Ambient Glow: The Visual Appeal & Warmth Of Interior Lighting

The Warm Glow Of Interior Lamplight
The Warm Glow Of Interior Lamplight

There is something about lighting that adds such warmth and visual appeal to interior spaces. Perhaps there is no other time than the onset of Autumn, when the skies darken early and the chill settles in, when lighting takes a crucial role within our homes. The power of lighting. For certain, as a key element within our interiors, lighting can alter our moods. The beauty of natural daylight that moves to the need to add lighting when the sun begins its descent is where ambiance begins…

Ambiance:  The Visual Glow Of Interior Lamp Lighting
Ambiance: The Visual Glow Of Interior Lamp Lighting

While a room may be bathed in daylight by day, the lamp itself offers a decoration of the interior space itself. Form paired with function by dusk or by night. But of the ambient lighting that should light the corners of our spaces with a warm glow? That should spill forward onto our tables and cast a glow above the lamp shade itself? Essential when creating surrounds. A basic in decoration, yes. But a basic in creating the visual warmth of our interior spaces. Glowing shades of visual interest. The effects it creates is a love affair with light itself. Transformation into a captivating surround. The visual changes each room takes on when lighting casts its glow and the character and atmosphere the space offers…worthy of visual appreciation, indeed…

Of course, acknowledging the form of lighting within our spaces is also key. Personal preference in the selection of style, size and function. The world of lighting offers a world of choices that can be tailored to our own interior styles. Options. Beyond purpose and function, the lamp itself is part of the decor. Part of the impact of a space. Part of the visual appeal. But focussing on the ambiance of lighting…which can dramatic appeal and alter the mood of a room while simultaneously adding visual warmth is the focus. Beyond brightening up a dark corner, lighting can dramatically change the look and feel of a room. And what a delight that can be! Of course, I must mention the asset of adjusting the brightness levels of lighting with a dimmer switch or 3-way bulbs. My personal favorite. As each moment deserves the ambiance that is required within the moment. Purpose and function. Of course, as in the art of photography, lighting plays a key role in creating a visual. Diffused and reflective, lamp lighting offers us the ability to alter our surrounds. Diffused lighting is light that is not harsh and direct, but rather softened lighting. Reflected light is the light that is reflected from a particular surface or material. Visual appeal, indeed. Consider the visual appeal of reflective and diffused lighting within the interior as well as the form and function of lighting….

Lamps & Lighting Within The Interior
Lamps & Lighting Within The Interior
The Ambiance & Glow Of Lamp Lighting
The Ambiance & Glow Of Lamp Lighting
Casting Shadows & Adding Ambiance:  Interior Lamp Lighting
Casting Shadows & Adding Ambiance: Interior Lamp Lighting

And of the importance of task lighting? The beam of light that is directed on a surface highlighting an area that one works under is an important consideration when considering lighting’s form and function. Localized lighting to suit the task at hand. In stylish format, if you will…

Task Lighting: Direct Ambiance Of Functional Form
Task Lighting: Direct Ambiance Of Functional Form
Task Lighting:  Visual Form & Function Of Interior Appeal
Task Lighting: Visual Form & Function Of Interior Appeal
Ambiance In Lighting:  Interior Warmth With Task Lamps
Ambiance In Lighting: Interior Warmth With Task Lamps
Task Lighting:  Focussed Ambiance With Purpose
Task Lighting: Focussed Ambiance With Purpose
Form & Function:  Lamps & Task Lighting Within The Interior
Form & Function: Lamps & Task Lighting Within The Interior
Ambiance & Glowing Appeal: Interior Lighting
Ambiance & Glowing Appeal: Interior Lighting

Whether you prefer to light up a room or set a subdued scene with the glow and casts of table and task lighting, the choice is preferential. Subdued or intense. Yet the appreciation of the diffused glow of lighting deserves our consideration. As the Autumn sun fades into Winter, consider the glow within your interior spaces. Ambiance. Warmth of visual appeal, indeed….

Onward,

Kristin


“There is one fundamental fact about lighting: Where there is no light, there is no beauty
-Billy Baldwin

A room is like a stage.
If you see it without lighting
it can be the coldest place in the world”
-Paul Lynde

“Lighting is an essential way to change the mood of a room, especially if you can use dimmers”
-Thom Filicia

“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant”
-Oscar De La Renta

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Wedded Bliss Under Nature’s Canopy: The Outdoor Wedding Reception

Natural Delights:  The Outdoor Reception
Natural Delights: The Outdoor Reception

The outdoor wedding reception under nature’s canopy. Sheer delight of dreamy appeal. On a day in which the moment of a lifetime culminates into a celebration of significance under the sky of natural wonder, those that gather are seemingly transported within the magical setting set forth. Perfection. The scenery that is offered, courtesy of Mother Nature, offers breathtaking, natural elegance that pairs with the elegance of a grand affair. Nature itself provides a spontaneity and perhaps even an unexpected element that brings another dimension to a memorable celebration of life. The natural atmosphere paired with the embellishments of wedded celebration is simply magical. For certain, the charms of nature paired with the joy of a lifetime event are a perfect marriage in entertaining.

Simply stated, the visuals of magical moments of elegant affairs of wedded bliss under nature’s canopy deserve attention and mere appreciation. For those that will plan a moment under the brilliant sun filled sky or under the twinkling, star dotted sky perhaps the images, sourced and compiled from the wide world of the web, will offer inspiration of a grand event yet to unfold. And for those that merely seek inspiration for creating an event under the canopy of nature, may inspiration follow….

