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Palette and patterns :: lightbulbs

Well my light is on it’s way and now I’m planning lighting for the rest of the house. I seem to be somewhat obsessed with luminescence this week so I thought I’d use that obsession for my palette and subsequent patterns. To be honest I like the palette a lot but I don’t think it does anything for my patterns.

Both patterns this week celebrate light and after drawing my light bulb I realised that not too many light bulbs actually have that shape anymore – I’m showing my age. My patterns are Lighting the Way (top) and Lightbulbs (bottom). I think I may have to go back to the drawing board with my colour choices but my patterns have potential.

November 11, 2011 \ colour lover \ 1 comment

Illuminate me… would you fake it?

PH5 Poul Henningsen

Can you spot the difference? Could you tell which one is worth AUD$1200 new and which is worth $300? Look closely… if you guessed that the top one is the more expensive then you’d be correct.

Since returning from Denmark I have been on quest to replace all the lights fittings in our house starting with the dining room, which has the weirdest most ineffective lighting possible. The friends we stayed with in Denmark had this light hanging low over their dining table. This seems to be a very Danish thing – the low hanging lights and now I think about it this is one of the things I loved about living in the US. Australians tend to hang lights in the centre of the room so you’re always ducking and weaving away from your own shadow when standing in the room – impossible.

Anyway back to my light quest – so I have resolved to buy one of these lights. It’s called a PH5 and was designed by Poul Henningson (a Dane) in 1958. A Google search returned any number of sellers around the world but where possible I like to support local stores. I found one right here in Canberra – $1200 – seriously! I found the bottom one online from an Australian store – a modest $300. The reason for the difference – well the bottom one is a replica and I just can’t bring myself to buy a replica. What about you? Would you get the great design and a quarter of the price? I have no explanation for my hesitation. As a compromise I found a second hand one for not much more than the replica from Danish Red in Melbourne –  and they have made the experience such a pleasure that I’ve already set my sights on a new dining room table they sell.

P.S. If you’re wondering the answer is yes I’m back to blogging. Thanks for your patience and sweet words – I’ve really missed you.

November 4, 2011 \ our house \ 3 comments

Thinking about :: chandeliers

On the way home from yoga on Tuesdays we pass a lighting store. I really think these stores should be open at night – the best time to showcase their wares. I am like a moth to flame with it comes to pretty lights – of course the one that glimmers the most catches my eye,  like the chandeliers. I really love the shape of chandeliers – there’s something very feminine about them. I love how ornate they can be and for the longest time I really wanted one in my bathroom – totally impractical I know. Fortunately (or not) our bathrooms are not big enough to house a chandelier and we have quite low ceilings so I don’t know if a chandelier would even work in our house, although I’m sure I could accommodate one (or all) of my truly lovely finds. When we get back from Denmark I really have to consider lighting in our house – ideas anyone? Bedrooms, dining room and lounge all need new lights and I’m not sure where to start.

My beautiful hand-crafted chandeliers are clockwise from top left: Jumbo Bubble Chandelier by Pelle, Rectangular Mule Deer Chandelier by Antler StuffMason Jar Chandelier – 3 Tier – Eco Friendly Rustic Wedding by Boots N GusClaire de Lune Chandelier Acrylic (5 arms) Clear by Accent

August 25, 2011 \ etsy \ 2 comments

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