I am so excited today to be writing about an outstanding lighting designer (and one of my personal favorites), Charn Pennewaert of Charn & Company. If you have had the pleasure of seeing the Charn & Company custom lighting and décor line, you can easily see that Charn is one of the most creative and talented designers in the children’s furnishings industry today. Pairing amazing fabrics from well known children’s linen designers such as Pixie Dust Décor, Maddie Boo, Caden Lane and Elizabeth Allen with custom paint colors and exclusive lighting designs makes Charn & Company stand out above the rest. Although there are endless options available, Charn manages to make the design process easy by offering great coordinating fabrics and colors, while giving creative freedom to our customers to add appliqués, choose trims and select custom finishes. How incredible it is to be able to custom design the lighting for your child’s room with the click of a button, and to own a one of a kind designer chandelier, sconce, nightlight or lamp! In addition to the hand painted finishes and fabric selection available, the shapes and designs of each chandelier, wall sconce, lamp base and shade are incredibly stylish and beautiful, resulting in a truly unique look.
What really strikes me about Charn’s designer lighting line is that somehow the shapes and silhouettes can be appropriate for both boys and girls, depending on the colors and patterns selected. Many lines have very distinct feminine and masculine products, with flowers and crystals for girls and sports or transportation themes for boys, whereas Charn’s lighting has an inherent versatility and fluidity allowing for a broader appeal. Although Charn & Company is widely recognized for its cottage style, the new ceiling pendants (available in many shapes and sizes) are so sleek and modern, adding an entirely new dimension to the line. I adore Charn’s new multi tiered ceiling pendants because the range of looks available is limitless, and again, they are fabulous for both boys and girls rooms. For a clean and classic look, choose a solid fabric with contrasting solid trim in a traditional round shape or for a bold statement, choose a great modern print in a hexagon or square shape.
Charn doesn’t stop with designing custom lighting; she has branched out into the home accessories and décor realm with her stunning shabby chic Bella line. This incredibly sweet and feminine line is perfect for the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or office, featuring everything from mirrors, wastebaskets, tissue box covers and stepstools all embellished with floral appliqués and, of course, available in three gorgeous shabby colors: white, cream and pink.
It is my pleasure to share the Charn & Company designer line with our customers, but especially to introduce the artistic founder and owner, Charn Pennewaert. Just as Charn’s parents were a creative inspiration to her, she is an inspiration to us … encouraging us to think outside the box when it comes to decorating and sparking unlimited creativity in the design process.
How would you define the Charn & Company style philosophy?
Charn & Company’s style is classic and unique. When designing our products, we strive for a classy style. We’re not about copying other products because it is the trend. We want to be the leader of today’s style. Creating your own look is what makes our products unique. Quality is important to us. If is not made well, we won’t put our name on it. We want our customers to be absolutely satisfied with our product. It has to be love at first sight and a long love affair after that.
What inspired you to become a designer and start a business?
My parents inspired me to be creative and be innovative. At an early age, it was all about fabrics, colored pencils, and paper. What could I create with all that I had around me? Seeing my parents make custom furniture and custom lighting (which the lampshade styles still exist today) made me feel the thrill of wanting to start my own business. Fresh out of college, I knew it was time to put my name on something that no one had thought of before – custom lighting for children’s rooms was born.
Why did you choose to design for children’s rooms?
Having four children of my own, it was easy to think of all lighting for children. Every child has his unique style and through their precious years, it is important to inspire their own style and space.
What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
The best part of the day is personally answering my customer’s questions and comments. Helping excited customers create their custom chandelier or lamp with fabric advice and finish colors.
Do you have any advice for other working moms?
Today’s moms have a tough job – balancing their children and work. Balance is the key. Make sure your children are first on the list and then comes work.
If you had to pick a favorite design from your collection, what would it be?
That’s a hard question….but if I had to pick, our chandeliers are very unique and cool looking. They are not over the top and just look really stunning with the right color and fabric. I have my wooden chandeliers in every room of my home.
What sets Charn & Company apart from other children’s lighting designers?
We are all about custom – custom colors, your choice of fabrics, and style. We make to order and because each product is custom, we make sure it is done right.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
We have just introduced the New Caden Lane Lighting Collections featuring cool pendant shapes in multi levels. The modern patterns and bright colors are just ideal for our modern pendants. This collection will be available in mid April 2009.
Now…Just for Fun
Favorite Food My husband’s homemade spaghetti
Favorite TV Show American Idol
Favorite Movie Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Weekend Activity Playing with my kids
Favorite Band Billy Joel