It all started with this little beauty…the style has been called everything from “mosco mafioso” to “bordello chic”. I was actually kinda suprised that it didn’t remind me of either of these things when M21 first posted it. I actually thought it was quite cool as far as chandeliers go – which normally aren’t my thing. So, where to start? I think, like Mrs Blandings, it definitely needs a double height ceiling. I was originally thinking it would look a bit fab in an entry, and I know that’s already been done, sorry, but here is my take on it!
I would love to see this in a room with white walls, using a framing technique I posted about last week, here. The frames around the walls definitely need to be in black, like the picture above. Oh, and a few of those black candles and chic sconces would be nice too – perhaps on either side of the entry to the main house. (Image from Vogue Living Australia, May/June 2006).
The floors would be black high gloss stone or timber – whichever you prefer – inlaid with chrome in a geometric pattern – like above. I think to stop the chandelier taking over and looking all a bit too much it needs a room thats a bit masculine looking and a little architectural. (Iimage from the book “Frances Elkins” by Steven Salny).
Then simply add a few choice pieces to the space, like a pair of these stunning Austrian Biedemeier chairs either side of this De Coene Frères console like so. Just add a big bunch of red roses for colour and voila!
What do you think?
I have recently become a little obsessed with the beautiful works of Just Andersen (1884 – 1943) – a Danish sculptor and silver smith. He is best known for his neoclassical Scandinavian style pieces for everyday use in pewter, brass, copper, bronze and “Disko”. Disko metal is an alloy of lead and antimony, Andersen’s own creation, which he named after Disko Bay (in Greenland), where he grew up. It was used to produce “Bronze” items, such as candlesticks, vases, lamps and sculptures for ‘common people’, because it was cheaper than true bronze. After being cast, the pieces were patinated as bronze, copper or brass. I absolutely love the elegant simplicity of the forms he created. Here are a few of my favorites that are currently available.
I think these demilune (or half) shades are a wonderful decorative option for wall sconces and lamps. Its a nice idea especially for sconces that don’t protrude far from the wall , which usually have glass or metal shades. I think they look fabulous on the two antique sconces below (the first one is in a Fortuny fabric), and add a touch of authenticity to them.
This image is from the ‘small space style’ post I did a little while back, but never noticed that there was a half shade on the lamp (top left corner).
This is my favorite image. I quite like the juxtaposition of the modern shelving and accessories, the oak panelled walls and those neo-classical lamps with half shades. Very chic!
Love this lamp. Yes, again with the deco references…
This sconce is a little more modern and minimalist than I would normally go for, but it looks very versatile.
Great classic looking ceiling light. Again, I love the clean simple lines of this (I really need to expand my vocabulary..), I could see it working in a lot of interiors.
Love this exterior pendant – a modern take on a classic style. Would love the space to use this in too!
I thought I might profile a few of my favorite designers / style icons. Someone who’s style I admire greatly is Nancy Corzine, the furniture, textile and lighting maven. I had a chance to visit her showroom in the D & D Building in New York. Her range of furniture, lighting and textiles are beautiful and sumptuous. I found an interview with her today that I thought was interesting and wanted to share, so please enjoy. I’ve been searching through my magazines for some pics of a showhouse she did recently, but to no avail….might have to wait til the weekend when I have a bit more time.