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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ode to Overhead Lighting

In hunting around the web for inspiration, I turned to Apartment Therapy-LA and literally had a light bulb go off! As I read this blog entry I was reminded how much I hate the overhead lighting in my new apartment and that my roommate is STILL using the ceiling mount fixture in her bedroom as the ONLY source of light! The room is really well decorated (thank you very much) but she has never gone to get the lamp I suggested, out of laziness or lack of care, I assume.
When I go in there during the day I am greeted with beautiful textures and colors and at night it can only be described as putrid. The lamp destroys any and all color and warps it into something hideous! I cannot imagine that she looks in the mirror as she is getting dressed to go out and thinks that she looks great, as absolutely nothing can look great in that light! Whew! Enough with the rant......Overhead lighting should only be used to wash the walls with light, highlight a specific piece of art or a particular design detail or provide task lighting (like in a kitchen). In any other case, there are literally 1,000s of choices to coordinate with every decor and budget.

Previously Mark has blogged about the wonders of Circa Lighting and I have to agree. Here are some other wonders that I have come across which are beautiful.

These black beauties grace my Living Room and for the money, they are unbeatable! I have to say that most people who see them think that I spent much more than I did--glass base with perspex shade and glass fineol---your buck goes a long way!

Rider Table Lamp from CB2 $49.95

I have to preface this with "I have not seen these in person" but I imagine that they are beautiful when lit and I love the simplicity and the modern design incorporating a traditional, natural material. I for one think that this would be a lovely way to illuminate a hallway and spend the $600 from President Bush and his Economic Stimulus Plan!

Orbit Sconce from Design Within Reach $280

These eye catching beauties were featured in Blueprint many months ago but have been on my inspiration board since. Property, a New York based furnishings company, is run by a furniture & interior designer and a top set designer----the results are awash with delightful pieces and shocking color!

"Beat" Tall, Fat, & Wide Pendant Lights Property $360 each

Finally, and for good measure because I am such a fan, these Solid Crystal Buffet lamps are worth every penny! There are a lot of crystal lamps on the market these days--stacked balls, urn shape, and big heavy blocks but none of those have the timeless look and feel as these.

Oval Stacked Crystal Buffet Lamp Circa Lighting $630

Lighting can be expensive but without a doubt, before paint and a new sofa, accessories or a rug--Lighting is an investment in both the overall look and feel of your home and if well chosen will withstand the test of time and fads.


Ann said...

Ewww... what a way to rant about your roommate:) and nice piece of advise and design lesson for all of us.

Those are really eye-catching and interesting looking lamps you featured.

Pigtown-Design said...

I think that you should unscrew the lights in the overhead fixture.

Brown and Blue Bedding said...

Absolutely love the lamps. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love your lighting choices. I was just on Kathy Ireland.com and saw a lot of the lighting she designs for Lamp Plus it was innovative and inexpensive. What are the price ranges of the lamps shown here?