Antique Glass Shades on the Website! 0
Summer is over, but our summer intern, Somer (you have to smile at that) has continued her project of pulling beautiful things from our treasure chests of old boxes -something we've talked about doing for, well, decades. Thanks to her hard work and meticulous photography, we have made a good start of putting these treasures on the website.
Most of the lovelies that Somer has cataloged for us are these beautiful glass shades. Some of them date back to the 1860's we are sure, but any particular information about them has been lost over the years as we have lost the good folks that worked with them. Even if you don't need one of these shades, you will be impressed by the beauty and variety of our collection.
As with all of our antique and vintage pieces, we've done our best to describe the condition of the particular piece, but we welcome all of your inquiries and requests for more photos.
Just Gorgeous! 0
The Alexandria (one of my favorites) in the newly restored Mildred Grant House in Mason Texas. Stay tuned for news about this historic home and inn, The Mildred Inn.
Victorian Decor 0
If you are a follower of ours, you know how much we love Victorian homes and decor. Flowers, animal print, real brass, crystal, velvet - all gorgeous elements of the Victorian room - are perhaps a bit out of trend in this time of grey tones and farmhouses. But, Victoriana is timeless.
I am still cleaning out drawers and organizing old press. Below are a couple of camera shots of pages from Victorian Homes which, sadly, recently ceased publication.
Our Charleston 6 chandelier and Charleston Sconce in the Heritage Hills neighborhood of Johnson County, Kansas.
Article by Gloria Gale, Photography by Bill Mathews, Victorian Homes Magazine August 1999
Our Richmond 6 in Claybaugh House built 1892. Anaheim California.
Article by Rebecca Ittner, Photography by James Itagaki, Styled by Merrie Destefano. Victorian Homes June 2010
Lighting Ideas for Your Dining Room 0
There are many ways to add ambiance to a dining room, but our favorite way is with lighting.
Lighting can set your best mood, highlight artwork, and show off your gorgeous table setting.
Start with the right chandelier, of course. Something that fits both your room and your decor. Check here for how to choose the best size, but it is about more than getting the right size. You have to love your chandelier. That is absolute! If you love a chandelier that has too few lights, add lamps. If you love a chandelier that has too many, turn your dimmer down. We've written a few blog posts about choosing the right chandelier, and we hope you find those helpful. Imagine that gorgeous chandelier shining down on your set table with your family all around. Beautiful!
Adding wall sconces will help brighten a room and fill wall space. Like most lighting, it is both a decor choice and a practical choice. I think there is nothing classier looking than sconces above a sideboard or buffet placed on either side of a mirror or art. A pretty sconce is like its own work of art.
Buffet lamps! Who doesn't love buffet lamps? They aren't just for buffets, but for any side table in your dining room. What distinguishes a buffet lamp from other table lamps is the size... a buffet lamp is usually slender and tall - perfect to fit elegantly on dining room furniture. The height helps bring light up to the center of the room. Of course any type lamp can work, either in pairs or on their own. I've seen large based lamps fit spectacularly on a sideboard.
And, whether you have dining room furniture beyond your table or not, you can put a floor lamp just about anywhere! Floor lamps are ingenious that way. My favorite floor lamps are shaded, but many folks like a torchiere which directs your light up. I like the the traditional shaded floor lamp because it offers less competition to your chandelier's reflections on the ceiling.
The bottom line is that most folks just don't have enough light in their rooms. And, even dining rooms need more than one source of light. I like at least 3 sources of light, or layers of light, in a room.
The History of the Baron Chandelier 0
We have great pride in our original designs, but we also find joy in creating reproductions. There is something satisfying about being able to recreate things of beauty from our past.
Over the many, many years we have been building crystal chandeliers, we have been called upon to work on any reproduction projects. One of our favorites was for Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, Florida.
The building itself is impressive! Originally built in 1888 by Henry Flagler as the Alcazar Hotel, it has been through a few variations and purposes over the years, but is now, most spectacularly, the Lightner Museum. (You can read more about the building at visitstaug.com and at https://lightnermuseum.org/history.)
Also in 1888, Mr. Flagler built the Ponce de Leon Hotel, across the street from the Alcazar Hotel. The Ponce de Leon Hotel is currently the heart of Flagler College and home of these beauties, the inspiration for our Baron chandelier:
Compare the instagram capture above to this great old photo:
And the history in this photo!
In the early 1990's we were approached by Lightner Museum about reproducing these chandeliers for the current phase of their amazing restoration journey.
With a few little changes and the blessing of all involved, we decided to keep the chandelier in our line of crystal reproductions and named it, fittingly, the Baron. It remains one of my favorite chandeliers.
If you haven't visited The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, you are really missing out on a fascinating collection of artwork and antiques. You will find updated exhibits along with learning experiences and an awesome staff of knowledgeable volunteers. Tell them the folks at King's Chandelier sent you!
Golden Oldies 0
When I clean out a drawer around here, I find the best things! I love these old photos from what must be the late Fifties. These lovelies were in some of our early catalogs showing the larger crystal chandeliers.
I'm not sure of the house and exactly who every one is... though the handsome man in the tuxedo is Durward King.
Although I don't recognize all of the people, I do recognize some of the furniture as pieces that found their way to our showroom over the years. Those pieces were meant to last generations - just like our chandeliers.