Lighting, mood and harmony!

Lighting is important.


It can make you look older, jaundiced and very aware of your mortal status. It can make you feel like you are about to be opened up and operated on, or make you feel like you are living in a moldy cave.


Flip the coin, and now you feel like you are the most gorgeous and desired person on this planet, or that you can read that recipe without having to squint like a mole.  (Do moles squint?)


Lighting can influence the mood of a room, the lighting fixture itself can express a mood! As with the furniture you select, the style of the lighting fixtures should be suitable in mood to the rest of the decor.


What we want to create is harmony – forgive me if I’m getting too yogic on you! You will be happy to hear however, that harmony does not mean that one has to use the same type of lamp and colour in every corner!

morelighting    kitchen light

In fact variety while making sure that it all looks like it belongs together will help you avoid monotony and achieve that sought after ambiance and mood! For example, you may have a living room with two floor lamps, one on either side of the sofa – but this might be a little boring. To make the lighting more interesting, and to add some variety, try adding a wall sconce and a desk lamp across the room.

party lights    outdoor light

Most importantly, don’t forget to make it your own – whether you want to re-use antique spoon ladders, infuse balloons with fluorescent light (break glow sticks and use the liquid!), or re-use antique bottles!


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Bucket mania

I was procrastinating on Pinterest, as one does, and hoped to find an idea or two on how to use this old steel bucket James gave me as present from his road trip (read the On the road post!). Not only is this probably the oddest gift I’ve even been given, it’s also making my house look un-tidy and gritty!

Pinterest however saved the day! There are apparently thousands of ways to re-use steel buckets.

Here are my top fives !!

Number 1

Number 1


Because we are proudly South African.. the bucket braai won my heart!








Number 2

Number 2


I have a garden. I also have a husky puppy named Kito. My husky likes to dig holes and thinks     himself quite the landscape artist! So this idea is great for my poor suffering garden – I can now have  flowers at home.





number 3



I love organising. No no, I LOVE organising. Cool storage places make me happy. Storage places that can also be used as chairs – make me even happier. Imagine the possibilities: kids toys, shoes, bed sheets, blankets, craft papers and pencils …





number 4


This is just cool. Also I’m rather short and any high chairs are good to have in my house!







flipflop bucket

And last but not least – ta da. I am the queen of leaving my shoes lying around the house. Kito off course thinks that’s just the best thing in the world because nothing tastes better than smelly shoes! However this also means that I literally have only one pair of sandals left. And it is still summer in Cape Town.




Tip: Cleaning those steel buckets are apparently as easy as washing them with a little dishwasher and water – scrub the dirt away softly not to damage the zinc coating. And then you can apply a thin coat of car wax to make it pretty and shiny!


Just Junk has a number of these buckets left…