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Vogel isn’t hiding any lights under bushel baskets. She admits to using upward of 35 vintage table and floor lamps, pendants, and sconces to add color and modernity—as well as rich illumination—to her home.

So how does a home so rigorously balanced feel relaxed and spontaneous? For one thing, Vogel isn’t hiding any lights under bushel baskets. She admits to using upward of 35 vintage table and floor lamps, pendants, and sconces to add color and modernity—as well as rich illumination—to her home. Note the spark of wit introduced by the marble and acrylic lamp atop an otherwise formidable early 18th-century William & Mary chest and the contemporary curve ball thrown by the 1970s tiger-motif lamp on the library’s serious Biedermeier table. “Lamps are so important to me,” says Vogel, who reports that she used 85 of them when she outfitted her former Gold Coast home. She thinks pulling in a reflective piece like the Italian glass lamp on her bedroom table adds so much interest that color becomes superfluous. And Vogel sees reflections and echoes everywhere. On her bookshelves, “spherical shapes repeat and the shapes of the vases reflect each other. Then the oil painting grounds the whole scheme.”

 

 

Photography: Alan Shortall

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