Thursday, 9 May 2013

Let there be light(ing)

I know I've said it countless times before but when we bought our flat, I thought that was the hard part. Sifting through never ending pages of properties on Rightmove and a constant supply of PDFs emailed by enthusiastic agents (who have no concept of an upper limit budget apparently) was, in retrospect, the easy part.

I don't know if I've mentioned it before but I discounted probably around 200 properties in the space of six months just through the web and eventually frustrated with staring at screens, I dragged Mr Flatzilla out and our little shoebox was the only one that we actually went to see because I just knew the second that we saw it that it was The One. Mr F took a bit more convincing and a lot of sketching but we got there in the end.

Anyway, I'm going off on a tangent. Basically, what I'm trying to say really long-windedly is that buying a flat was comparably easy to trying to pick lighting fixtures for the hallway and our staircase. We'd agreed on spotlights throughout the flat to make it as bright as possible but I wanted something a little different for the other areas.

At first, I had my heart set on classic bistro-style globes but having searched high and low, we couldn't find anything that matched my exact vision and boy, did we try. They were either on short solid stalks or had had their bottoms amputated or simply the wrong size, which was disappointing. Eventually, I had to concede that maybe the bistro light dream was over. Annoyingly, I had once had the perfect ones hanging in my childhood bedroom but it was 15 years ago and they are no doubt long in a landfill as my mother is ruthless when it comes to throwing things out.

So, the hunt began again. We spent one Monday evening gazing skyward in IKEA's lighting department at their cheap and cheerful lighting but practicalities won when I realised that we would be forever dusting the origami style that I'd been checking out. Next, Homebase who seem to be big on chandelier styles in my local branch and then another small domestic in the aisles of B&Q after Mr Flatzilla took the piss out of me for the energies that I was applying to my quest.

Still, we were no closer. Then, out of the blue, I was flipping through lookbooks on my desk at work one day when at the bottom of the pile sat the Bhs homeware lookbook that I'd squirreled away months before when we were still in pre-exchange hell but I'd already started doodling possibilities.

Anyway, there they were. Our lights.

It was love at first sight when I saw the Reno shades and it wasn't long before I was calling round my nearest branches to track down two egg yolk yellow for the stairs and the lovely chrome for our hallway. At £35 each, they came well within the budget and now they've been hung, I just need to go and buy some light bulbs so that we can finally flip the switches.

The Reno is available in four colours, although the yellow is no longer online but you can see the rest here

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