How to Select Lighting for Any Room!

In my opinion, lighting is one of the most (if not the most) important aspects of designing a room. Proper lighting can perfectly accent all of the decor and details you thought long and hard about when decorating a space. Plus, there are some fabulous light fixtures that can add an unmistakable “wow” factor in a room! Here are some tips to consider when shopping for your next fixture.

Gabrielle-Dresser-wide1. Think about how the room will be used. Do your kids enjoy reading bedtime stories at night? Make sure to have a table lamp on the nightstand. Will your children be doing homework at his or her desk? Add a simple task lamp to the corner of the desk. Do you plan on checking in on the baby late at night? Place a little night light near the crib as to not disturb the little one with a harsh overhead light.

IMG_2187Gabrielle-corkboard2. Don’t forget about the number of bulbs and wattage needed to properly light the space! There are actual calculations professional interior designers use to come up with proper number of lumens needed in a room. If you are lighting your lovely master bedroom suite, a one-bulb overhead light probably isn’t going to cut it. Opt instead for a grand chandelier with six or so bulbs to add the perfect ambiance.Gabrielle-room-narrow-new3. Consider adding a dimmer to your light switches where appropriate. While traditionally used in dining rooms, a dimmer in a kid’s room is perfect for adjusting lighting during nap time or other activities. Being able to control the amount of light in a space can really come in handy.

Boy's RoomCar Theme4. Think of your light fixture as part of your decor! A pretty pink iron chandelier can really accent your little girl’s Parisian themed bedroom. And I can almost guarantee your little athlete would go crazy for a basketball-themed ceiling fan.

Susie Fougerousse_7Sebastien-1-newWhen you balance form and function, lighting will be the perfect finishing touch to your child’s nursery or bedroom. Do you have a favorite Rosenberry Rooms’ light fixture? We would love to see how you used lighting in your child’s room!

Top 10 Children’s Lighting Trends

Choosing the lighting for your nursery or child’s room may seem like the last thing on your list but we think it’s one of the most important elements of the room. In addition to its main purpose, lighting can accent the rest of the room’s decor, make a bold statement, add color and even inspire your little one’s imagination. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite lighting options that includes everything from sleek and simple pendants to beaded chandeliers to colorful papier mache shades. Let us know which of our top 10 lighting options for kids’ rooms is your favorite in the comments below!

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1. Thao Chevron Pendant 2. Lafitte Large Pendant in Mercury Glass 3. Carmen Beaded Chandelier 4. 5 Arm Glass Turret Chandelier with Pink Pearl Shades 5. Paulina Pendant 6. Gail Metal Sphere Pendant 7. Recycled Urchin Pendant 8. White Double Cylinder Pendant with Cobalt Trim 9. Polished Chrome Steel Chandelier with Hand Polished Crystals 10. Gabby Pendant 

When it comes to choosing lighting for your child’s room, don’t be afraid to take risks and go with something bold and unique. There are no rules or limitations when decorating children’s spaces, you can just have fun!

New Contemporary Lighting from Ro Sham Beaux!

Decorate your nursery, child’s room or playroom or even your own room with our newest line of contemporary lighting from Ro Sham Beaux! Designer Ann Yancy Rogers takes a fresh approach to lighting design using unique materials such as steel, beads, hemp, and organic cotton. Ro Sham Beaux boasts “Elegant Sustainability” utilizing sustainable materials whenever possible while offering a product line that is beautiful, whimsical, durable and functional.

For those that prefer a more traditional look and hesitate to go the modern route when designing a child’s room, don’t be afraid to try one of these pieces! The versatility of the designs allows them to work with any decorating style. How beautiful does this Turquoise Beaded Chandelier look in this nursery?

Remember these cool crayon lamp bases from our trip to High Point Market? They are by Ro Sham Beaux and are now available on our site!

These are just a few of my favorites from the line but be sure to check out the full collection on RosenberryRooms.com or click here!

Meet Christi of Love From The Oven!

