In decorating I almost always prefer an antique over something new and lighting is no exception. The other day I started thinking about lamps and realized that I’ve purchased one lamp in my entire life. In 1991 with my first teacher paycheck I bought a new brass lamp for my apartment. I still use it in an upstairs bedroom. And yes, I like brass!
Any other lamp that is in my home was either given to me by my mother or Mr. SP had it before we were married. (Some of those just may have taken a ride to Goodwill over the years.)
Many of the lamps given to me by my mom are oil lamps converted to electric. What I love about these lamps is that different shades can be purchased to fit the décor of a room.
How about an old lamp tour?
This lamp is in my formal living room. It’s had a variety of shades over the years. The shade I’m currently using is antique and was recently purchased from a Mennonite couple who operate a lamp shop out of the Dayton Farmer’s Market in Dayton, VA. I spotted this shade high on a display shelf and knew from minute one that it would come home with me.
I actually like a lot of modern lamps, it just never occurs to me to buy one. Since it’s been twenty years since I made my one and only lamp purchase, I think I just may look for something new to mix in with the old in my home.
What about you? Do you prefer old to new or is your lighting all modern?