Sunday, November 20, 2011


I'm not really a collector. For this I am thankful as the collector gene can get expensive (and the house can get quite full). However, I do have a bit of an affliction for lamps. I am often drawn to those with an historic quality, hearkening to bygone days. But I also like sparkly crystal and Lucite lamps, or those with a neoclassical bent.

In this case, old-fashioned sparkle caught my eye:
Yes, that is a blooming Christmas cactus to the right. Our Christmas cactuses love our house (i.e. neglect) and seem to bloom constantly.

I picked up this pretty lamp recently with a gift card I received two birthdays ago and had not used. In person, it has a lovely white ethereal glow and I think it will look even prettier at Christmastime. It is made from antique brass:

Here is an aerial view so I can show you my sparkly traditional chandelier. I moved the little Robert Clay painting off the wall for this vignette. I just noticed one of my candles is askew:

And lest we forget my Nova Scotia crystal lamp (which appears in most/all sideboard photos if you've been around long). I have moved it, but it seems most at home here. It was a house-warming gift from my mother:
I antiqued all my photos in Photoshop to soften them a bit, as they all looked way too bright with the new lamp turned on...

Hope your Sunday is lovely!


  1. Terri, your new to you old brass lamp is the most unique lighting fixture I've seen. In fact, until now, I have not ever seen one like it before. It is delightful and I think that you will really enjoy it through Christmas. I also like the lamp that your mother gave you. Actually, I like everything about your home.

  2. Lovely Terri. That lamp is devine. And I love that you did that to your pictures. Doesn't it make all the difference. Good for you.
    Great post, very elegant.

  3. Is it coated in some kind of beads or crystals or something.

    Anyway, it's perfect with the little porcelain birds because it looks like a little bird cage. Very pretty.

  4. That is such an interesting lamp--in a good way. I really like your twinkly chandelier.

  5. That lamp is absolutely fabulous Terri!! Your dining room looks so pretty with all of the crystal touches. i hope you and your family enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
    Big hugs~

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