Turn Me On and Use Me Design Tip

Design Tip: Turn Me On & Use Me

If you know me, you know I love ‘junque’ (the fancy way to spell junk). I am always on the lookout for unique pieces that I can refurbish, restore, reupholster or recreate into something useful and purposeful.

Recently, upon visiting one of my favourite junk stores, I came across 3 vintage, solid brass pendant lights. They were in very good condition, but the style was outdated. I knew I had to find a project to use one or all of them in.

As luck would have it, my latest project required a unique pendant light in a corner of the living room. I knew one of these would be a perfect fit!! So, I cleaned it up, applied a layer of gold leaf, had it rewired and finished it off with a new shade. I had it fitted with an old fashioned ‘pull chain switch’ so I could put a small bobble at the bottom.  It is so perfect for this special spot in the room.


If you have a vintage piece that you once loved, are tired of or no longer have use for, think of a way to refurbish it.


We initially hired Barb years ago for colour coordination in our new home. We were so impressed we decided to look her up for our next project. I’m extremely happy we were able to connect again. Barb … Read more

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