Showing posts with label lighting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lighting. Show all posts

Home picks for Autumn

I am writing this as rain batters at the window and this week's heatwave seems to have finally dissipated. For that reason I think it's probably time to start thinking about Autumn and getting your home ready with some cosy accessories and warm colours.

As you know, I normally choose soft pastel colours and muted schemes, but that was before I spotted a burnt orange, velvet chaise lounge as part of Habitat's new collection. I am so in love with it. Wouldn't it just be perfect at the end of my bed!? That's what I am trying to convince Peter of anyway...

So here here are a few picks for an Autumnal scheme I am dreaming of right now... warm lighting, rich colours and gold accents. Mmm

Clockwise from top right...

Neon 'love' light - Rocket St George, £275
Gold frame - Desenio, £17.50
Gold picture bulldog clip - Desenio, £1.49
Native American scented candle - Holly's House, £39.50
Isabel velvet sofa (AKA the DREAM) - Habitat, £995
Mila chandelier - Marks and Spencer, £299

H x

Latest Obsession... Pooky

One of the most important parts of any interior scheme is the lighting. I am quite obsessive about it to the point that I never have the main light on in any room. ever. Some people come round and think its weird (it took Peter some time to understand) but so often it's really harsh and doesn't feel relaxing and cosy. Yes, you can go for dimmer light switches, but again they just don't quite do it for me. I am all about the following...

1. Task lighting

This is great in bathrooms, kitchens and if you are reading in bed or in the living room. For me, each of these things can be covered off by either wall lights (above a mirror or next to the bed) or perfectly positioned drop or pendant lighting (above a worktop in the kitchen).

2. Ambient lighting

This is what will give you that lovely glow in a room which is cosy, warm and soothing. This is covered off by low level table lamps and hidden lighting, in kitchen cabinets for example.

Honestly, if I were brave enough, I would consider ditching the main light in at least my bedroom, lounge and dining room without question but some people think that's kinda crazy.

So essentially lighting, particularly wall and table lamps, is so important to me and yet it is really quite an expensive thing to purchase and the choice out there can be pretty limited. The Tom Dixon floor lamps are gorgeous but not everyone has upwards of £1000 to spend on one. Likewise with many other lighting fixtures available on the high-street right now (H&M Home, you NEED to get into lighting please). And also why are lamp shades always so boring looking? And why do quirky lamp bases always drive such a high price? These are the sorts of questions which of course keep me up at night. Therefore I was thrilled to discover Pooky, an independent lighting specialist which not only offers a huge range of perfect lamp shades, bases and pendants but is also totally affordable.

Here are some of my tops picks which I will be adding to my shopping list...

I LOVE This colour. It's called Antique Rose and is made in beautiful silk dupion. I will be investing in the medium straight empire version for my living room

Finally a lamp shade with a bit of character - this is the Empire in Black

I love this for a desk or a bedside lamp. Its the Goldie

This lamp base is AMAZING. I want it baaad. Christmas is pretty close right?? It's the Palmyra

The Stanley would look great over an industrial mirror in a bathroom - the forest green colour would be beautiful complimented by some patterned tiles

Just perfect.

H x

Wednesday Wishlist

Some things around the high-street which have got my debit card twitching this week...

  1. Brass, black and grey chandelier, £99 from
  2. Silhouette vase, £9.50 from Marks and Spencer
  3. Herman lounge chair, £485 from Ferm living
  4. Cashmere throw, £209 at Urbanara
  5. Marble cheese knife set, just because! It's Christmas soon right!? £25 at House of Fraser
  6. NEOM candle currently being sold half price at TK Maxx for just £14.99
H x

Hero Product 24th February

I came across this little number in John Lewis a couple of weeks ago and I keep putting it into my online shopping basket because it is just so nifty.

It has a touch operated system within the base which operates three levels of lighting - the first a soft glow, a second for more ambience and then a fully light bright and warm light. SO useful in almost any room where you are trying to layer up lighting to get the right vibe. I am thinking of having it in the hall as I have just the spot to sit it so I can easily ding it as I stumble around in the dark when I get in from work.

John Lewis, priced at just £45

H x

Hero Product 20th October

Today's Hero Product comes courtesy of the lovely people at Marks and Spencer who have pulled out a bit of a corker in the lighting department.

Now I have to be honest, M&S is not the first place I would look for design-led homeware pieces but I have to say, I may have been wrong. This brass chandelier-esque ceiling light is the perfect balance of modernity, glitz and understated cool. It reminds me of the LA interiors I so often fawn over on Pinterest, as is perfectly designed to sit high above some brightly coloured kilim rugs and a marble topped coffee table. Priced at just £79 it is also a total steal... I am buying one for my bedroom post-haste.


Look of the Week

Happy Friday all! This Friday is not just any other Friday... not only is there an sonar eclipse this morning, but it is also my birthday (that must mean something cosmically surely - good omen do we think?) so I think we will celebrate with a Look of the Week.

Today I am enjoying a lazy morning in bed so it only seems right that I should feature a bedroom as today's pick. So here it is, followed by some ideas on how to create the look yourself from around the high street... enjoy!

Some things I love about this room include the gorgeous ethnic style cushions, the exposed brickwork and the amazing bobble throw, not to mention the white floorboards and natural wood - its a combination which never fails to make me swoon. After a scour of some of my favourite home ware retailers, here are my picks...

1. Bobble throw, £69 - Marks and Spencer
2, Wire lamp, £40 - Habitat
3, 4, 5, Cushions from £40 - House of Rym
6, Ladder rail, £90 - Garden Trading 
7. Rug, £30 - Urban Outfitters
8. Rope bench, £79.99 - Zara Home

Any favourites?

Have a fab weekend all!

H x