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Thursday
Nov182010

Reader request - pendant light

Today's reader request comes from Sandy: "Now I have the following "problem": I'm about to move into my first own flat and am searching desperately for an (affordable) ceiling but modern lamp. The furniture is at the moment made from pine in the natural color but I will eventually glaze it white and add some stylish accessories so that it will turn into french style with some modern pieces (side table, chairs, lamps). So the lamps should be modern (60ies), unfortunately I have only found verner panton to be likable and out of production or affordability. Do you have some pics or ideas of studio flats with ceiling lights, which are modern, that you could share?" Sandy's request is a tad specific, so I searched through my photo stash and found some photos of some pendants that I think look fantastic, and many of which could either be DIY projects or purchased fairly inexpensively, and aren't necessarily 60s era (why limit yourself?). I really do think if there is a really tight budget that this is a PERFECT opportunity for a DIY. For example, check Ikea as they always have the best lighting - but maybe think outside the box a bit in that case so your choice is not the same as a zillion other people with the same light fixture. Tomorrow I will be posting a reader's home where she created a pendant light out of several Ikea fixtures wired together. Or perhaps check out your local thrift store for a lampshade, where you can rip off the fabric and just have the "cage" hanging. (I have done that recently to a lampshade I bought for a few bucks at Habitat for Humanity, and plan to hang it on one side of my sofa). Or there is this gorgeous DIY light project that Grace blogged yesterday:

I'd also suggest checking out Etsy because I am always on the hunt for funky lighting and they have TONS of handmade light fixtures at great prices. But first, some inspiration for you Sandy, that I think will give you lots of ideas for your dilemma.

Hus & Hem Rachael Smith
design*sponge design*sponge
Susanna Zacke Simon Brown
design*sponge Hus & Hem
Mad og Bolig Schappacher White

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Thursday
Nov182010

Anna Kern encore

  

It's almost 2 years since Kim first featured Swedish photographer Anna Kern's fabulous work. The clarity of light, her ability to read a room and simply but beautifully capture the essence. What could possibly be better? More photos in the portfolio of course! My favourite is dinosaur as bathroom accessory. A must have this season. Hang it. A must have every season.

  

  

  

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Wednesday
Nov172010

An apartment in Madrid

Jo isn't the only one having technical difficulties. My laptop, which I love as much as my many cats, is on the fritz with a toasted hard drive. I feel LOST without it. Luckily I have a very computer-savvy husband whom everyone and their dog goes to when things go wrong with anything computer related. He was thankfully able to copy my important files off but I am without some software I use on a daily basis, and it is very frustrating. I hope to get it back up and running soon so I won't be such a grump. In the meantime I found some photos I had stashed away of a gorgeous apartment in Madrid from the lovely Nuevo Estilo. (According to google translator I think it's a rental and the building was from the 50s-60s designed by architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto).

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Sardines on a train

I'm back! But I'm squeezed in on a commuter train with a mobile internet connection, a laptop too big for the seat space and no access to my files and bookmarks on my PC. My name is Jo and I'm a blogging addict. I still have no internet connection at home but the show must go on. Please forgive me if I take the easy way out. I'm stalking while commuting and today's home is a bright and cheerful concrete block house in Richmond, Melbourne. Fun and quirky. A little bit modern, a little bit retro. Fingers crossed I'm connected tomorrow or I may be forced to wax lyrical about a world class designer while standing a little too close to my fellow travellers. Bye!!!!

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Mark Williams

What's that you say? You came here craving a little bit 'o eye candy? Well, let me see what I can do to help. How about some photos from the talented Mark Williams, whom I featured once before here, that I guarantee will have you aching with envy (either because you wish your home looked even remotely as fab as these spaces, or because you can't take a decent photograph to save your life). :-)

  
  

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