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How to create a glowing home

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.


Also, Balthazar! You could even say that the lighting is crepuscular.

mad men lighting

Alex always says he loves “Mad Men lighting.” Inspired, I remembered reading these tips from Pilar Guzm├ín in Yolo Intel Newsletter:

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.

I love this Stockholm-designed concrete number (and here is a “steal” version from Target).

Finally the UK store Pooky has tons of cool prints and patterns, and you can mix and match lampshades and bases. How sweet it is the combo above?

What kind of lighting do you have in your home? Anyone pro tips when it comes to creating glow? (A portable lamp That seems like a cool idea too!)

PS How to beat the winter blues and an apartment with the most beautiful paint colors.

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