A Swingy, Striking Pendant Can Light The Way To A Whole New Look

Woven lamps of all types have been hot for a season or two, but we love the strapping heft of this rustic wire-and-wood Birds Nest Hanging Lamp from Serena & Lily. Partner it with sleeker furnishings, and it takes on an earthy modern air. Feather your own nest by hanging one by your favorite chair or maybe two over a console.

Cost: $220


One of our favorite finds from the design-forward folks at IKEA, the Maskros light looks like an outsize (32 inches in diameter) version of those puffballs you liked to blow on when you were a kid. Now you can create a cool, grown-up version of that childhood memory. Just hang a Maskros, and enjoy its whimsical modern shape, then flick off the other lights and check out the cool shadow play it creates on your ceiling. Bonus. And you're not scattering dandelion seeds all over the lawn.

Cost: $89.99


From retro-modern superstar Thomas O'Brien comes the patinaed Hicks pendant. From the rectangular chain links to the carefully tarnished brass, this one gets the details done just right. We've had visions of it hanging in our foyer, but imagine a less expected venue: two or three hung in a line in a kitchen.

Cost: $336 to $630


— Cindy Dampier, Tribune Newspapers