Posts by Amy Gearin (page 2)
Hi! I am Amy and I am
the Restored Lighting Specialist here at Rejuvenation. Growing up in a family home built in 1893
gave me plenty of time to day dream about design and I began to fall in love
with all things old. After some time in
our wonderful retail store here in Portland, I made the move over to our
Restored Antiques department and have been learning and enjoying every day
Moderne Traditional Flush Mount w/Etched Shade, c1930
- Awesome Large Art Deco Flush Mount Fixture, c1932
One day I was walking through the warehouse and a passerby looked at me and said, “oh, it must be fall” when I gave her a puzzled look she said, “the hats and scarves are back”. Okay, admittedly I walk around the Restored Antique’s department looking pretty low-key: pants, cardigan, sneakers and hat are pretty much my uniform.
Looking at me, no one would probably guess that I have always longed for a glamorous, deco-inspired dressing room fit for only a 1930’s Hollywood starlet – Soft grays and purples, some fabulous glass knobs, a tufted round ottoman to put my sneakers on and for the lighting, of course an antique crystal wedding cake fixture full of sparkle.
When the announcement was made that our next store was going to be in Los Angeles, I jumped on the chance to start collecting and restoring fixtures that represented old Hollywood while still looking great in more modern settings. These fixtures were found in all sorts of commercial settings throughout the 1930s and not only provided needed light, but a ton of drama as well.
This grouping can now be seen in the ‘New Arrivals’ section of our Restored Antiques Department. Take a look and tell me what you think.
Deciding what antique fixture to restore next is one of the best parts of my job here at Rejuvenation. How we decide what to restore is sometimes meticulously planned out. Other times I just run across something as simple as an interesting mechanism attached to a shade. That’s what happened last week when I ran discovered this shade.
This became as easy as one, two, three or in this case one shade, two shade, fixture…
The finished product, looking all shiny and new.
This fixture can be seen on our website at http://www.rejuvenation.com/templates/selection.phtml?antiquelight=2781
I have to admit I didn’t begin to appreciate the history or beauty of the Victorian farmhouse I grew up in until I was in my late teens. Even then it started very simply – I found a collection of hat pins in an old box that had been forgotten for decades The house started my love of Old Stuff, and, for better or for worse, my obsession with Victorian farmhouses.
As the Restored Lighting Specialist here at Rejuvenation, I have a seemingly endless supply of un-restored light fixtures just waiting to be returned to their former glory. Recently I was given the opportunity to share my little obsession with all of you by creating a group of stripped-down Victorian light fixtures from the assortment of pieces you see here. Lots of people only associate the lighting in Victorian homes with frilly, extravagant, large-scale chandeliers. As much as I love those fixtures, I find the simpler fixtures – the ones that might be forgotten in a hallway or pantry – equally thrilling, especially when they’re installed in surprising places. Our collection of antique light fixtures from factories, commercial institutions and the utility parts of houses (like those hallways and pantries) from around the turn of the century is now ready to be revealed. They really showcase the simplicity and beauty of these often overlooked fixtures. Check out the whole group at http://www.rejuvenation.com/antique/antique_collection.html?coll=nw and then let me know what you think! I’m excited to share a collection that’s so close to my heart.