To really set the scene of any room, the right amount and placement of light is essential. Just like the stage, lighting can set the mood of a space. When designing with light there are a few key considerations to ensure you get the look you want.

Carefully analyze a room’s function before you purchase any lighting. Does the room require task lighting? Is the area high traffic? (Making pendent or suspended lighting the best option.) What level is the seating at? (You want to avoid light shining directly onto your eyes).

Walk around a room and put together a well thought our plan before you make any selections. Shop for multiple styles of lamps. Be sure to mix it up. Lighting fixtures are like jewelry for the home, so you want to blend styles.

Montreal co-operative, LAMBERT & FILS recently designed six lighting fixtures for MOBILIA that are chic and timeless. The designs combine unique materials into a look that gives a nod to the 1960’s while remaining contemporary. I’m in love with their Cliff Tripod lamp, this style is ideal for a living room or study. For a dining space I would recommend the Cliff Suspension lamp, it casts a sophisticated glow and has an art installation feel to it. Remember that lighting is an investment. It will be used regularly for years to come so always shop for quality.


Janette Ewen, Interior stylist and The Style Blog collaborator (at Mobilia, we just LOVE everything she does!)

From her start as an MTV set stylist to her successful career as a designer, design editor, TV host and ambassador for brands such as Moet, Mobilia and PANDORA Jewelry, Janette has continually sought to entice audiences to design their own eclectic experiences and celebrate life to the fullest. Janette’s personal mantra “stay interested, be interesting” guides her exciting life—full of design, travel and creation. Janette’s adventures and passion for style and good taste have been featured in the LA Times, Nylon Magazine, The Globe and Mail and House and Home magazine.

As a design partner at Parker Barrow Design studio, Janette is “over the moon” to be creating spaces that would find a happy home in her fast-paced, whimsical life.

Janette’s fans enjoy keeping up with her adventures through her popular social media pages including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Her blog “gojette” is a go-to for trends setters and tastemakers alike. In her spare time Janette loves traveling, rally car racing and hiking throughout North America.

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