Monday, June 29, 2009

Your Restored Bungalow Needs Authentic (Looking) Lamps

artsandcrafts.gifI am sitting at home with a cup of hot chocolate and a dog next to me on the floor, looking through websites of lighting fixtures. The whole thing is a bit odd. The lamp part is fine, but drinking hot chocolate in humid, 90 degree weather is not, at least usually. There are many fixtures out there that are great to use if you are restoring a home or at least want to evoke a certain era. Maybe I was drinking the chocolate as I it was all evoking a bit of nostalgia.

There are some lamps and lampshades on that may very well do the trick. There is a great product search tool that really helps you pinpoint exactly what you have been envisioning. A cousin of mine has an arts and crafts style house. I think the light fixture, pictured at left, would really do the trick. It is made by Kichler, and evokes the style without looking SO original that someone is tempted to steal it!

There are also plenty of ceiling light fixtures that would carry the theme throughout the home. I am of the mind that light fixtures do not have to match each other. Of course, if you have a formal arrangement such as sconces or lights on each side of a door, you may want them identical. Let me clarify: I don't think that the kitchen light fixtures such as the one above the sink has to be identical, or from the same collection as the one above the table. You could have floor lamps in the eat in kitchen to create a more formal dining room effect that may be harmonious in era or color palatte but do not match.

Of course, you may not want to buy an elegant and delicate fixture to be in the same room as the big plaster floor lamp in two tone pink and elephant green that you have had since the 1980s. However, I am not one to judge!


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