posted by on 2013.12.11, under Shopping Guide

It may be common knowledge that the right lighting can transform a room. For instant drab-to-fab, a chandelier is an excellent choice, but they can get so elaborate that choosing the right one is tricky. Luckily, some chandelier designs have evolved from the typical crystal overload into gender-neutral, classier styles.

West Elm is chock full of gorgeous lighting right now, like this Eclipse Chandelier. The grandeur is somehow perfectly minimized by its industrial looks.

Eclipse Chandelier, $199

Eclipse Chandelier, $199


It’s a thin line between classy and overdone if you’re going for the Hollywood Regency look The black and gold color on the Meridian Pendant from ZGallerie puts a masculine twist to an otherwise fancy schmancy style.

Meridian Pendant, $349

Meridian Pendant, $349


For a safe bet that pairs well with just about anything, try a George Nelson Saucer Lamp from Modernica. This midcentury original looks like a classic, well-tailored suit.

George Nelson Saucer Lamp, $269

George Nelson Saucer Lamp, $269


Craving something trendy but worried you’ll eventually hate looking at it? The Regina Andrew Isosceles Chandelier at Zinc Door makes that rare kind of bold statement that you’re guaranteed to love for years to come.

Regina Andrew Isosceles Chandelier, $573

Regina Andrew Isosceles Chandelier, $573


Finally! The Rae 6-light Chandelier from Overstock showcases the popular edison bulbs you’ve been dying to buy but had no good use for.

Rae 6-light Chandelier, $218

Rae 6-light Chandelier, $218

Happy lighting!

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posted by on 2011.07.25, under Design Around...

Building a look around a quality statement piece is a good way to anchor a room. When augmented with lower-cost pieces, it’s also a good way to achieve a look that’s greater than the sum of its parts (i.e. looks more expensive than it is).

The space-age pendant from Diesel (via Conran Shop) has all the makings of a great statement light: it’s fun, unique and has a distinct presence. At $752, it also ain’t cheap. Add these budget friendly complementary pieces for an overall price tag that’s a little more Lower East Side than Upper.

Set the tone with this Diesel rock pendant from the Conran Shop. $752



This settee from Urban Outfitters fits just about anywhere and pairs nicely with additional seating. $579.

Daydreamer Settee - Charcoal

The wooden top of CB2’s Tux coffee table softens the room’s look while the metal legs tie into its modernistic tone. $299.

Tux Coffee Table


Nature and technology play nicely on this wooden cube clock from Seltzer Studios. $28.00

Wood Cube Clock

This black & white IKEA Stockholm rug is a versatile classic. $199.


Straight from Marrakesh to you—a red & black leather Moroccan pouf, available on $110.

Moroccan leather ottomoan




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