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.
Follow Ashley Goforth on Instagram and Pinterest for more inspiration!
 photography: michael hunter
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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



french cuff sconce
soft brass


octagon floor lamp

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From timeless traditional to sleek and clean-lined, Houston designer J. Randall Powers follows the internal rhythm of each project to its own ideal conclusion. His latest masterpiece – the grand residence of Sheridan and John Eddie Williams – landed him the cover story of Veranda’s July/August 2015 issue. Powers’ devotion to the finest points of design is reflected in his lighting collection, which includes some of our most popular pieces to date. Shop the J. Randall Powers collection online or in any of our showrooms.

The history of interior design and decoration is always invention and re-invention. I like to design lighting that is connected to the highest ideals of classical design. The rooms and lighting I admire most express classical balance, pure lines, and an inner logic.

– J Randall PowersVC_SP2025PN_F




hargett adjustable floor lamp
polished nickel


Design discipline is the key to everything I do. Regardless of the style, I admire restraint and subtlety. Less is more. I aim never to over-design or over-decorate. Composing harmonious and pleasing spaces with beautiful lighting and wonderful interesting objects is always the goal.”

– J. Randall Powers



Shop the J. Randall Powers collection online or in any of our showrooms.

Share your favorite lighting looks with us on social media @circalighting / #circalighting for a chance to be featured on our blog!



Based in San Anselmo, CA, Ann Lowengart has been creating warm, chic, and inviting interiors for more than 15 years. Chances are you’ve seen her work in Traditional Home, on HGTV and earlier this month on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She and her dedicated team are exceptionally talented and a true delight to work with. Shop the looks from some of our favorite projects as we shine the client spotlight on Ann Lowengart Interiors this month.

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Lowengart accented this rich, color-saturated living room with warm brass Abbot Single Arm Sconces by Alexa Hampton and a Darlana Medium Lantern by E.F. Chapman.

photo: eric rorer

photo: eric rorer

A fan of adding a touch of the unexpected to every space she designs, Lowengart created a quirky floral headboard to match the drapes and bedskirt in this preppy-chic bedroom. Built-in bookcases and Architect’s Swing Arm Sconces by Peter Talbot make this room a cozy reader’s retreat.

photo: eric rorer

photo: eric rorer

chic hillsborough home

Lowengart designed an elegant yet fuss-free home for a busy family incorporating Large Ring Wall Lights by E.F. Chapman and Petal Table Lamps by Barbara Barry in the living room.

photo: david duncan livingston

photo: david duncan livingston

photo: david duncan livingston

A pair of Philosophy Desk Lamps by Barbara Barry light the sitting area of the home office.

photo: david duncan livingston

photo: david duncan livingston

modern tiburon residence

Lowengart and team prove they are just as well-versed in contemporary design as they are in the traditional and transitional styles in this fashion-forward family home. The crisp kitchen island is lit by a trio of Large Hicks Pendants by Thomas O’Brien.

photo: david duncan livingston

The gilded Dauphine Floor Lamp is among the edgy mix of metal accents in the master suite.

photo: david duncan livingston

napa valley showhouse

Lowengart was among the seven designers selected to transform the second annual Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse at Charles Krug Winery. A pair of Yul Table Lamps by Alexa Hampton in the sitting area and Wesport Sconces by Barbara Barry on either side of the bed reflect her traditional yet fresh and youthful style in the master bedroom.

photo: david duncan livingston

photo: david duncan livingston

photo: david duncan livingston

In the dressing room of the master suite, Lowengart chose a Small Ring Form Table Lamp by E.F. Chapman atop a mirrored desk paired with an antique Chippendale chair.

photo: david duncan livingston

kent woodlands bath

This polished bathroom was designed for a young girl and features an Openwork Over-the-Mirror Bath Sconce from our Studio collection. 31f2a8991d0e

Follow Ann Lowengart Interiors on Houzz for more inspiration!

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“Living beautifully should be effortless.”  — Aerin Lauder

Aerin Lauder, founder of global luxury lifestyle brand, AERIN, has a family legacy of stylish living.  As the granddaughter of beauty icon, Estee Lauder, Aerin was inspired by Estee’s brilliant business savvy, sense of style, and passion for family equal to her love of beauty.  Aerin started out at Estee Lauder in summer jobs, and after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communications in 1992, Aerin began her career at Estee Lauder full-time.  She worked her way up through the company before holding various executive roles including Senior Vice President and Creative Director.  She maintains her role as Style and Image Director for Estee Lauder.

Heather Ceiling Light | Bleeker Table Lamp | Mill Ceiling Light | Warren Table Lamp | Clemente Table Lamp

Although cosmetics and beauty are a major part of her heritage, Aerin’s real passion is accessories and home.  Her lifestyle brand, launched in 2012, is based on the premise that living beautifully should be effortless.  The brand develops curated collections in the worlds of beauty, fashion accessories, and home décor.

 Renwick Crystal Sphere Pendant | Mini Warren Table Lamp | Culloden Table Lamp

AERIN has developed partnerships with E.J Victor (furniture), Lee Jofa (fabric and rugs), and Visual Comfort (lighting) to create a brand with a broad range and components that have been designed to relate harmoniously.

With a passion for art, travel, fashion, and design, Aerin’s own lifestyle serves as a focal point of inspiration for the brand.


Vestry Chandelier | Irving Wall Washer | Sanger Chandelier

Classic, but always with a modern point of view, every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement.

Click here to see our full AERIN lighting collection.

