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How to Choose the Right Size Chandelier

Meadowmere Dining Room by Carrier & Company - How to choose the right size chandelier on Savvy Home Blog

How to choose the right size chandelier — on Savvy Home Blog

1, 2, 3, drink. 1, 2, 3, drink. J/k—this is not a post about swinging from Chandeliers, but rather on how to choose the right size chandelier for your dining room. Elle Decor recently came out with a guide for the biggest design problems solved—in two sentences or less. I thought it would be fun to start a series answering your design problems—so I ask you: what are your biggest design challenges? Answer in the comments below and I’ll answer your questions in the following weeks.

As for chandelier size, follow this formula: room length + room width (in feet) = chandelier diameter (in inches). To make a big statement, you can alway push the chandelier size up 6-8 inches (the bigger the better right?). For extra long tables, I also like to play with rectangular chandeliers. As for height, a chandelier should hang 60-65 inches above the floor (depending on ceiling height) or around 30 inches above the table. Now that you all know what to look for, how about a little chandelier shopping?


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Image source: Carrier & Company

Gab Loves: 26.08.14

Gab Loves: 25.08.14 - Summer to Fall Transition - on Savvy Home Blog

From Where I Sit Painting by Jenny Prinn | Highball Hanging Pendant Light | Equipment Slim Signature Silk Blouse in Blue Jean | Redding Wall Mirror (64% off) | J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest | Sky Lark Batik Pillow (33% off) | Blue & White Striped Dhurrie (30% off) | Demylee Sage Cashmere Sweater | Carmel Linen Ivory Chair (46% off) | Kingsley Side Table (49% off)


Lisa Sherry’s Guest Bedroom Inspires A Beach House Moodboard

Lisa Sherry's Guest Bedroom on Domino - via Savvy Home Blog


When I stumbled upon Lisa Sherry’s guest bedroom on Domino, I was instantly inspired to create a cozy beach house moodboard. I love the mix of blue and green, the mix of oil painting with black & white photography, the crisp hotel bedding… My version would have a slightly more modern edge and be adapted for beach life — think awning stripes, coral accents, surf photography and industrial lighting. I envision the Tilton Fenwick fabric repeated on a pair of chairs, an ottoman or pillows. It’s a great coastal theme that’s equally subtle, casual and elegant. Thoughts?


John Bucklin Emerald Surf Painting | Tilton Fenwick Berk Cactus Fabric | DwellStudio Karl Side Table

Image source: Domino

Worthy Links: 22.08.14

Jenna Lyons Office at J.Crew HQ on Into the Gloss - via Savvy Home Blog

I’ve been having a REALLY good summer. It’s been all about pool days, flirty skirts, jalapeño margaritas (seriously — how did this delicious invention not make it’s way north of the border yet!?). I have to admit that when August came around,  I was NOT ready for Fall. I was fighting the cold weather front and the Fall wardrobes on Pinterest. I wanted nothing to do with them. And then this week, something changed. Maybe it started when I cooked up a carb-heavy feast on Tuesday night (it was a cauliflower, burrata and thyme spaghetti, in case you were curious); or maybe it was the hours spent obsessing over Forward’s fall looks or maybe it was finally pulling out my ankle boots from the back of my closet for dinner last night.

Suddenly, the thought of the impending Fall months didn’t seem so bad. I have a few exciting months ahead: kicking off with a trip to NYFW and a (quieter) week in the Hamptons followed by a week in Paris. Then, there’s Thanksgiving, weekends in the country, my birthday, the changing leaves… So finally, I’m ready for you Fall. But please don’t get here too quickly and give us a few more weeks of warm summer bliss.


I’m obsessed with the looks that Forward pulled together for Fall. I’m especially loving these French military pants, this cashmere crew sweater, these Chloe ankle boots and these print leggings.

You know I’ll be shopping for Fall footwear this weekend because shoes are up to 70% off on Shopbop! Currently considering these Rag & Bone booties and these Jeffrey Campbell cutouts.

My friend Rebecca introduced fabrics by the yard on her shop! This girl is seriously talented. I’m loving these painted coffee & blue stripes and these stone gray spots.

I died going through Chairish‘s beach inspired collection (obviously) — especially this round sea shell mirror, this highball pendant and this coral sculpture.


Anthropologie came out with a scrapwood wallpaper and it’s pretty amazing.

A beach house is priority, but a lake house would also be nice…

Elettra Wiedemann has a brand new website, and I’m a fan!

#Ihavethisthingwithfloors. And I’m not the only one.

Lust over Jenna Lyons office at J.Crew once more.

I’m kind of dying to splurge on this bag for Fall.

More and more reasons to love Montauk.

What’s your favorite part of summer?

