Bring the Beach Indoors

If you’ve been to the beach this year, chances are you’ve sat in or sat next to someone relaxing in a Tommy Bahama beach chair.

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Did you know that Tommy Bahama has become an entire experience with ranges of clothing, accessories, food, rum and home furnishings? It’s a whole collection of products, with expanded lines to take you through the ebb and flow of each day and year round. From the beach to relaxing evenings at home, the subtle textures and refined finishes are carefully considered, meticulously crafted and infused with island life. Turn your home into an elegant beach house with our classic Tommy Bahama lamps and home accessories.

Jumping Sailfish Lamp

Jumping Sailfish Lamp ($402.50)

Using rope, shells, and other natural materials, the Tommy Bahama Collection embodies the carefree attitude of seaside living.

Swirl of Shells Lamp

Swirl of Shells Lamp ($540.50)

Click here to see the entire Tommy Bahama Collection from Wildwood Lamps & Accents.

Coral Majority

Just returned from Bermuda last week with a new appreciation for all things that are coral. The small islands totaling 21 square miles of Bermuda are surrounded by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Approximately 570 miles east of North Carolina, Bermuda is far from major sources of pollution. The constant supply of clean warm water allows corals to proliferate much farther north than they otherwise would be able to live. The coral reefs in Bermuda are healthy and thriving and contain many of the species found in the Caribbean.

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Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda

Visiting design studios and boutiques up and down Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital, it is apparent coral also is thriving as a decorative design element. Leading designers and manufacturers have taken note and are incorporating coral into lamps, light fixtures and decorative accessories.

Diallo Large Chandelier

Diallo Chandelier – The coral inspired large 8-light red lacquered resin chandelier is as dramatic as it is unique. The polished nickel center sphere gives it just the right amount of bling. Also available in white lacquer.

Wynne Assorted Coral/Zinc Accessory, Set/3

Wynne Assorted Coral Accessory, Set/3 – Give your seaside collections a look of substance and gravitas by arranging them around the Wynne trio of pedestal-mounted specimen corals. The authentic natural branch and brain coral skeletons each in a different neutral, yet dramatic, stone hue bloom like sculptural abstract flowers atop dark zinc pedestals. These chic metallic bases are gracefully tapered and softly fluted, bringing neo-classical flair to your oceanic vignette.

Malaya Large Coral/Zinc Table Lamp

Malaya Coral/Zinc Lamp – Find yourself in a seaside retreat with the Malaya table lamp. Drawing inspiration from the ocean’s beautiful coral reefs, this fixture features a molded resin coral construction supported by a 3-inch zinc base. A light beige linen shade with a matching cotton lining provides a warm glow and illuminates the gorgeous coral detailing. A matching coral shaped finial completes the look.

Corinne Sea Fan Coral/Acrylic Sculpture, Set/2

Corinne Sea Fan Coral/Acrylic Sculpture, Set/2 – Intricately detailed as only nature can achieve, these lacy sea fans bring the beauty of the ocean into your home. There are about 500 different species of gorgonians (aka sea fans) found in the oceans of the world, primarily in the shallow waters of the Atlantic near Florida, Bermuda, and the West Indies.

Cassidy Orange Porcelain Lamp

Cassidy Orange Porcelain Lamp – Inspired by the coral reefs, this unique lamp offers an eclectic orange hue. An off-white linen shade glows with warmth and adds a soft touch to this decorative lighting element. An orange porcelain finial matches the base and tops off the design.

Exploring the cerulean seas of Bermuda can be an exhilarating and eye-opening experience. Enjoy this up-close and personal tour of the waters below with our friends at Fairmont Southampton’s DIVE Bermuda Shop. Dive trips depart daily from Fairmont’s breathtaking secluded pink sandy and private cove, next to the world famous Horseshoe Bay Beach.

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50 Shades of Green

There’s a sign on a beam in Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse…

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With St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday, it’s time for a few ideas (i.e. 5 not 50) on how to decorate with green + a recipe for Irish Mussels in Guinness Cream Sauce!

