Good Morning Girlfriends . . . the first thing I do at 4 am when I get up is turn on a light and get the tea-water boiling… it’s my favorite time of day, the house is quiet, no cars are on the roads, the world is all my own for a little while. Just the scuff of slippers on the floor. (And perhaps a little MUSICA . . .)
After the water’s on, I go from room to room, from the kitchen to my studio, clicking on lamps as I go . . . and this morning, when I did, I was reminded of how much I love lighting; how cozy it can be. How it instantly warms everything up and brings a sense of home and safety. And I thought, what a perfect time of year it is to talk about it.
Because lighting can add to the ambience of your house, and with these shorter, colder, and darker days ahead, making a house warm and bright is part of
I’ve never been one for overhead lighting. I know it’s modern, and can come in quite handy when you really want to see, but I’m a lamp person from way back! I love the shadows they cast. Not that it’s my way or the highway, not at all, I think if you LOVE something, it becomes imbued with that, and can be wonderful even if it’s overhead lighting; just depends on how you use it.
But here’s my other side of the coin, light like this . . . Plus, btw, I have always thought that dressing rooms in clothing stores do not understand the importance of lighting! Nothing like trying on a bathing suit, or anything really, under flourescent lighting (tinged pale blue). Very unkind.
I mentioned this before . . . in my Girlfriend’s Book . . . but they still don’t listen! 🙂
But since I’m in charge at this house, I get to have it the way I like . . . I know you understand that I had to have this lamp for my Peter Rabbit room!
I’ve collected lamps for years, I have no idea where any of them came from; sometimes I find them as is, but most often I find a base, then, a shade, and do a little mix and match.
Glass shades can sometimes be a little too bright, so I starched and ironed monogrammed (got lucky with the initial!) vintage luncheon napkins and popped them over two matching guest room lamps to diffuse the lamplight on either side of the bed.
There’s a woman on the island named Ayn Chase …. she makes the most beautiful lampshades, this is one of them. Lowely and I took a lesson from her a few years ago, so I know, these are truly handmade shades. Sometimes you can find an Ayn Chase shade at Rainy Day, a darling shop here on the island.
Dining room lighting is important while setting the table, but candles take over from there! Because I’m in love with . . .
Speaking of which, here we are back in blissland at my darling friend Rachel’s house in England. I’m still in love with this lamp, with the glass balls, and the color of the shade with the wallpaper.
This is the lampshade I made in my class with Ayn. I only did one, because I have not discovered how to clone myself yet (this took ten hours to do, even with Ayn right there — but it was worth it)! It used to be really hard to find cute lamps and especially shades.
I’ve found them mostly in flea markets, or at Brimfield, or in antique stores, wherever I come upon one that I like. It’s been a long time collecting, something that I always have my eyes open for . . . fun to find when I can!
But they are making more interesting new ones all the time, like this one, also from Rachel’s house. She did the same thing, found the base in one place, and the shade in another.
Lamps in guest bathrooms make a beautiful soft light, and keep the ambience going at a dinner party, instead of your guests going in and flipping on a strong overhead light, they find this.
This is the lamp in our front hall. Since all we do is welcome guests here, never try to read anything, it’s nice that it’s softly lit.
This one’s in the guest bedroom, welcoming guests with a cozy reading lamp next to a comfy chair.
Another kind of fall and winter lighting that I LOVE on cold rainy days is candlelight. I have candles all over the house at this time of year. I light one wherever I am, cooking in the kitchen, or knitting in my chair. Like little mini fireplaces.
And there’s nothing like a candlelight dinner to make everything prettier and more dreamlike.
This is our morning today . . . outside the front window . . .
Here, the view from the dining room . . . it’s a dark rainy day here, at least so far . . .
But, no worries, turn on the lamps, and the house is cozy again . . . even at my house, where the kitchen is still totally destroyed!
Jack tries to point out to Joe that time is marching on. Three sides of the room are done, these windows are next, he’s doing them today! As soon as it’s done I’ll show you! We can cook in here though, that’s the good news, and it’s coming out beautifully! I am still happy we are doing it, the part that’s done is so CLEAN and PRETTY!
And I saved the best for last. ♥
I know now, the only way to end a post that will make everyone happy is with this little person. Huggy wuggy. Bo-Bo-Boy. Bye girls (and boys!), have a wonderful day, thank you for your wonderful comments, I do love us! ♥