Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Vintage Lighting

I'm thinking about light, because here in Oregon, it's raining again. Although the rest of the week will be warm and sunny, maybe into the 90's. I sound like a weather report. In the Northwest we look forward to the sun breaks. Well, as I was saying, I was thinking about lights, specifically the lighting in our home. Our home is old. We have lots of windows, but the porches shade some, and the rest face north. It can be rather dark. When we moved in the ceiling fixtures were the 70's style. I shuddered at the look, it just didn't go. One by one I've been replacing them. It's hard to find affordable vintage lighting fixtures around here, so that is what I'm on the lookout for whenever I take a trip back east.
Two fixtures I've found locally, the rest have been found on vacations and have wonderful memories of times with family. This is the first one a daughter and I found in upstate New York.
It is hanging in the kitchen.
This is a worn brass fixture, hanging in the living room. The light bulbs are called swirl lights, I purchase at Hippo Hardware in Portland.
A friend found this in her basement. Everything in her house is supper modern, and thought this fixture would fit out home.

One daughter found this fixture in New York. She gave it to me for Christmas. This was a sorry looking piece, all rusted. She knew it would be something I would enjoy, and I aways love a project. A little steel wool and new sealer gave it new life.

Both of these are in bedrooms. I've tarnished them up a little. I'm looking for the "right" shades.
I love the color in this. It's a little art deco. The lighting in the bedrooms still have the pull chain to turn them on.
I love the aura these fixtures give. I'm looking for more energy efficient light bulbs that will give the same aura with these fixtures.
I have a few vintage table and floor lamps also. One floor lamp I'm working on restoring now. I'll show that to you another time.


Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Thanks for the peak into your home. Living in an older home and keeping it true to it's time period must be quite a challenge and fun at the same time.
Hope the sun shines in the northwest.

A Romantic Porch said...

Your light fixtures are beautiful. Our old home was originally lit with gas. But at some poing in time the fixtures were torn off the walls, where the gas pipe came out.

A Romantic Porch said...

"poing" should have been point! (smile)