Your Personal Tour of the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House

We’re so glad to have had the opportunity to participate in Coastal Living’s 2017 Idea House, located in Newport, Rhode Island. As a sponsor, we were among the first to tour the home, and it was a truly exciting opportunity!

As well, we were honored to team up with California designer, Mark D. Sikes, along with other notable vendors and sponsors, to bring this gorgeous coastal home to life. We’re thrilled that the rear terraces of the home feature custom-made lanterns we designed specifically for it.

Revisiting Blue and White

We hope you like the color blue!  We agree there’s no better combination than blue and white for a nautically-inspired coastal home.

The home doesn’t simply display these colors though – it practically reinvents the way you’ll want to use the combo in your own home. With a variety of unique patterns and textures, blue and white come together in bold, brilliant ways. And you’ll not only see these colors within the home’s interior but on the exterior as well. The results are amazing and definitely inspiring, especially if you’re considering a coastal theme for your own home.

Are you ready for your own personal tour of the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House? Great, let’s go!

A Tour of the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House


The Front Entrance

Welcome to this year’s Idea House!


Coastal Living Idea House Living Room

The Living Room

Open-layout great rooms combining the living, dining, and kitchen areas are a new beach house standard.

The key is to keep it simple,” says Sikes. “Ensuring each room relates well to the others and appears cohesive is always my top priority.


Coastal Living Idea House Kitchen

The Kitchen

The incredibly beautiful cabinetry was done by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.  The colors really pop, and its easy on the eye.


Coastal Living Idea House Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom

Since the master bedroom is oriented toward the sea, Sikes chose patterns and colors for an overall design that harmonizes beautifully with the water.


Loft Studio

With plenty of windows and natural light, this loft studio inspires creativity and productivity.


Game Room

“My approach to the basement was to make it so cozy and functional that it lures everyone downstairs,” says Sikes…  It’s perfect for billiards, a game of cards or simply socializing.


Media Room

Whether you’re planning a binge-watching marathon for a crowd or a quiet at-home movie date, the media room will accommodate you.


Dining Terrace

The outdoor living spaces of the Idea House is just as charming as the interior. Being able to dine alfresco is always fun.


If you would like to learn more about this stunning home and see more images, you can find the entire article on Coastal Living’s website. (Click here to view).



Photos courtesy Coastal Living, a division of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, photograph by Amy Neunsinger. COASTAL LIVING is a registered trademark of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group and is used with permission.

Rhapsody in Blue (and White!): A Sneak Peek at the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House

We recently returned from a trip to preview the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House, which is located in the beautiful, historic New England town of Newport, Rhode Island. This year’s idea house is a bay-front home packed with classic style, smart decorating ideas, and a trove of seaside inspiration.

We can assure you if you’ve been leaning towards a coastal look for designing your own home, you’ll be truly inspired by this year’s Coastal Living Idea House. The home offers so many stunning ideas you’re bound to fall in love with.

On a personal note, we were absolutely thrilled and honored to have had the opportunity to once again collaborate with nationally renowned interior designer, Mark Sikes for this project. We also worked with him last year on the 50th anniversary Southern Living Idea House.

We were pleased to work alongside these and other notable companies as well:

How Carolina Lanterns contributed to the 2017 Coastal Living Idea House

We created a custom lantern specifically for the Coastal Living House. Since the house is located in Newport, we thought naming it The Harbor Lantern would be quite fitting. We produced this lantern in several different sizes and for various applications throughout the property. The Harbor Lantern also has a special finish which is unique to the project.

We’re excited to announce that this lantern will be available for the public to purchase soon after the issue of Coastal Living comes out on August 11th, 2017.

Trend alert!

A series of cutting edge trends caught our eye while touring the Coastal Living Idea House and we look forward to sharing them with you.

Here are some of the design trends we’re really excited about:

  1. Everything in the house was Cobalt Blue and White — even the dishes, plates and other accessories!
  2. There was much mixing of pattern, with wallpaper and fabric used on the ceilings.
  3. All the trim was in a high gloss, which will also be an upcoming trend.

We’re already preparing for the Cobalt Blue and White trend – we’ll soon have items in those colors to match your style and personality in our showroom.


Here are a few ideas to help you get started!

