As a new addition to the DC design community, we couldn’t wait to get involved with the eighth annual DC Design House. Several of the participating designers showcased their talents with pieces from our lighting collection to transform the “modern farmhouse” adjacent to the McLean, VA countryside. We are thrilled to share this first look at the stunning finished spaces!

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Pamela Harvey of Pamela Harvey Interiors designed the breathtaking entry of the home with welcoming accents in shades of lavender and pale pink. b736fb039a974eaca98d7e950d57d8f2

The entry featured a pair of Markos Hanging Shades in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass.

{Photo via Angie Seckinger}

Iantha Carley mixed chinoiserie-chic elements with practical and comfortable furnishings for the family room.

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Iantha selected a pair of glass Brooks Table Lamps in Gilded Iron for the console behind one of the loveseats.

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Another corner of the family room features the Frankfort Floor Lamp in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with Mahogany Accents.

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Annette Hannon’s color scheme for the living room was inspired by the stones on the exterior of the home.

A Clemente Table Lamp in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with a black shade tops an accent table in the living room.

{Photo via Angie Seckinger}

The Carlo Table Lamp in Bronze and Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass lights artwork created by local photographer Dagmara Weinberg.

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David Benton of Rill Architects designed the downstairs hallway to function as a sitting area, home office, and overall “happy place.” He brought light to the windowless hallway with a painting by artist Dennis Kirk, called “Old Dominion Sky,” accented by a McClain Picture Light in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass. A Roark Modular Ring Chandelier hangs from the paneled ceiling.

{Photo via Angie Seckinger}

A built-in desk in the rear hall features a Paix Table Lamp in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass.

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The Art Aficionado Lounge, designed by Terri Pakravan of Decor Dose, LLC features a cozy reading corner complete with leather chair, beverage tray and a Charlton Floor Lamp in White.

The Estelle Display Lamp is a great way to highlight a small piece of art or a particularly fabulous book as Terri did here.

{Photo via Angie Seckinger}

Christopher Patrick’s master suite decor was inspired by a drawing of a necklace he saw at the recent Cartier exhibit at the Hillwood Museum. Simple Scallop Wall Sconces light the mirrors in the bath. The honeycomb pendant is custom by Niermann Weeks. If you love the Niermann Weeks look (and who doesn’t?) coming this summer you can shop their collection for Visual Comfort & Co. on our website and in all Circa Lighting showrooms!

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Christopher lit this desk by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair with a crystal Tiny Terri Lamp and Iveala Single Sconce in Alabaster and Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass.

DC Design House
956 Mackall Farms Lane
McLean, VA 22101

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Born in New York and raised in the South, Michael Abrams’ signature style perfectly melds his urban aesthetic with a distinct sense of tradition. His firm is based in Chicago, though his architectural vision and exquisite taste are sought after by clients from coast to coast. Michael and his dedicated team are always a true pleasure to work with, and we are delighted to feature him for this month’s Client Spotlight!

aldine avenue project; kitchen

corniceSmall Cornice Hanging Lantern

hinsdale home; foyer

calpCalliope Triple Sconce

north seminary project; entry

cageSmall Caged Lantern

hinsdale home; kitchen, living, dining areas

SL5812PN-NPClassic Ring Chandelier

CHC1480PN-LGrosvenor One-Light Downlight

hinsdale home; guest bedroom

TOB5090AN-NPSmall Goodman Hanging Shade

SL2922PNBoston Functional Library Wall Light

north lakeview home; office

SL2923PNBoston Functional Library Two-Arm Wall Light

astor street project; study

CHC4215ANSquare Flush Mount

lake cottage; living room


Small Arch Top Lantern

rancho mirage, ca home; powder bath

Openwork Single Wall Sconce

rancho mirage, ca home; entry

TT Double Wall Light


Feeling inspired? View our entire collection of lighting online or visit one of our showrooms.

