So we braved the weekend hordes and went to Ikea during a weekend. The 11yo’s room was nearly ready and we needed to get the storage boxes and lighting sorted out before he could move back in. Well, I say nearly ready, in terms of where we were a week ago it now has a roof, insulation and plastered walls and ceiling. The platform bed and desk need to be built and then the decorating starts.
Anyway, we went with the intention of buying the PS 2012 wall light for £42. Of course if I had read the small print online before going I would have realised that not only is it not in stock but there is no indication of when and if it might be in stock again. Harrumph. It’s a long queue for four plastic storage boxes on wheels, which will totally REVOLUTIONISE the mess in this bedroom thanks to my brilliant system that cannot fail…. *trails of miserably into silence*. I fear there is no storage system in the world that can dupe the 11yo into even a tiny semblance of tidiness.
Still, we were in the lighting department and we weren’t leaving without a light. And it was then I saw Hektar. Who, at £13, was significantly cheaper than the discontinued PS light. And, unexpected bonus, comes in dark grey rather than black, so it will go with the woodwork and is a slightly softer colour. So we grabbed two of those as himself didn’t like any of the desk lights available so we thought he could have a second one of those fixed to the wall over one end of the desk.
And then we saw the pendant light. Not the giant mahoosive one, which is stunning but too big, but the moderately sized one. And, as I had already bought two metres of steel grey twisted cord flex, the decision was made. This will hang from the centre of his ceiling but be looped across to hang low (ish) over the other end of his desk.
I know, I know, I’ve broken all my rules of matching, but hell it’s an 11yo’s room and it’s a fantastic light (especially once the cable is changed) and it cost £18. Which goes someway to offsetting the new roof in there. Oh the walls, ceiling and carpet. And, it was my rule so I’m breaking it. (There’s a floor lamp in the series as well. Also cool).
Although I may yet succomb to the £85 lure of Alwyn the turquoise toucan lamp, which would look totally amazing in there. I might have to get the 11yo to move out and turn it into my office.
The room is being carpeted a week today (relevant only to those who read these posts on the day of publication) and the big reveal will, er, be revealed soon afterwards.
UPDATE: Here is his finished bedroom and in a further twist of fate, some of you may have noticed the fabulous illustration of me that is on the side of this blog. Here it is again and you can see that in the background is the Hektar lamp. This was drawn at a talk I gave on how to create a moodboard for the Motorola Pop Up Design School and I was sitting right in front of the floor version. I love this image and am thrilled to be sharing the limelight with Hektar.