Lighting Inspiration


/ ˈambɪəns/
  1. the character and atmosphere of a place.

I think ambience is the perfect word to define what lighting brings to a room. I can’t wait for our home to be semi complete so I can start purchasing pendant lights. I am tempted to purchase some now but I know I will change my mind 100 times over in the next 12 months.

We went a bit overboard and added light bayonets everywhere in our home so we can easily change them over to downlights / pendants after handover. I even added two above the master bed with individual switches on each side, so the pendants can serve as bedside lamps 🙂

Below are images of my “current” and I place great emphasis on the word current, lighting inspiration.


Source: Lee & Allan Blog

The Block 1

Source: The Block

Source: The Block

Source: Pinterest / Unknown

Source: Pinterest / Unknown

Source: The Block

Source: The Block

I have a never-ending and ever-changing wish list of lights from Beacon Lighting. See some of my favourites below.

Husk 1 - Black Ashwood

Beacon Lighting: Husk 550mm Pendant in Matt Black/Ash $229.00

Ando 1 - Copper

Beacon Lighting: Ando 1 Light Pendant in Copper/Glass $169.00

Ando 1 - Marble

Beacon Lighting: Ando 1 Light Pendant in Marble/Glass $189.00

Sculpt 1

Beacon Lighting: Sculpt 1 Light 150mm Carve Pendant in Ash/Concrete $169.00

Stockholm 1

Beacon Lighting: Stockholm 1 Light Squat Flair Pendant in Natural Wood $489.00


Beacon Lighting: Ragnar Large Pendant in Ash Timber $389.00

If you haven’t already, subscribe to Temple & Webster. They have various online sales happening all the time on different homewares, furniture, lighting and heaps more.  I love these from their current sale!

Romana Light

Temple & Webster: Romano Pendant Light $599.00

Zurich pendant

Temple & Webster: Small Zurich Pendant $99.00


Temple & Webster: Copper Pinto Pendant $49.00

Have you got any great homewares / lighting stores you want to share?



It has been longer than a year since we bought the block and now we finally have a slab! It was really exciting to finally see some progress. It cemented (pun intended) that this was actually our house and one day soon we will be living here!

Our builder was really proactive and ensured all the admin work was completed before we received titles (which were delayed). Once our block settled our builder submitted our plans to council and sent our file to construction for scheduling. Five weeks after settlement we were slabbed 🙂

First impressions were the same most people building a new home have – “It’s too small”! We even got the tape measure out to be certain – and guess what? Yep, it’s the right size.

Looking at the slab from the left-hand side of the houseView from the back of the block to the road front
Top Image – View from the left hand side of the house
Bottom Image – View from the back of the block

We’re really happy with the amount of “side” yard we have. It’s not a massive space by any means, but it is enough for a nice bit of grass / outdoor area which a lot of newer estates in Perth don’t have.

The only aspects we are concerned about is the placement of the garage and the side access for the OH’s boat. This was about the only must have when choosing a design and it limited our options a lot! We didn’t take into account the retaining wall so may have underestimated the space needed… The OH still has hope it might “just” fit. If not, it will definitely fit inside the garage given the extra space created by the store room.

View our plan here

The second aspect is the entry hallway. I think we’ve made it too narrow 😦 Time will tell. Overall though we are really happy with the layout and can’t wait to see it come together. Estimated finished time is 45-50 weeks from slab down. So fingers crossed everything goes to plan and we have keys to our new home in June / July next year.

Did anyone else have any second thoughts when they saw their slab?