Monday, May 16, 2011

Delicate, Unique Glass Pendant Lighting

Yesterday, while on a wonderful charity house tour, I saw some really inspirational things.  One of them was the existence of a line of lighting by a favorite maker of tabletop items, Juliska.  You may recognize them as a maker of whimsical glassware, dishes and serveware, but evidently they also have a line of lamps and light fixtures using the same handblown glass techniques.

The beauty of these pendants is in their delicate use of glass clearly fashioned by hand, yet their avoidance of fussiness with the use of clear, industrial style bulbs.  They work wonderfully over a kitchen island by providing a softer, more feminine look without the use of fabric that can be impractical in a kitchen.

Here are a couple examples of the small pendants.

Harriet Globe Pendant

Isabella Column Pendant
Ella Small Column Pendant

The line also has a collection of striking table lamps.  These would be wonderful in a living room, bedroom or office.

Florence Column Table Lamp

Victor Column Lamp
While we're on the topic of Juliska, let me just share some of my favorite tabletop pieces - I can't resist!

Set of 4 Dessert Plates

A Selection of Medium Glass Vases

Grande Charger/Serving Platter

Beehive Sugar/Creamer Set

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Entertaining DIY Tile Post

Image of Tiled Backsplash courtesy

Had to share this article I noticed today in the New York Times' Home and Garden section.  It's a step-by-step guide to tiling for the absolute beginner.  I felt thoroughly educated in basic tiling after reading.  Fortunately for my family, my home isn't crying out for any newly tiled surfaces.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Joe Lekas: Gorgeous Composite HD Photos

Holy Name Cathedral Organ - Chicago

I recently discovered photographic artist Joe Lekas, who produces high definition fine art photos with a special focus on the city of Chicago.  His website is excellent, showcasing all his work in very high resolution, easy-to-navigate galleries.  The image above is a breathtaking view of Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago. Below are a few city shots.  His work has an intensity that brings the images to life in a way unmatched by most other photographers I've seen.

Chicago's Lake Shore Drive 3 - Panorama

Chicago Aerial View from the Hancock Observatory - 12 Long Exposures

One great feature of the site is that Lekas describes his method of obtaining virtually every shot.  Even for the photographic layperson, this can be quite interesting.  For example, with the shot above, taken from the Hancock Building, he explains:

"This was a pain to up to the Hancock observatory and was tripods. So, I had to MacGuyver it and rest the camera on a tiny little ledge around the tower, prop it up in a shoe, on my bag, whatever I could - and used my remote cord to take the 12 long exposures used to make 4 vertical shots. Those 4 sets of 3 were then each fused together to make 4 hdr photos, which I then stitched together to make a monster. Whew!"

Lekas's portfolio boasts both macro shots of expansive city views as well as details of historic landmarks. 

Here is his captivating take on the Rookery, built in 1888.  This is a view looking up the stairway.  Below that is a beautiful shot of the Chicago Cultural Center's Tiffany glass domed ceiling.

Looking Up the Rookery Building Spiraling Staircase - Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center - World's Largest Tiffany's Domed Ceiling
 But Lekas' work is not limited to Chicago - here are a few of my favorites from the rest of his portfolio.

Red Rocks Park 02 - Morrison, Colorado (Near Denver)
Old Gas Station Along Route 66 - Illinois
Empire State Skies 01 - Manhattan