07 November 2012

Dear Miss Cote de Texas

  La lettre RTP

Today, we have a letter from Houston, West University actually – right by my house!

Dear Miss Cote de Texas:

I am in the midst of a HUGE renovation project right down the road from you  and I need some assistance with a look I have been in love with forever….lanterns over my island!

I have attached two different pictures of the lantern look I love.  I have scoured the internet and have found a couple different sources who appear to make lanterns that look similar to these that I can get wired for electric, over gas. However, I know you are the queen of all things design so I wanted to see if you have any reliable sources you have used in the past to produce lanterns that look like this at a reasonable (okay, cheap) price. To the trade or retail would work.

Also, if you have any advice on specific dimensions to be used, that would be fabulous. My island size is 6’10” long and 5’ wide. Oh, one more thing…have you had any luck retro-fitting 6” can lighting for something like this or is it always necessary to completely re-wire and patch the hole where the can lighting was previously.

 

 

 

Here are the reader’s two inspiration pictures:

 

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This picture from Houzz, shows two Paris street lanterns with the yoke detailing.   These are from Lanterns and Scroll, but I found their web site not very customer friendly.  HERE.  Notice how high the ceiling is – two stories.  

 

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The second inspiration picture came from a story I did about this house and its renovation which lasted an amazing 20 days!   HERE.  These lanterns were vintage, if my memory is correct, and she bought them in Dallas many years ago.

 

Dear Reader:  I feel your pain.   I, too love these lanterns and for years have looked for a good, reasonably priced source.  Even better is finding an original lantern from France that is priced less than a new car!

 

 

This original lantern cost $4500.  It is 19th century, from Watkins Culver on 1st Dibs.   watkins

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This original lantern is 19th century from 1st Dibs, Watkins Culver, HERE.  $4,900.  And it still needs to be electrified.

 

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Chateau Domingue - 18th French bought from a Provencal Mas.  Price – call the dealer.  Again, it still needs to be electrified.  So, reader,  you can see, buying an original French lantern is something very few of us are able to do.  But, there are decent reproductions that I have found.

 

 

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Like I said, I have long loved the French lantern look, but was priced out of buying a original.  That’s why I was so excited when I found my lantern at M. Naeve.  It was reasonably priced and though new, it had the exact look I liked.  So much so that I bought two!

 

 

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The second lantern hangs on my staircase landing.  Unfortunately M. Naeve doesn’t have any more of these.   As I told you a few weeks ago, the good news is that Aidan Gray is coming out with a lantern that was based on this one.   But, until then, where to go to buy a good looking Parisian styled lantern that is reasonable?

 

 

 

 

 

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I found this rectangular shaped lantern for a client.  It is from Pottery Barn and we bought two.  One, here, is in her family room.

 

 

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Then, in the adjoining breakfast room, we repeated the same fixture.  The price was so low – that buying two was in the budget.  And I think it’s a great look.  For an island though,  I would use just one of these.

 

Pottery Barn is a little strange, though.  Their lanterns tend to go from being available in one catalogue to not in the next.  This particular one above is not for sale right now.  But, the lantern below, was recently made available again, after it was off their inventory list for a long time:

 

 

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At $349, the price is right and so is the size:  15" wide x 17.5" deep x 27.5"  HERE.

 

 

 

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See how large it is.  Your island seems rather large, so it might be able to take two of these over it.  It would be worth a try – you can always return them if they are too big.

 

 

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Holly Mathis Interiors bought this Pottery Barn lantern and then painted it.  Notice the yoke – a very authentic detail especially at that price point.  Since the yoke seems to be important to you, I would definitely test these lanterns out.

 

 

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This handsome lantern is from Ballard Designs.   Though it doesn’t have the yoke detailing, it does have a pretty dark bronze finish.   It is much smaller than the Pottery Barn lantern at  19"H X 13" – but, it’s hard to judge the size you need without seeing your space. 

 

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From Ballard again, the Francis lantern might be a better choice.  It’s bigger at 23 1/2"H X 15"and actually looks very French.   There is no yoke, but the chair is very attractive, as is the top “chimney” element.  And, it’s only $299.00 – so buying two is very reasonable.

 

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Look at it over a bed, you can see that two of these might be perfectly sized for over a kitchen island.  HERE.

