Roundup: Light, Bright and Beautiful Homes

Roundup: Light, Bright and Beautiful Homes

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 5, 2009

Post holiday season is a time when our homes are finally able to take a sigh of relief. The holiday decorations have been packed up and stored for another year, the presents have all been given and we are starting back into our "normal" routines. What we really want is to fling the windows open and let the sun shine in, but if you live in the 75% of the country that is still a bit too chilly to do so, click through the jump to see some light and bright ideas to make your place feel like a breath of fresh air.

  • House Tour: Rachel's Repurposed Mid-Century Place - Often times when we think about bright objects in the home we are referencing smaller accent pieces. Not in this house tour where color takes the main stage in the form of large pieces of furniture. It keeps things playful without being over the top.

    House Tour: Summer and Josh's Pumped Up Traditional - Most of us are doing good just to keep our closets clean, let alone decorating them. Because a closet is a place that only you (typically) see it's a great place for a little fun. It's sure to make you smile each and every day and a great emphasis in a space that usually doesn't have any.

    House Tour: Arthur's Long Distance Home - Another trick to keeping things light is to utilize the vertical space in your rooms. Taking artwork or curtains all the way to the ceiling lift the eye up when entering a space and keep even darker or heavier furniture feeling light as a feather.

    - House Tour: Haldane Martin's White Nest - Less is more, literally, in this home in Cape Town. The photographs in this tour were taken a mere 48 hours after move-in. There is a fantastic sense of light in this home, from feathers near the ceiling, to white, white and more white, to the delicious amount of actual light to be had, it's a great space all around. But what makes each element of the home stand out is it's lack of "stuff." We aren't saying you can't have "stuff" but often times finding a way to keep most of it out of sight will create a fantastic peace of mind.

    House Tour: Meg and John's Big City Home - Lighting would be the literal way to lighten and brighten things up in your spaces. Sometimes bringing your lighting down in your spaces is a great way to accomplish this. Many times we grew up in homes with lights high above our heads and it can be difficult to make the adjustment to lower lighting, but give it a try, it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to lighting up your life!

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