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Wineglass Shaped Light by OOOMS

Glassbulb Light by OOOMS bar view

Glassbulb Light by OOOMS bar view

Here is an original LED bulb designed by OOOMS, the creative Dutch brand behind the Puzzleboard. In case that you do not remember it, Puzzleboard is an interlocked cutting board that can be used as mingling plates.

Glassbulb Light by OOOMS kitchen view

The Glassbulb Light might interested you if you are looking for an eco-friendly bulb with a fun design for your wine cellar, wine tasting room or simply your kitchen. Inside the bulb are 20 warm white high-intensity LEDs. They have a lifetime of 20,000 hours and you can buy them in 220 volt or 110 volt.

+ Glassbulb Light by OOOMS 59 €


Obus Outdoor Rechargeable Light

obus indoor/outdoor rechargeable light

obus indoor/outdoor rechargeable light

I like the soothing flow that Obus creates. It is perfect for al fresco dining. The Obus is not your average outdoor light. It is an ambient light when placed on a flat surface that transitions to a direct light when held in hand. And you won’t have to be worried about losing light in the middle of dinner since the charge of its rechargeable battery can last up to 25 hours. The actual lifetime of a battery charge depends on the light intensity level you selected.

obus direct light usage

Obus comes from a JOBY | Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration. Their first collection will launch at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York (May 14-17, 2011). Sadly, you will not be able to enjoy Obus this summer since it is scheduled to hit the stores in August 2011. The suggested retail price of Obus is $250 USD.

+ Obus Outdoor Light by JOBY | Peter Stathis


Feather Lamps of ABYU Lighting

black cyclone lamp by abyu lighting

black cyclone lamp by abyu lighting

The couture lighting studio And Bob’s Your Uncle Lighting (ABYU Lighting) produces superb feather table lamps and pendants that come in all shapes. Until now, ABYU Lighting concentrates on custom lighting projects. But now, it will be easier to acquire their creations since ABYU Lighting has paired up with BNOdesign to sell their lamps online.

abyu lamps at bnodesign

The $6,600 price tag of the sublime Black Cyclone fixture (top photo) or the $9,000 Pattern Nimbus are too expensive for most of us. But it would be easier to splurge on a table lamp like Twister which is ornate with white feathers and has acrylic base. Little Buff would look adorable in a little girl’s nursery.

nimbus abyu lighting

The details of the Nimbus pendant lamp are remarkable. It looks sophisticated and at the same time, it feels young and fresh.

+ Black Cyclone $6,600 USD at BNOdesign
+ Pattern Black Nimbus $9,000
+ Twister table lamp $950
+ Big Puff $900 – Little Puff $600


Cool Cozy Luxury Interior with PH5 Pendant Lamps

cool cozy luxury open concept dining and living room :: photo from rum december 2009

This picture captured the best of an inviting home for me. It is perfect for entertaining and living. You get plenty of comfortable sitting spread around the table. I imagine the kitchen to be in front of the purple sofa (but I am not clues). Luckily for me, I should it to my husband and he loves it. I bookmarked it for our next home.

Louis Poulsen Fixtures

The PH5 and PH50 designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen are not only superb pendant lamps, they produced a beautiful glare free illumination. The cones and the legs were carefully studied to produce a warm tone of light. The visible reflectors direct light both vertically and horizontally.

Remark that the fact there is 3 pendants over the dining table assures that they are no shadow on the table surface. I never tried it, but I feel that taking pictures in a dining room with PH5 fixtures will create better results than if you have a chandelier over your dining table.

Another element to consider when you are buying light fixtures for your dining room is the tone of light produced by the lamp. In any room where you entertain, favoring a warm tone of light ensures that people look better on photos. Plus, a warm tone creates a more inviting and intimate ambiance.

PH snowball designed by Poul Henningsen at muzede changa restaurant in Istanbul

Paul Henningsen also designed PH Snowball pendant for Louis Poulsen, which is another stunning light that produces gare free and even illumination. You can see it in the beautiful modern interior of Müzede Changa, a restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey.

I wish to thank the excellent kitchen designer Susan Serra for sharing on Facebook the cool cozy luxury open space dining and lounging room.

+ H5 Pendant Light $698 USD
+ PH Snowball Pendant $2200 USD
+ PH5 and PH50 designed by Poul Henningsen, manufactured by Louis Poulsen
+ photo: RUM Magazine december 2009
+ photos: Müzede Changa restaurant


Outdoor Entertaining Ideas by Martha Stewart

martha stewart\'s outdoor entertaining ideas

I succumbed to the charms of these photos. It is a fact that the team of stylists at Martha Stewart often make us dream. Here why these photos are my favorite ideas of the moment.

+ Eating s’mores around a campfire is a treat. In case you were not aware of this tradition, the basic campfire s’mores recipe has been popularized by the Girl Scouts. It called for two pieces of chocolate bars sandwiched between two graham crackers. You toast the marshmallows and place it on the chocolate in order for the chocolate to melt. I find that it is simpler to spread Nutella and its adds the hazelnut taste. Martha found a way to make the process more stylish by making Star-topped s’more sticks.

+ I like the simplicity of the wild flower centerpieces. Plus learn how to make these Message-in-a-Bottle Place Cards. Go for flat surface bottles since they safer than using round glass bottles. Square bottles are not too hard to find.

+ How to illuminate your outdoor table can be challenge. The LED lights do not always works and they require batteries. Instead, you can built on the look of a chandelier by hanging a dozen heat resistant glass jars and votive holders from your umbrella. Be careful to position them so that your guests will not hit them with their head. Create a sense of movement by alternating the heights of each do-it-yourself lanterns. You will need chains and S hooks to create this project.

+ The Origami Picnic Basket is a space saver. Through a clever folding technique you will transform a five-foot square of oilcloth into a basket strong enough to carry your food and drinks from the car to the picnic spot. Make sure to use an oilcloth, not a regular fabric.


Silk Lanterns Elevate the Garden Party

silk lanterns for garden weddings by flite

Inspired by the fabulous work of LA-based event design Flite, I examined how to best use silk lanterns in a garden party to get a stunning effect. It starts with the superb Vietnamese silk lanterns, which are a lot more sophisticated than Chinese paper lanterns.

silk lanterns garden wedding in violets by flite

When you are hanging lanterns, mix the shapes and alternate colors. Pumpkin, diamond, teardrop, balloon, cocoon shapes work well together. I encourage you to mix solids and patterns within a hue family. A two-color palette is more elegant. For the garden wedding in violets, you can broaden the scheme by adding a few pink lanterns. I think this installation was really successful.

Since you will need a large number of lanterns to make a statement, it is often best to rent them. Plus, they will do the installation for you, including doing the wiring if your party continues after dark. An event design studio with a remarkable portfolio is Flite located in Los Angeles, California. Looking at their portfolio is a treat.

complementing shapes and tones lanterns

If you wish to do it yourself, you can find sources online. Vi Gallery sells 4 shapes of Hoi An Silk Lanterns in two sizes (medium $20 USD large $30 USD) in an array of colors. For a larger selection, check Asia2you, a retailer based in Wisconsin that ships everywhere. This is where I found these beautiful parasol lanterns.

hoi silk lanterns

+ Silk Lanterns by Flite – Photo credits for my first collage: top left photo by Cat Gwynn and Ben Hoffman, top right photo by Louis Felix, second row photos by Mark Carolin
+ Orange pattern prosperity lantern on sale at $33.95 USD
+ Solid Orange prosperity lantern on sale at $31.15 USD


Lit your home with Havana or Capri by Jonathan Alder

Havana and Capri :: 2009 lighting collection by jonathan alder

The few items of the latest collection of Jonathan Alder caught my attention. Let’s start with lighting. Contrary to lots of designers, I restrain the recessed lights to the bare minimum in my decors. I prefer to display gorgeous lamps for their decorative and functional input. The latest lighting collection by Jonathan Alder allows you to do it at a really reasonable price.

If you are looking for an industrial lamp with a feminine side, look no further than Havana. When I look at the single light Havana, I almost see a hanging dress. I love it! It is a uniquely shaped task fixture. Available with one or three lights, the Havana pendant is designed for an art and craft studio, to lit the kitchen island or to hang low over the dining table. A table lamp and a floor lamp complete the series.

Capri is an entire lighting collection with two lamps and two pendants. Each Capri light is made of colored glass with polished nickel accents. The hardest thing is to decide which one you like the best between the Capri Teardrop lamp, the Capri genie or the Bottle Pendant or lamp. You do not have too since you could very well mixed the three models in a same room. They are available in blue, green, orange, white and gray.

