Portola Valley ResidenceMidcentury Living Room, San Francisco
photo by Art Gray
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Decide whether you're looking for style, value or both. Are you a collector looking for an investment piece, or are you simply looking for a fixture to add a unique decorative flourish? If it's the former, limit your shopping to reputable antiques dealers and specialty lighting stores, both of which should be able to give you the provenance, pedigree and other important details about fixtures that interest you.If you're more interested in aesthetics than monetary considerations, you may find bargains at flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores and online auction sites such as eBay. Just be prepared to do some additional rehabbing — the lighting you choose may need extensive cleaning, finish restoration or repairs.
Vintage lighting is a common theme throughout the house. DeLisle was able to achieve a quirky sense of elegance in this house, that isn't always attainable with more standard lighting choices. A rug from Morocco adds a touch of international flair to this vignette, where a vintage sconce and lamp illuminate photography by Catherine Wagner.