30 Mar 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
Some of my favourites for another day:
Serge Mouille Lighting
Hiroshima Dining Chairs by Naoto Fukasawa
Hans Wegner seating
3 Feb 2012
Eeny meeny miny mo….it’s hard to decide which one of these swing-arm pendants I like best. I wish I had a suitable wall / ceiling / room in my place where I could have made a pick.
Well, I’m pretty sure money would be the deciding factor, but I have to say, I’d be thrilled to live with any of these pieces.
1) Flos Mod 265 Wall Sconce (About $1K at Y Lighting)
2) Potence Lamp by Jean Prouve (About $1,700 at DWR)
3) Serge Mouille Two Arm Wall Sconce (About $5200 at DWR)
Photos via: Petra Bindel, Anita Calero, Finetingogjokolade blog, Interior Decline, Emmas Blogg, Hege Greenall Scholtz
21 Nov 2011
I wish I would just get sick of these Serge Mouille lamps. But I don’t.
Source: Style Essentials, Est Magazine, BenedicteMce, Petra Bindel, Yatzer, Design Therapy
5 Jul 2010
Ok, so we do need a couple more things to round our the dining room. Artwork and a lighting fixture. I’m on the lookout for a great canvas of sorts or a giant photograph – but that will take some time. For now, let’s get some good lighting going.
I’ve already shared some of my favourite pendants for the kitchen. Some of those would work well in the dining room as well. But to keep things fresh, here are some new picks:
If my ceilings were limitless, so to speak, I’d snag a Serge Mouille piece or something by Brooklyn based, Lindsey Adelman. I’m in love with her glass blown fixtures. They’re available at Hollace Cluny and are oh so stunning.
Lots of good things are coming out of Brooklyn these days, and David Weeks Studio is no exception. He makes some amazing lighting fixtures, as seen below.
The London Townhouse of Christine D’Ornano was featured in Elle Decor a few months ago (and featured in a previous posting) The pendants seen below are vintage lamps from the Rover car factory. They remind me of the Caravaggio pendants I love so much. Top photo care of Elle Decor. Bottom photo by Lerkenfeldt Photography.
Below: Secto 4201 pendant. Designed by Seppo Koho for Secto Design. Made from Finnish birch.
To wrap things up, here are a few room shots from Avenue-Road in Toronto and Varenna Kitchens.