Lantern Lust

Despite having been in our home for more than 6 years, there are still some dirty little secret projects.  The first was rectified this weekend, we didn’t have a full length mirror.  Actually we did, but it was a cheap one that was leaning against the wall so you couldn’t see the full length of your body.  Just one of those things we never got around to until now.

Next thing on my list of secret flaws in our home is the crappy lighting, we are talking $11 home depot fixtures – so embarrassing.  I replaced the dining room light many years ago, but haven’t found a good solution for the rest of the house…until now.  I have a bad case of lantern lust.  I found one for the kitchen and a set of 4 for the rest of the house online.  Assembling the images below helped me decide that this is the right way to go.  Aren’t these fixtures just lovely?

I love just about everything in this kitchen, the lacquered finish of the island, the tile backsplash, the rustic ceiling, the stone flooring and, of course, the lanterns. Sigh

So over antlers, but the rest of this entry hall is really great.

Again, I love just about everything in this room. I don't think our house is up for a large scale bathroom remodel for me to get this look, but maybe I can have the lighting.

I find the concept of suspended beds a weird. From everything I have read, they are surprisingly stable (un-swingy). If that is the case, what is the point. I can only imagine, in this kids room, the occupants would try their hardest to get them swingin'! Love this large french inspired lantern.

This is a photo of Oprah's designer guru, Nate Berkus' kitchen. I generally really respect Nate's work. He has a great aesthetic using new and old, items from his travels, a great mix of high and low price points. If Nate can have lanterns, so can I.

This is Cameron Diaz's kitchen in the movie "The Holiday". I love that movie and the set design. I would love to blog about it, but it has been covered ad naseum. I love the use of lanterns in multiples. Also a great range hood.

Here are some great lanterns I found online yesterday while doing blog research.  Some great ones out there, all scales, colors and styles.  Email me for sources if you are interested.

Hopefully, the lanterns I found are still available and I can convince my husband that we NEED them.  If everything works out, I will post photos of our lighting makeover very soon.

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The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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