What better way to start off a Monday morning than with delicious sweets and treats from Love From the Oven? I’m drooling just writing this post. Christi Johnstone, the founder of Love From the Oven says she LOVES to bake and hates to cook…which works out perfectly for dessert lovers like myself. I visit her blog multiple times a week to check in on her latest mouthwatering creation and am never disappointed. It also makes for some great Pinterest material ;) . I was so excited when Christi agreed to let us feature her on our blog so that we could learn more about some of her favorite concoctions. The scrumptious looking photos below are just a few of my favorites but be sure to visit her blog at LoveFromTheOven.com, too!

What inspired you to become a baker and ultimately to found Love From The Oven?

I have been a baker for as long as I can remember.  I’ve always preferred baking to cooking, it just seems to come more naturally to me, and what’s not to love about butter, sugar, frosting and sprinkles? I would often bring desserts to parties or get togethers and people would think they took hours of time and all kinds of talent to make, and I was constantly telling people that wasn’t the case. I started Love From The Oven to help show others how easy so many treats and sweets can be, as well as to help me keep track of my own recipes. I go to my site all of the time to use my own recipes, it’s basically my personal recipe box.

What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

I think my favorite part of my day as a baker is having friends & family light up over the treats I’ve made. It’s amazing how a cupcake or a cake pop can turn a person’s bad day around, and I LOVE that. As a blogger my favorite part of my day is when readers tell me that they’ve made my recipes or that I explained something in a way that took the intimidation out of a recipe or project for them and made it approachable. I absolutely love when readers feel confident and think to themselves, “I can do that!”

Do you have any advice for other working moms?

The working mom thing is hard. I have a nine year old who is very involved in sports and extracurricular activities and a two year old with special needs and daily therapy appointments. I feel like I am always running late, forgetting something or making mistakes. The biggest advice I have for other moms is the same advice I constantly try and tell myself, we are doing the best we can, and it does not have to be perfect. We have so much to juggle that it’s hard not to have a few balls fall each day, and I figure as long as my kids aren’t the ones I drop (figuratively or literally!), than the day was a success. It’s okay to adjust your standards. The house is never as clean as I would like it to be, I don’t make the wonderful dinners that I wish I did and I don’t do all of the crafts or activities I plan to, but my kids are healthy, happy and loved, and that is what matters most. And of course like all other moms, I multitask like crazy, thanks goodness for my iPhone.

What is your most memorable baking creation?

My most memorable baking creation is probably my Hot Cocoa Cookies With Marshmallow Mallow Bits.  It was a recipe that my family loved, simple to make, delicious to eat. The folks at Jet Puffed saw it, reached out to me, and the recipe now appears on containers of Jet Puffed Mallow Bits. It was pretty amazing to see that recipe go from my kitchen to store shelves.

If you could bake for anyone in the world, who would it be?

If I could bake for anyone, as cliche as it sounds, I would bake for my kids. My nine year old daughter is my biggest supporter (and most honest critic!) and I am always eager for her to try whatever I have baked up.  She never fails to deliver the most honest and amusing feedback possible.

What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?

I think what has inspired me most in the past year was a trip I made to the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen. It was amazing to go behind the scenes and take a look at how products go through research and development, and to spend time with other people who were every bit as passionate about baking. It definitely recharged my baking batteries.

Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?

My favorite place that I have traveled to is Pacific Grove, California, right outside of Monterey. It is the most picturesque, peaceful and relaxing place I have ever been.

Where in the world are you dying to go next?

If I could take a dream trip, it would be to Norway and Sweden. On the more realistic side of things, I would be very happy to spend a few days at the beach in San Diego.

What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?

I am sort of obsessed with the children’s lighting at Rosenberry Rooms. The Polished Chrome Steel Chandelier with Swarovski Spectra Crystals is just breathtaking. Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe it. I am also really loving the Pendant Lights in fun colors like blue, green and pink, and the fabulous graphic prints like chevron, quatrefoil and ikat. They are beautiful, modern and whimsical, all at the same time.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming recipes or events?

I recently added ZipList to Love From The Oven, which gives readers a convenient way to save, organize and print out recipes. I hope it is something readers will enjoy and might make their time in the kitchen easier and/or more organized. Stay tuned for lots of holiday baking!  Fall is my favorite time of the year to bake and create, and I can’t wait to share fun fall recipes and ideas.

