Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes

I am thrilled to be nominated for the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards in the category of Interior Design.  Lamps Plus is my automatic go-to resource for lighting.  I first discovered Lamps Plus in 1999, and the design and decor relationship continues to light the way to stylish and affordable lighting and home decor choices.  Stylish looks pair well with an exciting opportunity to win the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes.

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It is certainly an honor to be in the talented and stylish company of my fellow nominees!  I am continually amazed on a daily basis by the talent of so many in the blogosphere.  Cast your vote for your top picks for Interior Design, DIY, Family, and Lifestyle blogs on the Lamps Plus Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a $500 Lamps Plus online shopping spree!  Click on the image below to be taken to Lamps Plus Facebook page to cast your vote.

Remember, you can vote once every 24 hours to earn extra entries!  Did I mention that for each vote you cast you will be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree!   Let’s Lamps Plus!

Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards

I would like to humbly ask you for your vote.  Your vote and time is truly appreciated, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you all good luck!








The Switch Is On: Decorating Ideas

Inspiration is the  framework of decorating ideas.

decorating ideas

We all glean “eye”deas from home decor and home furnishings seen on blogs, websites,  in stores, showrooms and shelter magazines. Isn’t that the idea?  Some of the ideas work and some don’t, but try we do.  Beauty and style only fail when inspiration ceases to exist.

Portfolio 5" x 5" Brown Chandelier Lamp Shade


Determination is a powerful force. What does determination have to do with a chandelier shade you may wonder? Simple math.  $5.97 each  X 12 shades = $71.64.   That’s $71.64  I could have put toward the cost of a new chandelier and did not, so you can bet I’m gonna make these work.  I’m wired like that.

French crystal chandelier

With the intent of introducing a French modern decor to the dining room, it makes total sense to move the crystal chandelier to the dining room and the Williamsburg to the foyer.  Let’s project!

chandelier installation

The Williamsburg chandelier is a lovely fixture, but my thinking has been it is in need of decorative lagniappe beyond the chandelier shades.  Remember my idea for converting craft finials into chandelier drops?  I will still be doing that for an all wood English chandelier, but once the Williamsburg found its new home in the foyer all was, and is, decoratively well.

foyer chandelier

The shade is not crooked, the angle of the shot was just right for this unwanted effect.  I do want to call your attention to the blue lining of the chandelier shades in the bottom left image in the collage above.  At night when the light fixture is turned on the color is so rich and the cast from the brown exterior and blue lining combination is phe-nom-e-nal!  We measured the height of the fixture pre-install for clearance assurance.  There are times when unforeseen issues arise. Dave the Builder & Son  informed me due to wiring safety and placement consideration the height would come in over the initial projected measurement. There goes my idea for modifying the center ring with a finial.  Too many family members blessed with height guarantees an unfortunate introduction to the low hanging finial.  Adapt, proceed, and project on!

light fixture removal

Onward and upward we go with a wiring modification,  a coat of fresh ceiling paint and  install of the crystal chandelier in the dining room.  Stay tuned.



Elegant in Nature, Timeless through Tradition & Whimsical In Placement Perfection: Crystal Chandeliers

Crystal chandeliers captivate and hold my attention, especially when found in the most unique and not so traditional spots and spaces.


Glamour in the kitchen is embraced more and more as a traditional design feature.

white-kitchen-polished-brass-knobs-gold-tiered-chandelier Kim Stephen

When light captures a crystal chandelier, a decorative synergy is produced.

crystal chandeliers setDomino

Crystal prisms cast rainbow colors for the Dorothy in all of us.

Le Meurice HotelSalon at Le Meurice Hotel, Paris

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Crystal chandeliers illuminate a classic style.

historic-hotel-decor-to-ignite-your-imagination-5589b65b185cafad0c59df37-w620_h800Greenbrier Hotel ~ Domino

Draped Bijoux ChandelierAnthropologie Draped Bijoux Chandelier

Crystal chandeliers are synonymous with elegance.

Ebanista chandelier


The opposites attract statement they make by beautifully hanging around in traditionally unexpected places or being the focal point of a kitchen styled in farmhouse chic or rustic charm puts the j’adore in the juxtaposed moment.

crystal chandeiliers kitchen island Apartment Therapy

rustic charm


A sense of balance paired with a good eye is an essential component in decorating.  Whimsical ecclecticity at its absolute finest!


Country Living

Baccarat crystal placement perfection!


Architectural Digest