Fantastic Fixtures

Lighting selections are one of the most important design choices we make for your home. Great lighting is vital to setting the right mood and making you more efficient, from cozy corners and reading nooks to kitchens, offices, romantic settings and your backyard! We are always excited to go shopping for chandeliers, sconces, lamps and all of the other lighting elements that bring life to your home. I have gathered photos of more than a dozen eye-catching light fixtures from our clients’ homes. Here’s hoping they will flip the switch on some inspiration!

chrome and crystal chandelier, dining room, two-story dining room, glass-topped table, soft white chairs, window treatments

Isn’t this cascade of crystal impressive? Photo by IEG/ Fixture by Nulty Bespoke

Focus Attention

A grand space like this suburban Chicago dining room deserves a magnificent, bespoke chandelier. Consider this: we designed the piece to cascade roughly 13 feet down from the two-story ceiling. It has 70 polished chrome rods, each with a highly faceted crystal drop at the bottom. . Every detail was meticulously analyzed – from the positioning of each individual element in the design stage to the threading and fastening of every crystal. To balance the drama of the fixture, we designed beautifully tailored chairs – with elegantly curved legs and a jewelry-like pull on the back – and added a glass-topped table that seats 12.

black metal chandelier, chandelier with candles, casual eating area, square table, bench, upholstered dining chairs

Simple and so effective. Photo by IEG/ Fixture by Troy Lighting

Match the Setting and Tone

Easy-breezy dining areas need more casual lighting, right? At this client’s Wisconsin lake home, we gravitated toward black metal because it references the dark window frames, and we opted for an ethereal style that doesn’t block the outdoor views.

clear glass lighting globes, dining room fixture

Clearly, this fixture is a conversation starter! Photo by Cole Horcher Photos.

Be Open to New Ideas

Our clients weren’t sure about this light fixture for their Paradise Valley, AZ dining room when we first recommended it, but now they love it and so do their guests! Sometimes we all need a gentle push outside of our comfort zones in order to experience something fresh and wonderful. As designers, we always listen to our clients, and our clients benefit when they trust our experience and taste.

Great room chandelier, open metal chandelier, black and gold chandelier, soft white sofas, soft blue pillows, modern cocktail table, side tables, table lamps, wood plank ceiling, ceiling beams, wood floor, white walls, wall art, sconces

This chandelier is large enough to provide some balance in a lofty space, but airy enough that it doesn’t dominate the design. Photo by Cole Horchler Photos

Unify a Large Room

Did you notice how we unified this spacious area with black accents? We started with the oversized, black metal pendant from Hubbardton Forge and added black wall sconces that define the stairway, as well as a black-and-white art installation on the wall and a wall clock. Lesson learned? A few touches of black give a relaxed, light-colored space a dash of sophistication!

open-frame metal chandelier, Arizona two-story foyer, curved staircase, terra cotta floor, upholstered bench, decoratgive clay pot with tall branches

Setting the tone for a home in Paradise Valley, AZ. Fixture by Hinkley Lighting Gallery/Photo by Cole Horchler Photos

Go Big, But Don’t Overdo It

Yes, this foyer chandelier is large, but the open frame style and delicate “candle” holders make it light and airy, too. Our goal was to draw eyes upward, but not to have a looming presence overhead. Notice that the black framework of the chandelier is reminiscent of the black metal staircase with its finely forged balusters.

powder room, wall-mounted water spout, round wall mirror, stained wood vanity, polished nickel pendants

Such a glamorous nook for washing hands! Photo by Dustin Halleck

Embrace the Unexpected

Powder room mirrors are often flanked by sconces, but this time we did something different. The trio of pendants from Il Pezzo Mancante provides enough light for quick hair and makeup fixes while casting ethereal shadows on the walls. The pendants balance the sweeping curve and size of the wall-mounted water spout, too.

black metal branch chandelier, lakeside great room, stone fireplace, brown sofas, grey ottomans, soft white rug, grey and cream arm chair, light wood console, table lamp, round gear-like side table, wall art, windows with lake view

With this fixture, we drew inspiration from the outdoors. “Rain forest” chandelier by Curry and Curry/Photo by David Bader

Channel the Outdoors

When you have a sensational lake view like this one, why not channel some of that vibe in your décor? With inspiration from the tree-lined shore, we selected a branch-like chandelier for this Delafield, WI family room. The wood sculpture in the corner and gear-like wood side table build the mood.

glass pendants, open-frame metal chandelier, two kitchen islands, white and stained wood cabinets, counter stools, countertops, lake view lake home kitchen, wood-beamed ceiling,

Generate interest by mixing styles and materials. Work island fixture by Visual Comfort/Island pendants by Capitol Lighting/ Photo by David Bader

Mix It Up!

Yes, you can mix light fixture styles in the same space and you should! For this lake house kitchen in Delafield, WI, we suspended a trio of oversized glass pendants above  the kitchen island, where so much more than eating happens. This expansive counter is ideal for jigsaw puzzles, games and craft projects for kids and adults, and all of that requires excellent lighting. So does cooking! For the food prep island we chose a rectangular fixture that provides even illumination across the space and clear sight-lines from anywhere in this great room.



basket-like pendants, lake home foyer, three shapes, three sizes, glass front doors

Basket-like fixtures are the right vibe for lake home living. Pendants by Palacek Lighting /Photo by IEG

A Touch of Tiki

These oversized, basket-like pendants give our client’s lake home foyer a  coastal vibe that says “water views ahead!” The mixed shapes and sizes, plus the open texture, makes them even more interesting. When we are designing any home, we like to reference the local environment without going too theme-y. Whether you see these pendants from the first or second floors, they certainly make an impression!

kitchen pendants, three finishes, stained wood cabinets, island, island stools, range hood, tile backsplash, wood floor

Six pendants, three styles and three finishes. Photo by Dustin Halleck Photography

Variety = Interest

What do people say about variety? It’s something about being the spice of life, right? And that’s perfect for a kitchen. These pendants from Zaffarano America are all about variety. Three different shapes. Three levels of drop from the ceiling and three finishes – gold, silver and clear glass. The materials are picked up in the kitchen detailing, such as the brushed nickel cabinet pulls and the gold metal tray on the counter.

dark bronze chandelier with mutliple metal shards, suburban Chicago kitchen, white and grey cabinets, countertop accessories,

Juxtaposed with white cabinets, this brass chandelier is striking. Fixture by Arteriors Home/ Photo by Matt Warren Photography

Love the Drama

Don’t you just love a statement chandelier? The angular steel shards on this brass frame produce stunning shadows at night when the fixture is lit, and they are a bold presence by daylight.

black lacey pendant, master bedroom, lake home, custom bedding, head board, designer pillows

This pendant reminds me of a little black lace gown. Photo by IEG

A Hint of Romance

Lacey metal, black pendants are a romantic accent in the master bedroom of our clients’ Wisconsin lake home. We chose several other black accents that reference the fixtures: door handle, artwork frame and side table accessories. They give the room a well-considered, finished look.

very tall table lamps, master bedroom, arm chairs, bedroom lamps, head board, pillows, night stands

Go big, and go elegantly! Lamps by Christopher Guy/ Photo by Dustin Halleck Photography

Achieve New Heights

These elegantly tall table lamps make a sizable contribution to this master bedroom’s sumptuous tone. My clients travel frequently, and wanted a 5-star hotel experience that they can enjoy every day when they are at home. The lamps deliver plenty of bedside illumination while helping to fill the lofty wall space behind the bed, and they are gorgeous, too! That’s a triple design play in my book.

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