When we decided to build a house, my husband requested that I space out the interior design over a 3-5 year time frame. I have definitely honored that request - we have been in the house for 4 1/2 years, and we are still working on the interiors (although after working on the living room and dining room this year, things feel more complete). I am very patient when it comes to finishing the interiors, and I like that my house has evolved over the past few years rather than being decorated all at once.
This is how my groin vault hall has looked since we moved in 2011. I included this image from an old blog post on lighting in my house to show that we still had items that we had not selected even a year after moving in, and that we wanted to focus on finding the right light fixture for the space rather than just picking something that happened to be on display at the local lighting showroom. Every time we tackled an additional phase of the interior design, my designer would contemplate this space and note that it needed a special fixture, but one never materialized.
Over the years, I have periodically checked to see how designers and architects I admire handle the lighting in groin vault areas. A few years ago, I wrote a post on groin vault ceilings to collect the images I had found in one place. Lanterns seem to work well with the style and lighting requirements of these special areas.
When we began the final phase of the design for the main floor, the groin vault lighting was high on the priority list. It is a central passageway in my house, and is located adjacent to where the piano is placed. There is a functional need for additional light as well as an aesthetic need to replace the bare lightbulb that has graced the space for over four years.
Here is the lantern that my designer selected for the groin vault hall. It is by Formations, and is made of wood painted in custom colors. It took 8 months from order to delivery. I think it looks great in the hall, and it is nice to have an additional light source for the piano, which is located to the left of the center arch.
More to come later on the rest of the new design elements in the house; we are still looking for a few items the finish things up and complete the spaces.
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