Cyan Design 05668 - Villasa Vase, Large

Large Villasa Vase (Cyan Design 05668) – Can’t fully commit to green? This beautiful white vase is green inside.

Uttermost 19716 - Gian Containers, Set/3

Gian Containers, Set/3 (Uttermost 19716) – Distressed, crackled green ceramic with etching and antiqued khaki undertones. Sizes:Sm-7x8x5, Med-7x11x6, Lg-8x13x7

Howard Elliott 26043 - Sagittarius Mirror

Sagittarius Mirror (Howard Elliott 26043) – The Sagittarius Mirror is a round contemporary piece featuring a sleek frame finished in a moss green lacquer.

IMAX 44083 - Vivid Small Watering Can

Vivid Small Watering Can (IMAX 44083) – From IMAX’s Vivid Collection, this bright and cheerful blue and green water can is water tight and features top and side handles. Perfect for keeping plants around in your garden green all summer!

Port 68 LPAM-150-03 - Katie Mini Ball Lamp, Palm Green - Set/2

Palm Green Katie Mini Ball Lamps, Set/2 (Port 68 LPAM-150-03) – Soft palm green is featured in the Katie mini accent lamp. Made with  a crackled porcelain glaze. Nickel hardware. Hi/lo line switch. Paper shade.

Hope you enjoyed our St. Patrick’s Day roundup. Now raise a pint of Guinness and celebrate being Irish – even if you’re not! More of a foodie than a beer drinker? Here are eight signature Guinness recipes – ranging from traditional beef and Guinness stew, to Irish Mussels in Guinness Cream Sauce. Doesn’t it look delicious?!

Irish Mussels in Guinness Cream Sauce

Irish-Mussels

 

What is a French Wired Lamp?

Typical lamp construction has the electrical cord run from the socket, down through the lamp body, and exit out the side of the lamp base. Depending on the lamp body, the cord is usually concealed from view.

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What if the lamp body does not lend itself to concealing the electrical cord? For example, a lamp body made of clear glass. In situations like these, ”French wiring” is an option. A French wired lamp has the electrical cord exit near the bulb socket, as opposed to running down the lamp internally and exiting at the base. Here are a few examples:

Arteriors Home 46980-874 - Garrison Jug Vintage Brass/Glass Lamp

Arteriors Home 46980-874 – Garrison Jug Vintage Brass/Glass Lamp

The Garrison Glass Jug Lamp from Arteriors features a rustic yet contemporary design. Industrial elegance abounds with a jug shaped clear glass body cinched with an iron ring in vintage brass finish. French wired, the lamp cord exits the vintage brass neck above the lamp body, as opposed to running down the lamp internally and exiting at the base.

Arteriors Home 46825-769 - Edmond Glass/Antique Brass Lamp

Arteriors Home 46825-769 – Edmond Glass/Antique Brass Lamp

The Edmund table lamp borrows influence from mid-century modern style with geometric angles in its sleek frame. One side of its unique base opens with a hidden clasp, allowing you to place with decorative objects or treasures inside. French wired, the lamp cord exits the antique brass neck above the lamp body, as opposed to running through the display case body and exiting at the base.

Arteriors Home 49660 - Rio Iron Desk Lamp

Arteriors Home 49660 – Rio Iron Desk Lamp

French wired, a red fabric lamp cord exits the back of the Rio Iron Desk Lamp’s adjustable shade and can be wrapped around the faux wood body for added interest.

Arteriors Home DD12017-824 - Forged Ring Natural Waxed Iron Lamp

Arteriors Home DD12017-824 – Forged Ring Natural Waxed Iron Lamp

Forged iron rings seem to magically float upright as an off-white linen shade hovers around the top of this innovative table lamp. Fixture is French wired because of the unique construction/material of the lamp body.

Arteriors Home DD17002-819 - Twist Amber Glass Candlestick Lamp

Arteriors Home DD17002-819 – Twist Amber Glass Candlestick Lamp

Crafted from amber glass, the Twist Candlestick Lamp has impeccable clarity and radiant shine. French wired to preserve the glass candlestick’s clarity, the taupe fabric lamp cord exits right at the bulb socket, as opposed to running down the lamp internally and exiting at the base.

