Thursday, February 11, 2010
I believe it was Candice Olsen who said that "lighting is like the jewelry for your room" -- and I absolutely agree with her. Not only is getting the right lighting in a room essential to maximizing its functionality, but it's also a wonderful opportunity to really take a risk and play around with color and materials. In fact, I'd argue the use of just any old nondescript table lamp is a real opportunity lost design-wise.
Giotto necklace ($160) from Stone & Honey
For the past few seasons, agate and other semiprecious stones (the larger, more colorful and more asymmetrical, the better) has been a huge trend in jewelry, one which is now making the leap into interior design. Not only are geodes and rock crystals showing up in the form of table lamps, but polished agate and petrified wood are being repurposed as coasters, trays and simple objets. My favorite incorporation of this trend into design though are the table lamps, which are so large and vibrant that they read as almost garish, but in the right hands, these lamps can bring both an organic quality and a ton of glamour into a room.
Can you spot the mineral lamps in each of these rooms?
In their most natural form, geodes and crystals also have a very geometric element which can appear at once architectural and modern while still retaining the fundamentally organic qualities. With these divergent characteristics the lamps create a degree of tension, which creates depth and interest in these otherwise rather traditional rooms.
If your itching to get in on this trend, there are a number of gorgeous options available for purchase:
Source list (from top left): 1. Cameron Table Lamp from Circa Lighting ($3150). 2. Marble Block Lamps from Williams-Sonoma Home ($395-841). 3. Black Quartz Spider Lamp from Vivre ($4,400). 4. Rock Crystal Lamp from Anthropologie ($2,200). 5. Pierce Accent Lamp from Crate & Barrel ($149). 6. Amethyst Lamp from Plantation Home ($2,295).
Save for the C&B option (which is admittedly the smallest and least interesting of the lamps above), all of these options are jaw-droppingly expensive. So what's a girl to do? What about a budget-friendly option? While I'm all for investing in high quality, lifelong pieces for your home, there's a good chance that a trend like this will date quickly. Unfortunately though, semi-precious stones don't come cheap, especially in the scale of many of these lamps -- but luckily I've found a wonderful solution via the wonderful blog (and now e-store) Matters of Style:
At prices starting at $125, these are a great, affordable alternative. Even better, the Lucite base and brass hardware are right on trend. For all their current offerings, check out the Matters of Style Store HERE.