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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.

Source: flickr.com

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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Source: Widjita Raya- “Rain with Love”

And the final countdown to my London trip is underway… 7 days until takeoff!

Which then leads me to preparing for 5 days of straight rain (according to weather.com) in the middle of the Summer.  But no need to despair…here are some fun rain-inspired design ideas to help lift up that rainy day gloom.

Source: Etsy- Eloise Renouf

Source: Tamado Shimizu- “Cloud Silver Rain lamp”

Source: Paradigm Interior Design

Source: Paradigm Interior Design

Source: Lacava

This chandelier below is gorgeous!

Source: zainteriora.net- “Rain Chandelier”

And I love this art installation by Steven Haulenbeek called “Cumulous Light Canopy”.

Source: Steven Haulenbeek

Source: Steven Haulenbeek

Lets pray for some sun in London!  But if that doesnt happen, I am totally getting this trench and matching boots… okay, a girl can dream, right?

Source: Burberry London Ivybridge Trench

Source: Burberry

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I think it is so important to have the right amount of lighting in every room.  For me, this means, task lighting, direct, indirect, and accent lighting.  A little Design 101 for everybody:

pendant-lighting diagram

Anyway, now that we have that covered, lighting doesn’t have to be boring… check out these unique, fun, and colorful ways to brighten a space.

Source: furnitureanddesign.com

This is just too cute.

Source: Shades of Light

Love the candy colors, so freash!  Source: Foundry, Moooi Rabbit Lamp

Source: inhabit.com

This is so elegant.

Source: Hometone, Bolla Floor Lamp

Here are some pictures of unique light fixtures I have taken from several different restaurants that I found in my phone today-

This was taken at Guarapo in Arlington, VA

This was also taken at Guarapo in Arlington, VA

This was taken at a restaurant in Reston Town Center, I can't remember which one though!

In the picture below, I just love the massive scale of the pendant hanging in the restaurant at the hotel, its so dramatic!

This was taken at the Sofitel Luxury Hotel in Chicago, IL at Christmas time.

So below are some pictures I took when I was in Italy last April…

this was in a park in Florence

beautiful chandelier outside of a hotel in Rome

wall sconce outside of St.Peter's Cathedral in Rome

hand blown glass in Venice

hand blown glass in Venice

hand blown Merano glass in Venice

How do you brighten your home?

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