I’d always thought of lamps as an important part of the home decor mix, but they took on a whole lot more importance for us when we moved into our 1960s Hackney abode around 5 years ago.
I remember the moment we walked into our new home after taking ownership. It was a dark February evening and we were so excited to take a look at the place through the eyes of home owners rather than prospective purchasers. Not least that there’d been such a bunfight to view and buy our place, that’d we’d been in it for all of 15minutes before we put in an offer and we hadn’t been back since. What we hadn’t reckoned on was not being able to see anything because there was no lighting.
At first we thought the vendors must’ve been tightwads who’d taken all the lightbulbs. Then we realised that none of the ceilings had light fittings. Oh my we thought, they’re so tight they’ve taken the bulbs, the fittings, everything. A quick call to the estate agent put us straight. The house had been built with a futuristic concept of no central lighting. Instead, there are funny round plug points dotted around for lamps to be plugged into, so they can be turned on by a single switch. Some five years on we are still finding the perfect lighting to compliment the style of each room.
Our most recent purchase is this John Lewis Elliot Floor Lamp. Whilst a 1960s style property has freed us up from the confines of a Victorian style townhouse, we’re very aware that we don’t want to create a totally retro feel to our home.
Instead, we are trying to mix old and new, vintage with vintage inspired, combined with 100% modern. Our living room had so far been a monotone room. We wanted a splash of coral to break up the swathes of black and white.
We opted for an angle poise style floor lamp because it is a design classic, that is also incredibly functional. There are many versions out there, but what we liked about this one, other than its vibrant coral colour, is its sturdiness.
And the benefits of a floor lamp over a lamp that sits on the side is that it evens out the overall light of the room. It also makes a much grander statement of style than smaller, less obtrusive lamps, breaking up the corner of our living room with a big splash of colour and providing us with good quality light when we need it.
We did plenty of research before making our purchase, from flicking through Elle Decor to visiting SCP and various other independent home style stores.
But it was wandering through the John Lewis lighting department en route to the kids clothing department when this lamp caught my eye.
We always seem to find the best pieces for the house when we aren’t really looking for them. It happened with our Danish rosewood dining table, which we stumbled across one Sunday morning down Columbia Road and our coffee table, which was a stealthily made purchase ahead of lunch down in Spitalfields.
Next on our list is a console table for the hallway. We are very excited that Dalston based Danish home style gurus Chase & Sorensen have opened up shop in Victoria Park, our money is on spying the perfect console table in there whilst en route to the local deli one Saturday morning.