LampGoods: Light Up My Life

Everyone on the Maven team is addicted to restoration. We've never met an old house we didn't like, and all of us have, at one time or another, contemplated buying a wreck just to save it.

Here in Orono, after nearly seven years of fixing up an 1850s farmhouse, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. And it's beautiful. The light, that is (the house doesn't look half bad, either).

Choosing the right lighting can be tricky, especially in an older home. The shiny stuff at the big-box stores doesn't really look right against a tin ceiling, but the safety of antique fixtures can be questionable and often expensive. That's why we love LampGoods, a Maine-based company that rehabs vintage fixtures and creates new ones that are perfect for old homes. Case in point: the Ball jar lights pictured above, which are stylish, simple and oh-so-perfect for a farmhouse kitchen. Strangely enough, the designer, Jann, calls this line "Orono."

Midcentury Modern or retro milk glass more your style? You're in luck. The selection here is great, safe and best of all, nothing you'll see at a chain store.

See the light at LampGoods' Etsy store or blog.


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