How to add light to your historic home... 0
In my archiving, I ran across this article. There is some good information here, for all types of homes.
Victorian Lighting in Double Parlors 0
If you are a follower of our blog, then you know I've been using it to catalog and preserve some of the articles and press that have included our crystal chandeliers over the years. The photos are fading, which is particularly a shame in regards to these grandly decorated Victorian homes. I truly love the wallpapers and fabrics used in these interiors.
(Speaking of wallpaper... we frequently share the stage with Bradbury and Bradbury - check them out if you aren't familiar.)
Double parlors were common in Grand Victoriana, and those spaces just beg for fantastic, show stopping chandeliers. There is just something luxurious about twin crystal chandeliers and these photos are true examples of that lavish decor.
Our lovely Richmond 6 is lighting the space shown below, a historic home in the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans.
Victorian Splendor in New Orleans... written by R. Stephanie Bruno and Photography by Eugenia Uhl. Victorian Homes October 2011.
Our Charleston 6 is doing a fine job of adding to the historic feel of this Brooklyn Brownstone's double parlor.
Decorating a Brooklyn Brownstone ... written by Frances Gay and photography by Rob Kern. Victorian Homes issue Winter of 1994.
Stay tuned for more pretty photos and archives!
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
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.