Happy New Year everyone!! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a great start to 2019.
This was a big year for us, for many reasons, two of those being that we started our blog and Instagram at the beginning of the year. We’ve had so much fun building both, and we want to thank you all for following along!! As we move into the new year, we thought we’d take a look back at the fixtures (and accessories) we’ve shared on our blog and IG and highlight 8 of our favourites from 2018.
You really can’t go wrong with a Mitzi fixture. We showcase their fixtures allll the time on our IG, simply because they are just so stylish (and affordable!). While it’s hard to choose, the Kai is one of our favourites. It’s so cute, available in two different styles and three different finishes, and looks great pretty much anywhere.
Probably our most popular and asked about products of the year, the wall plates from adorne are total decor game changers. Wall plates are generally thought of as a functional necessity, but the adorne collection from Legrand aimed to change this by making them equal parts function and decor piece.
We’ve written blog posts, shared IG pics, and ran giveaways about these bulbs because we love them so much! Use them as a circadian alarm clock, change the lighting temperature, set them on a timer, and so much more.
The holiday giving continues this week with our biggest giveaway ever!!
As proud East Coasters, we love collaborating with the amazing small businesses in our region. That’s why we are so excited to be a part of this week’s local giveaway.
Hosted by Amy Peters, this giveaway brings together some seriously amazing prizes. For our contribution to the contest, we’re giving away $250 worth of adorne products- that’s those gorgeous wall plates you see us promoting on Instagram and Facebook!
(psst! Check out our where to buy page to find adorne plates in Atlantic Canada!).
We absolutely love these plates because they are a stylish and unexpected addition to your decor. Amy has them throughout her place and they add so much to her already beautifully styled home.
What else does the giveaway include?
In addition to our $250 credit for adorne products, one lucky winner will also receive,
+ a 1 hour family lifestyle session from Dave and Pring, valued at $450
+ a $100 shop credit to Weft End
+ a $100 store credit to Living Lighting #12
+ a $100 shop credit to Power Designs Halifax
+ a small tapered vase in Titanic pattern from Nova Scotia Crystal, valued at $169
How to enter✨
1. Follow all 7 accounts on Instagram (tagged in the post) 2. Like the photo 3. Tag a friend or two who might be interested in winning this amazing prize pack valued at $1169.
Please make sure to tag ONE person per comment so we can easily add up your entries.
** For BONUS entries, take a screenshot of this image and share it on your stories. Make sure you tag all 7 accounts so we can all see it.
1. The giveaway will run from Dec. 13 to Monday, Dec. 18 at 8pm.
2. This giveaway is open to residents in Atlantic Canada.
3. Winner must be willing to travel to Nova Scotia for the 1 hour family lifestyle session with Dave and Pring to take place between Jan to March. Non transferrable.
It’s the season of giving and receiving, and at Catalyst we take that very seriously! We’re going to be running a giveaway every week leading up to the holidays, and we’re starting off with this awesome holiday smart lighting package!
You may have heard us talk about them before both (we’re pretty obsessed!) on the blog and our Instagram. These bulbs screw in like any normal light bulb and can be controlled with your smartphone and home assistants (like Amazon Alexa and Google Home). This means you get a wifi lighting system with zero installation hassle.
The bulbs can change from cool to warm light, change colours (hello, red and green for Christmas!), change colour to the beat of music (great for parties), work as a circadian alarm clock, and so much more. And because they can be controlled from your phone, you can control them even when you aren’t home, making them a great addition to your home security.
For our first holiday giveaway, we’re giving away
+ an Amazon Alexa
+ two DALS Smart Bulbs
(Note: while an Amazon Alexa is a really great companion to the Smart Bulbs, they also work completely fine without it!).
Holiday season is here and we could not be more excited about it! We’ve been loving all of the gorgeous holiday decor photos we’ve been seeing on Instagram, and it’s definitely got us feeling festive.
As we’ve written about before, lighting plays such a huge part in setting the right tone and feel of a space, and this is never more apparent than during the holiday season! To help you nail the right look, we’ve put together 5 ways to get the perfect holiday lighting.
Whether you are looking for a warm cozy glow or some fun red and green lighting, the Smart Bulbs from DALS lighting has got you covered! These bulbs, which retail for only ~$30, can replace any of your standard light bulbs in your home and work with your smartphone or home assistant. You can change both the lighting temperature (go from a cool light during the day to a warm light in the evening) and the lighting colour (red, green, and everything in between!) effortlessly.
For our showroom locations, check out our where to buy page!
MITZI TABLE LAMPS
Wall and ceiling light fixtures take a bit more effort to change, but you can instantly and easily upgrade your decor with a new table or floor lamp! We love how Lea of Creekwood Hill styled her Mia Mitzi lamp on her festive bar cart.
