Finding fixtures and lamps for period-influenced interiors can be just as important as choosing the furniture.
"The biggest misconception I hear is that ‘I can't afford period lighting,' " Lara Spencer says. "But the truth is you can find really nice vintage fixtures for the same as or not much less than some mass-market reproductions if you just know where to look."
She thinks of lighting as the "jewelry" that finishes a room — "a fun way to make a big statement," she says. She suggests taking risks.
"You may not have the courage to cover a sofa in turquoise, but a pair of turquoise lamps will give your room lots of color impact," she says. "And if you decide to go more muted later on, it is a lot easier to find new lamps than to reupholster."
Spencer relies on an array of sources for authentic period lighting or retro-style reproductions. A few of her favorites: