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Monday March 12th, 2012

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light switch stickers

Ok, since I started with bunny cookies today, I’m going to indulge the little kid theme a bit more. I think these light switch stickers from Molly Meg are hilarious. While they’re not quite right for my grown-up home, I think they’d be painfully adorable in a child’s room. I could even see them looking…

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Thursday March 8th, 2012

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Malin Appelgren Paulsson

There’s something about the way hand-beaten brass reflects light that makes it simply irresistible. These gorgeous sconces are from Swedish metalsmith Malin Appelgren Paulsson. Trained by her grandfather, who designed sconces for King Gustav V in the early 1930s, Malin now produces these sconces in brass and pewter. I love how simple but sophisticated they…

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Monday March 5th, 2012

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light lady

According to my parents, my first word was “light.” Well, technically it was “dight,” but I pointed up to the ceiling light as I said it, so I think I officially have a long history as a lighting fan. We’re still hunting down the perfect office light (will the searching ever end? argh!), but these pieces at…

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Thursday March 1st, 2012

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deco bulbs

The design duo of Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe can’t do much wrong in my book. I’m always excited to see what they’re up to, and these quirky deco bulbs are a fun project. Salvaged from an old Dutch factory, each glass bulb is decorated with transfers and screws back into a ceiling socket….

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Wednesday February 29th, 2012

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copper shades

The great lighting hunt of 2012 is still in full swing, as we seek the perfect (and affordable) light to hang above our office desk. Kate and Amy have been online searching like crazy, and yesterday Kate sent over this amazing copper option from Merchant No. 4. It’s a little outside the range I was…

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apparatus lighting

Last week Amy, Kate and I spent a crazy amount of time trying to find the perfect chandelier/hanging lighting for our office table. We came up empty-handed, mostly because many of our favorite pieces cost as much as our total office budget. We’re still trying to hunt down the perfect (budget-appropriate) piece, but until then,…

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Monday February 27th, 2012

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icy lampshades

These icy lampshades are cooling me down this morning because I’m still steaming after last night’s Oscars ceremony. Not because of who won/lost but because apparently, the host, Billy Crystal, decided it was cool to mock people based on their weight, race and gender. Seriously? I’m still angry about it. So to cool myself down,…

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Thursday February 23rd, 2012

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dylan design

Kate, Amy and I have been hunting like crazy for a good lighting system to hang over our main work table in the office. As much as we love the bright, natural light we get in our space, it tends to fade quickly around 4pm, and working on computers becomes difficult. Kate did some searching…

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Friday January 27th, 2012

Wednesday January 25th, 2012

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float jewelry + lamps

Growing up in a beach town meant that water-related sports and their accoutrements would always be a part of my life. But after a tiny fish (or crab, though I was convinced it was a killer shark) bit me while I was boogie boarding, I pretty much bailed on the actual water. Too dark to see…

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Tuesday January 24th, 2012

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maria s.c. lamp

555

I live in a part of Brooklyn that is primarily Polish, so it makes me happy when I hear from publicists about up-and-coming Polish designers. Designer Pani Jurek was inspired by the Polish scientist Maria Skłodowska-Curie (who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry) when creating this lamp made from chemistry test tubes. Two plywood bands hold…

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Saturday January 21st, 2012

Thursday December 22nd, 2011

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dottir & sonur

I’ve always been mildly concerned that my proclivity for design that reminds me of a child’s room means that a part of me will never really grow up. For now I’m choosing to see that as a good thing, because it means I get to embrace all sorts of designs that would work well for…

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Tuesday December 20th, 2011

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surprise surprise light

Who doesn’t love a good bow? Tied to a tin of cookies, topping off a gift or maybe just decorating a box full of kittens (hint, hint), it’s always a winner. This “Surprise Surprise” light at Gretel Home is a fun little spin on a present-topping tradition. Made of Mylar with a white textile cord,…

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Wednesday November 9th, 2011

Wednesday November 2nd, 2011

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blumen

Sometimes clean and simple really wins the race, especially when it comes to lighting. I typically prefer that lighting blend into a room rather than be the star, but these lamps from Blumen in France manage to play both cards well. They’re subtle enough to work well in a busy room but beautiful enough to…

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Tuesday October 25th, 2011

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caravan pacific lighting

I’ve been talking a lot about Kickstarter lately because almost every week there’s a great new designer debuting a new product or line that needs a little help getting started. Yesterday, designer Shannon Guirl of Caravan Pacific debuted her new handmade lighting series, and I’m excited to donate what I can to see this series…

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Thursday October 20th, 2011

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designtree

There was a time when I thought Brooklyn designers were going a little overboard with pill and drug-related imagery. Everything seemed to have some sort of prescription drug reference used in an “edgy” way, so I developed a pretty good knee-jerk reaction to pill-related imagery. Despite my hesitance toward that theme, I’m really enjoying these…

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Monday October 17th, 2011

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spun lamps

I’m the type of person you really can’t take into a store sometimes. If there’s a toy or gadget I can fiddle with on a table, I’m going to do it. Whenever I see something top-shaped, I have to stop and see how long I can get it to spin, so when I saw these…

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Friday October 14th, 2011

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hand & eye studio terracotta lamps

I’m really digging exposed raw materials lately, as evidenced by my love of this and this. I would be thrilled at the prospect of starting over with the lighting in my apartment, and if I could, I would definitely snag one of these gorgeous terracotta lamps for the kitchen. These are the first products available…

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