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Bon Weekend – Good deals a-go-go

Joss & Main featured several Frederick Ramond lights recently and I jumped at the incredible deals (I mean really incredible), buying two of these brushed brass globes for the guest room. I had an instant crush on them just by looking at the photos and when they arrived today I am head over heels. I went into this relationship knowing that if for some reason they don’t work for their intended purpose, they’ll work somewhere in the house!

Cheers to a safe and fabulous weekend!

{ Photo credit: Joss & Main. }

Monday, Monday

I tried to spend the weekend working on new pieces for the upcoming Lowcountry Artist Market, but I’m encountering some unexpected issues but I’m going to push ahead.

We stopped by one of the local antique malls to check if they’d gotten in some new jewelry pieces (that I’m using in a few wrist cuffs) and we found this gorgeous pair of milk glass lamp bases. Of course, now I want them to flank the sides of the bed and not mount the gooseneck lamps (whenever we get them finished!).

Michael is going to clean and rewire them and I need to start my search for the perfect lamp shades. I ultimately want a foiled lined interior, something like this awesome DIY shade. Part of me would like to have lining color, similar to this Heathfield oval silk lined shade:

If anyone can help me find colored metallic adhesive backed vinyl, I’d be greatly appreciative. My Google-Fu has not been as successful.

Earlier this year I fell in love with the hexagonal trays featured in the image below for the Arianne Organic Duvet Cover & Sham in the Pottery Barn catalogue and wanted to incorporate something like them for the bedside stools. I’ve been scouring the intarwebs trying to find them, but haven’t. I want to believe they’re Jonathan Adler trays, but I haven’t found any that are the two-toned. Even if we did find them on his site there is no way we could afford a pair anytime soon.


Click on the image to go to the Potter Barn page and a magnified view.

We stumbled upon these two wooden trays a couple weeks back for $5.99 for the pair. I couldn’t get them into our cart fast enough! We’re going to strip and paint them. I don’t know if we’ll try the ‘distressed’ edges look. At the rate my mind changes, anything is likely!

We have several more projects to start, such as the cool little light fixture we found to go over mom’s bathtub. It needs a lot of work but I think it will be perfect in the space. Her bathroom is pretty vanilla and she’s desperate for something that will encourage her to spend more time soaking in the awesome tub, now that she can get in it. We’re only too happy to help her!

I hope everyone has a fabulous week. I’m going to predict this week will be a little light on posts as I have so, so much to do!


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Smart Lighting Ideas

Oh Dornob, how I love thee!

{ Photos taken from the Dornob post. }

The Accidental Lamp

The accicental lamp arrived yesterday and…we’ve decided to use this in the corner in question. It was sold sans shade so we’ll need to be address that ASAP! I’ve seen a few of the old lamps with milk glass shades {would need an extra clamp?} and I’m going in search of one. Like the other lamp, we’ll clean/rebuild the old socket.

Lotus Lamp

Michael has *suggested* that the other lamp would be perfect in his lab.

Science & Art

The first lamp arrived on Saturday. I gotta say, it’s not just a lamp, it’s a work of art. Seriously, this is the kind of stuff that makes us giddy and the thought of breaking it down and carefully restoring it to it’s former glory is very inspiring. The photos are of the lamp having just been pulled out of the box, so it’s a little dusty.

Gooseneck lamp

As we suspected from looking at the original photo, the shade and socket are brass. We aren’t sure about the neck and base just yet. The Mason’s emblem is in pretty good shape. The cord is an entertaining patch job and we would replace it with cloth covered wire if it weren’t going on the wall. Then again, we have that second lamp coming in…

Gooseneck Lamp

The socket has a porcelain insulator inside and is in wonderful condition other than needing a good cleaning and new wiring, and we’re so using it. In the second photo, Michael is trying to clean the plastic switches with GOJO to see if they’re made of Bakelite. It works the same way that using Scrubbing Bubbles in that whatever you’re using to rub the cleaner on with will turn yellowish. GOJO cleans Bakelite to a beautiful shine, and maybe I’ll be able to convince Michael to post the process of when he buffed the dial of his new Variac. His first attempt tells us no, but he’s going to try it again now that the socket unit is completely disassemlbled.

I hope this won’t take too long as I want to declare our room finished for this phase. Garden weather is upon us!

Science & Art

The first lamp arrived on Saturday. I gotta say, it’s not just a lamp, it’s a work of art. Seriously, this is the kind of stuff that makes us giddy and the thought of breaking it down and carefully restoring it to it’s former glory is very inspiring. The photos are of the lamp having just been pulled out of the box, so it’s a little dusty.

Gooseneck lamp

As we suspected from looking at the original photo, the shade and socket are brass. We aren’t sure about the neck and base just yet. The Mason’s emblem is in pretty good shape. The cord is an entertaining patch job and we would replace it with cloth covered wire if it weren’t going on the wall. Then again, we have that second lamp coming in…

Gooseneck Lamp

The socket has a porcelain insulator inside and is in wonderful condition other than needing a good cleaning and new wiring, and we’re so using it. In the second photo, Michael is trying to clean the plastic switches with GOJO to see if they’re made of Bakelite. It works the same way that using Scrubbing Bubbles in that whatever you’re using to rub the cleaner on with will turn yellowish. GOJO cleans Bakelite to a beautiful shine, and maybe I’ll be able to convince Michael to post the process of when he buffed the dial of his new Variac. His first attempt tells us no, but he’s going to try it again now that the socket unit is completely disassemlbled.

I hope this won’t take too long as I want to declare our room finished for this phase. Garden weather is upon us!

Bon Weekend – Lighting Ideas!

Michael and I were in Lowe’s yesterday and I veered into the lighting department. I have been thinking about the possibility of mounting a sconce on the wall above the Jane Avril poster to highlight this corner of the bedroom, especially at night or in the grey weather like we’re having now. I’m glad I went online to find photos of what we saw in person as two weren’t in stock in the store and I really like them. I not saying which ones though.

Anyway, I would love some feedback as to which would look best or if this is even a good idea.

Possible Lighting Ideas
{ Click on image to enlarge }

I really had to bump up the light in this photo as it was almost dark in the room this morning.

Reef Light

Sea coral patterns are the inspiration of the Reef light design, created by Dutch artist Tanja Soeter. The light that illuminates from Reef’s delicate structure casts dramatic patterns in your room.

Reef Light

Her work can be found at Freedom of Creation. I found several lighting fixtures that would be fun to have.

Inspiration to application

We finished the pelmet box in the dining room yesterday. A more detailed post is coming. I also painted the electrical ‘candle’ covers on the sconces yesterday. I posted my inspiration photo a while back, and now I have the two for comparison. I’m very pleased with it, but mom isn’t sure if she’ll warm up to the blue. If not, we’ll change it back to black.

Sconces
{ Credit for photo on left: desire to inspire }

Bon Weekend.

We are experiencing the most gorgeous day here in the Lowcountry. We received some much needed rain yesterday, and today is breezy and beautiful. We’re planning on stepping out soon to do a little planting but today’s exclamation of joy is due to what is in this photo…

Studio Update

All four lights have been hung and strung through the attic to the main box, which is where the fan is. The lights are on a dimmer and the fan itself came with a 5-speed control box. That was a little tricky to install, but as usual, Michael made it look easy. The fan sounds really cool as well. Kind of like a helicopter. It’s very pleasant in my book.

Now to turn on a little Latin Jazz…

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