Monday, February 21, 2011

CSN Stores Giveaway

Hello dining room light. You are not cute. You need to go.




I searched for a dining room light that had the right mix of my Mid-century modern-Bauhaus -Contemporary-Found-and-Funkified-Retro-DaDa-Danish decorating style. I checked my home improvement stores, The Great Indoors, eBay, Craigslist, the Restore, my favorite mid-century furniture consignment shops, and considered some DIY options. Nothing spoke to me.

One fine November day, as I was drooling over mid-century pieces on the Web I eventually found myself on CSN Stores modern d├ęcor store. CSN Stores sells a ton of green and kitchen items and just about everything else. Could they hook us up with a Mid-century modern-Bauhaus -Contemporary-Found-and-Funkified-Retro-DaDa-Danish light for the dining room?

Oh yes.

CSN Stores sells the Louis Poulsen Artichoke Light I adore! It’s perfect!

It’s over $7,000.

Wow. I have really good taste.

That I can’t afford.

I keep searching. CSN also sells the Normann Copenhagen Norm 69 Lamp that is Danish (like me!), reminiscent of the Artichoke Light, and IS at a price I can afford.

Miracle of miracles Husband likes the Norm 69 Lamp too.

I bought it (with my own money.)

CSN Stores sent it to me in a timely manner but with the holidays, dog surgery, and Blissdom I haven’t had a chance to put it together and install it until now.

A CFL light bulb fits in it just fine.

I wasn’t prepared for The Norm 69 Lamp to come flat packed. It took a couple of hours to fold all of the petals and put together the light. It was an afternoon of slip Tab A into Slot B.

The results are sculptural and stunning.


I think I should have ordered the medium Norm 69 instead of the extra-large. 
What do you think?


I love how the Norm 69 Lamp looks against the graphic Ikea panels that cover the screen door in the kitchen (and back light the photo – sorry about that.)

I got an extra validation of my design choice (as in I screamed so loud that Husband ran into the room because I thought I was being mauled by a tiger) when I saw Candice Olsen using a Norm 69 Lamp in a mid-century style kitchen remodel on HGTV.

One more boring builder light banished from my house and ready for the Restore. That makes so HAPPY!

CSN Stores $65 Gift Certificate Giveaway


I’m so excited that I get to share the CSN Store love with you! CSN Stores is sponsoring a giveaway of a $65.00 gift certificate on Condo Blues to spend at any of their 200 stores on whatever makes your heart go pitty pat.


This giveaway is open to all of my US and Canadian readers! However, Canadians there may be international shipping taxes that the gift certificate cannot cover.

To enter: Visit CSN Stores and leave a comment on Condo Blues telling me which item you’d like to buy if you won the giveaway.

You must leave your email address so I can contact you if you win or your entry will be disqualified. If your email address is available via your Blogger profile that counts but you have to enable your profile so I can see your email address. I am not going to do anything mischievous with your email address. I just want to be able to contact you about sending your prize to you if you win. Not being able to contact giveaway winners makes me sad.

You can earn extra chances to win by doing any of the following after you’ve made your initial comment on my blog:

1. Blog about my contest with a link back to Condo Blues. Please leave the URL of your blog post so I can verify it.

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You must leave a separate comment for each method you used to enter the contest. If you choose to use every method of entry, you have up to seven chances to win!

I will use a random number generator to select the winner. The CSN Stores Gift Certificate Giveaway runs from February 21, 2011 – March 6, 2011 12 midnight EST. Good Luck!

Update: Congratualtions to the winner Lenetta @ Nettacow!