How do you follow that? I didn't.
The same could be said about a room. You can spend a ton of dough, time and design effort only to have it all fade away, or not be highlighted properly with bad lighting.
I'm a big fan of lighting. Big fan. I also like the vessel that light comes in. Lamps, sconces, chandeliers, all of it. The more unique, vintage, odd, whimsical, classic, daring, the better. This is one area where you don't necessarily have to spend a lot of money. You just have to be creative.
Thrift store, yard sale, flea market finds make for spectacular lighting statements. Some of the best deals can be found there. If you have a good electrician/lamp repair person, even more reason to scour for lighting treasures at your local flea market. Sometimes a brand new shade is all that's needed. The lamp to the left of my big bald noggin, in the header pic with Baxter, is such a find. A yard sale marble base with a new shade from Restoration Hardware. The shade cost more.
Then, there's this place--Rejuvenation. It has new lighting, restored antiques, shades, hardware, bulbs, oh the mind reels. It's worth looking at their site, even if it's for inspiration alone.
She who shall not be named (the impatient make-up trailer actress) would be very pleased. -angelo