While in Florida recently I paid special attention to lighting, beginning with some lamps in my parents' home. The table lamp below is a beautiful example of a bent panel "slag glass" lamp with metal overlay depicting a tranquil scene. The lamp base is formed to resemble a tree trunk and roots:
This lamp has more of a classical theme, but again it's a slag glass lamp with metal overlay:
A beautiful leaded glass or stained glass hanging lamp in the breakfast nook with some of my mom's majolica collection in the background:
I found the tall wicker beauty below at Treasure Island in Naples. It's called an Eiffel Tower lamp because of the base shape. I've sold three similar lamps since I've been an antique dealer, and I'm always on the hunt for more. Although the price was reasonable, I couldn't figure out how to ship it back to Michigan cheaply enough to make a profit. I would probably price this lamp around $250.
I was surprised to find a table top Eiffel Tower lamp in another Florida antique mall, but it didn't have the original wicker shade, so I passed on it. I already have a full size Eiffel Tower lamp base in storage for which I'm searching high and low a matching shade. It's not easy to find a lone wicker shade to fit an Eiffel Tower floor lamp, but I'm determined to find one someday!
Sometimes lamps I would have thought were tacky 10 years ago suddenly appeal to me now. I would call the lamp in the foreground below "Early American Bordello":
Chandeliers don't need to have crystals to be richly elegant:
I'm really liking the colorful tole painted chandeliers that were popular in the 1960's and 70's, such as this example I have for sale in my Williamston, Michigan booth:
Another tole painted lamp in my friend Annie's booth at the Livingston Antique Outlet in Howell, Michigan:
A gorgeous leaded glass hanging lamp at the Antiques Market of Williamston:
Replacing the ceiling mount fixtures in your home with vintage beauties can make a huge difference and needn't be expensive. I've done that in most rooms of our house, donating the cheapo new fixtures to charity. Our house was built in 1937, so there are plenty of fixtures around that can be installed inexpensively. It really adds authenticity to an interior, take my word for it!
Don't forget the ceiling medallion! It's like jewelry for your ceiling:
A nice selection of affordable ceiling fixtures in the Frietag's booth in Williamston:
Just look at the warmth and beauty of these alabaster lamp bases!
Now compare them to the cold and stark hotel surplus lamp bases in the photo below. Which would you prefer in your home?
I like to take a vintage lamp shade and glue stuff to it. I'll be creating a blog post about that soon.
A French table lamp with marble base and velvet shade that I have for sale in Williamston. This picture was taken at the auction where I purchased it:
If you have lamps that are "builder grade", (that means cheap) or out of style like the examples below, get yourself out and about this weekend to find some beautiful vintage fixtures to add to your decor!