Montage: 24 Bedrooms With Bedside Light Pendants

When did the bedside reading sconce morph into a pendant? Sconces are much preferred over a table lamp, which I tend to find clunky both visually and functionally, but why the sudden fascination with pendant lights in the bedroom? Low hanging pendant lights, no less. Pendant lights that dangle much closer to the ground have been a growing trend, both in the bedroom and other rooms.

Would you do it? I’ve actually been thinking about swapping out the articulating sconces in our master bedroom. Then, last week, a 12-year-old with a strong throwing arm smashed the glass shade with a football. But I’m not sure I’m sold on the pendant light by the bed thing. Maybe I’m wrong. Thoughts?

Today, I’ve pulled 24 bedrooms that boast low-hanging light pendants, bedside.


Jean-Louis Deniot  •  Photo by Simon Upton   •  Elle Decor


Mikel Irastorza


Photo by Marcia Prentice


UK House & Garden


INT2 Architecture


Home of stylist Elisabeth Heier


Country Road Bedding  •  Est Magazine


Home of creative director Tom Adair
Stylist Stephanie Stamatis  •  Photo by Toby Scott  •  Est Magazine


Studio Moore


Home of Hansen Family furniture designer Gesa Hansen
Photo by Nathalie Mohadjer  •  Remodelista


Stylists Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory  •  UK House & Garden


via Designville


Stylist Julia Stadler  •  Photo by Warren Heath  •  House and Leisure


San Giorgio Mykonos Hotel


Stylist Julia Green  •  Photo by Armelle Habib   •  Inside Out


Mikel Irastorza


Photo by Jason Busch  •  via Timber Awards


Manoir de Verzy/Veuve Clicquot  •  Lonny


Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket at Mui Ma


Photo by Masfotogenica  •  The Style Files


Stylist Claire Delmar •  Photo by Prue Ruscoe  •  HomeLife/Inside Out


Moai Furniture via Behance


Alvhem Makleri & Interior

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Fine Print: Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors

Parisian architect and interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot opens his book, Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors (Rizzoli, 2014) saying, “I always want to get as far as possible from the white box.”

Indeed, Deniot’s interiors are like treasure chests, layers of neutrals that are truly unboring, at times even mesmerizing. Deniot mixes texture without resorting to sisal and patterns without hint of an ikat. Oversize statement artwork, from landscapes to off-color portraits, to the simplest abstracts mix with period light fixtures and furniture, along with custom wallpaper and rugs. While some of the rooms are definitely “decorated,” they mostly remain wholly welcoming.

Here is a sampling of rooms designed by Jean-Louis Deniot from his newly published book, Jean-Louis Deniot Interiors.


You may have seen this glam kitchen on Pinterest, or the old-fashioned way, in Architectural Digest. This is Jean-Louis Deniot’s own apartment, on rue de Lille in Paris. The cabinetry is clad in hammered silver, the countertops, backsplash, and floor are marble, and the brass light fixture is by Stilnovo. Note the pair of 1970s Ettore Sottsass gray ceramic candlesticks in the corner.


The custom wallpaper in Deniot’s dining room has the look of quartzite; I love how the naturalistic stripes works with the similarly organic shapes in the Nepalese rug. Chairs from the 1950s by Jacques Adnet chairs surround a 1940s dining table by Roger Thibier, over which hangs an antique chandelier from the 1840s. The drawing is by Konstantin Kakanias and the sconce by Willy Daro.


This 2,600-square-foot apartment is home to an influential art collector in Paris. The statement photograph really fools you (or at least me) into believing there’s a view.  The photograph Paradise 25 is by Thomas Struth. I like how this space feels quite spare, more so than many of Deniot’s rooms.


In the same apartment, the photograph Le Lait Miraculeux de la Vierge is by Bettina Rheims. The carpet is David Hicks, and the baubles hanging from the ceiling are part of a sculpture, Les Amants Suspendus by Jean-Michel Othoniel. I adore the irreverent photo and playful chair in an otherwise tailored room.


