We had the absolute pleasure of hosting Alexa Hampton for a special book signing in our DC showroom last week! Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate the publication of Decorating in Detail and as always, her stunning and classic lighting collection!
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Thank you to all who joined us to toast the opening of our Greenwich showroom!
Jennifer Sturdivant, Jeffrey Sheehan, Matt McGarrity, Gale Singer, Patty Jaumin, Geri Sutton, Sue PinzonAnn Lockyear, Becky Hughes – Greenwich RedesignLeo Robitaille, PC SchnellBarbara Schmidt, Marzanna Butryn, Geri Sutton, Susan Flechner Cami Weinstein, Carline Martin Fiona Leonard, Elena Phillips Tim Yahn, Ralph Martin, Bruce Yahn Leslie Bacon, Douglas Graneto, Wear Culvahouse Alison Spor, Tara Melito, Katherina Bodas – Waterworks Gale Singer, Eric Magun, Jeff Pomeroy, Barry Goralnick, Keith Gordon, Geri Sutton Marci Fagan, Leslie Bacon, Sarah Blank Brittany Cram, Wendy Blume, George Busser – Cornerstone Contracting Suzanne Blum, Andreas Streseman, Jackie Egan Jennifer Gresinger, Gale Singer, Kate Decarlo Patty Jaumin, Jeffrey Sheehan, Elisa Billings Kristen Rinaldi, Jennifer Scrocca Christina Broman, Craig Smith, Gale SingerJeff Vecchiarelli, Bethany Warner – Starwood Leo Robitaille, Matt McGarrity Margaret Biedel, Rick Biedel Lauren Pravetz, Heather Picchione – Charlotte Barnes Interior Design Eric Magun, Barry Goralnick Gale Singer, Rick Biedel, Margaret Biedel Patty Jaumin, Matt McGarrityRick Biedel, Jennifer Sturdivant Jeff Pomeroy, Flavia Oliveira, Keith Gordon
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Take it from the experts! This week, we asked our design-loving staff to name their favorite pieces. Shop our picks and as always, enjoy free standard shipping on all orders within the continental US!
“I love the Large Country Industrial Pendant by E.F. Chapman. The contrast of such an industrial style light in a home instantly makes a statement that you are somewhere modern and cool.”– Jessica R.Savannah Sales Center
“My favorite piece in our collection is the French Cuff Sconce by Barbara Barry. I love the simple, yet elegant and transitional style. It’s so versatile and can be used in many rooms throughout the home.“– Patty J.Greenwich Showroom
“The scale of the Michelangelo Buffet Lamp by Thomas O’Brien is perfect for accenting a room without overpowering it. I love it in Alabaster. It gives a classic and soft touch to any space.“– Josh P.Savannah Showroom
“I love the uniqueness of the Zodiac Pendant by E.F. Chapman. It is a true conversation piece! It would be a fun addition to a sunroom or study.”– Terri H.Human Resources & IT
“The Boston Functional Library Two Arm Wall Lightby E.F. Chapman makes a great task light, but I especially love when this fixture is applied in the kitchen or bath.”– Drew H.Savannah Sales Center
“My favorite piece is the Juliette Table Lamp by Suzanne Kasler. I absolutely love the way it glows when it is lit. It look like luxurious molten gold and would be stunning in a New England living room on a cold snowy day.”– Sue P.Greenwich Showroom
“The Alice Sconce by Suzanne Kasler complements interiors from rustic to contemporary, with lines and curves that feel equestrian and mechanical. It’s both a light fixture and an artisanal presence on the wall.“– Stephen B.Chicago Showroom
“Thomas O’Brien’s Selecta Long Glass Bath Light is a favorite of mine. It’s both functional and sleek, masculine and warm. It’s a great choice for lighting a bath vanity or accenting a stairway.”– Erika F.DC Showroom
“The Darlana Medium Lantern by E.F. Chapman is a beautiful way to update the look of a traditional space. I love the Darlana series because it comes in so many different sizes and finishes – there’s always a perfect fit.”– Geri S.Greenwich Showroom
“The Moravian Star by E.F. Chapman makes a bold statement in any application – from setting the tone of a home in a foyer to bringing playfulness to a powder room.”– Acacia L.Business Development, Coastal Southeast
“The Roark Modular Ring Chandelier by Ralph Lauren is a beautiful and harmonious combination of industrial and modern. It creates a perfect halo over any space!“– Camille D.DC Showroom
Over the past decade, Ashley Goforth has become one of Houston’s most influential designers. Her key principles are simple: a neutral color palette, a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings and an emphasis on the relationship of textures and shapes. Our Houston showroom has had the pleasure of working with Ashley and her outstanding team for several years, and we are thrilled to share her work in our client spotlight this month!
CL: What do you look for when you choose lighting for a project?
