23 February 2010

youuuuuuuuu... light up my life...

oh, boy! well if that song reference doesn't date me, i don't know what would!

i've had several happy comments of late on the lighting that is happening in my house, so i thought it'd be fun to put all of the new fixtures into one post - along with some ideas for future acquisitions.

a bit of background: the house has a "suite", if you will, of matched lighting in all of the rooms. the set is not original to the house, so i feel no guilt about removing and replacing all of the pieces - esp. since they are HEAVY, both in weight and visually, with antiqued silver borders on huge alabaster-like glass inverted domes.

here's what's going in instead...

in the family room (which i just realized i haven't blogged yet - oy!), this lovely that i scored at lamps plus for over $1100 off of the original price. (yup - you read that right!)

this on the floor of the family room, for times when we prefer to burrow into the couch and relax without too much light. it's almost as soft as candle light - but a lot more fun!

this gorgeous thing that was found in a local barn and sold to me at the fair for a mere 60 buck-a-roos. it now lives in my office - which is far too messy for me to reveal yet!

the ship, the ship! (nope, doesn't have the same ring as tattoo's famous catch-phrase). this is the newest addition to the master bedroom. i know that MANY of you are skeptical but the response, in person, has been overwhelmingly positive. to the tune of "oh my gawd! that is, like, the coolest thing i have ever seen!" even the dudes like it - and, ladies, any way we can ram crystal chandeliers down their throats is A GOOD THING.

just acquired for my guest bedroom - i'm anxiously awaiting its arrival! if the color in the photo rings true, this should be a stunning finishing touch to the room. i foresee many naps under this fixture in my future.

and now for the wish list...

if they would LOWER THE PRICE ALREADY, i would really like to add this pendant from restoration hardware (*swoon*) to my dramatic black and white entry hall. i think it has just the right feel for space and would cast a lovely glow upon my visitors! guess i'll have to scour the resto outlet soon...

or maybe settle upon this one from murray feiss, with a slight asian feel, for one tenth of the cost:

and for my dining room, which i currently cannot stand (hence the lack of photos so far), a fab white milk glass number. remember these inspiration photos? wouldn't this be perfect, along with some thonet no 14 chairs in black? problem is that i am late to the game and this lovely martha stewart confection is LONG GONE. any suggestions on suitable replacements?
and, finally, some vintage-y pendants for the kitchen. i love these - made to look like early electric lamps from the turn of the century. i have plans to dial down the current modern vibe in the kitchen to make it fit better with the rest of this old house, and i think these would be just perfect.

do you have any favorites of your own?

12 February 2010

what do we think?

i'm thinking that this chandelier might be fun for the guest bedroom. it looks like the raindrops are the same color that i plan to paint the desk (i.e. a shade darker than the last ruffle on the curtain).

you dig?

04 February 2010

how do i love thee? (a poster to swoon over.)

valentine's day is fast approaching and it really does seem that love is in the air. i just attended the (spectacular) wedding of two wonderful friends, john and sandra, and *so many* other friends seem to be in love and getting married this year.

it's all so lovely and heart-warming! (sweet lord, is my little black heart swelling à la the grinch - my favorite cartoon hero/ villian?)

speaking of love, i have fallen head-over-heels for this lovely poster.

i found it at a small gallery here in san francisco, artzone 461, during their "six centuries of printmaking" exhibition. i walked in to the gallery and my eye was immediately drawn to this piece - it is so vibrant and quirky and fun!

while little is known about the piece (likely late 50s, early 60s, show produced in amsterdam) steven, the gallery's director, explained that the piece comes from his late uncle's collection - an eccentric with and exceptional eye and a love of purple.

i'm excited to get it framed and use it to anchor the art wall in my living room. any suggestions on framing? i think i know what i'd like to do but i'd love to hear some of your creative suggestions.
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