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post #41 of 64 Old 18-07-2015, 11:02 AM
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SueC, the owl lamps sound great. I am all for functional art!

My DD, a teenager, would agree with your appreciation for bound books when it comes to textbooks. I have tried to push the latest kindles and textbook digital downloads for years. She isn't having it. It seems the better alternative to me. She is a straight 'A' student, so I back off and try to stay silent - which isn't easy. :)
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post #42 of 64 Old 18-07-2015, 12:22 PM
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When our small house was being built, I had the electricians install his and hers lamps over the bed. They were bullet style so provided enough light for reading but could be turned so as not to disturb the other. No need for lamp tables. Since hubby was up much earlier than me his light was also operated from a switch just inside the door as I didn't want a ceiling fixture.



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post #43 of 64 Old 12-05-2019, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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...this thread I think is also worth resurrecting, although unfortunately some of the original photos have disappeared in cyberspace. We've got new members who I'm sure have things to say about this topic, and who can resist a good whine about the trials and tribulations of modern living?

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post #44 of 64 Old 13-05-2019, 10:36 AM
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Childproof caps on bottles - also elderly and not so elderly person proof!

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post #45 of 64 Old 13-05-2019, 10:47 AM
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Hmm, I just buy everything on Amazon - or if it is horse related... online Western stores. Did you finally find a lamp? I didn't read the whole thread. LOL.

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post #46 of 64 Old 13-05-2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I did. At a second-hand place - lamps with banksia cones as stands...





That's one of the guest rooms. It's supposed to feel Australian!

More photos here:

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post #47 of 64 Old 13-05-2019, 02:56 PM
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This is what I have for my bedside lamp. Seems to work well for me:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Newhouse...X-BK/307443468

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post #48 of 64 Old 13-05-2019, 04:32 PM
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Wow, great lamp, TL! That's a really elegant solution. Find a nice bit branch, polish it, make a hole down the centre for the electrics, attach lampshade of your choice.

This is a banksia cone:



Banksias are small Australian trees and there are many different species. The above photo is a Banksia grandis cone. Banksia integrifolia cones look like this:




Banksia grandis cones in the tree:




And here's some examples of what enterprising local wood turners make from these cones:















I'm sure these would also make interesting lampstands. DH and I must go and look in some woodturner galleries!

I started laughing at the first photo. It reminds me of a bunch of chattering, happy, clams. The end result of someone's artistry turned out beautiful though.
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@SueC I love your home. It looks like an old house that someone did some nice updates without getting rid of the character.


I love the owl lamp. Over the past year I have been looking for light fixtures and saw that cute lamp but decided I didn't have a use for it. I may need to rethink that decision. Shopping for light fixtures is exhausting! So many choices and 99% of it won't work in my home.
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@SueC I love your home. It looks like an old house that someone did some nice updates without getting rid of the character.
Thank you... that was what we were hoping for, when we built the place. We didn't want to live in a modern place. Although the shape is modern from the outside because I designed it passive-solar for the site (on grid paper etc with sun angles for various seasons ) and this was the most logical way to do it, building it largely from lime plastered straw, wood and with a traditional (for Australia, 100+ years ago) metal roof softened all that modernity and gave us an outcome we're very happy with. I'm actually a sucker for Lord of the Rings type stuff, or Gaudi, or anything witchy with pointy gables. turrets and lots of gargoyles - but I had to let that go. I don't regret it, it's a wonderfully self-regulating, comfortable house (warm in winter, cool in summer - no air-conditioning, only heating two evenings a week on average in winter with our little wood heater) that's really aesthetically pleasing inside, full of light and air and an almost Japanese simplicity.

Only took 5 years of our blood, sweat and tears, but actually really, really worth it, the second best thing we've done, other than marry each other!


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I love the owl lamp. Over the past year I have been looking for light fixtures and saw that cute lamp but decided I didn't have a use for it. I may need to rethink that decision. Shopping for light fixtures is exhausting! So many choices and 99% of it won't work in my home.
I got those owl lamps off the Internet. You're too right it's exhausting to go around shops, especially if you're after classical or natural stuff, not fashionable stuff. Or if you're colour coordinating. I got all my bedside mats and also the lounge floor rug online - had to look through over 500 colours/patterns to get what I wanted even online, but try doing this going around shops...

What's your home like? What suits it best?
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