My grandmother had good taste and a very talented decorator. She passed away when I was 13, but her style had made a lasting impact on me. When I moved to my first apartment in Brooklyn, I visited the "free store" in my Grandfather's basement and, among other things, came away with a pair of gold leafed tole wall candelabra. I had a vision for an all-white apartment and planned to spray paint them white.
Luckily, I cam to my senses (with a little input from my mother), and they ended up happily ensconced in a sort of pea green dining room with picture moldings, vintage Queen Ann furniture, tortoise blinds, and, for special occasions, massive amounts of forsythia branches.
Our next two homes didn't seem to have a spot for them, and they have been packed up for almost a decade. I've recently been on a kick to find a way to use the cool things I have, to get them out of storage and into my home where they can make me happy.
At the same time, I've noticed that ornate gilded wall sconces are trending. If there's a lot of it out in the vintage stores, it is making a comeback: mark my words! Here is just a sampling from my outing yesterday to Hunt and Gather.
And I just spotted these over at Chattafabulous (from New York Social Diary):
My grandmother used hers in a living room with acres of kelly green carpet and all-white, low profile, button back upholstered furniture. Gorgeous.
What do you think: do you like the look?