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I thought I’d give you a little break from our Valentine-inspired posts (we admit that we enjoy the holiday a bit much at and focus on lighting — “jar lighting” to be exact.

This 5-jar chandelier casts a soft glow when filled with vintage-style bulbs. Hung above tables, counters or in hallways, its lighthearted charm warms up any space.


And now, back to our regularly-scheduled Valentine programming.

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Check out one of my favorite design trends: felt. Affordable, natural and recyclable, felt is an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic fabrics. It can be dyed any color and molded into any shape, making it a favorite for everything from lights to pillows to furniture.

Philadelphia-based company Iannone Design has taken the felt design trend to a new level, placing color blocks of wool felt onto their Chroma Armoire.

At FilzFelt, you can customize felt floor coverings, panels and tabletop accessories in your favorite Pantone colors. Their Wool Felt Circle Mat comes in more than 30 vibrant shades, making it an ideal way to add a pop of color to your floors.

The Wool Felt Placemat is durable and moisture-resistant, making it the perfect fabric for kids.

Rebecca Barton of Cushlab crafts felt into distinct shapes — origami, florals and loops — to create her unique line of cushions.

The colors in Rebecca’s collection of cushions are brilliant. Hot pink and red blend in this fun and eye-catching pink-and-red loop cushion.

Gray felt and polished nickel come together to create a Short Drum Pendant from West Elm.

And with felt’s ability to mold to different forms, Buzzilight created this striking pendant.

Got a favorite design in felt? Tell me in the comments below.

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This delicate bird light caught my eye on emmas designblogg. It makes such a big statement, even at its small size.

bird lamp

Designed by Swedish studio Hommin, the bird is made from a flat sheet of metal and can be “clipped” on to your light bulbs. I bet it casts a fantastic shadow in the evenings.

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I fell hard for the illusions in artist Mary Temple’s work:

mary temple art

In her series of installation paintings, Temple plays with light, shadows and perception. What appears to be a bright spot of light cast from a window onto the walls and floor of this room featured on My Love for You…doesn’t actually exist. It’s latex paint. (Makes me want to paint shadows all over my house.)

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Confession: I have no formal training in the world of design, decor and style. Which is precisely why I was dumbfounded when my electrician asked for a lighting plan a few weeks ago. What? A lighting plan? Yes, I’d like light, please. Is that what you mean?

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Sadly, no. He meant for Husband and me to spend the next 48 hours agonizing over the placement of switch plates, dimmers and pendants. And you guys, I have never wanted to sell this house more than I did those horrid two days.

Lighting Plan, Minus the Insanity

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