AG: Whenever I start selecting lighting for a project, I take into account two things: the type of material needed to balance of the other textures in a space, and the scale. I like large scale lighting as it can really make statement!
CL: The Hargett Table Lamp is practically your signature! What do you love about this piece?AG: I love the Hargett lamp! It is the perfect size, comes in a variety of finishes and is adjustable. It is just contemporary enough without being plain and soft enough to blend into any traditional interior. And the coolie shade doesn’t hurt – it gives it a stylish twist.
CL: Our Houston staff adores working with you! Have any pieces caught your eye in the showroom recently? Something you’d like to use in a future project?AG:I really like the Robinson chandelier. It has such a pretty silhouette, and anything with touches of gold dresses up a space. I am also excited to start incorporating Kelly Wearstler designs into my projects. They are innovative and use interesting materials.
Sponsoring the Coastal Living Showhouse is a highlight of every year for us, and this year we get to do it twice! The magazine tapped Baily McCarthy, designer and founder of Biscuit Home to design the 2015 showhouse at Cinnamon Shore; a cozy resort off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas. Shop the look from some of our favorite spaces and see the entire home in the November issue of Coastal Living!
The Rancic’s are now full-time residents of the Windy City! Our Chicago showroom had the pleasure of working with designer Lonni Paul to light Bill and Giuliana’s 1880s Gold Coast brownstone, which is featured in the September issue of Traditional Home. Get inspired and shop the looks from the celebrity couple’s new abode!
The soothing blue and ivory color palette of the formal living room is a nod to the couple’s previous home in Los Angeles. Polished nickel light fixtures tie the traditional furnishings with the contemporary accents, including a colorful, attention-commanding Tony Tasset painting over the fireplace.
The all-white kitchen features Calcutta marble surfaces and stainless steel appliances. Natural light pours in from the surrounding windows, and a pair of polished nickel lanterns provide task and ambiance light over the island.
A built-in banquette and versatile ottomans provide seating at the breakfast room table. Paul selected wall lights with adjustable arms to accommodate the many functions of the space.
The breakfast room seating area features heathered-gray furnishings and an industrial-style floor lamp, making this an ideal space for entertaining or cozying up with Giuliana’s newly published memoir, Going Off Script.
A vaulted ceiling with rustic beams add volume to the master bedroom. Geometric alabaster table lamps light either side of the bed. An antique-white finished chandelier with delicate crystal beading adds a touch of sparkle.
The ceiling of the perfectly symmetrical master bath features an glass-encased opening to the stylish couple’s closet above. Polished nickel fixtures and sconces shine against while walls and marble surfaces.
Custom wallpaper featuring a vintage plane pattern lines the bedroom of the Rancic’s 3-year-old son, Duke.
Paul designed the guest bedroom to be a luxurious sanctuary for visitors. Refining touches include floral wallpaper from Mary McDonald for Schumacher and elegant crystal table lamps at either side of the bed.
photography by werner straube for traditional home
The designers of this year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse turned a magnificent barn style house into a masterpiece of coastal decor trends. Now in its fifteenth year, the showhouse is located at 233 Old Sag Harbor Road in Bridgehampton, NY and will remain open to the public through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Buy tickets here to tour the home and in the meantime sneak a peek and shop the looks from some of our favorite spaces!
Diane Guariglia | dyfariinteriors.com
Melanie Roy | melanieroydesign.com
Brian Brady and Franco Biscardi | bbradydesign.com
Among the world’s most prominent and talented designers, Barbara Barry‘s name stands for elegance, timelessness and subtle beauty. Every piece of Barry’s lighting collection is a celebration of her design philosophy of simplicity, proportion and harmony. We are thrilled to shine the spotlight this month on the designer of one of our most beloved collections!
“We have a saying in my office: beautiful process equals beautiful product. I believe that any home or object created by people who truly love making it seems to have its own integrity – a structural integrity as well as a personal one.”
– Barbara Barry
“Barbara concerns herself with all the beloved activities of making a home. She understands the reason we care so deeply about the color on our walls or texture in our fabrics is that these are expressions of that soul-grounding activity: creating a place that nurtures us and our loved ones, a retreat that keeps us safe and strong and readies us to meet the world’s demands.”
– Dominique Browning
“I marvel at the power of simplicity; the way a simple design feels so complete – there is no desire for more. What is my definition of good design? That is it…no desire for more.”
– Barbara Barry
Known for its architecture, history, and reputation for Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah, Georgia is one of America’s favorite cities and the birthplace of Circa Lighting! Take a tour of our hometown and the places where our lighting is found:
This fourth-generation family jewelry business is a staple in Savannah history. Hansen Architects transformed the 1947 building at the corner of Broughton and Bull Streets into the Levy Jewelers flagship store in 2012. The glittering jewelry cases in the spacious street-level showroom are lit with Simple Scallop Chandeliers by Barbara Barry overhead.