 

 

 

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From Bellacor, I bought this one for my mother-in-law and it is a great bargain at only $166.00!   I would replace the sleeves with white candles though.  It’s a nice size at 11 1/2"W x 22"H.  Several bloggers bought this lantern – it’s a great look for the money.  HERE.

 

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On Pinterest, this lantern was painted a fun Kelly green.  It look so different painted green.  Red would be another great color to paint it – or black.

 

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Here you can see it hanging in blogger Southern Hospitality’s former house.  HERE.  It’s a great bargain and a great look.

 

 

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Ever since I found my daughter’s chandelier on Amazon, I always check that web site for everything.  I recently read an article that said Amazon’s prices are the cheapest out there – so it’s a great place to look for bargains.  This light fixture is fabulous!  Three on one row, which would look fabulous over an island.  It measures 9.5" Width, 42" Length, 23" Height.    HERE.

 

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Restoration Hardware has two lanterns that are decent.  This design is pretty, but it drives me crazy the way the light is.  It measures a nice 17"W x 20½"D x 34½"H and comes in either a zinc finish or a rust finish.  It’s a beautiful lantern but the lightbulb is terrible.  I don’t know why they designed it this way.  If it had a conventional lighting unit, it would be  at the top of my list.  At $429, it’s slightly higher.  HERE.

 

 

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Restoration Hardware does have this one, smaller at 12" x 20½"H and the bronze finish bothers me somewhat.  but, the shape is pretty.  I’m surprised Restoration Hardware hasn’t come out with one fabulous lantern.   $399 – still higher.   HERE.

 

 

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Circa Lighting has several lanterns that I like, but some were too expensive to show here.  The first, Ralph Lauren “Lauren” brand at 17 3/4”x23” is the perfect size for two over a kitchen lantern.   No yoke, but it does have the pretty chimney top.  Very similar to the Ballard lantern, but twice the price at $660.00.  I would love to see both in person to compare the quality to see if this high price is justified.  HERE.

 

 

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This one really has a “look.”  It’s very attractive and comes in three sizes and black or white.  This is the biggest and my favorite – at 25”x39”, it is really large and expensive at $1,540.00  HERE.

 

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But…the smallest one is 14x21” and is $660 – and could be a good choice over an island.   HERE.  It really has almost the same exact look as the antique lantern from Chateau Domingue: 

 

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Of course it is missing the patina, but I’m sure for a lot of people, this original antique has too much patina!

 

 

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I know this lantern, The Brantley,  is way too expensive, but I just can’t resist showing it.  From Suzanne Kasler for Circa Lighting, it has a wonderful faux patina.  And I love the shape.  It truly does look the price.  It’s 12”x21” – so two would be perfect for the kitchen island, if you wanted to spend a small fortune.  $1,470.00.  HERE.

 

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$856.00 from  Troy Lighting HERE.

At 24.5" x 12.25" it’s a great size, though somewhat expensive for two.  But, look how gorgeous this is!  No yoke, but who cares when the lantern is this pretty!!!  Love the finish on it. 

 

 

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Troy Lighting again – this lantern comes in 3 different finishes – small it is 20.75" H x 10.25" W for $658.00.   But it you like the previous one, this one is just a bit smaller and less expensive.  Worth thinking about – if it’s in your budget.  Get the finish on the larger one – in the gray.   Much prettier.

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But, by far, the best is the Bevola copper lanterns HERE.  You custom order these by style, size, and accessories.  They come ready for either gas or electricity.   They are gorgeous and are quite popular.  While more expensive than the kind I have shown, they are still not outrageously priced.  They look more than they are.  The Bevolos are an investment and since you are remodeling, it might make sense to spend the extra money to get something really special.  This lantern is from their French Quarter collection.

 

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Here it is with the yoke detailing.

 

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The London Street lantern is equally beautiful.  

 

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Here, a reader sent in her kitchen with two French collection Bevolo lanterns.  Gorgeous!!!  I don’t know how much they actually are, but it would be worth it to ask them.

 

So, I think you have a lot of options – for over your island.  Depending on your budget, you have a lot to choose from.  My choice if budget wasn’t an object would be the Troy Lighting, the larger one.  Maybe I’d even chose that one over the Bevolo.  It just has a “look” – a little different, but still with the feel of the antique Parisian lanterns.  I also like the Ballard Francis lantern – for the price – a great look.  And, the Pottery Barn is a great look, also.

