LIGHTING… You LIGHT up our lives !

Dec 5

Lighting: Light up your life!

Take a LIGHTING trip around the world with me.

Are you up for quick trip around the world?

Gorgeous lighting from Four Seasons Florence Italy

Florence, Italy


I have a plan.  Let’s travel for free.


No need to pack a bag, and hustle to the airport.

No need to scramble and find your passport.

 You can chill, grab a cup o’ java, and take a world tour right before your eyes.

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark


Lighting from the beaches of Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece


It has only been a few moments and already we traveled from Copenhagen to Mykonos AND we are about to land in Amsterdam.


Lighting from the Marriott Hotel in Amsterdam

Marriott Hotel, Amsterdam


~In my eyes~

Travel is synonymous to Design.

I see an idea here, I see another one there and I gather all the pieces together to inspire design spaces.

This next photo is truly LIGHTING.

{ Although you may not be able to tell from first glance }

It’s a full WALL cut out, layered in faux fur with blue glass backdrop and then back-lit…..

Backlit wall from the Marriott Hotel, Amsterdam

Marriott Hotel, Amsterdam


Anyone who has followed my blog in the past will notice that travel truly inspires my design life.

I also travel so I can gather stamps in my passport :).

Yup, I am weird like that.

Photo of lighting in Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy


Only one problem; my fear of customs officers.

I have no idea why my heart beats a million times per second in a customs line.

 I scare MYSELF with my thoughts.

 I am usually innocent.

I pack dangerous interesting goods in my luggage.

Like bathroom faucets.

And push button lighting switches.

No kiddin’.

 Either way, if I am going to put myself through such fright in a customs line, I want a stamp in my passport to prove I did it.

 Kinda like getting a gold star from a primary school teacher.  Clearly, I was deprived of gold stars as a child.  🙂

Chandelier Photo shot with the Cartoonatic App on my phone

Toronto, Ontario


  So, since I took one for the team by putting those travel miles on and sweating it out at customs…

It is only fair that we should all benefit from the lighting treasures from around the world.

Avignon, France


With my nerves in a custom line, it clearly means that I would never make a great drug dealer.

Guilt would be written all over my face.

Thankfully that equals = I was meant to be a designer.

 Drug free I might note; Mr. Customs dude.

Dear Mr. Customs officer :

Be nice to me, I just want to travel and take design pictures.

You’re a jerk face.  You scare the bejesus outta me. Just sayin’.

I have a funny feeling I am going to be searched on my next travel adventure.

Maybe strip searched.


Jokes, jokes.

Now I am really sweating.

Four Seasons Hotel, Florence, Italy


Travel opens our minds & hearts to different ideas and a different outlook.

It can inspire so many avenues in our lives.

One of which is


Lighting can make or break a room.

Lighting in Paris France

Paris, France


Another important aspect of the lighting fixture is the BULB.  Poor bulbs, they are often forgotten.  They are the little detail that make the big difference.

If I grow a wild hair and want a splurge….

My SPLURGE in light bulbs is the Edison Bulb.

The filament of that bulb makes my mind run wild in excitement.

The Edison Bulbs are FAB in a light fixture where your bulb is a focal point.

 If you see that bulb, make it a beauty.

I currently have my eye on these puppies at West Elm….

West Elm pendant lights with Edison Bulbs


 I also have an appreciation for lighting that is “outside the box”.

An item, used differently …AS A LIGHT.

 Creative thinking.

I would want to make sure that this particular style of light was seriously SECURED to the wall.

Chateauneuf du Pape Winery in France


Kudos to the winery in France for using their tools of the trade to create their lighting.  Don’tcha think?

Chateauneuf du Pape Winery in France


They get bonus points for thinking creatively with their lighting.


{pretend that is a gold star}

There are some pretty cool sites out there that can teach you how to create lighting from funky items.

Ikea Hackers is a neat site where you can see Ikea items repurposed into different uses.

Turn a pot upside down, and VOILA…you have a light.

An innovative idea from Ikea Hackers ~ Sweden


The beauty of lighting is also the ambience.

Lighting can invoke so many emotions/ feelings.  Like this next photo :

Well…maybe our feelings were invoked by the copious bottles of Champagne that we drank on New Years Eve.

I can’t remember.

* Hiccup * Hiccup *

New Years Eve in Thailand


Oh, and the romance is dripping from this one…

Bali Cafe, Bali, Indonesia


Gold star to Robert Nollet {lighting designer} for creating a light from chains.  Every single time I set foot in the Bali Cafe, I can’t help but spend most of my time staring at the light fixtures.

 Uhhm, and sipping beer.  The beer helps to keep my focus.

Bali Cafe, Bali, Indonesia


Outdoor lighting can also make or break a space.

 Often, the lighting can be the one element that catches our eye.

 From a retail store perspective, a focal point of lighting can be what draws a customer in.

