In our partnership, I tend to be the slightly more traditional one. I grew up in a home kitted out with antique rugs, ticking stripes, skirted tables and chintz. I slept in a white iron trundle bed with a tent canopy and my shelves were decorated with Madame Alexander dolls. A little bit creepy, but totally classic.
I’ll always love a traditional home, but as a designer, I also love adding an element of surprise when dressing a space; a focal point; something that’s just for fun and feels ever so slightly out there.
In my dining room, I have a massive raw-wood root system perched atop a black lacquered grand piano. In my living room, two huge horse photographs eyeball you from either side of the mantle.
One of my favorite ways to incorporate these little doses of whimsy is with lighting. Think Lindsey Adelman and Jean de Merry, who have mastered the art of “voila” lighting – check out Lindsey’s Knotty Sconce (below), so perfect for a super chic bathroom scene. Unfortunately the $3,000-per-sconce price tag can be a bit hard to swallow for most folks.
But there are plenty of fish in the sea, so when I’m on a budget, I love to make a statement with a voluminous Bubble Cloud Chandelier, particularly this one from The Light Factory.
Custom made in 3-10 weeks, these incredible lumieres cast and reflect light through a constellation of glass orbs. You can even get the “bubbles” dipped in gold or silver. We just ordered the Large Cloud Bubble for a client’s master bedroom refresh. Check out her styleboard, below.
There are also some terrific Bubble Glass Chandeliers from Tracy Glover, who is a go-to resource for art glass. She works out of a studio in Rhode Island and everything is hand-blown to order, so it’s fully customizable. Her Blackburn Cluster Pendant and Teardrop Chandelier are two of my top picks.