A Paper Lantern Affair!

by Katie on May 11, 2011

This past weekend I attended the Swiss Avenue Home Tour. For anyone who does not live in Dallas, Swiss Avenue is a very old, (in Dallas terms) historic area with beautiful stately mansions. Every time I travel down this street I always wonder what these homes look like on the inside. I was excited about the home tour and planned on taking pictures and grabbing some content for my blog… But, when I got there I realized that I had left my camera memory card at home in my computer… Darn it. Oh well!

I totally fell in love with one of the homes on the tour. The home was built in the early 1900’s and has been well maintained by its current owners, a husband and wife team of an architect and a photographer. Their creative professions and world travels are evident in their big, beautiful home. One of the things that struck me the most was their awesome and eclectic dining room! Evidently the dining room ceiling had suffered water damage and the fixing of the ceiling was extremely expensive. In the interim, to hide the water damage the home owners hung paper lanterns at of varying heights, sizes, and colors on every square inch of the dining room ceiling! After the renovation was completed fixing the damage, they liked the paper lanterns so much they decided to keep them! I can understand why!!

Their use of paper lanterns was very inspiring to me and got my creative juices flowing about paper lanterns, paper shades and chandeliers.

These amazing paper bubble fixtures were designed by George Nelson in 1947. The Nelson Bubble Lamp is an iconic fixture even today and a staple of mid-century design. This is one of my all time favorite light fixtures!

Designer: Douglas Friedman. Dining room with white nelson bubble lamps

I love the idea of using paper shades in a nursery!

Source: Covet Garden

Ingo Maurer’s Zettel’z 5 chandelier is also a popular fixture in the  modern furnishining world. It Retails for around $1200.00 While I respect the whimsical design and think it’s beautiful, I can’t help but think  about recreating it for a DIY project!

Source: Beaulifestyle.com - Ingo Maurer's Zettel'z Chandlier

I LOVE this chandelier so much I had to post two different pictures of  the same fixture! It’s actually a large paper lantern and coffee filters crumpled into flowers and hot glued! What a great idea!


 This origami chandelier casts shadows of birds on the wall.  It would darling in a child’s bedroom!

Source: Pinterest.com

Creative  memo style chandelier from Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn - Wakefield chandelier   Designer: Kelly Delrose

 What a cute tissue paper chandelier for a little girl’s room or a ladies boutique! I just love the hot pink!

Source: Interiordesignideas.com

Paper lamps, fixtures and shades are extremely versatile and can be a wonderful, dramatic addition to many rooms. Not to mention they are extremely budget friendly too! What do you think? Could a paper chandelier be the perfect light fixture that your space has been calling for?



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designchic May 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Adore the ones in the nursery!!


Katie May 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

Me too!! Love them!


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