DALS TAPE LIGHTING
Just like the Smart Bulbs, DALS Tape Lighting can change both lighting temperature and colour using your smartphone or home assistant. Tape lighting is also super easy to install, and it’s one of the easiest ways to get your holiday lights up both inside and out! The tape lights are great for year round outdoor lighting (we use them as ambient lighting on our back decks), so you can install them now and enjoy them all year long.
ADORNE WALL PLATES
Holiday decor is all about glitz and sparkle, and an easy way to add a dose of this that you can enjoy now (and all year!) is with Legrand’s designer wall plates from their adorne collection. Imagine one of their brushed brass wall plates next to your tree or some cedar bows? Major holiday heart eyes!!
We love how Erin Kelly decorated her adorne plate (above) for the holidays!
Now, if you really want to go for it, a crystal chandelier is never more gorgeous than at the holidays. If you’ve been considering doing a light fixture upgrade, the holidays are the perfect time to show off a new light because you’re likely entertaining and decorating more than usual!
The Gemma chandelier from Hinkley Lighting (pictured above) is gorgeous over a dining room table.
Have questions about any of our products or where to find them? We’re here to help! Give us a call at 902.266.3899, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out on Instagram!
We’ll get straight to it: we have a full on love affair with Troy Lighting. Their eclectic collections of artisan made lighting fixtures are absolutely gorgeous, and if you’re looking for something that will really make a statement in your room, this is the line to check out.
Troy Lighting takes a classic approach to decors top trends, so you get a fixture that is somehow both timeless and of the moment. We’ve chosen 10 of our favourite pieces to highlight in today’s post, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
We featured the beautiful Hideaway fixture in our minimal light fixture roundup, and it continues to be one of our favourites. It gives the perfect subtle detailing to this clean, minimalist space by Kristina Lynne Tracey (photos by Jazmine Photography).
The smoked glass trend made it into our 2019 Lighting Trend Forecast, and it’s never looked better than in the Odyssey chandelier. It looks stunning in any room, and we love it as a dining light in Sophia Chang’s home.
The District pendant is available in three gorgeous glass shades. They look stunning on there own (as pictured here in Kresswell Interiors’ design), and even better all together. (photo: Tracey Jazmine Photography).
This week, we have one of our favourite designers, Robyn of Bricks and Birches, on the blog. We always have MAJOR heart eyes over her stunning designs, and we’re so excited that she’s here to share the top lighting trends of 2019 with us and how you can incorporate then in your space. If you’re not already, make sure you’re following Robyn over on Instagram!
You can shop these trends from our stylish lighting lines
Hey Readers! I’m Robyn from Bricks & Birches and I’m happy to be swinging by the Catalyst Blog to share with you one of my favourite topics: Trend forecasting! As a designer, it’s important to be a step ahead of things, and finding inspiration in lighting is always a critical component for my design process.
Here is a run-down of some of my favourite trends for 2019!
1. MODERNIST SHAPES
Okay, I LOVE this movement that’s happening in lighting. Taking things back to basics and reimagining how form affects a space is such an inspiring way to approach design. These lights bring a sculptural quality to a space and don’t just belong in a contemporary space. How amazing would these be in a traditional home with a ceiling medallion for a totally unexpected design moment?!
OKAY OKAY OKAY. Now we’re talking!! Gone are the days of matching every finish in your house (I call that “the bed in a bag”), now it’s HELLO to inspired enameled colours! I saw this trend emerging in plumbing fixtures when I attended the Toronto Interior Design Show last winter, and I am LOVING their transition into the lighting world.
Scared to commit? Start small; a powder room is a great place for something unexpected due to being separate from often intimidating open-concept spaces, or try injecting colour into what could otherwise feel like an uninspired space such as a laundry room.
This may be my favourite trend of them all (you’ll also notice some of the modernist shapes sneaking their way into this one!) The past few years have been filled with brass finishes and opal shades thanks to the popularity of mid-century modern design (which I still love, to be clear.). But this is sexy, moody, and an evolved take on glam. And I am LIVING for it.
If the idea of incorporating a “trend” into your space scares you, my honourable mention for 2019 is the revival of polished nickel. It’s a classic finish (think chrome, but warm!) and it’s versatile as heck.
Whatever your space demands, updating your lighting is an easy and non-invasive way to make a HUGE design impact. Start with lighting, and THEN fill in the gaps. 🙂
For more stunning design inspiration from Robyn, make sure you check her out on Instagram and her site!
And for info on selecting the perfect light for your space, give us a call at 902.266.3899 or email us at email@example.com
We’ve talked before about Legrand’s adorne collection both on the blog and on our Instagram. The collection carries a full line of stylish wall plates designed to add to and elevate the style of your room.
One of our favourite products from the line is the Pop Out outlet, which can pop in to lie flush with the wall plate and then pop out to give you three separate outlets. It’s the perfect option for anywhere you’d like a seamless look (kitchen backsplashes come to mind) but also want the option for multiple outlets.
