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Posts Tagged ‘Lighting’

Gorgeous! Glamour! Glitter! Get Ready!

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Think Pink!

A pair of stunning and custom ikat-upholstered chairs that we are offering at our next One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale on November 13th. Think pink, folks! This sale is going to kick some major ass.


Have you marked your calendars for our next One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale on November 13? It’s going to be an extravagant extravaganza, and how, and how!



Crank up the Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Dear Prudence,” and get ready to shop. Think gorgeous. And there will be LOTS of small and affordable holiday gifts, too!!!

Cocktail sets. Mirrors. Chairs. Lamps. Out-of-this-world objects. Sofas. Tables. Whimsical wonders.

Here’s a taste of our stash… We have 300 items going into the sale.

Shell Seekers!

Vintage brass seashells and a shell box to add some briny brilliance to a table in your home.

Floral Fever!

A vintage floral-embellished coffee set with a matching tray. Total fetch!

Get Lit!

Our One Kings Lane sale will offer gobs of gorgeous lamps, like this pair of beautifully detailed Chinoiserie table lamps.

Winging It!

John and I crafted this wingback chair in marvelous Indian-inspired fabrics. Anchor a room that lacks pizzazz with this perch. Who needs pie when there's India?

Think India!

A pair of armchairs upholstered in multiple Indian-influenced fabrics... Comfort. Check! Clever. Check! Totally unique! Naturally.

Bench Set!

A Chinoiserie-styled bench with a fetching floral pillow that the Madcap Cottage gents crafted from a fabulous retro fabric. Jason's mom had this fabric in her bedroom circa-1975.

Game Face!

A wonderful burled wood card table with Chinoiserie chairs done up in a pink upholstery that are totally bananas.

Petal Pusher!

A gorgeous armchair with all sorts of floral patterns as only the Madcap Cottage boys can do. Push some petals, blossom dearies.


A Little Labor Day Inspiration!

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Lemon Lovely!

John and I found these lemon sconces at a flea market in Marseille, France and scooped them up and stuck them in our suitcases. When we got back to the States, we trotted over to our local Michaels crafts store for the round disks upon which we mounted the fixtures. High-low. Love it!


Here’s hoping you are having a fabulous and relaxed Labor Day… John and I are upstate and spent the whole weekend gardening. And Madcap Cottage looks terrific!

Here’s a quick idea to hopefully give you some inspiration…

John and I love finding vintage light fixtures at yard sales and flea markets, but what to do if the fixture doesn’t have a large enough base for mounting the fixture, say, upon a wall? Buy the light, and then march right over to Michaels and pick up their inexpensive and whimsical wooden “plaques” that can be painted and then mounted to use as a base for your fixture.

Cheap and chic. We love it!

Gilt Trip!

We unearthed these gilt and "vining" wall sconces at an antiques shop in Tampa, Florida. We then had lampshades made in Venice, Italy with the letter "J" on them. Unfortunately, we had the "J"s put on upside down, so now the "J"s read as big question marks. This keeps people guessing. And then we paired this high-low combination of inexpensive fixtures and expensive lampshades with whimsical wooden plaques from Michaels. Genius, no? Just saying...


Keep Calm and Camera On!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Edina and Patsy!

Edina and Patsy traveled to New York in search of a doorknob... But, sadly, this was before the advent of the digital camera and social media.


You never know when and where you are going to find design inspiration, so I keep my camera on-hand at all times. I often find myself walking down the streets of Manhattan or Minneapolis, and I pull out the handy digital to capture a “moment,” perhaps a light fixture or a doorknob.

Speaking of bespoke doorknobs, remember the scene from the 1990s British comedy classic Absolutely Fabulous when Patsy and Edina travel to New York to find the perfect doorknob… They encounter just what they are looking for in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel.


A marine-themed stone staircase at Monaco's Oceanographic Museum. Look at that seaworthy banister with its big ole shell. Delicious!

I was recently in Monaco and almost shrieked when I encountered ethereal, sculptural starfish-shaped ceiling sconces at the principality’s Oceanographic Museum. Amazing, huh?


The interior of the Oceanographic Museum was full of whales and ships and such, but it was the ceiling fixtures that made me squeal.

I plan to have these fixtures copied: I want to do a whole ceiling in them, a forest of starfish swimming overhead. What if I had left my Canon camera at home that day? I would have been devastated.

Carry your camera at all times, and keep those design-focused eyes open, Sweetie Darlings!


Twinkle, twinkle, little brass star on the ceiling. I am smitten.


Another view of the starfish light fixture. A true star is born.


Let’s Group Some Lighting!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

George Nelson Bubble Lamps!

George Nelson Bubble Lamps add drama to a staircase at Macy's on State Street in Chicago. Mix and match your grouped lighting, that's the way to go.

Good morning, designerati!

John and I love anchoring a large space–perhaps an oversized living room or a stairwell–with bunched lighting. We group together several light fixtures–both matched and unmatched–to create a veritable forest of dangling lanterns. Why not hang six Moroccan lanterns over a dining table or maybe fabulous mercury glass-hued pendants above a dining table…


A forest of lanterns dangle above the entrance to the W New Orleans-French Quarter. Glamorous, huh?

OK, so you will need an electrician to install new boxes in your ceiling, but the investment is well worth it.

Bar Area!

The colorful bar area at Manhattan's Crosby Street Hotel. Fabulous lighting, n'est-ce pas?


Breaking It Down: Paper Planes!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Dining Room!

Our Venetian-styled dining room, an especially cool and soothing oasis.

Not to keep flogging our New York magazine story, but several readers have asked us for a more complete list of credits for each room.

So here’s a breakdown of all wallpaper, paint, furniture, fabrics, etc. in both our dining room and living room.


Paint on Trim: Farrow & Ball’s Folly Green Gloss

Ceiling Wallpaper: Discontinued Laura Ashley

Wallpaper above chair rail: Thibaut’s Newman in Aqua

Wallpaper below chair rail: Designers Guild’s Ajanta in Yellow

Dining Table: Vintage, Ebay

Chairs: Vintage Karges

Chest: Milling Road Swedish Chest (Discontinued)

Arm Chairs: Vintage, upholstered in Designers Guild’s Miami Prints Espanola Way

Chandelier: Currey & Company Elegance chandelier

Living Room!

We are crazy about the pink lattice pattern wallpaper upon our living room ceiling.


Paint on Wall: Farrow & Ball Fowler Pink

Paint on Trim: Farrow & Ball Tallow Gloss

Paint on Floor:  Farrow & Ball All White and Folly Green Floor Paint

Wallpaper on Ceiling: Thibaut Bamboo Lattice in Coral

Sconces: Currey & Company Rosalind Wall Sconce

Drapes: Custom, Jim Thompson No. 9 Thompson Fabric

Glass Front Cabinet: Baker Studio Kent Cabinet (Discontinued)

Sofa: Custom, upholstered in F. Schumacher Avery Cotton Pear and Hydrangea in Green

Chairs: Vintage, upholstered in F Schumacher Hydrangea in Apricot

Table between Chairs: Baker Studio Marrakech Side Table

Armless Chairs: Vintage, upholstered in F. Schumacher Avery Cotton Pear and Hydrangea in Apricot