Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Happily ensconced

This elegant wall sconce has completely changed my apartment.
I don't normally post about my own abode, but this particular acquisition has proven a triumph.

The appeal of this fabulous piece lay in its obvious classical inspiration, the touch of gold that I have always loved but am especially embracing right now, and the contemporary addition of black opaque shades.

Like many of Becker Minty's amazing furniture pieces and decorative accessories, this was made in Spain. And like many of our Spanish-sourced pieces nods to the classic aristocratic lines of the late 18th and early 19th century, but with a rustic edge and a contemporary cool.

I would go so far as to say that the addition of this single item has brought with it a major transformation. Wall lights as a concept are a clever idea and they're making a comeback, providing a softer alternative to a harsh downlight, without taking up any of the valuable surface area of a floor lamp or table lamp.
In the case of this example, it has added volume, colour and texture to a zone that although very small, was feeling like a vast expanse of bland.

And there was a pair so I bought them both. For, while I don't have the perfect spot for the second one, it's sacrilege to split a set - partly out of respect for the object, but also for the fact that you may live to regret splitting them, and you'll never find them again.

But for now I am happy looking at just the one. It's one of the first things I see when I arrive home.
A stylish fixture with a flattering light: the perfect tone.