game changers {the birthday lamp}…

a nomadic abode

every now & then you bring something into your home that changes all the rules {& no, i’m not talking about a partner, a child or a pet}

something that simultaneously uplifts its surroundings & kicks the ass of absolutely everything it comes into contact with all in one fell swoop…

for me this game changer is my birthday lamp…

standing approximately 110cm tall it reminds me of a bronzed, gnarly chunk of petrified rock which still bears a fleeting resemblance to the twisted tree trunk from whence it came…

swirling metallic rivets festoon the base while an oversized oatmeal linen shade rests assuredly on top: i must concede, when i first saw it online a couple of years ago i thought it somewhat ugly & grotesque but now i find myself drawn to it like the proverbial moth to a flame…

it sits proudly at the entrance to our lounge {demarcating this area from the adjoining dining room} so it’s the first thing you see when you turn the corner into our home…

&, just as i suspected it would, it triumphantly serves three key functions: a light source, a piece of art & a room divider…

while it’s by no means the largest item in my lounge room, it’s most definitely one of the most impactful…

a little like the alpha male of the furnishing pack, it stands there defiant & dominating, brandishing its authority over all the other pieces & threatening anything that doesn’t come up to par…

in an act of capitulation i’ve already changed up the art that sits behind it, thrown a reindeer hide across the back of the nearest chair & switched out various other peripheral pieces accordingly…

but at the end of the day i really needn’t bother as for now at least all eyes will invariably be drawn to the birthday lamp…

what’s the game changer in your decor?

{ps, this is none other than the dynamo lamp from atelier abigail ahern}

 

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12 thoughts on “game changers {the birthday lamp}…

  1. Great piece of writing, you wordsmith.

    Of course, I’ve seen the lamp, both in the shop and Abigail’s house and it totally demands attention (rightfully so). It’s a mammoth piece and very beautiful.

    I love your USP for it ..”it triumphantly serves three key functions: a light source, a piece of art & a room divider”

    Perfect, and I want one!

    • seriously… it is mesmerising! i was worried that by introducing this piece it might make my home start looking like a lame wannabe of abigail’s…you know, the poor cousin! but (fingers crossed) it doesn’t… it takes on its own form in different surroundings… it really does lift the entire space around it!

    • it’s a lovely piece indeed doris! can highly recommend… the dimensions are just staggering… this was a much belated b’day pressie (oct), but i thank you anyhows! 🙂

  2. I had no idea how big it was until I saw that photo! it’s fabulous.
    Well with R gave me my porta romana lamp for my birthday last year I wrote a post called ‘the lamp that ruined my stuff’ because it made everything else look sh&t.
    Yesterday we were looking round our room and deciding whether we actually liked anything we owned. R said the only thing he liked was ‘our lamp’. I put him straight on that immediately.

    • bahahahaha! it’s important you set him straight immediately! what was he thinking!?! seriously, this lamp is huge… i didn’t appreciate how big it was, but it’s a show stopper… & yes, i understand completely your post about your lamp ruining everything! haha!

  3. I love it! And I love the whole look of your place from this little nook. The legs on that chair are so great, I’ve never seen any like them before! I’m so jealous you can see under your furniture without seeing plumes of dog hair everywhere, ahem. For me, the big game changer was my dad’s old drafting table we’re using as a dining table. It’s got a wonderful patina on it, paint splatters, and has so much of my dad “in” it that it really changes the whole room. We have an open concept living/dining/kitchen area and it splits the space in half.
    Seriously, love the lamp. That Abigail Ahern is certainly the influencer amongst you guys! I wish people over here were familiar with her work. xo

    • oh i love that about your dining table… i’d love to have more pieces with a personal family history to them… i have a painting by my mum & those two little wooden plaques in this picture (the ones with the ceramic centres) are off my dad’s childhood pram… sadly that’s about it! abigail’s store is fantastic, the only problem being so many of her pieces are instantly recognisable… it’s hard to create your own vibe with them sometimes, especially as she uses pretty much all of the items in her own home too!

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