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Lighting at home

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Maceface at Folksy

Lighting is ace. I can’t stop researching and looking for new and interesting pieces. I see lighting like art. I want to look at it. I want to see it. Sure it serves a purpose, obviously, but it can also make or break a room. I keep trying to make my mum and dad buy lamps, but all they want is “the big light on”. **sigh**. What is it with my parents and not appreciating ambient soft lighting? When we moved to our current house I was determined to rid it of these:

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The dreaded plastic ceiling rose. (Bork). Functional, yes. Beautiful, erm no. No they’re not. I managed to convince my other half that if we “invest” in good quality lighting which looks amazing then we won’t need to change it for aaaages. He liked the sound of that so he agreed to fit some loveliness in our home.

Stone contrast pendant light

Heals Contrast Stone Pendant Light

I searched for something industrial-esque for the kitchen/dining room and I knew what colour worktop we were having in the kitchen two years before we had it. A warm stone grey was required and this vision was spotted at Heals.  Heals don’t stock it anymore but there are a couple of independent stores online that still do. Willow & Stone and PR Home. It’s contemporary and classic. Doesn’t take over the room, but completely defines the dining space. It works so well against the distressed chimney breast wall. Clean, warm and simple.

Soren glass pendant light

The Soren Pendant light from John Lewis.

We hung this in our living room. It’s not a big room, but I wanted something you would notice without it appearing like a big blob of colour hanging from the ceiling. The unusual glass shape with matt gunmetal fittings works so well in the room. The light looks gorgeous when it’s switched on and glimmers in the daylight (if it’s been polished – which of course it always has been. A’hem). I don’t know why, but this room has a 70′s feel. Lots of browns, oranges, mustard. I think this glass pendant makes it. Completely contemporary but definitely with retro vibes.

John Lewis Watt Lamp

John Lewis Watt Table Lamp

This little badger is also from John Lewis. A cute brushed stainless steel and glass lamp which is completely unsuitable for a house with a toddler. But hey-ho. The lamp came first! Needs the dimmest bulb you can find to avoid seeing stars for 23 minutes after you’ve turned it on. But it’s a lamp shaped like a bulb incase you couldn’t tell. We bought the twirly eco bulb to resemble the filament in an actual bulb. Always gets a comment from new visitors. I like that.

Arenite table lamp

Arenite lamp from Made.com.

It’s no longer sold i’m afraid. I bagged it in the sale for £13 with a little cheeky voucher code. Noice. I wanted something with a black shade and a simple base to provide a contrast to the black wall. I’m toying with the idea of changing the colour of the base to orange or dark blue. What do you think? I need to keep practicing with the spray paint first.

Plumen light bulb

Plumen Pendant Light & Plumen bulb

Boheme Table Lamp from Made.com

I hmmed and aaahed about whether to go for a mahousive pendant in the bedroom. I did actually order two other lights for this room and then we decided to keep it small. Simple. Less. Just a cap and bulb. I love it. My mum’s face however spoke a thousand words. And not complimentary ones. She actually laughed when she saw it. I love it when that happens. You know you made the right choice when your mum laughs. Oh and that’s my cat. I had to wake her up to take this photo, she’s not happy. Sorry Chooch.

Copper pendant

Copper pendant filament bulb

Twisted Flex & Copper Pendant Light Set – Slate

And to the hallway. We have two of these copper pendant sets in the hall with the twisted grey cable from Nook London. They really are beautifully simple and the copper is delicious. Such a pop against the black framed gallery wall. The vintage globe bulbs were from Clas Olhson (checks spelling) and were a bargain at £8 each. So we’re nearly done lighting wise. We’ve got two more rooms to update and then i’d say we were spent. Lamps on the other hand are a continual source of googling. I shall leave you with two of my favourite lamps from my google travels. Favourite for very different reasons.

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Swoon!

The Twitter lamp in nude from the Heal’s lighting collection is amazingly beautiful and I would have loved to have had this in my living room. Alas my son would have destroyed this in about 3 days. It would require around the clock supervision, somewhat like my son. Anything with three legs goes down in a shot. Four legs good. Three legs bad. It only would have ended in tears. But isn’t she beautiful? Indeed she is.

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Good Boy and Good Puppy by artist Whatshisname

Are you smiling yet?

“The artist states that both of the lamps were set to be part of the Art Below exhibition at London Underground stations, but were banned from the show due to being offensive.” The Mary Sue

It’s a pooping dog lamp. I saw these a few months ago and I haven’t been able to forget them. I’ve tried. I really have. But for me to live on without being haunted, I have to show you, like in the film “The Ring”. My brother would love them and probably buy both. If he had £2,500. Look how the inline foot switch is the poop…. Genius!

I’m laughing now. So it’s probably a good time to end my lighting essay. To be continued i’m sure. There’s a pendant light upstairs that needs fitting already and I have to go and collect two lights from Habitat now for a client. Lighting c-razy over here.

Ps. (06.04.15)

Extra extra! Another addition to the home lighting frenzy. I told you it was tbc.

Baici ceiling light

Baici ceiling light

The Baici Ceiling Light from  B&Q

£35.

A complete bargain. Fantastic quality and an easy fit (says the other half). I really love it. Such a beautiful shape and works so well in the monochrome home office.

B&Q have some fantastic lighting and I was really spoilt for choice.  Affordable and effective lighting is getting easier to find now the big DIY chains are pushing forward with their designs. No excuse for bad lighting, people. Get involved. Your ceilings will thank you!

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