Lusting after lanterns……

Good morning friends! Here is a post I had fun putting together largely because I am in the market for a number of lanterns and I never tire of looking at them. It was fun to see so many different spaces of how and where they work, and I figured I would take you along for my “investigative research”. So happy I did these posts in advance! Hope to do a moving update in a few days……will keep you posted!





Love lanterns. I think I could literally have them in every room and never get tired of looking at them. Big, small, iron, wood, black, rustic, formal…..love them all. ? Of course it has to be the right lantern, but there are few spaces and few homes that a lantern doesn’t just rock in. I love them as much in foyers, stair halls, bathrooms as I do outside porches, bedrooms and mudrooms. There are no rules for lanterns pure and simple.?

?For my own house, we are going to be using lots of them, in the kitchen, stair hall, outside, outside porch/loggia, a few of the bathrooms and in a few vestibules. So today is a bit of self indulgence in my lust for lanterns and knowing that many of you love them too, thought I would share…..what do you think? Do you have any lanterns? Would you??You know I love to hear!



Love lanterns in outside spaces like this beautiful loggia, William Waldon
Love these beautiful mercury glass lanterns over the antique butchers block, Shades of light
A pair of ornate lanterns adds so much to any space, Segreto
This fabulous hallway/gallery used a succession of gorgeous lanterns, Bonner
Love this gold lantern above this absolutely charming blue and white setting, Sara Gilbane
Alexa Hampton used a pair of over scaled lanterns in this fabulous kitchen in the Hamptons
Cindy Rinfret chose an over sized gorgeous lantern to place above this center hall table
Even a simple lantern in groups, is quite incredible looking..Segreto
Stunning pair of glass and nickel lanterns paired above a large island, Downsview
A lantern is a great choice for cozy nooks like this breakfast room hangout, Southern Living
To me, a lantern is the perfect choice for virtually any stair hall, Janet Simon
Always admired this beautiful dressing room with delicate glass lantern,Barry Dixon
This lovely lantern gives just the right amount of bling to this pretty and understated dining setting, Wisteria
Love seeing a lantern in an unexpected place like a library, Jan Showers
Pairs always work over an island, these are great looking. Taylor Hannah
Gorgeous foyer gets a beautiful iron lantern
Love this trio of lanterns in this beautiful indoor/outdoor room…
Love how this pair of iron lanterns warms up the cavernous space in this kitchen, Palm Designs
One of my favorite pictures of all time, this cozy and elegant seating area is beautifully enhanced by a rustic and oversized lantern, Traditional Home
A formal brass lantern graces this elegant foyer, Robert Stern?
Cindy Rinfret chose a single lantern in this gem of a bathroom
This elegant lantern is the perfect touch to this small and cozy dining room, Palmer Weiss
If using just one lantern, it should be a large scaled one over the island, Clive Christian
Love this setting and the lantern is just perfect here! Gordon Beall photography
Love a pair of lanterns over a kitchen island, which is what I plan on doing…..Segreto
Always loved this mudroom, warm, cozy and elegant enhanced with a beautiful lantern, Veranda
And of course we all know how stunning lanterns are outside! Andrew Skurman
So….if this hasn’t convinced you about how gorgeous and versatile lanterns are, can’t imagine what would! I personally love them. And if you have ever wondered how to figure out sizing and the right circumference for a lantern or chandelier in a particular room, here is what a few experts that we all know and love have to say…..so interesting!?Thanks Bunny and Hinkley lighting and thank you all for stopping by!
When looking for the right sized light fixture, remember this…How big should an overhead light fixture be? Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture’s diameter. So a 15-by-20-foot room would need a 35-inch-wide chandelier.
?Bunny Williams


How to measure for outside lanterns?
In using one lantern, if you use it only on one side of the door, it should measure one third the length of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66″ above the thershold of the door.
If using two lanterns,they should each measure approx. one fourth of the length of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66″ above the threshold of the door.?
– Hinkley Lighting

Photobucket

Lusting after lanterns……

Good morning friends! Here is a post I had fun putting together largely because I am in the market for a number of lanterns and I never tire of looking at them. It was fun to see so many different spaces of how and where they work, and I figured I would take you along for my “investigative research”. So happy I did these posts in advance! Hope to do a moving update in a few days……will keep you posted!


