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I love lamp lighting. Actually, I’m pretty obsessed over lighting in general. I never use overhead lighting, unless I’m just turning it on for a few seconds to find something I’ve dropped. One exception is a chandelier on a dimmer switch…those can really create a nice mood in a room.
Pretty early on in the process of decorating/furnishing the rooms in my home, I discovered how lamp lighting “makes” a room. You can have the most beautifully furnished room ever, but if you flip on an overhead light, it breaks the spell. The magic goes away and everything becomes ordinary. Lamp lighting softens; it entices and lures you into a space. Lamp lighting even forgives those little wrinkles and imperfections we earn from a life well lived. Gotta love that!
At the start of this summer I noticed the little lamp that lives on the oval table near the windows of the porch was starting to show some wear. I didn’t mind it so much because this is a screened-in porch and a little shabbiness is totally fine, almost expected.
I had only paid $18 for the lamp…finding it in a local antique shop. When I bought it I noticed the paint job was a bit crude. Whoever painted it didn’t tape anything off so things you normally wouldn’t paint had been painted, too.
You can see the paint has begun to flake off after four years here on the porch. It has actually held up really well considering it’s exposed to the elements every day. I thought I’d give it a good “freshening up” with some white paint sometime soon but those plans changed recently.
I stopped by Tuesday Morning, just to window shop. Yeah, right…you know how that plan always goes. While “window shopping” a lamp tapped me on the shoulder and whispered in my ear.
It said, “I’m perfect for your screened-in porch…check out my sassy criss-cross design. I’ll look great with your wicker furniture.”
Well, who can resist a talking lamp. Plus, it did have a good point about the wicker furniture.
Its curvy, unique-shaped shade sealed the deal. The price tag was pretty nice, too. The tag said J. Hunt Home and it was marked $150, reduced to $104.99 and reduced again to $49.99. That’s not too terrible a price for a large lamp with an all fabric shade.
You know how an item can transport you back to another place and time. This lamp does that for me. I can suddenly envision a trip we took over twenty years ago for a conference my husband was attending in the Palm Beach, Florida area. We stayed in a wonderful place called The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club. I was ready to just move in. It was the most “un-hotelish” room I’ve ever stayed in while traveling.
It was furnished like the summer home of the Rockefellars. Okay, I’ve never been to the summer home of the Rockefellars but The Brazilian Inn, back in the day, felt very much like a summer resort. There was lots of white furniture, big, happy floral prints and white cane chairs. The rooms were HUGE and it was really pretty! That was the trip where we found the Grandfather clock we bought for the entry of our home seen here: Entry with a Glow.
Pssst: I just Googled “The Brazilian Court” and it does still exist. But the rooms look very different now…lots of dark wood. Still pretty but I do wish things wouldn’t change sometimes. Ya know. Wish I had taken pics of it back then.
Anyway, this lamp would have fit right in. It feels very Palm Beach Resort-ish to me. I never thought of my other lamp as being too small, but the scale of the new lamp is better for the size of the table and the size of the room. It works well with the other items I like to display here. Since it has a fabric shade, it puts out a lot more light in the evening than the wicker lamp did.
It’s already been initiated in its new home on the porch. The day I placed it on the table, monsoons descended on our area and it got a good soaking. It took it well and looked good as new afterwards. The table always weathers the rain well since it has several coats of polyurethane on it.
Here’s a litte mouse-over photo (below) to check out this small Before and After. Just run your cursor over and off the photo to see the change. Pssst: You’ll find directions for creating your own “Mouse-over” photos here: Create a Mouse-over Photo of Your Before and After project.
The little spiky things on the left of the photo (when you mouse over it) are some of the grasses in the shell wreath seen here: A Shell Wreath for the Porch.
If you’re reading this via an iPad and the mouse-over doesn’t work, here’s the “After” pic with the new lamp.
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Has anything tapped on your shoulder and whispered in your ear insisting you take it home lately?
What will you be working on this weekend around your home? I’m going to try and finish up the shell chargers that were put to the side during the wedding/blog move. I’m eager to use them in a table setting sometime soon.
Happy Weekend dear friends!