 

About your question regarding re-wiring, I think you won’t have any problem with wiring since the can lights are already there.  I use the BEST electricians in Houston to hang chandeliers and sconces.  Half the time, I don’t even need to patch where they’ve worked.   They can hang a sconce where no one else can.  They are amazing!!!  If I wre you, I would call them and have them hang the lanterns where you are ready.  It won’t take them but an hour at most and they are very, very reasonable!   Their name is on the left side of the blog, along with my favorites.   There name is The Bennett Fan Company.  Call Randy @ 281-484-1401

 

And, while I was searching online for lanterns, I found a few chandeliers that caught my eye for various reasons:

 

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From Wisteria, at 38”x32” for only $799.00 HERE.  There are others for less money on the internet, but this one just has a very pretty look to it and I think it’s worth spending a few hundred dollars more if you can afford it.   The proportions are so lovely as are the tassels and the finish.  It looks like a retail winner.

 

 

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This chandelier is from Horchow and is really pretty also and much cheaper!!!  I would buy this in a heartbeat, regardless of my budget.  It’s smaller than the Wisteria one at 32”x22.”   There is a sister one that is much larger than this at  32”x33.” 

 

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Only $395.00.   WOW!

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  This bedroom by Pamela Pierce has long been a personal favorite of mine.  It has to have been published over 10 years ago, but I still love it.    The bedspreads – are so pretty, as are the soft colors, the taffeta window shade – and the dainty chandelier.    I found a chandelier on Horchow, one from Circa Lighting, that reminded me it. 

                                                                                                                    

 

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Also on Horchow, a Visual Comfort chandelier – “Flanders” – while not gold, there is something about it that is sweet like the one in Pierce’s bedroom.  The crystals add just  hint of glamour.  I wonder how this looks in person because in the picture, it looks really nice.  It’s on sale now for 30% off $755.00.  HERE.  If anyone does buy this, let me know how it looks in person. 

 

And this last one:

 

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Remember the September issue of Elle Décor with the Kelly Wearstler house located on Mercer Island, Washington?   I run hot and cold with Wearstler and even in this house, there were a few rooms that I just don’t get – the guest room for one.  But, and a huge but, others are stunning.  Like this stair hall off the main salon – I think it’s gorgeous, with the French Art Deco inspired brass railing that Wearstler designed.  The contemporary space mixed with the classical looking sculpture is really special – and so Kelly.

 

 

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But it’s the library that took my breath away.  WOW.  Wearstler tore out the bedroom above this space to make it two stories.  The fireplace was clad with a gorgeous slab of black marble with shots of white through it.  She trimmed in rows of brass.  Amazing.    The desk, also designed by Wearstler is a wood version of the marble.  Against all this are the moss green shelves filled with books and accented by brass lights and railings.  To call it stunning doesn’t seem quite grand enough.

 

 

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The desk, I wonder – did Kelly give the carpenter a trapezoid figure to carve on the sides?  And following the geometric angle, notice the molding on the sides of the shelves – a triangle followed by a circle.  Something only Kelly could dream up.  The rug itself a looks like another geometric pattern.  And the lamps – the perfect touch.

 

 

 

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The pièce de résistance!  The spiral staircase mimics the larger one found outside the salon.  I think this is the most wonderful room Kelly has designed.  I just can’t get enough of it!

 

 

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The dining room is designed in shades of purple, something Kelly says she has never done before.  She designed the console using the same wood as the library’s desk.   Notice the two chandeliers.  Described as Venetian glass, the two fixtures are the focal point of the room, where the walls are covered in de Gournay paper.  The ceiling is a shimmering gold. 

 

Looking at the house, it’s obvious that Wearstler used top of the line resources.  It looks like money was no object – the quality of the surfaces, the custom furniture, it all looks so expensive – for lack of a better word.  

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I love this tablescape.   The tall lamp is balanced by the nude bronze and the triangle.  The painting is so wonderful on the de Gournay wallpaper – I love the colors in it.  And those oreo cookie sconces!   Only Kelly!   The Venetian chandeliers are listed in the references as from Tom Thomas.  I looked on their web site for the chandeliers but they weren’t there.

But, if you want to design a room around those Venetian chandeliers, you are in luck!  Look what I found, on Horchow!

 

 

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The price, $2,005 – plus they are on sale!  They aren’t called Venetian, instead Horchow calls them Retro Glamour Chandelier.  They are from Cyan Designs. On Horchow, it does say the chandeliers are on Elle Décor’s Facebook page.    HERE.  It did make me wonder what Kelly would think if she knew the chandeliers were on Horchow.  She prides herself on using such original objects, but maybe she wouldn’t care at all.  It just really surprised me to see them for sale on a catalogue.  

