Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday's Favorite: WHITE OUT

Hudson Valley Lydney Pendant

Eurofase Ramos Pendant

Minka Aire Artiemis Fan

Forecast Sophia Pendant
Access SoHo Fixture
High gloss white is super chic, crisp, modern, and will pair well with just about any color scheme. Glossly white is a simple solution for lighting any space! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Cleaning

It’s finally here- SPRING! I am so happy that the days are longer and we can start spending our evenings outdoors. Another thing to look forward to is spring cleaning (maybe not the cleaning itself but having everything clean) which brings me to my tips and tricks for cleaning your lights.
A few things to check for before you start cleaning
1.       Make sure the fixture is turned off. I would hate for anyone to get zapped while cleaning their lights.
2.       Check for brittle lamp cords or any loose/frayed wires, if you find any bring your fixture to us to repair and re-wire.
 The best method I know is to vacuum your shades, use the brush attachment on your vacuum and start at the top of the shade vacuuming in downward motions turning the lampshade as you go.  If you have not cleaned your shade in a long time you will notice a difference right away. This method can be harmful to older shades that have lost their elasticity so be cautious, if your shade is more than a decade old use a soft paint brush and gently brush the dust off the shade in that same downward motion I mentioned before.  Another method is using a lint roller, again be careful that you don't have an older shade because it can catch the fabric and rip. But a lint roller can be a really good method especially on lampshades with a plastic backing.

Brass fixtures are another item that can be tricky to clean. The first step is to determine if it’s really brass and not just painted or plated to look like solid brass. The easiest way to do that is to hold a magnet up to the fixture; if the magnet does not stick it may have no brass at all or is only brass plated. Brass fixtures will often be finished with a varnish to protect the brass,. This layer is often removed when you are using cleaning products, and once you remove the varnish there is nothing left to protect your brass from tarnish. Just because there is some tarnish doesn't necessarily mean it needs to be cleaned. Tarnish may sometimes produce a desirable patina that enhances a piece. Antiques are especially vulnerable so if you have a valuable piece, consider leaving it uncleaned or having it professionally cleaned. You can always dust your brass fixtures with a feather duster or a soft cloth. If you want a deeper clean because the brass is simply dirty or oily, mix a mild detergent with warm water. Dip a soft cloth into the soapy water and wipe the piece down with the cloth.

Toothpaste works well to polish brass. Apply a pea sized drop onto a cotton cloth and rub in small circles. Rinse with clean water and buff the residue off.

A lemon half dipped in a plate of table salt will also remove heavy tarnish and leave a clean, but unpolished look to brass.

If you do a deep clean on your brass fixture and have removed the varnish, consider adding a layer of polyurethane sealer, varnish, or polymer-based car wax to the fixture to protect it. Follow the manufactures instructions of whatever product you choose to use.

Don’t forget that excessive cleaning can damage brass, think less is more in when it comes to brass.

The days are getting warmer and you may start using your ceiling fans more to help cool a room, now is the time to wipe down the fan blades, the top of the blade can collect a lot of dust during the winter months.


One of my favorite products for cleaning crystal, and by far the least amount of work for your bling is Clean and Bright. I have been stocking this product for years. It is a solution you can spray on your crystal and let it drip dry (I do recommend placing a towel under the fixture to catch the drops).

If you want to really deep clean your crystal use warm water and vinegar, this will get rid of any grease build up- you will have to rub the crystals down individually with the vinegar solution and for the very best result also dry them with a clean cloth. This method will make your crystals sparkle for months.  

Please wash by HAND! I have had so many people destroy glass by putting it in the dishwasher. Automatic dishwasher detergent can scratch or dull the decorative design and coating on some glass. A lot of glass used for lighting is hand painted, this paint will not hold up in a dishwasher. Use a damp cloth with very mild dish soap to wipe down glass on your lighting fixtures. If you want to take the glass off the fixture to clean it TAKE CAUTION often time’s glass is not replaceable. We do have glass replacement companies and some manufactures will sale glass replacements but identical matches are hard to find!
Happy spring cleaning!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dine in Style

Interior by: Heather Scott Home & Design

Maxim Mission Bay chandelier
The Mission Bay chandelier from Maxim Lighting has been a beloved fixture in our showroom for years, we have sold many lights from this collection. Naturally I was excited when I saw this gorgeous dining room with the two-tired chandelier from the collection. Are you as taken with that ceiling as I am?  

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday's Favorite: Inspiration from Natural Elements

Murray Feiss Maarid Chandelier
Fredrick Ramond Hamlet chandelier




Corbett Dolcetti Chandelier
Up Close
Corbett Dolcetti Chandelier
All three of the chandeliers spotlighted here use natural elements to create stunning chandeliers. The updated basket is a trend I don't see going away any time soon. Take these different interiors, all different in style elements but using similar lighting, all the interiors are perfectly polished and put together.
The Marrid collection is made with little polished rocks or stones, of different colors strung together with a bead in between each rock. the overall effect looks much more elegant than anything I could come up with collecting pebbles from my nature walk. If you can zoom in to see the detail it is mighty impressive.  
Hamlet is an updated basket-style chandelier that features strands of delicate, chain-wrapped natural rope alternating with strands of light amber crystal.
The Dolcetti has shells and crystals which are set in a stainless setting and are dripping from a circular shell inlaid frame. Take a look at the close up of the shells, the hand crafted setting is beautiful!


Monday, March 4, 2013

A Look Inspired by Pinterest

Photo found on Pinterest, origin unknown

Martha O'Hara Interiors
Hudson Valley Sweeny Pendant
Hudson Valley Pendant Orchard Park

Martha OHara Interiors

Crystorama Luxo Pendant
The top picture is the inspiration look, I can not find that fixture, I have looked and looked. (Murray Feiss makes a bronze one here) I did find some stunning brass drum fixtures while searching for that pendant, I wanted to share and a few of them (and the interiors to go along with the fixtures). I realize I am all over the brass these days, have I gone overboard?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday's Favorite: The Long and Loud Sconce

Corbett Esquire

Corbett Harlow

Corbett Vixen

Corbett Paparazzi

Corbett Bliss
Corbett Vertigo
Meyda Tiffany Polaris Ii

Meyda Tiffany Old Broadway

Meyda Tiffany Deep Polaris Wall Sconce
This Sconce, the Deep Polaris, is 72" long! WOW!!! 
Meyda Tiffany Gridluck Wall Sconce

Meyda Tiffany Moravian Star
Murray Feiss Triomphe Collection
Kalco Tribecca

Kalco Windsor

Kalco Monaco
We have here LONG sconces, one measures 72" in length, while the majority of them are in the 30"- 45" long range. You may need a unique application for such a large sconce, maybe a large entry way, with high ceilings or a theatre room. These long sconces can act as a piece of art for your home or office. I have seen these in large conference rooms where overhead lighting interacts with projectors, and the lighting aesthetics are placed on the wall. The American Institute or Architects recently reported that the trend for smaller homes has come to a halt. The trend may not be heading back to the McMansions built in the 90's but the new homes are not necessarily compact either. I have heard designers call lighting "the Jewelry" of a room, what better way to accessorize a room than with a beautiful sconce?