Wednesday, September 30, 2009

'50s Lamp of the Day #11

I love this lamp for its mid-century modern simplicity. The tripod base has a built-in planter, which I don’t use because a plant just seems to get in the way and clutter the clean look of the lamp. The original shade is turquoise with gold and white brushstrokes.

Monday, September 28, 2009

'50s Lamp of the Day #10

This chartreuse lamp has a hairpin leg base and the original shade. It’s the lamp that started my mid-century modern lamp collection and it’s my favorite. I bought it about 15 years ago at a flea market. It’s my favorite lamp and it only cost $20.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

'50s Lamp of the Day #9

The lamp of the day is an Asian themed chalkware T.V. lamp. We picked up this lamp on an antique shopping excursion in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
T.V. lamps were designed to prevent damage to the eyes that was thought to be caused by the bright light of the television set. Placing a lamp on top of the set was believed to prevent this vision damage. This was later disproven and it may have been just another marketing ploy from the beginning.
T.V. lamps are so appealing because they come in so many over-the-top 1950s kitsch designs.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

'50s Lamp of the Day #8

The '50s lamp of the day is not one lamp, but a matching pair. These '50s pink boudoir lamps are another Ebay find. They arrived with a label attached that said they belonged to the seller's grandparents. I always think of them as Grandma and Grandpa's lamps.

We use these lamps in the master bedroom of our 1955 ranch house. That atomic starburst shape appears once again in this pair of lamps, which have double tiered shades with a splatter design. The vintage shades are not original to these particular lamps, but are another Ebay purchase.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

'50s Lamp of the Day #6

After a quick break, we’re back with more vintage modern lamps. This mid-century modern desk lamp looks like it could appear on Mad Men. It’s brass with teak wood at the base of the arms. The fiberglass rattan shades on this lamp are a perfect match for one of the vintage wall sconces in our office.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Pink Bathroom Photos

Someone asked for more photos of the pink bathroom in our mid-century modern ranch house. The small size of this bathroom makes to difficult to take photos from different angles, so I've taken mostly close-up photos.

Funky '50s Lamp of the Day: #5

We'll continue with another mid-century modern lamp from our collection. With its brass sputnik rays shooting out from the top, it looks like it's ready to go into orbit. I'm just noticing how many of our vintage lamps have this atomic design.
This lamp is aqua with small white diamond shapes that appear to be circling the lamp. It still has the original 1950s fiberglass two-tiered shade.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Funky '50s Lamp of the Day

This chartreuse lamp has a gold splatter design and brass sputnik rays shooting out from it. We bought this lamp on Ebay.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Funky '50s Lamp of the Day

This lamp, with a shape reminiscent of the Space Needle in Seattle, is brass with a ceramic turquoise center. We bought it at a great local vintage clothing store called Cheap Thrills.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Funky '50s Lamp of the Day

We've accumulated quite a few lamps, so we've decided to spotlight one of them each day. Who knew lamps could be addicting?
This chalkware lamp has a venetian blind type metal shade. We bought this about 10 years ago at the flea market at the traffic circle in Tulsa.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Better Living by Design with Modern Tulsa

Join Modern Tulsa at Philbrook Museum of Art on Thursday, September 10th from 5:30 to 7:00 to view the George R. Kravis II Collection of modern design.
Following the exhibit, head over to Cucine Moderne at 3402 S. Peoria to enjoy beverages and a presentation by George Kravis. Admission is free when you RSVP through

Better Living by Design, with Modern Tulsa
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Philbrook 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Pohlenz Cucine Moderne 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Admission is free with an RSVP.

Modern Tulsa in conjunction with the Philbrook Museum teams up to offer a free evening of modern design Thursday, September 10th. Join us from 5:30 to 7:00 as we view the selected works from the George R. Kravis II Collection of modern design. The collection features items from 1900 to the present designed by iconic names like Dreyfuss, Eames, Frankl, Geddes, Teague, Vassos and Noguchi. Attendees will also have access to the show in the main gallery, Auspicious Vision (Aug, 23-Nov. 29), a showcase of American Modernism paintings from the Edward Wales Root collection.

The evening starts at Philbrook, to enjoy the exhibits from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Then we’ll make the short drive up Peoria to visit Cucine Moderne from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm for a taste of modern kitchen design and beverages. The highlight of the evening will be a presentation by collection donor George Kravis at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cute Kitchen Dinette Alert

1950's Chrome Dinette - $300 (Edmond)

The sweetest pink and grey chrome dinette is listed on Craigslist in Edmond, OK. This isn't my listing, but I came across the ad and thought the dinette was adorable. I'm sure someone with a pink kitchen would love to have it.


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