Love lanterns. I think I could literally have them in every room and never get tired of looking at them. Big, small, iron, wood, black, rustic, formal…..love them all.   Of course it has to be the right lantern, but there are few spaces and few homes that a lantern doesn’t just rock in. I love them as much in foyers, stair halls, bathrooms as I do outside porches, bedrooms and mudrooms. There are no rules for lanterns pure and simple. 
 For my own house, we are going to be using lots of them, in the kitchen, stair hall, outside, outside porch/loggia, a few of the bathrooms and in a few vestibules. So today is a bit of self indulgence in my lust for lanterns and knowing that many of you love them too, thought I would share…..what do you think? Do you have any lanterns? Would you? You know I love to hear!

Love lanterns in outside spaces like this beautiful loggia, William Waldon
Love these beautiful mercury glass lanterns over the antique butchers block, Shades of light
A pair of ornate lanterns adds so much to any space, Segreto
This fabulous hallway/gallery used a succession of gorgeous lanterns, Bonner
Love this gold lantern above this absolutely charming blue and white setting, Sara Gilbane
Alexa Hampton used a pair of over scaled lanterns in this fabulous kitchen in the Hamptons
Cindy Rinfret chose an over sized gorgeous lantern to place above this center hall table
Even a simple lantern in groups, is quite incredible looking..Segreto
Stunning pair of glass and nickel lanterns paired above a large island, Downsview
A lantern is a great choice for cozy nooks like this breakfast room hangout, Southern Living
To me, a lantern is the perfect choice for virtually any stair hall, Janet Simon
Always admired this beautiful dressing room with delicate glass lantern,Barry Dixon
This lovely lantern gives just the right amount of bling to this pretty and understated dining setting, Wisteria
Love seeing a lantern in an unexpected place like a library, Jan Showers
Pairs always work over an island, these are great looking. Taylor Hannah
Gorgeous foyer gets a beautiful iron lantern
Love this trio of lanterns in this beautiful indoor/outdoor room…
Love how this pair of iron lanterns warms up the cavernous space in this kitchen, Palm Designs
One of my favorite pictures of all time, this cozy and elegant seating area is beautifully enhanced by a rustic and oversized lantern, Traditional Home
A formal brass lantern graces this elegant foyer, Robert Stern 
Cindy Rinfret chose a single lantern in this gem of a bathroom
This elegant lantern is the perfect touch to this small and cozy dining room, Palmer Weiss
If using just one lantern, it should be a large scaled one over the island, Clive Christian
Love this setting and the lantern is just perfect here! Gordon Beall photography
Love a pair of lanterns over a kitchen island, which is what I plan on doing…..Segreto
Always loved this mudroom, warm, cozy and elegant enhanced with a beautiful lantern, Veranda
And of course we all know how stunning lanterns are outside! Andrew Skurman
So….if this hasn’t convinced you about how gorgeous and versatile lanterns are, can’t imagine what would! I personally love them. And if you have ever wondered how to figure out sizing and the right circumference for a lantern or chandelier in a particular room, here is what a few experts that we all know and love have to say…..so interesting! Thanks Bunny and Hinkley lighting and thank you all for stopping by!
When looking for the right sized light fixture, remember this…How big should an overhead light fixture be? Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture’s diameter. So a 15-by-20-foot room would need a 35-inch-wide chandelier.
?Bunny Williams


How to measure for outside lanterns?
In using one lantern, if you use it only on one side of the door, it should measure one third the length of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66″ above the thershold of the door.
If using two lanterns,they should each measure approx. one fourth of the length of the door. The center of the bulb should rest 66″ above the threshold of the door. 
– Hinkley Lighting

Photobucket

Things I am loving Thursdays and house update!

