Transitional Style Interiors – Sophisticated Mogul

Transitional interiors have the best of both worlds: traditional and contemporary.Staying within the familiar realm of tradition but making it perky with fresh new ideas. Traditional architecture and designs carry a beautiful appeal and when freshened up they stand out as even more classic. An updated historic home carries its character yet the contemporary furnishings give it a modern edge.

Taking inspiration from the past, it’s really about the antique architectural design, the veranda arches and vintage doors with beautiful carved authentic detail. Hand crafted in dark woods the patina plays perfectly with neutral walls where you can display contemporary art. Pale blue carved armoires, green floral wardrobe cabinets, muted red chests seep colors into the interiors. Bring tone-on-tone furniture and furnishings like the oxidized wood accent cabinets or the aged white console, playing down the dramatic angle.

Burnished brass with soft, warm undertones accents the wood patinas of the cabinets. A huge floor mirror made from an old architectural door frame gives a focal point to the living room.Crystal chandeliers complement traditional elegance nicely.Symmetry is essential to keep the room balanced and in harmony. The huge TV screen is balanced with 2 arches on either side that have been converted into bookshelves. Damask fabric on the sofa adds punch without making it too contemporary. Extravagant silhouettes, traditional weave fabrics and embellished textiles draw attention to the walls. Carved wall panels of the Tree of Life accented by simple straight drapes that just skim the floor, clean and neat lines, too much fabric gives an untidy effect.

Globally inspired carvings and sculptures collected by you on your travels are displayed on the walls with accent lighting that focuses on their unique artistic detail. Broad leaf ferns and green foliage play beautifully with the dark patina wood and the neutral walls.The vintage whitewashed screen with iron work adds interest to the simply furnished living room. The turquoise blue coffee table adds a pop of color, muted yet brings the room alive. Vivid textures and weaves of handloom cottons throws add interest while keeping the contemporary style.

The bedroom with a simple upholstered bed has a unique hand crafted armoire with beautiful crown molding and muted patina, perfectly in balance with the vintage media console. A few select pieces give a room a feel of refined elegance.Harmony and balancing traditional design with modern style, interiors that are focused on comfort and style, transitional interiors carry a classic ambiance of sophisticated elegance.

New and Handy Ways to Light Up Your Garage or Workshop

A garage or workshop can be downright dangerous if you’re stuck in the dark or have little light. Not only that, but you probably won’t be very handy or productive without decent lighting. A well lit garage is safer and can make your work more fast and accurate as well. Luckily, there are a few types of lights available these days that make your garage a more hospitable environment for whatever project or fix that you need to work on.

LED Work Lights

A halogen work light is the traditional way to light up a garage, as you get a ton of light in a fairly portable form factor. However, halogen lights can be difficult to move around, not necessarily from their weight, but from the fact that they are always hot to the touch. In fact, they get hotter and hotter the longer they are used. Many people even end up burning their hand when trying to handle these lights due to their heat. This can also be a fire hazard should you leave the light unattended or near something flammable. Good thing LED work lights were invented then. LED work lights are smaller and more portable than traditional halogen work lights, but have many other advantages. First, they won’t burn your fingers when you touch them. In fact, LED’s generate very little heat at all. Also, LED’s are much smaller bulbs than halogen based lamps, therefore they can be brighter with less weight, and therefore much more portable. LED’s are also immensely durable for any project.

Battery Operated LED Lights

Another handy option that is great for any dark space around a garage is a battery operated LED light. These lights run on batteries, usually AA or triple A and can be hung, stuck or attached to any space around the garage that isn’t feasible for an electrically powered light. Some examples include inside of cabinets, inside of drawers, above or below a work desk, in between storage areas or hallways. There are also battery operated lights which have a motion detection feature, making them turn on as soon as you or someone else move near the light, and automatically turn off when no movement is detected for a period of time. These types of lights are great for a dark pathway or hall where there might not be an electrical outlet. These can also be handy inside storage bins, closets or drawers, as you don’t need to bother with turning a light on and off while you work.

Rustic Refined Mediterranean Luxury Interiors

Designing your home in Mediterranean rustic style brings to mind bright summer days, arched cusped doorways, rustic vintage wooden furniture, rough patinas and imperfect neutral colors. Old wrought iron is used throughout the home. A beautiful old teak balcony railing accents the unfinished wooden ceiling beams. A boldly beautiful statement that is repeated in the fireplace mantel which is made from reclaimed old antique doors and arches, studded with iron medallions.

Built-in niches and alcoves are resplendent with the heavy white textured wall finish. A carved whitewashed rustic arched mirror brings in depth to the room. A cozy oxcart daybed with scattered pillows peeks out from beyond the formal room, and on top of the fireplace sits an eclectic piece of art in earthy colors.

Arches and columns are found throughout the house, cusped doorways, beautiful dark wood carved accent doors and windows, mantles that display treasures from your travels. The antique triple arched architectural veranda accents the view to the courtyard where sits a beautiful three tiered fountain. An antique door in dark teak and gorgeous carved detail is seen with climbing ivy and moss giving the soft warmth of aged wood and old bygone days. Sun soaked doors and the resplendent rustic architecture brings in the classic ambiance of Tuscany. Unpretentious colors and natural fabrics like handloom cotton bed throws and silk curtains accent the flavor. Bold designs and patterns complement the design, be it modern contemporary or traditional style.

Earthy red tile contrasts with the deep ochre patina of rustic old door cabinets that store your china. The doors are hand carved with old traditional designs and have seen several shades of color as the years go by, the beauty of worn patina and sun bleached doors is indescribable. Warm earthy tones and natural fabrics, cotton patchwork toss pillow and sheer curtains add to the romance of dark woods and burnished hardware. Mosaic tile credenza with wrought iron facade in distressed blue emboldens the spirit of Mediterranean decor.

In the warm desert climate limestone washed rustic white doors and furniture was used to keep the interiors cool and relaxed. And then the color of the oceans and seas, aqua blue, teals and turquoise act as contrast to the white and break up the uniformity. Distressed blue consoles and cabinets, old handmade turquoise armoires take a pivotal role in Mediterranean interiors. Old antique patterns and handcrafted in the old traditional methods the sideboard with the iron straps works as a media console.