Sep 22, 2007

Pendants - the new chandelier

You remember them, right? Your grandmother's home likely had them. Pendant lighting first emerged in the 11th century. It's more popular than ever now and the selection of styles is endless.

Designers love them as an alternative to recessed can lighting that can cut holes in your ceiling to look like swiss cheese. Ugly.

I snapped the above photo during a recent tour at the EXPO Design Center in Manchester, Missouri.

"Lighting", says Kevin Brown, Lighting Department Supervisor for the Manchester EXPO, "is the jewelry of the home." I couldn't agree more.

Pendants are a scaled-down alternative to chandeliers. Clustered in a corner or over a dining table they can add the same drama and light, but provide an updated look. They come in an array of choices of sizes and styles at a variety of price points.

My eyes are taken-in by the glow and sparkle of glass. Consider the practical version of polyethylene polymer that won't break, but look just like glass!

These woven shades at the EXPO caught my eye. Consider how woven pendant lights can be a new twist on the often-used and popular woven blinds and rugs. The woven shades also caught my attention for the affordable price - most were priced under $100.

For more on pendant lighting, check out Jamila Robinson's article: Make a Light Switch.

Let me help you make the "switch" to pendant lighting!

Sep 17, 2007

Not Your Grandma's Hutch - now that's clever!

Are you looking for an updated, maybe even contemporary, look but you are working with dated or traditional furnishings?

That was the case for Ursalon, our Habitat for Humanity homeowner who worked with us to decorate her home. Her hutch – pictured – was dark and dated. Ursalon mentioned her love of green apples so we purchased realistic-looking fake ones at Linens-n-Things.

photo courtesy of Katherine Bish Photography

Rather than arrange them in a predictable decorative bowl, we placed them individually and on stands to create a modern look. The greens and yellows pop against the dark hutch making it look fresh – this is no longer your Grandma’s hutch.

photo courtesy of Katherine Bish Photography

Consider ditching your fruit bowl and placing your fruit throughout your home, in flower arrangements, in a line on your mantle, down the middle of the table…the possibilities are endless.