Guest Post: Color in Modern Design by Arcadian Lighting

Hello! I’m Jessica, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a wonderful online resource for affordable light fixtures. Every day I get to search for beautiful interior design inspirations and then share them on lovely blogs, like Stylish Furniture and Décor. Today I’d like to share a collection of lovely modern interiors with brilliant splashes of color. I hope you enjoy!

Charcoal and Yellow Living Room
The charcoal wall color in this living room provides an excellent backdrop for the sunshine colored sofa. Playful patterns throughout the room create energy and visual interest.

Sputnik Dining Room
This retro dining room combines modern details with rustic accents. The “sputnik” ceiling light and sheepskin chair covers are great pieces.

Avocado Living Room
The avocado shade of this swanky settee is a modern take on a more classical piece of furniture. The framed magazine covers are a cool, artistic touch under the bright ceiling lights.

Techicolor Living Room
I love the bright technicolor mix in this swanky living room. The sleek, geometric shapes are perfect examples of modern style, as well.

Vintage Colored Living Room
The rainbow of colorful accessories throughout this room creates a playful space. The vintage Pinocchio poster adds to the carefree atmosphere.

Modern Geometric and Turquoise Living Room
The gorgeous turquoise chair is a perfect accent piece in this living room. The geometric wallpaper and reflective pendant light are a fun way to add dimension to a room.

Modern and Abstract Living Room
The abstract painting fills this stylish room with quirky character. Matching shades of pink and green help carry the color palette throughout the room.

Modern Turquoise and Mustard Bedroom
The serene shades of teal in this lovely bedroom help create a modern oasis. The mustard yellow cushions and table lamp offer a bright burst of sunny color. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these colorful modern rooms? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to stop by Arcadian Lighting for a brilliant modern light fixture for you home!

SDS Designer Profile: Jennifer Huarte

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Huarte and I am an interior designer in Venice, CA.  I am very excited to be a part of Annabelle’s team of designers at Stylish Design Services.  She has chosen a well-versed group of talented and creative designers and I am honored to be included in this group.

I am thrilled to share with you my own influences and ideas of design.  I love to use lots of color in my designs and I wanted to show how one of my favorite colors, Orange, can be very beautiful in any kind of design.

With every new season, come new concepts for re-designing your space.  Since summer has arrived, orange comes to mind.  I love this bright and bold color because it can be playful and sophisticated at the same time.  Here are some beautiful ways to incorporate them into everyday spaces!

You can brighten up a white sofa with mango colored throw pillows or if you like a bit more color, you can add statement pieces like the 2 side tables.

I love the bold statement of these custom made orange chairs by Jeneration Interiors in West Hollywood.  They really make the neutral room pop with cheerfulness!

This kid’s room, designed by Cari Berg, shows how a bright orange wall mixed with the right colors and furniture can add sophistication and simplicity.

I love this room because there are pops of different colors in the whole space!  But the vintage orange chairs are still the center focus in this warm and comfortable mid century modern living room.

Norma’s restaurant at the Parker in Palm Springs is a great example of the use of orange. They definitely didn’t shy away from this cheeky color by using different variations.  The gorgeous desert backdrop really blends well with the design and color choices of this space.

The Sunburst Mirror by House Appeal

Please enjoy a guest post today from Kristin of the blog, House Appeal!


I am thrilled and honored to be included as a guest blogger with Stylish Furniture And Decor.  Inspired by Annabelle’s beautiful sunburst-style mirror, the “Supernova”, a mirrored classic that certainly reflects the timeless design of the brilliant sunburst, I am delighted to share a glance at the iconic emblem of style:  the Sunburst Mirror.

