Let’s talk about a lamp that has been a fan favorite here at the store. As soon as we get one in, it heads back out the door, in the hands of another happy customer. The Visual Comfort Dorchester Adjustable Club Table Lamp is a lamp you can place in your office, or living space, and it is both striking and functional.
The beauty of this lamp is that it is adjustable, and can fit the lighting needs in a targeted space. It has two lights to provide adequate light, and can adjust to a height of 35 inches. Pictured above is the lamp in Antique-Burnished Brass with a black shade. You can also sub it out for a natural shade, or visit us to select a lampshade for your needs!
We’ve been waiting patiently all winter for the official kickoff of spring and summer…opening day at Fenway Park! Today they take on the Washington Nationals in their first home game of the season, and we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate, we’re giving our Facebook community the chance to win our very own Red Sox Baseball Lamp! Hop on over to our Facebook page for the chance to win.
The lamp was designed and made at our store in Concord, MA using MLB baseballs with the Red Sox logo. The base of the lamp is made of ash (the same wood used to make many major league bats) and is milled locally into the shape of home plate (available in either painted white or clear ash).
Perhaps the most notable feature is the lampshade’s original artwork created by a local artist, Jack Skinner. The lampshade illustrates a game at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and the evil empire (aka the Yankees). In this game, the scoreboard in left field shows the Red Sox leading 9-0, and the empire has one error. Wally is in the left field stands, your favorite icons are in their proper places in and around the park, and the fans in the back of the stadium are wearing Red Sox team jerseys from the 2009-2011 teams.
Making a great first impression is key, which is why it’s oh-so important for your foyer design to really rock! One of the most effective way to do this is choosing an eye-catching foyer lighting fixture. There are a range of foyer lights and foyer chandeliers in many shapes and finishes – from glass to a range of different metallics! We’ve collected some of our favorites to spotlight below.
Over the years we’ve seen customers create many memorable and creative gifts with our novelty fillable glass lamps. We “filled” you in on a few of these ideas in a previous blog post. We thought it would be fun to bring to life a new series on the blog called “Friday Fill”, centered around the myriad gift ideas surrounding this lovely lamp. One Friday a month, we’ll craft a new gift idea and share it with you. Each idea will be seasonal in nature and hopefully give you the perfect gift idea for upcoming occasions.
While it’s not quite spring in New England, many folks are thinking about their spring break vacations. We understand that not everyone is able to fly down to Florida or Mexico for a break, so we thought it would be a great idea to build a gift around a spring break cocktail! This could be a great gift idea for any birthday, or even a great “just because” gift to add a bit of cheer to someone’s life.
The best part is this gift is pretty simple to assemble. Simply fill one of our smaller fillable glass lamps with lemons. Pair the filled lamp with a set of Moscow mule glasses and a cocktail recipe book. To take it a step further, recommend a recipe that you think they’ll enjoy. Below is a recipe we think you’ll love. Cheers, and happy gifting!
Lemon and Basil Mojito
• Sprig of basil
• Sprig of mint
• 1 teaspoon raw sugar or agave nectar
• 1½ ounces clear rum
• Squeeze of fresh lemon
• Club soda or seltzer
In a sturdy glass, muddle fresh basil and mint leaves with sugar. Add rum and lemon juice. Fill the glass, top it off with club soda and stir it with a spoon.
We couldn’t help but have some fun and play on the words of that popular movie title (we’re pretty sure you know what name we’re talking about!). We thought about selecting 50 lampshades of gray…but then realized you can really only find so many shades of gray. That said, we opted to find some gray lamps that are oh-so stylish. Gray is a great neutral color, and is almost absent of color, which means these lamps can fit in anywhere, in any room!
Sometimes when I’m out with friends, I end of talking some shop. Hey, I love what I do, so it comes through in my personal conversations! I made the comment that brass was on it’s way back. Gasp! Yes, this seemed to be the common reaction from those listening, because after all, weren’t we all still trying to swap out those pesky brass door knobs and find ways to upcycle that old brass lamp? Sure, brass had its heyday in the 70s, but big-name interior designers are bringing it back, in a modern, chic way of course. Currey & Company is one of the lighting manufacturers making a case for the brass resurgence, and we’re absolutely in love with their new brass light fixtures and brass lamps. Below are a few Currey & Company brass finds, which can all be found in our online shop! Happy shopping!