Shop the Look: Breezy Sag Harbor Cottage

Mark and Blythe Harris's Sag Harbor Cottage designed by Elizabeth Cooper - on Savvy Home Blog

“Mark and I took a walk and found ourselves standing outside Steven Gambrel’s house, marveling at the architecture and his gorgeous wood floors. He spotted us, invited us in, and gave us the name of the woodworker who made them. Those floors transformed the house!”

Mark and Blythe Harris's Sag Harbor Cottage designed by Elizabeth Cooper - on Savvy Home Blog

Mark and Blythe Harris's Sag Harbor Cottage designed by Elizabeth Cooper - on Savvy Home Blog


Mark and Blythe Harris's Sag Harbor Cottage designed by Elizabeth Cooper - on Savvy Home Blog

Mark and Blythe Harris's Sag Harbor Cottage designed by Elizabeth Cooper - on Savvy Home Blog

Mark and Blythe Harris's Sag Harbor Cottage designed by Elizabeth Cooper - on Savvy Home Blog

Mark and Blythe Harris's Sag Harbor Cottage designed by Elizabeth Cooper - on Savvy Home Blog

If the moody tones, shiplap walls and bleached floors in this Sag Harbor cottage seem familiar, it might have something to do with Steven Gambrel. When you have a famed interior guru as a neighbor, you better dig for all the advice you can get. That’s exactly what Stella & Dot co-founder Blythe Harris and her husband Mark did when they ran into Gambrel during a neighborhood walk. With his few words of advice, and the help of interior designer Elizabeth Cooper, the couple were able to transform a century old Sag Harbor cottage into a breezy summertime escape.

The bleached pumpkin pine floors are overlaid with Madeline Weinrib striped cotton dhurries, the beds are layered with John Robshaw quilts and the rest is a mix of vintage industrial and nautical nods. In the children’s bedroom, the Katie Ridder Beetlecat wallpaper adds a touch of whimsy.

This breezy cottage is merely a summertime escape for this bi-coastal family — who divides its time between San Francisco and Sag Harbor. I say sign me up for their life immediately. I would like nothing more than to shop up a storm at Jed or MONC XIII and drink milkshakes at LT Burger on a weekly basis.


Images via Lonny.

72 Hours in the Hamptons: Part III

Stripes and Peonies Tortoise Sunglasses — 72 Hours in the Hamptons on Savvy Home Blog


Are you sick of hearing about the Hamptons yet? I swear this is the last one. Let’s pick up where we left off. On Sunday morning, if you’re feeling particularly energetic (or in need of a liver transplant — both can be equally powerful motivators) join a yoga session or beach workout at The Surf Lodge (make sure you stop by the Surf Bazaar to grab a lemlem tunic), then head to Ditch Plains for some fun in the sun and a well-deserved bite on the go at Turf, a mobile kitchen operating out of a revamped airstream.

Surf Bazaar


 Turf Montauk — 72 Hours in the Hamptons on Savvy Home Blog

Around noon, when you resemble a cooked lobster and have sand in a few too many places, freshen up a little, hop in the car and head to East Hampton for some first class shopping. Make your wildest monogram dreams come true at The Monogram Shop, put a big dent in your wallet at Blue & Cream or Intermix and score some great deals at Steven Alan or J.Crew at the Beach (like a regular J.Crew, only better).

The Monogram Shop

Blue & Cream


Steven Alan

J.Crew At The Beach

Calypso St. Barth

Blue & Cream East Hampton — 72 Hours in the Hamptons on Savvy Home Blog

After you’ve completely deflated your wallet, hop back in the car and drive to Sag Harbor for a mid-afternoon lunch at LT Burger or Muse in the Harbor. After lunch, make your way to the Holiday House Hamptons for some serious interior design eye candy. The $35 entry fee benefits the Breast Cancer Foundation so you can feel good about the hefty entry fee. When you exit the house, make a right and head to JED, filled to the brim with the most beautiful antiques. After that, make sure you stop by MONC XIII – probably one of the most beautiful home decor stores I’ve seen in— ever.

Muse in the Harbor

LT Burger

Holiday House Hamptons




Sunset Beach Shelter Island — 72 Hours in the Hamptons on Savvy Home Blog

Make your way to the Shelter Island ferry and drive to Sunset Beach where an evening of gorgeous sunsets, beautiful food and even better looking people await. Stay as long as you can— the evening only gets better: ping pong matches, dance parties around the bond fire to the sounds of DJ Arman Nafeei are just a few of the highlights. As far as I’m concerned, Sunset Beach was the highlight of my week — don’t miss it.

Sunset Beach

 Moby's East Hampton — 72 Hours in the Hamptons on Savvy Home Blog

As much as I tried, I couldn’t pack all my favorite addresses in this guide (for example, make sure you have dinner at Moby’s!) — head to my directory for the full list or read Part I and Part II.

Images via @stripesandpeonies, @theglamourai, @blueandcream, @heymelliemel, @mobysny

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