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Please tell me where I can find these!!!

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I am obsessed with these garden stools!

Source: Safavieh Furniture

Source: Safavieh Furniture

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Source: philmichael.com

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Source: pagpdared.com

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Source: nstyle-decor.com

Source: Home Decorators Collection

Source: Home Decorators Collection

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This is a question I get asked a lot, “how do you know what the right size chandelier is for a dinging table?”

Source: West Elm

Source: West Elm

Well there are several ways to determine this and every designer has their own answer, so here is mine!

The Basics:

1. The chandelier should be about half the width/diameter of the dining table.  For example, if your table is 48″ round, the chandelier should be 24″diam.

2. The size of the room is also a factor:

  • If the room is around 10′ x 10′ the fixture should be 17″ to 20″ wide
  • If the room is around 12′ x 12′ the fixture should be 22″ to 27″ wide
  • If the room is around 14′ x 14′ the fixture should be 24″ to 32″ wide

3. The chandelier should be mounted around 30″ above the table’s surface so no heads get bumped.

4. I also recommend that the total wattage of all the bulbs to be between 200 watts and 400 watts to provide sufficient lighting, don’t you want to see the food you are eating?

*And don’t forget that the style and visual weight of the chandelier should also be considered too!  If the chandelier is “heavy”, you can go a little smaller in size.

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Source: flickr.com

Source: Restoration Hardware

Source: Restoration Hardware

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

The one above is mounted a little too high for me.

I hope this helps!

If you need help designing your own dining room, contact me!

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Besides placing a mirror above your dresser, like everybody does, why not use mirrors in more unique ways in the bedroom?  I absolutely love the use of mirrors behind the nightstands on either side of the bed!!

Source: decorpad

Source: decorpad

This is such an elegant and unique way to add more light (by reflecting the lamps on the nightstands), brighten the room, and fill dead wall space.  The mirrors almost give the illusion of windows too which keeps the room feeling open and not cluttered with art.

If you are having a hard time imagining what I am trying to describe, here are some beautiful bedrooms for inspiration…

Source:adelightfuldesign.com

Source:adelightfuldesign.com

Source: elementofstyleblog.com

Source: elementofstyleblog.com

source:indulgy.com

source:indulgy.com

Source: temporary-nest.com

Source: temporary-nest.com

I love that different shaped frames and sizes can all work, there is really no wrong!

If you need help designing your own bedroom, contact me!

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