We were in search of the perfect lamp. It had to be a showstopper. Don’t ask why–we’re professional decorators. It had to be both inviting and cutting-edge chic, the kind of lamp that can carry the weight of the entrance hall. With an unlimited budget the answer is easy: a lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller, the master ceramic craftsman who creates the most gorgeous array of glazed ceramic lamps, mounted on 24k gilt wood bases or slick black lacquer. His elegant design, extensive color library and custom colors make his lamps the first choice in fine interiors. Chris’s lamps are instantly recognizable and add that essential splash every interior needs. The most interesting houses featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful or Lonny always have at least one Spitzmiller lamp. Every fine home needs one. They range from $650 – $2,250 and are sold shops (although none in Maryland) or through interior decorators. Another out-of-this-world alternative: Swank Lighting, a shop specializing in both vintage and new Murano glass lamps, is a go-to. Those guys have cornered the market on brilliantly colored Murano lamps mounted on thick Lucite.
But we didn’t have an unlimited budget, only the ambition, so finding the perfect lamp was a much more difficult task. Vintage or antique lamps usually require a lot of restoration, which can add up quickly. Online stores like West Elm, Z Gallery, Restoration Hardware, Ikea and CB2 have affordable, great looking lamps, but are they life-changing? Am I being lamp-dramatic? Maybe. I love lamps. Anyway, those aforementioned affordable lamps are totally great for kids’ bedrooms and family rooms. The same goes for William Sonoma Home, Jardin en Fleur, and even Jonathan Adler. All three carry gorgeous lamps that are fairly well-priced (but by no means cheap). But, back to the lamp fetish: Do they leave us breathless? No.
After weeks of searching, it dawned on us: Buy the Spitzmiller lamp, or that perfect Murano glass beauty, and sacrifice something else. The chest of drawers, the console table, even the entrance hall rug can wait. Yes, it’s that important and you won’t be sorry. Er, we won’t be sorry. A high-quality, jaw-dropping stunner of a lamp immediately transforms a space into high-style luxury, even if it’s sitting on an Ikea table. Problem solved! Thanks, Chris–you light up our life.