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!

Melissa Haynes Design

“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

Lonni Paul (Rancic home), September 2015

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

Miles Redd (Danielle Rollins home), March 2012

“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

Jessica Helgerson

“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

Kapito Muller Interiors

“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

McCoppin Studios

“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

Rill Architects, DC Design House 2015

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
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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!

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by e.f. chapman
polished nickel






marine wall light
by e.f. chapman
polished nickel





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



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soft brass


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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:

levy jewelers

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.

Levysimple scallop chandelier


one fish two fish

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.

longacre outdoor wall lantern

double sloane street shop light


the florence

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.

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boston functional library two arm wall light

parker’s corporate headquarters

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.

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the brice hotel

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.

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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.

pacciroark 40″ modular ring chandeleir

garibaldi cafe

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!

polished nickel

To achieve our Polished Nickel finish, a metal base is plated with nickel and then hand-polished to a mirrored surface. Often used in bathroom and kitchen hardware, a piece in this finish will contemporize any space.

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antique nickel

Antique Nickel is plated and then rubbed with antiquing solution to simulate patina. Slightly warmer in tone than Polished Nickel, this finish is the softer side of nickel. This timeless finish will compliment stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and pairs beautifully with many other finishes.

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southern living

sheffield nickel

To attain the treasured look of heavily tarnished silver, unpolished nickel is darkened deeply with antiquing solution. Sheffield Nickel is a finish that lasts, unlike true silver which continues to patina over time. Pieces in this finish will blend harmoniously with a collection of antiques or provide an eye-catching contrast in modern spaces.




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.

Have any questions about our lights or their installation? We’re here to help! Contact our team of experts at 877.762.2323 or find your sales representative here.

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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



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This summer, Domino partnered with New York’s hottest up-and-coming interior designers to transform four apartments at 15 William Street in the lower Manhattan Financial District. We had the pleasure of working with J + G Design, Dekar Design, and Antonino Buzetta on the first-ever shoppable showhouse.

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With a mantra of “uptown sensibility with downtown flair,” Jennifer Hunter and Georgie Hambright of J+G Design strive to balance glamour with relaxed elegance in every project they take on.  The talented duo selected an array of AERIN lighting to achieve everyday luxury in their family-friendly apartment.

gannet table lamp

morton table lamp


Native New Yorkers and Georgetown graduates, Dolores Suarez and Caroline Grant’s design process starts with embracing the architectural bones of a space. The ultra-modern apartments of 15 William inspired them to create warmth by layering textures and bold colors. A Bronze and Alabaster Large Terri Table Lamp by Thomas O’Brien accents a clever side table that doubles as storage space.

large terri table lamp


Antonino Buzzetta’s innovative use of color creates a tranquil and intimate setting marrying both natural and urban elements. Each room featured bold artwork and accents including our Burt Table Lamp by Alexa Hampton, which feels extremely contemporary in the White Marble finish despite it’s traditional silhouette.

burt table lamp

photos courtesy of brittany ambridge / domino

See all of the apartments from the Domino Shophouse in the Summer 2015 issue of Domino – on stands now! Open for viewings by appointment through September 15, 2015. Email shophouse@elliman.com to schedule a viewing.

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In home design today, no metal finish is shining brighter than brass. Unlike the cool simplicity of nickel or bronze, brass emanates a warm, earthy glow and feels simultaneously modern and traditional. A finish associated with inherent quality, brass only becomes more attractive over time.

Our craftsmen spent over 25 years developing techniques for rich burnishing, warm patina, and soft lustre – all while maintaining tones which are consistent. Find out more about what makes 3 of our most popular finishes so special and shop brass pieces now in stock & ready to ship!

hand-rubbed antique brass

Our Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass (HAB/AB) finish was first developed by Visual Comfort & Co.’s legendary chief designer, E.F. Chapman. After polishing the raw brass, it is hand-finished with a slight patina to achieve the rich, signature color.  The fixtures are then lightly oiled to set and protect the brass during shipment.

natural brass

Our Natural Brass (NB) finish is untreated, unlauqered brass left in its natural state to patina beautifully over time. Collections featuring this finish include Alexa Hampton and Ralph Lauren Home.

dean 18″ picture light

soft brass

Soft Brass (SB) is a finish found exclusively in the Barbara Barry collection. These fixtures are first polished to a mirrored surface, then burnished by hand to resemble years of care.  The result is a tone that is consistent with our other brass finishes and a slightly more matte surface.

