Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting

Emmanuel Fonte AntiquesComplete a vintage scene or create contrast with lamps, sconces and chandeliers that have traveled through time

I majored in theater arts for my first two years of college. It’s a bit in my blood. My dad was in show business — mostly as a director and producer — and when I was a baby, Rock Hudson was my babysitter. Honest! He lived in the apartment next door to us, near Warner Brothers Studio.

Given that background, I’ve always believed interior decoration and design are largely about theater. That is, they’re not just about the nuts and bolts of utilitarian objects under a roof. Rather, they’re about creating a place in which to live out life’s drama — making a beautiful environment that evokes something soul-nourishing. And in decorating, as in theater, lighting is an often-underrated but vitally important element in the creation of that environment.

If you’re like me and you love to include antiques in the “set design” of your home, then antique lighting (which can be a bit of a challenge) is something you should definitely consider.

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