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Since moving to NYC, I’ve garnered a serious appreciation of space. I’m not talking about Sandra-Bullock-lost-in-space space… I mean snagging a decent spot on a crowded subway train, having elbow room in a hallway-esque restaurant, and at home, finding the best way to maximize any/all available surface space. Enter the task lamp: a versatile accessory with a slender profile and (often) budget-friendly price tag.

Task lamps are traditionally found in libraries and offices, but they work just as well as bedroom lamps—especially when space is tight and a larger table lamp isn’t an option.

Despite having very small bedside tables, each of these rooms are well-lit (with surface space to spare) thanks to the use of task lamps.

Now, where to buy?? My favorite budget-friendly lamp is from West Elm, and comes in multiple finishes for $79-$99….


IMG_20131220_162540(1)Whether your space is large, small, modern or traditional, a task lamp can serve as a functional, stylish lighting option. Here are a few more selections, all (except the first 2) priced at $150 or less!


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xox Jess

welcome to BrooklynOh how I’ve missed you, New Déjà Vu. Close to two years have gone by since my last post, so rather than fret over wasted time, let’s jump right back in the mix… first up, a glimpse of my new(ish) Brooklyn pad!

I wanted my bedroom to have a dark, moody feel, so I opted for deep gray walls (Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal) with gray furniture and linens. To keep the monochromatic look from falling flat, I added plenty of sparkle with silver trays, lucite and mercury glass lamps, a homemade jewelry display and healthy dose of mirrors.

(dresser from Bungalow 5, lamp from TJ Maxx, vintage tray)dresser

(driftwood + nails = DIY jewelry display)jewels

 (mirrored side table from Bungalow 5, lamp & candle holder from Target)side1

Elle Decor notes that the monochromatic trend is big for the Spring 2014, saying “While designers are often lauded for their inventive color combinations, sometimes it’s the most simple statements that make the biggest impact.” (Read more: Spring Fashion 2014 at Home: Monochromatic Trend – ELLE DECOR)

What do you think of monochrome? Boring, or chic?

xox Jess

{bunglalow 5′s langham desk, featured in Traditional Home magazine}

First and foremost, sorry for the lapse in posts…in the past 7 days, I’ve had the pleasure of going on (what felt like) 239,028,392 job interviews, and was also hit with as a slew of midterm assignments for my design courses. Now that the dust of last week has cleared, I’m happily employed at a drop-dead-gorgeous furniture showroom in chelsea, and I’m technically on spring break….wahoo!!

{a bungalow 5 coffee table featured in Elle Decor}
{a bungalow 5 jacqui dresser, featured in Southern Living Magazine}

My new job is at Bungalow 5, a furniture company whose designs I’ve coveted for quite some time (one of their stools even made an appearance in this recent post!). Although their furnishings may be out of my budget-conscious price range, I can’t help but share some of my favorite pieces.

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Check out B5′s full furniture line here, as well as some photos from inside the showroom here…or better yet, if you’re in/around nyc, feel free to visit us in person!! (Mon-Fri, 10-6).

Twinkly string lights (done right) add a warm, romantic glow to any space. Plus, you probably have a few strands left over from the holidays, so you might as well use what you’ve got! To avoid a Christmas decoration-esque look, steer clear of framing doors and ceilings with lights. Instead, try one (or more) of these year-round approved styles.

{lights emphasize this beautiful bed frame & exposed ceiling}

{for those with a glass table: wrap lights around frame & cover with a sheer cloth.}

{diy light embellishments: cut egg cartons into flower blooms! Via here & here}

{these illuminated jugs would look great in a bookcase or grouped on a desk. You could also add a sheer fabric to the outside of the glass for more visual interest.}

{poke holes through canvas to brighten a print you’ve grown tired of, or create your own twinkly design! Via here & here}

{dress up your mirror. After all, everyone looks better in soft lighting.}

{diy paper cubes: Don’t these totally remind you of your childhood? I love the way they look on this headboard. Also, these would be fun in a patterned paper.}

{hung in rows behind a sheer curtain: a soft & inviting technique that could be used as a room divider or as a backdrop to a couch or bed}

Most of these looks use mini christmas lights, which are available here. If you’re feeling flush and have a worthy project, you could  also spring for these Restoration Hardware lights.

The fine wires that power these strings give the illusion of floating lights. So pretty.

Happy decorating! xox


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