At this time of year--while the days remain short--antique lamps & lighting are front-and-
center in our shows. We never know what will inspire us to create something unique . . . truly
one-of-a-kind. In this case, an accidental fall led this European seltzer bottle to become our
latest creation. I just love the modern feel it has, although the bottle is turn-of-the century!
(We also have two more of the original seltzer bottles available.)
Here's a close-up of the bottle, showing the beautiful "optic swirl" thick glass and the etching
which reads: "The Harlech Mineral Water Co." The perfectly-scaled, black base was
adopted away from the bottom of an antique, Victorian ewer.
Here are the two "complete" survivors of the artistically inspiring crash. We were so fortunate
that only the neck was broken in the third bottle--via nova!!
This antique, American (wonderful green patina) coffee mill had lost its top, so we gave it a
bit of cosmetic surgery by adding a reticulated, antique copper shade. It was the perfect
topper! This looks great in a kitchen or on a desk. Currently resides at Pacific Galleries,
Madison Park 14.
Read closely . . . ya just can't make this kind of thing up!! ;-)
These industrial metal basket pendant lights were made from two vintage baskets I had
purchased from Luluz at the very first Funky Junk Sisters Show, which I participated in. It
took us awhile to figure out what to do with the baskets--and it was thrilling to see the results.
Hard to tell from the photo, but the weave in the metal baskets is quite intricate, and we used
antique copper pipes from our 1905 home to serve as wire covers. These great industrial one-
offs found a new home with Kelly of Catty Wampus--thank you, Kelly!!
An antique, heavy wallpaper roller (one of my personal collection) has become another one-of-
a-kind industrial/cabin lamp. It's large scale would be great in today's decor calling for the "less
is more" approach. The mid-century shade is made to resemble "shark-skin." Currently resides
at Pacific Galleries, Madison Park 14.
Jim was on a roll with this series of musical instruments-inspired lamps. Note the first
lamp on the left includes a coffee mill AND cornet as the base. The middle one is a clarinet, and
we used the reed and mouthpiece as the finial! The lamp on the right is a flute. The entire
collection was purchased by a personal friend who loves music and appreciates the unique
quality of these renditions!
One more lamp is packed away, getting ready for the January 31st Sand Point Antique &
Design Market . . . a Fenton, pink glass, hobnail ruffle bride's basket turned romantic
nightlight--perfect for your sleepy Valentine!!!
We have many more traditional lighting pieces coming to the show--stay tuned for another
photo shoot soon. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our custom
lighting . . . or anything else you see of interest in my blog posts. Your comments are ALWAYS
appreciated, and thank you for dropping by Ormolulu!!!