Speaking with friends and family throughout our renovation, some who are also homeowners and undertaking their own renovation, we’ve picked up that lighting can be a source of mayor reno nightmares. My husband and I have had our own struggles trying to find something that not only fits both our tastes, but is also reasonably priced. Add to that all the extra requirements like good quality, from a trustworthy source (there are some convincing looking dodgy websites selling all my dream lights) that uses bulbs that are readily available and you might as well ask for chocolate that isn’t fattening.
Luckily we’ve managed to find a few sources that we turn to when searching for the perfect piece. Since they aren’t always the obvious first stops, I thought I’d share them with you today. I’ve also included a roundup of some of my favourite light fittings, some of which we have used or are planning to use below.
- The Lighting Warehouse: They offer a great variety of classical and contemporary lighting. They do have a showroom in Johannesburg, but if you can’t make it to check them out yourselves I can vouch for them. We ordered our kitchen sconces from them through Takealot and are very happy with the quality. They also look exactly as pictured.
- Lighting.co.za: They are an online only business who I reached out with a few product-related questions before ordering myself. Sometimes I like to ‘test’ a business by asking some product specific questions and see how detailed and quick they respond. It definitely is not a fool proof test, but along with a few other checks (local phone numbers etc) it provides some peace of mind when ordering. They sell beautiful modern light fixtures from a few local suppliers as well as some unique pieces that I haven’t seen elsewhere. I ordered an item that was on back order, but was delivered long before the estimated arrival date. Their pricing is also very competitive and they stock a variety of bulbs, allowing you to order whatever you’d need along with your fitting.
- Superbalist: They could be an obvious choice for some, especially if you are a keen online shopper, but not everyone is aware of how extensive their home catagory is. They occasionally stock some unique modern gems. Just be sure to snap them up before everyone else does! I think this glass pendant is understated and beautiful.
- Eleven Past: They not only stock beautiful furniture pieces, but also have a great selection of lighting at different price points. They stock some of our favourite local suppliers like Bright Star, but also have some more exclusive pieces. I’ve been lusting after this Twig Chandelier for ages, but no matter how many lightsaber references I make my husband won’t budge. I also like that you can stop by one of their showrooms in Cape Town to check out the quality or scale of a light before purchasing.
- DecoFurn: Their furniture might not be synonymous with quality, but the standards are slightly different with lighting where the finishes don’t have to be as hard-wearing. As long as it meets the style requirements, is sturdy and properly wired it checks all the boxes. I’m currently waiting for this fitting to come back into stock for our dining room. Their pendants are definitely where it is at though, as their standing and table lights are a little lackluster.
We’ve also previously made up pendant lights with parts from Hoi P’loy, who also have beautiful light fittings that don’t fit our current budget. You also shouldn’t discount your local hardware stores as they often carry some good classics and more trendy pieces – if you are able to look past the boob lights and ceiling fan lights.
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I have to recognise that there is so much sadness and worry in the world right now, but blog posts have been a great source of distraction from all the terrifying news for me. So I hope mine can do the same for you!
One of the best home trends I’ve seen this year has been all the fun pouffes. From scalloped edges to channel tufting and interesting textures, there is no excuse to settle for a boring pouffe. I’ve compiled a few of my favourite styles below. Things like tassles, interesting textures and fun shapes will help introduce a touch of whimsy to any room.
If you’re decorating your tree this weekend, then you might be on the hunt for a few new additions. Instead of doing gift guides this year, which can be overwhelming, I’m sharing my top decor picks. Whether you want to add something special to your tree, or simply love seeing all the glittery items, I hope you enjoy my favourites from this year’s selection.
I feel like I’ve lost my blogging motivation a little and there probably isn’t a single reason, but I was struggling to figure out where I fit in. I’m doing it part-time, really only as a hobby, and I can’t compete with most blogs as they’ve become so editorial. I still enjoy those blogs, but that level of professionalism simply isn’t possible for me. I don’t make use of a professional photographer, don’t buy things only for the blog and producing a single post often has to spread out over three days.
But as I was sitting on my couch now, I realised I wanted to share our living room (great room?). It is our all-in-one living and dining room that doesn’t come to more than 30 square meters. It isn’t ‘done’ in the traditional sense of the word and I’m not being modest like most bloggers (we’re missing half our gallery wall) but our new flooring just pleases me so greatly that I can finally share the room with some pride. To say it has been a work in progress is probably an understatement. We moved in four years ago with only two small bookshelves and a borrowed couch. We’ve come a long way since then, so I’d love to share how we made this small living-cum-dining room work for us and our cats.
One of my biggest design problems, and one that some of you hopefully share lest we be the only dreary and drab ones, is with regards to the introduction of colour into our home. I blame it on one too many sensible purchases and the fact that I love grey it is one of the few colours my husband agrees on (why couldn’t it be blush pink!). Anyhow sometime last year I realised that our home basically reads like a paint strip going from white to black with all the shades of grey in between.
And whilst I love monochrome homes, it simply wasn’t something we were aiming for and a well curated black-and-white home requires more restraint than we had applied. So in my attempt to make our home feel more well rounded and slightly more colourful, I’ve found three ways to introduce colour into a space.
I must admit that it feels like Christmas crept up on us this year, and despite the fact that our tree has been up since the end of November (enthusiastic much!) I hadn’t really spread the cheer to anywhere else until recently.
Although our home is far from done and we still have a tone of decorating to do, I couldn’t resist indulging in a bit of festive decor for our home. Our home isn’t the biggest, so our Christmas touches are mostly restricted to our openplan dining/livingroom. It is also where we’ll be hosting a few Christmas parties so we’ve put out a few festive treats for our guests (but REALLY they’re for us). And I love the finished result! We’ve gone for a classic, metallic look that isn’t to over the top. Since our decor collection is quite small at the moment, there are definitely a few pieces (like a reef) that I would like to add, but maybe next year.
I am really enjoying indigo blue decor touches. It is the perfect foil for a neatral palette and instantly makes it season appropriate. The key to keeping the look modern is definitely less is more – whether it is a statement or accent piece. I love how it evokes the outdoors!
Mirrors are a great way of adding light, the illusion of space and luxury to any room. It is only natural that it should get an update. So whether you exhibit any Hobbit qualities or not, round mirrors are the way to go. Bonus points if it is brass.
Considering how much time you spend in your office, isn’t it necessary to decorate the room accordingly!? With a slew of beautiful offices to draw inspiration from, I’ve composed a ‘get the look’ guide on the basics you need to create a fully functional yet beautiful and inspiring room for you to work from. Splurge on investment pieces such as a multipurpose table and a ergonomic chair that you know will last long. Personalize the space by hanging inspirational messages and pictures and add colour to stimulate the senses.
What other items do you consider essential for a seriously stylish office?