Happy Thursday! My favorite day of the week because I get to share what I am loving. It is so much fun to discover something new and exciting. Granted most of what I am loving and discovering is house related since it seems almost all I do is in some way, shape or form related to the building of our house. ?In fact it was funny the other day, I had to buy something to wear for an event I am attending and went clothes shopping (whats that?) I hadn’t gone in so long, it felt a little foreign but don’t get me wrong it was a lot of fun! And I could definitely get used to it again…lol. It is just amazing how this whole building process totally consumes you. I wake up in the morning thinking of wood stains and go to bed totally absorbed by bathroom tiles and paint colors…it just never seems to end! But I suppose that day will come (can’t imagine when) where I will be finally be in, settled and decorated wondering what to do next. (yea, I know you are thinking when you are 90 years old and gray) OK, moving on………..





HOUSE UPDATES. Definitely the thing I am loving the most this week! It is very exciting to see things turn the corner as they have….we are officially in the finishing stages and though we will be here for a long long time just to be out of the construction stage is a fantastic feeling!It really looks almost like a finished house! It just so happens on the day I took these pictures, we had an uncannily 75 degree day, so I went on a little photo session outdoors and took many beautiful (in my humble opinion) shots of the property with my trusty assistant, Teddy in tow.

West elevation

North elevation

The original pool house which we will eventually redo, but for now it will remain as is

Opposite side of the house from breakfast side (walkout basement side) East elevation

Teddy inspecting latest delivery of limestone coping

Teddy walking home after a long hard days work



First sign of spring! Daffodils have sprung!!!
A side view….

Fountain from original house

I love this view
Part of the a small fountain that we will restore
One of the many original stone benches behind the bushes
The chairs are there for the milder days to just sit out and relax a bit
Teddy assessing the progress

Needs work but it is a beautiful setting with the mature landscape

From the pool

Tony putting up crown moldings for us to try
One sons bathroom in progress

A GREAT NEW LIGHTING AND ACCESSORIES RESOURCE. I discovered this neat company and just love their things! From lighting to small occasional furniture, to various accessories, they have a superb selection of great things for the home! I can see a grouping of 2 or 3 of these lanterns above a big island (as in mine) and several of these sconces in a bathroom or dressing area…and love that bench! What do you think? I am in love with all of these goodies! (Currey and Company)

Click here to visit!



CHINOISERIE. This has not been kept under wraps, throughout my short blogging history..I have made my love for chinoisiere no secret. It is one of my absolute favorite decorating elements. I cannot wait to use it in my dining room and formal powder room. I am having a local artist put together some samples of her work (she is uber talented) and I may be using her to paint murals for both of these rooms. In fact, I am meeting her this afternoon. ?I go back and forth on colors as lets face it..chinoiseire looks pretty fabulous in a whole host of colors! But in the dining room I am going for a more “antiqued” look while in the powder room I am leaning towards a blue/gray/green cast paper. There are a few things I just won’t budge on..one was my kitchen floor, the other is the chinoiserie. I would rather have white walls until I can do this…nothing else will do! Here are some inspirations…do you like chinoiserie?
A relatives house with antique chinoiserie panels…my real dream!
LANTERNS ABOVE AN ISLAND. In looking all over for divine inspiration for my island I have pretty much decided to go the way of using lanterns above the island. First I love the look, its so classic and European influenced and I love the fact that you don’t see it nearly as often as you see the ordinary kitchen lighting that you typically see in every design magazine coming and going. I love some of the lanterns above from Currey, and am still continuing to look until I have to make a decision. I don’t want something too formal or jazzy I want something that looks old and ever so slightly rustic. What are your thoughts?
Chelsea Elizabeth Interior Design Blog

