Top Kitchen Pendants…And How to Use Them

People are always asking me the rule of thumb when it comes to kitchen island pendants. While there are a variety of options out there for your pendants a lot of it comes down to the style of your kitchen. One thing I will say is that it is a great place to make a statement with lighting in a room that is fairly utilitarian. These lanterns that I used in my Garden District Renovation were a great addition to this space.

 

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Here is a list of my top 8 picks for kitchen islands right now. Darlana is shown above.

 

1. Darlana Medium Lantern in Polished Nickel, $630

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2. Grosvenor Single Pendant in Polished Nickel, $777

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3. Hendricks Small Globe Pendant in Natural Brass with White Glass, $1100

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4. Morris Small Lantern in Gilded Iron Finish with Clear Glass, $496

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5. Boston Pendant in Polished Nickel with White Glass Slant Shade, $336

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6. Small Hicks Pendant in Bronze & Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with White Glass, $525

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7. Goodman Small Hanging Light in Bronze and Antique Brass with Antique White Shade, $735

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8. Katie Large Fitter Pendant in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with Clear Large Conical Glass, $294

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Now, how to use them.

Rule Number 1: “The Rule of Three”

This is a simple one which basically states that things look the most balanced and proportioned in groups of three. This is probably your most common rule when it comes to a standard size kitchen island. This rule is quickly over-ruled when scale or size becomes an issue. You would not want to hang 3 18″ diameter pendants over an island that is only 48-60″ wide. When this comes into play, you move onto the next rule.

Rule Number 2: “18-24-18″

In this rule you place your pendants 18″ in from the edge of the island, and then evenly space your pendants 24″ on center. Obviously you may have to make an adjustment an inch or two either way, but this is a good rule of thumb when trying to lay out long islands and over sized pendants.

Rule Number 3: There is always an exception

Some people get creative with their islands. I’ve seen people hang large antique chandeliers or contemporary linear fixtures. Again, it all depends on the size and style of your kitchen. Whether you think outside the box or you follow the rules, the important thing is that it reflects you and your style.

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Jun 12, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

New Artist in the Shop: Inslee Fariss

Our newest artist up on the website is Inslee Fariss. Inslee has taken her love of illustrating and also of fashion and is making a name for herself with her classic studies of the female form.

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I was lucky enough to find her through one of my clients who had me designing her living room around two amazing hot pink nudes. When I saw them, I knew that we had to get Inslee in the store. Her style is exactly what we have been looking for, and her use of color keeps the traditional nude form modern and hip.

While she may be new to the website, she has been in the store for a while, and we have not been able to keep her in stock long enough to get photos of her work up on the site. If you see something that you like, I suggest snatching it up. With this artist’s track record, I can’t imagine they will be around for long.

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Jun 11, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

Fashion Fridays – Milly

I wore this dress to the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year party for the Junior League’s Annual Kitchen Tour. The color is rich and stunning – cobalt blue. The cut is really flattering and I love the ethereal cut of the sleeves – I love it so much that I have the blouse version in a soft pink.
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I picked up this great piece at Febe in Metarie.

Last week I was in Jackson, and every time I’m there I love to go and spend way too much money at Treehouse. It’s my FAVORITE store in the world it’s almost like Jude does the buying with me in mind because everything they buy from the lines I usually wear is on point for my style – very classic and tailored. I love a classic white and black look and especially a tuxedo pant.

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The pants are high waisted but at the same time flattering because of the black stripe. You need to pair these with a cropped top so that you can see the stripe at the top and the pretty lines of the pant. I wore a breezy milly cropped ruffle sleeve black top, and it was a great look.
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I also bought the white tuxedo jacket to pair with a simple tank for a completely tailored look.
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The next thing I bought from treehouse was this white dress..the back of which was stunning. It’s called the Flutter Dress. I am loving the soft lines of all these pieces this season.
The last thing is the Milly sleeveless trench that you can wear multiple ways and it’s waterproof. It’s a classic belted trench but with no sleeves – great for New Orleans summer showers. You can layer it over things and wear it open, or you can wear it as a sleeveless belted dress (my favorite way)…it’s a great staple for year round.
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Jun 05, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

Wedding Bells are Ringing…

As the temperatures go up in New Orleans, all of our local wedding venues are prepping for a summer full of New Orleans weddings. If you have some of these on your calendar, you are going to need to make sure you have a great gift for the happy couple. Luckily Rivers Spencer Interiors is a great stop for classically beautiful items that are perfect for any bride and groom.

