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I Once Was A Washing Machine Drum…

…but look at me now! Well, that’s what I imagine Silvana would shout if she had a voice.

Reestore - Silvana Wash Drum Table

She’s graduated from wash drum to statement lamp and side table all in one. I love the pattern created from the light shining through the holes in the sides.

Reestore - Silvana Wash Machine Drum Table

Silvana has been lovingly restored by Reestore and costs £350.

The girl done good.

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Light Spill

Last week I showed you Rebecca Wilson’s beautiful strawberry necklace and whilst I was looking at her website I discovered her gorgeous wall light.

Rebecca Wilson - Light Spill

In my experience wall lights are generally fairly ugly, it took me ages to find some vaguely nice ones for our hallway. They’re not playful like this one, with strawberries dribbling from the jelly mould shade and down the wall. It’s not cheap at £250 but it is a work of art.

Another breathtaking work of art is Rebecca’s ‘Light Snack’ chandelier made of bone china and resin Jammy Dodgers, 1500 of them in total.

Rebecca Wilson - Light Snack (Culture Label)

At £8,500 from Culture Label it is way out of my price range but if I had that kind of money spare I think I’d definitely be tempted. Rebecca will also make smaller versions of this to order. Or you can buy a single Jammy Dodger necklace for £40.

I love the way the light shines through the jammy resin. Do you?

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My Favourite Things

What do you do with your favourite things? Do you display them in cabinets, shelves or on mantlepieces? I have a couple of favourite things under a bell jar in my hall.

But now I’m hankering after this pendant-lamp-come-illuminated-display-case that is especially made to show off your favourite things.

It’s a pretty good-looking lamp.

Favourite Things Pendant Lamp White - Cow & Co.

But when you put a favourite thing inside it is transformed.

Favourite Things Pendant Lamp Black - Cow & Co.

It’s available in white, black and mustard.

I think it would look great hung  low over a dining table as a talking point.

At £235 each from Cow & Co one would be a favourite thing in its own right.

What would you display in it?

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A Little Light Reading

Books make me really happy. When I’m feeling a bit down, I like to seek solace among books.

Book shopping is one of the rare occasions that I favour physical shopping to online shopping. I have a method. I work my way round the shelves alphabetically gathering books as I go until I’ve got a nice stack. I read the blurbs of each of them again, compare them in my mind and put a couple back.

I delve inside the remaining books and skim a paragraph or two to taste the flavours of the writing. A couple more books will find themselves nestled back on the shelves. Finally, and I know I shouldn’t, I’ll look at the covers and naughtily judge them before reading the blurbs again.

I can lose hours whittling my pile down to the one or two books that I will eventually buy. It gives me the same pleasure I used to feel as a child choosing my weekly sweets in the newsagent on a Sunday.

I blame my mother, the librarian. She brought me up to love and cherish books, as well as instilling in me the importance of alphabetisation. So when I see products made from books, I can’t help but flinch a bit. It seems wrong somehow but they’re so often very beautiful. Like this Light Reading Chandelier.

Light Reading Chandelier - Lula DotBut Lula Dot make an excellent case for upcycling disused books. For example, I had no idea that there’s no infrastructure set-up to recycle books because of the low-grade paper and the gluey spines. When you consider the huge number of books that will only end up in landfill sites it seems such a terrible waste not to make something beautiful out of them instead. Especially when the result looks like this…

Light Reading Chandelier close up - Lula Dot

The Light Reading Chandelier is by Lula Dot and sold for £340 for delivery in the EU or £440 for international shipping. I’d love to have a peek through some of the pages and see what books have been used.

Have a look at Lula Dot’s project on book partitions, I’d like a corner of my house set up with a couple of these, a comfy chair to curl up in and my favourite book to read. What’s your favourite book?

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A Lightbulb Moment

In my opinion designers don’t tamper with light bulbs enough. If you’ve got a really amazing light fitting putting in a standard bulb can ruin the effect a bit. On the flip side, if you haven’t got a light fitting it wouldn’t matter a jot if the light bulb hanging from the flex was a work of art itself.

Diamond Lights by Eric Therner is designed to look like a cut diamond, I imagine the light would bounce around beautifully in this bulb. To be honest I’d buy this for the Art Deco style box alone. This is £25 from Designers Makers although if you’re buying in bulk you can get four for about £80 from Eric Therner’s website with free shipping. Unfortunately this diamond won’t last forever, but will last for around 2000 hours.

Diamond Light Bulb -Eric Therner

You may have seen Plumen’s award-winning light bulbs already, forming part of The Conran Shop’s Christmas window displays a few months back. These low energy light bulbs are so much more pleasing to the eye than the standard energy-saving types. They are £19.95 each in either bayonet or screw fittings. I love all the coloured flexes that are around too. These bulbs have a life expectancy of about 8 years.

