Toronto Interior Design Show 2017 – Part 2

All week long I’m bringing you the goods on the latest trends for home interiors in 2017 and beyond. My name is Emily. And I have an addiction. I have an addiction to lighting. It is very real.

I wish you could see me in the lighting department of a big box or specialty store. Sonny will be on one DIY mission or another and I will tell him “I’ll just be right back.” Then I’m gone, lost… looking up and blinded by the lights..…anyhow let’s get back on track. Lights!

Lighting in the style of Mid Century Modern continues to trend. The Sputnik fixture from lightmaker STUDIO or the Bubble Lamp fixture from EQ3 are just like pieces of art or sculpture for your ceiling. I’d take either of those over Beyoncé’s toilet any day!

The Toronto Interior Design show is also the place to see creative design ideas that inspire or simply puts a smile on your face. It doesn’t always take itself too seriously. How fun are these Top Hat Light Fixtures?! So Fred Astaire!

My curiosity led me to talk personally with the creator of this fixture by Brothers Dressler. At the centre of the fixture is a bicycle rim, spokes included! Wrapped around the bicycle rim are what the company calls Cuts Ups, which are recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials. Wood Slats have been steam bended in the style of the Thonet Bentwood Chair. Be on the look out for sustainable designs, not just in lighting fixtures but as a whole house notion. This light fixture would provide an element of fun to a games room, a bedroom for a teenager or as a conversation piece in a contemporary or industrial space.

Is anyone out there as addicted to lighting fixtures as I am? (Please say yes.)

Part 3 of trends from the Toronto Interior Design show will focus on Walls, Flooring and my (slight) brush with fame!

Yours in Décor,

Emily

7 Comments

  • Collette
    Reply

    Yes, I am addicted to light fixtures (maybe not as much as you, though); my birdcage chandelier and bedroom vintage-y light fixtures would be excluded from any real estate sale agreements!
    I love the top hat lights – so dramatic! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    • OurHighHopes
      Reply

      Hey Collette,

      Gosh – I’d love to see those light fixtures of yours! Especially the birdcage chandelier! Did you DIY or purchase?

      I’ve decided I’m going to be buried with mine 😉

      Yours in Décor,
      Emily

  • Dee
    Reply

    I think lighting makes a huge statement, I love lighting. That being said I need a new fixture over the dining table, table is 6ft , should it be a long light with 3 bulbs or one big light? Decisions decisions, need help , what do u think .

    • OurHighHopes
      Reply

      Hi Dee,

      Lighting is one of the easiest ways to update a space and make a statement! Because there is such a huge selection of lighting – it is also one of the hardest decorating decisions to make.

      There a few different ways you could approach your lighting needs. For example, you could hang one large, rectilinear fixture with three (or one) bulbs. Or one large center fixture. You could also hang three individual fixtures – all the same.

      From what I am able to gather from you – I suggest one large, rectilinear fixture with three (or one) bulbs – I am assuming your table is rectangular in shape? Repetition of shapes is (usually!) key.

      The most important aspect to get right is the scale and proportion of your space, table, chairs and fixture. A fixture that is too small will have no impact. (most people decorate “too small”) It’s similar to the saying “getting all the attention for all the wrong reasons” 😉

      Considerations to make are the decorating style you are working toward, other lighting fixtures in the room or adjacent space, what finish would suit the space the best, what material your dining table is made of, budget…..

      As I have limited information to your particular situation, you may want to hire an Interior Decorator for an in person or virtual consultation 😉 A professional Interior Decorator will focus on the Elements and Principles of Design while simultaneously ensuring the space has the look and feel you desire.

      Please contact me by email if I can be of further professional assistance.

      Yours in Décor,
      Emily

  • Dee
    Reply

    Oh, I had idea there was so much to consider. Thank you for your input . Your comments will help me decide what to look at in the stores. Sometimes it’s over welming shopping as I love all the new fixtures out there. Now I’ll focus on what will work in our space and the look I am going for. . You guessed right, the table is rectangular but the room is quite small. My friends tell me that interior decorators fees are worth the investment as they save you from making expensive mistakes, and save you money with discounts when they can. My one friend has a giant fixture over a tiny table and every time I look at it ,it screams wrong.
    I’ll let u know how it goes. Thanks again.

    • OurHighHopes
      Reply

      Hi Dee,

      Yes, there are many considerations to take into account. I am glad I could be of some help to you. I wish the shopping and decorating fairies upon you!
      Should you need help, send me an email to discuss details further professionally.

      Yours in Décor,
      Emily

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