Have you run into this – you buy a house that has some expensive accouterments – the cost of which impresses you, the actual item not. For going on five years we have had just such an item(s) in our Puerto Beach casa (Casa Las Brisas del Mar). The wall lamp shade in question is shown in the photo below – actually four of them.
You begin to question your taste after seeing the price tag and commencing to be bewildered that that thing could cost that! This is a metal framed shade with a leather/bark like covering. What I like to call a dust catcher. And not pleasing to look at, at that. Upon arrival we started shopping for something else only to see these shade covers at several of the nicer stores for a high price – oops better leave them and modify our taste (or lack thereof).
A couple of weeks ago Puerto’s fanciest lighting store had a 20 percent off sale – twice in as many months.
The Calypso Couple seized the moments and bought a few table lamps.
as well as replaced the four offending high-end wall shades.
All these fixtures had a common thread – onyx – kind of a throw-back to the sixties that multi-colored light. SOOTHING. The best part is, for we beach dwellers, the lamps will resist the salt air; probably lasting longer than just about anything with which you can wrap a bulb.
When Steve Cotton was here last month, during the ten cent tour of our little beach casa, he keyed on the wall shades like a kid in a candy store. “Where did you get that shade?”
Apparently he has a need for something like this in his new luxury casa over in Barra de Navidad.
We also replaced a fixture in our downstairs bathroom (yes, we have two); again with a lovely onyx shade. Very intimate lighting, which is probably not required in our small bathroom (if only there was a tub for two – then….).
So there you have our latest upgrade-the-beach-house report. Next a new kitchen cabinet – Stay Tuned!