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Old And New Lighting

We had to rewire our entire house! It’s official: wiring is one place where antiques and artistic expression are not good things. Up until now, we have been living with dangling bulbs everywhere.

On the bright side, however, I am finally dusting off all of the vintage lights I have collected over the years. My sister and I once dreamed of opening up a gallery/recycled-interiors shop, thus we have amassed tons of old fixtures in our studio. Start looking yourself: You can find so many gems at junk shops, garage sales, family basements or curbside that can be rewired for a song.

Photo Blog April 14 Old New Lighting Lights Vintage

These are the five that I am stuck on. The tall white shades remind me of George Nelson bubble lamps (and sea life for some reason), and also look like paper lanterns in the right light, no pun intended. I think the round milk-glass pendant will work beautifully in our foyer with a heavy black chain. And I’m saving the cut-glass ones to add some glitz to the bathroom. Total cost: around $15.

Photo Blog April 14 Old New Lighting Lights OiOi

Photo Blog April 14 Old New Lighting Lights Orange Pendant

With the money I saved on the vintage finds, I am going to buy two new pieces for the kitchen-dining area. The modern and colourful Hang on Honey pendants from Danish lighting company OiOi make my heart skip a beat, especially in orange.

Photo Blog April 14 Old New Lighting Lights Roost Pendant

As does this simple Roost chandelier that I have been ogling for over a year now at La Merceria.

Photo Blog April 14 Old New Lighting Lights Anthropologie Pendant

Photo Blog April 14 Old New Lighting Lights Anthropologie Pendant

Or, to kick up the shine-factor, we could go for this industrial-style pendant from Anthropologie.

All such different looks! I guess I’ll have to decide before we can trip the light fantastic.

For more helpful hints on pendant lights, see our Hanging Lights article.

Photo credits:
1. Catherine MacIntosh
2-3. Hang on Honey pendant lights, Funktion Alley
4. Remodelista November 5, 2008
5-6. Ingegard Pendant Lamp, Anthropologie