Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Holy Lamps they are big!

My mom is gone and I was in a serious funk yesterday afternoon. It is hard for me to talk/write about this, especially since I know my dad reads my post (Hallo Vadder!). Every time I voice how sad this makes me, my parents think I'm unhappy or ready to get a divorce, which is not the case. I'm just stuck between two countries and missing my family so much, but that doesn't mean I hate it here. Do you somewhat understand what I mean or do I make no sense?

Anyways, lets get down to business...my bloggy friends on Facebook already know that I've been eyeing up these lamps. Well yesterday morning I finally went and bought them. I saw them for the first time when I went to look at a wing back chair and the guy selling it just unloaded them from his truck. I dropped everything and asked him what he wanted for them. He told me $40 each. Woah! I asked him if he could do less and he said no.

I decided to not get them, because I knew the hubby wouldn't be too happy with another set of lamps and they were way too expensive. The shades need some serious work.

They stuck with me and I couldn't get them out of my head. They kept popping up on craigslist and after 3 weeks they were down to $15 for the pair. Nobody wanted them. Are they crazy? Or am I? Haha!

So my mom and I before she headed to the airport stopped by his house and bought them. She liked them as much as I did and the price made it easy.

So here they are. Turquoise and Gold Hollywood Regency Gigantors!

Gold and Turquoise Hollywood Regency Lamps

Yuck, look at those shades. The scale is awesome but they need some serious work.

fixing dirty lamp shades

And look how huge they are compared to my chairs. They are bigger than my 6 year old daughter.

Gold and Turquoise Hollywood Regency Lamps

They read f.L. Co. 1963.
f.L. Co. 1963 Hollywood Regency Gold Turquoise Lamps

huge gold and turquoise table lamps
They remind me of the show "Bewitched". I used to watch that show in Germany all the time and maybe that's why my mom and I liked the lamps. And the guy I bought them from (he is actually really nice) said that his aunt who passed way said the same thing. That's the reason why she loved these lamps so much. So maybe it was meant to be?

Now that i have them at home, I have to admit that they dwarf everything else in my house. They are THAT huge! I have ideas in my head on what to do with them but some of those ideas will (for sure) not work in my home.

My thoughts right now are that they would look phenomenal at my sister-in-laws house. I mentioned her living room (that I painted a couple of years ago) in an older post. Here it is again and sorry for the quality, it's one of her iPhone photos. I need to go over to her house and take pictures.


Wouldn't they look cool in her circus living room? I think so! If you ever get a chance check out her bakery "Vegan Treats". The bakery has been named one of the World's 10 best bakeries by "Departures", an American Express magazine. How cool is that? And if you are vegan then I'm sure you've heard about her already, right?

I think I'll have to let them sit somewhere for a little to think about it. I call it brew and stew in my head.

What do guys think? Please do tell!

Talk to you on Friday. I've worked on a Christmas project that I'd like to share with you.

Bis bald.




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    1. Thanks Cassie. Not everybody thinks they are awesome, LOL.

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  2. love them awesome find great job holding out for a much better price

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  3. Love the lamps! But don't you think you should keep them? lol I just checked your sister's vegan shop and discovered she lives in the same town as a dear friend...I bet they know each other...Bev of BeeHaven Farms.

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    1. I'm torn :)
      And I don't think my sister-in-law knows her. Bethlehem is pretty big.

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  4. I love them! $15 for the pair?! That's better than thrift store pricing! Can't wait to see what you do with them :)

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    1. Yes it's a good price...haha, the price might have convinced me to buy something else that I have no room for ;)

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  5. Hi Julia! I'm stopping by after seeing you comment on Desert Domicile today. I have to check out anyone else who has two kids and four cats like me! I LOVE your lamps. They are huge too!!

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    1. Hi Crystal! Thanks for coming over. Now I have to come over and check out your 4 cats and 2 kids ;)

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  6. For the first point, I understand you. It happens to me all the time when I have family visiting us, or when we return back to our country. But that's life!
    And for the lights, they are amazing!! It's a pity that craiglist doesn't really works here.....

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    1. Yes, true...that's life. But it would make it a little easier if we'd be close to our family, wouldn't it?
      And you have no craigslist? Oh no!

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  7. Hey Julie! I saw your design dilemma on Mandi's Vintage Revivals today, and I had the EXACT same problem with a lampshade that I got (it was huuuge). I ended up making it into a small tufted stool (and then got smaller lampshades for the lamp later on). Mind you, I don't know if it's structurally sound enough to sit on. I actually use mine to stash my sweaters for the next day so that I don't have to put them on the floor at night (eww, dog hair!).

    http://beautifullycontained.blogspot.com/2012/10/tufted-stool-tutorial.html

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    1. (Julie = Julia!) sorry, that was a typo :)

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    2. Hi Sara, just checked out your post. What a great idea. Don't think it would work for my shades :(

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  8. I saw your design dilemma on Mandi's Vintage Revivals and you mentioned your daughter's room. Have you considered turning them upside down and hanging them on either side of the bed? With smaller drum shades, they'd make a great pair of matching chandeliers.

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for the idea!
      My daughter only has one side table :( and the lamps are actually so heavy that I couldn't hang them. I'm thinking now that they might not be save for her after all.

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  9. Mandi sent me over. Your painting articles will keep me busy for a long time. Wow, gal, you are good!
    Awesome theatrical lamps! I love the colors.
    I have relation in UK who has a tallllll lamp, but not quite as wide. Uses it as a floor lamp by the sofa for doing needlework!
    I have a feeling that would not help you.

    I once passed up a Stief (sp?) lamp because it was "too large." Regret it today, but know it would not have fit in my space. I always recall the pieces I did not buy. Those regrets fill my cup.

    Have you researched the signature? maybe they have a theatrical connection that would help you find them a new home where you can visit them sometimes? btw, your sister has a spunky decor style. Not many could get away with a circus theme. I wish I could visit both of you and oh and ah in person.

    Wishing you luck in your search for a solution to your problem,
    from a Brit in US
    (who is neither one nor the other, but at least we both a familial claim to beds on both sides of the big pond!

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    1. oops, sorry, i meant: "...both have a familial claim..."

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    2. Hi there and thanks for coming over. Yes, I have research the signature but have found nothing.
      I'm starting to think that I'll have to fix up the lamps and then sell them again. They are just too big.

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  10. Saw your problem on Mandi's site. I have a similar shaped lamp base in the same color. I love it and my sweetheart made a stained-glass lampshade for it. I think given your circumstances, I would make them even taller by placing some type of square box under the base (painted a gorgeous color); they would be better for reading if even taller.

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    1. Hi! They are not only tall but wide too and that makes them hard to fit anywhere :(

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