Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Design Inspiration - foyer lighting

In coming up with a list of light fixtures for our house, we were both stumped on a foyer light.  You might remember that we have a very high foyer, on a vaulted ceiling.  Both the height and the slope of the ceiling created a challenge in picking a fixture. 

Enter: Rejuvenation Seattle (again!).  My first trip to Rejuvenation Seattle left me inspired and excited about creating a unique look for our foyer.  This time, with the family in tow, we revisited the options for our space. 

We initially thought that the Hood fixture might be really cool.  The Hood fixture is available in both clear and opaque glass, with or without netting.  While I do like the look of the net, and it's sort of reminiscent of the Japanese glass floats that are popping up everywhere, I wasn't totally sold that the metal netting was right for our house.

Rejuvenation Globe pendant with clear glass
 After checking out the Globe pendant, we noticed two drawbacks:

  1. The top of the globe is left open for the light to insert into the glass - also a prime entrance for dust and dead flies.
  2. This fixture does not come with the fitting for a vaulted ceiling.

Rejuvenation Globe pendant with opaque glass and wire mesh netting
After realizing that the Globe fixture wouldn't be the right fit for our foyer, we began looking around at other options.  Enter the Rejuvenation 14 inch Opal Acorn Shade, mounted on the Imperial Neoclassical Pendant. If you've ever been to the Rejuvenation Seattle store, you'll see that they have several of these beautiful fixtures hanging in the showroom.

Admittedly I wasn't initially drawn to the Opal Acorn Shade, because I didn't feel like it fit with the decor of our home.  But after a bit more consideration, I realized that it had just enough of that special something to light up our foyer without being too busy or intricate.

From Rejuvenation
This large, glass acorn shade is decorated with a number of architectural "Revival" elements - all motifs that complement our historical reproductions.
From the modified egg-and-dart detail (also called "bead-and-reel") across the top to its scalloped sides, this shade brings bold, classical style to large spaces which won't be overwhelmed by its girth: spacious entries with vaulted ceilings, and commercial spaces including our Seattle retail store, where it's paired with the Imperial.
Though a bit smaller than its 14” papa, 12” Opal is still massive. Both sizes are best suited to the open spaces in large public and private buildings, although this 12” Acorn Shade might make good entry lighting for large, two-story Colonial Revival houses with open foyers

 Paired with the Imperial Pendant, a chunky Neoclassical chain in polished chrome:

From Rejuvenation:
By 1900, Victorian picturesque and asymmetrical designs were being replaced by Greek and Roman columns, capitals, coffers, and pediments as interest in Neoclassical design surged. After about 1910, substantial fixtures like the Imperial were common in large homes, businesses, courthouses, and other large public buildings.
Classic Revival design was meant to mimic the ideals of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Rather than heaping detail upon detail, these fixtures pick an element - be it the curve of an elegant shade holder or an acanthus leaf motif - and emphasize it with a simplicity of design. This focus makes them adaptable to many spaces and contexts

Suffice to say, I cannot wait to see this gorgeous light hanging in our foyer!

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