The radiant and celestial style of the sunburst mirror is a rapturous addition that will grace the walls of any interior.  The widespread appeal of the sunburst brings with it an interesting history and past.  Traditionally, the sunburst mirror was attributed to King Louis XIV of France, referred to as the self-styled “Sun King”.  Credited with establishing the first glass and mirror factory in Northern Europe in Gobain, France, Louis XIV  certainly verified his love of mirrors.   However, it is said that the sunburst mirror itself did not make an appearance during his reign.  Perhaps it was the king that popularized the sunburst emblem into fashion, but history also points to the possibility that resulted from the aftermath of the French Revolution.   It is believed that revolutionaries stormed convents, monasteries and churches, seizing the celestial rays that held haloed representations of the Holy Family and saints.  Apparently, enterprising antique dealers and collectors snatched up these now vacant heavenly symbols and slipped mirrors into the empty cavities, launching an interior design classic:  the sunburst mirror.  Who knew?  An ageless interior statement of a celestial realm, indeed.

However the French inspiration of the sunburst mirror’s rays exploded into the world of interior design, it is worthy to mention two iconic French designers who impacted the design of the sunburst mirror.  During the 1940′s, the sunburst mirror reached a pinnacle in which the gilded majesty of the sunburst mirror made a grand entrance. French metalworker, Gilbert Poillerat forged and gilded sunburst mirrors in a form considered as ‘calligrahpic’ with an Art Deco edge.  Not long after Poillerat’s stunning mirrors graced the walls of interiors, French designer, Line Vautrin produced a new version with an innovational plastic material she termed “Talosel”.  Vautrin’s unusual sunbursts included materials she sourced at the hardware store!  Again, who knew?  Proving the point, once again, that great design does not have to be expensive.

Consider adding the glory and radiance of the sunburst mirror to grace the walls of your interior.  The variety and materials of these mirrors available today is certainly limitless.  The sunburst mirror is  an investment that will add a dazzling and heavenly ornamentation to your walls for years to come.  A timeless classic of decoration in an art form.

Teak Outdoor Furniture: Strong, Durable and Beautiful

Looking for beautiful, durable outdoor furniture?  Then take a closer look at teak!  It is a hard-wearing and beautiful material that will stand the test of time in both style and strength.

Imagine a warm, sunny summer day.  You step outside with a book and your favorite beverage to lounge and enjoy the weather.  Sit without fear in your teak chair – it doesn’t absorb heat like metal or plastic, so you are sure to be comfortable and relaxed.

Imagine, now, a gust of wind.  Have you ever had a plastic patio set blow over or across the yard during a strong wind?  Teak is stable and solid and won’t blow away with the elements!  The strong, solid nature of teak also lends to its aesthetic beauty.  The smooth, visual depth of teak furniture will make a statement of quality and beauty in any outdoor space.

Teak is a hardwood with a dense grain and naturally high oil content, making it impervious to mold and rot.  The oil content in the wood makes it naturally insect repellent so you won’t need to worry about termite damage.  It also won’t cause rust or corrosion when in contact with metals, so the hardware that holds together your teak furniture will also last longer.

Because of these incredible properties, teak can be left outside all year and there is no need to lug it in and out of storage each year.  It naturally ages to a beautiful silvery grey over time without any effect on the strength of the wood.

Treating your teak furniture annually with oil will ensure that it maintains these wonderful qualities for many years.  Simply wash the pieces with soap and water, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap, then rinse and dry overnight.  Once dry, paint the pieces with a coat of teak oil using a soft bristle paint brush.

Most of the world’s teak is exported by Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar and Indonesia, with markets now emerging in Central and South America.  Plantation grown teak is harvested sustainably and protects against the harvesting of fast-disappearing old-growth teak.

For centuries, teak has been the preferred wood of shipbuilders who use it anywhere that these insect and water-resistant characteristics are needed.  Teak outdoor furniture will hold up as well in your backyard as it does on the finest cruise ships, sailboats and yachts!

The next time you are looking for outdoor furniture, consider teak for its superior strength, durability and beauty – you won’t be disappointed!

