In our new home, built in 1946, there is a sweet foyer. The kind that New York developers rarely devote the space to these days. It is a true entryway - about 9 feet by 12 feet of room intended for nothing other than getting one's bearings upon entering the apartment.
I was not sure how I was ultimately going to use that space - in fact, I'm still not certain I won't one day move the dining table there and expand the kitchen. I did know that I wanted a light fixture that would set the tone for the entire home. Here's a look at some of my runner's up.
I very seriously considered this cool Atomic-Age chandelier.
I also liked this very simple oversize modern globe.
But I ultimately went with a sputnik-influenced chandelier.
For the bathroom, I loved the Buick-look chrome on this pillbox flushmount.
And I looked at many a classic schoolhouse fixture.
In fact, I gave very serious thought to this art deco schoolhouse fixture that I felt would complement the shower door - one of the only original fixtures left in the bathroom:
But I ultimately decided on this gray-striped schoolhouse flush mount. Something about it's retro-modern style I felt would really bring out the best in the Dwell Collection half-hex floor from Heath Ceramics.
And I chose this simple retro fixture right outside the bathroom to light the hallway.
For the bathroom sconces on either side of the medicine cabinet, I considered these very retro ceramic fixtures.
For the dining area, over the tulip table and Catifa 53 chairs, I coveted these British-made fixtures from Hand and Eye Studio.
I ultimately went with this very similar pendant to hang low over the 47" round dining room table:
And I replaced all the dated 1980s ceiling fans with this baby - the Haiku from The Big Ass Fan Company. Love!