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June 1, 2016

Crystorama Lighting Provides Personality to Six One Room Challenge™ Remodels
Featured Fixtures Include Wide Assortment of Fashion-Forward Designs

Westbury, N.Y. - Six of the 20 participating designers in the recently concluded One Room Challenge™ design contest featured fixtures from Crystorama Lighting as part of their total room makeovers.

Hunted Interior

"It was pleasing to see that several of this season's designers made our chandeliers the starting point of their design process," said Nancy Lonoff, marketing director of Crystorama Lighting, a challenge sponsor for a second season. "We create our lighting fixtures to have that kind of impact – to change or define a room or space through the use of unique shapes, materials and finish."

Now in its 10th season, the One Room Challenge is a biannual design challenge organized by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home, a leading do-it-yourself blogger with more than 15,000 followers on Pinterest alone. Twice a year in April and October, Calling it Home challenges 20 top designers to transform a room over a six-week period and document the process in a series of weekly online posts.

On May 11, at the end of the sixth week, participants made their final reveals on their various blogs and social media channels. Chandeliers, sconces and ceiling mounts from Crystorama Lighting proved to be stylish options in rooms created by six bloggers – Design Manifest, Honey We're Home, Hunted Interior, Making it Lovely, Simplified Bee and Thou Swell.

Cristin Bisbee Priest selected three Crystorama Lighting fixtures for her project, a master bedroom and walk-in closet redesign at her 1940s traditional colonial home in San Mateo, CA. She used Crystorama's Baxter glass torch wall sconce in the master bedroom, the flush-mount Masefield light fixture in antique silver with faux bamboo details in the water closet and a Lawson semi-mount fixture in aged brass for the walk-in closet.

"For my husband's walk-in closet, I definitely wanted a fixture that was flush or semi-mount and had a brass finish," said Priest on her blog, Simplified Bee. "(Crystorama's Lawson) had a timeless and stately quality that my husband liked. It also has some crystal detail that I liked. A win-win!"

Simplified Bee Scene

Simplified Bee (Photo by Candace and Kurt Williams of Photo-tecture)

Design Manifest (Photo by Courtney Apple Photography)

Designer and blogger Naomi Stein of Design Manifest in Philadelphia chose Crystorama's Calypso – a sleek, contemporary crystal chandelier – for her project, a kitchen renovation. "Since I'm doing brass in the kitchen, I purposely chose a dining chandelier in another finish" so the room wouldn't be "too matchy," she said. "After looking around, I fell in love with the Calypso chandelier. I love that it feels modern, yet vintage, and I really like it in this bronze finish. I have two lights in my living room in a similar finish so this chandelier ties in nicely."
Other Crystorama Lighting pieces featured in this season's One Room Challenge transformations included the shapely Luna chandelier, featured in Kevin O'Gara's (Thou Swell) bedroom redesign at his family's home in Atlanta; the Calypso chandelier in a chrome finish, which designer Kristin Jackson (Hunted Interior) incorporated into her master bedroom redesign for a client in Atlanta; a space age-inspired Galileo eight-light forged bronze chandelier, featured in Nicole Balch's (Making it Lovely) bedroom remodel in Oak Park, IL; and an elegant, nature-themed Broche ceiling fixture in gold leaf, which added interest to Megan Ardoin's home office redesign in Houston.

From left to right: Honey We're Home (Photo by Megan Ardoin), Making it Lovely (Photo by Nicole Balch), Thou Swell (Photo by Kevin O'Gara)

"Never underestimate the power of a spectacular chandelier or dramatic light fixture to change the look and feel of a room," said Ardoin in her blog, Honey We're Home.

"It was pleasing to see that several of this season's designers made our chandeliers the starting point of their design process," said Nancy Lonoff, marketing director of Crystorama Lighting, a challenge sponsor for a second season. "We create our lighting fixtures to have that kind of impact – to change or define a room or space through the use of unique shapes, materials and finish."

Now in its 10th season, the One Room Challenge is a biannual design challenge organized by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home, a leading do-it-yourself blogger with more than 15,000 followers on Pinterest alone. Twice a year in April and October, Calling it Home challenges 20 top designers to transform a room over a six-week period and document the process in a series of weekly online posts.

On May 11, at the end of the sixth week, participants made their final reveals on their various blogs and social media channels. Chandeliers, sconces and ceiling mounts from Crystorama Lighting proved to be stylish options in rooms created by six bloggers – Design Manifest, Honey We're Home, Hunted Interior, Making it Lovely, Simplified Bee and Thou Swell.


This season also welcomed back a crowd favorite – Christine Dovey (Bijou & Boheme) – who was unable to finish her project last season due to construction delays. Dovey’s sophisticated bedroom features Crystorama’s Traditional Crystal eight-light chrome chandelier. Dovey said of her lighting choice: "I’m a vintage lighting lover so new crystal has always scared me a bit…enter Crystorama and I’m a total convert. ADORE the bedroom chandy."

In addition to 20 featured design bloggers, the One Room Challenge also invites anyone with a blog to participate as a guest blogger by transforming a room of their own and posting the results. This season, 227 guest bloggers participated, and Crystorama Lighting proved to be a popular choice for these designers as well.

Bijou and Boheme

Bijou & Boheme (Photo by Ashley Capp)

Lee Owens of Lee Owens Design in Albany, New York, used Crystorama’s antique gold Broche flush mount light in her powder room renovation; Amanda Louise of Amanda Louise Interiors used a Masefield wall sconce from the Libby Langdon for Crystorama collection in her living room redesign; and Vanessa Francis of the blog Decor Happy used the ever-popular Broche ceiling mount in matte white.

From left to right: Decor Happy (Photo by Stephani Buchman), Amanda Louise Interiors (Photo by Cleland Studios), Lee Owens Design (Photo by Lee Owens)

Francis praised Broche’s design by saying: “I just love the ceiling fixture from Crystorama and how it makes a statement, yet still remains quiet because of the matte white finish.”

This year – for the first time – House Beautiful magazine provided ongoing coverage of the One Room Challenge through weekly postings at housebeautiful.com as an official media partner. The program also included an active program of online linking between participating designers and design enthusiasts, providing a lively conversation about the room makeovers and a source of ongoing encouragement, support and recognition.

About Crystorama

For more than 50 years, Crystorama has been a leader in the lighting industry, recognized for distinctive lighting creations that are exceptional in quality, design and craftsmanship. The company was honored by the home furnishings industry as the top lighting fixtures manufacturer at the 2015 ARTS Awards. Drawing upon its depth of knowledge and expertise and inspired by fashion and art, Crystorama continues to innovate with modern shapes, materials and colors.

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