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Modern Light

It seems I've been a bit busy around the city these days, despite the fact that I'm about ready to hibernate from yet another dreadful Ottawa winter. First there was the Third World Bazaar that I visited (a couple of times) last week where I scored some awesome finds, and then this week there was an opening of a lighting store that I was SO excited about and an annual fabric flea market (to benefit the Cambridge Street Community School) that I anxiously await each year. Let me start off with the lighting store. 

There once was a store called Found Design. It sold mainly vintage mid-century furnishings and lighting and I loved to visit this store whenever I was shopping around Bank Street. I of course made some purchases there every now and then (a Panton-esque lamp, a repro Componibili storage unit, a vintage Eames shell chair, some retro fabric and a Witco wooden cat, and a bamboo screen). Sadly Found Design is now only a web-based shop BUT in it's place is Modern Light! They carry all sorts of brands I've always admired and drooled over such as Modernica, Flos, Jonathan Adler, Lotte, Luceplan, Studio Italia, Moooi and others. They don't just carry lighting but furniture, accessories and artwork (much from local Ottawa artists which is really cool). Modern Light's grand opening was Thursday night and I had a great time attempting to take photos of lights in a artificially-lit store at night. (LOL) So you'll have to excuse the mess of some of the photos below but I had no clue how to deal with the lighting situation. So here are a ton of photos from the opening of what is now the absolute coolest lighting shop in Ottawa.

**Many more photos of Modern Light and my fabric finds after the jump.


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... getting the measure of things

WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?


  • Carolina Fontoura Alzaga makes elegant, victorian inspired chandeliers out of recycled bike parts. Steampunk beauties to make a statement.  I would kill for one of these!



  • FDV Collection has teamed up with the premier Italian textile manufacturer Rubelli to create these oh so glam pendants and floor lamps,  Alexandria and Damasco. Very different from the bicycle pendants above but referencing the same past with a modern take. Available through Leucos.




  • How wonderfully wild and whimsical are these?!! OTT ;) Sally Bridge, a former fashion designer is now designing and making rustic modern, wrought iron furniture. See more at Sally Bridge Metal.

  • Have you been to see the new Australian based online magazine Adore Home yet? If you haven't then grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a treat. (Great for Aussie sources too when it comes to getting the look.)

A little bit of rustic on a Friday

It's been a bit of a trying week, and I thought I'd keep things simple for today's post. I've always been drawn to spaces with lots of rustic charm, and there are so many wonderful rustic homes featured in the French magazine Art & Décoration which I manage to find at a couple book/mag shops here in Ottawa. So to end off the work week, sit back, relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the following photos...

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Subtle changes powerful impact

You've seen this house before in magazines, product shoots and here on Desire to Inspire. It's location78, the East London photographic location house of photographer Graham Atkins-Hughes and stylist Jo Atkins-Hughes. Their design, their styling, their business. Look more closely and you'll see them, the subtle changes that have taken this house to the next level. A few well chosen pieces of furniture and new accessories, touches of new colour (including a black living room), warm timber tones have added a life and a warmth to an already amazing house. To cap it all are these fabulous new photos by Graham. A new look at old favourites, a peek at spaces we haven't seen before and an exuberant garden that is the perfect foil for the moody maturity of the interiors. I couldn't make up my mind which photos to leave in or out. I'm guilty, I'm afraid Graham, of using almost all of them. Available for location hire ... maybe I could hire it permanently and move on in.

P.S. Launching soon an online shop at their website and they have started a blog. I'm sure they'll let us know when they have all the content ready.




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Reader requests - backsplash and home office

Reader request time! This one (actually 2) comes from Malou: "My husband and I are constantly inspired by your posts. We're hoping you can help us with ideas for:1. kitchen backsplashes for an all kitchen with white cabinets and dark gray floors   2. home office with tables in the middle". Simple enough. So here are some white kitchens, most with grey floors, that have some ideas for backsplashes. After the jump are some offices with tables/desks in the middle of the space.

Sköna hemÅsberg Interiör & Styling
Hus & Hem
Katie Ridder
Living Etc.
Hus & Hem
Hus & Hem

David Kaplan House Beautiful
Jeff Von Hoene Sunset


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