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Murano Glass Lighting….

I am going to admit it….I’ve got a little obsession….

Tobi Fairley 

B. Heath and Associates 

Palmer Weiss

Tobi Fairley

Steven Gambrel

Barbara Heath

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?

Globe Pendant for the Stairwell

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….

Remains Lighting

 Cyan Design

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…

NVS Remodeling & Design

Remains Fixture…in Kitchen

Muse Interiors

At this point, I am leaning towards the Remains fixture. 

What do you think?

Lighting Love…

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!

Kristen Buckingham

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?

Marjorie Skouras for Currey & Company

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?

Meg Adams, photographed by Erica George Dines

Lauren Stern Design

Tobi Fairley

Marjorie Skouras Design

Marjorie Skouras 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.



Bear Hill Interiors


Lynn Morgan Design


Pat Healing (HB Home) by Maura McEvoy

Like it?

Circa Lighting “Vendome”…

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.

Nest Egg

I love that this fixture is simple and elegant while staying relatively budget friendly.  Do you like it?