J Tribble

GREAT GOURMET FOOD. I love great food, what can I say what is life without great food! One line which I discovered years ago and whose products I stock regularly in my home is Bella Cucina. They are an award winning product line, good enough for Oprahs O list that makes some seriously great products from their kitchen to your table. From their pestos and brushettas to flatbreads and pastas, anything I have had has been FANTASTIC. My personal favorites are their artichoke lemon pesto which I could literally devour by the gallon (yes its that good) the fresh basil pesto, their olive oils and their spinach artichoke brushetta spread. Their flatbreadlol. I have also tried some of their online recipes which were really good..so if you are looking for a few recipe inspirations and want to explore their site, click here.
FUN THINGS FOR THE TABLE AND COPPER POTS. I love setting a beautiful table. I also love history and architecture and when you have the opportunity to combine the three…how can you resist. So how neat are these napkin rings from Dransfield and Ross? Featuring four iconic structures, the pagoda, Eiffel tower, The Empire state building and the Taj Mahal…..love them! Also while we are on the subject of kitchens, I am very overdue for a good set of pots…haven’t bought them in many years and the ones I am using have been seriously abused. The ones I have my eye on are the Ruffoni line…not only are they incredibly gorgeous ?but apparently cooking in these copper pots which is the choice of the best chefs around the world due to their superb ability to conduct and evenly distribute heat is sublime. The line is just beautiful!

BEING MY OWN FLORIST. I love flowers…I always joke in my next life I want to be a party planner/florist extraordinaire. I loooove?creating pretty arrangements around the house with?my own containers and get really inspired around spring, summer and Christmas. This week with spring in the air, I went a little nuts and went orchid, hydrangea and spring flower shopping and had so much fun putting them in my own containers. Here is a sampling of my “creations”.

OK…so that is just a sampling of what I am loving this week….as I always say what is life without beautiful things to inspire us and keep us going? I love discovering and admiring sensational new finds. I am so inspired by beauty and great style. Would love to know what you are loving and what is exciting you this week…..please share! Hope you have a wonderfully enchanting day!

Photobucket

Things I am loving Thursdays and house update!

Happy Thursday! My favorite day of the week because I get to share what I am loving. It is so much fun to discover something new and exciting. Granted most of what I am loving and discovering is house related since it seems almost all I do is in some way, shape or form related to the building of our house.  In fact it was funny the other day, I had to buy something to wear for an event I am attending and went clothes shopping (whats that?) I hadn’t gone in so long, it felt a little foreign but don’t get me wrong it was a lot of fun! And I could definitely get used to it again…lol. It is just amazing how this whole building process totally consumes you. I wake up in the morning thinking of wood stains and go to bed totally absorbed by bathroom tiles and paint colors…it just never seems to end! But I suppose that day will come (can’t imagine when) where I will be finally be in, settled and decorated wondering what to do next. (yea, I know you are thinking when you are 90 years old and gray) OK, moving on………..


HOUSE UPDATES. Definitely the thing I am loving the most this week! It is very exciting to see things turn the corner as they have….we are officially in the finishing stages and though we will be here for a long long time just to be out of the construction stage is a fantastic feeling!It really looks almost like a finished house! It just so happens on the day I took these pictures, we had an uncannily 75 degree day, so I went on a little photo session outdoors and took many beautiful (in my humble opinion) shots of the property with my trusty assistant, Teddy in tow.

West elevation

North elevation

The original pool house which we will eventually redo, but for now it will remain as is

Opposite side of the house from breakfast side (walkout basement side) East elevation

Teddy inspecting latest delivery of limestone coping

Teddy walking home after a long hard days work


First sign of spring! Daffodils have sprung!!!
A side view….

