Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Brilliant Ideas!

Lighting plays such an important role in any room, as we all can attest! You've got your ambient, your task, and your accent lighting, all important it is true. But what I can't get enough of are those light fixtures that make a room come alive, like the Harry Winston jewelry that completes a red carpet gown.

Here are some rooms that just wouldn't be the same without the brilliant light fixtures chosen and created by some very clever people:

A Circa 1920 boat shaped chandelier in the Living Room of fashion designer Jennifer Nicholson (daughter of Jack). Now she really understands the red carpet jewelry metaphor!

House and Garden August 2006

These fixtures were made by Jose Esteves from antique spoons, ladles, and forks, shown in his country home in Perche France. Available through Interieurs, NYC. Beautiful aren't they?

House and Garden February 2007

I think we all remember this beautiful creation by Alessandra Branca for the Hampton Showhouse. It commands attention.

House and Garden October 2005

And one of my design crushes, Michael Smith used a large scale chinoiserie lantern from Soane, a London shop making this room much more interesting.

House Beautiful October 2006

These fixtures were made from crab pots oufitted with lanterns by owner Larry Winn for his Seattle home. I am so impressed with this idea and the effect is fantastic.

Metropolitan Home November 2006

Marjorie Skouras created this one of a kind black coral chandelier for her own Master Bedroom. I have been seeing alot of her work lately and you can see why! Gorg!

Metropolitan Home June 2007

It's not so much the fixtures themselves in this room, (although they are indeed stunning) but the wonderful placement that made me look twice and keep looking. William T. Georgis is the designer. Lights are French opaline glass pendants from John Salibello Antiques, NYC

House and Garden July 2003

Designer Kim Alexandruik found this stunner at Bourgeois Boheme, L.A.

House and Garden 2007

A trio of vintage Bagues lanterns create a graceful ensemble in designer Lisa Jackson's dining room. Elle Decor May 2006

This amazing chandlier was created by Baccarat for it's Paris headquarters building. Interior design by Philippe Starck. House and Garden April 2004

Swarovski crystal chandelier by Tord Boontje in the Dining Room of Nadji Swarovski. Stunning.

Elle Decor September 2006

Jill Dupre designed this unique and wonderful chandelier for her New Orleans home. The scale is fabulous!

Metropolitan Home April 2006

These light fixtures add so much drama and really take center stage in these captivating rooms. I think a round of applause is in order.


Cote de Texas said...

I love this! I'm just waiting for Patricia Gray to see this picture of the boat chandelier. She loves this one! Allessandra Branca is another favorite of mine, I find her work so accessible, yet so beautiful. GREAT blog today! Wonderful.


katiedid said...

Hi Joni! It was fun to do! There are so many great fixures out there I had to limit myself!

Leah said...


Leah said...

Wonderful post. These fixtures are the crowning point of the room. Like a fine piece of jewellery. And Cote is right the boat chandelier is brilliant.
Good researching!!!

The Peak of Chic said...

I remember those from Lisa Jackson's apartment- those are beautiful. And that crystal ship.... wow! Robert Couturier uses that a lot too! Great images.

katiedid said...

THanks all for visiting! Glad you are enjoying the post! ;-)


Thanks for leaving a comment on Lynns BLOG. So funny that she photographed my ship chandelier and then you posted a photo of one. What are the odds??? Love your BLOG.

Kimberlee...Edgar and Edgar

J Lee said...

oh awesome lighting!!!
great finds :)

Jenn~ said...

So funny, we are totally on the same page with the B Boheme fixture in that great dining room... I just posted this recently about the same room, calling that room:

Also, I came here today to tag you... seems that you're it. See my post today on that subject.

Love, love, love your blog. Thanks for giving me great inspiration every day.

katiedid said...

Thanks for visiting Kimberlee! Your house is a treasure trove of inspiration! I love it. AND your ship light!

katiedid said...

Hi Jenn-
It was fun to put together! ;-)

katiedid said...

Thanks for the tag decorno! This tag game is really making the rounds! I am referring you to my previous post for the latest and greatest info about moi!

Mélanie said...

Your choice of lights pictures is great . I love all of them for different reason ...
I love your blog and your ideas.
Mélanie xx

katiedid said...

Hello Melanie!
Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words! Hope to see you again. :)

Splaneyo said...

I also think lighting is important, but I also think it is hard to get right. You really have to be able to project what it will look like when hung and understand the kind of light it will cast. I am still working on getting it right myself!

Bhavna said...

Well Katie, all I have to say is...Thank you! Chandeliers are my latest love and i was so thrilled to go through this post! :-)

Check out some more on:

katiedid said...

Thanks for sharing Bhavna! Great post on you blog. I am linking you up to my friends list! You have great style! And I love all of the hotel images you have been showing. Sigh! To dream. :)

franki durbin said...

so many great rooms, where to begin?! The repurposed crab traps were fabulous!

vineeta said...

I just loved this post. pic after pic of brilliant eyecandy & sexy ideas.

Heather said...

Absolutely love Jose Esteves' one-of-a-kind lights. Does anyone know how to get in touch with Jose in France? Does he have a website. Dying to see more or perhaps visit his studio.

Alkemie said...

I really really loved this post and saved many of the photos for insipiration. Great Picks Katie!!


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