Plumen - Designer low energy bulb

Is it madness to consider spending this sort of money on light bulbs when you can get them for so much less or does the design warrant it? I think I might be swayed to invest in one.

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Light Up Your Clothes

We’ve all got a favourite piece of clothing that, if we’re truthful about, we prefer to look at than wear. I’ve got several. The dress that is too fancy for my lifestyle, the one that’s a little snugger than I’d like to remember that I can’t bear to part with, or the one with too full-on a pattern to successfully wear.

Well, here’s a nifty solution.

Clothes hanger lamp - Droog

The Clothes Hanger Lamp is an acrylic clothes hanger with a low energy bulb attached (so it won’t set your clothes on fire). It doesn’t look much on its own, but when it’s illuminating your favourite outfit it could be marvellous. It’s £138 and available from Places & Spaces.

Clothes hanger lamp - Droog

Change the outfit when you get bored and as each material would diffuse the light differently it would be a beautiful way to change the mood at home. I think this would be a fabulous way to display a wedding dress instead of leaving it languishing in the loft for years after the big day. I sold my wedding dress but I have a beautiful kimono that a friend gave me for a birthday that would look fab.

What would you hang on it?

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Lights & Shades

I’ve been hankering after a turned wood standard lamp base that isn’t super expensive for ages. I found this Cotswold one at Scarlett Plum for £80 which is half the price I’ve seen similar elsewhere. Isn’t it nice?

Cotswold Standard Lamp Stand - Scarlett Plum

Now I just need to decide what shade to pair it with.

I could go monochrome by adding these amazing black beetles shades. They match the napkins I showed you last week. These lampshades are a collaboration between Quincy Lampshades and Warbeck & Cox and cost £40.

Black Beetles Lampshade - Quincy Lampshades/Warbeck & Cox

This knitted Starlight lampshade by Betty Knitter is very cosy looking and £55 for large or £25 for a small one.

Starlight Lampshade - Betty Knitter

Lush Designs have created this beautiful Fox & Cubs lampshade in three colours. I’m slightly torn between the neutral shade and the more foxy red and black. A small lampshade is £31 and the larger one is £44 and you can choose between a pendant or a lamp fitting.

Fox & Cubs Lampshade - Lush Designs

 Maybe I could try my hand at making my own lampshade at Quincy Lampshades’s workshop in Bristol in June. It’s £28.25 so could work out cheaper than buying one.

Have you ever made a lampshade? How hard is it?

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The Dandelight

When I was a child I was always hankering for wishes.

Say something at the same time? Make a wish! Walk underneath a train bridge when a train is going over? Link little fingers and make a wish! Blow out birthday candles? Make a wish!

Eyelash falls out? Blow it away and make a wish! See a dandelion head? Blow the seeds free and make a wish!

PLEASE don’t blow on this dandelion.

The Dandelight - Rockett St George

Each of these real dandelion seeds is precisely stuck to an LED light by hand to make The Dandelight.

The realistic quality is beautifully countered by the visible 9V battery that powers the light which I think makes it all the more intriguing.

It is £85 from Rockett St George, but if you’re going to make the investment can I recommend paying the extra £36 for the dome just in case any one sneezes near it!

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Copper Load of These

My friend mentioned the other day that she was looking for a copper light fitting for her living room, I knew I’d seen a nice one but couldn’t remember where. Then I found all these beauties. I’m hankering after them now.

This curvy Copper Shade was the light I had in mind, designed by Tom Dixon and available from The Lollipop Shoppe at £340.

Tom Dixon Copper Shade - The Lollipop Shoppe

The Void Light also by Tom Dixon is a bit softer and I suspect gives a cosier light, topical too as it was designed with Olympic medals in mind. This one is £310.

Tom Dixon Void Light - The Lollipop Shoppe

This suspended perforated copper lamp has more of a rustic style and the perforations would give a lovely effect on the walls. It’s £154 from The French House and they also have a similar wall lamp.

Perforated Copper Lamp - The French House

Innermost’s Bubble LED Spot Pendant is really stunning and designed to look like an earring, the cheapest I’ve seen it at just under £285 is at Lighting Styles in four finishes. But Innermost have three more versions where they have combined different colour bubbles on the same pendant if you’re after something a bit bolder.

Innermost Bubble LED Spot Pendant - Lighting Styles

More traditional is this hammered finish copper pendant light by Country Living for £84, I think it would look great hanging low over a dining table.

Traditional Copper Pendant Light by Country Lighting

Yes these are for outside, but consider your garden as another room for a moment and imagine a couple of these Globe oil burning torches round the patio. If we get a freezing summer you could huddle round them for warmth. You can get one from The London Garden Trading Company for £35. They also do a cylinder version that is more of an Olympic torch shape.

Globe Oil Burning Torch by The London Garden Trading Company

What colours would you team with these lamps? I may have to go and redecorate…

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