One of the fun ways to incorporate some serious style in your space is to get creative with your lighting.


It’s one of those little details that’s really not so little after all. 


It can really enhance the personality of the room….


And, add that extra token charm…..


Lighting can be a conversation piece like these interesting fixtures….


Or add a touch of the unexpected.…..


An element of mystery…..

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Or a fun pop of color to marry the old with the new….




So step out of your box and rock the room with some expressive, interesting lighting…..


To illuminate your own distinct style and personality.

Happy Decorating!

One Chandelier, Two Chandeliers or Three?


Most everyone knows that a beautiful chandelier over a dining room table adds personality to the space and helps to dictate the style and overall theme.  There are ratio’s regarding size and scale in accordance with the table and the room, but when in doubt I always ere on the side of larger scale.  Not that you want it too big, but you sure as heck don’t want it too small.


While I’ve been told by a “lighting specialist” that in a dining room the bottom of the chandelier should rest at six feet above the floor, I would beg to differ.  I think even if it hangs at five to five and a half feet above the floor (or two and a half feet to three feet above the table) it still works just fine.  Like the chandelier shown above.


There are a couple of formulas to determine chandelier width for a single chandelier over a dining table.  One way is the take the length and width of the room and add them together to get the correct width of the chandelier.  For example 14×16 room would accommodate a 30” width.  Another is keep the diameter two feet narrower than the table length, and still another is to keep it around half to two-thirds the width of the table.  For me I find that half the table width is generally too small.


These are loose guidelines and ultimately it’s what is most pleasing to the eye (as long as it remains functional and doesn’t create an obstruction from one side of the table to the other.)


But, sometimes it’s fun to use two chandeliers instead of one.  See what an interesting dynamic this creates in this dining room?


On one of the remodels I’m working on right now this was my suggestion to the client…..to use two chandeliers instead of one.   We are converting a rather large living room into a formal dining room so it warrants such a move.  At first they were skeptical, but after giving it some thought and looking at some pictures I sent, some of which are on this blog post, they decided to go for it.  (It’ll be awhile before the remodel is done, but I’ll get pictures when it is!)


Whether it’s traditional lighting…..


Transitional or contemporary……


Sometimes two is just better than one…..





And, then once in a while three is even better!


So be sure to consider all your options and make the best choice for your space.  One, two or three chandeliers?

Happy Decorating!

Design Details: That’s What Makes The Difference


 If you’ve wondered what it is that designers do that makes such a difference in the way a space look I’ll let you in on the secretIt’s all in the details.  Designers pay careful attention to detail. All the details in the space in every corner of the room.  From the drapes, to the walls, to the ceiling, the lighting, the furnishings, the accessories, every nuance and detail.  Everything that goes into the space is important to the designer.  Extremely important.   There’s not a pillow or an accessory that doesn’t matter.  If it doesn’t work, well then, it doesn’t belong. 

Take a look at some more of these amazing rooms I was fortunate enough to see at the Kaleidoscope of Homes in Southlake a couple of weeks ago.  Make note of all the extreme detail in each space.  It truly is the details that makes a difference.

IMG_8683Notice the walls, the unusual furnishings, the lighting…….all of it!  All in the details. 



 Love these iron balusters.


Notice these incredible chairs!  Fabulous! 



Everything in its place…..a place for everything.  The clean lines in the simple drapery panels compliment the clean lines in the chair.  The carefully placed bench in front of the fireplace adds an interesting, cozy touch.  The simple floral dresses up the table without competing with the amazing lighting above.  And a simple, uncluttered mantel lends a subtle, understated quality to the space.  Very classic and classy.


IMG_8687The two tone cabinets with their interesting design look amazing with this beautiful granite.  The backsplash is elegant, yet simple and compliments the granite as well.  The lighting over the island adds depth and flair.  Details, details, details.!



Look at the detail work in this ceiling and this copper faux finish on the walls.  Stunning!

Yes, the design is in the details.  And the details are soooooooo important.  One screw-ball accessory, the wrong color on the walls, an inferior window treatment on the windows in the space can throw a wrench in the entire room.  So when trying to pull a room together with that “designer flair” pay careful attention to all the details in the space.  Better to have nothing in a space than the wrong thing in a space. 

So if your are currently working on a project be sure to take your time.  Think the project through and remember it’s the details, details, details

Happy Decorating!



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