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JSWhen John Rosselli opened his first antique shop in New York, it immediately became a staple destination for top interior designers and architects. His workroom would eventually become John Rosselli & Associates and expand to 4 showrooms across the country. His lighting collection perfectly reflects his timeless sense of style and lifelong commitment to quality, which is why we are shining the designer spotlight on John Rosselli this month.


Famous for his reproductions of antique accessories and furniture, Mr. Rosselli designed his lighting collection using finishes that would patina beautifully over time. The Natalya Chandelier above is available in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass and Sheffield Nickel.

sr2002The above is a sketch of Mr. Rosselli’s exotic Yasaman Sconce. “Yasaman” is the Persian name for jasmine, a climbing flower.

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We love the way @shegetsitfromhermomma styled a pair in the brass finish above this gorgeous mantel.


Mr. Rosselli draws inspiration from an eclectic mixture of periods and styles. For instance, the body of the Makis Floor Lamp above is decorated with an opulent, hand-painted Greek key motif and dons a contemporary paper shade.


The glamorous Mia Pendant transports us to the Art Deco era. The crystal and brass fringe gives the illusion of movement when lit!

miguelThe handsome Miguel Double Sconce makes a big statement for its small size. There is no better example of Mr. Rosselli’s keen attention to detail than the tiny rings of stars around the candle bases.


The geometric Millo Chandelier makes a stunning impact in @angenigma‘s bathroom!


balticThe open framework of the Baltic Lantern features Renaissance-style iron quatrefoils. Place them in an entry, hallway or even in the boudoir! We love the Gilded Iron finish in this bedroom by @lauraleehome.


Welhil Interiors’ @lisa_hilderbrand bejeweled this bathroom with a Jenna Mirror Sconce .  It’s extra chic with a petite black shade!

Shop the entire John Rosselli collection online or in any of our showrooms.

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photo of Mr. Rosselli by Bjorn Wallander for Elle Decor

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Looking for something to give your space some edge? Industrial-chic lighting can add a relaxed rawness to an urban abode, country retreat and everything in between. This month’s Hot List features a selection of our favorite industrial style lighting from Ralph Lauren, E.F. Chapman, Thomas O’Brien & more. As always, Hot List items are in stock & ready to ship!

VC_XL_076_FLarge Country Industrial Pendant

grant Grant Sconce

aspenAspen Forged Iron Table Lamp

rl2121Fulton Sconce

paskPask Pharmacy Lamp

roarkRoark Modular Ring Chandelier

Ashcroft_Table_Lamp_Ralph_Lauren_Home_2_2048x2048Ashcroft Table Lamp

VC_SL2923BZ_FBoston Functional Library Two Arm Wall Light

11173Equilibrium Table Lamp

Shop our hot list for more industrial inspired styles.

all in the details

While lighting is an integral piece of any interior environment, choosing it can be an intimidating task. It is our goal to help you streamline the selection process and educate along the way! Here is our quick guide on the two types of wiring in table lamp construction:

standard wired lampMost table lamps are constructed with the electrical cord running through the body of the lamp and exiting out the side of the base. Typically, the cord will be completely hidden inside the body of the lamp, however, it can be visible when the body is transparent. The Morton Table Lamp above has a clear glass body fitted with a brass post running through the center to stylishly conceal the cord.

standard table lamps

french wired lamp

The most common misconception about French wired fixtures is that they require a conversion, or have a different voltage. Before you call your electrician, note that French wiring simply means the electrical cord exits through the bulb socket rather than the base.

This construction originates from the practice of taking an antique found object and turning it into a lamp without compromising the integrity of the object’s design. Lamps made of a solid stone, metal, quartz or crystal like the Classic Balustrade Lamp above are often French wired to showcase the beautiful material of the base. It’s also popular to French wire designs too thin to conceal a cord. These are some of our most popular French wired designs:

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Shop our entire collection of lighting online or in any of our showrooms.

