“An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.”
– Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Lighting is key to setting the mood in a room. Form and function are equally important and the right light can make all the difference. Ancient cultures used rods of amber which they rubbed on cat hair to create illumination. It wasn’t until 1870 that the first incandescent light bulb was invented! We haven’t lived with modern electricity for very long when you think about it. I love the way we can control light at the touch of a switch.
We are always on the hunt for vintage items we can re-purpose and re-invent. I flipped when I stumbled across these brass beauties. The sizes were perfect and the shapes interesting. I knew with a little love and creativity, we could transform these into something amazing. The lamps were re-wired, (very important with vintage and antique lamps) and we got to work.
I decided to try one of my fave design elements, Hollandlac paint. Traditionally used for boats, it has a sheen and smoothness that mimics that of lacquer. I have used it countless times in client’s homes for furniture and cabinetry after loving the way it transformed my kitchen cabinets at home. Dated blond wood became sleek, sexy and fabulous with a few coats of black Hollandlac. This was the perfect answer to turn the brass bases from drab to fab. To punch it up a notch, we decided to have fun juxtaposing textural shades against the smooth and shiny bases.
Linen, burlap, silk…the possibilities are endless. We even added a custom silk jacquard trim to the white linen shades for one of our client’s daughter’s room that we are remodeling. The results are clear, one of a kind lamps that are sure to shed new light on any room. What’s your favorite type of lighting?