Breathtaking Delights Under Nature's Canopy:  Outdoor Wedding Receptions
Breathtaking Delights Under Nature’s Canopy: Outdoor Wedding Receptions
Evening Delights:  Wedded Bliss Under The Stars & Twinkling Lights
Evening Delights: Wedded Bliss Under The Stars & Twinkling Lights
Soft Hues Of Beauty:  The Elegant Outdoor Wedding Reception
Soft Hues Of Beauty: The Elegant Outdoor Wedding Reception
Evening Elegance:  The Outdoor Wedding Reception
Evening Elegance: The Outdoor Wedding Reception
Events Of A Lifetime:  Surrounded By Nature
Events Of A Lifetime: Surrounded By Nature
Outdoor entertaining:  The Elegant Wedding Reception
Outdoor entertaining: The Elegant Wedding Reception
Ambiance & Natural Appeal:  The Outdoor Wedding Reception
Ambiance & Natural Appeal: The Outdoor Wedding Reception
Candlelit Delight:  The Wedded Delight Of Outdoor Receptions
Candlelit Delight: The Wedded Delight Of Outdoor Receptions
Under Nature's Canopy:  The Elegant & Natural Outdoor Affair
Under Nature’s Canopy: The Elegant & Natural Outdoor Affair
Natural & Stunning Delights:  The Outdoor Wedded Event Of Elegance
Natural & Stunning Delights: The Outdoor Wedded Event Of Elegance
Outdoor Entertaining:  The Wedded  Outdoor Celebrations
Outdoor Entertaining: The Wedded Outdoor Celebrations
Outdoor Delights Of Wedded Celebrations
Outdoor Delights Of Wedded Celebrations
Wedded Enchantment:  The Outdoor Affair
Wedded Enchantment: The Outdoor Affair

Consider the beauty and elegance of a wedded celebration under the canopy of nature. Whether the event is filled with beaming sunshine or the twinkling stars from above, the outdoor event will offer memorable moments experienced by all. The beauty of nature is everywhere. Pairing that beauty with the beautiful moments of life? Perfection. Wedded bliss under nature’s canopy, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature”- Aristotle

Elements Of Historic Architectural Splendor, Charm & Elegance: Charleston, South Carolina

Historic Splendor & Visual Delights: Charleston, South Carolina
Historic Splendor & Visual Delights: Charleston, South Carolina

The visual splendor of Charleston, South Carolina…
Having visited Charleston during the early Spring blooms of March, my eyes spanned every angle in awe. From behind the lens there were very few moments in which I was not photographing the elements of Charleston that surrounded me. Compositions that beckoned to be captured at nearly every turn. Alas, in the world of digital photography, the options to continue clicking allowed me to capture well over 2,000 images. Should I have admitted this? A visual love of a city resulted in mass images. Although my mantra follows the “Less is more” principle, from behind the lens of a camera, when immersed within a city layered with history, exquisitely preserved architectural wonders, Antebellum mansions off the coastal shores, decorative iron work balconies and gates, gas lamp lighting, confection colored buildings with shutters and window boxes, trees dripping with Spanish Moss, palm trees and rustling Palmettos blowing in the Southern breeze paired with a skyline dotted with church steeples, it was no surprise to me that the number of images I captured were vast. Wonderstruck, for certain.

Founded during the 1600’s, Charleston is surrounded by the Ashley River and the Cooper River, off the Atlantic Ocean. Within the Carolina “Low Country”, English colonists settled Charleston during the 1680’s. At that time an urban development plan was established, called the “Grand Model”, which was an orderly grid of streets. For certain, I easily wandered these streets in amazement at the striking structures that lined the cobblestone streets and blue slate sidewalks. Charleston’s history began with crops grown on inland plantations of rice, tobacco, indigo and cotton. By late 1700, Charleston was the largest port in the America, behind New York, Boston and Philadelphia. With the successes of exportation, it is perhaps no surprise that the plantation owners and shipping magnates would build substantial three & four story mansions with distinctive verandas and ironwork. In 1783 Charleston adopted an ethical city motto: “She guards her customs, buildings and laws”. For certain, Charleston has preserved all of those. A city known for its survival and endurance, it is interesting to note that Charleston’s historied past includes being “raided by pirates, besieged by the British and burned to the ground during the Civil War, demolished by an earthquake and flooded by hurricanes”. Onward, indeed.

Known for some of the oldest landscaped gardens in America, this sophisticated city oozes with traditional Southern hospitality and charm. Coastal breezes off the shoreline brought added delight as I strolled through the streets. Horse drawn carriages covered with surrey’s pulled by Percheron draft horses brought back the period of a bygone era. Turn after turn, structures that were a visual tribute to the classical grandeur of historical decadence awaited my lens. From the verandas supported by columns, dripping with ferns, with ceilings painted sky blue to the pink-hued Bermuda stone, gambrel roofs, cornices, double staircases and iconic Charleston Single Houses (one room wide & deep with a single entrance door facing the street and and opening onto a porch that runs the length of the house and often 3 stories high), the visual entrancement that Charleston holds is stunning. From the decorative earthquake bolt covers embedded on the historic structures to the graceful palmettos that sway in the Southern breezes, the heart and soul of historic Charleston swells with attributes of an historic European city. From the iconic pastel hued “Rainbow Row” of buildings on East Bay Street, to the harbor and its historical link to the nearby Ft. Sumpter on Sullivan Island where the first shot of the Civil War took place, the historical importance of Charleston endures. Every turn offers history and architectural jewels on display. It has been stated that those that travel to this Grand Dame city can easily become seduced by her offerings. From behind the lens, I was clearly seduced. To edit through the multitude of images that I captured? Daunting. It is my hope that the images presented provide a mere feel of the beauty, elegance and historical, architectural importance of the stunning, jeweled Southern city of Charleston, South Carolina….

