When not out on the lake getting sunburned, I spent the holiday weekend shopping the sales! Today, most sales came to an end (and so did my weekend unfortunately); however, there is still one online store that is in full-on sale mode, and that is our friends over at Barn Light Electric.

You can take 10% off your order through Tuesday, July 6th, just by entering USAJULY4 at checkout (excludes already discounted or clearance merchandise and gift certificates).

So take advantage of the last 24 hours of guilt-free holiday shopping and click HERE!


Posted By Emily-Dallas | Feb 07, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Designers, Lighting, Shops and Showrooms

Congrats to the New Orleans Saints!

In honor of their win, I’ve dedicated a post to the amazing work of New Orleans lighting designer- Julie Neill.  The lighting she designs is nothing short of gorgeous!

It is also no coincidence that most of the names of her lighting pieces match the names of her clients.  These are pieces that she specifically custom-created for them and then added to her lighting line.

{Arrow Sconce}

{Sheldon Sconce}

{Fleur de lis Sconce}

{Mollie Chandelier}

{Allyne Chandelier}

{Champagne Side Tables}

{Burst Coffee Table}

Yesterday Julie posted a chandelier on her blog, Bayou Contessa, that she designed in the spirit of her team going to the Superbowl.  So much fun- take a peek at it!

Julie really did light their way to winning the Superbowl!

I can’t wait until the next time I go to New Orleans so I can visit her shop for the first time!  I’m sure her lighting is even prettier in person.

Go for the Gourd!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jan 31, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Lighting

There is nothing better than a gourd lamp.  You just can’t go wrong with them!  They look great in any style interior- traditional, transitional or contemporary and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

I do have to say that my personal favorite are the colorful ones.  When a room begs for a splash of color, using even just one gourd lamp does the trick.

I’ve gathered some of my favorites below.  This selection is all over the map!  From high to low price points, colorful to neutral, transparent to opaque, and matte to glossy, there are certainly gourds for every design personality!

Tonic Home Octagon Gourd Lamp

Inside Avenue- Barbara Cosgrove- Silver Gourd Lamp

Modern Dose- Elayna Lamp

Home Accents- Quinn Gourd Lamp

1stdibs- Eric Appel White Ceramic Triple Gourd Table Lamps

Macy’s Robert Abbey Table Lamp- Triple Gourd- Peacock

Horchow- Bronze Gourd Lamp

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams- Marilyn Table Lamp

Circa Lighting- Mini Fang Gourd

Layla Grayce- Arteriors Regis Glass Gourd Lamp

Pottery Barn- Alexis Ceramic Table Lamp

West Elm- Gourd Table Lamp

Williams-Sonoma Home- Porcelain Urn Lamp

Shades of Light- Triple Gourd Ceramic Table Lamp

Christopher Spitzmiller Medium Three Ball Lamps

Robert Abbey Pink Ceramic and Silver Table Lamp

Hayden Table Lamp

And if you are so inclined to make your own, Martha Stewart has a DIY guide to the Gourd Lamp on her website here!

This is the madness that is also known as the Dallas Arteriors Warehouse Sale…


I’ve been counting down to the sale ever since I received the invitation a few weeks ago.  I had a chance to visit the sale on Monday before it officially opens to the public this Friday (AKA before everything is gone!)

I was really overwhelmed by the amount of inventory that was marked down!  It took a while to comb through everything.

Don’t tell my sister, but the lamps I bought her a few months ago are now on sale for $49!!  She would die!


Need a lamp shade to go with?  No worries because the Arteriors sale has them for only $10 bucks!


I was THIS close to buying myself a new coffee table or accent table.  My old glass top/black iron one is on its last life (and I can’t say that I’m too sad about that); however, I decided to wait and come back this weekend to see if prices were marked down even further (and if they are, then it must be fate!)


More and more accent tables-


Arteriors infamous folding screens! (the gold one being the inspiration for our MG Houston illustration)


I loved these modern “director’s chairs” but I’d want to recover them in a bolder print.  I think the light blue/gold fabric fades away too much and doesn’t make enough of a statement.


It’s baaaack! Remember when Lauren bought this table at the Room Service Outlet back in June ’08? Who are we kidding, you probably don’t- only our parents were reading the blog back then.  Well, she got this table at a discount because it was missing the bottom piece.  Here it is at the warehouse sale in perfect condition- someone needs to snatch it up!


A large selection of dinnerware and decorative plates-


So many great lamps- all categorized by finish and color!  I didn’t even know where to begin to look…


Their accessory selection was nuts!  This isn’t even the half of it!



Mirrors galore!  They had this small, beautiful convex mirror (I have always wanted one) but alas, have nowhere to put it.  Someone needs to come snatch that up too!



SALE- 1/15-1/17

8 am-5pm

4430 Simonton Road

Dallas, TX 75244

More Swanky Lamps!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Sep 17, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Lighting

Can you believe how stunning these are?


This lighting happens to be Swank’s new line of contemporary Murano lamps, produced from a glass house in Italy.

