Proportion

I have 4 lamps in the living room. Actually 2 sets of two lamps with 4 identical shades.

Here are my old lamps before they new shades: Signed Dresden cut glass with Greek key brass base on the left and large cracked-marble column lamp on the right.  There are 2 of each.
Here are my old lamps before they new shades: Signed Dresden cut glass with Greek key brass base on the left and large cracked-marble column lamp on the right. There are 2 of each.

After hanging the portraits I got the idea that maybe the shorter lamps should be near the sofa and the taller ones on the low tables.

Short lamps near the sofa
Short lamps near the sofa
Tall lamps near sofa
Tall lamps near sofa

I took similar photos from different directions and asked Charlie what he thought.

Although difficult to photograph, the tall lamps seem too large in the middle of the room.
Although difficult to photograph, the tall lamps seem too large in the middle of the room.
I prefer the tall lamps near the window.
I prefer the tall lamps near the window.

Charlie diplomatically agreed with my decision which is to keep the tall lamps near the sofa and the shorter ones on the low tables.

The lamps with three stacked balls look like cracked marbles.
The lamps with three stacked balls look like cracked marbles.
This is the final set-up -- large lamps near the sofa.
This is the final set-up — large lamps near the sofa.

I also hung a pair of medieval brass rubbings and a single larger one named “Lace Lady”.

Black and gold brass rubbings  are easy to work into the décor.
Black and gold brass rubbings are easy to work into the décor.
A pair of brass rubbings are hanging between the front door and the window over the light switch.
A pair of brass rubbings are hanging between the front door and the window over the light switch.

At last everything is off the floor in the living room.

What are you tweaking before the end of the year?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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