Muuto Unfold Pendant Lamp

I can’t believe that I haven’t really worked on the blog since February – quite slack of me, isn’t it?

I’m at a crossroads with the blog at the moment – I’m not sure whether it’s the most effective way to continue showing my home updates; Instagram kind of has taken over that forum.

In any case, there are merits to using a blog – at least I can write down and explain the process with more depth for each step of the home.

But I’ve got a couple of weeks until I need to renew my blog so I’ll have a think and let you know then.

In the meanwhile, we finally got around to getting some pendant lamps installed in our kitchen. We chose the Muuto Unfold Pendant Lamp – I’ve always loved it for its unique material construction and of course, its Scandinavian heritage which suits us perfectly!

We were really surprised with the caps for the pendant at the top of the light – they came in a white/cream (beige for a lack of a better word… you know, one of my ‘favourite’ colours). I guess it was to match people’s ceilings and though this might sound sacrilegious to the Muuto die-hards out there… it was kind of ugly. Especially since our ceiling is pure white! So we did what we do best – we spray painted it black and now it looks much more appeasing to the eye.

Nothing ever goes to plan when we set things up around the house but I guess that’s part of the fun!

 

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First Submission

Okay, so I’m writing a lot about my course recently but I promise I’ll write something about my home update soon!

I’ve just submitted my first photograph for one of my assignments and it surprisingly challenged me. I had been putting it off because I thought I’d breeze through it – the brief was to take a photo of something around the home in an ‘artistic’ way… how hard could it be, right? I do it all the time for the blog and for my IG posts so I was feeling pretty confident.

Of course, turns out I was wrong and it was harder than I thought. Self doubt and pressure came into play again but I got over it and just did it – as I’m getting older, I’m finding that this is a good approach to tackling things! Anyway, here’s a quick look at what I submitted – what do you think? Any feedback is greatly welcomed!

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Finding Inspiration

As a part of the course, there’s some open forums where students can share their progress or graduates can share their work – kind of like Flickr. And naturally being my nerdy self, I’ve been checking out the forums to see what others are doing out there and get tips for modules that I’m trying to complete.

The challenge with that is that I’m not actually inspired by what I see but don’t get me wrong! There is some amazing photography of landscapes and portraits in there. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating these kinds of images as well as the courage to share and receive feedback for them. It’s just not the type of photography that I’m personally in to and that makes it hard to be motivated because I’m such a visual person.

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So to make sure that I keep myself motivated, I’ve set up some inspiration cut outs from my favourite photography sources on the wall behind me when I’m studying. I love simplicity and stillness in photos from photographers like Alice Gao as well as magazines like Cereal which has always been what I want to be shooting.

I’ve got a long way to go but hopefully it will keep me motivated – at least I’ll be able to turn around, get a quick dose of inspiration then hit the books again!