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“Blink” Lifestyle: Blink Towers Kitchen Refurb Project, the lights

As a detail obsessed nit-picker it’s been a trying time deciding on all of the finishing details for this kitchen project- but fortunately I am also a tireless researcher so I managed to track down what I feel are the perfect solutions to deliver the look as well as stay within our budget (with the odd splurge!). One of the elements that I wanted to get absolutely right was the lighting. This is key not only from an aesthetic perspective, but also critical from a ‘fit for purpose’ point of view too.

These are the points that drove out the final decisions:
1) nothing boring or ordinary
2) a bit industrial
3) some fun colour
4) would work with my beloved Plumen lightbulbs
5) not budget-busting!

I roamed around the interweb on a sourcing mission with these five things in mind and tracked down the marvellous Dowsing and Reynolds and all my lighting wishes were granted by this brilliant British company! Alongside lots of industrial inspired lighting there’s also a small but perfectly formed selection of home accessories on their website too. I had a good browse around and then came across the ‘Create Your Own Lights’ section. Dowsing and Reynolds have created a place for you to cherry pick all of the elements that you love the most to create your very own, unique light fixtures. They even have a 6 step guide to help you pick the right elements. Oh, and these for sure would also count as one of our ‘Stylish Steals’ too!

My first port of call was their selection of gorgeous colourful fabric cables. I wanted to share D&R’s video with you just so you can appreciate the art behind these Italian made beauties.

I went for the orange and white to get my colour in to the design. I teamed it with their ‘forgotten silver’ ceiling rose and the same colour in a simple bulb holder.  It was delivered quick-smart and I grabbed my toolkit (yes, I do own a toolkit!) and got to work, under the watchful eye of my builder, Stef.

Dowsing & Reynolds 'create your own light' delivered in lovely packaging

Dowsing & Reynolds ‘create your own light’ delivered in lovely packaging

I carefully wired up the lamp holder and decided on how long I wanted to the pendant lights to hand down from the ceiling rose.

Dowsing & Reynolds 'create your own light'  in progress

Dowsing & Reynolds ‘create your own light’ in progress

I then handed over to Stef to attach the rose to the ceiling and to wire in my lovely new pendant lights. Literally minutes later all three lights were up and ready to have the baby Plumen bulbs popped in and switched on!

Dowsing & Reynolds 'create your own light'

Dowsing & Reynolds ‘create your own light’

My unique Dowsing & Reynolds lights

My unique Dowsing & Reynolds lights

I’m a very proud Blink Boss right now and can’t wait to see you these beauties in the finished scheme. Thanks so much to Ally of Dowsing & Reynolds for all of the help and support and interminable question answering I put her through!

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