I had to do some pretty fancy gymnastics to fish this lamp out of the garbage on Saturday. I was thwarted by a corral around the trash area, so I went home and got a coat hanger that allowed me to reach over the fence and pull it out with the hook. The lamp is in nearly perfect condition with a speckled white and grey texture on the lower half. From base to finial it measures exactly 36″; this is a BIG lamp.
I had a small dinner party that evening where one of the guests was Bert Browne, florist extraordinaire to some of Toronto’s toniest retail establishments, hence the beautiful flower arrangement. At dinner we discussed my fabulous find and what size and shape of shade would be right for the lamp. No one suggested anything like what I found yesterday while walking Judy — I am not making this up, I swear! There in the middle of a gravel car pad outside my building was this made-to-measure, lined silk shade, cast off and left for dead. Coincidence? I think not. It bears noting that the lamp and the shade were found several blocks apart so there’s no way they were originally together.
Funny thing about the shade is that it’s an oval, wide from left to right but narrow from front to back, a shape I would never have chosen on my own. But for this hallway application where a barrel shade would have stuck out too far into the room, it’s perfect. Serendipity strikes again!
If I’d had this vignette in the Apartment Therapy Room for Colour contest I might have won instead of placing second in the international category. Fortunately, the winner, Tim, is a lovely guy also based here in Toronto and he’s agreed to let me feature his home in a styleNorth house tour. I also have another amazing house tour lined up for early November so stay tuned . . . Thanks for the flowers Bert, they are stunning!