Monday, February 11, 2013

Swinging the Chandeliers

Well, not exactly swinging from chandeliers, more like tangled in them... 

Susie and I have been juggling projects in various stages of completion over the last few weeks, but there has been one constant: lighting. In every house, it's been the topic of conversation, and for good reason. Lighting is SO important! It is the loudest statement you can make and the tone it sets has to be intentional. And let's face it, there is some great lighting out there and then for every amazing piece, there are 100 ugly-as-sin options. 

I decided to pull together some of the things we've been showing clients lately because they're too pretty to keep to ourselves. This first board has fixtures that we originally pulled for island pendants. There are a couple in there that were intended for over a banquette, but our thought is that the two are generally interchangeable.   

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Personally, I am in love with Currey & Co.'s Axel Orb Chandelier (1) with it's steel, wood and gold (perfect combo in my opinion). Another fixture that I would love to use is Oly's Muriel (5) with cast resin 'bubbles.' It's probably not as timeless as some of the others, but in the right house, it would be so pretty over a table. Lastly, another favorite that we think is so amazing because of it's weight and contrast is Oly's Cooper (7) with it's hand-hammered copper inside and shiny black exterior. If you think it feels too bold, remember what Windsor Smith did in the kitchen that now belongs to Gwyneth Paltrow? That kitchen was feminine with the right amount of depth courtesy of that strong black pendant.

We've also been working on some lantern options for a couple clients in their entries and hallways. There are so many great options out there that aren't included in this mix -- too many to pick favorites. My favorite is from Vaughan (3) and while I show it in iron here, it's also available in brass and it is to die for. And it's no surprise that most anything Urban Electric is off the charts (1,2,5).  

Thanks for checking in!


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