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Lessons Learned: Lighting

Apr 3 2012

I spent a ton of time looking for lights for our place. My major take-away…don’t worry, they all end up looking great. Seriously…every light I put up looked 10 times better once installed. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because a space can look so unfinished without proper lighting, but pendants in particular, really make a room.

Think about all the different options that could have been used in the shots below – and I think they all look great, as is.












via Convoy, Elle Decor, Today You Inspired Me, Elle Decoration, Mes Caprices Belges, The Pursuit Aesthetic, Love Creative Rooms, Ditte Isager, Design Shimmer, Cherry Blossom World, Pinterest, Japanese Trash

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Lessons Learned: Buy What You Love (and can afford!)

Mar 30 2012

Building a place or renovating or decorating is all about trade-offs. You can’t have everything you want – or at least I couldn’t.

So, what I would say is, invest in a few things that you really love and cut back in areas where you can get away with it. At least that was my overall philosophy.

I bought my BDDW mirror early on in the process. I knew if I pushed this off until the end, I’d never buy it. I had to cut back in other areas later on, but I love this mirror and it’s the first thing I see every time I walk into our place. So, yes, I spent a small fortune on a mirror, but for me this was a good trade-off. You can get knock-offs, but the lines and craftsmanship in this piece stand out.

I made a trade-off when it came to lighting. I really wanted a three (or four or five…) arm pendant by Lindsey Adelman. Her work is stunning and hand-made and I can see why each piece costs thousands and thousands of dollars. I just couldn’t do it. I went with three black Artek pendants instead. It’s a totally different look, but at a fraction of the cost, I couldn’t resist. Plus, I’ve always loved these pendants.

So – to each their own. Only you know your budget and what you really love. But if you’re anything like me, I think you’ll find that coveting a few special pieces will bring quite a bit of joy. Likewise, I love a good deal…and knowing that I saved big in certain spots makes me equally giddy!

BDDW Captain’s Mirror


Lindsey Adelman Lighting

Artek Pendants

Some of my favourites for another day:

Serge Mouille Lighting

Hiroshima Dining Chairs by Naoto Fukasawa

Hans Wegner seating


Bulthaup kitchen

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Someday…Serge

Nov 21 2011

I wish I would just get sick of these Serge Mouille lamps. But I don’t.

Ah, someday!






Source: Style Essentials, Est Magazine, BenedicteMce, Petra Bindel, Yatzer, Design Therapy

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Kids Rooms: Lighting

Sep 30 2010

It feels way more liberating to decorate a space for kids. Why is that? Even choosing a table lamp seems like an opportunity to add a bit more character.

Below: Table lamp by Jielde. Choosing this piece is easy. Landing on one single colour is not.
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PBTeen has actually made a knock-off of the Jielde lamp. I’m not sure if the quality is anything like the original and I don’t love the idea of knocking things off, but given the price difference, it’s certainly tempting.

Below: Link Task Lamp and Tube Top Lamp by Pablo Designs.
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Below: Artemide Tolomeo Micro Lamp
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Below: Different from the other pieces shown above, but still fun and fresh, how about the Beatrice Lamp by Jonathan Adler?
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