You’ve seen their work taking over your Pinterest boards and Instagram feed. Now you’ll get a monthly dose of their designs as contributors to Domino Mag. This week we celebrate Circa Lighting client and husband + wife team Syd and Shea, the creative duo behind Studio McGee!

The couple transformed the top floor of a century-old brick building to serve as their design studio. They freshened the space with white paint, colorful accents, natural wood tones and most importantly: beautiful lighting! They selected rows of Large Eugene Pendant Lights in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass over a work surface and a Gaios Table Lamp to light their credenza.

Syd and Shea are originally from Orange County, and recently relocated to Salt Lake City to open their full-service design studio. They travel between California and Utah to work on projects for clients both on the coast and in the mountains. Here are some of our favorite applications of Circa Lighting from the beautiful portfolio of Studio McGee:

the midway house: loft

shop the charlton floor lamp

“I’m consistently inspired by the ‘feeling’ of home. Every client has a different definition of what makes them feel both proud and comfortable of where they live. However, the common theme is that home is being surrounded by things and people you love – and that is what I love most about what I do.”

- SM

the midway house: family room

 shop the bracelet table lamp

the midway house: kitchen

 shop the large hicks pendant

san clemete kitchen

 shop the large hicks pendant

shop the crescent table lamp

shop the lancaster chandelier

“I often select light fixtures that make a statement – whether that is through the shape, finish or scale, light fixtures are the jewelry of a room.”

- SM

the midway house: master bedroom

 shop the culloden table lamp

shop the studio floor lamp with large shade

shop the nina tapered table lamp

sophisticated neutrals

shop the darlana medium lantern

sophisticated neutrals

shop the gannet table lamp

“My personal style is bright, clean and collected. I love tailored pieces mixed with organic elements and always a hint of color.”

- SM

the midway house: blue and coral guest room

 shop the mia table lamp

mcgee home

shop the medium arch top lantern

palisades project

shop the morton table lamp and the boston functional library wall light

Feeling inspired? View our entire collection of lighting online or visit one of our showrooms.

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This month we shine a spotlight on the simply brilliant Manhattan-based architect and award-winning interior designer Barry Goralnick. Each piece of Goralnick’s luxurious collection makes a distinctive aesthetic statement, yet mixes harmoniously with a wide range of different decor and architecture styles.

“During the process of designing a project, I have always told my clients that the lighting is “the jewelry of the home”. It adds interest, texture, and sparkle, like a good fashion accessory. For this collection I conceived of “jewelry as a fixture”- literally!”

- Barry Goralnick

BraceletTableThe stunning Bracelet series has been a favorite from the instant Mr. Goralnick’s collection was introduced. The glamorous, textural design commands attention in any space! Each piece in this series is available in three rich finishes: Gilded Iron, Aged Iron, and Burnished Silver Leaf. Barry was kind enough to give us a little insight into the inspiration behind his design:

“The inspiration was an Elsa Peretti bangle bracelet. We modeled them in the computer and stacked them to create the effect I wanted to achieve. The result is a light, airy fixture that fits in any type of decor.”

“I topped it off with a whimsical finial. I think finials are often the ignored after-thought by many lamp designers. They are often very visible especially at the nightstand or lamp table level.”

A Bracelet Table Lamp lights the bedside of Mr. Goralnick’s residence.


Last August, Barry took his beloved Bracelet Lamp on a tour of Manhattan and photographed it for his blog. We dare you not to smile at these photos of the bright light in the big city! Photography by Sully Bonnelly .



Goralnick-Bright-Light-9The Bracelet table lamp was so well received, Mr. Goralnick expanded the series to include a small pendant, large pendant and sconce. Next on the agenda: a Bracelet Chandelier!

