Last week I took a wee road trip to Stockbridge, Mass. — the next town over, here in the Berkshires — to see the new guest house at the Red Lion Inn. My goal: to be first in world to showcase the fabulous foyer that features not one, not two, but 14 vintage TV lamps lighting up the two-story entrance way. Above: That’s Stephanie Gravalese, the marketing manager who gave me a tour — she was as delightful as the TV lamps. Except, there were 14 TV lamps as sconces, so that was some competition.
This is such a fantastic idea. Vintage TV lamps as sconces. The folks at the Red Lion Inn have them on bracketed shelves, with plugs and dimmers hidden behind each TV lamp. But I could also envision finding a matching pair of vintage TV lamps… rewiring them for hard-wiring right into the wall… then putting them on floating (invisible) acrylic shelves. Place and wire them into the wall just like you’d wire in a matching pair of mid mod sconce lights. I must find a pair of matching TV lamps and try this, I must! 23 more photos of the lights, and Maple Glen –>
For ease of discussion, I say “Red Lion Inn” — but this wall of lights is actually at the Red Lion’s Inn new guest house, the new/old “Maple Glen” development right behind the Red Lion. The Red Lion Inn is a super famous New England Inn. It’s the anchor of the Berkshires streetscape that Norman Rockwell made famous — Stockbridge, Massachusetts, America idealized. Rockwell lived and worked right around the corner. And the Norman Rockwell Museum is just a hop and a skip away.
The Maple Glen — shown above — started with the 2,700 s.f., 1850 Greek Revivial house (at rear of photo). The Red Lion Inn — which consistently sells out all its room space — bought the house when it came up for sale last year. They then expanded the property by another 3,500 s.f. to house, in all, 17 guest rooms.
This is not your granny’s Red Lion Inn.
The rooms at the Maple Glen are elegant, colorful, quirky, comfortable, luxurious, cozy, fun. The idea for the wall of TV lamps was Nancy’s. Stephanie told me the lamps were purchased from ebay and the like.
Artsy fartsy follows. What I lack in terms of wide-angle lens, I make up for in… volume:
TV lamps! Now we all need a pair of matching TV lamps! I think this could be tough, but it is a noble quest. Reco: Search ebay and etsy at the same time. Here are some good looking candidates spotted for sale right now on ebay:
Thank you, Stephanie, for being such a gracious house. Good luck, Nancy and team, with the new digs.