5 simple measurements for hanging light fixtures



Here are some common measurements to use when hanging light fixtures in your home. Happy hanging!

1. How high to hang a light fixture above a dining room table. Hang the fixture so that its bottom is between 30-34 inches above the top of the table. Have someone sit down across the table from you and make sure that you can see the person completely – your chandelier should not impede any visual or conversation.

2. How wide a light fixture to get for a dining room.  Add the width and length of the dining room: this number IN INCHES is the best diameter size for a chandelier in the room.

3. How high should a reading lamp be. Position the lampshade so that the bottom is just below eye level. If you are a reader in bed, make sure that the bottom of the lampshade sits about 16-18 above the mattress.

4. How high should you mount sconces on a wall. For a standard 8-9 foot ceiling sconces should sit about 5 to 5 1/2 feet above the floor.

5. How many interior designers does it take to change a lightbulb? Does it have to be a lightbulb? nyuk nyuk.

Beautiful custom lamp shades

It’s been awhile since I posted, but that’s good, because I’ve been busy! I’ve got lots of cool things to share during my hunt for items, but for now I’ll start with these beautiful lighting options from Stacy Garcia, available through

Stacy is know as a surface pattern designer, and her beautiful designs are actually custom prints, done through a specialized ink jet printing process. I’ve been looking for some floral lamp shades and she’s got lots of nature inspired designs with great pops of color.

Plus, the price points can’t be beat. Really affordable, cute lighting options. Go shop!


Paint and Lighting

This week I attended a great discussion given by Benjamin Moore on lighting and paint. As you may already know, color looks different under different lighting sources –  incandescent, flourescent, halogen. From a design perspective, incandescent lighting –  the old school light bulb – is the best in terms of color rendition. But from an energy perspective, it is the worst lighting option. So much so that it is going away. Completely. Beginning next year, you will no longer be able to buy the 100 watt light bulb. And in 2013, you can say goodbye to the 75 watt. Following that, no more 40 and 60 watts.

Many people have already switched their bulbs to compact fluorescents (CFLs) – those squiggly bulbs that often don’t fit in your lamp properly, sticking out like a sore thumb so you can actually see the bulb.  CFLs are great on energy efficiency but terrible on color rendition. To see what I mean, take a paint swatch and hold it under an incandescent bulb, then do the same under a CFL. Notice how your paint color looks flatter, duller?

So incandescents are going away and CFLs make color look dull. So what is the best option? If you have the choice, go with halogen. Halogen light offers the same type of color rendition as incandescents, but much more energy efficient. If you don’t have the option for halogen, then try to look at your paint color under CFL bulbs before selection.

My new favorite find

I went looking for a chaise lounge for a client today and came across Treasure Hunt. This place is amazing. The website doesn’t do it justice: visiting the 10,000 square foot space is a must. I found a fabulous tufted chaise

Isn't this lovely?

and other beautifully kept vintage items, but nothing broke the bank.  Schaumburg isn’t someplace I normally shop because it’s a bit of a haul for me, but at these pieces and at this price, I don’t care. I’ll brave the traffic. That is if I ever get up from this chaise again.

Light, fantastic!

One of my favorite discoveries is the CFL dimmable floodlight. I am probably one of the last people to know about this fantastic bulb.  I already knew that compact fluorescent lightbulbs were great for the enviroment because they last for a million hours. No, I’m kidding, it’s more like 8,000 hours. But seriously, this bulb could quite possibly live in your house longer than you. What I didn’t know is that I could replace my dimmable pot lights with CFL floods. Yes, they cost a million dollars. No, I’m kidding, they are more like $10 but you shouldn’t have to replace them for several years.

Plus they emit a soft white light, and who doesn’t look better in that?

Hello, gorgeous!

I have a large mirror hanging on one of the walls in our living room. Every morning when I bring my 16 month old downstairs for breakfast, we pause by the mirror so she can wave at herself and say “Hi!” This wasn’t the reason I hung the mirror, but it’s super cute and I love it.

The real reason I hung the mirror was for light. We only have windows on one wall in our living room, and the natural light doesn’t reach into all the corners of the room. But by hanging a mirror on the wall opposite the windows I am able to reflect some more of that natural light into the room , brightening the space. It also helps the room to appear larger.

Of course a huge smile from my little peanut always helps to brighten my day, no matter the light.