Black is Back (and it's never looked better)...

 

First Row, Left to Right: 1) Fulton Foyer, 2) Urban Orb, 3) Brynne Pendant, 4) Ennis Lantern

Second Row, Left to Right: 1) Axis Chandelier, 2) Towner Chandelier, 3) Pearson Chandelier, 4) Dakota Wall Sconce

As grey and white homes continue to reign, we’ve seen designers take a variety of hardware approaches. First was nickel and chrome hardware, which remains the most widely-used choice and the safest, in our opinion. Chrome blends nicely with your stainless appliances, grey-to-white counters and white-on-white cabinetry and décor. Next, a bolder option of brassy tones emerged. We love the added warmth brass provides to the cool grey tones. Plus, its juxtaposition allows those pieces to really stand out and make a statement. But as of late, a third option is popping up: black hardware. This dark-to-black metal trend feels fresh while still having a nod to classic design. Black feels crisp and clean, through creating a sharper contrast. You can dip a toe into this trend with black pendant lights or sconces, or go full-force with black plumbing, cabinet and door hardware. Here’s a round-up of the dreamiest spaces we’ve seen incorporating this latest lighting trend.

CANNY

 

 BECKI OWENS

 

CARPEN DAUGHTER

 

AAMODT PLUMB ARCHITECTS © CASEY DUNN

 

 


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Beautiful Classic Kitchens

Home is where the heart is. And, in my family, the heart of the home is the kitchen. More reason to make it the best looking space in your home. One fear when designing kitchens is choosing a style that won’t age well. What if I get the style wrong and then I’m stuck with it forever? We get it. Our advice: choose a classic kitchen. Not too modern and not too traditional, this timeless design won’t confine you to a single style or become outdated. Because of subdued color palettes, clean lines and understated details classic kitchens are flexible, adapting beautifully to a wide range of interior trends. With a timeless kitchen it’s easy to completely change the look by simply switching out accessories that are on trend. No need to making any major changes. Exchange those traditional bar stools for industrial ones, inject the latest color or pattern trends by switching out the pillows in your breakfast nook. Updating your hardware or lighting doesn’t have to be expensive either (hello, lighting under $100). Over time, whether your style changes from industrial-to-eclectic, farmhouse-to-transitional or traditional-to-Mid-century modern, the classic kitchen will always be the perfect canvas to create your masterpiece. 

 

 

 

1) Ennis Lantern  2) Alden Pendant  3) Elmore Pendant


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Kitchen Lighting: How To Get It Right

 

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1) Alden + Quinn  2) Cadence + Fulton  3) Audrie + Mercer  4) Ellis + Quinn  5) Braelyn + Lucien  6) Blakely + Corrigan  7) Morris Lane + Jacqueline  8) Harrow + Circolo  9) Everly + Stanton  10) Fresnel + Rittenhouse  11) Staunton + Home Place  12) Parker Place + Winton  13) Westminster + Perryton  14) Westbrook + Camille

 

Daily we have customers asking our design team to help with selecting lights to complement each other within the same space; most frequently kitchen island pendants and breakfast nook chandelier. Walking that fine line of pairings that go well together without being to matchy-matchy can be difficult. While we're always here to help (please ask, we love it! hello@lightingconnection.com) below are some guiding principles to make sure you're selecting items that mesh well.

1. Select Cousins, Not Twins:  No one wants a room that looks like you picked up the entire furniture set, hello 70s. Same goes for lighting- don’t pick out fixtures that look like you got them from some ‘lighting-in-a-box’ store. We advise choosing fixtures that seem related without being from the same exact collection. This can apply to finish, style, or form. Cousins, not twins – get it?!  

2. Create a Focal Point:  Remember not every piece can take center stage. If you knocked it out of the park with your chandelier, don’t distract with over-the-top pendants as well.

3. Strike a Balance: Don’t be afraid to play with different textures, materials, finishes, silhouette and shapes. It’s all about balance and added interest. Drum shades are a great way to soften, glass creates airiness, orbs and globes add a soft feminine shape, brass and wood create warmth. You get the picture.

