Which of these do we need at the Manse?

These beautiful Crystal Bulbs from Lee Broom were nominated for a Brirish Design Award in 2012. Doesn't that mean that half a dozen or so of them belong at the Manse? (Photo from  leebroom.com)

These beautiful Crystal Bulbs from Lee Broom were nominated for a British Design Award in 2012. Doesn’t that obviously mean that half a dozen or so of them belong at the Manse in Queensborough, Ont.? (Photo from leebroom.com)

Thanks to Twitter and mass communication and other such wonders of the modern age – hello, Pinterest – one is constantly bombarded with images of interesting things to buy, is one not? And when one is in possession of a Victorian-era home and a penchant for mid-century style, one can readily find all manner of things (Victorian, mid-century and otherwise) that would be just perfect for the place.

In a single day recently two things crossed my field of vision that I think might be just the ticket for the Manse. Though a very good argument could also be made that I totally don’t need either.

First: the Crystal Bulbs that you can see at the top of this post. They come from Lee Broom in England. The description here says, in part:

“Taking inspiration from the delicate craftsmanship of crystal cutting … Crystal Bulb combines industrial influences with decorative qualities, transforming the everyday light bulb into an ornamental light fitting. Individually hand blown, each lead Crystal Bulb is then cut with a classic crystal pattern …. Lee Broom has collaborated with experts at Cumbria Crystal, the sole remaining producer of handmade English full lead crystal in the UK … It is designed to fit any standard … ceiling, wall or lamp fitting, and can be hung solo or in clusters to create enchanting light effects. The Crystal Bulb offers a great solution to background lighting.”

Price? £109 for the bulb alone (that would be just one of them); £189 with pendant fitting. I’m thinking we would need half a dozen or so to hang over the raised counter that we’d like to install in the Manse kitchen for guests to sit at while dinner is being prepared. I’m also thinking this is going to add up.

A little later that same day, thanks to a tweet from Hippie Shop (hippeshop.com), it was brought to my attention that this poster, a happy reminder of the later part of the middle of the last century, was on sale and could be mine for a mere $6.95 (U.S.):

Yes, that's John Sebastian performing in front of all those golden stardust folks, half a million strong, at Woodstock in 1969. For those of us of a certain age – and no, I was far too young to be at Woodstock – it's got to tug at your heartstrings. (Photo from hippieshop.com, where you can buy this poster.)

Yes, that’s John Sebastian performing in front of all those golden stardust folks, half a million strong, at Woodstock in 1969. For those of us of a certain age – and no, I was far too young to be at Woodstock – it’s got to tug at your heartstrings. (Photo from hippieshop.com, where you can buy this poster here.)

So what do you think, folks? Yes, it’s time for another Meanwhile, at the Manse poll!

And while you ponder your answer (vote early and often), here’s Joni Mitchell to tell us that we need to get back to the garden:

 

7 thoughts on “Which of these do we need at the Manse?

  1. I suggest you nix the bulbs…I have no experience with such things, but the stars caused by the refraction (I suppose, rummaging about in what’s left of high school physics) might decorate the rooms in flashy ways you don’t want…in defense of my argument I point out a post in a January 13 post on Gorsline house (http://gorslinehouse.wordpress.com/) about the ‘stars’ they’re not entirely happy with. This sticks in my mind as I recently (on an email-free day) browsed their site for the first time in a while…and what a miracle they have wrought (if the term miraculous can be attributed to back-breaking labour, great worry and expense, and enormous patience.). Hope it’s spring in Montreal, and even warmer in Q’boro – or the kayakers will need to sled over the dam this weekend!

    • Thanks for the pointer to that post on the Gorsline House blog, Lindi – I had seen it when it was first posted, and then quite forgotten that issue they had with the reflections from the lamp. You’re quite right that that’s not the proper feel for the Manse kitchen – too fancy schmancy altogether, as Gordon also pointed out. It is freezing in Montreal, but it promises to be warmer very soon. We are excited about seeing the kayakers this weekend in Queensborough!

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