In deciding what to pack for our move I went back and forth on the wall sconces. In the end though, I decided I'd keep them in Brooklyn. None of the ones I own are very expensive and they're still useful in that space. This does mean that I'd have to find some for the Seattle house. My greatest requirement just after how they look, is that they have to be under $300 each in order to be considered. Even better if they're under $200, since sconces are needed in pairs most often. Also, plug-in is a requirement, since I'm not hiring an electrician to adjust wiring. To save you some time researching, I've tallied up for a list of my favorite plug-in sconces for under $300.
Have you noticed recently that certain materials are at the height of trend in interiors? Such finishes like brass, marble, white walls, and natural woods are at the forefront. Many times I read blogs and magazines that comment and write features on how these are so 'of the moment', which is true. However, stepping back I believe it's something else much larger that's driving the trends. It's conceptual, not material. It's a mood.
All these materials and finishes have in common, a birthplace imbedded with historical and classical references. Think about how brass resonates with the warmth and look of gold finishes. At this time using gold on furniture and hardware or plumbing is economically inappropriate, but using it's visual close cousin is not. The white walls reference the natural state of plaster. Marble, Greco Roman architecture. And naturally finished woods span across many cultures, as wood is such a huge natural resource.
In this era of super fast evolving technology we're creating living and work spaces that ground us. I personally appreciate these materials and am probably jumping deep into the bandwagon, but I really hope whatever comes next still respects classical references. It's an age old theory that history repeats itself and why wouldn't we repeat historical decorative and architectural elements that work!
Over a month ago I was debating on which wall lamps to choose for my bedroom, I wrote about it in the post WALL LAMPS FOR THE BEDROOM. I had an idea of what I wanted but couldn't settle on the specific lamp and finish. In the end I went with an antiqued brass finish and the double swing arm style. The lamps arrived and this weekend Jack kindly helped me with the installation. I'm really happy with these lamps, they have a dimmer switch that's great for reading, they're a modest size and if I want to change the shade at some point to modernize them, I can. Woo hoo! Here's to another successful online purchase!
Lamps can be found here: Lamps Plus - Double Arm Antique Brass Wall Lamp