This is the master bedroom in a three-bedroom apartment by the Seine, owned by Londoners. A pair of 1950 black lacquered birch wood nightstands by Heywood-Wakefield flank a custom made upholstered headboard in a textural fabric, its nubbiness a contrast to the custom hand-sewn bed cover in baby alpaca. The gilded metal bedside lights from Jean Pierre Orinel are from the 1970s, with black lampshades by Anne Sokolsky and the black resin chandelier (which reminds me of a molecule model) is by Pouenat. A decorative painter gave the walls a faux parchment effect and Deniot designed the custom-made hammered brass fireplace. Off to the side, is an on-trend 1950s brass articulated lamp from Stilnovo; its white lampshade is metal. Love those doors. I want them to be gray lacquer, but I supposed they may be frosted glass.


This is actually part of Deniot’s office, a 3,700-square-foot workspace in an 18th century stone building in an arts and antiques neighborhood.  I could easily be happy with this as my living room. Alas, it’s Deniot’s client sitting room. The coffee table is by Ado Chale, and the contemporary candlesticks are by Hervé Van der Straeten. Two vintage armchairs are in the style of Royère and the agate topped gold side table is by Hiquily. The rug is mohair and silk from Solstys. If it were my living room, I’d sub out the artwork for an oversize contemporary photograph, probably with some green it.


Taking a detour from Paris, this room is part of a five-thousand-square-foot, four-bedroom apartment overlooking a lake near Chicago owned by two lawyers. I suppose the blue velvet sofa and more accessible painting might mark it more American, though overall the place is tres grande.

Photography by Xavier Béjot

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ARTmonday: IFPDA Print Fair

The IFPDA Print Fair, an art fair for prints, dating from the old masters to contemporary works, takes place at the  Park Avenue Armory in New York City this Wednesday, November 5, 2014, though Sunday, November 9, 2014. It’s a well-respected fair, with top collector pieces, but also includes more accessibly priced works. Here’s a preview of ten prints from the IFPDA Print Fair from Artsy.


Mickalene Thomas  •  Interior: Zebra with Two Chairs and Funky Fur, 2014
Relief, intaglio, digital, collage, enamel paint, colored pencil, gold leaf  •  Edition of 25
Tandem Press, Madison


Peter Saville  •  Joy 1, 1998 -2008
Ink jet print on hahnemühle paper  •  Edition of 10 + 2AP
Paul Stolper Gallery, London


Robert Mangold    Frame with Separation, 2014
Color woodcut  •  Edition of 35
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York


E.V. Day    Pillow Talk (Pink), 2013
Chromogenic archival print  •  Edition of 5
Carolina Kitsch Contemporary Art, New York


Rochelle Feinstein  •  Research Park Project: Mm, 2014
Handpainting and screen print on canvas
Graphicstudio USF, Tampa


Ed Ruscha  •  The Fan and its Surroundings, 1982
Lithograph  •  Edition of 55
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London & New York


Marco Maggi  •  Fanfold, 2014
Multiple of 12 etchings  •  Edition 12
Polígrafa Obra Gráfica, Barcelona


Takashi Murakami •  An Homage to IBK 1957 D, 2012
Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc, New York

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Sunday Bouquet: Roses Among the Gourds


Photography by N. Underwood

Mini pumpkins as bud vases.
Styling and design by
Kiana Underwood of Tulipina

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Saturday Say It: The End of Autumn


“Feuillemort” (noun) the color of a dying leaf. 

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Artwork in autumnal hues:

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Get the Look: 20 Handbags with Fringe

People have pretty particular feelings about fringe. I get it. Fringe can be all too hippie chick, or hokey cowgirl (now that’s fringe gone woefully astray). My husband is not a fan of fringe. He doesn’t even like the the lone leather strip of fringe that hangs from each zipper of my beloved Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Crossbody Bag. (I have teal, for special color occasions, but I just got a grey one that I use multiple times a week.)  My editor at the Globe Magazine has rejected a fringe fashion style page. (No matter, I’m turning one into my editor at the Globe newspaper instead.)

Following up on yesterday’s post Street Style: 28 Fashions with Fringe, I sourced 20 fringed handbags for you. In addition to the black & white Tribale Fringed Bag by Lanvin (LOVE but not willing to sell my soul), I’m kinda grooving on the simple and affordable #3. Tell me if you have any fringe-y plans for yourself this fall.





