Edwardian Style Standard Lamp

Isn’t it always the same…when you’re looking to buy something you can never find it in quite the right style, shape colour? And then, when you least expect it, something perfect throws itself at your feet?!

Ugly sofa too - don't worry, it's not permament!
Ugly sofa too – don’t worry, it’s not permament!

One of the exciting things about our new project here in Bexhill is that we get to furnish it too! When we set up our home in Spain it was relatively easy as we both already had furniture and we merged, purged and started making new memories. Here we had nothing. Starting from scratch is fun. Not starting anew though as we are both agreed that we like buying second hand, preloved, vintage, antique and car boot bargains. Clearly car boot bargains cost less than antiques, but they give us just as much pleasure. Half the fun is restoring, cleaning, seeing the potential.

Grubby Feet
Grubby Feet

The property is part of what would have been an Edwardian Family “Villa”. This means it was built around 1903, from what we can tell, and whilst we don’t intend to live in the past completely….we need a decent oven, tv and internet for goodness sake…some older touches will also work well.

Dashing around the other day I popped into a local shop which deals with House Clearances. Some of the stuff they have is junk, some is clearly high quality and very much loved (and priced) antique furniture. And some of it falls between the two. I spotted a wrought iron standard lamp with a very ugly pink lampshade. It spoke to me. Really, it did. I could hear a most refined Edwardian Lady reclining in the bay window of her drawing room on a chaise longue saying “Pray, take this lamp stand home. Clean it, love it and it will add some much needed elegance to your home. Oh, and your hair could do with a brush…standards are slipping”.

Clean Feet!
Clean Feet!

So we haggled a little and the bemused owner helped me put it into the car with the back window down so that it would fit and off to House Number 2 I drove where Big Man was impatiently waiting for me to arrive with a bag of masonry nails.

Looking much better now
Looking much better now

It was dingy brown and I had planned to clean it and paint it black and then buy a new lampshade. So I cleaned it and underneath all the grease and grime it was a beautiful cream colour. Then I popped out to the supermarket and was waylaid in another House Clearance shop (I know now where all the good ones are) and found a perfect sized lampshade in a gold colour and once more turned up at House Number 2 with nothing for dinner but an unexpected  bargain that I wore on my head for extra effect.

Dressed to impress
Dressed to impress

Then I rummaged in a bag of goodies given to me my Best Friend’s sister who is downsizing and used to make costumes for shows, curtains, clothes and found some beautiful lace and a strip of beading. Two evenings later it was done and I heard my Edwardian Lady murmur in approval “Beautiful my dear, very elegant indeed. But your hair could still do with a good brush”.


52 thoughts on “Edwardian Style Standard Lamp

  1. Messy hair is almost de rigueur when one is renovating my dear! ;). Love the lamp and it looks so “right” with your new home :). Sometimes you just have to roll with something that you find and your lamp cobbled together magnificently! Bravo! 🙂

    1. Messy hair is very much the norm here. In fact, when I did go out one day with tidy hair and a hint of make up, no one recognised me! Am loving my cobbled together lamp 🙂

      1. The end results are very elegant and exactly what you set out to accomplish. A win-win situation! You get the satisfaction of finding a bargain, then you get to customise it and you get the ultimate satisfaction of knowing that you did it yourself AND it ended up looking amazing…the ultimate in crafting 🙂

  2. Excellent lamp. At the moment I am putting together a book, which my sister is writing, on our family history. Would you believe that there is a picture of lamp just like that which my father’s father had made for pleasure. It was black, but otherwise so similar. Synchronicity at work here:)

  3. Espectacular! Me encanta tu lampara!
    Y todavía mas si se acompaña con piezas modernas o un poco agresivas……
    Cuando termines con amueblar tu casa,espero en un Post adecuado….

  4. Look at you! Chica Andaluza: Restorer of Houses, Lamps, and (I’m sure) Furniture. Nope that’s not it. I need to work on your title for this one says nothing of your superior skills in the kitchen. I’ll figure it out but, in the meantime, let me applaud the results of your latest project. Your lamp looks great, Tanya!

  5. Great lamp – and well done with the restoration! My dad used to make decorative wrought iron work in his spare time (when that was I never worked out!) and we had lamps, occasional tables and plant holders aplenty.
    I hope you are able to really enjoy the flat (and lamp) for a very long time. And enjoy making your hair messy!

    1. How wonderful that you had beautiful things around the home made by your dad. We are so looking forward to enjoying the flat for many years and sharing it with our loved ones.

  6. “like buying second hand, preloved, vintage, antique and car boot bargains.” Now which ancestor does that trait come from? Except I seemed to have missed out on the “getting things finished” gene. Any suggestions would be appreciated. 🙂

    1. I wonder if we did have an ancestor who did this too – probably through necessity from what we know of them! As for finishing off, not sure I can help. I do tend to finish things if I am enjoying them but am terrible for having about 5 projects on the go at once 🙂

  7. Have been scrolling back and forth and simply cannot find the photo of the beautiful old/new shade atop your head when you arrived home! One was taken surely 🙂 ! Jokes aside – a lovely find!

  8. I kinda’ miss the days of rummaging through shops and sales for Treasures. Now days, I go in to look, but there’s no need to bring home more…sigh…
    Love your lamp – and the beaded fringe you put on the shade!

    1. Ooh I’d missed them too. More from the point of view that in Spain charity shops and second hand shops are a rarity. My dad has tried to ban my mum from going to them as she always comes back with something and their house is bursting at the seams!

  9. What fun you are Tanya! I love spotting treasures amongst the dusty clutter of others’ discards. You’ve made yourself something quite fine out of the old lady’s garishly-shaded lamp! Love the touch of the trim – it seems perfect – and the warm glow from that golden shade! And never mind about the hair – it suits you to be free!

  10. Sounds like the way we furnished our summer cottage in Maine…a little new and a little that needed some TLC. Great job on the lamp.

  11. Hello lovely, I have nominated you for some awards over at my site (I’m sure you have probably been awarded these about 100 times over). Pop on over and have a look if you fancy. x

  12. She’s definitely a beauty and fit for any young lady’s drawing room! I’ve been searching high and low for a pretty floor lamp like this that I can restore for my studio but haven’t had any luck. I’m so happy for you.. lamps like these don’t come around every day!! xx Smidge

  13. Great lamp, and you *know* I’m all about second hand (even to the extent of dumpster diving (tip diving?)) and the recycle/repurpose/reuse thing! Sweet!

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