Sunday, September 8, 2013

Outdoor Lighting by Tekna...

To day is one of these glorious days that makes you want to hold on to summer, clear light, slight breeze, sunny, the scents, the sounds of the cicadas, all are tribute to the "perfect day"
My week end morning ritual is to enjoy breakfast in the courtyard and walk in the garden to asses the day's tasks. 

When we first move into out home, the courtyard  was an asphalt driveway and parking. There were no gardens to frame the house. The house was in urgent dire need of restoration, but landscaping became  my priority as it takes years for the landscape and garden to reach its full beauty. 

I love the way the courtyard was transformed with the mix of white, ochre and grey tiny round pebbles and the lush plantings. But one thing has been bothering me for years...there is a dead outlet above the entry door and no fixture. It is one of these things that we kept on postponing. Our electrician left to move back to Poland, and i just did not have the time to look for someone else to bring electrical wiring and power to where used to be a carriage light a century ago.(as seen on the picture above)

This brings me to the subject of outdoor lighting. In my work as a designer, I have always been searching for outdoor lighting with character that would age beautifully. It was a constant disappointment until a few years ago,when I fell upon Tekna lighting at the Paris shows. It was love at first sight...loved their fixtures and the owners are absolutely wonderful. Tekna is our leader in lighting sales in my showroom Interieurs, we also represent the collection throughout the US.
I will share my favorites from the Nautic collection.

Indoor version as shown in my Showroom

Go to to view the entire Tekna collection

A Bientôt,



  1. Fabulous outside lights Francine and, your courtyard looks beautiful and very atmospheric. I'm sure that you will put just the right light fitting above your entry door. XXXX

  2. Dear Francine,

    Your website looks gorgeous! You do have a wonderful collection of furniture, accessories and lighting as the Tekna collection!
    Love all of your projects! So very sophisticated! When I visit NY, I would love to visit your shop!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. MON DIEU, votre maison et atelier, ce sont superbs, Francine!! Merci d'être venue ce matin, et oui, je préfère voir le monde, France, n'import où avec les ROSE COLORED GLASSES - La vie en rose. BONNE JOURNÉE! Anita

  4. The lightings matches the with the outdoor design. Love the way they deal with simple things. Nice!

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  5. The beautiful place turned into superb place. I really love it. I wish I could set up a place like this. Perfect for my backyard.
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  6. Oh! Francine,
    You have a beautiful home. I like the hanging lights on the small building.
    Enjoy the Fall

  7. Hi Francine I am not sure how I missed this post! I love all of this wonderful lighting!
    I hope all is well!

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  8. To day is one of these glorious days that makes you want to hold on to summer, clear light, slight breeze, sunny, the scents, the sounds of the cicadas. Aussenleuchten


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