The good thing though is if you wanted to replicate this dining room design – with the availability of the chandeliers, I think it would be possible to do.  It certainly wouldn’t look as great without the painting and the console, but the wallpaper could be fauxed and you could substitute a black console instead of the black and white one.  The table would be hard to copy, but a limed wood version might work just as well.  Still, the most important element are the chandeliers – and those are available!!  Fun to think about!

 

If you have a question for Dear Miss Cote de Texas, be sure to email me at mrballbox329@aol.com    I still have a few left to answer, so if you have submitted one,  I will try to get to it soon!!!

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

42 comments:

  1. Exterior lanterns need the same attention to detail.

    Why?

    1st impression is made, outside your home, about who-you-are.

    It's very rare for me to design a landscape without changing the existing light fixtures.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    & thx for the resources!

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  2. Home Depot sells some lanterns at a very low price point.

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  3. It is amazing how, once a "look" gets popularized, the lower price point homw shops come up with creditable and affordable reproductions.

    A note on Venetian chandeliers, they can be bought direct from manufacturers on the Island of Murano in Venice, who have made them in a gazillion styles for eons, and they ship them very well, the individual elements shrink-wrapped in plastic on cardboard. One needs to know hoe to assemble them, but it's pretty simple for a competent electrician.

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  4. What a stunning collection of lanterns! I have seen a number of pictures of "antiques" on blogs recently that don't totally convince me of their provenance albeit difficult to see in an image. I suspect that a new generation of master craftsmen have evolved who can copy patina sufficiently well :-) With a little research, time and patience I would rather have a go at patinating a cheaper lantern myself if that was the desired look. There are a whole host of recipes on the internet to achieve this on different materials. I too am coveting an island with lanterns but that's another story....

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  5. Thanks for these great lantern selections! The triple lantern from Amazon has the wrong link...can you give a current link? I love that one!

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  6. Joni, I just bought the Horchow chandelier after seeing it here.. The whole site is 30% off so I got it for $276 plus free shipping!

    Nancy

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    1. I have the Horchow chandie too! I had been eyeing it for a really long time and finally found it at the Neiman Marcus Last Call store for $120!!! I should have bought all 3!!!

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  7. As usual, great information and resources, and so comprehensive!

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  8. Joni do you know how much of a gem you truly are? I mean willing to help and find people affordable alternatives for something they want for their homes. I need some inside lamps and I'm off to check out Horchow thanks to the reader above...THANK YOU!

    XXX
    Debra~

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  9. For your letter writer, I would pick the Troy Lighting one. Reason is that with the finished detail on the bottom, it doesn't look like it should be sitting not hanging. Nice detail there. The styles with the little legs on the bottom don't appeal to me because I think they should be sitting on a surface. Also want to mention that on potterybarn.com there is a Harper lantern for $399.

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    1. Summer, I would never have noticed that but now that you pointed it out I totally agree.
      Joni, you should feature the Swede Collection, absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for all the research you put into this post, love the Dear Ms CDT
      Sarah

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  10. Love lanterns. Really like the PB one. It was unavailable when we needed it unfortunately.
    Those Italian chandys are a bit tired. The originals are lovely in the right context but they're getting to watered down and stick-ly if I may make up my own word. Don't know if that makes sense.
    LOVE the KW house. She is a genius even though I often don't "like" her work and certainly wouldn't want to live in most of it (that library excluded) but she's a true original with such a sense of style. Those chandys are very nice if used appropriately but I wouldn't stick them over an island.
    Thanks for the post Joni, enjoyed this one!

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  11. oh my, thank you for this post. It couldn't have come at a better time. I am redoing out front door/foyer area and I have been looking for a pendant lantern light for the foyer, but haven't found too many that I am happy with. Thanks for the additional ideas and websites to visit!!

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  12. Great information! thanks Joni. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  13. Love the selections; am off to Horchow, and Pottery Bran and Ballard has some great looks at reasonable prices!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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  14. I love the look of hanging lanterns and have been looking for one for over our kitchen table - so pleased to see that you found some options that I wasn't aware of! Another lantern that I found that wasn't on your list (but I think is quite pretty) is Wisteria's Regal French Chandelier.

