Entries in lighting (6)


new lantern lighting for my kitchen


This post is a LONG time coming - and not just because it's been forever since I've blogged!  It's taken me seven years to make up my mind on a chandelier for my breakfast nook and then find one I won't get tired of as soon as it's installed, but I'm excited to say I've found the perfect, linear, oversize lantern and I'm OBSESSED!  If you guys have been reading along here for a while you know I've had my heart set on finding an oversized lantern light for over my breakfast table but the search has been ridiculous because everything I found was either dwarfed by my vaulted ceilings or cost a couple month's worth of mortgage payments.'s much harder than you might think to find a ginormous lantern chandelier for less than a down payment on a car!

I had seen the Sheffield 8-light lantern chandelier by Ballard Designs before but it wasn't until a few weeks ago when another catalogue landed in my mailbox that I thought it just might work in my space.  It was also on major sale so I bit the bullet and ordered it and you know what?  I LOVE IT!  It's just what the space needed; it's the perfect size, the finish is beautiful and the guy who installed it said he was amazed at the quality. 

The only thing I will say I wasn't crazy about was the fake wax drip candle sleeves (sorry, Ballard), but that was a quick and easy fix.  I ordered a pack of plain white plastic sleeves from Amazon and gave them a few light coats of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, which matches the finish so perfectly.  This is a great way to modernize a chandelier on the cheap!

I finally feel like this space is finished, which is really saying a lot because I've constantly been changing things up to compensate for the fact that I had the wrong size lighting in here for so long. It adds just the right amount of drama and the prettiest, softest light (I used 15 watt bulbs).  I highly, highly recommend this fixture if you're looking for an oversize lantern light.  Thank you, Ballard...from the bottom of my oversize lantern loving, indecisive heart, thank you!


elements of an amazing entry

I've got beautiful entries and foyers on the brain lately; it seems like that's all that keeps popping up on Pinterest as of late and I'm absolutely obsessed with every last detail that have passed through my feed!  Entries are one of my favorite rooms to style not only because it's the first room people see when they enter your home but also because it sets the tone of what's to come in the rest of your house.  Here are a few gorgeous entries that I'm loving lately:

S. Russell Groves


Jake Eastham Photography

Charlotte Barnes


Chango and Co.

Kelly McGuill

Here are a few picks for creating an amazing first impression in your entry.  These are also the same elements I turn to for my clients' foyers as well as my own!

1.  Start with an amazing table to anchor the space.  I love the lines of this Norris console table from Mecox and the whitewashed burlap covering is an unexpected touch that adds so much texture and interest!

2.  A statement mirror or oversize art is a must.  I'm partial to mirrors in an entryway (the bigger the better) but oversize artwork, photography or a series of prints hung in a grid pattern add just the same amount of drama and impact! 

3.  Add beautiful lighting.  A pair of gorgeous lamps, sconces or candle sconces are a must for creating ambience, symmetry and a sculptural element.

4.  Fresh greens are always a good idea!  Topiary, potted orchids, ferns, a vase of fresh blooms or magnolia leaves are one of my favorite ways for bringing a fresh element and a pop of color. 

5.  Don't forget decorative objects!  A stack of books, coral, bowls, trays, framed photographs, candles, seashells found on your last vacation are a great way to personalize your space.

6.  Add an area rug.  Unify your space (especially if you have an open floor plan), add a pop of color and texture, too.  Rugs can be as pretty as they are practical.  I'm loving this handspun jute rug and this navy Surya Smithsonian beauty:

How do you like to style your entry?


serena + lily fall favorites

If you haven't seen the new fall line from Serena and Lily, you need to mosey on over quick, fast and in a hurry!  Their fall catalogue made its way into my mailbox last night and I couldn't devour it fast enough - bold pops of rich, saturated color are an unexpected, refreshing compliment to gorgeous neutral pieces, brass and gold accents, luxurious silk curtain panels, stripes, stripes and more stripes!  As someone who is partial to neutral spaces, I can't stop thinking of those magnificent emerald curtain panels paired with brass accents (or those indigo walls and trim with jute rugs and gold, for that matter!)  I'm loving the mix of materials and textures - a scalloped cowhide rug, an antique gold finish on the Harrington lamp and that gorgeous Blake raffia coffee table have me swooning!

As usual, I fell in love with all things neutral - linen, gold and hints of gray/ are a few lovelies I wouldn't mind putting in my shopping cart:

Goodman pendant / Blake raffia coffee table / Bruno bench / Harrington lamp

Savile side table / Scalloped hide rug / Capiz scalloped chandelier

What are some of your favorites from Serena and Lily's fall line??


chic, affordable lighting: quorum international

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments and suggestions about the new lighting for my front porch on Tuesday's post!  I'm leaning heavily toward the traditional lanterns, but I'll definitely update when I make a change!  And speaking of lighting...

If you were to ask me what two things really complete a room and give it that finished, tailored feel, hands down, I would have to say lighting and window treatments. A room can have the most amazing furniture and accessories but it will still feel empty without window treatments, while lighting creates ambience, and when done correctly, beautifully compliments the entire space as well as the people in it.  Unfortunately, both of these items can tend to be a bit on the pricey side, but just because you're on a budget, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style.  I've used chandeliers from Quorum International for years and have never been disappointed!  Not only are they super affordable, but they have a pretty impressive variety to choose from.  I originally sourced their reproduction French chandeliers and have used them in countless projects - you just couldn't beat the price for the size and quality.  Here are some stunning pieces from their collection that I'm loving lately:

Can we just talk for a moment about this gorgeous zinc finish?  I've never seen anything like this on a light fixture before and while orb chandeliers are definitely the rage right now, this chalky, zinc finish takes this piece to a whole new level:

To see the entire Quorum collection, check out their website here

Have a wonderful weekend!



luxe for less: bling chandelier

Robert Abbey's Bling Chandelier has always been one of my favorites and it was the first thing that popped into my head when sourcing lighting to add a bit of glam to a client's living room I'm working on.  Unfortunately, the $1400 price tag was a tad bit out of reach, so I beat feet to find an affordable alternative that still had the same wow factor and wouldn't you know, I found it on Overstock, of all places!  Here is the pricey, yet aptly named Robert Abbey Bling chandelier in all it's glory:

And here is the much more affordable, $250 version from Overstock.  Can you tell a difference?

Here are a few shots of it up in my client's living room.  After attaching 200-some glass balls, it was completely mesmerizing!

Isn't she gorgeous?  Find yours here.