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I’ve had requests to share my favorite etsy shops and finds. Dare I say I spend more time browsing etsy than pinterest? It’s true. I’ve decided to try weekly etsy features and see how they go over. Let me know if you enjoy them!

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This week on etsy I stumbled upon the most amazing collection of handmade chandeliers and sconces via Stimulight. The urchin-like starburst lighting has a midcentury vibe that reminds me of the Sputnik but is more affordable than the popular vintage pieces. Most of the fixtures are listed with a price tag of less than $400 while true Sputniks and even high end replicas can sell for upwards of $1,000.

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The custom fixtures are made with the utmost attention to detail. The metal spines are crafted from high quality wire and can be adorned with hand painted wood beads for an explosive effect.

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Along with chandeliers, the shop also offers handsome wall sconces and table lamps. I could see a pair of urchin sconces above a buffet in a dining room or flanking the bed in a master bedroom. A single sconce near a rocking chair or glider would be so adorable in a nursery.

After discovering this inspiring little shop, I was delighted to find out more about the maker and designer behind the pieces. The shop is the result of a creative collaboration between a visual display manager and an engineer. Zach Dutton, one half of the Stimulight duo, is a visual display designer for West Elm. Yes, THE West Elm. I’m a huge fan of West Elm so it’s really no surprise that I’m drawn to the experimental lighting gig spurred by one of their designers. I don’t think this newly introduced tangent shop will be sitting on the sidelines for long!

What do you think of these affordable spins on a vintage design? Are you a fan of West Elm too?

images: Stimulight

11 Comments

25.April.2013

wow i love these lights! we’re looking for something in our dining room, and these are great. i also love browsing etsy, so i’m looking forward to your weekly round ups!

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Love it! I just had to turn in a light I made for my advanced lighting class. I killed it with my chandelier but it’s not as cool as these! Very exciting! I wish I could show you what I did!

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25.April.2013

I love your idea of sharing your favorite Etsy shops every week! Here’s to supporting unique and local artists! Also, I love the way you have rearranged your living room- so modern and fresh! Greetings from Norway

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25.April.2013

Makes me feel so cool that we have a sputnik chandelier that is original to our 1960s split level. We totally made fun of that light when we bought the house 4 years ago and wouldn’t you know they came back in style and now we are cool. Well, not really. But we have one cool thing in our house and it’s the chandelier.

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25.April.2013

I love etsy spotlights because it introduces me to products/shops i probably would not have found otherwise.

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25.April.2013

I love West Elm! However they are usually (always) out of our price range. Because there isn’t one in our area there isn’t a whole lot from them on craigslist either, which is unfortunate. We are in the process of buying a house and now I’ll I can think of is how to fill it!

I really love that etsy shop! They are definitely fun.

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26.April.2013

I love, love, LOVE them! Hummm…. A new chandy for my master bedroom perhaps?

BTW – they look like your little thingamabob in your logo. :)

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26.April.2013

I love etsy! I also spend way too much time on it. I love your style and would love to see features of your favorite shops. Great idea! And these lights are amazing – great find.

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26.April.2013

What a great idea and find!

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Love those lights, love antique brass and Yes…obsessed with West Elm!

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Amazing! That first fixture is so gorgeous!!!

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