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Lessons in Lighting

8 Jun

I heard once that lighting is the jewelry of a room. I can’t remember where I heard that phrase, nor do I know who originally said it, regardless, I love it.

If decorating my home had a focus for the year, it would be lighting. While my home is still home to many basic fixtures, I have made a conscious effort to customize my cookie cutter with lighting that reflects my personal taste. As with most areas of decorating, I wait for inspiration, hunt for a good value, and take it one small step at a time.

So what have I done in 2015 to up my lighting game?

  • Added dimmer switches
  • Installed ceiling medallions
  • Upgraded ceiling fixtures
  • Added floor and table lamps

Move over candles! Dimmer switches can add the same romance to a dining room that candles might. They can also add a relaxing ambiance to a bathroom perfect for a soak. I personally like to gradually raise the level of light in my bathroom as I get ready each morning.

Ceiling medallions add architectural interest. Last year, I installed a simple one Black and White Entry. This year, a more ornate medallion in the dining room.

Eryn Ceiling Medallion Dining Room | www.gustoandgraceblog.com |#decor #home #interiors #diningroom #chandeliers

Lighting can be costly, but I have scoured and scored over the past few months. My under-buyer habits made me walk away from a great deal on a vintage lucite and brass waterfall chandelier, but I didn’t get a mile away from the antique store before turning around, realizing that I’d regret not scooping up the steal. I ordered a new canopy and hung it in the hallway. The photo really doesn’t do it justice.

Vintage Lucite and Brass Waterfall Chandelier

For more than a year, I have hunted for a black glass chandelier for my entryway. Then, several months ago, I stumbled upon an affordable (!!!) glass company from Italy. It felt like a huge break, and I promptly placed a custom order for a chandelier made of dreams. It not so promptly arrived more than two months (twice as long as anticipated) later. I expected it to be plug and play, but it came vacuum sealed in pieces. For the price, I can’t complain, and I’m always up for a new challenge.

Black Italian Murano Glass ChandelierShe’s my sort of bizzarre, edgy, Murano glass beaut. Please excuse my continued drooling.

Black Glass Chandelier Murano Italy

For some time now I’ve admired the late French designer Serge Mouille’s lighting designs. Originals are cost prohibitive, but I finally pulled the trigger on a fantasic reproduction of his 3-arm floor lamp from France & Sons. At nearly seven (7) feet tall, the lamp has a considerable footprint and filled a large void in my living room.

Neutral Living Room | www.gustoandgraceblog.com | #decor #home #interiors #mouille #design #livingroom #brass #furniture #MyRH #Anthrofaves #mywestelmThanks for Reading,

♥ Dominique

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Cookies and Cream Macarons

6 May

As  you are reading this blog post, Anthony and I are jet-lagged (but enjoying every minute of our first day) in Paris. We are here celebrating our one-year anniversary, fulfilling goals of travelling as often as we can afford our first few years of marriage.

I’ve probably eaten half a dozen French macarons by now, so I thought I’d share a recipe with you so you can get your own taste of Paris.

Cookies and Cream Macarons Recipe | www.gustoandgraceblog.com

 

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Parisian Bachelorette Party

6 Aug

In lieu of the “traditional” go-crazy-before-you-commit bachelorette party, my bridesmaids threw me a lingerie shower at my favorite Fort Worth bakery, Stir Crazy, after-hours. My creative sister made all of the French themed decor. I love these pinweels, made out of wrapping paper with Paris landmarks (like theEiffel tower and Arc de Triomphe) that spell out “Ooh La La.”

French Lingerie Shower *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

The gorgeous flower arrangement came from my friend Caitlin‘s wedding. She got married six days before me. You can see her wedding on Green Wedding Shoes. It was so fun to be engaged at the same time as some good friends and do our wedding projects together.

French Lingerie Shower *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

Robbie, the owner of Stir Crazy, made special mini tiramisu cupcakes just for my shower. So perfectly me.

Tiramisu Cupcakes

French Lingerie Shower Dessert Bar *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

I guess my friends are making the Barbie Lingerie Designing Contest a bachelorette party tradition.

French Lingerie Shower *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

Below is a shot of me and my bridesmaids at my shower, three days before the wedding.

Me and My Bridesmaids

All the wonderful showers that were thrown for Anthony and I, all the gifts that were showered on us- I hope I get the opportunities to pay those blessings forward.

All photos are courtesy of my sister’s camera, then edited in Photoshop.

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