I know that my mother had a lot of good taste when it came to decorating my childhood home. I know this because I have good taste as well and I have recreated a lot of the things that I remember her doing when it comes to decorating my own home. One thing that I’ve admittedly chosen to recreate is the way she had set up her lighting.
Lighting is very important for a home. There are plenty of different kinds of lighting options, but my mother always used Tiffany style lighting and in emulating her design choices, I have also chosen Tiffany lighting for my home. I’m always getting compliments about how comfortable the lighting feels in my home, so I know I must be doing something right!
I just moved into a new apartment and there’s a lot about it that I really like. However, one thing I noticed that was a little bit of a problem was that there was hardly any lighting. The building is pretty close to another apartment building, so even when it’s sunny out, I don’t get much additional natural lighting in my home.
On top of that, there aren’t as many electric lights in the house as I would have anticipated, so upon moving in here, I realized that I was going to need to bring in some lighting of my own. I wound up deciding to purchase some nice Tiffany floor lamps that would add the lighting I needed and also spice the room’s décor up a little bit.
I recently moved into a new apartment a couple of weeks ago. My lease was up and this new place was considerably bigger than my previous apartment for about the same price. It’s also closer to where I work so that’s also a good thing. The move was relatively painless. I had some buddies help me load all of the heavy furniture and boxes into a truck and that was it.
I usually do a poor job packing. I usually forget something. This time, I made sure I didn’t forget anything by doing three sweeps of the old apartment before I left for the last time. Everything I owned was on the truck when I drove off. I was feeling extra proud of myself while driving to the new apartment. That all changed when I opened the back of the truck and found that all the boxes were toppled over because I forgot to use the safety straps to keep everything in place. A few items were broken like my Tiffany desk lamp and my convection oven. I wondered to myself if I was better off forgetting them back in the old apartment.
Tiffany lamps are a type of lamp that were originally designed in 1895 by a designer known as Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as the rest of his design studio. The original lamps were artsy looking lamps, typically handmade by craftsmen rather than being mass-produced. They used different colors of glass in the lampshade in different patterns to make lamps look like art.
A Tiffany pendant light fixture is essentially hanging version of the basic Tiffany table lamps. These lights still have the extravagant, beautiful colored glass patterns that all Tiffany lamps have, but they hang as pendant lights from the ceiling, somewhat like a chandelier with a lampshade.
My parents have a theater night each week. This last week they had a scheduling conflict, so they offered their tickets to me. The play was a murder mystery “whodunit” in the same vein as Agatha Christy novels.
The acting was superb, as was the set design. I don’t know what kind of budget they’re working with at that theater, but from where I was sitting it looked like they had genuine antiques on stage. I think I even spotted some Tiffany lighting!
When it comes to interior decorating the only rule is: there are no rules. I firmly believe that whatever colors, patterns, and fabrics make you happy, then that is what should be used. Don’t worry what other people think; they don’t have to live in your home.
For instance, conventional rules state that a dining table should have one elegant chandelier. If you take a peek at my dining room, however, you’ll notice that I have not one chandelier, but three. I took three Tiffany hanging lamps and hung them at different heights for a unique look that shows off the lamps’ colors. I think that my choice in lighting reflects my eclectic tastes perfectly.
Noted artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, made his home in Laurel Hollow, Long Island, New York. The manor, appropriately named Laurelton Hall, contained 65 rooms on 600 acres of land. Tiffany designed the home in the Art Nouveau style with a combination of Islamic motifs connected to nature. Notable works by Tiffany were on display in the home, which was also the location of the Tiffany Art Foundation at which artists trained.
The Tiffany Chapel, constructed for the 1893 Columbian Exposition, was also kept on the property in a separate gallery. Unfortunately, when Louis Comfort Tiffany died, Laurelton Hall fell into disrepair and was sold in 1949. It burned down in 1957. Some of the magnificent Tiffany windows and architectural pieces were salvaged and are now housed in the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.
Of all the things to see and do in New England, one of my favorite activities is visiting the Mark twain House and Museum. Mark Twain and his wife lived in the home they had built from 1874 to 1891. After the death of their daughter, as well as some financial troubles, the Twain family sold the home and moved into a new home in Redding, CT where Twain died in 1910.
Since the house was sold it went from a private residence to a school to coal storage facility to a subdivision. Finally, a group of Hartford residents bought the property and had it restored. Now it is a National Historic Landmark restored to the glory of the period when the Twains called it home. It includes incredible examples of art and architecture, including Tiffany hanging lamps – after all, Louis Comfort Tiffany himself was commissioned by Twain to complete the interior decorating in 1881.
While the traditional Tiffany table lamp is beautiful, if you want a more unusual look for your room, consider using a pedestal lamp. Pedestal lamps are either circular or square and stand approximately 30 inches tall. The column all the way around is covered in beautiful Tiffany glass in bright hues. It’s a more unusual look because the lampshade is in the center rather than on top.
A pedestal Tiffany lamp can be placed on the ground like a traditional floor lamp, though it won’t be as tall. If you wish to decorate with pedestal lamps on the floor, consider using two to frame an element close to the ground, like a fireplace. A pedestal lamp placed on a table can add height to a room. It can also stand as a strong architectural detail or simply a 3D piece of art.
Wall candleholders have been around for thousands of years. They date back to medieval times where these wall candleholders were used for lighting the hallways of castles. Although candles are rarely used for lighting in Western society, there modern ancestor, the wall sconce, is quite prominent. Today these charming pieces of decorative art are used to add a feeling of warmth and tranquility to the room whose walls adorn them.
A Tiffany wall sconce can be a functional work of art that provides illumination while flooding a room with iridescent light. They add comfort to the overall feeling of any room in which they are placed on the wall. With a small amount of effort you can add these to several rooms of your home and enjoy a simple but pleasing touch of art passed on down through the centuries.