{ Well, the skirt is pretty drop dead gorgeous too }

In a window.  I would feel a bit like a bird gone wild wearing that skirt.

Florence, Italy


Florence, Italy


Even the simplest of designs can be ‘ attention getters ‘

Lucca, Italy


Florence, Italy


Avignon, France


Florence, Italy


Avignon, France


Paris, France

The surprising fact is that lighting if often overlooked and sometimes a last-minute add on.

   Maybe because we are all worn out from our reno ?!

Hang in there, and make that lighting work for your space.

It is worth it.  I promise.

JK Hotel, Florence, Italy

Every style of lighting has its place.

 Industrial style lighting can be so simply stated, and works in clean lined areas for a snappy effect.

Jamie Oliver Restaurant, London, England


Jamie Oliver Restaurant, London, England

Think about how the lighting makes you FEEL when you walk in a space.

Remember how the natural light of a space made you feel, and try to mirror that feeling.

Dubai, UAE

 Warmth and comfort….mirrored….

Westin Excelsoir, Florence, Italy


A room is like a stage. If you see it without lighting, it can be the coldest place in the world~ Paul Lynde

Merry Ho Ho Season to everyone.

I’m off to place some twinkle lights all over our home.

It will be like the Griswald’s here shortly.

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen





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  1. xandimusic

    December 5th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    great shots with great lights!!!

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    December 10th, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Thank you! I am still learning so much about how to use my camera. Usually….I just point and take a shot, and cross my fingers and toes that something will come of it. 🙂

  3. Victor Tribunsky

    December 5th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Oh, Avignon. Remember.

  4. maddiesplace

    December 5th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Fun post! That must have taken quite a bit research. 🙂

  5. Lynne Knowlton

    December 10th, 2011 at 4:51 am

    It’s a tough job, having to do such research. haha. 🙂

  6. Norma Thiessen

    December 6th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    LOVE the photos! Great post 🙂 🙂

  7. kathy delgado

    December 6th, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Wow….so inspired! Great compilation!! Loved this so very much….I have so many old bottles from the French winery featured so this was a treat. xo

  8. Lynne Knowlton

    December 10th, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Thanks ! The old bottles are just gorgeous too. I agree. It is even more fun enjoying the wine that fills those beautiful bottles. Lynne xx

  9. cynthia at the daily basics

    December 6th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    You have TOTALLY tickled my lighting fancy! LOVE some of these SO Much- what a great eye you have! You are the only other person who I know who has been to Chateaneauf de Pape- We even have our Christmas card from that year shot in the old chateau!

  10. Lynne Knowlton

    December 10th, 2011 at 4:50 am

    And what a great chateau it is !! I even enjoyed the drive up the lane ways to get to the chateau! Beautiful spot indeed. I would love to see your Christmas card !! Pls send me a copy 🙂 Lynne xx

  11. Anonymous

    December 7th, 2011 at 1:27 am


  12. Lynne Knowlton

    December 10th, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Cheers ! and thank you…so happy to have inspired you!

  13. Catherine

    December 7th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Favourite post yet! That was amazing. SOOOO inspiring. . . try going through customs with an Absynthe hangover ; )

  14. Lynne Knowlton

    December 10th, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Too Funny Cath…and I have no idea how you got an Absynthe hangover :)…LOL…best memories EVER ! Lynne xx

  15. EightTreeStreet (@EightTreeStreet)

    December 9th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Such an amazing story through photographs,lighting brings up the best in a space, even the simplest Jaime Oliver’s.

  16. Lynne Knowlton

    December 10th, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Thanks sooooo much. I agree, lighting makes the best of a space. Even at Jamie Oliver’s :)…well, his yummy menu sure helps too. Lynne xx

  17. Janet @HouseFour

    December 15th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Great post Lynne! Interesting, funny and with beautiful photos to boot. I love lighting stores more than a reasonable person should, really. Maybe it’s because there are so many “boob” lights in my house right now that need replacing, but I love to walk around lighting stores and dream. Leaving with a stiff neck (from looking up) is not too high a price to pay 🙂

  18. margaret owen

    December 15th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Oh I LOVE all these photos. Funny, I came over because of your twitter connection (thank you!) and find all the lanterns just now and happened to have sketched some lanterns today. Thank you for the vacation!

  19. Cielo Dee

    January 2nd, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I spent 2 hours browsing your site this morning and I leave reluctantly. Thank you for the inspiration and the lunacy.

  20. Kridha

    February 5th, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Wow …! Great Collection and its give a new idea to make a lighten your villa or homes. i will try it in my hotel kridha residency vrindavan.

  21. lynneknowlton

    July 1st, 2015 at 10:00 am

    LIGHTING… You LIGHT up our lives !

  22. lynneknowlton

    August 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    LIGHTING… You LIGHT up our lives !


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