Capriciously Inspired Favorites

Hey folks, this is Carey! While I blog daily over at Capriciously Inspired, Annabelle has graciously asked me to guest post over here today! My love of gorgeous rooms filled with gorgeous pieces started in high school and blossoms more every day. While my taste began a bit more traditional with contemporary elements throughtout, I have been more and more drawn to modern elements within traditional settings (hence the title, capriciously inspired).

The photo above is such a wonderful representation of mixing mid-century items (like Mies van der Rohe’s famous chair and Arne Jacobson’s Egg chair) with contemporary sofas and side chairs with straight arms and minimal curves, Stylish Furniture and Decor’s selection of modern pieces hits it out of the park. Here are some of my favorite pieces from Stylish Furniture & Decor!

Crush on This with Sweet Home Charlotte

Hi Lovers, This is Taylor from Sweet Home Charlotte and I am so excited to be guest blogging for the über fabulous Annabelle today. Besides getting to know all the babes behind the blogs, the  best part about blogging on design is seeing all the cool interior pics floating out there in cyberspace. Check out my current obsessions  and let us know what you think.

Currently Crushing On:

Bright White High Gloss Ceilings

Just when I was getting a wee bit tired of looking up (and feeling weighted down) at everyone’s painted ceilings, I saw this pic in the June issue of House Beautiful. The room is by Atlanta designer Beth Webb. The high gloss ceiling is edgy and yet so classic. Perfection.

Grass Cloth Walls

The entire issue of wallpaper has been keeping me up at night. Literally. I found this pic on Pinterest of metallic grass cloth and fell head over heals:

*If anyone can identify this wallpaper I would love you forever.

Bold Clear Coffee Tables

Vintage lucite and glass tables are rocking my world. How divine that  you can go BIG even in a small room because they just seem to float in the space.

Stylish Furniture and Decor has this bad little number for a killer price:

The Color Yellow

Nothing says  Summer quite like the color yellow. These Adirondack Chairs just make me smile!

Oversized Chandeliers

Go BIG or Go HOME! Today’s modern chandeliers are probably twice the size of the ones our parents picked out for their “traditional” homes. Meet the “New Traditional” modern, metal and totally disco! What better way to mix our family heirlooms into our contemporary lives.

The brass plus Bamboo accents and round bulbs on this Lumens Lighting classic would make even the most “old school” traditional space, seem fresh and modern.

I love this modern light fixture above in Brass. . .

But I am obsessed with this light fixture in chrome from Stylish Furniture and Decor:

At  39.5” diameter and 34 ” in height, this iconic Celestial Chandelier is just the right amount of  hollywood glamour.

Are you crushing as much as I am?



SDS Designer Feature: Ashlee Larson

Our e-design division, Stylish Design Services, features ten qualified and experienced professional Interior Designers from around the country with unique and varying styles. Browse their profiles and choose the designer that best suits your taste. Provide them with some information about your space and they’ll create a beautiful custom design for you complete with a furniture plan and design board showing furniture, lighting and accessory selections and anything else you need to create the room of your dreams!

I’ve asked each of them to introduce themselves in a series of blog posts and the second designer you’re going to hear from is Ashlee Larson. I hope you enjoy her post and then please take a moment to check out the Stylish Design Services website!


Hello! My Name is Ashlee Larson and I am a residential Interior Designer in New York City. It is great to be a part of the talented team of designers that Annabelle has put together on Stylish Design Services!

As a designer, I constantly have friends and family asking me for tips on how to revamp a room on a budget. I am excited to share some of my favorite design tips and tricks with all of you here!

1. Determine your budget: You should know exactly how much you are willing to spend so you can know just how far you can take your design project.

2. Define the design and feel that you want for your room: Get inspiration from magazines, websites, or homes or places you’ve visited. I often recommend that clients gather images of rooms or details they like. As the collection of images grows, the vision for the space comes together.

3. Get rid of the clutter: Nothing will help a room feel new and rejuvenated more than putting things away or simply organizing in an appealing way.