Sources:  Architectural Digest‘s World of Aerin
Forbe’s Aerin Lauder on Building Her Brand and Stylish Decorating


“Anyone designing a room must have real passion — this is nonnegotiable.”
— Eric Cohler

Eric Cohler, who established his firm Eric Cohler Design in 1991, has a passion for design that began at a very early age.  His family history of collecting, long with  having both a grandmother and mother with impeccable taste, led to Cohler’s early appreciation for great design. After earning his undergraduate degrees in Art and English from Hobart College in New York, Cohler attended law school.  It was there he first realized his passion for design when he began drawing plans for how he would redesign the lecture halls.  After a brief career in advertising and PR, Eric Cohler attended Columbia University. There he received a historic-preservation degree from architecture school and then went on to receive a design certificate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

An education rooted in classicism and a deep appreciation for mid-century modernism has resulted in the iconic style that we see today in Eric Cohler’s work.  Early on in his career, Eric was dubbed the “Mixmaster” for his ability to rethink antiques and use them in a contemporary environment.  His interior spaces display layers of unusual texture, color, and vigor.

Cohler’s work is consistently featured in leading domestic and international publications, such as, Elle Decor, Traditional Home House Beautiful, Veranda, Town & Country, and The New York Times.  In recent years, he has expanded to include product design for Lee Jofa and Visual Comfort & Co.

Here are just a few more interesting facts about Eric Cohler…

Eric Cohler does between 20-25 projects a year.

Sources of inspiration: David Adler, Dorothy Draper, Frances Elkins, David Hicks, Jean Charles Moreux, Karl Friedrick Schinkel, Billy Baldwin

His love of “I Love Lucy” created his soft spot for decorating with a 1950’s bent.

He has had 20+ apartments since college and feels most comfortable staying in hotels.

His Lee Jofa “Tyler Crewel” fabric was selected by President and Mrs. Obama for the White House family dining room.

He has over 10,000 books in his library, located in a Queens warehouse.

Make sure to read Eric Cohler’s book, Cohler on Design, to see more of his impressive design aesthetic.  You can view his full collection of lighting for Visual Comfort & Co. by visiting our website.


Eric Cohler Design

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Olive Interiors

It is amazing the effect that a refreshing and energetic space can have on the people who work in it.  This recently completed project, by Leigh Olive Mowry, principal of Atlanta-based Olive Interiors, is certainly an office space designed to inspire!

The corporate office of The Woodruff Companies, had not been updated in some time, and sought out the expertise of Leigh Mowry to re-design their office.  Her gift for effortlessly creating spaces that blend modern and traditional, casual and elegant, is simply brilliant.  Leigh told us she, “designed the space to show The Woodruff Company [that has been in business since 1916] was established, solid, and proud of their past but very much in touch with current trends of today and the future”.

With bright pops of color, fabulous artwork, beautiful furniture, gorgeous fabrics, and simply brilliant lighting, she gave this office a modern update, while incorporating antiques and items that give a nod to their past.



The newly renovated lobby area, featuring the Large Ring Table Lamp and the Mercer Long Box Light Sconce, is an inviting space that we certainly wouldn’t mind waiting in.



Loving this refreshing and bright conference room, featuring the Goodman Hanging Lamp!



This re-designed office is definitely fit for the CEO!


The renovation of this office for the VP of Marketing is night and day.  The natural light, bright colors, and cheery atmosphere are sure to spark lots of creativity.

What do you think of this updated office space? We hope you’ve enjoyed this project by Leigh Mowry of Olive Interiors as much as we do!

It’s so inspiring to see our customer’s completed projects — so share your projects with us and you may be our featured on our next client spotlight!

This designer spotlight is focused on the incredibly talented team, Bonesteel Trout Hall, comprised of Heidi Bonesteel, Michele Trout and Jill Hall. Based in Southern California, their style is glamourous and laid back. The firm has taken on projects both nationally and internationally making a name for themselves with their signature “California Look”.

The photo above is from a Pacific Palisades residence and features our Large Simple Scallop Chandelier in Bronze over the dining table. The space is cheery and bright with the all of the windows and natural light coming through not to mention the colorful fabrics!

The Hicks Pendants in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass and Bronze look fantastic over the island in the kitchen.

Now, who would not want to sit in this super cozy chair (and LOVE the throw pillow) with their feet propped up and read a good book? The French Library Double Wall Lights in Antique Nickel are perfect to highlight the artwork and other items on the shelves.

The Rome Floor Lamp in Bronze completes this reading nook in a Big Horn Residence.

Complete your tour of the fabulous spaces designed by Bonesteel Trout Hallhere. We are sure you will enjoy it as much as we did!

This post on Nam Dang-Mitchell from Visual Comfort’s blog was so great that we decided to re-post it! Nam was recently featured in the November 2011 issue of Canadian House and Home Magazine. She used Visual Comfort lighting (all found on our website) throughout many of her projects. It’s always exciting to see our items used in design projects as stunning as these.

This kitchen features the Small Goodman Hanging Lamp in Antique Nickel.

The Large Cornice Hanging Lantern is used in this hallway.

The Classic Smoke Bell Pendant is shown in this kitchen above and the Six Light Square Tube Chandelier is used over a dining table below.

The Ruhlmann Sconces flank the fireplace in this living room.

The Bryant Sconce is used in both the bathroom and a living room.

This kitchen has a pair of the Large Country Industrial Pendants in Bronze over the island.

The Small Hicks Pendant in Bronze with Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass Accents is used in a bedroom.

This lovely bedroom has the Large Ring Table Lamps in Alabaster on either side of the bed.

The Square Chunky Stacked Table Lamp in Alabaster adorns the nightstand in this bedroom.

Image credit: Colin Way via Nam Dang-Mitchell Design Inc.