Monday, October 31, 2011

Installing Your Chandelier

Do you know that ALA (American Lighting Association)
recommends that you hang a chandelier 30" above your
dining table?

This is such a beautiful space.  The chandelier is
very unusual.  Do you think it works?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Beautiful Book Store

The AIA (American Institute of Architecture) held one of their
meeting at Assouline in South Coast Plaza.  I hadn't heard
of them until recently.  These are all of their locations.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Saturday


The colors in these pictures are wonderful.  Hope you have
a great Saturday.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Ritz in Paris

Okay, so I has so much fun at the hotel in Chicago
that I decided to see what types of hotels there are
in Paris.  What caught my attention about these
pictures of the Ritz were the great light fixtures on the 
exterior of the building and the beautiful chandeliers in the

Also, doesn't the Eiffel Tower look 
beautiful all lit up?  Lighting adds so much!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pendants vs. Chandeliers

I can't decide which type of lighting I like
better.  Would you choose a chandelier
or a pendant?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Design in Chicago

 We took a little trip to see USC play Notre Dame...

We traveled to Chicago the day after the 60 mile an hour winds
wreaked havoc at the airport...

Stayed at the Park Hyatt.  It was amazing!! 

We had a view of the water tower.

I would describe the design  and decor of the Hyatt as
understated elegance.

The lighting was amazing!  It was layered and dimmed to
perfection!  There were sliding doors from the bathroom
to the bedroom.  Although the doors were a beautiful
mahogany wood, I'm guessing the inspiration was Japanese
Soji screen doors.  They had chunky votives for perfect
ambiance and Neroli 36 bath products, ooh la la... 


The bed was probably one of the best I've ever slept in or anything
in (wink).  There was a feather bed beneath us, a duvet to cover us
and wonderful feather pillows...

Note to self:  Need to buy a feather bed of my own!

We ate at the Purple Pig.  They have a unique menu so we let
our waiter choose for us. It was all delicious--so much fun!! In
addition to the food we watched the people and analyzed the
decor.  I gave their lighting an A+.  :)

We amused ourselves with plenty of shopping.  Chicago has
the best winter coats!  We were afraid we would be miserably
cold at the football game.  As it turned out it was a beautiful day
and a beautiful evening.  We were exited to watch as these
two great teams came together for another historical match.

I was amazed at the Notre Dame campus.  It is breathtakingly

USC played a great game!

And, as if that wasn't enough excitement, when we got back to
the Park Hyatt at 2:00 AM there was a crowd of people in front
of the door all holding Duran Duran albums.  We walked
passed the crowd, into the lobby toward the elevator and then
proceeded to share the elevator with two of the band members.
(Not 100% sure what their names were)

I had an incredible time!!!!  Some times I have to laugh at
myself.  A month ago, when we were climbing Half Dome
in Yosemite, I realized I had not fully thought through how
scared I was going to be. 

Now that my trip to Chicago is over, I realize that I didn't
fully understand before or during how amazing this trip was
going to be.  I am so grateful for the opportunity!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Outdoor Lighting

Yes please, I would like to have lunch here.

These are pretty outdoor lanterns.  I have a lighting
source that will make them to your exact dimensions.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

French and Fabulous

This chevron patterned floor looks like reclaimed wood.  It is
sooooooooo chic!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Trip to Morocco for Inspiration and Lighting

The magic of blog land is that you get to travel
to exotic destinations.  Today I'm imaging
a trip to Morocco.

Where would you like to travel? What do you do when you
travel?  Do you eat? Do you shop, do sports, look at antiquities?