Current Favorite Chandeliers and Pendants

Finding the perfect lighting has been one of the hardest things to get right in my house. Lighting is such an important component in a room; it can make or break a room entirely in many cases. Well, I’ve certainly taken my own sweet time with it (like years!) but I feel like I’m finally crossing the finish line. I’m this close to deciding on the light for the family room plus one additional light because I also have plans to move some of the existing fixtures around. Anyway, having looked at hundreds and hundreds of lights, I thought I’d share with you all of my recent favorites that have been considered…..

This one is my first choice and the only reason I haven’t jumped on it already is because it’s huge and I want to be 100% certain that it won’t be too huge…..

 

 

Dallas by Arteriors

 

And the rest…..

Zanadoo by Arteriors

 

 

Jean-Louis by Currey & Co.

 

 

Wanderlust by Currey & Co.

 

 

Meurice by Jonathan Adler

 

 

Leilani by Arteriors

 

 

Genova by Arteriors

So there you have it. So many good options, so unable to choose. But at least we’re getting close. Stay tuned…..

(All photos from manufacturers as linked.)

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FROM THE RIGHT BANK Turns Six, Some Favorite Decor Moments of 2014 and Plans for 2015

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FROM THE RIGHT BANK turns 6 years old today! I had written a looooong post about everything I’ve been reflecting on lately but ultimately decided that the only thing that really needs to be said (and the most important thing) is that without you, there would be no point of this blog. It’s just that simple.

So, for taking time to leave thoughtful comments (or following along quietly), for attending and showing your support at various events, for donating to my causes, for entrusting me with decorating your homes, for shopping my pop-up sales, for nominating FTRB for awards and honors and for being true friends both online and off…..

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Before diving into 2015, here are some of my favorite moments at home the past year…..

Moving the leopard chairs all around.

 

Zebras prancing in the hallway.
Zebras prancing in the hallway.

 

Fresh flowers always.

 

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How I like to do laundry – with a glass of wine and a happy background!

 

Black and white foyer.

 

Wallpapered wet bar before I turned it into a breakfast/beverage bar and which will also get a makeover this year!

And in 2015, here are just some of the other things I’m planning on doing around the house…..

  • Spruce up and organize my studio and office. Project FTRB Studio is going to be major!
  • Spend more time in said new and improved studio painting, drawing and journaling. (Maybe even start showing my art? Eeeek!);
  • Decorate the second guest room. (Did you see the wallpaper I got? I also have the drapes, bedding, lamps, dresser and mirror so it’s almost a done deal!);
  • Declutter, simplify and organize both my household and wardrobe. (I’m completely obsessed with this idea more than ever.);
  • Give the family room some love and attention which includes finding the perfect light and a new rug;
  • Move some existing lights around;
  • Finally choose a wallpaper for the water closet;
  • Redecorate my dressing room;
  • Hang all the artwork that is lying around once and for all; and
  • Cook more – instead of just buying more cookbooks!

[Remember when I used to keep monthly to-do lists like this? I must have been either more ambitious or just less tired! Well, I still love lists and I like this year-long plan much better. Much less stressful!]

Away from home, I’m looking forward to…..

  • Anniversary celebrations in Paris;
  • Spending more time in New York, my home away from home;
  • The Venice Biennale (and improving my Italian beforehand);
  • Returning to volunteer in Nepal; and
  • Exploring a new country or city. (Haven’t decided on which one yet!)

I can’t wait to share all of this and more with you this year. Thank you again and happy new year!!!

(All photos by FROM THE RIGHT BANK)

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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Well this has been some year, hasn’t it? Here on the old blog, we continued to go through some big changes and I can’t thank you enough for your support and friendship through it all.

I’ll be back here next week when we’ll celebrate FTRB’s six (6!) year anniversary! I have a feeling 2015 is going to be BIG so I’m more excited than usual for all the possibilities that a new year brings.

Until then, have a merry, warm and beautiful Christmas and holiday!

(Photo by Polly Wreford)

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Spreading Holiday Cheer With HomeGoods

Namaste! I’ve just returned from Nepal and as you may have seen from my Instagrams, I fell in love with it all over again. I’ll share more about everything after I get myself settled but for today, let’s talk Christmas!

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Planting paperwhites.