1 Jude Clutch by House of Harlow 1960, $275 at Pink Mascara.

2 Fringed Leather Clutch by En Shalla, $225 at Net-a-Porter.

3 Quinn the Lana Fringe Hobo Bag by BCBGeneration, $128 at Nordstrom

4 Everly Fringe Bucket Bag by Cleobella, $328 at Shopbop

5 Fringe Tote Bag by Ecote , $69 at Urban Outfitters

6 Fringe Handbag by George J. Love, $152 at Yoox

7 Joni Python Fringe Clutch by Michael Kors, $2,695 at Neiman Marcus

8 Finn Convertible Clutch by Rebecca Minkoff, $195 at Nordstrom

9 Moschino Heart Tote, $499 at Yoox

10 Isabella Fringe Crossbody Bag by Milly, $395 at Nordstrom

11 Nirvana Fringe Crossbody Tote by Lucky Brand, $218 at Zappos. 

12 Fringed Hobo Bag by Miu Miu, $1,950 at Saks Fifth Avenue.  

13 Fringe Hobo by Christopher Kon, $445 at Shopbop

14 Mini Fringe Clutch with Zodiac by Valentino, $797 at Stylebop.

15 Fringe Bag with Chain by Mossimo Supply Co., $29.99 at Target.

16 Fringe Tote by Tory Burch, $595 at Tory Burch.  

17 Girl’s Best Fringe Bag by Steve Madden, $67.99 at ModCloth

18 Fringe Leather Junior Lock Clutch by Loeffler Randall, $295 at Saks.  

19 Avoca Fringe Shoulder Bag by Urban Originals, $100 at Nordstrom.

20 Large Crossbody Fringe Bag by Sam Edelman, $148 at Zappos

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Street Style: 28 Fashions With Fringe

It’s not that I love fringe. I definitely don’t in the hippie fringe jacket and fringe suede boots kind of way. But there is definite appeal to the oversize black clutches with fringe hanging along the bottom. Absolutely minimalist, but not. It’s probably not all that convenient; I imagine the fringe gets stuck in taxi doors and wrapped around one’s fingers, or stuck in the bag’s own zipper, but those fringe clutches sure do look great in street style photos. The fringe skirts are interesting. Definitely a one or two season (at most) trend. The pencil skirts with the fringe swishing around the knees and legs are sexy. The fringe denim jacket with baggy jeans. Not so much.

Here are 28 street style photographs featuring fringe clutches, fringe skirts, with a sprinkling of fringe jackets and tops.


Elegant fringe clutch and flatform loafers.  •  Lucky Magazine


Valentino Scarab fringe clutch in red with glen plaid jacket.


Olivia Palermo carries a fringe clutch.


Black fringe clutch during Milan Fashion Week.


Metallic gold fringe clutch with gold running sneakers and scribble print mini.

Milan Fashionweek FW 2014, day 4

Metallic gold fringe moto jacket during Milan Fashion Week.


Ripped boyfriend jeans and fringe graphic top.  •  Tommy Ton


Poppy Delvigne wears a fringe skirt during SS15 Fashion Week.  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Distressed denim and fringe denim jacket.  •  SS15 Fashion Week  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Black leather pencil skirt with fringe and a graphic NYC baseball tee.  •  WWD


Silver sequin fringe clutch.   •  Flare

fringe-MichelleElie in Milan-bazaar

Jewelry designer Michelle Elie wears purple fringe skirt during Milan Fashion Week.


Fringe skirt and a Beatles graphic tee during Milan Fashion Week.


Fabric fringe mini with ankle boots.


Blogger Carmen Negoita wears a fringe pencil skirt during London Fashion Week.


Plaid dress with fringe during Paris Fashion Week.


Black fringe tote with torn black skinnies.


Fringe skirt and clutch with suede shirt  •  Collage Vintage

fringe-alina-tanasa-&-diana enciu-milan

Fabulous Muses bloggers Alina Tanasa & Diana Enciu in fringe skirts in Milan.


Florence Welch wears a fringed cape.


Maxi dress and oversize black fringe clutch.


Fringe clutch with gold running shoes and leather jacket.


Olivia Palermo wears fringe edge skirt and bomber jacket.


WeWoreWhat blogger Danielle Bernstein in nude fringe skirt and slides.


