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Gothic Revival and Other Medieval Styles

One of my favorite Decorating books is Decorative Style by Kevin McCloud, a set designer turned interior decorator.

One of my favorite Decorating books is Decorative Style by Kevin McCloud, a set designer turned interior decorator.

Hard to believe, but there are styles other than Mid-century Modern. One of my favorite Decorating books is Decorative Style by Kevin McCloud, a set designer turned interior decorator. Continue reading

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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A Swing Arm Lamp Creates a Comfortable Reading Nook in a Bedroom

June 2014 Traditional Home shows a beautiful home in the article Comfort on the Cape. The colors are so comfortable; described as “a serene palette.”

I love the whole home. My favorite is the bedroom. Couldn’t you relax here?

The creamy monotone palette of the master bedroom is gently interrupted by a window seat that features a botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa. Architectural and interior designer Daniel Reynolds

The creamy monotone palette of the master bedroom is gently interrupted by a window seat that features a botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa.
Architectural and interior designer Daniel Reynolds

“In the bedroom, Reynolds departed from the cohesive design of the public spaces. The master suite glows with tranquility. Elegant alpaca-and-silk drapery panels offer a cocoon-like effect as they cascade over the windows…”

Window Seat in botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa. The swing arm lamp is A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz.

Window Seat in botanical print fabric by Mulberry Home for Lee Jofa. The swing arm lamp is A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz.

Here is another bedroom with this swing arm lamp as a bed side reading lamp.

Swing Arm Lamp A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz

Swing Arm Lamp A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz

Swing Arm Lamp A-1136 by Leonardo Marell for Estiluz

A-1136 / A-1136L

The A-1136 product is part of a select group of Estiluz “classics”, alien to fashion and trends. It is the collection that boosted the company internationally in the ’90s thanks to the sensuality of its design, and the unmistakable Estiluz stamp. The metallic wall sconce, simple and functional, stands out for its versatility and diversity of movements. It has a extendable and adjustable, articulated reading arm with either a halogen or LED light source. Its timeless design, slim and elegant, makes this luminaire the ideal companion for life.

Metallic wall sconce providing direct light. Both the arm and head articulate. Integrated transformer with double intensity switch (35 and 50W) for halogen source or 4W LED source warm white.

Lamps: A-1136: Hal. GY 6.35 50W 12V
A-1136L: LED 4W ( 2700ºK , Ang. 120º, 350mA ) Typ* 370 lumens

Finishes:
21 Gold
22 Chrome
36 Bronze
37 Nickel
61 Satin gold

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Glass Chandeliers

I love the clear glass chandeliers I have been seeing lately!

The February March 2014 Traditional Home magazine shows the beautiful home of Suzanne Kipp. I just LOVE the kitchen!

“Enhanced by a pair of elegant crystal chandeliers, the all white kitchen exudes glamour.”
Traditional Home February March 2014

"Enhanced by a pair of elegant crystal chandeliers, the all white kitchen exudes glamour." Traditional Home February March 2014

“Enhanced by a pair of elegant crystal chandeliers, the all white kitchen exudes glamour.”
Traditional Home February March 2014
"Enhanced by a pair of elegant crystal chandeliers, the all white kitchen exudes glamour." Traditional Home February March 2014

Get the Look

HGTV Magazine uses the Crystorama’s Harper Chandelier to illustrate the article Vern Know Chandeliers. Design Star judge Vern Yip shares 10 tips for choosing and hanging the right fixture.

Go Bold – Vern’s Tip: You can have a big, bold chandelier in a small room if you choose the right one. An all-glass or thin-frame metal chandelier is striking without taking up a lot of visual space.”

Crystorama’s Harper Collection has chandeliers in two sizes in Clear, Cognac or Ice Blue glass. Coordinating pendants in two sizes, wall bracket sconces and ceiling lights complete the look.

Crystorama Harper Collection in Clear

Crystorama Harper Collection in Clear

Crystorama Harper Collection in Ice Blue

Crystorama Harper Collection in Ice Blue

Crystorama Harper Collection in Cognac

Crystorama Harper Collection in Cognac

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

Early Electric Meets New Technology – WAC Lighting’s Early Electric Pendants

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Quick Connect 3-Light Multi-point Mirror Glass Canopy with Mason Jar LED Pendants

The new Early Electric Collection of pendants from WAC Lighting look like vintage lighting, but can use just 5 watts of energy.

They all use an LED light source.

They are available as single pendants, multiple pendants or with quick connects to suspend from  Track Lighting or Monorail.

Socket Set & Lamp Information

LEDme® Low Voltage Line Voltage
LED: 12V/5.6W, 3000K, CRI 85 (included) – lumens may vary depending on diffuser.

  • May be dimmed w/electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer
  • Three threaded screws are used to secure shade to socket
  • 50,000 hour rated life
  • Energy efficient
  • No projected Ultraviolet or Infrared radiation

Use of these fixtures, pendants or heads with the Monorail, Flexrail, Flexrail 2, Linear System, or Track Lighting.To complete a pendant, select a single or multiple canopy from WAC Quick Connect Monopoints and Multipoints.

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Wall Sconces for a Small Bath Room

The Rosetta Wall Sconce from WAC Lighting’s European Collection on either side of a mirrored medicine cabinet. Bella figura, Rosetta offers fine Italian styles that combines a classic profile with multiple murine glass patterns that will enhance any setting with a perfect mix of form and function.

The Rosetta Wall Sconce from WAC Lighting’s European Collection on either side of a mirrored medicine cabinet.
Bella figura, Rosetta offers fine Italian styles that combines a classic profile with multiple murine glass patterns that will enhance any setting with a perfect mix of form and function.