History & Visual Delight:  Charleston, South Carolina
History & Visual Delight: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Preserved History & Charm
Charleston, South Carolina: Preserved History & Charm
Vivid Delights In A Jeweled City:  Charleston, South Carolina.
Vivid Delights In A Jeweled City: Charleston, South Carolina.
Architectural Interest:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Interest: Charleston, South Carolina
City Splendor:  Charleston, South Carolina
City Splendor: Charleston, South Carolina
SouthernCharm & Visual Appeal:  Charleston, South Carolina
SouthernCharm & Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Interest Of Southern Style:  Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Interest Of Southern Style: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Features Of Iconic Style:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Features Of Iconic Style: Charleston, South Carolina
"Eye Candy":  The Appealing Visuals From Behind The Lens, Charleston /South Carolina
“Eye Candy”: The Appealing Visuals From Behind The Lens, Charleston /South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina: Striking Delights
Charleston, South Carolina: Striking Delights
Iconic Elements of Charleston, South Carolina
Iconic Elements of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Visual Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight
Visual Elements Of Historical Charleston, South Carolina
Visual Elements Of Historical Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  An Architectural Jewel Of Intrigue & Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: An Architectural Jewel Of Intrigue & Delight
A Southern City Of Jewels & Lush Green Appeal:  Charleston, South Carolina
A Southern City Of Jewels & Lush Green Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Architecture & Elements Of Historical Distinction:  Charleston, South Carolina
Architecture & Elements Of Historical Distinction: Charleston, South Carolina
Distinctive Appeal Of A Southern City:  Charleston, South Carolina
Distinctive Appeal Of A Southern City: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight That Beckons
Charleston, South Carolina: Visual Delight That Beckons
Palms, Palm Fronds, Ironwork & Shutters:    The Southern Charm Of Charleston, South Carolina
Palms, Palm Fronds, Ironwork & Shutters: The Southern Charm Of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  A City Of Shutters, Ironwork & Architectural Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina: A City Of Shutters, Ironwork & Architectural Appeal
Colorful Structures & Elements Of History:  Charleston, South Carolina
Colorful Structures & Elements Of History: Charleston, South Carolina
Candy Colored Structures Paired With Southern Details:  Charleston, South Carolina
Candy Colored Structures Paired With Southern Details: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Architectural Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Striking Details & Colorful Appeal Of A Jeweled, Historic City:  Charleston, South Carolina
Striking Details & Colorful Appeal Of A Jeweled, Historic City: Charleston, South Carolina

One of my personal favorites, architecturally speaking…“Two Meeting Street” Inn near the Battery. Touting “Romance, Civility & Grandeur”, this now renowned Inn is deemed as “The jewel in the crown of the city’s historic inns”. It is simply a jewel…

"Two Meeting Street Inn", Charleston/South Carolina:  A Historical  Architectural  Jewel
“Two Meeting Street Inn”, Charleston/South Carolina: A Historical Architectural Jewel
"Two Meeting Street Inn", Charleston/South Carolina:  A Historical, Architectural  Jewel
“Two Meeting Street Inn”, Charleston/South Carolina: A Historical, Architectural Jewel
"Two Meeting Street" Inn/ Charleston, South Carolina: A Historical & Architectural Jewell
“Two Meeting Street” Inn/ Charleston, South Carolina: A Historical & Architectural Jewell
Palm Fronds, Spanish Moss & Vintage Iron Work Paired With Striking Architecture:  The Splendor Of Charleston, South Carolina
Palm Fronds, Spanish Moss & Vintage Iron Work Paired With Striking Architecture: The Splendor Of Charleston, South Carolina
Historical Charm & Southern Hospitality:  Charleston, South Carolina
Historical Charm & Southern Hospitality: Charleston, South Carolina
Timeless Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Timeless Visual Appeal: Charleston, South Carolina
Lush, Green Appeal:  The Historical City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Lush, Green Appeal: The Historical City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Visuals Of Delight At Every Turn:  Charleston, South Carolina
Visuals Of Delight At Every Turn: Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  Historical Architecture & Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina: Historical Architecture & Appeal
Charleston, South Carolina:  A City Of Architecture & Visual Delight
Charleston, South Carolina: A City Of Architecture & Visual Delight
The Charms Of The Historic, Coastal City Of Charleston, South Carolina
The Charms Of The Historic, Coastal City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina:  A Jeweled, Architectural Delight Of Southern Charm & Elegance
Charleston, South Carolina: A Jeweled, Architectural Delight Of Southern Charm & Elegance
Myself, Mesmerized & Awestruck In The Jeweled Southern City Of Charleston, South Carolina
Myself, Mesmerized & Awestruck In The Jeweled Southern City Of Charleston, South Carolina

Consider the architectural appeal and historic charm that Charleston offers. The history that layers this city laden with mossy surfaces is evident. The lush fronds of Palmetto’s & other greens offer pure delight. For certain, the city of Charleston is always flowering. What is also certain is that the historical structures will remain unchanged, protected by historical preservation, “Mother Nature” permitting. This American Southern city of distinction is a place where charms dwell, offering a soul stirring pull at the heartstrings for those that travel here. Memorable. The “Genteel Surrounds” that swirl around oneself while strolling along the historic district of the French Quarter and elegant streets of downtown Charleston will remain unforgettable.

