Tonight I owe a big vote of thanks to reader Catri, who wrote in today to offer some seriously sensible advice on making a purchase offer on the retro turquoise bench of my dreams. Raymond and I are going to do exactly what she (I think Catri is a she) suggests, which you can see in her comment here. But I owe Catri thanks for another reason: because her name rang a good-design bell in my overcrowded and overtired head, and after doing a tiny bit of exploring in the back pages of Meanwhile, at the Manse, I came across a company she’d brought to my attention (thanks to one of her comments, on a post here about turquoise kitchen appliances) that sells the most gorgeous lighting fixtures. As a result I’ve spent more time than I should have today thinking about gorgeous lighting fixtures, but hey, that’s a fun thing to think about!
The company in question is called Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., and I believe it is based in Portland, Ore. Its website is here, and I just dare you not to drool when you go there. While I was looking primarily at lamps (as is attested to by the photo at the top of this post), I got sidetracked by some great metal stools that I am now highly desirous of for the Manse’s kitchen…
… and also by something utterly whimsical, keychains done in retro-motel style:
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, lights. So there is the one at the top of the post, which of course caught my eye because it comes in turquoise – though you can also get the shades for the lights in other great colours (like red), you can have different finishes (i.e. not brass, which I am not crazy about) on the hardware, and you can get a version that has three lights:
And then there is this pendant lamp…
… which I adore because I like industrial style (as I’ve mentioned before, notably here and here) and also because it is perhaps a more reasonable (and reasonably priced) version of the fancy-pants lights (with crystal bulbs, if you can believe it!) that I wrote about here. The Schoolhouse bare-bulb light (its official name is Apartment Pendant) is deliberately retro-industrial style, right down to the braided cord and the Bakelite plug. People, I am in love with this light. I need half a dozen of them. Hanging over the counter in our beautiful renovated Manse kitchen. Lighting up the spot where guests, sitting on those Sergeant-green industrials stools (and admiring my industrial Westclox clock) will be sipping apéritifs while Raymond and I bustle around preparing a wonderful dinner.
Ah, renovations. And the things that go with them, like beautiful pendant lights. The stuff of Friday-night dreams, here at the Manse.