+ Havana Pendant with three lights $450 USD
+ Havana Pendant $195 USD
+ Capri Teardrop Lamp $275 USD
+ Capri Genie Pendant $195 USD
+ Capri Bottle Pendant $195 USD
+ Capri Bottle Lamp $275 USD


Sparkling Pendant Lamps and Chandeliers | Quick Review of IDS09

Gorgeous light fixtures often become the focal point. Have a look at four lamps that will make a lasting impression.

pendant lamps

+ Pendant lights were amazing in several kiosks. These two fixtures caught my eyes.

purple lamp at ma-zone

+ The purple lamp, available in two tones, is available at ma-zone in Toronto. Sadly, their Web site is not up to date and does not describe their products.

kristaller 3-armed chandelier at ikea

+ The 3-armed Kristaller is an affordable chandelier by IKEA. They appear to be gold (I think they were) but I only find a silver chandelier on the IKEA Web site. I prefer the design of the 3 arms to the design of the 7 arms. 3-armed $59.99, 7-armed $99.99 CAD


A Peek at the Remodeled Mondrian Hotel

remodeled mondrian by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz :: ABYU Lighting feather lampshades

Gone is the design that Philippe Starck did at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California.

The hotel needed to update its Alice in Wonderland concept for some time now. The mastermind behind the new design at the Mondrian Hotel is Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz.

The party to launch the $40-million redesigned Mondrian is scheduled for September 4th, 2008. But I bring you a speak preview, thanks to Los Angeles Times.

What’s New?

The fanciful mirror works as a TV screen. You will see pieces from many superstar designers in the remodeled Mondrian next to affordable pieces like the installation of inexpensive hooks in the bathroom or the La Murrina and nickel lanterns made by Roost on the lobby.

I like the black and white polyethylene table on the guest room terraces designed by modern Dutch designers Marcel Wanders next to the Nest chairs by Tord Boontje.

The ABYU Lighting feather lampshades at the concierge’s desk are supposed to be something. I do not know if it is a different design than the one made for Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and Steven Wine Private Residence.

The feather lampshades are becoming a signature since Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz used them in many projects since 2006.

+ Mondrian Hotel
+ Nest chairs by Tord Boontie at Unica – price: $687 USD, in 8 colors
+ Roost Jumbo Nickel Lanterns at Velocity – price: $96 USD for medium, $120 for large
+ ABYU New York Custom Lighting
+ Images photographed by Mel Melcon for the Los Angeles Times
+ Bottom right image featured in Metropolitan Home in October 2006


Nicolette Brunklaus’ City of Life 2008 collection

city of life and house of anne collection by nicolette brunklaus

From her Amsterdam design studio, Nicolette Brunklaus created an even more amazing 2008 collection than her previous ones. Her products are conversation pieces.

Nicolette Brunklaus played with a housewares theme this time. The House of Anne photos, shown in the middle, bring a homey feeling.

The City of Life line is diverse as you can see. The old world pewter jars and mugs are available in 6 colors.

Where to Buy?

The line is available across Scandinavia. Mekavi has already confirmed that it carries many items from the City of Life collection.

I have no words if the Boston retailer Lekker will carry the new collection by Nicolette Brunklaus. They are still carrying the Shady Tree Collection.

+ Nicolette Brunklaus
+ Bring natural harmony to your home
Via Bloesem and Copenhagen Collage


Flameless Wax Candle, Votives and Tealights by President’s Choice

flameless tealights votoves and pillar candles from President's choice

Look at the previous post as the Splurge and this one as the Steal. If you are looking for a cheap and safe alternative to regular candles, President’s Choice can come to the rescue.

The glow does not seem as impressible and realistic as the flameless candles by Candles Impressions. But if you are in the rush, you can buy those while doing your grocery.

None of these two brands produce something as cool as the Oxo Candela rechargeable lights. But if you need to light many tables, you will not bust your budget with the President’s Choice Flameless candlelight options.

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Learn more: PC Flameless Tealights – price: $1.99 CAD
Learn more: PC Flameless Votives – price: $3.99 CAD
Learn more: PC Flameless Wax Pillar Candle – price: $9.99 CAD