light it up

We’ve been big fans of award-winning designer Suzanne Kasler’s style ever since we first saw her furniture collection at Lillian August in Norwalk, Connecticut. House Beautiful did an in-depth interview with her in the April 2010 Ballard Designs catalog using only Ballard pieces. We love the way she creates visual interest using largely monochromatic accessories. Suzanne shares our view that “matching is overrated.” We find matching too much of anything to be a bore, and this holds true in fashion, too, according to Lauren. Don’t you agree? We’re in the market for a new chandelier for a project, so we stared our search right here, with Ballard Designs Calisse 4-Light Pendant. It’s so classic- looking and unexpected over this table. Maybe we should just stop our search right here. For three additional chandelier recommendations, see below.

1. Crate&Barrel Riva Nickel Chandelier. This piece has both modern and traditional references. The shiny polished nickel has a very clean look to it. $219.00  2.Pottery Barn Amity 4-Arm Chandelier. The finish is a very cool textured bronze. $199.00. 3. Pottery Barn Armonk 6-Arm Chandelier. The bold curves of this piece would look great over a rectangular or square table. It’s larger than the others, too. $399.00 4. Ballard Designs Calisse 4-Light Pendant. This antique bronze finish is flexible with any color scheme. We love the tiered top. $299.00. These pieces are all so gettable immediately, but keep your eyes out for great chandeliers at local flea markets and tag sales. We found the piece hanging above our dining room table at a summer auction on Nantucket. It’s a keeper!

  • susan

    love your site….

    and curious: what color is the kitchen just visible in the background?

  • goodbone

    That is Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow HC-4. It’s a strong color- best in a well lit space.

  • Jamilyn

    I also love the new revamped Ballard Designs. I could easily order something from their new layout. I really like your light choices. Your home is beautiful and I enjoy getting a peak into it.


  • Canada Flowers

    For traditional references, I wonder what these might look like if roses were used.