Another beautiful piece from Mr. Goralnick’s collection is the Selene Table Lamp. The modern interpretation of a classic form makes this lamp a great accent to many architectural styles. We love seeing another one of his signatures – the unexpected detail on the finial  – on the Selene! This lamp is also available in three finishes: Polished Nickel, Gilded, and Aged Iron.


Lamp02cThe Selene Table Lamp in Mr. Goralnick’s residence.

This style was featured in the master bedroom decor of a “West Side Maisonette” project designed by Barry Goralnick Architecture & Design.

His Choros Chandelier is a mid-century design lover’s dream! The striking combination of aged iron and brass finishes will make a unique statement in any setting. Both the single and double-tier versions are also available in a Polished Nickel finish.

BA00060131Interior designer, tastemaker and blogger Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita selected the Choros Chandelier for the breakfast room of her home, which was photographed for the Winter 2014 cover feature of Domino Magazine.

Tilton FenwickA sitting room designed by Tilton Fenwick featuring the Choros Chandelier.

The Choros Chandelier hangs in the library of Mr. Goralnick’s residence.

Shop the entire Barry Goralnick lighting collection here.

Staff Picks Hot List

For this month’s Hot List, we asked our design-loving staff to name their favorite pieces. This post is dedicated to you, Team Circa! Find out what they had to say and shop their picks below. As always, items on our Hot List are in stock and ready to ship, with free standard shipping on all orders within the continental U.S.

refined by design

I love the Small Mykonos Chandelier by E.F. Chapman because of its modern take on a classic chandelier shape. The mix of angled and curved edges allows it to compliment a rectangular or round table!

- Alison S.  |  Sales Center

oliver designs

The Thornton Floor Lamp by Suzanne Kasler is my favorite! It can read contemporary or transitional, and its scale and tailored shade are great for smaller spaces.

- Dominique V.  |  Showroom Manager, Charleston

instagram: @acleardesignblog

I love the mix of metals and classic design of the Small Hicks Pendant by Thomas O’Brien. It looks great in all kinds of applications, from traditional to modern!

- Courtney S.  |  Learning & Performance Manager

linda ruderman design

My clients love the Double Twist Chandelier for the same reasons I do. It’s whimsical and fun! I admire the attention to detail in all of Eric Cohler’s pieces.
- Angie T.  |  Sales Center
The Dean 12″ Picture Light by Alexa Hampton is a simple way to add a little something extra to your space without changing the whole room. What better way to do it than highlighting a piece of art?
- Lauren C.  |  Showroom Manager, Atlanta

house of turquoise

You simply cannot go wrong with the Caged Lantern by Eric Cohler! I love the geometric design, and the square paper shade softens the light to a nice ambient glow.

- Margo R.  |  Sales Center

la dolce vita

The Quatrefoil Floor Lamp by Suzanne Kasler has been my favorite since my first day at Circa! The open shape in the center makes this piece unobtrusive and feminine, and I love the Renaissance feel.

- Courtney B.  |  Showroom Sales, Savannah

I love the Jacqueline Chandelier by AERIN because it’s versatile and clean, yet fancy! It looks amazing in nurseries, kitchens and everything in-between.

- Heather O.  |  Sales Center

megan winters – traditional home

My favorite piece is the Westbury Double Tier Chandelier by Ralph Lauren. The design aesthetic of the Westbury series is perfect for a casual yet elegant home.  They remind me of my days of hunter jumper competitions. The polished nickel finish has a clean, unfussy look that I love.

- Lisa C.  |  Accounting

evars and anderson

I’m drawn to the unique look of the Ruhlmann Single Sconce by E.F. Chapman. It’s a great fixture for bathroom settings, and my clients love all four finish options!

-Jeffrey S.  |  Showroom Sales, Chicago

kelley & company home

Since the Eugene Pendant by Thomas O’Brien ships with 12 feet of cord, it can be shortened on-site during installation. I’ve seen them used in almost every room, but over a kitchen island is where they really shine!

