I feel like the luckiest dog in the world. Every day is a new day of creative exploration of all things beautiful here at Contents Interiors! Today I have been watching my dearest friend, designer Sara Smith, as she passionately shares with customers her knowledge of Pendant Lighting. It seems these gorgeous “hanging” lights are making a big come back and are being used in many more ways than they were in the past. For instance, no kitchen island would have been without them a few years ago. True today as well, as pendant lighting brightens up areas of our homes, identifying spaces as natural gathering places. The little bistro table in a kitchen could use a pretty pendant light to set the tone of conviviality, as could a collection of pendant lights in a bar area. Use of pendant lighting, rich in color and textures, can add feelings of warm hospitality, can lift moods, and can simply create pleasant atmosphere for your family and your guests to enjoy.
Beyond the usual gathering hubs like kitchens, bars and dining tables, Sara shows our customers a clever use of pendant lighting in the bedroom of our showroom’s Desert Italia Apartment. Gone are the bulky lights that use up all the space on a bedside table, and “in” are sleek hanging pendants that offer practical illumination, while at the same time offer opportunity to bring clean contemporary design into your room of rest. Bathrooms are also seeing a movement from wall-hung lights to more glamorous Pendant Lighting. The effect can be quite beautiful and the choices in pendant light designs are endless too, so you can match your own style and taste.
The popular resurgence in Pendant Lighting started in Europe as new, super energy efficient, and much cooler, LED lights became more prevalent. These bulbs are now available all over the world in softer lights and some, called Smart LED Bulbs, can be controlled via WIFI, smart phone or Alexa type systems. The cooler nature of these bulbs has allowed Pendant Lighting of all kinds of designs to take off into the stratosphere. You can also ask for incandescent bulbs in many of the pendant lighting designs. We love having so many clever options to beautify and make your homes more comfortable at Contents Interiors!
And here’s the fun bit…Pendant Lighting as objects of art! This can be a simple add to your décor, but the sky is also the limit on all the creative possibilities. What a fantastic way to add color and perk up a nook, a dark but otherwise interesting corner, or even a staircase area. If you are looking for a special collection of pendant lights for over a dining table, or even over a sofa area that needs a little extra light, Contents Interiors has access to many name brand suppliers of Pendant Lighting. Our designers also have access to some amazing artisans who can create exquisite one-of-a-kind pendants, so that you can shine original and perfect light on your exquisitely beautiful family and friends!
Being a keen observer, I notice that things have really changed in regard to people’s experiences with and perceptions of reclining furniture. Gone are the days when grandpa has a big ugly recliner in the family room that no one dares sit in, and gone are the days when husbands have the only big overstuffed chair in the house, leaving their spouse with a secondary, less-comfy, chair- like the iconic TV characters Archie and Edith Bunker! I guess you can say that people now know better! Comfort is a right of every family member, including pets, dare I say! I hear Contents Interiors’ designer Lourdes Rozean sharing with our customers that recliners, still popular in family and media rooms, are now “in demand” for living rooms as well as dens. Many feel that the time they spend at home in these rooms justifies the investment in the ergonomic relief that recliners offer. I so agree with Lourdes and love watching customers bliss out as they try out our recliners!
Contents Interiors’ designer Julie Riggs states, “Design is about making a home in which people can be comfortable.” She tells our customers that the super relaxing American Leather Comfort Recliner Collection represents ‘top of the line’ design, function and comfort. The recliners come in 8 styles, with back and base options, as well as power and size options. The back and footrest operate independently from one another, allowing for your perfect reclining experience, and giving the product its appropriate name, the Infinity System. In terms of customization, American Leather is a clear winner.
