Psychedelic Spaghetti Swags

There are various tutorials on how to make this Mid-Century Modern replica, but I thought it would be fun to go back in time and bring some of the vintage inspirations to you.

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The Spaghetti Lamp was common in the late 1960s and 70s, and was made of spun acrylic lucite. From what I could piece together, it’s a Danish design, but seriously, I couldn’t find much on its history. I had so hoped to bring you a little bit more, but in spite of that I think you’ll enjoy this retro revival even without the details of its incarnation.

You’ll notice the DIY light is a pendant, but the Spaghetti Lamp was most commonly a swag lamp with a pull chain for on/off. It came in a psychedelic rainbow of colours very much in keeping with its time, the ‘Psychedelic 60’s’, which of course seeped into the early 70s, too.

Let’s start with the gold globe.


As with all the lamp colours, this one is brilliantly bright when it’s on.

And very toned down when it’s off.


Isn’t it amazing how much the colour changes between on and off?

This next gold spaghetti globe is apparently a rare find.


You can definitely see from this lamp where its name came from! And notice the pull chain…

Take a look at this two-tone variation.



And off.


Here’s a classic white, also referred to as a clear swag. We had one growing up, and I bet many of you remember this one…


But do you remember this one?


It’s a 1970s tulip spaghetti swag.

But I really want to show you a sampling of the psychedelic colours.

Love this turquoise, which isn’t really too ‘far out’.


Whoa, how about this green?


Or this blue and black…


Or this red?


In maybe another shape perhaps?


I love this shape. It’s referred to as a saucer shape.

What do you think of this shapely option?


I’m not sure what the shape of this one is called, but it kind of reminds me of a ball of yarn. How about you?

Now here’s a very funky shape… at least its name is funky.


This is referred to as an Atomic Saucer shaped swag! I think this one is very cool, and again, I”m loving the green.

And there’s a seafoam cylinder too.


There’s pretty in purple…


Amber Gold…


Orangy Gold…


And everything in between!

Like this very psychedelic red and black.


Do you remember any of these swags? If you were to go down this retro path, which one would you choose? I think they’re all kind of fun in their own way!

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Tripod Floor Lamps: Then and Now

So I’m on another lighting kick, and this time it’s all about tripod floor lamps. Now I know they are ‘seen and to be seen’ everywhere right now, but that’s not why I’m featuring them. Well, maybe just a little. We desperately need more lighting in our living room and I have always been a fan of the tripod lamp. I just think it’s got a presence about it that’s hard to beat. And a lot of what you’re seeing today is a take off on some gorgeous classics.

Have you seen this 1940’s beauty by Walter von Nessen?


I know, hard to believe this lamp is over 70 years old! I love the brass features – the round base holding the rods, and the ball where the legs converge. You don’t see these two features in many tripod lamps, yet the overall design speaks to timeless elegance.

Gerald Thurston. His designs are stunning and have stood the test of time.

Like this 1950’s brass lamp.


Isn’t the mini shade perfect for the slight profile of this lamp?

And his 1960’s brass lamp with walnut capped legs.


In fact, many of Thurston’s designs featured the walnut capped legs. The only thing I’m not crazy about on this lamp is seeing the cone casing. I’d rather it was hidden, but if this lamp came my way, I wouldn’t say ‘no’!

I prefer this brass & walnut style better.


Do you see what I mean about the cone casing? It’s no where to be seen on this lamp… much more more elegant. I also like the variation in how the walnut covers these legs. What about the shade? Which do you like better, the symmetrical drum, or the tapered drum?

Now take a look at this bronze tripod lamp from Macy’s.


Isn’t it interesting the similarities of this modern day lamp to the vintage Thurston’s of yesterday? Proof that with great design the passage of time is irrelevant.

I know you will have seen this next photo in my last post


But it’s the lamp I want you to notice this time. Remember, this one is a Mid-Century Modern from the Eames era, around 1960.

And this next one is Jonathan Adler’s Ventana lamp.


Jonathan Adler was born in 1966, and I don’t think he was designing lamps just then! So again… a modern version of a Mid-Century design.

And this one is designed by Steven & Chris… Sabados and Hyndman.


And we all know who S&C are, right? Their lamp is a bit of a mix: a vintage photographer’s floor lamp, and the MCM lamp above. I really think they combined the best of both in this lamp.

Here is an example of a vintage photographer’s lamp…


So you can see the legs aren’t exactly the same as S&C’s lamp, but it’s where they fasten to the lamp pole that is similar. And then of course the light itself is completely different, but that’s where S&C’s design incorporates a drum shade much like the vintage classics above.

