In April, I went to New York City with my cousin.
|Me in the Meat Packing District|
We stopped by my favorite mid-century modern glass shop, The End of History, down in the West Village and I spotted the same Danish Holmegaard mid-century glass fixture that I had drooled over the previous September trip to New York.
|Stunning Homegaard Glass Fixture|
My favorite color is green and my favorite thing in the world is green glass. And, I am pretty much a sucker for lighting. I sent the above picture to Albert and asked permission to purchase said lamp to replace current 10-year-old Pottery Barn fixture.
|Pottery Barn glass fixture, plus Annie's butt. Yes, we know, it is big.|
Albert said he thought it was beautiful and would be perfect. Or he said, "Sure, why not." I can't honestly remember. So I bought it and had it shipped.
On a Saturday in May, Albert spent the better part of an afternoon with trips to Home Depot and Ace Hardware trying to install the new (old) light. This is a for-reals picture of all the parts we bought trying to figure out this fixture.
|Albert with lamp parts.|
Finally, after much wrangling, discussion and trying things out, we accomplished this:
|Holmegaard Lamp Installed|
Tip#1: When purchasing a fixture, figure out the wattage you need to light the room before you purchase the lights.
Shopping to the rescue (again). I decided that a couple of skinny table lamps sitting on the buffet at the end of the table would cast enough light to solve the problem. This little beauty from Jonathan Adler looked perfect. I measured carefully and click, click. Two were instantly mine.
|Jonathan Adler Capri Bottle Lamp|
I got them a few weeks later in June. This is what they looked like in the designated location:
Tip #2: When selecting a lamp, take into account the width of the shade as well as the width of the base in your overall space plan.
What to do? Actually, I have to give Albert credit. He suggested that I swap the master bedroom lights with the new dining room lamps. The crystal column table lamps in the master bedroom were purchased from Overstock.com and are a tiny bit Hollywood Regency which isn't exactly mid-century modern. But Jonathan Adler himself, quoted in DesignPublic, stated that, "Hollywood Regency added a layer of pattern and decoration and opulence and glamour to the minimalism of mid-century modernism."
|Hollywood Regency from Overstock.com?|
|Perfect size, color and proportion for the Master. Yay!|
Now the dining room looked like this.
|New light fixture and old lamps|
|Another shot, don't love the swag, not enough light.|
I really wasn't satisfied. The overhead lighting was still not great. The table lamps were okay.
Tip #3: See Tip #1.
My expert home decorating friend examined my handiwork and commented, "Just punch in a few canned lights and it will be fine." Brilliant! This is one of the few areas of dropped ceiling in the house and a perfect area for canned lighting.
Coincidence (or not?) a few days later I saw a coupon in one of those home coupon magazines for a company called "InstallMyLights" which specializes in recessed lighting. Suffice it to say, these guys came out in July, provided an estimate, came back a few days later and did a clean, quick and professional recessed lighting job. They even moved my new (old) fixture to the right spot. And their prices were SUPER reasonable. Seriously, I was extremely impressed and very satisfied (this post NOT sponsored by InstallMyLights). I do have one tiny little complaint. They patch but they do not paint.
|Beautiful new recessed lights, with 50's mid-century dining room fixture,|
with Hollywood Regency table lamps.
|Another view. do you see the paint patch? New project.|
Tip #4: When all else fails, call the professionals.
At some point, we will paint the ceiling. Maybe in August. Plus, I think the dining room would actually look better with true vintage mid-century modern lamps, something like my mom had in the sixties. I am sure I can find something inexpensive but style appropriate on ebay. Or maybe back at The End of History this September.