Outdated light fittings……. the gripe of my life…… especially if you’re stuck in a rental……. It has gotten to the point where it does not matter what I attempt with the room, it just would not come together with this horror of an early 90’s number staring down on the room. Yuck! I guess its like trying to slip your feet into a pair of beautiful Gucci sandals, only to display heels that could do with a session or three with an industrial grinder…… don’t expect any compliments coming your way for the shoes, btw…….
Through its promise of secrecy, the rose, suspended above a meeting table, symbolises the freedom to speak plainly without repercussion.
But it seems lady luck was smiling on me. Whilst trying to replace one of the blown bulbs of the super-ugly pendant hanging in my study, James by mistake broke the glass dome. He was furious with himself. Me, on the other hand, totally delighted. An upgrade was now a necessity, and the hunt for a replacement was launched with vigour on my part. The online trawling included the usual suspects – West Elm, RH and the likes, but nothing really spoke to me, or rather to my wallet. Out of desperation, I turned to eBay, hoping, just hoping something would come my way, vintage or the not. Is it really that difficult to find something beautiful & budget friendly? I almost gave up, until a stumbled upon a picture of Sara Ruffin Costello’s (my current girl crush) New Orleans parlour. How could I have missed it? So simple, so beautiful – and my wallet is happy…. well, sort of.
I needed to keep in mind the integrity of my current abode – a classic Colonial Revival style – and also wanted to make sure that my new requirement would not appear to cold or clinical in its new environment. I wanted something modern, to speak to my other mid-century pieces, but also wanted to make sure that the Victorian second cousins where not left off the guest list. A task you might think impossible to achieve, but if Sara can pull it off, so can I. So it set in motion ‘Project Mrs. Robertson’ We will find our Mrs. Robertson ceiling medallion and match her to her (much younger) Prince Charming.
The ceiling rose, also called ceiling medallion, would be my nod to the Colonial Revival beauty. Lowes has got quite a few on offer so it is just a question of deciding on one. The plan was to off-set this, with a modern pendant in the form of a Osama Noguchi paper lantern. Yes, I know I could have settled for an Ikea-number, but I felt this was something that could go with me wherever I eventually end-up. So I settled for the real deal. I’ve already moved country with a husband, 2 kids, a German Shepherd and a dachshund, so I guess an extra light fitting would be much of a muchness.
Back to the Noguchi-piece. So simple and so beautiful. This is the one I ended up getting, but I’ve also got my eye on this baby – just not sure how I’m going to sell it to James. But I’m sure I’ll think of something.
Some of the other visuals that served as inspiration.
And then these babies for the dining room guarding over a round table (one that I don’t own yet!). How beautiful are the Lee Broom cut glass bulbs??!!!! This beauty is an Etsy find. You can find the cut glass bulbs here.