lights above.

My dream is to cover an entire ceiling with light bulbs, ala the Gramercy Park Hotel, for a party.  I mean, does it really get any better than that?  Those images (seen in the bottom photos) have been forever etched in my mind.  And really, any sort of canopy of lights is high on my list of party must-haves.  Pretty, lighting just really sets the mood for an amazing time!

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holiday lights.

Over the weekend, we got started on a little holiday decor.  Is it a bit too early for that?  Ha, maybe, but I couldn't help myself.  I sprinkled a few string lights around our home.  I also switched up the light we have hanging in our living room.  Day-to-day we have a white tord boontje pendant light, which I love love love.  I actually have a long love affair with tord boontje.  For our wedding day I may have asked the venue to change out ALL of the lighting so we could hang our tord boontje pendant lights (and a few of my fave gehry cloud lamps).  Eeeeekkk, was that going a bit too far?  Probably...ha!  So, back to the holiday decor.  We switched out the white for a gold light and I'm loving the soft glow it casts on our living room.  Now I'm ready for the weather to cool down even a bit more and to spend evenings relaxing in our living room amongst the lights.


dinner by candles.

While I was eating my way through the city this weekend (with amazing meals here & here), I started to think about how much I care about the atmosphere of where I am dining.  Ha, truth be told, I'm not really a foodie and going out to eat for me is more about the company that I'm with then the actual food that I'm eating.  I mean, I love a good meal like anybody else but really hanging with family and friends is what it's all about for me.  Oh and I'm sure if you asked my husband what my fave restaurant was, he would tell you something along the lines of, "Myka likes any restaurant as long as it's cute".  SO true!  The decor of a restaurant is one of the first things I think about when I'm trying to figure out where to eat.  A bit crazy, I know, but I can't help it.  And a major part of the decor for me is all about the lighting.  I love love love a dinner out in a candle lit space.  It's cozy and intimate, and my ultimate favorite way to dine.  I try to carry that same thought over to our own home and meals at our house.  We were once chastised by a former landlord (a very artistic-designer type landlord, when we lived in a loft) that our lights were NOT on dimmers.  We laughed, but you know what, we quickly changed all of our lighting over that week.  Dimming your lights or eating amongst the glow of candles, is the only way to go in my book.