Interior Design Show 2013 – Lighting

So, this is my last instalment focusing on some IDS inspiration.  Again, a heavy photo warning as there were so, so, so many beautiful fixtures.

These adorable little pendants are from Eurolite
Atelier cocotte lamps
The one above and the three following are all from the Living Lighting on King booth.
This one is from AM Studio.
These interesting pendants were over a kitchen island in Parvis booth.
Cocoon – above and below showcased warm metal lighting.
This gorgeous frothy light was in the Emily Quinn booth.  Apparently it is made from fabric and it just glowed.
Ikea booth with a ton of Hektar pendant lamps.
Ikea’s bathroom next door,  featured their Haggas pendant light.
Rudely Studio Works
 This was the table lighting in the Beauti Tone booth. They were made with dipped paint stir sticks!
The caged lighting above was at the Earth booth. Caged lighting was definitely a theme at the show.
These were in the Metropolis booth, can you tell what they were?  Old street lights…how cool!
And here are some more caged lights also at the Metropolis booth.
And then this lighting, while not at IDS, was noticed while I was visiting Toronto.

These first two were at the Caesarstone pre IDS party that the TBBs were fortunate enough to be invited to.

This one above would be super cute in a wine cellar for atmosphere lighting.  And a great way to use up those wine corks!
And these pompom pendants were at Trianon.
All the following lights were also at Trianon.
Fortuny  anyone?
Some glamour perhaps?
Or some rustic?
I loved these matte black ones with gold interiors…beautiful!

I told you there were alot of photos.  Hope that keeps you inspired for awhile.

P.S. I will be on Rogers Daytime Ottawa this morning to talk all about Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition with Sonya Kinkade.



A Productive Weekend

Had a busy, great weekend up at the cottage last weekend.  Great company and a little work accomplished always makes me happy.  I had been wanting to put a chalkboard somewhere in the kitchen or dining room of the cottage and this past weekend I got it done.

This piece of wood panelling leading into the kitchen had been damaged by some water previously and it was being hidden by the cute little potato bin.  So, what better place, right between the kitchen and the dining room and a little camouflage as well.

Here’s the before…

And after a coat of primer.

And after three coats of black board paint.  The can says one coat but even after two I thought it could do with a third.

And what it looked like after our company left.  Everyone loves writing on a black board!

And I don’t know if you noticed the lovely glass pendant in the first photo, but my talented hubby figured out how to hard wire these pendants onto the existing track lighting :)  The only issue was the fact that we had to lose the black cap at the top. So what to use to cover the ugly connection?  I came up with using Pottery Barn’s burlap cord covers.

I think they worked out just great.

And if one is good, two is even better!

Lamp and Dress do overs

I’ve been scouting around my current cottage, my home and everywhere else for items that can be used in our new cottage.
I purchased two of these floor lamps probably about 20 years ago for our first home. Then they were sent to the the cottage when I purchased new ones for our house.
I thought I’d try and see if I could like them again. Here’s one in the process of the painting.
So after a couple of hours (mostly waiting for paint to dry), a couple of cans of matte black spray paint and a new lampshade…TAA DAA!
I think it looks pretty terrific and I immediately did the second one that I have.
Next, I moved onto an old dresser that we have at our cottage. It is a mid century modern style and I wanted to change it up a bit.
Here it is, in all it’s sad, sad, sad glory.
Now it looks like this.
The handles were an interesting shape and I wanted to keep them. So I tried polishing up one and low and behold they are brass and with some wonderful stuff called Bar Keeper’s Friend and a little bit of elbow grease.

Dresser makeover-005

They don’t even look like the same handles now.  Amazing what a little polish can do.

IDS 2011 – Lighting

So for my next installment of IDS inspiration, here’s some of the lighting.  I have a few repeats here from my last post but they were so lovely I think they deserve a second look!


Swarovski Architecture

I was lucky enough to attend a wonderful evening given in honour of Swarovski’s new luminaries recently.  The line is called Swarovski Architecture and you can view it at here.

I forgot my camera so these shots were taken with my Iphone camera so please excuse the inferior quality.

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They have a top secret technique where they imbed crystals into glass.  They can do logos, text, images, basically whatever you’d like.

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This little lovely is from the Crystal Ice line and sits flush to the ceiling and has a rock crystal quality to it.  Look at the beautiful pattern it leaves on the ceiling.

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This sconce called Madison Wall from the Crystal Expression line is black with a big emerald cut crystal – wouldn’t you love to have that rock on your finger.

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This beautiful pendant from the Crystal Flair series is so beautiful in person – the photo doesn’t really capture its beauty.

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This sconce called Mosaix also from the Crystal Flair line matches the pendant above it.  It actually comes in three different formats.

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Look at these sconces – the pattern they reflect is spectacular!  They are called Verve from the Crystal Glance series.

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This little pear shaped pendant called Crystal Bloom is absolutely gorgeous – picture them in a line or better yet in a wave pattern over a bar!   And the reflection cast on the ceiling is brilliant – sorry I wasn’t able to capture it – but you can check it out on their website.

The little recessed lights in the back are for highlighting a space and can be placed in the ceiling or wall in whatever configuration you’d like.

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These little sparklers called Crystal Supreme luminaries can be placed on the wall or ceiling and create stunning star reflections. There are different shapes which you’d choose based on the reflection you like best.

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And last but certainly not least –  as it’s my favourite.  Crystal Fame – a fabulous wreath pendant. They are available in three different sizes and I would love to have all three over my dining room table.  They are made up of giant emerald cut crystals  which have light emanating from them.