Newport Light Hanging Lantern by Feiss

The nautical, coastal-inspired Newport Collection by Feiss is complete with lighthouse details including a vented top and a detailed cast frame surrounding an inner Opal Etched glass inner shade.



Graduation Chandelier by Currey & Company

Created in the Color Field tradition of the 1940s, the Graduation Chandelier is a large-scale piece for a bold interior. Nine wide rings of wrought iron in alternating hues of blue finished in Gold Leaf create this Japanese-inspired design.



Hampton by Hinkley

Hampton is a modern transitional design, offering the ultimate in urban sophistication.





The Secret to Picking the Ideal Ceiling Fan

Being practical doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. Fortunately, ceiling fans can help you merge aesthetic appeal with comfort-driven functionality.

When it comes to style, you have almost endless choices, from traditional to completely innovative and modern. You’ll be able to find fans that complement the rest of your décor – just choose styles, textures, and finishes that you’ve used in the rest of your home. We’re leaving that under your creative direction as we focus more on functionality this time.

What makes a given ceiling fan a good fit for your home?

Pay close attention to the following particulars:

Energy Performance:
Airflow Efficiency and Drive Type

Like many other comfort appliances, fans receive ratings for their airflow efficiency. This measure, given in cubic feet per minute per watt, or cfm/w, signifies how much air the device can move in relation to its power consumption. To meet Energy Star standards, fans must have minimum efficiencies of 155, 100 and 75 cfm/w at low, medium and high speeds.

Fan manufacturers achieve heightened operational characteristics through a combination of engineering, design and component choice. For instance, some fans employ DC motors to deliver quiet, efficient performance in small, lightweight packages.


What size fan does your home need? It all depends on the extent of the area you’re cooling.

Energy Star recommends anything from a 29 to 36-inch diameter for rooms below 76 square feet. To cool rooms of 255 to 400 square feet, you’ll want something in excess of 50 inches in diameter, like the Windpointe® Tropical.

Windpointe® Tropical by Fanimation

Many designers surround fans with at least 18 inches of clearance in all directions. This rule of thumb is handy for porch installations where square footage may be harder to quantify.

Hanging Distance

Diameter isn’t the only dimension worth contemplating. The length of the downrod, or pipe between a fan’s ceiling bracket and body, can determine whether your design choice makes a room feel crowded.

Hanging heights are also important because leaving space between the fan blades and the ceiling permits superior airflow. If, however, your room’s small ceiling prevents you from maintaining 7 to 8 feet between the fan and the floor, then you should consider a flush-mounted option.

Environmental Tolerance

Not all fans can withstand the same environmental conditions. If you’re installing something in a bathroom, be certain that it adheres to UL “damp” standards. Patio and porch fans should have “wet” ratings. Choosing appropriately weather-sealed, moisture-resistant devices is a good way to ensure that your investment lasts.

Ceiling Fans With Lights

Wondering whether your ceiling fan should incorporate illumination? Always make a holistic design decision that accounts for your other fixtures, and be willing to adapt.

For instance, suppose that adding ceiling fans with lights seems redundant in your already-bright bedroom. Don’t give up or forego the fan entirely. Many manufacturers offer fan-only options, like the Energy Star-rated Levon AC, which come in varying styles to match your existing lighting.

Levon AC by Fanimation

Understand Your Room Layout

Although you can install a ceiling fan anywhere inside a home or in select outdoor spots, you’ll need to consider the special physical characteristics of your intended location. Placing a fan on a sloped ceiling or below a support beam, for example, might require unique mounting hardware or extra clearance. Depending on your home’s age and condition, you may also need to think about electrical routing and fan weight.

Start Enjoying More
Refreshing Surroundings

Now that you’re equipped with ceiling fan knowledge, how will you redefine your personal spaces? Get your creativity flowing along with a fresh breeze. Talk to a Carolina Lanterns and Lighting design specialist today.

What Statement Does Your Outdoor Lighting Make?

Some people use outdoor lighting fixtures primarily to fulfill a functional purpose. Others use their exterior illumination to help them make fundamental statements about their design preferences.

It’s up to you where your intentions rest along this spectrum, but why pass up the opportunity to express your style while complementing your home and its architecture as well? Here are some insights into what kind of statements you can make with your choices.

