The other night I went to a friend’s party and the apartment glowed. Candles and lamps filled every room, and fairy lights twined around tables filled with cheese and crackers. The mood reminded me of Cafe Cluny (above), a restaurant we have loved forever.
After a few times at our Brooklyn house for dinner, a couple who are old friends finally pulled us aside to ask, “How do you get the lighting to shine like that?” The short answer, and a perennial tip of ours, is alliteratively easy to remember: Mass (a dozen sources in a single room is not uncommon), Lateral ( sconces, lamps and accent lighting that hit you at or below eye level from all sides) , and Low (warm, sub-3000KW bulbs – or nothing higher than 25-40 watts if you’re still using incandescent).
Noticed! In our living room we mostly have overhead lights, so table lamps are now on my holiday wish list. Here are three beauties:
How sweet it is this?! It has a real personality.