Geometric Modern Kitchen Lighting: Task lighting gets a fashionable rethink

Kitchen lighting is boring. I’m hunting for options for a great little recessed alcove in my kitchen that won’t lower my ceiling, but will provide a modern look and good task lighting for kitchen work. Here are two from my shortlist. Which do you prefer?

LED Lighting Fixture: Geometric and Angular. This fixture works very well for a recess we have in our kitchen (we’re fortunate to have the space for a kitchen chandelier. Without that recess, we’d be more than happy with the Lemonbest recessed LEDs in the rest of our apartment, but we’d like to kick it up a notch). ¬†Downside: this chandelier doesn’t come with bulbs, so we’ll need to buy 2 backs of these LED bulbs if we don’t opt for cheaper halogen lights. I’m pretty sure this photo has LEDs in place, and they look gorgeous.

Geometric Kitchen Light Fixture

I’ve also spoken out about the Moooi-esque “Dear Ingo” chandelier, which is better known as the spider chandelier.¬†This is a perfect example of form meeting function, and this link sells the Dear Ingo for a fraction of the retail price.

Modern Kitchen Chandelier


Suddenly Toilets Matter. Seriously?

In a remodel, every detail matters. And to some (husbands in particular), toilets are of particular importance.

For resale value and its prestige factor the very-Euro aesthete of Miami Beach, we narrowed our search to Toto. But, from there, things narrowed themselves down to 3 models specifically:


The Toto Caruso, priced around $121-$190 USD

Toto Carusoe Cheap Toto Toilet


The Toto Drake, priced around $190 US.

Affordable Toto Toilet: Toto Drake


The Toto Aquia. Why? I like the smooth sides which (I’d imagine) wouldn’t collect dust as other toilets do with their ceramic/porcelain sides (which – I’ve always thought – look like intestines. Sorry for that mental image!). The best price we found is $309 at

Sleek Toilet Slim Toto Aquia

So, when it comes to toilets, I wonder if it’d best for property value and overall investment to splurge a bit on something that’s clearly very modern…or if it’s wiser to pick a great brand but save on price. Much to contemplate…

Oh, and here’s something bogus – notice how all the above toilets are featured *with* seats? Well you’ll be surprised to discover – if you’re on the prowl for toilets – that none actually come with toilet seats! Again, knowing we’ve narrowed things down to Toto, we’ve settled on this seat, but so much to consider! Ah!

Before there was Miami Beach

Miami Beach, for those who have lives here, is a very different place. It’s a place where the Bravo housewives are as violent as in Jersey, as dumb as the OC, and yet as rich as Beverly Hills – for reasons that never quite make sense.

After some hunting, in what seemed like the dog days of the recession, we bought a one bedroom in Sunset Harbour – a neighborhood best known at the time as the home of two towing lots and two grocers: Fresh Market and Florida favorite Publix.

The transition was jarring. At the New World Symphony on Miami Beach, the audience clapped between the movements. Groupon was full of deals like this, and the Miami Herald was so full of grammatical snafus that it later would attempt to crowdsource its copy editing with volunteers to cut costs…

But before there was the beach, and our first condo renovation, here is a glimpse at our style. This first pic, the table setting, is from our wedding registry and illustrates well how we loved metallics on dark wood. My classic Lenox and the DVF Cutipol flatware really pop on our old dark wood dining table, and these other pics are some inspiration for how we’d envision our new Miami beach condo interior (both have a Kelly Wearstler feel – the second IS Wearstler)…