I am obsessed with lighting. I know what it can do. You have a beautiful room, and with one flick of the switch, it can be ruined by harsh, overhead fan lighting. You have an attractive front door and porch area, and when early evening comes, all the curb appeal goes out the door with that unattractive bare bulb haphazardly plopped in your light fixture.
I have most of my home lighting on dimmers. The first thing I do when purchasing a new, or old, lamp is take it to my local lamp shop and have a dimmer or 3-way switch installed. There are other options, however.
I stumbled upon this at Lowes this weekend...
I didn't really need it, but at $5.98, I thought that it would be worth a try.
This is a lamp in my living room with a 60 watt, soft white, incandescent bulb.
It's fairly bright for mood lighting.
This is the same lamp after I installed the rotary lamp dimmer.
That's much better!
Although my photography skills do not show it, this is a definite improvement. This dimmer allows for barely there up to full brightness lighting.
* It is important to remember that this rotary dimmer raises your bulb in the lamp socket, which may affect the overall proportions of the lamp. If it causes you to have to replace the lamp harp with a larger one, that may cause the shade to rise, exposing the neck or switch. In that case, it would be more cost effective to take your lamp to a lamp shop and have a dimmer or 3-way installed.
*This dimmer is only for use with incandescent and halogen bulbs.
Taking everything into consideration, I would say that this is a lot of look for little money.
In the last 72 hours my little neck of the woods has gone from crackling fire season straight to bathing suit season. This means that the fireplaces have to be cleaned or my entire house will smell like a barbecue pit, and not in a good way.
Back-wash aside, I started thinking about the fireplace, and more specifically, the mantel, and what to do when it's not in use as a either a heating source or a seasonal holiday prop.
I love the beauty below.
Found at Cote De Texas , the blog author was adamant about wanting to take her hand along the mantel and knock everything off.
I get where she's coming from, but I must say that I love it. The mantel is part of the big picture of this room, and an emblem of an interesting life.
My inner anglophile is obsessed with the English mantel, laden with memorabilia, cards, photographs, and invitations.
Maybe I'll get an invitation to one of the many events this season celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. And with the help of a vintage flower frog...
... it will garner a place of honor on one of my mantels.