WHY?

WHY?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

BETTER THAN RED


There's red and then there's scarlet: Scarlet lips, Scarlet O'Hara, The Scarlet Letter.... From the Persian (säqirlāt) this hue is pure chroma on the color wheel. Redder than red yet softer than vermillion, it tempers the danger of flames with the sweetness of orange Even if it was Prof. Plum with the candlestick in the library, Miss Scarlet made him do it. And in our furious search for fixtures during the new house renovation, it's this color that's sparked our imagination. Whether the mix of scarlet and intricately rippled crystal on Eurofase's Luxuria chandelier above or the more simply tailoring on the Meridian Pendant from Lights Up, we just can't resist coming hither. Come to think of it, this is the same hue on Kitty's new collar from D.O.G. Boutique in West Hollywood as well as the Schumacher grasscloth we once papered onto a certain former bachelor's bedroom walls (yes, I married him), so I guess you can say Mouse and I have Scarlet to thank for a life so saucy-sweet.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

HEAVENLY LIGHTING



As avid stargazers who also hate the cold, we're thrilled that a little piece of the heavens has finally come indoors. One of our favorite lighting spots in the universe, YLighting online, is debuting the Raimond, a new suspended sphere of sparkling star shapes by Moooi. Designed by mathematics professor Raimond Puts, in association with OX-ID, the light's intricate inner and outer frames of stainless spring steel are joined at LED terminals. The driver is located in the canopy and the wire—as clear as the air for a floating effect. Oh, and YLighting also happens to be giving one of these $1626 value fixtures away for FREE via an online raffle now through December 31st. Click at the bottom of the product description to enter and, while you're there, check out a few of their other exclusive designs as well. I'm a fan of the Obi series lights while Mouse, a hopeless romantic, loves the mellow, black-pearl effect of the Kiss Table Lamp.