Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley July 29, 2017

Hello friends! This weekend I’m in Idaho at the Mountain Home Country Music Festival. I’m also visiting some of my family here in Boise. This is my first visit and I’m loving it, what a charming city!

I’m disappointed that I missed Keith Urban’s performance last night, they canceled it due to an unexpected lightning storm, I’m so sad! I was looking forward to seeing him for months :( I’m headed home late Sunday and then it’s back to work. Is there anything I should see while I’m in Boise this weekend?

Favorite links from the week:


Loved the spaces in this home tour.

So fun, this speckled wallpaper.

Hmm, interesting. Annoying things tourists do that locals hate.

What Airbnb hosts wish guests knew.

On my places to travel list: these 14 American road trips.

How cool! This street artist’s work.

Mindfulness, gratitude, and other happiness traits.

The best places to watch August’s solar eclipse.

Made me laugh: this and this.

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer weekend!




Foyer Chandeliers for Two Story Homes

By Kate Riley July 27, 2017

I offer design consulting services for locals, and one of my clients is moving into a new construction home in two weeks. She told me she desperately needed my help finding a foyer chandelier for her two story home. Her entry light fixture is one of those basic contractor specials they install in the house (and hang way too high) because they’re obligated to do so. She texted this picture with a sad face emoji and the word “help”. I texted her back, “I’m on it.”



A foyer chandelier in a two story home should provide illumination but it’s also an opportunity to make a statement since it one of the elements that sets the first impression of your home. Here are a few examples of two story foyer chandeliers done right.


paul moon design


b fein interiors


fox group construction


Two story foyers need a larger scale chandelier to fill the space, and the fixture needs to be hung in between the first and second story so it illuminates the entire entry. Light fixtures that have a greater height than width tend to work best because they fill the vertical space.

However, the most important measurement is the width and finding the ideal size is simple math. Add the length by the width and height in feet and that number is your guide for width of your fixture in inches. For example, if your foyer is 8 feet wide by 12 feet long and 18 feet high (total 38 feet) then your light fixture should be 38 inches wide, give or take a few inches.

Here’s a visual:



Larger scale chandeliers cost a few hundred dollars more (and up to the thousands if you want something high end). I rounded up these foyer chandeliers most (except one) under $700:



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