Bernard Rooke floor lamp

Vintage Bernard Rooke studio pottery floor lamp | H is for Home

This fabulous floor lamp came into our lives recently.

Bernard Rooke pottery stamp | H is for Home

It’s by artist, Bernard Rooke and dates from the 1960s/70s period. Bernard Rooke was born in 1938. He attended Ipswich School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London where he took up pottery. He set up a workshop in Forest Hill in London in the 1960s, sharing the space with Alan Wallwork whose work we have sold in the past. Bernard’s pieces are very sculptural and he found that producing lamp bases made his pieces even more acceptable and accessible for the public to have in their homes. They’ve remained a mainstay of his output over many years.

Vintage Bernard Rooke studio pottery floor lamp | H is for Home

There are bulbs both at the top and internally, and this gives a great effect when illuminated – light diffusing through all the little holes and casting shadows on the wall behind.

Detail of a vintage Bernard Rooke lamp with the light diffusing through | H is for Home

We’re now on a hunt for the perfect shade. It has to be Hessian or raffia, we think – and a fair old size too – the lamp base itself stands 3½ feet tall. Let us know if you have one for sale or know where there’s one lurking. We currently have around five lamps that need shades, but this one’s probably top of the waiting list!

Collection of studio pottery stoneware vases | H is for Home

We’ve placed the lamp in our bedroom where it shares the space with other studio pottery from the same era. We like these little groupings of pots. They’re all in quite subdued tones of brown, beige and oatmeal so don’t shout for attention, but we love these subtle variations in colour, shape and texture.

Vintage Bernard Rooke studio pottery floor lamp | H is for Home

The lamp has real impact when you walk into the room. It has the potential to work well in all kinds of settings – from boho-chic to mid century modern. In addition to working well with the other pottery in the space, we also like the way the circular form is echoed by the cane mirror. There’s a classic 1960s starburst clock on the wall close by too. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we really love it. And we know a good friend of ours will be eyeing it up jealously (and we have to admit that it would look perfect in their house)!

Chalkware Japanese lady lamp

Vintage chalkware Japanese lady lamp | H is for Home

We picked up this lovely lady yesterday!

Vintage chalkware Japanese lady lamp | H is for Home

She’s a vintage 1950s Duron chalkware or plaster lamp… and the best example we’ve ever come across. Not only the design, but condition too – they’re often chipped and a bit tatty. The painted decoration is all original. It has twin bulb fittings and works perfectly.

Vintage chalkware Japanese lady lamp | H is for Home

We tend to steer away from what’s termed as ‘kitsch’, but the occasional example sometimes takes our fancy. We like the classic Tretchikoff girl prints… and this Japanese geisha has a similar vibe going on.

Vintage chalkware Japanese lady lamp | H is for Home

The lamp can either stand on a horizontal surface or can be hung on a wall.

Rear view of a vintage chalkware Japanese lady lamp | H is for Home

Here’s a view of the maker’s mark for collectors.

Vintage chalkware Japanese lady lamp | H is for Home

We’ll be a bit sorry to see her go actually, but go she must. The lamp is heading to our antiques centre space tomorrow. Sayonara lovely lady!

Win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher

Win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher | H is for Home

I know February is the shortest month… but where has it gone?! So here we are in March, starting off with a brand new competition to win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher.

Selection of products available at First Choice Lighting for under £50 | H is for Home

If you’re our lucky winner, you can spend your voucher on anything from First Choice Lighting’s extensive range. Splash out on a single statement piece like a chandelier (or the woven rattan floor lamp [bottom left in the picture above] which caught our eye). Alternatively, buy a bulk number of energy-efficient LED bulbs… we’ve been meaning to replace all our traditional ones with these!

To enter the give-away, leave us a comment at the bottom of this post telling us which product(s) from their website you’d choose with your £50!

£50 voucher for First Choice Lighting

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Price Points: Cactus lights

Various cactus lights | H is for Home

A few years ago, it was all about pineapples in home décor. Recently, it seems that the baton has been passed to the cactus. Lots of homewares have been given the cacti treatment. Cactus wallpaper, cactus candles, cactus vases, cactus cushions and cactus lights – the list goes on & on!

Here are three cactus lights at various price points that caught our eye.

  1. SUNNYLIFE cactus small neon light: £22, Selfridges
  2. Cactus marquee light: £60, Etsy
  3. Home Collection ‘Cactus’ marquee floor light: £135, Debenhams

Win a Hunkydory Home table lamp

Win a Hunkydory Home table lamp | H is for Home

Hello! September is here, so that means we have an all new competition starting for you to enter. This month, our long-time homewares friend, Hunkydory Home has provided a table lamp for one of our readers.

Blue lamp available at Hunkydory Home

Hunkydory Home is based up in Northumberland (we will visit that neck of the woods one day, the landscape looks stunning!) and has been making eye-catching lampshades and cushion covers for over a decade.

Zig-zag lamp available at Hunkydory Home

Each one is handmade using bright, colourful, mid-century inspired fabrics that will enhance any room in your home.

Yellow lamp available at Hunkydory Home

They have a large range of colours and patterns from which to choose – some are exclusive to Hunkydory Home – so you won’t find them anywhere else!

Bedside lamp available at Hunkydory Home

To be in with a chance of winning, visit the Hunkydory Home webshop and tell us which lamp you’d like to own and where in your home you’d put it.

Hunkydory Home table lamp

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Price Points: Smart light bulbs

 Smart lightbulbs | H is for Home

Home tech has come a huge way in the past few years. What used to be science fiction is now science fact. You can get gadgets to control your central heating, record television programmes while away from home… even water the plants.

We have a home security set up whereby we can see, hear and record what’s going on inside the house from wherever else we happen to be via a mobile phone app. It sends us an alert if the front or back doors are opened.

What we’d like to add to our ‘smart home’ is the ability to turn lights on & off on timer or remotely. A great feature if we’re coming home late or forget to turn lights off when we go out. Smart lightbulbs have now made it possible to do this. They are controlled by wi-fi and smart phone or tablet app. They can still be fairly expensive to buy, but prices continue to fall as more & more brands begin to produce them.

The Crenova (#1) works via Bluetooth, allows you to dim and change the colour of the light and even doubles as a speaker. Just link up to four bulbs to your smart phone or tablet and stream your music library. I can see this working great in the bathroom, enhancing a relaxing bubble bath.

The mid-range WeMo is a straight swap for the basic ‘lo-tech’ bulb in that it only emits white light. You can control up to 50 bulbs (which cost around £25 each) via the plug link and an app for your smartphone or tablet.

At the other end of the price range, the Philips Hue. The Hue, as its name suggests controls the colour as well as the intensity of the light created. This package comes with 3 smart lightbulbs, but it still works out at three times the price of Crenova. However, you can add up to 50 bulbs… (which cost around £15 each) your entire house, inside & out!

The bulbs may be expensive, but they last a lot longer than traditional bulbs. I couldn’t find any information about how long the Crenova lasts. The Hue ‘shines’ for 25,000 hours (about 3 years). The WeMo bulb claims to have a life expectancy of 23 years – not bad!

  1. Crenova® BB-02 8W B22 Bluetooth 4.0 dimmable colour-changing LED bulb: £17.99, Amazon
  2. WeMo smart LED light bulb starter pack, bayonet cap (B22): £60, B&Q
  3. PHILIPS Hue wireless bulbs starter kit (B22): £134.99