Mathematics has never been my forte, but I have a weakness for geometry in design! Apparently the Moravian star started out as a geometry project at a boys’ school in Germany. It came to be produced as a decoration symbolizing Advent, Christmas and the Epiphany. I think one or a grouping can add a festive touch to a hallway or dining area at any time of year. I just put one in a nursery!
HIGH // Moravian Star Pendant // Restoration Hardware // $1100
MID // Superior Moravian Star Light // Shades of Light // $300
LOW // Glass Moravian Star // ATG Stores // $135
All these pendants are around 18″, and are available in various finishes. Let the magic begin!
Alabaster is a translucent stone. When back-lit, its swirling bands of cream and brown are accentuated. Naturally, it lends itself beautifully to lighting fixtures. Here are three sconces, all round in shape, but each one accented by a different metal. Each sconce could skew traditional or contemporary in design, but the overall effect is definitely glamorous.
HIGH // Iveala Single Sconce in hand-rubbed antique Brass // Aerin // $630
MID // Melange Sconce in Brass // Kelly Wearstler // $525
LOW // Ingram Sconce in Historic Nickel // Hudson Valley Lighting // $180
File this one under Industrial Chic! I am enjoying this lighting trend that incorporates a pulley detail into a pendant light fixture. A lot of times, I like to imagine a grouping of pendant fixtures for visual impact. In this case, one of these babies would make a memorable design statement on its own.
HIGH // Porcelain Pendant Pulley Light // Chairish // $1330
MID // Edison Industrial Pulley Light // Bonanza // $700
LOW // Cylinder Adjustable Brass Pulley Light // Pulley-Lights.com // $325
Another plus for this kind of fixture is its flexibility. It could be ideal for a space where there may be a dining table under it sometimes (in which case you would want the fixture down about 30″ from the table), but other times people would be moving through the same spot (in which case you would want it much higher).
Copper is the new brass, and since I’m always looking for special lighting pieces, I I keep running into fantastic pendant fixtures like these. Whether it’s a hammered texture, an artful mix of materials, or a sleek and simple finish, the bell shape keeps it timeless. Just line a few up over an island or a bar, and you’ve got yourself a design statement.
HIGH // Stanley Pendant // Anthropologie // $750
MID // Copper Lamp // Steve Banken // $325
LOW // Shiny Bell Pendant // Shades of Light // $190
I tend to like things that have a stripped-down form but are done in interesting materials, so I’m enjoying this little bulb lamp trend that’s happening right now. They are just the thing to make a diminutive design statement while illuminating a table. Look at these three – each its own cute style and price-point.
HIGH // Crystal Desk Lamp // Anthropologie // $350
MID // Ion C-Series // Schoolhouse Electric // $120
LOW // Faceted Wood Bulb Lamp // West Elm // $50
OK, an exposed light-bulb seems a bit fragile, so thoughtful placement is important! I would style one by putting it on top of a stack of books, and make it a subtle focal point on a desk, bedside table or mantle.