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The lighting that you choose for your home will reflect your personal tastes and you’ll want it to be appreciated by guests by becoming a focal point to a hallway, dining room or living room ceiling. A chandelier is the perfect choice for statement lighting and can be as modern or as traditional as you like, as blended or as contrasting as you desire. There are a large variety of designs and styles to choose from, all adding something special...

We can all appreciate that some light fittings can be considered as art. The craftsmanship and expertise that has gone into creating such intricate and stunning pieces is the very definition of art. There is a new form of art taking the world by storm known as “Light Art”. It’s an exciting and vibrant expression that’s growing in popularity among artists across the world. It has become so much easier to incorporate light art into all kinds of everyday activities...

If you love history, grandeur and beauty, then you should visit one of the world’s grandest mosques in Oman. The Sultan Qaboos Mosque takes over the skyline of Muscat and the inside holds some wonderful sights too. For chandelier lovers everywhere, inside this mosque you’ll find what was once the world’s largest chandelier before others came to measure it and build bigger ones for new mosques. What was once the Guinness Book of Records biggest chandelier weighs in at an...

Those craftsmen and women designing and making chandeliers today have a wonderful history of lighting design to draw inspiration from. Mid 20th century chandeliers are hugely popular and adorn the ceilings of many a home around the world. The pleasing designs featuring curvy silhouettes and interesting geometric patterns arrived on the scene in post-war Europe and the United States as new and innovative materials and technology became available. Yes, there is still much love and desire for the 19th century style...

Egyptian crystal is among some of the most beautiful in the world. It has a long history too, with many varieties being used thousands of years ago for much more than adornment alone. The Ancient Egyptians used crystals right through their lives as they believed in their healing properties. Today, as we gaze in awe at the stunning chandelier lights made from finest Egyptian crystal, we can understand that spiritually those crystals held great significance for ancient peoples. Some crystals were...

One of the most iconic chandeliers in the world is the one used in productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. This is the chandelier that was probably responsible for the surge in popularity for having chandeliers in homes across the globe. For anyone who has seen the production, the stunning chandelier has a major role to play, both at the end of Act One and when it comes crashing down towards the audience! The chandelier is highly symbolic...

Not many of us know much when it comes to interior design unless that’s your profession of course. Love it or hate it, if you want your home to express who you are and look fantastic, certain elements of design are needed. One of the main considerations is decorating your home is choice of colour. This is where it can get confusing with hundreds of different hues and shades to choose from. You might love two particular colours but when...

Almost everyone has heard of Swarovski crystal. The stunning, glittery jewels that adorn anything from handbags to mobile phones and lighting installations to jewellery. How much do we know about the story behind the crystals? Let’s dig into the heritage of the Swarovski name and discover the history and methods of producing some of the world’s best loved bling. The founder of the crystal-producing company was David Swarovski, an Austrian with incredible vision back in 1895. His father was a glass-cutter...

We always feel very connected to our homes but before now this connection has never been scientifically quantified. Whenever we think about our homes, it should fill us with a sense of happiness and security. After all, it’s much more than just bricks and mortar – it’s our haven from the outside world. It’s the place where life moments happen, families grow, and memories are made. Without meaning to sound too sentimental, is there a real physiologically reaction that really...

If you’re lucky enough to have a spiral staircase in your home, there are lots of exciting ways to make it stand out and become a real statement of your décor. They are both practical and space-saving, and the architectural design is thought to date back several thousands of years. A spiral staircase rises around a central axis so that every few steps will turn up to 360 degrees. Such staircases are classified according to the material they are made from,...