WAC Lighting’s new decorative low profile sconces with glass shades boast a truly exclusive look with exceptional quality. Each sconce canopy is designed with timeless style and plated in Chrome and Brushed Nickel finishes.

Even in the smallest bathroom or powder room, good lighting and good switches and dimmers make all the difference! Once you have light control in your bathroom, you will wonder how you ever lived without it.

Have one switch for ceiling lighting, whether it is recessed lighting or a ceiling fixture. Have the mirror lighting on a separate switch with a dimmer. I use it at the lowest setting to enjoy a relaxing bath or when I get up at night or first get up until I am ready for the morning.

Wall sconces on either side of a mirror or medicine cabinet provide both decorative and task lighting.

“Stick to a style and finish that is compatible with the other elements in the room. Coodinate the style of the sconces near the vanity with that of the cabinet, for example.”

Bathrooms: The Smart Approach to Design by the Editors of Creative Homeowner, Home Decorating

The best light for applying makeup is shed from the sides of a mirror. The best for shaving is from above. In both cases, there are many ways to do this effectively. Plan your bath lighting for how you will be using the bathroom. And don’t forget that the right switches and dimmers make all the difference!

“Wall-mounted light sconces are a good way to provide adequate lighting without overwhelming a small space, so they’re a good choice in a powder room.”

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies (Paperback)
by Gene Hamilton, Katie Hamilton

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Step 2 – Six Steps to Your New Look – Step by Step Redecorating

Work in Progress - This is the living room of my log cabin.

Work in Progress – This is the living room of my log cabin.

So, you have an idea file. You know what you like. You have walked through furniture stores and gotten ideas. You have inventoried what you already have and decided whether it is staying or going.

2-Develop a plan.

Measure your room and put it on graph paper. Mark in the windows and the doors. Make sure that you mark in the swing of the door.

Measure any furniture that is staying. You can sketch it on another piece of graph paper if you don’t really know how you will lay it out. Cut the furniture pieces out so that you can push them around. Make sure you leave plenty of walk space.

What are you going to use the room for?

This is the list when I planned my living room.

  • Reading
  • Watching TV
  • Entertaining
  • Easy to move the furniture to make room for more tables for a dinner party
  • Easy conversation
  • A fireplace
  • Storage for sewing stuff

What do you have that is staying?

The only piece of furniture that I had that was staying is a large antique piece. It has two divided top drawers, a large bottom drawer and two big doors. I use it to store my stereo equipment.

What problems are you trying to solve?

The open floor plan makes it feel like all one big kitchen. I decided to raise the bar higher than the counter top to obscure the kitchen and replace the pot rack with three pendants over the bar.

So, here’s my list.

  • Hardwood floors (throughout the whole house)
  • Sofa
  • 2 armchairs
  • Floor lamps
  • 2 end tables with lamps
  • 1 floor lamp
  • Coffee table, perhaps with storage
  • Large floor rug
  • 2 coordinating runners
  • Steamer trunk to store fabric & sewing machine
  • Add stairs to the attic with storage under it
  • Drapes that close and make the room dark enough for guests to sleep
  • Replace the wood stove with a fireplace
  • Remove the wallpaper and paint the only wall that is not logs

Make a timeline. Some things have to be done first. Other things it doesn’t matter.

I started with the floor. I selected wood that was almost the same color as the log walls.The logs are made of red cedar that has naturally aged. The ceiling is almost identical in color. I found a cherry colored prefinished wood.

 

 

Six Steps to Your New Look – Step by Step Redecorating

Creating a beautiful comfortable home that reflects your taste and personality can be extremely rewarding. The secret is to take your time, make a plan and enjoy the process.

1-      What do you REALLY want?

What do you want?

If you don’t already have a file of pages pulled from magazines, start one now. Pull the pages that interest you out of that stack of magazines you have been collecting. Most libraries have a stack of magazines to give away.  Ask your friends if they have any magazines they can part with.

Tear out any photos that you like. (Then you can throw the rest of the magazines away or take it back to the library if it is not too destroyed.)

I put my favorite pages into plastic sleeves and keep them in a notebook. I have dividers for which room it is an idea for. It is my ultimate magazine. It has expanded to three volumes now. (Plus one for recipes and one for tips.)

Now, look over those pages. What do you like about each picture? Is it the colors? Is it the windows? The style of furnishing? Lots of bookshelves?

Walk through furniture stores. Look around at your friends homes. Anywhere you go, if you like the way it looks, take note. Take a photo with your phone. Or even a Photosynth.

Look at what you already have.

Don’t plan your room around things that are worn out, uncomfortable, the wrong size for the room or that you just plain don’t like. Unless you have to. Sometimes you are stuck with things. If your mother-in-law bought it for you, your husband loves it or you can’t afford to replace it.

If it is a matter of giving offense or hurting feelings, there may be a work around. Perhaps you can use it in another room. How long have you had it? Has the statute of limitations passed?

If you can’t afford to replace it, perhaps you can make it work with paint or reupholstering. Talk to friends and family, sometimes you can trade.

My daughter Jessica’s dining room set was not her style. It had been her husband’s before they got married. My friend Laura loved it, but my daughter did not care for hers. Jessica wanted my very small set. I actually wanted a larger set, but something traditional, theirs were both more contemporary. So they talked Laura’s brother into the trade. He bought Laura’s set and gave her his set. I accepted his set for mine, which my daughter got, and Laura got Jessica’s. Whew!

Start making your plan.

  • Write things down.
  • Price things.
  • Make a timeline.
    • What needs to be done now?
    • What can wait?
  • Take time to plan.
  • Measure your room and the things in it and put it on graph paper.

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