Before leaving for my trip, I wanted to do as much Christmas prep as I could since there wasn’t going to be that much time when I got back and also so we could enjoy it all a little beforehand. I was running around like a lunatic but it was worth it so I can now just enjoy. (I’ll post more pics of all the decor to Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) and Facebook over the next week.) The other thing I did before leaving was to participate in a HomeGoods holiday challenge.

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I really love their challenges and this time they invited me to spread the holiday cheer by creating the perfect gift basket for a pet-lover. Being one myself, I loved this challenge. As you all know I’m a dog person but for this, I chose a good friend who recently adopted a new cat after her long time family pet passed away.

Armed with my gift card, here’s what I scooped up at my local HomeGoods…..

Toys, blanket, scratching pad, this pretty basket with gold handles and even the ribbon.

There were so many choices, I had a hard time choosing……

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How cute is this tufted settee???

I got a really great assortment of things…..

and here’s how it looks all assembled and ready to go…..

It is so cute (if I do say so myself!) I can’t wait to deliver it.

Thanks to HomeGoods for inviting me to participate in this challenge. I know it’s going to be appreciated by both the kitty and her human!

(Photos by FROM THE RIGHT BANK.)

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Lately: Milan, London, Chicago and the AH&L Holiday Home

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Hi, friends, how have you been? My travel schedule has been crazier than usual lately and I’m not done yet so I wanted to pop in to say hello while I’m home for a hot minute. The past month has been so, so inspiring. Here’s some of what I saw and did…..

First, it was Chicago for a little work, visit with friends and inspiration at the Art Institute…..

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Kinetic art fascinates me so along with some of my favorite paintings, I loved getting the chance to experience Jesús Rafael Soto’s Pénétrable de Chicago.

After that, I tagged along on a business trip with the hubby to Milan….. It was my first time there and whoa, the shopping was as good as I had heard. But that wasn’t the best part.

Knowing that seeing an opera at La Scala was on my bucket list and being the good husband that he is, he got us tickets for a performance. And as if that weren’t enough, the lead role of Simon Boccanegra was performed by Placido Domingo! Beautifully, I might add. (This was the view from our box before the show started.) I’m a lucky, lucky woman.

Still in Milan, I saw a very special exhibit of Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana at the Museo del Novecento…..

Fontana’s neon sculpture hanging above Klein’s blue pigment installed on the floor was the centerpiece and I couldn’t tear myself away.

But tear myself away I did – for a quick stop in London to see friends and get my fix of some of my favorite things in that fabulous city…..

1. Favorite artist. I tell you the stars really aligned for me the past month as far as art is concerned. First Soto, then Klein and then, it was Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy……

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He’s probably my favorite contemporary artist so I couldn’t believe my luck with the timing of my visit. Photos weren’t allowed so here’s a stock photo and you’ll just have to take my word for how moving the exhibit was.

2. Favorite restaurant. Ever since my first visit earlier this year, Restaurant Story has been my favorite…..

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It was as good as I remembered.

3. Favorite hotel and space. I stayed at my favorite London hotel, the Connaught, where this space has been my favorite spot in the entire city for years…..

One morning when I came out of my room, there were beautiful scenes like this all over the hotel…..

It was almost as if fairies had come in the middle of the night and quietly decorated the entire hotel. It was magical and really got me excited to start on Christmas decorating at home…..

as did the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Holiday Home which I went to see as soon as I got back into town…..

It has become an annual tradition and I swear it gets better every year. This is just a little peek…..

The Holiday Home is open until December 7th so if you are in the area, I highly recommend it. You can find all the details here. All the proceeds go to support the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Gardens and Farms, a very good cause.

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And speaking of good causes, Mr. FTRB and I leave for Nepal next week to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. (Like I said, insane travel schedule lately.) I’m so happy to be getting more involved with such a great organization and in Nepal, too. This is a photo I took on our first trip to Nepal more than 15 years ago – on film! (Remember film?) Would you believe we trekked and slept(!) on all that snow you see there? I won’t be doing that on this trip but I’m so looking forward to being back there again!

Before I take off, I’ve got some work to catch up on and to get the house Christmas ready. So excited for that! I’ll be on Instagram (@FromTheRightBank) with all the madness and then back here in a few weeks. So until then, be well and happy Thanksgiving!

(All photos except the Anselm Kiefer by FTRB)

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