...run to Kmart!


Monday, 31 July 2017

4 Ways to Make Your Bed Magazine Worthy!

Your bedroom is the most intimate room of your home and it is important to style it in a way that engages and also relaxes your senses.

The bed is undoubtedly one of the most important and biggest pieces of furniture in your bedroom. A beautifully made bed with soft dreamy linen, perfectly stacked pillows and a warm and comfortable duvet is not only inviting but also important for a good night's rest. However, creating the perfect bed depends on your personal style unique to your lifestyle choices. You may love a bed that’s bohemian chic with lots of paisley prints and textured animal throws or you may prefer a softer, country look with lots of white, trimmings and pastels. Or the currently popular Scandinavian style with a minimalist approach of cool whites and soft greys with pops of colour and layers of natural texture. Or what about an eclectic contemporary bedroom with a bold colour palette with lots of cushions and colourful throws that creates interest and looks cosy and inviting?

Whatever your preference, there are certain trade secrets to making your bed look like it fell off the pages of a magazine. In this article, Manchester Madness, a premium bed & bath retailer, spills their top four industry secrets to making a bed camera ready. And if you've ever wondered how you can make your own bed worthy of the bespoke plush style you love in design magazines, then read on!

Pick a Colour
A beautiful bed depends generally on the style and colour palette of the room. Colour creates a sense of unity in a room and ties your furniture selection, linen and accessories together to create a dreamy space. Think about whether you want your bedroom to be dark and moody, or dressed in pretty pastels, minimalist and monochromatic or full of bold, primary colours. This will help you pick a colour and style that fits perfectly with your room. Bed linen is a great way to dial up the style factor in your bedroom. You can choose to introduce colour with patterned bed linen or pare back the colour palette with pristine white or pastel shades.

For example, if your bedroom is spatially tight, you might prefer an achromatic theme with a white quilt cover set such as the Collette Dinnigan Sorento Blue Quilt Cover Set to create the illusion of space. Or you might prefer a natural earthy colour palette in the bedroom and choose to make the bed the focal point by using a bedspread that has an edgy striking pattern punctuated with accent colours. On the other hand, if your bedroom has a bold feature wall, choosing a quilt colour that’s softer and sophisticated will help you create a harmonious space. Or if your bedroom looks dull and lifeless and needs a splash of colour, the Linen House Hotel Collection Quilt Cover in Navy is a timeless choice to dial up the style quotient. In the end, the bedroom needs to be a relaxed and refreshing space and therefore choosing a colour scheme that works for you is important.

Add Texture
After deciding on a colour scheme and choosing the quilt cover for the bed, the next step is to create depth and interest. Throws are a great way to introduce texture and continue and complement the colour scheme of the bed. This is one of the primary tricks décor magazines use to create an appealing, luxurious and 'soft' looking bed. If you’re decorating your daughter’s bedroom for example, you’d likely choose a fluffy pink faux fur casually draped at the end of the bed to add warmth and texture. However, if you were decorating a Scandinavian inspired interior, you might choose a woollen throw in a neutral shade with a large weave to add visual appeal and interest. To create more texture think about adding a natural rug underfoot in a complementary colour. Apart from throws and rugs, texture can also be added by choosing a ruffled quilt and the Sandy Golden Quilt Cover from Linen House is a great example of this. A design tip would be to add layers through a combination of a bedspread and a duvet, or a duvet and a throw or all three to create the 'soft sink-in' and plush look we all love in the design magazines!

Pillow Talk
At Manchester Madness, we subscribe to the idea that you can never have enough when talking pillows. In fact, if you want a magazine inspired look, we insist you use at least four pillows and three scatter cushions. If you want a luxe look with added height, start with two Euro shams, layer on four standard pillows and three decorative scatter or throw cushions in accent colours or patterns. The trick to multiple pillows is to keep those you actually sleep on, a different shape or colour from your decorative ones. Pillow covers and decorative scatter cushions are a fantastic way to add style, introduce colour, texture and interest to create an overall cohesive theme in your bedroom!

While the choice of pillow shape, colour and texture similarly goes back to the style of your bedroom, we always recommend choosing a pillow with smoothing memory foam or soft bamboo - so your bed is as soft and inviting as it looks.

Complementary Sheets
Speaking of making a bed comfortable, the best beds use well chosen linen and fabrics to add style and comfort! For example, if you have a spacious, light room you might prefer the natural, breathable fabric of cotton percale. If you like a luxe, slinky, dare we say, romantic feel to your sheets, cotton sateen is a great option. If you prefer a more lived-in look, a crinkled 'freshly laundered' natural linen looks great. Just remember the higher the thread count, the more luxurious-feeling the sheets. However when dressing your bed, take into consideration the weather. In summer, thread counts of 800+ can feel a bit heavy, so it’s a good idea to go for something lighter and in winter the more luxe your sheets, the better you'll sleep! The best sheets will definitely add to the overall style and look of your bedroom. 

Incorporating these four simple yet clever tips from Manchester Madness in your own bedroom will make it a dreamy, inviting space! Remember to add layers and variation through the different elements on your bed to create a sense of comfort, warmth and luxury to create an envious and stylish bed!

Till next time... why not make your bed look like it belongs in the next issue of your favourite design magazine!


This post was created in collaboration with Manchester Madness. I only ever endorse or write about products that I absolutely believe in and would have happily promoted regardless.

About Manchester Madness
Manchester Madness is a premium bed and bath retailer that has over 20 years of industry experience. Based in Alexandria, Sydney, contact Manchester Madness for any bedding industry questions or needs.
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