Shop these brass pieces and many more on the hot list – all in stock and ready to ship!

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Named for its sunny, golden façade and French-style architecture, Château Soleil is one of the finest examples of European-inspired craftsmanship in all of Atlanta. The 14,000 square foot estate was the site of this year’s Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators’ Showhouse and Gardens benefitting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Several of the talented local designers worked with our team in Atlanta to find lighting to suit this exquisite showhouse!

foyer powder room: beth kooby

Schooled in french design, Atlanta-based Beth Kooby created a joyful powder bath in the grand foyer of the Château with crisp white moulding and shimmering floral wallpaper. Kooby selected a pair of Large Ring Wall Sconces in alabaster by E.F. Chapman to light the marble vanity.

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Overhead, a custom ceiling medallion adds romance to the minimalistic Small Goodman Hanging Lamp by Thomas O’Brien in hand-rubbed antique brass with white metal shade.

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main level living room: michel boyd

Michel Boyd, founder of Smith Boyd Interiors brought his signature sultry aesthetic to the main level living room with velvety upholstery and jewel-toned accents. A pair of modern Clemente Wall Lights by AERIN contrasts beautifully with the baroque fireplace mantel, and a brass Edwardian Boom-Arm Floor Lamp (discontinued – similar: Studio Pivoting Task Lamp by Thomas O’Brien) lights the luxurious seating area nearby.


butler’s pantry: stuart pliner

Stuart Pliner knew when he discovered the gorgeous Mia 14″ Pendant by John Rosselli it would be the perfect compliment to his butler’s pantry. The exotic peacock wallpaper is continued on the walls of the dining room hallway.

kitchen powder room: ann wisniewski

Ann Wisniewski of AJW Designs Inc incorporates elegance with a touch of fun into her designs. For the powder room by the kitchen, she chose a pair of Ruhlmann Single Sconces in antique nickel by E.F. Chapman to accent the playful yet sophisticated cheetah wallpaper.

master bedroom: robert brown   

Bob Brown, founder of award-winning Robert Brown Interior Design, took inspiration from one of his favorite Parisian hotels for the master bedroom of the Château. Oversized art and a glamorous Gramercy Medium Chandelier by E.F. Chapman brighten the entryway to the massive suite.

Classic architecture meets contemporary art in the master bedroom sitting area, which features a Studio Swing Arm Floor Lamp in hand-rubbed antique brass.

“hers” master bath: rollins ingram

Danielle Rollins of the newly-launched Rollins Ingram interior design and architecture firm designed the “hers” master bath and closet, layering three elegant blue and white patterns throughout. The trinket-covered vanity desk features black and white photographs and is lit by a pair of timeless Abbot Single-Arm Sconces in polished nickel by Alexa Hampton.
Rollins selected the crystal-beaded Oslo Chandelier in burnished silver leaf by E.F. Chapman for the dramatic arched ceiling above the bath tub area.

guest bedroom: melanie turner

Melanie Turner brought a fresh look to the blue and white chinoiserie wallpaper in her guest bedroom, layering it with bold, solid greens and citron. What better light fixture to use in Château Soleil than the Soleil Pendant by Suzanne Kasler?

guest bath: patricia mclean

Atlanta treasure Patricia McLean selected a pair of polished nickel Two-Light Classic Round Back Wall Sconces by E.F. Chapman with crisp white shades in the bathroom attached to her cheerful guest bedroom.

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terrace landing: cathy rhodes   

When designing the lower stairs and terrace landing, Cathy Rhodes wanted to create a warm and interesting place that welcomed guests as they come down to the basement. She added scalloped shades to a pair of Anita Table Lamps in tea stain porcelain with brass accents by Alexa Hampton.

