I'm smitten with this West Village, four-floor townhouse that RealEstalker recently featured, which music industry exec Thomas Hesse recently listed for $5.25 million. Interestingly enough, Hesse purchased the house in 2005 from my favorite Brat Pack actor, Andrew McCarthy. The rather narrow yet impeccably chic townhouse is definitely worth a closer look, but my favorite room is undoubtedly this kitchen space. Who wouldn't love to eat breakfast in this space with a roaring fire warming up a chilly Spring morning, while a colorful collection of pendant lamps twinkled overhead? It would certainly help me to welcome a weekday.Wondering where to source those lights? Keep reading to discover where to order those red pendants.
While it's fun to add a splash of color in the form of a throw rug or bright neon pillow, don't leave all of the bright-hued fun for your textiles alone. When thinking creatively about how to add color in an unexpected way, it's always smart to look up. I've rounded up a veritable rainbow of choices for your ceiling lighting needs.
My absolute favorite find is the Trio of Murano Pendant Lamps ($3,000, bottom row, middle). Don't they look good enough to eat? The three colors play off of each other so beautifully, while the stripe bisecting these glass pendants gives them a sporty, fun touch.
Flanking this trio of pendants are two different colors of the Serena & Lily Gumdrop Pendants ($120 each, left and right sides, bottom row). Available in pink, aqua, and yellow, these pendants are made from glossy coated canvas with a cotton-covered cord. And while it's hard to see in these pictures, each has a coordinating polka-dot interior lining.
Bare bones and pleasantly affordable, the Utility Chartreuse Pendant Lamp ($40 each, middle row, middle right) creates an unusual color pop wherever you hang it. I'd love to see it paired with cobalt blue walls in a funky den. Hang it solo, or go big with half a dozen or so hung over a table or clustered as a minimalist chandelier.
Interested in another colorful pendant? Click on its image to learn more about it!
There is something stately and surprisingly versatile about this pair of Midcentury Copper Ring Lamps ($1,500). When it comes to statement lighting, I usually go for wildly feminine pieces, but the brass material and geometric silhouette of these lights give them a more masculine edge. I like the idea of using them to balance girlie elements, like a large-scale floral wallpaper. At any rate, the $1,500 price tag is more than a slight deterrent. Luckily, I've found a pair of similar pendants at Urban Outfitters.
Keep reading to see the light that will fulfill my '60s brass pendant fantasy!
These days we have a wide range of lightbulbs to choose from: halogen, compact fluorescent, LED, filament, and incandescent. While traditional designs attempt to diffuse and hide the lightbulb with lamp shades, now is the time to celebrate the bare bulb. These 10 inspired lighting designs emphasize the beauty of the bulb without the harsh, blinding light.
Clusters of pendants are currently emerging as a strong trend. In my post 4 Top Lighting Trends in 2011, Sean Lavin, vice president of product design at Tech Lighting, noted the trend. Even more recently, I spotted cluster lights in a roundup of the latest issue of LivingETC. While many of the clustered pendants currently on the market are rather spendy (the Ilde Max Pendant Lamp shown in the upper left-hand corner sells for nearly $8,000), there are some more affordable choices. The Cheers Pendant in the upper right-hand corner retails for $108 per bulb, and is quite lovely. Another way to get the look is to simply assemble your own version of this trend by buying individual pendants and hanging them in a clustered fashion. Or, you could simply shop this look by clicking on each image!
New York-based fine jeweler, Limor Senker of Love Rocks NY, found inspiration in Colombian artist Doris Salcedo for her most recent collection, specifically Salcedo's art installation called Shibboleth—a giant crack in the floor of London's Tate Modern museum. The resulting handmade jewelry collection features "cracked" yellow, white, and rose gold rings, earrings, and necklaces, most adorned with micro pave diamonds. A departure from Senker's popular customizable charms, these pieces are classic enough to be worth the investment. . . with just the right touch of modern.
Remember back in the day when you wore pendants inscribed with your initials or best friend's name? Take that image in your head, fast forward to the present, and look at what designer, Limor Ratzabi Senker, has come up with.
Her jewelry line, dubbed Love Rocks NY, is all about taking what's near and dear to your heart to the next level of decadence. At first glance, her jewels might look simple, but dig deeper. Her fine collection is made out of 14k gold, platinum, and ethically sourced diamonds. Did you notice the sheen on all of her goods? That's from the special diamond dust finish. All handmade to precision. Alas, quality work comes at a high price. Her adornments range from $150 to $3,000, but isn't it all worth it?
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The Van Gogh in every child sometimes gets the best of our refrigerators, empty walls, and the kid's rooms. When your lil one brings home that masterpiece that you know sets itself above the rest, turn it into a treasure.
You can scan or mail your tot's magnum opus to Analiese and for $8, she will turn the artwork into a beautiful glossy pendant that you can put on a necklace or whatever your heart desires. The original, which isn't limited to child's play, needs to be 8 1/2 x 11 or smaller. And, for an extra $5, you can add a silver chain to your order.
The other day FabSugar tipped me off to a pair of earrings shaped like caviar. I thought they were pretty interesting, but I also passed it off as part of the "food jewelry" trend. Have you noticed how easy it is to find jewelry shaped like little edible items? Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of wearing donuts around your necklace (hey, it's better than your waistline!), however the whole idea seems a bit wild. To prove just how hip food-inspired jewelry has become, I thought we'd do a 5 part series of food jewelry A-Z. The whole thing starts off with apple bobby pins, but you'll have to scroll through below to find out what's next: