Thursday, 6 February 2014

~I ♥ Standard Lamps~

There's sometimes a nice fuzzy frugal feeling of satisfaction when you've found (via car boot sale, charity shop, auction, hand-me-down)  an old object because you like it, then spot a similar item in a magazine for loads of pennies.  Maybe a bit of that feeling comes from my sad inner craving for validation (see, I knew it was nice/valuable/fashionable!) but it does please me, however that my vintage or retro finds are 'on trend'. I spotted this beauty in Woman & Home February issue p159...

Orla Kiely Lamp £400
Image from Unique and Unity


..And it reminded me of my version - an original mid-century lamp a friend gave me when clearing his parents house.  It's teak and brass.  It needed rewiring and a new baton holder (parts approx. £3) and a new shade (£9.60 Dunelm)
A lovely standard lamp with a bit of history.  (However, if anyone would like to buy me the Orla Kiely version, of course I would accept!)


  1. If I happen to have won the Euromillions jackpot Sally, its yours!!!

  2. I wouldn't say I was a big Orla Kiely fan but at the weekend we went to view some show houses and one was decorated from top to bottom in Orla Kiely and I absolutely loved it, it was soooo bright and welcoming. If I had the money I'd buy us both a lamp, x

  3. Wow, designer look for a fraction of the price, and yours is genuine vintage! Perfect!

  4. Hi Sally, thanks for your comment on mine. I can't reply to you privately as you're a "no reply blogger", but just to say I can't share the crochet trim pattern on my blog as it's not my own design, it's a Rosehip one from Molly Makes Crochet.
    But roughly this is what you do: you sew blanket stitch around the edge, then do two dc in each blanket loop until the end then slip stitch to join. 2nd round: *miss 1 dc, 5tr in next dc, miss 1, slip stitch in next dc and repeat from * to end.
    Hope this helps!
    Gill xx


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