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Using Antique and Vintage Lighting

Dear Diva Readers,

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Lighting can make or break the atmosphere in a space. Far too often people underestimate the power of having multiple light sources and simply rely on one overhead light – I start with a fabulous chandelier but then use select lighting to highlight specific pieces, add depth to nondescript rooms and dark corners, to make spaces seem larger and to enhance the overall mood. Sconces as well as floor lamps always come into play… and the BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD to buy lighting is ITALY!  Mamma Mia… Italian lighting (specifically Venetian) is good.  I’m in search personally for a waterfall Murano floor lamp for my own living room… lucky for me I have “friends” in high places and the team at Art Glass (who deconstructs hotels) has my wish list on file so they can email when my personal piece becomes available.

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You must focus on the floor and table top lighting when decorating a room.  If all of your lighting is coming from overhead, the end result is going to be unflattering. We need overhead lighting for tasks and overall illumination of course, but chandeliers and ceiling fixtures can’t be the only source of light in a room. In order to create a flattering space, you must have a combination of overhead lighting (on a dimmer), table lamps, floor lamps, and, of course, candlelight. In my home there is always LOTS of candlelight (and antique silver candelabras, bien sur)!!!

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Now don’t think I’m dissing overhead lighting—there’s nothing I love more than a gorgeous crystal antique chandelier! In fact, an antique chandelier incorporated into a modern space is one of my favorite things. But these can’t be your only source of lights. Many clients that come on tour purchase statement chandeliers and also purchase architectural pieces that they can have made into table lamps. I love this idea because it offers you a way to create custom, one-of-a-kind lamps. After all, each room needs at least five light sources, so why not make them unique?

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The truth is, almost anything can be made into a lamp. Get creative – why not use antique jars as lamp bases? You can also take antique silver pieces such as trophies and create lamps out of them.

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And last, but certainly not least, antique candle holders are a must. I love the patina of antique silver candle holders. But you can also use crystal, porcelain, wood—any material of candle holder really. Nothing sets the tone like candlelight, so be sure to sprinkle plenty of them throughout the room.

No matter what style of lighting you choose, be sure to incorporate antique and vintage pieces. There are always so many ways to use more lighting in any room of your house. If you’d like information on coming on an Antiques Diva Buying Tour to source lighting, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Shine brightly,

The Antiques Diva® 

Create a WOW Factor with Antiques

Dear Diva Readers,

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Every home is made up of pretty much the same elements— a living room with a sofa and a couple of chairs, a coffee table, end tables, a rug, lighting, and accessories. However, it is those “wow” pieces that really make a home stand out. So what should you look for when you shop for wow pieces?

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Try to find things that are unique. Rather than looking for the same piece that your sister has, find something that no one you know has in their home. Even if it’s a similar style—e.g., you like the desk your friend has… you can still buy a similar antique desk but with a few minor differences. This will help your home to stand out and make a statement all its own!

Also, no matter what the size of your home is, play with scale. Finding one huge piece of furniture, whether it be an extra long sofa or a bookcase that almost touches the ceiling, really will make your space feel grand.

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Why not hang an enormous chandelier above the dining table or in the middle of the living room or off-balanced in the corner of a room…. better yet, if going off-balance why not do a trio of chandeliers? These extra large pieces give that “WOW” moment when a guest walks in the door.  Be daring in your decor.  The worst thing you can do is play it safe.

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Another way to create a sense of wow is with texture. Adding in unexpected textures like leather walls or raw silk curtains can completely change the feel of your room. Luxe= wow so go for the fabrics and materials that scream “oh, la, la!” Think antique rugs, but perhaps you use them to upholster an ottoman. If you want to do this on a small scale, try adding throw pillows made from antique fabrics such as velvets and silks. You can make them yourself or find a seamstress to custom make luxurious pillows that will definitely add the drama to your house.

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And lastly, look at items with a fresh eye. Take something like a gorgeous textile or a vintage piece of clothing and have it framed in a super modern frame—then put it in a prominent place on the wall. By framing something other than a canvas, you can make it into your own art and instantly have a one-of-a-kind piece on the wall.

Regardless of how you choose to decorate your house, use interesting antiques to create wow moments and leave guests wondering how you thought to decorate your home this way! Decorating should be fun and coming home to a space that reflects you is the ideal way to end each day. Of course then once home serving up a signature drink isn’t a bad way to cap off a day…

Happy decorating,

The Antiques Diva®

Shannon Koszyk for Currey and Company

Dear Diva Readers,

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Shannon Koszyk

Shannon Koszyk Currey and Company

Enter Shannon Koszyk and Currey & Company.   Currey & Co has long been on my radar for their distinctive designs, from lighting to interior furniture and accessories, and upon receiving the Currey & Co press release and I found myself SWOONING – note that’s ALL CAPS, BABY…SWOONING and sighing with delight over their new chandelier collection by Shannon Koszyk.

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“Antiquity Chandelier” with 18 Lights, Wrought Iron/Brass/Crystal, Old Iron/Aged Brass Finish

Shannon Koszyk is a jewelry designer known for creating heirloom-inspired jewelry often seen on the collarbones of those on the cover of the Rolling Stones, so seeing her name with an interiors and lighting company caught my eye.

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Steven Tyler wearing one of Koszyk’s designs – white bone rosary

She got her start jewelry designing when she quit smoking –  she wanted something to do with her hands – and began crafting regal jewelry from flea-market finds of rosaries, vintage European medals, semi-precious stones and luminous pearls.  With chandeliers, it also began with Shannon playing with design.  She ordered two different chandeliers from Currey & Co – but she put in a strange request to the company – “can I buy these chandeliers unadorned?”  The company sold her the pieces but were curious what she intended to do with them.  Conversations began and the next thing they knew she was mocking up chandelier designs for her favorite lighting company… and the rest is diva design design history.

Like her jewelry her chandelier designs are edgy. And I think they are going to fill a gap in the market for Rocker Chic for Home Décor.

Shannon Koszyk Currey and Company

Fortress Floor Candelabra, 7 lights, Wrought Iron/Brass/Crystal in a Black Iron/Aged Brass finish

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that I was smitten by Shannon’s chandelier design – Shannon describes herself as “loving all that is vintage”.  Her jewelry career began with some vintage medals she found in the Paris Flea Market.  She’s been religiously inspired by the classics. She’s sort of Coco Meets Ann Rice meets Madonna, the Virgin not the singer, though perhaps the singer works as well.

Just as Shannon’s work is about contrast, creating designs that merge luxe and grit, my personal decorating theory is antiques meet modern, the greater the discrepancy in the two the better the shine.  And shine these chandeliers and light fittings do… .

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Coptic Chandelier, 4 Lights, Wrought Iron/Brass/Composite, Old Iron/Aged Brass Finish

The spot light is surely going to be on them this Fall at High Point Market, or at the upcoming Dallas Market at Design Finds or at the July Atlanta Market i n the J . Douglas Showroom, AmericasMart , Building 1, Suite 13A1.

Bonne Shopping,
The Antiques Diva®

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