The Joys of Christmas Past
Don’t you love the Christmas season? Aren’t you glad it’s over? Every year I look forward to it coming, get completely stressed when it’s here, and feel relaxed when it’s over. How I enjoy the post-Christmas season! The decorations are still up, (New York does it better than any city I’ve ever seen), sales are on, and the office is closed until after New Year’s.
New Year’s Eve long ago ceased to be big thing–thank God! I don’t feel the need to go away; it’s the most relaxing time of the year. I never need to be in a warm climate until about February when I would rather wear a polyester jump suit than put on my down coat one more time.
So now I have one week alone in my office. What a great time to get everything done that I’ve been putting off for a year: finishing all the drawings for my house, preparing an estimate for the remaining items, making final decisions on tile and other wall and floor materials, making a lighting schedule, etc., etc. And I swear I’ll get to it as soon as I get back from lunch.
I’m still planning on using track lighting, but I need two important pendants for the main room–important they be large in scale and small in price. Although a bit mid-century for my taste, these two fixtures from Autoban will make a statement for sure, and are semi-affordable. Now here’s the catch: the maximum wattage is 60 watts. That is somewhat less than I use in a small closet. Why bother to call them lighting? They’re more like illuminated mobiles.
There are always the old classic Noguchi paper lanterns; they will see me through until I find the perfect pair. A Noguchi lantern temporarily hung in my former apartment for about 10 plus years. It’s a modern classic.
Speaking of lighting, let me share one of my more illuminating mistakes. While up in Hudson, I went into a favorite store of mine, Historical Materialism. They had 20 beautifully shaped, small, glass pendants hanging by electrical cords. What a great idea, I thought, to have them all hanging as you come into the entry/library! I could run a track through the mullions in the skylight. Okay, so far so good. It was only after purchasing them that I realized that this good idea would be gorgeous until that first gust of wind. Think wind chimes–a gust of wind, a shower of glass shards. Back to the drawing board. Anyone want to buy 20 small pendant fixtures?