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Coordinate Your Metal Finishes

From traditional to eclectic, no matter what style you choose, coordinating your metal finishes can make all the difference in pulling a look together.

There are more choices than ever in metal finishes. Brass, bronze, chrome, nickel and stainless in bright polished or matte brushed finish, each sets its own style.

Then there are custom painted finishes to really personalize your look.
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Bath with Glass Chandelier

House Beautiful issue for December 2016/January 2017 feature The Essentials: Bath of the Month shows a spectacular glass chandelier. These chandeliers are absolutely timeless.

“A midcentury Murano smoked-glass chandelier at the bath room entrance sets a glam scene.”

House Beautiful issue for December 2016/January 2017 feature The Essentials: Bath of the Month shows a spectacular glass chandelier.

House Beautiful issue for December 2016/January 2017 feature The Essentials: Bath of the Month shows a spectacular glass chandelier.

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Chinoiserie Style

Chinoiserie Style Dining Room

This beautiful dining room (House Beautiful December/January 2014) has hints of Chinoiserie Style with oriental lanterns in front of the mirror on the buffet. The china is a fanciful Oriental landscape and the flatware is gold bamboo.

The lighting is a beautiful traditional crystal chandelier.

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Tech Lighting Multi-Pendants and Pendant Clusters

Tech Lighting Line Voltage or Line/Low Voltage Multi-Pendants and Pendant Cluster Canopies

Create custom chandeliers and multi-pendants with these canopies that can suspend up to 11 pendants, fixtures or both. Use Line voltage, Low voltage or a mix of Line and Low voltage pendants in a wide assortment of shapes, sizes and finishes. The possibilities are limitless.

Tech Lighting Line-Low 11-port canopy with Low Voltage Fire Pendants and Line Voltage Fire Grande Pendants

Tech Lighting Line-Low 11-port canopy with Low Voltage Fire Pendants and Line Voltage Fire Grande Pendants

The Basics of Tech Lighting Pendant Cluster Canopies and Multi-Port Chandeliers

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Chandeliers – Not Just for the Dining Room

Chandeliers aren’t just for the dining room. Hanging a chandelier in a living room or great room is a great way to express your personal style.

“You can have a big, bold chandelier in a small room if you choose the right one. An all-glass or thin-frame chandelier is striking without taking up a lot of visual space.”
HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip, HGTV Magazine

Allegri 022951 Anastagio Crystal Pendant

Allegri 022951 Anastagio Crystal Pendant

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Log Cabin Lighting – Rustic Chandeliers

Log Cabin Lighting – Rustic Chandeliers

You really don’t have to follow any rules when decorating a log cabin.

“Until the 1930s, most  retreats in the Rocky  Mountains were decorated with either mission or Victorian furnishings.”
Rustic Traditions by Ralph R. Kylloe

Just as now, people followed their taste. Often lighting was designed by the architect to fit the proportions and scale of each room.

Monte Carlo 52" Great Lodge Rustic Ceiling Fan with the look of rough hewn pine logs with pine cone accents and Lodge Pine Blades

Monte Carlo 52″ Great Lodge Rustic Ceiling Fan with the look of rough hewn pine logs with pine cone accents and Lodge Pine Blades

Thomas Canada Molesworth created oversized furniture from burled pine poles, hides, horn and natural wood with Indian and western motifs.  He created a distinctly Western style also called Cowboy Style. Today many companies make Western and Cowboy Style Lighting.

This chandelier from the Peak Antler Company provides a beautiful amber glow through the mica tiers while retaining a rustic elegance feel of an antler chandelier.  Medium and small elk antler circle the center with tall patina coated copper sleeves for the 9 candles. This chandelier is custom built by the artist in Colorado USA.

This chandelier from the Peak Antler Company provides a beautiful amber glow through the mica tiers while retaining a rustic elegance feel of an antler chandelier. Medium and small elk antler circle the center with tall patina coated copper sleeves for the 9 candles. This chandelier is custom built by the artist in Colorado USA.
 
This chandelier provides a beautiful amber glow through the mica tiers while retaining a rustic elegance feel of an antler chandelier.  Medium and small elk antler circle the center with tall patina coated copper sleeves for the 9 candles. This chandelier is custom built by the artist in Colorado USA.

Antler Chandeliers

Antler Chandeliers are made from a variety of natural antlers. They have been used for centuries. Switzerland, Scotland, Austria and the Black Forest region were known for antler chandeliers before the New World was even discovered.

Before electricity, candle holders were placed on the antlers. Now electric sockets are used instead with wires either run outside the antler or the antler is drilled to allow the wire to be put inside.

Don’t worry. Antlers are naturally shed.  Antlers are bone, but are shed and regrown each year in most species. In the United States deer, elk, and moose shed their antlers. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year.

Monte Carlo GL6CHWI Great Lodge Antler Chandelier

Monte Carlo GL6CHWI Great Lodge Antler Chandelier is cast of resin to look like natural wood and antler and pine cones.

Artificial antler is often less expensive and can look like the real thing.

Hubbardton Forge  New Town Wrought-Iron Chandelier hand-forged in Vermont, USA using the same techniques blacksmiths have used for centuries. The seeded glass hurricane shades are reminiscent of candle holders and oil lanterns before electricity.

Hubbardton Forge New Town Wrought-Iron Chandelier hand-forged in Vermont, USA using the same techniques blacksmiths have used for centuries. The seeded glass hurricane shades are reminiscent of candle holders and oil lanterns before electricity.

This Rustic Chandelier from Kalco has the feel of early hand-forged lighting. The leather wrapped shades are reminiscent of Western Themed and Cowboy Style lighting.

This Rustic Chandelier from Kalco has the feel of early hand-forged lighting. The leather wrapped shades are reminiscent of Western Themed and Cowboy Style lighting.

