Friday, August 6, 2010

Workshop & Lighting

I'm actually up a Byron Bay for the weekend as today I'm doing interior designer Shannon Fricke's 'How to Decorate' day workshop at her place in Bangalow. Click here to find out what we'll be doing. I'm very excited and can't wait to tell you all I've learnt. The Byron Bay Writer's Festival also happens to be on and the two girlfriends I am with will be checking out some of the sessions there as well. Ooh, did I tell you I'm excited?!

Image from Homelife

In the meantime, I thought I'd leave you with some images of beautiful pendant lights. I had a very in-depth meeting with our architect on our lighting and it's made me think about what sort of pendants I'd like to have hanging in different parts of the house. For, as I have an aversion to an abundance of downlights, I have specified as many pendants as possible. But what I didn't realise was that many lights are still made to hold standard bulbs and not LEDs or fluoros (fluorescent lights) and to comply with the NSW Basix green building code all the primary lights in each room must have environmentally friendly globes. Now I'm more than happy to have every light as sustainable as possible, but with pendants it could limit our choice.

Interior stylist Katarina Grundstromer's summer house. Image from Emmas blog

Image from Home Life

Mooi pendant light. Image from Australian House and Garden

Image by photographer James Brand via The Design Files

Tom Dixon lights from Dedece

I love all of these. What about you? Do you have a favourite?


  1. Hi Jane,
    Have fun this weekend. I's sure it's going to be great. Can't wait to hear about it.
    I love the big light in picture #4... Is that an IKEA light?

    Have fun!

  2. I love large glass pendants in a large bell shape(coloured like old glass sea buoys) and antique style glass pendants. I do like the industrial look of pendants in the kitchen but will we one day look back and say, 'that's very 2010?'. You lucky thing to be doing Shannon's workshop and of all places....Byron Bay! Enjoy, and yes, we will be eagerly anticipating your report!
    X Briohny.

  3. I loove thet MOOI light and that kitchen is stunning.....I would love the idea of going to one of Shannon's workshops....I love following her blog.
    Have a great day and that meeting sound like another step closer to your house being your beautiful home.

  4. I love the rooms by James Brand! And that red pendant is fabulous.

  5. What a wonderful weekend you have planned, I must confess that I am VERY jealous but you did soften the blow with these gorgeous images.
    Enjoy Byron and take lots of photos!
    x Felicity

  6. I like them all, but Tom Dixon lights are hard to beat...Your weekend plans sound superb.

  7. OMG I'm soo jealous - what a fantastic opportunity - Shannon Fricke!! Can't wait to hear all about it. As for pendants, I love them too. Probably like the first image the most as it looks a bit like a David Trubridge light - we have one in our front living room and it gives the best pattern effect when lit. Hope you have a great weekend. Michelle

  8. Awesome! I love lamps but for me it's always difficult to choose which one is the right one for a specific room. Do you know that feeling? So I always end up at IKEA...

  9. Am sooo jealous of your weekend. Can't wait to hear all about it. I love all these lights - beautiful statements one and all. I wanted a big pendant light in our open plan family area, but just couldn't seem to make it work. I'm sure yours will.

  10. I really love them all...Such a great selection,sweetie


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