- Kristi O.  |  Sales Center

edward postiff interiors

The Simple Scallop Sconce by Barbara Barry has a certain softness that creates an intimate feel in a room. The curvature of the body paired with the scalloped shade is pure perfection!

- Liz H.  |  Sales Center

kelly deck design

There are few things I love as much as I love a pair of Medium Goodman Hanging Lamps by Thomas O’Brien over the island of an all-white kitchen.

- Genevieve S.  |  Showroom Sales, Atlanta

instagram: @gadabout

The Tiny Terri Lamp by Thomas O’Brien is a bright little thing! It’s a great accent piece for your bookshelf, nightstand or mantel top. You’ll love it forever!
- Jennifer S.  |  Marketing

instagram: studiomcgee

The Charlton Floor Lamp is a must for mid-century design lovers! The slim silhouette of this AERIN piece is equally striking in both matte black and white finishes. The antique brass accents add just the right amount of shine!
- Kari C.  |  Human Resources

anne hagerty interiors

My favorite fixture is the beautiful Hampton Pendant by AERIN. The Burnished Silver Leaf  is such a fresh interpretation of a classic finishing technique.
- Paige F.  |  Showroom Sales, Savannah

donna elle seaside living

The Bryant Sconce by Thomas O’Brien has a medium base bulb, which makes it a great choice for just about any application. It’s an outstanding price point for such a stylish fixture!

- Teri E.  |  Showroom Sales, Atlanta

lisa britt designs

The Quatrefoil Table Lamp by Suzanne Kasler looks just as elegant in a room full of patterns and textures as it does against a clean, minimal backdrop. It’s eye-catching in any space!

- Ali M.  |  Sales Center

brooke girty design

I love the classic line work of the Darlana Linear Pendant by E.F. Chapman. It mixes beautifully with so many different fixture styles! My favorite application of this pendant is over a kitchen island or dining table.

- Dana M.  |  Showroom Manager, Savannah

Shop these items and more staff picks here.

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It’s time to prepare your porch for warmer nights ahead! The right lighting design can enhance the curb appeal of your home and extend the hours of outdoor entertaining after dark. This week we get up-close and personal with some of our favorite outdoor fixtures: the Suffork Lantern series by E.F. Chapman.


The Suffork series is an ideal fit for modern and traditional architecture styles, and offers eight different sizes to suit every exterior. When designing the lighting scheme of their coastal South Carolina home, Robert and Lydia Mondavi achieved a custom look by layering pairs of different-sized Suffork lanterns (pictured above):

We chose the Suffork Lanterns for our Lowcountry Beach House as they have a beautiful copper patina with an old world feel but with sleek and slender lines giving a modern contemporary look. We love the versatility of the Suffork Lanterns for beautiful applications at the main entry of our home, and also for a more slender look on the carriage house garage and screened porch entry.”

- Lydia Mondavi

suffork lantern application


You may notice a color change in the Suffork series because copper will naturally patina over time. When exposed to the elements, copper transforms from a shiny, new penny shade:


to a burnished espresso brown:

and eventually to a distinct green color:

Unlike rust, which corrodes iron, patina actually protects the metal finish underneath. This self-preservation is just one of the many reasons copper is such an appealing choice for exterior light fixtures!

Undoubtedly the most popular placement for this lantern is beside of the front door. If two lights are used on either side of the door, the height of each lantern should be no shorter than one fourth the height of the door itself. Use larger lights for a more dramatic look.

single lantern

If your architecture dictates using a single light on one side of the door, the lantern should be no shorter than one third the height of the door. Be sure to install the lantern on the doorknob side in order to see your visitors better when opening the door.


Trex-354The Suffork lanterns set the rear exterior of the Mondavi Home aglow. The placement not only invites guests into the comforts of the screened porch, but also allows those inside to appreciate the Mondavi’s view of the Port Royal Sound after sundown.

 Shop the Suffork series and the rest of our outdoor lighting collection here.


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