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A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Fabulous Lighting Inspiration From Madrid #happyandhome

This week’s happy and home comes from Madrid, where I spent the weekend celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday. What an incredible city, the colours and energy hit you straight away, the escalator at Madrid airport is like entering a whole other dimension of home possibilities. Madrid is full of great value, fantastic little bars and eateries, many with the most brilliant contemporary decor.

I don’t know about you, but when all my home inspiration starts to come from things I read about, I can lose interest in interiors rapidly.  Madrid was just what I needed, to see stunning design ideas come alive. After Iceland the weekend before last, I had a busy three days at home painting and finishing my office for the magnetic office wall project, which I am very close to sharing the final reveal for. The one thing I don’t have is a lampshade, and having spent hours online hunting, seeing some amazing real lampshades In Madrid made me smile and renewed my enthusiasm.

I love how airports quickly conjure the mood of the city or country, arriving at Madrid airport there were hot air balloons and bright colours everywhere, it really lifts your energy levels, just like Madrid itself.


Fabulous Lighting Inspiration

These oversized colourful lampshades were in the hostel we stayed in Las Musas, I really love the black and gold and think it would add some drama in our living room.

These basket lampshades were in a bar in the fabulous Calle de Panzano, a street lined with a fascinating mix of new and old bars and eateries, all with a really strong foodie offering, so a brilliant place for a night of tapas. Aren’t they fun!

These cubes created interest, a screen and a place to grow plants in a bar, the bare oversized light bulbs are a popular and fun look.

La Tape is a modern tapas place, this jumble of lights went through the roof from the ground to first floor. Bit ambitious for a home maybe, but a brilliant example of how much fun was had with light in Madrid!

Madrid reminded me how much inspiration we can obtain from thinking about how design in public places makes us feel, it really encouraged me to enjoy and have fun decorating my home.  I will leave you with these bottle lampshades in a gin bar in Madrid, I had no idea what a huge importer of gin Madrid was – it is a great place to try some new gins, this bar we visited had over 50. These funky upcycled lights are made from clusters of gin bottles.



Last week on Happy and Home

I loved seeing Stephanie’s craft room taking shape, it is lovely to follow a through line each week, it’s really interesting reading and seeing the next instalment. Becky’s ideas for recycling a jam jar made me smile, so pretty, and it is always great to see new ideas from Jane from Maflingo.


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