3 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Vintage Lighting

As a New Orleans interior designer, I always like to remind homeowners who are in the midst of planning their home remodeling not to forget about their lighting set up. Planning out the lighting scheme is one of the most important aspects of a successful home design. Recently, I’ve been suggesting the use of vintage lighting. Vintage lighting can add a unique feel to the interior design that is at the same time very elegant as well. If you decide on using vintage lighting, then make sure that you keep these three things in mind:

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    Hire an Appraiser – If you are purchasing valuable vintage lighting fixtures, make sure that you have a second opinion on its worth unless you trust your dealer completely. Either way, having written documentation proving its value is nice for insurance purposes.

  • Check the Wiring – Older lighting fixtures such as vintage chandeliers or sconces were most likely not produced with today’s compatibility or safety standards. Have them checked by a licensed electrician before using them.
  • Find a Parts Supplier – If you’re buying vintage pieces, there’s a good chance that you’ll find something you’re absolutely in love with, but that has a flaw or two. Having a supplier that can replace certain parts is invaluable.

These three New Orleans interior designer tips will help you out enormously if you are on the lookout for vintage lighting. For more information about your lighting scheme and other interior design elements, visit 64 in the Box.

Academy Awards 2013 Colors and Textures

The recent Academy Awards awards ceremony had many of the latest trends on display. Exciting color and textures energized the red carpet. Here are some of my favorites.

  • White. Sparkly white was very much in vogue. Some may say the white was a bit unseasonal or a bit bridal…but creativity and movies have always gone hand-in-hand!  The Boston Globe praised the color choice and assembled the photo montage below.

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  • Deep, rich blues. Reese Witherspoon looked stunning (as always) in a navy and black gown by Louis Vuitton. Navy was also seen on the talented young Quvenzhané Wallis, who accessorized the dress with one of her collection of puppy purses.

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  • Dressmaker details. Jennifer Garner sported a Gucci with sleek, modern flounces in the back. Many stars wore dresses with precious details that were almost fairy-tale like. Olivia Munn‘s dress was so beautiful and classic, it seemed as though it were from a period film.
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Home fashion generally follows fashion, so I think Oscar looks will enter more and more homes this season!

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