Blue fringe pencil skirt and graphic tee during Paris Fashion Week  •  Imax


Red & black stripe fringe midi.  •  WWD


Suede fringe jacket with white shirt and denim.  •  Harper’s Bazaar 

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Design Diary: Contemporary Kitchen With Folding Glass Wall

This fall I wrote about a condo in a classic 1920s brick Georgian in Brookline for the kitchen & bath issue of  Boston Globe Magazine. The story “A kitchen, deck combo lets the fun expand” features a sleek contemporary design by architect Michael Kim, who re-thought the client’s entire home. Initially a jumble of rooms and hallways indicative of life in the old days, Kim pretty much wiped the slate clean and designed a contemporary and highly single-floor family home that melds the indoors with the out. (David Cohen of Newton-based Hampden Design & Construction was the builder.)


Splitting the home in half lengthwise, Kim positioned the three bedrooms behind the expansive living space. The new linear kitchen, designed by kitchen designer Charlotte Bogardus of Kitchens by Coco, features custom ash millwork handcrafted by Fall River-based East Bay Cabinetry, a local and more cost-effective solution than the high-end Italian kitchen cabinets they initially considered.  The layout is perfectly symmetrical, with pullout pantries anchoring each end, one flanked by an oven and microwave and one by a camouflaged 30-inch refrigerator. In the center of that wall, pocket doors hide a niche for smaller appliances and auxiliary counter space, under which are two sets of fridge and freezer drawers.

Design and color consultant Shelley Reed, who had worked with the couple on their previous home, guided them in choosing finishes and furnishings. The floor is high-grade walnut stained a rich brown, a color that simultaneously grounds the space, sets off the pale ash cabinetry. Reed purposefully combined contrasting tones of wood, all of which pop against the walls, painted Benjamin Moore White Dove. The Italian leather and chrome bar stools were $10 Craigslist finds and the weathered teak outdoor picnic table from Restoration Hardware. They flirted with the idea of splurging on Bocci lighting, but ultimately went with a more budget-friendly multi-globe chandelier from West Elm


The 16-foot, stainless steel topped island, which the client loves even more now that it’s “beat up,” has a stainless double sink that they welded to the countertop for a seamless effect, a quick-to-cool induction cooktop, over which hovers a pared-down hood by Zepher that reads like a piece of contemporary sculpture.


A built in desk is home to the family computer, and further down the wall there’s a built-in bar.


The living room is outfitted with a modular sofa from Roche Bobois and a pair of chartreuse chairs from Ligne Roset. The shag rug is also from Ligne Roset and the concrete coffee table from West Elm. A floating shelf, which doubles as a bench, hugs the jagged wall.


The kitchen island aligns perfectly with the contemporary accordion doors that open to deck, which was designed by Boston-based landscape designer Ed MacLean of Potted Up. The mahogany deck features a gas grill, a built-in wooden banquette off to one side (not pictured), and semi-circular loungers by Tropitone (the homeowners saw a similar style in Florida and had to have them) around a fire pit that can also be topped to form a table). MacLean also designed gardens around the perimeter of the house. 

Photos by Shelly Harrison

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ARTmonday: Still Life Photographs by Anna Williams

This morning when I was looking for art to share with you, I came across a photo I had put assigned labeled Anna Williams “Seeking.” When I Googled Anna Williams, this Brooklyn-based photographer’s work came up. Not the Anna Williams from UGallery I had been searching for, but another photographer named Anna Williams.

This Anna Williams shoots lush still lifes, often of sensuous food, as well as quiet, rich interiors. She’s assisted Stephen Lewis, Bill Abranowicz and Gentl + Hyers, and has shot campaigns for Michael Kors and Williams Sonoma, as well as editorial for Martha Stewart, Real Living, and Food & Wine.

Her work is beautiful, so, proving detours can be very good, I thought I’d share. Here are 10 works by photographer Anna Williams.





Photographer Anna Williams Kitchen Interior

Photographer Anna Williams Still LIfe Fish Bones

Photographer Anna Williams Still LIfe Blood Oranges And Muslin

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life Measuring Cups & Pitchers

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life On Mantle

Photographer Anna Williams Still Life Nectarines & Plums

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Sunday Bouquet: Orange Roses & Burlap

Orange Roses In Glass Jar With Burlap DIY Flower Arrangment

DIY floral arrangement by Top This Top That

Orange roses in clear jar tied with burlap, plus green stems and twigs.

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