As an interior designer, I often find myself merging households. For younger newlyweds it’s a bit easier because they haven’t had as much time to collect objects for the home. Couples who marry later in life often come to the table with two full households.
My last couple had completely opposite tastes. He liked clean contemporary lines while she was a collector of antiques. I melded the two styles together through the use of neutral wall colors and clean lines on the bookshelves on which she could display her antiques, including a set of gorgeous Tiffany lamps.
My grandmother recently moved to an assisted living facility. It was difficult for her to leave the house she had raised her children in and lived in with my grandfather until his death a few years ago; however, given her deteriorating health, staying in a big house by herself was not a safe option. Her treasures that she’s accumulated over the years will not fit in her new living space, so she decided to divvy them up among her grandchildren as housewarming presents.
My sister, an enthusiastic entertainer, received grandma’s good china. My brother was given my grandfather’s antique model train collection. I think I lucked out because grandma gifted me two matching Tiffany accent lamps that will look lovely in my formal sitting room. I’ll have to take a picture of the lamps on display to show my grandma next time I visit. I know it will make her happy to see that her treasures are being well looked after.
When my grandmother passed away she left me several valuable home furnishings. Perhaps the best piece of all that she gave to me was an authentic Tiffany lamp. The table lamp was none other than the Venetian desk lamps made between 1910 and 1920.
The vibrant colors are still impeccable nearly a century after their creation. I decided to place the lamp on one of the end tables in my formal sitting room. The other end table looked rather lonely, so I bought a Dragonfly Tiffany style table lamp to match. The design is intentionally not identical because I didn’t want the lamps to be too matchy-matchy; however, the colors complement one another perfectly.