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    1. I went by the Wisteria store in Dallas yesterday. They have about 5 of the Regal French lanterns in their flea market section for less than $200 and they mark down everyday.

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  15. Hi! I just wonder when we will se your library? Love your blog, Helena

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  16. I have to book mark this--sooo comprehensive when looking for lanterns. Thanks for all this research.

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  17. Very useful post. Love all the lanterns. One reader commented that the Italian chandeliers were "so tired". I still really like them but am wondering what might be something new and exciting. We have found a new house and are in the process of selling our current one so I am in the market for NEW everything.

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  18. Hi Joni: love seeing all the lanterns---- the first lanterns that you showed which are sold by the company Lanterns and Scroll are located right around the corner from where I live right here in Charlotte North Carolina. They are actually made down near Columbia S.C. in their factory and this was the original company that made the lanterns for the Charleston S.C. area in keeping with the authentic look of the "olden times". You showed another lantern that is sold under Suzanne Kasler's name by Circa lIghting that looks old rusty patina. Anyone came make any of these type lanterns look just like that one and this is how------ there is a site called Bity Mold Supply in Richardson Texas-- they sell all of the real metals in a jar like bronze, iron, copper, etc. These are not paints ( although they go on like paint) they are jars of REAL metal and you paint it on to anything and you can rust it up or patina it--- with REAL patina that will turn all these metals to be just like they have weathered for many years. Their patina is not a spray on FAKE CRAP color paint. It is the real chemical that reacts with all of these metals that go on first. They also have many, many videos on you tube showing you the entire process of how they put on the copper etc. and then spray the patina chemical and it turns right before your eyes. The name they use for the videos is called "Brick in the Yard". If you google copper patina you tube brick in the yard it will come up. Look up the one for rust--it is amazing how they make foam core look like a rusty wall. Imagine what you can do to an old cheap lantern you find at Habitat. I use this stuff every day. Love your blogs Joni-=-- you do wonders in inspiring people to aim for the best!

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    1. thanks for the sources!

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    2. I feel the same way about the "handscraped" engineered wood that is so popular these days. Once you've seen REAL handscraped hardwoods you would never buy the dreck that is marketed as "handscraped". It's so fake looking!

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  19. Thanks for the wonderful post. Loved every bit of it. For those readers with no budget who want the lantern look go to your local Habitat Restore. You will find old brass lanterns for next to nothing. They can be repainted - black matte is best. I have three in my 100 plus year old house I repainted for less than $40. Thanks for the inspiration Joni!

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  20. Great post! Is there a way I could email you a photo of our living room? I am considering have hutches built on both sides of our fireplace but wasn't sure.

    Thanks!

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  21. I thoroughly enjoyed this! I love Horchow! They are hit or miss as far as pricing. I have also found many Horchow items on ebay! I was lucky enough to find two lanterns on Craigslist. Hopefully, I will get them hung soon!

    xo

    Andie

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  22. Dear Joni,
    Thank-you for the sleuthing you do to provide your readers with such well-researched information and sources. Like your initial reader that prompted you to write this post, I love
    the lantern first pictured that is made by Lantern and Scroll....so much so, that I immediately contacted them after struggling to find the shown lantern on their website. I spoke with
    Karen and explained to her what I was looking for, and she was able to give me several ideas off the top of her head. Additionally, within minutes I received images of several more options.
    And since they are able to customize their lanterns, pricing will vary, but the prices we discussed are very competitive. I told her about this blog post and about your reference to her company,
    and that their company website is difficult to navigate....which she completely agreed with and said they hope to improve it in the future. But in the meantime, in this world of first impressions
    being based on web design, do not disregard Lantern and Scroll as a possible source for these beautiful lanterns. What they lack in website design, they seem to make up in customer service and
    quality of product!
    And the good news for me that I didn't realize until after I hung up the phone is that this company is located near me in Charlotte, NC....I can't wait to visit!
    PS I know it sounds like I work for Lantern and Scroll or have some personal interest....I truly just learned of them through your post (Thank-you!) and had such a positive experience upon
    contacting them that I wanted you and your readers to know that. I have not seen their lanterns in person yet, but if they are as good as the service I received, I don't think I'll be disappointed.

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  23. What great list of lighting resources. I have the Horchow chandelier in my dining room and love it. They often put it on a 30% off sale which makes it an even better deal. Great post Joni!