For the traditional shopper, we have a great selection of Vietri dishes, serving pieces, and silverware.

L to R: 1. All White Weaver Charger 2. Bellezza White Cereal Bowl 3. Bellezza Sky Blue Assorted Plate

If you are looking for more unique items, we carry a great line of animal inspired pieces by Waylande Gregory.

 

L to R: Waylande Gregory Panther Box, Elephant Book Ends, Mixed Animal Orchid Box

Cake plates are always a special piece that the bride (or groom) can use when entertaining and to even display the top tier of their cake to celebrate their 1 year anniversary. We have some great options from a variety of vendors.

L to R: 1. Vietri Incanto White Lace Cake Stand 2. Waylande Gregory Cake Stand 3. Peony Cake Stand.

And for a truly unique gift, I always like to give my close friends a piece of art that can be taken with them from home to home throughout their relationship.

L to R: 1. Arrington Magney – Blue & Gold Abstract 2. Leslie Baskin – Rose Trellis 3. Inslee Fariss – Breakfast for 4

Happy Shopping!

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Jun 04, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

Mirror, Mirror

Check out our top 10 mirrors this week.

1. Acrylic Geometric Mirror Clear Acrylic, Brass and Silvered Mirror Finish – $1962

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2. Queen Anne Mirror Iron, Wood and Mirror Antique Silver Leaf Finish – $843

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3. Acanthus Panel Mirror – $450

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4. Louis Philippe Grand Style Mirror with Ribbon Cartouche and Engravings Circa 1870s – $4400

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5. 18th Century Etched Louis Philippe Gilt Mirror – $3400

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6. 19th C. Gilt Carved Mirror – $3500

 

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7. Acrylic Sunburst Mirror Clear Acrylic, Brass and Silvered Mirror Finish – $1737

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8. Venetian Mirror, Circa 1900 – $2200
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9. Sunburst Mirror – $344

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10. Chippendale Mirror White Bone and Silvered Mirror Finish – $1748

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Jun 01, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

End of May Flowers

One of my favorite people to see at High Point Market is North Carolinian Tommy Mitchell and his stunning collection of tole flowers in acrylic. He and his team of artisans design and create each piece using a combination of copper, brass, and steel at his studio in Chapel Hill. Their attention to detail is impeccable. His early work as an art restoration specialist is evident in each of his pieces. The finishes and patinas are beautiful and showcase his talent in each sculpture. Each piece is also hand signed, making it a unique work of art.

Image courtesy of http://www.tommymitchellcompany.com

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His orchid studies have been in my store and can be found in our online shop, as well. It’s hard for us to keep these on Magazine Street. We actually sold the same set one day to two different people when I was out grabbing lunch for 15 minutes. Luckily the team at Tommy Mitchell remedied that issue for us quickly. They are great to work with, and I really value their industry experience and friendship.

If you are missing a green thumb like me, you can get one of these tabletop sculptures which will stay fresh and blooming through all seasons, lack of water, too much water, and any other plant problem that is thrown their way. You can get these in the classic white and gold palette or a full color hand painted version.

Look for this new addition to the online store this week. Click here to purchase any of the items you have seen above and many more. Keep in mind that each piece is hand made to order, so you will receive this beautifully sculpted item in about 12 weeks from initial order. Trust me when I tell you it is well worth the wait.

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May 28, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

It is better to light a candle…

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.  -Eleanor Roosevelt

This statement is so true, and what better way to get rid of the darkness than to flip the switch on one of our top 10 chandeliers of the week.