The look of a French wired lamp may take some time to get accustomed to and would undoubtedly bother some people to have the cord dangling down from the top of the lamp. What do you think?

Not Your Mother’s Table Lamps

Are you tired of living with run-of-the-mill table lamps that serve their purpose but do little to inspire? This week we did a round-up of 12 table lamps that guarantee to turn heads and start conversations. Ranging from quirky to colorful to downright breathtaking – these designs will surely inject a dose of liveliness into your home decor and light up your life.

Ibis Table Lamp

The whimsical Ibis Table Lamp from Cyan Design (CD-05206) celebrates the ibis, a long-legged wading bird that displays legendary bravery during hurricanes. According to legend, the ibis is the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits and the first to reappear once the storm has passed. Finished in Ancient Gold, the ibis pokes his head out of the top of the black satin shade, presumably to check if the coast is clear!

Tara Irregular Dot Blown Glass Lamp

The Tara Irregular Dot Blown Glass Lamp from Arteriors (AH-17323-354) features a unique design and is sure to be a great conversation piece. The base is constructed of hand blown glass featuring irregular dots of color. Hues range from orange, turquoise, and green. The white shade offers a soft touch and warm welcoming glow, while a clear ball finial completes the look.

Cape Breton Table Lamp

Natural oyster shells are used to create the Cape Breton Table Lamp from Currey & Company (CC-6318). This organic lamp is accented with a natural burlap shade and is embellished with black wood accents.

Cassidy Orange Porcelain Lamp

Lose yourself in a seaside cottage retreat with the Cassidy Orange Porcelain Lamp from Arteriors (AH-17387-522). Inspired by the coral reefs, it offers an eclectic orange hue. An off-white linen shade glows with warmth and adds a soft touch to this decorative lighting element. An orange porcelain finial matches the base and tops off the design.

Sumatran Table LampThe Sumatran Table Lamp from Uttermost (26546) is sure you bring you good luck with its trunk raised to the sky. Antiqued silver elephant with ivory finished tusk and a distressed wood toned foot. The rectangle semi bell shade is an off white linen fabric with brown trim.

Caviar Rose Gold/Rose Glass Table LampThe Caviar Rose Gold/Rose Glass Table Lamp from Arteriors (AH-DK49922) features a modern classic form and is one of many from the Caviar Collection, designed by Laura Kirar. Having the effect of a soft floating bubble, this lovely piece combines ethereal light with elegance.

Kenya Black & White Oval LampThe Kenya Black & White Oval Lamp from Port 68 (P68-LPAS-111-02) is inspired by Burchelli’s Zebras out of Africa. Burchelli’s Zebras infiltrate the 1.3 million strong wildebeest herd of Kenya during the Great Migration, perhaps seeking protection amid the numbers. This lamp however has no chance of blending in with the crowd!

Agate Rose Gold Iron Accent LampThe Agate Rose Gold Iron Accent Lamp from Arteriors (AH-DK49944) is inspired by primitive forms of Maori tools typically carved in stone and adorned with a slice of agate.

Kaden Spot Table Top LampReady, Camera, Action! The Kaden Spot Table Top Lamp (MX-60084) illustrates high modern style that is handsome and bold for any room.

Tassel Black & Navy Table LampThe Tassel Black & Navy Table Lamp from Arteriors Home (DK49937-754) is influenced by handmade antique passementarie trim seen in a grand old hotel in Santiago, Chile. It’s all about the tassel. It’s simple, unexpected, yet totally dramatic when the soft elements become illuminated.

Dogma Table Lamp

The Dogma Table Lamp is a very unique piece from Currey & Company (CC-6460) where small pieces of driftwood are sewn together by hand and then hung to create a pyramid like shape. The lamp looks very organic and the shade is putty burlap.

Maize Table Lamp

With the glow of antique brass, the Maize Table Lamp (AH-DK46005-230) represents a familiar organic form that dates back 9000 years. Designed by Laura Kirar for Arteriors Home.

So what do you think…would Mom approve?