The compilations presented are not necessarily visuals of streets, but rather, elements of the iconic details that represent Charleston. Aside from the sweet fragrances and breezes that only one’s mind can imagine, the visuals on display are there for all to appreciate. Gifts that Charleston holds enduringly. The pastel hues of jeweled and stunning architecture are mesmerizing. The visuals are more than what one camera can capture. Charleston will always remain as one of my favorite American cities. Appreciation from behind the lens, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Tiered Elegance: Vintage French “Baguès” Gilt Bronze “Palm Frond” Chandeliers dripping in Crystal Prisms

Glamour & Elegance Of French Distinction:  The "Palm Frond" Chandelier
Glamour & Elegance Of French Distinction: The “Palm Frond” Chandelier

The mesmerizing and elegant “gilded” bronze “Palm Frond” chandeliers. Stunning. I have been smitten with them ever since I fell under the spell of their distinctive beauty hanging within the home of a close friend who possesses a flair for vintage details and French embellishments. Craig, this one is for you. Upon the initial moment of sight the impact was immediate. Years later, on a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, I rediscovered this French emblem of high style hanging from within the French Quarter antique stores that hold French history. Spotting these dangling above me with luring appeal furthered my desire to learn more about these objects of fascination. Seeking the history of this “emblem of French savoir-faire” offered minimal visual images of interiors that included this particular gilded beauty. Alas, a return to the home that began my love affair with these lighted objects dripping in crystals was in order. Interspersed among the compilations presented are the photographic images from behind my lens of his elegant chandeliers of bronze and crystal bliss…

Maison Baguès:  French Creator Of Art Lighting
Maison Baguès: French Creator Of Art Lighting

Seeking the history of an object of grand ornamentation leads one to the French Maison Baguès located in the center of Paris. Originating in 1840 Maison Baguès would become known as the the creators of luxury lighting (www.bagues-paris.com). Originally founded in Auvergne and specializing in liturgical bronze a shift to lighting would become the focus with the arrival of electricity. In 1880 Eugene Baguès introduced bronze light fixtures of distinctive styles cast in bronze and dripping with crystals. The birth of beauty, indeed. And of the art of lighting that would evolve? During the 1920’s, sons Victor Baguès and Robert Baguès “enlarged the bronze lighting collection of their father and created their own iron models”. The vast range of “Baguès” included the use of parrots & foliage chandeliers as well as wall sconces. Alas, the “palm frond” chandelier! Iron and bronze, shaped with traditional methods, offered chandeliers that were covered in leaf gilt gold (or silver leaf!) with hand assembled crystals. The appeal of these striking lighting embellishments would extend internationally and offices were soon opened in New York, Rome and Cairo. Of note, during the Great Depression, Maison Baguès fell under the control of bankers. In 1957 Victor’s son, Jean-Pierre, bought back the company and revived the collection while introducing new elements of artful lighting. Alas, French craftsmanship paired with heritage endures!

Today, Maison Baguès is situated under the Viaduct des Arts in Paris and continues to preserve its heritage by devoting itself to the restoration of vintage pieces as well as providing new creations by current well known designers. Perhaps it is no surprise that Maison Baguès has earned the description as “A synonym of elegance and a guarantee of excellence” . “Elegance” and “Excellence”, indeed. Heritage that endures.

Eugene Baguès In His New York Office
Eugene Baguès In His New York Office

As with anything of enduring appeal, the vintage “palm frond” chandelier would experience an international appeal and a revival during the 1930’s and beyond. Beautiful Italian versions would soon grace striking interiors. Perhaps it is the appeal of the heavy, solid bronze frame that offers a warm patina paired with elegant crystal prisms that brings a timeless essence to this lighted delight. The chandelier of palm fronds and crystal is also noted as an element of the “Hollywood Regency” period, which was born from the appeal of the “larger than life” Hollywood movie set design during the golden age of filmmaking.

Hollywood's Actress Carole Lombard /1936:  Hollywood Regency Period
Hollywood’s Actress Carole Lombard /1936: Hollywood Regency Period

The Hollywood Regency period (1930’s) brought the glamour and glitz that was so befitting to include the glamorous solid bronze tassel frame with palm fronds dripping with crystal. Tiers of molded palm fronds with cut crystals and bulbs of light. Befitting in “Art Deco”(1920’s-1940’3) interiors or any interior that demands a focal point of unique and striking elegance, the beauty of these chandeliers transform visually by day and night. Stunning. And I am eternally smitten…

Variations Of French Elegance:  Bronze & Brass Palm Frond Chandeliers
Variations Of French Elegance: Bronze & Brass Palm Frond Chandeliers
Tiered Palm Fronds Of Brass or Bronze Patina Dripping In Crystal
Tiered Palm Fronds Of Brass or Bronze Patina Dripping In Crystal
Stunning Pendants Of Tiered Elegance:  The "Palm Frond" Chandelier
Stunning Pendants Of Tiered Elegance: The “Palm Frond” Chandelier
Vintage Patina Paired With Shimmering Crystal:  French Elegance
Vintage Patina Paired With Shimmering Crystal: French Elegance
Vintage Appeal Of Timeless Delight:  Crystal & Bronze "Palm Frond" Chandeliers
Vintage Appeal Of Timeless Delight: Crystal & Bronze “Palm Frond” Chandeliers
A Chandelier Of Timeless Elegance With French Appeal:  Bronze Palm Fronds & Crystal Prisms
A Chandelier Of Timeless Elegance With French Appeal: Bronze Palm Fronds & Crystal Prisms

Consider the stunning beauty of these unique, artful sculptures of lighting. Personally, my love of this sophisticated crystal and bronze chandelier is enduring. The timeworn lustrous patina of bronze paired with shimmering crystal prisms endures to enthrall me. As timeless as these original French ornaments of high design are, I will continually seek their visuals. Acquiring one is a goal. Perfection in lighting. Tiered elegance with the appeal of nature dripping in crystal prisms, indeed…

Kristin

Glowing Beauty: Lee Rhodes & Her Gift Of The Hand-Blown “glassybaby”

Lee Rhodes/"glassybaby"
Lee Rhodes/”glassybaby”

The allure of “glassybaby”. A glow of warmth and inviting appeal. What is a “glassybaby”? Beyond its description as a “small, colored glass cup, candleholder or vase”, a “glassybaby” is truly an elegant hand made vessel of stunning color that holds the glow of candlelight. Oh, the simplicity and glowing beauty with a tea light that it holds. A handmade colorful glass votive holder that offers choices of over four hundred stunning colors with which to personally fill your spaces with coordinating glow to your interior display. I will personally add, there is simply nothing quite like the glow of a glassybaby. It is an experience that will lure you. A rainbow of choices for flames to dance within the elegance of a light reflecting colorful glow

Hand-Blown Colored Glass:  "glassybaby"
Hand-Blown Colored Glass: “glassybaby”

Perhaps an brief understanding of the reason behind the creation of this quiet luxury is in order to further appreciation if your interest is piqued….