Now, just for fun:

Favorite Food:  I wish I had a sophisticated culinary answer, but truth is I LOVE fries with ranch dressing.

Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad – I’m not much of a tv watcher but a friend turned me on to it and wow!

Favorite Movie: An odd combo of Nightmare Before Christmas, Lord Of The Rings & This Is Spinal Tap

Favorite Weekend Activity: Family movie night, hanging out on the couch, eating take out and relaxing.

Favorite Musician/Band: I kind of still love all of the 80′s hairbands. Please don’t hold that against me.  :)

 

Rosenberry Rooms Launches Exclusive Lighting Collection!

We have some very exciting news!! Drumroll please…We just launched our very own exclusive collection of contemporary lighting designs available only at RosenberryRooms.com!  The collection features eleven stylish prints available in sixteen bold colors with a fun “make-it-your-own” flavor. The line includes patterns such as Cabana Stripes, Gingham, Chevron and Ikat in a punchy palette of colors, including Kelly Green, Aqua, Fuchsia and Orange. You can mix-and-match solid colors with prints, choose a double pendant and matching table lamp and so on…the possibilities are endless!

The best part about this collection is that there are so many options in terms of color choices, prints and custom selections that each piece can seamlessly coordinate with traditional, modern and eclectic decorating styles, depending on what you are inspired to create! You may choose to combine a table lamp, floor lamp and ceiling pendant all in the same print but in different colors, or all in the same color but different prints, the choice is yours. We love that the process of choosing allows you to be creative but is also super simple and fun.

Here are all the color options in our Chevron print!

Here are the mix and match options for our Evan Scales Pendant!

And lastly, here are some of our table lamp options (we have floor lamps, too!). I’m in love with that cork table lamp with cabana stripes shade!

Be sure to check out the entire collection of Rosenberry Rooms Exclusive Lighting and leave a comment below telling us what you think!

Choosing the Right Lighting

Talented lighting designer Charn Pennewaert of Charn & Company was nice enough to offer up some of her best tips for choosing the right lighting for your nursery or kid’s room. As you know, there are endless lighting options available so we thought getting some advice directly from a lighting designer would be a great resource for our readers when decorating their children’s rooms. Charn & Company‘s collection of lighting offers numerous styles of chandeliers, wall sconces, table lamps and more in coordinating colors and fabrics that are incredibly stylish and beautiful. Follow along with Charn’s suggestions and choose from her collection on RosenberryRooms.com, and you are sure to create a wonderfully well lit and stylish space for your child.

At Charn & Company, we believe that lighting can be both decorative and functional. When designing your nursery or child’s room, keep in mind that the lighting plays a very important role of your child’s sleep and play patterns. We suggest placing our small to medium sized lamps on your favorite dresser, across from the crib or sleeping area.  Our lamps which are always wired with 3 way bulb sockets  give you three levels of lighting so that you can use it as needed, little light when you just need to check in on the little one or at higher levels, you can change your child’s diaper with plenty of luminance.

For a flirty girlish look, we recommend our genie lamp or hood spindle lamps with a colorful decorative pattern. Light pinks, lavenders, and greens are popular coordinating colors.  For the boys, solids like chambrays, stripes, or plaids with coordinating trims on our blue, brown, or taupe colored bases add so much charm. As you would accent your crib bedding with contrast colors and patterns, you can definitely do the same with our lampshades. Picking up a colored gingham pattern on a bumper or bedskirt can also been done on a lampshade.

Our whimsical wall sconces are also great for adding some decorative lighting next to a mirror or a favorite picture collage. They are hardwired ready, so ask for your electrician to add a dimmer to the unit which is another great way to light up as needed.  White star sconces with blue stripes or mini floral prints on a white picket fence or moon sconce really can make your wall décor light up.

If you happen to have a comfortable glider or rocking chair, we definitely recommend our charming wooden floor lamps.  This is a great example of functionality and beauty combined.  Add a table top to any of our floor lamps, and you have an instant side table to set your bottle or nursery book. Our wooden floor lamps are topple proof, made sturdy with hand turned hardwoods and heavy bases (which is important as your little one starts to crawl around and get into things). We recommend our Catherine floor lamps with a scalloped base paired with our classic style shade in your favorite colors for the girls and our charming Baldwin floor lamp with a round base paired with a  drum or classic style shade. A clean white pique or chambray on a navy solid floor lamp is quite stylish.