The first phase of the line will include twelve different designs.  Currently there are four on their website.  We can’t wait for the next eight to come out later this fall!




(FYI, the White Snowmen lamp will soon be available in Pale Blue, Pale Lavender, Pale Mint Green, and Pale Pink with 24k gold accent)


A Budding Bargain!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Aug 26, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Lighting

I just purchased Currey and Co.’s Crystal Bud Chandelier for a client.  It ended up looking gorgeous in their spacious master bath- the Cupertino finish on its metal stems ended up coordinating nicely with their dark cabinets.

It’s funny how when you complete a long awaited installation, you end up seeing the installed piece everywhere…



Today I happened to be flipping through Pottery Barn’s catalog, and I came across a chandelier that looked so similar to the Crystal Bud that it stopped me right in my tracks!


The Camilla 6-Arm also has a bud-like appearance- a combination of crystal leaves and iron branches.

They do look similar, don’t they? They could almost be identical twins…well maybe not identical- fraternal maybe?

Visually Comforted!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Jul 01, 2009 | 5 Comments | Category: Lighting

That’s how I feel after waiting six long months for these Visual Comfort lamps to come in.


{Alexa Hampton- Humphrey Table Lamp in Ivory Porcelain}


I purchased these for my mom’s formal living room and what was originally on backorder for only a few months unfortunately turned into six so you can imagine our excitement when these finally arrived a few days ago!


The living room originally looked like the below- with the mirrored consoles against the wall and the sofa in the middle of the room…my mom moved it around today to see what the couch would look like against the wall (above).  Which arrangement do you like better? I’m torn!



You really can’t go wrong with Visual Comfort lighting.  Every single piece is drop dead gorgeous! Their collections consist of pieces designed by well known interior designers such as Thomas O’Brien, Alexa Hampton, Barbara Barry, Michael Smith, and Suzanne Kasler, to name a few.  Everything they produce is just so classy and can go in a more traditional setting or a more modern setting.  Such versatile, timeless, and tasteful lighting- it’s a wonder why I specify any other company!

Here are a few of my favorites:


Alexa Hampton- Kate Table Lamp in Polished Nickel


Alexa Hampton- Myrna Chandelier in Polished Nickel


Studio- Gourd Lamp in White Glass


Barbara Barry- Simple Scallop Pendant


Thomas O’Brien- Large Hicks Round Pendant


Suzanne Kasler- Quatrefoil Floor Lamp in Gilded Iron


Grande Round George II Chandelier in Crystal


Large Paris Flea Market Chandelier in Antique Brass


Medium Round Edwardian in Polished Nickel


Pimlico Table Lamp in Bronze


Balustrade Table Lamp in Crystal


Large Ring Table Lamp in Alabaster


Large Antique Mirror in Antique Mirror and Antique Brass

Lamps That are “Young” at Heart!

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Apr 01, 2009 | 5 Comments | Category: Lighting

I am obsessed with Jamie Young’s lamps. They are so unique looking. Apparently they have been featured in many movie and tv sets. Do you recognize any?

All the above are from Inside Avenue

Elegant Lighting

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Mar 14, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Lighting

My favorite pieces to select for clients are mirrors and lighting. I am always on the lookout for beautiful lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. There are just so many great light fixtures out there!

I especially love Barbara Barry’s collection for Baker. So very elegant and attractive…here are a few of my favorites…

Signature Chandelier
I don’t think chandeliers get much better than this!

Her sconces and lamps are equally comparable…

Hourglass Ribbon Lamp

Bauble Lamp

Such classic pieces…you did good Barbara!

Ancient Alabaster

Posted By Emily-Dallas | Feb 25, 2009 | No Comments | Category: Lighting

I spotted this lamp below on the PB website…loves loves loves!

Actually I love alabaster in any shape or form. But what the heck is alabaster exactly?

In comes Wikipedia… it’s a “name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals: gypsum (a hydrous sulfate of calcium) and calcite (a carbonate of calcium). The former is the alabaster of the present day; the latter is generally the alabaster of the ancients.”

Alabaster goes wayyy back- it has been used for centuries in carving and statues. Just look around in any museum- you are bound to find some alabaster objects.

White is the color normally associated with alabaster; however, the mineral can be found in other colors such as pale brown or reddish, or even just veined with color. Somewhat translucent, soft, easy to work with, and readily available, alabaster makes for a beautiful lamp.

Some of my alabaster faves…

Raymon Goins Fine Furniture- Mayfair Lamp

Visual Comfort- Balustrade Lamp (was in Charlotte’s apartment in the Sex and the City Movie- thanks for the tidbit Paloma!)

1st Dibs– Italian Alabaster Lamps

William Sonoma Home- Madison Lamp

Frederick Cooper- White Alabaster Gu Form Table Lamp

Martha Stewart Alabaster Table Lamp

Restoration Hardware- Empire Egg Lamps

Alabaster is a nice alternative to crystal lamps, if you want something a little more low key but still nice, light and very elegant!