From modern-to-transitional, industrial-to-glam, we've hand-picked some of our fave kitchen lighting combos to make your life a little easier. Need someone from our design team to help? No problem! Email over specifics on your project and we'll jump on it: hello@lightingconnection.com

 

 


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Perla Chandelier Giveaway

We've had so much fun working with Cade and Carrian of OhSweetBasil on their new office remodel. Take it from us, if you haven't checked out this drool-worthy food blog head on over and you'll be pinning up a storm.

Today we're excited to share with you Oh Sweet Basil's office reveal.  Cade and Carrian wanted a space where they could not only work on their blog but was inviting to their entire family. We think they knocked it out of the park, don't you?

The Perla Chandelier we selected for their space received so much buzz, we knew we had to give one away :).   Today is the day, and we're thrilled to announce our winner. Congrats Kim Motley!  For everyone else still dreaming of the Perla (we're with you!), enjoy this discount code for $50 off the Perla during the month of December! CODE: PERLAPLEASE

A special thanks to our our friends at Classy Clutter, Boys Ahoy, Design Loves Detail and E Interiors for partnering on this fun giveaway.

 

Perla Chandelier Winner

 

 

 

 


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Cyber Monday Flash Sales

Crossing your fingers that we’re going to have a Cyber Monday sale with deep discounts on some of your fave items? Get ready to do your happy dance because we’re having flash sales throughout the day ALL day (you’re welcome). On Monday, Nov. 28th from 12am-11:59pm you’ll have the chance to snag some of our hottest items at ‘too-good-to-be-true’ prices! Every 3 hours a new best-seller goes on sale, but once the 3 hours is up it’s lights out on that deal. So you have to act fast! Sign up for our emails ASAP to unlock the discount codes.  You’ll receive emails real-time throughout the day revealing which item is currently on sale and the discount code to use at check out. Trust us, you DO NOT want to miss these savings! Happy Shopping!


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7 Day Giveaway! Nov. 1st-7th

Get ready to do your happy dance because we’ve teamed up with our friends over at Oh, Sweet Basil for a 7 day giveaway starting today! Enter now to win $100 towards the fabulous light fixture your home is begging you for. One winner will be chosen every day! Pretty awesome right?!

Cade and Carrian of Oh, Sweet Basil recently reached out to us to help them find the oh-so-perfect chandelier for their office remodel. We’ve had so much fun working with them and are super-pumped about how well the office is coming together! Head on over to http://www.ohsweetbasil.com/lighting-trends.html to get a sneak peak of their office remodel, their take on the importance of lighting design, as well as their top lighting picks! We think you’ll agree their taste in lighting is just as amazing as their taste in the kitchen!

FYI while you’re over there you’ll definitely want to check out their delicious recipes and learn about how they’re truly "reinventing family dinner". You’ll seriously be drooling over how amazing the food looks (YUM!) and be touched by their story and appreciate their passion for family time around the dinner table.


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Stylish Steals

When it comes to splurging on fabulous designer lighting, we're guilty as charged. Let’s face it, sometimes you have to indulge yourself to get the high-end look you want. But we aren’t label-snobs – especially with lighting. It isn’t like you get cool-bonus points for a brand name light, so why not save if there’s a quality look-alike? We see it market-after-market, a designer knocks it out of the park with a new design. Inevitably it sets a new trend, and we see other manufacturers do their versions of that trend. It’s our job to stay on top of all of the options out there so that we can give you expert advice on when to spend and when to save if necessary. For example, let’s say you love the Darlana Lantern by Visual Comfort in antique brass. We’d def tell you to go-for-it because no one has a prettier antique brass than Visual Comfort. BUT, if you like Visual Comfort’s Darlana in polished nickel, we may suggest the Stanton Pendant. Similar look, way better price. See, don’t sacrifice quality or style. But save when you can. Intrigued? We thought so.  Now let us introduce you to our Stylish Steals "It List".


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