The best lighting store by far in the DC area is Artisan Lamp Co. I stopped in there with a client the other day and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

Located in Cleveland Park, they specialize in restored antique and vintage light fixtures. I loved this architectural marble lamp. Many of these fixtures are less expensive than new lighting but they have incredible quality and patina that is hard to reproduce - so important for a remodel or update to an older house.

My favorite is this charming little cottage lamp ceiling fixture. It's been in the window for weeks and was what drew me into the store originally - see that price, only $95! I only wish I had a place for it.

There is something for everyone in a multitude of styles, whether it be french lantern, empire chandelier or Baccarat crystal (all in this photo).

I can see this chandelier in a grand dining room and check out the gilded bronze sconce below!This little empire brass sconce was of incredible quality and we picked it up for a master bedroom vestibule.Finding sets of anything antique is generally a challenge, so it was a thrill to find a set of 3 empire torch sconces! We picked these up for a new masculine master bathroom remodel.

I always have my trusty tape measure with me -my key fob! You never know when you'll need one.

While in Cleveland Park, I came across an odd sight on a dry day: water gushing OUT OF THE STREET and into the adjacent drain. I suppose it's simply a broken water pipe but it was a bit odd none the less!

You can visit the Artisan Lamp Company at 3331 Connecticut Avenue, 1 block from the Cleveland Park metro stop.

All pictures via my droid camera phone - I was not approached by the company or compensated in any way for this post. I hope you enjoyed the tour!