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  24. Dear Miss Cote de Texas,
    Week after week you deliver the goods. I hope, truly, you are making some good money, you deserve it! Great post as always. I'd pay to read this.

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  25. I am so impressed by how much research you've done on lanterns. I love lanterns, especially the ones that remind me of Low Country. I have a folder in my email where I save my favorite posts from you and this one will be added to the collection.

    I must say though that you make me miss Houston very much. Our first houses were in West U a long time ago when it was fashionable to remodel bungalows and later we completely redid one on South Boulevard which has since been torn down. We loved Texas and it was good to us in real estate. Just wish we had hung on to the one in close-in Memorial :) But life moves on. Thanks again for your top quality advice.
    Sam

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  26. Don't forget Lighting Universe and Lamps Plus - both on-line sources. They carry many of the same chandeliers and lanterns for the same or less than the cost on Horchow.

    My favorite source for chemicals and paints to add an aged patina to metal is the "King Architectural Metals" website. They also have physical locations in Dallas, Los Angeles and Baltimore. Ask to be put on their mailing list for their catalogue. If you are handy or just want inspiration for all things relating to wrought iron, c'est magnifique!

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  27. I bought outdoor fixtures from New Orleans Gas and Electric lights two years ago. I found them to be great to work with, reasonably priced with great quality and they customized my fixtures. While they are primarily outdoor fixtures they can be used indoors if electric. They have a very good selection of lanterns in many sizes.

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  28. Joni love the Horchow chandelier... but that Kelly Wearstler library.. wow! very Hercule Poirot!! just adore it, everything, she is so brilliant..xo Kit

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  29. There is a catalog company called Shades of Light that has some beautiful lanterns at very good prices:http://www.shadesoflight.com/lighting/pendants-hanging-lights/hanging-lanterns/index2.html. They are no slouches at chandeliers and sconces, either; check out their entire stock.

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  30. I have come to really appreciate Kelly Wearstler design. Her work is very interesting. There is color, unique pieces, and it is always clean and crisp. Her designs are so elegant, too. It is like she is cutting edge traditional. I don't like purple that much but that chandelier is beautiful! She is a designer that I have really been looking at more and more the past couple of years.

    Great job on the lantern research! Lanterns do look so good - scale is so important though - I think the bigger & older the better!

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  31. Dear Joni!

    Love all the great sources listed. Thank you ever so much.

    I found a garden lantern with similar lines for $23 and am considering electrifying it.

    If you have time, pop by my blog to read a very funny story involving "50 Shades of Grey". :)

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  32. Hi Joni!
    Enjoy reading your blog, but lately I'm having a problem. I'm having to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the page to view your posts and read the contents because it is not all on the screen. This problem just started recently, and I've had no changes in my computer or browser. Do you or any of your readers know why I'm having this difficulty? Can you email me at sbush@uga.edu if you can be of any assistance?
    Thanks!

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  33. Hey ya'll I own Lantern & Scroll, and many apologies for the crummy website (it was either raise the prices for a fancy website, or save up for a new one! We chose save up!). We can manufacture anything and everything is 100% USA made. My parents own the factory in Columbia, SC and are products are in about 300 showrooms worldwide. Are prices are great, the average light is $250-$400, and delivery is in 2 weeks. I try to be super helpful with determining customer's needs, we are here to help! Just give me a call 704.333.5088 or email lanternandscroll@gmail.com Cheers!

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    1. Thats great, thanks so much, its refreshing to know you are an American company and right down the road from Aiken, SC!

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  34. Joni, thank you for telling your "Dear Miss Cote reader" to call Bevolo for a quote. That's my pitifully decorated kitchen (last lantern pic) when we first moved into this house. But, those lanterns have stolen my heart. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them and if/when we move from this house those babies are coming with me! The good peeps at Bevolo were wonderful to work with. I too have a large island (6 ft plus) and they helped me in getting the perfect size. Four years ago, they were about 500 bucks each. Not bad and an investment I will never tire of…..To me, they are a classic and can be used anywhere.

    Also, they are made in the good ole' USA….In New Orleans. A great little shop. Family owned! Support the "little man." Great workmanship……I think you will really love them!

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  35. Thanks Joni, we are building a new house, and now I have a source for the dining room chandy and for the French lanterns I am looking for. These are so lovely. I just "met" Marsha at Splendorosa and she asked if I knew you. I told her I only knew you by your fabulous blog, which I've been reading and getting inspiration from for a long time now.

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