Sunday, March 15, 2009

it's kind of a big deal...

in my dining room, a reproduction of the star above hangs happily
a reproduction of the above chandelier hangs in my living room




Lighting.

You can spend all sorts of time and money designing and decorating your home, but if the lighting is off...it all falls flat. 


We all know and hear all the time the importance of lighting in design.  The way a room looks and feels is so dependent of the way it's lit.  There's nothing quite like natural light.  My home's interiors look best when natural, golden light come streaming through.  Everything looks better, except where I realize there's dusting to be done.  Not fun.  

When natural light goes away, here comes the beauty of invention.  Man made lighting.  Great balanced light and the the decorative vessels it glows from can really make even an ordinary room look great.  Finding ways to illuminate your home with great looking lighting that also identifies your style is key.    

Take risks.  Go bold.

Installing dimmers...also good.

-angelo surmelis

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16 comments:

Olive Rue said...

I totally agree with you 100%. I was actually surprised at how easy rewiring lamps and making your own is. Love the lamps you've posted!

Raggedy Girl said...

Since I live in a very dim house with little outside light streaming in, the lighting I choose is so important.

Nice post.

Roberta Anne

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Agree with the dimmers...just installed one on the new dining chandy this week!

david john said...

love the lamps!!!!

Samantha said...

Love it. Your living and dining room chandeliers are sooooo beautiful.

DesignTies said...

Wow!! Nice lights!!

I have a star light that I LOVE. It's actually not great at giving off light, but it's so beautiful to look at :-)

I'm looking for a new chandelier to hang in the entry of our house. That silver spirally one would be perfect!!

I totally agree about the importance of light. I need to have good light when I'm reading. And just in general, good lighting makes your home feel good :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Your killing me with today's post! I have two addictions..lighting & chairs. I am terribly fond of the newest lighting in ads from Restoration Hardware. Oh so yummy! Another good tip is once you replace the lighting that's hardwired, I suggest replacing your switch plates if you don't opt for dimmers. Old plates & outlets make a house dated. Thanks for the lovely post! Hope your birthday was smashing?
Cheers!

nikkicrumpet said...

OHHH so many of those pictures made me catch my breath! I made the mistake of letting the builder put in a bunch of the lights in our new home. We've spent the last 3 years trying to slowly correct our mistake. It is amazing the difference it has made. Although we still have a long way to go. But then it seems our homes are always a "work in progress".

Nani said...

I have to admit that I have always been a little obsessed with lighting... more specific chandeliers :)

Love your posts!

Kimberly said...

We are currently going through the attic, finding all sorts of 'good junk'. Some of it we haven't looked at for years...the hanging silver gives me some ideas for our eat-in kitchen area! Thanks, love the quirky...go bold idea...have a great week.

Trina said...

Yes, it is kind of a big deal. You are correct sir and I like Dumbwit Tellher, have a huge love of lighting and all it comes in. My problem, knowing when to stop. Wonderful blog. Enjoy reading and looking at it.

DesignTies said...

So many unique, original light fixtures, Angelo!! Such inspiration!!!
Victoria from EdinDesign Interiors @ DesignTies

mrsben said...

Such beautiful works of art and sculpture and even nicer that they are functional :)

One thing I admire about Candice Olson's work is, how she works magic with lighting.

Thanks for the illumination tips Angelo.... now do you have any for those little critters called Dust Bunnies? (JK)

WISHING YOU A BEAUTIUFL WEEK!
-Brenda-

Sandra said...

Just gorgeous. I love lighting and the images you chose are stunning. The ones you have chosen for you living & dining room are just beautiful. I love your blog.

TKS said...

I have been a fan since your first foray into the world of design on TV. Remember "Merge" on Lifetime TV? I watched and thought, this guy's different. I followed your career and I was right. You are a standout in a sea of mediocrity. I can only imagine what you have planned next. I look forward to your future, more personal show.

I love your blog.

Heather said...

I enjoyed this post and, like many others, have an obcession with lighting. That is- I like to buy light fixtures, but always get the wrong ones for my space. Too small, too big, too dim.......what are the "rules"? Are there any?
Love the chandy that you have in your living room-WOW!! Now where could I put that one........

Heather:)

PS LOVE your show! You have amazing talent. :)

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