The Traditional Has an
Honored Place in Your Decor

You can express your love for vintage themes without even uttering a word. Lighting elements that incorporate archetypical materials and designs automatically put people in a mindset to appreciate timeless classicism.

Charleston Collection | Ashley Avenue Lantern
The Ashley Avenue Lantern is an excellent choice for grounding your exterior decor in traditional concepts.

Signature Series | Old World Lantern
The Old World Lantern is available in several finishes and with a variety of decorative accessories to complement your home.

Whether you express your traditional lighting preferences using the clean lines of copper lanterns placed judiciously above entryways or wall mounts inspired by Old-World sensitivities, the message is instantly clear. Your household may exist in the modern era, but it also appreciates the classic design of ages past.

Your Home Welcomes Visitors

Are you a paragon of hospitality? Your outdoor lighting choices probably show it.

Have you installed gas lights? If so, it’s a safe bet that your home appears far less imposing to travel-weary guests with a warm flame at your entry.

Signature Series | Vicksburg Lantern
The Vicksburg lantern casts natural light that provides a great combination of visibility and a warm welcome.

High quality electric lanterns are also an excellent choice to serve this purpose. When first-rate, durable materials are used and attention is paid to the details of classic design, they create quite a welcoming atmosphere.

You Have a Harmonious Sense of Arrangement

Modern fixtures can help cultivate a feeling of zen in their surroundings. Their intentional purposefulness and lack of visual clutter also make them great for those who love discovering new peaks of spatial design.

Modern Visions | Paradigm
Use the sleek Paradigm collection from Modern Visions to make an understated yet unmistakable statement.

Fanimation | Zonix
Sophisticated and stylish, The Zonix Wet Location by Fanimation is the perfect eye candy for any contemporary outdoor application.

On top of looking futuristic, clean-lined, modern outdoor lighting fixtures help clue others into the fact that you prefer to keep things clean and minimalistic. When combined with the aerodynamic curves of modern outdoor fans and similar porch decor, these lighting styles tell people that they should leave their baggage at the door.

Your Home Thrives on the Whimsical

What if you find that your stylistic choices lean towards the eccentric or whimsical? It’s not as atypical as you might believe. Lighting fixtures that seem unorthodox elsewhere are right at home among design elements that also promote the experimental, naturalistic and freeform.

Hinkley | Plantation
The Plantation collection from Hinkley features exceptional pineapple shaped, clear optic glass with elaborate, decorative cast detailing.

It doesn’t matter whether you love the symbol of hospitality provided by the Hinkley Plantation collection or you’re just irresistibly drawn to mixing and matching distinct styles to create something fresh. Choosing outdoor lighting selectively is a great way to imbue your property with the quirky sense of style that gives it authentic character.

What Statement Does Your Outdoor Lighting Make?

Are you taking advantage of your exterior lighting to say something meaningful, or is it a reflection of previous owners? Use your surroundings to create the ideal personalized environment.  Chat with a Carolina Lanterns and Lighting specialist today, or check out our Porches, Porticos, and Passageways board on Pinterest for more awesome inspirations.

Modern Farmhouse Style Revealed in Three Simple Steps

In the world of inspired lighting and tasteful home design, Modern Farmhouse style is a well-established favorite. The friendly atmosphere this trend evokes is immediately identifiable to design connoisseurs, but what lies at its heart? Here are the three defining characteristics that you need to know about to understand the ambiance that pervades Modern Farmhouse lighting. 

1. Deep-seated Pastoral Influences

As the name implies, Modern Farmhouse looks to rural settings for inspiration. From the country farmsteads of ages past to more recent Colonial architecture, the ethos of this style remains defiantly entrenched in a simpler way of life.

Interestingly, Modern Farmhouse still functions quite well with contemporary installations, like pendant lighting. Thanks to the diverse nature of the farmhouses that originally inspired this aesthetic, today’s designers have plenty of ways to express authentically rustic tastes.

2. Reclamation of Resources

Modern Farmhouse lighting fixtures vary widely. They can be simple and refined or downright rustic. Some fixtures even feature unique, minimalistic designs that make use of open space. This kind of design favors those who aren’t hesitant to embrace imperfections. As opposed to the flawless, polished surfaces of many lighting fixtures, Modern Farmhouse style thrives on variegated patinas, recycled timber and weathered finishes. 

