Sunday, February 27, 2011

I can see the Light !!!!

Oh, how things change. Lighting, lamps, sconces, chandeliers, pendants, etc....they are uber important to any room, hallway and home. I remember back in the 80s when my mom would buy her lamps at Bradlee's or the Christmas Tree Shop --- for under ten dollars. I didn't say I bought them there, but when thinking about lighting and the cost of lighting, shoes pop into my head. I know you are thinking that's odd, but the perfect lamp can be like those Manolo Blahnicks (yes I googled it for the right spelling) pumps that go with your ultimate black dress. Oh so important, but up until a few years ago I’d be the person wearing the really uncomfortable shoes from Payless and think I looked great.
The last couple of years I’ve put some thought and money into light fixtures for my house and I think it makes a huge difference. It’s hard for me at times to convince a client that the $300 lamp is going to give them $300 worth of "WOW!" versus that $29.99 knock off from Home Goods.
I’m not saying that they have to be Jimmy Choo’s or Manolo Blahnicks ,but how about somewhere in between.
Check out these images and see if you too can see the light!
P.S. I don't own a pair of Jimmy Choo's or Manolo Blahnicks, but I have graduated from Pay Less!

image 1 betsy brown. image 2 kelly mcguill (restoration hardware floor lamp and Barbara Cosgrove table lamp).Image 3 kelly mcguill office( restoration hardware desk lamps). image 4 kelly mcguill bedroom, vintage lamp with metal shade .image 5 kelly mcguill living room Husdon table lamp image 6 nate berkus -O magazine. image 7 Stephen Knollenberg designs. image 8 living etc.image 9 restoration hardware( my second favorite source for lighting).  image 10 my absolute favorite source for lighting.


Ness Lockyer said...

I thought about how to spell Manolo's today actually, totally unrelated to your post though...weird!
I am with you on the lights- get the best you can afford and go with out that latte each day for a year to pay for it..its worth it and it wont break, crack, chip etc like the ones from the discount shop...oh and will give amazing light.
Ness xx

Ângela said...

Mcguill, Sou Ângela, uma arquiteta brasileira e estou encantada com seu blog e com seu trabalho, permita-me divulgar seu blog, colocando fotos e lhe dando os devidos créditos?
Voltarei mais vezes para admirar um pouco mais. Terei um imenso prazer em te receber, vá me conhecer.

kisses, kisses.

My House, My Garden said...

The brass lamp in the second picture is exactly what I am in search of these days. Enjoying bringing real brass into my home -- and realizing what I was brought up on was painted brass, yuck.
I have finally matured enough to realize how important it is to spend a little money on your lighting and what a difference it makes!
Wonderful post.

Kelle Dame said...

Love these! I especially love the play with scale in the last image. Not an easy thing to pull off :)
Thanks for sharing!

{darlene} said...

Kelly! My favorite is picture number five, by the very talented YOU!
man, girl. you have got skills. Your designs bring me peace, and I love your proportions!
Oh, and If you get a sec., i am asking for opinions over at my blog today on my style. If not, no problem!
Have a great day!!!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

I so agree...but my fave is finding a great one at a thrift store. I found a brass wall mount at a thrift...ten bucks...went home and looked it up...sells for $900.00! Ka-Ching!! And I liked it as a 10 buck light, ta-boot!

designchic said...

I'm in the market for some new lighting and I definitely agree...need them to be beautiful and lasting!!

designchic said...

I totally agree...beautiful lighting can make a room!! The lantern is one of my favorite fixtures. Happy Friday ~

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Your newest follower so glad to find you
Simply Lovely blog

1 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas said...

Love it! I agree, The right lighting for your house can make it more beautiful! said...

I'm in love with the pillows in picture 4...can you tell me the name of the fabric used or where they were purchased? Thank you.

supply gloves said...

I can 't thank you enough for the best blog. The brass lamp in the second picture is exactly what I am in search of these days.