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some stuff and things around the house

There are a few new things around my house that I acquired lately I thought I'd share with ya. First up, something I'm really stoked about. There are a few light fixtures out there that REALLY turn my crank. Tolomeo (I have 2 in my kitchen), Tom Dixon's copper shade and Beat lights, and Jieldé. My husband bought me 2 wall mount Jieldés a couple Christmases ago that sit in a box in the basement because they need to be wired, and I have no place for them in this house. I was excited when an email came in a couple of weeks ago via our blog contact form from David, who recently acquired a Jieldé and was looking for ideas on how to sell it. Why not to me??!! :-) And that is how I came to own my third Jieldé light. I'm not sure what someone did to this lamp but about 1/3 of the shade has the silver "rubbed off" so copper is showing through, and a really crappy non-original base was added. I plan to get a brake disc to replace the base but I'm not sure what to do about the shade (likely just leave it be). It has 2 arms but they are really long so it ends up practically being a floor lamp. Anyway, it's awesome and I am pleased to have it join my always expanding collection of lighting. (It's an illness, I swear). 

And because Felix (whom I caught mid-lick) is so fat and cute....

While on the subject of cats, I finally got around to taking a picture of something that honestly just warms my heart every time I see it. Our oldest cat of the 7, Cheeks is about 20 years old. That is OLD. He has arthritis, among other health issues, and had a hard time jumping up on the bed to cuddle with my husband (Cheeks LOVES him). One day my hubby went out into the shed, sawed some scrap wood, and in the house he came with this:

In just a few short days, Cheeks began using these stairs to get up on the bed and has used them every single time since. SO CUTE! (Edgar has pretty bad arthritis now too so we'll have to start teaching him to use them).

I bitch every now and then to my husband that he hangs too many clothes on my precious Eames limited edition walnut Hang-It-All. Recently he went out into his shed again, came back in, went upstairs, screwed something into the wall, and I discovered this:

While still on the subject of my husband, we were in Homesense recently and we always check out the lamps there is almost always a gem among them, and he found this one for $40:

I allowed him to get it (LOL) to put on his side of the bed because he detested using the Tizio that he kept knocking over. (Yeah, Tizios do not make great bedside lamps - WAY too tippy for something you reach for in the dark).  

Reader Comments (8)

Aww cheeks. I love those little stairs.

12 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaryse


12 Jan 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

I kinda like that beat up Jieldé :) Good buy.

13 Jan 2013 | Registered Commentermidcenturyjo

I too love Jielde lamps, lucky to have acquired two over the years... they're fantastic - congratulations on your purchase!

I also adore the pictures of Felix on that fabulous chair, and that brings me to a question - how do you deal with cat fur on those sheepskins? I have a couple of chairs covered in them, but I find that once I've allowed the cat to sleep on one, I basically have to give up sitting on it myself... Any tips?

One more thing: your husband deserves a big thumbs-up for his projects :)


19 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarta

Thanks Marta!
My sheepskins desperately need washing - not exactly sure how to do that but I'll google it when I get the energy to tackle them. To get rid of cat fur I typically vacuum them while I'd doing everything else, then I take a cat brush to them. That seems to get ALOT of fur off of them. But I mostly have them all over the house for cats' use, not my own.
My husband is sitting on the couch nearby so I passed along the message. He loves to hear that his projects are appreciated by others besides me.

19 Jan 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

Chair still looks fab:)! Wish we brought in more black cord/black leather ones! Love your lamps too!! Deborah, Green Light District, Toronto

26 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Peets

Thanks - I'm still in love with my GLD chair Deborah!
I did notice the wood is starting to look a little dry. Do you have recommendations for what I should use to give it a little drink?

26 Jan 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

Pls excuse if I posted this twice Kim. Rub in a little clear furniture paste wax on the wooden portion of the chair, avoiding the cord. Let sit overnight without the leather cushions to completely absorb. Deborah

26 Jan 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Peets

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