Based in Seattle, Washington, “glassybaby” was founded by an award winning entrepreneur, Lee Rhodes. A private company with a philanthropic purpose. A quiet luxury with a cause. The cause? In 1995, at the age of 32, the mother of three battled a third round of a rare form of lung cancer. Having given her husband, Emery Rhodes, lessons in glass blowing in the past, Emery created small glass “cups” or “baby glasses” to comfort his wife. Lee would light these glass objects with tea light candles to seek comfort during the difficulty of her cancer treatments. The gift of this small glass vessel produced a life changing opportunity. Rhodes recollections of patients in chemo waiting rooms that struggled to pay basic needs during treatment offered an opportunity to help. In 1998, Rhodes hired local glassblowers and began selling these vessels of molten glass from her garage. The company was officially founded in 2001 with a new glassblowing studio set up in Seattle in 2003. Her mission and intent? Spreading hope while giving back a portion of sales for cancer patients. Rhode’s message has been described as “Perserverance and strength through light”. Indeed, she has succeeded and continues to give the gift of hope. As Rhodes terms it, “Candles for a cause”

“I feel joy that we created something that touches so many people”- Lee Rhodes

“glassybaby allows people to take that 30 seconds of peace and calm to find healing”- Lee Rhodes

Beyond Rhodes appearance in 2008 on Martha Stewart’s television show and the countless accolades of merit the company and Lee Rhodes would obtain, it is her gift of hope that endures to gain attention. By 2011 glassybaby had donated more than $600,000 to various charities, following Rhodes goal to donate 10% of all sales to charities helping cancer patients with costs during chemotherapy. glassybaby has since surpassed its one million donation goal to charities across the country and aims to reach “one million more”. Imagine! Quite an intent of hope. Beauty paired with giving.

“The more glassbaby grows, the more money we will give away”- Lee Rhodes

Lee Rhodes & Her "glassybaby"
Lee Rhodes & Her “glassybaby”
glassbaby.com
glassbaby.com

The original glassybaby is a glass votive, roughly 2.5″ in diameter and 3.75″ tall. Given the fact that each is handmade, variations of distinction certainly are bestowed to each vessel of hope. Of interest, to produce one glassybaby is said to take approximately 12-14 minutes by a team of glass artists. Quality in craftsmanship, indeed. The “team” that create these glowing vessels comprise of over 70 artisans. Four artisans and three layers of glass per glassybaby. Imagine. That said, beyond a molten ball of glass on a blowpipe, consider the time, the energy and artful talent of glassblowing that each vessel holds. The beauty of an art form. Beyond the skill and time taken in the creation, it is interesting to note that the European color rods used (which are lead free) are said to be derived from elements of nature, the “recipes” of some of which are stated to have endured for centuries. History and the colorful glow of an art form.

Lee Rhodes/glassy Baby & I November 2013
Lee Rhodes/glassybaby & I
November 2013

In November of 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Lee Rhodes. Her appearance in our quaint, Northern Illinois town of Woodstock was part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s, Creative Living Series at the historic Woodstock Opera House. Of note, Lee was part of the same series and stood on the same stage that Martha Stewart once stood and presented. History. At the time Lee Rhodes presentation took place we were celebrating our 50th year of a series of inspiring and acclaimed speakers. Another iconic moment for our series, indeed. Her story was expressed so simply and naturally. Sincerity. Warmth filled the air as we journeyed with her through her shared story of hope. Afterwards, the delighted audience gathered closely around her and the amassed collection of her glowing vessels. As a board member of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association, I had the pleasure and the opportunity to meet her and personally express my gratitude for her gift and my adoration for the hand blown vessel I had discovered years prior (And of my newest addition? deep lipstick red in color, of course!). But I must express the genuine joy and sincerity that glows from within Lee Rhodes and spills outward for all who surround her. Pure joy. Upon meeting her and directly experiencing her spirit of hope and joy of life, the impact and my appreciation of her glassbaby’s have deepened. Her joy and effervescence of life is within my interior when I light my vessels of hand blown beauty. Is there any better gift with our lives than to touch others with love? A flame that will endure. Indeed, the new tagline for these vessels of glowing beauty is just that: “glassybaby Forever”. For certain, it is also perfectly quoted as “One Of A Kindness”. Indeed.

Lee Rhodes/Glassy Baby/Woodstock Opera House 2013
Lee Rhodes/glassybaby/Woodstock Opera House 2013

And of the glowing beauty of these vessels within the interior? Beautiful. Whether a single glassybaby or a mass of glowing bliss, the stunning glow warms the spaces it fills….