Don’t be deterred by a new or unoccupied residence – you can still use Modern Farmhouse philosophies to make it look lived in and authentic. Keep in mind the aforementioned patinas and weathering to “age” your space.

3. Imaginative Problem Solving

When you imagine an old farmhouse, you don’t picture a sleek, put-together bachelor pad or loft. Those who seek out this style prefer to feel as if they’re occupying living, breathing spaces with a sense of nostalgia.

Want to arouse a similar sentiment? You can’t be too timid to innovate. In one home, for instance, Carolina Lanterns and Lighting’s own Shannan Payne Preston merged barreled profiles with acid-spray-washed copper to create unique chandeliers. In the process, she added a coordinated, time-worn feel to a distinctly modern, multipurpose space. You can read more about this project in Charleston Home and Design Magazine’s spring issue.

These custom fixtures were visually distinct from the colonial lantern set that adorned the home’s front entryway and the airy pendant lighting in the dining areas. Nonetheless, they all worked together to unify the property’s clear sense of personality. By venturing beyond the conventional and integrating lighting elements with different visual flavors, Shannan was able to create Modern Farmhouse lighting that hearkened to the inventive, purpose-focused spirit that drove design pioneers of the rustic past.

Are You Ready to Get Back to Basics?

Modern Farmhouse style is yours to personalize and refashion with lighting fixtures that range from classic Carolina Lanterns to custom pendants and chandeliers. Are you ready to get back to basics with this style? You can follow our Modern Farmhouse style pinboard on Pinterest to discover the latest trends and get inspired.

Better yet, talk to a Carolina Lanterns and Lighting expert about your upcoming design masterpiece. We love tackling new challenges, and we can’t wait to see how you make Modern Farmhouse your own. Reach out to one of our team members to spark the conversation. 

The Gold & Black Trend

Wondering what’s new in home decor for 2017? Gold fixtures – including faucets, lighting fixtures and furniture trim – have been making waves for a few years now, and there’s no sign that they’re going to fade out of favor any time soon.

There’s something new with the gold trend, though. In years past it was often paired with white for a fresh, airy look. This pairing spanned everything from beach cottage style to Hollywood Regency looks. And those are great, but have you noticed how amazing gold looks paired with black? Based on the gorgeous new lights at the Dallas International Lighting market in January, it looks like black is the new… black… after all, and it plays very nicely with gold when it comes to the hottest new lighting fixtures.

Take a look for yourself at this trend in action:

Minimalist Pendants

Fletcher Pendant with Etched Opal Glass

Though gold has a reputation for being ornate and perfect for scrollwork and Victorian styles, it also looks très chic in modern pendant lighting. This look keeps the gold with a rich patina that offers just a bit of luster to contrast against the black shade. A line of these pendants over a kitchen island will direct the light down to the countertops and add a bold statement to your décor.

Crystal Chandeliers

Hamlet Chandelier

On the other end of the design spectrum are sparkling chandeliers that add drama and romance to any room. You don’t have to live in a sprawling mansion to enjoy a touch of sparkle in your dining room – or better yet, your master bath. A hint of gold adds a subtle shimmer to the glittery baubles on this piece, yet it’s anchored by a dark finish that makes the whole piece more substantial.

Classic Candle Lanterns

Clarendon Bronze Hanging Foyer Light

If a chandelier is a bit too much for your modern home, try the transitional look of a hanging fixture styled like a lantern instead. This fixture combines the classic lines of an outdoor lantern with on-trend black and gold for its framing. The gold base for the candle bulbs shimmer gently in this bird cage-inspired hanging lamp.

Making Black and Gold Work for You

What makes 2017’s black and gold trend feel fresh instead of dated? Take a good look at the gold in each of the fixtures above. Rather than being bright or brassy, the metal has a more matte look and a richer tone leaning toward coppery or rose-gold undertones. The black portions, on the other hand, are often textured, which keeps it from looking flat or dull. When paired together, black and gold are kept in balance, and the result is that you get an elegant lighting fixture that works in all sorts of spaces.

How will you use this trend in your home this year?