Tuesday, June 11, 2013

happy birthday layla!

 Last year the birthday girl woke up to balloons dangling in front of her bedroom door. This year, she woke to a decorated hallway - streamers and balloons and honeycomb balls from her room to ours and a birthday banner in front of her room. She was slightly stoked.

Five today! Kids are such a time warp - time flies so fast when you look back fondly on how cute and tiny they were, when you think of all those firsts and when they seemingly visibly grow 10 centimetres while you're talking to them. And then there is life with Layla... Kidding. Though she can make some days s-t-r-e-t-c-h! She is just as she came into this world - quite the whirlwind: loud, fast, slightly theatrical and completely adorable. She is still all of those things and more. She is the perfect mix of princess and tomboy. She climbs a tree like noone else, rumbles with the boys and has no fear. And she'll do it all in a tutu and plastic dress-up heels given the chance. She's clever, beautiful, funny, creative and for all her crazy, she's got quite the soft, caring side and gives some of the best cuddles in the kid business. She's not perfect, but she's perfect for us. Happy birthday sweetie! We love you x

Thursday, June 6, 2013

diamond lights

 via my absolute fave blog Mokkasin - her home and everything in it inspires me

Ever since seeing this picture, above, I was obsessed with Eric Therner's Diamond Lights. A nice shapely twist on the usual oversized round exposed lightbulb, this one ups the glam factor slightly. Who  doesn't like shiny diamonds? And they don't get shinier than a light source, really, do they? So when my birthday rolled around last month, I sent off my gift wishlist to my sisters which included the bulb and was very happy to see this guy arrive at my house soon after. 

via my Instagram @belindagraham

While there are a trillion and two things to do before actually decorating any of the spaces, I keep obsessing over lights and rugs. I'm not sure why. I guess lights really do need to be considered at the reno stage anyway because they're kinda essential to a room - unless of course you enjoy smashing your shins on furniture. My shins and I do not enjoy this, so lighting is going to have to be factored in pretty swiftly. I'm actually thinking of just using lamps for a little while in the living room because smack in the centre of the ceiling is a delightful fluro light. Same in the kitchen. I've lived with fluro lights in my kitchen/dining rooms for the past year and my eyes have had enough of the hideousness. They're outta there. But I as for its replacement? Not sure yet - my lighting loves and options is a whole other post. As are the rugs.

For now, though, I don't know if I can wait until we extend and build the new kitchen before I get to use this giant diamond. Originally I thought it'd look great hung three in a row over a kitchen island. I think instead I'll hang it low next to my side of the bed above the bedside table. A gold/brass pendant cord fitting too. Maybe against a dark grey or black wall. Oooh, that's sounding good. I still can't get enough of black and gold... 

The diamond light in one of my fave homes - interior designer Emma Persson Lagerberg as it appeared in Elle Interior. I've loved her home in all its incarnations.

Want one? Need one? Fat Shack Vintage sells them here for $45 each. They're energy-saving halogen bulbs with 2000 life hours and they're pretty darn special really. Also, it's Swedish designed - does anything bad come out of Sweden? I think not, my friends. Ignore the "for pick up only" - unless things have changed in the past two weeks, they deliver!

So despite rolling my eyes every time I see an exposed light bulb on a blog/in a magazine/on a show because it's so common (oh how snobby I sound) and vowing to not follow suit, here I am, baa-ing like a sheep and following suit. But I am telling myself it's not quite the same thing because it's a DIAMOND. And I think it's worth baa-ing for. Your thoughts? Yay or nay?