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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

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.”

The GMA website 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


Oriental Style Lighting

Oriental Style Lighting can work in a variety of interiors.

 “If you love to travel, or just have a taste for the exotic and unusual, then you will love an Asian interior design style in your home. It’s colorful, relaxed, unique and fun. Best of all, it can be whatever you want it to be…!” Interior Design It Yourself: Styles by Design by Charlotte Brown

Oriental Style Lighting works with a variety of home styles. Stick with a single country and style or  have an overall Asian feel.  Add a Japanese touch to a Modern interior. Add a Singapore Moderne style to a contemporary home.

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.

Add a note of Chinoiserie to a traditional or Victorian home. Continue reading

What Size Should My Chandelier Be?

When choosing your chandelier, scale matters a lot. There are a lot of factors to think about, but here is an easy way to calculate the best size for your dining room.

The first guideline is:

  1. Measure your table.
  2. Divide that number in half.
  3. That’s your smallest chandelier width.
    So, a 48″ table gets a 24″ or more chandelier.

If your table is heavier or darker, either choose a heavier, darker or larger chandelier.

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

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Simple Kit to Convert Recessed Lighting to LED

Hallway with Eurofase 25081 6" LED Conversion Kit

Hallway with Eurofase 25081 6″ LED Conversion Kit

Convert your existing recessed lighting to super energy efficient LED with a new easy-to-use kit from Eurofase.

The kit includes everything you need to convert a typical 6 inch recessed can that uses a 150W Incandescent R40 to PAR 38 bulb. The LED driver is powered by screwing into the bulb socket. The 14W LED SHARP 120V/277V LED is provided.

The LED Kelvin 3500K emits a warm white light.

The beam angle is adjustable up to 120 degrees to highlight artwork or graze walls. Continue reading

Where to Position Recessed Lighting

WAC HR-LED421-WT/WT LEDme Downlights

WAC HR-LED421-WT/WT LEDme Downlights 4 inch LED Recessed Downlights light a contemporary bathroom.

Recessed lighting is an excellent choice for lighting that can work with any interior. Because you see the effects of the lighting, without seeing the fixtures, recessed lighting is an investment that continues to work as your taste and style evolve.

Some people think of them as boring, but used effectively these lights can create a sense of drama by leaving the ceiling and upper walls dark while providing direct light.

If you include recessed lighting in your lighting plan, you have fewer limitations on other lighting. You can create a mood with a lower light chandelier or pendant, but still have enough light when you need it. Continue reading

Well Planned Lighting

Square Walnut QisDesign SWPA01-F Piano Floor

Square Walnut QisDesign SWPA01-F Piano Floor

Don’t think of lighting as an afterthought. The right lighting is one of the most fundamental elements in interior design.

The wrong lighting can completely destroy the impact of even the most well thought out design.

Good lighting makes your room more functional and more beautiful. Providing the right lighting allows you to enjoy using your room without eye strain or glare. Effective lighting can emphasize attractive architecture and camouflage less appealing elements.

Well planned lighting is the most effective way to bring out the best in your room. Continue reading