light lady

by Grace Bonney

According to my parents, my first word was “light.” Well, technically it was “dight,” but I pointed up to the ceiling light as I said it, so I think I officially have a long history as a lighting fan. We’re still hunting down the perfect office light (will the searching ever end? argh!), but these pieces at Lamps Plus caught my eye yesterday afternoon. While I don’t do a lot of mirrored furniture in my own home, I always love that look in other people’s spaces. And the sweet little chandelier below ($450) would be a fun way to bring that look into your home. But for me, the Tetra Collection light ($898) above has the most promise. I really really hate the color of the metal support rods above the main shade unit, but I think if you spray painted them black, copper or brass, it would totally transform the light into something modern and cool.

If you’re looking for something simpler, there is also a nice little range of smaller pendants ($160–$210 each) made of mercury glass that would look great in a cluster or in a row above a kitchen bar or elsewhere. That little fluted pendant ($480) next to the mirrored chandelier is on the pricier side, but I love the shape. Click here to check out more contemporary lighting options online. xo, grace

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  • I whole heartedly agree about the top lamp.
    As for searching for the perfect lamp, we are also on a hunt. However, it can not be a pendant lamp. we need something close to the ceiling. It is impossible to find anything remotely acceptable. Ugly ugly ugly. How about a post on… are they called flush lamps in English? “Best of close to ceiling lamps”. I could need some help.

  • @Therese, You can find some great lamps and shorten the stem making them hang closer to the ceiling. Not with the first lamp here, but good to keep in mind during your search. I actually did this on a project where my client wanted a chandelier in her bedroom, but didn’t have the space for it. I just had the installer shorten the stem. You can see it here:
    For a flushmount the Jonathan Adler Parker is a nice one
    Good Luck!

  • I just renovated my bathroom and installed the mercury glass lamp you featured (the one on the left.) I hung it over the sink; on top of looking very chic I can see every bump, pore and hair.

    BTW, when I need a little time away from work your blog is my go-to for internet escape. Thanks!

  • Hi Grace! Thanks so much for featuring some of our mirrored chandeliers and pendant lights. We’re loving all things mirrored right now, and have seen mirror showing up on a lot of furniture pieces too. (It’s so glamorous!) Here’s a link to a few really cool mirrored chests and side tables you might like: http://www.lampsplus.com/products/s_mirrored/category_furniture/

    @Therese – we have a “Close to Ceiling Lights” board on Pinterest that might be a good source of inspiration for your search: http://pinterest.com/lampsplus/not-your-ordinary-ceiling-lights/

  • Wow. I did a very similar fixture to the top on my landing 2 years ago – but it has a single pole. AND we have three of the mercury semi-squared globes (bottom right) over our bar. Get tons of compliments. Bought my globes at croft and little, which I think got acquired by Ylighting.

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