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This weeks episode on my you tube channel is the start of a new series! Decorating School! And it’s about a much requested topic: all about lamps! Come with me as we take a tour through my main floor entry, living, dining and kitchen.

French doors into the garden

Maria, which lamps should I consider in my home?

First up, the double wall sconces in my entry. Put sconces wherever you need some glow and there isn’t space for a lamp!

Pretty double sconce


Sconces before

Then the lamp in my entry. In the video you’ll see where the previous homeowner placed the entry table (it wasn’t here). 

Styled entry table with lamp

How many lamps are enough?

There’s 8 lamps in living room and you’ll also see where I installed another set of double sconces in this room.

How many living room lamps

Lamp on fireplace mantel

coffee table and lamp

And right now I only have two lamps in the dining room, but I need more.

Sunroom dining room with lamps

Dining table vignette with lamps

Let’s take a lamp tour of my new house!

If you’re struggling with where to place lamps and how big, how high, which light bulbs, etc. – it’s all in this week’s Decorating School episode!

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  • Sheree says:

    Can you please post the mentioned links?

  • Tracy says:

    I’ve scoured the Internet for months trying to find simple, small shaded candlestick lamps to no avail. There are battery operated but the reviews are dismal. Thoughts?

  • Lisa Salati says:

    Could you please discuss the height for sconces.

    • Susanne says:

      Yes, I’m interested in that as well. They seemed too high to me but… maybe the original wiring and junction boxes were at those high location already?

  • Geralyn Souza says:

    Maria, Wow! Thank you so much for this comprehensive lamp content. I have a tall buffet that needs a lamp or two, but the height is such that you can see the bulb under the shade. What type of lamp or shade do you recommend for high places? My room style is transitional, and the buffet is antique art deco. Thanks.

  • Ellle says:

    Lots of great info–except for the suggestion of running a cord under a rug. This is a fire hazard–very dangerous.

  • Christy says:

    This was fantastic! Can you do a similar video on area rugs throughout the house? Do you have different patterns, colors, textures, etc. in each room, or should some rooms have the same area rug if you can see them both from a certain angle?

  • Cara says:

    Maria, I have inherited lamps that my mother-in-law purchased in the ealty 70s. There is a pair of very tall Stiffle table lamps in brass and ivory ceramic (possibley Lenox) and a very tall metal lamp painted to look like wood and shaped like an Ionic column. The original drum shades are gone. Are these lamps too dated for my traditional decor.If not, what kind of shades to use and how to size them?

    • Maria Killam says:

      Take them to a local lampshade shop, that’s the easiest way to try on new shades and bring new life to them, super fun! Maria

  • Denise says:

    I love the style of your yellow sofa. Would you please let me know where I could locate one like it

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