Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Contemporary Crystal

Contemporary crystal chandelier Available Soon

Here is a sneak peek into a new line of contemporary crystal chandeliers that will come out this fall. I just wanted to share it with you!

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Cool Summer Dream

Photo From House of Turquoise

Fan By Minka Aire F602-BN-CH $445.50

I just LOVE this fan, I was so happy to find this room posted today on House of Turquoise I wanted to share it with you all. I so desperately want to go hang out in this room and sip so ice cold lemonade!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

How to Size From Kalco

We recommend professional installation for our fixtures. This is especially true for fixtures exceeding 45 lbs. total hanging weight.


In bathrooms with single bowl vanities, it is best to position fixtures on both sides of the mirror to provide light to both sides of your face. These fixtures should be at least 28" apart and centered at 60" above the floor. If a lighting outlet is centered above the mirror, the fixture should be at least 18" wide; however, 24" is much better.

In bathrooms with double bowl vanities, it may be necessary to select two fixtures, positioning one fixture over each sink. Another alternative is to mount a single strip over the mirror. As a general rule, the fixture width should be at least 1/3 of the width of the vanity. Again, this allows the light to illuminate both sides of your face.

Wall Sconces/Brackets

In rooms or hallways, sconces or brackets should be mounted so that the upper edge of the fixture is at least 74" from the floor. However, the fixture should be placed high enough that the tallest resident will not be able to see down into the fixture. If the sconce or bracket is going to be used in handicapped-accessible locations, the fixture must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are specific mounting criteria for these fixtures. Please check with your local building code authority for more information.

Chandelier Width Guidelines

Chandeliers should be scaled to the size of the table that it will be placed over. A starting point is to take the table\'s width and subtract 12 inches. Example: If the table is 42" wide, the chandelier should be 30" wide.

Another consideration is room size, especially if the chandelier is not going over a table (in a foyer for example). Determine the size of the chandelier relative to the room\'s size by measuring the room from corner to corner diagonally across the room. This dimension in feet should equal the fixture diameter in inches. Example: If the room measures 30\' diagonally then you should buy a 30" diameter chandelier.

Chandelier Hanging Height

A good guideline is to make sure the fixture hangs at least 32" over the top of the table top (this is based on an 8\' ceiling). Add 3 inches for every foot of additional ceiling height. Example: For a 9\' ceiling the chandelier should hang 35" over the table.

When hanging a foyer fixture, always ensure that the bottom of the fixture does not extend below 84" above the floor (to ensure door swing and tall people clearance). If the foyer is a two story entry, try to center the hanging fixture in the space so that if windows are present, the fixture will be centered in the window when looking in from the outside.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Little Bit of Lovley

Photo from Inviting Home

Photo From HGTV

Photo from API Customs

Photo from Inviting Home

Minka Lavery Medallion 1550-477 $123.66

Photo from Traditional Homes
Photo source unknown

photo found here

Ceiling Medallions are a great way to glam up a room, it demands attention and can turn a boring ceiling into a piece of art. I have always been a fan of molding, crown molding and ceiling medallions they can add so much character to a room.

Westinghouse has a good selection of ceiling medallions and Minka Lavery matches medallions to quite a few of the lighting families. My personal favorite is white on white I think it is so elegant, but there are a lot of options available.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Just for Fun

ET2 Solara Pendant found here
E20005-03 $358.20

Picture found here

Whoever said you can't have that amazing statement functional art in your own home. You can, this chandelier is found in a commercial space in Las Vegas, and weighs over 2 tons. But the smaller ET2 version will fit in a home entry way or over a dining room table and add some "solara" flare to any space. It is here in the showroom in white if you want to come see it in person, it really is a beauty!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

HGTV an ahhhh, inspiring moment

Photos from Decor to Adore
Designer is Candice Olson

I am dazzled by these rooms, Candice Olson from HGTV designed these and made them so beautiful. Her work is incredible she does sketches of the rooms before she decorates and is a very talented artist.
I realize I have a theme lately with crystal chandeliers, but I am convinced this is one of the easiest ways to add some glamour to any room. The chandeliers in both these rooms are small and do not give much light, but they do not need to they are more of a design element than a functional element. The Can ligating in both of these spaces give a good general lighting and then the chandelier, the sconces and the under cabinet lights add level lighting, so you can create different moods with light levels. Level lighting is great to have for entertaining purposes, my guess is the cans and the chandeliers are on dimmers so you can create any light mood you want.

Find similar chandeliers here
Find similar sconces here
Find under cabinet lighting here