Savannah’s visitors and locals agree: One Fish Two Fish is the best boutique around. Owner Jennifer Grayson sources an eclectic mix of home furnishings, jewelry and gifts both locally (handbag and accessory brand Spartina 449 hails from Daufuskie Island) and abroad. Charming planters and Longacre Outdoor Wall Lanterns by Thomas O’Brien welcome patrons at the door, and a pair of Double Sloane Street Shop Lights by E.F. Chapman illuminate the register area.
Now iconic to the Midtown neighborhood, The Florence is Hugh Acheson’s (of 5&10 in Athens and Empire State South in Atlanta) first foray into Savannah dining. While the menu celebrates Italian cuisine, the majority of the food served at The Florence is locally sourced. The cool factory space features a Modern Globe Pendant and Boston Functional Two Arm Wall Lights byE.F. Chapman.
The Philbrick-Eastman House was built by Charles B. Cluskey in 1847 and has been home to a number of distinguished Savannah families. A new chapter began for the historic home this year when it was restored and renovated into the state-of-the-art corporate headquarters of Parker’s convenience store company. Savannah-based Greenline Architecture preserved exquisite period details while incorporating contemporary accents, like the Mill Ceiling Lights by AERIN.
Experience true Southern hospitality with unique perspective at one of Savannah’s many boutique hotels. We love the decor at The Brice Hotel because it mirrors Savannah’s graceful blend of new and old. The vintage flair of the Medium Chelsea Reflection Sconces by E.F. Chapman harmonizes with urban, industrial style furnishings in the hotel’s main floor living room.
With Savannah’s beloved Roberto Leoci as Executive Chef, this comfortable and casual eatery is not to be missed. Located adjacent to The Brice, Pacci is a continuation of the hotel’s inspired design. The private dining room is a fantastic setting for gatherings, lit by a trio of Roark 40″ Modular Ring Chandeliers by Ralph Lauren.
A Historic District favorite for over 30 years, Garibaldi Cafe is housed in a former 19th-century Germania firehouse. The menu features creative Southern and world class Italian-influenced dishes. The intimate atmosphere of the dining room and bar is romantically lit by elegant antique chandeliers and and Ruhlmann Sconces by E.F. Chapman.
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When it comes to clean and simple, no finish does it better than nickel. Incorporating pieces in our signature nickel finishes is an easy way to turn up the cool factor in a new project or freshen your existing decor. Take a closer look at 3 of our most popular nickel finishes and shop the hot list for items in stock and ready to ship!
Ceiling fixtures are an essential element to any well-lit home. They enhance the beauty of your decor, highlight the structural features of your home and create ambiance in any room. Whether you are choosing hanging fixtures for a single room or an entire home, selecting the right lights can be tricky. Let us guide you through the process with this collection of tips and suggestions from our staff of experts!
For many of us, kitchen islands serve a variety of purposes beyond food prep. They become makeshift home offices and homework stations during the week, and guests gather around them when we entertain. When installed over large islands, a trio of pendant lights will provide the task lighting needed for projects in the kitchen while complimenting the surrounding decor. For best results, be sure the middle pendant lines up with the center of the island and evenly space the others on either side with at least 30″ of space between them. Adjust the length of each so the bottoms of the pendants measure 30“ – 36″ from the island surface.
For kitchen islands that are shorter in length (or for lovers of perfect symmetry!) consider hanging a pair of pendants to achieve a similar look. Create clean lines with petite hanging shades, or turn up the drama with oversized, industrial-inspired fixtures. The same rules-of-thumb apply for a pair: be sure to leave ample room (30″ – 36″) between the bottoms of the pendants and the surface of the island. The widest points of the pendants should be spaced at least 30″ apart, equidistant from the center of the island for an even spread of light.
A dining room chandelier is one of the best ways to make a statement in your home with lighting. Choose a style that compliments the architecture of your home or contrasts it for added interest. Leaving at least 30″ (but no more than 36″) of space between the table and the bottom of the fixture ensures you’ll have enough room for a vase of flowers or centerpiece, and an unobstructed view of your guests. The width of the chandelier should be at least 12″ narrower than the width of the table (6″ narrower on each side) to avoid casting unwanted shadows.
Pro tip: Layered lighting is the key to a well-lit dining room. While the table should be the center of attention, don’t forget to incorporate wall sconces or buffet lamps on a sideboard to create atmosphere and balance. Our wide selection and signature finishes make it simple to find pieces to accent our chandeliers. If you are looking for perfect cohesion, many of our chandeliers have matching sconce designs.
First impressions are important, and entryways set the stage for the rest of your home’s interior. Create a warm, inviting space with a statement light that will also provide necessary illumination for navigating the surrounding rooms both day and night. For best results, leave at least 7′ of space from the floor to the bottom of the chandelier, pendant or lantern. Be sure the widest part of the fixture measures at least 4′ away from any surrounding walls and note the distance needed for clearance when the front door is open.
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