Saturday, October 27, 2007

Porcelain light fixtures

I'm not the only one who loves them! A person can learn things from a waiting-room picture mag. In the September Elle Decor, there's a feature in which Deborah Berke lists "12 things she can't live without." When a 19th- or early-20th-century house is electrified, there are always a lot of porcelain light fixtures to be seen, sometimes just in ells or outbuildings, sometimes in closets and obscure boxrooms, and sometimes right out there in the open. I like them, and I like them fitted with just a bare bulb. (I like the pull-strings or pull-chains, too.) She suggests fitting them with a compact flourescent bulb, and this makes sense, too, because in a closet or back room, the lack of light from a CFB doesn't matter that much, and they are decorative to look at. She also likes popcorn made the old-fashioned way, as do we. It's scandalous that some grocery stores stock nothing but microwave popcorn these days, if anyone can believe that! We need our Orville. And what will little kids do without the thrill of the expanding foil top on a pan of Jolly Time popped over a campfire? Now, because one of her dozen favorites is a Faber-Castell Perfect pencil, with a sharpener built in, I have to check these out.


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