Lighting

And it all comes back to Mary McDonald

So I was watching Million Dollar Decorators (THE BEST SHOW ON PLANET EARTH!)  and there was this one episode where Jeffrey Alan Marks has a client who is obsessed with Mary McDonald and goes completely bananas about one of her lamps (because she is a decorating superstar who also has a line of super fancy retail items). 

As luck would have it, I was watching The Mindy Project, and I noticed that this same lamp (different color) is in Mindy's office.  And I was like, Hold Everything!  That's one of Mary's!

 

This is the Lamp!

This is the Lamp!

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I'm sure you thought the case was closed, but in fact, I then trolled the internet to confirm that Mary sells that lamp in that color, and then discovered that the lamp costs $500, and then sighed and dreamed of a time when buying a $500 lamp was a totally normal thing to do.  The end.

Double-o-Fabulous!

I have been watching Octopussy  (1983), and it's no Dr. No, but early on there is this lovely British auction set.

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I love the salon style wall hanging and the various chandeliers.  That's a hard green to pull off, but the white vaulted ceiling and the crystal make it work. 

And then Bond goes to INDIA! 

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And of course he stays in a glam casino/hotel. 

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I am all about the hand painted wall designs.  They are phenomenal.  There was similar detail in the hotel I stayed at in Jaipur, Indian and I have a folder of useless over saturated instagram photos of it.    

Shahpura House , Jaipure, India

Shahpura House, Jaipure, India

Shahpura House , Jaipure, India

Shahpura House, Jaipure, India

Onefortythree is the light of my life

I was reading Emily Henderson's blog post about her living room, and she shows a detail shot of wall sconces.  Naturally, I assumed they were super fancy, but then she mentioned that a sconce was less than $100, and I couldn't believe it!  

I followed the link the Onefortythree, a shop and blog from a lighting and furniture designer.  

Can you believe that all these lights are less than $200 (and most are less than $100). 

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But wait, he makes other things that are reasonably priced too! 

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Globes globes globes

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Yes, I am living and working in Vienna, Austria right now.  I know you expected my first post about design in Vienna to be about epic moldings, or something like that, but it is actually going to be about globes!  

After spending a day walking around the city, I wasn't up to doing a big art museum, so I decided to pop into the Globe Museum (I know, super random).   But it was fabulous!  Rooms and rooms of globes! 

I didn't know much about globes going in, but now I know....a little bit.  I know that globes used to be made in pairs: terrestrial and celestial.   I know that moon globes have a blank side because we don't know what the back of the moon looks like.  I know that topography globes aren't to scale (they use a height multiplier) because you would barely be able to see Mt. Everest. And I know that I want one.

 

Old celestial globe.  The illustrations of the constellations are perfection.

Old celestial globe.  The illustrations of the constellations are perfection.

New-ish celestial globe.

New-ish celestial globe.

Celestial and terrestrial globe pair.  They look awesomely mid-century

Celestial and terrestrial globe pair.  They look awesomely mid-century

Celestial and terrestrial book ends

Celestial and terrestrial book ends

Topography globe

Topography globe

Moon globe

Moon globe

Have you been noticing globes popping up everywhere lately?  I feel like every well decorated room has a globe in the corner.  And I'm not complaining.  

Jade-Snow Carroll and Ian Rasch own and decorated this home, designed my Adam Rolston (my cousin!) via  NYTimes

Jade-Snow Carroll and Ian Rasch own and decorated this home, designed my Adam Rolston (my cousin!) via NYTimes

Globes aren't just popping up on side tables.  There has been an obvious trend in globes being turned into lights.  Typically they are halved and hung as a pendant, or a light is inserted into one so that it glows.  

via  Apartment Therapy .  Follow the link to learn how to make one.

via Apartment Therapy.  Follow the link to learn how to make one.

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New and Normal

I was watching The New Normal (super spotty TV show) and in one scene there were two things that peaked my interested:

What a manly headboard, without it being over the top medieval.  Most headboards often strike me as feminine or minimalist, so this one was a nice change.   

What a manly headboard, without it being over the top medieval.  Most headboards often strike me as feminine or minimalist, so this one was a nice change.   

One day I would like to have a painting and spot light it, but a lot of "one days" have to happen first.    One day I will own a painting that is large enough and I am proud enough of it to spot light it.  One day I will own my own home where I can mess with is structurally.  One day I will think hiring an electrician to wire a spot light for me is necessary   

One day I would like to have a painting and spot light it, but a lot of "one days" have to happen first.  

One day I will own a painting that is large enough and I am proud enough of it to spot light it.  One day I will own my own home where I can mess with is structurally.  One day I will think hiring an electrician to wire a spot light for me is necessary   

Lighting at Tantalo

I was recently working in Panama City on a reality TV show called The Hero (watch it please!), and I was generally unimpressed by the interior design down there, until the last night of my stay when I went to a restaurant/bar called Tantalo in Casco Viejo (old town).   

Now I know that hanging some Edison bulbs from the ceiling is nothing new (thank you every restaurant in Brooklyn), but there is something about how they used the wires to create this web/netting effect which was really beautiful.

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They also had this two story wall covered in greens, with glowing orb lights hung all around.  It was really stunning.  

Once again, these pendant lights are not new.  What is great about them is how they are paired with the plants and the height.  

If I had any interest in avant garde theater, there would be a staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream under these lights in a heart beat.