I am going to admit it….I’ve got a little obsession….
I have spent a good deal of time working on getting my living room plan finalized (working on budgeting everything at this point) and have had my eyes on a pair of Murano Glass lamps from Swank. They have both vintage and new options. Below is one of the pairs I have my eyes on….
Imagine my excitement when I realized that Swank has a stall in an Antique mall in the Dallas design district. With an hour left until I had to get back to our nanny (and needing to get to the grocery store so our family could eat dinner….) I did a super quick trip to the shop and was greeted with goodness such as these…the images are from Swank’s stall and another that had lots of mid-century modern goodies. (If you are in Dallas, these are all over at Debris Antiques.)
Are you a fan?
Now that I have decided on our foyer lighting, I need to hurry up and order something for our stairway. Because the fixture we chose in the foyer is unique, I don’t want anything too overly traditional in the stairway…..but I don’t want anything trendy either. (I love a bell jar lantern….but want something different for this spot.) I knew I wanted a globe / round pendant and quickly narrowed down my search, as I need something in the 14″ range. A sphere gets to looking big fast…..and I don’t want to overpower our space.
I have narrowed my selection down to two….
I quite like them both. The webbing on the Remains lantern references a form of historical factory lighting where the glass was netted for safety. On the Cyan fixture, I like the texture of the glass and think it plays well with our foyer fixture…..but I don’t think for our stairway I am in love with the stem…..thinking I’d prefer chain. I need to call the showroom to see if they can do this…..but I am guessing no…..as they are available retail and generally these companies don’t do custom. I am sure I could have a lighting shop make the change….but am not sure it is worth the trouble at this point. Although, the price on the Cyan fixture is a bit more budget friendly than the Remains fixture (figures, right?)
To do this blog post, I went off to the web in search of installations of these two fixtures and below is what I found.
Cyan fixtures….over the island…
Remains Fixture…in Kitchen
At this point, I am leaning towards the Remains fixture.
What do you think?
To say that I am agonizing over lighting for over our kitchen table would be an understatement. Do you know how hard it is to find a chandelier that works with 8 ft. ceilings? I was over at the design center today. Thinking about doing a custom Niermann Weeks Italian chandelier (image below)……I want the fixture to be substantial and a bit on the softer side since our pendants are all metal. This 9 light version is too tall for our ceilings, which is why we’d need to do something custom.
I have loved this fixture since I first saw it….and I know I could love it for a long time. While I try to figure out what to do….I still study every kitchen I see to see if something will inspire me. What do you think about this beautiful space designed by Kristen Buckingham? The chandelier would never work with my ceilings…..but I sure wish it would!
The space is pretty spectacular, don’t you think?
PS–On a semi-related note, I was approached by Houzz a while back to compile monthly ideabooks for their site. I have just been so busy I haven’t had the time. Well, with this dilemma in mind, I have created my first ideabook for the site. It features 20 chandeliers that are 35 inches or less in height. Hopefully it will help someone facing a similar situation with low ceilings. Who knows, perhaps our kitchen chandelier will end up being in that mix…..that was the hope as I was working on the ideabook…..but I do hate to commit when it comes to my own home. Ugh….Can anyone relate?
While we are talking lighting this week, I was in the Currey & Company showroom in the Dallas Market Center recently and spotted this beauty.
Does it look familiar to you?
Lauren Stern Design
Marjorie Skouras and Currey & Company recently teamed up to create the first Marjorie Skouras Collection for Currey. That means that this chandelier is now available at a more accessible price point. Of course, you can still order custom through trade only showrooms throught the US. But, this most popular design (and lots of other great lighting and a handful of tables) are now more widely available.
Need help with pricing on either version? Contact me.
I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent considering lighting for the kitchen island and for over the table. One fixture that is in the running is Circa lighting’s Vendome chandelier (designed by Thomas O’Brien).
I always appreciate finding images of a piece in use to help me visualize how it might look in my own space. So, I was thrilled to see it over on the blog of talented designer, Rachel Halvorson, earlier this week.
I love that this fixture is simple and elegant while staying relatively budget friendly. Do you like it?