Dreaming of Spring

By Karen Parr-Moody


It’s still cold, but those in the know are starting their seedlings and buying baby chicks for spring. Meanwhile, there are so many items at GasLamp and GasLamp Too that relate to the warm weather, one can have a springtime reverie while planning for the season.


The white dress in the photo, right, is trimmed in lace and beads (size 8, $75; Booth T-150 “The Cracked Pot”). With its wonderful silhouette, it would be flattering to the figure. And it suggests such a multitude of uses – it’s perfect for a first date, for Easter Sunday or for a fundraising luncheon. It could even be worn for a wedding by a bridesmaid or a bride; it would look great with a crinoline or by itself.


Pretty melamine plates with floral motifs, such as the ones in the photo, left, are a perfect way to bring garden blooms to the table year round ($40; Booth T-161). Even though they are new, they convey a Mid-century Modern sensibility. In fact, melamine was new to the mid-century market, with sales increasing by the mid 1950s. Their chip-proof nature also makes these melamine dishes a great choice for a colorful picnic.


As pink as a peony, this shabby chic accent table has the perfect “chippy” distressed finish (photo, right; $45; Booth T-194). It would make the perfect addition to a variety of decors, from romantic cottage to Paris apartment style. Plus, the size offers an array of uses; it can be used as a night stand, plant stand or an end table. And there is a small "under-shelf" with scalloped edges that would look nice if topped by some charming vintage books.


The booth Apron Strings Vintage, T-387, is filled with sweet retro finds such as these beautifully faded corsages (photo, left; $8 each). I think they would be precious worn by some hip gal on Easter or a hip mom on Mother’s Day.


Neoclassical style is often seen in marble sculpture. But to see it in the form of a bird feeder is refreshing (photo right; $45; T-378). There is a certain innocence brought to this woman in traditional garments holding a water pitcher; I can just imagine birds alighting above her head for a snack.  


Who doesn’t anticipate spring’s first breaths? But whether it comes early or late this year, GasLamp and GasLamp Too are filled with earthly delights that will surely gain root in your décor.

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