The Light Fantastic: Lighted crown mouldings add a soft, ambient glow and are sure-fire conversation starters. The two-piece system has lights in the lower moulding that project upward, illuminating the upper piece. Cost for a 12-by-12-foot room is about $800, installed.
Trip the light fantastic at L*de Luz, a lighting emporium stuffed with vintage European lamps and chandeliers dating from the 1910s to the 1970s by the likes of Murano, Phillips, and Panton, which are refurbished in-house, too. Don’t worry if that bubble lamp won’t fit in your suitcase; the store ships to America (Rua Miguel Bombarda, 469; 35-191-9287-552).