Lighting, Lighting Everywhere but nothing……

How many times have I had clients say they have gone to look for new lighting for their home only to return home frustrated and without a new fixture or lamp in hand. It isn’t often that I make that trip as we have so many of our own suppliers for everything we source including lighting, that I don’t have to go through that exercise. We have the advantage of sourcing exactly what we want by catalogue and on our supplier websites.

Today I had the task of trying to locate lampshades for a couple of lamps. It seemed like a simple task, I was wrong. So much of the same thing, the wrong colour or size was off or the style wasn’t suitable. I think I will advise my client we have to wait and order in what we need and really wanted. It will be worth the wait.

It is amazing to me when there are so many beautiful light fixtures and lamps available that in the limited space of a retail outlet that they choose to cram so much into it, the ability to actually see what is there is lost. Also why are they almost always all the same? It is no wonder there are so many homes still have the original builders light fixtures.

Lighting is such an important element in our homes, that putting the effort into making the right selections is significant. Shape, size and finish direct so much of our decor. Not only the ability to see in good light, but to be able to control the amount of light necessary for any given task or to create the right ambience. So my advice is don’t settle for what you see in the retail stores. It is worth the wait!!

About Catherine Pulcine

I founded CPI Interiors in 1998. I have over 29 years of extensive experience in residential interior design and decorating. Having worked with over 6,000 clients in the Ottawa area since 1998. Previously having work for an exclusive home interiors retailer to the Ottawa's foremost home builder, I has established a professional wealth of knowledge that I have built on by hiring professionals to work with me. This translates into a superior ability to offer a complete package of design & decorating services for any client's needs. I am a member of the Decorators and Designers Association of Canada, a member of the Capital Business Association and a Member of the West Ottawa Board of Trade. I am a past member of the Board of Directors of The Better Business Bureau of Ottawa. I am also past president of Kanata Chapter of BNI.
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