Fountain from original house

I love this view
Part of the a small fountain that we will restore
One of the many original stone benches behind the bushes
The chairs are there for the milder days to just sit out and relax a bit
Teddy assessing the progress

Needs work but it is a beautiful setting with the mature landscape

From the pool

Tony putting up crown moldings for us to try
One sons bathroom in progress

A GREAT NEW LIGHTING AND ACCESSORIES RESOURCE. I discovered this neat company and just love their things! From lighting to small occasional furniture, to various accessories, they have a superb selection of great things for the home! I can see a grouping of 2 or 3 of these lanterns above a big island (as in mine) and several of these sconces in a bathroom or dressing area…and love that bench! What do you think? I am in love with all of these goodies! (Currey and Company)
Click here to visit!

CHINOISERIE. This has not been kept under wraps, throughout my short blogging history..I have made my love for chinoisiere no secret. It is one of my absolute favorite decorating elements. I cannot wait to use it in my dining room and formal powder room. I am having a local artist put together some samples of her work (she is uber talented) and I may be using her to paint murals for both of these rooms. In fact, I am meeting her this afternoon.  I go back and forth on colors as lets face it..chinoiseire looks pretty fabulous in a whole host of colors! But in the dining room I am going for a more “antiqued” look while in the powder room I am leaning towards a blue/gray/green cast paper. There are a few things I just won’t budge on..one was my kitchen floor, the other is the chinoiserie. I would rather have white walls until I can do this…nothing else will do! Here are some inspirations…do you like chinoiserie?
A relatives house with antique chinoiserie panels…my real dream!
LANTERNS ABOVE AN ISLAND. In looking all over for divine inspiration for my island I have pretty much decided to go the way of using lanterns above the island. First I love the look, its so classic and European influenced and I love the fact that you don’t see it nearly as often as you see the ordinary kitchen lighting that you typically see in every design magazine coming and going. I love some of the lanterns above from Currey, and am still continuing to look until I have to make a decision. I don’t want something too formal or jazzy I want something that looks old and ever so slightly rustic. What are your thoughts?
Chelsea Elizabeth Interior Design Blog

J Tribble

GREAT GOURMET FOOD. I love great food, what can I say what is life without great food! One line which I discovered years ago and whose products I stock regularly in my home is Bella Cucina. They are an award winning product line, good enough for Oprahs O list that makes some seriously great products from their kitchen to your table. From their pestos and brushettas to flatbreads and pastas, anything I have had has been FANTASTIC. My personal favorites are their artichoke lemon pesto which I could literally devour by the gallon (yes its that good) the fresh basil pesto, their olive oils and their spinach artichoke brushetta spread. Their flatbreadlol. I have also tried some of their online recipes which were really good..so if you are looking for a few recipe inspirations and want to explore their site, click here.
FUN THINGS FOR THE TABLE AND COPPER POTS. I love setting a beautiful table. I also love history and architecture and when you have the opportunity to combine the three…how can you resist. So how neat are these napkin rings from Dransfield and Ross? Featuring four iconic structures, the pagoda, Eiffel tower, The Empire state building and the Taj Mahal…..love them! Also while we are on the subject of kitchens, I am very overdue for a good set of pots…haven’t bought them in many years and the ones I am using have been seriously abused. The ones I have my eye on are the Ruffoni line…not only are they incredibly gorgeous  but apparently cooking in these copper pots which is the choice of the best chefs around the world due to their superb ability to conduct and evenly distribute heat is sublime. The line is just beautiful!

BEING MY OWN FLORIST. I love flowers…I always joke in my next life I want to be a party planner/florist extraordinaire. I loooove creating pretty arrangements around the house with my own containers and get really inspired around spring, summer and Christmas. This week with spring in the air, I went a little nuts and went orchid, hydrangea and spring flower shopping and had so much fun putting them in my own containers. Here is a sampling of my “creations”.

OK…so that is just a sampling of what I am loving this week….as I always say what is life without beautiful things to inspire us and keep us going? I love discovering and admiring sensational new finds. I am so inspired by beauty and great style. Would love to know what you are loving and what is exciting you this week…..please share! Hope you have a wonderfully enchanting day!

Photobucket