As for the centerpiece lighting of the room, we just love our unique wooden armed chandeliers , adorned with your favorite fabric patterned shade. Antique finished in your favorite color, these distinctive chandeliers are designed to compliment your cottage or eclectic style. Our chandeliers are classic and are made to fit your child’s growing style. Just change out the shades and you have instant color and design.

For the modern baby, our stylish pendants are the way to go. Multi levels of design, from double drum to double square, our modern pendants take two 100 watts bulbs, providing plenty of lighting. (Keep in mind that adding the width and length of a room together will help determine the overall diameter of your hanging fixture. For example, a 15 x 15 room size should take a 30” diameter chandelier.)

Don’t forget the little details. A sweet nightlight will help your child sleep soundly. Providing your child with soft lighting can help them feel secure. Every nursery should have a nightlight to help parents check in on the little one without stumbling across the room.

Lastly, lighting is a very essential decorative item. Imagine how beautiful the room would be if all the colors could just light up. It’s quite magical how a lamp, wall sconce, or chandelier can make a difference. Our moods are affected by color so make your child’s lamp colorful, fun, and special.

How to Choose the Right Lighting for Kid’s Rooms

With so many lighting options for nurseries and kid’s rooms today, it can get a little overwhelming trying to choose the best lighting style to fit your needs. While look is important to the design, it’s also essential to pay attention to brightness, location of the light (overhead or low level) as well as dimming options. For your nursery, it’s important to have the option to dim your lights for bedtime. If you don’t have this capability, a charming night light is also a great option. For kid’s rooms, specific task lighting is more important. For example, a retro desk lamp for study time.

Here are a few of my favorite lighting options for nurseries and kid’s rooms, all in various styles depending on your decorating preference.

Overhead lighting is important for really any room. In your nursery, a whimsical chandelier always creates a wow-worthy accent or for your kid’s room, try a modern pendant that is both fun and functional. If you are looking for something a little more simple, a sophisticated ceiling fixture with a flush mount is a great choice too.

I love this crystal chandelier, used in a celebrity nursery designed by Little Crown Interiors.

Selecting a few great lamps for the room is a way to complete a design and include added task lighting for study time or story time. Choose an authentic table lamp for your son’s desk or a feminine lamp for your daughter’s nightstand. A decorative floor lamp goes great next to your nursery glider for story time too!

Little Crown Interiors placed this chic floor lamp behind the glider in this girl’s nursery to bring some light to the corner of the room as well.

The often forgotten about lighting option is the wall sconce. Wall sconces are great for accent lighting and also a perfect way to highlight the artwork in a nursery or kid’s room. You can include single or multi-light scones, ones with shades or without, the possibilities are really endless!

The sconces to the left and right of the artwork in this boy’s nursery, also by Little Crown Interiors, really highlight the art and make it a focal point of the room.

 

 

Save 15% on Select Lighting!

From now through November 14th, save 15% on select lighting on RosenberryRooms.com! Save on gorgeous chandeliers, intricate ceiling medallions, cottage style wall sconces and much more. Whether you are going for fancy or sweet, whimsical or sophisticated, a special handmade lamp or hand painted chandelier can provide the perfect finishing touch to your child’s room or baby nursery. Beautiful lighting is often an afterthought when designing a room but it really offers a great accent that is so important to the overall mood.

The smooth lines and striped shades of the Jack Chandelier are perfect for a boy’s nursery. If you are going for a more elegant and feminine look, try the sparkling Blossom Chandelier or the thoughtfully named, Rosenberry Chandelier with pink ruffle shades. To see all of our sale lighting, click here but act fast because this sale ends soon!

Save on Delightful Lighting for Playful Living!

