It has taken me months and months but, finally, I have switched the pendant light fittings over to cord cables and brass or bronze fittings instead of that awful white plastic. It’s also a great opportunity to show off the different lights we have in the house.
Starting at the top is the lovely Lee Broom crystal bulb, which did, of course, come with its own gorgeous gold flex.
Next it’s the huge Ikea dandelion which hangs on the top landing. It cost £100 and just fills the whole space as well as casting beautiful shadows on the walls around. When we first came to look around this house, which was divided into two rental flats and in a fairly hideous state, I remember standing on that landing and saying to my husband: “We should buy this house and I know exactly what light to hang in this space.”
Coming down to the next landing and there’s this fantastic cardboard light from Laura Wellington. Now Laura very kindly sent me this a couple of months ago and I have been waiting for the electrician to come because it needed a new cable and ceiling rose to really show it off. We used some of the leftover Lee Broom gold cable and added a vintage brass rose and bulb holder from Urban Cottage Industries.
It looks great doesn’t it? Made from cardboard it comes in a box and you have to carefully pop out the pieces and slot them together yourself. A bit like the Ikea light above, which was also self assembly – all those flowers had to be individually fixed onto their stems. I have seen one sprayed gold which looked fantastic and I sort of wish I had done something similar with ours but I can’t face taking it all apart to do that. Not least because I can’t reach to even take it down.
Anyway, the mini Hula is currently available in cardboard brown but will soon be coming in white. I quite like the cardboard I have to say. This is another great light for casting shadows. There’s a cool assembly video on the site too.
Then we come to the spare room. This came from Urban Cottage Industries and is part of their new build your own service. You choose the cable and the fittings and basically order it part by part. I wanted this pink cable to go with the fireplace and I thought a chain would add a cool industrial touch.
Finally the library. This is a very plain paper shade from John Lewis to which I added black twisted cord and a vintage bronze rose.
So there we have it. Next up light switches. They’ll need to be brass to go with the light fittings, the door handles and the window catches.