Pair of mid century artichoke lamps

Note from the management:  Last post on this blog?  Last May.  LAST. MAY.  I was so into it for a while and then it all faded away.  I think I was trying too hard.  Link parties, photo watermarks, long afternoons of Photoshopping, blah, blah.  Took too much time.  It stopped being fun, and felt like an obligation so I gave it up.

But I would still think – this would be fun to post, this would be fun to share, and then be like – oh yeah, I’m not doing that anymore.  

And then the hosting company emailed me and said I needed to renew my service or they were going to yank my site.  Oopsie.  The moment of truth.  I gave it some thought and decided to re-up and try again but not try so hard – just post plain and simple and then mic-drop back to my life. So here we go again – let’s see if this sticks.


I LOVE ARTICHOKES

I love pairs of lamps.   Something about the twinsie-ness of them that just seems to sweet!

I found this pair at a thrift shop a while ago and at first I was like “eew – burlap shades” and “ick – brown bases”.

burlap lampshade

Then I was like – hmmm, they look like artichokes.  I like artichokes.

But still they were sort of baby-poop brown and that burlap.  I knew the light through those shades would be so 1970s, dark-room yellow.

And then I looked a little closer – what did I see? Is that TURQUOISE I SEE???  Is that a little chip that is showing me that these things were not actually BORN brown?

DID SOME EVIL PERSON PAINT OVER THE ORIGINAL TURQUOISE COLOR OF THESE LAMPS!?

Now, in addition to having a thing for pairs of lamps, I also have a thing for turquoise lamps.

artichoke lamp close up midcentury

Blasphemy.  I needed to rescue them.

So now they’re mine, but I’m scared to strip them down. What if I wreck the turquoise, too?  What would you do?

In the mean time, they are in my basement (finished basement:  aka Teenage Wasteland for my 17- and 19 year olds), throwing weird 1970s, dark-room yellow light.

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Comments

  1. mjhooper2013 says:

    What did you do with the lamps????

    • Maggie Green says:

      Well, they’re still kicking around in my basement. I’m thinking that I might etsy or chairish them this summer.

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