There is something stately and surprisingly versatile about this pair of Midcentury Copper Ring Lamps ($1,500). When it comes to statement lighting, I usually go for wildly feminine pieces, but the brass material and geometric silhouette of these lights give them a more masculine edge. I like the idea of using them to balance girlie elements, like a large-scale floral wallpaper. At any rate, the $1,500 price tag is more than a slight deterrent. Luckily, I've found a pair of similar pendants at Urban Outfitters.
When Feldman Architecture updated a Victorian home, the kitchen benefitted from the addition of multi-colored, playfully bulbous hanging glass pendants. Similarly, any home would quickly move in a more modern and laid back direction if a few candy-colored pendant lamps were added to its ceilings.
You can actually source lamps like these through a local glassblower. Years ago I bought a rich, gold-hued handblown pendant lamp for an unbelievable $50 from an open studio art crawl event in Berkeley. This lamp has traveled with me through several moves, and remains a favorite home decor piece.
Of course, you can also look to larger retailers to find these glass pendants. I adore the ballooned shapes of the Cisco Glass Jug Lamp ($400, bottom row, middle). Each lamp contains unique variations, since it's blown by hand. Sizes range from eight to 16 inches wide.
In a perfect world, I'd splurge on half a dozen of these Niche Modern Mineret Pendants ($650 each, top row, left). Inspired by Moorish architecture, each handblown piece features a teardrop bottom and is made in New York.
Reminding me of the gold wrapper on a Werther's butterscotch candy, the Produzione Privata Acquamiki Pendant Lamp ($840, bottom row, left) is handmade from Murano glass, and would add a luxurious touch to a lady's dressing room or bathroom.
To shop the rest of the look (including a much more economical option when you mouse on the bottom right hand photo), just click on each image!
Horchow has kicked off its semiannual lighting event, and I'm giddy like a kid in a candy store! Through Monday at 6 a.m. CST, you can save 20 percent on all lighting in the shop by entering the code LIGHTS at checkout. Better yet, all your bright new things will ship for free!
The sale includes literally every sort of lamp, from chandeliers to sconces to ceiling fans. One of my favorites is this new Marakesh Pendant ($716, reduced from $895), which has a beautiful, delicate filigree. I like how it's inspired by Moroccan design, but it also has a contemporary, Western feel.
Here are a few more of my favorite light fixtures from the sale:
In addition to cloud-like lamps, one of the other big lighting trends I saw at Messe Frankfurt's Ambiente design fair this month was hanging bulbs. With handsome porcelain fittings and frosted glass bulbs, the modern light fixture strips down to bare bones, omitting a lampshade altogether. I spotted this trendy new lighting style throughout the fair from a range of international designers. Here are a few that stood out the most to me!
Whenever I leave town, I like to leave a light on. What I don't like about the antitheft tactic is that I'm wasting my green while not being so green. Since I'm not willing to pay a house sitter to come over and deal with my light issues, I've figured out another way to manage it. An obvious solution, I can't believe it's taken me this long to discover it, which is why I'm making sure you know about it too.
Instead of keeping the flames flickering all vacation long, install one of Intermatic's Indoor Lamp Timers ($9). Just like an alarm clock, they can be set to go on and off at the same time daily. It will keep the burglars away and the light bills low. Everybody wins!
Next up, while decking out the tree, are those pretty twinklers! Unfortunately, Christmas lights still come with electric cords, and while we've already discussed dangers of cords from electronics, these cords are no different. Like babies, puppies often chew when they are teething – this puts them at the greatest risk of bad results from naughty nibbles. Many dogs chew to relieve stress and anxiety and, when stressed, anxious, or just plain curious, they often choose the nearest, least appropriate thing to chomp. To keep them safe, tack cords to the wall behind the tree out of pet's reach when they are not plugged in, and apply a chew deterrent like Grannick's Bitter Apple or Nature's Miracle Best Behavior Pet Training Aid to the wires. These products have a strong smell for pets that will discourage biting or licking. And remember, not only is chewing the cord dangerous, pets could also pull the tree down on top of them if it's not secure!
If you have a favorite anti-chew spray or solution for your pets, share it in your comments below!
I'm a staunch supporter of using white lights on my holiday tree, and on indoor holiday trees in general. They're classy and elegant, rather than kitschy and retro. But, I don't mind colored lights on outdoor, public trees. With the right ornaments and other décor, they can be quite charming. Either way, LED lights are the way to go. What about you? Where do you fall on the color wheel?
These Forever Lights ($18.95) do just that. Using LEDs, these holiday light strings have no filament to burn out and will last for about 200,000 hours. Even better, they use almost 80 percent less electricity than incandescent lights. If one bulb goes out (after about 20 years!), the rest stay lit. The Forever Lights can be hung both indoors and outdoors and are virtually unbreakable.
This is some dreamy lighting. Tay pendant lamps ($470–$825) are handmade in the Philippines from fiberglass resin and hand painted in the company's exclusive designs. The creation of each light involves an extensive process of layering fiberglass and incorporating the exquisite hand-painted design between layers, giving each light depth and splendor.
While not yet available in the United States, the company is likely supplying Gracious Home with a small selection in December for their store on New York's Upper East Side. So if you're in the neighborhood, check them out in person next month!
I'm absolutely in love with this LED pear lamp (inquire for price), designed by Pratt Institute industrial design student Nick Foley. It also fits in nicely with the fall- and Halloween-related decor we're featuring this month. Are you as big of a fan as I am?