Showing posts with label Lighting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lighting. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Custom Geode Lamp

My love rocks started at a young age when I would make my mother buy me little pieces of pyrite (aka fool's gold) and it flourished into a full-blown obsession the second I laid eyes on Willy Daro's impressive collection of agate, crystal and coral lamps.  Oh the things I would do to own a Daro lamp but with prices between $2,000 and $10,000 on 1st Dibs I'm pretty sure that will never happen.  So inspired by Willy's lamps I set out on a mission to make my own for a fraction of the price, this is the result.  I purchased the citrine geode on ebay and then had a local shop make the ebony base and custom figurine pipe.  I am beyond thrilled with how the piece turned out!

I received several emails about the lamp after I posted a picture on Instagram and I am excited to announce that I am going to have a few more made and sell them here on the blog.  If you are interested in purchasing one or finding out more about the process and cost feel free to send me an email at  Because lets be honest, rocks rock.

photographs by kristin kerr luber for simply smitten

Friday, January 25, 2013

Smitten | Ice Glass

Chicago is finally covered with snow and ice, which is somewhat apropos since I stayed up way too late last night searching for "ice glass" lighting.  Why ice?  Well, just look at it!  I've been obsessing over these hand-moulded glass icicles, made by Kalmar of Austria during the 1960s, ever since I spotted one hanging in Douglas Rosin Antiques.  I'm convinced I need one because there is something about magical combination of glistening, frosty glass and brass that manages to warm my heart even on the coldest of cold days like today!

Stay warm this weekend....see you Monday!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Smitten | Collected By

Lighting and chairs are two things I just can't seem to get enough of so when I spotted the Collected by Jason Koharik lamp series I had serious heart palpitations.  American made lighting with a vintage feel? Yes please!

"The Collected lamp series is inspired by the beautiful sweeping lines and modeled forms of the Art Nouveau period and early French Modernists. The series represents a "New Nouveau". Each lamp is a one of a kind sculpture made with a variety of materials (often reclaimed) that show age and marks from its maker. Each is hand crafted in effort to create a unique and nostalgic piece that can settle comfortably in a modern environment."

The angular arms and slightly curved shades have a very Serge Mouille feel to them, which I love and lord knows I have affinity for just about anything brass. The green chandelier is my absolute favorite but I honestly would hang any one of these beautiful sculptures in my home.  You can read more about Jason's inspiration and design process here, and if your interesting in purchasing a piece hop on over to Lawson Fenning.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Factory Pendants

I'm having a major moment with vintage factory lights.  As I mentioned before, my sister recently purchased a condo and if I have my way she'll have two of these shiny enamel lights hanging over her peninsula.  She lives in a modern building so these lights will toughen up the space and add a much need pop of color. The emerald green light pictured above is my absolute favorite, it reminds me of the ones in this kitchen designed by Buckingham Interiors, but I also think the charcoal gray would look fantastic against her white walls.  Decisions, decisions....which one do you like best?

(Images 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Question | Neon in the Home

This neutral room feels very now thanks to an incredible oversize, neon green chandelier. It's striking, sure, but in one year will it just be a trendy, expensive mistake?  Will the now feel dated? Neon is everywhere these days so the looming question on my mind: How much do you love it and do you see it being a long term relationship?  I'd love to hear your thoughts below!

(Image Ital Design)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Smitten | French Chandeliers

Last night, while sourcing lighting options for a client, I stopped by one of my favorite websites, Design Sponge, where I found a fascinating post on the history of French chandeliers.  I could look at pretty pictures all day but I strongly believe that in order to truly appreciate the beauty in something you need to understand its history. Did you know that the word chandelier comes from the French Chandelle, which is the word for candle? The word chandelier literally takes on a whole new meaning, right?

So many of the lighting options available in stores today reference vintage and antique French designs. Two of my favorite reproductions come from Restoration Hardware and Circa LightingSerena and Lily also has one that would look great in a kids room.  Which chandelier or room pictured above is your favorite?  I still can't get over the juxtaposition of the rustic wood table and classic French Empire chandelier in Jenna Lyons' former dining room.  Perfection.  Le sigh.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Smitten | Apparatus Studio

I'm back and sending big hugs to everyone who continued to check in over the past week, your kind comments and emails mean more to me than you can imagine! Today is literally the first time I've logged into my blog in a week so please bare with me as I attempt to get back into the swing of things. 

It only felt right that my first post back be related to my last. I received a ton of emails about the lighting in Emily Mughannam SF Showcase room so I did a little digging and found the source.  First things first, I have a major crush on Emily. Not only is she a talented designer, she's a generous one too!  Emily was kind enough to share the inspiration behind her design as well as some of the sources on her blog, Lucite and Lavender.  The lighting was loaned to Emily by Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of APPARATUS Studio.  The company began out of necessity, as the two looked for fixtures for their home and found themselves disappointed with the options. Taking matters into his own hands, fashion designer/interior designer (I'm sure you've seen this room), Hendifar began experimenting with vintage lighting components. His tinkering yielded some incredibly beautiful results. A chic track light?  Who would have thought! And there is no doubt in my mind that if I had the Cloud fixture hanging over my dining table I would be on cloud nine! Don't you wish you had one? I can't wait to see what this dynamic duo comes up with next!

(Images: APPARATUS Studio)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

You Only Live Once

I usually try not to dive too deep into my personal life here on the blog but today is different. You see, my beloved grandmother, Maureen (posted about here) passed away this week and I'm having a hard time concentrating on anything but my family.  My posts have been and may continue to be a little sporadic over the next few days as I sort through my feelings and spend time with my loved ones so please bear with me...and remember, you only live once!

I doubt designer Emily Mughannam had a post like this in mind when she custom designed this neon light for the San Francisco Decorator's Showcase but as I reflect on my grandmother's life I honestly feel like this motto is shining in the back of my mind.  During my last visit to the hospital my grandmother introduced me to her nurse as her granddaughter the "designer" that moment I felt an extreme sense of pride -- it's a moment that I will always remember as try to live every day to the fullest and forge my career path and future.

You may be shocked to find out but Kerr is not my last name, it's my middle name and my grandmother's maiden name.  Growing up all I wanted was a "normal" middle name but over time I learned to love it. For blogging/business purposes, I've pretty much dropped my last name (Luber) all together so now, more than ever, I feel fortunate to have a part of Maureen with me every day.

(Images: Helynn Ospina for Emily Mughannam Design)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fascinating Facets

 Nate Berkus
 Ken Fulk
Julia Buckingham
 Aline Chastel
ralph lauren dustin dodecahedron wood pendant / arteriors tenley pendant / marjorie skouras honeycomb lanternmorris lantern / vintage iron + glass lantern

If I didn't rent and could change the lighting in my apartment I would most definitely install a faceted pendant over my Saarinen table.  Above are a few of the options I have saved in my someday file.  Which one do you prefer?