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Nature Lighting

When it comes to light fixtures, the options are endless. As I scoured the web sites for my favorites, there was one category that I avoided because I didn’t like the sound of it. “Rustic.” When I think of “rustic” lighting, I think of something like this…

But as I grew more and more desperate to find the fixtures that I envisioned, I finally took a peek. I soon realized that “rustic” is a term that seems to be stamped on decor that has a lot of natural undertones.

These capiz shell chandeliers come in many shapes and sizes.

Obviously, this is a more natural "shell environment."

It's mostly glam, with a hint of foliage.

See the resemblance to the detail at the top?

Shiny circles.

Shiny circles.

I think this makes a pretty obvious nod to nature.

This illustration may be unnecessary, but why ruin a good layout?

This references nature in color and finish more than design.

You can see it, right? They're like cousins.

I like that this is interesting, but not too ostentatious.

Not ALL of the natural inspiration comes from plants.

This gives an urban-hippie vibe that is super fun and unique.

This fixture doesn't just mimick the appearance of twine, someone could actually create a fixture out of twine...and I plan to.

As you can see, professionals get their inspiration from the forest, the ocean or just some stuff they have in their shed. I want to take a cue from them; to recreate some of these concepts and totally disregard the labels, whether they be “rustic,” “Mediterranean,” or “Hobo.”

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About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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