4. Find something that you LOVE and make it a focal point: This is where your budget really comes into play because the biggest part of your budget should go towards that focal point. The rest of your budget will go towards complimenting that piece. This featured piece could be artwork, an area rug, window treatments, or a piece of upholstery. Once you have found the piece that you want to feature, then you can use other elements in the room to highlight it. For example, using a paint color that will make the window treatments pop, use decor that will tie in the colors from that fabulous painting you found, or use accent pillows that have a pattern or texture that compliments the wallpaper.

5. Bold patterns, textures and colors go a long way. Get the most bang for your buck with bright, exciting focal points like these!

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One Lucky Lady

The big day is finally here and I’m excited to announce the winner of the Siren Chair  (used in the filming of an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “The High-Low Project) is…


When asked how she would style this chair, Anne said: I love this chair. I think it would look wonderful and be comfortable as a desk chair. Its dark color would be a great contrast in a light and airy room.

Thank you to everyone that participated and stay tuned for more giveaways this summer!

Modern Romance in the Bedroom

Apartments I Like had some nice images of romantic bedrooms and I thought I would share one with everyone, along with some product suggestions for how to achieve a similar look!  This beautiful room show us that “Modern” doesn’t have to be cold – clean lines and tailored modern elegance can still be romantic and inviting!

This room is soft and almost girlie while still maintaining a modern look.  The Montauk Matelasse from our bedding partner, Peacock Alley, would be a beautiful choice for this room.  Pair that with the Palma Upholstered Bed and Xerxes Side Table to create a neutral base to which you can add a colorful painting, rug and pendants to complete the look!

Choosing versatile neutrals for the main pieces in the room is a great way to allow for flexibility when you want a new look every few years (without breaking the bank!).  The neutral base allows you to change a few key colorful pieces to create an entirely new feel without having to purchase those main, and typically expensive, components.

Imagine these neutral pieces paired with these colorful additions to create another entirely different space from the rose colored accents in the room above!  The Thomas Paul Buds rug from our rug partner, Modern Rugs, our soft blue Rib Vase Lamp, and Supernova Mirror.

SDS Designer Feature: Kathryn Rita Johansen

As some of you may know from a recent post, our e-design division, Stylish Design Services, recently went live!  We feature ten qualified and experienced professional Interior Designers from around the country with unique and varying styles.  Browse their profiles and choose the designer that best suits your taste.  Provide them with some information about your space and they’ll create a beautiful custom design for you complete with a furniture plan and design board showing furniture, lighting and accessory selections and anything else you need to create the room of your dreams!

I’ve asked each of them to introduce themselves in a series of blog posts and the first designer you’re going to hear from is Kathryn Rita Johansen.  I hope you enjoy her post and then please take a moment to check out the Stylish Design Services website!



Bonjour everyone! My name is Kathryn Rita, and I am excited and honored to be kick-starting the designer guest blog for Annabelle. I recently became part of her creative and talented team of designers at Stylish Design Services and I can’t wait to share with you my wisdom on all of the latest tricks and trends of this ever-changing world of design.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you all!

As summer arrives, so does a season of change!  People are searching for something new and exciting, and a fantastic way to do that is to redecorate. Embrace change and transition into summer with bold colors and mixed-and-matched patterns and textures!

Whether your style is traditional, rustic, contemporary, or retro, this summer we are bringing them together under one roof.  I love pairing mid-century modern chairs with a rustic dining table:

For some “Stylish” mix-and-matching, try pairing our Aspen Dining Table with the sleek and curvy Mid-Century Style Tezzo Side Chairs!

Go bold, bright and beautiful when choosing fabrics for more traditional upholstered pieces and don’t be afraid to play up your fresh new look with bold accent pillows:

Check out our pillow collection for colors and patterns that will brighten up any space!

Solid-colored accent walls are a thing of the past.  It’s time to get a little daring and go for a patterned or textured wallpaper, or try painting a custom a pattern like the green and black stripes below:

This summer, we are taking mixing and matching to a whole new level.  Open up your mind and your home, and embrace the season of change!

Kathryn Rita Johansen