Posts Tagged ‘lighting’


The word evokes visions of brass warmed by gorgeous patina, well-worn chairs and lasting quality.  Though there may not be a hard and fast definition to what is and what is not, the romantic in me sings it’s delight when considering objects with an aura of history – that have stood the test of time, or have reinvented themselves, and that add warmth and life to a space full of sparkling, spanking new.  I had a glamorous great-aunt who’s life, jewelry, and furnishings whispered in hushed tones about things I will never have the thrill of experiencing.  Those whispers fill my senses and make each piece feel rich with history.

And with the surge of media celebrating times past, we are seeing more and more interest in furniture and accessories from unexpectedly mixed eras.  From Mad Men and Pan Am to the Tudors, and everything in between, eclectic furnishings are in demand.  Go ahead and jump in with a special piece that whispers to you… These are a few of my current obsessions.

What do you think?  A flame-stitched mid-century chair, perfect with a martini after work? Yes, please!  These vintage bar glasses? Fabulous. They offer a nod to a time when cocktails were glamorous.  And when did boring become the norm, anyway?  Why shouldn’t every day feel just a little special?  I want these to be my everyday water, cocktail and everything else glasses.  And then there are all the vintage smoking accessories…  Now, I know nobody smokes in their houses anymore (thank God!), but vintage ashtrays and matchstick holders are so gorgeous that they scream for a second life.  I love to use them for jewelry and desk accessories.  They have such sexy sculptural appeal.  What are your favorite vintage finds?  Check out the slide show for a taste of the vintage beauties currently living at Slate, or, come in and try on a past life… Whatever whispers its secrets in your ear.

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So, you have purchased new furniture, found gorgeous art and put your space together with creativity and heart, only to feel like something is missing.  It doesn’t feel the way you hoped it would.  Perhaps it feels a bit flat. What are you doing wrong? 

Before you go out shopping endlessly for the perfect “something” to make all your design dreams come true, try looking up for inspiration.  No, you don’t need to pray to the God-of-All-Things-Beautiful – consider your lighting.  Is it adequate? Balanced?  Inspired?  Updated even?

Oh, Lighting.  Perhaps the single most important element of any space, but also one of the most overlooked, and trickiest to perfect; lighting is the magic element that can turn a room from glum to glamorous, dark to dramatic, or claustrophobic to cozy.  An otherwise well designed room without the right lighting can leave you with a sense of uneasiness, and the room feeling incomplete and uncomfortable. 

Enter Parker Kennedy Living…

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Founders David Ecton and Lance Jackson of Parker Kennedy Living have joined us here at Slate with a selection of unique and beautiful lighting at inspiring prices.  David holds an MBA in International Trade, while Lance is an Atlanta-based interior designer with 15 years experience, and projects everywhere from New York to Texas to Palm Beach, among others.  He has also worked as lead product designer of the lamp and accessory line The Bradburn Gallery.  Together they bring us lighting that ranges from contemporary to preppy to vintage in inspiration.  You’ll find the perfect lighting to complete your project, or the perfect statement piece for an instant update.  And don’t forget that anything at Slate can be taken home on approval – feel free to try it out.

So stop by and check out what’s “up.”  We’ll see you soon!

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