I finally found a lamp for the living room without ordering one on-line. I was really hoping to find something I could actually see vs. ordering and taking the risk of having to return it.
It's made of terracotta with a soft white coloring and acanthus leaves coming up from the bottom. I'm waiting for the 2nd one which had to be ordered.
The glaze is slightly crackled and gives it a bit of an aged look. My goal was to have something versatile in case there is a change in the room. I have been trying to do some updating to the room by adding lighter colors. Creams and whites seem to be working well. I started late 2013 by lightening the wall color and new drapery panels.
So last week I found these white lanterns. I cleared the mantel and set them up there but suddenly felt at a loss as to how I was going to finish it out. I had to make my mind up quickly because the store said it would be okay if I needed to return them, but the store is a 50 mile trek one way so I was really hoping to make this work.
I started hunting for a picture that would inspire me and this grabbed my attention. I look for design formulas that strike me. I liked the symmetry of the two jars, the cluster of candlesticks, and the plant with a picture centered behind.
I used my white and gold bowl that I won from a blog as seen "here". My philodendron did the trick for the plant.
I didn't have three candlesticks I liked together so I decided the white vase would stay and be the "third" item in this cluster.
After eyeing the lanterns a bunch I decided they needed something...so I added these gold tie-back tassels which fit around the neck perfectly. I put my Luminara candles inside that run on a timer. I can't really center the tassels because they'd block the candle's flicker.
So here's my version. I had the white candles in my stock pile and used a sticky wax to fix them to the candlesticks since they are made for tapers. I thought it was interesting how they seemed to mimic the shape of the white lanterns.
I knew the lanterns were not as elegant as the picture and were an unexpected choice but I like the challenge to "play a look up or down". I think the tassels dressed up the lanterns just enough to make it work and I like the unexpected look I got from this.
I'll be joining the following parties:
Betwen Naps on the Porch
Our Home Away From Home
Tuesdays At Our Home