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This Spring, Junior League of High Point brought a designer showhouse to High Point. They challenged 22 designers to create spaces within the historic Randall B. Terry Estate that reflect High Point, North Carolina as the heart of the world’s home furnishings industry. This talented group transformed the circa-1912 Tudor Revival into a modern, livable home. Get inspired and shop the lighting used throughout this unique showhouse!

foyer: traci zeller

Traci’s lavender and navy palette was inspired by the Jane Booth artwork featured in her charming entry to the estate.  The cool hues are accented by our Vivian Chandelier, hand-rubbed antique brass Boston Functional Library Wall Light and a Greek key motif mirror in a similar finish.

kitchen: lisa mende

Lisa Mende looked to the Art Deco period when designing the kitchen, mudroom and breakfast room. Rich brass hardware and our Pimlico Double Swing Arm Wall Lamps pop against bold, geometric patterns covering the ceiling and window treatments.

breakfast room: lisa mende  

Lisa continued her graphic black and white patterns in the breakfast room, also incorporating bright cobalt and chartreuse textiles and accessories. To achieve a more deco-lavish look, Lisa fashioned our Kate Table Lamps with black silk shades.

mudroom: lisa mende

Custom black-and-white-spotted wallpaper covers the walls of the mudroom just off the kitchen leading to the back entrance of the house. Black paint and brass hardware echo Lisa’s design vision for the kitchen and breakfast room. She chose a single hand-rubbed antique brass and bronze Hicks Pendant to light the space.

bar: christine barbour

Christine’s goal for the tiny bar adjacent to the family room was to remind people how easy it is to add a little glamour to their own lives. She achieved the luxurious look with marble basket weave floors, elegant quartz-topped counters and gold accents throughout, including our gilded Hampton Pendant and McClain Picture Light.

family room: alan ferguson & john paulin

Alan Ferguson’s family room celebrates the style of Thayer Coggin, the midcentury modern trendsetter who gave Alan his first job in the design industry. He and partner John Paulin mixed contemporary and vintage pieces to create a comfortable yet sophisticated living area. The unique shape of our Markos Hanging Shade adds a feminine touch.

powder room: margaret fisher

Margaret Fisher describes her style as “Southern design with a contemporary twist.” She used vibrant Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild wallpaper, magenta accents and our white-beaded Jacqueline Chandelier to make a big impact with the jewel box-sized room. Our delicate Dauphine Sconces light the bamboo-framed mirror.

upper hall: jennifer hutton & mickey sharpe

Jennifer and Mickey selected an earthy color palette for their upper hallway, which features a bookshelf complete with library ladder. The handsome Flemish Linear Pendant lights the collection of original art and pottery displayed within.

artist’s retreat: leslie moore

Leslie Moore envisioned this room as a creative sanctuary for the artist of the home – a place to get away, paint, read and relax. She layers the various furniture textures against the golden grass cloth-covered walls. A pair of our oversized Tamaso Table Lamps flank the small bar area.

daughter’s bedroom: cathy austin

Cathy Austin is best known for her colorful style and playful approach to design. The character she invented for the girl’s bedroom is an artistic young woman with undeniably Southern roots. A gilded Mill Ceiling Light hangs above the bed, which features monogrammed pillow shams and a Moroccan-inspired headboard. A pair of Bristol Table Lamps light the artful accessories atop her desk.

dressing room: kara cox

Kara Cox designed this dressing area for a chic, bohemian woman who uses the room not only as a glamorous stage for dressing but also as a gallery for her collected objects and art curated during her travels. Among her personal treasures is our Burt Table Lamp in black marble.

master bedroom: libby langdon

Libby Langdon made the black walls of her master bedroom look warm by layering shades of cream and luxurious fabrics. The large room begged for a sitting area where Libby incorporated alabaster Chubby Column Table Lamps and a parchment-colored leather Tall Dixon Table Lamp.  She mixes metals with ease throughout the room, placing a polished-nickel Montgomery Table Lamp on a gilded accent table.

carriage house lounge: aida saul

Aida Saul dramatically transformed the once dark, rustic rec room of the carriage house into an edgy, urban style sitting room with exposed brick walls and beamed ceilings. Clean-lined furniture contrasts with bold, patterned rugs and eclectic accessories, all sure to be conversation-starters. To continue the urbane look with lighting, Aida chose a pair of Industrial-chic Studio Floor Lamps.

upstairs art haven: holly hollingsworth phillips

Layers of color, textiles and art reflect wanderlust and bohemian glamour in Holly Hollingsworth Phillips’ carriage house space. A hand-rubbed antique brass Soleil Pendant shines above the sitting area and saturated colors fill the white walls.

 nature-inspire loft: laura covington

Last but not least, Laura Covington selected a pair of French Library Single Wall Lamps to light the daybed in this cozy room on the second floor of the carriage house.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with this extraordinary group of designers and support the Junior League’s mission to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve their community!

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