How To Incorporate "Tiffany" Lamp Into Modern Decor?

How To Incorporate "Tiffany" Lamp Into Modern Decor?

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Tess Wilson
Jun 26, 2015

Q: Hi Apartment Therapy Geniuses! My husband and I were gifted a Tiffany-style floor lamp from older relatives for our wedding. It was a very sweet gesture and we are very grateful for the gift, but the piece isn't exactly our taste and we are having trouble working it into our "organic modern"-type decor style. Don't get me wrong- I love antique furniture of all time periods, Persian rugs and Willow China, but for some reason this lamp has me absolutely stumped...

See photo- the shade itself is not particularly offensive & could possibly work into our decor (which does have pops of bright color), but something is still seriously "off." Perhaps painting or replacing the cheesy iron base & finial would help?

After a good amount of internet searching, the only inspiration I have found is this photo from a house tour on A Cup of Jo. Does anyone have any suggestions or inspiration to offer?? Or should we cut or losses and sell the thing? Help! Many thanks. -Sent by May

Editor: Anyone who has inherited- or will inherit- antique pieces has probably found themselves in your exact situation, May- at least for a moment! Readers, please help her figure out how to make the most of this lovely lamp, if you think that's possible, or gently recommend that she find it a more suitable home (and use the profits to buy herself a more suitable lamp). What should she do?

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