We work with a number of different lighting manufacturers, so it’s really hard to pick a favorite…but I definitely have a soft spot for New England-based Hubbardton Forge. The beauty of their wrought-iron lighting is like none other, and the quality of craftsmanship is impeccable. I love this company’s story. As they write on their website, “1974…It was the year of the Watergate scandal, The Sting was a box-office hit, and aspiring artists and entrepreneurs George Chandler and Reed Hampton fired up their first blacksmithing forge in a drafty old Vermont barn. With anvils, swage blocks, trip hammers and other tools from a bygone era, the two set out to revive the nearly forgotten craft of hand-forging raw metal into functional art. Their innovative designs became recognized for their simplicity and integrity. From these humble beginnings, one of the most respected brands in the industry was born.”
These folks have carried on their craft for all of these years, and continue to produce functionally ornate and distinct pieces time and time again. We recently stumbled across these behind-the-scenes photos on their Facebook page, and really think they speak well to just how much care and hard work they put into each piece. Next time you see one of their light fixtures in our store, or online, you’ll fully understand how it came to be, and have a better appreciation. We sure do!
“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”
These words came from Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, when Pantone announced their 2015 color of the year. We couldn’t be more excited for this color. There is such a beautiful richness to this hue and it’s incredibly inviting. Now, we also loved last year’s color – Radiant Orchid – but Marsala is so much more versatile. And we love versatility!
Every few months we have the delight of seeing some of the latest beautiful lamp creations from one of our beloved manufacturers, Currey & Company. We can’t take our eyes off of these gems below – here are our favorites!
Aquaterra – This lighting fixture is made from recycled glass and the iron contrasts beautifully to give this piece rustic charm.
The Red Sox are back in action, and we’re excited for another exciting season here at Fenway Park. Today they’ll be taking on the Brewers – let’s start the season off right with a win! For some good luck, our Red Sox lamp is on display, sending positive vibes their direction. Good luck, boys!
We New England football fans are spoiled – we have been able to watch one of the best NFL teams in the country for over 20 years. The 2013 football season is already half way over and the Patriots are once again off to a strong start with a 7 and 2 record…with a promise of the best to come! And now you can celebrate the team, the season and the success with the New Patriots Football Table Lamp.
The Patriots Football Table Lamp was designed with the Patriots players and fans in mind…. It is big, it is colorful, it has presence, and it is soooo special!!! Designed and manufactured at our shop in Concord, it features a Patriots logo football and a unique lampshade of a game between the Pats and their NY rival!
The base of the lamp is a rectangular piece of wood, cut to the same proportion as the playing football field. The wood is covered with astro turf, and is completed with a white line marker, a kicking tee and a Patriots logo football.
The lampshade is also rectangular and features original artwork, by our local artist, Jack Skinner, of a game at Gillette Stadium between the Pats and the Jets. In this game, the score board shows the Pats leading 31-0. Pat Patriot is in the corner of the stadium, your favorite icons are in their proper places around the stadium, and the fans sitting in the back of the stadium are wearing Patriots team jerseys from their most favorite Patriots players – past and present.
But, the most unique feature of the lamp is to watch the game change from a day game to a night game; when the light is off, the Patriots are playing a day game. But, when the light is turned on….. you are watching the Pats play a night game! The moon and the stars awaken, the stadium lights come on, the field and the goal posts light up, as does the light in the lighthouse, the scoreboard and the megatrons.
An extra and special touch to the lamp is a football finial. The lamp is shipped with a small brass, non-decorative final. However, many people chose a final at the top of the lamp to mimic the logo football.
Either way – it is a special lamp and one you and your Pats fans (of all ages) will enjoy for many years. To get your lamp, go to our website, concordlampandshade.com to order, or call the store 978.369.3000, and we will slide one into your home!
White is THE color for the summer season! But come Labor Day we need to store this colorless hue away for the cold winter. The good news for interiors is that white knows no season. White speaks to clean, simple sophistication, and lamps are no exception. White lamps, with their simple elegance, can soften any room’s decor. Add a white lamp to an all-white room and create a tranquil environment. Incorporate it into a black and white bedroom design and portray a super chic space.