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December 6, 2017

A De-light-ful Lamp

By Julia

When I was growing up, my family shared a cottage that we used to visit on weekends in the summer. My dad was able to realize his dream of a second summer home by sharing ownership with eight of his buddies. The men would also stay there during deer hunting season in the fall, but all of my fondest memories are from the time we spent there in the summer. They christened the house “The Branch Ranch” after the town in which it was located and decorated it with their families’ second-hand furniture. It was 50s fabulous, y’all. I loved the turquoise couch with the frieze fabric and the lime green velour chair that swiveled. But my favorite piece was this weird green lamp that was my night-light for many years. When the house was listed for sale along with all of its contents, I knew I had to retrieve that lamp.

We had the lamp rewired for safety- its original cord was a little frayed. I think the base and fiberglass shade used to be the same shade of green, but has faded considerably over the years. Otherwise, the fiberglass is in great shape.

I always thought the base looked like a guitar. It could use a little polishing, but the brass-colored inlays have a handsome patina.

The wavy shape of the shade was always soothing to me as I drifted off during those warm summer evenings, the sound of cicadas in the distance. But as an adult, this weird lamp is just fabulous. I love the unique shape and the 50s flower pattern. The classic stitched edging completes the classic mid-century look. Now it resides in our guest room, giving off the same warm glow for our guests as it did for me as a kid.

What about you, dear readers? Do you any of you have a lovely lamp with a special connection?

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4 Responses to A De-light-ful Lamp

  1. sherree Reply

    December 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Your post has made me remember that we also had a “vacation” home that we shared with 3 other families in the 70’s. It was located in the UP of Michigan and was used for fishing, hunting and general “summer fun” during the warm months. It was old and in the style of Craftsman cottages.
    I love your lamp and that you saved it! What a wonderful reminder of your childhood.
    Those cool fiberglass shades are becoming harder to find.

    • Julia Reply

      December 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks! Our place was also in northern Michigan 🙂

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    December 7, 2017 at 12:42 am

    What a fabulous lamp, great save!

    • Julia Reply

      December 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm


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