There are so many variations of the tripod floor lamp out there.

And here’s just one more. I love this antique surveyor’s lamp.


Legs and shade. That’s all the detail you need with exquisite lines like this.

These are a few of my modern day favourites.


I like this one from Remodelista. Love the legs. They remind me of tools from a compass set!

But if I had to pick just one…


I would totally pick this Adesso Director floor lamp from the modern day options. And the von Nessen from the vintage classics. But I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them!

Would you invest in a tripod lamp for the long haul? If you could choose any of these, which one would you pick?

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Lighting: The Lipstick in a Room

Do you know what brings a room to life?

If you said lighting, you are so right. Lighting sets the tone, creates the mood, and illuminates like a smile. As the lovely Kelly Deck puts it, lighting is the lipstick in a room! And if you think about it, lipstick can be light, bright, mid-tone, dark, glossy, sparkly, muted, or matte…

Do you want to see some of the lipstick that was in the room at IDSwest? Trust me it was the Guerlain of lighting!

This is the ‘tunnel’, the entrance into the show.

Does drum shade come to mind?

When you entered the room you were greeted by a twinkling exhibit called  Enlightened Design. My pictures don’t do it justice, but here’s a look anyway.

In the front-left you see the Varmluft pendants by Jon Karlsson for IKEA. I think these are really pretty in a whimsical way. And the red Torch Lights in the background, designed by Sylvain Willenz, also caught my eye. I think they would be great in a funky industrial restaurant setting. How about you?

Did you notice the shopping bags on the far right?

Up close and personal they’re so much fun, even if they are a little bright!

This is the other section of Enlightened Design.

In the background you see ceramic artist Jeremy Cole’s Aloe Blossom pendant. Even from a distance it’s just such a beautiful work of art. And the lamps to the right are Bastone lamps by Jaime Hayón. They’re just plain, simple fun.

Loved looking up at these sparkling globes scattered throughout the area.

They reminded me of fireworks, but there was so much to look at, I had to move on.

These Cloud Softlights by Molo Design are incredible.

They’re made of paper, a hollow honeycomb structure, and are lit by LEDs. They’re really quite amazing, don’t you think?

And if you stopped in at the Tom Dixon pub that’s where there was a definite feast for the eyes. And this is where I saw my lighting love…

I have admired these Beat pendants for a long time… and it’s the image I wrote about here where they first caught my eye! If you check out the link I’d be curious to know which setting you prefer them in… the dark and sultry, or the light and airy?

And a similar style, but in white, are the assorted Step pendants.

What I like about both sets of pendants is the way they glow because of the finish on the inside… but for me I’d still take the Beat pendants first.

These brass Etch pendants are pretty stunning too.

They’ll add glam that will liven up any space, day or night…

And I love the drama these Copper Shade pendants infuse.

Warm, soft glow… understated with such a presence.

Mid-Century Modern anyone?

Yes please!

Just so many creative designs…

What’s a room to do?

All this lipstick, but which one do you choose?

Did you enjoy seeing IDSwest with me this week? It’s been fun recapping it for you. Maybe I’ll see you there next year. Do you think you might go?

And don’t forget… Next week I’ll be posting my interview with a very special designer, so stay tuned 😉

Happy Thanksgiving – I hope you have a great weekend doing the things you love with the people you love!


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A Drum Roll for the Drum Shade

I’m sure you’re familiar with the ever popular drum shade. It came into style in the early 20th century… fell off the ‘must have list’ sometime in the ’80s and through the 90’s… but has since returned and reclaimed its popularity. Only now the traditional drum shade – think oil drum shape, literally – is available in many variations.

But to take you back to the ‘oil drum’, take a look at this!

What a great example of ‘repurpose’! It’s a huge, huge drum chandelier made from an old steel drum. Very industrial chic! Some of you may even recognize this; it hangs in the Chelsea Market in New York. I was so awed by it that I just had to take a picture. Isn’t it fabulous?

Did you know…

Drum shades are a great lighting choice because light is diffused in 3 ways:

  1. outward through the shade fabric
  2. downward casting a glow on what lies below
  3. upward where it can bounce off the ceiling

And, drum shades often tend to be larger than other shades, which allows for larger wattage bulbs, which in turn provides greater light output.

Here’s another glimpse of the Market. I love the feeling of this place, and can’t wait to share more of it with you!

How do you feel about drum shades? I personally think they’re so much fun, and a fantastic decor choice!

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Photos: Sheila Zeller

Drum Shade Information: Jim Hoyle Lamp & Shade Outlet

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