In 1978 my parents bought a two-over-two colonial built in 1796 when it was just a pile of bones. Their love of old houses but creative vision and craftsmanship made it "home" with a handmade spiral staircase, exposed beams, vaulted bathroom ceilings and bay windows. 

Design has always been a part of me. I studied graphic design and communication at Longwood University and after, followed my path to become a successful Art Director. 

Because of my parents and the house I grew up in, I love to reuse, recycle and repurpose everything. In 2009, I refurbished my first light. It was a traditional brass table lamp I found at a local thrift store. I remember standing on my tiny fire escape spray painting it in flat white. A few years later, again in a thrift store, I found a wooden telescope stand which I turned into a floor lamp. These are only two examples but my love for light goes deeper. It's an obsession. I used to stare at lightbulbs as a kid—I have no idea why. Light simply makes me feel alive.

When someone who barely knows you tells you, you have a light fetish, it's a sign.

Fast forward to 2015, and I opened Paul Paige, a residential and commercial lighting design company. My designs are simple but re-engineered for function and refined to add texture, color, and quality to a space. 

My raw materials are often old: rusty table-top heaters, tarnished candelabras and sometimes a Turkish brazier. I envision each shape from all angles before picking up the first tool. Then I mold, sand, soften, and use color to build a fixture that is versatile and refined–old but new.  

Art has always needed that balance of function and beauty and Paul Paige designs serve this dual purpose. They illuminate where light is needed, but they exude a feeling. 

Check out my exclusive collection, now available at Shades of Light.

– Leslie


Light brings it to life. 
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