Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Aug 28, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

After so many searches and shopping trips for the perfect chandelier, table lamp, pendant, floor lamp and sconces I feel as though I finally have a lighting collection that I love.  All these fixtures are of course spread throughout various homes in NYC, CT and Westchester but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite finds over the years.  Lighting is one of those things that should not be dismissed or chosen without care.  It can be the centerpiece of the room and literally light up your life.

 

The Poppy Lantern by Amanda Nisbet for Urban Electric

By Coleen & Company

Victorian Hotel Pendant by Restoration Hardware

The Grayfoy by Steven Gambrel for Urban Electric

Clemson Classic pendant by Restoration Hardware

Metal Filament by Restoration Hardware

Mini Crystal Basket chandelier from Shades of Light

Tiered Crystal Lantern from Shades of Light

Vendome single sconce by Circa Lighting

Turner flushmount by Restoration Hardware

Siena Flushmount by Circa Lighting

Mercer long box by Circa Lighting

Dalton flushmount by Restoration Hardware

Stacked marble lamp by Circa Lighting

Triple Gourd table lamp by Robert Abbey

Porcelain table lamps by Garnet Hill

Porcelain table lamp by Mottega

Ida Wall Sconce by Circa Lighting

Double Rachel Sconce by Dunes and Duchess

John table lamp by Circa Lighting

Dora twin sconce by Remains Lighting

Turned pendant by Global Views

Turned floor lamp by West Elm

Mercer lantern by Remains Lighting

Fluted Pendant by Global Views

Single Spindle lamp by Dunes and Duchess





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I went to an event tonight at Pierre Frey hosted by none other than Pierre Frey (grandson to the man who founded the company in 1935), Nicole Gibbons (author of So Haute) as well as Joshua Greene and Alex Kale (founders of Shagreene).  The event had a magnificent panel that included the following four extremely talented designers:

Nate Berkus

Not only is Nate Berkus filled with amazing decorating advice, talent and good looks but he’s also one of the better spoken, easy going and funnier (is that a word?) decorators I’ve come across in awhile.  It’s nice to know that there are people out there who can decorate your home with a sense of style yet still have a great sense of humor about life.  I’d work with Nate any day!

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel established his firm in 1995 and has done wonders ever since.  He spoke a lot about texture and surface materials, something he’s “obsessed” with at the moment.  He’s obviously remarkable at what he does and a true artist/designer who’s looking to create amazing homes for great clients.  Another one I’d work with..

Laura Kirar

Laura is the founder and creative director of Laura Kirar TRU Design which creates elegant, innovative interiors and products for the home.  She has a wonderful presence about her that seems somewhat modest.  Something I admire in talented designers.  Laura has been extremely successful in creating high end products for the home such as furniture, tile, carpets, lighting and much more.  Another one to keep your eye on!

Jessie Carrier and wife Mara Miller

Most recently Carrier and Company was named one of the country’s “Top 20 Young Designers” by Traditional Home and if you browse his portfolio you’ll know why.  Jessie was rather soft spoken and felt very small against a larger panel of great designers but with out a doubt deserved the recognition that Trad Home gave him.

Now for the dirt…

Tips for designing and decorating your home:

1. Keep your interests, favorite colors and surroundings in mind when choosing home furnishings

2. Stay consistent with your project, your vision and stay focused until the project is complete

3. Keep quality in mind when purchasing things and don’t just buy something because it’s less expensive – go for the throw or the side table that’s going to make a statement, last a lot longer and make you happier in the end

4. Focus on a combination of colors that you like instead of just choosing one.  If you like greens and blues, make it your palette

5. Be passionate about your choices and select items and finishes that you’re crazy about!

If I had to choose one of these designers to work with or decorate my home I’m not sure who I’d choose.  They all have their own flare and their own style that would make any home great.  Take a look at some of their work below and see if you can decide who you’d want to hire..

Nate Berkus apartment

Nate Berkus Bedroom

Nate Berkus Kitchen

Steven Gambrel Living Room

Steven Gambrel Bedroom

Steven Gambrel Bedroom

Laura Kirar Living Room

Laura Kirar custom designed carpet

Laura Kirar barrel lounge chairs designed for McGuire and used by a good friend of mine who decorated this living room in the hamptons

Jessie Carrier Living Room

Jessie Carrier Bedroom

Jessie Carrier barn conversion

Thank you Pierre, Nicole, Josh and Alex for a great night!

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