Monday, April 8, 2013

Before the guests arrive...

Sometimes my favorite time in the evening is right before the party.  Candles lit, music play list chosen, appetizers made and the bar set. 

Getting the lighting right is always important to me.   Loving my Rose Tarlow chairs and white sofas. 

I painted our entry "Mizzle" a new color from Farrow and Ball.  Think mist and drizzle on an English seaside town.  Endless possibilities for rich blues, soft pinks, and vibrant greens. 

Laying out the platters for our yummy menu of Enchiladas, black beans, rice and a delicious Mexican salad.  We finished it off with my famous banana cake and butter finger cookies for dessert. 

I love bringing out my favorite vases for flowers, the roses my sweet husband brought me!

Spring is finally here so we're excited about spending a lot of time on our porch looking over the water.

Being a California girl it always makes me happy to use our outdoors area for entertaining. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Visit to The Urban Electric Company

Recently, we traveled to Charleston, one of my favorite cities on many fronts - the architecture, the history, the restaurants, the weather, the beaches, and of course the friendly people.  What a treat to visit one my favorite lighting companies - The Urban Electric Company!  

Thanks Missy for the tour!

The Urban Electric Company is headquartered in a huge brick factory in Charleston that used to make sails for the Navy.

The showroom has many fixtures we've used on projects!  
By the way, I love lanterns!!

I recently installed some of these mirrored sconces in a dining room in Greenwich.

Wonderful large glass bulbs.

The factory tour!

Working with a company that will do custom sizes and finishes is a dream for any designer!

More lanterns in production.

I think the shape of this lantern is so original... I just love it!

We took a peek at some models in prep for photography.

 Touring the factory I saw first hand the pride and craftsmanship that goes into each fixture. 


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