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Choosing lighting for bedrooms can be a challenge. We like for there to be a variety whenever possible. It’s nice to have the option to have both a swing arm lamp (either positioned for reading light or to better light the entire room) and a table lamp for ambient lighting. In this bedroom, for example we were able to include a swing arm reading lamp on the wall and a ceramic table lamp on the bedside table. Below, in this client’s master bedroom, we have an overhead light, two swing arm lights on either side of the bed for reading at night, a lamp on the dresser opposite the bed and a pair of task standing lamps to provide additional ambient light. The swing arm lights are being installed close enough to the bed and high enough so that you can easily reach over and turn the on/off switch if you are reading. If additional lighting is desired, a pair of lamps could also be added on top of the bedside tables. Sources: Hinson – Double Swing wall lamp, Circa Lighting – Rosehill Semi Flush
Sources: Christopher Spitzmiller ceramic lamp, Schumacher floor lamp
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Pop red lamps by Luxus of Sweden, 1960’s ($3,200). Italian blue pottery lamp by Raymor, 1960’s ($1800). How crazy are these?! Stacked lucite lamps by Marlee, 1970 ($3,200). Italian Murano glass.
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After chairs, lamps are our second favorite thing to collect. In fact, our basement is overflowing with all sorts of lamps we just couldn’t walk away from. On a recent trip to the New York Design Center @200 Lex, we stopped into the new 1st Dibs showroom. What did we find?! Some amazing lamps that we are probably going to dream about for the next week! 1st Dibs has so many great furniture pieces on display, but their selection of lamps was really what got us excited. Below, a pair of baby blue glass lamps by Vitosi on custom marble bases. Don’t forget you can buy all of these pieces online at 1stdibs.com. Pair of cord-wrapped seltzer bottle lamps, early 20th Century ($2,800). Pair of blue chrysanthemum porcelain lamps by Marbro, 1950’s ($6,500). You could design a whole room around these! Pair of crackle glazed lamps, 1960’s ($1,800). Decoupage faux malachite lamps, 1940’s ($3,800).
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In the guest bedroom, the look is a little more modern and whimsical (we’re using Quadrille’s Arbre de Matisse wallpaper in here) with a pair of mid-century modern side tables and wall sconces. Sources: Circa Lighting Aerin Clemente Light, Circa Lighting – Frank Flush MountAre you having trouble finding lighting solutions for one of your bedrooms? Comment with a question and we’ll try and help you out!
We’ve found that one of the best ways to infuse color, energy and freshness into a room without breaking the bank is ceramic lamps (other similar tools include pillows, throws, and art). A pair of brilliantly hued or super glossy, neutral-colored ceramic lamps can instantly turn a boring room into a more interesting one. It’s also easier to take a risk with a bold color or an unusual shape when it comes to lamps because they are so very swap-able. Not feeling the lamps on either side of your living room sofa? Move them up to the bedroom! Below left, Suzanne’s living room (in one of its many incarnations) featuring Bunny Williams Home’s Turquoise Lamp. And Below right, a bedroom designed by Palmer Weiss where a dark dresser is feminized with a pale blue bubble lamp.More glossy pops of color below left and right. We have some favorite, go-to ceramic lamp vendors that we buy from for clients–Christopher Spitzmiller, Festoni, and Bunny Williams Home top our list–but their prices are very high and tend to be BIG investments. To be honest, we often find some of the most reasonably priced, most interesting ceramic lamps at antique stores; however, there are a couple of retail brands we come back to again and again that make beautifully shaped, well-made ceramic lamps at good price points. Bungalow 5 ($481), LuLu & Georgia ($237.70), Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams ($344), Arteriors ($312), Bunny Williams Home ($750), Ballard Designs ($119). These vintage lamps, below, are from our personal collection and are a true testament to the vibrancy in color of old lamps. We found the yellow one, left, at the Stamford Antique and Artisan Center over five years ago when we were furnishing Lauren’s first apartment. The blue lamp, right, is an all time favorite ceramic lamp that we unearthed at an antique fair in Upstate, NY. Isn’t the color and shape just so unique? Do you have a great source for ceramic table lamps?