Lighting Makes the Room

On choosing this paper globe to hang above the dining room table, Leanne Ford recently said “Ya know, I had been playing with a lot of different lighting options in the space. But the truth was everything I put over this table was taking away from everything ELSE amazing in this room. I didn’t want to block the kitchen or the living room area from sight when you walk in. So a very simple three-dollar paper lantern did the trick perfectly! Large enough to be special and impactful, but simple enough not to distract from everything else in the room.”

I feel like the name Leanne Ford has been in the air a lot recently. The fashion stylist turned interior designer is currently starring, along with her brother Steve Ford, in HGTV’s newest design show, Restored by the Fords, and is known for her minimal (when it comes to color) and modern, yet lived-in aesthetic. When I went searching for her portfolio, I immediately recognized her bathroom as one that I’ve saved or pinned multiple places.

However, upon looking through her past projects this time—all beautiful—it was the light fixtures and not the soaking tubs to which I found myself paying particular attention. In many cases, her choice made the room.

“Special and impactful” is exactly how I would describe all of these choices. There’s not a one that doesn’t stand out…

Photos from The Collins Project, by Alexandra Ribar

Photo from The Georgi Project, by Alexandra Ribar (By the way, this is the same chandelier that we have in our dining room!)

Photos from The Ferrote Project, by Alexandra Ribar

Photo from The Donley Project, by Alexandra Ribar

Photo from The Brock Project, by Alexandra Ribar

Photos from The Eberle Project, by Alexandra Ribar (Everything in this one is amazing.)

Photo from The Pickler & Ben Project, by Alyssa Rosenheck

Which is your favorite? I feel like it really drives home how hard-working a light fixture can be when it comes to a room’s design. 

P.S. Here are some of the best modern lighting sources on Etsy, and more on Home & Design.

[Top photo by Alexandra Ribar; photo of Ford’s master bath by Nicole Franzen. All photos from Leanne Ford’s website]


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