Victorian Lighting in Double Parlors 0
If you are a follower of our blog, then you know I've been using it to catalog and preserve some of the articles and press that have included our crystal chandeliers over the years. The photos are fading, which is particularly a shame in regards to these grandly decorated Victorian homes. I truly love the wallpapers and fabrics used in these interiors.
(Speaking of wallpaper... we frequently share the stage with Bradbury and Bradbury - check them out if you aren't familiar.)
Double parlors were common in Grand Victoriana, and those spaces just beg for fantastic, show stopping chandeliers. There is just something luxurious about twin crystal chandeliers and these photos are true examples of that lavish decor.
Our lovely Richmond 6 is lighting the space shown below, a historic home in the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans.
Victorian Splendor in New Orleans... written by R. Stephanie Bruno and Photography by Eugenia Uhl. Victorian Homes October 2011.
Our Charleston 6 is doing a fine job of adding to the historic feel of this Brooklyn Brownstone's double parlor.
Decorating a Brooklyn Brownstone ... written by Frances Gay and photography by Rob Kern. Victorian Homes issue Winter of 1994.
Stay tuned for more pretty photos and archives!
New Photos... 0
Here are some beautiful photos from a customer in Virginia. Thank you, Mary, for the photos!
Above is the popular Swarovski trimmed 8+4 Medium.
Above is the Swarovski trimmed Chesapeake.
And, lastly, the Swarovski trimmed Rosalie.
What Size Chandelier is Best for a Bedroom 0
What Size Chandelier is Best for a Bedroom?
My best answer to the question above is any size. Seriously. I think you can use any size you want.
Proper sizing: Room width + room length = chandelier width in inches... 10'x12' room takes a 22" wide chandelier. HOWEVER, in a bedroom, a chandelier is really an accent piece, so it is more about the decor. And, the ceiling height.
Ceiling height is the first consideration in a bedroom. You have to walk under the light, so standard height off the floor is 6 1/2 feet off the floor. Most people aren't taller than that (and if they are, they are used to ducking). If everyone in your house is short, good! That leaves more room for a chandelier. (Remember to account for ceiling hardware which can take up to 4" additional beyond the chandelier height.)
If you only have 8', you will do best to use a small chandelier, regardless of how large the room is. An 18" tall chandelier (maximum height for 8' ceiling) starts to look odd when it gets wider than 26".
If you are lucky, you will have tall ceilings and can use anything you want. But, unless you live in a palace, you don't want a huge chandelier in your bedroom. This is one room where less is more.
The History of the Baron Chandelier 0
We have great pride in our original designs, but we also find joy in creating reproductions. There is something satisfying about being able to recreate things of beauty from our past.
Over the many, many years we have been building crystal chandeliers, we have been called upon to work on any reproduction projects. One of our favorites was for Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.
The building itself is impressive! Originally built in 1888 by Henry Flagler as the Alcazar Hotel, it has been through a few variations and purposes over the years, but is now, most spectacularly, the Lightner Museum. (You can read more about the building at visitstaug.com and at https://lightnermuseum.org/history.)
Also in 1888, Mr. Flagler built the Ponce de Leon Hotel, across the street from the Alcazar Hotel. The Ponce de Leon Hotel is currently the heart of Flagler College and home of these beauties, the inspiration for our Baron chandelier:
Compare the instagram capture above to this great old photo:
And the history in this photo!
In the early 1990's we were approached by Lightner Museum about reproducing these chandeliers for the current phase of their amazing restoration journey.
With a few little changes and the blessing of all involved, we decided to keep the chandelier in our line of crystal reproductions and named it, fittingly, the Baron. It remains one of my favorite chandeliers.
If you haven't visited The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, you are really missing out on a fascinating collection of artwork and antiques. You will find updated exhibits along with learning experiences and an awesome staff of knowledgeable volunteers. Tell them the folks at King's Chandelier sent you!
To Shade or Not to Shade 0
Should you put clip-on shades on your chandelier or sconce?
There are many things to consider when deciding whether to add fabric shades to your fixtures. I am addressing crystal fixtures specifically, but many of the same ideas can be applied to other types of lighting.
One of the greatest things about adding shades to crystal chandeliers is that it softens the light. And, if the shades have white linings, the bulbs will reflect off that fabric and back into all the crystals. It really is quite stunning.
You can see in the photos above how the chandelier itself is lit by the way the shades push the light from the bulbs down onto the chandelier arms and prisms.
A few things to be aware of when purchasing:
1. Make sure that you are using a low wattage bulb - if using incandescent, between 15w and 40w, depending upon how big the shades are. If the bulbs become too hot, they will discolor the shades, or even worse, they will cause a fire. Most LED bulbs don't get hot enough to be of concern.
2. Clip on shades will fit either a candelabra bulb or a regular A15 or A19 (household type). Double check that you are purchasing the right type of shade.
3. Look at the interior color of the shade. We really like white interior for maximum brightness.
4. Most lighting fixtures will look best with a shade that has a bottom diameter of 4" to 6", depending upon how large the fixture is. Most of what we sell in the showroom is 4" to 5" bottom diameter.
5. If purchasing shades for sconces, ensure that the bottom of the shade isn't too wide. Measure the distance from the wall to the center of the socket. Half the diameter of your shade should be smaller than the distance from the wall to the center of the socket.
If you think that the light from wall sconces is a bit excessive, shades, either traditional or contemporary styles, are a beautiful way to soften that light.
From a decorating point of view, shades can be a way to change design perspectives of a fixture. An elegant drum shade can make a traditional chandelier seem more modern, or a bell shade can make a straight line chandelier seem more classic. In many cases, a shade can make a fancy chandelier just a bit less so.
Whether for practical reasons or aesthetic reasons, clip on shades can change the look of your lighting fixture.A couple of our favorite shade sellers:
Golden Oldies 0
When I clean out a drawer around here, I find the best things! I love these old photos from what must be the late Fifties. These lovelies were in some of our early catalogs showing the larger crystal chandeliers.
I'm not sure of the house and exactly who every one is... though the handsome man in the tuxedo is Durward King.
Although I don't recognize all of the people, I do recognize some of the furniture as pieces that found their way to our showroom over the years. Those pieces were meant to last generations - just like our chandeliers.