Designer Snapshot: Sparkle Aplenty

May 9, 2012

By Paula M. Bodah

The Veronica table lamp that Kristine Mullaney chose as a favorite for our May/June 2012 issue Perspectives section made an impression on readers. Kristine told me that in the week the magazine hit mailboxes she had several calls from people who wanted the table lamp it in their homes. The table lamp–designed by Matthew Studios and available at Webster & Company in the Boston Design Center–has a chunky base of sparkly quartz; Kristine noted that she’s been using quartz and other natural elements in her work lately because the texture and sparkle add an interesting, unexpected touch. “Some people don’t like a lot of shine or to have things really blinged-out,†she says. “But natural stone is a great way to introduce a bit of sparkle in a way that’s more modern.â€

In case you missed it in the magazine, this is the Veronica table lamp Kristine likes so much. It’s both glamorous and down-to-earth.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Studios

While natural stone takes its shine straight from nature, Kristine also relies on a bit of manmade glimmer at times. For a man’s apartment in Boston’s Back Bay, she outfitted the foyer walls in Mica Fleck wallcovering from F. Schumacher. The walls bring warmth and drama to the home’s modern interior.

Photo by Michael J. Lee

In the same Back Bay apartment, Kristine introduced stone as a decorative accessory, topping the console with a glass box that showcases amethyst and quartz.

Photo by Michael J. Lee