Turn On Your Hot Lights

I have a problem. Yes, I frequently misinterpret Neil Diamond lyrics, but it’s worse than that. It’s my lighting addiction. Every night when the lights get low and my sleep deprivation has turned itself inside out, transforming me into a frenetic Mrs. Hyde, and there is nothing on tv — not even a Flipping Out marathon, I start trolling the dark streets of Ebay, looking for a fixture. Or two. Or three. I can’t stop myself from adding sconces, table lamps and chandeliers to my watch list. And do I need these things? Well, I could use a new light for over my kitchen sink, but in short: No. Hell no. I have a garage full of crap bought from Craigslist, Round Top, thrift and vintage stores. Anytime I shop for furnishings, I studiously avoid anything that is not, in and of itself, a source of illumination. Lighting is the jewelry of the room, and I like da bling.

So, during all my sleepless nights spent trolling, I’ve noticed two distinct lighting trends: restrained industrial, and architectural glitz. In the restrained camp, there is a plethora of very elegant French lights by 50’s designer, Serge Mouille:

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Mouille lights are classic and spare, but with an edgy vibe. Very French, no? In the glitzy camp, we have scintillating fixtures by Italian designer Gaetano Sciolari:

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Sciolari’s lucite and brass chandelier does a lot to glam up an otherwise studiously neutral room, don’t you think? So, which do you prefer — French, spare and edgy, or Italian, shiny and voluptuous?

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Catherine Deneuve or Sophia Loren? (And if someone can direct me to their male equivalents, I’d be most appreciative…)

I know. It’s cruel asking you to choose between two gorgeous creatures, but can two such strong personalities coexist in a polygamous marriage? I’m talking about the light fixtures, of course. Need more lighting porn to help you decide? Your wish is my command:

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Mouille in David Netto’s apartment.

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Sciolari via Vintage y Chic

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Mouille in Jenna Lyon’s bedroom.

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Sciolari via Apartment Therapy

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Mouille, forgot source. Je regrete!

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Sciolari in Kelly Wearstler’s crazy pink and purple guest house

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Mouille via Met Home

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I ran out of home pics with Sciolari chandeliers in them, so I’m including this sexy number all by its lonesome.

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Mouille via Gribouillis Magazine

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Sciolari. I think I just had a brassgasm. Orbrassm.

So, lovely readers, what are your thoughts? Shiny or spare? Glittery or sophisticated? Could you decide between one style over the other, or does the very idea of such a Sophie’s Choice bring a tear to the eye? Perhaps you think the two could be peaceful bedmates? Tell momma all about it.