1. Jacqueline Two Tier Pendant in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with Clear Glass

 

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2. Wharton Chandelier in Clear Acrylic and Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass

 

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3. Large George II Chandelier in Crystal with Polished Nickel

 

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4. Square Bobeche Large Chandelier in Antique-Burnished Brass

 

5. Vivian Two-Tier Chandelier in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass

 

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6. Elizabeth Rock Crystal Chandelier in Gilded Iron

 

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7. Grande Paris Flea Market Chandelier in Antique-Burnished Brass with Seeded Glass

 

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8. Montmartre Chandelier in Old White with Natural Paper Shades

 

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9. Gramercy Medium Chandelier in Gilded Iron

 

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10. Erika Three Tier Chandelier in Belgian White

 

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Call the store (504) 609-2436 or email haley@riversspencer.com to place an order for yours today.

 

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May 25, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

Garden District Renovation – A Little Before & A Lot of After

I am excited to finally unveil our Garden District renovation project. Throughout New Orleans you’ll find all types of architecture, everything from mansions on St. Charles down to the typical New Orleans shotguns that line our streets. Among these houses you will find small local groceries, restaurants, and other retail spots that service the local neighborhood. This project was exactly that: before the renovation it was a local corner grocery store and even before that it housed a recording studio in which the Neville Brothers once recorded. It has taken over two years to renovate and collect all of the unique pieces that are found throughout the house. The design utilizes various shades of grey and white with vintage and antique pieces to add depth. The monochromatic backdrop is punctuated throughout with small accents and bursts of color.

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One of the charming aspects about this corner property is the huge floor to ceiling windows that used to serve as typical retail display windows during its days as a grocery store. Sometimes light is a hard thing to find in New Orleans because the lot sizes are so small, but that was not the problem in this beautiful living room.

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The floor to ceiling drapery is a white dupioni silk topped off with custom polished steel return rods both from the Rivers Spencer Interiors work room. The sofas are two custom leather chesterfields with custom Rivers Spencer Interiors pillows. The coffee table is a signed Maison Jansen piece with two Rivers Spencer Collection Leslie X Benches acting as a second coffee table for the large space. The lounge chairs have a 6″ Samuel and Sons tape applied to the skirt. Original (and mostly local) art played a large part in the design schematic and helped create the ‘collected’ look we were striving for.  The photo above shows a Louis St. Lewis painting which brings just the right amount playfulness to this room. To the left of the door is an antique fragment which was found right here on Magazine Street at fellow designer Shaun Smith‘s retail store.

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Check out the Hickory Chair Asheworth Campaign Desk with vintage brass chair we reupholstered in a suiting fabric from Holland and Sherry. Hickory Chair’s Brighton Bar Table can also be seen with a classic Federalist style convex mirror. Antique Art Deco end tables help punctuate the corner’s of the seating group.

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This is one of my favorite vignettes in the house. Vintage Vanity Fair Men are framed in a double mat with a champagne silver leaf frame. The period Directoire commode is flanked by Napoleon III slipper chairs, which are upholstered in a high pile silk velvet with classic toile pillows accented by a persimmon silk flange. The horns in a glass cloche were found at AKA Stella Gray and the jars were found in our own store.

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Another living room vignette is this one of a kind console found at Melissa Miles Rufty and Adrienne Casbarian’s Malachite. The vintage bottles are a find from Shaun Smith & the trunk is from AKA Stella Gray. The painting is Louisiana’s own Meredith Pardue.

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The dining room is a deeper shade of grey but with a modern take using Fine Paints of Europe lacquer. The dining table is in the style of Maison Jansen and the main chairs are Biedermeier klismos chairs upholstered in a white cowhide. The table is finished by two custom head chairs with a silk velvet stripe bringing in the warmth of the persimmon color found in the living room. The focal point of the room is a Kevin Gillentine landscape that looks as though it was painted for the room. The Visual Comfort Double Tier Paris Flea Market chandelier gives a nod to the antique pieces in the room but is a clean version of a classic antique.