Glassy Baby Glow Massed Within The Interior
glassybaby Glow Massed Within The Interior
Warm Glow:  glassybaby Vessels Of Inviting Calm
Warm Glow: glassybaby Vessels Of Inviting Calm
glassybaby:  Versatile Vessels Filled With Delight
glassybaby: Versatile Vessels Filled With Delight
Colorful Delight In Candlelight:  glassybaby Style
Colorful Delight In Candlelight: glassybaby Style
Glowing Elegance Of Colorful Allure:  glassybaby
Glowing Elegance Of Colorful Allure: glassybaby

Consider the unique and reflective glow of a glassbaby. Whether filled with the glow of a votive or blooms of fragrant bliss, glassbaby delights. A luxurious element within our interiors that simultaneously brings the gift of hope to others. The mission of giving that is melded into each glowing vessel is forged together beautifully. Consider the glow of inviting appeal that is full of spirt. Hope and love. Beyond the visual warmth on a cold or dark day, the calm and peaceful glow delivers an inviting appeal that gifts back. The “Power of Giving”. glassybaby Forever. “One Of A Kindness”. An appreciation of the gift of glowing beauty, indeed…

Fill your world with the beautiful glow at glassybaby.com.

Kristin

PS: To Lee Rhodes…Thank you for your glowing gift of enduring hope and love.

glassybaby
glassybaby

A Year Of Interior Color Inspirations

Interior Color Inspirations:  January/Striking Black & White,  February/Hues Of Pink, March/Brilliant Green,  April/Dramatic Blue
Interior Color Inspirations: January/Striking Black & White, February/Hues Of Pink, March/Brilliant Green, April/Dramatic Blue
Interior Color Inspirations:  May/Warm Yellow, June/Refreshing Coral, July/Statement Red,  August/Tranquil Turquoise
Interior Color Inspirations: May/Warm Yellow, June/Refreshing Coral, July/Statement Red, August/Tranquil Turquoise
Interior Color Inspirations:  September/Subtle Beige,  October/Painted Black,  November/Muted Gray, December/Crisp White
Interior Color Inspirations: September/Subtle Beige, October/Painted Black, November/Muted Gray, December/Crisp White

“A year in color”. A visual journey of color inspirations…

Color is defined as “That aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of the light reflected or emitted by them, definable in terms of the observer or of the light.” For certain, the world of color is an inspiration of possibilities within our interiors. Choices of tone, mood and statement. An appreciation of hues of color drenching the interior, coating the walls or saturating our spaces is worthy of our focus. Whether you live within the wonder of bold and distinctive hues or muted shades of appealing allure, the choice is certainly yours. Choosing to fill your spaces with colors that bring joy to you and define you and your personal sense of style is paramount. Whether white or vivid and bold red, the choice is personal. Yet an appreciation of all colors is also paramount…

Enjoy the visual reflection of a year of “color” coating interior spaces. And if you desire to linger further, month by month, for more visuals and words of description of these coated hues? Peruse the category “Interior Color Inspirations”. Inspiration may follow…

Cheers to “color” within your interior!

Kristin


“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions”
-Pablo Picasso

Sconces: Wall Mounted Lighting Of Distinctive Style

Wall Mounted Style:  Sconces
Wall Mounted Style: Sconces

Wall-Mounted ambiance. A “Sconce” is defined as “a type of light fixture affixed to a wall in such a way that it uses only the wall for support and the light is usually directed upwards”. Lighting without a base on the ground that provides an inviting glow that cascades onto the wall itself and the surrounds within the interior. Visual interest paired with function. “Sconces” are also defined as “a bracket candlestick or group of candlesticks or an electric light fixture patterned on a candle sconce”. A decorative wall bracket for holding candles or lights of distinctive style…

The first known use of the word “Sconce” was during the 15th century. Of note, the Dutch word “Schans” was taken from the German word “Schanze”. The word “Sconce” is taken from Middle English, or Old French “Esconse” which referred to “Screened candle or lantern” and from “Escunser” (to hide/obscure). Derived from the Medieval Latin word “scnsa” taken from Latin Absconsus. Further, “Abscnsa” and “Abscondere” (To hide away) and “Condere” (to preserve). What has been preserved is the timelessness that wall mounted sconce lighting has offered throughout the history of interior design. A lantern, perhaps, but one that is not hidden but distinctively on display as a key aspect of designing within the interior. Distinction, for certain.

Of additional interest, sconces are considered one of the earliest forms of lighting fixtures. First appearing in classical antiquity, the evolution from candles to wall mounted lighting of electrical illumination would result. Of course, along with evolution of a practical, useful element into a more decorative form of design, carvers and gilders would design sconces that were influenced by the style of the rooms they would embellish. Whether it was the gilded and elaborate Rococo or more classical shapes of form, the sconces that would decorate walls with function and style endure as timeless elements of interior design

Classic & Timeless Wall Mounted "Sconce" Lighting
Classic & Timeless Wall Mounted “Sconce” Lighting

“Sconces” provide not only lighting and ambiance to a space, but can become focal points that can flank fireplaces, mirrors and artwork or define an area in ‘stand-alone’ style. A visual frame for the eyes to rest upon. Sconces certainly provide a visually warm, inviting atmosphere to an interior. Lighting up a darker area of a room or adding additional lighting to a well-lit space, the illumination and addition of the wall sconce is striking in any setting. Whether used as accent lighting or as the main source of illuminating light within an interior, the visual appeal of the sconce earns focus as an object of decoration within our spaces. Whether a sconce that holds candles to illuminate and provide added ambiance within a room or a shaded sconce of electrical glow, sconces add an element of radiating interest, indeed…

Reflections Of Light:  The Appeal of  Sconces
Reflections Of Light: The Appeal of Sconces
Stylish Embellishments Of Glowing Style:  Sconces
Stylish Embellishments Of Glowing Style: Sconces
Stylish Additions:  Wall Sconces
Stylish Additions: Wall Sconces
Accent Lighting:  The Wall Sconce
Accent Lighting: The Wall Sconce
Reflected Light Of Style:  Sconces
Reflected Light Of Style: Sconces
Sconces:  Statements Of Distinction Within The Interior
Sconces: Statements Of Distinction Within The Interior
Defining Spaces:  The Distinction Of  Lighting  With Sconces
Defining Spaces: The Distinction Of Lighting With Sconces

