Thursday, May 24, 2012



I have been busy working on this amazing 7,000 square foot house and I have been having so much fun doing it!  It has been a joy to see a house that started with some walls and concrete floors with stub-outs for water and electrical outlets come together!  It all started with a plan. 

One of the first things that had to be sourced were the lights.  Just so you understand, you need a floor plan to know where you want lights.  If you want lights, you have to have electrical outlets.  In order to put on drywall, you need to have the electrical run so you aren't going back and cutting holes in the walls to move outlets.  See?  If the entire thing isn't thought through, you can be in trouble:-)

I am going to share some of the fun hardwired light fixtures with you.  They will be hung in the foyer, the great room, the kitchen, the dining room and master. To me, lights are jewelry!  In the great room- which is bigger than my house- we have chandeliers, pendants, recessed lights and table/floor lamps. Many sources of lights are needed to make a house feel like a home.

In the great room, we will hang two of these beauties!  They are brand new from Circa Lighting and although I have seen it in polished nickel, I am dying to see it in the aged iron we ordered!  Now, for the important question, should I put the light bulbs facing up?

Circa Lighting: Ralph Lauren Roark 50" Modular Ring Chandelier
Or do I put them facing down?  How cool is that?  Now imagine these hanging from the 16' high ceiling?  Stunning!
Also in the great room, we will have four of these large sized pendants hanging down- two on either side of the fireplace.  They don't have chain, so I ordered extra tubes to bring the lights down low.  It will make a big space feel intimate.

Currey and Co. Brownlow pendant

In the kitchen, we will have three Laura Kirar for Arteriors large Caviar pendants.  We will be lighting up the 10' island with them.  Ooh, I am getting excited!

Caviar polished nickel pendants
This is another Arteriors fixture, the Thornton, that will be above the kitchen table.  It won't block the beautiful views out the windows.

In the powder room we will have these sexy pendants dripping down from the ceiling. Imagine how flawless I will look with the dim light it is going to throw off?!  Oh ya, not my house!

We are going to bring a bit of Laura Kirar's caviar into the dining room!  I can't wait to see this hung.  Can I say drama?

So that is my little peek for now.  The pool has been dug, the cabinet boxes are coming in, flooring is being installed.  Just in time to start on another home down the street that is 6,700 square feet!  

Do you have any of these fixtures?  Do you LOVE them?



  1. You are indeed busy, Kathleen! That's a good thing, as Martha would say. And, that's why it is important to work with an experienced designer (like yourself) as one thing depends on another. Love your stylish light selections. Hope you get to spend time at the beach this holiday weekend!! Ciao, Loi

  2. Hi Kathleen, I like it with the bulbs facing down - and I will be interested to see what your other readers think. Circa is my favorite lighting source, but Arteriors also has wonderful things. Have a great weekend! Phyllis

  3. I think I am doing the bulbs facing down! xo


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