Rustic Metal Chandeliers

Forged metal chandeliers were common in the Adirondacks. By the mid-1900s blacksmiths were adept at fashioning lighting. Sometimes architects provided the plans. Some were designed by the craftsman and others came from European pattern books available at the time.

Avalanche Ranch M41540 Smokey Mountain 5-Light Spruce Pine Cone Chandelier shown with amber mica diffusers

Avalanche Ranch M41540 Smokey Mountain 5-Light Spruce Pine Cone Chandelier shown with amber mica diffusers

Mica Diffusers

Mica is a natural stone that cleaves nearly perfectly into sheets. Thin transparent sheets of mica may also be called isinglass. It is very thin, transparent and flexible.

Avalanche Smokey Mountain Spruce Pine Cone Outdoor Lanterns

Avalanche Smokey Mountain Spruce Pine Cone Outdoor Lanterns

At one time, mica was quite rare and expensive. Then, in the early 19th century, large reserves were found in New England, Africa and South America. There are old mica mines all over Western North Carolina where I live. As of 2005, the US was the second highest producer of mica (after China).  Much mica is also mined in Canada. The sheet mica, used in lighting is much less common than the little flakes and scrap.

Coming Soon: Natural Wood, Natural Stone and Arts and Crafts Lighting

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How High Should My Chandelier Hang?

hookThere are a lot of opinions about what height your chandelier should hang. Your chandelier is the focal point of your dining room. It should not be too high. If you often move the table and you are afraid people will hit their heads on the chandelier, don’t permanently raise the height of your chandelier. Simply pick up an inexpensive S-Hook or Chain Quick Link at Lowes or Home Depot. When you need it raised, just loop up the chain.

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

“Hang at the right height. The bottom of a chandelier should hit about 30″ (36″ at most) above the tabletop. That brings the light close enough for tasks, clears the view for conversation and avoids unflattering shadows.”
Decorating Dos Womans Day February 2012

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier
This beautiful eclectic crystal chandelier is available in a variety of sizes. It can be hand twisted to fit your home.

“When I hang a chandelier above a table, I like to have about 66 inches from the floor to the underside of the light fixture. That’s enough room to put a flower arrangement or a centerpiece on the table and sit and talk, but low enough that you still have light hitting the table, giving a glow.”
HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip, HGTV Magazine

Fine Art Lamps 233540 Pendant from the Black & White Story Collection

This 32″ wide Oriental Pendant from Fine Art Lamp’s Black & White Story Collection is available in black or white satin lacquer finish surrounding a textured white linen shade.

“30-36” Good height for a pendant light above a kitchen island. Offers bright enough task lighting without head/lamp collisions.
“66” Ideal height to hang a chandelier. Measure from the bottom of the fixture to the floor. This leaves enough room for a centerpiece and doesn’t block you line of sight across the table, but still gives you enough light for eating.”
Design by the Numbers HGTV Star judge Vern Yip shares his measurement cheat sheet in HGTV Magazine June 2013

Fine Art Lamps Perspectives Chandelier at 131 Main Restaurant in Biltmore Park Town Square

Fine Art Lamps Perspectives Chandelier 731840 with a unique geometric design. The hand finished Patinated Golden Bronze frame is finished with hand-tailored textured multi-tonal gold organza shades. Energy efficient, using five 15 watt Fluorescent bulbs is standard to 120v or can be converted to 220v.

They are also available in Warm muted Silver Leaf finish with multi-tonal white crepe shades.

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Fine Art Lamps has been made in USA since 1941.
These high-end fixtures are hand crafted in  Miami Lakes, Florida.

Most Fine Art Lamps products can be customized. Existing lighting designs can be tailored to meet custom requirements. All products are designed and created in Miami, Florida, USA. Fine Art Lamps has an excellent record of meeting delivery date requirements. Brand Lighting will work with Fine Art Lamps to prepare a quotation on any existing or customized fine lighting designs and to review your own designs.

Above: Original Fine Art Lamps Chandelier 733840 from the Perspecitves Collection H. 37″ W. 42″ (94 cm x 107 cm)
Below Customized Finished Product
Fixture width increased by almost 3 times the original width

 

Harco Loor Guirlande – Lighting to Die For

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Harco Loor Guirland Long Wall Light WL 10

Harco Loor Guirland Long Wall Light WL 10

I broke my leg, so I have been laying around watching a lot of TiVo. The episode of Inspector Lewis Mysteries called Music to Die For shows Harco Loor Guirlande wall sconces and ceiling fixture in the entry.

Guirlande was designed by Harco Loor in 2002. The collection now includes hanging, ceiling, wall, table and floor lamps. They are made of polished or brushed stainless steel curled strips with 3 mm tubes and transparent or frost glass. The tubes can be twisted and stretched in every direction.

Harco Loor lighting is designed and made in the Netherlands.

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Add Sparkle Year Round with a Chandelier

Jonathan Adler 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life

Jonathan Adler 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life

On Good Morning America December 3, 2012 Installment of Get the Good Life had tips from Designer Jonathan Adler, author of “100 ways to Happy Chic Your Life.”

This was one of his tips:

Invest in a Chandelier

Lara Spencer introduced the section with, “Every home needs a chandelier, no matter the price point. That’s one of your tips.”

Jonathan Adler responds, “Chandeliers should be bigger than you think you need and more expensive than you think you can afford.”

On the GMA website Adler adds; “Every home needs a chandelier, Adler says. A sparkly chandelier is great for the holidays, but adds sparkle all year round.”

100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life is the latest in a collection of books by Jonathan Adler.

  • 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life
  • Happy Chic Colors
  • Happy Chic Accessorizing

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