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The kitchen was perfectly finished by the guys at Fowler Development who did such a great job with the entire renovation. One of my favorite parts of this room is the Dedar striped shades to add that extra graphic element to contrast with the otherwise mostly white kitchen. The RSC Oliver counter stools fit perfectly under the island. Instead of classic pendants we brought in architectural lanterns in polished silver to pick up the silver accents found around the room. Below are more photos of the kitchen. Take special note of the Hermes pillows at the banquet, the Ashley Longshore Frida which was commissioned by the owners for this room, and the BDDW leather captain’s mirror over the mantle.

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The master bedroom and bath are a luxurious retreat for the homeowners. Modern History’s Milan Commodes flank the custom RSC upholstered bed and are accented by Mirror Image Home’s Queen Anne Mirror. The bed is finished in a classic New Orleans’ own Leontine Linens monogrammed bedding.

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A few more photos of the bedroom and master bath.

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Speaking of bathrooms, the powder room is another lacquered jewel box with a horse bit Hermes pattern draping the sink.

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I’m so happy to finally be able to share these photos with the world. It was such a great project and the clients have become two of my best friends. I’m sad to see it come to a close, but I am lucky to have had such a wonderful experience on this renovation. It really pushed a different side of my design aesthetic which made the project fun and also unique in so many ways.

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May 20, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

Things I’m Loving Lately

We had such a successful Magazine Street Champagne Stroll this past weekend. The weather in New Orleans has been beautiful, and everyone is out and about enjoying this short period before it becomes blazingly hot. What’s a glass of champagne without a great outfit to complement it? Jumpsuits are the perfect early evening cocktail attire. I am loving this outfit that I purchased from Febe on Metairie Road last week. Being a store owner, I know the importance of shopping local, so I love to support our great local stores.

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Speaking of local shopping, Clover Boutique has just received Laduree candles fresh from France. If you aren’t familiar with Laduree’s home line, you may be familiar with their famous macarons. They sell about 15,000 double decker macarons a day. I just picked up the Paris candle this week at Clover. Hurry because I’ve heard she’s already out of a few scents.

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As we head into summer here are some beauty products that I can’t do without. Dior’s Airflash spray foundation keeps you looking like a porcelain doll late into the night even in the New Orleans humidity. Also Aveda’s thickening tonic may not be for everyone, but it works wonders in my hair. You can pick up a bottle the next time you are in Old Metairie at Keith Noonan Salon.

Also my staple spring outfit this year has been my new Theory Menswear inspired Belted Shirt Dress that I can easily take from the store out to a great dinner at Doris Metropolitan in the French Quarter – if you have not been, I highly suggest taking a trip down on a weekday night to avoid the hustle and bustle of tourist season.

Blue and White has been so prevalent in both fashion and design lately. I think people are loving the crisp look. To update your home with these great accents come check out Rivers Spencer Interiors and pick up our own selection of blue and white accents.

You can see a great use of this classic American design trend on HouseBeautiful.com in a Hamptons home designed by David Lawrence.

On top of loving all of these designs and products, I have also had Diane Birch’s second album “Bible Belt” on repeat on my Spotify lately. She’s a soulful, southern song writer so I’m sure you can imagine why she tugs at my Mississippi heart strings. Make sure you listen to “Fools”, “Valentino,” & “Nothing But a Miracle.”

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Stay tuned for our Friday post as we unveil a before & after of our latest Garden District renovation.

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May 13, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized

For the Last Minute Shopper… A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

GiftGuideIn case you are as busy as I’ve been, here is a quick guide to a few last minute Mother’s Day gifts courtesy of Rivers Spencer Interiors.

1. Linen Wood Square Serving Trays in Ivory by Aerin $225 for the small, $325 for the large.

2. Porcelain Gardenia in Gold by Aerin $135

3. Latania Palm Bowl $750

4. Pillow in Silk Amethyst Velvet 24 x 24 $492 each

5. 15″ Lily Bowl in Ice Pink $195

6. Original Line Drawing by Arrington Magny $295

If none of these strike your fancy, your mom may like her own choice of our beautiful things. Give us a call to purchase a gift certificate of any value.

Happy Shopping & Happy Mother’s Day to all our mom customers out there!

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May 08, 2015Filed Under: Uncategorized