Friday, May 14, 2010

Crackle Cranberry Glass Victorian Lamp Casts a Rosy Glow for Cindy's "My Romantic Home's" SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY!



Have you ever yearned to have lived in another era?

I am drawn to the Victorian age. The fashions, interior decorating, and aura of that time have great appeal. 

Much of the interior decorating of our house has a Victorian touch but I wanted to have an old-fashioned hanging lamp in the living room. The overhead light in there when we moved to this house was really ugly.

Looking at an antiques catalogue, I clipped the kind of lamp I would  love. It was cranberry, to match the pink fireplace and the rest of the pink decor, and it had sparkling prisms.  The price tag told me the lamp would have to remain in a magazine clipping. E-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e.















Then, one day last fall, intuition told me to go to a particular estate sale advertised in the local newspaper.  I walked through the door of the deceased owner's home, looked up , and almost keeled over myself.  There hung the lamp I wanted, almost identical to the one in the magazine clipping.

The cranberry section was crackle style. With its dangling prisms and low overhead lighting, the lamp merited drop dead gorgeous status.





The cost, after a bit of haggling, turned out to be a mere fraction of the price asked for the lamp in the catalogue. 

The crackle cranberry glass lamp now casts a rosy spell on our rather Victorian living room. 

Furniture, lamps, rug, and so on were all either thrifted or purchased at yard or estate sales.  The old-fashioned lamp remains the best find of all. 

DO YOU LIKE VICTORIAN DECOR OR DO YOU PREFER MORE MODERN?

25 comments:

Linda said...

I love your lamp! It is truly beautiful. I am not Victorian in style at all. Much more modern, shabby chic kind of person. Your home is beautiful!

Lisa said...

Great find! It's beautiful! I like modern with an Asian twist.

Karen Lange said...

I love crackle glass, and I like some elements of Victorian design and style. Not sure what my style is, for it is not modern, either. Thanks for sharing!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Karen

Dianne said...

I LOVE Victorian decor... and I do have some antiques that would look divine... My husband and I were married in a Victorian home and when he was in New York, he owned and restored one. Most of my furniture, however, is 40s, 50s and contemporary. I have several mid century modern pieces and do love that style as well. It's a bit more minimalist and easier to keep clean.

Liz said...

I love the lamp and I love Victorian style! :)

~Liz

Kelee Katillac said...

I totally love the victorian age--have you seen the Young Victoria yet? Just loved it...especially the actor that played Albert.

I would like to have lived in around 1790-1860....

Beautiful lamp!

love, kelee

Victorian1885 said...

I really do feel I was born in the wrong era..I love the decor ..the clothes..& the jewelry! My Family came to Canada from England in 1885. The lamp is lovely..

Wanda
Victorian1885

Gee said...

Love your lamp and it was a great find. Thanks for sharing.

Bella said...

Hi Susan... All Victorian for me! Your cranberry lamp is lovely! It must cast the warmest glow about the room!
Thanks so much for visiting!
Bella

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh VERY pretty!

Rhianna said...

Jealous, jealous, jealous, did I mention I was jealous? I love your lamp. Cranberry glass is one of my all time favorite things. I like Victorian style.

Hootin' Anni said...

That is so elegant!!!

My Show n Tell is my finished, newest, watercolor painting...I do hope you can stop by to view it and give me some critique!! Click HERE

Have a great Friday.

Linda O'Connell said...

Entering my daughter's house is like walking into the Victorian Era. I prefer Early American or traditioanl but not modern. My home feels comfy.
Susan, you find the best buys!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! very unique and pretty!

diane stetson said...

I'm modern all the way...but I know YOU love Victorian things. I like to read about that era.

Chatty Crone said...

Okay if I have to be honest, and I do - I prefer more modern. Although the pictures you put on your blog - I love becaue I'm learning about them - and because I know you love them so. And then I find out more about you.

sandie

Leann said...

I'm sooo jealous! I love it, the style, the warmth and the glow are perfect!

Lucky Duck!!!

Enjoy!
Leann

ewenique said...

Love your hanging lamp, and the cranberry color.
What a great find!

Olga said...

It's very lovely.

Martha's Favorites said...

Susan: I don't know why, but your comment brought tears to my eyes this afternoon. I think it was the sweetest thing. Here I am a perfect stranger to you and you reach out to me. I am going to cry again. Thank you for your prayers. You are so special to me. By the way, I really, really, really love your lamp! Happy Pink! Hugs, Martha

Susan said...

Hi Girls! Love, love, loved all your visits and comments. Thanks so much for taking time out of your very busy lives to come by. I sooooooo enjoyed reading all of your comments. Happy Saturday and I look forward to many more visits from each of you in the near future. Peace. Susan

BECKY said...

Hi Susan! Hey, I love the new look of your blog! Love the top "banner" or "header"...whatever is the proper name!! Beautiful lamp, too. My style of decorating is more: "comfy, shabby chic, semi-traditional". Does that make any sense?! And as far as living in the wrong era, I've always said I should've been a young adult in the 1940's. Love the music and clothing styles, etc! BUT, we all have to remember....There were no BLOGS back then! :D

Mary said...

I love your lamp, I have a real weakness for cranberry glass. I guess I'm more FC-traditional in decor but love Victorian things. I just bought a Victorian era creamer and sugar bowl that you would love. Cranberry, pink and green. Love the lamp!

Sharon~heartsongs said...

That is a beautiful lamp! I love that picture. I do love all things Victorian.

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