It takes less than 15 minutes to install and you can pair it with any of adorne’s beautiful wall plates, so you can match it to your décor.
This week, we are giving away 3 variations of these cool outlets along with a matching wall plate!
The three variations are
1. A 1-gang white Pop Out with matching white wall plate
2. A 1-gang magnesium Pop Out with matching magnesium wall plate
3. A 2-gang white Pop Out with matching white wall plate and white switch.
Note that the Pop Up outlets are best suited for new construction. They may work in existing homes, but please check with a licensed electrician.
Would you like to control the colour, lighting temperature, and function of your lights using nothing but your smart phone or home assistant with no set up or installation hassle? Of course you would! And you are in luck because we have the (super affordable) product for you.
Today we’re doing a spotlight on the Smart Bulbs from DALS Lighting. These cool bulbs allow you to dim your lights, turn them on and off, change their lighting temperature, and even change colour using just your smart phone or home assistant! They’re super convenient and really fun to use.
There are two variations of the bulb available. The first can be dimmed, turned on and off, and can adjust the lighting temperature from warm to cool (1800K-6000K). The second has all of these features and can change colours as well.
We love this light for the holidays because it casts the perfect shade to match your decorations (like orange for Halloween!!)
Let’s take a closer look at some of the features of the Smart Bulbs.
Change your colour temperature
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the importance of light temperature and how to choose the right temperature to suit your space. As we mentioned, different temperatures are suited for different times of the day- for example, a cool light is great for the day time to help you feel energized and alert. It mimics the bright light of the sun and signals to your body that it’s time to be awake and active. In the evening, a warm light is preferable because it mimics candle or fire light and helps your body shut down for the day. It’s also really cozy and adds great ambiance!
The Smart Bulb allows you to change the temperature of the bulb throughout the day, so you can have the best of both worlds. You simply adjust the lighting temperature from your app and you go from cool to warm to anywhere in between in an instant! We love this feature because it’s not only practical but also adds a great vibe to your home.
Where to use it: any main light in the home. Adjust from cool to warm tones throughout the day to match the time of day and ambiance you’d like to achieve.
Change the bulb colour
This feature is so fun and we particularly love it for the holidays! The Smart Bulb can be changed to any colour you like, so you can cast an orange light for Halloween, pink for Valentines, black light for a party, etc. To change the colour, simply choose the colour you want from the app on your smartphone, OR (even cooler!!) focus your phone on a certain object around you and the bulb will change to that colour!
It gets even better: through the app, you can set up the bulb to change colour along to music. It’s basically a party in a bulb.
For a quick Halloween set up, simply swap out your porch light bulb with a Smart Bulb and set it to an orange or black hue. It’ll add the perfect spooky look!!
Where to use it: We love using this feature seasonally or for parties and celebrations. You can even use a regular bulb most of the time and screw in the Smart Bulb when you want a pop of colour.
You can also use the app to dim the lights and turn them on or off. Basically, you can control your lights completely using just the app. You get similar capabilities as with a Wifi Lighting System without having to install a hub.
Installation is a bit of a stretch here- all you have to do is screw the bulb in as you would with any light bulb and then download the app on your phone to control it! It works wirelessly and no hub is needed. Screw in the bulb, download the app, you’re good to go.
Learn more about the colour changing bulb and temperature changing bulb on DALS’ site, or as always, reach out to us with any questions you have! Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before we get into today’s post, we want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in our Wifi Lighting Giveaway! Because there was so much interest in the system, we’re going to give another one away in the next couple of months. We also have some fun giveaways planned for November, so make sure to follow us on Instagram. 🙂
In the past few months, we’ve had the opportunity to work and collaborate with some amazing people in Halifax and beyond. We’ve worked with local home builders, decorators, and influencers to showcase our products, and it’s been so fun seeing them incorporate the pieces into their homes and projects. Once thing is for sure- we have some major talent here!
Today we wanted to do a round up of the products and photos they’ve shared.
(Sidenote: we’ve got some more exciting guest posts coming up from local designers and decorators!).
BOWERS CONSTRUCTION X BRICKS AND BIRCHES
You’ve probably seen us share this photo once or twice (or 10 times…). We love collating with Bowers Construction and Bricks and Birches because their designs are just stunning, and they make our products look their very best.
The Antique bronze wall plate from Legrand’s adorne collection that they featured here was one of our most asked about pieces this year.
Looking through Bricks and Birches owner, Robyn’s, Instagram is like looking through our dream Pinterest Home board. Her designs are just beyond, and we love getting the opportunity to collaborate with her.
Our Hudson Valley Lighting wall sconce is featured here in her dreamy en suite design.
Between running her real estate business, creating amazing decor/lifestyle content, and (our personal favourite) her Tipsy Tuesday tips, Chelsea is one busy lady, but we managed to fit a collab in with her!
We love how she styled her Mitzi lamp in her cute office.