Consider the sconce to add another radiant dimension to your interior spaces. The shadowing from its warm glow and layer of luminous light not only adds definition to a space, but provides a focal point within an interior. The diverse choices provide a personal statement of distinction within the interior of reflected light. A wonderful reflection of light that brings a room aglow with visual interest. Wall-mounted lighting of distinctive style, indeed…

Kristin


“For me, it is about the silhouette. It is equally beautiful from every angle”- Interior Designer, Brian McCarthy
, on “Sconces”

Interior Color Inspirations: The Bold & Dramatic Statement Of Black Painted Walls

Distinction With Painted Walls:  The Bold Backdrop Of Black Painted Walls
Distinction With Painted Walls: The Bold Backdrop Of Black Painted Walls

The black painted wall. Positively bewitching. The color black seems to cast a spell of delight for the senses. “Black Magic”, indeed. A striking backdrop of bold distinction with attitude coated fearlessly on our walls. Although stated to be a trend in recent years, I challenge that positioning. The bold impact of black is certain to remain, presenting the case for bold impact of elegance and drama. A classic? I state the case. Fearless impact with saturated color. For certain, a fearless attitude comes forth when one contemplates coating walls with the hue that perhaps causes one to ponder the depth that ebony black presents. Bold contrast of a stunning hue within our interiors. Black as night delight

The word “Black” comes from the Old English word “Blaec”(“black”, “dark” and “ink”), from the Proto-Germanic word “Blakkez” (“burned”), the Proto-Indo-European word “Bhleg” (“to burn, gleam, shine, flash”) and “Bhel” (“to shine”) related to Old Saxon “Blak” (“Ink”). In addition, the word black was referenced with the Ancient Greek word “Phlegein” (“To burn,scorch”) and the Ancient Roman word “Ater” for flat, dull black and “Niger” for brilliant, saturated black. Color hues of depth and richness delineated. In Old High German, “Blach” referenced the word “Black”. Alas, the term that finally adheres to the depth and saturation of the color of night. One of the first colors used by artists in Neolithic cave paintings, black is the darkest color in the color spectrum. Yet, an absence of color. The result of the absence of light or the complete absorption of light. The very opposite of white, black is the very representation of darkness in contrast to light.

Although the associations to the color black are diverse throughout history, perhaps it is sufficient to simply acknowledge the visual and magical power when this hue is coated within the interior. Bold impact with elegance. Unexpected drama, perhaps. For certain, lighting is key when considering the darkening allure of black. Alas, the art of designing the interior. However it is found within the interior, whether in glossy black or flat matte black, the bold confidence with which it is chosen is paired with fearlessness and striking style

Unexpected Drama:  The Striking Statement Of  Black Painted Walls
Unexpected Drama: The Striking Statement Of Black Painted Walls
Coated In Dramatic Elegance:  Black Walls Of Painted Style
Coated In Dramatic Elegance: Black Walls Of Painted Style
Black Painted Walls:  Fearless Color With Bold Drama
Black Painted Walls: Fearless Color With Bold Drama

Consider the dramatic and sophisticated coating of black paint within the interior. Perhaps an aura of mystery and intrigue is added to its striking, visual impact. A bold and dramatic statement, indeed…

Kristin

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Lightweight & Airy Style: The Appeal of “Paper Lanterns”

Celebrations With Airy Style:  The Appeal Of  Paper Lanterns
Celebrations With Airy Style: The Appeal Of Paper Lanterns

The appeal of lightweight style. The airy paper lantern. Although found in almost every imaginable shape and size of airy delight, it is the simplistic, round paper lantern that my attention falls upon. Alas, truth be told, it is the elegance of the pure white delight of a white paper lantern that truly delights me with its simplicity. But oh, the additions of the lovely rainbow of vibrant, pastel and muted colors! Certainly limitless is adorning spaces or events. Although perhaps more of a temporary decoration due to its delicate nature, these round paper lanterns are sure to coordinate with any themed event or style preferences. Perhaps it is the temporariness of the lantern itself that strikes us. A temporary luxury of lofty style. Paper lanterns seem to provide a defining elegance of simplicity. And of the paper lantern lighting that creates a warm, soft glow? Quite a sight to behold when massed together and illuminated. Aglow with style. Stunning evening decor worthy of any celebration, indeed…

The history of creating lanterns began in China in 230 BC. Initially the lanterns, first referred to as “Sky Lanterns” or “Sky Candles”, were not used for decorative purposes but rather for military aid purposes as a “communication medium on the battlefield”. Who knew? The lantern has since evolved as an key accessory for not only Asian cultural practices, celebrations and festivals (such as the “New Year”, “Mid Autumnal Festival” and the “Lantern Festival”/Yuen Siu Festival) but have also been held as symbols of joy, hope, fortune, good wishes and longevity. Historically, airborne paper lanterns, released into the night sky for aesthetic effect carried with them the belief that they would carry messages to the gods. Again, who knew? In fact, these lanterns were hung inside and around homes to ward off evil spirits. Lofty responsibility for these lanterns of atmospheric style. In ancient times, these hanging lanterns were often plain and simple. Yet during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 to A.D. 907) an emperor is said to have commissioned the construction of 30 enormous lantern towers, each 1,500 feet high. Imagine! Said to have been bedecked with jade and jems, the replication of such elaborate lanterns would prove difficult to the people, thus the lantern tradition eventually took hold in the form of transparent paper on thin silk. And of the lantern that preceded the lightweight paper lantern? During the 16th and 17th century, merchant ships from America and Europe brought silk to the Far East, enabling the rise of the silk hanging lantern. Perhaps, in time, the cost of silk brought forth the embellishment of tough paper that covered the frames of collapsible bamboo or metal frame hoops. Of note, in China, paper lanterns are classified into distinctive classes. Of the classic, round mid-sized lantern that beckons me, it is classified as the “Tomato Light” or “Big Red”. Indeed, perhaps the distinction of the red, bold lantern is eternally linked to the Asian world. For the global world, however, the Chinese paper lantern as decoration is enduring, no matter the color…

