A Laughing Matter in the Carriage House
My previous four posts have all been about vintage lighting.
And I sell vintage lighting for a living.
So, one would think my own house would be full of vintage lighting treasures, right?
Well, like the proverbial shoemaker with no…I am shoeless.
The problem is that I cannot justify hanging up fabulous vintage fixtures in my own home when I can sell them. If I were to hang some vintage knock-out over, say, the dining room table, every time I looked at it I would think: That is six mortgage payments hanging there.
My solution has been:
- Use damaged fixtures. Thus, all my closets have sweet 12-inch wide glass bowl fixtures. And each bowl has a significant crack or obvious large chip. I cannot sell these fixtures but they are too lovely to just discard, so they now grace my closets. And the closets of my friends. “Hey! want a cool fixture? It’s free!”
- Use fixtures of little value. In my current home, in the living room, dining room, and bedroom, are matching fixtures from the 1970s. They don’t have much value, and I pick them up cheaply. They were intended for a bathroom, and each fixture has a large, heavy, tear-shaped glass shade, attached to a Hollywood-Regency fitter. You know, 1970s glam. They are actually really well made, and perhaps in another decade will be worth some money, but for now I can justify using them without guilt. Of course, HOW they are displayed makes all the difference, and I must say I have done a rather brilliant job with their presentation.
- Newbies. Yes, newbies. Occasionally I buy a newly made fixture.
For the carriage house, I have in storage a high-quality mid-century modern dining set I plan to use. I know, not something one would normally see in an 1894 carriage house (converted to a house in 1921) but I think it will look quite well.
I could hang over the table some stunning mid-century chandelier, but, again, not when I can get good money for it. And not in a house I plan to rent.
On eBay I was watching a Candice Olson-designed chandelier. It was listed over and over, and the price kept dropping. I think it is quite stylish, and thought it would look quite well in the carriage house finding room.
When it was relisted with a $139 Buy It Now, I…bought.
NOTE: I plan on installing some really gorgeous period-correct lighting in the Cross House. The house deserves it.
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