Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hallway light

This is the light at the top of our stairs, we call it the concoction. We have the dimmest of bulbs in it - letting its popcorn glass cast a glow on the ceiling.

We bought the light at the outdoor market in Nice, France1.  It was love at first sight!  I bargained hard (in english to the vendor's french) and received a healthy discount from the opening offer. Still, I am certain we paid way too much.  Oh well, I didn't want to walk away and I am sure it was written on my face!

When we got home we took it to Tony at Residential Lighting for rewiring, and the first thing he said was "it's a concoction"....I had no idea what he was talking about. How can a light be a concoction? Turns out that the base plate and the upper plate are from a very very old chandelier, but the globe is from a more recent (mid century-ish) lamp.  Some crazy french bird slapped the two together in order to sell this 'globe pendant' to a tourist. At first my heart sank...I thought it might have been valuable (don't we always think something is valuable when we know we are spending to much??). 

Well, the new spin is: "one-of-a-kind, up cycled"

Let me tell you: I love this light.  LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I love that every time I look at it, I think of that day in Nice. What's not to love - its G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!

1. We carried it home in our carry-on.  Not easy. Plus it started something. I am now willing to buy just about any crazy thing while on vacation and figure out how to get it home later. 


  1. I can see why you love that light - it's gorgeous! It reminds me of hobnail glass.

  2. Oooh I love it!! No wonder you brought it all the way back from Nice!

  3. Oooh I love it!! No wonder you brought it all the way back from Nice!