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Mid Century Lighting


There are lots of photos in this post so hang in there.

We have FINALLY updated most of the lighting  here on Croydon Place. With the exception of the basement, which at the moment is in the middle of its own renovation after a sewer backup last month, every room in this mid-century home has new and / or more appropriate lighting.

When we purchased the house it was adorned with  Shabby Chic and Tuscan inspired pieces,  a couple of original built-ins and one from the 70’s which smoked and sizzled when turned on.

Slowly we have changed them out by getting  some cool ones on Ebay or at garage sales and filling in with retro inspired ones from our local Lowes and Menards home improvement stores.

Here are the new outdoor sconces on either side of the garage door and the patio. They replaced white Colonial lanterns from the 1990’s. They are very dark brown and match an older (original?) light already in place outside. I like the way the light shines up and down the brick at night.

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Here is an original built-in light fixture on the front porch. I think it was originally chrome and matched the one above my kitchen sink.

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Don’t you just  love the plaster patch around this light? GRRRRR….

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Here is another built-in with chrome trim in the main bath.  Below this was the original location of the washer and dryer. Those floor to ceiling cabinets were added later. Someone did not check their measurements; the cabinet trim had to be cut around the chrome trim of this light.

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I picked up a set of 4 vintage matching cone-shaped lights on Ebay. 2 were double and 2 single. I like that they can to turned and twisted in the direction you need light.

They ended up in the entry, the hallway and in the 2 smaller bedrooms:

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This atomic looking cutie also came from Ebay. It is now in my office and coordinates with the wall sconce above:

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This copper one is from a garage sale. It is now in the knotty pine utility room off of the kitchen:

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This was also from Ebay and is now above my tiled in mirror in the main bath. It has a built-in electrical outlet but no one here is tall enough to use it 😦

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Because it is hot here in the summer, and our central air conditioning was probably an unprofessional upgrade a few years back,  we need ceiling fans in the main rooms. I searched far and wide for ones that I thought would look like they actually belong here and that we could afford. No,  they are not authentic, but when it is 100 degrees who really cares?  I think they still look pretty retro.

These 2 are in the master bedroom and guest room. They are black, have a low profile and look sleek:

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These 2 are in the kitchen and living room. I like that the 3 blades look like airplane propellers.

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They did not come with lighting. I picked up the fixture for this one on Ebay. I think it looks sort of “space” like.
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Check back soon to see the updated Master Bedroom. I am making window coverings with some Atomic repro fabric I purchased on Ebay. When I have those done I will post the unveiling!

Have a great week everyone!


The Guest Room (is now empty)


The first room to be updated here on Croydon Place was the guest room. Soon after moving in we learned that Oldest Son was moving back to the US and would be staying with us for awhile.

Since the room had been painted a lovely shade of pink  (the former owners had 3 girls) we started with the wall color.  Mid Century aqua is was!

I had picked up a set of dressers at an estate sale and another chest of drawers at the shop where I sell.

This one is steel 🙂

The bed came with us from the farmhouse and is filling in until I find a suitable mid-century one 🙂

The window coverings are bamboo roll up shades from Big Lots and I ordered the atomic look bark cloth fabric from Tonic Living and made the valances.

The pair of funky lamps came from a garage sale ($10 for the pair).

The 60’s wall sconce was found on Ebay (the original one smoked and sparked when turned on).  There are 3 others that match this one in other areas of the house.

The funky pillows were from Pier One but I found them at garage sales. Everything else was picked up for next to nothing.

This bedroom is the only one that has the original and unpainted doors on the closet:

I tried to accessorize with some reminders of  France so the World Traveling Son would not miss it too much 🙂

Like how can you recreate this?

I took this when we were there visiting him 🙂

The Monaco poster came from Big Lots and the Riviera paint by number was $7 at an antique mall.

I love the blond frame 🙂

This little metal stand was a garage sale find for $1. I gave it a fresh coat of black paint.  He used it for books, his lap top, etc.

He has moved on, into a large turn-of-the-century home in our city’s historic district.

The guest room seems a little empty now.

We still have work to do in there. We need a more suitable looking ceiling fan. Yes, a ceiling fan.

It is HOT here in the summer. It may not be period appropriate but it is something we are not willing to be without.

We would like to refinish the original cork floors that are under that carpet (if we only knew how).  And a mid-century twin bed is eluding us for some reason.

Our next project (besides holiday decorating) is to paint the living room/entry/hallway. We have decided on Harvest Gold from the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern Collection.

Stay tuned! As soon as Halloween is over I go into overdrive 🙂