Architectural Elements


Lovely details.

Lamps. Lamps. Lamps.  I have always been challenged to find mass produced lamps that satisfy my cottage sensibilities.  So I am always on the hunt at flea markets, antique stores and antique shows for architectural elements that I can turn into lamps.  .

Here are two that I have found, both for under $20 each.  Some inexpensive hardware and two Pottery Barn lamp shades and the net result are some wonderful pieces that have loads of character and charm.

I hope you like them.

Love Always,


Lovely architectural element painted in crisp white.

Everything looks so much crisper against a white backdrop.

Vintage glass knobs for lamp feet.

Lamp made from re-claimed baluster section


Loads of character and cottage charm.


Lovely first hydrangea blooms of the year.


  1. Cindy, I LOVE it! Is that first one a newel post, too? Either way, another great idea for getting exactly what you want (without settling for something that *almost* fits the bill) at a likely cheaper cost and all with the added benefit of the satisfaction that YOU did it! Keep the ideas coming, O Clever, Creative One!

    • Cynthia says:

      That is a good question. The first one is solid wood, very heavy and already had a hole drilled through it…so that leads me to believe it was one element of some sort of post. I loved it the minute I saw it and had it for a while before I finally decided what to do with it. Still not sure the lamp shade is proportioned right…but everything is always a work in progress around my house. Thanks for the feedback…really appreciate it:)

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