A nursery or child’s room is never complete without gorgeous lighting, whether it’s an elegant chandelier as a centerpiece or delicate wall sconces for accents, lighting makes a room. At RosenberryRooms.com we have every possible type of lighting for a child’s room you could imagine, including sparkling chandeliers, modern pendants, themed ceiling fixtures, elegant wall sconces and even charming night lights. The Jubilee Collection is one of our most popular lighting collections and now through the end of October, we are excited to offer 10% off the entire collection! Simply enter the coupon code RRLIGHTS10 at checkout and save on your favorite chandeliers, shades, lamps and more by Jubilee!

SALE DETAILS: Rosenberry Rooms is offering a 10% discount on all lighting from the Jubilee Collection. To take advantage of this 10% discount, enter the coupon code RRLIGHTS10 at checkout. This discount is valid on new orders only. It may not be applied to existing orders or re-orders. This sale ONLY applies to the following product line: Jubilee Collection.

Sale ends October 31, 2011 at 11:59pm PDT

Meet Jane Gray of Stray Dog Designs!

If you are looking for something outstandingly unique and charming for your kid’s room or playroom, then Stray Dog Designs is the line for you! The whimsical feel is undeniable in these pieces by Jane Gray and although extremely unusual, they are absolutely extraordinary. I love how in her interview she says “Think Dr. Seuss,” because that perfectly describes this imaginative collection of children’s lighting and decor found on RosenberryRooms.com. These quirky, hand-painted pieces are a guaranteed hit among both children and parents. It is my pleasure to introduce Jane Gray of Stray Dog Designs, who tells us “don’t be afraid of quirky” as she describes how she came about this delightful collection and highlights some of her favorite pieces!

Enjoy and be quirky! ;)

Jane Gray of Stray Dog Designs

How would you define the Stray Dog Designs style philosophy?

Have fun with it. Be creative. “Glamorous” and “decorated “are great but be sure to incorporate your own personality or it will come off flat. Don’t be afraid of quirky.

What inspired you to become a designer and start a business?

Mmmmm…I guess because I wasn’t particularly qualified for anything else….and was too stupid or naive to know that starting a business was a serious undertaking. I could and can draw and always enjoyed junk shopping and making things for my house and then when my husband, Billy, and I were on our honeymoon in Mexico we just sort of fell into it.

Why did you choose to design and make children’s lighting and décor?

That part of the line started when we had children, of course. Necessity is always the mother of invention, right? I designed a really cute daisy bed when I was pregnant with my first child (who turned out to be a boy.) And I find children’s books particularly inspiring….the illustrations are so vivid and fabulous….just think of Dr. Seuss….wouldn’t he have been an extra fun decorator?

What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is the most rewarding?

I really enjoy designing, especially when I am on a roll, or when I know that what I have just drawn is going to be flat out fabulous. I sometimes love an “arts and crafts” day…when I am working on a sample or creating a fun prop for the shows. It is always pretty satisfying to work with your hands AND be tickled with the results. Sometimes I answer the customer service calls and almost always enjoy chatting with our clients….we are lucky to have such delightful and charming customers.

If you had to pick a favorite design from your collection, what would it be?

That is a tough question because I change my mind a lot ( I am a Gemini, after all) and I tend to love whatever is new. But, I do still love the Artichoke Lamp and I am very fond of the Mariana Floor Lamp….and we will be introducing a crunchberry table lamp this summer that I think is fairly divine.

What sets Stray Dog Designs apart from other lighting designers?

I think our designs are fairly uninhibited…..and you can see the “hand” in hand made.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?

We will be introducing a “Mexican Glam” collection in our showrooms this summer. Think cactuses and agaves and fabulous embroidered fabrics. We will also be utilizing gold leaf on some of our lighting and accessories for the first time.

Just a Few of the Great Pieces from Stray Dog Designs!

Now..Just for Fun

Favorite Food: I do love a Krystal.

Favorite TV show: I don’t watch a whole lot of TV …..I did LOVE that first couple of seasons of  PROJECT RUNWAY. I would be perfectly happy if I could watch re-runs of I LOVE LUCY and BEWITCHED and the CAROL BURNETTE SHOW

Favorite Movie: Recently, THE KING”S SPEECH

Favorite weekend activity: Not working

Favorite Band: Oh my, so many and so wildly varied…I don’t think I can choose a favorite. I have been listening to and loving a mixed Bonaroo ‘11 cd that a friend made for me.

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