help picking a lamp post and a wall light

ratherbeknittingOctober 5, 2010

My husband and I are in the midst of renovating a 50s ranch. I'd like to be true to the era of the house.

lamp post

wall light

I'm leaning towards this light and post, but I'm not sure if the metal will work with all the black. What do you think?

lamp post

wall light

They also have it in a deep bronze finish. Any additional ideas will be appreciated.


Here is a link that might be useful: lamp post pic

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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

It might help to see more of the front of the house, to see what other design elements are present.

I'd definitely stay with black to match the metal posts on the porch and the black shutters.

The proposed lamp is certainly handsome, but to me the style is too modern. I also think it conflicts with the curly porch supports. As I'm neither a designer nor an artist, that's the best I can articulate it.

I grew up in three 50s ranches in various parts of California, and for whatever reason -- probably a combination of bright street lighting and small yards -- none of those houses had post lamps. Obviously that doesn't mean much if you need a light source in that location! The 1961 ranch which is now my home also lacks a lamppost (though it's possible there was one before the house was added onto). There is a porch light above a glass panel in the porch roof; I assume it's original as there is no sign in the brick facade of any other light fixture.

Here's a site you might find helpful; apparently some of the designs are still available. [That "square recessed can light" is similar to what I have.]

I found the site with a Google Images search for "porch lamp fifties."

    Bookmark   October 5, 2010 at 4:50PM
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Yeah you are the second person who has said that. Oh well maybe at the next house it will work. Our neighbor actually has a lamp post that incorporates the curly S. Would be cool if more of this stuff was still available

After checking out retrorenovation (I love that site although I think some of the folks on it get too caught up in making their houses look period---aka like sets from the show Madmen), I checked out a lighting company they recommended. I like this do you think this will work? There is also a lamp post to match.

Also we have these cylinder type lights in our carport. I think they were made by this company (Remcraft), which seems to be reissuing some of its styles from the 50s. What do you think? I like the downlight series.

Here is a link that might be useful: lamp post

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 11:43AM
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"True to the period"--most people saying this are stuck on the idea that everyone in the 50s and 60s had Midcentury Modern houses. This isn't true. Many, many more houses were decorated and planted in the neocolonial than the midcentury modern style. It was more popular by 10:1. This was NOT a midcentury modern house. You have shutters and curly porch supports, for goodness sakes.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 12:04PM
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Maybe a bad example of midcentury mod,but mid mod nonetheless (I have the a frame open concept kitchen/living room/dining room, clerestory windows and brick fireplace to the ceiling to prove it ;)-i think some bad renos were done over the yrs to make it look like a "cranch" as my neighbor calls her house (renos to make a ranch look like a colonial). Now back to the question at hand what do you all think of the lamp post I picked out?


    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 2:02PM
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It's a fine looking lamp and would likely fit in with the bits of the house that you've shown. I do wonder if it would fit the scale of your house. It seems rather slim.

The parts of your house shown look similar to some of the details of my mom's house so I'm imagining it there and it would look fine except it would likely be too small.

Would your door lamp then be of a similar style?

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 5:41PM
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Here's a pic of the front of the house

Here's the wall lamp:

And here's the lamp post:

Now after seeing this in my neighbor's yard I'm starting to get attached to this:

She has it in brown and lives far enough away from me that it wouldn't be too matchy matchy (I'd get it in black). She has an all brick ranch.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 10:23PM
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I've got a 1965 house (not a ranch) that was built by middle aged people with a STRONG 1950s modern aesthetic, but along with the modern architecture came 1940s lights and balustrade. I'm sure the porch supports were original, and the shutters likely were, too. Yours wasn't ever an "atomic mod" house. It was just a house house, with touches popular at the time. If you want MCM, that's fine, but it's disingenuous to pretend that you're bringing it back to roots it never had. Not 1 in 100 houses was actually truly MCM.

If you wanted MCM, you went entirely the wrong way with the flagstone path. It should have been angular, not curved, and the pattern square, not random. Oversized bluestone or cement "stepping stones" (at least 30" wide).

Wall lamp is fine. The lamp post doesn't work with the house as it is.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 8:46AM
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