It takes me a while to come 'round to a trend. I'm not exactly an edgy decorator, mostly because I prefer historical, classic looks - lots of white and ivory, antiques, and old-fashioned objects and art.
Which brings me to Lucite! I've admired Lucite lamps for a while and finally jumped on the bandwagon (rather late, I'm afraid). But it occured to me that this look is pretty classic, and if you choose the right style, it doesn't look too trendy.
I found this beautiful (affordable) lamp yesterday at Home Sense and put it on my living room console table, along with a large mirror I've had for a while. The mirror is leaning now, but will eventually be hung!
The lamp arrived with a white shade, which I switched to a chocolate brown shade instead. I knew the brown would help ground my composition, which is rather light with its shiny, mirrored, and silver elements.
For your edification, Lucite is a trade name for a plastic called polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which is the same material used in Plexiglas (also a trade name). PMMA is an acrylic plastic (there are many different acrylics). It is a hard, tough plastic known for its excellent clarity (it replaces glass), but it does scratch easily.
P.S. Did you forget I have a masters degree in polymers and plastics?
While I was shopping, I also picked up frames for three antique etchings I bought at the Paris flea market (St-Ouen). The etchings were purchased from a veritable art dealer and were not cheap. They date to the late 1800's and the paper is very fragile. I plan to have them professionally framed (archival mats and UV glass) when my favorite frame shop has its annual sale.
The first picture shows a palace celebration while the second shows La Bourse, the stock market building in Paris, which has classical Greek architecture. The third etching (a vertical) is not shown.
The two photos below show the lamp with its original white shade.
I don't mind the white shade but prefer a slightly rounder shape. What do you think?
Below is another etching in my small collection. I threw this photo in because it's one of my favorite things and was the inspiration for the other purchases.
It shows a lady and a suitor and says "A Bientot" ('til we meet again).
I had it professionally framed, which cost a lot more than the actual etching, which I found in a junk/antique shop in a big pile on the floor! I rescued it for $10 and regret that I didn't buy more, as it cleaned up very well. It hangs in our front entrance.