Whether your home décor is Contemporary, Traditional or even Transitional, American Leather’s Comfort Recliners will enchant you. The collection contains recliners that are sleek and ultra modern, with swivel bases, tight backs and straight lines, and also more traditional styles with rounded arms, pillow back, and wooden legs. With a great number of leathers and fabrics to choose from, some made of pet-friendly materials, like Ultrasuede and Krypton, there are endless possibilities in this collection. All recliners have articulating headrests for watching TV, or reading, and the power recliners have USB ports for charging up your technology. How cool is that? With a $300 off Sale coming up, from June 2-27, this may be a good time to come in and start investigating this line of fabulous recliners.
If you come in on May 18-June 6, you will find another recliner company with a special offering too. Palliser reclining furniture is super light and easy to maneuver in the first place, but this offering allows you a power upgrade, at no extra charge, so you can glide into comfort at the touch of a button. Palliser has a sofa with two recliners built into it, which I love! More room in the middle space for the pooch! Having said that, all the chair recliners come in two widths so be sure to explore the wider width so that your favorite pet can join you in comfort. You can’t blame me for being on their side, can you?
Palliser recliners are made with ergonomics in mind, and have layers of luxurious sculpted foam that provides amazing engineered comfort. The company gives a 10-year warranty on their recliners frame and, again, there are lots of options to choose from in this line, so you can glide, rock and swivel all you like!
Our designers’ goal is to help you discover the recliner that suits you and yours best. The only way to accomplish this, says Lourdes, is to invite you to come in and try the recliners out. She adds, “Everyone has a different shape and size and there are just so many options to explore.” Can’t wait to see you!
Being a passionate “style-hound”, one of things that I dearly love is regularly meandering around the Contents Interiors showroom in order to get an overview of what is happening in the world of design. Carol and Tamara delight in spotting and absorbing the latest trends when they travel to furniture and design shows like the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan and the High Point Market in North Carolina. When they design the showroom’s vignettes, the inspiration they received during their journeys emanates. You may recall, the installation of the amazing Desert Italia Apartment in the showroom was a part of their creative process in the past year. From my exploration around the showroom today, I see that coppery colors are clearly present in the design world ‘zeitgeist’ and I love this!
Arizonans are no strangers to the beauty of copper. Indeed, copper has been incorporated into our Southwest Lifestyle for a long time and, likely, it is here to stay. The idea of bringing the gorgeous coppery hues from the desert into our homes inspires many. Who can resist the soft salmon colors, the warm coppery browns, or the golden reds of the sunset on the Catalina and Rincon Mountains? The warmth of these coppery tones brings us a sense of comfort, but also conveys a sense of majesty and abundance in our living spaces. An accent wall in a coppery texture, can serve as a rich backdrop for otherwise neutral furniture and rooms. Copper accents like the fun Copper Splash Wall Ornaments or the very modern copper Sculpture Lamp, in the Desert Italia Apartment, can brighten a room, much like wearing jewelry does. And speaking of jewelry, the Jewelry Cuff End Table is a playful way to bling up any room. Check out the Copper Vases in the Desert Italia Apartment. Adding succulent botanicals to these stunning vases is grounding, adds a verdant pop, and is authentic to our desert life. And, the pairing of greens and coppery tones is fabulous! Just imagine the new Emerald Table, with its coppery inlay, in your dining room! Talk about gem-like beauty! It’s incredible!
There are a number of other copper-toned objects of art gracing our showroom, like the stunning Raku vases and lamps by Joni Pevarnik. Copper is a favorite of many artists, as they hammer and mold the metal into treasures. The hammered copper Bar and Cocktail Table are super fun and the Cauldron Tables, with and without legs, from Turkey, are both attractive and interesting in any Traditional or Southwest- styled living room. Copper tones also go extremely well in Modern settings. Tamara and Carol noticed this fierce trend in color at the Milan market, where designers referenced the hue as salmon or ‘rose gold’. The shiny, penny-colored, set of 3 Copper Nesting Tables, the Copper Framed Cocktail Table, the Copper Mirrored Cabinet, and Three-set Mirror, and the Recycled Steel Dining Table, finished with heat treatment in coppery color, are all perfectly at home in any Contemporary setting. Come in soon to wander and gaze at all the coppery magnificence in our showroom!