Sunday, November 16, 2008

Love at first light

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love chandeliers, all types, from the traditional to the transitional to the contemporary. Perhaps this is why I have not replaced the builder grade, late 80s brass chandelier that came with my home. I simply can't decide what style to get.

Things are becoming a little more clear, though. Last week I saw a chandelier that might just be 'the one' (pictured above). It was startling to see it in person, as I have several pictures of it in my inspiration files (or, at least, chandeliers that are of a similar style). This picture does not do it justice; it was a quick picture taken in the harsh lighting of a showroom. This chandelier is made by Paul Ferrante, and I am not quite sure how to describe the style. The gold is actually quite subtle. The chandelier is giltwood with crystals; others similar to this one have been described as French, Italian, or Genovese. Does anyone know more about this style? I don't see it too often in magazines, but when I do, I always take notice.

I first saw this chandelier in Southern Accents, March/April 2005. Suzanne Kasler did the interiors of this beautiful new home in Atlanta, and it is one of my favorite projects of hers (in fact, I think this was when first heard about SK). The chandelier in the living room is the same as the one I saw in the showroom last week - the 'Daphne' by Paul Ferrante. As you can see from the picture above, the chandelier is actually quite delicate in appearance when viewed in the context of a room. The overall impression is of lightness and grace.

Here is the same room on Kasler's website, a bit crisper as it is not scanned from a dog-eared copy of a magazine.

I love the antique chandelier in a room from a recent Veranda spread, as it is the style that I have been noticing. The architectural design of the home is by Steve Giannetti (husband to Brooke of Velvet and Linen), and the interior design is by Madeline Stuart.

A room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber has two chandeliers of this style.

The chandelier caught my eye in this room designed by Madeline Stuart. She obviously likes the style as much as I do! I think this is the Daphne chandelier by Paul Ferrante. The delicacy of the chandelier and the clubby chairs make for an interesting contrast.

Some time ago, Cote de Texas did a post on chandeliers, and this was one was my absolute favorite. I love the simplicity of the crystals.

I saved this picture a while ago, and recently learned that the interior design was done by Gerrie Bremmerman of New Orleans. I love the color scheme, but my favorite thing in the picture is definitely the antique chandelier. It is reminiscent of the Ferrante chandelier.

I am not rushing into any big purchases right now, so I will think about this chandelier for a while before making any decisions. In the meantime, if anyone has more information on this beautiful style of chandelier, please let me know.


  1. I am happy to hear that someone else is sharing my same dilema.

  2. Yes, so many choices and I need to replace some Yucky builder grade entry and hallway lights.

  3. ok - I have information on that chandelier!!! here it is. It says: buy me. today. please.

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  5. Hi, I love your blog and read it (along with Several other design blogs) every day! I have purchased a fabulous chandelier like that one on a buying trip to the South of France recently. It is in my shop now (Yes, for sale!). Come see at 2620 Joanel in Houston! Mine is Italian, Genovese (from Genoa, I think) and dates circa mid l9th century. They usually have a wooden stem with water gold leaf finish, which has a lovely soft look..... guilt metal arms, several layers, delicate crystals with draping swags... also a sort of canopy at the bottom of water gilt wood in an open work design. If I can figure out how to send you a picture, I will! Thanks for your fun and interesting blog!! Caroline Ellsworth

  6. Lovely chandeliers!!! These are great sources of inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Chandeliers always seem to be the crowning piece in a room. I have one of S. Kaslers creations in my store and people are going gaga over it.

  8. Thank you for the comments, everyone!

    Caroline, wish I were in Houston, but since I am not...if you have a chance please send me a picture!

  9. Beautiful photos. I agree with Cote de Texas...it's screaming your name!

  10. Hi,,,,, Its me, Caroline. OK, so how can I send you a picture??I am here at the apple store taking a lesson, and we cant quite figure how to get it to you. I could email you?
    thanks, Caroline

  11. So many beautiful chandeliers, it is a tough decision but just think about how happy you will be when you finally chose something you love!

    happy night,

  12. Wow. You do the best job at finding beautiful chandeliers! Madeline Stewart is a meticulous designer. No detail is left behind. I just had the honor of touring her most recent project here in Los Angeles. I was speechless. I am sure it will be in a magazine soon.



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