It is always a challenge to find lighting fixtures that you really love. Trust me, when I was studying and doing research for the lighting course for my Interior Decorating Diploma, I came to the conclusion that there were a lot of really bad/ugly lighting fixtures out there!
Part of my job at a design firm was sourcing items specified for a project, sales centre/show suite. Luckily, I had spent the better part of 5 years doing homework projects for my Interior Decorating Diploma and love researching or searching for just the right thing!
A few years ago, the art glass shade on our bridge lamp got broken. It was really lovely, yellow with a “gasoline” effect. We had purchased both the 1920’s era bridge lamp and shade some time ago from a vintage lighting store in New Westminster that, unfortunately, no longer exists. The man who ran the store was an avid collector of vintage lighting and would travel to the east coast of the U.S. every year searching for interesting pieces.
Now comes the challenging bit; how to find a replacement shade. There was always Architectural Lighting on Main St. but they have retired.
Thank goodness for the Internet. After much searching on Canadian sites for something that would work, I came across a website for a company called “Rejuvenation”. They not only have stores in Portland, they have an online business too! They sell lighting fixtures, shades, hardware and house parts as well and you can request their catalog.
After scanning through their on-line catalogue I found an “etched glass” shade that I thought would look pretty darned good. I actually think it looks a lot better than the one that got broken! It gave the vintage bridge lamp a more modern vibe that suits our eclectic style. Whew, the search is over, mission accomplished.
Rejuvenation would be a great resource if you are renovating or re-decorating or you are looking for interesting items or replica pieces from period basics to mid-century modern. They’ve got it all. I am planning on ordering some of their crystal pulls.