The "Tomato Light" ("Big Red") Lantern
The “Tomato Light” (“Big Red”) Lantern
Distinctive & Bright Embellishment:  Paper Lanterns
Distinctive & Bright Embellishment: Paper Lanterns
The Lightweight Ambiance Of Paper Lanterns
The Lightweight Ambiance Of Paper Lanterns
Global Accompaniment Of Decorative Style:  The Simple Elegance Of The Paper Lantern
Global Accompaniment Of Decorative Style: The Simple Elegance Of The Paper Lantern

Of course, a nod to the stylized and decorative paper lantern, which deserves its own appreciation in history and interior decor…

Stylized & Decorative "Paper Lanterns"
Stylized & Decorative “Paper Lanterns”
Interior Embellishment:  Paper Lantern Style
Interior Embellishment: Paper Lantern Style
Classic White In Airy Delight:  The Charm Of The Paper Lantern
Classic White In Airy Delight: The Charm Of The Paper Lantern

Consider the embellishment of ambiance with the paper lantern. Illuminated by lit lanterns, an event becomes magical and light. Included within the interior? Lightweight style and perhaps unexpected whimsy. For certain, paper lanterns are a unique and unexpected decoration in an interior setting that will certainly liven a space with interest. A visual expression that is elegant and simplistic but presents an impactful style. Appealing and airy style. Airy delight of lofty style, indeed…

Kristin

“Crowned” Magnificence: The French Empire Crystal Chandelier

The French Empire Chandelier

The elegance and grandeur of the French Empire crystal chandelier provides a stunning magnificence wherever it is suspended with its graceful yet complex beauty. The classic French form is not only a decorative ornamentation in “gilded” golden brass or wrought iron components paired with beaded crystal and finial of icicle drops, but the light fixture itself is enduring glamour that becomes a focal point of opulence.

French chandeliers are made of brass or iron that is carefully crafted to curve, framing the light they bestow. Whereas other chandeliers utilize chains that make up the body of the fixture, French chandeliers are described as appearing as “A bouquet with iron stems spreading out to expose the light bulbs”. Although the number of light bulbs vary, there are typically six or more. Radiance, indeed.

The French Empire Chandelier (buzzonantiques.blogspot.com)
The French Empire Chandelier (buzzonantiques.blogspot.com)

The history of the French Empire style chandelier begins in Medieval France, were chandeliers were constructed of iron and held candles for lighting. It was during 17th century France were these chandeliers were transformed into lavish decorations for royals and kings, such as Louis XIV. Of course! Dripping in crystal beads, the addition of flowers or detailed castings, these exquisite Empire Chandeliers showcase the fine historical craftsmanship from the era in which its dazzling form was crafted. Of interest, the French Empire chandelier with its emphasized brass or wrought iron component differs from the English chandeliers, designed with multiple glass drops. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the French Empire chandelier were manufactured in diverse sizes to fit a multitude of spaces that demanded its brilliance. It is no wonder its demand was high! A splendid array of elegance was a requirement, for certain. Popular in literature and masses of historical buildings, the French Empire chandelier is a recognizable and distinctive style. Oh, an ode to the infamous “Phantom Of The Opera” and the opulent chandelier that symbolically bore the phantom’s wrath. Certainly the crashing chandelier scene in the Paris Opera House climaxes the performance. Opulence of distinction paired with elegant drama…

The Iconic French Empire Chandelier In The "Phantom Of The Opera"
The Iconic French Empire Chandelier In The “Phantom Of The Opera”
Musee D'Orsay, Paris Chandlier Room
Musee D’Orsay, Paris, Chandlier Room

On a recent trip to New Orlean’s and its stunning French Quarter, I became absolutely enamored with the brilliant elegance of the French Empire chandelier. Of course, a common lighting fixture found throughout grand interiors of the French Quarter and beyond, it is not surprising to stumble upon opulent antique stores that showcased the glorious majesty and sumptuous luxury of the French Empire chandelier (and of course, I simply had to photograph…). With the pomp and impressive distinction of these elegant beauties, I was indeed, smitten…

New Orleans/French Quarter: Drenched With Empire Chandeliers
New Orleans/French Quarter: Drenched With Empire Chandeliers
Exquisite Style In Crystal: The French Empire Chandelier
Exquisite Style In Crystal: The French Empire Chandelier

The French Empire Chandelier: Grand Ornamentation In Gilt Bronze And Crystal
The French Empire Chandelier: Grand Ornamentation In Gilt Bronze And Crystal

Classic & Stately:  The Signature Addition Of The French Empire Chandelier
Classic & Stately: The Signature Addition Of The French Empire Chandelier

Crystal Elegance:  The French Empire Chandelier
Crystal Elegance: The French Empire Chandelier
Elegant Style Paired With Opulence:  The French Empire Chandelier
Elegant Style Paired With Opulence: The French Empire Chandelier

Distinctive decoration that adds an element of extravagence to any interior, whether a traditional or a more modern flair of French Empire Style, the centerpiece that these French Empire chandeliers provide is one of enduring allure. Today, modern French chandeliers are often made of materials such as porcelain and glass, however, the classic French Empire chandelier of shimmering crystal beads and intricate brass or iron construction, will continue to adorn interiors in high style. Luxury and sophistication paired with complexity of design. Enduring allure of brilliance and magnificence in “crowned” style, indeed.

Kristin