When the editors of Pottery Barn's Inside & Out blog challenged me to style some of their new outdoor accessories at home, I knew my barren yard would be put to the test. I'd been aching to create an outdoor space where I could sip cocktails while catching up with friends, but my commitment-phobe tendencies always ruled out traditional dining sets or gigantic loungers. Small, dispersed trees in my yard made stringing lights nearly impossible. I started with four leather Mexican patio chairs and an unflattering floodlight, but with the help of some accessories and simple styling tricks, I managed to turn my outdoor fantasy into a reality. Keep reading for tips on how to tackle this in just a day!
As a renter, I always assumed that sconces were out of the question for me. Even candle options can seem impractical for everyday use. Thanks to my latest discovery, though, I'm enjoying the flattering yet focused glow of my very own electrical sconces, and I owe my newfound lighting freedom to New York-based blogger Daniel Kanter of Manhattan Nest.
Daniel came up with a perfectly brilliant resolution — a swanky sconce fashioned from three main components: a $5 Ikea Fräck bathroom mirror, a chrome-dipped Edison bulb, and colorful cording. As promised, it's incredibly affordable, surprisingly easy to assemble, and actually pretty versatile — even if industrial chic isn't your bag. The best part? Aside from being able to take them with you when you move, you'll now have space for essential nightstand toppers (like flowers!).
Keep reading to see my take on the sconce hack and read on for Daniel's step-by-step tutorial.
We are huge fans of textile designer John Robshaw, but since we are still waiting for our invitation to visit his house (ahem), we just have to make do with some good old-fashioned voyeurism. Accented with shades of cerulean, his signature ethnic fabrics, and natural finishes, Mr. Robshaw's office manages to be stimulating and calming all at once — a combination that can be tricky to pull off. We dissected some of our favorite elements, like the two-toned paint job and modern campaign desk, and found similar versions that will help you get the look. Don't forget to check out the rest of the house tour on Elle Decor!