Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Let There Be Light!

I have a confession. I have a lamp fetish. I love lamps and am often bringing home new ones -- and for a while I had a lamp graveyard in the basement. But I think I have overcome by obsession and fewer and fewer lamps are making their way to Linderhof.

I do, however, love things Asian and I have always had an admiration for ginger jar lamps.

I've had this one "forever" -- bought at a consignment shop ages and ages ago. You could tell that it was a quality lamp and had a great silk shade. It was in the living room for a while but has migrated to our bedroom -- mostly because of the pink. I love the little guys climbing the lamp -- it makes me smile when I see them.
My newest one -- on a table in the living room. It's cloisonne and had an awful shade but a trip to Restoration Hardware rectified that and the caramel silk shade is perfect for this lamp.
The blue and white one which I adore. It's not the newest but it had been "resting" in the attic and I have just retrieved it and brought it back to the living room. I'm glad I did.
The smallest bought at a tony antique shop at 45th and State Line in Kansas City. I had admired it but figured that it had one too many "figures" for my budget but much to my surprise it was certainly affordable -- $40!!! Even the shade was perfect! It started out in the guest room, then moved to our room and then I decided that it would be perfect on the downstairs desk. And it is!!!!

It's Tuesday -- which means that it's time for Three or More Tuesday. Please join Tam at The Gypsy's Corner


Pondside said...

Thanks for sharing that lamp fetish, Martha - but I have to say 'it takes one to know one'. If we were to go shopping together we'd be after the same cushions and lamps! The lamp with the little climbers is unique - I love it too!

From the Kitchen said...

Great lamps. I love lamps but have a very difficult time making up my mind. I did purchase my first ginger jar lamp a few months ago from Ethan Allen. I stopped in because they are closing the store and consolidating with another fifty miles away. It was a real bargain I think and we really like it.

Hope you had a good holiday.


Karen said...

You have some real treasures there with those beautiful lamps. I love lamps too and prefer to be in a room lit with lamp light. Really enjoyed your posting.
Ladybug Creek

Allie and Pattie said...

I agree Martha- Asian ginger jars are just beautiful! And so perfect for Linderhof
xoxo Pattie

Rebecca said...

Like Pondside, I say "It takes one to know one". In fact, I'm knowing you well lately! I don't needlepoint myself, but have a small collection of needlepoint pillows that I find to be quite irresistible when I stumble upon them at a good (read "very inexpensive") price!

Mary Bergfeld said...

All your lamps are beautiful, Martha, but I especially like the blue and white one. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Rose H (UK) said...

Another 'lampaholic' here too! My problem got worse when I worked in a lighting shop for 9 years though!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Martha, we were separated at birth -- I ADORE Asian style porcelain lamps. That newest one of yours is a stunner! And that blue and white one? I have the perfect spot for it, if you are ever tempted to banish it to the attic again.

As always, a lovely post!
Regards to Oliver from Dion . . . who is enjoying the cooler weather.

D.B. said...

I love the little guys climbing the lamp as well! I also have a lamp fetish and am admiring yours VERY much. Beautiful and perfect!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

There is something so special about lamplight. I have to join the lamp club--Whenever I thrift, I am always on the lookout for them!