Out with the new, in with old.

Having spent the last 4 or so years filling our humble home with items from (or inspired by) the designs of the inter-war years, we’ve got a fairly sizable assortment of bits and bobs. Each new purchase brings another room one step closer to the film set perfection I’m aiming for. But like the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, with each step forward, the final goal seems to move further away.. which is probably why I enjoy it so much. It’s a life’s ambition!

The latest thing on my want list was a suitably period light fitting for our lounge. Until now I had shied away from collecting anything that could be called a fixture or fitting as I’ve never been that comfortable with the idea of installing 1930s modernism in our 1860s flat.. but I couldn’t live with that ‘traditional’ B&Q chandelier in our lounge any more.. so the quest for a new light fitting was on.

A large quantity of the stuff I buy is from ebay; OK it’s not the most romantic way of shopping. No trawling through the basements of dusty antique shops or haggling with wheeler dealers at the local flea fair, but with an 18 month old in tow most of the time its an easy way of satisfying my decoholic obsession. On this occasion I found what I was looking for fairly quickly. Multiple lights on a brass frame with some simple yet bold glass shades. To be honest I’m not 100% sure this is from the 30s, more likely early 50s (the little red ball finial looks particularly mid-century to me), but never the less, it’s a smashing addition and me and the Mrs are dead pleased with it.

Before & After - A justified upgrade!

Before & After – A justified upgrade!

 

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About Art Deco Magpie

Seasoned Art Deco collector and blogger Philip Butler, aka Art Deco Magpie, has spent many years transforming the interior of his family home into a 1930’s time warp. Furniture, wall coverings, fixtures, fittings and carpets, nothing has been neglected from his quest to obtain near film set perfection. Combining a love of photography and passion for 20th century history, Philip is now working on his debut book; “Streamline Worcestershire – A Journey Through the Inter-War Modernist Architecture in the County“. Philip lives in Great Malvern with his wife and two young daughters. When not immersing himself in all things Art Deco, he can be found tinkering with classic cars, working in the alcoholic drinks trade, practicing writing in the third person, and trying to be a good dad!
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